Apr 112021
 


Bartolomeo Schedoni The Deposition of Jesus’ body by St. Joseph of Arimathea 1613

 

South African Variant Can ‘Break Through’ Pfizer Vaccine (R.)
SARS-CoV-2 Variants B.1.351 and P.1 Escape From Neutralizing Antibodies (Cell)
Facemasks in the COVID-19 Era: A Health Hypothesis (NIH)
DMX Given Covid Vaccine Days Before Lethal Heart Attack (Noq)
Data Substantiating Wide Asymptomatic Spread Of Covid-19 Remains Elusive (JTN)
German Govt Plans New Harsh Covid-19 Restrictions In Draft Law (RT)
Republicans Deflated As Nation Shrugs At Hunter Biden Revelations (G.)
Daily Mail Exposes Hunter Biden Bombshells (ZH)
More Money Put Into Stocks In Last 5 Months Than Last 12 Years Combined (CNBC)
Frederick Forsyth Says UK Government Has Launched “Campaign of Mass Fear” (SN)
Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press (MPN)
Ukraine Redux – War, Russophobia, & Pipelineistan (Escobar)
A History of the Espionage Act and How it Ensnared Julian Assange (Lauria)
Julian Assange: The Corpse In The Basement Of The West (derstandard.at )

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent
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Truth is stranger than fiction,but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
– Mark Twain

 

 

Viruses mutate, albeit in unpredictable ways. This virus could disappear, like so many have. But with, at any given moment, 1-10-100 million new potential hosts, that is not likely. It’s much likelier that variants will evolve that evade vaccines. Especially since, as has been argued, there is no plan to vaccinate some 3-4 billion people.

The present rollout, along with the vaccines themselves, are sold to us as the summit of human intelligence. They could well be the summit of the exact opposite.

South African Variant Can ‘Break Through’ Pfizer Vaccine (R.)

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed. The study, released on Saturday, compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, 14 days or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease. It matched age and gender, among other characteristics. The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1% of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit.

But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated – 5.4% versus 0.7%. This suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original coronavirus and a variant first identified in Britain that has come to comprise nearly all COVID-19 cases in Israel, the researchers said. “We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared to the unvaccinated group. This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection,” said Tel Aviv University’s Adi Stern. The researchers cautioned, though, that the study only had a small sample size of people infected with the South African variant because of its rarity in Israel.

They also said the research was not intended to deduce overall vaccine effectiveness against any variant, since it only looked at people who had already tested positive for COVID-19, not at overall infection rates. [..] While the results of the study may cause concern, the low prevalence of the South African strain was encouraging, according to Stern. “Even if the South African variant does break through the vaccine’s protection, it has not spread widely through the population,” said Stern, adding that the British variant may be “blocking” the spread of the South African strain.

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This is just the beginning.

SARS-CoV-2 Variants B.1.351 and P.1 Escape From Neutralizing Antibodies (Cell)

The global spread of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 is devastating health systems and economies worldwide. Recombinant or vaccine-induced neutralizing antibodies are used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the recently emerged SARS-CoV-2 variants B.1.1.7 (UK), B.1.351 (South Africa), and P.1 (Brazil) harbor mutations in the viral spike (S) protein that may alter virus-host cell interactions and confer resistance to inhibitors and antibodies. Here, using pseudoparticles, we show that entry of all variants into human cells is susceptible to blockade by the entry inhibitors soluble ACE2, Camostat, EK-1, and EK-1-C4. In contrast, entry of the B.1.351 and P.1 variant was partially (Casirivimab) or fully (Bamlanivimab) resistant to antibodies used for COVID-19 treatment. Moreover, entry of these variants was less efficiently inhibited by plasma from convalescent COVID-19 patients and sera from BNT162b2-vaccinated individuals. These results suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may escape neutralizing antibody responses, which has important implications for efforts to contain the pandemic.

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NIH, January 2021. What struck me is the health effects listed in the graphic.

Facemasks in the COVID-19 Era: A Health Hypothesis (NIH)

The physical properties of medical and non-medical facemasks suggest that facemasks are ineffective to block viral particles due to their difference in scales [16], [17], [25]. According to the current knowledge, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has a diameter of 60 nm to 140 nm [nanometers (billionth of a meter)] [16], [17], while medical and non-medical facemasks’ thread diameter ranges from 55 µm to 440 µm [micrometers (one millionth of a meter), which is more than 1000 times larger [25]. Due to the difference in sizes between SARS-CoV-2 diameter and facemasks thread diameter (the virus is 1000 times smaller), SARS-CoV-2 can easily pass through any facemask [25]. In addition, the efficiency filtration rate of facemasks is poor, ranging from 0.7% in non-surgical, cotton-gauze woven mask to 26% in cotton sweeter material [2].

With respect to surgical and N95 medical facemasks, the efficiency filtration rate falls to 15% and 58%, respectively when even small gap between the mask and the face exists [25]. Clinical scientific evidence challenges further the efficacy of facemasks to block human-to-human transmission or infectivity. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 246 participants [123 (50%) symptomatic)] who were allocated to either wearing or not wearing surgical facemask, assessing viruses transmission including coronavirus [26]. The results of this study showed that among symptomatic individuals (those with fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose ect…) there was no difference between wearing and not wearing facemask for coronavirus droplets transmission of particles of >5 µm.

Among asymptomatic individuals, there was no droplets or aerosols coronavirus detected from any participant with or without the mask, suggesting that asymptomatic individuals do not transmit or infect other people [26]. This was further supported by a study on infectivity where 445 asymptomatic individuals were exposed to asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carrier (been positive for SARS-CoV-2) using close contact (shared quarantine space) for a median of 4 to 5 days. The study found that none of the 445 individuals was infected with SARS-CoV-2 confirmed by real-time reverse transcription polymerase [27].

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The media story is a drug overdose.

DMX Given Covid Vaccine Days Before Lethal Heart Attack (Noq)

Rapper DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died yesterday following complications from a heart attack. The 50-year-old music star was widely reported to have been hospitalized for a drug overdose that induced the heart attack, but a female member of his family told MTO News that he did not take drugs prior to the heart attack. He did, however, receive a Covid vaccination days before. Editor’s Note: We generally do not post single-source stories. The source for the information—MTO News—is a heavily trafficked site (over 10 million visitors per month) with contacts in the rap world. Though we have not been able to independently confirm the interview with a member of Simmons’ family, we are running the story based on the influence of the source publication.

We have reached out to a representative of his staff for confirmation. As of the writing of this story, only MTO News has been granted an interview and released the information. Some news outlets have picked the story up while a few fact-checkers have “debunked” it, though conspicuously none of the fact-checkers have provided information demonstrating the report is false. They’ve only said that they cannot confirm its validity. According to MTO News: “MTO News spoke with a member of the Simmons family who believes that it was NOT drugs that caused the heart attack. In an EXCLUSIVE interview, MTO News spoke with DMX’ family member who told us that the rapper received the COVID vaccine about a week before he suffered from the heart attack.

