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“They” Can Turn Your Phone on Anytime, Even When Do Not Disturb is On

stock here: Saw this on nextdoor

Incident yesterday at Menards. I called 9-1-1. After I looked at my phone a little later, I got a notice saying my “do not disturb” setting on my phone was turned off for the next 2 hours in case the police or dispatchers needed to reach me for further information. Wow… Didn’t know they could do that. I’m okay with that practice. Makes sense.

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So basically “they” can listen to you whenever they want. This also means you cannot make an anonymous 911 call. So if you are reporting illegal police or other governmental “official” behavior, you can rest assured that you will be retaliated against.

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Arabic Documentation of Palestine

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https://vaccineliberationarmy.com/category/arabic/

https://www.jpost.com/international/article-703061

Probably you did not read how Francesca Albanese reacted to the operation. It’s incredible.

Francesca Albanese is UN rapporteur.

Her mission is write reports for the UN about situation in Gaza and West Bank.

She is appointed by Guterres.

Here it is her reaction .

“Relieved that four hostages have been released. It should not have come at the expense of at least 200 Palestinians, including children, killed and over 400 injured by Israel and allegedly foreign soldiers, while perfidiously hiding in an aid truck.

This is “humanitarian camouflage” at another level.

Israel has used hostages to legitimise killing, injuring, maiming, starving and traumatising Palestinians in Gaza. And while intensifying violence against Palestinians in the rest of the occupied territory and Israel.

Israel could have freed all hostages, alive and intact, 8 months ago when the first ceasfire and hostage exchange was put on the table. Yet, Israel refused in order to continue to destroy Gaza and the Palestinians as a people.

This is genocidal intent turned into action. Crystal clear.”.

June 8, 2024

And this is how the readers of J Post respond

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Dr. David Martin and Alex Jones

stock here: for what it’s worth!

https://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2024/06/dr-david-martin-and-alex-jones-hear-the-reality-3815937.html

It’s from this other site, that you will want to peruse:

https://vaccineliberationarmy.com/

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What The Heck Happened to “Dr. Jane Ruby”?? She Looks 15 Years Older

stock here: When Dr Jane Ruby emerged in the COVID event, she seemed to be a white hat, however, she was just a bit too hot.

What has happened to her? She looks 15 years older. And she is attacking Dr Peter McCullough for 17 minutes. And she is stating that COVID 19 “virus” has never been “isolated”.

It sure is odd? Any thoughts on this lady? 4800 views. I used to get 3000 to 30000 views when BIN did automatically publish everything that I wrote. Now I have been banned twice, which makes me think that BIN is controlled opposition, and maybe Dr Jane is also. Is Ruby maybe Rubenstein? Like Jack Ruby, who was really Jacob Rubenstein.

https://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2024/06/dr-jane-ruby-exposes-the-lies-coming-from-the-well-paid-dr-peter-mccullough-video-3815952.html

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One Goal of the “Pandemic”: To Change Your Life In As Many Ways As Possible

To get you to believe and act upon obvious lies and absurdities. Comments?

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Brittanica — Backgrounder on the Summer Solstice, and Many Good “Space Quizzes” If You Like That Sort of Thing

The last time a solstice was earlier than this years…..George Washington was president.

Solstice | Definition & Facts | Britannica

Summer solstice 2024 is here Thursday. Earliest in 228 years (usatoday.com)

Specifically, it’s the earliest solstice since June 20, 1796, when George Washington was president and there were only 16 states in the Union.

The early solstice is due to the complex dance between Earth’s yearly orbit around the sun and its daily rotation, along with how we mark the solstice on our calendars. Quirks in the Gregorian calendar mean the solstice will make another jump earlier every leap year until the year 2100.

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DRAFT — Censorship on YouTube, On Juneteenth, of all Days

Anti-protesters forget how this all started, after WW2, the Jew bankers that funded the entry of USA into the war in Europe were “awarded” the chance to occupy a large section of Palestine. They took over a chunk of that sovereign state of Palestine. And then they started “mowing the lawn”, i.e. occasionally killing groups of Palestinians. As long as there are legitimate grievances, there will always be some form of Hamas. Those running Israel, many are not even true Jews, but just evil people hiding behind a protection of “anti-Semitism”.

The above comment was deleted, within minutes, maybe seconds, from YouTube, on a video on how a female escaped the Nova music festival. But she starts the video with “I feel safer in Israel than I do in the USA” without elaboration.

By Brandon Smith

stock here, I couldn’t link direct to the article, but here is the source blog, it should be near the top as of publication date, but later on you will need to scroll or search for it. He produces several salient points and theories.

https://alt-market.us/

I was recently watching a video by some of my favorite movie commentators in which they were lamenting the apparent death of the movie theater business. They cited a long list of recent blockbuster bombs with some confusion as to why so many films were failing. In particular, they had predicted the film ‘Furiosa’ (a feminist bait and switch movie designed to replace the more popular male Mad Max character) would do relatively well. Yet, the movie bit the dust in epic fashion. They were bewildered as to why this occurred.

They posited numerous social and economic theories trying to explain why so many big budget bonanzas were losing money. They of course suggested that the covid event might have pushed people to adjust to streaming services as the better option. They noted that theaters can be more frustrating because of loud customers. They tried to apply some economic theories to the situation (these theories were overly simplistic and painful, but these guys aren’t economists so I gave them a pass).

However, when the concept of the culture war was briefly broached, they dismissed it immediately.

They acted as if it wasn’t a part of the equation at all; a mere fringe element of “click baiters” trying to make something out of nothing. The idea that people are boycotting Hollywood on principle was too much for these film critics to handle. And, I have to say, the level of delusion required to ignore the effects of the culture war is mind boggling to me. If you don’t understand the culture war, then you don’t understand a thing that’s happening in America (and many parts of Europe) today.

People Oblivious To The Importance Of The Culture War

I realize that there are people out there that refuse to engage in anything political. Some of them don’t like to involve themselves in conflict of any kind. Others see themselves as “above it all” and superior to anyone that spends time on politics, social issues or “conspiracy theories.” This seems more like a coping mechanism for those that don’t grasp the complicated nature of civil division.

Yes, it’s easier to turn a blind eye to what’s happening and pretend like the chaos is random, but the fact is that our civilization is changing and breaking apart rapidly and this is by design. EVERYONE will be affected by these conditions and consequences whether they believe in the culture war or not.

