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Paradevices

 

Authored by Nicole James via The Epoch Times,

Democracy, that ever-so-fleeting fancy, has a tendency to tumble into a bit of a tizz before it topples over, panting and gasping like a winded walrus.

John Adams, ever the prophet of doom, once quipped, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself”—a sentiment echoing through the corridors of time.

And sounding much like the belch of a senator post-banquet in ancient Rome, where democracy was more a concept for philosophical banter than a practice.

Indeed, Rome, with all its pomp and voracious appetite for self-indulgence, serves as a cautionary tale. It’s a well-trodden path.

Once upon a time in Rome, there was Juvenal. Not your garden-variety naysayer, but a man whose tongue was so sharp, he could slice the moral fabric of society with a mere quip.

“Bread and circuses,” he scoffed.

“Keep the masses stuffed and entertained, and they won’t utter a peep against you.”

How a Great Empire Withered on Opulence

And so, Rome bloated, not just in the midriff but in its sense of self, as leisure became the national pastime.

Back then, over 200,000 souls, their fingers sticky from pastry, found the concept of lifting a finger (unless it was to signal for another helping) utterly foreign.

Rome was transformed into a grand stage, where almost every day was a festival, and the citizens were either performers, spectators, or busy in the vomitorium making room for the next course.

Naval skirmishes in makeshift lakes, chariot races that put the fast and furious to shame, and theatre so risqué it could make a statue of Venus look prudish, were all funded by the very people it was designed to distract.

Ninety-three days of sheer, unadulterated spectacle each year, turning Rome from a republic into an extravagant production, where democracy was but a whisper drowned out by the roar of the crowd.

Sound familiar?

A face-masked man walks by the ancient Colosseum in downtown Rome on Dec. 5, 2020. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images)

As the mighty arm of the empire began to resemble less of a fearsome gladiator and more of a feeble old man waving a stick at rambunctious youths, the calendar started to look like a mushroom farm after a spring shower, each new holiday popping up to toast to victories most had forgotten the taste of.

Seems positively contemporary, what with the world running out of calendar days and having to celebrate Easter Sunday on Trans Awareness Day, an event that surely had the ancients rolling in their extravagantly decorated sarcophagi, perplexed by the modern conundrum of “calendar overcrowding.”

Emperors, those illustrious leaders of men, were reduced to headline acts in this comedic opera, plastering on smiles and feigning a zeal for the games that could rival a wet sponge’s enthusiasm for a desert trek.

In this farce, the once hallowed ceremonies now resembled a confused shuffle of days, where the only thing more bewildering than the holidays themselves was the populace’s ability to keep track of what they were celebrating.

Gone were the days of the iron-fisted rule of Julius Caesar or the cunning Augustus. Now, the sceptre was in the shaky grasp of the likes of Commodus and Septimius Severus, whose reigns were as inspiring as a flat ale on a hot day.

Leadership, once a robust wine, had become a watery vinegar, with emperors inflating their egos and coffers, whipping up the populace into a frenzy with what amounted to little more than patriotic chest-beating and flag-waving.

Claire's Observations:  does this sound or feel familiar?  Now, we have digital "weapons of mass distraction",  capable of holding human attention for small amounts of time, which appear to be getting smaller.

A Google search reveals the following:  "Computer scientists and psychologists have been studying attention spans for about 20 years, over which time the average time that a person can focus on one thing has dropped from around 2½ minutes to around 45 seconds."    This reality feeds into everything we hear or see these days, with commercials being dumbed down to appeal to the "average consumer". 

 Mike and I were watching a little TV yesterday, and noticing the utterly simplistic appeal of the commercials we were watching.   They had, of course, to be approved by "focus groups" before they got plastered on your screen.

