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NATOstan Robots Versus the Heavenly Horses of Multipolarity – The entire West is waiting at the room at the station with black curtains – and no trains. – by Pepe Escobar – https://strategic-culture.su/news/2023/08/29/natostan-robots-versus-the-heavenly-horses-of-multipolarity/ – “We will all need plenty of time and introspection to analyze the full range of game-changing vectors unleashed by the unveiling of BRICS 11 last week in South Africa… Yet time waits for no one. The Empire will (italics mine) strike back in full force; in fact its multi-hydra Hybrid War tentacles are already on display… Here and here I have attempted two rough drafts of History on the birth of BRICS 11. Essentially, what the Russia-China strategic partnership is accomplishing, one (giant) step at a time, is also multi-vectorial: – expanding BRICS into an alliance to fight against U.S. non-diplomacy. – counter-acting the sanctions dementia. – promoting alternatives to SWIFT. – promoting autonomy, self-reliance and instances of sovereignty. – and in the near future, integrating BRICS 11 (and counting) with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to counter imperial military threats, something already alluded to by President Lukashenko, the inventor of the precious neologism “Global Globe”… In contrast, the indispensable Michael Hudson has constantly shown how the U.S. and EU’s “strategic error of self-isolation from the rest of the world is so massive, so total, that its effects are the equivalent of a world war.” – Thus Prof. Hudson’s contention that the proxy war in Ukraine – not only against Russia but also against Europe – ‘may be thought of as World War III.’ – In several ways, Prof. Hudson details, we are living ‘an outgrowth of World War II, whose aftermath saw the United States establish international economic and political organization under its own control to operate in its own national self-interest: the International Monetary Fund to impose U.S. financial control and dollarize the world economy; the World Bank to lend governments money to bear the infrastructure costs of creating trade dependency on U.S. food and manufactures; promoting plantation agriculture, U.S./NATO control of oil, mining and natural resources; and United Nations agencies under U.S. control, with veto power in all international organizations that it created or joined.’ – Now it’s another ball game entirely when it comes to Global South, or Global Majority, of “Global Globe” real emancipation. Just take Moscow hosting the Russia-Africa summit in late July, then Beijing, with Xi in person, spending a day last week in Johannesburg with dozens of African leaders, all of them part of the new Non-Aligned Movement (NAM): the G77 (actually 134 nations), presided by a Cuban, President Diaz-Canel… That’s the Russia-China Double Helix in effect – offering large swathes of the “Global Globe” security and high-tech infrastructure (Russia) and finance, manufactured exports and road and rail infrastructure (China)… In this context, a BRICS currency is not necessary. Prof. Hudson crucially quotes President Putin: what’s needed is a “means of settlement” for Central Banks for their balance of payments, to keep in check imbalances in trade and investment. That has nothing to do with a BRICS gold-backed supra-national currency… Moreover, there will be no need for a new reserve currency as increasingly more nations will be ditching the U.S. dollar in their settlements… Poisons, viruses, microchips – And that bring us full circle back to the New Great Game: NATOstan versus the Multipolar World. No matter the evidence provided by graphic reality, NATOstan in advanced seppuku mode – especially the European sector – actually believes it will win the war against Russia-China… As for the Global South/Global Majority/”Global Globe”, they are regarded as enemies. So their mostly poor populations should be poisoned with famine, experimental injections, new modified viruses, implanted microchips as in BCI (Brain Computer Interface) and soon NATO As Global Robocop “security” outfits… The coming of BRICS 11 is already unleashing a new imperial wave of deadly poisoning, brand new viruses and cyborgs… The imperial master issued the order to “save” the Japanese seafood industry – a few scraps as quid pro quod for Tokyo acting as a rabid dog in the imperial Chip War against China, and dutifully pledging alliance at the recent Camp David summit side by side with the South Korean vassals… The EU vassals, in synch, lifted Japan food import rules just as Fukushima nuclear wastewater was to be pumped into the ocean. That’s yet another instance of the EU continuing to dig its own grave – as Japan is set to suffer a Typhoon Number Ten type of blowback… Radiation spread across the world through the Pacific will breed endless cancer patients around the world and simultaneously destroy the economy of several small island nations relying heavily on tourism.”

Millions Of Brits Told Not To Heat Homes At Night As Part Of ‘Net Zero’ Climate Goals – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/millions-britons-told-not-heat-homes-night-hit-net-zero-target – “No, they aren’t urging elites to ditch their private jets for commercial, or not to burn 1,000 of fuel taking the yacht out for a jaunt. Chris Stark, head of the CCC, wants ordinary citizens to turn off their electric heaters (heat pumps) at night as part of a wider drive to deliver “emissions savings,” which includes a shift away from gas boilers – which Chris, a hypocrite, still has… Contained in a document on “behavior change,” the CCC recommended that Britons instead “pre-heat” their houses in the afternoons when electricity use is lower, and would theoretically save families money. – ‘There is significant potential to deliver emissions savings, just by changing the way we use our homes,’ reads the CCC’s sixth “carbon budget” paper, which lays out how the UK should reduce its emissions between 2033-37… “Where homes are sufficiently well insulated, it is possible to pre-heat ahead of peak times, enabling access to cheaper tariffs which reflect the reduced costs associated with running networks and producing power during off-peak times.” – Critics boil – ‘The grid is already creaking and daft ideas like this show just how much worse it will become,’ Andrew Montford, the director of Net Zero Watch, told The Telegraph. ‘It’s clear that renewables are a disaster in the making. We now need political leaders with the courage to admit it.’ – And according to Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, head of his party’s Net Zero Scrutiny group, ‘It is becoming clear that adherence to judicable Carbon Budgets and edicts coming from the CCC are developing into farce.’ – ‘The Climate Change Act 2008 will require amendment to free us from madcap and impractical targets foisted upon the population by long departed politicians… ‘This latest advice to freeze ourselves on cold evenings merely shows the truth that the dream of plentiful and cheap renewable energy is a sham… ‘I came into politics to improve all aspects of my constituents’ lives, not make them colder and poorer,’ he told The Telegraph…. Lower bills?… The CCC insists that following the advice means ‘homes will still be warm, but bills can be lowered,’ adding ‘This is a demonstration of homeowners benefiting from periods of the day when electricity is cheaper.’ – ‘Using electricity to heat a home opens the prospect of choosing a time when prices are lower, something that’s not possible with a gas boiler,’ he continued, adding ‘Smart heating of homes like this also makes the best possible use of the grid and supports greater use of cheap renewable generation.’ – The advice follows a furore over Government plans to ban the installation of new oil powered boilers from 2026 and force homes into adopting heat pumps.”