DMX’s family member told MTO News, “[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50. He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that.” New York State opened up the COVID-19 vaccinations for people over the age of 50 in mid March. And the family member suspects that DMX heart attack could have been a reaction to the vaccine. The family member explained, “Everyone [in the news] keeps saying that [DMX] had a drug overdose. How do they know. I’m in the family and no doctor told me anything about an overdose.” The family member is FURIOUS about the speculation surrounding DMX drug use. She told MTO News, “Yes he had past issues with drugs. But nobody knows that he had an OD. It’s f**cked up that its being reported like that.”

She told MTO News that she – and the family – are considering taking legal action against news publications prematurely concluding that DMX suffered a drug overdose. But what is clear – according to the family member – is that DMX did take the Covid vaccine.” Chances are very high that we will not receive much more confirmation about this, especially from mainstream media. Only the family, hospital personnel, or others close to DMX could confirm or deny it, and other than the interview on MTO News, there has been no informed word one way or another. But we do know this. Unless the family makes a statement regarding the Covid vaccine, this story will be treated as “debunked” by those with an agenda to promote the Covid vaccine to everyone, especially African-Americans.

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“Lost in the chaos of the past year is any definitive indication that asymptomatic spread of the virus is widespread or common.”

Data Substantiating Wide Asymptomatic Spread Of Covid-19 Remains Elusive (JTN)

Hard data on the true prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 spread remains elusive, with scientists struggling to quantify just how often carriers of the SARS-Cov-2 virus transmit it without outward signs of illness. Fears that COVID-19 can spread very easily through asymptomatic transmission were a major factor behind the lockdowns and mitigation measures seen across the world over the past year. Health leaders claimed that the threat of symptom-free spread necessitated broad shutdowns of major portions of the economy, indefinite school closures, mandatory public mask-wearing, capacity limits and other social distancing measures, and various other tactics for containing the spread of COVID-19.

Lost in the chaos of the past year is any definitive indication that asymptomatic spread of the virus is widespread or common. Scientists and public health officials have struggled to come up with meaningful epidemiological evidence to that effect, though most have continued insisting that it’s a major contributor to the overall pandemic. In June of last year, WHO official Maria Van Kerkhove encountered significant backlash when she said that, based on current evidence, asymptomatic spread appeared to be “very rare.” Van Kerkhove subsequently qualified her comment, a qualification hyped as a “walkback” by some in the media. Health officials “don’t actually have that answer yet” as to the prevalence of asymptomatic spread, she said in narrowing her previous claim. “I was referring to a small subset of studies.”

Van Kerkhove has not responded to queries since then regarding the evolving study of asymptomatic COVID transmission. Several other scientists, meanwhile, have attempted to answer that question with mixed results. One study from December found that, within households, asymptomatic carriers of the virus passed it on to housemates at the rate of about 0.7%. That investigation made headlines for its apparent demonstration that asymptomatic spread is, in effect, vanishingly rare. Yet at least one coauthor of the study, University of Florida biostatistics Professor Natalie Dean, has been warning since the study’s publication that its findings on that front should be taken with a grain of salt.

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Berlin taking powers away from German states.

German Govt Plans New Harsh Covid-19 Restrictions In Draft Law (RT)

Night-time curfews, sweeping business closures and severe limits on public gatherings are all part of the German government’s new bill aimed at “standardizing” Covid-19 measures to stop the third wave, German media report. Berlin is currently working on amendments to the national Infection Protection Act that would significantly tighten the lockdown restrictions and greatly reduce the federal states’ ability to defy the government’s orders, German media that obtained the draft document report. The document that is expected to be discussed and potentially approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Tuesday includes binding requirements for all federal states where an average seven-day Covid-19 infection rate will rise over 100 per 100,000 people.

Such states will no longer be able to find any excuses to avoid imposing the so-called “emergency brake,” the supposed text of the bill, published by Die Welt on Saturday, reads. All states over this threshold infection rate will be bound to introduce a standard set of measures developed by the federal government, should the legislation come into force. Such measures involve a night-time curfew between 21:00 and 05:00, with exceptions for medical emergencies, professional activities and for looking after people or animals. Private and public gatherings would once again be limited to the members of one household and one person outside of it, with children under 14 excluded from this rule.

All non-essential stores and services, including cafes, clubs, museums and sports facilities, as well as shops other than grocery stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, would be closed. Employers would also have to let their employees work from home if there are no “compelling reasons” for them to stay in the workplace. Universities would switch to distance education, with in-person classes only being allowed if every person attending them presents a negative Covid-19 test result.

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Silencing the Hunter story is not enough anymore, now the Guardian attempts to fully whitewash it. And calls him a brave man for writing about it all. “Hunter also uses the book to deny wrongdoing in joining the board of Burisma..”

Well, as Turley wrote: “Burisma and other companies not only gave massive payments to someone without any notable skills or experience, they hired someone who was a drug addict who was, by his own account, a total trainwreck.”

Burisma paid Hunter more than $50,000 a month from 2014 to 2019, aka the cash to buy his drugs. While he was by his own account a completely retarded junkie. And this had nothing to do with his father’s name.

Republicans Deflated As Nation Shrugs At Hunter Biden Revelations (G.)

In the memoir, Beautiful Things, Hunter, 51, details a lifelong struggle with drink and drugs. He writes that his “deep descent” into substance addiction followed the 2015 death of his older brother, Beau, who succumbed to brain cancer aged 46. Hunter admits that “in the last five years alone, my two-decades-long marriage has dissolved, guns have been put in my face, and at one point I dropped clean off the grid, living in $59-a-night Super 8 motels off I-95 while scaring my family even more than myself”. In an interview about the book on CBS, the president’s son recalled going 13 days without sleep as he smoked crack and drank vodka. “I spent more time on my hands and knees picking through rugs – smoking anything that even remotely resembled crack cocaine. I probably smoked more Parmesan cheese than anyone that you know.”

The Biden family staged an intervention at their home in Delaware in 2019, inviting two counselors from a rehab centre to dinner. Hunter swore and ran from the house but was chased down the driveway by his father, who “grabbed me, swung me around, and hugged me. He held me tight in the dark and cried for the longest time. Everybody was outside now.” Hunter also uses the book to deny wrongdoing in joining the board of Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine, where he earned more than $50,000 a month from 2014 to 2019. Republicans allege that he benefited from his family name when his father was vice-president. Hunter’s tax affairs are currently under investigation by the justice department. The memoir has earned positive reviews. Publishers Weekly found that Hunter’s “courageous self-assessment makes the despair of substance abuse devastatingly palpable”.

