May 162021
 


John French Sloan Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair 1912

 

COVID Deaths Plummet As Excess Mortality Falls To Pre-Pandemic Levels (McMaken)
Harvard Epidemiologist Locked Out Of Twitter For Criticizing Masks (JTN)
CDC Chief Moves From ‘Impending Doom’ To No Masks In 45 Days (Fox)
Multiple Governors Drop Mask Mandates As CDC Rewrites Guidance (JTN)
CDC Tells Schools To Keep Students In Masks For Another Year (JTN)
Disquiet In UK Schools As Easing Of Mask Restrictions Nears (G.)
Sweden Records 30,000 Suspected Side Effects From Covid Vaccines (RT)
More Than 60,000 Ex-Corona Patients At The Physio (AD)
Toronto Cancels Entire Summer Of Events (ZH)
A Glorified Drug Cartel: How Big Pharma Made Americans Addicted To Opioids (RT)
Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading “Russian Bounty” Story (Greenwald)
Circling the Wagons (Jim Kunstler)

 

 

 

 

Joe Biden Clarence Thomas
https://twitter.com/i/status/1393543000211562496

 

 

“..excess mortality began to plummet in early January and is now back to levels below the 2015-2019 average..”

COVID Deaths Plummet As Excess Mortality Falls To Pre-Pandemic Levels (McMaken)

In any given year during the past decade in the United States, more than 2.5 million Americans have died – from all causes. The number has grown in recent years, climbing from 2.59 million in 2013 to 2.85 million in 2019. This has been due partially to the US’s aging population, and also due to rising obesity levels and drug overdoses. In fact, since 2010, growth rates in total deaths has exceeded population growth in every year. In 2020, preliminary numbers suggest a jump of more than 17 percent in all-cause total deaths, rising from 2.85 million in 2019 to 3.35 million in 2020. The increase was not all due to covid. At least one-quarter to one-third appear to be from other causes.

In some cases, more than half of “excess deaths” were attributed to “underlying causes” other than covid. But whether due to untreated medical conditions (thanks to covid lockdowns), or drug overdoses, or homicides, total death increased in 2020. In other words, total excess mortality is a partial proxy for covid deaths. Whatever proportion of total deaths covid cases may comprise, it stands to reason that if total deaths decline, then covid deaths are declining also. Moreover, looking at total deaths helps cut through any controversies over whether or not deaths are properly attributed to covid. What has been the trend with these “excess deaths” in recent months? Well, according to data through mid-March reported by Our World in Data and by the Human Mortality Database, excess mortality began to plummet in early January and is now back to levels below the 2015-2019 average:

Excess mortality peaked the week of January 3 and then it began to collapse, dropping back to summer 2020 levels by mid February. By March 14, excess mortality was at 1 percent above the 2015-2019 average. All this occurred even as very few Americans were vaccinated. When excess deaths began to drop, less than one percent of Americans had been fully vaccinated. At the end of January, less than two percent of Americans had been fully vaccinated. By the end of March, when excess mortality returned to 2019 levels, 15 percent of the population had been fully vaccinated. As of May 11, only one-third of Americans had been fully vaccinated, although “experts” insist 60 to 70 percent of the population must be vaccinated before we can expect to see a drop-off in deaths like that which occurred earlier this year. Yet, as of the week of March 22—excess mortality was below both the 2015-2019 average and below the total for the last year before the official beginning of the covid pandemic (2019).

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Twitter knows better than Harvard.

Harvard Epidemiologist Locked Out Of Twitter For Criticizing Masks (JTN)

A high-profile Harvard epidemiologist this week was locked out of his Twitter account after publicly challenging the mainstream pandemic orthodoxy on face masks. Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a biostatician and epidemiologist, on Friday wrote that “some older high-risk people” had been “naively fooled to think that masks would protect them,” leading some of them to “not socially distance properly” and consequently die from COVID-19. “Tragic,” he wrote further. “Public health officials/scientists must always be honest with the public.” Kulldorff was subsequently locked out of his account. Pictures circulated on Twitter of an apparent message from the company informing him the tweet had “violat[ed] the policy on spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”

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It’s mask day today, and confusion reigns.

