May 122021
 


Francesco Hayez The Death of the Doge Marin Faliero 1867

 

Flaw In Many Models Used For COVID-19 Lockdown Policies (ET)
French Parliament Wakes Up And Says No To The Health Pass (FS)
NHS App Ready To Become Vaccine Passport Next Week (BBC)
World’s Most Vaccinated Nation Sees Active COVID Cases Double In A Week (ZH)
mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons (NEJM)
Sinovac Shot Causes ‘Drastic Drop’ In Deaths, Infections (SCMP)
Rand Paul Clashes With Fauci Over Coronavirus Origins (Hill)
The Raptures of Hyper-Complexity (Kunstler)
Stop The Crap On Colonial (Denninger)
US States Declare Emergency Over Gas Shortage Fears (DW)
If Everyone Sees It, Is It Still A Bubble? (RIA)
Whistleblower Craig Murray Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison (Elmaazi)

 

 

 

 

We’re ruled by fear. There’s simply painfully little common sense left. But here’s some…

“..lockdown measures have caused 282 times more harm than benefit to Canadian society over the long term ..”

Flaw In Many Models Used For COVID-19 Lockdown Policies (ET)

Economics professor Doug Allen wanted to know why so many early models used to create COVID-19 lockdown policies turned out to be highly incorrect. What he found was that a great majority were based on false assumptions and “tended to over-estimate the benefits and under-estimate the costs.” He found it troubling that policies such as total lockdowns were based on those models. “They were built on a set of assumptions. Those assumptions turned out to be really important, and the models are very sensitive to them, and they turn out to be false,” said Allen, the Burnaby Mountain Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, in an interview.

Allen says most of the early cost-benefit studies that he reviewed didn’t try to distinguish between mandated and voluntary changes in people’s behaviour in the face of a pandemic. Rather, they just assumed an exponential growth of cases of infection day after day until herd immunity is reached. In a paper he published in April, in which he compiled his findings based on a review of over 80 papers on the effects of lockdowns around the world, Allen concluded that lockdowns may be one of “the greatest peacetime policy failures in Canada’s history.” He says many of the studies early in the pandemic assumed that human behaviour changes only as a result of state-mandated intervention, such as the closing of schools and non-essential businesses, mask and social distancing orders, and restrictions on private social gatherings.

However, they didn’t take into consideration people’s voluntary behavioural changes in response to the virus threat, which have a major impact on evaluating the merits of a lockdown policy. “Human beings make choices, and we respond to the environment that we’re in, [but] these early models did not take this into account,” Allen said. “If there’s a virus around, I don’t go to stores often. If I go to a store, I go to a store that doesn’t have me meeting so many people. If I do meet people, I tend to still stand my distance from them. You don’t need lockdowns to induce people to behave that way.”

Allen’s own cost-benefit analysis is based on the calculation of “life-years saved,” which determines “how many years of lost life will have been caused by the various harms of lockdowns versus how many years of lost life were saved by lockdowns.” Based on his lost-life calculation, lockdown measures have caused 282 times more harm than benefit to Canadian society over the long term, or 282 times more life years lost than saved.

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More common sense. Google translate from France Soir.

French Parliament Wakes Up And Says No To The Health Pass (FS)

Article 1 of the bill proposed by the government on the issue of ending the health crisis was rejected by the National Assembly. It was the one that specified the operating methods of the health pass. On April 28, the government proposed its bill relating to the management of the exit from the health crisis. Article 1 of this project made the famous “sanitary pass” appear in black and white, which was to be implemented little by little over the summer, in particular for events welcoming more than 1,000 people. First, this bill went through the committee, then was admitted at first reading in the National Assembly yesterday, Monday, May 10, with 234 amendments to be studied. During more than six hours of debate, these amendments were swept away one by one, whether they were a deletion of an article, a rewrite or even a simple clarification.

As a result, this Tuesday morning, the newspapers overwhelmingly headlined that the “green light for the health pass” had been given by the National Assembly. That was indeed how things were shaping up. Roland Lescure, LREM deputy, to describe these measures as “a condition of regained freedoms”. Only, as Philippe Gosselin, LR deputy rightly and ardently pointed out, the opposition and the majority converged yesterday, in places, to say that the project had errors and inconsistencies. Martine Wonner, MP for Freedom and Territories, asked the question even more clearly: “In peacetime, the Republic has never known such restriction of freedoms. So who is the government at war with?”

Yesterday evening, the deputies were only 143 to be present in the hemicycle. Today, there were 213. Finally, at the end of the study of the amendments to article 1, the vote proved the opposition right! As a result, article 1, on which the majority of the bill is based, is not adopted: 211 voters: 103 FOR / 108 AGAINST For good reason, while it has been four years since it happened, the MoDem has dissociated itself from the majority. They who quoted Victor Hugo yesterday: “in the storm and the noise, clarity reappears, increased”. Philippe Latombe thus underlined the will of the people, namely to have a “coherent and clear political voice”. In fact, the MoDem deputies were demanding regarding the adoption of this bill and the characteristics of the health pass. While for 14 months the power of Parliament had at least been reduced, the deputies were able to be heard this evening.