In a blurb on the book’s jacket, author Stephen King describes it as “harrowing and compulsively readable” with a bravery that is “both heartbreaking and quite gorgeous”. He comments: “Hunter Biden proves again that anybody – even the son of a United States president – can take a ride on the pink horse down nightmare alley.” And Dave Eggers, whose books include the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, writes in another blurb: “Beautiful Things is so concise, so unflinching and propulsive, that outside of turning the pages and occasionally picking my jaw off the ground, I didn’t move between the first page and the last.”

None of this gives Republicans the ammunition they hoped for. Politically, the book has been a dog that didn’t bark (unlike Biden’s actual dogs, Champ and Major, which have made headlines over biting incidents and excrement in a White House hallway) and, instead of turning into a liability, only appears to reinforce Biden’s image as compassionate and humane. Sykes, founder and editor-at-large of the Bulwark website, said: “It’s also a story of a very loving and loyal father and it’s hard to turn that into a negative. There are a lot of parents out there that know how dealing with a child who has problems is one of the greatest challenges you can face and so I think people are as likely to be empathetic as they are to see it as a negative.

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These revelations will also be silenced.

Daily Mail Exposes Hunter Biden Bombshells (ZH)

With Hunter Biden on a serious image rehabilitation tour – a ‘tell all’ book combined with television interviews from friendly outlets designed to invoke pity over the First Son’s crack and hooker habits, the Daily Mail is now telling the rest of the story regarding the contents of his abandoned laptop after Hunter admitted it ‘certainly’ could be his in a Sunday interview with CBS. If you’ve seen the laptop photos which leaked last October, you can probably stop here. The Mail did spare us from blurred pictures of Hunter’s wang, along with several sex tapes released by exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui.

“After obtaining a copy of the hard drive, DailyMail.com commissioned top cyber forensics experts Maryman & Associates to analyze its data and determine whether the laptop’s contents were real. The firm’s founder, Brad Maryman, is a 29-year FBI veteran Supervisory Special Agent who served as an Information Security Officer and founded its first computer forensics lab.” -Daily Mail. The Mail obtained over 100,000 text messages, 154,000 emails and over 2,000 photos which were verified by top forensics experts, which reveal that Joe ‘became a punching bag for Hunter’s drug-fueled rants,’ and ‘paid his grandchildren’s bills when Hunter had drained his bank accounts with prostitutes and crack cocaine.’

“Hunter appeared to be obsessed with making and starring in porn films with prostitutes, videos and photos on his laptop show. The hard drive contains hundreds of pictures of naked women and naked selfies of Hunter, as well as dozens of videos. Hunter photographed and filmed himself, often with two prostitutes at a time, in explicit videos that he then posted on adult website Pornhub under the username ‘RHEast’. Hunter filmed himself with the women from his laptop webcam, sometimes shooting at different angles using an iPad and cell phone.”-Daily Mail

“Hunter’s laptop is a pandora’s box of shocking revelations, explicit photos and intimate communications.In the following days, DailyMail.com will publish more shocking stories from Hunter’s laptop, including: • How Hunter blew hundreds of thousands on prostitutes, drugs and luxury cars, leaving him scrambling to avoid jail for $320k in unpaid taxes • How five members of the Biden family have been to rehab for drug or alcohol abuse – and a stunning admission by Joe to his son • The OTHER Biden family member planning to buy and cook crack, after falling into the disastrous addiction with Hunter • Hunter’s unconventional and unlikely relationship with his well-known psychiatrist •The whispered bedroom conversation with a prostitute caught on Hunter’s webcam, in which he confesses he had a previous laptop stolen – by Russians for blackmail.

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“Market enthusiasm”.

More Money Put Into Stocks In Last 5 Months Than Last 12 Years Combined (CNBC)

The latest wave of market enthusiasm has brought with it a stunning rush of money, in which more of investors’ cash has gone to stock-based funds in the last five months than the previous 12 years combined. That statistic, from Bank of America, reflects a period in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen more than 26%. At the same time, the market has undergone some wild trends that included a massive influx to meme stocks such as GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings. Trading volume rose 40% in the first quarter from the previous three months, with investors snapping up sectors that performed poorly last year amid hopes for a pronounced economic rebound from the Covid-induced slide in 2020.

Amid the frenzy, some $569 billion has gone to global equity funds since November, compared with $452 billion in the previous 12 years that go back to the beginning of the longest bull market run in history, according to Bank of America’s chief investment strategist, Michael Hartnett. Those numbers easily could exacerbate ongoing worries about financial market bubbles as valuations are around the same levels as just before the dot-com bubble popped in 2000. But these are not ordinary times. “There’s a certain amount of logic to markets right now,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities. “It’s less about irrational exuberance in the overall market, less about the 1999-2000 levels, and more about what’s the driver. The driver is clearly an explosion in economic activity that likely will have some earnings growth in its wake.”


First-quarter earnings season kicks into gear next week, and sentiment is running high. Year-over-year profits are expected to expand by 23.8%, which by itself would be the best growth rate since the third quarter of 2018, according to FactSet. However, what’s even more remarkable is that analysts continue to ratchet up expectations as the profit reports near, which is the opposite of what usually happens. Wall Street generally trims its outlook the closer it gets to the report date.

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“..using fear and shame as a driver of behaviour change.”

Frederick Forsyth Says UK Government Has Launched “Campaign of Mass Fear” (SN)

Iconic author Frederick Forsyth has accused the UK government of waging a “campaign of mass fear” against the British public by using psychological methods to ensure compliance with lockdown that resemble those used against East Berliners in the 1960’s. Forsyth was responding to an article published in the Telegraph which exposed the “covert tactics” being used by the British government to frighten the public into complying with COVID regulations. The article quoted a retired NHS consultant clinical psychologist who warned that there was “growing concern within my field about using fear and shame as a driver of behaviour change.”

Gary Sidley and 46 of his colleagues wrote to the British Psychological Society to express “concerns about the activities of Government-employed psychologists … in their mission to gain the public’s mass compliance with the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.” The letter states that the UK government is deploying “covert psychological strategies – that operate below the level of people’s awareness – to ‘nudge’ citizens to conform to a contentious and unprecedented public health policy.” Commenting on the article, Frederick Forsyth, author of classic thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, wrote to the Telegraph to express his alarm about how the British public had been terrorized by lockdown propaganda.

“Congratulations to the Telegraph and Gordon Rayner for revealing that the campaign of mass fear that reduced a once brave nation to trembling terror was deliberately organised to secure obedience to the policy of lockdown,” wrote Forsyth. “I have only once before seen anything like it. This was when I was posted to East Germany in 1962. Such a brainwashing tactic was employed to frighten East Berliners into believing that the Berlin Wall was a defensive measure to protect them from tiny West Berlin, and that the Stasi was their guardian. The wall was of course an instrument of enslavement.”

