Mar 272021
 


Wynn Bullock Child on a Forest Road 1958

 

The Emergency State (Whitehead)
Supreme Court Judge: Covid Restrictions To Last For 10 Years (SN)
Risk of Asymptomatic Spread Minimal. Variants Over-Hyped – Bhattacharya (LDS)
Nation’s First ‘Vaccine Passport’ Coming To New York (NYP)
Former CDC Director Says COVID-19 Escaped From Wuhan Lab (ZH)
Fauci Rejects Ex-CDC director’s Claim That COVID-19 Came From Wuhan Lab (NYP)
Fauci Slammed For Denying The US Is Approaching Herd Immunity (DM)
“Where Am I Here?” (Kunstler)
Hunter Biden Texts Shoot Down Secret Service Denial Over Gun Incident (NYP)
Hunter Biden and Family Join President On Weekend Away (DM)
Fast Food Giant Claims Credit For Killing $15 Minimum Wage (DP)
The Top 10 Percent Through The Ages (AEA)
Suez Canal Crisis: Here Are The Cargoes In The Crossfire (Miller)
The Death of Humor (Matt Taibbi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

“No government willingly relinquishes power. If we continue down this road, there can be no surprise about what awaits us at the end.”

The Emergency State (Whitehead)

The seeds of this present madness were sown several decades ago when George W. Bush stealthily issued two presidential directives that granted the president the power to unilaterally declare a national emergency, which is loosely defined as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions. Comprising the country’s Continuity of Government (COG) plan, these directives, which do not need congressional approval, provide a skeletal outline of the actions the president will take in the event of a “national emergency.”

Mind you, that national emergency can take any form, can be manipulated for any purpose, and can be used to justify any end goal—all on the say so of the president. Just what sort of actions the president will take once he declares a national emergency can barely be discerned from the barebones directives. However, one thing is clear: in the event of a national emergency, the COG directives give unchecked executive, legislative and judicial power to the executive branch and its unelected minions. The country would then be subjected to martial law by default, and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights would be suspended. The emergency state is now out in the open for all to see. Unfortunately, “we the people” refuse to see what’s before us.

This is how freedom dies. We erect our own prison walls, and as our rights dwindle away, we forge our own chains of servitude to the police state. Be warned, however: once you surrender your freedoms to the government—no matter how compelling the reason might be for doing so—you can never get them back. No government willingly relinquishes power. If we continue down this road, there can be no surprise about what awaits us at the end.

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“..scientists skeptical of lockdown policies have been “subjected to an extraordinarily unpleasant campaign of personal abuse”

Supreme Court Judge: Covid Restrictions To Last For 10 Years (SN)

British former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption has warned that “social controls” brought about by the coronavirus pandemic may be kept in place by governments for up to a decade. “It’s politically unrealistic to expect the Government to backtrack now,” commented Sumption, who has been highly critical of the government’s ‘totalitarian’ lockdown policies. The judge compared the reaction to rationing after the Second World War, which went on for nine years, adding that this time “I think it may be even longer.” “An interesting parallel is the continuation of wartime food rationing after the last war. People were in favour of that because they were in favour of social control,” he said during a ‘Sketch notes on’ podcast.

“In the 1951 general election, the Labour party lost its majority entirely because people with five years more experience of social control got fed up with it. Sooner or later that will happen in this country,” he added. Sumption’s warning comes in the wake of Public Health England officials stating that restrictions will remain in place for as long as other countries have not vaccinated everyone, a process likely to take years. England’s chief medical officer also recently asserted that the pandemic restrictions, which have been in place on and off for a year, have “improved life” for some people. Despite promising an end to restrictions in June, the UK government yesterday extended emergency COVID laws until October, with Health minister Matt Hancock refusing to say how long they will remain in place after that.

Lord Sumption also noted during the podcast that scientists skeptical of lockdown policies have been “subjected to an extraordinarily unpleasant campaign of personal abuse”. “I know a lot of people that would prefer not to put their head above the parapet,” He continued, adding “From the very moment I started to make these points I began to get emails from politicians who agreed with what I had to say but that they themselves didn’t dare to speak out. That I think is a very serious state of affairs.” The judge also argued that governments are using the virus politically, noting “They have consistently tried to maintain that the virus is indiscriminate when it is perfectly well-established that it primarily affects people with identifiable vulnerabilities, particularly in the elderly.”

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Professor Jay Bhattacharya is one of the co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.

Risk of Asymptomatic Spread Minimal. Variants Over-Hyped – Bhattacharya (LDS)

Why have the media, politicians and many scientists sought to panic the populace about SARS-CoV-2 far beyond what the evidence would warrant? The incentives include financial motives, political goals, the desire to protect professional reputations and many other factors. The virus is seasonal and late fall/winter is its season. It is very unlikely, given that this is the case, that the virus will spread very widely during the summer months. It is also the case that a large fraction of the UK population has already been infected or vaccinated and is immune, which will greatly reduce hospitalisation and mortality from the virus in coming months. There are tens of thousands of mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They mutate because the replication mechanisms they induce involve very little error checking. Most of the mutations either do not change the virulence of the virus, or weaken it.

There are a few mutations that provide the virus with a selective advantage in infectivity and may increase its lethality very slightly, though the evidence on this latter point is not solid. We should not be particularly concerned about the variants that have arisen to date. First, prior infection with the wild type virus and vaccination provide protection against severe outcomes arising from reinfection with the mutated virus. Second, though the mutants have taken over the few remaining cases, their rise has coincided with a sharp drop in cases and deaths, even in countries where they have come to dominate. Their selective infectivity advantage has not been enough to cause a resurgence in cases. Third, the age gradient in mortality is the same for the mutant and wild-type virus. Thus a focused protection policy is still warranted. If lockdowns could not stop the less infectious wild type virus, why would we expect them to stop the more infectious mutant virus?

[..] “The scientific evidence now strongly suggests that COVID-19 infected individuals who are asymptomatic are more than an order of magnitude less likely to spread the disease to even close contacts than symptomatic COVID-19 patients. A meta-analysis of 54 studies from around the world found that within households – where none of the safeguards that restaurants are required to apply are typically applied – symptomatic patients passed on the disease to household members in 18 per cent of instances, while asymptomatic patients passed on the disease to household members in 0.7 per cent of instances. A separate, smaller meta-analysis similarly found that asymptomatic patients are much less likely to infect others than symptomatic patients.

Asymptomatic individuals are an order of magnitude less likely to infect others than symptomatic individuals, even in intimate settings such as people living in the same household where people are much less likely to follow social distancing and masking practices that they follow outside the household. Spread of the disease in less intimate settings by asymptomatic individuals – including religious services, in-person restaurant visits, gyms, and other public settings – are likely to be even less likely than in the household.

