The World Economic Forum (WEF) which meets in Davos
Switzerland each year is all out to rule over you as a consequence of its
nominated desire to control the world economy, with vassal “national”
governments bending to its will and plans.. Founded in January 1971 and led
still today by Klaus Schwab, its executive chairman (and major spokesperson).
One of the best (and very thorough) introductions to the rise and motive of this Party of Davos can be seen in a podcast by James Delingpole where he interviewed the world expert Patrick M Wood, author of “Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation”, a podcast about the history of how the world elites took it upon themselves the responsibility for deciding that the world would be better if they were running it. How they openly talked about “making an end run around sovereignty” after years of their ideas being continually blocked by nation states. The world just never took on their ideas of what was better and, like its near-twin, the Trilateral Commission, they wanted to go around that opposition whether it liked it or not.
Globalism was their vision and vehicle. Over many years they
manipulated the world economy as best they could but could never defeat
nationalism. Why would they anyway? As is still being shown today, “Nationalism”
wasn’t a 19th century phenomenon, wasn’t just a certain rush to
create national boundaries in places like Germany or Italy. Areas within those
two states are as “independent” as anything and some even want their own
“nation” or self-government. Looking at Catalonia or the Basque territory in
Spain we see other examples (as there are in Pakistan). To think economic
elites could change that without coercion is fanciful. No that such a
consideration would cause the globalists to hesitate I suspect.
Finally, members of that elite through the parallel group the Trilateral Commission) brought China into the world trade system, well explained by Thompson at the 22.00 mark. Led by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the true intellectual leader, China was brought into the world economy. Selected Big businesses were encouraged to invest in China and they not only invested billions, they made multiple billions by building the dams, industrial infrastructure, power plants etc and set China up to compete in the world economy. The results of that are self-evident. Whilst Clintonomics then started the globalist world in the early 1990s with the devaluation of national location as being any sort of a good thing (workers in a nation warned that job prospects “would depend on how they compared to labour forces elsewhere”. Robert Reich in his The Work of Nations, right there on page one, virtually lecturing workers that you had no right to anything unless you competed with foreign labour.
The absolute globalist sabotage of the USA itself was seen after the Clinton introduction of China into the WTO in late 1990’s/early 2000s. China instantly flouted all the trade “rules”, heavily subsidised and made their goods more than “competitive” areas. Thanks to some assistance from Big Pharma globalists, within a year or so the USA had to close their now-noncompetitive last Vitamin C factory and a year later closed its last Penicillin manufacturing centre.
By the time Trump stepped to save it, the last USA-based
high-grade aluminium smelter was on its last legs. This was the smelter relied
upon by the US Space and Defence industries for its super-high quality aluminium.
It would have had to rely on globalist suppliers for it otherwise, an
unconscionable risk to take with either industry. Big Pharma raked in the
dollars, but the USA (plus Australia, the UK and anywhere else) suffered. As was threatened later, China could
cut off necessary drugs completely if it felt like it. I suggest that the
knowledge of what retaliation and at what level such an action would demand
stopped them thinking of it.
This is only an introduction to the devastation and crushing of national democracies which WEF/DAVOS and its Great Reset signals for us. With their slogans such as “by 2030 you won’t own anything and be happy” show the terrible world ahead, but they have made some more major moves and we need to be on the alert.
Known as the Party of Davos, the WEF is near to its zenith as a power to be reckoned with and its stated desire to control nation,s has for many years not come to fruition, The Climate Scare was its big jump-start in the late 80’s and it was pushed ahead for decades until the actual climate and determined science and scientists countered its outlandish claims with facts. That the people weren’t actually buying their alarmism got them to overplay their hand on climate and their attempts to dragoon their way to stopping dissent failed.
The failure of their scare models and obvious manipulation of graphs, the changing of historical temperatures and so on upon which these failing models were based. The green scare was dying on its feet when the Covid 19 panic came along and the opportunity was seized in both hands by both the WEF and the core vested and political interests which were to rely on it. Now they had their model with which to dominate these stubborn little people, to let them know that the world was going to have to change forever to stop them dying en masse (ironically, the old Malthusian “overpopulation” scare was strong in these modern myth-makers too, so predictions of mass deaths was their scare weapon and also a probable hope for the future).
What we see is a rising oligarchy in certain key countries, plus a determined push for control of our lives. The globalist/Davos/Bill Gates dream of the world’s population with digital internal passports is in their field of vision, only that various sub-groups of freedom-loving peoples are starting to show their opposition openly now. It seems at this early stage that coercion will have to increase for their dream of control to be fulfilled as at the time of writing. Love of liberty does not seem ready to be extinguished just yet.
It is obvious that at least part of the American ruling class is determined to create a real One-Party State out of that famous constitutional republic which we have always known as the United States of America. The Democrat Party-led sabotage of the US electoral system in time for the 2020 presidential elections was the start.
In the first of two articles I will endeavour to show how
the January 6 2021 riots at the Capitol in Washington DC gave all the nascent
authoritarian forces the “cover” to launch what is perhaps their first major (and
overt) thrust to overthrow the American Republic and to confirm forever what
looks increasingly like an Oligarchy in control.
Background to January
6 at the Capitol Building
The issue of Donald Trump being an existential threat to the globalist cause was never so much in evidence than in the almost-hysterical, 4-year-long attack on everything he did, led by the combined institutions of the state, the allegedly-neutral FBI, the Intelligence Community and the Department of Justice. It was all aided and abetted by globalist financial interests, the multi-national corporations, the commercial lobby groups (Chamber of Commerce etc) and the multi-billionaires wanting to retain the overseas, low-wage labour they had come to rely on and which Trump had pledged to replace with American labour. Needless to say, the mainstream American media were with them all the way until, as now, they are as tame as any from the USSR or Baghdad 1991. Many Republican members of the Congress and party establishment only just tolerated Trump in power but sabotaged him too, especially when the 2016-2018 congress gave Trump a majority. Those Senators and members friendly to (or owned by) commercial interests, made themselves known by their opposition to Trump then and, after November 2020, didn’t even try to hide it.
Their success in having Biden installed as president in spite the massive numbers of people who had (and still have) reasonable doubts about the fairness of the 2020 election didn’t signal “It’s Over”. Not by a long shot. Not only did Trump not disappear from politics, neither did he seem to lose any large part of his following. He had apparently awoken a constituency that the old political class had abandoned. Not only were his supporters indicative of a large Trump Party Republican base, this apparent threat to globalist rule had to be destroyed as a group or tamed into powerlessness.
The catalyst came with an early break for the globalist
authoritarians: The riots at the Capitol Building on January 6 2021. The
massive over-hyping of these riots (in which leftist/Antifa agent provocateurs
were also in evidence) gave a chance to the rulers which was taken with both
arms. It is yet to be seen whether the overkill and misrepresentation of
January 6 will cause any real setbacks to the false narrative surrounding it,
but January 6 certainly allowed the potential tyrants to go all out to destroy
the US constitutional republic. It is to this organised and ongoing attack that
I will now turn in some detail.