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Bellingcat is bad news.

Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press (MPN)

[..] the evidence compiled in this investigation suggests Bellingcat is far from independent and neutral, as it is funded by Western governments, staffed with former military and state intelligence officers, repeats official narratives against enemy states, and serves as a key part in what could be called a “spook to Bellingcat to corporate media propaganda pipeline,” presenting Western government narratives as independent research. An alarming number of Bellingcat’s staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds. Senior Investigator Nick Waters, for example, spent three years as an officer in the British Army, including a tour in Afghanistan, where he furthered the British state’s objectives in the region. Shortly after leaving the service, he was hired by Bellingcat to provide supposedly bias-free investigations into the Middle East.

Former contributor Cameron Colquhoun’s past is even more suspect. Colquhoun spent a decade in a senior position in GCHQ (Britain’s version of the NSA), where he ran cyber and Middle Eastern terror operations. The Scot specializes in Middle Eastern security and also holds a qualification from the U.S. State Department. None of this, however, is disclosed by Bellingcat, which merely describes him as the managing director of a private intelligence company that “conduct[s] ethical investigations” for clients around the world — thus depriving readers of key information they need to make informed judgments on what they are reading. There are plenty of former American spooks on Bellingcat’s roster as well.

Former contributor Chris Biggers, who penned more than 60 articles for the site between 2014 and 2017, previously worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — a combat support unit that works under the Department of Defense and the broader Intelligence Community. Biggers is now the director of an intelligence company headquartered in Virginia, on the outskirts of Washington (close to other semi-private contractor groups like Booz Allen Hamilton), that boasts of having retired Army and Air Force generals on its board. Again, none of this is disclosed by Bellingcat, where Biggers’s bio states only that he is a “public and private sector consultant based in Washington, D.C.”

For six years, Dan Kaszeta was a U.S. Secret Service agent specializing in chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and for six more he worked as program manager for the White House Military Office. At Bellingcat, he would provide some of the intellectual ammunition for Western accusations about chemical weapons use in Syria and Russia’s alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Kaszeta is also a fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank funded by a host of Western governments as well as weapons contractors such as Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Its president is a British field marshal (the highest attainable military rank) and its senior vice president is retired American General David Petraeus. Its chairman is Lord Hague, the U.K.’s secretary of state between 2010 and 2015.

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Very good overview of what may well lead to an imminent war.

“Merkel and Macron seem to have gotten the message in their videoconference with Putin – who must have subtly alluded to the effect generated by Kalibrs, Kinzhals and assorted hypersonic weapons if the going gets tough and the Europeans sanction a Kiev blitzkrieg.”

Ukraine Redux – War, Russophobia, & Pipelineistan (Escobar)

Ukraine and Russia may be on the brink of war – with dire consequences for the whole of Eurasia. Let’s cut to the chase, and plunge head-on into the fog of war. On March 24, Ukrainian President Zelensky, for all practical purposes, signed a declaration of war against Russia, via decree No. 117/2021. The decree establishes that retaking Crimea from Russia is now Kiev’s official policy. That’s exactly what prompted an array of Ukrainian battle tanks to be shipped east on flatbed rail cars, following the saturation of the Ukrainian army by the US with military equipment including unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare systems, anti-tank systems and man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). More crucially, the Zelensky decree is the proof any subsequent war will have been prompted by Kiev, debunking the proverbial claims of “Russian aggression.”

Crimea, since the referendum of March 2014, is part of the Russian Federation. It was this de facto declaration of war, which Moscow took very seriously, that prompted the deployment of extra Russian forces to Crimea and closer to the Russian border with Donbass. Significantly, these include the crack 76th Guards Air Assault Brigade, known as the Pskov paratroopers and, according to an intel report quoted to me, capable of taking Ukraine in only six hours. It certainly does not help that in early April US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, fresh from his former position as a board member of missile manufacturer Raytheon, called Zelensky to promise “unwavering US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty.” That ties in with Moscow’s interpretation that Zelensky would never have signed his decree without a green light from Washington.

Sevastopol, already when I visited in December 2018, is one of the most heavily defended places on the planet, impervious even to a NATO attack. In his decree, Zelensky specifically identifies Sevastopol as a prime target. Once again, we’re back to 2014 post-Maidan unfinished business. To contain Russia, the US deep state/NATO combo needs to control the Black Sea – which, for all practical purposes, is now a Russian lake. And to control the Black Sea, they need to “neutralize” Crimea. If any extra proof was necessary, it was provided by Zelensky himself on Tuesday this week in a phone call with NATO secretary-general and docile puppet Jens Stoltenberg. Zelensky uttered the key phrase: “NATO is the only way to end the war in Donbass” – which means, in practice, NATO expanding its “presence” in the Black Sea.

“Such a permanent presence should be a powerful deterrent to Russia, which continues the large-scale militarization of the region and hinders merchant shipping.” All of these crucial developments are and will continue to be invisible to global public opinion when it comes to the predominant, hegemon-controlled narrative. The deep state/NATO combo is imprinting 24/7 that whatever happens next is due to “Russian aggression.” Even if the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) launch a blitzkrieg against the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. (To do so against Sevastopol in Crimea would be certified mass suicide). In the United States, Ron Paul has been one of the very few voices to state the obvious: “According to the media branch of the US military-industrial-congressional-media complex, Russian troop movements are not a response to clear threats from a neighbor, but instead are just more ‘Russian aggression.’”

A possibly hopeful sign is that on March 31, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, talked on the phone about the proverbial “issues of mutual interest.” Days later, a Franco-German statement came out, calling on “all parties” to de-escalate. Merkel and Macron seem to have gotten the message in their videoconference with Putin – who must have subtly alluded to the effect generated by Kalibrs, Kinzhals and assorted hypersonic weapons if the going gets tough and the Europeans sanction a Kiev blitzkrieg. The problem is Merkel and Macron don’t control NATO. Yet Merkel and Macron at least are fully aware that if the US/NATO combo attacks Russian forces or Russian passport holders who live in Donbass, the devastating response will target the command centers that coordinated the attacks.

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The Espionage Act should non exist. It’s a giant stain on everything American.

A History of the Espionage Act and How it Ensnared Julian Assange (Lauria)

From its earliest years the United States has found ways to deny the rights of a free press when it was politically expedient to do so. One of the latest ways was to arrest WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange two years ago today and to indict him — the first time a publisher and journalist has ever been charged under the 1917 Espionage Act for possessing and publishing state secrets. Though several U.S. administrations had come close to punishing journalists for revealing defense information, they all pulled back, until Assange. They were restrained because of a conflict with the First Amendment, which prohibits Congress from passing any law, including the Espionage Act, that abridges press freedom. Until that legal conflict is resolved in court, resulting in parts of the Espionage Act being found unconstitutional, the language of the Act threatening press freedom remains.


