Saturday, February 5, 2022

Jean's Jazz Series returns to Racine

From TMJ4:

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Ivy Ford will be on of the performers of the Jean's Jazz Series in Racine.
Posted at 1:42 PM, Feb 04, 2022
and last updated 1:42 PM, Feb 04, 2022

RACINE — Get ready Racine, because live music is coming to the Racine Theatre Guild again with two Jean's Jazz Series concerts at 2519 Northwestern Ave in Racine.

Ivy Ford will showcase her soul, voice, and energy on March 5 at 7 p.m. She also plays the piano, saxophone, drums, bass guitar, and guitar.

The second performer is Eric Jacobson who is scheduled for April 9 at 7 p.m. Jacobson has performed with Grammy award winners like Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Brian Lynch, Tito Puente Jr., and Eric Benet.

Both of these artist were scheduled to play in 2020, but their shows were canceled at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. It would have been the 19th season of the Jean's Jazz Series.

Tickets are available at the Racine Theater Guild website. You can also get them by calling (262) 633-4218 or by visiting the box office from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for both shows are $30 for adults, $26 for adults, $26 for seniors, and $7.50 for students. Tickets for just one show are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $5 for students.

Tickets are available at the Racine Theatre Guild. Call (262) 633-4218, visit, or stop by the box office weekdays from 12 to 6 p.m.


Wisconsin weed penalties, Evers vetoes increase

From Fox6Now:

Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have increased the penalties for making or distributing marijuana through a process that creates a highly concentrated version of marijuana known as butane hash oil.

Evers supports full legalization of marijuana and said he objected to creating additional penalties for marijuana use, which he said would be "another step in the wrong direction."

The Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association was the only group that registered in support of the measure, which was backed by Republicans and opposed by Democrats. Supporters argued that stronger penalties were needed to combat the use of the product often known as hash oil or honey oil.

According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, the use of butane hash oil is not new but is gaining in popularity due to the wider legalization of marijuana. The extraction process is dangerous and often involves butane, an odorless gas that easily ignites.

The product created has a highly concentrated level of THC, the main active chemical in cannabis.


Long Funeral Homes, Short Life Insurers? Ex-Blackrock Fund Manager Discovers Disturbing Trends In Mortality

From ZeroHedge:

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Four weeks ago, OneAmerica insurance company CEO Scott Davison revealed that they had witnessed 'the highest death rates in the history of this business - not just at OneAmerica' with a jump of '40% over what they were pre-pandemic.' Interestingly, Davison noted that the majority of deaths are not classified as due to Covid-19.

The implication to many was clear - that the Covid-19 vaccine is linked to the excess mortality, and months of vaccine injury reports were now spilling over to actuarial data - which is beginning to show, among other things, that younger, working-age people began dying in greater numbers as vaccine mandates hit - for a disease which primarily kills older, non-working age individuals. The counter argument, often presented without evidence, is that the increase is due to people who postponed elective surgeries and other medical treatments during the pandemic.

Ex-Blackrock fund manager Ed Dowd is in the former camp, and has spent the last month analyzing breadcrumbs associated with a rise in excess mortality vs. pre-pandemic levels. Given that we're now in the middle of earnings season, there are some pretty big crumbs rolling out of the insurance and funeral services industries which are beginning to paint a disturbing picture.

A few key observations:

  • Mortality worsened in 2021 vs. 2020 despite widespread vaccinations

  • A spike in Mortality among younger, working-age individuals coincided with vaccine mandates

  • The spike in younger deaths peaked in Q3 2021 when Covid deaths were extremely low (but rising into the end of September)

On Tuesday, financial insurance company Unum reported that their Life segment saw an increase of 9% in their ratio of payouts vs. premiums (Benefit ratio), a 17.4% increase in 2021 vs. 2020 despite widespread vaccinations, and a 13.3% increase over 2019.

On Wednesday, Dowd noted that funeral home company Carriage Services saw a 28% increase in September 2021 vs. 2020, and a 13% increase in August vs. the same period. Funerals and cremations are up 12% and 13% respectively on the quarter.

In general, funeral homes saw an uptick in business in Q3, and Dowd will be closely monitoring Q4 reports which are expected around Feb. 15 - less than two weeks away.

Dowd also noted on Wednesday that Lincoln National's death claims are up 13.7% y/y, and up 57% in Q4 vs. 2019. CFO Randy Frietag explained on Thursday that in 2021, the share of young people dying from Covid doubled in the second half of the year.