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The opposite of common sense.

NHS App Ready To Become Vaccine Passport Next Week (BBC)

England’s NHS app will be available to use as a vaccine passport from Monday, the government has said – but only for those who have had both doses of the jab. A paper version will also be available – by calling 119 but not through a GP. Both will be available from Monday, 17 May, when the ban on foreign travel is eased. The NHS app is separate to the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing. People can already use the NHS app to: • request repeat prescriptions • arrange appointments to see their doctor • view medical records • It can also show vaccine statuses, including for coronavirus, but currently this feature must be enabled by a GP before it appears on the app.

The new update will contain a separate feature to display coronavirus vaccine records, so the government said there should be no need to contact GPs. The app will not show coronavirus test results, but the NHS plans to incorporate this in the future, the government website said. It advised people to register to use the app at least two weeks before travelling. A paper letter can be requested only at least five days after a second vaccine dose and can take five days to arrive. “There are not many countries that currently accept proof of vaccination,” the government advice warns. “So for the time being, most people will still need to follow other rules when travelling abroad – like getting a negative pre-departure test.”

The government has announced 12 countries people in England can travel to, without having to quarantine when they return. But not all of these destinations allow UK tourists. For example, travel to mainland Portugal and the Azores is currently for essential purposes only. The list will be reviewed every three weeks. Countries can be added or removed at short notice.

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Will we see this in more places?

World’s Most Vaccinated Nation Sees Active COVID Cases Double In A Week (ZH)

The situation in the Seychelles, an island nation that has suffered from a recent surge in COVID-19 cases despite boasting the world’s highest vaccination rate, is going from bad to worse. Since we last reported on the Seychelles one week ago, the island nation has faced a fresh surge in COVID cases. The vaccine failure cannot be determined without a detailed assessment, said the WHO. The hike in coronavirus cases has stoked concerns that the jabs might not be helping to suppress the island nation’s COVID-19 outbreak. A vaccine failure can’t be determined without a detailed study by the WHO, however. Presently, the health body is in direct communication with Seychelles and working on evaluating the situation, said Kate O’Brien, director of the WHO’s department of immunization, vaccines and biologicals at a briefing on May 10.


The Indian Ocean archipelago nation started vaccinations in January when it introduced the Chinese-developed Sinopharm vaccine. It administered Chinese vaccine shots to 57% of those who were fully inoculated and the rest received vaccines that were made in India. Since last week, the number of active coronavirus cases has more than doubled to 2,486 people. Of these, 37 percent of the population have received both the vaccine doses, as per the report. Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Seychelles re-imposed curbs last week, including closing schools, canceling sports events and banning mingling of households.

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Imagine taking an mRNA injection when you’re pregnant. “Pregnant Persons” sounds like a sign of our times. I will not get used to it.

mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons (NEJM)

BACKGROUND Many pregnant persons in the United States are receiving messenger RNA (mRNA) coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines, but data are limited on their safety in pregnancy.

METHODS From December 14, 2020, to February 28, 2021, we used data from the “v-safe after vaccination health checker” surveillance system, the v-safe pregnancy registry, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to characterize the initial safety of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines in pregnant persons.

RESULTS A total of 35,691 v-safe participants 16 to 54 years of age identified as pregnant. Injection-site pain was reported more frequently among pregnant persons than among nonpregnant women, whereas headache, myalgia, chills, and fever were reported less frequently. Among 3958 participants enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy registry, 827 had a completed pregnancy, of which 115 (13.9%) resulted in a pregnancy loss and 712 (86.1%) resulted in a live birth (mostly among participants with vaccination in the third trimester). Adverse neonatal outcomes included preterm birth (in 9.4%) and small size for gestational age (in 3.2%); no neonatal deaths were reported. Although not directly comparable, calculated proportions of adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes in persons vaccinated against Covid-19 who had a completed pregnancy were similar to incidences reported in studies involving pregnant women that were conducted before the Covid-19 pandemic. Among 221 pregnancy-related adverse events reported to the VAERS, the most frequently reported event was spontaneous abortion (46 cases).

CONCLUSIONS Preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines. However, more longitudinal follow-up, including follow-up of large numbers of women vaccinated earlier in pregnancy, is necessary to inform maternal, pregnancy, and infant outcomes.

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Bit of PR from SCMP. What it depicts mostly is the difficulty in having the “poor” vacccinated.

Sinovac Shot Causes ‘Drastic Drop’ In Deaths, Infections (SCMP)

Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s vaccine is wiping out Covid-19 among health workers in Indonesia, an encouraging sign for the dozens of developing countries reliant on the controversial Chinese shot, which performed far worse than Western vaccines in clinical trials. Indonesia tracked 25,374 health workers in capital city Jakarta for 28 days after they received their second dose and found that the vaccine protected 100 per cent of them from death and 96 per cent from hospitalisation as soon as seven days after, said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin in an interview on Tuesday. The workers were tracked until late February.