Bolstered by 1950 amendments to the Act, the Donald Trump administration crossed a redline to arrest a journalist. A 1961 amendment made it possible to indict a non-U.S. citizen, acting outside U.S. territory. The Trump administration’s first indictment of a publisher opened an alarming precedent for the future of journalism. President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has not reversed Trump’s move to continue to seek Assange’s extradition from Britain though it could have. Instead it decided on Feb. 13 to pursue the appeal of Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s decision not to extradite Assange to the U.S. on health grounds. If the U.S. should win on appeal, Assange will be brought to the Eastern District of Virginia to face 17 Espionage Act counts, amounting to 175 years in prison, as Baraitser challenged none of those counts in her judgement.

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2 years ago today, Julian was “arrested”.

Google translate

“The verdict, as it was passed, calmed the public discourse, took the wind out of the sails of critics, the big scandal did not materialize, and public attention has waned again.”

Julian Assange: The Corpse In The Basement Of The West (derstandard.at )

Immediately after a British court had rejected the US application for extradition of the Australian Julian Assange on January 4th, the user “Spezialfahrzeug” in the STANDARD forum couldn’t help but make a malicious comment after my last blog post to put on this topic: “Well, Mr. Rosner, your written scandal process is not taking place, as we know today – and actually always knew.” So the court ruling of January 4th would have made all criticism of the proceedings against Assange obsolete, the British judiciary would now be okay after all, and we could be reassured? Unfortunately, things are completely different.

If one were aiming to tinker with a conspiracy theory, one could literally believe in a very sophisticated conspiracy, the thing has now gone so favorably for the opponents of Assange due to the subtly formulated judgment of Judge Vanessa Baraitser. If the court had simply flatly approved the request for extradition, then this might have sparked a greater wave of outrage among the European public. The protests got food and multiplied. And then perhaps some of the top politicians in the EU who had been hesitant until then would have spoken out more clearly against it. The British judiciary would have been in a bad position and the matter would have been taken to the European Court of Justice. All embarrassing. There could have been headwinds in the USA too, because free journalism is a highly respected commodity there.

They have now saved themselves. The verdict, as it was passed, calmed the public discourse, took the wind out of the sails of critics, the big scandal did not materialize, and public attention has waned again. Assange can continue to rot in jail and almost everyone looks the other way. Everything seems to be fine again anyway. In fact, however, the scandal did not end with this judgment; on the contrary, it was prolonged. The situation of the Wikileaks founder, and this is deliberately overlooked by many, has so far not changed for the better. For a good two years now, Assange has been in solitary confinement – also known as “white torture” – in Belmarsh, a maximum security prison in London, which is intended for murderers and terrorists who are dangerous to the public and whose detention conditions are so notorious that it is the “British Guantanamo” ” is called. The judgment of January 4th has bizarrely changed nothing at all.

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  • #72903

    Bartolomeo Schedoni The Deposition of Jesus’ body by St. Joseph of Arimathea 1613   • South African Variant Can ‘Break Through’ Pfizer Vaccine (R
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 11 2021]

    #72904
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Bartolomeo Schedoni The Deposition of Jesus’ body by St. Joseph of Arimathea 1613

    I’m not Christian but, the art and music, inspired therein is just awesome. Definitely inspired…

    Dilbert today was spot on…I’m there…

    That sea angel video I would peg as a fraud…not genuine…
    I wouldn’t mind being wrong, but, I don’t think so…

    As usual Calvin and Hobes is right on the mark re; spirituality…
    😉

    #72905

    That sea angel video I would peg as a fraud…not genuine…

    A quick Google search would make me think it could very well be real. Tons of such pictures.

    #72906
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    WRT to the facemask article on the NIH website: Seeing Is Not Necessarily Believing

    #72907
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Wow, Hunter Biden really fell down into the depths of some pretty severe depravity. I will admit to doing a pretty poor job of showing up for my life when I was a young man due to the fog of ego-fantasism and social maladjustment in which I mentally lived at the time, but I take some small comfort in knowing that I at least managed to avoid being the sort of hurricane of fuck-uppery that Hunter Biden became.

    #72908
    Germ
    Participant

    It’s official. Per the UK Gov.

    “Immunisation failures account for more serious illnesses than unvaccinated individuals”

    The AZ jab is worse than garbage.

    WORLD COVID EXCLUSIVE

    And to think that we’ve only just rolled it out!

    #72909
    absolute galore
    Participant

    @mister roboto, thanks for the facemask link. I already knew it was a crock when it listed cancer and alzheimer’s as consequences of wearing a mask, but yeah, you see how it gets cloaked in “legitimacy.” While I appreciate our host offering contrary and nuanced views, it’s silliness like this that greatly hinders trying to hold a reasonable discussion with someone steeped in mainstream narratives. I happen to think most masks are mostly about as effective as Linus’s blanket, particularly outdoors, but if I use this article as a source to make a point, there goes my credibility. Too many articles are like this, and rather than a thoughtful dialog, it only makes the situation worse.

    #72910
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    @ absolute galore, mister roboto

    Ha! How about this sentence?

    While the references that point out the dangers of hypoxia are valid, there are no references that provide evidence connecting mask-wearing to hypoxia.

    References? Good grief, have you ever tried walking up a flight of stairs wearing one? I have and I very nearly collapsed at the top from lack of oxygen. I don’t need references to tell me that the things cause hypoxia.

    #72911
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Raul

    Shark’s Skylight

    A rare rare masterpiece, imo, a work of religious transcendance. The mind’s eye opens anew.

    I see that the Aztrecavacc is bad narrative has been officially sanctioned.

    I wonder how Ukraine feels about being tied to our bumper while we play chicken with Russia. I would think that whatever the Ukrainian is for ‘hood ornament’ would be an apt name for Ukraine’s president.

    #72912
    zerosum
    Participant

    It’s much likelier that variants will evolve that evade vaccines. EVAVADE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

    REFERENCE
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK26917/

    Molecular Biology of the Cell. 4th edition.
    Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, et al.
    New York: Garland Science; 2002.

    Pathogens Have Evolved Specific Mechanisms for Interacting with Their Hosts
    • SARS-CoV-2 Variants B.1.351 and P.1 Escape From Neutralizing Antibodies (Cell)
    ——

    asymptomatic spread
    • Data Substantiating Wide Asymptomatic Spread Of Covid-19 Remains Elusive (JTN)
    ( https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm
    That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those people may still spread the virus to others.)

    Locking people up, together, inside a cruise ship, or house, requires explaining why everybody does not get sick and come out with being immune.
    ——
    Why is justice blind?
    Who made justice go blind?

