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August 4th; Thursday. An article from our contributor Zerohedge lays out the controlled digital currencies central banks plan to impose on us all.

August 3rd; Wednesday. More on those very disturbing US-funded bioweapons labs in Ukraine:
(a) Tucker Carlson discusses the topic /
(b) Hunter Biden's laptop has bioweapon lab links /
(c) Broader links with the labs /
(d) A most alarming threat - DNA-targeted warfare /
(e) The Bulgarian journalist /
(f) Extraordinary links from the Ukrainian labs to the covid-19 QR-putsch attempt itself /
(g) More commentary /
(h) The limited hangout /
(i) A range of countries call for investigations /
(j) The rather central role of Obama /
(k) The original cover story /
(l) Russia demands Security Council meeting /
(m) A quick look at Nuland's admission /
(n) Russia's statement to the Americans - "We have found your biological weapons".
August 2nd; Tuesday. Nancy Pelosi, a US politician, visits Taipei in Taiwan/Formosa, infuriating the communist Peking government (which insists Taiwan is not a separate independent country, but a "rebel province"). Meanwhile Our Man in Bucharest and I break bread together after dark at an outdoor table.

August 1st; Monday. The planned future of digital control.
July 31st; Sunday. More on the seemingly deliberately created food shortages.

July 30th; Saturday. Two articles about Robert Malone, one of the creators of the mRNA technology: First, an explanation of "immune imprinting" / Then, how covid-19 vaccines cause more illness.
July 29th; Friday. Melvyn Bragg's radio guests discuss the poet W.H. Auden.

July 28th; Thursday. On schedule, the useful new panic story - "monkeypox":
(i) Already, monkeypox is starting to resemble an earlier health scare /
(ii) Here's an account, casual about his role yet self-righteous about his entitlements, of suffering from the pox. Note how totally lacking he is in any sense of personal responsibility ("I had sex with several guys over the weekend") - just imagine the reaction if he'd dared say that about women /
(iii) Note also how monkeypox arrived to the exact week when last year's simulation wargamed it might. Also this - and this.
July 27th; Wednesday. Israel's government pushes the now-familiar agenda of outlawing cash.

July 26th; Tuesday. Evidence keeps on piling up:
(1) Former US government adviser describes covid-19 "coming out of the box" /
(2) Pathologist makes worrying claims about covid-19 mRNA vaccines /
(3) Statistical dishonesty tries to rescue some scrap of justification for the mandated mass vaccinations /
(4) The covid-19 vaccines are harming fertility /
(5) Eerie evidence that mass lockdowns were envisaged, rehearsed, and propagandised 6 years before 2020. Taken from this startling article.
July 25th; Monday. More on how face masks don't cut infection but do cause harm.

July 24th; Sunday. A Critic article about EU overreach and an Unherd article on how globalists imposed Mario Draghi on Italy.
July 23rd; Saturday. Quite interesting short film documentary about how the USSR fell behind the US in computing in the 1960s and 70s.

July 22nd; Friday. Three articles about genetics and how she is being mistreated:
(x) Israeli study suggests CRISPR lab technique is doing genetic harm /
(y) WEF-linked academic suggests genetically modifying people so they physically can't tolerate eating meat /
(z) US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee warns people about coming DNA weapons that will kill one specific person. Also here.
July 21st; Thursday. Late-2021 article looks at how easy it will be to remove Elon Musk's Neuralink thing, once it's been wired into someone's head.

July 20th; Wednesday. More recent news about the healthscare since 2020.
(1) Vaccinated children 300 times more likely to die than unvaccinated children /
(2) UK government admits covid-19 mRNA vaccinations are killing children /
(3) UK data show that 94% of covid-19 deaths among triple-vaccinated /
(4) Long article giving 95 reasons (so far) why the covid-19 vaccinations were never justified /
(5) A curious admission that covid-19 mRNA vaccines by design damage fertility.
July 19th; Tuesday. Simone de Beauvoir speaks on camera in 1959, answering philosophical questions and loyally citing the work of her lover, Sartre.

July 18th; Monday. Australia, NZ, and Singapore data contradict claims made for surgical-mask mandates.
July 17th; Sunday. For those intrigued by sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick's 1977 talk on sideways time logged here several days ago, some more brief films and talks about him, covering more of his ideas on synchronicity, plus a biopic and even his own profile in the BBC Arena series.

July 16th; Saturday. The globo-putsch brazen-it-out campaign continues:
(i) Children 10 to 14 dying at 45 times normal rates after vaccination /
(ii) Orders for child-sized coffins at unprecedented levels /
(iii) Imperial College London claims covid-19 mRNA vaccines have saved almost 20 million lives /
(iv) Brief overview of Milankovitch's orbital-cycle model that explains shifts in earth's climate /
(v) Covid-19 mRNA vaccines increase menstrual irregularities a thousandfold /
(vi) Gates-funded lab 2 miles from Wuhan Institute reports cholera case.
July 15th; Friday. Russian pranksters trick boy-magician-creator J. K. Rowling into thinking she's in a video call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky(y). This radio show about two Chinese poets is a little bit more wholesome.

July 14th; Bastille Day. During today's triumphal commemoration in Paris of the completely unnecessary bloodshed and constitutional vandalism of 1789 in France, large crowds whistled at President Teacher's Pet and yelled abuse at him. This is all very well, so they've finally seen through the Roman God, but what is the problem French people have doing this during actual elections? Certain days are made available for voting, and France seems unable in general to work out what to do on those days. Clarity only comes to them six months or a year later. The French sneer that "an Englishman's mind works best when it is almost too late", and that's definitely a funny line. It would be even funnier if they could explain why a Frenchman's mind works best when it really is too late?
Meanwhile, someone else who never won a proper election. One of the two most powerful people in the United States speaking: this is the one who isn't a senile old drug-user. "You need to go and need to be able to get where you need to go to do the work and get home." As opposed to "We have to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are because you have been forced to take this seriously."
July 13th; Wednesday. A video covering some interesting research on people ageing more slowly, looking like their names, and other topics - rather spoiled by the deeply irritating presenter "Michael" who likes to slide up into the picture frame like a pantomime demon. A different presenter in another video presents a maths puzzle so counterintuitive as to really reward closer scrutiny.

July 12th; Tuesday. US government department of health announces late-June decision to buy another 3-billion-USD worth of Pfizer mRNA covid-19 vaccines now solidly established as harmful and useless.
July 11th; Monday. US health body the CDC changes the definitions of "vaccine and "vaccinated" to try to wriggle out of having lied about the covid-19 vaccines.

July 10th; Sunday. Nice article via Our Man in Bucharest by Jeffrey Sachs, summing up the disastrous situation in Ukraine as the result of neocon lobbying and meddling. Reasonably argued up until the schoolboy howler when Sachs describes Trump as a "right-wing demagogue". Sad. So close to sounding intelligent, then blow your cover in one smug aside - Trump of course being literally the only president in forty years to not restore "America's faded military glory through dangerous escalation".
July 9th; Saturday. Restart Paul's copy of Spengler's 'Decline of the West', inspired by yesterday's lunch in sunlit Liszt Square with Paul & Marion.

July 8th; Friday. Science-fiction novelist Philip K. Dick in the late 1970s in France explaining to an audience his ideas of sideways time, or "orthogonal time", as he calls it. This is perhaps vaguely compatible with the speculative equations about two-dimensional time Turkish physicist Itzhak Bars has been working on since 2006 (as well as some Russians a decade earlier). Philip K. four decades before them was more interested of course in the experiential side to it, not to mention the dark-haired girls bringing news from alternative timelines.
July 7th; Thursday. Today is the glorious day from which EU-mandated surveillance black boxes must be installed in all new vehicles.

July 6th; Wednesday. Quickly rounding up some of the creepier news items:
(1) CDC tests seem to be missing the covid-19 /
(2) Making it interesting that you can indeed be given a vaccine disguised as a test /
(3) Claims growing that Moderna built the virus /
(4) Swedish birth figures suggest a vaccine-driven fertility drop.
July 5th; Tuesday. An exhausting evening with two untrained dogs. Charming in their way, but totally unwilling to cooperate with anyone but their direct owner. Turns out they were abandoned for some months as puppies, left at a vet's clinic. I learned this evening that all three previous occasions when I took them off the leash in a small park for dogs, I was only able to get them back on the leash by ganging up on them with the help of nearby Hungarians, other dog-owners. I learned this because tonight when the park happened to be empty for three hours, for three hours I couldn't get them back on the leash. With one of the two hounds only with the help of a teenage boy with two dogs of his own who turned up after dark, at the end of my ordeal.
The campaign against cash continues, with thousands of ATMs in Australia closing.

July 4th; Monday. A rather romantic, touching account of a few astronomers' obsession with a possible 1970s radio signal from an alien civilisation: the so-called Wow! signal. Well told.
July 3rd; Sunday. Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations linked to jump in disability figures.

July 2nd; Saturday. Covid-19 mRNA vaccinations linked to brain damage in children.
July 1st; Friday. Small house move. Weather here warm & sticky. Yet Greenland is still gaining ice mass unusually late this year. As usual, goes almost unreported.



Recent weblog entries continued:

Who can translate the next 300 words into Korean or Hindi? Contact us and there will be revelry.

Languages dying out each week - who cares?

We do - otherlanguages.org is gradually building a reference resource for over five thousand linguistic minorities and stateless languages worldwide.

Thousands of unique language communities are becoming extinct. Out of the world's five to six thousand languages, we hardly know what we're losing, what literatures, philosophies, ways of thinking, are disappearing right now.

So?

We may soon regret the extinction of thousands of entire linguistic cultures even more than we regret the needless extinction of many animals and plants.

The planet is increasingly dominated by a handful of major-language monocultures like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Swahili, Russian, Cantonese Chinese, Japanese, Bengali - all beautiful and fascinating languages.

But so are the 5,000 others.

These are groups of people?

Linguistic minorities are communities of ordinary people whose native tongue is not their country's main official language. Swedish speakers in Finland, French speakers in Canada, Hungarian speakers in Slovakia - and hundreds more - are linguistic minorities.

And totally stateless languages are the native languages of some of the world's most intriguing, little-known, cultures. Like the Lapps inside the Arctic Circle, the Sards in Sardinia, Ainus in Japan. Cherokee in the US, Scots Gaelic in Britain, Friesian in the Netherlands, Zulu in South Africa. There are only a couple of hundred recognised sovereign states and territories, so 5,000 languages - more depending on how you count - are the native tongues of linguistically stateless people.

How could I help?

You don't need to learn an endangered language - any more than go to live in the rainforest to help slow its destruction.

A good start is to just tell friends about websites like this.

Broader public interest makes it easier for linguists to raise funds and organise people to learn these languages while there's time.

That's right. There are people who love languages and are happy to learn them on behalf of the rest of us, but they need support, just like zoologists, botanists, or historians.

Fewer languages still sounds good to me

Depends what you think languages are for. They're not just a tool for business. We never said you should learn three or four thousand rare languages - or even one. And which ones we make children learn in school, or whether we should force children to learn languages at all, is another question.


Typical scene in a European city; Chances are, folk here speak some sort of foreign language *5

A century ago - before we understood ecology, and when we cared less about wilderness, most educated people would have laughed at the idea of worrying about plants or animals going extinct. Now we understand how important species diversity is for our own futures, we are more humble, and more worried.

In the same way, linguistic triumphalism by English-speakers who hated studying foreign grammar at school is dangerously ignorant as well as arrogant. Few of us know what we are losing, week by week. How many people realise these languages have scientific value?

Scientific value?

You can think of these languages across the planet as beautiful cathedrals or precious archeological sites we are watching being destroyed. That should be motive enough.

But these five thousand languages may also hold clues to the structure of the human mind. Subtle differences and similarities

Wireless radio can be a great comfort to those unable to leave the textbooks in which they live *6
between languages are helping archeologists and anthropologists to understand what happened in the hundreds of centuries of human history before written history. And that is one of our best chances of understanding how human brains developed over the thousands of centuries leading up to that.

Study of the mind and study of language go hand in hand these days. The world's most marginal languages are actually precious jigsaw pieces from an overall picture of who we are and how our species thinks and evolves. Every tiny language adds another brightly-coloured clue to this academic detective story.

Yet researchers have hardly started sifting through this tantalising evidence, and language extinction is washing it away right in front of us.

And worst of all, most people have no idea that there is this fantastic profusion of cultures across our world, let alone that they are in danger of extinction. Even just more people learning that there are still five thousand living languages in the world today (most of us would answer five hundred or fifty) is already a huge help.

We English-speakers hardly notice English - it's like air for us. But every other language is also an atmosphere for an entire cultural world, and each of these worlds has people whose home it is. Each language encapsulates a unique way of talking and thinking about life. Just try some time in a foreign prison, being forced to cope in another language, and you'll realise how much your own language is your identity. That's true for everyone.

Minority languages are a human-rights issue?

One of the most basic.

Dozens of millions of people worldwide suffer persecution from national governments for speaking their mother tongue - in their own motherland.

Many 'ethnic' feuds puzzling to outsiders had as their basis an attempt to destroy a linguistic community. Would the Northern Ireland dispute be quite so bitter if we English had not so nearly stamped out the Irish Gaelic language, for example? Almost nowhere in the world does a language community as small as the few thousand Rheto-Romanic speakers - the fourth official language of Switzerland - get the protection of a national government. Next time you see some Swiss Francs, check both sides of the banknote.

But outside exceptional countries like Switzerland or the Netherlands, speakers of non-official languages have a much less protected experience.

Speakers of minority languages are often seen as a threat by both the governments and the other residents of the countries where they were born, grew up, and try to live ordinary lives.

They experience discrimination in the job and education markets of their homelands, often having no choice but to pursue education in the major language of the host state: a deliberate government policy usually aimed at gradually absorbing them into the majority culture of that country.

Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow, of course *7

Most governments are privately gleeful each time another small separate culture within their borders is snuffed out by a dwindling population or a deliberately centralising education system.

The United Nations is no help. It is an association of a couple of hundred sovereign states based on exclusive control of territory, almost all of them anxious to smother any distinct group or tradition that in any way might blur or smudge the hard-won borders around those pieces of territory.

The usual approach by sovereign states is to deny their linguistic minorities even exist.

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Mark Griffith, site administrator / contact at otherlanguages.org

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*2 "Al-Araby" in written Arabic (read more)
*3 "What?" in American Sign Language; image from , with thanks
*4 "Big" in written Chinese  (read more); image from , with thanks
*5 image from , with thanks
*6 image from , with thanks
*7 image from 'B?ume', with thanks to  Bruno P. Kramer, and Franckh-Kosmos Verlag

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97 the pig that wants to be eaten
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288 truth: a guide
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295 evidence in camera
296 4-hour work week
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298 de-architecture
299 how to lie with maps
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302 the occult philosophy in the elizabethan age
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305 greenmantle
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312 mill on the floss
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316 secrets of the great pyramid
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320 the roger scruton reader
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26 wicker man
27 v for vendetta
28 courage the cowardly dog
29 casino royale
30 power of nightmares
31 charlie's angels
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33 foxy brown
34 paths of glory
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36 between iraq & a hard place
37 mutiny on the bounty
38 flashmob the opera
39 octopussy
40 bakkerman
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June 30th; Thursday. Read Terri's copy of ' The New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History', text by Colin McEvedy, while watching over Sean's dogs. McEvedy has a cheerful, jovial tone of writing - in one place referring to a revisionist view that Neanderthals were not so hairy or gorilla-like by calling this the view that the typical Neanderthal was a fellow you could reasonably share a park bench with. The atlas pairs a map page (drawn by John Woodcock) to each text page, and goes from prehistory (a few tens of thousands of years BC) to the probable boundary between Late Antiquity to the Early Mediaeval world (4th century AD). My only doubts there would be in pushing Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora (5th into mid-6th century AD) out of Late Antiquity, where I'd say they obviously belong. But of course you have to draw the line somewhere. On each page, McEvedy is careful to include a couple of sentences at the end about West African kingdoms, China, and India, which appear at the very limits of the standardised map centred on the Mediterranean. The disconnectedness of events in those principalities at a far remove from Europe in its way justifies the drafting of the eurocentric map rectangle.
June 29th; Wednesday. Finish reading the extraordinary unauthorised biography 'The Real Anthony Fauci' by Robert Kennedy Junior, trial lawyer son of assassinated onetime US Attorney General Bobby Kennedy. This is a book which everyone should read. Meticulously footnoted, it documents the corrupt harm done by Tony Fauci since he became head of US medical agency the NIAID in 1984, a post he still holds today. His role in creating the wholly unjustified covid-19 debacle fits perfectly into the pattern of previous vaccine-promotion scandals he has perpetrated. Later in the story, Bill Gates enters the story as another overpowerful character imposing vaccines where they're not only needed, but are in fact positively harmful. It is also Gates, rather than Fauci, who began drilling officials from governments around the world in military-style simulations (SARS 2017, Clade X 2018, Crimson Contagion 2019, Event 201 2019) intended to condition them into overriding law, freedom, and common sense with authoritarian proto-world-government police-stateism.

June 28th; Tuesday. Speculation that covid-19 was deliberately designed to have a fertility-reducing effect is now revving up with regional measurements, new data, more new data the suspicious paper trail, and emerging vaccine revelations.
June 27th; Monday. The onetime DDR, and its people's deep training in distrusting governments, now shows up in a map of covid-19 & vaccine injuries. The old East/West German border is literally visible simply plotting for the health gains from beneficial vaccine hesitancy.

June 26th; Sunday. Perhaps eating more insects won't work out so well.
June 25th; Saturday. Forbes reports Pfizer's booster protection fades in weeks.

June 24th; Friday. Another good piece from Conservative Woman, tracing back covid-19 through twenty years of laboratory mischief.
June 23rd; Thursday. Musician Louis Cole of Knower here performing a piece (with a room-sized horn section) that seems to be based on the sound of traffic: My Buick. Notice the 3 girls on the terrace not really dancing.

June 22nd; Wednesday. Putting darker news to one side for a moment:
1) Men from Pakistan's hill districts taste cheesecake for the first time. They're wonderfully gracious about this fabulous new food, wishing good things on its obviously talented creator /
2) How did ancient Egyptian sound? /
3) More cartoon linguistics: family words (at around 12 seconds, a bit oddly phrased - I suppose he means "sister of sister" versus "sister of brother") /
4) Clocks & time words in other languages /
5) Fascinating - interpreters during the conquest of Mexico - did that politically adroit woman interpreter speak subtly different versions in each language? /
6) 'Teen Spirit' in Latin /
7) 'House of the Rising Sun' in Old French /
8) 'Seven Nation Army' in Attic Greek /
9) Did the Roman Empire come close to having a steam-powered industrial revolution? Part 1 /
10) Roman steam-powered industry Part 2.
June 21st; Tuesday. Intriguing story about the Bank of England's curious tardiness at repatriating some Austrian National Bank gold from its vaults. Seven years seems a bit slow for a distance of seven or eight hundred miles. Is that two miles a week?

June 20th; Monday. It seems the Ukrainian leader had a plan to destroy the country's 46 US-funded biowarfare labs before the Russians could capture them.
June 19th; Sunday. Quick round-up of developing news from the ongoing covid-19 QR-coup attempt - most of these from the Epoch Times.
(i) The latest euphemism for mRNA-vaccine injuries: "Sudden Adult Death Sydrome" - hard to think of a better way to say "We're totally making this up" /
(ii) Pfizer vaccine triples myocarditis incidence /
(iii) Mass vaccination spikes all-cause mortality /
(iv) 'Vaccination' increases risk of covid-19 infection /
(v) Higher covid-19 infection rates among vaccinated children: US government data /
(vi) mRNA vaccines reactivating dormant viruses /
(vii) A warning that a revived version of bird flu might be the next attempt to create pandemic panic /
(viii) How the evidence-based medicine movement helped to create this disaster - having doubted the movement for over a decade, I tried to explain the basic problem to a British magazine editor in mid-2020, but without success /
(ix) The Amish don't get autism, but they don't vaccinate either /
(x) A 20,000% rise (that's roughly 200 times as many cases) in heart disease for people under 40 after mRNA-vaccination drive.

June 18th; Saturday. An appreciative review of an 1879/1898 popular astronomy book by Agnes Giberne. On the same wonderful website, two 8th-century texts from each end of the Old World show how to memorise and calculate using only the hands.
June 17th; Friday. More interesting stuff on China's war in the mind.

June 16th; Thursday. Cordial drinks with Irish Michael & Tom the translator. Michael reminds us of the late Norman Stone's praise for Dominic Cummings' academic brightness. British government changes definition of a covid case, again, to make the figures look worse.
June 15th; Wednesday. Was there a deliberate cull of the elderly?

June 14th; Tuesday. A claim that current supply-chain disruptions, food shortages, inflation are all to slide in the globalist/Davos 'Great Reset'.
June 13th; Monday. Finished Terri's copy of 'Aristotle/Horace/Longinus - Classical Literary Criticism', a slim Penguin Classic bringing together three essays about poetry and drama, one from each of the three ancient writers. I keep hearing that, even though he still counts in a few other subjects he helped transform (ethics, logic, biology), Aristotle's theory of drama is taken remarkably seriously in Hollywood, even today, and gets taught on screenwriting courses. However T. S. Dorsch, in the introduction, says the importance of his famous laws (unity of action, place, time; the 6 rules of tragedy) was exaggerated by later readers of Aristotle.
I was interested to discover a trick I often use - switching tense or person or number in mid-story - is labelled by Longinus as 'polyptoton'. I felt like the Moliere character surprised to find he's been speaking prose all his life. Hints of Horace's wit and off-the-cuff style comes through in his text, but overall the book reminded me just how thankless translation really is. Reading the English, only mild differences between the three writers' voices really shine through. I got a faint sense that the understanding of literature slightly improved over time across the three men, but little else. Probably my fault.
However Longinus, Horace, and Aristotle do share one thought which seems alien in our era. They all use as a basic theme that some topics & styles are proper, dignified, elevated. This sense of dignity, grandeur, higher taste underpins their sense of literary merit. This is even if they see big roles for humour, variations of tone, mixing and matching everyday "low" language with "high" language to best overall effect. Even the satirist Horace, who is far from slavish about social status, shares this spectrum from what is to what isn't "fitting". That's to say all three writers' view of art is built on the concept of nobility. Frequent use of the word 'vulgar' as a negative term underlines this. Like any really basic assumption, the notion that there are natural aristocrats and other people of naturally lower status is so big it's hard for modern readers to even see it. Nobility was part of everyone's world. This view there's a natural difference between people of refined, elevated taste and the others was so much in the air the ancients breathed (especially when writing for aristocratic patrons, of course) these texts must feel puzzling for many present-day readers.

June 12th; Sunday. A February piece on those US biowarfare labs in Ukraine, that some people just a couple of months ago were quite aggressively telling me were "complete nonsense". Now in a limited hangout, Pentagon sources have changed their story to admit there are 46 US-controlled biowarfare labs in Ukraine. The claim is they are only doing defensive threat-reduction work. Although there is now an admission they exist when earlier this year the official line was (despite Victoria Nuland's gaffe) that they don't exist, Washington still maintains they couldn't possibly be the primary motive for Russia's invasion.
June 11th; Saturday. Meanwhile, in the continuing campaign to outlaw cash and force us to use digital money only, three notable developments.
(1) Shanghai banks have closed cash machines using the pretence that dirty notes carry viruses /
(2) Card-reader failures in Germany show eradicating cash is stupid /
(3) Chinese bank protest stopped dead by simply turning covid-QR codes red.

June 10th; Friday. Depopulationists in the 1960s, and their unhinged ideas of how to deal with the global non-crisis of excess people ("Useless eaters" in Noah Harari's charming phrase) here and here. Versus depopulationists now.
June 9th; Thursday. News that the mRNA gene-therapy injections might cause prion diseases is fairly new.

June 8th; Wednesday. All-cause mortality data: Australian vaccine deaths mount.
June 7th; Tuesday. Peculiar 1968 song (with quite odd anti-lyric lyrics) from Peter, Paul, & Mary caught between musical fashions. Then Knower covering a Daft Punk tune in 2013. Two happy, boppy tunes with cynicism half-buried in the words.

June 6th; Monday. More on relabelling covid-19-vaccine injuries as "monkeypox".
June 5th; Sunday. Chipping people: an old article about brain implants.

June 4th; Saturday. The digital-ID endgame: Global passport plans / Supermarket biometrics thanks to Mastercard / The World Economic Forum shares its wet dream / Critics of the WEF say how they see that dream / Specific countries begin to enact the digital police state / Another perspective on The Great Reset / Armstrong Economics describe the goal of digital identity / How the new police state is being rolled out in Ukraine / More details on the Ukrainian embrace of Davos Surveillance.
June 3rd; Friday. Enjoyable short film about Kepler & Penrose.

June 2nd; Thursday. Davos grandees warn nation states not to try to resist the coming takeover. Ed the Techie responds with this jigsaw.
June 1st; Wednesday. Plot within Tory party to remove Boris J. as leader partly motivated by yearning to re-merge with the euroblob.

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