Sadikin also said that 94 per cent of the workers had been protected against infection – an extraordinary result that goes beyond what was measured in the shot’s numerous clinical trials – though it is unclear if the workers were uniformly screened to detect asymptomatic carriers. “We see a very, very drastic drop,” in hospitalisation and deaths among medical workers, Sadikin said. It is not known what strain of the coronavirus Sinovac’s shot worked against in Indonesia, but the country has not flagged any major outbreaks driven by variants of concern. The data adds to signs out of Brazil that the Sinovac shot is more effective than it proved in the testing phase, which was beset by divergent efficacy rates and questions over data transparency. Results from its biggest Phase III trial in Brazil put the shot known as CoronaVac’s efficacy at just above 50 per cent, the lowest among all first-generation Covid-19 vaccines.

In a separate interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Sinovac’s CEO Yin Weidong defended the disparity in clinical data around the shot, and said there was growing evidence CoronaVac is performing better when applied in the real world. But the real-world examples also show that the Sinovac shot’s ability to quell outbreaks requires the vast majority of people to be vaccinated, a scenario that developing countries with poor health infrastructure and limited access to shots cannot reach quickly. In the Indonesian health worker study, and another in a Brazilian town of 45,000 people called Serrana, nearly 100 per cent of people studied were fully vaccinated, with serious illness and deaths dropping after they were inoculated.

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Time for the NIH to come clean.

Rand Paul Clashes With Fauci Over Coronavirus Origins (Hill)

Anthony Fauci on Tuesday clashed with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the role of the Wuhan, China, virology lab in the origins of COVID-19. During a Senate hearing on the pandemic response, Paul alleged that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had been sending funding to the Wuhan lab, which then “juiced up” a virus that was originally found in bats to create a supervirus that can infect human cells. Paul pressed Fauci on the theory that the novel coronavirus was created in the Wuhan lab, and then somehow escaped, either because of an accident or because it was deliberately released. “Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect,” Fauci said. “The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund ‘gain of function research’ in the Wuhan Institute.”

Paul continued to argue with Fauci, who is the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), accusing him of cooperating with the Chinese government, and supporting the laboratory that bioengineered a deadly virus. Fauci noted that although the NIH did fund a project at the Wuhan lab, it was not meant for “gain of function” research into human-made superviruses. The NIH gave a grant to a group called EcoHealth Alliance, which hired the virology lab in Wuhan to conduct genetic analyses of bat coronaviruses and examine how they spread to humans. The Trump administration last year forced the NIH to terminate the grant. The false link between Fauci, the NIH and the Wuhan lab has been circulating among right-wing media and politicians like Paul and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) for months.

“Let me explain to you why that was done, the SARS COV-1 originated in bats in China. It would have been irresponsible of us if we did not investigate the bat viruses and the serology to see who might have been infected,” Fauci said. Gain of function research is a controversial form of study that involves boosting the infectivity and lethality of a pathogen. Fauci has advocated for the research in the past, but he denied that the NIH was funding it in China. But Paul interrupted him, and hinted that not only was the virus introduced to the world because of a lab accident, it was also biologically engineered. “Government scientists like yourself who favor gain function … ” Paul said. “I don’t favor gain of function research in China and you are saying things that are not correct,” Fauci interrupted.

Fauci Rand Paul
https://twitter.com/i/status/1392137203925622790

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“Taking down the grid would be, effectively, the end of civilization, at least for a while, maybe a long while, maybe for good.”

The Raptures of Hyper-Complexity (Kunstler)

I think you get the picture. That whole kit of industrial production is long gone, and we’re left in an economic slum of Chinese product “welfare” (stuff for treasury bonds) juiced on computer-driven hyper-complexity, decorated with junk enterprise like social media, streaming pornography, crypto-currency mining, and chicken nuggets — with a lot of deceptive and useless motion in the form of mass motoring to provide the illusion that this country is actually going somewhere… all with a poison Chinese Covid-19 cherry-on-top. This is the outfit that Joe Biden is ostensibly the president of. Now along comes the curious case of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. It’s especially interesting because the pipeline itself, while big (5,500 miles long, from refineries in Texas clear up to gas stations in New York), is itself not that complicated.

It’s a tube that a few volatile liquids move through: gasoline, aviation fuel, diesel oil. It has a bunch of valves to regulate the flows of these liquids. Plus, some storage tank-farms. The valves are computerized. That seems to be the problem. There was no physical damage to the pipeline and its components. The software that runs it got hacked, reportedly a “ransom-ware” sting, where unknown actors get control of the software and won’t relinquish it unless a whole lot of cash gets forked over by some non-traceable electronic means of transfer. I imagine it’s this last point that Colonial and its hackers are haggling over now, which explains the failure to restart the otherwise undamaged pipeline. I also imagine, meanwhile, all kinds of private and government computer savants are trying like hell to hack the hack behind the scenes.

The Colonial Pipeline is easy-peasy compared to the financial system and the electric grid. If the first one gets hacked, the nation’s nominal wealth might disappear (yours included), and, anyway, the financial system itself is not just enormous and hyper-complex, but much of its complexity conceals the massive misrepresentation of vaporous entities for “money” and any stoppage of the flows of that “money,” and things purporting to derive from it, will reveal the black hole at the center of all that activity. Hear that giant sucking sound? That was your livelihood, your pension, and your legacy rushing by en route to zero.

