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☕️ INTELLIGENCE FAILURES ☙ Monday, October 23, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Jordan out for Speaker, nine in; anti-jab researcher cleared on ethics charges; Supreme Court takes Miss. v. Biden; Oct 7th conspiracy theory; pressure on Israel not to invade; pressure on FDA; more.
Good morning, C&C, it is Monday! Your roundup today includes: Speaker race mushrooms as Jordan drops out; vaccine deaths researcher cleared of ethics charges; Supreme Court takes up Missouri v. Biden; 9/11-style theory on Israeli intelligence failure; Gaza ground war looking less and less likely; Kirsch says it’s time to sue Pfizer, but is it?; and Sweden takes action on immigration.
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🔥 Yesterday, ABC ran a surprising story headlined, “These 9 candidates have joined the House speaker race after Jim Jordan dropped out.”
Boom. Following some kind of secret Republican backroom vote on Friday, democrats not invited, Representative Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) declared that he’d lost the confidence of too many House Republicans and bowed out. Over the weekend, no fewer than nine more masochistic Republicans announced their desire to try for the Speaker’s slot.
The nine candidates include: Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), GOP Conference Vice-Chair Mike Johnson (R-La.), Jack Bergman (R-Mi.), Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), Kevin Hern (R-Ok.), Dan Meuser (R-Pa.), Gary Palmer (R-Al.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), and Pete Sessions (R-Tx.).
The first vote is set for tomorrow morning. It’s probably going to take a while to winnow down those nine candidates through successive voting. I, for one, am delighted at the variety and diversity of the candidate pool! The House should take its time, deliberate carefully, consider all the angles and all the pro’s and con’s, and let the process organically work itself out.
Aid packages for defending other countries’ borders can wait. Let’s get this right.
💉 We had some great news late last week. Dr. Mark Skidmore, an economics, natural disaster, and pandemics researcher with more than 90 published papers was suspended earlier this year for an ethics review by Michigan State University (where he works). What got Mark in trouble was publishing a jab-critical paper in BMC Infectious Diseases in April that immediately got shot down and retracted by the journal.
Mark’s paper problematically estimated that almost 300,000 Americans were killed by the jabs in 2021.
After his paper was retracted by the journal, Mark suffered through a seven-month inquiry by the University into his ethics. Had he lost, he’d have been fired and professionally blacklisted. Florida’s Liberty Counsel represented him and the results of the ethics probe were just announced: fortunately, Mark has been cleared on all charges. He did not, after all, violate any ethical obligations by estimating jab deaths in an academic paper.
And the icing is that Mark’s cancelled paper was accepted for re-publication in another journal, titled “COVID-19 Illness and Vaccination Experiences in Social Circles Affect COVID-19 Vaccination Decisions.”
In his paper, Dr. Skidmore calculated jab deaths in two ways. First, he extrapolated from reported deaths using conservative estimates of VAERS under-reporting rates. Second, he confirmed that figure using a survey of almost 3,000 Americans, based on their own experiences.
He found with 95% confidence that the number of American jab deaths as of December 31, 2021 is probably between 229,319 and 344,319. In other words, a lot.
Sadly, Dr. Skidmore is not likely to receive any NIH or Pfizer grants anytime soon. Pfizer can’t afford it anyway, given it’s appalling stock performance lately.
🔥 In one of the most under-reported stories of the week, Reason Magazine ran a story Friday headlined, Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Missouri v. Biden Federal Government / Social Media Case. There’s good news and bad news.
The good news was that, as I predicted, the Supreme Court has accepted the government’s second appeal of an injunction stopping it from censoring Americans by pressuring social media companies. The bad news was that the Supreme Court ‘stayed’ (blocked) the injunction pending further notice — likely next spring — when they issue a decision.
Justices Alito, Thomas, and Gorsuch spiritedly dissented from the stay.
At this point, four different federal judges have approved of the original injunction, which says a lot. One of the elements the judges must consider is called “likelihood of success on the merits.” In other words, to approve the injunction, the judges must first predict that the plaintiffs are likely to win. Every judge that’s looked at it so far has felt the plaintiffs are likely to win.
And it’s hard to imagine any reason the Supreme Court would accept this case unless they wanted to say something important about free speech.
Some critics, including the three dissenting Supreme Court justices, feel that the indefinite stay of the injunction is problematic. I disagree, a little, firstly because I think the government actors are self-policing in full CYA mode at this point, and are mostly trying to avoid creating more evidence for the lawsuit. Second, the case continues rolling toward trial. This particular argument is only over the temporary injunction.
