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Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications
upstream, downstream transactions, and "Origins and Development of SWIFT, 1973-2009" (marking intrabank credit collapse AKA Panic of '08)

Russia Set for Currency Crisis as EU, US Limit Access to SWIFT, Freeze CBR Assets
FX speculators unleashed to "attack" RU currency value in... AE markets; merits a Krugman bon mot against EURO, for USD

collected FX specifications
Stocks decline amid Russia's invasion, sanctions escalation
conflating AE and EME foreign exchange demand

US Treasury Prohibits Transactions With Russia's Central Bank, Wealth Fund & Finance Ministry
text of US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) theft

Understanding domestic and int'l intrabank payment networks
summary of EME bi-lateral FX, central bank capital controls with live URL links to RU and CN authorities

de nile is not only a river in Africa
divest? How?
barriers to small and institutional shareholders ritual sacrifices to late, modern western civilization (anathema)

by Cat on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 04:19:26 PM EST
eurotrib's Chris Cook Library
of Credit, Currency, and Other Animals
by Cat on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 04:31:33 PM EST
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Counter Currents | USA Must Avoid Misuse of Its 'Exorbitant Privilege' of Dollar Domination, 4 Mar
...The special position of dollar as reserve currency confers certain very important trade, financial and political advantages to the USA. In a widely discussed paper titled `An Existential Threat to the US Dollar' the authors Daniel Tenengauzer, John Vellis and Geoff Yu ( BNY-MECCON--Aerial View Magazine, September 2020) say, " The status of the USD allows the US, as its issuer, to run huge international deficits in its own currency, and has allowed international liabilities to be paid off at a lower rate of interest than the US receives in income from abroad." Clearly it is a huge advantage to clear international payments in its own currency. As such the USA authorities would like this arrangement to continue for as long as possible.

However this excessive power should not be used in arbitrary ways and to inflict undue and high costs on others, as in the case of imposing sweeping sanctions. In the case if Iraq, which had been earlier devastated by an invasion led by the USA, these sanctions are reported to have led to around half a million deaths. This was followed by a second invasion as well. ...

archived "They [mRNA] will represent 60% or 70% of the market. The other guys will die"
by Cat on Fri Mar 4th, 2022 at 06:07:22 AM EST
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Things you should know about the new Pfizer documents

Pfizer claimed repeatedly in their documents to the FDA that their vaccine would "prevent" COVID-19.

Pfizer knew the injection's adverse effects would increase with more injections of continuing boosters.

Pfizer knew their injections did not stay at the injection site.

Pfizer knew that the vaccinated group reported far more systemic adverse events than the placebo group.

Pfizer knew that the efficacy of the vaccine waned very quickly over time; by as much as 50% in as little as 1 month after the second dose. How come we weren't warned about that???

Pfizer defended VAERS (because they didn't want extra reporting cost burdens).

There are six individuals that signed up for two different clinical trials at two different sites which is really odd.

Pfizer knew vaccinated individuals could still catch COVID-19 and test positive.

There are 1,448 pages comprising 9,704 individual subjects who were excluded from the trials. There isn't enough detail to know why.

Pfizer paid $2,875,842.00 for their application to the FDA. This is more of a point of information for now.

It is troubling that Pfizer redacts information that is not proprietary that would be very helpful in assessing the data such as the number of doses administered in the ADVERSE EVENTS OF SPECIAL INTEREST" (AESI) document (aka the 5.3.6 document).

Pfizer only tests you for COVID if you have at least one symptom. If the vaccine suppresses symptoms (which it apparently does), then it will falsely appear as if the vaccine reduces the number of COVID cases.

How could anaphylaxis not show up in the Phase 3 trial on any of the 44,000 patients, yet show up as a major safety concern in the post-marketing document?!?