The FBI’s Gestapo Tactics: Hallmarks of an Authoritarian Regime | By John & Nisha Whitehead –  https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_fbis_gestapo_tactics_hallmarks_of_an_authoritarian_regime – “We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction.Harry Truman – “With every passing day, the United States government borrows yet another leaf from Nazi Germany’s playbook: Secret police …  Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Censorship. Intimidation. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment. Indoctrination. Indefinite detention…These are not tactics used by constitutional republics, where the rule of law and the rights of the citizenry reign supreme. Rather, they are the hallmarks of authoritarian regimes, where secret police control the populace through intimidation, fear and official lawlessness on the part of government agents… That authoritarian danger is now posed by the FBI, whose love affair with totalitarianism began long ago. Indeed, according to the New York Times, the U.S. government so admired the Nazi regime that following the second World War, it secretly and aggressively recruited at least a thousand Nazis, including some of Hitler’s highest henchmen as part of Operation Paperclip. American taxpayers have been paying to keep these ex-Nazis on the U.S. government’s payroll ever since… If the government’s covert, taxpayer-funded employment of Nazis after World War II weren’t bad enough, U.S. government agencies—the FBI, CIA and the military—adopted many of the Third Reich’s well-honed policing tactics, and have used them against American citizens… Indeed, the FBI’s laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance, disinformation, blackmail, entrapment, intimidation tactics, harassment and indoctrination, governmental overreach, abuse, misconduct, trespassing, enabling criminal activity, and damaging private property, and that’s just based on what we know… Compare the FBI’s far-reaching powers to surveil, detain, interrogate, investigate, prosecute, punish, police and generally act as a law unto themselves—powers that have grown since 9/11, transforming the FBI into a mammoth federal policing and surveillance agency that largely operates as a power unto itself, beyond the reach of established laws, court rulings and legislative mandates—to its Nazi counterparts, the Gestapo—and then try to convince yourself that the United States is not a totalitarian police state… Just like the Gestapo, the FBI has vast resources, vast investigatory powers, and vast discretion to determine who is an enemy of the stateToday, the FBI employs more than 35,000 individuals and operates more than 56 field offices in major cities across the U.S., as well as 400 resident agencies in smaller towns, and more than 50 international offices. In addition to their “data campus,” which houses more than 96 million sets of fingerprints from across the United States and elsewhere, the FBI has also built a vast repository of ‘profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not accused of any crime. What they have done is appear to be acting suspiciously to a town sheriff, a traffic cop or even a neighbor.’ The FBI’s burgeoning databases on Americans are not only being added to and used by local police agencies, but are also being made available to employers for real-time background checks… All of this is made possible by the agency’s nearly unlimited resources (President Biden’s budget projections allocate $10.8 billion for the FBI), the government’s vast arsenal of technology, the interconnectedness of government intelligence agencies, and information sharing through fusion centers—data collecting intelligence agencies spread throughout the country that constantly monitor communications (including those of American citizens), everything from internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails… Much like the Gestapo spied on mail and phone calls, FBI agents have carte blanche access to the citizenry’s most personal information… Working through the U.S. Post Office, the FBI has access to every piece of mail that passes through the postal system: more than 160 billion pieces are scanned and recorded annually. Moreover, the agency’s National Security Letters, one of the many illicit powers authorized by the USA Patriot Act, allows the FBI to secretly demand that banks, phone companies, and other businesses provide them with customer information and not disclose those demands to the customer. An internal audit of the agency found that the FBI practice of issuing tens of thousands of NSLs every year for sensitive information such as phone and financial records, often in non-emergency cases, is riddled with widespread constitutional violationsMuch like the Gestapo’s sophisticated surveillance programs, the FBI’s spying capabilities can delve into Americans’ most intimate details (and allow local police to do so, as well)… In addition to technology (which is shared with police agencies) that allows them to listen in on phone calls, read emails and text messages, and monitor web activities, the FBI’s surveillance boasts an invasive collection of spy tools ranging from Stingray devices that can track the location of cell phones to Triggerfish devices which allow agents to eavesdrop on phone calls.  In one case, the FBI actually managed to remotely reprogram a “suspect’s” wireless internet card so that it would send “real-time cell-site location data to Verizon, which forwarded the data to the FBI.” Law enforcement agencies are also using social media tracking software to monitor Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. Moreover, secret FBI rules also allow agents to spy on journalists without significant judicial oversight.”

Viral RFK Jr. Video Gets Deleted By “X”: Here’s What They Didn’t Want You to See – by Vigilant Fox – https://vigilantfox.substack.com/p/viral-rfk-jr-video-gets-deleted-by – “Freedom of speech, not reach,” is taking effect more than ever as Twitter (“X”) regresses to its 1.0 days. Ever since Elon Musk hired CEO Linda Yaccarino, who has close ties to the World Economic Forum, things have taken a turn for the worse… In short, “lawful but awful” accounts and external links (especially Substack) are getting brutally deboosted. And permanent suspensions, which were promised to be reserved for unlawful speech only, have made a big comeback… Now, Twitter (“X”) is taking further action by making undesirable videos unplayable.What type of videos in particular? Well, mine… I recently uploaded a video of Democratic Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that garnered over 500,000 views. The post and the text stayed up, but the video was taken down. Had the video not been taken down, the post could have seen a million views or more… Users also reported X was “blocking” them from retweeting. Now, that’s something reminiscent of 2021 and early 2022 — BEFORE Elon took over the platform. So, this is concerning… So, what did Robert Kennedy Jr. say that crossed the line?The video was a clip of RFK Jr. breaking down the Pfizer clinical trials with podcast host Brian Rose. And what he exposed, according to Pfizer’s own data, was that people who received Pfizer’s COVID vaccine showed a 23.5% GREATER likelihood of dying than the placebo group after six months… Here’s the full breakdown, per Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: (Video on Vigilant Fox Substack – (5 min)… In the Pfizer clinical trials, they gave 22,000 people two COVID injections and 22,000 people fake vaccines…  Of the 44,000 in total, one person died of COVID in the vaccine group, and two people died of COVID in the placebo group. So Pfizer, with the misleading measure of relative risk reduction, called their vaccine “100% effective” because two is 100% greater than one. But from the angle of absolute risk, it took 22,000 vaccines to save just one life from COVID…  And over a 6-month period, 21 of the vaccinated people died of all causes, whereas only 17 people died in the placebo group, a 23.5% difference… So, what was killing those people in the vaccine group? – ‘It was cardiac arrest,’ answered Kennedy.

