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JOHNS HOPKINS LOCKDOWN PAPER: SUSPECT SCIENCE

Coronavirus-STUDY--warning

This is not science…

Few things annoy me more than meta-studies, a study of studies, summarizing the existing literature, and presenting it as a valid study. Merely the fact that those in power fund most studies that seem to affirm the agenda of the funders is enough to make me suspect the findings – no matter which side the findings may fall.

We are seeing the “findings” of a Johns Hopkins’ study, “A Literature Review and Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Lockdowns on COVID-19 Mortality,” that is being presented in the conservative media as a scientific sign that covid “lockdowns” did very little, if anything, to reduce the number of covid deaths.

Abstract

This systematic review and meta-analysis are designed to determine whether there is empirical evidence to support the belief that “lockdowns” reduce COVID-19 mortality. Lockdowns are defined as the imposition of at least one compulsory, non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI). NPIs are any government mandate that directly restrict peoples’ possibilities, such as policies that limit internal movement, close schools and businesses, and ban international travel. This study employed a systematic search and screening procedure in which 18,590 studies are identified that could potentially address the belief posed. After three levels of screening, 34 studies ultimately qualified. Of those 34 eligible studies, 24 qualified for inclusion in the meta-analysis. They were separated into three groups: lockdown stringency index studies, shelter-in-place-order (SIPO) studies, and specific NPI studies. An analysis of each of these three groups support the conclusion that lockdowns have had little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality. More specifically, stringency index studies find that lockdowns in Europe and the United States only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2% on average. SIPOs were also ineffective, only reducing COVID-19 mortality by 2.9% on average. Specific NPI studies also find no broad-based evidence of noticeable effects on COVID-19 mortality.

While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted. In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.

Overall conclusion on specific NPIs

Because of the heterogeneity in NPIs across studies, it is difficult to draw strong conclusions based on the studies of multiple specific measures. We find no evidence that lockdowns, school closures, border closures, and limiting gatherings have had a noticeable effect on COVID-19 mortality. There is some evidence that business closures reduce COVID-19 mortality, but the variation in estimates is large and the effect seems related to closing bars. There may be an effect of mask mandates, but just two studies look at this, one of which one only looks at the effect of employee mask mandates.

Conclusions

Overall, our meta-analysis fails to confirm that lockdowns have had a large, significant effect on mortality rates. Studies examining the relationship between lockdown strictness (based on the OxCGRT stringency index) find that the average lockdown in Europe and the United States only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2% compared to a COVID-19 policy based solely on recommendations. Shelter-in-place orders (SIPOs) were also ineffective. They only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 2.9%.

Studies looking at specific NPIs (lockdown vs. no lockdown, facemasks, closing non-essential businesses, border closures, school closures, and limiting gatherings) also find no broad-based evidence of noticeable effects on COVID-19 mortality. However, closing non-essential businesses seems to have had some effect (reducing COVID-19 mortality by 10.6%), which is likely to be related to the closure of bars. Also, masks may reduce COVID-19 mortality, but there is only one study that examines universal mask mandates. The effect of border closures, school closures and limiting gatherings on COVID-19 mortality yields precision-weighted estimates of -0.1%, -4.4%, and 1.6%, respectively. Lockdowns (compared to no lockdowns) also do not reduce COVID-19 mortality. <Source>

Pretty much the type of conclusions you might expect from authors who were economists rather than epidemiologists or other medical professionals. Look closely, and you will see that economists authored the majority of the 24 papers qualified for inclusion in this meta-analysis.

This is a non-peer-reviewed “working paper,” which is little more than the authors’ opinion backed with cherry-picked research. This is the type of “study” where the conclusions are mutable and depend on the inclusion mechanism; One might have expected to see some peer-reviewed epidemiological studies.

And, I would hesitate to refer to this paper as a Johns Hopkins product as it did not come from Medical School’s Coronavirus Resource Center, the center for most of the school’s medical research.