    Hunter
    • Republicans Deflated As Nation Shrugs At Hunter Biden Revelations (G.)
    • Daily Mail Exposes Hunter Biden Bombshells (ZH)
    Julian Assange
    • Julian Assange: The Corpse In The Basement Of The West (derstandard.at )
    ——–

    #72913

    it’s silliness like this that greatly hinders trying to hold a reasonable discussion with someone steeped in mainstream narratives.

    It’s the source that makes it interesting guys, the NIH.

    #72914
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Germ

    Thanx for the link on the SPIMO report. That’s the kind of info by which one can manipulate neighbor’s minds without starting a fight. It’s official reportage from our English cousins with official stats with solid sound bites.

    #72915
    GlobalDan
    Participant

    Bartolomeo Schedoni The Deposition of Jesus’ body by St. Joseph of Arimathea 1613

    The light effects reminded of Caravaggio.

    #72916
    madamski
    Participant

    “Experts say mixing vaccines, or sequential immunization, might boost effectiveness. Researchers in Britain are studying a possible combination of Pfizer-BioNTech and the traditional AstraZeneca vaccine.”

    Oh joy. From China admits its vaccines aren’t very good

    #72917
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    Had an interesting conversation with a neighbor yesterday. When I expressed the thought that this new virus was here to stay, that it was already endemic, and because of globalism its strains would continue to circulate each year like the common cold, he replied that this was because of those stubborn anti-vax people who refuse to get vaccinated.

    I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I don’t know where he’s getting his information, most likely corporate media sources, but it appears that those who are currently resisting the whole vaccine campaign are already being set up to take the blame if covid persists. These PR strategists never miss a trick. When I then mentioned that there are reports coming in of fully vaccinated people catching covid anyway, he had no response.

    The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. ― Malcolm X

    #72918
    Noirette
    Participant

    Ukraine. The so-called civil war in Ukraine is a frozen conflict.

    Does Kiev want the DLPR back? As in, pay pensions to all the old ladies, repair the ‘infrastructure’ and put up with endless guerrilla warfare? .. No.

    No doubt, some factions would like to grab the territory and would gleefully genocide everyone living there. Can that happen? .. No. Because…Russia.

    Is there significant support in the DLPR for reintegrating Ukraine? .. No.

    Is Moscow interested in taking over Novorussya (with borders to be specified..)? .. No.

    We know this because it hasn’t done it – not when the Iron was Hot and the DLPR actually requested it, or was seriously considering it, nor much later (e.g. the Trump presidency presented opportunities.) It would be expensive; it would be condemned world-wide, if lauded internally; it would remove a ‘buffer zone’; if we consider Crimea a special case and set it aside, it would set Russia on an expansionist policy, which it does NOT want to pursue. (Extra territory is not needed, and does not help / solve any of Russia’s difficulties.)

    A last reason, that support for switching countries or to become independent (to be brief) has to be very high, close on 90% (imho, perhaps in some cases 85%..) and I believe the Putin thinks this as well. OK for Crimea, but not in the Donbass, where the Unity of Ukraine rightly so, still holds some weight. (Scotland and Catalonia, take note..)

    What about the by-standers? Germany and France have no interest in any kind of hot war in the region. Germany particularly -> Nord Stream 2 and other links to Russia.

    “Cookies” V. Nuland put it in a nutshell when she said EFF the EU -> “Our man Yats” and Poroshenko the Chocolate King will do the job.

    Merkel tried for more influence (cheap labor, lebensraum for German industry, corps, agri, what all) and wanted a position for Yulia of the Braids (Timoshenko, who was freed because of Angie’s request) and the champion boxer Klitchko as Prez, she was totally enamored of him. Klitchko became Mayor of Kiev.

    Hollande was little interested (perhaps anticipating the no gains), as he was totally involved with Mali, Irak, Syria, and the Arab World, he always looked spaced out at those Minsk / Normandy meetings.

    The US will not start a kinetic war with Russia over what it considers a tin-pot place merely useful for some elites to steal money (ex. H. Biden) and Poking the Bear via captured proxies.

    China wants stability only, to invest in Ukraine. Ex. Bought up SICH motors, 2019:

    https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/84461-regulators-probe-sale-of-ukraines-motor-sich-to-china

    Apparently it didn’t work out, 2021:

    https://www.aerotime.aero/27449-ukraine-to-nationalize-motor-sich-china-threatens-to-sue

    Ex. included to show Ukraine is like a football field. Pay the rent to the US.. and have your game…or not.

    #72919
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Maxwell Quest: “…this was because of those stubborn anti-vax people who refuse to get vaccinated.”

    Divide and conquer, while finding convenient scapegoats for the governments’ failures.

    Meanwhile, experts agree…

    The coronavirus is here to stay — here’s what that means

    In January, Nature asked more than 100 immunologists, infectious-disease researchers and virologists working on the coronavirus whether it could be eradicated. Almost 90% of respondents think that the coronavirus will become endemic — meaning that it will continue to circulate in pockets of the global population for years to come.

    “Vaccine hesitancy” is not even in the top three “biggest factors that would drive SARS-CoV-2 circulation in people if it became endemic,” according to these experts. The biggest factor is Immune Escape. The next biggest factor is Waning Immunity


    https://media.nature.com/lw800/magazine-assets/d41586-021-00396-2/d41586-021-00396-2_18861632.png

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00396-2
    .

    #72920
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Another article from Nature, about the very likely scenario of endemic Covid:
    (spoiler: it’s not the end of the world)


    Endemic SARS-CoV-2 will maintain post-pandemic immunity

    A second important question is whether the vaccines will be effective against reinfection or even eradicate SARS-CoV-2. Here, we suggest both answers are most probably no. Coronavirus vaccines have been used extensively to control infections in domestic animals. Inactivated or intramuscular parenteral vaccines induce high systemic levels of neutralizing antibodies and confer effective protection against disease. However, they have lower efficacy against mucosal CoV infections and do not prevent viral shedding.

    Therefore, SARS-CoV-2 is likely to remain present in the population. The four common cold HCoVs are also thought to have had a more lethal history, possibly incorrectly identified as the cause of influenza pandemics in the past. Continued presence of SARS-CoV-2 is akin to endemic HCoVs, where 60–70% population seroprevalence reflects a spectrum of immunity, dynamically maintained by intermittent reinfection and affords group protection from severe infection in the vulnerable. A large proportion of the population will be protected sufficiently and will reduce the viral shedding burden at any time to prevent large outbreaks. The exception to this will be the reintroduction of the virus into communities in which SARS-CoV-2 is not endemic and/or who are not vaccinated. Infections from a young age and re-infections in later life will build up and maintain immunity. Importantly, those that have not been able to gain immunity via natural infection or vaccination will benefit from herd immunity, despite the virus residing in a largely asymptomatic population.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41577-020-00493-9

    #72921

    Comment I just got by email: “The edit function is not working. It blocks all inputs of comments”. Anyone?