Mother, Daughter to Receive $100,000 Settlement in Landmark Secret Gender Transition Case – by Brad Jones – https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/mom-daughter-awarded-100000-in-landmark-secret-gender-transition-case-5485604Note: this article is behind a paywall. To access it click This Link, and put the URL above into the search bar – “A California school district that was sued over allegations teachers and staff at Buena Vista Middle School in Salinas, Calif., coached an 11-year-old girl to socially transition to a male gender identity settled with the girl and her mother for $100,000… The lawsuit, filed on June 14 last year, named Spreckels Union School District, the principal at the school, and two teachers as defendants… Jessica Konen, the child’s mother, came forward after a leaked audio recording revealed the two teachers telling other educators about how they secretly recruited students into the school’s LGBT club at a California Teachers Association weekend conference in Palm Springs in October 2021. The CTA event was billed as the ‘2021 LGBTQ+ Issues Conference, Beyond the Binary: Identity & Imagining Possibilities.’ The two teachers were later suspended and no longer work in the district… ‘It’s a massive victory across America for myself, for my daughter, and for other parents experiencing similar situations,’ she said. ‘Our voices made a difference.’ – While she is grateful to the Center for American Liberty for taking on the pro-bono case, she said the battle for parental rights has only begun… ‘I just feel social transitioning done in secrecy is the real evil. We need to get rid of it, period. So, the fight must continue,’ she said… Her daughter, Alicia Konen, who is now 16, echoed her mom’s sentiments, saying she’s ready to put the experience, which she described as “evil” and “horrible,” behind her… According to the Center for American Liberty and allegations in the lawsuit, Alicia was recruited to join an “Equality Club,” where she was taught about bisexuality, transgender identities, and other LGBT concepts when she was in the sixth grade… Alicia began to use a male name and pronouns and wore a chest binder under boy’s clothes… School staff finally called a meeting the last day before winter break during Alicia’s seventh grade year and demanded that Ms. Konen refer to her daughter by a male name and male pronouns, she said… ‘I was definitely intimidated,’ she said… Ms. Konen recalls feeling awkward and stressed when she was tagging Alicia’s Christmas gifts… She wanted to be supportive to her daughter but wasn’t ready to call her by a male name and pronouns, so she wrote “Baby” and “Sweetheart” instead… ‘I was an emotional wreck trying to process everything. I was scared to mess up or to use the wrong pronouns,’ she said. ‘I never used the male pronouns, and I never used the name.’.. Ms. Konen warned parents to “be vigilant,” talk to teachers, and pay attention to what’s happening at local school board meetings.”

The People’s Declaration – from James Roguski – https://jamesroguski.substack.com/p/the-peoples-declaration – “RIGHT NOW would be a very good time to stand up and publicly declare your opposition to the international plan to share the “benefits” derived from “pathogens with pandemic potential.”FYI: The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to adopt a Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response on September 20, 2023… YOUR silence on this issue is YOUR consent…. I encourage YOU to raise your awareness of this issue and help to spread the word far and wide… Please watch the video below*… (*see in James’ Substack) The People’s Declaration: I  am  opposed  to  the  centralization  of  power  into  the  hands  of  unelected, unaccountable  and  largely  unknown  bureaucrats  through  the  negotiation  of international  agreements  that  absolutely  do  not  reflect  the  wishes  of  the  people  of the world… I  am  opposed  to  what  is  essentially  biological  weapons  research,  regardless  of whether  it  is  referred  to  as  vaccine  research,  gain-of-function  research,  dual  use research  of  concern,  or  by  any  other  name.  This  type  of  research  must  not  be expanded. It must be stopped… I  am  opposed  to  the  use  of  terrorism  and  fear-mongering,  including  in  the  form  of propaganda and censorship, and I am opposed to the weaponization of injectable substances that are masquerading as “vaccines” and are being pushed upon men, women and children around the world without their informed consent… I reject the “Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting  on  Pandemic  Prevention,  Preparedness  and  Response” because  I  do  not consent to spending up to $30 billion dollars per year to “promote the fair, equitable and  timely  sharing  of  benefits  arising  from  the  use  of  pathogens  with  pandemic potential.” –I  also  reject  the  WHO  CA+  Framework  Convention,  commonly  known  as  the “Pandemic  Treaty”  for  a  multitude  of  reasons,  including  its  call  for  a  Pathogen Access  and  Benefits  Sharing  System that “aims  to  ensure  timely  access  to pathogens with pandemic potential and the corresponding benefit-sharing.” – I also reject the proposed Amendments to the International Health Regulations for a multitude  of  reasons,  including  the  amendments  to  Annex  1  (submitted  by  India) that  call  for  the “timely  exchange  of  biological  materials  and  genetic  sequence data to WHO” in return for unspecified “benefits.” – The needs of the people of the world have been ignored for far too long. Planning to spend tens of billions of dollars to increase the profits of the Pharmaceutical Hospital Emergency Industrial Complex under the guise of “equity” is simply not acceptable.”

US Court rules against Internet Archive and, in doing so, against digital collections in all libraries – by Rhoda Wilson – https://expose-news.com/2023/09/04/court-rules-against-internet-archive/“The Internet Archive, like hundreds of US libraries, is a non-profit institution.  Yet a court ruling in mid-August has sided with publishers’ commercial interests to disallow non-profit organisations from lending books… But there’s a significant catch – the protections afforded to the Internet Archive and all libraries under the first sale doctrine.  The Internet Archive intend to appeal the court’s decision… The lawsuit hinges on the question of whether e-books are books, subject to the existing laws governing the sale of books, or whether the publishers can redefine e-books as temporary, rental-only media – a new class of unownable goods, like streaming-only films from Disney or subscription-only software from Microsoft. But libraries must have the option to buy and own their books – all their books, including e-books – and own them absolutely… This threat to the ownership of books is what makes the ongoing publishers’ lawsuit against the Internet Archive politically dangerous and in an altogether different way from earlier challenges and amendments to copyright law. At a time of increasing book bannings and attacks on libraries, public schools and universities, it is not safe for democracy, or for our cultural posterity, to leave an “on/off” switch for library books in the hands of corporate publishers… In the summer of 2020, Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Wiley accused the Internet Archive of “mass-scale copyright infringement” because of the way the Internet Archive’s Open Library loans its e-books to patrons. The publishers’ objective had been to forbid the Open Library to loan any of their in-copyright books as e-books… Last September more than a thousand writers signed an open letter in support of the Internet Archive and digital ownership rights for libraries… (Related: Publishers Pursue Their Lawsuit Against Internet Archive – What Could It Mean for the Internet and its Most Comprehensive Archive?)… In March, after nearly three years of litigation, US District Court Judge John G. Koeltl sided with the publishers against the Internet Archive. But there’s a significant catch, as we learned a few weeks ago when his final order was filed… ‘[On 11 August], the Southern District of New York court issued its final order in Hachette v. Internet Archive, thus bringing the lower court proceedings to a close. We disagree with the court’s decision and intend to appeal. In the meantime, however, we will abide by the court’s injunction,’ The Internet Archive said… For now, the Open Library will have to stop loaning only those e-books for which the publishers are offering their own “competing” e-books for licence. In other words, the order relies solely on the argument that the Open Library is harming the publishers’ revenues from e-books, a distinction that seems to go to the heart of the dispute… If publishers’ e-book revenues are protected by the extant provisions of copyright law protecting rights holders, then, presumably, readers and libraries should also be protected. The Internet Archive, and all libraries, should have the same protections under the first sale doctrine that have always allowed them to preserve and lend books to readers… Free societies thrive in a global culture preserved over centuries, a mega culture that today spans a deeply interconnected world by means of the Internet. It’s a worldwide palimpsest of all we can read, hear, see, learn, and experience together, every day. The biggest benefactors and guardians of this mega culture are non-profit libraries, repositories and archives like Wikipedia and the Internet Archive.  But a culture this spectacularly vivid and rich can flourish only in conditions of collaborative freedom, sharing and openness; and that means expanding, not diminishing, access to digital libraries and archives… The above is extracted from an article titled ‘A Book Is a Book Is a Book – Except When It’s an e-Book‘ published by The Nation.”