Bottom line…

Even though I might emotionally side with those who believe strict lockdowns were less than effective, that does not change my opinion that this “study” is not science and is little more than an opinion piece.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WARNING: MEDICARE UNDER ATTACK BY CORRUPT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS

Once again, the progressive communist Democrats and the feckless Republicans are joining hands to hasten the destruction of Medicare and swindle senior citizens…

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The so-called “Postal Service Reform Act” (HR 3076) “requires the Office of Personnel Management to establish the Postal Service Health Benefits Program for USPS employees and retirees and provides for coordinated enrollment of retirees under this program and Medicare. The bill repeals the requirement that the USPS annually prepay future retirement health benefits.”

Betrayal of trust...

Translation: Politicians in the House of Representatives passed legislation by the Yeas and Nays (342 – 92) to shift the unfunded U.S. Postal Service pension-related obligations to Medicare – endangering the existing fragile finances and moving the nation closer to a government-controlled one-payer health care system.

The recorded vote (342 – 92):  Democratic – all 222 voted aye with no nays; Republicans – 120 voted aye with 92 nays.

Facing an estimated $72 BILLION in unfunded obligations for retired postal worker’s benefits, the politicians on both sides are proposing transferring the cost of retirees’ health benefit costs to the Medicare program. This would reduce the services currently provided to senior citizens who paid into the system over their lifetime and the financial solvency of Medicate over the near future.

Further, at the end of fiscal year 2020, USPS's total unfunded liabilities and debt were $188 billion—more than 250 percent of its annual revenue. These unfunded liabilities included about $75 billion in underfunding of retiree health care benefits, and about $61 billion in underfunding of pension benefits. <Source>

The 56th “Annual Report of the Boards Of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds” warns that Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund’s assets will be depleted in 2026 when trust fund revenues are projected only to cover 91 percent of incurred program costs. Not to mention the ongoing increases in the annual federal deficit and the overall national debt.

There are only a few rational responses available to deal with this situation: denial, delay, and death – with prioritized rationing severely impacting the oldest and sickest citizens in need of treatment.

The “scheme” also sucks for postal workers…

The fact that the Federal Health Benefits Employees Program has better coverage than traditional Medicare demands that postal workers need to purchase supplementary insurance to cover gaps and uncovered costs in coverage.

Bottom line…

This is unacceptable.

The shit-weasel politicians that signed on to the legislation and who voted for its passage need to be held accountable for this attempt to defraud both postal workers and senior citizens. They must fix the problems with the union-dominated postal system rather than shifting costs to innocent senior citizens.

For those with open eyes, this is another move by the progressive communist democrats to move this nation toward a government-dominated one-payer health care system. Mostly unopposed by the feckless, gutless GOP.

“We the People,” and especially senior American citizens, are screwed.

One last thought, it doesn’t appear that AARP, a senior citizens advocacy group focusing on issues affecting those over the age of fifty, doesn’t seem to be outspoken on this issue. Of course, they raise billions of dollars licensing their name to insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage and supplementary programs. They may be lobbyists – but for their own interests—ditto for the conservative seniors’ advocacy group AMAC.

-- steve







“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THE CLIMATE FUGAZI...

Undoubtedly, science has been polluted by politics and profits and is no longer a reliable guide to public policy…

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For a decade, we have seen our politicians tout reliable and affordable alternatives to fossil fuels, only to be presented with a cruel truth – solar and wind are grossly unreliable. Government subsidies and mandates have pushed energy prices into the stratosphere -- the type of increases that typified the ENRON Corporation.

Like the Mr. Science of Medicine, the disgraced Dr. Anthony Fauci, global climate change has its own Mr. Science of Climate, Dr. Michael E Mann, the dishonest creator of the discredited “hockey stick.”

Like Fauci, Mann is a tireless advocate for the notion that “the science” should drive public policy. At the same time, this would be objectively true if science was not controlled by the corrupting feedback loop of money and politics. Like Fauci, Mann is a pretender who wants the American public to believe that the output of computer models is a close enough representation to “fact” as to be reliable when it comes to authoritarian public policies.