    #72922
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    I stopped editing my comments after losing too many.

    #72923
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    A question for this group of critical thinkers:

    What are the *legitimate* rates of “long Covid” in various age cohorts?

    I met via Zoom with a social group from my church yesterday. I asked the question, “Why vaccinate children against Covid, when we know that the case fatality rate for children is very low?”

    The answer came from the only other person in the group with kids under age 18: because about 30% of those infected with Covid have long-term symptoms.

    This response defied my personal experience. 10 individuals from my household, my parents, and my siblings’ households have had Covid. None of us had any symptoms beyond 10 days. Granted, that sample size is pretty small — but 30% is very large. It is odd that with “30%” zero out of 10 would have no long-term symptoms.

    So I looked it up.
    https://www.livescience.com/long-covid-19-most-common-symptoms.html

    And this article (https://theconversation.com/long-covid-in-children-what-parents-and-teachers-need-to-know-156185) is geared to educate parents about long Covid, and urge them not to push their long-Covid suffering children to do too much. The article states that this recent Italian paper, not yet peer reviewed (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.01.23.21250375v1): “ suggests that more than half of children with COVID-19 have at least one persisting symptom over 17 weeks after being diagnosed. Among them, 43% reported being impaired by their symptoms during daily activities.”

    It is being suggested that HALF of all children who contract Covid — including those with no or minimal symptoms — may end up with long term problems, possibly neurological problems.

    I suspect this is scare-mongering designed to push parents into injecting their children with an experimental vaccine. I would *really appreciate* any information the TAE hive mind has regarding prevalence of “long Covid,” especially in children, and treatments for long Covid. I do remember one American doctor experiencing success treating long Covid with ivermectin.

    And, if “Covid-19” infection is essentially a disease whereby a virus exploits nutritional deficiencies of the body to cause severe disease (https://www.primarydoctor.org/covid-19-is-a-lack-of-nutrients ), it is dystopic to suppose that information about adequate nutrition for children is being withheld from parents while they are being herded through scare-mongering tactics to beg vaccines for their children.

    #72924
    zerosum
    Participant

    test

    #72925
    zerosum
    Participant

    I’m a go!

    interpretations
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_wise_monkeys
    Meaning of the proverb
    Just as there is disagreement about the origin of the phrase, there are differing explanations of the meaning of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.

    In Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts.
    The proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance.[12]
    It may also signify a code of silence in gangs, or organized crime.
    Variations
    Sometimes there is a fourth monkey depicted, Shizaru, who symbolizes the principle of “do no evil”, which fits with the full quote from Analects of Confucius. The monkey may be shown crossing his arms or covering his genitals. Yet another variation has the fourth monkey hold its nose to avoid a stench and has been dubbed “smell no evil” accordingly.
    The opposite version of the three wise monkeys can also be found. In this case, one monkey holds its hands to its eyes to focus vision, the second monkey cups its hands around its ears to improve hearing, and the third monkey holds its hands to its mouth like a bullhorn. Another modern interpretation is “Hear, see, and speak out loud for what you stand for”.

    #72926
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    First, some more of the narrative from The Guardian, reinforced with some statistics about the scary “long Covid“.

    “How big are the blood-clot risks of the AstraZeneca jab?

    [Blood clotting] may happen in one in 100,000 young adults who get the vaccine.

    But this analysis leaves out important potential benefits of vaccination, such as preventing other risks from Covid, including blood clotting. Then there’s long Covid – around 12% of people aged 17 to 24 reported symptoms 12 weeks after infection.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/commentisfree/2021/apr/11/how-big-are-the-blood-clot-risks-of-the-az-jab

    I went to the cited study to look at the data behind the claim that “12% of people aged 17 to 24 reported symptoms 12 weeks after infection.

    “Approximately 1 in 5 study participants (21.0%) who tested positive for COVID-19 from a swab sample continued to report a symptom at least 5 weeks after the assumed time of infection. Nearly 1 in 7 participants (13.7%) continued to report any symptom at 12 weeks.”

    So, it’s “a” symptom, any symptom, not necessarily multiple symptoms.

    “The 12 self-reported symptoms recorded in the CIS at each follow-up visit are: abdominal pain; cough; diarrhoea; fatigue; fever; headache; loss of taste; loss of smell; myalgia; nausea/vomiting; shortness of breath; and sore throat.”

    “The most prevalent self-reported symptoms that persisted for at least 12 weeks post-infection were the same as those experienced at 5 weeks: fatigue (8.3%), headache (7.2%), cough (7.0%), and myalgia (5.6%). These estimates should be interpreted with caution because of low numbers of study participants still reporting individual symptoms at 12 weeks.”

    “The main assumptions are: two successive follow-up visits with no reported symptoms represents a discontinuation of existing symptoms… If symptom discontinuation is defined as one rather than two successive visits without reporting symptoms, the percentage of study participants who continued to report any symptom at least 12 weeks after the assumed time of infection falls from 13.7% to 0.9%.

    Table 2: Percentage of study participants reporting any symptom at 12 weeks by sex and age group
    Age 2 to 11 years 7.4
    Age 12 to 16 years 8.2
    Age 17 to 24 years 11.5
    Age 25 to 34 years 18.2
    Age 35 to 49 years 16.1
    Age 50 to 69 years 16.4
    Age 70 years and over 11.2
    Source: Office for National Statistics

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/prevalenceofongoingsymptomsfollowingcoronaviruscovid19infectionintheuk/1april2021

    #72927
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Another study about “long Covid”, from the journal Nature, using data from 3 countries (US, UK, and Sweden).

    “We analyzed data from 4,182 incident cases of COVID-19 in which individuals self-reported their symptoms prospectively in the COVID Symptom Study app1. A total of 558 (13.3%) participants reported symptoms lasting ≥28 days, 189 (4.5%) for ≥8 weeks and 95 (2.3%) for ≥12 weeks. Long COVID was characterized by symptoms of fatigue, headache, dyspnea and anosmia and was more likely with increasing age and body mass index and female sex.

    Important note:
    2.4% of the “controls” (not infected with Covid) reported symptoms for 28+ days.

    Attributes and predictors of long COVID
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01292-y

    #72928
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    An informative page about “long Covid”:

    Post-Acute Covid (“Long Covid”)

    (Update: In a study of 33 long covid patients, treatment with ivermectin resulted in complete resolution of symptoms in 94% of patients. For more on covid treatment, see here.)

    #72929

    Well, well, well.

    #72930
    WES
    Participant

    My parents said know:

    An excellent case for setting up a business selling vaccination certificates!

    Or on the other hand, a sure indication that vaccinated people are scared more easily?

    Or maybe the unvaccinated prefer to not to leave their island paradise?