CDC Chief Moves From ‘Impending Doom’ To No Masks In 45 Days (Fox)

In just about a month and a half, the leader of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dramatically changed her tone on COVID-19 and mask mandates. Today, the CDC announced it has revised its mask guidance again, now enabling those who are fully vaccinated to forgo wearing masks both indoors and outdoors. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines and our understanding of how the virus spreads, that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated,” she continued.

Just 45 days ago, on March 29, Walensky warned the nation of dire days ahead. “I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” she said during a White House Covid-19 Response Team briefing. “But right now I’m scared. I know what it’s like, as a physician, to stand in that patient room gowned, gloved, masked, shielded, and to be the last person to touch someone else’s loved ones, because their loved ones couldn’t be there.” Walensky continued in the March livestream. The fearful sentiment from a top player in the response team sent a clear signal that though the rising vaccination rates were a positive indicator, there was not enough confidence to ditch the mask or change protocol.

In the weeks following Walensky’s March 29 comment, there was a surge in people running to get their vaccines. A month after her doom comments, and with a bump in new vaccination numbers, Walensky announced a mask revision on April 27 to allow people who are fully vaccinated to do most things outdoors, with some precautions. “We continue to recommend masking in crowded outdoor settings and venues such as packed stadiums and concerts where there is decreased ability to maintain physical distance, and where many unvaccinated people may also be present.”

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Shouldn’t they all do the same thing when reading the same guidance?

Multiple Governors Drop Mask Mandates As CDC Rewrites Guidance (JTN)

Several state governors this week scrambled to drop the mask mandates they had unilaterally imposed last year following reissued CDC guidance stating that vaccinated individuals largely do not have to wear them. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced the rollback of his mask mandate, stating that current case numbers compelled him to “move up the timeline for lifting mitigation measures in Virginia.” “Virginians have been working hard, and we are seeing the results in our strong vaccine numbers and dramatically lowered case counts,” Northam claimed.


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday also announced the impending removal of his own mask mandate. “Our long, hard-fought battle against the worst global pandemic in more than a century is finally nearing an end,” Hogan declared in the announcement, also announcing the end to the capacity limits he had imposed on the state. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also declared on Friday he would remove his mask mandate “for most settings” in the state. “We can take this step today because the science shows our focus on getting people vaccinated is working,” Cooper said.

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Only masks for those least at risk. Makes sense.

CDC Tells Schools To Keep Students In Masks For Another Year (JTN)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told schools nationwide on Saturday they should plan to keep students in masks for the 2021-22 school year because of the limited vaccinations of children. “CDC recommends schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies for the 2020-2021 school year,” the agency said in new guidance for students issued just days after it cleared vaccinated adults to ditch their masks in most instances.


“All schools should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing,” it added. The agency also recommended regular testing in schools to “identify individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination for teachers and staff.” While vaccines are widely available for adults, they have not been distributed for most children. The Biden administration only in the last few days authorized Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines be administered for children as young as 12.

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Those poor kids. “Evie Hickman, 13, from Dorking, liked wearing a mask to avoid “talking to people“.

Disquiet In UK Schools As Easing Of Mask Restrictions Nears (G.)

Teachers, pupils and parents have greeted the easing of coronavirus safety measures in schools from Monday with a mixture of relief and, in the light of concern over the Indian variant, dismay and confusion. The government has announced that students will no longer need to wear face coverings in schools. But some areas in the north of England are being advised to continue measures, following rising numbers of cases of the new variant, known as B.1.617.2. For many pupils, wearing a face mask is one of many sacrifices they have made in the fight against the pandemic, and they are pleased the rules have changed. Jessie Wright, 12, from High Wycombe, said she would be “relieved” not to have to wear one in the classroom. “

The masks would get in the way of our learning. They are nice to wear when the weather is cold, but they’re uncomfortable when it’s hot.” Some teachers, she said, would let you “pull down your mask sometimes” at the end of the school day to allow yourself to “get your breath back”. “But other teachers would give you detention if you don’t wear your mask. It’s their decision,” she added. Evie Hickman, 13, from Dorking, liked wearing a mask to avoid “talking to people”. “I’m not going to wear a mask from Monday, but they were useful,” she said. “I’m quite anxious to not cough on others. I do wonder if people will get bullied if they continue to wear masks after next week, though.”

