Russia warns of ‘unpredictable escalation’ in Ukraine

https://www.rt.com/russia/571104-shoigu-nato-ukraine-escalation/

The US and its allies are actively trying to prolong the conflict between Moscow and Kiev for as long as possible, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated on Tuesday.

In order to ensure that the fighting continues, the West has begun delivering heavy weapons to Ukraine, while openly urging Kiev to capture Russian territories, Shoigu said, warning that “such moves are essentially dragging NATO countries into the conflict and could lead to an unpredictable escalation.”

Last month, the US, Germany, and a number of other NATO states announced that they will supply Ukraine’s forces with modern main battle tanks such as the Leopard 2 and the M1 Abrams. Washington also said it will supply Kiev with ground-launched small diameter bombs (GLSDB) with a range of up to 150km – which would allow Ukraine’s forces to strike targets deep within Russian territory.

Commenting on these deliveries, Shoigu stated on Tuesday that the Russian forces continue to “grind up” the weapons and equipment being supplied to Kiev, noting that the equipment is being destroyed both on the routes of delivery and in combat positions.

Moscow has warned against providing increasingly advanced weapons to Ukraine, arguing that this will only lead to more bloodshed and will ultimately fail to change the outcome of the conflict.

Russia has also said that the West’s increasing involvement and Washington’s “reckless neo-colonialist expansionist policy” have put the world at risk of a devastating global war.

On Monday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the world is “sleepwalking” into a “wider war,” and called on all countries to recommit to the UN Charter and put human rights and dignity ahead of short-term thinking focused on economic interests and power.


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Major crypto exchange to suspend US dollar transfers

https://www.rt.com/business/571118-binance-halts-dollar-transfers/

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, Binance, has announced it will suspend US dollar deposits and withdrawals, starting on Wednesday.

“We are temporarily suspending USD bank transfers as of February 8. Affected customers are being notified directly,” a Binance spokesperson told reporters on Monday. The company did not explain the decision, but said it was “working hard to restart service as soon as possible.”

According to the statement, just “0.01% of [Binance’s] monthly active users leverage USD bank transfers.”

“In the interim, all other methods of buying and selling crypto remain unaffected, including bank transfer using one of the other fiat currencies supported by Binance (including euros), buying and selling crypto via credit card, debit card, Google Pay and Apple Pay and via our Binance P2P marketplace,” the spokesperson clarified.

According to data from Arkham Intelligence, the news prompted a surge in outflows of dollar-pegged stablecoins from Binance’s crypto wallets. However, data from DefiLlama showed that the exchange’s net US dollar outflow on Monday amounted to only $172 million, while Binance’s overall crypto assets are worth about $42.2 billion. The Binance spokesperson noted that the platform is “still overwhelmingly net-positive on net deposits.”

Meanwhile, Binance’s US unit said in a tweet that it will not be affected by the measure. Given that the main Binance exchange does not serve American users, the move will apply only to non-US customers who chose to transfer money in US currency.


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NewsBreak: Kim Jong Un calls for North Korea to expand preparations for war

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SEOUL, Feb. 7 (UPI) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un led a meeting that called on the country’s military to expand its combat drills and move toward “perfecting the preparedness for war,” state media reported on Tuesday.

The meeting of the military commission of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea “discussed in depth the major military and political tasks for 2023,” according to state-run Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea’s top military brass called for “constantly expanding and intensifying the operation and combat drills of the [Korean People’s Army] to cope with the prevailing situation and more strictly perfecting the preparedness for war,” KCNA said.

Kim said he expected the North’s armed forces to “perform ever-victorious feats” and demonstrate “matchless military strength,” according to the report. The meeting, which was held on Monday, marked the North Korean leader’s first public appearance in roughly 40 days.

Pyongyang has shown no signs of toning down its bellicose rhetoric or easing up on military provocations after launching missiles at an unprecedented rate last year.

Last week, a foreign ministry spokesperson warned that North Korea would respond to any U.S. military moves with “the most overwhelming nuclear force.”