Meanwhile, Reinsurance Group of America noted in their Thursday earnings call that Q4 was impacted by a meaningful level of Covid-19 mortality claims despite the fact that the Covid-19 vaccines have been around for more than a year.

Rebuild my Life

My name is Timothy Elmer and I am looking to rebuild a new life in GA after a devastating leg injury which has left me with chronic pain and I lost nearly everything to pay for my surgery. Leaving the snow and cold of Wintery WI is a must and I want to be near to work, groceries, and have an affordable apartment so I can continue to support myself. Any financial assistance provided would be greatly appreciated.

Ed Wall, author of Walker administration tell-all Unethical

A Room of One's Own welcomes Ed Wall, in conversation with Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, to discuss the revelations uncovered in his new book, Unethical!

Ed Wall, Former Secretary of Corrections in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s cabinet, takes the reader inside the inner workings of the administration and beyond the smoke and mirrors of political illusion in his new book, Unethical. Wall shares his unique perspective as head of the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation during the John Doe investigations, Walker’s transition and the Act 10 protests. He watched as the governor abandoned the state to pursue his presidential aspirations, was forced to deal with the administration’s aversion to public records, and explains what really happened with the Lincoln Hills Youth Prison investigation of abuse allegations that Wall had requested. Wall offers his unvarnished, non-politician viewpoint of legal manipulation, disregard for ethics, state law, policies, deceit and self-serving motivations by Walker and attorney general Brad Schimel.


Open Blog - Weekend


Friday, February 4, 2022

How To ACTUALLY Win At War

Insight: Treating HIV

SpaceX launches 49 Starlink satellites into orbit

Olympics in a bubble: How high are the stakes for Xi Jinping's China?

Trudeau 'Disgusted' by Behavior of Some at Trucker Protests

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - U.S. says Islamic State leader killed in Syria raid

Millions of Americans bracing for frigid temperatures, ice and snow amid massive winter storm

President Biden In NYC For Gun Violence Meeting

Tell that to Snottie Scott Walker

 Kafantaris and city officials said Hyperion expects to eventually employ more than 100 engineers, 230 manufacturing workers, 40 warehouse employees and 35 facilities jobs, among other positions. The manufacturing jobs are expected to pay about $61,000 a year, the warehouse jobs about $75,000 and the facilities jobs a projected $62,000, said Columbus City Council member Nick Bankston.

"This is an opportunity for families all across our city to have a better life," said Bankston, who chairs the council's economic development committee. "Columbus is on the map and is ready to take its place as the Silicon Valley of the Midwest."

Foxconn was a scam from day one.

Snottie Scottie Walker and Robin Vos need to be in prison for life.

DRUNKS Against Vehicles

 Well then you might have to have Community and an Agrarian Society.... but Vos and Walker wouldn't want that.

Because when vehicles are prohibited - there will be no more drunk drivers.



The Government's Kill Switch For Your Car, Your Freedoms, & Your Life

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THURSDAY, FEB 03, 2022 - 11:40 PM

Authored by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“A psychotic world we live in. The madmen are in power.”

- Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

If we haven’t learned by now, we should beware of anything the government insists is for our own good.

Take the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Given the deteriorating state of the nation’s infrastructure (aging highways and bridges, outdated railways and airports, etc.), which have been neglected for years in order to fund America’s endless wars abroad, it would seem like an obvious and long overdue fix.

Yet there’s a catch.

There’s always a catch.

Tucked into the whopping $1 trillion bipartisan spending bill is a provision requiring automakers to prescribe a “federal motor vehicle safety standard for advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology, and for other purposes.”

As Jason Torchinksky writes for Jalopnik:

It’s pretty clear that the goals of this section of the law are to reduce drunk driving fatalities and crashes via still-undetermined technological tools that somehow are able to “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired,” and/or “passively and accurately detect whether the blood alcohol concentration of a driver of a motor vehicle is equal to or greater than the blood alcohol concentration described in section 163(a) of title 23, United States Code,” and if either or both of these conditions are proven to be positive — if the car thinks you’re drunk, then it may “prevent or limit motor vehicle operation.

As expected, the details are disconcertingly vague, which leaves the government with a wide berth to sow the seeds of mischief and mayhem. For instance, nowhere does the legislation indicate how such a so-called “kill switch” would work, what constitutes a driver who is “impaired,” and what “other purposes” might warrant the government using such a backdoor kill switch.