The evidence that mask mandates work to slow the spread of the disease is very weak. The only randomised evaluation of mask efficacy in preventing Covid infection found very small, statistically insignificant effects [Danish mask study]. And masks are deleterious to the social and educational development of children, especially young children. They are not needed to address the epidemic. In Sweden, for instance, children have been in school maskless almost the whole of the epidemic, with no child Covid deaths and teachers contracting Covid at rates that are lower than the average of other workers.”

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“An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”

Nation’s First ‘Vaccine Passport’ Coming To New York (NYP)

The nation’s very first “vaccine passport” is coming to the Big Apple. The program, dubbed the “Excelsior Pass,” is an app that will allow New Yorkers to prove their vaccination status, or recent history of a negative COVID-19 test, in order to gain entry to events and businesses, Governor Cuomo announced in a news release Friday. “Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app,” the news release explains. “Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”

The app won’t show any health information when scanned — it’ll only show a green checkmark if the person has been vaccinated or tested negatively or a red “x” if they haven’t. Major venues, such as Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center in Albany, will begin using the app next week and on April 2, Excelsior Pass will expand to “smaller arts, entertainment and event venues,” Cuomo’s office said. The app, which launched Friday, already works to prove vaccination status or negative test results and can be used to gain access to wedding receptions, which now require negative tests from attendees, and other events above the social gathering limit.

“New Yorkers have proven they can follow public health guidance to beat back COVID, and the innovative Excelsior Pass is another tool in our new toolbox to fight the virus while allowing more sectors of the economy to reopen safely and keeping personal information secure,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The question of ‘public health or the economy’ has always been a false choice — the answer must be both. As more New Yorkers get vaccinated each day and as key public health metrics continue to regularly reach their lowest rates in months, the first-in-the-nation Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our thoughtful, science-based reopening.”

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“It’s only an opinion; I’m allowed to have opinions now,” he added.”

Former CDC Director Says COVID-19 Escaped From Wuhan Lab (ZH)

Former CDC Director Robert Redfield says that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, did not originate from a wet market in Wuhan, China, and instead escaped from a nearby lab which was performing gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses to make them more easily infect humans. “I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human,” Redfield told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta in an interview set to air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET. “Normally, when a pathogen goes from a zoonot to human, it takes a while for it to figure out how to become more & more efficient in human to human transmission.” “It’s only an opinion; I’m allowed to have opinions now,” he added.

When asked how he believes the lab was working to make the virus infect humans more efficiently, he said “Let’s just say, I have a coronavirus, and I’m working on it — most of us in the lab are trying to grow virus. We try to make it grow better and better and better and better, so we can do experiments and figure out about it. That’s the way I put it together.” Redfield, a virologist picked by former President Trump to lead the Centers for Disease Control, said he believes that the pandemic began as a localized outbreak in Wuhan in September or October of 2019, earlier than the official timeline, and that it spread to every province in China over the ensuing months.

“And while the rest of the world was told the only initial Covid-19 cases in China had originated from a wet market in Wuhan, Redfield is confident the evidence suggests that was simply not the case. According to Redfield, even his counterpart at the China CDC, Dr. George Gao, was initially left in the dark about the magnitude of the problem until early January. He described a private phone call he had with Gao in early January 2020, when Gao became distraught and started crying after finding “a lot of cases” among individuals who had not been to the wet market. Gao, Redfield says, “came to the conclusion that the cat was out of the bag.” The initial mortality rates in China were somewhere between “5-10%,” Redfield told me. “I’d probably be cryin’ too,” he added. …The United States wasn’t formally notified of the “mysterious cluster of pneumonia patients” until December 31, 2019. Those were critical weeks and months that countries around the world could’ve been preparing. -Dr. Sanjay Gupta via CNN

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“Fauci’s organization sent $7.4 million taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan lab for research including “gain of function” research.”

“In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.”

Fauci Rejects Ex-CDC director’s Claim That COVID-19 Came From Wuhan Lab (NYP)

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday blew off claims from former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Chinese lab, saying Redfield was merely expressing an “opinion.” During the White House coronavirus briefing, Fauci said the virus that causes COVID-19 was likely already spreading in China weeks before it was detected — which helped it become more contagious. “The alternative explanation … is that this virus was actually circulating in China, likely in Wuhan, for a month or more before they were clinically recognized at the end of December 2019,” Fauci explained. “If that were the case, the virus clearly could’ve adapted itself to a greater efficiency of transmissibility over that period of time up to and at the time it was recognized.”


In a new interview out Friday, Redfield — who oversaw the CDC at the peak of the deadly global pandemic — said it was his “opinion” as a top virologist that SARS-CoV-2 “escaped” from the laboratory in Wuhan. The highly contagious bug is widely accepted to have originated in animals before it adapted to humans. But Redfield said if that were the case, “it takes a while for it to figure out how to become more and more efficient in human-to-human transmission.” “I just don’t think this makes biological sense,” he added. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, reiterated Redfield’s comments that he was just expressing an opinion. “So Dr. Redfield was mentioning that he was giving an opinion to a possibility,” Fauci said, “but again, there are other alternatives, others that most people hold by.”

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‘I don’t think it’s healthy for a small group of people to be making all the public health recommendations. It’s good to have multiple voices..’

Fauci Slammed For Denying The US Is Approaching Herd Immunity (DM)

A Johns Hopkins professor has slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for denying that the United States is approaching herd immunity amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Marty Makary, who is also a Fox News contributor, told Brian Kilmeade on Thursday that ‘it’s not healthy for a small group of people’ to be making all the health decisions for Americans. ‘I don’t think it’s healthy for a small group of people to be making all the public health recommendations. It’s good to have multiple voices,’ Makary said. He claims that the low rate of reinfections and high percentages of people showing antibodies indicate that the United States is approaching herd immunity through both vaccinations and natural immunity, which he claims Fauci has ignored.

There have been more than 133 million vaccines administered in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Thursday, there have been 30,076,486 total infections with 546,507 deaths from COVID-19. The Johns Hopkins professor slammed Fauci’s track record throughout the pandemic and for initially missing the mark on how the virus is transmitted, the effectiveness of masks and mitigation. ‘His job is to prepare us for a pandemic and tell us how to manage it. He mostly missed the pandemic for the two months prior, never prepared us, was wrong on masks,’ Makary said. ‘We should have known that but the aerosolized transmission because Sars-CoV-2 behaves like Sars-CoV-1. That was aerosolized droplets as well. He was around for that.’

During the segment, Makary explained why he believed Americans have already started to reach herd immunity. ‘After you get the infection, your body develops antibodies. These are the same antibodies the vaccine is trying to trigger and create,’ Makary said. ‘When you have circulating antibodies, that means have you protection from the infection.’ The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that about 38% of Californians had antibodies against the coronavirus, according to figures presented during a virtual meeting hosted by the California Medical Association. During the webinar, researchers said that 45% of people in Los Angeles have these antibodies. The Bay Area and greater Sacramento region each recorded 32% of the population with COVID-19 antibodies.

