Jul 032020

Theodor Horydczak Washington Monument 1933 (soon to be renamed)


US Economic Reboot Menaced By Bug In The System (R.)
Florida Shatters Records With Over 10,000 New COVID19 Cases In Single Day (R.)
China Didn’t Alert WHO To Coronavirus Outbreak — The Internet Did (DC)
House Dems, Liz Cheney Restrict Trump’s Planned Troops Withdrawal (Greenwald)
Gilead Is Profiteering Off A COVID Drug We Already Paid For (Sirota)
Ghislaine Maxwell, Longtime Jeffrey Epstein Associate, Arrested (NYP)
Virginia Giuffre, Alan Dershowitz Both Lose In New Court Ruling (NYPost)
The Strategies of Dementia Politics (NR)
FedEx Asks Washington Redskins To Change The Team’s Name (NBC)



It’s Julian Assange’s birthday today. Light a candle.



Again, both the world and the US set new highs.

















How Fauci shot his credibility:



Is a virus a bug?

US Economic Reboot Menaced By Bug In The System (R.)

Like a computer suffering from a pesky virus, the U.S. economy has been shut off and turned back on. This reboot seems to be working. The economy added almost 5 million jobs in June, on top of the roughly 3 million added in May, bringing the unemployment rate down over two percentage points to 11.1%. But as frustrated tech users know, short-term fixes are usually just that. Beyond the decent headline numbers, the labor force participation rate also increased to 61.5%, and around two-fifths of the job gains were in the hard-hit leisure and hospitality sector. Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics actually revised the net jobs added over the previous two months upwards to 90,000.

But the root source of the economic woes – Covid-19 infections and deaths – is also moving northward. The U.S. reported almost 50,000 new cases on Wednesday, the fifth daily record in a little over a week, according to the New York Times. Texas hit a whopping 8,000 new daily cases. What these relatively decent jobs numbers may actually show is an economy that reopened too quickly. In fact, recent JPMorgan data from around 30 million of its credit- and debit-card holders shows that increased spending in restaurants appeared to be correlated with a rise in new infections three weeks later.

So the fragile recovery could easily crash – or at the very least, freeze. The virus spikes are prompting states and cities to stall or reverse reopenings. Texas has closed bars and limited restaurant occupancy. California shut down bars and indoor dining in 19 counties. And even New York City, which has dramatically reduced infections, decided on Wednesday to delay bringing back indoor dining at restaurants, which had been slated to restart next week.

Ultimately, it’ll be impossible to assess the depth of the lasting economic damage until reopening is mostly complete. In the topsy-turvy world of 2020, jobs numbers are not the best way to predict how the economy will perform. Until the bug is removed from the system, or brought under control, medical statistics will provide perhaps the most important information. With almost 2.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and 128,000 deaths, and rising, these numbers aren’t looking good.

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Time for a holiday…

Florida Shatters Records With Over 10,000 New COVID19 Cases In Single Day (R.)

Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally. Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at rates not seen since April. In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. The percent of tests coming back positive has skyrocketed to 15% from 4% at the end of May. Florida, with 21 million residents, has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.

To contain the outbreak, Florida has closed bars and some beaches but the governor has resisted requiring masks statewide in public or reimposing a lockdown. Only one other state has reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day. New York recorded 12,847 new infections on April 10, three weeks after the state implemented a strict lockdown that closed most businesses. While the state has relaxed many measures, it requires masks in public and mandates anyone arriving from 16 other U.S. states with high infections self-quarantine for two weeks. Once the epicenter of the U.S. epidemic, New York saw cases rise by about 6% in June – the lowest rate in the entire country.

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Let’s see how this plays out.

China Didn’t Alert WHO To Coronavirus Outbreak — The Internet Did (DC)

China didn’t alert the World Health Organization (WHO) to the coronavirus outbreak, a new timeline released by the WHO shows. China’s propaganda machine has claimed that China quickly reported the viral outbreak to the WHO, a claim that the WHO’s initial timeline supported. But the WHO found out about the outbreak from the internet, not from Chinese officials contacting them, according to the new timeline. The updated timeline, which was released June 29, says the WHO “picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from their website” and also picked up a report on an American website, though it doesn’t say in what order those two events occurred.

The WHO doesn’t link to the Wuhan health commission’s media statement that it says tipped the organization off to the outbreak. Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, expressed skepticism that the statement even exists. “Even if the Commission posted something on their website – which we have seen no proof they have – the CCP still did not report the outbreak to the WHO as required by the International Health Regulations,” McCaul said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “As the updated WHO timeline clearly states, WHO staff ‘picked up a media statement…from their website’ – it was not sent to them by any officials in China,” the Texas Republican continued.

“I have repeatedly requested information from the WHO about what they knew and when they knew it, and I would welcome any clarity from them on this. But, so far, they have refused to answer any of those requests,” McCaul added. Dr. Michael Ryan, a top WHO official, previously said in an April 20 news conference that the American website, ProMED, gave the WHO its first indication of the coronavirus outbreak. “On 31st December information on our epidemic intelligence from open-source platform partners, PRO-MED, was received indicating a signal of a cluster of pneumonia cases in China. That was from open sources from Wuhan,” Ryan said.

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As I was saying yesterday. How did we ever come to see such acts as normal? I have no doubt that a vast a majority of Americans want to bring the troops home.

House Dems, Liz Cheney Restrict Trump’s Planned Troops Withdrawal (Greenwald)

Last night, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment — jointly sponsored by Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado and Congresswoman Cheney of Wyoming — prohibiting the expenditure of monies to reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan below 8,000 without a series of conditions first being met. The imposed conditions are by no means trivial: for these troop reductions from Afghanistan to be allowed, the Defense Department must be able to certify, among other things, that leaving Afghanistan “will not increase the risk for the expansion of existing or formation of new terrorist safe havens inside Afghanistan” and “will not compromise or otherwise negatively affect the ongoing United States counter terrorism mission against the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and associated forces.”