The Department for Education said on Saturday that “the latest data shows infection rates continuing to decrease” and that not having to wear masks would “improve interaction between teachers and students”. However, Bury and Bolton councils have written to parents, advising schoolchildren to “retain the use of face coverings as per the current arrangements, until further notice”, while Bedford borough council has called for all residents aged 16 and over to be vaccinated due to a rise of the variant first discovered in India.

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That would be about a million in the US?!

Sweden Records 30,000 Suspected Side Effects From Covid Vaccines (RT)

An official tally of suspected side effects resulting from Covid vaccination in Sweden has surpassed 30,000, with the majority of cases occurring in people inoculated with AstraZeneca’s shot. According to the Swedish Medical Products Agency, as of last week, the Scandinavian nation had received 31,844 reports of adverse reactions linked to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. Sweden is currently offering three variants of the drug. There are currently 2,103 reports of side effects from the Moderna shot, while the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been associated with 9,117 health issues. But the number of suspected adverse reactions from the two shots seems relatively small when compared to the 19,961 reports linked to AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria.

The most common side effects for all three drugs were fever and headache. Other reported adverse reactions included nausea, joint pain, and dizziness. Notably, the AstraZeneca shot only accounts for about 26% of the roughly 2.7 million vaccines that have been administered so far in Sweden, but makes up around 63% of the side effects reports. Of the nearly 32,000 reports, 663 cases have been registered where it’s unclear which vaccine was administered. Two-thirds of the reports have been submitted by the general public. The agency cautioned that individual reports do not necessarily demonstrate a correlation between the medical episode and the vaccine.

Ebba Hallberg, an official with the Medical Products Agency, told Swedish media that it was unusual to receive so many reports of side effects, but noted that the figure was likely high because of public focus on the new vaccines. Healthcare providers are likely only reporting more “serious” side effects, the official theorized. Hallberg also said that it was possible that AstraZeneca was overrepresented in the data because the shot was given to many young people and healthcare workers, who are more tech-savvy and would therefore be more likely to report an issue. According to one Swedish outlet, the agency has received more reports of suspected side effects over the past several months than it typically does over four years.

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Google translate from Dutch.

More Than 60,000 Ex-Corona Patients At The Physio (AD)

Sixty to seventy-five thousand Dutch people with long-term corona complaints are being treated by a physiotherapist. Their number has more than doubled since the turn of the year. This is evident from a calculation based on data from the National Physiotherapy Database, in which some of the Dutch physiotherapists keep track of which treatments they perform. At the end of last year, an estimated 28,000 ex-Covid patients received help from a physical therapist. The treatment duration is an average of eighty days. According to the professional association, this means that a treatment period of several hundred days is no exception. The complaints for which people are treated, according to the KNGF, range from breathing problems, fatigue and loss of muscle mass to psychological problems, or a combination thereof.

Some of them are no longer able to work or participate in social activities. This site recently reported that many ex-Covid patients experience many problems with their brain in addition to physical discomfort. Physiotherapists therefore often work together with, for example, occupational therapists and psychologists. Some people who are being treated with corona have been in hospital, but according to physiotherapist Anne-Loes van der Valk it is 80 percent of people who went through their infection at home. “They are of all ages. I also see students aged 17, 18 who have to temporarily stop their studies. ” Van Woerkom says he expects that the number of ex-Covid patients needing physiotherapy will increase even further. Many people who became infected during the third wave have yet to turn to for help.

