Shanghai Descends into Chaos

April 14, 2022

Taiwan Military Distributes Survival Handbook to Citizens in Preparation for China Invasion

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Reports coming out of Shanghai show riots now breaking out among desperate people fighting back against police forcing people into quarantine concentration camps, and horrible side effects from the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines where people are reportedly dropping dead soon after the shots.

In nearby Taiwan, the military is taking unprecedented measures by distributing a 28-page public emergency handbook to prepare their citizens to handle an imminent Chinese invasion. (Source.)

Meanwhile, here in the U.S. the corporate media continues to focus on Ukraine, while many in the Alternative Media have been distracted for the past few days on “snake venom” that is allegedly infecting municipal water supplies.

Many people have emailed me asking me to cover this story, but not only am I not going to cover that story, I am not even going to bother watching the videos because it is nothing more than a huge distraction right now, as everyone should be stocking up on food and preparing for what comes next in the implementation of the Great Reset and New World Order that is unfolding before our very eyes in China.

And if you think I am exaggerating, this was the headline earlier this week in a major German publication boasting 23 million readers and 417 million page views a month. Notice the point size of their headline and use of the word “Apokalypse.”

Shanghai is China’s largest city and largest port, and what happens there affects the rest of the world, especially in regards to the collapsing supply chain.

Here is a video report that is from our Bitchute channel. It is also on our Odysee channel and Telegram channel.

People locked down in their apartment buildings are developing a barter system to try to stave off starvation.

What is happening in Shanghai should be a wake up call to everyone to start preparing for what is coming next.

Taiwan is doing this, by distributing information to people to get ready and prepare, but people in the U.S. seem to be distracted by an overflow of information right now, and if you don’t focus on preparing for something on the scale of what is happening in Shanghai, it could literally cost you your life.

How to Get People to Open Up

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By Ken Downer

If we hope to develop high-performing teams, increasing engagement is always at the top of our to-do list.  But sometimes in our efforts to lead, we can get in our own way, and hinder the very thing we are trying to encourage.  Two brief interactions that went very differently illustrate how this can happen, and what we can do if we are serious about increasing engagement on our teams.

Increasing Engagement - How to Get People to Open Up

Two Reactions

In How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie mentions a time when he hired an interior decorator to put new drapes in his home.  He was happy with the new look until he got the bill.  Then he was upset.  He felt that he had paid far too much.

A few days later, a friend dropped by and the topic of the drapes came up.  When she heard the price that he had paid, she said, “What?  That’s awful.  I’m afraid he put one over on you.”

As Carnegie says, nobody likes to have his judgement questioned, so even though deep down he agreed with her, he found himself defending his purchase.  He talked about the quality of the material and the tasteful styling.  He rationalized that cheaper drapes would have to be replaced more often.

The next day, another friend happened by for a visit.  She was quick to admire the drapes, and spoke with enthusiasm about the styling.  She even wished aloud that some day she would be able to afford something as nice for her own home.

Carnegie’s reaction: “Well, to tell the truth, I can’t afford them myself.  I paid too much.  I’m sorry I ordered them.”

With his first visitor, Carnegie found himself defending a poor decision.  With the second, he was open and honest about his experience.  Why were his reactions so different?  And what are the implications for leaders?

Gas Pedal, Brake Pedal

Carnegie’s little story reveals a quirky truth about human nature that communications expert Dr. Ronald Gordon helps us understand.

With his first visitor, Carnegie experienced criticism, which triggered a defensive reaction that jams us up between two opposing forces.  Part of us tends to contract psychologically.  To avoid embarrassment or harm to our sense of self, we hunker down and defend our position, come what may.  At the same time, we may feel the impulse to counter attack or strike out in retaliation.  We want to reply in kind and lash out at those who appear to threaten us.

To use his analogy, it’s like stepping on a car’s gas pedal and brakes at the same time: we burn a lot of energy and generate a lot of heat but get nowhere for all of that, and if the brakes fail, a damaging collision is probable.

On the other hand, Carnegie’s second guest came across very differently.  Opening with comments of praise, she engendered a sense of understanding.  Under these conditions, Gordon found that we tend to feel better about ourselves, and better about the person we are talking with.  We develop a sense of closeness with the other person, and with that comes a feeling of trust and a willingness to share more openly and freely.

As Dr. Gordon summarizes,

When people feel defensive, they want to strike out; when they feel understood, they want to reach out.  When people feel defensive, they want to do something to the other person; when they feel understood, they want to do something for the other person.

Increasing Engagement – The Takeaway

Benjamin Franklin wrote in his autobiography, “I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradiction to the sentiment of others.” As he adopted this practice, he found that his interactions with others became more pleasant, he learned more, and he was less likely to feel embarrassed when he was wrong about something himself.

Like Carnegie, he had learned that triggering people’s defenses can turn a reasoning human being into an inflexible opponent who will work hard to prove us wrong about them being wrong (even if they really are wrong).  They’ll push the gas and brake pedals to the floor, and the result will be a lot of noise and smell, but little if any progress.