And this leads me to the following conclusion;  most people in this country have been so mesmerized by their "digital distractions" that they have not a clue as to what is being planned for them by the elites who run the system.  In short order, this is a coming "pandemic" and/or a World War, with which to kill off the "Useless Eaters "

Between" bird flu" and "mad cow disease",  massive culls will happen, taking food prices to a whole new level of crazy.  If you have a "big box store" you frequent, NOW is the time for a "big shopping" and putting meat protein into your freezer. Potable water, and extra medications/supplements are also high up on the list.  

Folks, I don't want to be' "Mrs. Chicken Little"  2024 for Santa Claus, Indiana, and the last thing I want to do is promote upset;  I am just asking all the readers of this site to be "7 Day Awareists".  Find some news sources you can trust, (most of them on line, like WRH), see if what they are predicting has been accurate, and behave accordingly.  

 "Prepping" is not a dirty word; it needs to become a life-style.  

 And if you are a "newbie" to the concept, the Mormon Church has some great on line literature about how to start, even though their reasons for "prepping" are religious in nature, and a fundamental  process for their faith.

https://theprepared.com/blog/review-lds-food-plan/

https://news-ph.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/emergency-preparedness--what-is-a-72-hour-kit-and-why-is-it-essential--

Here is a list of on-line prepper tutorials;  some may be adverts, but those are easily identified, and either acted upon, or ignored.

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-e&q=on-line+prepper+tutorials

Please; this information could potentially save both your life and the lives of people you love.  In a world spinning out of control, knowledge is power; and the right use of the power of knowledge .... is wisdom.

 

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The regional war in the Middle East now involves at least 16 different countries and includes the first strikes from Iranian territory on Israel, but the United States continues to insist that there is no broader war, hiding the extent of American military involvement. And yet in response to Iran’s drone and missile attacks Saturday, the U.S. flew aircraft and launched air defense missiles from at least eight countries, while Iran and its proxies fired weapons from Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

The news media has been complicit in its portrayal of the regional war as nonexistent. “Biden Seeks to Head Off Escalation After Israel’s Successful Defense,” the New York Times blared this morning, ignoring that the conflict had already spread. “Iran attacks Israel, risking a full-blown regional war,” says The Economist. “Some top U.S. officials are worried that Israel may respond hastily to Iran’s unprecedented drone and missile attacks and provoke a wider regional conflict that the U.S. could get dragged into,” says NBC, parroting the White House’s deception.

The Washington-based reporting follows repeated Biden administration statements that none of this amounts to a regional war. “So far, there is not … a wider regional conflict,” Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said on Thursday, in response to a question about Israel’s strike on the Iranian Embassy. Ryder’s statement followed repeated assertions by Iranian leadership that retaliation would follow — and even a private message from the Iranians to the U.S. that if it helped defend Israel, the U.S. would also be a viable target — after which the White House reiterated its “ironclad” support for Israel.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, SAUDI ARABIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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What's so funny about this is that (save Infowars) these are all the sites that would be defending Israel right now on everyone's Facebook feeds but instead they've all been algorithmically crushed. 

The decision eight years ago to ban everyone on the "far-right" from social media and close their bank accounts has also clearly backfired as nearly all their ideas have gone mainstream and everyone from Tucker Carlson to Candace Owens is now calling out the Israel Lobby.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Pastor John Hagee, founder of the Christians United for Israel lobbying group, said Sunday that Iran's retaliatory attack on Israel was the start of the "Gog and Magog war" from the Bible and said he's going to lobby Congress not to "deescalate" tensions and instead support Israel's war. 

"Pastor John Hagee this am says Iran's missiles are the prophetic start of the 'Gog and Magog' war from the Bible (that ends w/ Jesus returning and Jews killed or converted)," Lee Fang commented. "Says he will travel to DC to lobby lawmakers not to 'deescalate' and support Israel. Asks for money."

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, RELIGION/ATHEISM, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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It is the question that has intrigued psychologists since the 1940s: are all humans capable of killing someone?

Perhaps the most famous exploration of this debate came from the infamous post-Holocaust experiments on obedience by American researcher Stanley Milgram.

The Jewish researcher wanted to know if a unique quality among the German population could explain why so many obeyed Hitler's violent demands.