Shocked by Niger coup, Victoria Nuland appeared “desperate” during Africa tour – by Anya Parampil – http://informationclearinghouse.info/57797.htm – “A veteran South African official detailed meeting with an unprepared and “desperate” Acting Deputy Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, begging for local help rolling back the popular coup in Niger. The recent BRICS conference might give Nuland even more to fret about… When US Acting Deputy Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, traveled to South Africa on July 29, her reputation as a blunt instrument of Washington’s hegemonic interests preceded her… According to a veteran South African official who attended meetings with the senior US diplomat in Pretoria, however, Nuland and her team were demonstrably unprepared to grapple with recent developments on the African continent — particularly the military coup that removed Niger’s pro-Western government hours before she launched her multi-stop tour of the region… ‘In over 20 years working with the Americans, I have never seen them so desperate,’ the official told The Grayzone, speaking on the condition of anonymity… Pretoria was well aware of Nuland’s hawkish reputation, but when she arrived in Pretoria, the official described her as “totally caught off guard” by winds of change engulfing the region. The July putsch that saw a popular military junta come to power in Niger followed military coups in Mali and Burkina Faso that were similarly inspired by mass anti-colonial sentiment… Though Washington has so far refused to characterize developments in the Nigerien capital of Niamey as a coup, the South African source confirmed that Nuland sought South Africa’s assistance in responding to regional conflicts, including in Niger, where she emphasized that Washington not only held significant financial investments, but also maintained 1,000 of its own troops. For Nuland, the realization that she was negotiating from a position of weakness was likely a rude awakening… Serving both parties and advancing empire, one regime change op at a time.. Throughout the past decade and a half, Victoria Nuland has established herself as one of the most heavy-handed – and effective – agents of Western-directed regime change ops within the State Department. As the wife of the arch-neoconservative strategist, Robert Kagan, who advised both Republican presidential contender, Mitt Romney, and Democrat, Hillary Clinton, Nuland embodied the interventionist consensus that prevailed across both parties in the pre-Trump era. In fact, her first high-level job came under the watch of Vice President Dick Cheney, when he appointed her to serve as his deputy chief of staff… When Nuland returned to government as a Russia specialist in Obama’s State Department, she spearheaded the covert campaign to destabilize Ukraine, driving the 2014 Maidan Coup that sparked the country’s ensuing civil conflict and, ultimately, a Western proxy war with Russia that rages to this day… ‘Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the United States has supported Ukrainians as they build democratic skills and institutions,’ Nuland, then Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, boasted during a December 2013 talk before the US-Ukraine Foundation in Kiev, flanked by a promotional panel for the Chevron corporation… In Africa, the sun sets on the unipolar world order… The emergence of a new global order was on bold display when heads of state from Brazil, India, China, and South Africa convened for the 15th annual BRICS Presidential Summit in Johannesburg throughout the week of August 21. While Western media highlighted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s absence from the summit as evidence of deep divides within BRICS (Foreign Minster Sergey Lavrov attended the summit in Putin’s place), the bloc ultimately issued a unanimous August 24 declaration that it would extend full membership to Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates… ‘BRICS is a diverse group of nations,’ South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who chaired the summit, tweeted after announcing the results of BRICS’ landmark Johannesburg 2 Declaration before a room packed with international press. ‘It is an equal partnership of countries that have differing views but a shared vision for a better world’.”

Construction Spending for Factories Soars, after Decades in the Doldrums – Driven by manufacturing plants for technologically advanced, high-value products. Automation is the great equalizer. – by Wolf Richter –  https://wolfstreet.com/2023/09/03/construction-spending-for-factories-soars-after-decades-in-the-doldrums/ – “Spending on construction projects for manufacturing plants in the US started breaking out of its long doldrums in January 2021. That month, about $6 billion was invested in building factories, same as in January 2015. But then monthly construction spending for factories began to spike and in July set a new record of nearly $17 billion, a notch up from June, according to the Census Bureau on Friday… Up by 186% over the 30 months from January 2021 through July 2023… Up by 148% over the 24 months from July 2021 through July 2023… At the current pace, companies are investing nearly $17 billion per month in building manufacturing plants, or about $203 billion a year! – We’ve been hearing it in the news and in corporate reports: Semiconductor plants, EV plants – Tesla, legacy automakers, and startup companies are plowing many billions of dollars into ramping up manufacturing – component makers, makers of computer, electronic, and electrical equipment, etc. The latter bunch are big drivers behind the surge of factory construction, according to an analysis in June by the Treasury Department… All of them are technologically advanced industries with high-value outputs. Forget T-shirts and plastic toys… And all of them use highly automated factories. Industrial robots cost the same in the US as in China. They’re the great equalizer when it comes to costs… There is still a huge amount of manufacturing in the US. By output, the US is the second largest manufacturing country behind China, and larger than Germany, Japan, and South Korea combined… The problem is that the US has fallen far behind China, and that many industries are dependent on imports from China and other countries. When covid tangled up the supply chains, suddenly there were massive shortages of the most needed products, including semiconductors. So that was a wakeup call… In addition, as trade relations between the US and China have soured, companies are seeing new risks in being dependent on China… Factory construction spending’s share of total nonresidential construction spending has doubled over the past two years, from a share of 8.9% in July 2021, which was roughly in line with the years before the pandemic, to a share of 17.4% in July 2023. This highlights the surge of factory construction beyond the effects of rising construction costs… When compared to the 12-month moving average of total nonresidential construction, the share of spending on manufacturing plants soared to 20%”