The Crow/Cheney amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last night passed by a vote of 45-11. The NDAA was then unanimously approved by the Committee by a vote of 56-0. It authorizes $740.5 billion in military spending — roughly three times more than the world’s second-highest spender, China. President Trump throughout the year has insisted that the Pentagon present plans for withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan prior to the end of 2020. Last week, reports indicated that “the Trump administration is close to finalizing a decision to withdraw more than 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the fall.” Trump’s plan “would reduce the number of troops from 8,600 to 4,500 and would be the lowest number since the very earliest days of the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001.”

In February, Trump announced an agreement with the Taliban to end the war completely. Shortly after those White House withdrawal plans were reported, anonymous intelligence officials leaked a series of claims to the New York Times regarding “bounties” allegedly being paid by Russia to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops. Those leaks emboldened opposition to troop withdrawal from Afghanistan on the ground that it would be capitulating to Russian treachery. It was that New York Times leak that Liz Cheney, along with GOP Congressman Mac Thornberry, cited in a joint statement on Monday to suggest troop withdrawal would be precipitous:

“After today’s briefing with senior White House officials, we remain concerned about Russian activity in Afghanistan, including reports that they have targeted U.S. forces. It has been clear for some time that Russia does not wish us well in Afghanistan. We believe it is important to vigorously pursue any information related to Russia or any other country targeting our forces. Congress has no more important obligation than providing for the security of our nation and ensuring our forces have the resources they need. We anticipate further briefings on this issue in the coming days.”

[..] The NDAA that was approved last night by the Committee also imposed restrictions on Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from Germany. Trump’s plan called for the removal of roughly 9,500 troops from German soil, reducing the number of U.S. troops in this extremely prosperous and rich European nation from 34,500 to 25,000. But by an overwhelming vote of 49-7, the Armed Service Committee approved an amendment to the NDAA that “bans the administration from lowering troop levels below current levels until 180 days after Pentagon leaders present a plan to Congress and certify it will not harm U.S. or allied interests.”

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Never let a crisis go to waste.

Gilead Is Profiteering Off A COVID Drug We Already Paid For (Sirota)

This is a story of cause and effect — a tale of repeated and calculated public policy decisions that have now led to a predictable outcome. This story begins 25 years ago, when the Clinton administration rescinded a rule that required pharmaceutical companies to charge Americans reasonable prices for medicines developed at government expense. Some progressive lawmakers tried to reinstate the rule, but Republicans and Democrats joined together to halt those initiatives. In the ensuing years, the Obama administration refused Democratic lawmakers’ demand to invoke existing federal laws to force down the price of critical medicines.

Meanwhile, the GOP also blocked legislation to let Medicare use its purchasing power to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs All of that reflected the lobbying, campaign contributions and indomitable bipartisan power of the pharmaceutical industry in Washington. And it led to a result that this newsletter has been warning about, as Gilead just announced that it will charge privately insured Americans more than $3,000 each for a 5-day COVID treatment that was developed with financial support from the government. That’s a $3,000 price tag for a government-sponsored drug treatment that experts say the company could offer at $10 and still make a profit.

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Wonder what happened to make it happen at this particular time. She seemed safe holed up in Paris.

Bookmakers are now taking your bets on her suicide.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Longtime Jeffrey Epstein Associate, Arrested (NYP)

Longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on a six-count indictment charging her with grooming young girls for sex. The British socialite, 58, was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire around 8:30 a.m., authorities said. The just-unsealed indictment charges stem from Maxwell’s role “in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein” as early as 1994, court papers say. “The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18,” the indictment says.

She is specifically accused of grooming three underage victims for sex with Epstein in places including his Upper East Side townhouse, Florida, New Mexico and London. Maxwell is charged with six counts — conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury. Prosecutors also accuse Maxwell — a one-time girlfriend of Epstein’s — of repeatedly lying about her involvement in the financier’s sex trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.

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From Wednesday, before Ghislaine was arrested. I’m thinking there is probably a connection, but I don’t know which.

There’s a curious line in here:

“The 13-page ruling said Cooper & Kirk “has not, from what the Court can tell, been actively working on the case.”

She has to destroy all the evidence because her lawyers were not working? What?

Virginia Giuffre, Alan Dershowitz Both Lose In New Court Ruling (NYPost)

Attorneys for alleged Jeffrey Epstein “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre were ordered Wednesday to destroy evidence from her case against Ghislaine Maxwell — as lawyer Alan Dershowitz was also denied access to the potentially explosive information. Manhattan federal Judge Loretta Preska said she was “troubled” to learn during oral arguments last week that Giuffre’s lawyers, from the firm of Cooper & Kirk, had been given sealed records from her since-settled suit against Maxwell, who Giuffre claims recruited her to have sex with Epstein and his pals while she was underage.

The other men allegedly include Dershowitz, whom Giuffre is suing for defamation over his public denials of her accusations, including calling her a “certified, complete, total liar,” and who is counter-suing Giuffre for causing “serious harm … to his reputation, his business and his health.” “As a practical matter, the Court would be surprised — shocked, even — if Cooper & Kirk was not in some sense ‘using’ the Maxwell discovery in its representation of Ms. Giuffre in her action against Mr. Dershowitz,” the judge wrote.