Selected Protests now
to be “Domestic Terrorism”
With a media class of Pravda/ 1960s Peking People’s Daily
“mouthpieces” to do as it is told, the
elites seemed determined to silence all opposition, but also to criminalise it
in many contexts. Immediately after the January 6 riot/demonstration at the
Capitol building, they commenced to classify it as “Domestic Terrorism”, to
turn Washington DC and the Capitol precinct into an armed camp, ringed by razor
wire for months. They were beating up a scare that violent armed mobs of
“insurrectionists” were going to attack and burn the Capitol in – yes they
seriously claimed this – an attempt to overthrow the government! It was
laughable on Jan 6 and laughable at the time of writing, even many DC left wing
residents groups now openly demonstrating against the lockdown of their city
for what they themselves see as no reason (no reason being confirmed as each
day goes on).
The serious, but pathetic attempt to turn Jan 6 window
smashing, pushing and shoving by multiple small groups ranging from left to
right in ideological bent, into a deliberately falsified “insurrection” beggars
belief. In some ways worse, is that complicit media in many western countries,
including Australia, still call it an insurrection
as if they couldn’t conduct a single bit of journalism and examine what that
term means and what actually happened at the Capitol that day. This makes it
worse, of course, as it exposes the media as the bankrupt, lazy propagandists
they have been for years past. The seriousness of the occasion has not
sharpened them up at all. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Roughly half the Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters and city-burners from mid- 2020 until today in Portland, Minnesota, Oregon and California were released without charge or charges were later dropped, whilst in Washington DC after the riots and “protest” of Jan 6, charges of trespass meant remaining in custody for months at a time. This showed clearly the corruption of the justice system in both the Biden AND the Trump administration. An out of control (uncontrollable) Department of Justice, yet another corrupted institution once relied upon by the old United States.
In the January 6 Capitol riots (or, rather, the assaults, trespassing
and window smashing that these over-charged individuals will probably end up
facing) not a gun was seized from the participants – this was admitted in a
Congressional hearing into the incident. However, small groups of a dozen (and less) each
of fringe and way- out groups were branded since then as being capable of
overthrowing the United States Government! We shall see that was not so and no
intent could be proved either.
The serious attack on
the US citizens who were at the Capitol precinct that day.
As ludicrous as that claim of “insurrection” seemed at the
time, when even that worst-case scenario was being trumpeted by the FBI and the
left wing political elite, it showed that the lack of weapons was only part of
the ridiculous exaggeration of it as an attempted “overthrow”. Not only did the
lack of numbers and weapons show it to be a lie but also the fact of them giving
mass publicity to the handful of people who make up the fringe “Oathkeepers” or
the inflated Proud Boys. Later, real journalists would be able to really assess
these groups and explode the lies by the Department of Justice. Journalist Julie
Kelly was particularly professional in showing up the DOJ and the rest of the
media for the flimsy, almost non-existent case against some of them. One of
each group had been FBI informants and the Proud Boys leader/informant was
arrested before the Capitol action even started.
These few groups branded as insurrectionists were partly matched up by the identification (by others, NOT the FBI) of the hard left, very violent, city-burners Antifa and associates led by the BLM/Antifa leader from Utah John Sullivan– he who dressed as a Trump supporter and was present in the front line from the very start. See photo
Calling the Oath
Keepers as major Insurrectionists show the falsity of the overall narrative
In a series of very thorough articles, journalist Julie Kelly stripped bare the false- demonisation of a few fringe groups for which great responsibility for the whole riot and “insurrection” had been chosen for them by the FBI and associated controllers of the response to these riots. The overall attempts to criminalise political dissent are clearly set out, thus flouting the spirit of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and a silly comparison made of January 6 to the Oklahoma bombings of 1996.
By using a felony charge of “Obstruction of an official proceeding”, carrying 20 years as a cover-all felony to go with what is eventuating as a mass of misdemeanour charges such as Trespass, simple assault and property damage the DOJ prosecutors are using an obscure charge that was never meant to apply to a protest situation. In a Signing Statement when it was passed, then-President GW Bush stated that it was never to apply to citizen protests exercising constitutional rights! That seemed logical in that when it was the anti-Kavanagh protestors invading the hearing rooms and their surrounds by democrats or urged on by Senator Elizabeth Warren, they (and she) were never charged with anything at all
Kelly spent much time on the case of the Oath Keepers, a group who were pulled out of nowhere and claimed to be guilty as “organisers”, having reserves of “100s” and intent to “lead” the attack on the Capitol. It was once claimed that 100 had been charged but only 10 appear in court lists. I am concentrating on the Oath Keepers for the moment in order that the over-the-top claims of extreme danger from this and other small groups have later been shown to be grossly exaggerated and whether that overcharging was deliberately or incompetently done is yet to be determined. The case of Jessica Watkins of the Oath Keepers is highlighted in this article.
When considering the over-charging and prosecutorial
determination to hurt Watkins and her business, no matter what, it is noted
that as to the extremely violent Black Live Matter and Antifa attacks on the
White House precinct in 2020 and the multiple fires:-
The same U.S. attorney’s office now prosecuting Capitol breach defendants dropped nearly all felony rioting charges after the George Floyd protests over the summer”
In yet another article Kelly concentrates on the gross overcharging of the Oath Keepers. The article goes over fertile ground to show the injustices, but Kelly’s summation as to the whole group is quite cutting. Their evidence of guilt?
One of the “domestic violent extremist” groups responsible for the “attack” on the Capitol did not commit any violence. They had no weapons, they did not lay a finger on anyone, they did not vandalize or steal anything. They did not threaten political leaders or American citizens.
Like other parts of the once-uniformly bad narrative spewed forth by the corrupt media after inspired leaks from the sieves that are the FBI and DOJ, closer inspection tears it down more than a bit. In her articles Kelly lays bare the small size of the Oath Keepers, the lack of weapons, and even the lack of actions, not to mention the embarrassing backtracking as to what supposed weapons were there or even the presence of some Oath keeper accused at all. The “leader” of this “insurrectionist group” wasn’t even there at the Capitol and was a partially disabled veteran!
That was (and is) considerable Narrative Engineering and it was engaged in from various levels of government, backed up by unceasing and instant repetition by the complicit main stream media. It had the desired effect of keeping this panic atmosphere going for months until even a pathetic ring of razor wire-topped steel fencing surrounded the Capitol precinct was supposed to remain until May.
The end result was the spreading of fear of being cancelled everywhere, from jobs and government service on a condemnation by the DOJ or FBI and, of course, all social media over mere doubts expressed about the fairness of the elections. Most serious of all, the constant talk of creating a new criminalisation of currently-protected dissent to be called Domestic Terrorism.
Unless halted the US
Military to be purged and weakened beyond imagining .
Then the purges process started. The unhinged bigot, General Honore, appointed by Pelosi to do a security review of the Capitol and precincts had by Day 1 (Jan 6) declared with mere moments of “investigation” that half the Capitol Police were compromised by being Donald Trump supporters and his blinkered, unresearched view started the hares running, eagerly picked up by tame media. Democrat members of Congress and the party machine ran with it – and still runs it. The police-smearing going all the way to California where supposedly some hard left politician wants legislation to ban conservatives from serving in the Police.