3 Reasons There’s Something Sinister With the Big Push for Electric Vehicles – by Nick Giambruno – https://www.activistpost.com/2023/09/3-reasons-theres-something-sinister-with-the-big-push-for-electric-vehicles.html – “25 refrigerators… That’s how much the additional electricity consumption per household would be if the average US home adopted electric vehicles (EVs)… Congressman Thomas Massie—an electrical engineer—revealed this information while discussing with Pete Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation, President Biden’s plan to have 50% of cars sold in the US be electric by 2030… The current and future grid in most places will not be able to support each home running 25 refrigerators—not even close. Just look at California, where the grid is already buckling under the existing load… Massie claims, correctly, in my view, that the notion of widespread adoption of electric vehicles anytime soon is a dangerous fantasy based on political science, not sound engineering… Nonetheless, governments, the media, academia, large corporations, and celebrities tout an imminent “transition” to EVs as if it’s preordained from above… It’s not… They’re trying to manufacture your consent for a scam of almost unimaginable proportions… Below are three reasons why something sinister is going on with the big push for EVs… But first, a necessary clarification… You no doubt have heard of the term “fossil fuels” before… When the average person hears “fossil fuels,” they think of a dirty technology that belongs in the 1800s. Many believe they are burning dead dinosaurs to power their cars… They also think “fossil fuels” will destroy the planet within a decade and run out soon—despite the fact that, after water, oil is the second most abundant liquid on this planet… None of these ridiculous notions are true, but many people believe them. Using propaganda terms like “fossil fuels” plays a large role… Orwell was correct when he said that corrupting the language can corrupt people’s thoughts… I suggest expunging “fossil fuels” from your vocabulary in favor of hydrocarbons—a much better and more precise word… A hydrocarbon is a molecule made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms. These molecules are the building blocks of many different substances, including energy sources like coal, oil, and gas. These energy sources have been the backbone of the global economy for decades, providing power for industries, transportation, and homes… Now, on to the three reasons EVs are a giant scam at best and possibly something much worse… Reason #1: EVs Are Not Green; Reason #2: EVs Can’t Compete Without Government Support; Reason #3: EVs Are About Controlling You.”

Bill Gates is funding a scheme to cut down 70 million acres of forests in North America – by Rhoda Wilson – https://expose-news.com/2023/09/02/bill-gates-cutting-down-70m-acres-forests/ – “Bill Gates and other investors are betting Kodama Systems can reduce carbon dioxide in the air by chopping down and burying trees. The move will see 70 million acres of forests, mostly in the Western United States, cut down over the next decade… After cutting down the trees, Kodama plans to bury them – to reduce global warming.  However, “global warming” is a scam to enable the rich to become richer and the real reason for the destruction of forests is to reap saleable carbon offsets…. The Carbon Cycle – The following text in this section is extracted from National Geographic‘s encyclopaedia intended for children aged 10 to 13… Carbon is in a constant state of movement from place to place. It is stored in what are known as reservoirs, and it moves between these reservoirs through a variety of processes, including photosynthesis, burning fossil fuels, and simply releasing breath from the lungs. The movement of carbon from reservoir to reservoir is known as the carbon cycle… Carbon can be stored in a variety of reservoirs, including plants and animals, which is why they are considered carbon life forms. Carbon is used by plants to build leaves and stems, which are then digested by animals and used for cellular growth… In the atmosphere, carbon is stored in the form of gases, such as carbon dioxide. It is also stored in oceans, captured by many types of marine organisms. Some organisms, such as clams or coral, use the carbon to form shells and skeletons… Most of the carbon on the planet is contained within rocks, minerals, and other sediment buried beneath the surface of the planet… Because Earth is a closed system, the amount of carbon on the planet never changes… The carbon cycle is vital to life on Earth. Nature tends to keep carbon levels balanced, meaning that the amount of carbon naturally released from reservoirs is equal to the amount that is naturally absorbed by reservoirs. Maintaining this carbon balance allows the planet to remain hospitable for life… Read more: The Carbon Cycle for Grades 5-8, Encyclopaedic Entry, National Geographic.. Anthropogenic Climate Change is a Fraud.. The National Geographic Encyclopaedic Entry above ends with the sentence: “Scientists believe that humans have upset this [carbon] balance by burning fossil fuels, which has added more carbon to the atmosphere than usual and led to climate change and global warming.” – National Geographic must be referring to either corporately funded scientists or scientists employed by corporations.  As we will see in the next section, scientists who are truly concerned about the planet and the life it supports reveal the facts… Anthropogenic or human-caused climate change is a fraud and has been known to be a fraud from the outset.  This was demonstrably revealed to the world in 2009 with the release of leaked emails dubbed Climategate… As it leads into the next section, it’s also worth noting an eye-opening 2013 article published by Forbes that used quotes from climate alarmists to reveal the truth about the climate change agenda.  The article was aptly titled:  ‘In Their Own Words: Climate Alarmists Debunk Their ‘Science’.’.. Bill Gates Plans to Cut Down Trees.. At the end of July, Forbes was given the task of promoting Gates’ latest plan to destroy and capitalise on the natural world in the name of “climate change” in an article titled: ‘Chop Down Forests to Save the Planet? Maybe Not as Crazy as it Sounds‘.  Yes, it is as crazy as it sounds.”

Could a Robot be Your Boss? Artificial Intelligence May Soon Supervise Human Workers – by Study Finds – https://www.activistpost.com/2023/09/could-a-robot-be-your-boss-artificial-intelligence-may-soon-supervise-human-workers.html – “Can artificial intelligence soon be your boss? Researchers from Kühne Logistics University in Germany believe AI-supported leadership may actually be on the horizon… Digital technologies have proven essential for effective leadership, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Communication tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom have been indispensable, showing that the digital shift in leadership is well underway… This idea isn’t about replacing human leadership entirely but leveraging the advantages of AI to assist in leadership roles, from strategic decision-making to analyzing employee behavior. Yet, there’s an even more advanced phase in sight: AI not just aiding but substituting human leadership, according to researchers in a media release… Many skeptics argue that genuine leadership requires a human touch. They question, “How can AI motivate employees or foster enthusiasm for a company’s objectives?” The response to such concerns is simple: let go of any “romantic notions” about leadership. There’s a real possibility that AI could outperform average human leaders… How could AI fit into such a role?… It’s unlikely that the AI leader of the future will be a simple chatbot. Instead, envision an advanced system equipped with natural speech, akin to Siri or Alexa, possibly even appearing as a human-like avatar through VR technology… For an AI to be effective as a leader, it must cater to the three core psychological needs of employees: belonging, mastery, and autonomy. Exceptional leaders address these needs, but let’s face reality: exceptional human leaders are rare. Many face challenges like stress, inattentiveness, or lack of empathy. An AI, with its capability to track and analyze vast amounts of data, could potentially address these needs more effectively… Humans and machines are already collaborating seamlessly in areas like online therapy. Some individuals find it easier to confide in a machine, and certain programs communicate so authentically that they’re almost indistinguishable from humans. Why shouldn’t such synergy be replicated in leadership?… This doesn’t mean the idea of AI leadership doesn’t raise concerns. We must engage in open discussions about its implications. How will this change human leadership roles? What adjustments are needed in leadership training, especially concerning the ethical dimensions of human-machine interactions?… The foreseeable future likely still requires human leaders. Yet, their role might shift to overseeing AI systems leading other humans. These human leaders will set the guidelines for AI behavior. And given the rapid advancement of AI technology, it’s crucial to establish these guidelines sooner rather than later… The study is published in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies.”