Preska also rejected claims by Giuffre’s lawyers that they were entitled to the evidence, obtained from her former attorneys at Boies Schiller Flexner, because they’d been hired to represent her in the Maxwell case. The 13-page ruling said Cooper & Kirk “has not, from what the Court can tell, been actively working on the case.” Preska directed the Cooper & Kirk lawyers to destroy the evidence, along with “any material, including work product, derived from” it, and to submit an affidavit afterward.

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I know I’m not supposed to quote right wing media, but this is just too funny. And it raises a valid point: they can’t keep Biden hidden from view forever, and now when he does come out, he’ll be nervous.

The Strategies of Dementia Politics (NR)

Stoke chaos, obstruct economic recovery, and hide Biden in the basement till Election Day.

Joe Biden is tragically suffering a mental eclipse and sliding away at a geometric rate. Understandably, his handlers have kept him out of sight. He stays off the campaign trail on the pretext of the virus and his age-related susceptibility to COVID-19 morbidity. I say “pretext” without apology. Quarantine should not have otherwise stopped Biden over the past three months from doing daily interviews, speeches, and meetings. But each occasion, however scripted, rehearsed, and canned, would only have offered further daily proof that Biden is cognitively unable to be president or indeed to hold any office. Often Biden cannot finish a sentence. Names are vague eddies in his mind’s river of forgetfulness.

He is in a far more dire mental state than a physically failing FDR was in his 1944 campaign for a fourth term. The earlier career of a healthy Biden illustrates that he was not especially sharp even when in control of most of his faculties. We recall the former sane/nutty Biden of Neal Kinnock plagiarism, his “put y’all in chains” demagoguery, the studied racism of Biden’s riffs about a “clean” and well-spoken Obama, and the sane/insane Corn Pop stories. All are the trademark of a once fool Joe Biden, who was at least alert when compared with his current catalepsy. If Donald Trump can be ungrammatical, Biden is agrammatical — he simply streams together half-thoughts without syntax and then abandons the sentence entirely.

If Trump repeats vocabulary, Biden increasingly searches for words, any noun, whatever its irrelevance to the point he is making. Biden seems to suffer dyscognitive seizures, in which for moments he has no idea what he is doing or saying or where he is — a tragic, nearly epileptic condition. In scary episodes, the pale, scaly, and frozen visage of Biden appears almost reptilian, like a lizard freezing and remaining stationary as it struggles to process signals of perceived danger. Inserting memorized answers into rehearsed questions, as if the entire con was spontaneous, only reveals how his once episodic dementia has become chronic as he loses his prompt and place. It was understandable that his handlers saw opportunity in secluding Biden during Trump’s tweeting, alongside the contagion, the lockdown, the recession, and the rioting that in voters’ minds had equated fear of chaos with the culpability of the current commander in chief.

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Redskins was always a problem. But while you’re toppling Washington statues, you want to keep his name linked to the team, the city? Can anyone explain the logic?

FedEx Asks Washington Redskins To Change The Team’s Name (NBC)

FedEx has asked the Washington Redskins to officially change their name, long condemned as an anti-Indigenous slur. The shipping company has communicated to the team a request that it change its name, FedEx confirmed Thursday in a statement to NBC News. FedEx owns the naming rights to the Maryland field where the team plays, and its chief executive, Fred Smith, owns a minority stake in the team. FedEx’s request comes a day after Adweek reported that 87 investment firms and shareholders worth $620 billion sent a letter urging FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo to stop doing business with the team until the name is changed.

In 2017, the Supreme Court struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, which helped the team get the Redskins trademark back in 2018. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board had canceled the registration as offensive to American Indians. [..] Mayor Muriel Bowser said last month on Washington radio station WTEM that the name has been an obstacle in getting the city its own stadium. “I think it’s past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people,” Bowser said. “And this is a great franchise with a great history that’s beloved in Washington, and it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we’ve built for the team.” [..] Dan Snyder, the team’s majority owner, told USA Today in 2013 that he would “never change the name.” “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps,” he said.

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    Theodor Horydczak Washington Monument 1933 (soon to be renamed)   • US Economic Reboot Menaced By Bug In The System (R.) • Florida Shatters Recor
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 3 2020]

    V. Arnold

    Theodor Horydczak Washington Monument 1933

    That is one stunning photograph, bar none, end of story… 🙂


    End of story? With a name like that, shouldn’t it be toppled?

    V. Arnold

    End of story? With a name like that, shouldn’t it be toppled?

    Oh jeez, don’t even get me started…
    The U.S. has been co-infected by an insanity producing virus; Covid is nothing compared to this…
    …and there is no treatment; 99.9% infection rate to boot…………


    I told ya so
    Reality check is at TAE
    You found the study

    Niall McCrae and David Kurten: EU Numbers Show Correlation Between Flu Vaccine and Coronavirus Deaths

    The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic shows startling variation, some countries having rates of less than ten per million, while western Europe and the USA are in the hundreds. Among the likely reasons are ecological (high population density and urbanisation), demographic (ageing and multicultural societies) and clinical (obesity and chronic disease such as diabetes mellitus). Also, there are significant differences in diagnostic practice and recording.
    Niall McCrae and David Kurten: EU Numbers Show Correlation Between Flu Vaccine and Coronavirus Deaths
    By Jim Hoft
    Published May 13, 2020 at 9:41pm

    However, a factor that hasn’t been considered is the flu vaccine, which is widely administered to the elderly. Some correlation with Covid-19 mortality, although not necessarily causal, is readily apparent. The medical establishment tends to cast any critic of vaccination as an extremist, but we are not ‘anti-vaxxers’. We present our case tentatively, and leave it to readers to decide whether this is a reasonable line of enquiry.


    I have no doubt that a vast a majority of Americans want to bring the troops home.

