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Everything You Know About the Russia-Ukraine War is Wrong

according to Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop, former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.A.

It’s a long essay but well worth your time. The mainstream media is not giving you the facts.

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Update on March 9, 2022:

I’m glad to hear Jeffrey Prather predict that nuclear war in the near-term is unlikely. Click for his video in which he agrees with much of Fr Vigano’s ideas.

Did you think Trump was a crass buffoon? Check out these bonus vids:

  1. Ukrainian President Zelensky doing a gay dance in high heels:

Zelensky faking playing a piano with his penis:

Update on March 18, 2022:

Click for a machine transcript of Putin’s March 16, 2022, speech on the Russia/Ukraine war. Excerpts:

We are meeting at a difficult time, when our Armed Forces are conducting a special military operation in Ukraine and Donbas. Let me remind you that at the very beginning of it, in the early morning of February 24, I publicly and openly named the reasons and the main goal of Russia’s actions. This is assistance to our people in the Donbas, who for almost eight years were subjected to real genocide by the most barbaric methods – blockade, large-scale punitive actions, terrorist attacks and constant artillery shelling. And for what? Only for the fact that they sought basic human rights – to live according to the laws and traditions of their ancestors, to speak their native language, to raise their children the way they want.

At the same time, the Kiev authorities not only ignored and sabotaged the implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures for the Peaceful Settlement of the Crisis throughout all these years, but at the end of last year they publicly refused to implement it altogether.

They have also begun to put into practice plans to join NATO. Moreover, there were also statements by the Kiev authorities about their intention to create their own nuclear weapons and their means of delivery. It was a real threat. Already in the foreseeable future, with foreign technical assistance, the pro-Nazi regime in Kiev could get its hands on weapons of mass destruction, and the target for it, of course, would be Russia.

In Ukraine, there was also a network of dozens of laboratories where military biological programs were conducted under the leadership and with the financial support of the Pentagon, including experiments with samples of coronavirus, anthrax, cholera, African swine fever and other deadly diseases. Traces of these secret programs are now being intensively tried to cover up. But we have every reason to believe that in the immediate vicinity of Russia, on the territory of Ukraine, in fact, biological weapons components were created.

Our repeated warnings that such a development poses a direct threat to Russia’s security have been rejected by Ukraine and its patrons in the United States and NATO, with ostentatious and cynical disdain.

Thus, all diplomatic options were completely exhausted. We were simply left with no options to peacefully solve problems that arise through no fault of our own. And in this regard, we were simply forced to launch a special military operation.

The appearance of Russian troops near Kiev and other cities of Ukraine is not connected with the intention to occupy this country. We do not have such a goal, and I also explicitly stated this in my address on February 24.

As for the tactics of combat operations, which were developed by the Ministry of Defense of Russia and our General Staff, they have fully justified themselves. And our guys – soldiers and officers – show courage and heroism, do everything that depends on them to avoid losses among the civilian population of Ukrainian cities.

I want to say this for the first time: at the very beginning of the operation in the Donbas, the Kiev authorities were asked through various channels, in order to avoid senseless bloodshed, not to enter into hostilities, but simply to withdraw their troops from the Donbass. They didn’t want to. Well, that’s their decision. Awareness of what is happening in the real world, on the ground, will inevitably come.

The operation is developing successfully, in strict accordance with pre-approved plans.

I would like to note that Ukraine, encouraged by the United States and a number of Western countries, purposefully prepared for a scenario of force, carnage and ethnic cleansing in Donbass. A massive offensive into the Donbas and then crimea was only a matter of time. And our Armed Forces foiled these plans.

Kiev was not only preparing for war, for aggression against Russia, against Donbass– they were fighting it. Attempts to organize sabotage and terrorist underground in Crimea did not stop. In recent years, hostilities have continued in the Donbas, shelling of peaceful settlements. During this time, almost 14,000 civilians were killed, among them children.

I want ordinary citizens of Western countries to hear me: they [Western leaders and media?] are now persistently trying to convince you that all your difficulties are the result of some hostile actions of Russia, that from your own wallet you need to pay for the fight against the mythical Russian threat. It’s all a lie.

The truth is that the current problems faced by millions of people in the West are the result of years of actions by the ruling elites of their states, their mistakes, short-sightedness and ambition. These elites are not thinking about how to improve the lives of their citizens in countries. They are obsessed with their vested interests and super-profits.

Evidence of this is the data of international organizations that directly say that social problems, even in the leading Western countries, have only worsened in recent years, that inequality, the gap between the rich and poor are growing, racial and national conflicts are making themselves felt. The myth of a Western welfare society, of the so-called golden billion, is crumbling.