The truth is that computer models are incomplete models of the complex and chaotic interplay of two fluids, our ocean and atmosphere, when acted upon by internal (volcanic) and external (the Sun and high-energy particles) energy sources.

To overcome these modeling flaws, the models themselves are “tuned” to agree with existing datasets by using selected “parametric” values to substitute for missing or poorly understood physical phenomena.

To compound already significant model flaws is the use of dodgy data that has been “statistically homogenized” to facilitate computations that agree with the researcher’s global warming hypothesis. And, it appears that much, if not all, of the original raw temperature data, has been deliberately destroyed, ostensibly to save money on storage costs.

NASA: Global Climate Modeling

The climate modeling program at GISS is primarily aimed at the development of coupled atmosphere-ocean models for simulating Earth's climate system. Primary emphasis is placed on investigation of climate sensitivity —globally and regionally, including the climate system's response to diverse forcings such as solar variability, volcanoes, anthropogenic and natural emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols, paleo-climate changes, etc.

A major focus of GISS GCM simulations is to study the human impact on the climate as well as the effects of a changing climate on society and the environment.

CM developmental research focuses on sensitivity to parameterizations of clouds and moist convection, ground hydrology, and ocean-atmosphere-ice interactions. We have a specific focus on the climate interactions of atmospheric composition (via aerosols and gas phase chemistry) both as a response to climate and as a mechanism for climate change. The program also involves the application of satellite simulator software (COSP simulator package) that creates model output compatible with the retrievals of the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) as well as CloudSat, CALIPSO, MODIS, and other satellite instruments. <Source>

The only reliable data we possess is the forty-two years of satellite atmospheric temperature trend measurements from the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. While not perfect, it’s the best data we have. The “spatially dense” dataset covers most of the Earth, unlike the terrestrial data recorded at relatively few locations, thus introducing significant errors into the computations. The models use “simulated satellite data,” which is more convenient because it is more easily manipulated to provide the desired results.

It’s fugazi…

It is all an illusion, a fugazi, an inauthentic and messed up situation that imperils America’s national defense and future survivability as a major industrial power. A delusion that the climate researchers are untainted by politics and money and that the climate models are accurate enough to predict an unknowable future.

Easily illustrated by a few unanswered questions: one, given the extremes of arctic and desert temperatures, what is the optimum temperature for the Earth; and two, can anyone accurately identify and measure man’s climate signal against the noise of climate’s natural variability?

Bottom line…

Corrupt politicians love 10-, 20-, and 50-year projections. If they are wrong, they can be easily excused away by saying, “we have better information now” or the “that’s old news" ploy. That is if they are even in office. They know they will never be held accountable for their misinformation, and nobody is likely to take away their millions or send them to jail. The use of future projections is the ultimate “statute of limitations.”

These elite fools have been wrong so many times – in medicine and global climate research – that we should trust nobody and demand proof. Or, as the popular saying goes, “In God we trust, all others need to provide proof and pay cash.”

We are so screwed.

-- steve

 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WHAT WOULD THE MEDIA SAY IF THIS WAS A JOE ROGAN PRODUCTION?

Racism courtesy of the progressive communist democrats...

Shotime

Showtime releases super RACIST trailer demonizing white people…

EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALL WHITE OFFICIAL TRAILER

A deep dive into America's past and present through the experiences of people of color. The docuseries marries humor with history as it confronts the facets of racism, exploitation and discrimination that contributed to the formation of America. Watch the premiere on Friday, February 11 on SHOWTIME. 

S1, E1WHITE LIES MATTER

Original Air Date: Feb 11, 2022

What does it mean to be an American during a time of heightened xenophobia, anger and chaos? Who gets to be American? Despite being a nation of immigrants, these questions have become more complicated than ever. Series premiere. <Source>

Bottom line…

This is how you encourage racial animosity to bring about the progressive communist democrat dream of revolution based on class identity.

