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Pablo Picasso Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese) 1932 (sold yesterday for $103.4 million)


Predictions On Outcome Of Mass Vaccination During A Pandemic (VanDenBossche)
Don’t Mention Ivermectin; It’ll Upset The Vaccine Rollout (BizN)
CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Largely Stop Wearing Masks (F.)
8 Vaccinated Yanks Coaches, Staff Have Virus (AP)
More Than A Quarter Of EU Adults Reluctant To Get Covid Vaccine (RT)
Scientists Slam WHO For Dismissing Wuhan Lab Leak Theory (DM)
New Study Finds Delaying The Second Dose Of Vaccine Can Save Lives (Hill)
An Insider’s View Of The Tragedy Of The US Deep State (Escobar)
Debt Collectors: We Should Be Able to Break Your Legs (Sirota)
Why Has Netanyahu Allowed For A Palestinian Uprising? (RT)



There’s no such rule. If only because if there were, it would be illegal.



VanDenBossche will not be silenced.

Predictions On Outcome Of Mass Vaccination During A Pandemic (VanDenBossche)

Current single (S) and full (F) vaccination rates are shown next to the country name. In all cases, full vaccine resistance is expected to occur within the next few months, or even weeks. A number of smaller islands (e.g., Seychelles, Maldives, Bahrain) have managed high vaccine coverage rates within a relatively short period of time. Some of them had relaxed their infection prevention measures as their vaccine coverage rates were growing (e.g., Seychelles). This already explains why these islands have now begun to face a substantial wave of morbidity and mortality (more infectious variants), even in subjects who’ve been fully vaccinated (see fig. 3a, 3b).

Overall conclusion: Covid-19 vaccination campaigns that are rolled out in the heat of a pandemic will inevitably breed variants that are more infectious and ultimately become resistant to vaccines. The smaller the population and the faster mass vaccination campaigns are rolled out, the faster infection, morbidity and mortality rates will rise. Based on how the pandemic is currently evolving in a number of smaller countries/ islands (e.g., Seychelles, Maldives, Bahrain), it is reasonable to assume that over the next coming months, or weeks, several other countries are going to show a dramatic increase in these rates as well.

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“Only 19 deaths are known and side-affects are generally mild and short. As a comparison, approximately 450 US citizens die from paracetamol every year.”

Don’t Mention Ivermectin; It’ll Upset The Vaccine Rollout (BizN)

What if there was a cheap drug, so old its patent had expired, so safe that it’s on the WHO’s lists of Essential and Children’s Medicines, and used in mass drug administration rollouts? What if it can be taken at home with the first signs COVID symptoms, given to those in close contact, and significantly reduce COVID disease progression and cases, and far fewer few people would need hospitalisation? The international vaccine rollout under Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) would legally have to be halted. For an EUA to be legal, “there must be no adequate, approved and available alternative to the candidate product for diagnosing, preventing or treating the disease or condition.” The vaccines would only become legal once they passed level 4 trials and that certainly won’t happen in 2021.

This would present a major headache for the big public health agencies led by the WHO. The vaccine rollout, outside of trials, would become illegal. The vaccine manufactures, having spent hundreds of million dollars developing and testing vaccines during a pandemic, would not see the $100bn they were expecting in 2021. In a pandemic, and for the next one, we need big pharma to react quickly, and the best way to that, is to reward them financially. Allowing any existing drug, at this time, well into stage 3 trials, to challenge the legality of the EUA of vaccines, is not going to happen easily. On the 31st of March 2021, the WHO recommended against the use of Ivermectin for COVID treatment, citing safety and lack of large RCT proof.

[..] In January this year, the several months long, Ivermectin research, meta-analysis of Randomised Control Trials (RCT), commissioned by WHO was released. The paper showed that Ivermectin reduces death by 74% and is 85% effective as prophylaxis. [..] Ivermectin has been used in humans for 35 years and over 4 billion doses have been administered. Merck, the original patent holder, donated 3.7 billion doses to developing countries. 2015 the two individuals who developed Ivermectin were awarded a Nobel Prize for medicine. While known primarily as an anti-parasitic, Ivermectin has powerful anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Its safety is documented at doses twenty times the normal. Only 19 deaths are known and side-affects are generally mild and short. As a comparison, approximately 450 US citizens die from paracetamol every year.

Merck’s patent on Ivermectin expired in 1996 and they produce less than 5% of global supply. In 2020 they were asked to assist in Nigerian and Japanese trials but declined both. In 2021 Merck released a statement claiming that Ivermectin was not an effective treatment against Covid-19 and bizarrely claimed, “A concerning lack of safety data in the majority of studies” of the a drug they donated to be distributed in mass rollouts, by primary care workers, in mass campaigns, to millions in developing countries. The media reported the Merck statement as a blinding truth without looking at the conflict of interests when days later, Merck received $356m from the US government to develop an investigational therapeutic. The WHO even quoted Merck, as evidence, that it didn’t work, in their recommendation against the use of Ivermectin. It’s a dangerous world when corporate marketing determines public health policy. Global vaccine rollout, to everyone, is the policy.

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Having a robust immune system will save you from the virus, but not from the new religion.

CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Largely Stop Wearing Masks (F.)

Fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or socially distance in most cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday, a major loosening of Covid-19 advice as more Americans get vaccinated. The CDC’s new guidelines say it’s safe for vaccinated people to go maskless in most indoor and outdoor settings, and they can participate in large activities without physical distancing, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing. Americans should still wear masks in healthcare facilities and other sensitive locations, and immunocompromised people should seek medical advice, Walensky said. Walensky cited a range of studies showing the vaccines are highly effective at stopping the spread of coronavirus and staving off serious illness, including most new variants.

Mask mandates are normally the domain of state and city governments, but the CDC releases advice for public officials and individuals, and the federal government mandates masks inside federal buildings and on interstate modes of transit. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” Walensky said. “We have all longed for this moment.” 35.4%. That’s the share of Americans who are fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine. Some 46.4% have received at least one vaccine shot.