Makary pointed to this data as evidence that Americans are approaching herd immunity. ‘That’s why infections are down 95% in Los Angeles over the last 10 weeks, their positivity rate is down to 1.6% right now,’ Makary said.

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“As Mr. Biden would say, anyway… I’ve gone on too long about that….”

“Where Am I Here?” (Kunstler)

I don’t know about you, but I was thrilled to hear Joe Biden tell America — with a faraway gleam in those ol’ blue Konstantin Chernenko eyes — that he’s expecting to run for a second term. The prospect must engross him, so effervescent was his campaign of 2020! Like all presidents, he’s learning on-the-job, but he’s already lapping Franklin Roosevelt in the hundred-day dash of executive action, showing those wicked CCP envoys who’s boss (why, they are, of course), and turning the depraved white supremacist state of Texas into a vibrant Honduras del Norte. As Mr. Biden would say, anyway… I’ve gone on too long about that….

Meanwhile, from offstage you could hear the crunch of his handlers chewing their Xanax, knowing that the game was a brain-fart away from disaster. Well, he only wandered away from the podium one time, and he dutifully followed the script. In fact, the script was right there in his hand the entire white-knuckle hour of this debut press conference, and he often appeared to be reading straight off the page. I’m sure he was making a funny when he said he came to the Senate 120 years ago. (Remember the battle over Wm. H Taft’s nomination to be Territorial Governor of the Philippines? And how, in the hearings, then-freshman Senator Ol’ Joe B produced three New Haven doxies who testified about Taft’s “abnormal appetites” during the nominee’s years at Yale?)

Traditionally, presidential press conferences are opportunities to inform the nation where things stand, and to send signals to the other nations (“friend and foe alike” as JFK used to say) about America’s intentions, especially in the nuclear age, with the world so nervously on edge. What did Americans learn from Mr. Biden’s debut? Mainly that an old dog can do some old tricks, follow a script, play the politician, fill a suit, run his mouth, and go through the motions — fulfilling people’s cynical expectation that some trip is being laid on them. Foreign observers will probably note that the executive branch is being run by a politburo more secretive even than the old gang who ran the USSR. No one in this country seems to notice.

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Does this have legs?

Hunter Biden Texts Shoot Down Secret Service Denial Over Gun Incident (NYP)

Hunter Biden sent a text message that said the Secret Service responded after his handgun disappeared in 2018 — contradicting the agency’s assertion that it wasn’t involved, The Post has learned. In a lengthy message sent the following year, President Biden’s son described the situation in detail, saying his former sister-in-law-turned-lover, Hallie Biden, tossed the firearm into a trash bin outside Janssen’s Market, a gourmet grocery store in Wilmington, Del. “She stole the gun out of my trunk lock box and threw it in a garbage can full to the top at Jansens [sic]. Then told me it was my problem to deal with,” Hunter wrote.

“Then when the police the FBI the secret service came on the scene she said she took it from me because she was scared I would harm myself due to my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that she was afraid for the kids.” The Jan. 29, 2019, message adds: “Really not joking the cop kept me convinced that Hallie was implying she was scared of me.” In another message, sent closer to the incident, Hunter described the handgun as “my 38.” “Took from lock box of truck and put it IN PapER BAG AND Threw it in trash can at local high end grocer. For no reason,” he wrote on Dec. 6, 2018.

“And I freaked when I saw it was missing 10 minutes after she took it and when she went back to get it after I scared the s–t out of her it was gone which led to state police investigation of me. True story.” Both messages are contained on a hard drive obtained by The Post that holds the contents of a damaged laptop computer that was left at Wilmington repair shop by Hunter in April 2019 and never retrieved.

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Well, look who just popped up. There are no coincidences here. Is it a deflection from the gun story?

Hunter Biden and Family Join President On Weekend Away (DM)

Hunter Biden and his family joined President Joe Biden on Friday as he flew to his home in Delaware for the fourth weekend since taking office. The 51-year-old, his wife Melissa, and their baby son Beau were seen leaving the White House Friday afternoon as they traveled to Wilmington with his father. Hunter held his 12-month-old son in his arms with Melissa close behind him before boarding Marine One from the South Lawn. The Bidens flew to the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland where they then traveled to Wilmington on Air Force One. When Biden landed in Wilmington he spoke to reporters there and was asked about having Baby Beau on board. ‘It’s really great,’ the doting grandfather replied. The family getaway comes just two weeks after the White House press corps criticized the president for his frequent trips home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Press secretary Jen Psaki later defended the commander-in-chief saying: ‘The president lives in Wilmington. It’s his home. That’s where he’s lived for many, many years. ‘And as you know, as any president of the United States does, he takes a private airplane called Air Force One to travel there.’ Hunter was also reported to have been splitting his time between California and Delaware before moving into a family home in Venice earlier this year. The president’s embattled son made headlines once again this week after it was reported the Secret Service tried to intervene in a 2018 police investigation involving Hunter and his then-girlfriend, his brother’s widow Hallie. A report published by Politico revealed Hallie threw a gun she’d found in his car into a grocery store trash can because she thought he was going to kill himself with it.

No one in the Biden family was entitled to Secret Service protection at the time but Politico cites unnamed sources who say that agents from the Secret Service offices in Wilmington and Philadelphia kept an ‘informal’ role in protecting them after Joe left office as Vice President in 2017.

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Nah, the entire honor goes to Slo’ Joe.

Fast Food Giant Claims Credit For Killing $15 Minimum Wage (DP)

The parent company of some of America’s largest fast food chains is claiming credit for convincing Congress to exclude a $15 minimum wage from the recent COVID relief bill, according to internal company documents reviewed by The Daily Poster. The company, which is owned by a private equity firm named after an Ayn Rand character, also says it is now working to thwart new union rights legislation. The company’s boasts come just a few months after a government report found that some of its chains had among the highest percentage of workers relying on food stamps. Inspire Brands — which owns Jimmy Johns, Arby’s, Sonic, and Buffalo Wild Wings, plus recently acquired Dunkin’ Donuts for $11.3 billion in November — on Thursday sent employees and franchisees a review of its government lobbying activity that highlighted its success in keeping the $15 minimum wage out of Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief bill President Joe Biden signed earlier this month.

“We were successful in our advocacy efforts to remove the Raise the Wage Act, which would have increased the federal minimum wage to $15 and eliminated the tip credit,” reads the report. Further down, the report notes the company’s ongoing lobbying campaign in the Senate against the PRO Act, which recently passed the House and contains a laundry list of organized labor’s goals, such as eliminating right-to-work laws and banning mandatory company-sponsored meetings that are designed to discourage union activity. “You get the impression that they’re actively spitting in our eye, saying ‘Yes, we worked to suppress wages of our employees and we’re just going to brazenly tell you,’” one Inspire Brands worker told The Daily Poster. “I really do think that a line was crossed. You’re just going to brazenly tell your employees, ‘not only did we work to kill wages, but going forward we’re also going to make sure that the PRO Act doesn’t pass either.’”