In a year-end address, Kim called for “an exponential increase” of the country’s nuclear arsenal and ordered the mass production of lower-yield tactical nuclear weapons, which are designed to be used on the battlefield.

Officials in Seoul and Washington have determined that the North has completed preparations for a nuclear test, which would be its seventh overall and first since 2017.

North Korea will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of its army on Wednesday, and observers are looking out for a military parade that may show off new missiles and other hardware.

The continuing military buildup comes as the country is facing a food shortage that some experts believe is the worst since the devastating famine of the 1990s.

On Monday, KCNA reported that the Workers’ Party politburo would hold a meeting later in the month to discuss reforming the country’s food production system.

“It is a very important and urgent task to establish the correct strategy for the development of agriculture,” the report said.


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Israel says approved aid to quake-hit Syria, Damascus denies request | Arab News (Damascus a Ruinous Heap!!!)

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2245851/middle-east#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16757842081674&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.arabnews.com%2Fnode%2F2245851%2Fmiddle-east

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had given the go-ahead to send aid to earthquake-hit Syria, but a Damascus official swiftly denied they had requested help in the first place.

Israel “received a request from a diplomatic source for humanitarian aid to Syria, and I approved it,” Netanyahu told lawmakers from his hawkish Likud party, adding the aid would be sent soon.

But a Syrian official told reporters Damascus “ridiculed and denied the allegations” that it had requested aid from Israel.

“How can Syria ask for help from an entity that has killed… Syrians for decades?” said the official.
Syria’s government does not recognize Israel and the two countries have fought several wars since Israel’s creation in 1948.

Netanyahu’s office declined to provide further details on the source of the request to help Syria, where hundreds of people were killed by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake Monday in neighboring Turkiye.

The Israeli leader has also confirmed his government would send humanitarian assistance to Turkiye following the disaster.

Israel’s foreign ministry said a team of search and rescue specialists would leave for Turkiye on Monday, and that another delegation equipped with humanitarian supplies would follow on Tuesday.


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State of the Union address 2023 | Rise of the antichrist)

https://www.youtube.com/live/VhSvS-huYJw?feature=share

https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/state-of-the-union-address-2023-biden-live-updates#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16757763775926&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Flive-news%2Fstate-of-the-union-address-2023-biden-live-updates

Fox News chief political anchor and Special Report‘s Bret Baier will lead tonight’s coverage of President Biden’s State of the Union address alongside The Story anchor and executive editor Martha MacCallum on the FOX News Channel (FNC).

Coverage will begin Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET and will be simulcast on FOX Business Network (FBN).

White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich and Congressional correspondent Aishah Hasnie will be reporting live from the White House and the Capitol, respectively. FNC’s coverage will feature in-depth and expert analysis from co-anchor of America’s Newsroom and co-host of The Five Dana Perino, senior political analyst Brit Hume, co-host of The Five Harold Ford Jr. and host of FBN’s Kudlow, Larry Kudlow.

FOX News Sunday’s Shannon Bream will anchor separate live coverage on FOX Network, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with contributions from FNC’s senior congressional correspondent Chad Pergram.

FOX News Audio will also provide extensive multiplatform coverage of Biden’s address, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX News Radio (FNR), which will cover the speech live with Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal.

Meanwhile, FOX News Digital will continue to offer nonstop coverage of the 2023 State of the Union address with this live blog. Viewers will be able to livestream the address and the Republican response on FOXNews.com for free.

Stay tuned!


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BioNTech Strengthens Manufacturing Capabilities with First In-house Plasmid DNA Manufacturing Facility..

https://www.biopharminternational.com/view/biontech-strengthens-manufacturing-capabilities-with-first-in-house-plasmid-dna-manufacturing-facility

https://www.fiercepharma.com/manufacturing/shot-way-daiichi-sankyo-builds-japans-first-mrna-covid-vaccine-plant

Less than four weeks after submitting an application for approval of its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate in its home country, Daiichi Sankyo appears to be setting up a way to manufacture the shot in Japan.

BioNTech announced on Feb. 2, 2023 that it has completed construction of its first proprietary plasmid DNA manufacturing facility in Marburg, Germany. The investment of approximately €40 million is part of a long-term development plan aiming to increase the company’s autonomy and flexibility in manufacturing an important starting material for its oncology and COVID-19 vaccine pipeline.