The world of film might be seen as frivolous to a lot of conservatives out there, but it has always fascinated me because it’s a perfect window into cultural conflicts. Film is supposed to be an expression of modern day mythology, but it can also be a look into ideological influences behind the curtain. It’s often used as a vehicle for establishment propaganda.

The utter failure of Disney’s efforts to force woke cultism into Star Wars is a good example. Their latest series, The Acolyte, is perhaps the worst performing Star Wars production of all time. The show has been described as “morally relative lesbian witches in space” and a DEI propaganda disaster.

The response from Disney and the media? Blame the audience, the consumers, instead of admitting they created a bad product that no one wants. They say you should want to watch it. If you don’t, then there’s something wrong with YOU.

The Communistic Erasure Of Consumer Choice

It’s not only about movies. Nearly every major corporation has engaged in woke warfare since around 2016 and they have been relentless in their mission to make far-left extremism the dominant ideology in the western world. Even to the point that they are willing to lose a massive portion of their customer base in the process (Bud Light is a great example of this).

The corporate insurgency against consumers is never more obvious than it is in June, unilaterally declared “Pride Month” by an army of international companies and non-profit organizations. Make no mistake, “Pride” is not a grassroots endeavor or a redress of grievances. The LGBT community has no legitimate grievances and they have the same exact rights under the law as everyone else. Pride month is not about equality, it’s about power and cultural control.

DEI is the same; a corporate effort to inject woke politics into daily life for workers as well as consumers until the rhetoric is so ingrained into everyone’s existence that they no longer question its legitimacy.

Almost no one asked for pride month. Almost no one asked for DEI. Most people just don’t care. Yet, every year for the past several years corporations and elements of government have foisted these ideas on the population and told us this is something we will have to embrace if we want to be considered “good people.”

It is this argument which I want to focus on – The idea that corporations are now dictating morality to the public as if they are the arbiters of our social norms.

Corporations Treating Consumers As Indentured Servants

At some point along the way (it’s hard to determine exactly when) corporations took on a new mantra, a new way of looking at business. These companies have always sought to influence people to buy products, often through dishonest and manipulative marketing. That’s not what I’m talking about.

In our new era corporations have decided that products no longer have to appeal to the buyers. They’re no longer beholden to the customer, the customer is beholden to them. In other words, if they put out a product with woke intent then the customer must buy that product and love it unconditionally or that customer is labeled an enemy.

This is a grotesque juxtaposition of the traditional business/consumer relationship. I have long argued that corporations are not free market entities but socialist constructs chartered and protected by governments. However, they used to at least care about making consumers happy so that they could make a profit and continue to function. This is no longer the case.

Today, corporations treat consumers as slaves on a plantation. They are to be told what to eat, what to drink, what to love, what to hate and what to think. Just look at what happens when consumers have push back against woke ideology or DEI in corporate marketing; in almost every case that company along with the establishment media ATTACK their customers as racists, bigots, misogynists or fascists.

They’ll argue that if a group of customers doesn’t like a product because of the political messaging, then they don’t want those people as customers. They proudly point those people to the door. Then, when their products fail and their sales implode, they once again blame the “bigots and racists.”

The Real Reason Why Corporations Don’t Care Anymore?

Of course, everyone’s first instinct would be to point out that these companies are self destructing. You can’t treat the majority of your buyers like contagious lepers and expect to continue bringing in profits. Eventually, these corporations will die. That said, I would like to suggest three alternative theories…

Theory #1: I have talked a lot in the past about ESG and how it failed as a tool for consolidating power. Globalists, through groups like the Council For Inclusive Capitalism, thought they could unify corporations under the ESG lending umbrella and then use them as an influence-monopoly to pressure the public to submit to woke ideals. This public resisted this program and exposed the agenda.

But, what if ESG was just a beta test? What if the real goal is to go full communist – Making governments and central banks the primary source of ESG funding.

In other words, what if these corporations know something we don’t and they expect governments to eventually step in and save them with a perpetual woke bailout? Any company that toes the line when it comes to progressive politics gets saved. Any company that doesn’t is allowed to collapse.

Theory #2: What if major corporations are acting like they don’t need to satisfy consumers because corporate leaders have been told that the system is going to break down in the near term? What if they’ve abandoned their mandate to pursue profits and have become propaganda peddlers because they know profits don’t matter anymore?

If the economy is about to suffer a Great Depression-like destabilization (or something worse), then this might explain why corporate CEOs have allowed their products and public relationships to derail.

Theory #3: Then there is the possibility that the concept of the customer as an indentured servant to the corporation is a median step towards an Orwellian future – The idea of the “Sharing Economy” promoted by the World Economic Forum. What if the habit of trying to shame consumers into accepting whatever product they get is meant to acclimate the populace to a culture in which free market choice completely disappears?

In the Sharing Economy (built around a cashless society) government provides everything while you own nothing. The principle of private property evaporates. In this kind of environment the public would have to settle for whatever food they are given, whatever housing they are given, whatever tools they are given, whatever job they are given, whatever entertainment they are given, etc.

The End Game

When people are “given” something the expectation is that they are supposed to be grateful for it no matter what it is. That is to say, the Sharing Economy would breed a slave mentality in which everyone must be happy with what little they have. If they complain, well, they’re ungrateful little monsters that need to be dealt with, right?

This is how the corporate world is treating the public RIGHT NOW. Imagine what things will be like in the next decade if we allow this trend to continue? Corporations can’t force us to buy their DEI garbage today, but what if tomorrow governments give them that power? What if they become the only suppliers?

This is what the culture war is really all about. There are people who want to embrace the dystopian system (mostly leftists) and people who see this system for the evil it truly is. There are people who want to perpetuate the woke cult, and people who are boycotting it. The skeptics who remain ignorant of this war don’t matter; they are flotsam bobbing aimlessly on the tides of history. They don’t care about it now, but they will care in the near future when their freedom of choice disappears completely.

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Interesting Biblical Tidbits from a Reader

stock here, there is much to unpack here, and I am on my last week on island, so simply saving this for future review.

Mahalo!

I picked up on some important Bible references recently.
Amos 5:26, but you won’t get the
full explanation without going to different translations.

King James says
“Moloch”, which is to the point, but you
wouldn’t know what that means without
going to all the Old Testament teachings
about false gods, idol worship.

Ba’al is
given great worship by the Judah and
Israel separated kingdoms. I highly
recommend Bible Hub online. I don’t
download the app, only access online.


