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Tuesday • September 27 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXXIX

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Biden Administration Provides the Taliban with a ‘Kill List’

Fri, 2021-08-27 13:48 +0000

From J.E. Dyer at Liberty Unyielding:

This post will not be a synoptic summary.  It will focus, for want of time, on two major errors committed by the administration in the last couple of days.

One is the information many will have seen that the Biden administration has given to the Taliban.  The report is from Thursday afternoon; the claim by Politico is that “U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport.”

Politico cites an unnamed defense official with this blunt reaction:  “Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list.  It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”

CENTCOM didn’t comment, but Biden did in response to a question at his Thursday press conference:  “There have been occasions when our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this, for example, this bus is coming through with X number of people on it, made up of the following group of people. We want you to let that bus or that group through.”

That’s as bad an answer as simply acknowledging that Politico’s version of the same fatal error is correct.

Read the rest here.

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From the Babylon Bee

Fri, 2021-08-27 13:23 +0000

Like all good satire, there is an element of truth:

Biden Demands Whoever The President Is Take Full Responsibility For This Mess

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a forceful press conference today, Biden called for whoever the President is to "clean up this mess" in Afghanistan.

"Listen folks, this is ridiculous!" said President Biden. "Who's running this country anyway? I demand accountability! The President must be held responsible for this debacle!" 

Read the rest here.

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India's Ivermectin Blackout

Fri, 2021-08-27 12:25 +0000

Ivermectin defeats the Delta variant in India.

News of India's defeat of the Delta variant should be common knowledge. It is just about as obvious as the nose on one's face. It is so clear when one looks at the graphs that no one can deny it.

Yet, for some reason, we are not allowed to talk about it. Thus, for example, Wikipedia cannot mention the peer-reviewed meta-analyses by Dr. Tess Lawrie or Dr. Pierre Kory published in the American Journal of Therapeutics.  

https://www.thedesertreview.com/opinion/columnists/wikipedia-and-a-pint-of-gin/article_22ffa0d8-dde9-11eb-be75-d7b0b1f2ff67.html

Wikipedia is not allowed to publish the recent meta-analysis on Ivermectin authored by Dr. Andrew Hill. Furthermore, it is not allowed to say anything concerning www.ivmmeta.com showing the 61 studies comprising 23,000 patients which reveal up to a 96% reduction in death [prophylaxis] with Ivermectin.

Read the rest here.  And read the comments as well.

Hat tip The Burning Platform.

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Thinking About Re-election, Joe?

Fri, 2021-08-27 10:10 +0000

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Joe Biden

Fri, 2021-08-27 10:08 +0000
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Peter Daszak and Ralph Baric

Thu, 2021-08-26 20:21 +0000

Who Created COVID-19?

It’s now widely known that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was responsible for sending millions of U.S. federal dollars to the Wuhan Lab of Virology in China to support extremely dangerous “gain of function” research (a term of art for bioweapons research) via third-party proxies like EcoHealth Alliance.

Clearly, Fauci was funding this dangerous research on weaponizing bat coronaviruses, but who were the scientists actually manipulating and genetically altering these bat coronaviruses into “chimeras” in a lab? Who actually created COVID-19? Here’s some obvious truths that the corporate media won’t tell you.

1) In 2015, an article in NATURE magazine discussed how a bat coronavirus had been engineered in a lab — which stirred up a debate about dangerous "gain of function" research. The researchers had created a “chimera” virus made up of a surface protein of SHC014 from horseshoe bat in China and the backbone of a SARS virus.

The people who defended this research in the article were: Ralph Baric at UNC and Peter Daszak at EcoHealth Alliance.

Be sure to read the rest here.

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Why is nobody asking, who Joe Biden is beholden to?

Thu, 2021-08-26 20:18 +0000

Most Americans know that America is quite capable of winning wars.  It's the political will that is always lacking.  During the American Civil War, it was just the opposite.  It took several years before President Lincoln found a general who would fight — Ulysses S. Grant. 

In the spring of 1864, Grant arrived in Virginia to test himself against the man who would become his greatest antagonist. Having defeated many U.S. generals, Lee was once again looking for a single victory that might end all hostilities. Grant, however, was unlike anyone Lee had met before. His goal was not Richmond. Grant was determined to destroy Lee's Army, whatever the cost in lives and materials. He made clear his plan to Maj. Gen. George Meade, "Lee's Army will be your objective point. Wherever Lee goes there you will go also." Grant stayed in the field, at Meade's side, to make sure that his overall strategy was carried out.