The electric grid is sometimes referred to as “the biggest machine in the world.” Unlike the financial system, it’s not largely stoked on hyper-complex dishonesty, it’s just really old, and jerry-rigged, and held together with duct-tape and baling wire. Probably a few kids in a basement somewhere — not even enemies of the republic, necessarily — could initiate a software attack that causes a whole lot of damage to transformers and other vital components and starts a process that wrecks the whole darn thing. Taking down the grid would be, effectively, the end of civilization, at least for a while, maybe a long while, maybe for good.

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The mega Colonial spill last year would seem to be connected to this.

Stop The Crap On Colonial (Denninger)

Let’s start with the stupid: Yes, what they did, assuming the reports are accurate, was stupid. You do not connect anything that has access to SCADA, that is, control systems, to the Internet. Period. I don’t care how. I don’t why. I don’t care what. You don’t do it. End of discussion. Oh, but that means the employees can’t work from home! Correct. Sit in office, work on machine, machine has zero external connectivity, no USB ports or instantly alarms if you plug something into one, etc. Connections between facilities are encrypted over centrally-controlled infrastructure with regular audits. Nothing beyond the orbit of those devices connects to the sane and sanitary systems. Period, end of discussion, no exceptions. Next, there are rumors that Colonial had a leak in their line and it was spewing fuel into the environment.

It was allegedly supposed to be fixed by a given date. More than one million gallons of gas spewed out of it. Eight months later it was still not corrected. That was on April 19th of this year. So what’s going on here? I get it. Things break. We rely on “things” for our daily lives. A certain amount of human error and trouble is expected. I’m ok with this; many are not, but I am because I like to have fuel in my car and groceries on the shelves, and without said technology, which comes with risk, we won’t have those things. There are people who think we can avoid all that. They’re wrong.

But how many articles have I written over the last 13 years talking about cybersecurity and proper control over one’s infrastructure when it comes to critical items. You know, like pipeline pressures, delivery quantities, etc? How is it that this sort of volume of gasoline managed to get out? Is there not a set of flow meters on the inlet and outlet, and do they not match? Are there not pressure transducers that detect a violation of the pipe’s integrity? Is not the characterization of the flow known; the pipe is “X” length, the pressure is “Y”, the flow is “Z” and we know what it’s made of so we should be able to reasonably compute what the frictional loss is over a given distance. Further, as should be obvious, if 1,000 gallons go in one end then exactly 1,000 gallons have to come out the other end, right? This isn’t a damned garden spray-nozzle!

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“Granholm said that there was not a supply shortage, but rather a “crunch”..”

US States Declare Emergency Over Gas Shortage Fears (DW)

Several east coast US states declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as gas stations began to run out of gasoline, five days after a cyberattack brought down the key Colonial pipeline. Despite assurances from President Joe Biden’s administration that the pipeline, which provides almost half the gas to the eastern seaboard, would be up and running within days, panicked drivers continued to top up their tanks. “We are asking people not to hoard,” US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told reporters at the White House. “Things will be back to normal soon.” State governors in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia implemented states of emergency to deal with the growing number of gas stations that were running out of fuel.


Declaring a state of emergency allows state governments to activate the National Guard as needed, and helps streamline cooperation between state and local officials. In the Georgia metropolis of Atlanta, some 30% of gas stations had run dry, with a similar number in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to the tracking firm GasBuddy. By 4 p.m. EST (20:00 UTC) almost 8% of gas stations throughout the state of Virginia had run out of gas, while in Florida close to 3% were empty, CNN reported. Granholm said that there was not a supply shortage, but rather a “crunch” in some states that are particularly reliant on the Colonial pipeline. Georgia lifted sales tax on gas until Saturday to help consumers while the federal government temporarily loosened certain environmental and working hours regulations to smooth out the problems.

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End the Fed.

If Everyone Sees It, Is It Still A Bubble? (RIA)

“If everyone sees it, is it still a bubble?” That was a great question I got over the weekend. As a “contrarian” investor, it is usually when “everyone” is talking about an event; it doesn’t happen. As Mark Hulbert noted recently, “everyone” is worrying about a “bubble” in the stock market. To wit: “To appreciate how widespread current concern about a bubble is, consider the accompanying chart of data from Google Trends. It plots the relative frequency of Google searches based on the term ‘stock market bubble.’ Notice that this frequency has recently jumped to a far-higher level than at any other point over the last five years.”

What Is A Bubble? “My confidence is rising quite rapidly that this is, in fact, becoming the fourth ‘real McCoy’ bubble of my investment career. The great bubbles can go on a long time and inflict a lot of pain, but at least I think we know now that we’re in one.” – Jeremy Grantham What is the definition of a bubble? According to Investopedia: “A bubble is a market cycle that is characterized by the rapid escalation of market value, particularly in the price of assets. Typically, what creates a bubble is a surge in asset prices driven by exuberant market behavior. During a bubble, assets typically trade at a price that greatly exceeds the asset’s intrinsic value. Rather, the price does not align with the fundamentals of the asset.“


This definition is suitable for our discussion; there are three components of a “bubble.” The first two, price and valuation, are readily dismissed during the inflation phase. Jeremy Grantham once produced the following chart of 40-years of price bubbles in the markets. During the inflation phase, each was readily dismissed under the guise “this time is different.” As Howard Marks previously noted: “It’s the swings of psychology that get people into the biggest trouble. Especially since investors’ emotions invariably swing in the wrong direction at the wrong time. When things are going well people become greedy and enthusiastic. When times are troubled, people become fearful and reticent. That’s just the wrong thing to do. It’s important to control fear and greed.”