Now that trusting the police to be their normal, Serve and Protect the *community* forces had been trashed as a principle, the police haters moved to target the military and ferret out the “untrustworthy” ones, patriotic ones who would damage America and supposedly betray their oath of office!
Nobody who supported Trump could be trusted any more, nobody who had expressed conservative views could be allowed to remain in the military it seemed. Now the new leaders of the Defence Department did their bidding. An immediate internal examination of NCOs and other ranks for “evil thoughts” (ie conservatism, favourable opinions of Trump policies, non-complete adoption of the false “Insurrection” narrative perhaps). However broad it went, one matter could never be allowed to compare with the Jan 6 riots, assaults and window-smashings and that was the mass BLM/Antifa burning of cities all over the USA in mid to late 2020 (including 29 deaths). These federal court house burnings, attacks on federal buildings with officers inside, even an attack on the White House precincts could never be compared to the approach to any trespass or smashed windows in the Capitol building on January 6. The latter was obstruction of a proceeding (which was delayed) whereas the threat to the lives of federal officers in Portland and elsewhere was nothing (because it was at night says the new Attorney General). How pathetic is that, but it was the case that the usual media and Democrat suspects nominated the city burnings and 29 deaths as “mainly peaceful protests” even when in background vision was violent riots and screen-filling fires.
Now, already, the military reviewers who are out to detect wrong-think everywhere are very upset when they are increasingly finding (“everywhere” as they say) that the down to earth, patriotic troops are seeing equivalency between the BLM/Antifa riots and city burnings in 2020 and January 6 riots. Asking “what about” questions (eg “How come you’re not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that?” and “This is coming from every echelon that we’re talking to,” ) is definitely not what they want to hear as shown in this article. Those conducting the sessions wanted
to make sure that military members understand the difference between Seattle and [the Jan. 6 riot in] Washington, D.C.,” Colón-López said. “But some of our younger members are confused about this, so that’s what we need to go ahead and talk to them about and educate them on, to make sure that they know exactly what they can and cannot do
I am not sure that this bodes well for the well-informed common sense “citizens army” to continue intact.
For the US military, it is hard to gauge what the end result will be, whether the hundreds of years of tradition will finally be destroyed now that it is being so targeted. One can only hope that the ruling class will back off in what could look like an attempt to create an ideological military out of tune with up to 50% of the people and, far worse, beholden to a political class. The worst-case scenario, with open, political talk of changing constitutionally-protected free speech and freedom of association into some vague definition of “Domestic Terrorism” do we have to consider the possibility of a type of military which is already on show in authoritarian countries?
Part 2 will show the unmistakeable consolidation of the movements by the ruling class to avoid electoral accountability and further remove actual power from the citizenry of the USA.
Rest assured that chaos at the start finds it in almost-total chaos at the end (an economy growing at 3% in December Quarter, one of the few saving graces.
China is still in full-blown attack mode A billion $AUD-worth of export coal still
stranded off the China coast for the past six months, forbidden to unload
because the Chinese Communist Party has
decided to not allow performance of the contract with Australia. Thankfully,
the local political and commercial interests deep in thrall to China,
(corporations, universities with propaganda units, politicians and even a state
political party, the Victorian Australian Labor Party which had signed up to
the Belt and Road initiative), have been relatively silent for a few months now.
The economy seemed to stagnate prior to this latest
announcement of good growth in the past quarter, but some states – importantly
the largest state, New South Wales, had a government which has motored on
without enforcing stringent Covid clampdowns when only minimal ones were
necessary. Its large economy worked on unhindered to a large extent. The
provincial states which had shut borders completely to other states whenever it
seemed that 4 or five Covid cases appeared anywhere in a major capital city, kept Australia feeling
like a collection of petty provinces claiming to be a nation. In spite of that,
the economy still grew at 3.0 % in the December 2020 quarter!
The commodity-dominated Australian economy still has major
challenges ahead, with longevity of current very high iron ore prices coming
under challenge soon and the risk of trouble elsewhere being a risk to a
“growing future”. Be warned, when China brings on iron ore supply from its
bought-and-paid-for African , that very valuable Australian export to China
will suffer its greatest blow.
Local politics has been dominated by the Virus, talk/demands
for vaccines, vastly-differing grades of caution/protection against the virus
in various states. One, Victoria, suffered a shutdown for months at one time
and still lives on a hair trigger response to single cases in the community
(mainly through some government negligence) yet no matter how minor or
seemingly confined to a small area, the government there has a habit of closing
the whole state down and enforcing a very strict hard lockdown, even on its
rural citizens. Other minor states also close borders and act as an
old-fashioned Iron Curtain country with border barriers and (unarmed) guard
posts. At least the vaccine is finally here and there might be a light at the
end of the tunnel IF (and only if) these governments get out of their so-far
ruthless attitudes to control over citizens. They have a worrying habit of
following dubious (to me) prophets such as Dr Tony Fauci in the USA who claims
that no vaccine will stop us having to separate and wear masks etc for over
another year. Bill Gates and co, of course, claim that it will be years before
we can go back to any sort of normality. Still, with more and more states being
forced to accept that the era in which they controlled our every move is coming
under pressure to open and give us our freedoms back, there are still
challenges ahead to convince them to do so.
With incumbents solidly popular here because of their virus
crackdowns in the “black plague-era” panic seeming to make some people feel
comfortable, the threats to small business are still real enough, but in
different places are coming back to normal. NSW as the largest state is very
open but in some smaller states they have locked down too long, state barriers
have ruined some of their tourist trade and, in view of what has been called
lockdown-overkill, (sudden shutdowns often giving only 8 – 12 hours notice of a
border closure) has meant that many thousands of potential tourists have not
risked being subject to one whilst visiting.
and a Canberra sex bubble burst again
The biggest political issue/scandal has been a revival of a
recurring theme: Sexual assault allegations within the political and
political-media class in the national capital. In Canberra, high-political
energy young people as political staffers, junior and senior members of
parliament and political bureaucrats, sometimes joined with but always watched
by the attached political media makes for a strong booze and politics brew.
With politics ruling over everything (in this writers opinion), one can never
expect consistency. A Bill Clinton free-pass attitude can sometimes appear, depending
on the politics of those involved.
In this fractured Me Too era though, where the women’s
movement claims a uniform and No Quarter response to allegations against women,
it is known worldwide to be flexible at certain times. That was the case in the
US where the Harvey Weinstein predator forced them to act as if they would
support women unhesitatingly – for now – but it soon started causing regrets in
relation to certain people they liked politically (eg Al Frankin).
Here in Australia, a 2021 claim of rape of a young staffer
by another staffer in 2019 caused a huge outcry amongst all the womens groups
and segments of the press (especially the political press of course) all (naturally)
demanding full punishment of the accused. (victim and accused were from the
conservative-leaning Liberal party. That is still playing itself out and, as
more victims of various sexual assaults come out, a cluster of allegations
surrounding one suspect was seen to grow.