The destruction of the Taliban army was never an American objective.  As the Taliban celebrate their victory over America in Afghanistan, conventional wisdom has it that America is exiting an endless, unwinnable war — Vietnam redux.  But our humiliation at the hands of the Taliban was not through a defeat on the battlefield.  The Taliban victory was a political decision, one that the White House struggles to cast as Joe Biden's carefully considered decision.  It's hard to imagine.

The notion that there was a single incompetent decision made to abandon Afghanistan defies both logic and common sense. It was a matter of high government policy that the United States depart Afghanistan, abandon military equipment, and leave both Americans and our allies to the tender mercies of the radical Islamic Taliban.

The exit from Afghanistan, then, appears designed to accomplish two things: first, to demoralize the American military and the American people. Over 22,000 American service personnel have been killed or injured in Afghanistan. Every American knows someone who served there. Knowing full well that the Afghan military would not defend the country, there could be little doubt that the United States was turning the country over to the Taliban. Moreover, the US did so with the appearance of being run out of the country in shame and defeat. One can only assume this was meant to demonstrate to American servicemen that their sacrifice had been in vain, and to the American people that our cause of defending America from the scourge of radical Islam was not just.

America is back, Joe?  If this horrendous abandonment of Afghanistan was Joe Biden's decision, why is nobody asking, who is Joe Biden beholden to?

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Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate

Wed, 2021-08-25 18:30 +0000

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Remember when New York was the Gold Standard for Managing the Pandemic?

Wed, 2021-08-25 17:51 +0000
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Surrender-In-Chief

Wed, 2021-08-25 16:46 +0000
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A History of American Policy Makers in Denial

Wed, 2021-08-25 12:51 +0000

According to Andrew McCarthy, America has been in denial over the true nature of the Taliban from the get-go.

President Obama insisted that violent jihadism is not reflective of any authentic construction of Islam. President Bush insisted that freedom is the longing of every human heart. Neither of these things is true in principle, and the Taliban are demonstrative proof of their falsity.

The Taliban are scholars and students of sharia (Islam’s ancient law and societal framework). They know much more about the subject than Obama. And while it is obvious that many people long for things other than freedom, it is even more obvious that the Taliban know what is in what passes for their own hearts, and those of other fundamentalist Muslims, better than Bush ever could. As it happens, the Taliban abominate the Western ideal of freedom. It contradicts their basic conceit that the good life calls for perfect submission to sharia — the opposite of freedom.

Now, being wrong about basic things would not be such a problem if Obama and Bush had been expressing mere opinions. Alas, for them and the governments they superintended, their delusions were articles of faith, on which they were as implacable as the Taliban are about their own articles of faith. The bigger problem is that Obama and Bush — and, indeed, every American administration from Clinton through Biden — based U.S. government policy on their delusions, in essence saying, “Never mind what the Taliban tell us about themselves. We know better.”

Thus, the ludicrous foundation of American policy on Afghanistan for a generation has been that the Taliban are not what they are — jihadist enemies of the United States who are committed to a sharia-supremacist worldview, which holds that establishing sharia law and mores everywhere is the highest duty. The Taliban hewed to an interpretation of Islam that Obama refused to acknowledge as authentic, its support by 14 centuries of revered Muslim scholarship notwithstanding. The Taliban denied that there is a relentless human urge for freedom, maintaining, to the contrary, that the rejection of sharia is intolerably sinful. They were unabashed on these points.

Read the rest here.
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Twitter: 'Misleading... This tweet can't be replied to, shared, or liked.'

Wed, 2021-08-25 11:22 +0000
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New Hampshire GOP Voters Love Secure Borders and Trump

Tue, 2021-08-24 22:44 +0000

In an exclusive New Hampshire poll, GOP voters said they love Trump.

Asked which best described their view of the former president — He was a good president and I want him to run again; he was a good president but it’s time for someone new; or he was a bad president who should go away — Granite State Republicans overwhelmingly said they want him to run again (65 percent)

Just 9 percent of Republicans joined the “Never Trumpers.”