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He was sentenced because of “jigsaw identification”, but no-one was identified.

“..the women who are meant to be threatened with jigsaw ID all remained anonymous, Alex Salmond’s life was destroyed, and Craig Murray’s life is about to be destroyed too.”

Whistleblower Craig Murray Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison (Elmaazi)

Former UK diplomat-turned whistleblower Craig Murray was sentenced to eight months in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh for contempt of court resulting from his coverage of the trial of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. A three-judge panel determined on March 25, 2021—following a two-hour trial in January—that information published by Murray in a number of his blog posts was likely to lead indirectly to people being able to identify witnesses in Salmond’s sexual assault trial. This process, known as “jigsaw identification,” refers to the possibility that a person may piece together information from various sources to arrive at the identification of a protected witness.

In doing so, the judge ruled that Murray violated a court order prohibiting the publication of information that could likely lead to the identification of the alleged victims in Salmond’s case. Murray is a broadcaster, human rights advocate and journalist, who has extensively covered the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is known to support other whistleblowers. He also strongly supported Salmond and the Scottish campaign for independence. He denied the charges, arguing he went to great pains to cover the prosecution without identifying the witnesses. The trial and eight-month prison sentence was heavily criticized by a number of veteran Scottish journalists and lawyers.

Hugh Kerr, a former vice chair of the National Union of Journalists who was once a Labour Party Member of the European Parliament before he joined the SNP, told The Dissenter that he considered both the verdict and the sentence in Murray’s case to be “disgraceful.” “[This decision represents] a real threat to civil liberties,” Kerr argued. “A key point, of course, the women who are meant to be threatened with jigsaw ID all remained anonymous, Alex Salmond’s life was destroyed, and Craig Murray’s life is about to be destroyed too.” “I know that Craig shall appeal not only to the Supreme Court but also to the European Court of Human Rights. He will do so with the support of many people in Scotland and many people around the world,” Kerr added.

“It is believed to be the first instance in Scottish legal history where ‘jigsaw identification’ has led to an individual being imprisoned,” a statement released on behalf of Murray’s family declared. Award-winning investigative journalist John Pilger said, “In these dark times, Craig Murray’s truth-telling is a beacon. He is owed our debt of gratitude, not the travesty of a prison sentence which, like the prosecution of Julian Assange, is a universal warning.” “Craig Murray has compiled a remarkable record of courage and integrity in exposing crimes of state and working to bring them to an end,” Professor Noam Chomsky stated, contending Murray “fully merits our deep respect and support for his achievements.”

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    Francesco Hayez The Death of the Doge Marin Faliero 1867   • Flaw In Many Models Used For COVID-19 Lockdown Policies (ET) • French Parliament Wak
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 12 2021]

    #75094
    V. Arnold
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    Francesco Hayez The Death of the Doge Marin Faliero 1867
    He was executed for attempting a coup d’etat.

    A lot going on in those days (325 – 330)…
    The First Council of Nicaea was the first ecumenical council of the church. Most significantly, it resulted in the first uniform Christian doctrine, called the Nicene Creed. With the creation of the creed, a precedent was established for subsequent local and regional councils of bishops (synods) to create statements of belief and canons of doctrinal orthodoxy—the intent being to define unity of beliefs for the whole of Christendom.[8] Wiki…
    The Nicene Creed established whether the Church would be polytheistic or monotheistic. They elected for polytheism; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…Christendom has been split ever since…

    #75095
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    I suppose I should add that what I have deemed polytheism (Father/Son/Holy Ghost/Spirit), is commonly referred to as the Trinity or Trinitarian theology…just to be clear…

    #75096
    Django
    Participant

    Venice under the rule of the Ten

    I think Raoul is trying to tell us somerhing.

    Who will be knifed?

    #75097
    absolute galore
    Participant

    @madamski wrote: Fauci will find his doom in his own way. He’s such a maverick! 😉 He said, “We have not funded gain of function research on this virus in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

    Probably true. They funded it elsewhere, I’m sure, and I bet that Germ will soon produce evidence of this for us.

    “I have never had a single positive doping test, and I do not take performance-enhancing drugs.”
    “I have never doped. I can say it again, but I’ve said it for seven years.”
    “How many times do I have to say it? … Well, it can’t be any clearer than ‘I’ve never taken drugs.'”
    “If you’re trying to hide something, you wouldn’t keep getting away with it for 10 years. Nobody is that clever.”

    A few choice quotes from Lance Armstrong, in the years prior to being stripped of his seven Tours de France victories. People who become inveterate liars often seem completely comfortable with it, possibly due to narcissistic personality traits that allow them to rationalize the lying.