    #72931
    WES
    Participant

    I don’t use the edit function because toying with WordPress is like playing with a landmine!
    If you can post, then you have already beaten wordpress’s 50:50 odds!
    Why give WordPress a second 50:50 chance to blow you up!

    #72932
    WES
    Participant

    Here in Ontario, we are into day 4 of our most severe year plus lockdown.
    Ontario reported it’s highest ever number of covid cases!
    I guess the third wave is real enough.
    I am forecasting more lockdowns in the future until they work.

    I am kind of coming around to thinking the only covid immunity available is after catching covid and surviving, is to then be continually exposed to the virus, to keep your immune system up to date.

    I am still of the opinion that these c,orruptly called vaccines may do more harm than good, over the long term.
    That is why I am still sitting on the fence, waiting until a proper conclusion for this experiment can be drawn.
    Right now, for evidence, all I see is endless propaganda noise trying to hide the real results from being seen.
    I also see tremendous political pressure being brought to bear to hide the truth.

    This is not how one conducts a proper experiment!

    #72933
    WES
    Participant

    It is interesting observing the US’s southern border with Mexico over the years.

    During the late 1970s, I worked several times in Gallup, New Mexico. At the time the big problem, besides people crossing the border, was the drug cartels smuggling drugs over the border via low flying Cessnas!

    My favorite local cartoon of the day showed 2 farmers leaning on a wooden border fence with a heavily laden Cessna flying overhead, over-stuffed with weed out the windows! One farmer casually says to the other farmer, “There goes another ton of enchantment!”. A play on New Mexico’s license plate that said “Land of Enchantment”.

    One evening I went to a local party with a girl friend, and she introduced me to some of her friends, openly as legals or illegals! That was quite an eye opener for me! So much for the locals considering it a problem! It was their normal!

    Fast forward to today. In January joe appointed Roberta Jacobson, as his border czar. She has now resigned her position, not because she was unsuccessful but because she has successfully created the new open border reality!

    In a former life, Roberta Jacobson was America’s ambassador to Mexico up until 2018! She was busy co-ordinating the caravans from Central America up through Mexico to the US border, until President found out and fired her in 2018!

    She is now leaving her job as border czar having successfully completed her mission! Now you know why joe does not consider there to be any crisis at the southern border!

    To hide all of this, joe isn’t allowing any border visiting politicians or journalists to document what is happening at the border! No cameras! And kamala has no plans to visit the border either!

    Clearly the border is now the way Obama wants it to be!

    #72934
    Mister Roboto
    Participant
    #72935
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Thailand is reporting nearly 1,000 (967) daily covid cases for Sunday; a record one day infection rate.
    Hopefully the goverment can corral this outbreak…we’ll see…they’ve done a stellar job up to this point..
    As to the edit function? Testing…
    No problem here…twice…

    #72936
    VietnamVet
    Participant

    COVID-19 is real and it is here to stay. If left alone, the endemic will resemble Brazil. Society falls apart without income, security, education and healthcare. On the opposite pole are virus free nations that are fighting imported outbreaks; China, Australia, Thailand, South Korea and Island nations. In the middle is the West; incompetent/corrupt and lying about it. Western rulers must. All that matters to them is money not the people.

    mRNA vaccines were approved for emergency use on the basis that they prevent severe infections and death in short-term less than a year-long trials. More information awaits studies of the over 100 million humans already jabbed for long term effectiveness and safety data. Doc Robinson is keeping us updated. But there seems to be a dearth of studies recently. Likely because mRNA vaccines are not a panacea. The only thing known to work are old fashion public health procedures (universal testing, bubbles, contact tracing and quarantines) that require consent of the governed and using resources, labor and capital that only a functional nation can command to eradicate the virus.

    #72937
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Have we (the western world) become nations of wimps?
    The fear, panic, over reaction, and irrational mindset, leading to blatent and irresponsible vaccine developement is beyond anything I’ve witnessed in all my 76 years on this beautiful blue orb…
    The worst pandemic I’ve yet witnessed is the contagion of mental illness sweeping the western world…

    #72938
    Boogaloo
    Participant

    It’s the source that makes it interesting guys, the NIH.

    Well, not really. It’s posted in the NIH’s National Library of Medicine, but it is just an article by a single author (Baruch Vainshelboim) who works as a cardiologist at the Palo Alto VA. It seems he has no affiliation with NIH. And it is published as a “Medical Hypothesis” — he is not publishing new data here.

    #72939
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Re: Sea Angels
    Sea angel
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Sea angel
    Temporal range: Frasnian-present[1]
    Sea angel.jpg
    Clione limacina
    Scientific classificatione
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Mollusca
    Class: Gastropoda
    Subclass: Heterobranchia
    Clade: Euopisthobranchia
    Clade: Gymnosomata
    Families
    See text

    Sea angels (clade Gymnosomata) are a large group of extremely small, swimming sea slugs, not to be confused with Cnidarians (Jellyfish and other similar creatures), classified into six different families. They are pelagic opisthobranchs in the clade Gymnosomata within the larger mollusc clade Heterobranchia. Sea angels were previously referred to as a type of pteropod.

    Okay, I stand corrected; sea angels are a genuine thing…pretty amazing looking creatures.
    😉

    #72949
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Sea Angels
    …a large group of extremely small, swimming sea slugs…

    It’s interesting how we (humans) tend towards anthropomorphizing life other than human…

    #72970
    Noirette
    Participant

    phoenix voice: Long Covid in Switz. (See Doc Robinson +++ above for studies.)

    One study showed ‘symptoms’ after 6 months for 26% of patients.

    I.e. 1/4 of those who came under Doc attention, were quite ill / were hospitalised + had a positive test, still experienced some *symptoms* 6 months later. Mostly tiredness, cough, breathing problems, with women far more affected than men (31% vs. 21%.) How serious these were is hard to tell. My personal take is that a few are terribly affected and may never recover, while others are sort of .. not too serious and/or will improve w. time.

    Long Covid is an acknowledged problem here and various initiatives are ongoing to deal with it. (see link 2 that offers explanations, links, tells who to call, consult..The problem here is that there is no “COVID SPECIAL” task force and ppl are sent to Cardiology, other, etc.)

    One topic that is being discussed (not in the MSM) is how to certify ppl for Covid disability – similar, perhaps, to HIV disability, or .. tuberculosis in the past..? The disbursements can *in principle* only be awarded when no ‘cure’ or ‘re-adaption’ or ‘re-insertion’ is possible. About Covid, nobody knows how that will go.

    No children under 16s, have been affected in the official stats, and Long Covid hits all ages over 25 in a patchy panorama. Certainly not only older ppl.

    links in F.

    https://www.rts.ch/info/suisse/12008915-le-covid-long-un-mal-mysterieux-qui-toucherait-un-quart-des-malades.html

    https://www.hug.ch/coronavirus-maladie-covid-19/long-covid

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