Where is the media condemnation or Democrat pushback?

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



FACIAL RECOGNITION: IRS HEARD YOU!

In response to Congressional opposition and the potential threat of a massive tax revolt, the Internal Revenue Service has announced that they are transitioning away from facial recognition

Reference Blog Entry:  THE GOVERNMENT IS OUTSOURCING THE COLLECTION OF BIOMETRIC DATA

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IRS announces transition away from use of third-party verification involving facial recognition

The IRS announced it will transition away from using a third-party service for facial recognition to help authenticate people creating new online accounts. The transition will occur over the coming weeks in order to prevent larger disruptions to taxpayers during filing season.

During the transition, the IRS will quickly develop and bring online an additional authentication process that does not involve facial recognition. The IRS will also continue to work with its cross-government partners to develop authentication methods that protect taxpayer data and ensure broad access to online tools.

"The IRS takes taxpayer privacy and security seriously, and we understand the concerns that have been raised," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Everyone should feel comfortable with how their personal information is secured, and we are quickly pursuing short-term options that do not involve facial recognition."

The transition announced today does not interfere with the taxpayer's ability to file their return or pay taxes owed. During this period, the IRS will continue to accept tax filings, and it has no other impact on the current tax season. People should continue to file their taxes as they normally would. <Source>

Bottom line…

Rule One: Never interrupt the cashflow that raises questions about the nation’s solvency or ability to pay entitlements.

We are so screwed until Congress cuts back on political corruption, their profligate unprioritized spending, and gets serious about waste, fraud, and abuse.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WILL GREED AND GREEN POLICIES DESTROY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN A MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE?

There is little doubt in any Californian's mind that the fearsome 750-mile San Andreas Fault represents an existential threat to Southern California.

The southern portion of the San Andreas Fault running from Parkfield to the Salton Sea in southern California is considered by Caltech’s famed seismologists as a major threat for a major magnitude 7+ earthquake sometime in the near future.

So it is natural for residents of Southern California to wonder if those requesting mining permits from the State of California have conducted seismological studies before extracting lithium close to the San Andreas Fault and the newly discovered Salton Trough Fault, which runs parallel to the San Andreas Fault?

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Where Is There More Lithium to Power Cars and Phones? Beneath a California Lake.

The U.S. race to secure a material known as ‘white gold’ turns to the Salton Sea, where energy companies hope to extract lithium from a geothermal reservoir

In the U.S. hunt for lithium, an essential component of the batteries that power electric vehicles and cellphones, one big untapped source might be bubbling under a giant lake in Southern California. 

The U.S. currently imports almost all of its lithium, but research shows large reserves in underground geothermal brines—a scalding hot soup of minerals, metals and saltwater. The catch: Extracting lithium from such a source at commercial scale is untested.

At California’s Salton Sea, three companies, including one owned by Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc., are pushing ahead with plans to do just that. Those efforts are backed by money from governments eager to secure supplies of critical minerals that are key to several modern technologies.

The plans could turn this southeastern corner of California into one of the largest producers of what some call “white gold” at a time when most of that material comes from Australia, Chile and China. The geothermal reservoir under the Salton Sea area is capable of producing 600,000 metric tons a year of lithium carbonate, according to estimates from the California Energy Commission. That level of output would surpass last year’s global production.

[OCS: The question regarding the Earth’s deformation and the alteration of water levels have yet to be answered.]

The key to unlocking all that lithium is the superheated geothermal water deep beneath a broad area that includes the Salton Sea. For decades a number of local geothermal plants have extracted that water to produce electricity. Some of those same operators now want to reach for the dissolved lithium that also resides in the geothermal brine.  An initial push came in 2017 after the California Energy Commission began awarding grants to help advance lithium extraction processes. Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which is conducting tests at one of its 10 geothermal plants, received $6 million and another $14.9 million in federal funds. The company said that commercial production should begin in 2026. <Source

Bottom line…

First, why is the taxpayer paying for testing that could produce billions of dollars in profits for private companies? Second, what is the people's return on their investment -- and spare me the talk about national security interests.