He was shocked by the findings: in the right circumstances, every one of us is capable of blindly following orders - no matter how aggressive.

This is a phenomenon that psychologist Dr David Shanley knows all too well. 

The Denver-based therapist has spent the best part of his career supporting the mental health of both civilians and veterans who have been trained to kill on the battlefield.

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Webmaster addition: There is an important point to consider. Iran was able to penetrate Israel's air defense systems to strike military targets despite Israel being aided by the UK, US, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Despite all the money poured into Israel, their military capability appears to be more of an illusion than reality.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The left’s J6 narrative hinges on the idea that President Trump was orchestrating an “insurrection” to overthrow the US government. But think about it—if that were true, wouldn’t he want as few cops around as possible? Yet, Trump actually requested 10,000 National Guard troops to be at the scene. It doesn’t add up, right? How does that fit their wild “insurrection” story? If you’re planning to overthrow the government, why on earth would you ask for more law enforcement to be there? That pesky little fact blew so many holes in the uni-party narrative. Meanwhile, those traitors on the J6 Committee knew full well that President Trump had requested the National Guard, but they buried that fact because it totally wrecked their “insurrection” theory. But as always, the truth has a way of coming out, doesn’t it?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Aging ships, emerging threats, rigid mindsets and indecision about investing in numerous but small or a few large amphibious warfare ships – all those factors threaten US force projection and expeditionary warfare capabilities.

The Navy Times reported this month that the US Navy and US Marine Corps have started an urgent study to enhance the readiness of the US amphibious warship fleet. This study, signed off on by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Lisa Franchetti and Commandant of the Marine Corps General Eric Smith, underscores the immediate need to thoroughly examine ship readiness and requirements for the training and certification of ship groups and the Marines who embark on them.

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New York City health authorities have recorded a significant rise in cases of human leptospirosis, a disease caused by contact with the urine of animals, particularly rats. 

According to an advisory issued by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday, six people have been diagnosed with the disease so far this year, while 24 cases were reported in 2023, marking the highest number in a single year. The authorities attribute the rise to a soaring number of rats in the city.

If left untreated, leptospirosis can lead to kidney failure and liver damage. The ailment is caused by several species of bacteria transmitted through animal urine or feces, or contaminated water or soil if comes into contact with the eyes, mouth, nose or breaks in the skin. Among the most common symptoms of the disease are a fever, headaches and chills.   

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A resurfaced report shows that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) misused Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to conduct warrantless searches against U.S. citizens over 278,000 times from 2020 to 2021.

Sharing a Fox News video report on the number of times the FBI misused FISA to monitor Americans in 2020 and 2021, Turning Point CEO Charlie Kirk tweeted, “My team and I were searching for this story all morning and finally found it. It’s been memory-holed unless you know the exact number of times the FBI abused FISA in 2021: 278,000 times.”

Kirk explained that the 278,000 FISA abuses would be the “equivalent” of each FBI employee abusing FISA eight times.

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The World Health Organization’s Dr. Hanna Nohynek testified in court that she advised her government that vaccine passports were not needed but was ignored, despite explaining that the COVID vaccines did not stop virus transmission and the passports gave a false sense of security. The stunning revelations came to light in a Helsinki courtroom where Finnish citizen Mika Vauhkala is suing after he was denied entry to a café for not having a vaccine passport.

Dr. Nohynek is chief physician at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and serves as the WHO’s chair of Strategic Group of Experts on immunization. Testifying yesterday, she stated that the Finnish Institute for Health knew by the summer of 2021 that the COVID-19 vaccines did not stop virus transmission

During that same 2021 time period, the WHO said it was working to "create an international trusted framework" for safe travel while EU members states began rolling out COVID passports. The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation passed in July 2021 and more than 2.3 billion certificates were later issued. Visitors to France were banned if they did not have a valid vaccine passport which citizens had to carry to buy food at stores or to use public transport.