Due to the large increase in the number of patients, the pressure on physiotherapy practices is also high. Patients often require longer and more frequent treatment than regular patients, the KNGF warns. The professional association calls on the cabinet to extend the temporary rehabilitation care scheme with which these treatments are reimbursed. Van Woerkom: “The figures show that a lot of physiotherapy is still needed. An arrangement that would expire in three months would leave a huge number of patients out in the cold. ”

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So you go somewhere else

Toronto Cancels Entire Summer Of Events (ZH)

Despite widespread vaccination availability and even the U.S. CDC saying that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks, Toronto has decided to cancel an entire summer’s worth of social functions. The city has cancelled “all major in-person events for a second straight summer,” CBC reported on Friday. As the city continues to fight off large numbers of Covid cases during the pandemic’s third wave (whatever that even means at this point), it has made cancellations all the way through Labour Day. Previously, provincial officials had been hoping for normalcy beginning in July or August. That doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case. The city has cancelled events like the Canadian National Exhibition, Taste of the Danforth, the Caribbean Carnival and Salsa in Toronto.

The city is making the decision in May because organizers asked for “as much advanced notification as possible”. So now they have it: Toronto will officially have nothing going on during the summer. Mayor John Tory said that he thought the city would be in better shape by late summer, but he wasn’t sure it would be safe to be “shoulder to shoulder” with large groups of people. Darrell Brown, Executive Director of the Canadian National Exhibition called the news “devastating for the community and staff” who will now face layoffs. “At this point in time we’re living on borrowed money in the short-term and will be completely out of funds by December,” he said. The event has lost more than $70 million in revenue over the course of the pandemic and it generates $128 million for the Ontario economy each year.

Last year was the first time the event was closed since World War II. Despite asking the government for relief, it has only gotten $20,000 from Ontario’s small business relief fund. Tory said: “I am working with the Canadian National Exhibition to help the fair through this difficult year and prepare for a bigger and better in-person event in 2022.” Toronto, meanwhile, has delivered 1.6 million doses of Covid vaccines. The city’s population stands at about 3 million. Despite this, the city’s stay at home order will remain in place until “at least” June.

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Pluck them clean.

A Glorified Drug Cartel: How Big Pharma Made Americans Addicted To Opioids (RT)

A new HBO documentary called ‘The Crime of the Century’ lays bare how firms like Purdue used bribery, dodgy marketing, and shady political deals to make fortunes by getting millions hooked on super-strong painkillers. What would it look like if an illegal international drug cartel were allowed to advertise? Perhaps it might take the form of slick music videos and glossy magazine ads promising an ‘end to pain’. Certainly, they would minimise the negative effects of their drugs on your life, your future, and your loved ones. If questioned about what they were doing, we can imagine them blaming those who use their drugs, not themselves for providing them. It sounds mad – madder still that anyone would believe them – but this is exactly what has been allowed to happen with large pharmaceutical companies and their marketing of highly addictive opioid drugs.

At least, this is the argument put forward in a new two-part HBO documentary series released this week entitled, ‘The Crime of the Century’. Across its nearly four-hour run-time, director Alex Gibney lays bare the bribery, underhanded marketing tactics, and shady political dealings that enabled the devastating overproduction and over-distribution of synthetic opiates. In devastating detail, the documentary portrays American pharmaceutical companies and the doctors who recklessly doled out prescriptions as elements of a glorified drug cartel – dealers in lab coats, suits and ties. Systematically overselling the benefits of synthetic opioids and downplaying the risk of addiction, the documentary traces how drug companies are driven to pursue ever stronger and more exotic medications as patents on old treatments run out and profits dry up.

In many ways, it traverses territory that is already well known, but is no less useful for highlighting in shocking detail just how much these companies have become a major risk to public health. This is particularly true in their penchant for ‘discovering’ and treating ever more chronic conditions. While the efficacy of opioids for treatment of acute pain and end-of-life care has been well known, there is little incentive to develop and provide drugs solely for such patients, who tend to be few and far between and whose needs are often short-term. No, the real money is in long-term use in greater numbers. And this is where the dangers of pushing these drugs on patients with any kind of pain became increasingly clear.

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Family recipe.

Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading “Russian Bounty” Story (Greenwald)

In an interview on Tuesday with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) denied that she spread the discredited CIA “Russian bounty” story. That CIA tale, claiming Russia was paying Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was cooked up by the CIA and then published by The New York Times on June 27 of last year, right as former President Trump announced his plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The Times story, citing anonymous intelligence officials, was then continually invoked by pro-war Republicans and Democrats — led by Cheney — to justify their blocking of that troop withdrawal. The story was discredited when the U.S. intelligence community admitted last month that it had only “low to moderate confidence” that any of this even happened.

When Baier asked Cheney about her role in spreading this debunked CIA story, Cheney blatantly lied to him, claiming “if you go back and look at what I said — every single thing I said: I said if those stories are true, we need to know why the President and Vice President were not briefed on them.” After Baier pressed her on the fact that she vested this story with credibility, Cheney insisted a second time that she never endorsed the claim but merely spoke conditionally, always using the “if these reports are true” formulation.

Liz Cheney, as she so often does, blatantly lied. That she merely spoke of the Russian bounty story in the conditional — “every single thing I said: I said if those stories are true” — is completely and demonstrably false. Indeed, other than Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), there are few if any members of Congress who did more to spread this Russian bounty story as proven truth, all in order to block troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In so doing, she borrowed from a pro-war playbook pioneered by her dad, to whom she owes her career: the former Vice President would leak CIA claims to The New York Times to justify war, then go on Meet the Press with Tim Russert, as he did on September 8, 2002, and cite those New York Times reports as though they were independent confirmation of his views coming from that paper rather than from him.

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Still not over.

Circling the Wagons (Jim Kunstler)

Perhaps Arizona can adopt California’s new minority-friendly math curriculum before the election audit ordered by the Arizona State Senate is completed in a month or two. Under that new system of math, or maff, two plus two doesn’t equal four, it equals more, five plus five equals a lot more, and 1,672,143 minus X equals don’t-bother-me-with-your-racist-numbers. It’ll take some kind of math or maff to unravel the mystery of Arizona’s 2020 election results, and the people who run Maricopa County — that is, Phoenix and its suburban asteroid belt, or about 60 percent of the AZ population — don’t want that mystery solved. So, they are not responding to a court-ordered subpoena to produce the evidence, namely, the vote tabulation files from their Dominion Systems voting machines, the county’s server routers, or the chain-of-custody records of the precinct batches of paper ballots.

The county’s servers indicate that the folder containing the database of election results was deleted sometime after the election, so the county has no record of the vote. Hmmmm…. By a previous subpoena, the state Senate took possession of 2.1 million ballots and nearly 400 Dominion election machines and turned them over to the company, Cyber Ninjas, hired to do the audit. Problem was, the county didn’t hand over the passwords to the Dominion machines. Officials claim they never had the passwords, which suggests that the County Board of Elections never had control over their own elections, for which they are legally responsible. A curious situation, because the county says it conducted a previous examination of its voting machines weeks after the election. How’d they do that without the Dominion passwords?

Maybe the data was not stored on the Dominion machines but booted onto external hard drives, which would be against the rules. Or maybe the Dominion machines were connected to the Internet and information was booted into the Dominion machines from somewhere else on Planet Earth. That would be very very against the rules. If that was so, the log files on the machines would show time-stamps and where the outside information originated. Would that be enough for the State Senate to de-certify the Arizona election results? Or prompt audits in other states where the outcome is still contested: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin?

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    John French Sloan Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair 1912   • COVID Deaths Plummet As Excess Mortality Falls To Pre-Pandemic Levels (McMaken) • Harv
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 16 2021]

    #75344
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    Not vaccinated and no mask!

    #75345
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    Sorry, tried to post a gif of Donald Sutherland at the end of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, but I can’t get it to work.

    #75346
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    A 1 hour 9 minutes interview providing a fairly broad perspective on what has been happening and why (well researched- see links) and what we can do to regain control of our lives

    #75347
    Django
    Participant

    Permaculture has also become infected by woke bunny huggers. I was banned from a permaculture site for suggesting that boiling water could be used to control ants.