Plasmid DNA is an important starting material for the manufacturing of mRNA-based vaccines and therapies, as well as cell therapies, according to the company. BioNTech plans to independently manufacture plasmid DNA for clinical product candidates and commercial products in the areas of cancer and infectious diseases. The company also expects the new facility to enable faster production cycles and shorter delivery times for plasmid DNA for a number of clinical product candidates and commercial products.

“Since we acquired our manufacturing site in Marburg in the fall of 2020, we have continuously invested in the site to expand our manufacturing capacities and capabilities. Plasmid manufacturing is an exciting and important part of mRNA manufacturing that we expect to be able to cover in-house soon,” said Ugur Sahin, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, in a company press release. “We plan to manufacture mRNA-based products for a broad range of clinical trial candidates at our Marburg site while we are preparing production measures for the commercial manufacturingof personalized oncology therapeutics.”


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Feb 7, 2023 – Watchman News – Psalm 97:10 – Update: Powerful quake rocks Turkey and Syria, kills more than 3,700+, Seoul takes unspecified measures after North Korean balloon briefly spotted over South Korea, Update:Thailand to BAN Pfizer After Thai Princess Falls Into a Coma Following Booster Jab, Rothschilds plan buyout of family bank, Brace for another celestial event in April (Birth of Hitler- antichrist), UN chief fears the world is headed for a ‘wider war’ (WW3), Ukraine issues demands to Israel, Yair Lapid: Israeli Knesset’s 74th birthday may be its last, UK Is “Likely” To Need Digital Currency, Says BoE & Treasury, Musk assesses public awareness of WWIII risk, A Scientific Investigation of ‘The Last of Us’ Fungal Pandemic – CNET (Disease X) and More!

https://rumble.com/v28nd40-feb-7-2023-watchman-news-psalm-9710-x-marks-the-spot-israel-74th-marker-fun.html

Feb 7, 2023 – Watchman News – Psalm 97:10 – Update: Powerful quake rocks Turkey and Syria, kills more than 3,700+, Seoul takes unspecified `measures` after North Korean balloon briefly spotted over South Korea, Update:Thailand to BAN Pfizer After Thai Princess Falls Into a Coma Following Booster Jab, Rothschilds plan buyout of family bank, Brace for another celestial event in April (Birth of Hitler- antichrist), UN chief fears the world is headed for a ‘wider war’ (WW3), Ukraine issues demands to Israel, Yair Lapid: Israeli Knesset’s 74th birthday may be its last, UK Is “Likely” To Need Digital Currency, Says BoE & Treasury, Musk assesses public awareness of WWIII risk, A Scientific Investigation of ‘The Last of Us’ Fungal Pandemic – CNET (Disease X) and More!

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VERSE OF THE DAY
Psalm 97:10 (New King James Version)
You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

Understanding of ARM vs Right Hand of Revelation 13;16-18 – https://youtu.be/o4nXtcnz0Ls

The Dove Release of Noah symbolism to the 3 End Times Ministry Segments – https://liveactioneating.com/2021/08/16/the-dove-release-of-noah-to-the-3-part-end-times-ministries/

Jacob ( Jesus) and His Work for the Father to gain Rachel (Bride of Christ),Leah (Israel), the Flocks (Church) and the World (Those that are lost) Timeline – 1988 -2028 – https://liveactioneating.com/2021/08/20/jacob-jesus-and-his-work-for-the-father-to-gain-rachel-bride-of-christleah-israel-the-flocks-church-and-the-world-those-that-are-lost-timeline-1988-2028/

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High Watch Times
June 2nd/3rd -The Day the Earth Stood Still Movie
June 4th/5th – Pentecost- Ezekiel’s Vision of Jesus on the Throne – Chariots of Wheels and the Angels

June 14th-16th – In 2022 there will be three Supermoons: Tuesday, June 14. Wednesday, July 15. Friday, August 12 – August’s full Sturgeon Moon reaches its peak on Thursday, August 11, 2022. It will be the last supermoon of the year. Learn when to look for it and why August’s Full Moon got such a peculiar name!