As former Rep. Bob Barr explains:

Everything about this mandatory measure should set off red flares. First, use of the word “passively” suggests the system will always be on and constantly monitoring the vehicle. Secondly, the system must connect to the vehicle’s operational controls, so as to disable the vehicle either before driving or during, when impairment is detected. Thirdly, it will be an “open” system, or at least one with a backdoor, meaning authorized (or unauthorized) third-parties can remotely access the system’s data at any time.

This is a privacy disaster in the making, and the fact that the provision made it through the Congress reveals — yet again — how little its members care about the privacy of their constituents… The lack of ultimate control over one’s vehicle presents numerous and extremely serious safety issues… If that is not reason enough for concern, there are serious legal issues with this mandate. Other vehicle-related enforcement methods used by the Nanny State, such as traffic cameras and license plate readers, have long presented constitutional problems; notably with the 5th Amendment’s right to not self-incriminate, and the 6th Amendment’s right to face one’s accuser.

Once again, the burden of proof is reversed, and “we the people” find ourselves no longer presumed innocent until proven guilty but suspects in a suspect society.

These “vehicle kill switches” may be sold to the public as a safety measure aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the roads, but they will quickly become a convenient tool in the hands of government agents to put the government in the driver’s seat while rendering null and void the Constitution’s requirements of privacy and its prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Indeed, when you think about it, these vehicle kill switches are a perfect metaphor for the government’s efforts to not only take control of our cars but also our freedoms and our lives.

For too long, we have been captive passengers in a driverless car controlled by the government, losing more and more of our privacy and autonomy the further down the road we go.

Just think of all the ways in which the government has been empowered to dictate what we say, do and think; where we go; with whom we associate; how we raise our families; how we live our lives; what we consume; how we spend our money; how we protect ourselves and our loved ones; and to what extent our rights as individuals can be displaced for the sake of the so-called greater good.

In this way, we have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by such science fiction writers as George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.

In keeping with Dick’s darkly prophetic vision of a dystopian police state—which became the basis for Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller Minority Report, which was released 20 years ago—we have been imprisoned in a world in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams and pre-crime units will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control.

Minority Report is set in the year 2054, but it could just as well have taken place in 2022.

Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, Spielberg’s unnerving vision of the future is fast becoming our reality.

Both worlds—our present-day reality and Minority Report’s celluloid vision of the future—are characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage.

Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness—a philosophy that discourages diversity—has become a guiding principle of modern society.

The courts have shredded the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. In fact, SWAT teams battering down doors without search warrants and FBI agents acting as a secret police that investigate dissenting citizens are common occurrences in contemporary America.

We are increasingly ruled by multi-corporations wedded to the police state. Much of the population is either hooked on illegal drugs or ones prescribed by doctors. And bodily privacy and integrity has been utterly eviscerated by a prevailing view that Americans have no rights over what happens to their bodies during an encounter with government officials, who are allowed to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

We’re on the losing end of a technological revolution that has already taken hostage our computers, our phones, our finances, our entertainment, our shopping, our appliances, and now, our cars. As if the government wasn’t already able to track our movements on the nation’s highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, performance data recorders, black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications will monitor our vehicle’s speed, direction, location, gear selection, brake force, the number of miles traveled and seatbelts use, and transmit this data to other drivers, including the police.

In this Brave New World, there is no communication not spied upon, no movement untracked, no thought unheard. In other words, there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

Herded along by drones, smart phones, GPS devices, smart TVs, social media, smart meters, surveillance cameras, facial recognition software, online banking, license plate readers and driverless cars, we are quickly approaching a point of singularity with the interconnected technological metaverse that is life in the American police state.

Every new piece of technologically-enabled gadget we acquire and technologically-boobytrapped legislation that Congress enacts pulls us that much deeper into the sticky snare.

These vehicle kill switches are yet another Trojan Horse: sold to us as safety measures for the sake of the greater good, all the while poised to wreak havoc on what little shreds of autonomy we have left.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries, we’re hurtling down a one-way road at mind-boggling speeds to a destination not of our choosing, the terrain is getting more treacherous by the minute, and we’ve passed all the exit ramps.

From this point forward, there is no turning back, and the signpost ahead reads “Danger.”

Time to buckle up your seatbelts, folks. We’re in for a bumpy ride.


Jail Snottie Scotty Walker and Robin Vos

 If you don't believe it after reading this........