    • House Dems, Liz Cheney Restrict Trump’s Planned Troops Withdrawal (Greenwald)

    Remember the times …..
    …. spit in your hand, and shake hand, (with Liz Cheney), to seal the deal.


    Great photo, too bad it is not still like that as they have dropped the WWII monument in between the Washington monument and placed it right at the edge of the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial. Replacing any grand effect with a Disney land park like confusion of hyper activity with the proverbial splashing fountain in the middle of a concrete pavilion with no protection from the sun.

    The WWII monument is divided at it’s center by the east west axis of the mall with a Atlantic section representing the European theater in the north and a Pacific section representing the Pacific theater in the south at odds with the major east west axis of the mall. If you are standing on the major axis you would be looking either directly to the east and the Atlantic or to the west and the Pacific. I know there was the North Atlantic and The South Pacific theaters in the war but it sure seems out of wack with the already established movement of the major axis, where one feels there is a great, movement toward the vast openness of the west, the rest of the country and the setting sun behind the Pacific Ocean.

    The already existing monuments on the axis the Capital, the Washington monument and the Lincoln memorial are all balanced like the human face by symmetry, with one half of the building in the south and one half in the north, that is crossing the central axis, uniting the four quadrants of east and west, north and south. The WWII monument on the other hand is split by the east west axis like a broken plate creating a feeling of division and boredom, instead of unity and strength. Revealing the center or the dominant axis is a major aesthetic flaw, the center is implied and felt but not seen, it is the underlying geometry that does the yeoman’s work of organizing and making space intelligible to the human mind.


    TAE has told us a long time ago, That how the Health system operates in the USA.

    • Gilead Is Profiteering Off A COVID Drug We Already Paid For (Sirota)
    The American public helped finance the development of remdesivir
    That’s a $3,000 price tag for a government-sponsored drug treatment that experts say the company could offer at $10 and still make a profit.
    Federal officials most certainly could do things to reduce the price of remdesivir and any other COVID treatment.

    They just refuse.

    ( read the rest of the story at
    https://sirota.substack.com/p/gilead-is-profiteering-off-a-covid )

    Read this report on remdesivir,
    Jennifer Tran, PharmD, RPh
    Jennifer Tran, PharmD, is a managed care pharmacist on the GoodRx Research team. She is passionate about evidence-based medicine and is licensed to practice in CA and OR.
    Posted on July 2, 2020
    The Latest Research on COVID-19 Treatments and Medications in the Pipeline
    There are no approved coronavirus treatments at this time.
    The drug that’s furthest along in clinical trials for treating COVID-19 is remdesivir, a new intravenous antiviral that the FDA has not yet approved, though they did grant an emergency use authorization for it to make it more accessible.

    On June 1, 2020, Gilead announced more results from their phase 3 study — this time they looked at hospitalized patients with moderate symptoms of COVID-19. People who got remdesivir for 5 days were 65% more likely to improve on day 11 compared to those who did not get the treatment. Some people got remdesivir for 10 days, and they also seemed more likely to improve compared to those who didn’t get any. The difference was not statistically significant, though (in other words, this might’ve happened by chance). Until more data is shared, it’s unclear why remdesivir appears to work better when given for 5 days instead of 10 days.

    Not all remdesivir studies have been positive. Take a study of 236 patients with COVID-19 in China, for example. (This was a randomized, double-blinded study, which is the gold standard for clinical trials.) In one specific analysis, a group of patients in the study who received remdesivir within 10 days of showing symptoms recovered slightly more quickly than those who received a placebo. However, this difference was not statistically significant, meaning it could have been due to chance. When looking at all patients in the study (regardless of when they received remdesivir), there was no difference in time to improvement compared to placebo. The researchers state that larger studies are needed to confirm the results.

    (There is a lot more good info)


    Vindicated? Trump-Touted COVID-19 Drug Hydroxychloroquine Works, New Study Funds

    Hydroxychloroquine alone decreased the mortality hazard ratio by 66 percent and the anti-malarial with the antibiotic decreased the ratio by 71 percent, researchers said.

    The vast majority of patients were given the drug within 48 hours of admission.
    Patients who received hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin also had a lower mortality than people who received neither, as did patients who received azithromycin.
    The median age of patients was 64. The group was 51 percent male and 56 percent African-American.


    zerosum: Here’s another over on PubMed:
    Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017-2018 Influenza Season

    It’s also over on Kennedy’s “children’s health defense” under Is There a Relationship Between Influenza Vaccination and COVID-19 Mortality?


    May 13, 2020 and now
    Good for you
    my parents said know

    Is There a Relationship Between Influenza Vaccination and COVID-19 Mortality?

    Is There a Relationship Between Influenza Vaccination and COVID-19 Mortality?
    JUNE 18, 2020
    A randomized placebo-controlled trial in children showed that the
    influenza vaccine increased fivefold the risk of acute respiratory infections caused by a group of non-influenza viruses, including coronaviruses.


    @ my parents said know

    I’m not wearing a tin hat.
    Do you think that covid19 might have come from a lab? How about a lab in the USA?
    Do you think that covid19 could have been going around before being detected and announce by China?
    The people who have been involved or who know are listed in the following papers from the Department of Defense

    2018 Oct;25(10):16-20.
    Department of Defense End-Of-Season Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Estimates for the 2017-2018 Season

    The mid-season estimates contribute to the aggregate data utilized by the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to select the composition of the influenza vaccine for the next influenza season.
    These estimates highlight the need for continued influenza surveillance and VE estimate calculations each season among the different DoD populations as circulating strains and VE may change annually.