Lessons from history appear to suggest where big money and political power are involved; safety concerns are minimized until something happens – then blame is diffused as a “systemic problem” with no individual or organization held accountable. 

A major regional quake will certainly kill or injure thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in property damage.

Please show me the research!

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



MITCH McCONNELL ADVANCES THE DISHONEST DEMOCRAT NARRATIVE

It makes me sick to see the Senate Minority Leader sell out the GOP base by lying to advance the progressive communist democrat narrative…

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Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized the Republican National Committee for censuring corrupt turncoat Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, claiming that the January 6th insurrection was not legitimate political discourse but was a violent insurrection.

“It was a violent insurrection with a purpose of trying to prevent peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election from one administration to the next. That's what it was."

McConnell's position that the GOP should "support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues" is precisely what's wrong with a GOP that no longer affirms constitutional core values and holds that dissenting members should not be held accountable for siding with the opposition in critical votes  A form of moral equivalency that allows evil to advance in our nation.

McConnell, who represents the establishment Republicans, continues to crap on constitutional conservatives and others who want to check the increasing power of the progressive communist Democrats as they attempt to turn a thin minority into a perpetual one-party rule, even if they destroy the Constitution and the America we love in the process.

I can only wonder if McConnell is being held hostage by the Communist Chinese as a significant part of his wife's family fortune is rooted in Communist China? Or is he simply a corrupt, self-serving piece of shit?

We are so screwed if we do not change the GOP leadership. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX),  John Barrasso (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD) are not much better. It's time to clean house.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



When will the Department of Homeland Security Declare Democrats as the Real Threat to America?

There is little or no doubt in my mind that the Department of Homeland Security is too big, too unwieldy, and too incompetent to execute its assigned mission and would serve the public better if it was reorganized into separate organizations under a distributed leadership model.

Likewise, I believe that the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas should be tried, convicted, and impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors for ignoring federal immigration laws and permitting the invasion of the United States by illegal aliens, many of them criminals, disease carriers, or foreign nationals that do not wish America well.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a highly-partisan Secretary Mayorkas would issue a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin that provides further justification for the denial of free speech in America under the guise of a non-specific terrorist threat.

DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States. This is the fifth NTAS Bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security since January 2021 and it replaces the current Bulletin that was set to expire tomorrow.

“DHS remains committed to proactively sharing timely information and intelligence about the evolving threat environment with the American public,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “We also remain committed to working with our partners across every level of government and in the private sector to prevent all forms of terrorism and targeted violence, and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe. This NTAS Bulletin outlines the key factors that have increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the current threat environment, and highlights resources for individuals and communities to stay safe.” 

[OCS: To avoid Constitutional issues with the suppression of First Amendment speech rights, it appears that the government has implicitly or explicitly coerced private organizations to censor or cancel the speech of private individuals and organizations whose recitals of fact or opinions run contrary to the progressive communist narrative being created and promoted by the current regime.

How many times have we seen individuals labeled as conspiracy theorists only to find out not only what they were saying was not only correct, but far worse than imagined?

How many times has the regime promoted false information which they rarely correct with the same vigor the used in the promotion.

If wrong information were the issue, why has former why was Donald Trump canceled off social media platforms yet Joe Biden, a mentally-impaired congenital liar, remains active on these  same platforms? The same could be said of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and numerous other liars and leakers in the administration.] 

The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors. These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence. Mass casualty attacks and other acts of targeted violence conducted by lone offenders and small groups acting in furtherance of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances pose an ongoing threat to the nation.

[OCS: This is bullpucky!  The greatest proliferation of bad information is being introduced by the progressive communist democrats and amplified by the progressive propagandists in the mainstream media and on social media platforms.Without dissent, knowledge stagnates and does not advance for the benefit of society.

