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Where Facts Were No Match for Fear

Where Facts Were No Match for Fear, NYT No Paywall

Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism. A disinformation campaign got in the way.

Ms. Grulkowski set about blowing up that effort with everything she had.

She collected addresses from a list of voters and spent $1,300 sending a packet denouncing the proposed heritage area to 1,498 farmers and ranchers. She told them the designation would forbid landowners to build sheds, drill wells or use fertilizers and pesticides. It would alter water rights, give tourists access to private property, create a new taxation district and prohibit new septic systems and burials on private land, she said.

None of this was true.

CDC Tracks Down a Killer - "Healing" Gemstones


It was a mystery by any definition of the word -- a rare tropical infection that had sickened people in the decidedly non-tropical states of Minnesota and Kansas, as well as Texas. The first patient to get sick, in Kansas in March, died.

Using PCR -- polymerase chain reaction -- the same type of lab test used to amplify genetic material for coronavirus tests and crime scene investigations they found genetic material from the bacterial crime suspect: "Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones." The product had been manufactured in India and sold at Walmart.

It's not clear which ingredient in the spray may be the contaminant. It might the "gemstones," however.

"Rocks are collected from the environment and there's bacteria in the environment, so if the rocks weren't sterilized before they went in, that's a possibility. The other thing is the possibility that another component was contaminated and the rocks made a little micro-environment in that bottle for the bacteria to grow in. So the significance of the rocks we don't really know yet, but having rocks in a fragrance bottle is definitely unusual. So that's something I think we're interested in looking at."

Trump's Pentagon Chief Quashed Idea to Send 250,000 Troops to the Border

Source: New York Times, No Paywall

President Trump’s defense secretary thought the idea was outrageous.

In the spring of 2020, Mark T. Esper, the defense secretary, was alarmed to learn of an idea under discussion at a top military command and at the Department of Homeland Security to send as many as 250,000 troops — more than half the active U.S. Army, and a sixth of all American forces — to the southern border in what would have been the largest use of the military inside the United States since the Civil War.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/us/politics/trump-border.html?unlocked_article_code=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEIPuonUktbfqohlSFUaCibIRp8_qRmHmfnE2_sgnGL7NG2fTixOwv5TA5SF_w2FQ5tfUOYJ_mbRQs5dYvhoTeZuz-RbMgtgEAX5-5GKydEPc3hp7N_rVzJzjp-dUPViqTLmZGTmIbkmn-T19wiLPzmRLa_V2HwgJghnqYI0Ng35nCxVmdqWV7J9ydJ83v8-BpllRj5mZSGCvfPgCR4WK8zRJ1iHqVFwA7cFLGmVyd2M6LsAcBFRCUbETh594WU96tBdOrAHLaVt9zINTxvLwkMEKKhdk0s&smid=url-share

Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredit

Source: Washington Post (No Paywall)

In April, a Miami private school made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students. Last week, the school made another startling declaration, but this time to the parents: If you vaccinate your child, they’ll have to stay home for 30 days after each shot.

The email from Centner Academy leadership, first reported by WSVN, repeated misleading and false claims that vaccinated people could pass on so-called harmful effects of the shot and have a “potential impact” on unvaccinated students and staff.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has debunked claims that the coronavirus vaccine can “shed or release any of their components” through the air or skin contact. The coronavirus vaccines do not contain a live virus, so their components can’t be transmitted to others.

David Centner, one of the school’s co-founders, repeated the debunked claims in a statement to The Washington Post, saying the policy is a “precautionary measure” based on “numerous anecdotal cases that have been in circulation.”

Read more: https://wapo.st/3G0kHoA

The Southwest Airlines mess and rumors of a vaccine walkout

https://wapo.st/3BRKi0R (WaPo, No Paywall)

In the part of the United States that relies on traditional media, rumors that the cancellations were the result of a pilot protest over coronavirus vaccine mandates were dismissed because, well, there was no evidence. Official entities, such as the airline, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Southwest pilots union, all issued statements saying the rumors were false.