The so-called “Star of David” is actually
a long-standing symbol for Saturn and
thusly, Satan. Comparative scripture,
from Bible Hub, gives much more
richness of vocabulary. “Remphan” or
“Rephan”, “Chiun” or “Kiyyun” … the
“Star-god which you made for yourself”.


Jacob- Israel says on his deathbed that
The throne shall not depart from Judah.
He is ethnically dark featured, not an
“Ashkenazy”. So if Zionism is a True
Prophetic phenomenon, certain True bloodlines are the beneficiaries, Not the usurper Luciferians.

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And this seen on Poal….

That’s part of the fallacy, there are no more dominant “American perception”.

There are jews who are looting the country while ethnically cleansing Whites (enjoying total power),

there is a violent section of mostly niggers really burning shit down who read on a 4th grade level,

there are beaners, most of whom take more out than they put in and are over-reproducing,

there are asians and indians who pay in their fair share on average, but are culturally very different, and then

there are primarily Germanic and British Whites who are paying for it while having their nation bulldozed.

Those buckets are also over-simplifications, but this is no longer an ethnically homogeneous monoculture or largely productive people who share similar values and religion. The jews saw to that. Now they are going to print money and start wars to keep the zombie walking until it collapses on itself.

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Jimmy Dore Discovers Much of the Truth of Zionism

stock here: it’s worth a watch: Drop a comment and spread the word. This comes after the Zionist’s empathetic resolution of “we will only genocide you at night” so you can get aid in the day.

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Biden Gets His Dopamine From Abusing Others. They Promised Him He Would Get to Abuse The Whole Country, So He Accepted. Biden Loves When His Dog Abuses People

stock here: That family is the anti-thesis of “Dog People”. hattip Flying Cuttlefish, see link at bottom also

https://nypost.com/2024/06/13/us-news/biden-repeatedly-watched-his-dog-attack-secret-service-as-staff-wished-each-other-safe-shift-docs/

Biden’s Dog Commander Repeatedly Attacked Secret Service Agents as the President Watched Silently Doing Nothing, Bombshell Records Reveal
Biden also reportedly accused a member of his detail of lying about being attacked by Major early in his presidency.

https://www.ibtimes.sg/bidens-dog-commander-repeatedly-attacked-secret-service-agents-president-watched-silently-74931

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After $200B has Been Diverted from Ukraine “Aid”, They Try to Sell the Idea That Only $500M Is Missing

stock here, the best lies contain an element of truth.

They are trying to sell this $500M idea.

$490 Million Given To Ukraine Has Been Embezzled Or Stolen

Monday, June 10, 2024 12:02

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https://beforeitsnews.com/survival/2024/06/490-million-given-to-ukraine-has-been-embezzled-or-stolen-2794486.html

According to politician Mikhail Bondar, Criminal proceedings are underway in Ukraine in relation to dozens of cases of alleged embezzlement and theft of funds earmarked for the military. Nearly $500 million given to Kiev for the construction of “defensive fortifications” to repel Russia’s advance has been embezzled or stolen, media reported on Sunday, citing Bondar.

Ukrainian ruling class has unleashed its law enforcement arm to stop it from embezzling money from itself that is supposed to go to war-mongering.  Ukraine has now launched around 30 criminal proceedings linked to the embezzlement of 20 billion hryvnias ($491 million), Bondar told lawmakers at a closed-door session of the parliamentary investigative commission on fortifications, according to multiple media reports. In the absence of defensive fortifications, Russian forces have made rapid advances in the country.

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Controlling Your Dopamine For Motivation, Focus, and Satisfaction

stock here: I like this guy, not a dork. But he does use the totally false “calories in calories out” lie, which supposes the human being as “closed system”.

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“The End Of Everything” — 1 Million Views in 3 Weeks, This Term Resonates With People

stock here: Didn’t have time to watch the whole thing, but storing it here:

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Russia Lost 1 of 7 People in Russia to Defeat Germany in WW2

stock here: response from AI, sorry for relying so much, on my last 2 weeks of my campaign.

User

Is it “wild” to say that Russia won WW2 in Europe because they lost 1 of every 7 people in their country. Please elaborate on the russian deaths in particular and why and where

ChatGPT

The statement that Russia (specifically the Soviet Union) won World War II in Europe because they lost one out of every seven people is an oversimplification, but it highlights the immense sacrifices and heavy toll the war took on the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union indeed played a crucial role in the defeat of Nazi Germany, and their enormous losses reflect both the intensity of the conflict on the Eastern Front and the Soviet commitment to victory.

Summary of Why Russia Took Huge Losses and How They Fought Back

Initial Unpreparedness

Effectiveness of German Blitzkrieg

Under-Equipment and Logistical Challenges

Stalin’s Purges

Brutal Fighting Conditions

Strategic Decisions

Industrial Mobilization

Soviet Deaths in World War II

  1. Scale of Losses:
    • The Soviet Union suffered the highest number of casualties of any country in World War II, with estimates ranging from 20 to 27 million people, including both military and civilian deaths.
    • Approximately 8.7 million Soviet military personnel were killed or went missing in action.
    • Civilian casualties were staggering, with millions dying due to combat, starvation, forced labor, and genocide.
  2. Reasons for High Casualties:
    • Initial German Invasion: Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, caught the Soviet forces unprepared, leading to massive initial losses.
    • Brutal Warfare: The Eastern Front was marked by some of the largest and most brutal battles in history, such as the Battle of Stalingrad, the Siege of Leningrad, and the Battle of Kursk. These battles involved massive troop movements, high-intensity fighting, and significant casualties on both sides.
    • Scorched Earth Policy: As the Soviet forces retreated in the face of the German advance, they implemented a scorched earth policy, destroying infrastructure and resources to deny them to the enemy, which also contributed to civilian suffering and deaths.
    • German Occupation: Areas under German occupation experienced horrific conditions, including mass executions, starvation, and the Holocaust, which targeted Jews and other groups.
    • Partisan Warfare: Behind German lines, Soviet partisans waged a guerrilla war, which resulted in brutal reprisals by the German forces against the civilian population.
  3. Strategic Importance of Soviet Resistance:
    • Stalingrad and Turning the Tide: The Battle of Stalingrad (1942-1943) was a turning point in the war. The Soviet victory marked the beginning of a major offensive against the Germans, eventually pushing them back to Berlin.
    • Resource and Manpower Mobilization: Despite early setbacks, the Soviet Union managed to mobilize its vast resources and manpower. Factories were relocated east of the Ural Mountains, out of reach of German bombers, and began producing war materials at an astonishing rate.
    • Allied Support: The Soviet Union also benefited from Allied support through the Lend-Lease program, which provided critical supplies and equipment from the United States and other Allies.
  4. Impact on Post-War Europe:
    • Human and Economic Cost: The immense human and economic cost of the war left deep scars on the Soviet Union. Entire cities and regions were devastated, and the post-war reconstruction required significant effort and resources.
    • Political Consequences: The high cost of the war also influenced Soviet post-war policies and attitudes, contributing to the Cold War tensions with the Western Allies.
    • Legacy of Sacrifice: The Soviet victory and the enormous sacrifices made during the war are still remembered and honored in Russia and other former Soviet states, forming a crucial part of their national identity and historical narrative.