Then the big one happened, an allegation dating to 1988
(when the minister was 17) was alleged in an anonymous letter carefully sent to
various people who were not of the Porters party but none of them hit the media
with it. So, after some months (often many months, over a year later) they went
public. However the victim who alleged the rape was dead, a suicide who had
talked about a complaint but formally told New South Wales Police that she did
not want to pursue it and soon afterwards took her own life. The matter has
been closed by the police with an “insufficient evidence” ruling by them. That
wasn’t enough for either the political media or the opposition party the
Australian Labor Party
Although a previous leader of the ALP had been similarly accused from even further back in his life, the politicians and their media kept total silence and, when the police said that there was insufficient evidence in that case, he outed himself, was asked 9 questions about it and there was just silence after that. Here, though, the shrillest of demands were (and are still being) made for an inquiry as, one put it, “to see if he was fit to stay as Attorney General”!. That is Australia and its political class as of 6 March 2021.
Joe Biden is the Potemkin President of the USA and the time he has in that position seems dependant on whatever his boosters say it is. I expect him to go the moment they put the hand on his shoulder and tell him.
This post is not to fully canvas the question of a 2020 US election fatally tainted by fraud although I believe it to be so; nor is it to comment on Trump’s behaviour in public and private from 4 November 2020, although I believe it to be correct under all the circumstances. That post will come at a later date.
No matter what we think of the electoral farce which was the
supposed “vote” and its aftermath in the US presidential elections, Joe Biden was
the President of the USA from noon on January 20 2021. My point (and that of many others) is that he
will be the figurehead only but with all presidential powers once he signs his
name to anything. As a “presidency”, however, it will be a Potemkin presidency
where the supposed “president” is incapable of full reasoning, incapable of
Decades after Watergate, that last real attempt to clean up Washington DC corruption, the insiders, a Uniparty, New Ruling Class will have, as of January 20, reached the height of its powers, ruling without the supposed head of state hardly having anything to contribute for them but his signature – for a while. The Watergate experience, along with the associated and very important Church Committee which had initiated the implementation of great changes in response to it, have now been made irrelevant, if not specifically reversed.
Far worse than this, the question of how the supposed “rule” of Biden will play out has already been determined. Not only by elected politicians or elected officials but by the combined efforts of backroom lawyers, party fixers, financiers and the class of Big Tech and Wall Street billionaires who made it happen.
Allegations of manipulation of voting at every level –
involving all parties – had been in existence in the USA for years (elections
in 1864, 1876 and modern contested elections in 1960 and 2004 were called out openly
for cheating), so doubts about the vote are not new. What is new –and ominous
for the future of a truly “united” United States – is that a supposed Head of
State had been “chosen”, got elected, but who does not have freedom of action
to independently carry out that role.
How it happened: The
The powers behind the modern Democrat Party should be well known by now. George Soros and his billionaire buddies have been very prominent in actually directing Democrat political tactics since at least 2005 when they formed the Democracy Alliance and Soros was and still is today one of the major funders and ideology leaders. Of course Soros alone has his hands (& money) all over the numerous manipulative measures, such as whether they be the campaign to elect state Secretaries of State to cover election voting “security” – in fact, in the light of the 2020 election as a guide, it’s actual insecurity and dishonesty. Then the multi-year, directly-funded District Attorneys elections to elect ideologues who simply refuse to prosecute felonies of every kind and decriminalise many serious crimes .
Soros attempts to influence governments in Eastern Europe is well documented and he often got there by large gifts of US taxpayers money provided to his front groups. The Obama State Department for example.
Whilst these money providers also help with the corrupt
political media, it was the actual Machine string-pullers who really set the
stage for their eventual candidates/ marionettes, Biden and Harris.
The law firm
Apart from now-nominal Republicans in the team (eg failed neocons Bill Kristol, Rick Wilson and the rest of the Never Trumpers, plus people associated with the John McCain Institute), the well-used legal firm Perkins Coie is in everything and leads most. The lead lawyer there, Marc Elias, is *the man* who is seemingly responsible for everything and is seen everywhere; in court, in the documents. From leading the early stages of the moves to investigate Trump in early 2016, dealing directly with Christopher Steele when the fake dossier was being hatched and so on.
Perkins Coie, his firm, is likewise into everything. Hiring Crowdstrike to “audit” the supposed computer hack of the Democratic National Committee computers in May 2016 (later blaming Russia, thus kicking off that hoax – but with no evidence . It was Perkins Coie, acting for the Hillary Clinton campaign, that hired Fusion GPS to get dirt on the Trump team through Christopher Steele.
With Trump in power, Perkins Coie (along with the Brookings/Lawfare group) was front and centre of the Get Trump Operation, the manipulator for the tasks of setting the scene to push the Russia hoax, Mueller and including, the faked impeachment which led up to Election 2020. This was well in advance of the Covid-19 “opportunity”. That fell in their lap and provided much needed cover as well as vital fuel in the Get Trump campaign. Remember that Marc Elias was always the GoTo person.
Then came the active leaning on the scales of US electoral
integrity – for the worse.
Twisting the election
landscape towards voting insecurity
Marc Elias and Perkins Coie led the full-on attacks on electoral security and against electoral integrity. For the game plan, if any proof of this was wanted, one needs simply to go to “Yes this was a Stolen Election” and keep it open whilst reading on..
The overall (and actual) coordination is brilliantly and fully set out in John Perazzo’s great article in Front Page Magazine. Perazzo covers early and then ongoing planning to change the voting systems in those particular, “controversial”, states, their use of 600 lawyers and 10,000 “volunteers” to “call out local rules that don’t adequately ensure access to vote“. But they ignored a previous, truly bipartisan (Jimmy Carter-led) commission recommendation that they needed to
“increase voter ID requirements; minimize the use of mail-in ballots, which ‘remain the largest source of potential voter fraud’; disallow ballot harvesting by third parties; purge voter rolls of all ineligible or fraudulent names; allow election observers to monitor ballot-counting processes without restraint or obstruction; ensure that voting machines are accurate in their tabulations; and encourage news organizations to “delay the release of any exit-poll data until the election has been decided.’ All of these recommendations were widely ignored in the elections of November 2020”.
You must read the whole thing but the Biden boosters did the exact opposite, greatly weakening, if not destroying, vital parts of it by accentuating fatal flaws highlighted by the actual report itself!
Biden chosen despite
Joe Biden wasn’t the first pick of the Machine. Not at all.
After all, they knew and could see his mental decline even during the Democrat
debates. Prior to that, though, they had already chosen their pick as “Front
for the Machine” and it was the giggling, gaff-prone poor presidential
candidate Kamala Harris. However, and significantly, when she announced her
candidature, she had as her campaign attorney none other than the chief fixer
for Perkins Coie, Marc Elias. Thus the spotlight was on her, especially when
she went out to attack Biden on the basis of race in an early debate.
Ineffective as she was, she went downhill rapidly and she was out with a few
percent of the Democrat vote long before the primaries even started. By also
“believing” the woman who had made sexual assault allegations against Biden,
one would assume that she wasn’t very popular with the Biden camp.
Biden’s candidacy was flat lining but Bernie Sanders again started to move up in Democrat support, especially from the hard left “Squad” insurgents of the Democrats. Just like in 2016, Bernie was stopped by the machine and Biden was then their chosen vehicle. There is a lot of evidence to link the promotion of Biden to leading candidate to Obama (and Biden’s cabinet is full of Obama picks). It seems like the 3rd Obama Administration alright.