But Dr. Nohynek testified yesterday that her institute advised the Finnish government in late 2021 that COVID passports no longer made sense, yet certificates continued to be required. Finnish journalist Ike Novikoff reported the news yesterday after leaving the Helsinki courtroom where Dr. Nohynek spoke.

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Energy prices, particularly the cost of electricity, have skyrocketed under Democrat Bidenomics. It outpaced inflation.

BIDENOMICS

Since January 2021, electricity prices have soared 29.4%. That is 50% more than overall inflation, which is awful as well.  It is rising 13 times faster than the previous seven years, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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The press office for the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) reported that the facility is preparing to switch its 4th power unit into cold shutdown.

"Since the heating season in the city of Energodar has come to a close, the management of the Zaporozhye NPP decided to turn the 4th reactor unit into a ‘cold shutdown’. In this state, the reactor plant does not produce any thermal energy," the statement read.

Tags: ENERGY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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According to Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Svetlana Grinchuk, imports usually account for up to 10 billion cubic meters of the total volume of Ukrainian storage facilities of 31 billion cubic meters. Ukraine stores gas from Poland, Norway, Hungary, and other countries, which they receive even from the Caspian region, as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG), which comes to Europe from the United States.

"The EU aims to phase out the use of Russian gas and reduce the share of fossil fuels in the energy mix. Ukraine can help achieve these goals," Grinchuk told Euractiv.

The Kremlin decided that Europe should rather think about revisiting Nord Streams or slide into recession and inflation further.

On the night of April 10-11, eight MiG-31s struck the Bilche-Volitsko-Uhersky underground gas storage facility (UGS) near the city of Stryi in the Lviv region. This is the largest (17 billion cubic meters) underground gas storage facility in Ukraine and the second largest in Europe. Russia struck the target for the third time in a month.

 

Tags: ECONOMY, ENERGY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The column of Russian armored vehicles carefully approached Chasiv Yar from the east, threading its way along dirt roads, skirting patches of forest, and avoiding Ukrainian-laid minefields while dodging incoming drones and artillery.

The April 4 assault on the Donetsk region city was repelled, according to Ukrainian commanders, open-source intelligence, and reports from soldiers on the ground. But more troublingly for Ukraine’s beleaguered frontline troops was what the grainy black-and-white drone video released by Ukraine’s 67th Separate Mechanized Brigade showed: a potential weakness in Ukraine’s defense, hastily built in some cases, and smarter tactics by Russian forces than earlier in the invasion.

Chasiv Yar is slowly being wiped from the map as Russian jets drop heavy, guided bombs that flatten apartment blocks and elite airborne assault units edge into the city’s eastern outskirts.

Ukrainian forces are exhausted, starved for artillery shells, desperate for reinforcements and rotations, struggling to hold back Russia’s offensive in several locations across the 1,200-kilometer front line. After the loss of the bigger city of Avdiyivka in February, Chasiv Yar is the next crucible, for Ukraine’s troops and for the West’s will to arm and support them.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A study by Gibo et al. (2024) entitled Increased Age-Adjusted Cancer Mortality After the Third mRNA-Lipid Nanoparticle Vaccine Dose During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan, provides an analysis of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the vaccination efforts, on cancer mortality in Japan.

The study examines age-adjusted mortality rates (AMRs) for various types of cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically looking at changes following the administration of the third dose of mRNA-lipid Nanoparticle injections.

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On June 24, 2013, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci invited a small group of top coronavirus researchers to an all-day brainstorming session at a conference center at the National Institutes of Health.

The subject was nominally an outbreak of a new illness called MERS, or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, a lung disease caused by a novel coronavirus. At the time, about 70 people had contracted the virus. Almost 40 had died, an eye-popping fatality rate, making MERS more lethal than smallpox.

Despite its lethality, MERS appeared to be a minor health threat, because it did not spread rapidly or easily. So the scientists - and one scientist in particular, Dr. Ralph S. Baric, the world’s top expert on coronaviruses - spent the day talking about threats from not just MERS and its potential evolution, but novel coronaviruses generally.

