The thought of the Day: The same people who took twenty years to replace the Taliban with the Taliban (and leave them the largest arms cache in Central Asia) are now fighting a war with Covid.
Creepy Pres. Brandon Loves the Taliban
“The United States is announcing a new contribution of more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan,” Horne said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller. “This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $782 million since October 2021, and we remain the single largest donor of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.”
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Admitting that none of the vaccines have any value in stopping people from contracting the infection, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla stated the following earlier today. WATCH: [ 01:35 ] “ We know the two-dose vaccine offers very limited protection if any. The three doses with a booster offers reasonable protection against hospitalization and death.”
Of course, that will change tomorrow as the fifth or sixth dose will be the clincher.
In an ordinary time, this admission from the CEO of Pfizer would end all the COVID-19 rules, regulations, and vaccination passports efforts. Alas, we are not in ordinary times.
Aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a private luxury train service from London to Venice and other European cities. It is currently owned by Belmond, which operates 45 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains, and river cruises in 24 countries.
It’s about £12,000 for two – London to Venice (one way) in a grand suite. That includes meals and limitless champagne.
This would be great for a politician wishing to take his “niece” on a trip to see Venice, he could dip into his campaign funds and it wouldn’t cost him a dime. If you’d already announced that you intended to retire at the end of your term, nobody would scrutinize the expense…
Historical Reference – The Third Eagle
The fact that Germanicus on his campaigns in Germania recovered two of the three eagles lost by Varus in the Teutoberg Forest is well known, but the fact that the Romans eventually managed to recover also the last one — not so much. The third one returned to Roman hands much later – more than 30 years after the Germanic tribes captured it.
It was regained by the forces of Legate Aulus Gabinius Secundus in 41 AD on a campaign against the Chauci. (under Emperor Claudius who had only shortly before ascended the “throne”).
Nine years after the third eagle was recovered, in 50 AD, the Romans defeated a detachment of Chatti raiders (…another tribe from Arminius’ former coalition) and to their amazement found among them several old slaves-former legionaries of Varus’ army whom they freed.
The latest German historical action-drama series (on Netflix) Barbarians narrates the story behind the battle of the Teutoburg Forest that took place in 9 AD between the Germanic tribes and the Romans. Created by Arne Nolting, Jan Martin Scharf, and Andreas Heckmann.
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