The CDC has gradually lifted its coronavirus guidelines in recent weeks. The agency now says it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to gather in small groups without masks, go maskless outdoors unless they’re in crowded areas, or travel domestically. But some health experts have urged the CDC to move faster, arguing vaccinated people face very little risk of contracting Covid-19 and looser rules would encourage hesitant people to take the vaccine. Many states have already loosened or dropped their mask mandates. Texas and Mississippi struck down virtually all of their coronavirus restrictions in March, some states like Massachusetts and New York have lifted outdoor mask-wearing rules but left indoor restrictions in place, and stricter places like California have promised to drop masking rules in the coming months.

Dr. Anthony Fauci — the federal government’s top infectious disease expert — has started encouraging vaccinated Americans to get used to going maskless outdoors, amid criticism President Joe Biden’s administration has been overly cautious in loosening coronavirus guidelines. “Put aside your mask. You don’t have to wear it,” Fauci told CBS News Thursday.

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Calling VanDenBossche. “All are fully vaccinated.”

8 Vaccinated Yanks Coaches, Staff Have Virus (AP)

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday night’s starting lineup at Tampa Bay as a precaution as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coaching and support staff reached seven. Manager Aaron Boone said MLB’s Joint COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee is waiting and reviewing a number of test results. The members of New York’s traveling party have been tested at least three times each since Tuesday. “I know everybody is going to read into that but hopefully it’s nothing, it’s more just getting all the information,” Boone said of Torres. Boone said the Yankees expect to receive an update about Torres on Wednesday night. He added that Torres tested positive for COVID-19 in December and has been vaccinated.

It was also confirmed by Boone that pitching coach Matt Blake has joined third base Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits as members of the coaching staff testing positive for the virus. A couple additional staff members had positive tests confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the total there to four. Six of the seven are asymptomatic. All are fully vaccinated. “We’re seeing the vaccinations also kind of blunt the effects of the virus,” Boone said. “We’re also learning as we go and getting informed as what we need to do exactly and just try to do as best we can to be able to make quick adjustments on the fly. Just doing the best we can with it all.” The Yankees on April 30 were able to relax MLB protocols after reaching an 85 percent vaccination rate among players and staff such as managers, coaches and athletic trainers.

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They’ll be shamed and restricted.

More Than A Quarter Of EU Adults Reluctant To Get Covid Vaccine (RT)

Vaccine hesitancy rates in the EU are raising alarms, after a survey found that 27% of adults across the bloc said they’d be unlikely to accept a Covid-19 jab, amid a “failure” to persuade people of its efficacy and safety. A Eurofound survey investigating vaccine take-up across EU member states flagged concerns about the success of messaging from health officials on Covid jabs, warning that the failure to fully convince the adult population to be inoculated could put the fight against the pandemic at risk. Some 27% of those surveyed across Europe, including half of French respondents and 67% of those in Bulgaria, said they would be very unlikely or rather unlikely to get a Covid vaccine.

There were big variations between states though, with people surveyed in Eastern European nations more likely to be more cautious about taking the jab. Hesitancy figures were above 30% in several states, including Croatia, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia. “Unfortunately, these findings reflect a failure to deliver persuasive and clear communication regarding the efficacy and safety of vaccines,” Daphne Ahrendt, senior research manager at Eurofound, said. Looking at the possible root causes of vaccine hesitancy, researchers found a link between people who said they were less likely to get a Covid jab and social media as a main source of information. Among those surveyed who said they primarily relied on social media

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‘The information, data, and samples for the study’s first phase were collected and summarized by the Chinese half of the team; the rest of the team built on this analysis..’

Scientists Slam WHO For Dismissing Wuhan Lab Leak Theory (DM)

Researchers at a number of top universities have penned a letter saying theories that COVID-19 escaped from a Wuhan lab ‘remain viable’ and called for further studies to investigate the origins of the virus. Stanford University microbiologist David Relman and the University of Washington virologist Jesse Bloom organized the letter published in the journal Science and signed by 18 prominent biologists from universities like Harvard and Cambridge. Claims that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology have been laughed off as conspiracy theories – but the researchers suggest in the letter that the ‘hypotheses’ cannot be ruled out until there is more evidence. Relman told The Times of London that ‘many who signed this letter feel the same way’ that researchers ‘simply just don’t have enough information.’

‘Anyone who asserts a strong opinion one way or another can’t really be basing it on a whole lot of good data,’ he said. He added: ‘Let’s try to refrain from offering speculation where we really don’t have a basis for it, especially when we’re trying to maintain our credibility has purveyors of good science.’ The letter reads that ‘yet more investigation is still needed to determine the origin of the pandemic.’ ‘Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable. Knowing how COVID-19 emerged is critical for informing global strategies to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks,’ the letter reads. The letter blasts the World Health Organization and China for their recent joint study investigating the origins of COVID-19, saying that the theory it came from the lab was ‘not given balanced consideration’ to the theory it came from natural spillover.

The report concluded that it was ‘likely to very likely’ that a bat had infected an intermediate host but said it was ‘extremely unlikely’ it was the result of a laboratory accident. ‘The information, data, and samples for the study’s first phase were collected and summarized by the Chinese half of the team; the rest of the team built on this analysis,’ the letter reads, suggesting China had a conflict of interest. The letter noted that ‘only 4 of the 313 pages of the report and its annexes addressed the possibility of a laboratory accident.’ ‘A proper investigation should be transparent, objective, data-driven, inclusive of broad expertise, subject to independent oversight, and responsibly managed to minimize the impact of conflicts of interest,’ the letter reads.

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Now they’re just f*king with you.

“Results displayed up to 20 percent less mortality, namely for hypothetical countries ..”

