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Winter 2021 Open Thread

by Bernard Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 09:36:01 PM EST

Winter is coming...

by Bernard on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 09:37:34 PM EST
Todays Repubblica
L'uomo sulla Luna grazie al genio di Von Braun. Ma all'epoca nessuno (o quasi) sapeva del suo passato nazista

Il sito Earth Observatory della Nasa descrive Wernher von Braun come il più grande scienziato missilistico della storia. Fu lui a guidare lo sviluppo del razzo Saturn V che portò i primi uomini sulla Luna nel luglio del 1969. Tedesco, naturalizzato statunitense, von Braun era stato un nazista, ma all'epoca questo retroscena non era noto.

"quasi nessuno"? From 1965
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 07:47:17 PM EST
V-2 and Saturn V: A Tale of Two Rockets

Allied bombardment missed coordinates of V2 launching pad, 0.5 mile from where I live in The Hague today. Two months later the war was over.

The Royal Air Force mistakenly bombed the Bezuidenhout neighbourhood | March 3. 1645 |

  • 511 fatalities
  • 344 wounded
  • 20,000 people left homeless
  • 3,250 burned out residences
  • 3,241 damaged residences
  • 391 irreparably damaged residences
  • 290 destroyed businesses
  • 5 destroyed churches
  • 9 destroyed schools
  • 10 destroyed public buildings

The Dutch suffered through a Hunger Winter 1944-45 ... 22,000 died.

by Oui on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 10:43:24 PM EST
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The real history of the UK Bomber Command and the US Eighth Air Force is unsurprisingly less admirable than the usual blah-blah.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Nov 8th, 2021 at 04:27:06 PM EST
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Dante exhibition in Rome
Nelle scorse settimane nell'ambiente novax e nopass è suonato l'allarme per l'inaugurazione - alle Scuderie del Quirinale - della mostra "Inferno" dove è esposta anche la celebre "Porta dell'Inferno" di Auguste Rodin: la coincidenza fra l'apertura della mostra e l'entrata in vigore del Green pass, il 15 ottobre, ha alimentato ancor più le dietrologie.

L'arcivescovo Viganò - in uno dei suoi comizi contro il vaccino e il Green pass - si è scagliato contro "i ricatti di un potere totalitario asservito all'élite. Un potere che si mostra come intrinsecamente malvagio, animato da un'ideologia infernale e mosso da scopi criminali... Questo potere" ha aggiunto "è così convinto di essere ormai riuscito nel suo silenzioso colpo di stato, da sbatterci in faccia con sfrontatezza non solo l'ideologia che lo muove, ma anche la religione a cui si ispira. Proprio oggi al Quirinale - il Palazzo che un tempo fu residenza dei Sommi Pontefici nella Città di Roma - viene inaugurata una mostra emblematicamente intitolata Inferno, celebrata con l'esposizione della Porta dell'Inferno" il cui "bozzetto fu presentato anche all'Esposizione Universale del 1900, a suggello dell'indole massonica e anticattolica di quell'evento".

Does he mean "Jewish"?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 12:01:27 PM EST
running time 01:30:11 (EN, Mandarin)
by Cat on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 12:40:46 AM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 14th, 2021 at 07:04:38 PM EST
Savage takedown of Zuck-n-blow.
by rifek on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:58:18 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon Nov 15th, 2021 at 07:30:26 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Nov 24th, 2021 at 05:21:05 PM EST
by Bernard on Wed Nov 24th, 2021 at 10:04:33 PM EST
Verein Sterbehilfe
Ein Mitglied kann den Antrag auf Suizidassistenz stellen (Art. 2 Abs. 5 Satz 1 der Statuten), wenn

a) dem Verein die Patientenverfügung, Vorsorgevollmacht und Betreuungsverfügung gemäss Ziff. 1 Satz 1 oder eine gleichwertige Verfügung vorliegt,

b) dem Verein das Zertifikat einer vollständigen Covid-19-Impfung oder -Genesung vorliegt und

c) der weitere Mitgliederbeitrag (Art. 5 Abs. 2 der Statuten) bezahlt ist.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 09:50:54 PM EST
The new variant of SARS-Cov2 won't be called the Nu variant after all, nor the Xi variant either. Meet the Omicron variant.

by Bernard on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 09:00:40 AM EST
Only 9 variants left...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 09:13:25 AM EST
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Omicron beats them all

Variant: 21K also known as B.1.1.529

21K appears to have arisen in November 2021, possibly in South Africa. Early sequences are predominantly from South Africa, though also detected in Botswana, Israel, Belgium and Hong Kong.

New Corona Variant #B.1.1.529 Named Omicron

In South Africa there was apathy to get vaccinated, now with a rapid spread of Omicron variant this may change.

by Oui on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 09:57:55 AM EST
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um, no.