June 22-24th – 23 Sivan (474 BCE) – Mordecai and Esther sent letters so that the Jews shall prepare themselves for the annihilation plan orchestrated by Haman to be committed against them on the 13th of the following Adar. Planetary Parade!!

July 2nd -4th – The Day the Sun and Moon Stood Still – Joshua 10:12-15

Possible UFO Landing in D.C.?

Ezekiel 1:1

Ezekiel’s Vision of God

Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

July 13th-14th – Noah Timeline – 150 Days (Dec 3rd -April 30th) + 74 Days = Tops of Mountains became visible = Gen 8:5. Super Buck Moon on July 13.

July 16th – Aug 7th – The Three Weeks or Bein ha-Metzarim (Hebrew: בין המצרים, “Between the Straits”) (cf “dire straits”) is a period of mourning commemorating the destruction of the first and second Jewish Temples.

Aug 11th -12th – Tu B Av – In 2022 there will be three Supermoons: Tuesday, June 14. Wednesday, July 15. Friday, August 12 – August’s full Sturgeon Moon reaches its peak on Thursday, August 11, 2022. It will be the last supermoon of the year.
Aug 22nd – 23rd – Noah Timeline – 224 Days (July 13th) + 40 Days = Raven sent out = Gen 8:6

Aug 28th – 29th – Noah Timeline – 264 Days (Aug 22nd) + 7 Days = Dove sent out after Raven, no resting place= Gen 8:6-12

Sept 5th – 6th – Noah Timeline – 271 Days (Aug 29th) + 7 Days = After 7 Days, Noah sent out Dove again, It returns with Olive Leaf= Gen 8:10-11
Sept 12th – 13th – Noah Timeline – 278 Days (Sept 5th) + 7 Days = After 7 Days, Noah sent out Dove again, it does not return Gen 8:12

Sept 25th – 27th – Rosh Hashana for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Sunday, 25 September 2022 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, 27 September 2022.
Oct 10th -12th – Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement & Tabernacles connection to the Julian Calendar, Noah Timeline Date – Gen 8:13, 444 from Israel’s 70th day & 717 on Hebrew Calendar
Oct 15th -16th – 4444 from Israel 70th Bday + Hosha’ana Rabba (Haggai -2nd Temple Building)
Oct 16th-20th – Shemini Atzeret (8th Day of Tabernacles on Hebrew Calendar + Torah)
Oct 24th-25th – Partial Solar Eclipse (Israel to Divide Land) Last Day of 7th Month
Oct 31/Nov 1 – 1 Year 11 Days from 11/11/2023 (Chesvan 27) + 7 Days from Oct 24/Oct 25 Eclipse to Nov 7/8th Eclipse (1 Kings 8:62-66)
Nov 7-8th – Total Blood Moon Eclipse
Nov 11th – Chesvan 17 – Flood Begins
Dec 6th – Final Noah Timeline Date from 2021
Dec 8th-9th – 14 Kislev (c. 1445/1568BC) – Birth & Death of Reuben, son of Jacob.
Dec 9th/10th – 15 Kislev (167 BC) – The Greeks set up the “Abomination of Desolation” in the Temple.
Dec 18th- 1st Day of Hannukah and 40 Days from Nov 8th Blood Moon
Dec 21st – Mid – Hanukkah Candlestick + Winter Soltice and 40 Days from 11/11 Chesvan 17
Dec 30-31st – 7th Day of Tenth Month (Dec 7th) Possible Taiwan Invasion
Jan 2-3, 2023 – 10 Tevet (588 BC) – Nebuchadnezzar II’s armies besiege Jerusalem; now commemorated as a fast day.
10 Tevet (479 BC) – Esther appears before Achashverosh (Xerxes) for the first time and is chosen by him to be the queen.
Jan 16th – Prophetic Warning of Tribulation- Possible Currency Marker of Collapse
Jan 17th – 22nd – Yuletide Ends at Epiphany Day, I Pet Goat II linked to Year of the Rabbit at Jan 22nd
Jan 30, 2023 – Hitler came into Power – Possible antichrist rise to power Day.
Feb 6-7th – Tu BiShvat 2023 / טוּ בִּשְׁבָט 5783
New Year for Trees