While it is not accurate to say that the Soviet Union won the war solely because of their heavy losses, these losses reflect the severe challenges they faced and the extraordinary resilience and determination with which they fought. Their contribution was pivotal to the defeat of Nazi Germany, and their sacrifices were immense and multifaceted.

The severe military losses of the Soviet Union during World War II were due to a combination of several factors, including initial unpreparedness, under-equipment, and the effectiveness of the German Blitzkrieg tactics. Here are the main reasons:

1. Initial Unpreparedness:

  • Surprise of Operation Barbarossa: The German invasion, Operation Barbarossa, launched on June 22, 1941, took the Soviet Union by surprise. Despite intelligence warnings, Stalin and the Soviet high command were unprepared for the scale and speed of the German attack.
  • Poor Initial Deployment: Soviet forces were poorly deployed along the western borders, with many units in vulnerable positions. This led to significant losses in the early stages of the invasion.

2. Effectiveness of German Blitzkrieg:

  • Speed and Coordination: The German Blitzkrieg (lightning war) strategy involved rapid, coordinated attacks using infantry, tanks, and air support to break through enemy lines and encircle large formations. This strategy was highly effective in the initial phases of the invasion.
  • Encirclement and Surrender: Many Soviet units were surrounded and forced to surrender, leading to massive losses of men and equipment. Large encirclements, such as the Battle of Kiev, resulted in the capture of hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops.

3. Under-Equipment and Logistical Challenges:

  • Lack of Modern Equipment: In the early stages of the war, many Soviet units were under-equipped, lacking sufficient tanks, aircraft, and other modern weaponry. This disadvantage was partly due to the rapid expansion of the Red Army in the late 1930s, which outpaced the production of modern arms.
  • Logistical Difficulties: The vast distances and poor infrastructure of the Soviet Union posed significant logistical challenges. Supplying front-line troops with ammunition, fuel, and food was a persistent problem, especially in the face of German advances.

4. Stalin’s Purges:

  • Decimation of the Officer Corps: The Great Purge of the late 1930s had decimated the Soviet military leadership. Many experienced officers were executed or imprisoned, leading to a lack of experienced command and control at the outbreak of the war.
  • Impact on Morale and Effectiveness: The purges created a climate of fear and suspicion within the military, further hampering effectiveness and decision-making.

5. Brutal Fighting Conditions:

  • High-Intensity Battles: The Eastern Front saw some of the largest and deadliest battles in history. Battles such as Stalingrad, Kursk, and the Siege of Leningrad involved intense and prolonged combat, resulting in heavy casualties.
  • Harsh Climate and Terrain: The harsh Russian winter and the vast, challenging terrain also contributed to the high casualty rates. Both sides suffered, but the Soviets faced particularly severe conditions during retreats and encirclements.

6. Strategic Decisions:

  • Scorched Earth Policy: As the Soviets retreated, they employed a scorched earth policy, destroying infrastructure and resources to deny them to the advancing Germans. This tactic, while strategically sound, added to the hardship and casualties among Soviet forces and civilians.
  • Counteroffensives and Relentless Attacks: Soviet strategy involved relentless counterattacks and offensives, often with high human costs. The determination to push the Germans back led to significant losses but ultimately contributed to the eventual victory.

7. Industrial Mobilization:

  • Relocation of Industry: The Soviet Union undertook a massive relocation of industry to the east, beyond the reach of German bombers. This effort eventually led to improved production of military equipment, but the initial stages of the war saw shortages and logistical issues.

Conclusion

The combination of these factors resulted in the immense military losses experienced by the Soviet Union. The initial unpreparedness, the effectiveness of the German Blitzkrieg, and the challenging conditions all played significant roles. Despite these losses, the Soviet Union managed to regroup, re-equip, and ultimately turn the tide against Germany, playing a crucial role in the Allied victory in Europe.

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The View, A Hilarious Accurate Takedown

stock here: I don’t believe this guy was there for more than 1 or 2 visits. But I think the video work is incredible.

Vaccine Adverse Reaction actress admits the lot she got was horrible

https://makismd.substack.com/p/video-chd-singer-jessica-sutta-injured?publication_id=1385328&post_id=145347185&r=1rfqgx&triedRedirect=true&utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

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Visions of Mary at Fatima Portugal

Very curious, I asked for details because of the Consecration of Russia. This was 1917. 64 years after the first apparition (May 13, 1917), Pope John Paul II, on the exact anniversary, had an attempted assignation (May 13, 1981). He was the key driver in releasing the “Third Secret” on May 13, 2000. This rabbit hole runs deep. Lucia, the oldest of the three, became Sister Lucia, and died at the age of 97 on February 13, 2005. She got to see the 3rd Secret Released in 2000. In 1917, the last apparition Oct 17, 1917 was attended by 70,000 people, and reportedly a miracle of the sun dancing occurred for 10 minutes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_L%C3%BAcia

Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions:

  • Number of Apparitions: There were six apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children at Fatima.
  • Dates of Apparitions: The apparitions occurred on the 13th of each month from May to October in 1917. The exact dates are as follows:
    • May 13, 1917
    • June 13, 1917
    • July 13, 1917
    • August 19, 1917 (This apparition did not occur on the 13th because the children were detained by the local authorities on that day; Mary appeared to them on the 19th instead.)
    • September 13, 1917
    • October 13, 1917

Family Names of the Visionaries:

  • Lucia dos Santos: Lucia’s full name was Lucia de Jesus dos Santos.
  • Francisco and Jacinta Marto: Francisco and Jacinta were siblings, and their last name was Marto. They were cousins of Lucia dos Santos.

So, while Lucia’s last name was dos Santos, her cousins Francisco and Jacinta had the last name Marto.