New Study Finds Delaying The Second Dose Of Vaccine Can Save Lives (Hill)

Delaying the second dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine could result in a lower COVID-19 mortality rate, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. In the United States, the vaccination rate has been consistently increasing under President Biden’s ambitious inoculation goals. But other countries are experiencing more delay in vaccinating their residents. Public health experts have advised that Pfizer vaccines be given three weeks apart and Moderna vaccines be given four weeks apart for optimal efficacy. Now, new research suggests that waiting on the second dose may pose some public health benefits. A team of international scientists and researchers constructed a simulation examining the health outcomes associated with the standard interval between COVID-19 vaccinations versus those associated with a delayed second shot.

They found that the cumulative mortality rate tended to be lower in the simulation where participants delayed their second shot beyond the recommended 21 to 28 days after the first shot. Results displayed up to 20 percent less mortality, namely for hypothetical countries that have a lower vaccination rate at 0.1 or 0.3 percent. The report authors made a point to exclude people aged 65 years and older who tend to be more vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infections. “A delayed second dose vaccination strategy, at least for people aged under 65, could result in reduced cumulative mortality under certain conditions,” the authors concluded. Notably, researchers found that the declining mortality rate was primarily associated with situations with a low vaccination rate and when the vaccine used in the simulation is above 70 percent effective at preventing infections.

“These results suggest that higher first dose efficacy estimates favor delaying the second dose and that for a first dose efficacy of 70% or below, no meaningful difference is apparent between the standard and delayed second dose strategy,” the report reads. This could have beneficial implications for countries struggling to secure enough vaccine doses to vaccinate their population and that, in certain situations, delaying a second dose could help lower deaths due to COVID-19.

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“The first point that we make is that it was not Kissinger who created policy for Nixon, but the Deep State. Kissinger was just a messenger boy. ”

An Insider’s View Of The Tragedy Of The US Deep State (Escobar)

Henry Kissinger, 97, Henry the K. for those he keeps close, is either a Delphic oracle-style strategic thinker or a certified war criminal for those kept not so close… He now seems to have been taking time off his usual Divide and Rule stock in trade – advising the combo behind POTUS, a.k.a. Crash Test Dummy – to emit some realpolitik pearls of wisdom. At a recent forum in Arizona, referring to the festering, larger than life Sino-American clash, Henry the K. said, “It’s the biggest problem for America; it’s the biggest problem for the world. Because if we can’t solve that, then the risk is that all over the world a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States.” In realpolitik terms, this “kind of Cold War” is already on; across the Beltway, China is unanimously regarded as the premier U.S. national security threat.

Kissinger added U.S. policy toward China must be a mix of stressing U.S. “principles” to demand China’s respect and dialogue to find areas of cooperation: “I’m not saying that diplomacy will always lead to beneficial results…This is the complex task we have… Nobody has succeeded in doing it completely.” Henry the K. actually must have lost the – diplomatic – plot. What Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are now involved in, full time, is to demonstrate – mostly to the Global South – how the American-enforced “rules-based international order” has absolutely nothing to do with international law and the respect of national sovereignty. At first I had archived these Henry the K. platitudes out of sight. But then someone who used to hold a stellar position at the top of the U.S. Deep State showed he had been paying close attention.

This personality – let’s call him Mr. S. – has been one of my invaluable, trustworthy sources since the early 2000s. Mutual confidence was always key. I asked him if I could publish selected passages of his analysis, not naming names. Consent was given – ruefully. So fasten your seat belts. Mr. S., in a quite intriguing fashion, seems to be expressing the collective views of a number of extremely qualified people. Right from the start, he points out how Henry the K.’s observations explain today’s Russia-China-Iran triangle. “The first point that we make is that it was not Kissinger who created policy for Nixon, but the Deep State. Kissinger was just a messenger boy. In the 1972 situation the Deep State wanted to get out of Vietnam, which policy was put in place as containment of communist China and Russia. We were there based on the domino theory.”

“The Deep State wanted to achieve a number of objectives in approaching Chairman Mao, who was antagonized by Russia. It wanted to ally in 1972 with China against Russia. That made Vietnam meaningless, for China would become the containing party of Russia and Vietnam no longer meant anything. We wanted to balance China against Russia. Now, China was not a major power in 1972 but it could drain Russia, forcing it to place 400,000 troops on their border. And our Deep State policy worked. We in the Deep State had thought it through, and not Kissinger. 400,000 troops on the Chinese border was a drain on their budget, as later Afghanistan became with over 100,000 troops, and the Warsaw Pact had another 600,000 troops.”

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Debt Collectors: We Should Be Able to Break Your Legs (Sirota)

Two months ago, debt collectors won a victory when congressional lawmakers allowed stimulus checks to be garnished by creditors and government agencies. Now, as the credit industry hits a jackpot during the pandemic, the leading lobby group for debt collectors has more than tripled the amount of cash it funnels to lawmakers as it campaigns to block upcoming Democratic legislation to protect millions of Americans from the repo man. At issue is a package of bills designed to restrict the $13 billion debt collection industry, as new Federal Reserve and Census Bureau reports show consumer and medical debt has skyrocketed during the pandemic. One measure would prohibit the collection of medical debt for the first two years after a medical payment is due.

Another would discharge student debt in the event of a debtor’s death. Other provisions aim to block lenders from forcing debtors to sign away their legal rights; outlaw threats of demotion that debt collectors reportedly aim at members of the military; and subject government-contracted debt collectors to the same restrictions as consumer debt collectors. “In the midst of the pandemic crisis, predatory debt collectors have made record profits while continuing with their abusive, harassing tactics while consumers struggle to make ends meet through no fault of their own,” said Democratic representative Maxine Waters, who led the successful effort to pass the bill through the House Financial Services Committee last month over the objections of GOP lawmakers.

As the legislation now moves to the House floor Thursday, ACA International — which bills itself as “the largest trade group for the debt collection industry” — has been running what it calls a “grassroots campaign” urging its 2,500 members to pressure lawmakers to vote down the legislation. “The accounts receivable management industry plays a key role in the process of attempting to recover outstanding payments, and as such, collection agencies are an extension of every community’s businesses,” says a form letter that ACA has asked debt collectors to send to lawmakers. “If creditors cannot collect, they will be forced to not lend, and consumers — who much of this legislation is supposedly aimed at protecting — will end up being harmed the most, particularly those with fewer options for credit.”