Friday 9/8 Noon NYC Demonstration – Hochul and AG James Trying to Bring Back Quarantine Camps! – by Autism Action Network – https://www.activistpost.com/2023/09/friday-9-8-noon-nyc-demonstration-hochul-and-ag-james-trying-to-bring-back-quarantine-camps.html – “New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James are trying to bring back quarantine camps in New York even though a Supreme Court Judge declared the scheme “absurd” and blatantly unconstitutional. The Governor and James want to restore the power to seize anyone suspected, no evidence required, of being exposed to a communicable disease, which includes everybody at all times in the age of COVID, and hold them for an indefinite period of time, with no legal path for people to get out of detention! – Join us at the Office of Attorney General Letitia James who will argue to reinstate the Quarantine Camp Regulation in the 4th District Appellate Division next Wednesday in Rochester… Join us to protest this authoritarian power grab! See a powerful video about the Hochul and James plan here: https://curtiscost.substack.com/p/forum-ny-quartine-campsAdam Clyton Powell Jr., State Office Building / 163 W. 125th Street, Harlem, NYC /… Take the D, A, 2, 4, 5, or 6 to train 125th Street / Friday, Sept. 8, Noon Bring friends, family and signs !”

Federal prosecutors plan to indict Hunter Biden by the end of the month: Bombshell court filing says president’s son likely faces GUN charges that could land him in prison for up to 10 years – by Nikki Schwabhttps://dailynewsfromaolf.substack.com/p/federal-prosecutors-plan-to-indict – “Hunter Biden could face charges of illegally possessing a gun while he was using drugs following a bombshell court filing revealing prosecutors want to indict him by the end of September. The president’s son had reached a deal that would have allowed him to avoid trial for the firearms charges if he abided by parole conditions over 24 months. But now charges that could land him up to 10 years in prison appear to be back on the table, according to a new filing signed by Special Counsel David Weiss. ‘The Speedy Trial Act requires that the Government obtain the return of an indictment by a grand jury by Friday, September 29, 2023, at the earliest,’ the filing read. ‘The Government intends to seek the return of an indictment in this case before that date.’ Hunter Biden is also under investigation for his foreign business dealings, which are also the focus of probes started by House Republicans in Congress… He was supposed to be spared from jailtime when Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware, and his lawyers inked a plea deal where the younger Biden would plead guilty to two misdemeanor crimes of failure to pay more than $100,000 in taxes. Hunter had made more than $1.5 million in income in 2017 and 2018. As part of the plea deal, he would avoid prosecution for the gun charge as long as he met certain conditions over a 24-month period. Hunter had lied on a 2018 application to buy a gun. A photo of the form shows he answered ‘no’ when asked if he was an ‘unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.’ Hunter wrote about his extensive drug use during that period of his life in his 2021 memoir, Beautiful Things. Republicans in Washington complained that the president’s son had gotten himself a ‘sweetheart deal.”

Gun Safe Manufacturer ‘Liberty Safe’ Gives FBI Access Code to a Protestor’s Safe Who Was Arrested at Gunpoint Due to Involvement in January 6th Capitol Event – by Jim Hᴏft – https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/09/gun-safe-manufacturer-liberty-safe-gives-fbi-access/ –  “Liberty Safe, a renowned manufacturer of gun safes, is drawing scrutiny after complying with an FBI request to provide the combination to a safe owned by Nathan Hughes, who was present in the January 6, 2021 Capitol event… Keith and Kevin Hodge, known as the Hodgetwins or Conservative Twins, broke the news, revealing that their friend Hughes was arrested in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Wednesday, August 30. The duo pointed out the contrast between the treatment of Hughes and the members of groups like BLM and Antifa, questioning the motivations behind such disparate actions… According to the Hodgetwins, Nathan Hughes was raided by the FBI and arrested at gunpoint over his involvement in the January 6th Capitol event that occurred more than two and a half years ago… ‘On the morning of August 30th, 2023, I was swarmed by 3 vehicles of heavily armed FBI agents and arrested with rifles pointed at me. I was booked and taken to a government facility where they made me give them DNA samples,’ said Hughes in his GiveSendGo… At the same time, the FBI raided Hughes’s house and disconnected his security cameras, and disabled his internet. Nathan Hughes’s girlfriend, who had recently suffered a miscarriage, was also held at gunpoint and handcuffed… Not only did they turn off his security cameras and his internet, but the FBI also called the manufacturer of Hughes’s gun safe. The company willingly provided the safe’s passcode to the FBI after receiving proof of a valid warrant… ‘At the same time, my home was raided by 10+ vehicles filled with armed FBI agents. They ordered my girlfriend Taylor out of the house with her hands up and had rifles pointed at her too. They put her in handcuffs, unplugged our home security cameras, and turned our house upside down searching it. A bunch of stuff from electronics to clothes was taken and we can’t find one of our security cams. They called the manufacturer of my Liberty Safe, got the pass code from them, and got into it too. Thank God our dogs weren’t harmed,’ said Hughes.”

How Much Does it Take to Be Wealthy in America? – by Dorothy Neufeld – https://dailynewsfromaolf.substack.com/p/how-much-does-it-take-to-be-wealthy –  “Is it possible to pin down an exact number on what it takes to be wealthy, or is wealth far more complex and nuanced than that?…  The above graphic looks at data from the 2023 Modern Wealth Survey by Charles Schwab, which asks respondents what net worth is required to be considered wealthy in America… Later, we look at data that partially contradicts those findings, showing that wealth is more than just a number for many of those same respondents… In San Francisco, respondents said they needed $4.7 million in net worth to be wealthy, the highest across all cities surveyed, and more than double the national average… This figure dropped from last year, when it stood at $5.4 million. The vast majority of people in San Francisco say that inflation has had an impact on their finances, and over half say that living in the city impedes their ability to reach their financial goals, citing steep costs of living… In Los Angeles and San Diego, it takes $3.5 million to be wealthy, the second-highest across cities surveyed. In New York, it takes $3.3 million in net worth to reach this target. It is home to over 345,000 millionaires, the highest worldwideHouston, where the cost of living is less than half of San Francisco, respondents said a net worth of $2.1 million is needed to be wealthy. The average salary is $67,000 in Houston, while in San Francisco it falls at $81,000.”

