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‘Z’ now verboten in Germany

Germany Threatens Citizens With Three Years in Prison for Using Letter ‘Z’ | 28 March 2022 | The symbolic usage of the letter “Z” is now “verboten” in anti-free speech Germany, according to a number of federal states. It can now be regarded a criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison. Residents in at least two German states have been threatened with criminal prosecution if they use the letter “Z” as a sign. While the letter seemed innocuous a few months ago, it has subsequently gained notoriety as a result of Russian soldiers deploying a Z-like mark on their vehicles, most likely to prevent friendly fire difficulties. The letter has become a rallying cry for Russian servicemen’s fans, as well as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Consequently, authorities in anti-free speech Germany have decided to clamp down on the letter’s usage, according to a report by broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

[Recall the political thriller and masterpiece Z (1969), directed by Costa-Gavras. “The film presents a thinly fictionalized account of the events surrounding the assassination of the democratic Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963.” The movie was nominated by the Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, a rarity. Z won in 1970 for Best Foreign Language Film and made Time‘s list of The 15 Best Political Films of All Time (2012).

Here we have art imitating life…and then life imitating art. The jaw-dropping ending? Wikipedia summarizes:

An epilogue provides a synopsis of the subsequent turns of events. Instead of justice being served, the prosecutor is mysteriously removed from the case, several key witnesses die under suspicious circumstances, the assassins receive relatively short sentences, the officers receive only administrative reprimands, the deputy’s close associates die or are deported and the photojournalist is sent to prison for disclosing official documents. The heads of the government resign after public disapproval, but before elections are carried out, a coup d’état occurs, and the military seize power. They ban modern art, popular music, avant-garde novelists, modern mathematics, classic to and modern philosophers and the use of the term “Ζ” (Greek: zíta, or Greek: zi, which is used by protesters against the former government), which refers to the deputy and means: “He lives.”

This is where we are, folks. A speech clampdown so shocking that we have to harken back sixty years to recall a different dictatorship that similarly banned a letter from the alphabet. That action was deemed to be so egregious that filmmakers later saw fit to document it, and name a movie after it, so the regime that actually banned a letter would never be forgotten. —Lori Price]  

Pentagon sends six US Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft for ‘electronic warfare missions’ with jamming software – but insist they won’t be used in Ukraine’s fightback against Putin –The Pentagon says it is sending six U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers to Germany | 28 March 2022 | The Pentagon announced on Monday that six naval aircraft, equipped for electronic warfare, were on their way to Germany to bolster N.A.T.O.’s eastern flank as Russia continues its war in Ukraine. But the six EA-18G ‘Growlers’ will not be used against Russian forces, said a spokesman. Washington has made clear that it will not send planes or personnel into direct combat against Russia. The six aircraft are due to arrive at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, from Whidbey Island, Washington, later on Monday, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. ‘These Growlers…are equipped for a variety of missions, but they do specialize in flying electronic warfare missions, using a suite of jamming sensors to confuse enemy radars, greatly aiding in the ability to conduct suppression of enemy air defense operations, he told reporters. They will be accompanied by 240 personnel, including air crew and technicians, he added.  

Two Israelis killed in second ISIS rampage within a week –The militant group claimed responsibility after a pair of gunmen shot dead two police officers in central Israel | 28 March 2022 | ISIS claimed responsibility on Monday for a shooting that saw two Arab gunmen kill two Israeli police officers and wound four others in central Israel during a second deadly rampage by the group within a week. The attack, which happened on Sunday, saw the shooters open fire on the eve of a meeting between the foreign ministers of four Arab nations and the United States in Negev, Israel. Less than a week ago, a lone attacker, inspired by ISIS, murdered four people in a stabbing spree in southern Israel. Security footage showed two men opening fire in Hadera before they were shot by two members of the Israeli Border Police counterterrorism unit, who had been in a restaurant nearby when the attack began.  

Scientists Seek to Make a ‘Self-Spreading’ Vaccine – Report | 28 March 2022 | A new report from National Geographic indicates that scientists are now working on “self-spreading vaccines” that can jump from vaccinated to unvaccinated populations. The article indicates that these “new vaccines or so-called recombinant viruses” are developed through a process whereby researchers “first identify a protein from the target microbe that serves as an antigen–a substance that triggers immune responses in vaccinated people or animals.” Researchers then “select a virus to carry the vaccine and spread it.” This is achieved by capturing “a few animals from their target population — primates for Ebola, rats for Lassa fever,” etc. — and isolating a virus that naturally infects those animals. Then researchers splice in genetic material from the “target to create a vaccine.”  

Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Estimated at 16 Percent | 28 March 2022 | In an interim report published on Mar. 11, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the effectiveness rate of the influenza vaccine at 16 percent during 2021-2022. The rate, which the CDC termed as “not statistically significant,” is based on a study involving 3,636 children, adolescents and adults in the United States from Oct. 4, 2021 to Feb. 12, 2022… The flu shot’s low rate of effectiveness “suggests that there was a mismatch between the strains of virus in the vaccine and what’s circulating,” said Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, a professor and infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. “It’s not ineffective, but it’s clearly suboptimal in its efficacy.” William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, went further than that, characterizing this season’s flu shot as “essentially ineffective.” An article in Gizmodo put it more bluntly. Its headline read: “This Year’s Flu Vaccine Was Basically Worthless.”  

CIA Officer Openly Confesses to Rigging 2020 Election for Joe Biden and Says They Would Do It Again | 28 March 2022 | A CIA officer has confessed that the ‘Deep State’ rigged the 2020 election in Joe Biden’s favor, and has boldly admitted that the agency would do it again. Former CIA officer John Sipher claimed in a stunning Twitter thread that he took “particular joy” in discrediting the Hunter Biden “laptop from hell” narrative and enthusiastically admitted to “shifting” the election away from Trump. Sipher was among the many “intelligence experts” who falsely claimed the Hunter Biden laptop story from the New York Post back in October of 2020 was part of a “Russian disinformation campaign.” Redvoicemedia dot com reports: A March 18 report from the New York Post mentioned how Sipher was among those “officials” who’d “signed a letter saying that the laptop ‘has the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’”  

Biden admin invents ‘Securities and Environment Commission’ out of thin air to force climate agenda on US businesses | 28 March 2022 | The Securities and Exchange Commission — a government agency established in the aftermath of the 1929 [events to protect people] and maintain fair markets — may soon become a key player in imposing Joe Biden’s climate agenda. In a 3-to-1 vote last week, unelected Democratic bureaucrats who serve as the agency’s commissioners voted without authorization from Congress to impose sweeping new rules that require all publicly traded companies to disclose how their business affects “climate change.” According to a press release issued by the SEC, the proposed rules would require businesses to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions along with any and all information relevant to “climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on their business, results of operations, or financial condition.”  

Pennsylvania snow squall reportedly causes massive, fiery car crash involving dozens of vehicles –The reportedly crash involved 50 to 60 cars and tractor-trailers | 28 March 2022 | A snow squall in Pennsylvania caused a massive car crash Monday, reportedly involving dozens of cars and tractor-trailers and leaving at least three people dead. The crash occurred along I-81 north in Schuylkill County between exits 116 and 119, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. All lanes are subsequently closed. The crash involved 50 to 60 cars and tractor-trailers, a spokesperson for Pennsylvania State Police said. Several vehicles were still on fire around 2:30 p.m. ET.

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  1. Treasonous CIA agent admits to rigging election, and he’s still employed? Bernie , Whoopie, Omar and the left really hate the country that gave them everything. Funny I never heard about this with our Free Press. Most unAmerican administration of all time.

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