    ( Don’t take my word. If you can understand the special language used in those papers, do your own research and arrive at your own conclusions)
    The USA never tells lies. /s


    Are the readers of TAE interested in finding the truth?

    Does the Flu Shot Increase COVID-19 Risk (YES!) and Other Interesting Questions

    This may be the most important newsletter I have written to date. Here are a few quick answers to the questions I will cover in case you aren’t interested in the whole story:

    Does the flu shot increase the risk for coronavirus infection? YES!
    Could a new flu vaccine be partly responsible for the COVID-19 mortality rate in Italy? YES!
    Is the rush to a vaccine the best solution? No, it could bring catastrophic results.
    How does the SARS-CoV-2 infect and are protease enzyme supplements the key to creating our own endogenous antiviral protease inhibitors? Yes, I believe so!
    Are there certain medications like blood pressure drugs and proton pump inhibitors that increase risk for infection and mortality? YES
    Is it chloroquine or is it zinc that is working as a possible aid in treating COVID-19? A strong case can be made for zinc!
    Can plant polyphenols and flavonoids act to increase the antiviral effects of zinc? YES! And they possess other benefits too!

    The rest of the newsletter will explain these somewhat controversial conclusions. It is a lot to cover. So, I am going to be as concise as possible. References are provided for those so inclined.


    (Translation: We were incompetent)

    2020 Jan;27(1):17-23.
    Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance Trends and Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Estimates for the 2018-2019 Season Among Department of Defense Beneficiaries
    Geeta D Kersellius, William E Gruner, Anthony C Fries, Laurie S DeMarcus, Anthony S Robbins
    PMID: 32023072
    Free article
    This report primarily focuses on the data collected and analyzed from the worldwide network of sentinel military treatment facilities chosen to participate in the Department of Defense Global Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance (DoDGRS) program. Sites that participated in the 2018-2019 DoDGRS program submitted 24,320 respiratory specimens for diagnostic testing. Clinical results showed a total of 5,968 positive influenza cases. In the beginning of the season, starting in surveillance week 48, influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 was the predominant subtype. The predominant subtype switched to influenza A(H3N2) beginning in week 6 and continued through the end of the season. Influenza B virus detection was less common during the surveillance period (i.e., 1% of total submitted specimens and 5% of total influenza detected). In addition to routine surveillance, the DoDGRS program also conducts vaccine effectiveness (VE) studies twice per year to determine interim and end of season estimates. Overall, the adjusted end of season VE for all dependents regardless of influenza type was 30% (95% CI: 22%-38%).


    You have been had ….


    zerosum: sorry taking so long to get back. Thanks for linking it.
    I think there are two illnesses out there. The “novel” coronavirus is a mild disease. The hypoxemic, blood-turns-to-glue syndrome is rare (so far), and studying it has been precluded by the hype of the former. I suspect it involves a major scandal.
    I think it is a “co-factor” syndrome, which is why I had looked into the vaccinations and drugs they pump into frail folks in care homes, or urge on frail folks who live at home.
    For “fun”, check the FDA’s drug recall website. A bad batch of something interacting with something else is as likely to be implicated as a virus cooked up in a lab. The “novel” coronavirus is a cover, IMO.
    BTW, Lyme disease was lab grown, as far as I’m concerned.


    Oh, and I think “tin foil hats” are most becoming. I’d rather wear one of them than a mask.
    (There are so many studies on the efficacy of masks- none are compellingly in their favor. There are, on the other hand, many studies that show a baby who cannot see his mother smile back at him will wail like a banshee in no time. It’s a thing we never grow out of…)

    John Day

    Somehow I rushed off to work yesterday without posting the blog here, yesterday’s “here”.
    Here in central Texas we peer over the precipice into super-summer, our next season, a season that you may not enjoy where you live. We have had good June rains, and clouds hang in the sky, reflecting and diffusing the strong sun. When these clouds go away, and the rains stop (next week, they say) it will get hotter. Super-summer persists until late August and early September rains come to break it, which didn’t really happen last year. It was a long summer last year.
    This year, prepare early for fall-planting in September. That is the most versatile time to begin a garden in central Texas. Here is my strategic-gardening post from 7/4/16, 4 months before the 2016 election, http://www.johndayblog.com/2016/07/liberty-garden-central-texas-climate.html
    This cycle seems even more critical to me. Prepare your beds for war! (Not mere political circus while your pocket is picked.)

    British court refuses to return Venezuelan gold to Venezuela, “because”…

    ​Mossad asset, Ghislane Maxwell has been arrested. It looks like they want to wrap all of this up and encapsulate it in concrete now. It has been hanging over a lot of powerful heads, like the sword of Damocles, for way too long.

    ​Ghost of French Empire repelled by ghost of Ottoman Empire off Lybian coast:
    ​ France has notified NATO command that its military is suspending involvement in an ongoing Mediterranean operation called Sea Guardian in protest of a June 10 incident wherein Turkish warships off Libya’s coast “engaged” a French frigate via radar. This means the Turkish ship essentially had missile lock on the NATO allied ship.
    The AP detailed in the days after the hostile encounter between two NATO members that “the frigate Courbet was ‘lit up’ three times by Turkish naval targeting radar when it tried to approach a Turkish civilian ship suspected of involvement in arms trafficking.” The Turkish military ships were allegedly escorting the smaller civilian ship, suspected by the French of illegal gun-running.

    The Comedian-in-Chief can only start illegal wars, not withdraw from them. It’s unconstitutional and stuff.
    The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to put roadblocks on President Trump’s ability to withdraw from Afghanistan, including requiring an assessment on whether any country has offered incentives for the Taliban to attack U.S. and coalition troops.