“These numbers make it clear that for now, New Hampshire Republicans love Trump and the path to winning a presidential primary runs through him, whether he runs or not,” one longtime GOP insider told NHJournal.

They’re also a potential problem for outspoken Trump critic Ayotte, who may struggle to hold onto primary voters if her opponents focus on her record regarding Trump. At the same time, Ayotte also helped guide Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, through his Senate confirmation and served on the former president’s Afghanistan Study Group.

“She did her part to help President Trump once he was in office,” veteran GOP strategist Tom Rath said. “There’s no reason she can’t hold these voters.”

Still, the New Hampshire Republican electorate is a lot more “Trump” than it is “traditional Republican.”

Read the rest here.

Hat tip Nashua Patch.

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Rebirth of a Terrorist Safe Haven

Tue, 2021-08-24 18:25 +0000

Did you know that the word "Taliban" means "student"?

The Taliban say they follow the tradition-bound Salafist school of Sunni Islam that hews to the Islamic teachings of the first three generations of Muslim believers, beginning with the Prophet Muhammad’s generation.

The teachings of these “pious predecessors,” as they are called by Salafists, form the basis for what their adherents follow today, including a rejection of religious innovations in Islam since the eighth century.

The Sunni/Salafist Islamic school “is one of the strictest interpretations of the Islamic tradition,” where the “literal meaning is adhered to. And any input by intuitive reason is doubted or rejected,” said Abdulaziz Sachedina, the International Institute of Islamic Thought chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax.

In the case of the Taliban, adherence to its particular brand of Salafist teaching includes a strict subjugation of women and the rejection of non-Islamic images. In early 2001, the Taliban destroyed two giant Buddhas carved into cliffs in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, which were decreed to be “idols” opposed to their interpretation of Shariah law, the Islamic legal code covering almost every aspect of daily life.

During its previous period of ruling Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban were noted for closing schools that educated young girls, banning females from most professions, and forcing women to wear the burqa, an all-covering dress. Press reports indicate that after this month’s takeover, women are again required to wear burqas and cannot leave their homes unless accompanied by a male relative. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that female journalists working for state television were stopped from going to work.

Could Joe Biden believe the Taliban will be different this time around?  Does it matter what Joe Biden believes?  Who's in charge of this mess?

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Busta says eff yo mask

Tue, 2021-08-24 15:32 +0000
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The Secret Rise of Transgender Children

Tue, 2021-08-24 10:43 +0000

It's all the rage.

“What we are seeing is absolutely a social contagion of vulnerable kids, mostly girls,” Littlejohn said further. “Many of these adolescents are isolated, socially awkward, and have a difficult time fitting in and making friends. Some are gifted and many are on the autism spectrum. They latch on to a transgender identity believing all their angst and insecurities will disappear and they are immediately praised by peers and teachers. Transgender identities have become glorified by the mainstream media, the entertainment industry, and social media. It’s a social contagion like anorexia, affecting vulnerable teens. But it’s being celebrated and it’s spreading like wildfire.”

Read the rest here.

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The Hidden Costs of War and Inflation

Mon, 2021-08-23 22:03 +0000

The following article was provided by Jp Cortez, Policy Director for the Sound Money Defense League.

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The somber photos and videos that have come out of Afghanistan lead many to wonder whether the 20-year conflict was worth the cost.

According to the Associated Press, through April, more than 172,000 people (American and otherwise) have died in the course of the War in Afghanistan. The estimated amount of direct Afghanistan and Iraq war costs that the United States has debt-financed: over $2 trillion.

The estimated principal and interest owed by 2050: up to $6.5 trillion.

This war, as with much of government spending, isn’t paid by money the government has. It’s borrowed into existence.

The financial costs of debt-financed spending by today’s decision makers will burden future generations. The pain of printing trillions of unbacked bills isn’t felt immediately, so the gravity of the action is subtle, but the end result is unavoidable.

When Congress granted then-President George W. Bush the authority to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against those involved with the 9/11 a week after the attacks, the federal government went down a course set for monetary ruin.

$1 in 2001 had the purchasing power of $1.54 today. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 2.19% per year between 2001 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 54.15%.

That means that today’s prices are 1.54 times higher than average prices in 2001, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, a measure that notoriously understates real-world inflation as a result of deploying clever hedonic adjustments, geometric weighting, and substitutions that tend to paint a rosier picture.