    #75348
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Michael Reid: re;
    Interview 1638 – James Corbett Redpills the Permaculture Crowd

    OMG !
    Corbett is, IMHO, a wack job…
    A certified A1 wack job…
    I was initially attrackted to his schpeel, and it is schpeel…….
    Listen very, very carefully to the things he says…Then think about it…consider it…
    Doubt! …and then investigate…………………

    #75349
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    I appreciated the piece from the Mises Institute writer about total deaths compared to recent years past. The most striking feature of the graph-lines he presented was the way the excess mortality literally fell off a cliff shortly after New Years Day 2021 and fell to slightly below the average for recent years by Easter Weekend. Absolute excess mortality is probably the best metric to use for making the case that McMaken presents because it’s the one with which you can’t really argue.

    [complete and total tangent] If we would have used Ivermectin and higher doses of Dexamethasone than the current 6mg a day standard, we probably wouldn’t be looking at those massive excess-mortality spikes for 2020. Just poking around on the Internet over the past few weeks has given me a serious appreciation of what a golden age of medical pharmacology the second half of the twentieth century really was. Another example of this are the three oral medications for type 2 diabetes that have allowed me to have a quality of life for a halfway-decent cost for the past decade that I otherwise would not have known. It’s very distressing to fully realize how the lust for power and money of our ruling establishment prevents ordinary people from benefiting from these amazing advances. My favorite example of this is the absolutely criminal prices that Big Pharma charges for mealtime insulin that people with advanced diabetes need to live. It costs only six dollars to make a standard vial of this insulin, yet Big Pharma kills countless diabetics every year by charging prices upward of 600 dollars a vial. No other country in the world does this to its diabetic population, not even Evil Russia. But a lot of people who have died of Covid have been diabetics or pre-diabetics, so perhaps America’s oligarchy just hates the country’s diabetic population. Nevermind the fact that it was this same oligarchy that flooded our food-supply with high fructose corn syrup starting in the eighties, which has a lot to do with why our rates of type 2 diabetes surged after 1990! [/CATT]

    #75350
    Germ
    Participant

    James Patrick with CJ Hopkins on the Covidian Cult:

    #75352
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    @ V. Arnold

    I watched the interview last night and felt many of the points being made were valid but I will dig much deeper. The idea of the few setting the agenda for the many and the resulting loss of freedoms, the idea of centralization especially into cities to support the industrialization of our economies resulting in disconnection with nature and destruction of community and loss of knowledge of how to live in ways that are sustainable. I think the Mennonites and Amish are good examples of what is sustainable but too much religious control for my tastes. In general I feel the way we are currently living and how we have allowed a small fraction of the population to amass such wealth is the problem.

    #75354
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    @ Mister Roboto

    None of my business, really, but have you considered following the keto diet to cure yourself of diabetes? I know someone who did it successfully. He’s loads fitter now and lost a lot of excess weight.

    #75355
    Germ
    Participant
    #75356

    Article I had already lined up for tomorrow:

    How To Cure Type 2 Diabetes – Without Medication

    One of Taylor’s most important new discoveries is that everyone has their own fat threshold: an individual level of tolerance for levels of fat in the body. “It’s a personal thing. It’s nothing to do with the sort of information that’s often provided about obesity, which is about average BMI and what the population is doing. The bottom line is, a person will develop type 2 diabetes when they’ve become too heavy for their own body. It doesn’t matter if their BMI is within the ‘normal’ range. They’ve crossed their personal threshold and become unhealthy.”

    And bit of a shocker for me -this is just the UK-:

    ..a disease which causes 185 amputations and 700 premature deaths every week..

    #75357
    zerosum
    Participant

    Who – “Make up your mind”
    http://www.visualcapitalist.com/

    http://www.visualcapitalist.com/worlds-top-50-influencers-across-social-media-platforms/
    The World’s Top 50 Influencers Across Social Media Platforms
    May 14, 2021
    By Omri Wallach
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    This time – Its different – reporters and bloggers are saying the same thing
    http://www.aljazeera.com/israel-palestine-conflict

    http://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/5/16/in-pictures-world-rallies-in-solidarity-with-palestinians

    In Pictures: World rallies in solidarity with Palestinians
    From New York and Madrid to Cape Town and Baghdad, thousands protested against Israeli attacks on Gaza.
    ——-
    Punch line
    http://www.rt.com/op-ed/523862-big-pharma-us-op

    A new HBO documentary called ‘The Crime of the Century’ lays bare how firms like Purdue used bribery, dodgy marketing, and shady political deals to make fortunes by getting millions hooked on super-strong painkillers.