Slow Genocide Of 120,000 Armenian Christians Happening Under Azerbaijan Occupation: Report – by Raymond Ibrahim – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/slow-genocide-120000-armenian-christians-happening-under-azerbaijan-occupation-report – “The thousand-year-old genocide of Armenians at the hands of Turkic peoples has reached a new level. Several watchdog organizations — including the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Genocide Watch, and the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention — are accusing Azerbaijan of committing genocide against the 120,000 Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh. Historically known as Artsakh, this ancient Armenian region was brought under Azerbaijani rule in 2020… Modern day hostilities between Armenia, an ancient nation and the first to adopt Christianity, and Azerbaijan, a Muslim nation that was created in 1918, began in September 2020, when Azerbaijan launched a war to capture Artsakh. Although it had been Armenian for more than 2,000 years and its population still remains 90% Armenian, after the dissolution of the USSR, the “border makers” granted it to the Republic of Azerbaijan, hence the constant warring over this region… Once the September 2020 war began, Turkey quickly joined its Azerbaijani co-religionists against Armenia, even though the dispute did not concern it. It dispatched sharia-enforcing “jihadist groups” from Syria and Libya — including the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Hamza Division, which once kept naked women chained and imprisoned — to terrorize and slaughter Armenians…. One of these captured mercenaries later confessed that he was ‘promised a monthly $2,000 payment for fighting against ‘kafirs’ in Artsakh, and an extra 100 dollar[s] for each beheaded kafir.’ (Kafir, often translated as “infidel,” is Arabic for any non-Muslim who fails to submit to Islam, which makes them de facto enemies.) … These Muslim groups committed massive atrocities (here and here). One included raping an Armenian female soldier and mother of three, before hacking off all four of her limbs, gouging out her eyes, and sticking one of her severed fingers inside her private parts… The war ended in November 2020, with Azerbaijan gaining control of a significant portion of Artsakh… Then, on December 12, 2022, Azerbaijan sealed off the humanitarian Lachin Corridor — the only route between Artsakh and the outside world. A recent report by the Dutch journalist Sonja Dahlmans summarizes the current situation: ‘In the extreme southeastern part of Europe, known as the Caucasus, a silent genocide is looming. The Lachin Corridor that connects Armenia to Artsakh, the region in Azerbaijan where mainly Christian Armenians live, has been closed by the government for eight months. Supermarket shelves are empty; there is hardly any food, fuel, or medicine for the 120,000 Armenian Christians who live there, including 30,000 children and 20,000 seniors.’.. ‘At the time of this writing [Aug. 24, 2023], a convoy of food and medicine has been standing in front of the border since July 25 [a month], but the International Red Cross is not allowed access to the inhabitants of Artsakh. According to journalists living in the area, most residents only get one meal a day. People in Artsakh queue for hours at night for bread, waiting for their daily rations. At the same time, sources within Artsakh report shooting at Armenians trying to harvest the land… ‘[I]n all probability bread will also soon be unavailable due to the shortage of fuel… Bakers can no longer heat their ovens. Last week, a 40-year-old Armenian man died of malnutrition. A pregnant woman lost her child because there was no fuel for transport to the hospital… ‘Separate reports tell of 19 humanitarian trucks ‘loaded with some 360 tons of medicine and food supplies’ that have been parked for weeks and prevented from crossing’.”

FDA Refuses To Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Data To US Senator – by Zachary Stieber – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fda-refuses-provide-covid-19-vaccine-safety-data-us-senator – “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the results of analyses on data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System in January. The request came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said none of the safety signals it identified for the COVID-19 vaccines were “unexpected.” – The two agencies have run different types of analyses on the system’s reports, which are primarily made by health care professionals… The CDC ran Proportional Reporting Ratio analyses, which involve comparing the number of reported adverse events to the number of adverse events reported after vaccination with other vaccines… The first time the agency ran analyses using the method for the COVID-19 vaccines, in 2022, hundreds of signals were triggered, files obtained by The Epoch Times show… The FDA in 2021 started a different type of analysis, called Empirical Bayesian (EB) data mining… The Proportional Reporting Ratio results “were generally consistent with EB data mining, revealing no additional unexpected safety signals,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director at the time, told Mr. Johnson previously… Mr. Johnson demanded answers on that claim, prompting the CDC to point him to the FDA… The FDA recently responded to Mr. Johnson, telling him that it cannot provide the information he seeks… “FDA’s EB data mining analyses of adverse events contained in VAERS reports for COVID-19 vaccines are currently the subject of pending FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] litigation. FDA is unable to comment on pending litigation or provide information or data that is currently being considered in pending litigation,” the agency told the senator… Mr. Johnson in a new letter told FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf that the claim was wrong...”As you are well aware, Congress has a right to information contained at U.S. federal agencies as it conducts its constitutional oversight responsibilities,” Mr. Johnson said… “It is outrageous that FDA would assert that pending litigation, and particularly FOIA litigation, would allow your agency to obstruct my congressional oversight,” he added. “Any pending litigation FDA may have relating to its EB data mining records has no bearing on its responsibility to comply with a congressional request.”…  Mr. Johnson said in the past he’s repeatedly received from the government documents subject to litigation, including from the FDA’s parent agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)… He urged the FDA to produce the EB data mining analyses by Sept. 20… The FDA declined to immediately provide a comment… Ignored Questions.. In another new letter, Mr. Johnson pressed the HHS on the program it administers to provide compensation to people injured by the COVID-19 shots… Despite injections starting in December 2020, and more than 1.5 million reports being lodged with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. HHS has compensated just four people, paying $8,592 in total… Others have been approved for compensation but the money is still pending… Mr. Johnson in April asked for more details on the program as the agency has not been forthcoming, including whether there are caps on the amount of money an injured person can receive and whether the government has advertised the program… Mr. Johnson also demanded communications between HHS and COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers regarding compensation claims… In a recent letter, HHS declined to answer many of the questions… Mr. Johnson on Sept. 5 urged HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to provide answers to all of his questions… He pointed to how Mr. Becerra, when being vetted by the Senate, told senators that he would commit to providing a prompt response to any questions addressed by Senate Finance Committee members… “As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and as ranking member of the Senate’s top investigative subcommittee, your agency’s June 23, 2023 response is completely unacceptable and calls into question the veracity of the commitment you made before the Senate during your confirmation hearing,” Mr. Johnson said. ‘I call on you to immediately revise HHS’s incomplete response and provide the requested information.’.. ‘HHS did not respond to a request for comment’.”