For anyone interested in Wisconsin politics during the Walker Era, this book is a must read. Ed Wall tells how he came to Wisconsin to be with his wife’s family and continue his career in law enforcement, where he rose to become the respected leader of the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. Although he had no political connections or affiliations, Wall was chosen by Democrat Governor Jim Doyle to head the state Division of Emergency Management and was then chosen by Republican Governor Scott Walker to lead the state’s largest cabinet agency, the Department of Corrections. It was there, in Walker’s cabinet, where Wall saw, up close and personal, the self-serving, unethical actions of Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel. Along the way, you’ll find out fascinating inside details about the Act 10 protests, the John Doe investigations, Walker’s obsession with avoiding public records, his failed presidential bid, and Schimel’s bungling of the Lincoln Hills investigation. This is a revealing and harrowing account of life at the highest levels of the Walker administration and the difficult, life-altering lessons learned along the way.


So just WHO is the child molestor?

Yeah - Snotty Scotie Walker and Cuurtiss Johnson.

hen S. Curtis “Curt” Johnson was first charged in March 2011, he faced a possible 40-year prison term for felony charges alleging he repeatedly sexually assaulted a child, his 12-year-old stepdaughter. By the time the court case ended over three years later, he had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. At most, he would spend a year in jail.

But then, as one of his lawyer’s firms boasts on its website, he earned “dramatically reduced charges and sentencing” of four months in prison (he served just three) and a $6,000 fine. He never even had to register as a sex offender.

Did it help that Johnson was a billionaire (Forbes estimates his wealth at $4.2 billion), a scion of one of the richest families in America (Forbes most recently ranked the Johnson family at No. 6, at $30 billion), the great-great-grandson of another S. Curtis Johnson, who founded the storied S.C. Johnson company? That he was able to afford the very best legal representation? Or that he faced justice in Racine, Wisconsin, where the family name is plastered all over the town?   

"This Is Alex Jones Territory!" Watch Reporter Shred Admin Spox Over 'Russian False Flag' Claims

From ZeroHedge:

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Earlier on Thursday the Biden administration and US intelligence came out with some explosive and outlandish claims, saying Russia is planning to release a video depicting graphic scenes of a "staged false explosion with corpses, actors depicting mourners, and images of destroyed locations and military equipment," as CNN described it. This in order to justify a military invasion of Ukraine, given the false flag operation would feature Russian-backed separatists under attack by Ukrainian forces.

Given such a narrative has been advanced in public, grabbing global headlines, but without so much as a shred of evidence - even mainstream media pundits are scratching their heads. Watch Associated Press writer Matt Lee demolish the State Department's Ned Price, who refuses to provide any level of proof backing the bizarre and surprising claims. "This is like Alex Jones territory you're getting into now!" Lee points out...

Throughout the past month, both sides of the Ukraine crisis have accused the other of waging "information wars" - however, these new claims, complete with details of crisis actors and war scenes and corpses being "staged", have reached new levels of the absurd. US Secretary of Defense spokesman John Kirby had told reporters earlier Thursday afternoon that "We do have information that the Russians likely to want to fabricate a pretext for an invasion - which again, is right out of their playbook."

The AP's Lee incredulously points this out to an increasingly agitated Ned Price, who doubles down during the testy exchange, even suggesting that anyone questioning the Biden admin narrative is merely being fed 'Russian disinformation'...

Lee challenged Price, saying the State Department had presented “no evidence” that Russia has actually created a “crisis actor” video and insisting that he wouldn’t be satisfied with the administration’s claims alone.

“If you doubt the credibility of the U.S. government, of the British government, of other governments and want to, you know, find solace in information that the Russians are putting out, that is for you to do,” Price responded.

Lee then pointed that given the extraordinary claims, some level of evidence is demanded given the mounting numbers of whopping government lies over the past two decades, including 'Iraq WMDs'.

Price hid behind the "that's classified" classic line often used whenever government officials want to shut down legitimate skepticism of their claims...

“Like, ‘crisis actors’? This is Alex Jones territory you’re getting into,” he said. “Where is the declassified information?,” he repeated multiple times.

In pressing for evidence to justify the administration’s claims, the veteran reporter referenced numerous U.S. intelligence failures that led to catastrophe in recent decades, including the “weapons of mass destruction” speculation that served as a pretext for America’s 2003 military intervention in Iraq as well as the U.S. timeline for Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban that was totally upended in August.

"That's not evidence, Ned, that's you saying it."

"I would like to see some proof that you can show that shows what the Russians are doing. I’ve been doing this a long time…I remember Iraq and that Kabul’s not going to fall," Lee then asserted.