During the 2020 campaign, Democrats pledged to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which would boost the wages of 32 million workers nationwide, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). However, efforts to include a $15 minimum wage in Biden’s pandemic aid bill failed after the Senate parliamentarian advised Democrats such a hike should not be passed by budget reconciliation and Vice President Kamala Harris declined to use her authority to override the decision. Inspire Brands’ success in eliminating the minimum wage hike from the bill follows Dunkin’ Brands’ then-CEO Nigel Travis saying in 2015 that a $15 wage would be “absolutely outrageous.” At the time, unions noted that Travis was being paid more than $4,000 every hour.

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We’re back to 1340.

The Top 10 Percent Through The Ages (AEA)

The COVID-19 pandemic may be increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. But how does today’s changing inequality compare to the past? In a paper in the Journal of Economic Literature, author Guido Alfani summarized the efforts of historians whose archival research has greatly increased economists’ knowledge of past wealth holdings. His work helps put today’s wealth polarization in perspective. Alfani’s estimates from the Economic Inequality across Italy and Europe (EINITE) database show that from 1300 to 1800 inequality grew steadily almost everywhere in Europe, with the exception of the century-long decline triggered by the Black Death. Figure 8 from his paper combines the estimates of the period 1300-1800 with estimates of inequality in postindustrial Europe.

The chart shows the average share of wealth held by the richest 10 percent in two separate regions of Europe. The black line is an average of the Sabaudian State (roughly modern Piedmont, Italy), the Florentine State, the Kingdom of Naples, and the Republic of Venice. The grey line is an average for France, the United Kingdom, and Sweden (sourced from Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century). Although the areas of Europe differ before and after 1800, there is a relatively smooth transition between the two series. The rate of growth of the share of the top 10 percent in the period 1810–1910 was nearly the same as the period 1550–1800. Only two episodes interrupted a steady growth in inequality—the Black Death of 1347–52 and the 1914–45 period of the World Wars.


The most fatal pandemic recorded in human history caused the top 10 percent to lose 15–20 percent of the overall wealth. And the global wars caused an even larger drop for the rich, from almost 90 percent in 1910 to 75 percent in 1950. (It is interesting to note that contrary to our perception that our societies are less unequal than those of the past, the share of wealth of the richest 10 percent in 2010 was about the same as it was in 1340.) Alfani goes on to explain that post–Black Death plagues were unable to produce inequality reduction due to institutional adaptation and human agency. This indicates that today’s policymakers do have control over the gap between the haves and the have-nots by designing institutions in a way that protects the general population from excessive greed.

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The video is good. Sound on.

Suez Canal Crisis: Here Are The Cargoes In The Crossfire (Miller)

The “slow boat from China” just got a lot slower. Shipping sentiment toward the Suez Canal grounding of the Ever Given has taken a major turn. Operators are now opting to bypass the traffic jam and take the long detour around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Ship-positioning data already confirms abrupt turns toward the cape by multiple ships. Container ships such as the HMM Rotterdam, Ever Greet, Maersk Skarstind and Hyundai Prestige; the crude tanker Marlin Santorini; and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Pan Americas, among others, have made beelines toward the cape. If the Ever Given is not refloated at high tide on Sunday, many more detours are expected. There were 237 ships stuck at anchor awaiting canal transits as of Friday, according to Egypt’s Leth Agencies. That’s up sharply from 156 the day before.


Global ocean trade is fluid. The Suez Canal closure doesn’t block cargo. It changes the arrival date. The extent of delays from rerouting depends upon port pairs and vessel speed. A container ship traveling at 17 knots passing India en route from China to Rotterdam would take nine more days on the cape route than using the canal. If its destination was Italy, it would take 13 more days. The double whammy of the canal queue and rerouting delays renders the global shipping network less efficient. The same ship capacity will not move the same cargo volume in the same time frame. This will have a wide range of effects — some bad, some good — for shippers, vessel operators and investors.

To gauge potential consequences, American Shipper analyzed historical data from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and obtained more recent data from trade-intelligence companies VesselsValue and Kpler. The SCA data is a year old but shows the long-term trends. American Shipper separated SCA’s cargo data into three categories: containerized volume, dry cargo volume (bulkers and general cargo) and liquid (tanker) volume.

Suez Canal Traffic Update – Audio on

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Review of Killer Cartoons, edited by David Wallis, and White, by Bret Easton Ellis.

The Death of Humor (Matt Taibbi)

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo won the condemnation of the whole world again, with the following cover:


Why Meghan quit Buckingham: Because I couldn’t breathe anymore.

Reactions ranged from “abhorrent” to “hateful” to “wrong on every level,” with many offering versions of the now-mandatory observation that the magazine is not only bad now, but “has always been disgusting.” This cover is probably an 8 or 9 on the offensiveness scale, and I laughed. It goes after everyone: Queen Elizabeth, depicted as a more deranged version of Derek Chauvin (the stubby leg hairs are a nice touch); Meghan Markle, the princess living in incomparable luxury whose victimhood has become a global pop-culture fixation; and, most of all, the inevitable chorus of outraged commentators who’ll insist they “enjoy good satire as much as the next person” but just can’t abide this particular effort that “goes too far,” it being just a coincidence that none of these people have laughed since grade school and don’t miss it.

Six years ago, after terrorists killed 10 people at Hebdo’s Paris offices in a brutal gun attack, the paper’s writers, editors, and cartoonists were initially celebrated worldwide as martyrs to the cause of free speech and democratic values. In France alone on January 11, 2015, over 3 million people marched in a show of solidarity with the victims, who’d been killed for drawing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad. Protesters also marched in defiance of those who would shoot people for drawing cartoons, especially since this particular group of killers also fatally shot four people at a kosher supermarket in an anti-Semitic attack. For about five minutes, Je Suis Charlie was a rallying cry around the world.

In an early preview of the West’s growing sympathy for eliminating heretics, cracks quickly appeared in the post-massacre defense of Charlie Hebdo. Pope Francis said that if someone “says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch.” Bill Donohoe, head of the American Catholic League, wrote, “Muslims are right to be angry,” and said of Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, “Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive.” New York Times columnist and noted humor expert David Brooks wrote an essay, “I Am Not Charlie Hebdo,” arguing that although “it’s almost always wrong to try to suppress speech,” these French miscreants should be excluded from polite society, and consigned to the “kids’ table,” along with Bill Maher and Ann Coulter.