  1. There was the mRNA "freezer" problem proceeding from the variant "discovery" of 2020. Cold truth: South Africa won't be able to store these COVID vaccines. Here's why
  2. Then, there was EU +1 AstraZenca lend/lease dumping with J&J-"Leiden vaccine" supply chain embargo problem.
  3. Then came a NATO opposition to "patent waiver"/COVAX pledge problem passing through WTO "reform" d/b/a Africa Left With Few Options for Vaccines, South Africa Says
  4. Most recently, South Africa Rejects Second Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines, This Time From Johnson & Johnson
This is the second batch of vaccines rejected by South Africa, which turned away approximately one million AstraZeneca vaccines earlier in 2020. One study determined that those vaccines, sold to South Africa by the Serum Institute of India, provided little buffer against mild to moderate infections by the COVID-19 variant that is common in the country.

Above all were sub-Saharan lessons learned from HIV/AIDS living lab CONTAINMENT and ebola marketing, to date, not withstanding a decade-long BRICS offensive.

Now? Biden admin announces travel ban for South Africa and 7 other countries, citing new variant

by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 07:18:10 PM EST
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... while AstraZeneca Plc has no shots for the continent in 2021 and has directed the African Union to negotiate with the Serum Institute of India Ltd., which is making the vaccine on behalf of AstraZeneca. South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is the African Union's chairman. [Bloomberg - Jan. 3, 2021]

AstraZeneca was less effective against the Delta variant and India embargoes sending domestic manufactured vaccines overseas.

Outrageous Defense Production Act still blocking necessary raw materials for Indian Serum Institute COVID-19 vaccine production

"Vooma Vouchers": Over 60's to Get Paid for Vaccinating in SA

The vouchers are set to start going out from 4 November, though anyone in the right age group who gets vaccinated from 1 November should receive one. The vouchers are valid for 30 days, and persons will only receive a voucher for their first vaccine dose. Those coming for their second Pfizer dose, for example, are not eligible.

Covid-19 Vaccine detoxing: conversations on social media around ways to remove or "flush out" the vaccine from the body

by Oui on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 07:56:33 PM EST
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Thu Feb 6th, 2020, US Health Institute Halts South African HIV Study After Experimental Vaccine Found Ineffective
HVTN 702 is part of a larger HIV vaccine research endeavor led by the Pox-Protein Public-Private Partnership, or P5 -- a diverse group of public and private organizations working to build on the RV144 trial. P5 members include NIAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the South African Medical Research Council, which funded HVTN 702; the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), headquartered at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, which conducted HVTN 702; Sanofi Pasteur and GSK, which provided study materials; and the U.S. Military HIV Research Program.
Thu Nov 25th, 2021
According to Balloux, the variant could have evolved during a "chronic infection of an immunocompromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient"
by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 08:33:53 PM EST
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Thu Feb 6th, 2020
Sun Dec 13th, 2020
Fri Dec 25th, 2020
"Mutated coronavirus variant from South Africa found in UK"; "Another new COVID strain found in Nigeria, says Africa CDC"
August 31, 2021
"South African scientists have detected a new coronavirus variant, C.1.2, with multiple mutations"
Wed Sep 1st, 2021
"C.1.2 was first detected in May [2020], the alert said, but Delta is still the dominant variant spreading in South Africa and the world."

WHO | Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants:Currently designated Variants of Concern (VOCs), Currently designated Variants of Interest (VOIs), Currently designated Variants Under Monitoring, Formerly monitored variants

count 'em

by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 04:21:56 PM EST
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After Delta Airlines:

by Bernard on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 11:50:58 AM EST
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According to Wiki, Xi is not such a "common" Chinese last name, coming only at number 108.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 09:34:04 PM EST
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Perhaps Chinese characters?

冒 犯 中 國 國 家 主 席 習 近 平

".. causing offense to Chinese president Xi Jinping."

by Oui on Sun Nov 28th, 2021 at 10:58:01 PM EST
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China expels Wall Street Journal reporters over 'racist' headline on coronavirus op-ed
At a regularly scheduled news briefing Wednesday a spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said China objected to an essay published in the Journal's editorial pages earlier this month with the headline, "China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia."
by Cat on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 03:49:24 PM EST
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Operation Mockingbird - CIA Agents Provocateurs

Fits the Murdoch agents in China, took the CCP long enough!

by Oui on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 05:59:55 PM EST
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Met Office: Rare Red weather warning issued. ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️

Storm Arwen giving the fisheries battle a break ...

by Oui on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 07:26:53 PM EST
from middle-earth
by Cat on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 08:40:42 PM EST
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It hasn't received much publicity (I only learnt about it when a friend told me off for not wearing one) but Bergamo has just reintroduced the requirement for outdoor masks.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 11:06:57 PM EST
Face coverings will become mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England from next week under a raft of measures to target the new Covid variant, Omicron, the PM has said.
by Oui on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 11:10:46 PM EST
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I'm using the word in a very narrow context, of course.
THE deputy speaker of the House of Commons has said MPs can only call Boris Johnson a "liar" in a "very narrow context".

It comes after Ian Blackford was allowed to call Boris Johnson a "liar" during a debate on the Prime Minister's conduct.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 06:12:20 PM EST
But can he also be called a clown and a "gougnafier"? (very narrow context, of course)
by Bernard on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 06:29:33 PM EST
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