Price retorted: "I'm sorry you're doubting the information that is in the possession of the US government" - as if it was some kind of gotcha response. Hilariously, it wasn't the first time today that the Biden administration pulled this kind of clumsy 'if you doubt what I'm saying you must be with the enemy' tactic... Price sneeringly dismissed Lee as a Russian propagandist for refusing to accept wild evidence-free government assertions at face value. The administration did the same thing earlier in the day when questioned about the special forces raid on the Syria-Turkey border...

Open Blog - Friday

Have a great day.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

What USA Must Do to Stop Losing Wars

Or we could just mind our own business.

Why the COVID death rate in the U.S. is so much higher than other wealthy nations

Doctors: Gene therapy cures leukemia patients

NASA announces Biden-Harris commitment to Space Station through 2030

Calls for a no confidence vote on UK PM Boris Johnson | Latest English News | WION

Get rid of this piece of shit now!

Father of missing newborn charged with murder 10pm UPDATE

At least one dead and several hurt in shooting in Oroville

Couple kicked off Delta flight in Fort Lauderdale

New Zealand to end Covid quarantine rules and reopen borders

Major Winter Storm Hits Millions

CNN President Resigns Following Relationship With Co-Worker

Pentagon to deploy 3,000 troops to Europe as tensions spike with Russia over Ukraine

From JSOnline:

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon will deploy 3,000 troops to Germany, Poland and Romania as tensions rise with Russia over Ukraine, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Wednesday.

The troops are not among the 8,500 placed on heightened alert last week to support a NATO quick-reaction force if it is activated, Kirby said. More troops have been placed on alert, Kirby said, declining to indicate how many.

The 3,000 will bolster allied forces in Germany, Poland and Romania. They'll come from units in the USA and Europe.

"These are not permanent moves," Kirby said. "They are designed to respond to the current security environment. Moreover, these forces are not going to fight in Ukraine. They are going to ensure the robust defense of four NATO allies."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has massed troops on Ukraine’s border for months, raising concerns of an imminent incursion or full-scale invasion. He wants assurances that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO and other concessions from the West.

What are President Biden's options with Russia in Ukraine? That all depends on Putin's next move.

US troops will deploy from Germany, Fort Bragg

The first group of 1,000 U.S. troops will be moved from their base in Germany to Romania, Kirby said. It is a mounted cavalry unit with Stryker combat vehicles, Kirby said. There are 900 U.S. troops already there.

The majority of the 2,000 troops from the USA will be sent to Poland and include infantry soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A headquarters group will be sent to Germany. 

More forces may be sent, Kirby said.

"This is not the sum total of the deterrence actions we will take or those to reassure our allies," he said.

Deployment details:Fort Bragg 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, 18th Airborne Corps soldiers head to Europe

The Pentagon estimated there are more than 100,000 Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. More have arrived in recent days, Kirby said.

Last week, Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted carnage among troops and civilians if Russia unleashes the infantry, artillery and air power it has massed near Ukraine.

“It would be horrific,” Milley said. “It would be terrible.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Putin hasn't made a final decision about an invasion but is prepared to launch one.

“He clearly now has that capability,” Austin said.

Will Russia invade Ukraine? Talks, timing, desire for a long fight factor into strategy

Psaki on troops, Josh Hawley stance

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday the decision to move troops to Germany, Poland and Romania was not based on any events in the past couple of days and had been under discussion with allies for weeks.

Psaki noted President Joe Biden has been clear with Putin that if “Russia stays on an escalatory path, which they clearly have, we will make force posture adjustments to deter and defend against any aggression.”

“This is not troops that will go into Ukraine. They're not fighting in Ukraine,” Psaki said. “This is the United States abiding by our commitments … to support, reassure our partners in the region.”

Psaki pushed back against comments made by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who called on the Biden administration to drop support for Ukraine to become a member of NATO. 

Hawley said in a statement Wednesday that although the United States should “urgently deliver” assistance to Ukraine to defend against a buildup of Russia’s military, the national “interest is not so strong, however, as to justify committing the United States to go to war with Russia over Ukraine’s fate.”

“Russia’s buildup on Ukraine’s borders makes apparent just how important it is for the United States to be deliberate about its commitments abroad,” Hawley said.

Psaki said the United States stands up for the sovereignty of other countries and against efforts to invade or take territory.

“If you are just digesting Russian misinformation and parroting Russian talking points, you are not aligned with long-standing bipartisan American values,” she said. “That applies to Sen. Hawley, but it also applies to others who may be parroting the talking points of Russian propagandist leaders.”


Every president gets his rocks off by sending young men to their deaths.  Let's go Brandon!