Feb 14th – 24 Shevat (517 BC) – Zechariah’s prophecy (Zechariah 1:7–16) (Heart Symbol on the Face from I Pet Goat II Tank Scene ♥️

A 7 Day Prophetic Warning before the December Events Take Place – https://rumble.com/v27q3xl-the-war-rapture-in-labor-2023-year-of-the-water-rabbit-and-the-green-comet.html

Feb 20-21 – (New Moon – 12th Month) 28 Shevat (circa 134 BC) – Antiochus V abandoned his siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city’s destruction. This day was observed as a holiday in Hasmonean times.[1] (Megilat Taanit)

Possible Poseidon Missle – https://rumble.com/v27q3xl-the-war-rapture-in-labor-2023-year-of-the-water-rabbit-and-the-green-comet.html

Feb 27-28 – Pandemic Treaty Meeting – The Body today agreed that the INB’s Bureau will develop the zero draft of the pandemic accord in order to start negotiations at the fourth INB meeting, scheduled to start on 27 February 2023. – (Also, major Fire that launched Hitler into Power took place – https://youtu.be/9y6H1_wiQsg

https://liveactioneating.com/2022/12/07/who-member-states-agree-to-develop-zero-draft-of-legally-binding-pandemic-accord-in-early-2023/

Possible Pearl Harbor Moment- America to get attacked- https://rumble.com/v27q3xl-the-war-rapture-in-labor-2023-year-of-the-water-rabbit-and-the-green-comet.html

March 6-7 – Purim for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Monday, 6 March 2023 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, 7 March 2023.

Possible Belarus-Russia United-NUCLEAR Launch – https://rumble.com/v27q3xl-the-war-rapture-in-labor-2023-year-of-the-water-rabbit-and-the-green-comet.html

March 13-14 – Possible (Zelensky + Artic Bomb) Revelation 12:9 ESV – And the great dragon was…
9 And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth – https://rumble.com/v27q3xl-the-war-rapture-in-labor-2023-year-of-the-water-rabbit-and-the-green-comet.html

March 20-21 – Spring Equinox and Possible Poseidon- https://rumble.com/v27q3xl-the-war-rapture-in-labor-2023-year-of-the-water-rabbit-and-the-green-comet.html
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A Scientific Investigation of ‘The Last of Us’ Fungal Pandemic – CNET (Disease X)

Thrivetime Show – Parasites in the Covid Shotshttps://rumble.com/v25d1uo-parasites-why-are-there-parasites-in-the-covid-19-shots.html

Prophetic Dreams and Visions from my lovely Jesus- Another Pestilence Cominghttps://rumble.com/v1aqe3v-another-pestilence-coming-dream-56-22658am.html

https://www.cnet.com/science/biology/features/a-scientific-investigation-of-the-last-of-us-fungal-pandemic/

Director Craig Mazin certainly has a type, at least when it comes to prestige TV shows. His 2019 series, Chernobyl, was a masterful series dramatizing the 1986 nuclear reactor meltdown at the eponymous power plant. It won a ton of critical praise and racked up a few Emmys, too. But at CNET Science we were most interested in how closely Mazin and co. were able to stick to the real-world nuclear science. The team, we think, did an amazing job of capturing the grim reality of the meltdown and its long-lasting effects.

Mazin’s next HBO outing is The Last of Us, based on the 2013 survival-horror video game of the same name. CNET’s own Sean Keane has described the show, which debuted in January, as “the greatest video game adaptation ever made.”

The Last of Us imagines a world ravaged by a fungal apocalypse caused by a creepy, mind-controlling fungus known as Cordyceps. That fungus is real, so I’ve naturally been wondering just how likely a fungi apocalypse really is. See what I mean when I say Mazin has a type?

The idea has been investigated in the context of the game many times, but HBO’s version of the Cordyceps brain infection is slightly different to the one game developer Naughty Dog first conjured in 2013.