    From NYT front web page:

    The Race Is On to Vaccinate America’s Nearly 17 Million Younger Teens

    The F.D.A.’s authorization of Pfizer’s Covid shot for 12- to 15-year-olds is a milestone, but actually getting them vaccinated involves new challenges.

    Thanks @phoenixvoice for the ransomware rundown.

    Meanwhile @John Day, any further thoughts on the situation in India, reports of much more contagious more deadly variants? Or are we essentially seeing the results of crowded living conditions? Do these virus mutations contain the possibility of making Ivermectin less effective,perhaps to the point of useless?

    #75098
    Dimitri
    Participant

    Re France:

    #75099
    Django
    Participant

    Call me old-fashioned but the pregnant persons who allowed themselves to be vaccinated, be they male or female or neither, are not nice people.

    #75101
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Arizona election audit: Is this how such an audit is even supposed to be conducted?

    #75102
    oxymoron
    Participant

    Persons can be male or female (or in between ) but in regards to the pregnant ones – refer to this -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman

    #75103
    Django
    Participant

    Yeah thanks for that I didnt really have it clear in my mind before.

    #75104
    Germ
    Participant

    This is also an absolutely essential reading, if you want to know & understand what we all are up against :

    “Psychopathy and the Origins of Totalitarianism”

    Psychopathy and the Origins of Totalitarianism

    “science is replaced by a scientism that is a tool of power…”

    #75105
    Germ
    Participant

    This is brilliant!

    #75106
    Dr. D
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    “Taking down the grid would be, effectively, the end of civilization, at least for a while, maybe a long while, maybe for good.”

    This is why crypto being on the grid is not a more sizable problem. If the grid fails in 2020’s, the only currency would be bullets – a far greater challenge. Even gold would not help you as much. Only food, if you can keep it.

    The pipeline is pretty interesting with far too many connections. They were losing 1M gallons into a swamp and didn’t notice? Puh-lease. That’s a lot of dough. The EPA gives them a pass now? Do they get insurance payouts to fix their leak due to being “hacked”? Hacked by having terrible, terrible practices that are almost certainly ALSO illegal under Federal regulations and have been for decades?

    So we have a currency collapse/swap in 1970 and gas lines. We now have another currency swap in 2021 and…gas lines again? Which causes cost-push inflation…again? So it’s all just a coincidence?

    Oil prices are the basis of the whole US$ system. So every time the collapsed economy hits oil prices there’s a tanker fire or a pipeline hack, on cue, week after week, year after year? So if you were the CIA, or military for that matter, or Exxon, knowing low oil prices would cause total collapse of the US$, US government, and US Military, and your company, your system and the money you pay for bribes, would you pay for the “hack” yourself? Or run it straight from Langley yourself?

    If you were the shadow government, would you pay for the hack yourself to demonstrate Biden’s complete active collapse of the U.S. with Carter-inflation, Carter-gas lines, collapsed borders, jailed children, as well as burning cities and promotion of worldwide wars? I mean, since clearly no one cares, isn’t that the most direct way to get American attention and make our wooden Pinocchio the least popular president in history? Not even supported by Antifa and other fascist zealots?

    C’mon, this is all just one big accident? Some of it surely is, but like all these facts point one compass point? Along with scores of others?

    “We have not funded gain of function research on this virus in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

    Because, words, he is lying. “on THIS virus”. No, a different virus, on SARS, which is well-proved, to do ANY gain of function…which is straight-up funding biowarfare in China…and only LATER turned out to be this virus. He didn’t know it would turn into CV because China hadn’t invented and released it yet.

    I don’t know if vaccinated are not nice people, but unfortunately we live in a world of cause and effect and consequences. Not a Nickelodeon-Disney world. It doesn’t seem so since the rich use power to avoid 100% of reality 100% of the time, but they’re not in that club, are they? If Princess Diana were pregnant, think they’d just hop-to experimenting on the new prince and sovereign? No, they would not. But you’re not a prince and don’t matter. Go die in a hole.

    In fact, neither are the princesses: “His Womanizing Was Well Known”: Flood-‘Gates’ Open As Biographer Details Microsoft Founder’s Salacious Past” https://www.zerohedge.com/political/his-womanizing-was-well-known-flood-gates-open-biographer-details-microsoft-founders

    Can we dispense that Melinda didn’t know all this and Epstein too? C’mon, there’s no Easter Bunny, but there ARE monsters. If I were them, we’ve got two problems: Stocks are going to collapse with the US$, whole economy, and economic reset. Billy-boy needs to sell, with Bezos, at any cost. If they sell, they will be blamed for crashing the market, as I said before with Bezos vs “liquid” wealth. But if you have a divorce, well, that’s the law, right? And if Bill gets a black eye and in trouble, well old Melinda can keep donating to charities that keep up God’s work of killin’ folks: choosing who lives and who dies. Guess among rich and poor, honest and crooked, which is which. See, she’s a wronged woman, and innocent as a dove. We all know if you have ovaries, a cruel and unjust thought has never crossed your mind. That alone is grounds to be Secretary of State, no question!