The key to robust progress is a vigorous competition between competing ideas – not an echo chamber fueled by progressive propaganda.]

While the conditions underlying the heightened threat landscape have not significantly changed over the last year, the convergence of the following factors has increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the threat environment: (1) the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions; (2) continued calls for violence directed at U.S. critical infrastructure; soft targets and mass gatherings; faith-based institutions, such as churches, synagogues, and mosques; institutions of higher education; racial and religious minorities; government facilities and personnel, including law enforcement and the military; the media; and perceived ideological opponents; and (3) calls by foreign terrorist organizations for attacks on the United States based on recent events.

[OCS: Items one and two point directly at the Democrat Party and their shock troops – Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Add Islamic and Democrat anti-Semitism (including Democrats in Congress) and you have a domestic threat profile that exceed the foreign threat profile at this particular time.]

Bottom line…

Obama-biden-clinton-plot

There is no doubt in my mind that the greatest threat to America is the progressive communist democrats introduced by the Obama Administration and who weaponized most of our government institutions. Just consider the number of adverse events that occurred on the Democrat's watch. Jimmy Carter, the father of Islamo-Fascism. Bill Clinton selling America to the Communist Chinese and nuclearizing North Korea. Obama and Clinton sold out to our enemies, nuclearized Iran, ignored the proliferation of nuclear technology of an Islamic Pakistan, and refused to acknowledge their creation of the Taliban.

Democrats are responsible for most of America’s problems, and a weak GOP did nothing while pocketing their share of the proceeds.

We are so screwed.

- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



BIDEN EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS -- WHAT THE PROGRESSIVE PROPAGANDISTS LEFT OUT

How do you go from a decline of 301,000 jobs to an increase in 467,000 jobs?

(1)  Change the rules.

(2)  Bury the changes in the boring footnotes.

What ADP reported…

ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Decreased by 301,000 Jobs in January

Private sector employment decreased by 301,000 jobs from December to January according to the January ADP® National Employment Report.  Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute® in collaboration with Moody's Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP's actual data of those who are on a company's payroll, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.   <Source>

What the progressives reported as headline news…

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION -- JANUARY 2022

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 467,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment growth continued in leisure and hospitality, in professional and business services, in retail trade, and in transportation and warehousing. 
CNN: Surprisingly strong jobs report: America adds 467,000 positions in January

America's jobs recovery got an unexpected boost in January despite the Omicron variant spreading rapidly throughout the country.

The economy added 467,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday, significantly better than most economists had expected. Restaurants and bars added more than 100,000 jobs. Positions in retail, logistics and business services jobs also increased. This was a shock, as the consensus forecast had been for only 150,000 jobs. Plenty of experts even expected job losses. So once again, economists got it totally wrong. It's a reminder that there are a lot of moving parts in the pandemic economy, making it hard for economic models to keep up with a situation that's so in flux. <Source>

MSNBC: Biden discusses January jobs report: 'America is back to work'

President Biden discussed the January jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed the economy gained 467,000 jobs last month. The president praised the "historic economic progress" and job growth during his administration's first year. <Source>

What they didn’t report…

This news release presents statistics from two monthly surveys. The household survey measures labor force status, including unemployment, by demographic characteristics. The establishment survey measures nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings by industry. For more information about the concepts and statistical methodology used in these two surveys, see the Technical Note. <Source>

Changes to The Employment Situation Data

Establishment survey data have been revised as a result of the annual benchmarking process and the updating of seasonal adjustment factors. Also, household survey data for January 2022 reflect updated population estimates.

See the notes at the end of this news release for more information. <Source>

The Wall Street Journal noted…

The Wages of Inflation

Average hourly earnings are up 5.7% in a year, and they’re rising fast.

Who knows what to make of Friday’s report on January jobs? The employer survey showed a blowout of 467,000 net new jobs for the month, but the numbers were skewed by major Labor Department revisions for the U.S. population and civilian employment. Without those changes, the jobs number would have declined. Add the complexities of adjusting for winter weather and Covid’s Omicron variant, and no one should make too much of this one monthly report. <Source>

Bottom line…

Lies

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ANOTHER COMMUNIST ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY AND ITS ECONOMY?