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so. – Lord Chesterfield to his son Click To Tweet

If we want our teammates reaching out and seeking to do for, not to, the best approach is to come from a place of respect and understanding.  In doing so, we create an opportunity to increase engagement, build trust, and cultivate a sense of teamwork.

When we take this approach, everyone will be able to agree that the drapes are beautiful but too expensive, and we won’t waste energy burning tires, or bridges, in the process.

Iran’s – and America’s – Plans to Fund Russia’s War In Ukraine

Iran’s efforts to conclude a revised nuclear deal with the Biden administration could result in the Kremlin receiving a windfall of half-a-billion dollars to fund its war effort against Ukraine. To boost its economy, Russia is now demanding that Iran pay

Source: Iran’s – and America’s – Plans to Fund Russia’s War In Ukraine

VenomTech company announces massive library of SNAKE VENOM peptides for pharmaceutical development

“Nanocarriers” stabilize snake venom in WATER (PubMed)

Image: VenomTech company announces massive library of SNAKE VENOM peptides for pharmaceutical development; “nanocarriers” stabilize snake venom in WATER (PubMed)

(Natural News) Astonishingly, it is rapidly becoming apparent in the aftermath of the Dr. Bryan Ardis revelations about snake venom origins for covid-19 that many people — even some in alt media — are completely unaware that snake venom is commonly used as the starting point for pharmaceutical research.

Earlier today, a UK company literally named “Venomtech” announced a massive venom peptide and venom fragment library to be used for drug discovery by pharmaceutical companies (as well as pesticide used for agricultural companies).

The news was widely covered in the biotech media, including at News-Medical.net, which published the announcement, “Venomtech announces new drug development collaboration with Charles River.”

 

From that announcement:

Venomtech is collaborating with Charles River Laboratories, International Inc. to help drug developers explore venom-derived compounds for a wide range of therapeutic targets. This newly formed collaboration will bring together Venomtech’s biology expertise and vast venom-derived peptide library, with Charles River’s drug development and screening knowhow, providing pharmaceutical manufacturers with a one-stop service to explore this unique natural resource.

Venomtech’s Targeted-Venom Discovery Array™ (T-VDA™) libraries provide researchers with a straightforward solution to rapidly screen thousands of individual venom fragments, with each array specifically designed to maximise hits for a specific target.

The announcement carries this statement from Venomtech CEO Paul Grant:

1st Texas Bus Drops Off Illegal Immigrants Near US Capitol

By Zachary Stieber April 13, 2022

The first bus carrying illegal immigrants from Texas arrived in Washington on April 13.

The illegal aliens were dropped off between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, according to the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

“As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, the State of Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps and keep Texans safe,” Abbott said in a statement. “By busing migrants to Washington, D.C., the Biden administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they are allowing to cross our border. Texas should not have to bear the burden of the Biden administration’s failure to secure our border.”

Abbott, a Republican, directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management earlier this month to begin coordinating “voluntary transportation” to Washington and other locations outside Texas of immigrants released from federal custody.

The bus that arrived on Wednesday was filled with immigrants who came from Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, Abbott’s office said.

Footage captured by Fox News showed the immigrants getting off the bus several blocks from the Capitol at approximately 8:13 a.m.

It wasn’t clear which officials were processing the immigrants.

The Texas division declined to comment, as did U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Two men in khakis and black, collared shirts greeted the immigrants and gave them cell phones as they got off. They also looked up information from a wristband that each person wore. They exchanged hugs and handshakes with the aliens after processing them.

Everybody getting off the bus had a manila folder.

Many were men.

Luis Alberto, a Venezuelan national who was on the bus, told NTD that the group crossed the border into Texas on April 12 after being robbed by cartels and Mexican police officers.

“When we got to Texas we had nothing because they had taken everything. We heard there was help, and a bus to Washington, and there would be someone to facilitate travel, because in Texas there is no help,” he said as to why the immigrants agreed to get on the bus.

Catholic Charities assisted the immigrants after they got off the bus.

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Catholic Charities workers assist the illegal immigrants who were bused from Texas to Washington on April 13, 2022. (NTD Television)

Most of the immigrants are going to other areas, Sister Sharlet Wagner, executive director of the Newcomer Network which the charity runs, told NTD.

“Most of them do have family or friends in the place where they really want to go. We’re happy to help them if they want to stay here. Most are choosing to move on,” she said.

Organizers bought food for the immigrants and bus tickets for those who want to go elsewhere.

Abbott announced the plan during a press conference on April 6. He said it was necessary because Texas has been “overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden administration” and transporting them to the capitol of the United States would allow the federal government “to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border.”

Since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, the United States has recorded an unprecedented number of illegal immigrant encounters at the U.S.–Mexico border.

