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My alma mater, Stanford University, published study about effectiveness of masks

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/

Conclusion

The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19. The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks. Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include hypoxia, hypercapnia, shortness of breath, increased acidity and toxicity, activation of fear and stress response, rise in stress hormones, immunosuppression, fatigue, headaches, decline in cognitive performance, predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses, chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death. Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.

Frozen Lake

There had been a huge blizzard in March that inconvenienced everybody for about two weeks, and then a long melting period, and a last gasp of winter in mid March.

After much encouragement, I convinced my son to go for a walk down to the lake to see the melting ice. I told him it was his last chance to see the fishermen sitting on their stools on the ice.

The wind had blown the ice and it broke in layers and rose up the edge of the concrete dam. Danny broke the ice with the badminton racket. It chipped off in long crystals and he put some in his pockets, and insisted I do the same even after I told him they’d just turn into water.

There were only three fishermen left on the ice sitting by the sluice gates, and another one on the other side of the lake who seemed to be checking a row of fishing lines in holes drilled far apart.

A perfect afternoon of Sledding

Last month, we had a perfect Sunday afternoon of sledding in Stryiskyi Park, with the afternoon sun slanting through the trees and live jazz music too.

Stryiskyi Park (Kilinski Park) is one of the oldest and most beautiful Parks in Lviv, a monument of landscape art of national importance. Located in Sofiyivka, Halytskyi district. It was considered the most beautiful park in interwar Poland.

Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki, formerly appeared in meeting with Russian FM wearing hammer and sickle hat

a 2014 image resurfaced featuring her posing with her then-boss, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova during her tenure as a State Department spokesperson.

Psaki is seen wearing a pink shapka, or fur hat, that bears the communist hammer-and-sickle logo as part of a gift exchange between herself and her Russian counterpart Zakharova.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/usa-today-fact-checking-jen-psaki-hammer-and-sickle-hat

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For Comparison:

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a confusing time in Ukraine.

Most of the country follows the “old calendar” and celebrates Christmas Eve on January 6th. The Catholics and many under the way of Western traditions celebrate December 25th. And the hang over of the godless Soviet Union is to celebrate the tree and exchange gifts on New Years.

Calls grow to fire University of Alberta lecturer who deemed Ukrainian genocide a ‘myth’

EDMONTON — Students are calling on the University of Alberta to fire an assistant lecturer for denying the Holodomor, a mass genocide against Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet Union in the 1930s.

The 1932-33 Ukranian famine was recognized in 2008 by Canada and nine other countries as an act of genocide perpetuated by the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin. It is estimated up to 10 million people died.

But Dougal MacDonald, listed as a sessional instructor in the U of A’s Department of Elementary Education, denies that the famine was an act of genocide, and he’s coming under fire for his controversial views.

In a Nov. 19 Facebook post, MacDonald called the Holodomor a “myth.”
He said the genocide was a lie perpetuated with fake photographs and news stories and spread by former Nazi collaborators.
“Trudeau’s support for the anti-communist, pro-Nazi Holodomor myth is no accident,” he wrote. “The Trudeau government’s promotion of the Holdomor myth is more of its self-serving agenda to attempt to rewrite history, while falsely claiming to support freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

https://archive.ph/VxCfb#selection-435.0-499.306

Reformer Oleksandr Danyliuk is out after clashing with Kolomoisky’s lawyer-now-chief-of-staff

This is bad.

President Zelenskiy accepted the resignation Monday of national security council secretary Oleksandr Danyliuk, a reformer with a strong following in Western business circles. As Finance Minister in 2016, Danyliuk pushed for nationalizing PrivatBank, the bankrupt bank partly owned by Ihor Kolomoisky. In the Zelenskiy government, Danyliuk clashed with Andriy Bogdan, the former Kolomoisky lawyer who is now presidential chief of staff.

Check out the best daily news website about Ukraine: https://www.ubn.news/

Ukraїner

This new Youtube Channel does extremely high quality videos of the rebirth of some Ukrainian villages and “Xutros” (clusters of homes too few to be considered a village).

It seems to be a significant marketing push. I’ve seen “Ukraїner” advertised on a billboard, and a “Ukraїner” photo book for sale in a gas station.

Family Moments

My toddler used to correctly answer “two”, when asked his age. But he was told that some other boys were four. Now he answers “five”, when asked about his age.

