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    1. On a side note, have you seen the true translation of the story he’s telling?
      It’s quite the funny one actually. Simple, but funny.

    1. Governments all over the world say this. They are lying to you all the time and when they get caught, they promise that this time you can really trust them, and so on. It is the cycle of modern politics.

  1. Here is a killer quote from RFK Jr.’s book on Fauci:

    In 2019, […] Dr. Fauci made a surprise announcement: he finally had a working HIV vaccine. While the inoculation had demonstrated a bare-bones 30 percent efficacy […] Dr. Fauci added some deflating caveats: While his new vaccine didn’t prevent transmission of AIDS, the nimble technocrat jauntily predicted that intrepid souls who took the jab would find that when they did get AIDS, the symptoms would seem to be much reduced. […] That entire odd proposition received zero critical press commentary. His success at slapping lipstick on this donkey and selling it to the world as a Thoroughbred may have emboldened his ruse—a year later—of placing similar cosmetics on the COVID vaccines that, likewise, neither prevent disease nor preclude transmission.

    In the second half of this book, the author details Fauci’s disastrous track record in HIV/AIDS research, and the parallels to Covid are really uncanny. It seems that Fauci’s goal is to generate never-ending streams of government money for himself and his buddies, including Big Pharma, and ineffectiveness of medical interventions is a feature, not a bug. I also learned that there are significant gaps in AIDS research and that many of its tenets are rather nonsensical such as the claim that without a preceding HIV infection you do not get AIDS. Yet, there are thousands of cases of people getting AIDS without having HIV. Also, sexual transmissibility seems extremely low. In fact, there are studies showing that prostitutes only contract AIDS if they consume drugs intravenously.

    1. Very interesting. While reading your comment I had the realization of how dysgenic these people actually are. People like Fauci and Gates don’t really strike me as that bright. Perhaps they are really cunning and opportunistic, but they certainly don’t seem to possess the genius to truly create something worthwhile and beneficial for mankind. I don’t know all the details about Gates but I’ve read some pretty shady stuff about the beginnings of Microsoft. Surely there are thousands of other people that could write an exponentially better OS today, but then perhaps they’d never be able to compete in the muh free market.

      Back to the dysgenic nature of these people, Gates and Fauci in particular. They’re both short and weak, and pretty damn ugly also. And Gates especially has the personality of a real actual creep, laughing menacingly and smirking while he “predicts” another doomsday. Both of them almost certainly have penises on the smaller side. How much more fucking disgusting could you be that if you weren’t animal torturing, money and power hungry, genocidal maniacs then it wouldn’t even be congruent with the appearance and persona of these two dweebs?

      It’s almost as if dysgenic people promote dysgenic policies. And anything beautiful and inspirational must be torn down as it serves as a constant reminder of what a shit stain on society they truly are.

    2. Those people are the embodiment of evil, and they would be nothing in a truly meritocratic society. Gates hails from an elite family. When I looked into his background some time ago, I came across stories claiming that his mother sat on the board of Xerox, which developed probably the first user-friendly operating system. His mother was also a close friend of the then-CEO of IBM. You will never guess what happened afterwards: His mom convinced (strongarmed?) Xerox to give Bill access to their research and then she talked IBM into going into business with his son who was a complete unknown at that time. I found it strange that this angle was never mentioned in any of the mainstream narratives surrounding Bill Gates’ supposed rags-to-riches story.

      I think that your hypothesis about dysgenic people is correct. I also find it rather telling that certain people want to destroy beauty wherever they see it, be it in art, music, or architecture, and also never produced anything that is generally viewed as beautiful. Some people muse that the root of this is deeply felt inferiority. Incidentally, I have heard similar arguments for black-on-white crime which, of course, were intended to excuse homicide or rape.

    3. @Pickernanny

      Some time ago I watched the documentary ‘Vaxxed’ about childhood vaccines and the link to autism. The first moment that the director of the film Andrew Wakefield appeared speaking so eloquently in a British accent, I thought he must be the good guy and have truth on his side. For the simple reason that he looked like superman. But hey, Fauci is the world’s sexiest man, amirite?

    4. “Also, sexual transmissibility seems extremely low.”