There are few signs the flood is waning. Both critics and supporters of Biden’s treatment of the border say a spike is expected when Title 42, a pandemic-era authority, expires in May.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki previously called Abbott’s bussing plan a “publicity stunt.”

Asked about Wednesday’s arrival, she told reporters in Washington that “these are all migrants who have been processed by CBP and are free to travel so it’s nice the state of Texas is helping them get to their final destination as they await the outcome of their immigration proceedings.” CBP stands for Customs and Border Protection.

Abbott’s office says a second bus is en route to Washington.

Good Friday: The Mystery of the Cross

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[Editor’s Note: The passage below is from Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D (Baronius Press), originally published in 1963.]

Good Friday is the day which invites us more than any other to “enter into the thicket of the trials and pains … of the Son of God” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle first redaction, 35,9), and not only with the abstract consideration of the mind, but also with the practical disposition of the will to accept suffering voluntarily, in order to unite and assimilate ourselves to the Crucified.

By suffering with Him, we shall understand His sufferings better and have a better comprehension of His love for us, for “the purest suffering brings with it the most intimate and the purest understanding” (ibid., 36,12); and “no one feels more deeply in his heart the Passion of Christ than one who has suffered something similar” (Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, Book II, Chapter 12, Paragraph 4). With these dispositions let us accompany our Lord during His last day on earth.

The atrocious martyrdom, which within a few hours will torture His body, has not yet begun, and yet the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Olives marks one of the most sorrowful moments of His Passion, one which best reveals the bitter sufferings of His soul. His most sacred soul finds itself immersed in inexpressible anguish; it is extreme abandonment and desolation, without the slightest consolation, either from God or from man.

The Savior feels the weight of the enormous burden of all the sins of mankind; He, the Innocent One, sees Himself covered with the most execrable crimes, and made, as it were, the enemy of God and the target of the infinite justice which will punish all our wickedness in Him. Of course, as God, Jesus never ceased, even in the most painful moments of His Passion, to be united to His Father; but as man, He felt Himself rejected by Him, “struck by God and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4).

This explains the utter anguish of His spirit, much more sorrowful than the dreadful physical sufferings which await Him; explains the cruel agony which made Him sweat blood; explains His complaint, “My soul is sorrowful even unto death” (Mt 26:38). Whereas before He had so ardently desired His Passion, now that His humanity finds itself facing the hard reality of the fact, deprived of the sensible help of the divinity, which seems not only to withdraw but even more, to be angry with Him, Jesus groans: “My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me!” But this anguished cry of human nature is immediately lost in that of the perfect conformity of Christ’s will to the Father’s: “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Mt 26:39).

The Agony in the Garden is followed by the treacherous kiss of Judas, the arrest, the night passed in the interrogations by the high priests and insults from the soldiers who strike Jesus, spit in His face and blindfold Him, while in the outer court. Peter is denying Him. At dawn they commence anew the questionings and accusations; the going back and forth from one tribunal to another begins—from Caiphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and back again to Pilate—followed by the horrible scourging and the crowning with thorns.

Finally, clothed as a mock king, the Son of God is presented to the mob which cries out: “Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas”; for Jesus, the Savior, the crowd can only shout: “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” (Lk 23:18-21). Loaded down with the wood for His torture, Jesus is led away to Calvary where He is crucified between two thieves. These terrible physical and mental sufferings reach their climax when teh Savior, in agony on the Cross, utters the cry: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Mt 27:46).

Here again we are in the presence of the inner struggle which tortures the soul of Christ, and now accompanies, with rapid crescendo, the intense increase of His physical sufferings. Jesus had said to His Apostles at the Last Supper, in speaking of His approaching Passion: “Behold, the hour cometh…[when] you shall be scattered…and shall leave Me alone; yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me” (Jn 16:32).

Union with the Father is everything to Jesus; it is His life and His strength, His comfort and His joy. If men desert Him, the Father is always with Him, and that is sufficient for Him. This fact gives us a better understanding of the intensity of His sufferings when, in the course of His Passion, the Father withdraws from Him. Yet, even in His agony and death on the Cross, Jesus is always God, and therefore always indissolubly united to the Father. However, He has taken upon Himself the heavy burden of our sins, which stand like a moral barrier between Him and the Father. Although personally united to the Word, His humanity is, by a miracle, deprived of all divine comfort and support, and feels instead the weight of all the malediction due to sin: “Christ,” says St. Paul, “has redeemed us from the curse…being made a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13).

Here we touch the most profound depths of the Passion of Jesus, the most atrocious bitterness which He embraced for our salvation. Yet, even in the midst of such cruel torments, the last words of Jesus are an expression of total abandonment: “Father, into Thy Hands I commend My spirit” (Lk 23:26). Thus Jesus, who willed to taste to the dregs all that is bitter for man in suffering and dying, teaches us to overcome the anxieties and anguish caused  in us by sorrow and death, by acts of complete submission to the will of God and trustful abandonment into His hands.

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