    “Israel First” Congressman Elliot Engel lost his Democratic primary in New York; quite an upset.
    ​ ​Recent opinion polls suggest that a majority of Americans do not support either Israeli expansion or its form of apartheid.
    ​ ​Israel is feeling somewhat vulnerable. Its Lobby stalwarts in the media and in politics are working hard to disengage the current anti-racism turmoil in the U.S. from any mention of Israel, which trained American police in their “anti-terror” tactics. The Jewish state also practices a far more virulent and brutal racism than anything prevailing in America, something that is becoming increasingly clear to the public​.

    ​This virus attacks the blood vessels in any organ of the body. I personally have to wonder if it smolders at some low level, keeping the body exhausted, like AIDS does.
    ​‘It’s frightening’: Doctors say half of ‘cured’ COVID patients still suffer

    Paul sends this article about a screening device that uses RF resonances, at the particle size of SARS-CoV-2 virions, to detect exhaled virus in the breath. It takes 20 seconds. My analysis is that this screening tool could be small and mass produced, like pulse oximeters are. It would be useful in airports, high-rise buildings in New York, American submarines and aircraft carriers… The possibilities are endless. This principle could be independently engineered quickly, like in China. It’s not a complicated concept.

    John Day

    Look at the magnitude and timing of the “3 waves” of 1918-1919 pandemic flu in the US. We are retracing them. Now early in deadly second wave. Right on time, peaks around election day.

    John Day

    This military virologist paper from 2006 has better analysis of 1918 flu pandemic waves, but I am suspicious or their feigned ignorance of origins of flu strains, specifically the 1976 Swine Flu, which seems to have escaped from Ft Detrick. First 3 fatalities were all military in that area. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3291398/ The vaccine that year was the one famous for “killing more people than the flu”. That’s the one people talk about when they say “the vaccine made them so sick they never got one again”. I got back to the US in late summer from high school in Japan, and didn’t have to take the 1976 shot. Nobody wanted the shot by then. Word was out.

    V. Arnold

    A lovely article over yonder at ZH:
    A sample: Fast-forward to 2020. The founder of Black Lives Matter proudly admits she is a “trained” Marxist.

    “I see Black Lives Matter and Antifa as part of a global Marxist effort to destroy the United States,” Dr. Carol M. Swain told Sputnik.

    Their goals are more about attaining political power and money than protecting minorities and improving society. Their organizational goals might be quite different from the goals of the protesters concerned about police brutality and discrimination.

    Lenin wrote, “When it comes time to hang the capitalists, they will vie with each other for the rope contract.”

    …I can’t help but wonder if Usian’s have even an inkling, of what’s coming? I fear, not a clue…

    Doc Robinson

    A study in Portugal looked at whether people who had been taking Hydroxychloroquine regularly (at least 2 grams per month) for chronic autoimmune diseases (like lupus) were less likely to have a laboratory-confirmed case of Covid-19.

    They looked at data covering the entire population of Portugal, and cross-linked the people regularly taking HCQ with the people having a laboratory test result for Covid-19 (either positive or negative).

    The study concluded that chronic treatment with HCQ confers protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection. The odds ratio was 0.51 (after adjustment for age, sex, and chronic treatment with corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressants), meaning that the people who regularly take HCQ (for lupus, etc.) were about half as likely to have a laboratory-confirmed case of Covid-19.


    Doc Robinson

    An old article in the The Baltimore Sun describes a number of biosafety problems, and potential problems, at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

    Trouble in the air at Fort Detrick
    by Kenneth King
    February 28, 2011

    Even without deliberately floating its germs in the air, USAMRIID [Fort Detrick’s U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases] has had trouble keeping track of them. In 2009, it discovered 9,200-plus vials (one-eighth of its stock) weren’t logged into inventory. In 2003, while cleaning up a leaking Detrick chemical dump, employees found 100-plus vials of buried live bacteria. “The documentation for where this came from doesn’t exist,” Detrick’s safety director at the time, Lt. Col. Donald Archibald, stammered.

    There have been multiple instances since 2001 of Detrick anthrax ending up at places it wasn’t supposed to be — inside the facility and (according to the FBI) outside as well, in the U.S. Postal Service.

    In 2009, after safety lapses exposed a USAMRIID researcher to tularemia, two weeks passed before anyone suspected her illness was tularemia, the focus of her research. At Boston University in 2004, and at Texas A&M in 2006, months elapsed before infected researchers were correctly diagnosed. Sick biodefense researchers seem rarely to suspect the diseases they’re researching.

    Lab-acquired infections are a particular concern now that researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Wisconsin and elsewhere have brought the 1918 flu back to life, and developed deadly bird flus that transmit easily between humans.

    Such recklessness makes laughable USAMRIID Commander John Skvorak’s declaration that USAMRIID is “tightly regulated” by the Army and CDC. The Government Accountability Office’s chief technologist testified in 2007 that the country’s now 1,300-plus “high-containment” germ labs were essentially regulating themselves. Little has changed since then.

    According to the Dallas Morning News, CDC inspections missed or ignored a veritable biosafety train wreck at Texas A&M until a public expose by a small nonprofit forced the CDC to suspend the university’s select agent research and investigate further. The red-faced agency ultimately issued a 21-page report on A&M’s safety lapses.

    CDC administrators ignored warnings of their own engineers about the backup power configuration for the CDC’s new suite of BSL-4 labs, causing a complete power loss and loss of negative air pressure in 2007. A second power loss occurred in occupied CDC labs that same year.

    The CDC didn’t even require that research developing new bird flus — probably the most dangerous germ research in the country — be conducted at the highest level of containment.