Suddenly, even pet media people who had been criticising Biden
as “mentally compromised” started to sing his praises and some Democrat
heavyweights such as Cleaver from Georgia became his big backers. The primary
voters turned around for him quickly (on cue?) and soon enough he was the front
runner and then the candidate.
As for his Vice president pick, that was vital because even
those lying or publicly ignoring the seemingly apparent Biden mental deficiency
knew that there was a probable time limit as to how long Biden could serve
before someone else had to take over. Because it seemed that this would be well
within the 4 year term, whoever they chose had to be skilled enough to take
over as the actual President. That seemed
the logical way they would approach it.
You might have thought that Harris was no-chance, but that
is to forget just who was backing her at the beginning. When, by ignoring many
better-qualified candidates (Elizabeth Warren for example) Biden announced
Harris, the penny dropped – to all who were watching and listening. This woman
who had Marc Elias and the Democratic machine backing her initially, now had
its blessing to be the President, to take over whenever Biden got the tap on
the shoulder and retired through illness or whatever.
The Election and
It is hard to see Biden lasting long without heavy and combined assistance from the Machine to cover for his mental state. The terrible DC political media has already been doing so – and had to – debasing itself once again to further the joint political objects. Make no mistake, their bleating about decorum and ”accept the vote” now would disappear as it did prior to the election if it had to protect Biden and the Machine again. We saw Biden being allowed to get away with no questions of any merit, soft questions that should have made any real journalist’s skin crawl and, even after the election on November 3, it continued with a pool of 5-only favoured “journalists“ being the only ones asked to participate!
Now that he is sworn in there is only limited time left to cover
for him and none at all once he is supposed to be in actual negotiation
meetings with foreign leaders. Even using proxies as he does with his wife
Jill, won’t cut it when a foreign leader realises the weakness that is there.
Trying to bluff it out can have serious consequences as when JFK was drugged up
on painkillers at his 1961 Vienna meeting with Khrushchev. So come some early
international forums we might see evidence of preparing for Biden “health
One thing you can be certain of in the meantime, though, is
that the Biden pen hand will be kept in constant use until that time comes, as
his initial flurry of Executive Orders has shown. The many jobs and industries
damaged by the orders pales into nothing by the instant engagements of more
troops into the military conflict areas from which Trump had taken them.
of all, though, is the unbelievably authoritarian indication that all political
opposition will forcibly silenced, if not criminalised! That the captive media is all for this denial
of free speech shows us what a world into which a Biden regime leads us
After the catharsis brewing in the United States post presidential election 2020 and the pending collapse of the steady-state of the “old” Australia, it was about time that the blog was renewed and utilised while it still can be.
We witnessed a roller coaster ride in 2020, where by accident or design a thriving US economy and decent economies in Australia and elsewhere in the west, were brought low by the Corona virus. It also induced an almost- unheard of panic in both politicians and their captive media friends.
Australia has had a bad year, virus-panic hitting early and a formerly stable nation of a federation of fused, previously-colonial states reverted to 6 separate mini-nations out for only the people within their borders. Thus a federation which had increased “national” institutions through joint cooperation agreements and legislation for forty years, soon after this virus hit the Covid 19 panic made it seem as if reform had never happened. It was every person for himself and not a jot of leeway was given to anyone else in any other state. It was not as if Australia was hard-hit by the virus either. Borders were closed early (same time as the US closed border with China) and, apart from later incompetence in the State of Victoria which caused nearly 750 deaths, the rest of the country was virtually unscathed, apart from the most vulnerable in nursing homes or with comorbidities. While cases rose steadily in proportion as travellers returned home, less than 100 deaths occurred in the first outbreak.
That didn’t stop the institution of draconian measures of
social control over most citizens. It was a shock to see these so-called steady
governments of left and right go instantly (and repeatedly) to destroy personal
liberties on dubious grounds, whether on masking or curfews or lockdowns and often
institute virtual house arrest. The worry, now that months have passed, is that
these authoritarian-like actions instituted by executive fiat are to become a
regular tool of government.
These new coercive governments also have converted their police forces (and part of the military) into enforcers of civil obedience to control orders, such orders which had been foreign to Australia for over a century. After over 40 years of trying to have police forces meld with the community and gain their trust and cooperation in Community Based Policing, they have, instead, utilised them as a force for control – quite foreign to their previous role. These interactions have become increasingly heavy handed, especially as the community has resented their presence and their encroachment into private homes without warrants.
Climate alarmists not
to be left out
As if the split of the states wasn’t enough, Australia has not been immune to the political push to do a Rahm Emmanuel and “Not let the Corona Virus crisis go to waste”. As we have seen at the UN and elsewhere, the climate alarmists disappeared during the panic stirred up over Corona Virus. Nobody wanted to know about it and they determined to co-opt the virus to their cause. Not for nothing was their long time plan to rearrange the world economy for more centred “control” eventually seen as being assisted by Covid 19 panic. The UN and all the multi-national, green vested interests – political and (inevitably) financial – jumped in with both feet.
The chaos in Australian politics was greatly aided by turmoil within the ruling Liberal Party-National party coalition. In NSW their largest state and one in which they run the state government, it is controlled by a green faction, one tied to a green lobbyist group working for a series of green energy clients. They have a green-focused support group headed by their national president. The fact that money goes to various people who conceivably play a role in selecting their political candidates, shows just how “trust” should be in short supply until more evidence shows that it is warranted.
USA and Britain
We are all dealing with the corrupt mess that is the US political system and its massive list of fatally-compromised institutions, including the important ones of the Intelligence services, Dept of Justice and the FBI. The hugely-suspicious or corrupted election process which allowed the most contested election since the corruption-riddled one of 1960 to overthrow a president will forever taint the legitimacy of any “Biden” government. The blog had post after post about this when the attempted coup against Trump was in full swing and it will take up a lot of time in the future too. It must do so; what has happened and what potentially will now happen in future has potential for terrible, worldwide consequences. The mere fact that China was in danger of being fully checked by Trump and that, so far, any Biden cabinet seems, on the face of it, to be one friendly to both China and the world-influencing that it favours, shows plenty of incentive for China to sabotage Trump and/or boost Biden (and his team).
Britain is at a critical stage. Brexit, the people’s decision for independence from the EU, is being sabotaged from within and without. At the centre in the key role is a weak Prime Minster, Boris Johnson. Talking tough, talking No Deal options right now, there is every doubt in the world that he has the moral fortitude to hold out against EU demands for Britain to surrender its ancient sovereignty. That is, to bend the knee and agree to Britain accepting an ”independence” which must still rely on laws passed by a foreign parliament and to allow its waters to pass into the control of a foreign collection of nations and without any British control over what they do within them.
Onward, ever onward With so many institutions under attack, with more and more draconian proposals to suppress those freedoms which were created for us thanks to our freedom-loving forebears, minor things like this blog must continue and while ever we are not physically prevented from doing so, the free-flow of ideas and expression of them must be fought to the finish. This blog will continue to have that as the major ideal.