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Trying to stay out of jail.

Why Has Netanyahu Allowed For A Palestinian Uprising? (RT)

Lehava, the extremist settler group that organised the racist demonstration weeks ago, is headed by a man named Bentzi Gopstein. Although the group would previously have been allowed no legitimacy by the Israeli government, Gopstein’s lawyer, Itamar Ben-Gvir, is a member of the Knesset and a close ally of Israeli PM Netanyahu. Ben-Gvir heads the Jewish Power party (Otzma Yehudit), which falls under the Religious Zionism slate led by Bezalel Smotrich. It’s no surprise, then, that Lehava feels they have been accorded a sense of legitimacy, when they witness Israeli members of the Knesset and allies of the prime minister standing beside them in Jerusalem. Israel just had its fourth round of elections since 2019, in which Netanyahu’s Likud won the most seats of any party.

But Likud’s, combined with the seats of their natural allies, still fell short of the 61-seat threshold required to form a government. The Religious Zionism slate forms part of Netanyahu’s backbone when it comes to his political survival, so any decision by the Israeli premier to abandon them could hurt him politically. After Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government, the responsibility to do so was handed over to the opposition figure Yair Lapid, who was invited to form a coalition of anti-Netanyahu parties. At this point, Netanyahu is fighting not only to stay in government, but also to avoid potentially going to prison on charges of corruption. Conversely, if Yesh Atid party leader Lapid cannot form a coalition government either, Israel will then head to a fifth round of elections, which would keep Netanyahu in power and give him more time to prepare for a potential future victory at the polls.

Following the Israeli settler “death to Arabs” march, the leader of the Palestinian political party Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, warned that the next march, planned for Israel’s Jerusalem Day would not be tolerated and there would be a response. In fact, a barrage of about 30 rockets was fired the night following the original march, and claimed by the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in response to attacks on hundreds of Palestinians in Jerusalem. The issue of Israeli courts processing the orders for evicting Palestinians from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which threatens to render 550 people homeless, has also been another point of contention.

Instead of stepping in to de-escalate tensions, in accordance with calls from Israel’s close ally, the United States, Netanyahu has allowed his allies from the Religious Zionism slate to provoke Palestinians further. When last Friday’s attack on worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound occurred, the ‘Joint Operations Room’ of Palestinian armed factions, based in Gaza, vowed a response to Israel if it did not stop the settler march planned for Monday. Yet Netanyahu still stood idly by and refused to act, ignoring the threats, and, on Monday, allowed for another escalation, which led to the injuring of hundreds in Jerusalem.

Richard Medhurst

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    Pablo Picasso Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese) 1932 (sold yesterday for $103.4 million)   • Predictions On Outcome Of Mass Vaccination
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 14 2021]


    Patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 infection treated with ivermectin plus doxycycline recovered earlier, were less likely to progress to more serious disease, and were more likely to be COVID-19 negative by RT-PCR on day 14.


    Has anyone seen the University of Maryland Covid survey on Facebook.? Just because I’m paranoid it doesn’t mean that Fort Detrick is not also in Maryland.

    Amongst the usual shite they also want to know how broke, anxious, hungry and depressed we are. Also why we will not take the vaccine. One of the options given was I do not trust the government.. How could they think such a thing?

    Dave Note


    Three points

    Mid court

    Nothing but net.

    Polder Dweller

    The graphs for Seychelles, Maldives and Bahrain seem to support Vanden Bossche’s theory, but the ones for Israel, UK and US don’t. Why is that? Anyone care to explain it to me or does it mean that Vanden Bossche is wrong?

    Dr. D

    “The rule is simple: Get vaccinated or wear a mask”

    Or “Do as you’re told!!!”

    Funny, Joe: that’s not what Governor DeSantis said. You planning on sending the 3rd Army down there to enforce your big mouth? Or what?

    You’re in charge of nothing. Your rules have no meaning. We all know they’re frauds, as Fargo walks away with 100,000 felonies after paying Obama, and they put foreign citizen Assange in jail in a foreign country. You’re a joke and opening your mouth like that makes you look like a clown.

    This is the same as someone claiming to be Napoleon. Really? Where’s your army? Who’s enforcing your commands?
    BTW they aren’t wearing masks even in mask-mandate states anymore. Or not more than for puppet show.

    “CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Largely Stop Wearing Masks (F.)”

    Guess what? The minute anyone can go without a mask, everyone will. That’s why they lied and unscientifically continued their anti-medical advice. It’s called “extortion.” It requires state-level violence.

    Scientists Slam WHO For Dismissing Wuhan Lab Leak Theory (DM)”

    Yeah, but China who released it and Fauci who funded it said they investigated themselves and they said they found themselves innocent. That’s good enough for me.

    “The first point that we make is that it was not Kissinger who created policy for Nixon, but the Deep State. Kissinger was just a messenger boy. ”

    Finally we’re getting somewhere. Some normal reporters telling the truth.

    If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72

    Uh, yeah, that was 1972, 50 years ago. But I’m sure things have gotten a lot more honest since then.

    Note Carter was clearly not in charge then, Kissinger was. So if Kissinger is the message boy, who’s the real President? Yeah.
    Ah well, at least Brzezinski got to see his vaunted Ukraine plan fail spectacularly and his life’s work go down in flames. Soon to be the rest of these dottering dinosaurs, but they may get to die first, and certainly before being hung for war crimes like the Cheney family, but the rest of us have to live with their astonishing, murderous failures and complete ruination of America and all human goodness.

    Since ‘ol Kissinger was involved in Vietnam, why do they put him on camera as a credible, relevant, oh and as a “human being”? It really discredits your whole news agency. And Brennan, and Mika, and…

    “One measure would prohibit the collection of medical debt for the first two years after a medical payment is due.” Whiskey Tango? Since you’re “medical” and therefore in bad health, did that just cut your odds of being paid anything at all in half? And then did the hospital double the rates on Millennials (and now Z) to pay for that? And you say we don’t have free health care. You do if you do this. And if you don’t work. Health care is perfectly, 100% free so long as you do no work. You’re on Medicare, Medicaid…

    “Another would discharge student debt in the event of a debtor’s death.”