Mary appeared to three shepherd children:

  • Who: The Virgin Mary, also referred to as Our Lady of Fatima, appeared to three young shepherd children named Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
  • When: The apparitions took place between May 13 and October 13, 1917.

Giving them messages about prayer, repentance, and the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart:

  • Prayer: Mary emphasized the importance of daily prayer, particularly the Rosary. She asked the children to pray the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and to end World War I.
  • Repentance: Mary called for repentance and conversion, urging people to turn away from sin and make sacrifices for the reparation of sins.
  • Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart: Mary revealed that Russia would spread its errors (understood as atheistic communism) throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church. She requested the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart by the Pope and the bishops of the world. She promised that if her request was heeded, Russia would be converted, and there would be peace. If not, Russia would spread its errors, leading to further conflicts and suffering.

The messages delivered during these apparitions are collectively known as the “Secrets of Fatima,” which consist of three parts:

  1. Vision of Hell: The children were shown a vision of hell where the souls of sinners go.
  2. Prophecies about World War II: The second part included prophecies about the rise of communism in Russia and the outbreak of World War II.
  3. The Third Secret: This part was kept confidential by the Church for many years and was finally revealed in 2000. It described a vision of the suffering and martyrdom of the Pope and other religious figures.

The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima had a significant impact on the Catholic Church and the world, promoting the messages of prayer, penance, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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On August 13, 1917, the three shepherd children—Lucia dos Santos, Francisco Marto, and Jacinta Marto—were detained by the local authorities in the town of Vila Nova de Ourém. The reason for their detention was primarily due to the skepticism and opposition of the local authorities, particularly the civil administrator, Artur Santos (no relation to Lucia dos Santos), who was a known anti-clerical and Freemason. He doubted the authenticity of the apparitions and was concerned about the growing public attention and gatherings at Cova da Iria, where the apparitions were taking place.

Specific Reasons for Detention:

  1. Interrogation: The authorities wanted to interrogate the children to extract more information about the apparitions and possibly get them to confess that they were fabricating the stories. The administrator tried to intimidate and coerce the children into admitting that their visions were false.
  2. Public Order: The authorities were also concerned about maintaining public order. The apparitions were attracting large crowds of people, and the civil authorities feared that this could lead to public unrest or other issues.
  3. Suppression of Religious Influence: There was an underlying motive to suppress the religious influence and fervor that was spreading due to the reported apparitions. The anti-clerical stance of the local government aimed to reduce the Church’s influence over the population.

Despite the intense questioning and even threats of severe punishment, including threats of boiling them in oil, the children remained steadfast in their accounts of the apparitions and did not recant their statements. They were eventually released on August 15, 1917, and the Virgin Mary appeared to them on August 19, 1917, at Valinhos, a small village near Fatima.

Ages of the Children in 1917:

  • Lucia dos Santos: Born on March 22, 1907, she was 10 years old during the apparitions.
  • Francisco Marto: Born on June 11, 1908, he was 9 years old.
  • Jacinta Marto: Born on March 11, 1910, she was 7 years old.

The courage and steadfastness of these young children in the face of intense pressure and threats made their testimony even more compelling to the faithful and added to the significance of the Fatima apparitions.

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AI Does Real Reporting On The Israel “Hostage Raid” Which Recovered 4 People, But The IDF and Others, Killed 270 to Accomplish This Task

stock here, I heard this 270 deaths number but wasn’t sure the next day. AI confirms it, so to speak.

es, I am aware of the recent events involving Israel’s rescue of four hostages. On June 8, 2024, Israel carried out a significant operation in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza, resulting in the rescue of four hostages who had been held by Hamas since the October 7 attack at a music festival. The rescued hostages are Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv. This operation was marked by heavy fighting, resulting in the deaths of over 270 Palestinians, including both combatants and civilians, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry​ (The Times of Israel)​​ (KEDM)​.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a complex daytime operation involving airstrikes and ground forces to free the hostages from two separate locations. This rescue marks the largest recovery of living hostages since the conflict began eight months ago​ (KEDM)​​ (WEMU)​.

The rescue has been met with mixed reactions: celebrations erupted in Tel Aviv, while significant casualties in Gaza have sparked further tension and calls for a ceasefire and humanitarian relief​ (The Times of Israel)​​ (The Times of Israel)​.


Noa is a pretty girl in her best pictures, no big tattoos like the german girl who was also supposedly captured. But in a video there was a helicopter sitting on the ground on the beach for many minutes, being filmed by people from semi high rises, anyone of which if the people of gaza were generally armed and angry, after 1000 Palestinian children under 14 were killed by Israel after the October 7th event, could have shot that helicopter with a rifle or gun. So that video seemed odd to me….why not at least fly near by and come down 10 seconds before the hostage was escorted out across the sand. Any more news on Noa’s particular history and rescue?

Noa Argamani’s rescue was a notable part of Israel’s recent operation to free hostages held by Hamas in Gaza. Noa, along with three other hostages, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv, was rescued during a meticulously planned operation by Israeli special forces. This operation involved coordinated raids on two separate locations in the Nuseirat refugee camp, which were only 200 meters apart. The Israeli forces had trained for this mission using replicas of the buildings where the hostages were being held​ (Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines)​​ (Yahoo)​.

The rescue took place in broad daylight, adding to the complexity and risk of the mission. The hostages were found in locked rooms within apartments that also housed families and armed guards. The element of surprise was crucial, and the operation was executed with precision to minimize the risk to the hostages. Despite the dangerous environment, the hostages were successfully extracted and transported to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan for evaluation​ (Yahoo)​​ (The Times of Israel)​.

Noa Argamani’s story gained significant attention due to the harrowing video of her abduction during the October 7 music festival attack. After her rescue, she was able to reunite with her father, Yaakov, in time for his birthday, which added an emotional layer to the successful operation. Noa’s mother, Liora, who is battling terminal brain cancer, was also present at the reunion, providing a poignant moment for the family​ (Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines)​​ (Yahoo)​.

Regarding the helicopter video you mentioned, while it’s not uncommon for operations to involve periods of landing and takeoff, specific tactical decisions such as hovering nearby before landing could be influenced by various factors, including the need for stealth, operational security, or immediate on-ground threats. The IDF’s decision-making in such high-risk environments aims to balance these considerations to ensure the safety of both the rescuers and the hostages.

For more detailed insights into Noa’s rescue and the broader implications, you can read the full articles from Yahoo News and The Times of Israel.