    So maybe, maybe not. But he’s not a computer nerd. And in no wise a doctor. Whether intended or not, his actions cause harm worldwide, over decades, not good. And he knows it. And the media knows it, and has always known it, like this article shows. From childhood. He’s also not a programmer, having bought or stole everything he owns. His claim to fame is that he sat around the table with his father and the CEO of IBM when he was a child, a “self-made” “man”. Like all idiot sons of idiot sons, “I make nothing, I DO nothing. I own.” Due exclusively to Bill’s own merit in NOT writing Dr. DOS that Microspft was based on, that CEO handed this complete unknown non-programmer the world’s biggest contract and he’s been building flaws and back doors and exploits to search Assange’s Windows OS ever since. Right down to the CPU back-door, as Intel showed last year.

    Now how is it that the media knew to give him billions in free promotion for his image but ALSO knew never to mention his drug-addled, womanizing, bad, behavior and non-programming past? Funny ol’ world. I guess it’s just a big coincidence by thousands and thousands of independent reporters who never talked to each other or are directed and warned by their editors and owners from above.

    Yup. Obviously. Every single thing in the whole world is a coincidence. One big accident. People never talk to each other never-ever-ever-ever and are not driven by money, power, and fear.

    #75107
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Apologies if somebody already linked this yesterday. I suffer from chronic partial insomnia (meaning I can sleep, but I sleep lousy), so my memory isn’t always the greatest these days.

    Resignation in Protest, Frontiers in Pharmacology Topic Editors, “Treating COVID-19 With Currently Available Drugs”

    #75108
    Germ
    Participant

    It’s seems crazy, until you realise that Fuellmich was the lawyer who brought VW et. al. to their knees in exposing their diesel emissions fraud.

    ” COVID Fraud – Lawyers & Medical Experts start legal proceedings against W.H.O and World Leaders for ‘Crimes against Humanity’ “

    https://dailyexpose.co.uk/2021/05/07/covid-fraud-lawyers-medical-experts-start-legal-proceedings-against-w-h-o-and-world-leaders-for-crimes-against-humanity/amp/

    #75109
    zerosum
    Participant

    tools of the silver-tongued – Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing · Fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
    common sense
    truth
    veteran liars
    make choices
    make a guess/estimate
    false assumptions
    Pseudo-realities
    coincidence
    herd immunity
    covid 19
    covid variants
    virus mutations
    vaccine failure/miss information/safety/protection
    Important/irrelevant

    all idiot sons of idiot sons

    #75110
    zerosum
    Participant

    relevant vs irrelevant

    Liz Cheney Ousted From Leadership Post By House Republicans

    Nearly 2,000 Gas Stations Out Of Fuel As Panic-Hoarding Hammers Southeast

    Canada asks U.S. court to prevent Michigan from shutting down Line 5 pipeline

    #75111
    Germ
    Participant

    Must read – “Everyone will gain immunity, 100%, not 70 or 80,” Drosten said. “Either through vaccination or natural infection, because this virus will become endemic.” “Those who actively choose not to be vaccinated have to know that they are actively opting for a natural infection instead”, Drosten warned. “There’s nothing that can be done about it.” https://tinyurl.com/4bm2cjeu

    Good News !!

    #75112
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    Well, here in Holland they’re pushing to vaccinate those who are pregnant (I’ll deliberately avoid using language which is derogatory towards women) saying that although the chances of catching Covid are lower for the pregnant, the risks are much higher if they do get it.

    No, I can’t make it make any sense either.

    #75113
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Everyone here should review the policies of 2020 and ask themselves, were we fighting the plague or were we fighting deflation?

    #75114
    Antidote
    Participant

    @ madamski

    “Oh well. I’ve offered a few practical suggestions. It’s time I left you alone to your echo-chamber chest-hooting. I’ll leave us with this question: what makes us think we aren’t among the weak and stupid?”

    Keep walkin’ don’t look back

    #75115
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ Germ

    Thank you for comment #75104

    “ First, the pseudo-reality is always constructed such that it structurally advantages those who accept it over those who do not, frequently by overt double standards and through moral-linguistic traps. Double standards in this regard will always favor those who accept pseudo-reality as reality and will always disfavor those who seek the truth. “

    Being a relentless truth seeker, I now understand better my experiences over the last year

    #75116
    Django
    Participant

    Can any sawbones or biotech wizards explain the difference between the mRNA technology used in flu injections and that used in the soi disant vaccines? Thanks

    #75117
    Germ
    Participant
    #75118
    Germ
    Participant
    #75119
    Germ
    Participant

    -Brazilian states halted vaccination of pregnant women on Tuesday after a death in Rio de Janeiro led health regulator Anvisa to warn against the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for expecting mothers.

    A pregnant woman in Rio de Janeiro died after receiving the AstraZeneca shot, according to state Health Secretary Alexandre Chieppe, in a case authorities are still investigating.