CDC Warns RSV Cases Are Rising Among Infants, Babies – by Katabella Roberts 
https://www.theepochtimes.com/health/cdc-warns-rsv-cases-are-rising-among-infants-babies-5486962Note: this article is behind a paywall. To access it click This Link, and put the URL above into the search bar- “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning physicians and caregivers about an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases across some parts of the Southeastern United States in recent weeks… In a Sept. 5 health advisory, the health agency said the rise in cases suggests a “continued shift toward seasonal RSV trends observed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.” – “Historically, such regional increases have predicted the beginning of RSV season nationally, with increased RSV activity spreading north and west over the following 2–3 months,” the CDC said… CDC data shows increases in weekly RSV levels since July but the agency said that nationwide, RSV test positivity had remained below the season onset threshold of 3 percent for two consecutive weeks… However, more recent data show test positivity has increased in Florida since late July, and the three-week moving average has been greater than 5 percent for the last month… RSV hospitalizations also increased in Georgia in August, the CDC said… From Aug. 5 through Aug. 19, the rate of RSV-related hospitalizations increased from 2 in 100,000 kids aged 4 and younger, to 7 per 100,000, with the majority of those hospitalizations being in babies less than a year old, the CDC said… In response to the rise in cases, the health agency urged clinicians to ‘prepare to implement new RSV prevention options’ ahead of the 2023–2024 RSV season, including administering shots of monoclonal antibody products to patients as well as a preventative antibody treatment called nirsevimab… A month later in August, regulators with the FDA also approved the first vaccine to be taken by pregnant women to prevent RSV infections in babies and toddlers… Made by Pfizer, the Abrysvo single-dose injection was approved for use at 32 through 36 weeks of pregnancy. According to the pharmaceuticals giant, pregnant women who receive immunity from the shot will pass that immunity along to their unborn baby before birth, thus protecting them from lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) and severe LRTD caused by RSV until at least the age of 6 months… In trials, a dangerous hypertensive disorder known as pre-eclampsia occurred in 1.8 percent of pregnant individuals who received Abrysvo compared to 1.4 percent of pregnant individuals who received a placebo, according to the FDA… RSV Symptoms – However, studies also showed the drug reduced the risk of severe LRTD by 81.8 percent within 90 days after birth, and by 69.4 percent within 180 days after birth… RSV is a common respiratory virus that typically causes mild illness and symptoms such as a runny nose, decreased appetite, coughing, wheezing, and fever in most healthy adults. It is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, or through direct contact with a contaminated surface… Generally, individuals recover within a couple of weeks, according to the CDC… However, in serious cases it can develop into a severe infection such as bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia, requiring hospitalization… Severe cases of RSV can occur in older adults and infants younger than 6 months of age or those with weakened immune systems… The CDC estimates that 60,000 to 160,000 adults aged 65 years and older are hospitalized for RSV infections each year, with the virus leading to the deaths of 6,000 to 10,000 annually among that age group… Meanwhile, RSV results in 2.1 million outpatient visits among children younger than 5 years old in the United States and 100–300 deaths in children younger than 5 years old, according to the health agency… Typically, the annual RSV season starts in the fall and peaks in winter in the United States, however health officials say this historical pattern was disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. They claim this was likely owing to public health measures rolled out aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, which simultaneously reduced the spread of RSV. – Underlined emphases added – Note: No information is provided on the nature of the test(s) used to diagnose RSV.”

Behind Their Green Mask – The  Government Proposes Legislation to Criminalize Disagreeing With Net Zero – by Patricia Harrity – https://expose-news.com/2023/09/07/behind-their-green-mask-the-government-proposes-legislation-to-criminalise-disagreeing-with-net-zero/ – “We should have listened to Rosa Koire back in 2011 when she warned that ‘The Green Mask must be removed from those who have hijacked the environmental movement.’ This is true of many of the issues we are experiencing but particularly today as the UK Government introduced legislation related to net zero measures which may criminalise “non-compliance with imposed requirements under energy performance regulations…. We should have paid attention to Rosa Koire when she wrote in “Behind The Green Mask: Agenda 21,” of the plan for world governance that, was ‘eating like a metastasized cancer into every nation, free and bound, in the world. Under the banner of saving the planet, we are drowning liberty‘ […] and ‘Under the mask of green our civil liberties are being restricted, constricted, and suffocated in every village and hamlet.’… Under this new legislation, those who fail to adhere to energy consumption regulations could face criminal charges, such as imprisonment for up to a year, and fines of up to £15,000. Prosecutions may also occur for providing false information about energy efficiency or obstructing enforcement authorities. according to Lois Perry founder of CAR26 a group that campaigns for ‘informed, rational analysis of Climate matters’ (source)… Perry, who writes for the Daily Express, says ‘This has set off major alarm bells amongst lovers of freedom across the country.’ That will be all of us then?… Public Dissatisfaction with ULEZ… We can see that it was likely a result of the disruption that came with the public dissatisfaction due to the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) at the recent byelection. This may well have caused the net zero row back from Starmer and Sunak, by proposing legislation that could potentially grant the Government power to create new criminal offences and increase penalties, they will silence those dissenting voices… Fortunately, the proposal has its critics and opposition from some members of the Conservative party, who argue that this move starkly contradicts the will of the British people. Nonetheless, we are used to the WEF puppets ignoring any criticisms that get in the way of the pursuit of their net-zero globalist goals… Amending Existing Laws – This may be why the Government has decided to take a more soft approach or as Perry says, their “get out of jail” card, ‘they do not intend to create new criminal offences but may simply need to amend existing laws, particularly those stemming from EU legislation like the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations, which includes Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).’ – ‘These amendments aim to provide stakeholders, including landlords, businesses, and tenants, with information to make informed decisions regarding energy efficiency,’ writes Perry, but. she says, ‘the real concern is that even these amendments could lead to the criminalisation of individuals who do not comply with the new energy rules.’ – Shift in Power Dynamics – It’s this pandemic-style shift in power dynamics – this time using the Climate rather than Covid – which is the source of worry for many, says Perry, who argues that it is ‘vital for the electorate to communicate their views loud and clear to the MPs to address these concerns.’ and as Perry asserts that it ‘is crucial to ensure that the criminalisation of energy use without public consent does not become a reality.’ – Before turning the questioning of net zero into a criminal offence, the Government should ‘consider conducting a thorough review and hold a referendum to gauge public opinion.’ This, says Perry, ‘would help ensure that the policies align with public sentiment and garner broader support. After all, our elected representatives always argue they work for you.’ – Obviously, the issue of net zero has become a significant point of contention in the UK, and according to Lois Perry ‘It is essential to engage in open and democratic discussions about the path forward to ensure that these policies reflect the will of the people and do not undermine fundamental democratic principles.’ and ‘If a referendum is not pursued (both Boris and now Rishi ruled it out so don’t hold your breath) it is essential to demand clear assurances from the Government that they will not enforce net zero targets without explicitly outlining them in an election party manifesto’.”

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