Rabbinic Interpretations

  1. Modern Rabbinic Views:
    • Contemporary rabbinic authorities often grapple with these principles in the context of modern warfare. The overarching consensus is that while protecting life is paramount, efforts must be made to avoid civilian casualties. Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a former Chief Rabbi of Israel and a military ethicist, emphasized the importance of minimizing harm to civilians even in conflict situations.
  2. Ethical Dilemmas:
    • Some rabbis might argue that in dire situations, the imperative to save lives (hostages) could justify certain actions, but this is highly contentious and situational. The loss of 270 civilians to save 4 hostages would generally be seen as disproportionate and problematic under Talmudic principles.

Conclusion

According to Talmudic principles, the sanctity of human life is paramount, and the intentional killing of civilians to save hostages would be highly problematic. The concepts of Pikuach Nefesh and the laws of the Rodef emphasize protecting life but do not justify large-scale loss of innocent lives. Therefore, a Talmudic approach would likely condemn such an action, emphasizing the need to find alternative methods that do not result in significant collateral damage.

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Bird Flu GOF Jumping to Cows, Is It Just Another Attack On The Food Supply

stock here: no time for a deep dive, but it is FaF. I understood gain of function early in 2020. And Fauci is still not in jail, nor has anyone I know of even been fired or god forbid, demoted. Or their pension removed. Or is this even happening and it’s all just BS fear mongering?

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Is Gain-of-Function Responsible for the Bird Flu Jump to Cows and Humans?

Certain types of bird flu viruses that typically spread among birds are now causing infections in cows and humans in Western countries.

Is Gain-of-Function Responsible for the Bird Flu Jump to Cows and Humans?
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Yuhong Dong
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By Yuhong Dong, M.D., Ph.D. and Xiaoxu Sean Lin, Ph.D.

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In the past six months, bird flu has surprised scientists at least twice.

Bird flu viruses have circulated mainly in birds for a long time. However, in early December 2023, an outbreak occurred in U.S. dairy cows, even though cattle are not typically susceptible to avian influenza A, the bird flu virus.

In late March, a U.S. dairy farm worker was infected by a H5N1 virus from a cow.

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On May 22, a second human case of H5N1 infection was reported with prior exposure to infected dairy cows in Michigan.

On the same day in May, an Australian child was infected by an H7 strain, another subtype of influenza A known to cause human infections.

Since bird flu infections in humans are rare, these incidents have raised significant concern among scientists.

Why is this happening, and how concerned should we be?

This article aims to avoid unnecessary fear about a potential future pandemic. Instead, we encourage people to think rationally and make appropriate adjustments for the future.

Rapid Spread in Birds

The history of the H5N1 virus family can be traced back to 1996 when it was first discovered in a sick goose in the Guangdong province of China.

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H5N1 has evolved, resulting in different genetic lineages (clades) as they mutate, similar to a typical pattern of behavior for RNA viruses such as the ever-emerging COVID-19 variants. In 2013, the H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b emerged. Since then, it has spread rapidly to nearly 100 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and America, becoming the most dominant clade and causing significant losses to the poultry industry.

Relative frequency of different clades of bird flu viruse based on data from GISAID’s EpiFlu database. (Illustrated by The Epoch Times)
Relative frequency of different clades of bird flu viruse based on data from GISAID’s EpiFlu database. (Illustrated by The Epoch Times)

In December 2021, this particular clade 2.3.4.4b, was first identified in wild birds in the United States.

The clade quickly mixed with other circulating influenza A viruses in wild birds in North America. This resulted in viral reassortment and recombination of genes and exhibiting diverse characteristics. Many of these variants cause severe illnesses in mammals, significantly affecting their nervous system.

The Jump to Cows

The avian influenza virus, commonly called the bird flu virus, belongs to the flu virus family. Flu viruses have many natural hosts, including ducks, geese, swans, gulls, terns, waders, pigs, and horses.

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Certain types of flu viruses typically infect specific hosts and do not usually jump from one host to another.

There is a wide variety of bird flu viruses, ranging from H1 to H19, but they have mostly remained in birds and animals, rarely affecting humans.

This changed with the H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b.

<span style="color: #000000;">Type A flu viruses normally infect wild and domestic birds. Recently, the H5N1 flu virus has also infected domestic mammals and even humans. (Illustrated by The Epoch Times) </span>
Type A flu viruses normally infect wild and domestic birds. Recently, the H5N1 flu virus has also infected domestic mammals and even humans. (Illustrated by The Epoch Times) 

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This clade became concerning because of their frequent spillover events. A spillover event occurs when a virus from one normal host reservoir jumps into a new or different host species, for example, jumping from a bird to a horse or cattle.

Since December 2023, the highly pathogenic H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b viruses have been reported to spread in dairy cows in multiple U.S. states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Centers for Disease Control.

From early this year, some cows have been producing less milk and eating less. It was later confirmed that the H5Nx clade 2.3.4.4b viruses were present in both the cows’ milk and nasal samples. The USDA reported an outbreak in this clade in cows for the first time.

The December USDA preprint reveals that the same viral strain was found in dairy cows that have no known connection to the infected herds. This suggests that the transmission in cows has already started quietly, and asymptomatic cows likely contributed to the rapid spread of the virus.

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As of May 28, there were 67 herds infected by the H5N1 virus in nine states. Despite the low number of infected herds, this could indicate that it is no longer just a spillover event, but rather a significant expansion of host tropism. The concern is when a large-scale outbreak might occur.

Furthermore, as dairy cows often live in close proximity to humans, infections in cows may also impact human health.

The Likely Jump to Humans

Although bird flu infections in humans have been rare, they can happen.

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In the past 20 years, there have been sporadic human infections with the H5N1 virus. There have been 888 infected patients, resulting in 463 deaths reported across 23 countries. The majority of cases have occurred in Egypt, Indonesia, and Vietnam. These cases have resulted in a cumulative case fatality rate of more than 50 percent, based on data collected by the World Health Organization.

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Since these cases are mostly scattered throughout Asia, they haven’t received much public attention in Western countries until recently.

In April 2022, a case was confirmed in a Colorado poultry worker who has since recovered. This was the first known case of H5N1 infection transmitted from poultry to a human in the United States.

The second human case in the United States didn’t occur until late March. A dairy farm worker in Texas showed symptoms of hemorrhagic conjunctivitis in both eyes and was confirmed to be infected by the H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b. He had no respiratory symptoms and fully recovered within a few days.