But in a parallel universe of right-wing social media and television, the rumors were treated as true. Lawmakers such as Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tweeted in support of airline employees who supposedly were fighting vaccine mandates.


Satanic Influence of Facebook!

Found on Facebook (TST is the satanic temple)

Abortion laws in TX violate our religious rights and TST has taken legal action. If TX judges abide by the Constitution and legal precedent, then those who share our deeply held beliefs will be exempt from the state’s inappropriate efforts to restrict access to abortion services.

In many states, abortion would be prohibited if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

TST has been taking legal action to secure our religious rights, even in worst-case scenarios.

We will continue to advocate for TST members' reproductive freedom.

U.S. investigators increasingly confident directed-energy attacks behind Havana Syndrome

Source: Politico

The U.S. government's investigation into the mysterious illnesses impacting American personnel overseas and at home is turning up new evidence that the symptoms are the result of directed-energy attacks, according to five lawmakers and officials briefed on the matter.

....some officials remain skeptical of the prevailing theory, and some prominent neurologists have described that explanation as implausible.... In a recent op-ed, for example, neurologist Robert Baloh contended that the symptoms stem from a psychosomatic illness -- one caused by stress or emotional issues. Baloh said the more likely explanation is "mass hysteria," or mass psychogenic illness....

(Rubio suggested they) are "influence agents that are being paid and or encouraged to write these on behalf of those -- foreign government or whatever -- that don't want this to be discussed out there and want to cast doubt about it. I mean, they're echoing the lines that we heard from the Cuban regime and others,"

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/08/us-investigators-increasingly-confident-directed-energy-attacks-behind-havana-syndrome-515693

I don't know what the CIA knows, but I am very skeptical. A directed energy attack should be very easy to detect, since it is RF energy. And the equipment would be hard to set up and conceal. And for the GRU to do this around the world in many different countries does not seem plausible.

Here is an explanatory article about the microwave auditory effect:


The op-ed cited in the politico article arguing for a psychological cause:


Former Special Forces soldier and onetime congressional candidate arrested in Capitol riot case

Congress was days away from certifying the 2020 election results when Jeremy Brown, a retired Special Forces soldier and onetime Congressional candidate, offered others a ride to the U.S. Capitol in an RV he dubbed “GROUND FORCE ONE.”

“Plenty of Gun Ports left to fill,” he wrote on encrypted chat app Signal, according to federal court documents. “We can pick you up.”

https://wapo.st/3D69Ua9 (No paywall, enjoy)

Koch-backed group fuels opposition to school mask mandates, leaked letter shows

Source: Washington Post

A template letter circulated by Independent Women’s Forum offers a glimpse into a well-resourced campaign against public health regulations.

The document offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a well-financed conservative campaign to undermine regulations that health authorities say are necessary to contain the coronavirus. The frustration of many parents who want a greater say is deeply felt, school superintendents say. But their anger is also being fueled by organized activists whose influence is ordinarily veiled.

The letter was made available on Tuesday to paying members of the Independent Women’s Network, a project of the Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice that markets itself as a “members-only platform that is free from censorship and cancellation.” Both are nonprofits once touted by their board chairman and CEO, Heather Higgins, as part of a unique tool in the “Republican conservative arsenal” because, “Being branded as neutral but actually having the people who know, know that you’re actually conservative puts us in a unique position.”

Read more: https://wapo.st/3l3gOXu

Link is paywall fee.

Trump played tough with Putin when cameras were around, while Putin toyed with his insecurities, a n

Little is known about what happened in the 90-minute conversation between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan, two years ago. But as journalists were quickly ushered out of the room at the 2019 Group of 20 Summit, Stephanie Grisham once again found herself with a close-up view of the action.

She saw Trump lean toward Putin that day and tell him: “Okay, I’m going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it’s for the cameras, and after they leave, we’ll talk. You understand.”

https://wapo.st/3F1QFAi (No Paywall, Enjoy)
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