      Not that I have any clue about all of this, but when we learned at school that you could get AIDS by sticking your dick into a vagina and that this was the same as exchanging needles with a drug addict, I must say it seemed fishy to me.
      Like, I get it, mixing contaminated blood from an infected person with blood from an uninfected one? OK, I can see how that works. But, uhm… mixing pussy liquid and sperm? Naw… that doesn’t pass the sniff test.

    5. When I was in school, AIDS was used for fear-mongering, i.e. do not have sex with anyone because you never know if they have AIDS. For some reason, we were not even though about at-risk groups. Looking back, it is downright bizarre that our leftist teachers told a 100% white class that we are likely to get AIDS by engaging in unprotected sex.

    1. Of course, according to fact checkers, Joe Brandon never wanted a federal solution to Covid.

      They will all do this back-tracking where they memory hole what they were attempting. Oh no, we never wanted to do the dictatorial thing.

    1. Given how docile Asians are, this is probably much bigger news than it may at first seem. Relatedly, Germany erupted once again into massive protests all over the country on Monday. Now even the mainstream has started reporting on it, albeit they heavily downplay the scale. The current mainstream tactic is to report on smaller protests that were marred by police brutality while completely ignoring large-scale protests, like those in Hamburg and Munich, or even surprisingly high turnouts in places like Rostock.

    2. Germany erupted once again into massive protests all over the country on Monday

      We have to wait for confirmation from Uber first though if its valid to even acknowledge those things as “relevant”, until then we should ignore these trends.

    3. “Germany erupted once again into massive protests all over the country on Monday. ”

      Got a link where I can take a look? Thanks!

    4. I learned about this via several Telegram channels, some of which I mentioned recently. My parents told me about local protests being mentioned both on radio and the local newspaper. The protest in Rostock I only read about in one Telegram channel but could quickly verify it, e.g. here:
      https://www.ostsee-zeitung.de/Mecklenburg/Rostock/Liveticker-aus-Rostock-Demonstration-am-Montag-gegen-Corona-Massnahmen
      Of course, pro-government protests like climate hoaxing get reported with artificially inflated numbers while anti-government protests get downplayed. It is already significant that the mainstream admits that there were “thousands”. The real number was probably well above 10,000.

      I just saw that ZH also has an article on yesterday’s protests in Germany:
      https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/thousands-protest-germany-ahead-covid-measures-set-go-effect-tuesday

    5. I have friends/acquintances I follow on facebook that reshare these videos. Since they’re uploading them to their profiles, I guess they’re getting them from telegram too. Yes they are massive, and increasingly aggressive.

    6. There is probably a lot of cross-fertilization: Twitter, Telegram, live streams on Odysee etc. It seems that the protest have now reached critical mass. Most interestingly, those protests happen organically. Many of them are not even formally organized anymore. People just show up. Footage of some city in Saxony showed that people organically join up, i.e. there are clusters forming in various parts and then they all merge into a large crowd. I do not think that we have ever seen this in Germany.

    7. “I learned about this via several Telegram channels, some of which I mentioned recently”

      I must’ve missed that post of yours. Could you pls share again? Would like to take a look at these channels, too.

    8. No problem. I posted this in OT #180:

      On Telegram, check out “Freie Sachsen”, which focuses on Saxony but also highlights big protests in other cities. This is a very active channel. I also check “Corona-Widerstand / Global News”. Martin Sellner’s channel focuses mostly on Austria but quite frequently covers Germany as well.

  2. Do you guys have PC game recommendations to buy? I rarely ever buy games. I usually buy during Christmas/New Years on Steam since that’s usually when the biggest discounts arise and I like to take advantage of that. Stuff I’m going to get:

    – Persona 4: Golden (Gonna get that bundle deal that includes another game)
    – Baldr Sky (Visual novel with a gameplay element)
    – Nier; Automata (Undecided but am seriously considering it)
    – Persona 5 (Same as above. Reason being is I like to buy games when they are complete and all DLC’s are out to make for a single definitive purchase. This one may not be in that category yet)
    – Melty Blood Actress Again: Current Code (Old game,but a serious 80% discount and has a multiplayer fighting game community I’m interested in)

    Feel free to suggest any genre,but please keep it to games that benefit the most from the steam holiday discount. (Melty blood is the best example with that ginormous 80% discount) Also games with complete DLC’s to make for a definitive purchase are the most welcome suggestions!