    The CDC also allowed USAMRIID researcher Peter Jahrling to conduct experiments trying to infect monkeys with smallpox. Currently, smallpox does not infect animals other than humans. That’s why world health authorities were able (they thought) to eradicate the disease. Risking the establishment of an animal reservoir for smallpox makes about as much sense as resurrecting the 1918 flu.

    The CDC’s reputation for “safety” rests on its secrecy, and on the fact that it hasn’t killed anyone in Atlanta since two janitors died of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in 1976.



    ‘“New Corona Cases”: A Phrase That’s Tells us Very Little, if Anything, About the Actual Levels of Danger We Face’:

    “..So why is the press still obsessively talking about “cases” as if there were a linear correlation between them and threat to the health of the vast majority of people?

    I see only two possible explanations. The first is herd stupidity, that is, the deeply ingrained tendency of everyone with a keyboard and a twitter feed to—for all their often histrionic attempts to portray themselves as “fiercely independent”—studiously ape the central presumptions of the corporate media’s view of reality and confine their institutional critiques to the very peripheral realms of nuance and style.

    The second possibility is flat-out institutional corruption, that is, that people in very high places have told their servants in the media to keep the panic, and the enhanced control of the population it enables, going as long as possible..”

    “New Corona Cases”:  A Phrase That’s Tells us Very Little, if Anything,  About the Actual Levels of Danger We  Face

    Cracks in The Narrative beginning to appear..



    Talk to people that can’t lie without being caught lying.
    Peter B. Jahrling and Jonathan Towne

    Peter B. Jahrling is chief of the Emerging Viral Pathogens Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    Jahrling received his PhD in medical microbiology from Cornell Medical College. He joined the military as an officer at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), and remained employed as a civilian after his service. Since 2005, Jahrling has been the chief scientist of the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Frederick, Maryland, and chief of the Emerging Viral Pathogens Section.[1][2]

    His research focuses on the development of animal models for viruses infecting humans, strategies for vaccination and treatment of serious viral pathogens, and characterization of newly discovered viruses.[1][3] He oversees BSL-4 labs at Fort Detrick.[4]


    Study of bat natural immunity to Marburg virus may shed light on human disease

    Jonathan Towner, Ph.D., of the Viral Special Pathogens Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provided the bats from which the DNA was extracted.

    COVID-19 research community


    herd stupidity


    herd stupidity
    Is the Coronavirus Scare a Psychological Operation?
    Posted on June 3, 2020
    The common impression is that the entire matter began in reaction to events in China but even that is not clear. For example, the virus is said to have originated in the city of Wuhan and the first, limited, lockdown occurred in that area from January to March. China has since said that it warned the WHO about the virus during the first week of January. However, it is known that U.S. intelligence agencies, (https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattperez/2020/04/08/report-us-intelligence-officials-warned-about-coronavirus-in-wuhan-in-late-november/#620cbf95a1eb )
    were aware of the potential outbreak even before that, in November 2019. A Chinese spokesman later suggested that the U.S. military might have brought the virus to Wuhan during the military games held there in October. ( https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/coronavirus-chinese-official-suggests-u-s-army-blame-outbreak-n1157826 )

    Whether SARS-COV-2 was genetically engineered in a laboratory, like the NIAID-funded Wuhan lab, is a subject that has become of interest to many scientists. The Wuhan laboratory is not the only place the U.S. supports work like this, however, as the Pentagon funds such labs in 25 countries across the world. Located in places such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Africa, these labs isolate and manipulate viruses like the bat coronaviruses from which SARS-COV-2 originated. This bat-research program is further coordinated by a group called EcoHealth Alliance. ( https://www.ecohealthalliance.org/ )

    V. Arnold

    Is the Coronavirus Scare a Psychological Operation?

    I don’t know; but the deaths are real, and increasing daily.
    People playing God would be the heighth of irony…
    If one ascribes to the Gaia Hypothesis, then it may well be, this is Gaia’s response to messing around with/fucking up, Mother Nature.
    It would certainly be poetic justice, no?
    Herd stupidity indeed…

    V. Arnold

    …and not only are Usian’s collectively butt stupid; they’re suicidal as well!
    After the California governor warned against large gatherings over the 4th; thousands of people in LA take to the streets…
    Go figure…

    Dr. D

    Georgia chart is quite telling. It says the lie is in framing. Reopening? Nothing. (~5 day delay) Mr. Floyd killed May 25th. Riots begin. Spike starts on June 15. Nah. Can’t be. I read science that riots actually STOPPED the spread of CV: the virus can tell.

    “What these relatively decent jobs numbers may actually show is an economy that reopened too quickly.”

    Huh. How do you figure? Chart above says reopening did nothing. Ziltch. What to do when that happens? Report it anyway, of course! You know, how 60% of NYers got CV while under quarantine in their house? So clearly it was all that going out and reopening that did it. Science!

    With almost 2.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases”

    Which means nothing if they’re not sick

    and 128,000 deaths”

    20-40,000 of which were intentionally caused and 50-90% of the others were caused by refusing multiple cures we have, including HCQ, which doctors have used as high as 99% success rate in hard-hit NY.

    …What were you saying again? This disease which has a 500K ÷ 8B = 0.0000625 rate.

    How many people die on earth? 150,000. A DAY. x ½ x 365 = 27,300,000

    In other words, you can barely pick them out of the statistical noise. Especially with the deaths being over 70 + comorbidity. Quarantine the nursing homes. You know, the way that is legal and done for 500 years?

    …But they need this to rig the elections. They don’t care if a million people die, ‘voluntarily’, by withholding care. Don’t care if the Lancet helps kill all 1M of them. And lately to stop immediate hyperinflation as the system goes exponential, overnight bailouts are $1T/day. You need a lot of deflation to counteract the exponential end of the system. And since they could care less and actively WANT you all dead, means nothing to kill a hundred thou, a mil, to do it, just as they would in a war. Which is what this is.