Said another way, a dollar today buys no more than 65% of what it could buy in 2001. And by other measures besides the flawed CPI, it buys even less.

The government’s borrowing has accelerated rapidly to the upside since the COVID lockdowns and emergency “stimulus” efforts. That portends potentially much higher rates of inflation ahead.

Last week, Bloomberg reported that food prices in July were up 31% from the same month last year, according to an index compiled by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Substituting chicken breast for Angus beef… or the less expensive chicken thigh for chicken breast might be an innocuous sacrifice, but what if you are now having trouble affording chicken at all?

Inflation harms the poorest among us. Individuals with means can invest in assets that protect against dollar devaluation. Gold and silver, real estate, even a try at the casino known as the stock market—there are many options for better healed investors.

But what about wage earners? Senior citizens on fixed income? Those trying to save some a little extra for the future?

Those most harmed by the increased costs are those already struggling to afford these things. Dollar menus at fast food restaurants have vanished while the costs of homes, food, cars, college tuition, and medicine, have soared.

One of sound money’s most central features is that it restricts government spending to only what can be extracted from the populace through taxation. A print-and-spend approach to monetary policy enables wasteful and fruitless government expenditures, such as, for example, unpopular decades-long wars.

For 20 years, Americans fought a war that cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Many are left questioning whether the cost of this war was worth it.

There are many costs that are apparent, but the sapping away of the dollar’s purchasing power—and the theft of wealth from all of those who hold it – is among the greatest cost of all.

Image: Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon

Jp Cortez is the Policy Director for the Sound Money Defense League, a non-partisan, national public policy group working to restore sound money at the state and federal level and publisher of the Sound Money Index.

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Will the U.S. Currency Regime Fall?

Wed, 2021-08-18 22:57 +0000

The following article was provided by Stefan Gleason, President of Money Metals Exchange.

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Afghanistan has fallen. The U.S. government’s nearly two-decade-long, multi-trillion-dollar “nation building” effort in the troubled, tribal country may now have nothing to show for itself.

“President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials have been stunned by the pace of the Taliban’s nearly complete takeover of Afghanistan,” reports the Associated Press.

Unsurprisingly, they didn’t see it coming. Central planners almost never do.

They imagine their carefully constructed expert models backed by reams of data points and implemented with overwhelmingly superior resources will ensure victory. But to paraphrase the late former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, there are “unknown unknowns” that make forecasting future events impossible.

When it comes to the economy and anticipating downturns and crashes, central planners also have a horrible track record.

The Federal Reserve’s outlook always assumes steady growth. Then when officials are caught off guard by adverse events, they rush in after the fact with stimulus.

As markets price in expectations of being bailed out by the Fed, valuations grow richer. Capital gets reallocated to Wall Street and big banks – and away from segments of the economy that have no direct Fed backstopping.

The financialization of the economy via the open-ended proliferation of irredeemable currency has been an experiment five decades in the making.

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s order revoking the U.S. dollar’s redeemability in gold.

That default marked the end of the post-World War II Bretton Woods system that had made the U.S. dollar the world’s reserve currency. It ushered in the beginning of an entirely new currency regime.

Although there has been political continuity linking the original Constitutional dollar to the current one, they really aren’t the same currencies either in character or in purchasing power.

There have been multiple devaluations and de-linkages from gold and silver along the way. And since 1971, the U.S. “dollar” has become entirely a fiat currency – redeemable in nothing and backed by nothing but faith.

A new currency regime will eventually emerge. Whether it’s a digital dollar, a global currency, or something else – perhaps even a market-based currency order that incorporates precious metals – remains to be seen.

Whether the current currency regime collapses suddenly like the puppet government in Afghanistan or gets gradually phased out is also difficult to predict. Too many unknown unknowns.

What is knowable is that the post-1971 U.S. “dollar” is destined to continue losing value. And that means gold stands to rise when measured in unbacked Federal Reserve Notes.

Five decades ago, gold prices traded in the low $40s per ounce – if you can believe it. Since then, gold has run up to a high of over $2,000.

That’s simply a reflection of the loss of the dollar’s purchasing power… a devaluation of 98% when measured against the constant of gold bullion.

The Fed’s own stated goal is for the currency to lose at least 2% of its value every single year to inflation. The latest consumer price and producer price data show it running at more than double that rate right now.