Tonight we played chess. His favorite part of the game is when I hide a black pawn in one fist, and a white pawn in the other and ask him to choose colors. We (mostly I ) set up the pieces. Sometimes we make a few moves. Then he runs the board over with one of his toy cars. This evening, he walked to the other room to get one, having mistakenly sat down to chess without it. Several times I started putting the pieces away, but he kept insisting that we play again. I was tired. We played several more times, and I, trying to wind things down, suggested we read a book. We went together to the other room, and returned with a book to sit on the sofa and read. He was more attentive than usual, really looking at every picture and listening. When we finished, he took the book and threw it. Then he said “more book”, and climbed off the sofa. “I’ll wait here,” I said. He ran to the next room, and returned with another, his smile beaming as he returned. When we’d read this one, he also threw it, and went for a third. This time he waved and said “goodbye”. “Goodbye,” I replied. “Will you come back?” “Yes,” he said. During the fourth book, he fell asleep on my shoulder. I continued reading, and then talking to myself when I reached the end of the book, until he seemed pretty sound asleep. Then I carried him into the bedroom from where he’d been getting the books. His mother was collapsed there on the bed, amid the toys she was putting away.

1 of many Billionaire Soros and Clinton donor Pinchuk try to eat Ukraine

(This is somewhere between accurate and Russian propaganda — I can’t tell. The problem is that Russian propaganda, where ever possible, pushes motifs that have a great of truth.)

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As President Trump takes on the globalist scourge that has savaged the American middle class, it is instructive to look at other areas of the world where the so-called “Soros prescription” is alive and well.

Mr. Trump tapped into a deep, rich vein of domestic angst over the open-border, internationalist vision championed by Hungarian-American liberal billionaire George Soros. Developing nations hungry for freedom, the rule of law, and the benefits of a market economy would do well to learn from the U.S. experience and not buy a bottle of Dr. Soros’ snake oil.

Having been kicked out of Hungary, Mr. Soros and his network of NGOs are still virulently active in Eastern and Central Europe. It is a poorly-held secret that Mr. Soros has been deeply entwined in Ukrainian politics since the 2014 Maidan Revolution. Allegedly hacked documents in 2015 showed Mr. Soros appointing himself “a self-appointed advocate of the new Ukraine,” and detailed the billionaire’s intricate involvement with the Obama State and Treasury Departments in the push for weapons and billions of dollars in assistance for the Poroshenko government.

Although the visa-free regime now set up with the European Union thrills the Ukrainian people, they should beware that the offer comes with strings. At the end of the day, the globalist medicine looks to strip a country of its natural resources for the use of international corporate interests and to open the borders to millions of illegal migrants, destroying a nation’s sovereignty, culture and security forever.

The moral: Beware what you wish for. Just ask the citizens of Sweden, Italy, Germany or France how they are enjoying the massive increases in crime and the massive headaches involved with assimilating a large Muslim population.

The Soros International Foundation “Vozrozhdenie, which injects millions each year into Ukraine to fund the billionaire’s agenda, has its proteges seeded throughout the halls of power in Kiev. The Soros power structure is very interested in Ukraine’s gas transit business, not to mention its agriculture, energy, health care and IT industries. With its abundance of natural resources and an educated work force, Ukraine is the perfect candidate to be “colonized” to serve the globalists’ agenda.

It seems the Sorosistas’ first choice to lead Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has been unable or unwilling to deal with the systemic corruption that paralyzes the state. He is likely going to lose the upcoming presidential election and the wolves are circling. Longtime rivals are lining up to compete against him.

Mr. Soros’ partner in Ukraine is Viktor Pinchuk, son-in-law of a former president and long-time friend of the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation. There are reports that Mr. Soros and Mr. Pinchuk have a new project — electing popular singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk to the Ukrainian presidency. There is ample photographic evidence of the three hobnobbing in Davos in the recent past.

Mr. Vakarchuk holds a special place in Ukrainian culture, as his music and activism have been a voice for the popular pain and discontent given the failures of the Poroshenko government and the painful separatist conflict grinding away in the east. After an initial foray into politics, he resigned his seat in parliament in 2008 after one year due to corruption concerns.

Mr. Vakarchuk loves his country and no doubt wants to do what’s in its best interests. But with very little experience in business or politics, it won’t be easy for the singer to stand up to the Soros machine once installed by the Open Society crowd.

The Ukrainian people need to think long and hard about whom they want to lead the country. The Soros track record is not one any ambitious nation would want to emulate.

• L. Todd Wood is a former special operations helicopter pilot and Wall Street debt trader, and has contributed to Fox Business, The Moscow Times, National Review, the New York Post and many other publications. He can be reached through his website, LToddWood.com.