What follows is an investigation of the plausibility of a fungal pandemic, caused by a Cordyceps-like pathogen that changes human behavior. I’m going to assume you’re at least somewhat familiar with the story of Joel and Ellie, the two protagonists making their way across the ruins of a post-apocalyptic USA. I’m also going to say at the top that this is an examination of a fictional world, so there’s always wiggle room for the story to develop in unexpected ways.

It’s not meant to be a medical document, so keep that in mind and if you’re really not interested in the underlying real world inspiration for a fungal pandemic and just want to see Pedro and Bella cook (I’m looking at you, Andy Greenwald), this might not be for you.

The real world inspiration for The Last of Us
You can blame David Attenborough and nature documentaries for the shambling, clicking horrors that haunt The Last of Us.

In a must-watch episode on jungles in the 2006 BBC series Planet Earth, Attenborough and his documentary team encounter various behavior-manipulating fungi, including one that parasitizes carpenter ants: Ophiocordyceps. In the clip, which has been viewed on YouTube over 10 million times, the camera lingers on an ant with its jaws wrapped around a tree branch. A ghostly violin plays as Attenborough narrates the scene.

“Like something out of science fiction, the fruiting body of Cordyceps erupts from the ant’s head,” he says.

The Planet Earth scene inspired Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, the director and creative director respectively, on 2013’s The Last of Us. In a GamesBeat interview after the game’s release, Druckmann mentions “ripping off” the documentary and Straley says that zombie ants were the “jumping off point” for the game. And the game does hew closely to its real-world source material.

The life cycle of Ophiocordyceps is gruesome but beautiful. Ants that come into contact with Ophiocordyceps spores on the jungle floor become infected. The fungus slips inside the ant’s body and begins to replicate. It takes up residence in particular regions, like the brain and muscle, releasing chemical compounds to manipulate behavior of the ant. The ant is directed to the underside of a leaf, high above the ground, and bites into it. Its jaw locks around the leaf thanks to some clever fungal compounds and it stays there until the fruiting body erupts from its head. Eventually it bursts open and releases more spores to the ground.

The process is highly specific. One species of Ophiocordyceps typically infects and zombifies just one species of ant. This specificity extends to the way the fungus takes over the mind of its host. A 2014 paper explored the ant-fungus relationship, finding that Ophiocordyceps had evolved a particular set of compounds to influence behavior of one species of ant, but those same compounds did not alter the behavior of different ant species (though the fungus will still often kill those ants).

Our real-world understanding of the fungus has also changed since The Last of Us was released in 2013.

The Planet Earth documentary was released in 2006. At the time, the ant-infecting parasite was, scientifically, known as Cordyceps unilateralis. In 2007, many of the Cordyceps fungi that parasitize insects, including ants but also things like caterpillars and spiders, were reclassified into a different family of fungi — Ophiocordyceps. While The Last of Us uses these two words interchangeably, they are now classed as different genera of fungi and scientists still use Cordyceps as a kind of generic name for all the species.

The Last of Us timeline
The pandemic’s origins are not revealed in the video game beyond a few stray newspaper clippings and notes, which seem to point to a South American origin. HBO’s adaptation dives a little further into the backstory, specifically in episodes 2 and 3. This gives us a little more to work with in terms of real world plausibility.

Here’s the timeline, as we understand it.

On the morning of Sept. 23, 2003, a woman working at a flour and grain factory on the western side of Jakarta was bitten by an unknown human being. She became violent, attacked four coworkers, biting three of them, before being locked in a bathroom and shot in the skull.

The three coworkers who were bitten were executed a few hours later. Fourteen coworkers could not be located.

A day later, on Sept. 24, 2003, two police officers in Jakarta, Indonesia walk into a restaurant and interrupt Ms. Ratna, a professor of mycology at the University of Indonesia, as she’s eating lunch. They take her to a laboratory at the Ministry of Health where she looks down a microscope and identifies a fungus: Ophiocordyceps.

(Depending on the species Ratna saw, the fungus would have likely been classed as a Cordyceps in 2003… a potential plot hole or pedantry?)