    Have to wonder at this. First: since we haven’t had rule of law in 50-100 years, bankruptcy is protected in the Constitution, along with government being unable to make up and change contracts…you know, like demand you buy Obamacare and/or suspending rent? Anyway, that makes ol’ Clinton’s payback to Wall Street hilariously illegal. Illegal in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd order. Student debt cannot be different from other debt. Second, wouldn’t debts fall to the inheritor along with assets? So wouldn’t the student just not name an inheritor and therefore leave no one liable for student loans? Anyone? Yeah, just like MERS where they had no title and no claim, nobody fights, they just roll over and spread their…but this is a family show.

    Why Has Netanyahu Allowed for a Palestinian Uprising? (RT)”

    In order to prosecute the “final solution” on the world’s largest open-air concentration camp, duh. If we don’t set off some rockets from Gaza that kill no Israelis, we won’t have phony justification to strafe a few thousand children based on their race. Problem solved. Genocide incoming. Reporters paid or arrested. (See Jimmy Dore)

    Oh, and it’s all to win an election. Nuts-n-yahoo failed his government (again) recently. Suddenly: war! Wot a coincidence!

    Since ol’ Elon collected BTC in order to keep the green-driver-killing ponzi he calls a car company alive, JPM came over when ETH was larger than them (yesterday) and paid Elon to hand them the private BTC keys and pay him to manipulate markets – his only skill. Actual BTC ammunition in hand, they dump it on the market and crush the US$/Wall St competition on cue with his useless, uninsightful statements.

    Meanwhile, Elon, having bot DOGE, runs it up tweeting using the same scam, then attempted to dump it on the muppets the exact moment of his speaking on SNL. …But the market wouldn’t support his selling out to the rubes and tanked. So he’s still sitting on a ton of worthless Doge and needs to run it up again to give it another try, and therefore keep his arson company from imploding with its own fraud and failures, and keep bribe money to the SEC and NHTSA flowing hot. How else can you kill every car-buyer you ever met and not have anyone get suspicious? He has more dead people around him than Angela Lansbury and Miss Marple combined.

    He’ll probably be completely successful in bailing out and making money in BTC, Doge, and anything besides cars and reality, because everyone continues to listen to him instead of arresting him for 10,000 counts of insider trading and felonious fraud.
    Since America — and indeed the world, look at China – are all-in for complete robbery, fraud, theft, and indeed in his case, arson and murder, who am I to say? Until they would prefer non-arson, non-murder, non-felony injury, we’re clearly going nowhere.

    Down here on the ground, I have no idea how we can truly have help wanted and no takers widespread. …I see the sandwich boards. I struggle to understand it although it seems to be happening. I do suspect that the half-a-mil newly unemployed – note “newly” – are a large part the illegal immigrants wide open and knowing they are not pursued right now. Yes, everyone is unemployed, but not “newly”.

    I agree people have found exploits to get by, but it’s largely not Greek-style black market under the table working, and they HAVE reconsidered and reprioritized. It’s true. But not that level and not that suddenly. If I find it, I’ll add.

    Polder Dweller


    Pity Hunter S Thompson is no longer with us. I wonder if he shot himself? He did warn us after 911.


    The graphs for Seychelles, Maldives and Bahrain seem to support Vanden Bossche’s theory, but the ones for Israel, UK and US don’t. Why is that? Anyone care to explain it to me or does it mean that Vanden Bossche is wrong?

    To be fair to him, he doesn’t call for some specific timeframe. Seychelles, Maldives and Bahrain are orders of magnitude smaller than the others, that may be a factor. He ends his article saying:

    Covid-19 vaccination campaigns that are rolled out in the heat of a pandemic will inevitably breed variants that are more infectious and ultimately become resistant to vaccines. The smaller the population and the faster mass vaccination campaigns are rolled out, the faster infection, morbidity and mortality rates will rise. Based on how the pandemic is currently evolving in a number of smaller countries/ islands (e.g., Seychelles, Maldives, Bahrain), it is reasonable to assume that over the next coming months, or weeks, several other countries are going to show a dramatic increase in these rates as well.


    @WES Speaking for a friend who is a USA’n, it’s still possible to get ivermectin from India. Some vendors still accept Paypal which makes it easier since zhe’s USA credit cards won’t be accepted. IndiaMART is like Craigslist on steroids but once my friend made contact with an individual vendor and figured price and shipping by email, it was all good. My USA’n friend had sort of an agonizing wait, package went to India Post, then the trail went cold for about 4 weeks. Showed up intact and unmolested by the kind offices of the customs service. I presume you can count on a long delay, not many flights right now to USA to carry mail and goods, and the Indians are dealing with their covid crisis.

    I’m speaking for a friend, of course, on that silly eye-ver-mek-tin thing (because like my GP I follow the Science™!) Though frankly my friend wouldn’t shy from using the horse-paste option if it came to it. 😉

    Polder Dweller

    Thanks, but it’s exactly this point: The smaller the population and the faster mass vaccination campaigns are rolled out, the faster infection, morbidity and mortality rates will rise. that I don’t get. Surely more people, more vaccinations, more infections, morbidity and mortality. What difference does a smaller population make?


    Headline from Grauniad

    Second Pandemic Year to be Deadlier than First Warns WHO.