Kirsch understands statistics and probabilities, and questions in his article, how could anaphylaxis be completely missing from the Pfizer Phase 3 report, when it's identified as an "important identified risk" in the rest of the report? Not one instance reported, and this defies all logic. As he says:
Anaphylaxis not seen in the trial at all; only seen post-marketing. That's impossible.
So the books are cooked. And this is why Pfizer sued (and lost) to be given 75 years to release these reports. And this is what was presented to FDA for emergency approval. And countless people are still digging through it to make sense of it, yet FDA parsed it all and gave the authorization in record time.

by Tom2 on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 11:00:47 AM EST
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I noted last week that FDA released the first (court ordered) 55K page tranche of Pfizer docs to plaintiff, phmpt.org. Predictably, the "war effort" here and over there--orchestrated by the Biden admin, US Congress, and MSM agitprop--has buried this victory for FOIA. Which is discovery, pure and simple prerequisite fact finding in both legal and scientific domains of "truth".

As far as I can tell, information gleaned by marginal correspondents (blogs, vlogs, trade rags) as yet is limited to a small set of material for publicity and strategic purposes of principal adversaries and their "stakeholders". Predictably, again, agents deeply invested in professional sinecure* and federal subsidy of pharma industry R&D immediately mounted a PR campaigns to undermine latent skepticism of public health apparatus to FIGHT COVID, but the intelligence of their own peers who successfully litigated FDA's embargo. Below, an unscientific survey of knowledge and crisis management tactics forthcoming--

Endpoints News, FDA begins court-mandated release of thousands of pages on Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine review, 2 Mar
- select phmpt documentary evidence

FDA News, FDA Starts Releasing Thousands of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Documents, 4 Mar
- $1,695.00 subscription only

MedPage Today, Court-ordered release runs risk of "cherry picking and taking things out of context", 7 Mar
- PhD, JD, a "regulatory strategy" imprimature

archived "grave danger" moot court

* cf. Zigmunt Bauman's topical literature

by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 03:15:43 PM EST
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9 Mar

"single-spaced" < wipes tears > I'll resist the temptation to post yet again Congressional Research Service (CRS) rolling, "single-spaced" compilation, "Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2022"

by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 03:27:26 PM EST
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9 Mar

Now, pardon me, while I wait < checks watch > hmm 36 months for this torious drama to conclude in US courts PLUS another hmmm 4 years before disbursement of class action settlement.

by Cat on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 05:04:53 PM EST
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Politico-APsplainin | Mastercard, Visa suspend operations in Russia after invasion, 5 Mar
press release
Arab News | Mastercard, Visa suspend operations in Russia after invasion, 5 Mar, PR+
The twin suspensions were announced within 16 minutes of each other, and they followed a private video call earlier in the day between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and US lawmakers. During that conversation, Zelenskyy "asked us to turn off MasterCard and Visa for Russia," Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California [US Congressional Ukraine Caucus], tweeted. "I agree," he added, before Mastercard and Visa made their announcements.
The moves by Mastercard and Visa could make real differences to their bottom lines. Russia accounted for 4 percent of all of Visa's net revenue in its last fiscal year, including money made from domestic and cross-border activities. Ukraine accounted for about 1 percent, Visa said in a filing with US securities regulators this week.

Mastercard said in its own filing that about 4 percent of its net revenues during 2021 came from business conducted within, into and out of Russia. Another roughly 2 percent was related to Ukraine.

RFI Global | Mir cards expected to benefit in Russia-Ukraine crisis, 5 Mar
Nikhil Reddy, payments senior analyst at GlobalData, says: "This will have a significant impact on the Russian card payments market resulting in reduced e-commerce and POS [point-of-sale] transactions. Even digital payment solutions like Apple Pay and Google Pay have barred cardholders of the sanction hit Russian banks from using their services."

While major economies have isolated Russia, China has kept its door open, encouraging Russia to use its payment system called Cross-border Interbank Payment System (CIPS) for international trade as a substitute for SWIFT, by connecting it with Russia's payment system - the System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS).
As a result, he says Russia is strategically promoting the adoption of Mir via government mandates. It has passed mandates requiring public sector employees receiving state funds and welfare benefits to migrate to Mir payment cards. A similar mandate was imposed on pensioners, making pensions accessible only through Mir bank cards.

Some Russian bank customers have been cut off from Apple Pay and Google Pay, 26 Feb 2022
Amazon rows back on threat to stop accepting UK-issued Visa cards, 17 Jan 2022
Russia's Mir cards now accepted as customer payment method with DDF, 17 Oct 2021
archived Apple Maps, Amazon/Google: Big Tech Fueling State Violence
by Cat on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 10:00:12 AM EST
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