Ratna asks why it’s been stained with chlorazol — which is commonly used to identify fungal elements from human hair, nails or other specimens. “Cordyceps cannot survive in humans,” she tells the police officer. She then examines the corpse of the woman who worked at the flour and grain factory. She cuts open the bite wound on the woman’s leg and rummages around in her mouth, discovering the corpse has been colonized by Ophiocordyceps.

After making her discovery, she makes a recommendation: The officer should bomb the city and everyone in it.

On Sept. 26, 2003, the outbreak hits the US. This is dubbed Outbreak Day. In Austin, Texas, the first indications of trouble are obvious as ambulances screech through the city at around 3:15 p.m.

Ratna’s warning was prescient. In episode 3, we learn the fungus was able to spread around the world rapidly because it “got into the food supply.”

In the early hours of Sept. 27, the outbreak reaches critical mass and the streets become chaotic. Planes are crashing into the ground. Highways out of Austin become blocked by the military. Members of the public have, against the advice of the emergency broadcast system, fled their homes.

By Monday, Sept. 29, Joel explains to Ellie, “everything was gone.”




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Musk assesses public awareness of WWIII risk

https://www.rt.com/news/571091-musk-world-war-risk/

The majority of people are not even aware that a new world war may erupt soon, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has stated. The risk of a global catastrophe was highlighted this week by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The UN head said in a speech to the General Assembly on Monday that he feared that humanity was marching toward a “wider war” with its “eyes wide open” and urged preserving peace.

“Could we please not do WWIII,” pleaded conservative political commentator Luke Rudkowski, reacting to the speech. Musk responded: “Most are oblivious to the danger.”

The Twitter and SpaceX CEO previously warned against “relentless escalation” of the conflict in Ukraine, stating that it was dangerous for the country itself and the world.

Musk won praise for supplying SpaceX Starlink satellite internet systems to the Ukrainian government, with some experts assessing that they were a game-changer in the fight against Russia.

But he also suggested that Kiev would have to make concessions to Moscow in order to achieve peace, a notion that prompted some Ukrainian officials to harshly criticize and even insult the businessman.

Mikhail Podoliak, an aide to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, claimed last week that Musk was using his control of Twitter to reduce the reach of Ukrainian official accounts and help “Russian propaganda.”

“Maybe a regulator is needed to explain competition rules to the owner?” Podoliak mused. The Ukrainian official offered no evidence to support his claims or explanation of how his regulatory threat could be carried out.


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UK Is “Likely” To Need Digital Currency, Says BoE & Treasury | ZeroHedge

https://www.zerohedge.com/crypto/uk-likely-need-digital-currency-says-boe-treasury

The Bank of England (BoE) and His Majesty’s Treasury believe the United Kingdom is likely to need to create a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by 2030, according to a Daily Telegraph report on Feb. 4.

The “digital pound” roadmap is set to be introduced next week, a government source told the newspaper. Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe is scheduled to give an update on the BoE’s work on the CBDC on Feb. 7

“On the basis of our work to date, the Bank of England and HM Treasury judge that it is likely a digital pound will be needed in the future,” BoE Governor Andrew Bailey and Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt told the Telegraph.

The BoE declined to comment on the article but announced that a joint consultation on the digital pound would be released soon.

The U.K. reportedly experienced a 35% drop in cash and coin payments in 2020. Cash accounts for approximately one in six payments; debit and credit cards account for the other five. A central bank digital currency is a digital version of government-issued currency tied to fiat reserves at a 1:1 ratio.

The news comes just a few days after HM Treasury posted an open position on LinkedIn for a head of central bank digital currency. The job description presented the role as “important, complex, and cross-cutting”, requiring an “extensive engagement across and beyond the HM Treasury.”

The digital pound is one of many CBDCs expected to be introduced across the world in the years ahead. The European Central Bank has been discussing the future of a digital euro, with several countries, including Sweden and Denmark, also exploring the concept of digital currencies.

Last year, China’s digital yuan was launched in beta for iOS and Android local app stores. Recent developments include upgrades to smart contract functionality alongside a series of use cases, Cointelegraph reported.


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