    From the horses mouth
    Don’t mention Ivermectin; it’ll upset the vaccine rollout
    12th May 2021 by Editor By Andrew Bannister
    Almost every media house around the world has contributed to the marginalisation of Ivermectin. No mainstream journalists have investigated the evidence or questioned and debated scientists supporting it. It’s called an “animal drug” and dangerous. Ivermectin is seen as a repeat of hydroxychloroquine and not to be taken seriously. Belief in it, worthy only of derision.
    Unless you know where to look, you will find hardly any positive information on Ivermectin. Social media makes it very difficult to say anything positive about it without the poster getting blocked from the platforms for lengthy periods. YouTube has made the promotion of Ivermectin, a violation of its policies. There is no public conversation in the media about it. It’s just ignored. Respectable medical journals are sitting with piles of Ivermectin papers on their desks that they refuse to publish without providing reason, despite at least one of them having passed peer review by two FDA reviewers. The book “Manufacturing of Consent” comes to mind where Chomsky and Herman look at how mass media serves the rich. It’s a David against Goliath fight, a cheap generic vs Big Pharma.

    New research from the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), on a group of over 3500 health care workers, using two doses of Ivermectin as prophylactic, reduced cases among health care workers by 83% in the following month. Mexico City has for several months been using a test and treat with Ivermectin strategy. A research paper by Mexico City Health, claims that, depending on dosing, they have reduced hospitalisations by 56-73%. India in its current destructive wave, has just taken the example set by its two most successful states, and authorised the use of Ivermectin in early treatment. Doctors who use it, swear by it.

    In case you get sick, keep Ivermectin close by for early, household treatment, and you will prevent viral replication early and almost certainly, avoid hospital. You would have also built an immune response that will provide natural protection against future infections.
    Herd immunity from allowing the infection of the people with strong immune systems, with the sick and old taking D3 Supplements, Zinc and early treatments with Ivermectin or HCQ/Zinc, is the ONLY way forward. We are at 73% herd immunity.

    Doc Robinson

    I was looking for an update about Covid cases & deaths in Texas, and found this article from May 12 in The New York Times, of all places (it’s a guest essay from a writer in Texas).

    Are We Following the Science or Our Tribes?
    by Carrie McKean

    A few weeks ago, my 10-year-old daughter, Cora, and I walked into an indoor trampoline park. Resuming full-scale kid birthday parties became socially acceptable here in West Texas months ago, but this was our first time back indoors like that. Though many of us were vaccinated, none of the guests wore masks, the place appeared to be at full capacity, and kids were laughing and playing together like it was 2019 again.

    Depending on your ZIP code, this tale may make you shrug or shriek.

    Now with the arrival of spring, the general feeling in town is decidedly prepandemic. Some locals joke that while the pandemic might not be over, we’re over the pandemic. Texas lifted mask mandates and other restrictions on March 10. A few weeks later Gov. Greg Abbott trumpeted results some liberals thought were impossible: “Today the 7-day Covid positivity rate dropped to a new recorded low: 4.95 percent,” he said in a tweet. “Hospitalizations dropped to a 6 month low.”

    Though I’m vaccinated, many people I know are not, and it’s not because they’ve all fallen for fringe conspiracy theories. Many remain unconvinced that vaccine safety can be assured, given the compressed development timeline — choosing to bet on Covid’s high survivability rate rather than voluntarily injecting themselves with something they see as pushed by Big Government.

    In our community, many of us have been back to in-person school and work for several months. Some people wary of variants are still choosing to stay mostly at home, but many aren’t. Both options are socially acceptable.

    “You’re going to love living here,” [10-year-old] Cora told the new girl on our street. “It’s like coronavirus never even happened.”


    The new headline is everywhere

    WHO Emergencies Chief: Second Year of Coronavirus Pandemic Could Be Worse
    January 13, 2021 03:32 PM

    Therefore, I ask: “Could Be Worse”
    1. Why are Vaccines are not helping?
    2. Is herd immunity an illusion?


    On, …why has Net. allowed a palestinian uprising? …

    General Sit: US – Isr. relations

    — Joe B. waited a long time before calling Netanyahu!

    — The US recognized the Armenian Genocide. (Contra Isr. as it claims the ultimate, crowned, victim status, others aren’t allowed. Erdogan was furious too…)

    — Human Rights Watch has declared Israel an Apartheid State. Kenneth Roth did some TV interviews explaining, MSM interviewers expressed incredulity and disapproval.

    — Joe B. has not yet nominated a US ambassador to Israel! The chargé d’affaires J. Shrier is doing the job.

    — “Aid” to Palestinians cut by Trump has been restored. (Most goes to UNWRA, positive in the present state of affairs. The sums are pitifully small.)

    — Efforts made to return to the JCPOA (Nuke deal with Iran, cancelled by Trump, negotiated by Kerry): Iran has even stated that the “US is serious” in the negotiations, surprising. While this looks like superficial ‘cancel Trump – return to Obama era’ it is definetly not totally excluded that some kind of re-arrangement transpires.

    And then, for whatever reason(s) (maybe some of the above, or see post at top), a new conflagration is lit, and we see Israel directly murdering on vid. clips, with Israelis cheering in orgies of hate.

    The WH spokesman, Ned Price, gave out the usual spiel about ‘Israel has the right to defend itself from vicious rockets’ (not a direct quote) but also said Palestinians have the right to security. Blinken is sending someone to talk to ‘de-escalate, tamp down the conflict’ – of course he should have gone himself.

    To sum up: The signals are contradictory and it appears that no coherent policy is laid down, and various different impulses (classical Zionist neo-con, neo-lib anti-racist IDpol, alliance with KSA, and more) are clashing.

    Human Rights Watch Report

    (Worth sending on, to those who have no clue, and those who seek some ‘legitimation.’ HRW is respected in the Anglo sphere, right?)

    Roth interviewed by CNN.

    aid to Palestine:


    Poor Marie-Therese looks like Hollywood’s version of the “Elephant” man.

    At the garden store yesterday, I and mine walked in to the outdoor area without a mask (as usual). As we walked about, someone said to me “Good for you! I hate these masks!” She took hers off. By the time we left, most of the shoppers had removed them. This was not a profile in courage- the governor had carefully said those who were “fully” vaccinated could go without. I suppose people had gotten used to them, but taking them off is like a cool dip on a hot day.
    BTW- how does “fully” vaccinated sit with “delay the second dose”? They have been f***ing with us for a lot longer than “now”..
    Me: “You have no right to expect me to answer if you ask me if I’m vaccinated.”