Like most people who enjoy the benefits of nature, I believe we have a solemn duty to be good stewards of our domain.

However, this does not mean impeding progress, ignoring beneficial resources that can be used for the greater good, and weaponizing environmentalism as a political tool to damage our country and our communities.

The thought that we would divert billions of gallons of usable water from use in our communities to alleviate droughts and support critical agriculture to the ocean to possibly save a garbage fish with no known relevance other than its very existence is abhorrent. When such actions are taken to politically attack the critical infrastructure of America, it is tantamount to fighting an undeclared war. Likewise, considering dried-up riverbeds and ponds to be “navigable waters” should be regarded as a political power grab by an agency known to be infiltrated with individuals who want to destroy or damage America from within.

A few facts…

(1)  The environmental movement has been deeply infiltrated by communists who find that environmentalism trumps socialism in fundraising, community organizing, and using the state’s own power against itself.

(2)  Communists derive much of their power from pre-arranged court settlements between the communist environmentalists and the communist or communist sympathizers who have infiltrated our government or who have been seduced into this toxic movement.

The federal government seems to have quite a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to spending and regulation.  ‘Sue and settle’ is the latest tactic used by the federal government and environmental groups to increase the federal government’s regulatory power over the private sector. The way this tactic is employed is when a federal agency, like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a like-minded group, like the Sierra Club, coordinate a lawsuit between each other where there is no aggrieved party. The court then quickly adopts a pre-arranged settlement. Not only does this undermine the adversarial litigation process, the settlements pave the way for new regulations that are favored by the environmental groups and the EPA. The deadline to execute the settlement is intentionally short term, which leaves those affected by the new regulation with little opportunity to react. The EPA then implements the new regulation on a rapid timetable and, if questioned, the agency defends its actions as “court-ordered.” <Source>

Then use these rules and regulations to attack…

ALINSKY’S RULES FOR RADICALS: RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

(3)  A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, “a plant in the wrong place.” Taxonomically, the term "weed" has no botanical significance because a plant that is a weed in one context is not a weed when growing in a situation where it is wanted. <Source>

W-1

US backs rare flower habitat amid Nevada lithium mine fight

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed designating critical habitat for a Nevada wildflower it plans to list as endangered amid a conflict over a mine to produce lithium batteries for electric vehicles critical to the Biden administration's plans to combat climate change.

The agency on Wednesday proposed designating critical habitat for Tiehm's buckwheat on a high-desert ridge near the California line halfway between Reno and Las Vegas.

It's the only place in the world the delicate, 6-inch-tall (15-centimeter) wildflower with yellow blooms is known to exist.

It's also the site where Ioneer USA Corp. plans to build a big lithium mine. Ioneer said the proposed designation was "an anticipated development" that "has no material impacts on our planned mining activities."

Unless the Fish and Wildlife Service reverses course because of new information, the plant will be declared endangered in September based on a court order and the agency's final listing rule in October 2021 that concluded that the wildflower may already be on the brink of extinction.

That listing triggers certain regulatory obligations, such as consulting with the service before any development or other activity that could harm the plant.

The critical habitat designation also identifies specific habitat that "may require special management and protection" - in this case "to address mineral development, road development and (off-highway vehicle) activity, livestock grazing, nonnative invasive plants species and herbivory," the agency said. <Source>

Bottom line…

It is about time we start weeding out communists from our government. Even though Senator Joseph McCarthy may have been a reprehensible individual, he was absolutely right that our government was infiltrated by communists acting in the best interests of a foreign hostile power. Today, we can only guess at the degree of infiltration of our politicians, bureaucracy, institutions, and critical infrastructure.

The place to start is by reducing the corruption in politics and the amount of waste, fraud, and abuse that is a mechanism to filter taxpayer funds to the special interests.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS