Lost Boys from the Ukraine War

On both sides of the conflict, ordinary people from Ukraine and Russia are suffering, with Russian men and boys conscripted against their will to kill for their government. Many Russians have also become refugees, in precarious situations as they do their best to avoid being drafted.

Aleksandr is a father and a Christian leader who fled Russia last year with his 17-year-old son following their call-up for military service. 

I was privileged to interview him recently in a country outside Russia, but for security reasons relating to both him and his family, I am unable to disclose his full name or his current country of residence.

People in the West are generally familiar with the ongoing details surrounding the Ukraine-Russia conflict which began on February 24 last year when Russian forces, in a totally unprovoked action, invaded Ukraine. Since then, there’s been almost daily coverage of the war in Ukraine on Australian TV screens.

Russia, under the dictatorial command of its president, Vladimir Putin, is the perpetrator of a war that has killed an estimated 100,000 Ukraine soldiers and many thousands of civilians, including women and children, and has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage to the economy. Western intelligence agencies estimate that as many as 200,000 Russian soldiers may have been killed or wounded.

There is a steadily growing number of verifiable reports of rape, torture and execution being carried out by Russian troops.

Is it possible then to have any sympathy for Russia or its people in this brutal war?

Can one reasonably distinguish between the Russian government and its military command, and the families and their confused, fearful and poorly trained young men being conscripted into its army?

“In Russia, the people are going through a particular kind of stress,” says Aleksandr.

“Imagine waking up one morning and the first thing you hear is a government announcement to the effect that ‘whoever is against the following law will be prosecuted’, but you haven’t even heard what that law is yet. Then about an hour later, the government releases a conscription law. And an hour after that, you receive a letter of notification that you and your son have been summoned to military service.

“Just yesterday, life was all normal — you’re making plans and living your life; now it’s all turned upside down.

“We had to act immediately, and this is why the first thing most people think of is to flee. People understand that their voices don’t matter, the decision has been made for them and they have to swallow it. It’s not the individual’s decision; it’s unjust.

“Our country wasn’t even attacked. It’s one thing if your country is attacked and you need to defend it, but this is the other way around. People in Russia can’t understand what’s going on and they have a lot of pain.

“We watched men start drinking when they received their summons. On their way to the reporting centre they get drunk, so drunk that they can barely walk. But there’s nothing they can do; they have no power. Many young men attending university have been summoned. We know of situations where students have fainted on the spot when they received their summons.”

Aleksandr and his wife knew what they had to do, and time was of the essence. Like many others, they gathered their few things together and fled to a neighbouring country, one that didn’t require a visa.

“We’ve become refugees, forced to move,” he said.

“Up until this time, my son had been living a normal and steady life at home with the family, but that suddenly changed completely. He’s only 17 but he was summoned too, and now we are separated from our family, living in another country.

“I can see the huge stress it has had on my son. I’m watching how he is processing this, and right now I feel it’s important for him and others to be heard. Young people, barely children, feel that they have no right to a voice in this matter. Their life is about doing what they are told by the government.

“As he gathered his things to leave, I noticed he packed his Lego; it was at that moment I realised that he was just a boy — his Lego had been a symbol of stability for him. Serving in ministry in our country is difficult enough as it is. We have immense pressure, and we as Christians don’t let ourselves get down and defeated. We keep on serving, but his situation has done much damage and as a family we are trying to work through it.”

He pauses and then says slowly: “I don’t know how we can stop and work through it…”

Aleksandr recalled the thousands of homeless and destitute men, both young and old, who lined the streets of the city to which they’d fled. Many were sitting on their suitcases with their heads in their hands, despair on their faces and with a complete sense of lostness. 

“If we had stayed in Russia, we would have gone to a military training centre. But the reality is that the men are not trained there, just dumped on the war lines. About one million men left Russia within two weeks of the conscription law notification.

“When we got across the border, we saw scores of men. These men were lost and didn’t know where to go. We were told that they’d just picked any country to flee to where they could go without a visa.

“Many weren’t familiar with Russia’s neighbouring countries, the culture and people, so when they fled across the border, some thought they were in Afghanistan. But even though they thought they were in Afghanistan, they believed it wouldn’t be as bad as what they were experiencing at home. As to money, we had to bring whatever we could get because Russian credit cards don’t work outside Russia.”

Aleksandr explained that it was the wives and mothers who made their men leave. I asked him if he personally knew anyone who had gone to the war and how this was affecting them.

He said:

“There were a lot of people that we knew who were taken to war. Our son-in-law received the summons; he’s in training right now. Also, one of our students — he’s been taken there too. I have a friend who is a pastor and he’s a father of five kids and he’s been taken.

“Any war brings a huge amount of pain. Anyone who has fled the country is now considered an enemy of the country. Even where we live right now, that country is very closely aligned with Russia. Russia may request this country to bring every Russian person back, and they might just do that, and this is why I feel that we aren’t safe.”

What do Russian people generally feel about the war? 

“There are two categories of people. First, the educated people. They understood the situation right away and they fled the country because they couldn’t speak out.

“The second category is the uninformed. We’re talking about people who live under Russian propaganda who just do what they’re told and believe what the government media says.

“They’ve been told that there are fascists in Ukraine and that’s why they’re going to war.

“When they actually get to Ukraine, they don’t see any fascists; they only see old men and children and women, people like themselves. And they’re just ordered to shoot because behind them there is a squad that will not let you retreat. And they will fire on retreating troops, but their hearts break as they do that.

“I think there’s physical pain in that, but the psychological damage is much worse. Many of the men who do return will probably try to end their own lives because it’s almost impossible to live with it. It’s that voice that they hear…”

In the West, we hear on the news that Putin and the Russians are the bad people in this war. What would you say to that?

“There’s politics and there’s Russian people and these are two separate things. For what I’m saying right now, they would give me 16 years in a Russian prison.

“But Russian people? They are not the Russian government; they are prisoners. They can’t say anything or speak out. Some of them go out in protest, but they are incarcerated.

“On the inside, the people are very broken. Now it is almost shameful to tell people you are from Russia. The war is destroying our reputation because people are conscious of what nation people are from. It is very important to look at the Russian people. They are prisoners. They are regular people just like the regular people of Ukraine.”

Aleksandr recalled an incident at one of the universities in Russia:

“At the university, there was a female student. She stood up in class and started screaming. She was having a panic attack. She was yelling: ‘My father has been taken away from me, and we’re all going to die.’” This happened in the middle of the class.

“Then another person stood up and started screaming the same thing. It seemed that they couldn’t contain all this pain that’s inside of them. The professor, an elderly woman, sat down and kept quiet while this was happening, and she began to weep. After the commotion died down, she told them, ‘We’re probably just not going to have a class today.’ Everyone was crying. And this happened in a top university in Russia. I know this because my daughter studies there.

“The people know that they don’t belong to themselves, that they belong to the government, to the state. Whatever they tell us, we must do. They can say today that you are blue and tomorrow you are red, and you have to say amen! The government controls your money, they control your thoughts and opinions, they control your movements. This isn’t just a one-time thing; it has been systematically approached from all sides. People don’t have a right to their voice, their finances, their families or any decision they want to make.”

How has this hard-line Russian government control returned following the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communism in 1991?

“This feels like it’s been planned all along. It’s been a long time in coming. In Russia, they say there are no ex-KGB agents. Our President is ex-KGB. A friend of the President once said about Putin: ‘All his life he’s been taught to search for the enemy. But he should have searched for a friend. This is why we see enemies everywhere. We don’t see friends.’ And this is why that system has been a long time in the making.

“Even this war I believe was planned all along and the restrictions that have come with it… but the important thing is not to lose God’s vision in all of this.”

Pray for the lost boys of the Ukraine-Russian war.

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COVID-19 Far Less Deadly for Non-Elderly than Original Estimates: Study

A peer-reviewed study published this month at Science Direct found the infection fatality rate (IFR) for non-elderly people who contracted COVID-19 was far lower than original, widely-publicised estimates.

The report compiled data from 31 national seroprevalence studies that took place before mRNA injections were rolled out and before the appearance of the milder Omicron variant. It found that the median infection fatality rate of COVID-19 was 0.0003% at 0–19 years, 0.002% at 20–29 years, 0.011% at 30–39 years, 0.035% at 40–49 years, 0.123% at 50–59 years, and 0.506% at 60–69 years.

These figures stand in stark contrast to the 0.6% to 1% IFR cited by government officials and media publications, and used to justify draconian lockdowns and mRNA mandates in 2020–2021.

As recently as November 2022, for instance, AAP Factcheck used two-year-old data indicating a COVID-19 IFR of 0.4% for people aged 55 years old and 1.4% for those aged 65 — figures approximately three times higher than the results from the latest study.

Authoritative Research

The recent report was co-authored by John Ioannidis, one of the world’s most-cited and most influential physicians.

As the recent report highlights, 94% of the global population is younger than 70 years and 86% is younger than 60 years. For all people in those age brackets globally, it was found that the median COVID-19 IFR may have been as low as 0.07% and 0.03% respectively.

The subjects of the recent study were people who had not experienced a prior COVID-19 infection and were yet to take an mRNA injection — suggesting that today’s COVID-19 IFR would likely be far lower still.

Ignored

The peer-reviewed study, published in the journal Environmental Research on January 1st of this year, is yet to receive attention in the mainstream press.

The study further vindicates the Great Barrington Declaration (GBD), which as early as October 2020 advocated for focused protection for the elderly and at-risk.

The GBD has garnered almost 1 million signatures globally, though its authors faced censorship on social media for their advocacy of a measured approach to COVID-19.

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A Prediction About Russia for 2023

Putin seems to have bitten off more than he can chew by invading Ukraine. Caught in prolonged conflict, Russia may well jettison its leader.

I don’t believe in predictions. However, I do find it valuable to contemplate plausible future scenarios.
So in that vein, here is one plausible scenario for 2023 (in lieu of a prediction): the end of Vladimir Putin‘s long reign in Russia.

This is one way it could happen.

Putin’s mass mobilisation from last year was his final card to turn the tide of the war (the supposed nuclear option is very unlikely in my view).

Losing Ground

The Russian offensive around Bakhmut — its only offensive at this stage (Ukrainians are on the offence across the remaining entirety of the front) — looks to be culminating.

Russia also appears to be running out of artillery munition, curtailing its offensive capability (the thousands of mobilised troops only have enough training to sit in trenches and defend the line; they are not capable of going on the offensive).

Ukraine will make further gains in the East and Russian casualties will continue to accumulate throughout 2023.

Strategy

Realists in the Kremlin and senior ranks of the military will come to the realisation (if they haven’t already) that Russia ought to sue for peace now while it has something to bargain with, namely, occupied territory in Ukraine, and more than they began the war with.

Putin will refuse to do this because he has staked his rule on achieving victory in Ukraine and there is no viable “off-ramp” for him politically, despite what some of his supporters in the West think.

The realists will realise that Russia may lose everything in Ukraine, or be forced into a very disadvantageous peace settlement, by the end of the year if they do not negotiate now from a position of maximum possible strength.

So they get rid of Putin and negotiate a peace that gives them Crimea and possibly some complex arrangement in Donetsk and Luhansk, perhaps new referendums under international supervision, or some autonomous status within Ukraine.

Weakening Bear

What happens post-Putin is anyone’s guess, and a lot depends on the circumstances of his removal and the outcome of the Ukraine war.

One thing is pretty clear, however, and this was a prediction I did make back in about March last year in a talk I gave in Sydney: we are witness to the end of Russian power. The Russian military turned out to be far more ineffective than anyone previously thought (including Putin). But what combat power and capability it did have has now gone, sacrificed and decimated in the fields of Ukraine.

This combined with Europe moving away from energy dependence on Russia will see the new post-Putin Russia emerge as a much-diminished factor in the international order.

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Originally published on Dr Jonathan Cole’s page.

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Journalist who scored legal win against Twitter to sue Pfizer and White House

Pfizer is being taken to court by journalist Alex Berenson for its latest legal and ethical violations.

Former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson this week announced his plans to sue both Pfizer and the White House for their respective roles in censoring his reporting about the failures of the Covid-19 mRNA injections.

“I will be going to court to fight back,” Berenson announced Saturday, forecasting an “epic legal battle over the way the government and Big Pharma used social media companies to censor debate” over the shots.

Berenson scored a legal win against Twitter in 2022 after taking the social media giant to federal court for banning him from its platform. His case survived Twitter’s motion to dismiss — an unprecedented legal victory that ultimately saw Twitter admit its mistake and let Berenson back on the platform.

This week, Berenson described that historic settlement with Twitter as “only the start” of his fight.

Hard Evidence of Censorship Conspiracy

“I now have hard evidence of the way the White House tried and ultimately succeeded in forcing Twitter to ban me — a violation of my First Amendment rights,” Berenson announced via Substack — “and how Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member, participated in the conspiracy.”

The hard evidence to which Berenson refers came to light this week through Elon Musk’s Twitter Files. In the most recent cache of exposed documents, Gottlieb pressured a Twitter White House contact to censor physician Dr. Brett Giroir for the accurate claim that people with natural immunity do not need Pfizer’s product.

“It’s now clear #COVID19 natural immunity is superior to #vaccine immunity, by ALOT,” Dr. Giroir had tweeted. “There’s no scientific justification for #vax proof if a person had prior infection.”

In response, Gottlieb protested to his Twitter contact that Giroir’s post was “corrosive” and would “end up going viral and driving news coverage”.

Twitter flagged Giroir’s tweet, slapping a ‘misleading’ tag on it, which prevented most Twitter users from seeing it. The ‘misleading’ label remains to this day.

Another Pfizer Conflict of Interest

Gottlieb’s move represented an obvious conflict of interest. It shielded Pfizer’s credibility and profit margin while coming from a man with vast connections in Washington DC who is also a former government employee: Gottlieb was formerly the FDA Commissioner. Twitter staff even referred to Gottlieb as such in their internal correspondence.

Moreover, Gottlieb’s action against Giroir was only the tip of the iceberg in his conspiracy to use Twitter to silence Pfizer’s critics.

No ordinary Pfizer board member, Gottlieb is one of seven members of the Pfizer board’s executive committee and the head of its regulatory and compliance committee, which oversees “compliance with laws, regulations, and internal procedures applicable to pharmaceutical sales and marketing activities.”

Pfizer has a long history of legal and ethical violations.

A ‘Titanic’ Fight Ahead

“I am not exaggerating when I say this suit may be our only realistic chance to find out what Pfizer and the Biden Administration knew about the problems with the mRNAs in 2021, and how they may have schemed to push mandates and boosters on the public,” Berenson wrote Saturday. He continued:

This fight is going to be titanic. Pfizer and the White House will have essentially unlimited funds to try to deny me and these questions a day in court. They will do whatever they can to prevent me from reaching the discovery stage of the suit and unearthing their secrets.

Berenson’s announcement came just hours after the CDC and FDA acknowledged a possible link between Pfizer’s bivalent shot and strokes, which the CDC will now investigate.

It also came days after FDA vaccine advisers expressed disappointment and anger that early data about another Covid-19 booster shot wasn’t presented for review in 2022.

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Conspiracy Theories, Corrupt Media, Twitter Files, CIA, Mafia, Censorship, Free Speech & God

These days, conspiracy theories abound, and it is hard to know what is real and what is not. Fake news combines with the deceitful narratives of big government, Big Tech and corrupt godless media to create a cesspool of lies and false narratives. Isaiah, the Old Testament Prophet, had the same problem in 740 BC. This is what he said in Isaiah 8:11-17 —

“The LORD has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,

Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.

Make the LORD of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear.

He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe…

Preserve the teaching of God; entrust His instructions to those who follow me.

I will wait for the LORD… Who has turned away from the descendants of Jacob.

I will put my hope in Him.’

Paul encourages us in the New Testament in Hebrews 12:2, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

We must continually remind ourselves that, as Jesus said in John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world.” And again, in Matthew 25:34, the encouraging words, “You who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

But Jesus emphatically told us in Matthew 10:16, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

I have compiled seven videos that might give us insight into what the wolves are doing. I say ‘might’ as all of the interviewers and interviewees are not necessarily people of faith, nor can I vouch for their accuracy. Mind you the last video is very special. You will have to use your own judgement with the videos and do your own research.

As I often say when people tell me their favourite conspiracy theory, “I don’t know if what you are saying is the truth or not, but what I do know is that the Devil conspired against God in the beginning and has not stopped yet.”

David said in Psalm 2:1-12,

“Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying,Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them…

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling’…

Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”

Media Bias

The first video is by John Anderson. He is a strong man of faith, and I believe he is worthy of our trust. I have known John for well over two decades. The video is a short 3:27 second clip from an interview series called ‘Conversations’ which features John Anderson, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, interviewing some of the world’s foremost thought leaders about today’s pressing social, cultural and political issues.

John Anderson believes proper, robust dialogue is necessary if we are to maintain our social strength and cohesion. As he puts it; “You cannot get good public policy out of a bad public debate.” The original interview was done over a year ago, but it is still very relevant today. I encourage you to check out John’s channel here.

This video is appropriately called Can We Trust the Mainstream Media?” It features Matt Taibbi being interviewed by John Anderson: Matt Taibbi speaks about the decline in trust of the mainstream media and why it has stopped reporting the objective truth for a political agenda.

Matt Taibbi has a formidable journalistic record. I like Matt. He is authentic. Matt is an author and has worked as a freelance reporter in the Soviet Union, a sports reporter for The Moscow Times, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone Magazine, and, more recently, editor of “TK News” Substack.

Big Tech

The second video, approximately 8 minutes long, is called “Scope of Intel Agency Involvement in Tech Censorship Revealed in Twitter Files”.  Megyn Kelly is joined by Matt Taibbi to talk about the censorship exposed in the Twitter Files, the government and intel agency’s involvement in suppression, Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and more. It is very revealing.

The third video is from a UK alternative news channel called The Unherd. I have found them to be pretty good on the whole. Again, you make up your own mind. Freddie Sayers, the main host of the channel, interviews PayPal co-founder David Sacks. David is a very smart operator and a billionaire to boot, so he certainly has some credentials. The 43-minute video is called “David Sacks: The tech reset has only just begun“. It covers Twitter, free speech and the future of tech.

In 1999, Sacks left his job as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company to join e-commerce service PayPal, which had been co-founded the year before by Max Levchin and Peter Thiel.

In October 2002, eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion. Sacks is a member of the so-called “PayPal Mafia”, a group of founders and early employees of PayPal which included Elon Musk , who went on to found a series of other successful technology companies.

Pandemic Panic

The fourth video is 9 minutes long and is called “The Fall of the Great Covid Narrative“. Professor Jeffery Sachs is joined by Russell Brand, a UK comedian, who is very distrustful of the mainstream narrative to discuss Covid propaganda, the CIA & Censorship. (Note: Profanity alert.)

Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst, and former director of ‘The Earth Institute’ at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor. See his opinion on the origin of Covid. What he has to say about the founding of the CIA in 1947 is very interesting.

Sachs is co-founder and chief strategist of ‘Millennium Promise Alliance’, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ending extreme poverty and hunger. From 2002 to 2006, he was the director of the United Nations Millennium Project’s work on the MDGs. Watch the full episode for his interesting take on the war in Ukraine on Rumble here.

Power Plays

The fifth video is an hour long and is by the alternative USA news channel called Redacted, with former Fox News journalist Clayton Morris. It is a provocatively titled video: “She’s EXPOSING How the Deep State Mafia Controls All of Us”. Clayton is on the edge in more ways than one.

Journalist Whitney Webb sits down with Redacted’s Clayton Morris for a dense conversation about her bombshell new book on Jeffrey Epstein‘s deep connections to the world’s biggest power players. Whitney exposes the deep corruption and cover-up at the heart of the major western power structure. As I have said before, you need to do your own research. For more information, check out her new two-volume book here.

The sixth video is an interview with Peter Theil, another billionaire, who is not without fault according to Whitney Webb. To his credit, he is a highly intelligent deep thinker, whom I think is trying to be honest in this interview. That is perhaps a naive statement. He could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Make up your own mind.

Peter Robinson from the Hoover Institute conducts the interview, which is called “Peter Thiel, Leader of the Rebel Alliance“. This video is an in-depth interview and goes for 48 minutes. It is certainly an interesting interview. The Hoover Institute has some good people on board and are smart operators.

Whatever you do, don’t get wound up with all this information. Take it all with a grain of salt. Do your own research. Look for correlations and most of all remember: our prayers can change history.

The wolves don’t stand a chance! Keep in mind that we serve the ‘Alpha and the Omega’, the Beginning and the End.

Have Faith

Lastly, the seventh video is called “When He Returns” by Bob Dylan, which is the last song on Slow Train Coming. The last line sums it all up. “He (God) has plans of His own to set up His throne when He returns.”

Revelation 11:15-19 says it all.

“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’ And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:

‘We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,

The One who is and who was and who is to come,

Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,

And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,

And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,

And those who fear Your name, small and great,

And should destroy those who destroy the earth.’

Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.”

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Karens, Beware the Kraken

Grab your mask to wear over the mask you are already wearing.

No, not the cloth one, the N95 one.

Queue up for your 58th booster shot.

Hurry, pull the kids out of school.

Cancel all family gatherings. Unless you want to be responsible for Grandma literally dying.

Shut down your small business. Clothe yourself with an abundance of caution and, for God’s sake, follow the science! The Kraken has reached Australia!!!

I’m not even kidding.

Latest Development

Channel 7 confirmed our worst fears, reporting that the latest, most bad-ass strain of the Chinese Flu since the last one that failed to trouble anyone is now moving amongst us:

“Another mutant strain of COVID-19 has hit Australian shores after tearing through the US and UK. It has been named the ‘Kraken’ and is believed to be the most transmissible yet.”

The Kraken is an enormous mythical sea monster and it’s “tearing through” the Western world right now in the form of Covid-19.

The media are warning muppets who got special experimental injections that are “safe and effective” to “stop the spread” that the Kraken is “the most transmissible yet”.

Everybody needs the brand new safe and effective continuous intravenously fed Covid-19 vaccine boosters NOW… or we are all doomed.

We can only pray that State Premiers provide us with a short, sharp, 7-day lockdown lasting 4 months.

On the other hand, we’ve been hearing this joke for 3 years now.

The Kraken?

Pffft.

It should be called the Karen, since Karens are the only ones still buying this fear porn.

Anyway, while Channel 7 hyperventilates about the Kraken, vaccine injuries and excess deaths go largely unreported.

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Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.

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Media Seems to Sympathise with the So-Called “Woman” Being Executed…

… rather than the actual woman he raped and murdered.

“(A fellow) inmate described McLaughlin as a painfully shy person who came out of her shell after deciding to transition.

‘She always had a smile and a dad joke,’ Hicklin said. ‘If you ever talked to her, it was always with the dad jokes.’”

Can you imagine the media talking about any other convicted rapist and murderer this way?

Amber McLaughlin was put to death by the state of Missouri last week for the rape and murder of former girlfriend Beverly Guenther.

The two had been dating when Amber McLaughlin, a biological man, had been living as Scott McLaughlin.

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin didn’t take well to being dumped.

He repeatedly stalked Guenther who, as a result, had to be regularly escorted from her workplace to her car by police.

McLaughlin eventually violated a restraining order to rape and then repeatedly stab his former girlfriend with a steak knife before dumping her body near the Mississippi River.

McLaughlin was convicted of first-degree murder. Oh, and in prison, he transitioned into a female.

Media Bias

The problem for the media is that McLaughlin’s behaviour was not terribly ladylike. When women are sad, they binge eat and change their hair.

Stalking, breaking restraining orders, raping and stabbing people are the sorts of things jilted men do.

All of which may explain why The Guardian, when reporting news of McLaughlin’s execution, emphasised McLaughlin’s shy personality, lovely smile, and talent for telling jokes.

It may also explain why The Guardian neglected to mention the rapey part.

Oh, and it might also explain why The Guardian forgot to tell readers that McLaughlin was incarcerated in 1992 for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old.

You wouldn’t want to be relying on The Guardian for actual news.

Victim Mentality

But if you’re interested in knowing that McLaughlin was the first openly transgendered person to be executed in the US, well then The Guardian doesn’t let you down.

A Missouri inmate has been put to death for a 2003 killing, becoming what is believed to be the first transgender woman executed in the US.”

You could be forgiven for thinking that McLaughlin was “executed” for being “the first transgender woman” rather than “put to death for a killing”.

“There is no known case of an openly transgender person being executed in the US before, according to the anti-execution Death Penalty Information Center.”

What has being “openly” trans got to do with anything? McLaughlin wasn’t executed because he is trans, as if he is the one being persecuted.

But the trans washing continued:

“McLaughlin was a painfully shy person who came out of her shell after deciding to transition… always having a smile and a joke.”

I’m not sure how being painfully shy or having a cute smile has anything to do with the stalking, the raping and the stabbing.

What must Beverly Guenther’s grieving family think when they read media reports?

Beverly Guenther

Trans ideology (some might say theology) has so captured the mass media that they almost seem to sympathise with the so-called “woman” being executed rather than the actual woman he raped and murdered.

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Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.

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Covid-19: What Explains the Sudden Deaths?

While there is no cause for panic, reports of otherwise healthy people suddenly collapsing and dying do need to be investigated to determine if there is any correlation with vaccines or something else.

Editor’s Note: Steve Blizzard, political analyst and financial planner, is a long-time friend of the Canberra Declaration. He collects groundbreaking articles from Australia and all over the globe. Please find the latest article republished by him from the National Herald, India on his own Substack.

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Professor & Head Community Medicine at Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pune, India

Published: 23 Dec 2022, 5:15 PM National Herald, India

A spike in cases of sudden heart attacks, cardiac arrests and other cardiological complications among all age groups is being reported from across the country; even seemingly fit people are dying of cardiological health issues while walking on the street, on the dance floor and even while just sitting at a desk. Not surprisingly, the hashtag #heartattack trended on Twitter earlier this month.

Some of the sudden and unfortunate deaths in previously healthy people, including teenagers, may be purely coincidental. But such incidents demand attention and a precautionary reflex, they demand that we err on the side of caution.

Recent estimates of the lethality of the Covid-19 virus, however, should be reassuring. A meta-analysis by investigators from Stanford University found that the lethality of Covid is 0.0003 per cent till the age of 19 years and around 0.03 per cent to 0.07 per cent up to the age of 69 years.

Given such low fatalities from the infection, we can afford to pause vaccination and instead devote time and resources to conduct a thorough investigation.

According to a survey by LocalCircles, a social community platform, 51 per cent of the respondents said they knew one or more persons who have had heart attacks, strokes, sudden cancers, neurological disorders etc. in the recent past.

Out of those who experienced such events, 62 per cent of the cases were found to have been double vaccinated, 11 per cent had received a single dose and 8 per cent were unvaccinated.

Science demands a detached view and scientists should not jump to conclusions. One of the requirements for this is discerning any unusual patterns at the population level.

This does indicate some cause for concern. The increase in sudden deaths has been reported since early 2021; there was a six-fold increase in heart attacks reported from Mumbai.

The pattern of excess deaths is not however restricted to India, but is global. Here we take a close look at two countries from where open data is available: England–Wales and Australia.

Covid sudden deaths graph England-Wales

The figure (see graph) shows the total number of deaths in England and Wales from all causes in the first 47 weeks (until the end of November) of each of the years since 2015. We can see that the year 2020 saw an increase of about 13 per cent in overall mortality over the average of the previous five years. What is striking also is that even in 2022, there is significant excess mortality of about 8 per cent over the 2015-2019 average.

Since there has been concern about increased deaths among young people, let us next look at the same data in the 15–44 age group from England & Wales.

The figure shows the total deaths in this age group in weeks 1-47 of each year since 2015. We see that in this age group, even the year 2020 which had peak Covid-19 deaths, does not have significant excess deaths. However, there has been a sharp increase in excess deaths in this age-group in 2021 as well as 2022.

The case of Australia is even more stark, as the country followed a zero-Covid policy for a long time, with strict lockdowns as well as coercion and mandates for Covid-19 vaccines. By the start of 2022, it had vaccinated the majority of its population and even booster doses were made available.

The baseline average deaths in the first eight months of the year is just 110,483 while the total deaths in the first eight months of 2022 has been 129,513. This represents a 17.2 per cent increase above baseline: even higher than the excess deaths caused by Covid-19 in 2020 in England & Wales.

Edward Dowd in his book, Cause Unknown–The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths in 2021 and 2022, reports 84 per cent rise in sudden deaths in the age group 25–44 years in USA coinciding with mass vaccine mandates which was corroborated by study of insurance claims.

There are two possible causes for the high excess mortality world-wide. First, these could be the prolonged effects of harsh lockdowns. After all, lockdowns have directly increased diabetes, obesity, starvation, poverty, joblessness, vitamin-D deficiency, propensity for cancer, etc. A second cause could be the excessive use of Covid-19 vaccines, even among the already Covid recovered, and even among the not-at-risk population, without adequate safety data.

By the time vaccines were developed, the virus had infected large numbers in densely populated countries of Asia and Africa. Being younger or leaner, many of them recovered and did not require vaccination because studies have shown that natural immunity acquired after exposure to the virus is 13 times more robust than immunity induced by vaccines.

We should grant policymakers the benefit of doubt—precautionary principle demands one should err on the side of safety. However, after more than a year into mass vaccination, we are still at a crossroads.

The way forward would be to halt mass vaccination in those who have recovered from natural infection and follow them forward to monitor any adverse events presently being attributed to long Covid.

The second group in this study can be those who never had encountered the virus but have taken the vaccine. Both these groups need to be followed up to ascertain short-term as well as long-term effects and provide hard evidence of cause-effect relationship of either the vaccine or the natural infection. Anything short of this will mask the truth forever.

The time correlation of heart illnesses with the Covid-19 jab rollout is unmistakable in the worldwide data. While correlation does not mean causation, it certainly is a red flag which must be probed objectively.

India-Covid-sudden deaths

Amitav Banerjee is an epidemiologist and Professor and Head of Community Medicine at DY Patil Medical College, Pune. He is author of the book, Covid-19 Pandemic–A Third Eye.

Bhaskaran Raman is a Professor at IIT Bombay, and has recently authored the book “Math Murder in Media Manufactured Madness” on different aspects of Covid.

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