Humor is dying all over, for obvious reasons. All comedy is subversive and authoritarianism is the fashion. Comics exist to keep us from taking ourselves too seriously, and we live in an age when people believe they have a constitutional right to be taken seriously, even if — especially if — they’re idiots, repeating thoughts they only just heard for the first time minutes ago. Because humor deflates stupid ideas, humorists are denounced in all cultures that worship stupid ideas, like Spain under the Inquisition, Afghanistan under the Taliban, or today’s United States.

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    oxymoron
    Participant

    That wealth inequality chart would be a flat straight line of zero for Australians from 1300 to 1788 and a sine-wave graph of populations mapping perfectly with drought and flood periods. Temperature not so much. European war-cultures do have their ups and downs.

    #71844
    Basseterre Kitona
    Participant

    The vaccine designer (Geert Vanden Bossche) who has put his career on the line to speak out about the risks of sars-cov-2 mass vaccination now has a website as a resource for anyone interested:

    https://www.geertvandenbossche.org/

    #71845
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Wynn Bullock Child on a Forest Road 1958

    That is one awesome painting…oh the wonder of it…

    #71846
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    • Nation’s First ‘Vaccine Passport’ Coming To New York (NYP)

    Just like the vaccines themselves, the Vaccine Passports can give a false sense of security. Vaccinated folks can still be infected and can still transmit the virus. The Vaccine Passports list the person’s name and date of birth, without a photo, and can easily be used fraudulently if government-issued photo IDs aren’t also scrutinized for everyone waiting in line to get into businesses, stadiums, and arenas.

    QR codes (similar to those on Vaccine Passports) are being used successfully for airport boarding passes, but I’m skeptical that all businesses and venues will be carefully checking everyone’s photo IDs to ensure that the photo matches the person, and the name and date of birth match what’s on the Vaccine Passport.

    With Excelsior Pass, participating businesses and venues can scan and validate your Pass to ensure that you meet any COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for entry. Along with your Pass, you may be asked to show a photo ID that shows your name and birth date to verify that the Pass belongs to you.

    https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/excelsior-pass-what-you-need-know

    #71847
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    I think this LSD group are pretty much just a bunch of professional (and probably well funded by far-right think-tanks) denialists. I read on Twitter yesterday that hospital admissions in Michigan for Covid are up 600% for people in their thirties and up 800% for people in their forties.

    #71848
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Forest is now a nail salon. That’s bankrupt.

    “George W. Bush stealthily issued two presidential directives that granted the president the power to unilaterally declare a national emergency”

    Hahaha. You’re so funny. You tell him “no” and cut off his funding while the Supreme Court explains to him how government works. Since this is a power grab, impeach him for good measure.

    That it ISN’T like that means it isn’t George, or even the President. It’s all government against YOU.

    But we have a solution: we’ll ask government to stop, maybe by adding more taxes and more government.

    Over here, we believe the government is the PEOPLE, which is why when the fake government attempts these things, we want to be very, very well armed.

    “It’s politically unrealistic to expect the Government to backtrack” “he judge also argued that governments are using the virus politically,”

    At least he’s being honest: it has nothing whatsoever to do with the law, but with “politics.” Therefore, he’s not a legal representative, or branch of government, but a totally political one. See? This is why we have free speech, so they can go ahead and say these things. Then the people can ignore them and not care while their whole nation becomes a penal colony like “Escape from NY”

    P.S., refer to the “Right to defend yourself, your body, and your human rights” above.

    “ Risk of Asymptomatic Spread Minimal. Variants Over-Hyped – Bhattacharya (LDS) “

    But he’s a doctor so we don’t listen to him, and obey known-lying politicians and unknowledgeable tech billionaires instead.

    So shake a buffalo rattle on the full moon for me. That’s all the science and medicine you can expect now.

    “An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”

    Hahahahaha. From the governments who lost the entire National Health child database? Who said the same thing about the U.S. gun check registry which FOIA have shown they keep forever anyway, just as expected, totally illegally? “We’re breaking that law, every day, every way, every branch of government? Make me.”

    “The app won’t show any health information when scanned — it’ll only show a green checkmark if the person has been vaccinated or tested negatively “

    Hey dum dum, let me use small words so you can understand: That IS health information. But here in #OppositeLand, health information, that’s solely health information, for the purpose it being health information, that’s nothing but health information, is NOT health information. ‘Cause I opened my mouth and lies came out. Now it’s true! That’s how it works!

    My only problem is everyone nods their heads and says, “So smart! I simply MUST obey this perfect, honest plan.”

    “here have been 30,076,486 total infections”

    They don’t have the faintest idea how many infections there have been since most people had no symptoms. I’d also argue they don’t know how many deaths either since we’ve gone over the dozen ways their data is suspect and corrupt. Gunshot wounds: top cause of Covid. Followed by dementia and car accidents. It’s in the news. You just have to apply eyes to little word squiggles.

    Hunter Biden Texts Shoot Down Secret Service Denial Over Gun Incident (NYP)”

    Selling out your country to Moscow and Bejing for $1B? Yawn. Rich guy uses connections to get away with shady deeds? Why I never heard the like! Can you imagine? Your girlfriend tossing your gun away so nothing bad happens? Clearly criminal.

    In #OppositeLand, all the non-crimes like bad pickup lines are crimes, while treason and widespread mass-murder are funded by the state and applauded by the people. Yay! Kill me more Daddy. I love you.

    he takes a private airplane called Air Force One”

    Huh? The real Air Force One I pay for. And it’s a special 747 with that call sign.

    “Nah, the entire honor goes to Slo’ Joe.”

    Sort of, but also the Squad. Apparently ONE congressman can stop all votes, but with their powers combined, the 8 of them could only concede and not fight at all. They were Tweeting instead, you know: where real law and government is formed.

    Speaking of, AOC, after saying “we need you to organize somehow, for something, so someone can get elected” said, “Bernie forced a vote in order to get all the DNC on record as being against all progressive, helpful action. So that they could be primaried and removed.” Wow. You don’t say. Is that anything like “Force the Vote” 100% of you opposed, calling it “violence” attacked any Progressive who tried to make you try it, until you conceded all your leverage and are now completely neutered and useless, ending all Progressive legislation for another year or two? I’m not Bernie’s big fan (anymore) but he’s plodding on with obvious, real action, and all 8, 12, 100 of you are NOT. I mean, if you want to be Republicans, just hang a sign and do it. Stop with the tobacco enema. Get a room with Ted Cruz already.

    The Top 10 Percent Through The Ages (AEA) “

    Neofeudalism, where you are the fertilizer for their green deal. But it’s much worse than that. The top 10%??? That’s being a homeowner. That’s like $60k or something. They’re diverting from how it’s the 0.001%, who are pillaging the 10% relentlessly, but more the 1% and 0.1%. Since those classes are the apparatchiks in college and government, losing their loyalty would end their reign. The 0.001% have so much it would actually have a noticeable difference if we stopped them, on all of us.

    Which is being done right now, but not very openly. Stay tuned, connect the puzzle.