Fortunately, the NIH has preserved a complete video record of the conference, which lasted almost six hours (not including a lunch break). It is available here.

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More than 30 million Americans could be hit with a water shortage after plumbing issues were found with a major US dam that sits on the Colorado River, officials warn.

Inspectors from the US Bureau of Reclamation found serious pipe damage in the Glen Canyon Dam, which means there will be no spring water release - threatening water supplies downstream.

The pipes in question are called the 'river outlet works,' and they're used to release water down the Colorado River to Lake Mead from the penned up Lake Powell. 

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Sen. Marco Rubio accused the Biden administration of leaking the president's call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a way of appealing to anti-Semitic supporters.

An Axios report Saturday night details that Joe Biden told Netanyahu in their call that the U.S. would not participate in counter strikes against Iran.

Rubio claims that this aspect of the call was intentionally leaked by the White House as a pander to 'anti-semites, anti-Israel, pro terrorist elements' of the Democratic Party.

'They know that Israel's going to respond – they know that for a fact' Rubio told CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper on Sunday. 'So, why would the White House leak it?'

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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South Korea's "artificial sun" has set a new fusion record after superheating a plasma loop to 180 million degrees Fahrenheit (100 million degrees Celsius) for 48 seconds, scientists have announced. 

The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) reactor broke the previous world record of 31 seconds, which was set by the same reactor in 2021.The breakthrough is a small but impressive step on the long road to a source of near-unlimited clean energy. 

Scientists have been trying to harness the power of nuclear fusion — the process by which stars burn — for more than 70 years. By fusing hydrogen atoms to make helium under extremely high pressures and temperatures, so-called main-sequence stars convert matter into light and heat, generating enormous amounts of energy without producing greenhouse gases or long-lasting radioactive waste. 

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A pair of U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke class destroyers in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea were reportedly among the assets employed to shoot down Iranian missiles and drones headed toward Israel last night. There are strong signs these ships may have fired Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) anti-missile interceptors in the course of those operations, which would mark the first use of those weapons against real incoming threats.

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Layoffs continue across the freight and logistics industry, with companies in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan and Texas announcing job reductions and facility closures over the past two weeks.

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President Joe Biden is said to be privately fearing a potentially 'catastrophic escalation' as the Israeli government plans a retaliatory attack on Iran.

Iran bombarded Israel with hundreds of missiles and drones on Saturday in response to a drone strike in Syria that killed 12 Iranians, including two top generals. 

The strike marks the first time a direct military assault has been launched by Tehran on Israel - despite decades of enmity dating back to the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution. 

Senior US defense officials have told NBC News that they worry an Israeli response to the attacks would be 'frenetic' and 'catastrophically escalatory'. 

Three senior administration officials have also told NBC that Biden had privately expressed concern that Netanyahu is trying to pull the US into the conflict. 

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South American gangs armed with knives are running wild on Los Angeles highways, targeting jewelers in terrifying daytime robberies. 

The criminals brazenly slash tires, shatter windows, and even plant trackers on their victims' cars.

One jeweler, Stacy Nolan Soper, found herself in danger on October 18 as she drove home from downtown LA's jewelry district with a bag of valuable merchandise.

Soper's vehicle was suddenly ambushed by masked thieves on the ramp from the westbound 10 Freeway to the southbound 405.

'It seemed like [he] was going to attack me,' Soper told the LA Times. 

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) released on April 14 video footage from the overnight missile and drone attack against Israel.

During the attack, which marked the first time Iran launched strikes from its territory against Israel, the IRGC launched around 300 missiles and drones.

The attack, codenamed “Operation Honest Promise,” was a response to the April 1 Israeli strike on the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus. The strike claimed the lives of at least 13 people, including senior commanders from the Guards.

In the footage released by the IRGC, the Guards chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami is seen ordering the start of the operation late on April 13.

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