    1. Persona 5 is not yet on PC, as far as I know. If you are into fighting games, you should give FightCade a look. It is an emulator with netplay. I checked it out last year and was surprised to find large communities for various classic fighting games, some with hundreds of players in the lobby. Of course, setting up an emulator can be a bit of a pain in the neck. Also, be aware that the skill level of the players tends to be very high. Some seem to have veterans that have been playing a particular game for ten or twenty years.

      Some classic PS3 games that have been ported to PC, which I would recommend, if you can get them cheaply, are Catherine and Vanquish. Catherine is a puzzle game that may take some time getting used to it, and the mechanics of Vanquish may simply not be to your liking. Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance is also on Steam and worth a playthrough. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is a fan favorite. I have not finished it yet (on PS3), but I like it a lot. Dragon Quest XI S is also on Steam. I played it on the Switch in early 2020 and really enjoyed it. Have you ever played a shmup? If you want to give this genre a try, have a look at Deathsmiles or Crimzon Clover.

      These days, I mainly play mechanically interesting games, and normally only when I listen to a podcast. There is a very cool fan-implementation of Tetris I have been playing for years. It is called “Texmaster” and can be downloaded legally for free. Here is a video:

      The skill ceiling is very high, in particular if you play with the “classic” setting. If you get into this, you will probably barely play anything else for a long time.

    2. Man,Vanquish! Thanks for mentioning that man. I saw a video gameplay trailer of it long ago and wanted to give it a go but I ended up forgetting the game title and didn’t know how to find it again.

      I’ve bought my games,here they are:

      https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/482356283739996171/925423345091108944/bought_games.PNG

      https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/482356283739996171/925423345388879882/bought_games2.PNG

      I really took advantage of that holiday discount and those awesome bundle deals. Bought 10 games for a price that under normal circumstances,would probably have only gotten me 3-4 games at most.

      I think this will be my standard procedure from now on. Only buying games during times when the biggest discounts on steam are out,and as much as possible through bundle deals and shit. haha.

      All the games I’ve bought so far were from huge discount periods,I’ll keep it up from there.

    3. This is a big haul! Vanquish can take some time getting used to. There is an infamous review by Jim Sterling, I think, who gave it a 4/10. He apparently skipped past the tutorial and played it like a cover shooter. I would recommend playing it on the easy setting until you have gotten a good grip on the controls. I played it for a bit after Pickernanny share his impressions some time ago, and realized that this is not the game you pick up and play, even if you have cleared it in the past. The game does not do a good job easing you in, in my opinion.

  3. @Aaron, did you see this youtube video?
    It’s kinda making the rounds on Twitter.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEY-yJApYck

    Video description below.
    WEB: https://nuoflix.de/wahre-gesundheit
    Der Dozent und European Industrial Engineer aus dem Bereich Forschung und Entwicklung, Holger Reißner, hat bei seinen Untersuchungen von hunderten Impfdosen, die zur Zeit zur Bekämpfung der Corona-Pandemie eingesetzt werden, beunruhigende Beobachtungen gemacht. In allen von ihm und seinem Team untersuchten Impfdosen wurden potenziell gefährliche Verunreinigungen festgestellt, die meist schon mit einem guten Mikroskop zu sehen sind. Um seine Daten zu überprüfen, teilte er die Erkenntnisse mit verschiedenen nationalen und internationalen Institutionen (Comusav, Conuvive, Ärzten für Aufklärung, Anwälten für Aufklärung, die Basis, MWGFD, World Council for Health, Pathologen für Aufklärung, und viele mehr). Aus Spanien bekam er dann die ersten Bestätigungen, dass es sich bei einer dieser Verunreinigungen um Graphene handelt. Durch seine Analysen fand er heraus, dass Graphene Nekrosen, Fibrosen und Thrombosen auslösen können und somit eine potenziell tödliche Gefahr darstellen. Auch die Pathologen bestätigten seinen Befund und stellten derartige Partikel in den Leichen von Menschen fest, die nach der Impfung verstorben waren. Trotzdem hofft Holger Reißner immer noch widerlegt zu werden, da die Verbreitung dieses so verabreichten Materials für die Menschheit und besonders für die Kinder noch unfassbare Langzeitfolgen hätte. Zur Klärung dieses Sachverhaltes baut er einen Informationskanal auf Telegram auf und stellt hier ein Anleitungsvideo zum Mikroskopieren bereit. Nun bittet er um Mithilfe, um die Sache zu klären. Zur Zeit ist er und sein Team mit der Entwicklung geeigneter Gegenmaßnahmen beschäftigt und erzielt erste Erfolge um die katastrophalen Folgen seiner Entdeckung vielleicht noch abwenden zu können. Zitat Holger Reißner: “Ich hoffe nichts sehnlicher als mich geirrt zu haben.”