Let me repeat that today the entire planet has to pay precisely for the ambitions of the West, for its attempts by any means to maintain its elusive dominance.

Evidence of this is the data of international organizations that directly say that social problems, even in the leading Western countries, have only worsened in recent years, that inequality, the gap between the rich and poor are growing, racial and national conflicts are making themselves felt. The myth of a Western welfare society, of the so-called golden billion, is crumbling.

Let me repeat that today the entire planet has to pay precisely for the ambitions of the West, for its attempts by any means to maintain its elusive dominance.

The imposition of sanctions is a logical continuation, a concentrated expression of the irresponsible, short-sighted policies of the governments and central banks of the United States and the EU countries. In recent years, it has been they who have dispersed the spiral of global inflation with their own hands, led to the growth of global poverty and increased inequality, to new flows of refugees around the world. And this begs the question: Who will now be responsible for the millions of starvation deaths in the world’s poorest countries due to growing food shortages?

I repeat, a serious blow has been dealt to the entire global economy and trade, to confidence in the US dollar as the main reserve currency.

Thus, illegitimate actions to freeze part of the Bank of Russia’s foreign exchange reserves draw a line under the reliability of so-called first-class assets. In fact, both the United States and the EU have declared a real default on their obligations to Russia. Now everyone knows that financial reserves can simply be stolen. And seeing this, many countries in the near future can begin – I am sure that this will happen – to convert their paper and digital savings into real reserves in the form of commodities, land, food, gold, and other real assets, which will only increase the deficit in these markets.

Propaganda? Yes, maybe. You’re seeing propaganda from all sides if you’re paying attention.

Without a declaration of war from Congress, President Biden is using my and your tax dollars to send war-fighting materiel to Ukraine. Hey, Brandon, how about addressing U.S. citizens as to what exactly is our vital national interest in Ukraine?

From George Washington’s Farewell Address to the People of the United States:

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to
foreign nations is, in extending our commercial
relations, to have with them as little political connection
as possible.

An excerpt from a Foreign Affairs article:

“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world”: it was George Washington’s Farewell Address to us. The inaugural pledge of Thomas Jefferson was no less clear: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”

Update on March 30,2022:

For even more background, click for Scott Horton’s The History Behind the Russia-Urkraine War.

Steve Parker, M.D.

COVID-19 Link Dump: Did the Queen Take Ivermectin? COVID as STI, Long COVID Risk Factors, Ivermectin Failure?

From Barnhardt:

So Queen Elizabeth gets Ivermectin for the Coof? Are we surprised? Nah.

Couples are told to wear Covid facemasks while having SEX and ‘avoid face-to-face positions’ by Thai authorities

“Lovers told to avoid ‘deep kissing’ and to take antigen tests before having sex.”

Study identifies those most at risk of long COVID

These factors were:

  1. The level of coronavirus RNA in the patient’s blood.
  2. The presence of certain autoantibodies.
  3. The reactivation of the EBV.
  4. Having type 2 diabetes.

Efficacy of Ivermectin Treatment on Disease Progression Among Adults With Mild to Moderate COVID-19 and Comorbidities

The I-TECH Randomized Clinical Trial

Is O2 saturation of 80-85% good enough without intubating some folks? 91 = heart rate.

Oral ivermectin 400 mcg/kg daily for five days did not prevent progression to severe disease, defined as a requirement of supplemental oxygen at achieve oxygen saturation of at least 95%. The study included ~250 folks on ivermectin versus the “standard care” comparison group. The definition of an adequate oxygen saturation level is a matter of debate among physician experts. Where I work, you’re generally not going to be admitted to the hospital or given supplemental oxygen if your O2 sat is under 92. Other physicians or institutions worry if your O2 sat is 94% or less, and define “severe” COVID-19 as having an O2 sat 94% or less.

Note that your oxygen saturation via pulse oximeter falls as you gain elevation above sea level. For instance, at 7349 feet (2240 meters) of elevation, average oxygen saturation is 87%. Healthy folks often go to that elevation and do note need supplemental oxygen.

The study authors conclude:
In this randomized clinical trial of high-risk patients with mild to moderate COVID-19, ivermectin treatment during early illness did not prevent progression to severe disease. The study findings do not support the use of ivermectin for patients with COVID-19.

Click for Dr Pierre Kory’s refutation of the study’s conclusions.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Low-Calorie Mediterranean Diet May Healthier Than High-Protein Non-Mediterranean?