    The Suez is not wrong, but it’s a big machine. Okay, 10 days now you need 7 additional days of bunker fuel. Where? At a Tesla charging station? Maybe you need support in Africa, on the coast, repairs, pirates, do you have that? Insurance. Tipping point cost where maybe they don’t ship those $1 shirts from Bangladesh but wait 9 months. Their GDP falls, H&M is hit outside of China. 10 days more banking, particularly. You need liquidity to float more days until closure. Do you have that? It’s relevant to India and Europe, while the U.S. is untouched, coming in the Atlantic or Long Beach. Their banks are relatively stronger because. And so on.

    What if they sink the ship instead? Accidents happen.

    P.S. you’re right: they’ve already said Vaccines don’t work. First, they don’t change behavior. Second, every “new” strain is a mortal threat to live on earth. So clearly having one means nothing. Ah, but that would be logic and reason and we don’t do that here. We attack it.

    #71849

    Wynn Bullock Child on a Forest Road 1958

    That is one awesome painting…oh the wonder of it…

    It’s a photograph.

    http://www.wynnbullockphotography.com/featured/2012-03/index.html

    #71853
    madamski
    Participant

    What I love about this image is that it is SO politically incorrect, in so doing reclaiming traditions that deserve something better than the obliteration and oblivion of cancel culture:

    Oncle O

    #71854
    madamski
    Participant

    for V. Arnold:

    An adult version of the wonderful photograph

    Nimrod

    #71855
    Oroboros
    Participant

    A test because nothing worked yesterday

    Wordpress must have a form of studddddering Tourette’s syndrone to behave so randomly from one day to the next

    You ba-ba-ba-bastard as Michael Palin said in Wanda the Fish

    #71859
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Dr. D

    “So shake a buffalo rattle on the full moon for me.”

    I will be using this one for sure. Lovely plumage.

    %^&

    The Suez thing will, I’ve come to believe, dwarf covid. The ripples, the ripples… the glasses do nothing!!!

    %^&

    “he takes a private airplane called Air Force One”

    “Huh? The real Air Force One I pay for. And it’s a special 747 with that call sign.”

    I own an official Boeing swag memorial medallion comemmorating Boeing’s renovation of this wonderbus flying turducken. It is so obviously a Chinese knockoff (it reads like Chinese pdign English, almost). I would quote it to show but it is buried in ages of misplaced memorabilia.

    &*(

    “What if they sink the ship instead? Accidents happen.”

    It’s already sunk, albeit horizontally. They’re trying to unsink it. The canal is only 75-70 feet deep. The draft of the Evergiven is avout 50 fully laden.’. Don’t know if that’s dry or full load. As for accidents: only pinprick accidents could occur with plausible deniability. More than that and it’s blatant sabotage of globally owned property including Hillary’s mystery migrants. 😉 (Girl, is qanon a CIA stoogecircle or what?)

    An accident would require pumps, is all. NO biggie. They may very well be using lots of big pumps anyway. Here’s a half-way thought-through bit of mechanics on the problem:

    Unsinking the Bismark

    This is cool. Fun disaster novella concept:

    “The canal has no locks because of the flat terrain, and the minor sea level difference between each end is inconsequential for shipping. As the canal has no sea surge gates, the ports at the ends would be subject to the sudden impact of tsunamis from the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea, according to a 2012 article in the Journal of Coastal Research.[119]”

    #71861
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Imagine say a dozen ships sunk Intentionally in the Suez Canal, you know like maybe from Iran or Yemen for being put upon by the West. How about scores of ships being sunk in the Straits of Hormuz.

    Do ya get the picture?

    #71862
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The shipping rates on the Silk Road/One Belt rail head that goes from China to Europe might see a jump in rates?
    N’est-ce pas?

    #71863
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Geert Vanden Bossche needs to talk to Dr. Reiner Fuellmich and the Corona Investigative Committee. I think they could illuminate new ground.

    The British supreme court judge saying ten years of lockdown is truly insane. UK has utterly Jumped the Shark and morphed into the Soviet Union. The UK is gas lighting it’s population and projecting onto Russia what it in fact has degenerated into.

    Orwell’s writings used not as a warning but as detailed instruction manual.

    The British public selectively bred as whipped dogs for centuries of aristocratic / oligarchic propaganda and brain washing, finishing up in the early 21st century as poster children for a ubiquitous medically induced Stockholm Syndrome with their deranged leadership.

    All Hail Britannia

    #71864
    madamski
    Participant

    Incidentally:

    New video shows massive scope of California box-ship traffic jam

    It’s a “thing”. Apparently, since no one can buy a home any more, we buy household junk. One way or another, it appears as if we’re stressing the global supply systems to breaking points all over.

    “One of the world’s most vital trade arteries has been blocked by a quarter-mile-long container ship, creating a traffic jam that has ensnared over 200 vessels and could take weeks to clear.

    “But even before the Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal earlier this week, global supply chains were being stretched to the limits, making it much more expensive to move goods around the world and causing shortages of everything from exercise bikes to cheese at a time of unprecedented demand.

    “A prolonged closure of the key route between West and East could make matters much worse. Costly delays or diversions to longer routes will heap pressure on businesses that are already facing container shortages, port congestion and capacity constraints.”

    Global shipping was in chaos even before the Suez blockage. Shortages and higher prices loom

    Methinks the former Mrs. Sherburn and I should visit places like Costco today and play Black Friday tag with the great masked masses.

    fwiw, disrupting global shipping routes like this does not conserve energy short-term, rather, increases it… but it should conserve energy after the manufacture-to-consumer cycles are sufficiently frayed.

    They grow wine and weed where we live so we’re safe. 😉

    Granny Bong

    #71865
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Oroborus

    “Imagine say a dozen ships sunk Intentionally in the Suez Canal, you know like maybe from Iran or Yemen for being put upon by the West. How about scores of ships being sunk in the Straits of Hormuz.Do ya get the picture?”

    The picture would be major war. Whoever did it might find their ghosts breathing radioactive vapors of their former selves. You’re talking about crossing just about every legal and illegal criminal organization on the planet, from Los Traffickeeros to the USA. Sounds like a job for a misanthropic evil genius. Those, alas, have all sold out to Hollywood.

    Nobody wants the Suez blocked. This is just another good old black swan out of seeming nowhere after being a logical expectation ever since they started making mega-ships longer than the Suez is wide and based pert near everyone’s economy on the passage of shipping traffic.

    #71866
    dermotmoconnor
    Participant

    YT’er ‘THE EUROPEAN’ disassembles the MSM “Biden did great” narrative. Many moments where Biden sundowns, there’s nobody home, he’s just lost his faculties. My dad has had dementia (beginning early for him, in his early 60s). It took him about 16 years to get to where Biden is now. Dad’s recent decline was steep – but I recognise the little tricks a sufferer uses to pass for normal, using “him” or “that person” instead of a personal pronoun. On my last visit home it had gone so far that dad referred to his own brother as “that man”.