    Sao Paulo state suspended COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women with risk factors and Rio state suspended immunization of all pregnant women.

    https://news.yahoo.com/brazil-health-agency-calls-halt-110722688.html

    #75120
    Germ
    Participant

    https://www.rt.com/news/523386-johnson-astrazeneca-vaccines-norway/

    “We do not recommend that the vaccines be used in the national vaccination program due to the serious side effects that have been seen,” Lars Vorland, chair of the expert committee, said at a press conference on Monday.

    Normal!

    #75121
    Germ
    Participant

    @ Django – the flu shot is not mRNA.

    They can be :

    “inactivated influenza vaccine [IIV], recombinant influenza vaccine [RIV], or live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV). ”

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm

    They are true vaccines as they contain the antigen that stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies.

    #75122
    Django
    Participant

    Thanks mate.

    #75123
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    @ Germ
    Thank you for
    “Psychopathy and the Origins of Totalitarianism

    Amazing. I realize after reading this that I have been intuitively grappling with how and when to reject and refute the pseudo-reality that Covid is especially dangerous, requiring masks, vaccines, and immunity passports. This article has helped me to clearly identify what is going on, and my response to it — when to reject, when to refute…and when to just “go along to get along” which, although distasteful, is sometimes necessary to facilitate making a living and to prevent my ex from creating a pseudo-reality to attempt to wrest custody from me again. I realize that in life I have been enmeshed in pseudo-realities in the past (was born into one, the Mormon Church,) and found the internal illogic and left them. I see how the fiasco behind my ex’s attempt to reduce his child support down to nearly zero (which largely succeeded) and to remove my custody of the children (which failed) unfolded along the lines described in this article, and how well-meaning, compassionate people were ensnared by his web of lies. I see how it is that the well-meaning, compassionate, “liberal” folks of my liberal church have been ensnared by the pseudo-reality of Covid fear-porn, and that it is not that they are inherently “bad” people, but merely deluded. (And I have been likewise deluded in the past, so I do not condemn them for their mass delusion.)

    Went to a car junkyard yesterday to pull some parts. There were no signs about mask wearing in the entry/exit building. The employees did not wear masks — only the customers wore masks. I did not wear a mask. Rejection of the pseudo-reality.

    I get it.

    Now…I will mull over teaching my kids about what I have learned.

    #75124

    Go to cspan’s Washington Journal for today and type “Fauci” in the search bar. What Fauci said was this concerning Paul’s question about funding the Wuhan lab:
    “…You [Sen. Paul] are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan institute.”

    Those pesky double negatives.

    #75125
    Germ
    Participant

    Letter from 1,500 Doctors to the French Health Minister asking for an Emergency Use Authorisation of ivermectin as the conditions are fulfilled, in opposition to the misrepresentations of the local regulator to refuse it.

    https://wgzcasdczhofbr6plu2xpjzmcm-ac4c6men2g7xr2a-www-francesoir-fr.translate.goog/opinions-tribunes/recours-gracieux-aupres-du-ministre-de-la-sante-pour-livermectine

    #75126
    Germ
    Participant

    Message from Eric Clapton (I’m assuming that the old farts on here remember him!)

    #75127
    Germ
    Participant

    “In all, 22 of Brazil’s 27 states have suspended AstraZeneca for pregnant and nursing mothers. Astrazeneca said they had been excluded from its vaccine tests, which it said was common practice in clinical trials.”

    https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/coronavirus-outbreak/story/brazil-states-suspend-astrazeneca-vaccine-for-pregnant-women-1801534-2021-05-12

    #75128
    Germ
    Participant

    By studying the blood of COVID survivors and people who have been vaccinated, immunologists are learning that some of our immune system cells—which remember past infections and react to them—might have their own abilities to change, countering mutations in the virus. What this means, scientists think, is that the immune system might have evolved its own way of dealing with variants.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/your-immune-system-evolves-to-fight-coronavirus-variants/

    But this is the fear porn we’re being fed in the UK.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9566551/Coronavirus-UK-spread-Indian-variant-jeapordise-plans-ease-lockdown.html

    #75129
    Germ
    Participant

    “A prior COVID-19 infection was associated with an increased risk of any side effect. It was also associated with an increased risk of severe side effects leading to hospital care mRNA vaccines were associated with a higher incidence of any side effect”

    https://www.mdpi.com/2075-1729/11/3/249/htm

    And this is why, if you’ve already been infected and thus have natural immunity, you should NOT get the jab!

    #75130
    Germ
    Participant

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it had found more cases of potentially life-threatening blood clotting among people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and sees a “plausible causal association”.

    https://news.yahoo.com/u-cdc-says-identified-28-153515314.html

    #75131
    Germ
    Participant

    And this just in … The US should begin vaccinating adolescents with Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 jab, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were told today:

    https://tinyurl.com/f86ae5ch

    LUNATICS!

    #75132
    Germ
    Participant

    If you have the time watch this excellent and data-packed conversation with the excellent Swedish ER doc – Sebastian Rushworth MD – they cover the whole COVID gamut!

    Get ‘yer learning on.

    #75133
    Germ
    Participant

    You need to familiar yourselves with one Philip Zelikow as we go forward with Covid -21, 22, 23 … etc.

    http://edwardcurtin.com/second-stage-terror-wars/

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