    Spending the 4th watching “Hamilton” while insurgents shuttle guns and armor to revolutionaries in unmarked vehicles, trying to burn down police stations with heavy fighting for 12+ hours. The entire city is only one of several torn up, laid waste, bullet holes, graffiti, biohazard, arson, rape, murder, killing black children in the streets. Just the way they wanted, are funding, and supporting glowingly on TV. Okay.

    “China Didn’t Alert WHO To Coronavirus Outbreak — The Internet Did (DC)”

    Maybe, but Taiwan did and WHO ignored them. We know that officially. Did Ft. Deitrick do it? What makes you think any of their past leaks were accidental?

    “a vast a majority of Americans want to bring the troops home.”

    The government hasn’t done what the people want since I can remember when. Vietnam?

    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” — Edward Abbey 

    He wasn’t the first. Thomas Paine said likewise. The government is not the nation, not the people. They are usually AGAINST the nation and the people, advancing their own self-interests, which is often but not entirely the interests of oligarchy. But we have an answer: More Government!

    Can anyone explain the logic?”

    The logic? Destroy everything. Forever. Any reference to anything, any person, and time, other than myself, my ego, is a limit of my perfect, endless, abusive power. Like the Orwell quote says. And they support this as a goal most desired, because their minds are either aligned to rebellion, or to order.

    Oh and PS, did anyone ask? Did anyone poll the groups in question? Not on your life. They got a couple people who don’t like it – because there are always a couple people mad at anything and making a buck on it. But the head of BET said yesterday he thought white people liberals were stupid, maybe they should ask what black people want. You know, like scholarships, not burning down black businesses and black infrastructure in black cities? Jericho Green noted “I don’t want to live in a world without blackface.” You know: a world without jokes. A world where no one can be stupid and nothing is ever forgiven.

    “Hamilton” has every character cross-cast, although I suppose they’ll be bigots for not cross-casting them by gender too. No one cared, because it’s not the point. But wait! I thought it was bigotry, cultural appropriation and oppression not to have the exact race of the exact character play the actor of the character. You know: down to where if you have a half-black half-Haitian child, you must go find a half-black, half Haitian voice. You know: instead of an “Actor” which is what we used to have. This just happened for the cartoon “Central Park.” Apparently she was not allowed to play the character’s white half. As irony is dead, no doubt soon Nancy Cartwright can no longer voice Bart Simpson, nor Chuckie, but only 50 year-old women. Ah, what a wonderful world that will be when we get rid of “Acting” in favor of a fringe religion based on “race purity” which doesn’t scientifically exist.

    ‘Cause that’s what this is: a religion. And it’s the old religion. You might remember it from a previous wave of the “National Social Democratic Worker’s Party.”

    Notes from the other day:

    “Othering” is making someone “not us” but “them.” Actually, unless you’re demented in other ways that shouldn’t matter either, but most are so… So in our “othering”: “they” are bad, “they” aren’t even human. So of course it’s morally good and right to dress up n black and punch anyone you think might be “them”, attack their children with guns and fireworks, get them demonetized, de-banked and de-jobbed. You know: God’s work. When you hurt enough “others” with arson, extortion, and murder, then you’re good guy! It’s obvious! See 1930s race-based religion, above.

    The Central Bank “Bailout of Everything” Will Be a Disaster (Lacalle)”

    Yes. It’ Socialism. No one can fail: we pay everyone for everything. And of course you have rich guys in rich dachas with private security at the top, while the poor get poorer. The good and working are not rewarded, the bad and lazy are not punished. Logic and physics are suspended leading to complete madness and chaos. But this time is different.

    I can’t believe they’re still trying Harris. Did they have “America’s Talent” to find the worst two candidates in the party?

    Remdesivir if I remember, operates by halting cell division. That is, it halts virus cells from doubling while the body has time to kill them. So then it absolutely makes sense that halting cell division for more than a few days would be terrible: cells don’t live that long and the body always has a lot to do, especially dividing to create more white blood cells n stuff.

    I’m concerned if the author doesn’t know this, as it’s remdesivir’s single function, but check me.

    Vindicated? “Trump-Touted COVID-19 Drug Hydroxychloroquine Works, New Study Funds

    The surprising thing — and how we know it’s Armageddon and the world is ending – is that CNN reported this. …You know, after killing 500,000 people by trying to be your doctor.

    Well the French surrendered without firing a shot. Irony may be dead, but jokes and stereotypes aren’t. My poor country. It’s not like the people aren’t tough. Sigh.

    3 waves” of 1918-1919 pandemic flu in the US. We are retracing them.

    Not if it’s made up (like the ‘76 vaccine), a co-factor attack which seems likely, and a 0.006% rate. The only thing that’s been attacked is our economy. Oh and Democracy. That.

    if Usian’s have even an inkling, of what’s coming?”

    Coming? We have open street fighting in Seattle, among other places, and have for a month. Do Usians have a clue? Not even now. CNN (I think) just reported “Well, I guess we’ll have to wait for something to happen…” Wait? A city just tried to secede using armed forced, and the Feds are arresting Antifa steadily, as soon as the violent crimes are written up and warrants are served. “The revolution will not be televised.” Strangely, it’s completely televised, overblown by 100-fold in fact, but denied. Didn’t see that coming. No one notices. …But do remember the U.S. is very large. It contains multitudes. What they’re doing is a bee-sting to us, really. Don’t exaggerate only the blue areas are destroying themselves, don’t overreact.

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