One of many ketogenic salads

Researchers compared three low-calorie diets and concluded that the Mediterranean option was the healthiest. The study at hand today is way too small to be considered anything but a pilot study. So results may not be replicable on a larger scale. I’d like to know how compliant study subjects were with the protocol, because 700 calories a day for six weeks is quite a challenge.

Link to article article

Comparison of short-term hypocaloric high-protein diets with a hypocaloric Mediterranean diet: Effect on body composition and health-related blood markers in overweight and sedentary young participants


A hypocaloric Mediterranean diet provides all the necessary nutrients.

The hypocaloric Mediterranean diet reduces body mass and fat mass and maintains fat-free mass.

The hypocaloric Mediterranean diet is beneficial on metabolic and inflammation/muscle- damage indices.

Hypocaloric high-protein diets with and without whey supplementation reduce body mass and fat-free mass but not fat mass.

Hypocaloric high-protein diets with and without whey supplementation are adverse on metabolic and inflammation/muscle-damage indices



The aim of the present study was to compare the short-term effects of a hypocaloric Mediterranean diet and two high protein diets, with and without whey protein supplementation, on body composition, lipidemic profile, and inflammation and muscle-damage blood indices in overweight, sedentary, young participants.


Thirty-three young, overweight, male and female participants (mean ± SD age: 22.8 ± 4.8 y; body mass: 85.5 ± 10.2 kg; body fat percentage: 34.3% ± 8.1%) were randomly allocated to three different hypocaloric (−700 kcal/d) diets: a Mediterranean diet (MD; n = 10), a high-protein diet (HP; n = 10) diet, and a high-protein diet with whey supplementation (n = 10). The intervention lasted 6 wk. Body composition and biochemical indices were evaluated 1 wk before and after the nutritional interventions.


Body and fat mass were decreased in the MD and HP groups (−3.5% ± 1.1% and −5.9% ± 4.2% for body and fat mass respectively in MD, and −1.7% ± 1.2% and −2.0% ± 1.8% for body and fat mass respectively in HP;P < 0.05), with no significant decline of fat-free mass observed in the MD group. The MD group’s diet beneficially altered the lipid profile (P < 0.05), but the HP and HPW groups’ diets did not induce significant changes. Subclinical inflammation and muscle-damage indices significantly increased in the HP and HPW groups (7.4% ± 3.5% and 66.6% ± 40.1% for neutrophils and CRP respectively in HP, and 14.3% ± 6.4% and 266.6% ± 55.1% for neutrophils and CRP respectively in HPW; P < 0.05) but decreased in the MD group (1.8% ± 1.2% and −33.3% ± 10.1% for neutrophils and CRP respectivelyc; P < 0.05). Energy intake of carbohydrates and proteins were significantly related to the changes in body composition and biochemical blood markers (r = −0.389 and −0.889; P < 0.05).


Among the three hypocaloric diets, only the Mediterranean diet induced positive changes in body composition and metabolic profile in overweight, sedentary individuals.

Steve Parker, M.D.

And Now for Something Completely Different: Abraham Lincoln Reconsidered

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Are you willing to consider that most everything you learned about Abe Lincoln in school is wrong? Or would that be too mind-blowing? Reading Ilana Mercer’s article be the start of your red-pilling adventure:

Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Familiar Lincoln idolaters will gather to celebrate the birth, on Feb. 12, 1809, of the 16th President of the United States, and finesse his role in “the butchering business”—to use Prof. J. R. Pole’s turn-of-phrase. Court historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is sure to make a media appearance to extol the virtues of the president who shed the blood of brothers in great quantities, and urged into existence the “American System” of taxpayer-sponsored grants of government privilege to politically connected corporations.

On publication, in 2002, of the book “The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War,” the “Church of Lincoln” gave battle. The enemy was the author, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, who had exposed Lincoln lore for the lie it was — still is. DiLorenzo had dared to examine the “Great Centralizer’s” role in sundering the soul of the American federal system: the sovereignty of the states and the citizenry.

Remember, the victors of war write the history books.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: I’ve not studied this aspect of American history in detail. DiLorenzo’s book has been on my “to be read” list for 15 years. One of these days….

Mediterranean Diet Helps With Erectile Dysfunction

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A Mediterranean diet is associated with improvements in erectile dysfunction, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2021.

Erectile dysfunction primarily occurs when small arteries lose the ability to dilate and allow proper blood flow. It is more common in men with hypertension or declining testosterone levels.