    Biden the man deserves a prison cell, but Biden the dementia sufferer is a different animal completely. The people who have used him for this should be arrested.

    #71867
    Adlertag
    Participant

    Instead constant re-posts of lock down deniers please spend some time and read the research. Last couple of months on medrxiv would be a good start: https://connect.medrxiv.org/relate/content/181
    Lets summarise, COVID-19 is real not some some conspiracy theory. Lockdowns are brutal and damaging but they stop the spread, the weak link is the people who don’t abide by the rules and contribute to the spread. Where would the UK be without the past lockdown? The health service has been on the brink and before someone denies it, go talk to those who have worked the front line. If you are in the UK try and get treatment for anything that isn’t an emergency. Yet the deniers still walk around spreading misinformation.
    COVID-19 is not about just mortality, its morbidity. Long COVID is just one expression (of course the deniers are out again) read through the research, asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic are all being affected by damage, neurological, renal, cardiac, COVID-19 is a multi organ disease and the more the research is coming in the more long term health implications our societies are facing.
    Zoonotic transmission is confirmed and if you read through the last weeks research you will find at least three papers dealing with this. The implications are terrifying, not because some researcher says so, rather any thinking person will come to that conclusion. (regretfully deniers are not in the camp)
    I have read your blog since the oil drum days but you are ending up in your own echo chamber.
    The UK variant B.1.17 is 30 percent more transmissible and 69 percent more deadly that the Wuhan variant, what is the solution for a virus with an R0 of 5 and doubling rate of 6.9 days? Let it run rip, only kills 3%, according to one of your reposted articles this week, forget the heath damage being inflicted on the 97%, Children too, blood vessel damage was reported by US institute a month ago and no one knows if it will be temporary or permanent,
    Just a point on the table you posted. Where would you expect 2020 to be? Non Pharmaceutical Intervention restricted the virus and in doing so supressed other transmissible contagions. Of course the figures are not out of synch, lockdowns have kept them that way. When I started following this last January as it was emerging in China I expected the UK death toll to be 400K and I believe that is line with some projections without NPI.
    Barrington is funded by a right wing think tank. We have similar deniers in the UK parliament. Neo liberals who place money above life.
    Just read the research and get an idea of what we are up against. This may very well be the start of an extinction event. Dramatic? Maybe, maybe not but the denier lockdown crowd are doing nothing for serious debate or offering any solutions.

    #71868
    Oroboros
    Participant

    This video of Reiner Fuellmich was just removed from youtube for “This video has been removed for violating [Fascist Google] YouTube’s Terms of Service.”

    So here it is on bit-chute

    #71870
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    Still reading stuff, but had an appropriately strong knee-jerk reaction to this:

    “An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”

    • Nation’s First ‘Vaccine Passport’ Coming To New York (NYP)

    Uh…yeah…except the part you just broadcasted to anyone in sight range that you have been given the shot. You don’t get in unless you’ve had the shot, so everyone who sees you enter knows that fragment of your medical history. Serious PHI leak, stupid as phuq.

    #71871
    Archie
    Participant

    @Adlertag

    Interesting website. The papers are all pre-prints and don’t look to be peer reveiwed. Also, it is funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

    #71872
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    A link to the Detroit Free Press article from which I obtained the statistic on Michigan Covid hospitalizations. I think it’s at least possible that the emergence of more infectious Covid variants might have something to do with this.

    #71873
    Adlertag
    Participant

    Archie

    All papers are pre-prints and for peer review, but it gives you an indication of the direction of research. Similar articles for peer review can found on other academic websites. Sars Cov-2 is a novel infection of unknown origin and should have been approached globally with an abundance of caution and still should. The implications of any level of infection are not yet understood, you can imagine the outcry if it is discovered down the road that children have been exposed to a pathogen that will cause them to have life long health implications. We seriously do not yet know. Measles was once just viewed as a childhood illness, we now know better and I personally knew two contemporaries as a child who subsequently died a few years after infection directly attributed to the virus.
    We are not dealing with a flu, despite how serious that virus can be and are still yet to face the most damaging wave.

    #71874

    I think this blocked canal is a big thing.

    A few years back, the power company finally wanted to remove a useless pole that was in my back yard. They did not inform us. I woke up one morning to yelling in the front yard. A man was on the phone instructing others to forego the bigger machine to retrieve the smaller one mired in the swamp. Why lose two vehicles?
    I got up and dressed and wandered out- absolutely they were not bringing in a bigger machine, I said. They managed to get the little 8 ton vehicle out, and it trashed my swamp shoreline, but the comedy of errors was almost worth it. A week later two guys came with a little rig that pulled out the pole in five minutes. He said he tried to tell them it was the way to go but they wanted to play with the new toys.

    Paul Simon: please sing “50 Ways to Spur Inflation”.

    #71875
    WES
    Participant

    My esteemed friend and constant life time companion, Dr. Murphy, is currently busy working in the southern Suez canal. After successfully selecting the worst possible time and place for the right sized ship to block the canal, he is currently working overtime to frustrate every effort to free the nicely stuck ship.

    Dr. Murphy is a true optimist!

    Tonight there is a full moon out so the rising tide might give them hope. However without a wolf howling at the moon, I think Dr. Murphy will see another successful application of his law!!

    If they can’t unstuck the ship by digging, maybe they should start by building 2 sand causeway, one on each end of the ship to create an artifical lake. Then pump in water into the lake until the ship refloats. Then they can dredge away the previously built sand causeways. Naw they won’t, because it is too simple and low tech!

    #71876
    WES
    Participant

    my parents said know:

    You know of course that the only difference between boys and men, is in the size and the costs of their toys! Girls verses women also comes to mind!

    #71877
    madamski
    Participant

    If the tide doesn’t do it, they’ll probably try removing cargo. THat will take weeks. An artificial lake will take weeks. It will take weeks.

    #71878
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Adlertag

    Most people here think the virus is a significant pathogen. Most people here think the government responses to it have been tragic jokes at best and crimes against humanity at worst. Most of us here view the UK as a glaring example of both.

    #71879
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    I really hope the Covid situation doesn’t have to become as bad everywhere as it is in Brazil before the “first world” medical establishment stops turning up its nose at Ivermectin.

    #71880

    A big grin for you, WES, And a hat tip to Dr. Murphy! Without a doubt the most expert of all experts!

    #71881
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    for V. Arnold:

    An adult version of the wonderful photograph

    Very nice, thanks…

    #71882
    zerosum
    Participant

    The tide will do more than raise the container ship. The rising incoming water will force against the ship and push the ship sideway.

    #71883
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    @ Adlertag
    Participant

    We are not dealing with a flu, despite how serious that virus can be and are still yet to face the most damaging wave.