    1. Thanks for sharing this video! I read about graphene in vaxx vials before but fact-checkers reassured me that this was fake news. On a more serious note, I am happy to see that this information is getting more traction. A few months ago this was the fakest of fake news, and look where we are now!

    2. Can you imagine, what would happen if this is really what Holger Reissner says it is?
      “vaccine regret” doesn’t even begin to describe what the vaxxed will feel.

    3. From the looks of it, 2022 is going to be lit. As much as I detest the elites for what they are doing to us, I have to admit that we are living in a fascinating time. Probably at least some of you share this sentiment. After all, none of us has lived through a time period where the elites wanted to push through tyranny. As Lenin famously said, “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.”

    4. It’s quite entertaining in some way, indeed. In a way, I keep telling myself that they can’t stop time and that the more time passes, the harder it gets to keep up their narrative.

      That being said, if 60-70% of Western populations are harmed in some way by the vaxx, then incredible damage has been done.

      I’m moving out of Zürich in March next year. Hopefully big cities won’t go to shit until then.

    5. Are you going to remain in Switzerland? I am currently getting rid of part of my possessions, with the goal of being able to move with little hassle if need be. If I do not see a noticeable improvement in the state of affairs, I intend to leave Europe.

  4. I recently looked into trading algorithms by going through the book ‘The Black Book of Financial Hacking’. They mostly work with lite-c. This is a programming language that uses a syntax of C with some elements of C++.

    Given that I do not have a background in programming, what would be a good additional source to gain more insight into this material? Would a good introductory book in C be a good step? Or would this take me too far?

    My main interest would be to use it for programming trading algorithms.

    1. You need to learn the basics of programming (variables, pointers, loops, functions, etc.) in any procedural programming language. Afterwards you just need to learn the syntax of a new language to get started. I have not heard of Lite-C, but if it is well-known within its niche you may be able to get a textbook or tutorial focusing just this language.

    2. Since this in demand, a lot of learning platforms have been introducing paths for this. DataCamp has it (btw, they have 90% off sale at the moment). It’s very hands on and taking you by the hand from the super-basics and guiding you gradually into Data Science, Algorithms etc.

      I think that’s the way to get into it, without having to learn programming in general.

    3. Sorry I misread the question. I haven’t seen any platform teaching c-lite. I meant they have paths towards teaching financial algorithms, trading, crypto etc… However that’s actually the toughest part. Once you know 1 language, picking up the syntax for another is easy.

      First langugage took me 6 months, the second one took a week, and the third one took like 2 days.

    4. Thank you all for the replies!

      I couldn’t find a specific manuel on lite-C. If you do find educational sources it seems that they mostly link to:

      https://robotwealth.com/ –> specifically about working with Zoro
      http://aelinik.free.fr/c/ –> based on the book ‘Teach yourself C in 24 hours’. I managed to find a pdf for this one online (see link below)
      [Admin note: Link removed; we do not condone piracy on this blog.]

      I do know that some time-investment will be necessary, but I’m a bit afraid that I would tackle it the wrong way and spent many hours learning a skill that would have been unnecessary.

      @Aaron, yes I’m not yet that familiar with variables, loops pointers etc.
      @Alek, I checked Datacamp and it seems very interesting. They seem to focus mostly on Python, but from what I understand is that once you get the basics down (variables, loops etc), then the difference is mostly the syntax?

    5. but from what I understand is that once you get the basics down (variables, loops etc), then the difference is mostly the syntax?

      1) Not just them though. Most of data science and financial analytics is dominated by Python

      2) Python is itself a kind of a “C-lite”.