So many of the so-called “Fact checkers” are politicised apologists for left wing (liberal) causes, targeted at conservatives and often need fact checking themselves. So, it’s no surprise to see an example in the Coronavirus age, but rather new to see it camouflaged as a “fact check”, when basically all it contains is the attack on a comment by the Secretary of the US Veterans Administration study on a Coronavirus drug test.
An essential introduction must be to highlight that the obvious and open battle to condemn a possibly effective therapeutic drug for Coronavirus treatment as ineffective or even “dangerous” needs exposure and it is getting it. Hydroxychloriquine (used in combination with an antibiotic azithromycin) is the drug concerned and whilst it has been promising enough when used in various reported cases around the world, it is a given that more testing is needed. However, there is a persistent campaign against it from more than just the usual leftist media (for which media, President Trump advocating for it was probably all it needed anyway). Further opposition comes from sections of the medical community and on the surface, that is enough reason for investigation to be conducted.
The Veterans Administration Study
The anti-Hydroxychloriquine group got a boost when a sudden announcement in mid-April was made that a Veterans Administration study had shown poor results for Hydroxychloriquine, a Daily Mail review of which can be found here. The media went wild and are still quoting it as a nail in the coffin for Hydroxychloriquine. Of course it always takes a while – these days only a few hours if that- for these studies to be dissected and the facts as well as assumptions analysed and published. So the “more people died with it than without it” seems quite an insufficient description of the test conditions .
“That’s an observational study. It’s not a clinical study. It was done on a small number of veterans. Sadly, those of whom were in the last stages of life. And the drug was given to them. And I have to also say that the drug — we know the drug has been working on middle-age and younger veterans … working in stopping the progression of the disease.”
The comments of the Fact Check
author Hope Yen are stark
“Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is taking advocacy of an unproven drug for the coronavirus even farther than President Donald Trump, claiming without evidence that it’s safe and that it has been effective for young and middle-aged veterans in particular.”
Analysis: “Unproven” is misleading. “FDA approved” for use normally involves
“Double-blind randomised controlled trials (RCT) are the gold standard of clinical research” and whilst Hydroxychloriquine isn’t qualified by the FDA on that lengthy time frame, the fact checker claim could be put into the category of “Misleading” because she doesn’t say anything about the VA study in that context.
“claiming without evidence” is just a modern addition to commentary only since the advent of Trump, many times there being no “evidence” published in much of the media since opinion took over a lot of “fact reporting”.
Wilkie not only had his own evidence from the VA itself (unchallenged in any detail by Hope Yen OR co-author Marilynn Marchione) but he supposedly.
mischaracterized the study’s findings as he delved into an area of speculation by amateurs that his own agency has called “inaccurate and irresponsible.”
Mischaracterised the study’s findings? Speculation by amateurs? Not so in either case. Observational Study? Not a clinical study? Done on a small number of veterans? Those of whom were in the last stages of life? All correct as the study and true reporting shows!
The author herself did not mention that to have participants to whom only Hydroxychloriquine was given surely invalidated the VA results from the beginning. Only with other named drugs was Hydroxychloriquine recommended (or even tested) in other studies. None of these statements are able to be credibly “fact” challenged by Hope Yen. In the report her comment of “(it) was not a rigorous experiment” alone is shown to be close to the mark. The study was not peer reviewed and is not considered valid to determine clinical effect of this drug.
Criticisms of the VA study but which were not mentioned
The greatest attack on the study which Yen and her co-author did not mention was that of the other major advocate for the Hydroxychloriquine combination treatments, French Dr.Didier Raoult. Now this clinic has become famous/ notorious for being one of the first in the world to mention Hydroxychloriquine as a possible therapeutic part-answer to Coronavirus, but his comments on the actual VA test deserve to be looked at closely. His comments on the incidence of Lymphopenia being twice as common in the HCQ groups and that it correlates to fatality is one thing to note. So is the lateness of administering the HCQ treatment (post-intubation), even extremely late or “unreasonable” in fact. Finally, he notes that
“Incomprehensibly, the ‘untreated group’ actually received azithromycin in 30% of cases, without this group being analyzed in any distinct way. Azithromycin is also a proposed treatment for COVID-19 (Gautret 2020) with in-vitro efficacy.”
So there you have it. A Fact Check that raised more issues than it was supposed to solve and none of these issues, I submit, were dealt with appropriately. However, the peculiarities of this severely anti-Hydroxychloriquine campaign, especially when there is a (new) rival Gilead drug in testing, the starkly different media, political and medical bureaucratic treatments of nearly identical trial hiccups stand out. The reasons for that should be studied.
The Trump era American political media was always going to
be affected by the Coronavirus era. National Interest to finally bring a stop to
the 90%-plus unfavourable coverage of the Trump administration? Not on your life.
This article from the Guardian USA was begging to be exposed
as a highly-politicised Coronavirus narrative. Such a minor piece, minor subject,
yet highly politicised as is the way of things these days. Neverending.
It was meant to praise a Democrat Kentucky Governor Beshear for his efforts but then compare him favourably with a neighbouring Republican Governor. Sounds easy enough, get the facts and statistics, interview a few people to show how well Kentucky was (and is) doing compared with neighbouring Tennessee and that’s it, write it up. This was the heading.
The problem with this particular plan is that you had better get the statistics onside before you claim so boldly what you think you have found.
The whole article can be found here and its evidence in praise of the Democrat Governor of Kentucky is pretty basic and found early on. A “Man of the People” descrfiption, his calling of a Coronavirus emergency on 6 March, getting schools to close from March 16 and on that day closing bars and restaurants. Further, as the Guardian puts it:
“on the 19th he banned all mass gatherings, including church services; and on the 22nd he announced the closure of all businesses that were not “life sustaining”
Andrew Cuomo-like conferences early on, with a lot of good
talks to Kentucky people about what they had to do, describe what the danger was
etc. Many governors would do that I suspect, but these were the moves and times
the Kentucky governor chose.
The nominated “rival” Governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee wasn’t so sure such actions were needed as early as in Kentucky and he held off with sweeping bans for a week. Yes a week later. His reasoning was described this way,
While Lee issued recommendations for Tennesseans to avoid crowds, he said no mandates were necessary to keep them apart, that the state’s residents could be trusted to do their part without government interference.
What is only mentioned later is that the capital Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville had their own health departments and they made decisions about closures on health grounds and didn’t have to get Governor Lee’s approval. That makes a lot of the supposed comparisons re the actual “changes”, less stark, I suggest.
A “defence” of Tennessee is this
Tennessee has conducted more testing and has a higher population and Winter, the epidemiologist, says it’s more useful to look at hospitalizations, though that data is harder to acquire
Hospitalisations are compared at the end of this article.
Tennessee is reopening and closures will not extend beyond
April 30, joining other neighbouring (Republican) states Georgia and South
Did Kentucky do any better? Obviously not under most
From the Corona
Tracking Project we see the following statistics
Total testing: Hospitalisation
Kentucky 42,844 1115 191
Tennessee 123,100 793 170
Cases per Mil Deaths p/m Tests p/m
Kentucky 784 43 9.649
Tennessee 1,243 28 18,508
So, do these statistics show backing for the headline?