Even though this appeal is “only” about the temporary injunction, the Supreme Court could easily say something about First Amendment law that effectively resolves the case. Since this isn’t a case where the essential facts are in dispute, the battle is over the extent of Free Speech law and whether the government can (1) censor “misinformation” during an emergency, and (2) bully private actors to do its First Amendment dirty work.
Overall, this is great news. The spring Supreme Court term is shaping up to be a very significant one. Buckle up, buttercups.
In other legal news, you may have heard that Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesborough pleaded guilty in the Georgia election interference case. I’ll cover that story tomorrow.
🚀 Day 16 — Middle East War Briefing 🚀
💣 Last week, Patrick Byrne published a short video offering the first fact-based theory for Israel’s massive, inexplicable October 7th intelligence failure. And it’s a doozy. I’ve summarized it below if you don’t have time to watch the whole clip.
Between what Patrick said and what he didn’t say but strongly implied, the short version is that, following the summer battle over Israel’s leftist Supreme Court, Biden (i.e. Obama), U.S. intelligence agencies, and Israeli intelligence agencies undermined Israel — to get rid of Benjamin Netanyahu.
In case you aren’t familiar with him, Patrick Byrne is a brilliant polyglot, former McKinsey consultant, entrepreneur, founder of Overstock.com, and now conservative influencer. He got involved in the Trump elections debacle, personally funding and supervising elections audits all over the country. Significantly for this story, he’s an experienced software developer and works with lots of Israeli software firms (Israeli is the current world headquarters of advanced software development).
Patrick claimed to have firsthand insider information from his Israeli contacts.
The gist of Patrick’s theory is that former Obama officials Dan Shapiro (Obama’s ambassador to Israel), Avril Haines (Obama deputy assistant), Anthony Blinken (Obama deputy assistant), and Michele Flournoy (Obama undersecretary of defense) began representing an Israeli cyber-security software developer called Paragon. Paragon develops top-secret security tools for Israeli’s defense industry.
After the former Obama officials got involved with Paragon, and continuing through the Biden regime, the U.S. has systematically targeted all of Paragon’s competitors using a variety of federal procurement tools and sanctions, forcing them either to close or sell off their assets to Paragon or the U.S. intelligence agencies.
At this point, Israel depends on one single security software provider, Paragon, a fact that the country’s intelligence agencies have warned is a critical security risk. And that one software provider is deeply connected to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Paragon is also linked to former Israeli Prime Minister and sworn Netanyahu enemy Ehud Barak, who visited Epstein Island “on business” over 30 times, which means that he is almost certainly a blackmail pawn of the U.S. and Israeli deep states.
During the spring, Netanyahu led a conservative takeover of Israel’s government following a disastrous leftist cycle. One of the new conservative government’s first projects was to prune back a law allowing Israel’s Supreme Court to overturn any democratically-passed legislation that the Court felt was inconsistent with Israel’s values — a blank check. The reform — which was ultimately successful — was opposed by none less than the U.S. deep state and one Joseph Robinette Biden.
And, although officially denied, leaked documents showed the conservative reforms were also opposed by members of Israel’s own top security agency, Mossad:
To pull the threads together, what I think Patrick is suggesting (without explicitly saying so) is that the U.S. deep state, working with the Israeli deep state, engineered October 7th. They did it to punish Netanyahu for the Supreme Court reforms, and to purge Israel’s new conservative government. The deepstate termites may have accomplished it by sabotaging Israel’s security software, on which the country is almost completely dependent.
Admittedly, it’s a bold, 9/11-level conspiracy theory, but so far it’s the only fact-based theory going.
💣 Soon it will be politically too late for Israel to invade Gaza on the ground, and an invasion is looking less and less likely, for three reasons. First, the U.S. is stepping up pressure on Israel to postpone the Gazan ground invasion, for the obvious rationale that I predicted. The New York Times made the case this morning at the top of the fold:
It’s the hostages. On the Israeli side, the Times of Israel broke the bad news to the Israeli public:
The longer the delay, the less likely politically possible it will be for Israel to invade Gaza at all. And if, at the end of the day, Israel does not invade Gaza after the October 7th attacks, Israel’s conservative government will undoubtedly fall, delighting U.S. and Israeli deep state color revolutionaries who failed to abolish Netanyahu with nationwide protests in the summer.
Remember the Chuck Schumer rule: they have seven ways from Sunday to get back at you.