“In our study, consuming a Mediterranean diet was linked with better exercise capacity, healthier arteries, and blood flow, higher testosterone levels, and better erectile performance,” says Angelis.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Feliz Navidad!

Stained glass window created by F. Zettler (1878-1911) at the German Church (St. Gertrude’s church) in Gamla Stan in Stockholm, depicting a Nativity Scene.

Merry Christmas! Here’s a New Twist on a Couple Old Songs

COVID-19: Aspirin Reduced Mortality, ICU Admissions, and Need for Mechanical Ventilation

…in hospitalized patients. The usual aspirin dose was 81 mg/day. Here’s the abstract from April 2021 in Anesthesia & Analgesia.


Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is associated with hypercoagulability and increased thrombotic risk in critically ill patients. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated whether aspirin use is associated with reduced risk of mechanical ventilation, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and in-hospital mortality.


A retrospective, observational cohort study of adult patients admitted with COVID-19 to multiple hospitals in the United States between March 2020 and July 2020 was performed. The primary outcome was the need for mechanical ventilation. Secondary outcomes were ICU admission and in-hospital mortality. Adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) for study outcomes were calculated using Cox-proportional hazards models after adjustment for the effects of demographics and comorbid conditions.

anesthesiologist medical doctor working with anesthesia patent
Intubation in preparation for mechanical ventilation


Four hundred twelve patients were included in the study. Three hundred fourteen patients (76.3%) did not receive aspirin, while 98 patients (23.7%) received aspirin within 24 hours of admission or 7 days before admission. Aspirin use had a crude association with less mechanical ventilation (35.7% aspirin versus 48.4% nonaspirin, P = .03) and ICU admission (38.8% aspirin versus 51.0% nonaspirin, P = .04), but no crude association with in-hospital mortality (26.5% aspirin versus 23.2% nonaspirin, P = .51). After adjusting for 8 confounding variables, aspirin use was independently associated with decreased risk of mechanical ventilation (adjusted HR, 0.56, 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.37-0.85, P = .007), ICU admission (adjusted HR, 0.57, 95% CI, 0.38-0.85, P = .005), and in-hospital mortality (adjusted HR, 0.53, 95% CI, 0.31-0.90, P = .02). There were no differences in major bleeding (P = .69) or overt thrombosis (P = .82) between aspirin users and nonaspirin users.


Aspirin use may be associated with improved outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. However, a sufficiently powered randomized controlled trial is needed to assess whether a causal relationship exists between aspirin use and reduced lung injury and mortality in COVID-19 patients.

At the start of the pandemic, many physicians were avoiding use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin. I don’t remember why.

This was a small study, so results are not as reliable as a 2000-patient experiment. But low-dose ASA is well-tolerated and cheap.

Steve Parker, M.D.

9/11: An Alternative History You’ve Never Heard Of

Israeli flag

From Ron Unz, who is smarter than you and me:

The widespread doubts about the reality of the official story provided by our government and almost universally promoted by our media has severely diminished popular faith in the credibility of those two crucial institutions, with consequences that are still very apparent in today’s highest profile issues.

Over the years, diligent researchers and courageous journalists have largely demolished the original narrative of those events, and have made a strong, perhaps even overwhelming case that the Israeli Mossad together with its American collaborators played the central role. My own reconstruction, substantially relying upon such accumulated evidence, came to such conclusions, and I am therefore republishing it….

I recommend that you RTWT.

Before it’s disappeared by TPTB.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Cancel Culture: LinkedIn Cancelled Me

Boo hoo waah. They “restricted” my account and wouldn’t even take the time to tell me why. LinkedIn wants a photo of a government-issued ID before they’ll communicate with me. Ef that.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Update Sept 18, 2021:

From Yahoo!News: “Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee in Congress, sent a letter Friday to Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, criticizing them for bowing down to the Chinese government by blocking the profiles of Americans who refer to the Asian superpower in a critical fashion.”

Surely my little blog isn’t on China’s rardar screen. I don’t recall posting or saying anything critical of the CCP. But if I want to, I will.

Update Oct 22, 2021:

I scanned LinkedIn’s terms-of-service “Do’s and Don’t’s.” Under Don’t:

Violate the intellectual property rights of others, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets or other proprietary rights. For example, do not copy or distribute (except through the available sharing functionality) the posts or other content of others without their permission, which they may give by posting under a Creative Commons license;

I do often comment on what others have written or said, always (as far as I know) with attribution. To be fair to the other party, I copy and paste the pertinent passage. This is “fair use” and doesn’t require specific permission. Maybe LinkedIn disagrees.