Hardly. Kentucky might have acted earlier and the opinions of the state citizens
might be favourable to Governor Beshear. However, while statistics show more cases
per million for Tennessee (1,243 v 784) the testing is nearly 2-to-one to
Tennessee (18, 508 v 9649). Deaths are also lower in Tennessee.
Note, not that any of this matters. This was just a partisan article, perhaps a neighbouring states partisanship, but the effort of each state is no doubt done in good faith by those governors. If the Guardian article was as political as it seems, it was so shoddy that it fell apart at first analysis. For the immediate future, take note of this Cuomo reference about antibody tests. It just might (and possibly will) have historians arguing how wasteful was this shutdown policy
This is a post on the often vastly-different opinions about reopening economies even while Coronavirus statistics show the threats from it have a “down slope“ (even with the dreadfully inaccurate models being used so far).
Following the Covid Tracking Project and depending on the accuracy of its figures, much information can be gained to question various public statements by officials and the media.
So, for what it’s worth, here are some summations made from
my personal analysis of the figures I am seeing. Note that all figures can be
checked from the constantly updated website of the Covid Tracking Project itself.
What they tell us
about the emergency needs as constantly shown in media.
New York has been in the news constantly, often, it seems to
me, because it highlights the media wish for President Donald Trump to be (negatively?)
compared to the future media favourite, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York. In truth,
Trump and the federal government gave overwhelming assistance to New York and
just as well, too, because these statistics for New York (from anywhere and everywhere
you look) showed that New York was the bottomless pit of bad statistics – and still
is. Massive infection numbers, deaths, ICU and ventilator use and, by its
statistics being over-emphasised in the terrible IMHE virus model used to drive
federal policy, these terrible NY stats actually led to poor policy responses
in many other states.
Looking at the actual statistics, New York is still badly
hit, with 758 dying overnight and a total of 9,385 deaths so far. However, while
its hospitalisation is extremely high at 18,707, the broken/useless IMHE model
had predicted that it would have needed over 60,000 nearly a week ago! Going on
the Cuomo-claimed demand for “40,000” extra ventilators, NY has 5,198 people in
ICU now, far less ventilators required, even if every single patient in ICU
needed them. In other words, if every hospital in New York was full (and they
are not) probably just the stored ventilators plus the ones Trump and the government
sent would easily cover that.
Comparable US States
of Note re virus
California is the largest state in America by population and
it has over 12,000 homeless on the streets, with typhus and other diseases prevalent
among them. It seemed ready to be badly affected by this virus. Washington (and
Seattle) had also been affected early, both states having a large Chinese working
and university population with many travel links to China. Washington and California
were both hit as early as New York yet their statistics have never been
anything like New York and are flat-lining while NY is still aiming for the
stars. Note that California has more than twice the population of New York,
Hospitalisation ICU Deaths
New York 18,707 5,198 9,385
New Jersey 7,604 1,914 2,350
California 5,234 1,539 651
Washington 642 191 491
Other major industrial states had relatively high figures also, such as Michigan 1487 deaths (1582 ICU), Illinois 3680 in hospital (1166 in ICU). In all of these other states, they have not only enough equipment but some are offloading it to other States (California, Washington).
Special Case Florida
Florida is the 3rd largest state in the USA and
has a conservative governor Ron DeSantis. He kept the state open for a long
time, defying all the experts, official and unofficial (ie media) . I am not
sure if he was trying for “herd immunity” whereby you protect the extremely
vulnerable but allow a virus to go through a society. This entails “accepting” casualties
at the start until a joint immunity comes into the population and operations
get back to normal without an economy having to be closed or a people generally
isolated. At this “end”, total casualties are assumed to be far less and time
taken much less than with the shut-down policy. Sweden is one of the only
nations trying this and it is keenly watched.
Florida Governor DeSantis only ordered a state-wide shutdown
from April 2 and the test of this in his state will come within days. At the
moment deaths and statistics are relatively low, wit 465 deaths and a cumulative
total of hospitalisations of a comparative few of 2,772.
and the possibility of reopening of the economy
It isn’t only the USA where controversy around reopening the economy is sometimes about politics. The US election on November 3 is a vital date and many people have said openly they would wish for a recession if it would stop Trump, Bill Maher for one. With the flimsy impeachment and the travesty of the Russiagate enquiry for two years, anything is possible. The Cloward-Piven strategy to destroy the US economy prior to its rebuilding under the new plan is still in evidence everywhere, but controversy about reopening isn’t confined to the USA so there are legitimate grounds for disagreement on if/when economies can restart.
As always “too early” could mean a flare up of the virus and
horrendous figures are passed around, often from models which, while they might
have been discredited on their total predictions, some still show a creditable
direction of a possible revival of the virus. I note how most negative surveys allow
for a complete reopening with no restrictions of anyone or no restrictions of
the vulnerable segment of the population, neither of which are proposed in any of
the touted reopening plans.
Naming US states to
Considering losses caused to States through the mere closure
of numerous small businesses and also consider that a number of states are
virtually virus-free anyway. Taking the no- shutdown states (and I am still
curious why the media and some politicos demanded Pres Trump order them to shut
down – unless it was to blame him *for* the shutdowns), but they seem to be relatively
unaffected. Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, North and South Dakota and zero-deaths Wyoming
might not be the heavy industry heartland, but with multiples of other states with
under 30 fatalities and virtually minuscule hospitalisations, surely that will
allow consideration of a careful, targeted reopening of parts of their economies.
States such as West Virginia, Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine,
Montana, New Hampshire and even New Mexico, having very low deaths and hospitalisations,
many businesses of varying sizes could get a start. If these states and various
cities within them carefully protected the vulnerable elderly or those with
co-morbidities that, added to increased testing, especially antibody testing allowing
authorities to be able to name “safe” workers, there seems no need to shut down
and possibly kill parts of the economies of many states.
The White House briefing on 31 March Washington time was
It cleared up much controversy, dealt with medical and modelling confusion and took a good hard look at the way their stated death and infection rates have been used in the political media. In so doing it also, in the course of the briefing, brought into focus – and answered -some of the most important political attacks on President Donald Trump and his handling of this Coronavirus emergency.
Ever since Donald Trump announced emphatically on 23
March that he would like to restart the
economy sooner rather than have “the cure be worse than the problem itself”,
much controversy rose about whether that was the right or wrong decision One of
the major weapons against that decision was a series of models showing huge
death figures unless the status quo of shut down measures was maintained.
The virus taskforce led by the two pre-eminent medical
leaders Drs Fauci and Birx based their
advice to President Trump on those models, done by a number of outside
institutes. It included a controversial
one from Imperial in London but relied on a key one, by Chris Murray and his
Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation from University of Washington, which
was said by Dr Birx on a number of occasions to be basing calculations on all
current detail and updated constantly. This fact was repeated at this briefing on
The Trump administration decision to extend their
preventative measures for another 30 days was based on advice which quoted the
100,000-200,000 deaths calculated on the basis of the Washington model. But it
had problems, such problems being laid out at todays briefing for all to see.