Fed officials could turn out to be wrong about their “transitory” inflation outlook, like they have been about so many other things.

Or they could be straight-up lying about their actual inflation intentions to try to prevent a panic out of Treasury bonds and a corresponding rush into hard assets.

The truth about inflation will ultimately be revealed not by officials or experts, but by real-world, on-the-ground prices.

 

Stefan Gleason is President of Money Metals Exchange, the company recently named "Best Overall Online Precious Metals Dealer" by Investopedia. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gleason is a seasoned business leader, investor, political strategist, and grassroots activist. Gleason has frequently appeared on national television networks such as CNN, FoxNews, and CNBC and in hundreds of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, TheStreet, and Seeking Alpha.

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Foreign Jihadis Flocking to Afghanistan

Sun, 2021-08-15 12:15 +0000

The election of Barack Obama and the hurried troop withdrawal from Iraq in favor of the more important fight in Afghanistan facilitated the establishment of the ISIS caliphate in the Middle East.  Under President Donald Trump, the caliphate was all but destroyed.  The installation of Joe Biden in the White House through the stolen election of 2020, along with another hasty withdrawal of troops, is sowing the seeds for a re-established ISIS caliphate in Afghanistan.  Good work, Joe.

Professor Anthony Glees, from Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, predicted Afghanistan will soon become a “crucible of Islamist terror”.

The Taliban previously hosted Al-Qaeda and according to terrorism expert Rafaello Pantucci, they operate a policy that welcomes anyone who shares their warped views.

Should the Taliban take over Afghanistan once again, it’s likely jihadis from around the world – including ISIS – will set up bases there, says Pantucci from the defence think-tank RUSI.

ISIS will then start to use Afghanistan as a safe haven for coordinating attacks on the west – with even a 9/11 scale attack possible.

Read the rest here.

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Sununu Says Get Vaccinated — No Mandates, No Emergency Orders

Sat, 2021-08-14 16:13 +0000

Governor Chris Sununu urges vaccines rather than mandates or new emergency orders as New Hampshire looks at a possible fall surge in covid cases.

No Going Back To Mask Mandates

While Chan [Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist] announced recommendations for universal masking in schools on a call with officials Wednesday, on Thursday Sununu stressed New Hampshire state government is not requiring any measures as kids head back to school. The governor said that the state of emergency has ended in New Hampshire and it was in place when people had few tools.

There were staffing shortages, few materials such as masks and PPE, and there was a need to protect the public with such mandates. That led to people having to stay home, schools and business closings, and a lot of upheaval.

"Right now, individuals have every means of control by getting that vaccine, age 12 and up," he said. "It is in their control to do that.

Going back to a state of emergency might be possible if the hospital system became overwhelmed, he said.Looking at other states, including ones in New England that have higher percentages of people vaccinated, the governor said "I am not frustrated with where the state is."

Let's do some arithmetic.  WorldOmeter.info continues to track covid cases and covid fatalities worldwide.  As of Friday, August 13, the numbers for New Hampshire (scroll down to number 45) looked like this:

  • Population:  1,894,901
  • Total Number of Covid Cases:  102,901
  • Total Number of Covid Deaths:  1,395
  • Total New Cases on Friday:  242
  • Total New Deaths on Friday:  1

Dividing Total Number of Covid Cases by Population says that over the course of the pandemic, people living in New Hampshire had a 7.57% chance of contracting Covid. 

Dividing Total Number of Covid Deaths by Total Number of Covid Cases says that people living in New Hampshire had a 1.36% chance of dying from Covid.  In other words, the survival rate among the infected is 98.64%.

Dividing Total Number of Covid Deaths by Population says that people living in New Hampshire had a 0.10% chance of contracting Covid and dying from it.  In other words, the survival rate among the New Hampshire population is 99.9%.

Resistance to infection and survivability will vary based on each person's state of health.  But the facts still argue in favor of Governor Sununu's approach.  There is a lot of talk about the delta variant being more contagious, but not much information on fatalities.  According to WorlOmeter, New Hampshire's July rise in active Covid cases has not been matched by a rise in daily Covid deaths.  It makes better sense to direct resources toward protecting the vulnerable than imposing blanket mandates such as lockdowns and masks, the value of which are open to question.

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