    Ilargi has done a yeoman’s job (IMO) of keeping us well informed regarding the Covid virus (and all its iterations).
    The situation is dynamic, moving quickly, in many geographic locations, and most of the readers here are intelligent enough to make informed decisions; emphasis on informed.
    The reams of information just regarding profilactics is invaluable for those of us not yet ready to trust the hastily developed vaccines, me included.
    Our critical thinking skills are being put to the biggest challenge, and propaganda barrage, that I can remember since Iraq in 2001 – 2003…
    Normal is an antiquated term about the past, which is gone forever.
    …augering in a cloudy vision of tomorrow where any certainty will not be found…

    #71884
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    profilactics
    prophylactics… 😉

    #71885
    Rototillerman
    Participant

    @adlertag: or we could just be grown-ups and treat it as it occurs with ivermectin.

    https://ivmmeta.com

    I’ll tell you what I’ve been seeing for months: people going through the motions, that’s all. Nobody washes masks, people have stopped worrying about what doorknobs they touch or whether they’re clean, spacing in grocery stores is a joke… and the sky hasn’t fallen. Traffic on the highway is back to pre-Covid congestion, or greater. You’ve got the idiot true believers driving around alone in their cars with their double Fauci masks, but the rest of us have concluded that we’re under a political lockdown, not a medical lockdown. Not to say it isn’t dangerous, not to say it isn’t real, but I’m done complying.

    The big giveaway is how the top medical establishment has ignored, shoved aside, fraudulently sabotaged, and outright lied about effective treatments. The way that hydroxychloroquine was demonized was quite impressive: at first I chalked it up to TDS (anything Trump says must be wrong), but they really went all out, faking studies, deliberately administering the drug at late stage hospitalization (when all the people who were using it successfully were prescribing at first symptoms), not including zinc in the treatment, etc. In the US, they managed to shove it off the menu quite successfully. They’re trying to do the same thing with ivermectin as well, citing one study that applied the drug at absurd levels in vitro to kill the virus, and then ignoring the forty-odd other studies. The problem they have is that ivermectin is just too effective: the studies show it works as prophylactic, at early stage treatment, and even after hospitalization, with varying degrees of success.

    #71891
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    madamski
    Participant
    for V. Arnold:

    An adult version of the wonderful photograph

    Ya know, after thinking a wee bit…I prefer the child’s version…
    …but thanks, it made me consider some things…
    Cheers

    #71895
    Dr. D
    Participant

    Alder, I appreciate your experience and will read the article but these are really all the same questions as day one.

    One, if you are correct, why are certain non-lockdown nations worldwide relatively unaffected?

    Two, why does that have no correlation to masks?

    2 ½, yes, no one is wearing masks correctly, never washing them, and doing no other measures, just as Dr. Fauci said in March: people would pretend it’s a magic talisman and not stay apart, wash hands, etc. Luckily, the 3/11/21 CDC report along with the American Physicians report and all reports back to 1917 say it doesn’t matter anyway. CA vs TX says it doesn’t matter. FL vs NY says it doesn’t matter. In fact it works so well you should move to Sweden or Calcutta to be safe from the demonstrably non-working measures the NHS has enacted. Still haven’t worked after a year. Africa is still safe after a year. Why? So, what are you gaining but illusion?

    Three, What is your exit plan? Okay, you have a lockdown and it works perfectly. (I mean except it clearly hasn’t, and is worse in every lockdown place like NY and UK, and better in every non-lockdown place like Africa and Florida). When and how do you plan to stop the lockdown?

    You already have a vaccine. They already said it doesn’t work, either today or against any variants they call, at any time, no matter how small. So your only plan is that humans will never be free again? And by that I mean, all humans are considered to die or be murderers without expensive paid science, applied to them monthly, with cards, passports, permissions, cash, for the next 10,000 years? We are now in Logan’s Run. THX-1138. Or V for Vendetta if you like. It’s only been a month or two, and their cure is already not a cure. Their lockdown end is already a continuation. So when do we become humans again and not cyborgs dependent on a science injection, when the NHS already can’t provide normal service since they’re bankrupt with the nation?

    Wouldn’t this cause a two-tier society more than now, with a blackmarket, gun-toting, drug-running Morlocks in the alleys and fragile, useless Eloi in the Shard? History shows which one survives and eats the other. Which queen is deposed.

    And last of course, unless you are a CDC-denier, is the number 99.997% That’s for people under the average age of death, with healthy vitamin D, who are not already near-dead from several co-morbidities. I say it every day: you’re asking for the end of all human rights forever, bankruptcy forever, poverty forever, blackmarkets and lawless, violent gangs forever, for a fear of death running 0.003%. The end of England. End of the Magna Charta. End of Representative democracy. End of the nation of shopkeepers. End of poets saying “The children of England will never be slaves,” and the valor or men who don’t have a 0.003% chance of death, but 100% certain death, yet, “Theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to DO…or die.

    Which England? One that cowers with a near-zero chance of death, where we imprison the whole island because people over the age of death — say 72 — are dying, or where the old stand fast and give the young a chance for England and for freedom? Children are completely immune, as shown by many studies this year. Even the teachers and parents are immune and have zero additional risk from children. The idea that it’s not is a fear-based fabrication. “What if” it does? What if ebola goes airborne? What if asteroid strike? What if swans start attacking all of London? What if is infinite, but unreal. We fight the specific AND real. The reality is 0.003%, so close to zero it’s hard to measure.

    Legal and medical tradition is to quarantine the ill, for the nation must carry on despite 1917, despite Elizabeth I’s plague, despite great fires or wars. And never, never, never give up. Never bow to 0.003% chance of fear.

    What’s your exit plan since they just showed vaccines won’t work, lockdowns don’t work, (you’re in one: it’s not working), and they would tie you to a pharmaceutical/chemical/petroluem factory forever, until the sun burns out and the sky falls, until death itself is vanquished?

    Just like I said. In January. Who was right? Did lockdowns work? Did they end freedom? Are you free? And will you end freedom for ME, on my behalf, out of your fear, and not just for yourself?

    #71896
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    The big giveaway is how the top medical establishment has ignored, shoved aside, fraudulently sabotaged, and outright lied about effective treatments.

    It really is. When you see a situation like that, you really have to ask, “Cui bono?” (“Who benefits?”) And the answer is almost always, “Wealthy and powerful people who certainly don’t have our best interests at heart.”

    Chris Martenson over at Peakprosperity.com remains my “go-to” for coronavirus information. And I’m at least willing to give Dr. Malcom Kendrick a listen when it comes to skepticism about the conventional wisdom around the pandemic (because I agree with Adlertag that much of this skepticism on the Internet is just pure ideological trash being churned out by the authoritarian-nationalist faction of the Deep State [that would be the one that supported instead of opposing Trump] and, yes, the Russians to at least some extent).

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