Washington model not
representative of the whole USA at all.
The model being used to calculate an America-wide response and America wide prediction of infection and deaths was calculated after being heavily skewed towards the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut figures which, according to the graph presented, were very high compared to all others. This included a very large state (California) and states which had a very early incidence of the virus and deaths (California and Washington State). Talks showed that New York and its large numbers and deaths were not readily relatable to or to be used as a basis for calculations in the other states. The other states and the USA as a whole, could trend in a different direction to either New York or the graph! It was noted that while the New York and New Jersey figures were on a steep trajectory, those of California and Washington State were so low as to be almost flat lining in comparison.
One truism from Dr Fauci today was that the models were only as good as the assumptions put into them.
New York late
New York was also shown to have started late tackling the virus problem and there is evidence that the Mayor’s staff and Dept of Health leader in early February encouraged much attendance at crowded places, such as Chinese New Year celebrations where there were many thousands of people. And the mayor as recently as March 6, was on TV recommending New Yorkers to go out to dinner as normal!
New York Governor as
rival to President Trump in 2020
This has been mentioned many times, not only because Joe Biden is not a strong candidate, but because Governor Cuomo, as is President Trump himself, gaining popularity because they are controlling their individual responses to the virus emergency and are on TV every day.
The Democratic press have been giving Cuomo very favourable publicity and that was seen as boosting him. The corresponding definitely bad publicity to Trump – blaming him for shortages – e.g. ventilators, when thousands were already stored in NY and later, Cuomo having to admit when pressed, that he was holding some back because they were not yet needed.
This negative to Cuomo was added to in this briefing when the comparisons to Washington State and California showed that New York was late to the fight against the virus and that it cannot be blamed on Trump. Whether or not Trump and his administration might have erred in some way, the results for other states with large populations or large and early deaths show that they are nothing like New York.
severely countered by the health specialists
Was Trump late in starting to close down movement in answer to the virus outbreak?
The health experts Fauci and Birx stated that in the early
days when first Chinese figures of 50,000 affected came in it was, as Dr Birx
put it, the “medical community” saw it as just a SARs like outbreak, or
flu-like and not a pandemic. So a pandemic
was not on their horizon at that early stage.
Should Trump have been into mitigation measures earlier than he did so (ie the travel bans on Jan 31)?
Dr Birx said that whether or not the virus was in the USA at
that time is unable to be gauged until antibody tests are done much later when
all the old blood tests of that time are analysed. In any case, mitigation
would have been useless without such information. ( Note: Could they have got
away with a close down on that little information I wonder?).
Trump was asked directly should he have acted earlier and he replied that his move for travel bans in spite of opposition everywhere did a huge amount to stop the virus being imported. And he again stated how much opposition he had received from the media and politicians to his move. The move to stop visitors was backed by the health experts at the briefing.
It has been terrible to see how the world-famous law
enforcement/crime heart of the organisation has been dragged low down by the
counter intelligence section, exposed by the whole Trump/Russia saga. As the days
of reckoning come closer and Nemesis approaches for the guilty, worrying
examples of the FBI’s fall are in evidence everywhere. As the documents
continue to be released from where they have been hidden, the anger will grow,
but those of us who knew the FBI and loved its institutions and former
integrity mourn for what the world has lost.
FISA Court Criminality and gross negligence passed off as “accidents”? .
The latest hammer blows to the integrity of the FBI came with the Inspector Generals report into the FISA court abuse. The FISA Court (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) was used and abused by the FBI leadership and every underling who was part of the process. The huge powers of the FISA court were used to put the Trump campaign under surveillance through now-discredited documents, the infamous “dossier” by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.
The FBI was excoriated by that OIG report and it’s
dishonesty in at least the case where false information was intentionally
provided to the court to gain one of the two discredited FISA applications
against Carter Page,
As professor Margaret Cleveland showed in The Federalist:-
The IG’s report on the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI’s handling of the Carter Page surveillance applications established 17 significant inaccuracies and omissions in the FISA application and renewals.
All “accidents”? One could doubt that.
Dossier was doubtful very early
Thanks to the OIG report we also know that within a few weeks of the inauguration of President Trump the FBI knew that the dossier information on which the first FISA applications were made were discredited. By the very person who was alleged to have given that information to the dossier author Steele!
The OIG report itself shows that and, by implication, any worthwhile, half-competent law
enforcement body would have picked up on the weakness, not go on to continue an
operation against a then-sitting president of the United States! Pp 186 & 7
are enough to show it but to continue it on for over 2 years in spite of that?
Trump Tower Meeting
June 2016 was a similar disgrace for the FBI
So much was made of the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr, the then campaign director Paul Manafort, the Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and various Russians, one of whom ( Natalia Veselnitskaya) had been working for Fusion GPS the entity which employed Steele who had created the discredited dossier. Meeting with Glen Simpson head of Fusion GPS before and after the meeting with Trump and Co, was the Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya.
While there were many doubts and the Trump camp always insisted that the bulk of the meeting was about the Magnitsky Act and adoption of Russian children (the Russians lobbying for some time to get the Magnitsky Act repealed), the allegation in all the legacy media and Democrats was that the meeting was an attempt to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. “Opposition Research” on a campaign is an old tactic and not illegal, but it was from a supposed tie to the Russian government through Veselnitskaya that over two years of official investigation, leaks and innuendo were splashed all over the Trump administration. Note: not once did any comment come from the FBI or any of its media favourites that there was anything but suspicion attached to this meeting.
showing the truth about the false “investigation”.
Everyone is onto this now, but the whole analysis was first printed
by an expert online investigator, going by the screen name of Undercover Huber
(@JohnWHuber). This is a parody of the real-life mystery man Huber, the
prosecutor who hasn’t been much heard of in the years since he was supposed to
be investigating the Clinton Foundation.
Undercover Huber has analysed documents, the release of FBI 302 documents (documents which are meant to record the actual detail of FBI interviews with suspects and others when in a formal setting) through the FBI Vault system. In this case the actual documents are available here.
Huber noted that in the FBI Vault release, evidence was provided that the FBI knew a mere four days after the Trump Tower meeting that there was no collusion between the Russian parties present and the Trump campaign members. This evidence was not from some mere member of either “side” where the credit of the witness could be put in doubt by that fact. This informant was the interpreter but one who had contracted for the US State Department for years, named Anatoli Samochornov, and whose wife actually worked for them during the Hillary time there!
The 302 showing his comments are basic, stark – and final.
There was no collusion.
FBI going on from
While my personal view is that the law enforcement side
should be split from the counter intelligence and every other section and
retain the name “FBI”, this worrying episode needs more than basic structural
or cosmetic change. This needs reform root and branch because what we see and
hear (all over social media, at least) is “don’t trust the FBI as it is now
constituted”. This is intolerable.
For the FBI to know the falsity of allegations so soon to
the time they were made, to continue years of investigations and surveillance –
even on a president and his administration – years before anything was
announced or the investigations ceased is a massive scandal.
It is too important to the world to lose what we had in an
FBI which was respected everywhere. That ‘respect can never be retained (or
regained) while these issues are unresolved through major reform