However, this person reported no contact with sick or dead birds but had close exposure to sick dairy cows. The cows showed decreased milk production, reduced appetite, fever, and dehydration, suggesting H5N1 infection.

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This was the first report in the United States of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus suspected of transmitting from a mammalian animal species to a human.

These cases have alerted scientists, as they suggest that the virus may have acquired the ability to spread between mammals and potentially infect humans.

If a highly pathogenic H5N1 virus were to develop the ability to spread easily among humans, including through human-to-human transmission, it could have a significant impact on the human population, given the high mortality rate observed in previous cases.

Since these are the only two confirmed U.S. cases of cow-to-human transmission, the full extent of similar infections and the mortality rate remain unknown. 

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The spillover from one species to another typically happens naturally through the food chain. For instance, it can happen when infected birds are eaten by another species. These events generally occur on a small scale, unlike the widespread occurrences seen in U.S. cattle.

What caused the recent jump to cows from another species? Was it a natural, random event as in the past, or were other factors involved?

Gained the Ability to Spread via Aerosols

The original avian H5N1 viruses were not easily transmissible between mammals.

About a decade ago, two virologists, Yoshihiro Kawaoka from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, alarmed the world by conducting high-risk gain-of-function studies on H5N1.

The process was complex. For example, a mutant H5N1 virus was created carrying the specific gene mutation PB2 E627K. It was then passed through ferrets 10 times. After gaining a total of five mutations, the mutant H5N1 virus gained the ability to be transmitted via aerosols or respiratory droplets.

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These mutations had only been found in nature, but never all within the same strain. Moreover, their lab manipulation and enhanced ability to transmit via aerosol has resulted in pandemic potential.

In 2011, Paul Keim, a microbial geneticist who chaired the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), expressed concern after reviewing their publications. “I can’t think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one,” he told Science. Having worked on anthrax for many years, he added, “I don’t think that anthrax is scary at all compared to this.”

Publishing these key mutations enables others to replicate the work in their own labs and marks the beginning of the unsettling H5N1 narrative.

The H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b was first detected in 2013.

Further Manipulation in a Chinese Lab

On April 1, 2021, a three-party project was initiated between the United States, the UK, and China that included the USDA, the U.S. National Poultry Research Center, the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Georgia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the Roslin Institute in the UK.

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The USDA is sponsoring a grant of $1 million for this project. The SEPRL and Roslin Institute provide expertise in avian immunology genomics and viral transcriptomics analysis.

The actual experiments are conducted in China’s CAS lab. There might be a specific reason for choosing this location.

The project, as we’ll explain later, is also a gain-of-function (GOF) study.

GOF studies on the bird flu virus have triggered broad criticism by the U.S. scientific community since 2011. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist and laboratory director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, also told Science, “This work should never have been done.” From a biosafety perspective, scientists have expressed concern that a new virus generated through research could escape from the lab or that bioterrorists could leverage the published results into a bioweapon for malignant purposes.

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In the United States, gain-of-function experiments involving influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus were banned from October 2014 through December 2017. The moratorium was lifted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Dec. 19, 2017.

Chinese labs often have sufficient technical capacity but face a major challenge due to relatively loose biosecurity regulations.

Former CDC director, Dr. Robert Redfield, recently stated, “Bird flu, I think, is going to be the cause of a great pandemic—where they are teaching these viruses how to be more infectious for humans.”

A Severe, Rapidly Spreading Virus

Chinese scientists are not opposed to doing risky gain-of-function studies on bird flu viruses.

For example, in a study published in Science in May 2013, scientists led by Chen Hualan at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in Harbin, China, combined the highly lethal but not easily transmissible H5N1 virus with the highly contagious H1N1 swine flu strain, which infected millions of people in 2009.

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At least three aspects of the three-party collaborative project study design strongly indicate its gain-of-function nature. However, these may be difficult to discern without reading between the lines.

One significant issue is the experimental approach known as “serial passage.” The process of serial passage research is widely acknowledged by scientists as a tool for gain-of-function studies.

Serial passage involves growing and reproducing the virus from one cell to another or from one animal to another. These studies have high risks of generating mutations that can lead to greater transmissibility, pathogenicity, and zoonotic transmission. The more potent mutants can be selected for the next passage.

As written in their proposal, CAS scientists are responsible for measuring “fitness,” which indicates the outcome of a viral infection—whether it develops faster or slower and whether it results in a severe or mild illness. Samples are collected before and after each round of passages to identify patterns of transmission and pathogenicity. This increases the likelihood of creating mutant H5N1 strains that can cause more severe diseases with faster transmission.

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The second clue is linked to the animal models they carefully selected to reproduce the virus—mallard ducks, Chinese geese, and Japanese quail.

The mallard duck is the most abundant migratory and wide-ranging duck on Earth and can crossbreed with 63 other species. It is an asymptomatic carrier harboring many bird flu viruses, potentially allowing more mutated viruses to recombine.

Flu viruses are large, single-stranded RNA viruses comprising an eight-segmented genome. This unique feature of the virus genome implies that it is easy to reassort to one another, resulting in different combinations of genomes, especially when given a perfect condition of many different types of viruses residing in one host.

Furthermore, the Japanese quail has a dual expression of two bird flu virus receptors on both avian and mammalian species. It is such an ideal host that after a series of passage trials, people can identify those strains that are more adaptive to mammalian receptors but not bird receptors.

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Therefore, this study design favors the selection of a mutated H5N1 virus that has enhanced tropism for mammalian hosts with a higher pathogenicity or transmissibility.

This is a technologically well-designed study setting to achieve the gain-of-function purpose, in which the study objective appears to be about enhanced surveillance, monitoring, fitness, and vaccine studies.

In addition, this study plans to use live viruses to challenge mallard ducks with low-pathogenic bird flu viruses first, followed by a high-pathogenic virus.

Because the bird flu virus is highly prone to recombination, a genome reassortment among high- and low-pathogenic bird flu viruses could generate new recombinant influenza viruses with unpredictable host tropism or pathogenicity.

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Therefore, this creates an even higher potential of generating new gain-of-function mutants.

Since 2021, the bird flu virus H5N1 of clade 2.3.4.4b has had an explosive geographic expansion among wild birds and domestic poultry across Asia, Europe, and Africa, and spread to America at the end of 2021.