      3) Learning how to problem solve is 80% of the work in learning programming. Learning how to problem solve specific kinds of problems (like financial analysis related stuff in this case) is like 15% of the work. The syntax is like 5%

      If you can write a program to solve a specific problem in one language… rewriting it in another language is just (most of the time) just changing to equivalent syntax.

      p.s. People tend to over-exaggerate how difficult it is to learn a more difficult language if you started out with one of the easier ones. It’s still pretty easy to learn a second language. Based on folklore I was expecting that learning more language would be much harder since my first languages were those “easy language”. Wasn’t the case. Most of your learning is spent on stuff that’s universal too all languages. And an algorithm is an algorithm. It’s not even written in a programming language, it’s in your head (or in a flow chart) and then converted to a programming language. But coming up with the algorithm is like most of the work. Converting it to a programming language is the formality.

    6. I do know that some time-investment will be necessary, but I’m a bit afraid that I would tackle it the wrong way and spent many hours learning a skill that would have been unnecessary.

      Theres no way around that. In any area of life. Most of what you learn you will not need. But there is no way you learn only exactly what you will need in isolation.

      Unless you have a ton of cash and can pay someone to mentor you and hand hold you every step of the way in a perfectly personalized and customized journey where you take only the exact steps you need. Otherwise it’s a fantasy trying to find such a roadmap.

    7. C/C++ is used by specialized programmers for squeezing out extra performance through advanced parallelization schemes and by communicating with the hardware more directly. You will not profit from advantages C or C++ offer but will have to deal with their disadvantages.

      If you don’t wanna waste time then I’d strongly suggest to use Python instead. It is more beginner friendly, has much richer ecosystem ( more tools and guides) and is used by majority of introductory books and courses in Algorithmic Trading and Data Science in general. Furthermore, at some point you will need to do more advanced stuff such as pulling stocks data from API. It is much less time consuming to do so with Python than C/C++ or some relatively obscure language such as Lite-C.

    8. Thank you all for your time and the great suggestions! I must say that they really helped and provided me with a different perspective.

      I’m not sure how you guys place a comment in italics, but I’ve tried something else that hopefully makes it more readable.

      I checked out my local library and found some interesting books. ‘Programming for dummies’ and ‘Programming with C’. I’ll probably go through these first. I’ve already started in the ‘Programming for dummies’ book and I feel that it’s a good book to illustrate some of the general concepts (why are there different languages, difference between a compiler and an interpreter etc).

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      “Theres no way around that. In any area of life. Most of what you learn you will not need. But there is no way you learn only exactly what you will need in isolation.
      Unless you have a ton of cash and can pay someone to mentor you and hand hold you every step of the way in a perfectly personalized and customized journey where you take only the exact steps you need. Otherwise it’s a fantasy trying to find such a roadmap.”
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      @AlekNovy
      This is a great comment. I have to say that I sometimes struggle with this. I would start learning a new skill and then my mind would start to wander ‘oh but maybe this isn’t the right path’ or ‘maybe I should focus on something else’. It’s basically a self-defeating mechanism.

      Realizing that this is inevitable, makes it easier to deal with this.

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      C/C++ is used by specialized programmers for squeezing out extra performance through advanced parallelization schemes and by communicating with the hardware more directly. You will not profit from advantages C or C++ offer but will have to deal with their disadvantages.

      If you don’t wanna waste time then I’d strongly suggest to use Python instead. It is more beginner friendly, has much richer ecosystem ( more tools and guides) and is used by majority of introductory books and courses in Algorithmic Trading and Data Science in general. Furthermore, at some point you will need to do more advanced stuff such as pulling stocks data from API. It is much less time consuming to do so with Python than C/C++ or some relatively obscure language such as Lite-C.
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      @Skepdick

      Yes, Python seems very interesting, so it’s definetly on my list.

      What you say is correct there seems to be lots of good information about it out there.

      In the book (Black book of financial hacking), they mostly recommended C because it was quicker for a backtest. So, for the moment, I’ll probably continue down that path.

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      Robotwealth has courses on c-lite, as they work with Zorro.

      https://robotwealth.com/

      Maybe this helps
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      @Neutralrandomthoughts

      Yes, thanks for that link.

      I found out that source as well and it’s something I’ll keep in mind for the future.

  5. it seems my comment got stuck in the moderation queue. I hope it doesn’t mess up the readability of it.

    If you want, I can always correct it.

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