    You don’t usually write much, Ilargi, but your pre-quips are great.


    “The graphs for Seychelles, Maldives and Bahrain seem to support Vanden Bossche’s theory, but the ones for Israel, UK and US don’t. Why is that? Anyone care to explain it to me or does it mean that Vanden Bossche is wrong?” – Patience Polder, patience.

    We’re just getting started over here.

    “Meanwhile, a top scientist has warned lifting restrictions on 21 June is in doubt because of the Indian variant.
    Cases in the UK have more than doubled to 1,313, Public Health England said.”

    Dr. D

    CDC lifts mask guidelines, starting Day 1 of NY being anti-science, anti-Biden, anti-CDC. State of the greatest medical mass-murderer in history. Well everything old is new again.

    So Joe is verbal long enough to say If you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask and Jill doesn’t. DOCTOR Jill to you. But that isn’t what the CDC said, it was limited. NY says they won’t obey, they don’t care.

    Texas of course already said they don’t care. South Dakota never cared. Michigan is too busy shutting off their pipeline during a gas shortage to care.

    Biden wore one though vaccinated. On his Zoom call.

    Bill Maher is vaccinated, tested positive (of course) then shut down his whole show although he and the crew were vaccinated and safe anyway. Or not safe. Or something. Maybe they all died, I can’t keep track anymore.

    CNN breaks down crying with terror and disappointment that they’re free from masks and everything’s going well.

    This is a week after the CDC director cried on TV saying it’s the end, Covid’s winning, we’re all going to die.

    Anyone tell me what the heck is going on, or is this just Mad Cow Disease where everyone’s brain has melted. If you graduated from Harvard or live within 30 miles of the Capitol. Anyone?

    …And they say I’M the crazy one.

    Doc Robinson

    “Another would discharge student debt in the event of a debtor’s death.”

    Federal student loans (in the US) are already forgiven/discharged if the student dies, but private lenders can require co-signers for student loans, which would contractually put parents (or others) on the hook if the student dies.


    This is a week after the CDC director cried on TV saying it’s the end, Covid’s winning, we’re all going to die.

    According to Fox, it took 45 days:

    CDC chief moves from ‘impending doom’ to no masks for the vaccinated in 45 days.


    The specific and significant COVID-19 risk of ADE should have been and should be prominently and independently disclosed to research subjects currently in vaccine trials, as well as those being recruited for the trials and future patients after vaccine approval, in order to meet the medical ethics standard of patient comprehension for informed consent.


    Dr. D

    Here, cuz people believe anything: “did colonial pipeline have hacking insurance?”

    Colonial Pipeline has cyber insurance arranged by broker Aon, with Lloyd’s of London insurers AXA XL and Beazley among the underwriters, three sources told Reuters on Thursday. … Insurance Insider reported the news late on Wednesday, saying the cover was for at least $15 million.23 hours ago”

    Huh. So there’s a motive. Pipeline rates might go up a while too. I hope Lloyds looks into it like I would. Now how can I hear just the headline and know to ask?

    Doc Robinson

    Vanden Bossche expects a surge in Covid cases in Israel before summer.

    How can it be explained that in Israel it seems that the massive vaccination has almost stopped the pandemic and no dramatic effects are being observed over people that have been vaccinated?

    It’s just a matter of weeks for a surge in Israel to occur due to resistance of the virus to vaccinal antibodies in vaccinees. I expect this surge to occur before summer.


    Here the death toll World, from the FT (corona articles free to read.)

    Of course reporting is overall bad, deaths ‘with Cov19’ (UK), deaths not logged (other places), etc. Who knows if this chart represents reality or the picture some would like to put forward? Anyway here it is, and shows…resurgence.


    We can’t expect COVID-19 to go away; we should plan accordingly

    We can’t expect COVID-19 to go away; we should plan accordingly
    Posted on April 11, 2021 by Gail Tverberg

    Also, as I mentioned in the introduction, we are reaching energy limits. Even if in theory we could vaccinate everyone on the planet twice a year for COVID-19, we do not have the resources to do this. In some ways, the problem looks like a cost problem (poor countries especially cannot afford to buy high-priced vaccines), but it is just as much a resource problem. We cannot devote enough resources to this project without taking them away from other necessary projects. The vaccines are very much a product of today’s fossil fuel economy. We can’t expect to make vaccines with intermittent electricity.


    India – down we go:


    Here’s our favorite monster again.
    What a Pharma shill looks like.

    Doc Robinson

    Vanden Bossche expects a surge in Covid cases in Israel before summer.

    These would be “breakthrough cases” of course. However, what happens if the breakthrough cases aren’t reported unless the patient is hospitalized or dies? The surge would be there, but we wouldn’t know it by looking at the government’s numbers. But the government will report all the Covid cases, whether or not they are breakthrough cases, right?

    Not in the US. Effective today, the CDC will only report the number of breakthrough cases which result in hospitalization or death. WTF? How does it make sense that if you get a Covid case and aren’t hospitalized, the case is counted if you weren’t vaccinated, but not counted if you were vaccinated?

    COVID-19 Breakthrough Case Investigations and Reporting

    As previously announced, CDC is transitioning to reporting only patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection that were hospitalized or died to help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance. That change in reporting will begin on May 14, 2021.

    Dr. D

    P.S. they just shutdown the OTHER U.S. gas pipeline, the Mississippi River. Yes, the death of the bridge at Memphis has trapped the barge traffic from their routes. 30k cars move on that bridge per day, the law of large numbers. But underneath, all the gas not going in the Colonial pipeline is going on the water.

    …I’m sure it’s a complete coincidence that the very day one clears, the other appears. It doesn’t resemble a wartime bombing at all. And I’m sure this girder hasn’t been broken quite awhile although it’s as rusty as every other corrupt, un-inspected, overlooked, paperwork rubber-stamped bridge in America.