Response to Criticism

There has been longstanding criticism of gain-of-function research. Several members of the U.S. Congress have also expressed serious concern about collaborating with the Chinese on bird flu research.

“We are disturbed by recent reports about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) collaboration with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-linked Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on bird flu research,” they wrote in an April 12 letter.

“This research, funded by American taxpayers, could potentially generate dangerous new lab-created virus strains that threaten our national security and public health,” they added.

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When interviewed by the Science journal in February, the lead investigator denied that they planned to do gain-of-function studies. However, the experimental approach includes “in vivo passage of viruses through mallard ducks and Chinese goose species to predict evolution in natural hosts.”

The lead scientist at CAS involved in this study, Wenjun Liu, emphasized that the Chinese government has strict regulations for lab safety. However, this argument is far from convincing since even a biosafety level 4 lab—the highest safety level—can have serious safety compliance issues, as demonstrated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and COVID-19.

The recent suspension of funding for scientist Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, sends a clear signal that people distrust virological studies linked to Chinese government-controlled labs.

Increased Pathogenicity

The pathogenicity of H5N1 in animals has increased.

In a 2023 study published in Cell, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the Vaccine Research Center of the NIH, used their existing model of cynomolgus macaques to test the effectiveness of the H5N1 vaccine.

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In this study, an inhaled aerosol dose of 5.1 log10 plaque-forming units (PFU) caused a strong fever and acute respiratory disease in four out of six macaques, resulting in their deaths. PFU is a method of measuring the amount of the virus.

In comparison, in studies conducted from 2001 to 2014 with cynomolgus macaques, when these monkeys were given high doses of H5N1 (6.5–7.8 log10 PFU) through various routes (nose, throat, mouth, and eyes), they usually developed mild illness, and only 2 out of 49 monkeys died from the infection, based on previous reports.

Compared to the studies done 10 to 23 years ago, a much lower dose used in the 2023 study caused a much higher percentage (half) of the monkeys’ deaths. This indicates that the pathogenicity of the H5N1 virus has dramatically increased.

History Repeated?

While we retrospectively reviewed the timing of the GOF studies in 2012 and 2021 and the outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu viruses in birds and mammals in 2013 and 2021, it is clear that there is a close temporal relationship between them.

This research on the bird flu viruses and current outbreaks in birds and cows should also remind us of the fiercely debated origin of SARS-CoV-2.

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A widely discussed, evidence-based viewpoint on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus suggests that bat-derived coronaviruses, previously harmless to humans, gained the ability to infect humans through lab manipulation.

It’s particularly important to consider the current focus of scientific research after experiencing an unprecedented, challenging period due to COVID-19. Some Chinese government-controlled labs are still creating more dangerous viruses and enabling them to spread on a large scale in the name of pandemic preparedness. This raises the question of whether they are truly helping people or creating more diseases.

These alarming facts and circumstances should prompt immediate, thorough investigations into Chinese labs and their potential connection to the H5N1 bird flu outbreak.

In the pursuit of advancing science and researching more effective ways to protect people, such as developing vaccines, the underlying driving force behind such endeavors is often technological competition. However, scientists may have created more problems than solutions for humanity.

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In many health articles from The Epoch Times, we emphasize that the best way to prevent a pandemic or viral infection is to focus on improving our health. This includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, enhancing our natural immunity, and preserving our natural healing abilities.

Editing the virus to enhance its transmissibility and pathogenicity, and researching its pandemic potential, only fuels more fear, rather than resolving the issue.

Ironically, some modern technology can have an extensive negative impact on society. The ability of scientists to conduct GOF research does not justify its necessity.

It’s time for people to wake up.

More About Bird Flu Viruses

There are four types of flu viruses: A, B, C, and D. Based on our current knowledge, only type A can cause global pandemics. A pandemic can occur when an influenza virus has the ability to create long-lasting human-to-human transmission in a population with limited immunity against the virus. In history, three type A flu viruses have triggered human pandemics: H1N1 (1918), H2N2 (1957), and H3N2 (1968).

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Influenza A viruses are classified into dozens of subtypes according to two types of glycoproteins on the surface of the virus.

The first glycoprotein, hemagglutinin (H), allows the virus to bind to a celluar surface receptor known as sialic acid and enter the cell. Its name comes from its ability to cause red blood cells to clump together into masses. The second one, neuraminidase (N), is a receptor-destroying protein and enzyme that cleaves the glycosidic bonds of the neuraminic acid, which helps release new viral particles from infected cells. The balance between the H and N function has potential implications for transmission, host adaptation, and pathogenicity between species.

A total of 19 H proteins (H1–H19) and 11 N proteins (N1–N11) have been identified. Different combinations of H and N can be used to name a flu virus. H5N1 has a type 5 H and a type 1 N, so its name is H5N1.

The “H5Nx” nomenclature indicates different neuraminidase types (such as N1, N2, N6, N8) are paired with the H5 protein.

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A “clade” is like a branch on a family tree. In a virus family, a clade refers to a group of viruses from a common ancestor with similar characteristics. Clade 2.3.4.4b includes various viruses from H5N1, H5N2, H5N5, H5N6, and H5N8.

Five subtypes of avian influenza A viruses, H5, H6, H7, H9, and H10 are known to have caused human infections.

Bird flu viruses are classified as either low or highly pathogenic avian influenza based on the disease severity they trigger.

The H5 and H7 subtypes are highly pathogenic. Specifically, A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) viruses have caused most of the avian influenza A viral infections reported in people.

HPAI A(H5N6) and LPAI A(H9N2) viruses have also caused human infections in recent years.

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Dr. Yuhong Dong is a senior medical columnist for The Epoch Times. She is a former senior medical scientific expert and pharmacovigilance leader at the Novartis headquarters in Switzerland and a four-time Novartis award winner. She has preclinical research experience in virology, immunology, oncology, neurology, and ophthalmology, and also has clinical experience in infectious disease and internal medicine. She earned her MD and a doctorate in infectious diseases at Beijing University in China.

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“Brush Junkie” Continues Reporting On Lahaina After the DEW Attack and Land Grabs

check her out, buy a shirt if available

https://www.youtube.com/@brushjunkie6384/videos

And Erik West continues to report on the Fires

https://www.youtube.com/@hawaiirealestateorg/videos

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BTselem, Alternate Views on Palestinian Genocide, 1000 Children Under 14 have Been Killed

stock here: please review

https://www.btselem.org/press_releses/20240207_israel_based_civil_society_and_human_rights_organizations_call_for_a_ceasefire