Second, Israel’s internal leftist forces are starting to stretch and get ready to take advantage of the situation in the domestic politics arena. In other words, the period of unity is coming to a close. Israel’s papers this weekend were packed with swelling criticism of Netanyahu, neatly summarized in this Haaretz example:
Prime Minister Netanyahu faces irresistible public pressure to start the invasion, but on the other hand, the United States — his most critical ally, needed to hold off opportunistic enemies while Israel fights with Hamas — is flat telling him not to do it. I would bet my next paycheck that when Biden flew around the globe for a one-hour face-to-face meeting last week it was to warn Bibi not to invade.
Third, Israel’s other enemies are lining up to invade Israel when Israel invades Gaza. All last week, pressure continued mounting along Israel’s northern border, as other regional enemies waited with barely-concealed glee for Israel to commit its forces to Gaza in the south. For example, Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah spent last week steadily increasing rocket attacks from the north, while Iran and Israel traded threats.
At the same time, the U.S. continued adding naval assets, ground troops, and air defenses to the region to discourage Iran from taking advantage of the Gazan conflict. The New York Times’ article explained:
American officials also want more time to prepare for attacks on U.S. interests in the region from Iran-backed groups, which officials said are likely to intensify once Israel moves its forces fully into Gaza… American officials say they hope the ground invasion will be delayed.
Officially, Israel will not explain the delay, not even to its own officers. Four senior Israeli defense officials told the Times they did not even know the reason for the repeated postponements. My guess is that’s because the delay is due to politics and not military strategy.
As Biden said in his national address last week, Israel is reaching an inflection point.
🔥 On Saturday, my friend, tech entrepreneur, and anti-vaccine activist Steve Kirsch set the internet on fire by excitedly and repeatedly tweeting that “you can now sue the vaccine makers:”
Steve’s enthusiasm ballooned after the Epoch Times ran a story Thursday headlined, EXCLUSIVE: Health Canada Confirms Undisclosed Presence of DNA Sequence in Pfizer Shot. In the story, the Canadian regulatory agency confirmed that an undisclosed SV40 gene can be found in the mRNA shots (more on that below). An agency spokesman told Epoch Times, "Although the full DNA sequence of the Pfizer plasmid was provided at the time of initial filing, the sponsor (Pfizer) did not specifically identify the SV40 sequence."
Having a government regulatory agency confirm this issue is huge news. So Steve is technically correct. But legally, we’re still not quite all the way there yet. I’ll explain.
Early this year, a heroic independent genetic researcher named Kevin McKernan discovered in the shots some DNA contamination (“plasmids”) in the form of E. coli and a harmful part of monkey DNA called the SV40 promoter gene. None of these things should have been in the jabs and it appears none were disclosed in Pfizer’s and Moderna’s EUA applications.
Over the spring, summer, and into the fall, other researchers have confirmed Kevin’s original findings. In other words, other researchers are also finding plasmids and SV40 in the mRNA shots. And now, at least one government regulatory agency — Health Canada — has also confirmed the unexpected presence of SV40.
So Steve is understandably excited because, if the contaminants (especially but not only the SV40 gene) were not, in fact, disclosed, then the products injected into people were not the same ones approved by the FDA, and therefore should not enjoy liability protection. There’s also another argument, that the jabs are “adulterated,” which gets you to the same spot.
It may be enough that the products differ from what was on the EUA applications. But our scientists are still disagreeing over whether the contaminants pose any risk at all, or if they do, just how serious of a risk. What remains unclear to me, as a litigator, is who exactly has standing to sue a drug company for adulterated products absent clear evidence the contaminants caused the harms. I know, I know, but someone still must close that causation gap.
And we still must prove that Pfizer’s EUA application in the United States was wrong. That is strongly suspected but not yet proven. The entire application is tens of thousands of pages.
But. We are getting very, very close now. Stand by.
🔥 Finally, Sweden — the one county that retained a modicum of sanity during the pandemic — appears to have declared a kind of war over the immigration issue. Have a look at all these recent headlines from the last week or so:
In other words, Sweden is increasing police, military and legal means against migrants while also cutting off their funding. Best I can tell, Sweden seems to be reacting in shock to unexpected and widespread muslim protests against the Middle East war. You won’t hear about this trend in corporate media.
Is Sweden on to something? Is it too little, too late? Should we be considering similar policies here in the US, after we secure the border, that is?
Have a marvelous Monday! C&C will be back tomorrow morning with hot, fresh refills all around.
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