    But hey, what do I know? I only read stuff on the internets.


    Does it provide immunity?
    Only for the manufacturers ….

    Sorry I can’t post the cartoon but it’s brilliant.

    Any links to the dead Maquaqe Rhesus monkeys would be very welcome.


    New guidance from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is causing contractors to change their COVID-19 vaccine requirements, and many of them criticize the guidance as diametrically opposed to the Biden administration’s stated desire to increase vaccinations.

    On April 20, OSHA released the new guidance in the frequently asked questions section of its website for COVID-19 safety compliance.

    The question asks whether an employer should record adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccination if the employer requires the vaccine. OSHA states that if a vaccine is required, then any adverse reaction is considered work-related and therefore it must be recorded. Under OSHA rules, most employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Recorded injuries and illnesses become part of a contractors safety record.

    This is the actual text of the new question and answer on the OSHA website:

    “If I require my employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of their employment, are adverse reactions to the vaccine recordable?

    If you require your employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (i.e., for work-related reasons), then any adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is work-related. The adverse reaction is recordable if it is a new case under 29 CFR 1904.6 and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.

    In response, several large contractors said they have changed or will change their vaccination policy to only recommend—not require—a vaccine.


    I just learned a new expression

    What You Should Know About the Possibility of COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination
    Updated Apr. 21, 2021

    A small percentage of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still develop COVID-19 illness
    COVID-19 vaccines are effective. However, a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus that causes it. These are called “vaccine breakthrough cases.” This means that while people who have been vaccinated are much less likely to get sick, it may still happen. Experts continue to study how common these cases are.

    Large-scale clinical studies found that COVID-19 vaccination prevented most people from getting COVID-19. Research also provides growing evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer similar protection in real world conditions. While these vaccines are effective, no vaccine prevents illness 100 percent of the time. For any vaccines, there are breakthrough cases. With effectiveness of 90 percent or higher, a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick and some may be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. It’s also possible that some fully vaccinated people might have infections, but not have symptoms (asymptomatic infections).

    Case definition

    For the purpose of this investigation, a vaccine breakthrough case will be defined as a U.S.
    resident who has SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen detected on a respiratory specimen collected
    ≥14 days after completing the primary series of an FDA-authorized SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. An
    acceptable respiratory specimen includes a nasal swab, nasal wash, nasopharyngeal swab,
    oropharyngeal swab, saliva, sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, pleural fluid, or lung tissue.
    A case will be excluded from further investigation if: 1) they received a COVID-19
    vaccine that is not authorized or approved by FDA; 2) the respiratory specimen that was
    positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen was collected <14 days after completing the primary
    series; or 3) the person was recently positive for COVID-19, defined as a positive test <45 days
    prior to the positive test currently under investigation.

    Human subjects’ determination

    CDC has determined the project is non-research public health case investigation. The objective
    is to evaluate cases of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough reported to CDC. It is not intended to
    be a systematic investigation of all persons in the United States with SARS-CoV-2 infection
    following vaccination and, therefore, will not be generalizable to a larger population.

    Doc Robinson

    More about the breakthrough cases not being reported by the CDC:

    CDC Limits Review of Vaccinated but Infected; Draws Concern

    But tracking and sequencing the cases helps in figuring out who may be more at risk, whether new variants evade the vaccines and when protection from the shots begins to wane. At the same time, those infected — some of whom are suffering widespread medical issues, even if they’re not hospitalized — say they feel lost as a result of the lack of information.

    “We shouldn’t be narrowing the focus, we should be broadening and develop a systematic plan,” said Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla.

    At the end of April, more than 9,000 Americans were reported to be infected after being vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… The CDC says its numbers are probably an undercount, since their surveillance system is passive and relies on voluntary reporting from state health departments that may not be complete.

    Michael Kinch, a former drug developer who’s now associate vice chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis, says as much information as possible should be recorded on breakthroughs. Cases that don’t rise to hospitalization are still important to track, he said, since symptoms that aren’t as severe for someone could eventually lead to hospitalizations. Non-life-threatening symptoms can impact someone’s life greatly, and evolve over time, Kinch said. “It’s essential that we stay on top of this,” he added.


    How bureaucrats pervert science by selectively slow-walking of data processing…

    W.H.O.’s not-so-live meta-analysis has now 4 positive ivermectin studies in the “pending data extraction” freezer (out of 12!).

    Not as if lives were at stake…

    Dave Note

    From The Odd Couple

    “…Shared neuroses led to jealousy and hostility. Kissinger privately assailed Nixon as “that madman” and “the meatball mind.” Nixon returned the favor, demeaning Kissinger as his “Jew boy” and calling him “psychopathic.” He fretted incessantly that Kissinger was getting too much credit for the administration’s accomplishments and repeatedly considered firing him. Still, Dallek writes, their common characteristics did even more to bond the two men, who formed “one of or possibly the most significant White House collaboration in U.S. history…..”


    It appears that what Van Den Bossche is suggesting is like ADE on a societal level. ADE occurs when a sub optimal antibody attaches to a virus. It doesn’t kill the virus but does tag it to be consumed by a macrophage or other cell where it reproduces quickly and overwhelms the host. We have a sub optimal vaccine that allows the virus to get into a person but not be killed. It then reproduces in the person and because they are vaccinated they underestimate the possibility of spreading the disease so it spreads more quickly. In both cases:
    * A virus attempting to reproduce
    * A sub optimal defense that helps the virus enter the host
    * A rapid increase in spread enhanced by the planned defense
    Maybe Van De Bossche should call it Virus Dependent Enhancement

    Dave Note

    Elon Musk as Thomas Edison

    DED Talks:

    Why Thomas Edison Was History’s Biggest Dick

    Dave Note

    Vanden Bossche has the correct narrative.

    The small island countries will react much faster than huge limbering monoliths.

    Let’s see how Texas does towards the fall having vaxed a large percentage and then turned them loose to spread joy to the world.

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