    While the efficacy of opioids for treatment of acute pain and end-of-life care has been well known, there is little incentive to develop and provide drugs solely for such patients, who tend to be few and far between and whose needs are often short-term. No, the real money is in long-term use in greater numbers. And this is where the dangers of pushing these drugs on patients with any kind of pain became increasingly clear.
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    Lesson: How to lie by Liz Cheney
    greenwald.substack.com/p/liz-cheney-lied-about-her-role-in
    After Baier pressed her on the fact that she vested this story with credibility, Cheney insisted a second time that she never endorsed the claim but merely spoke conditionally, always using the “if these reports are true” formulation.
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    #75358
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “relief and, in the light of concern over the Indian variant, dismay”

    Because we can’t tell the truth or keep our brains from the beginning until the end of the sentence ‘relief’ is roughly the opposite of ‘dismay.’ But The Guardian regularly or mostly has sentences that contradict themselves before they finish, especially if they’re written by Luke Harding.

    As you say, the only people who wear masks now are those completely immune: children and double-vaccinated Democrats. Because we’re not in #OppositeLand at all.

    “Sweden Records 30,000 Suspected Side Effects from Covid Vaccines (RT)”

    Meanwhile, millions, billions, who were doing fine, give themselves sickness on purpose. For health!

    #OppositeLand. It’s not just for breakfast anymore. #Opposite means, “Opposite to all logic and common sense” if you hadn’t noticed.

    “ More Than 60,000 Ex-Corona Patients At The Physio (AD)”

    How many would this be in the States? I wish we could get a handle on this part, but what’s a side effect, what’s ‘serious’ or not isn’t easy to define. Not like they have red spots or something. As we noticed, even ‘death’ wasn’t easy to define. Yesterday’s article was attempting to compensate by accounting it in ‘lost-life-years’. Appropriate, but difficult.

    “ Toronto Cancels Entire Summer of Events (ZH) “

    Toronto has marked themselves the least manly place in the universe. We need to invade immediately. …But then we’d own Toronto and their useless sissy-men and have to deal with them. “Citidiots” Same problem they had in the Ukraine. Not like they have any wealth anyway: they’re in crushing black-hole debt and prosperity rests solely on irrational house prices. Well at least they’re being treated like whipped slaves for their lack of backbone. History’s kind like that. No soup for you. They’re fleeing to Florida, and not just because they can get health care and not die on the waiting list.

    “Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading “Russian Bounty” Story (Greenwald)”

    Yes, but she’s a Cheney so obviously everything she ever says is a lie. When she says she wants fish, they bring her the chicken, just assuming she lied. But there’s still time. They can still arrest her and her whole family for war crimes. Then she can lie in court.

    excess mortality literally fell off a cliff shortly after New Years Day 2021”

    So, inauguration day to the very hour. Got it. Other people have noticed.

    The deaths via insulin prices and such wildly overwhelm Covid deaths over the years. No one cares. They’re still awesome, trusted, experts, we ask their advice on everything, read them breathlessly. Low-fat cholesterol. Statin drugs. Roundup is safe as water. Then Pfizer pays another small fine for killing another 10,000 people in some new “mistake” every year, and we can’t get enough. Next year’s the same. So who’s really the fault, the criminal here? Someone who killed your kids and you call him up to be babysitter again this week because you just can’t find someone else?

    What goes on with such behavior? Not theirs: I understand murder and money: yours.

    #75360
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    So, inauguration day to the very hour. Got it. Other people have noticed.

    A good example of why I usually skip over this guy’s rants. Something like half of what he says makes me blurt out, “WTF are you even talking about???”

    #75361
    sumac.carol
    Participant

    My note on the similarity between long-haul lyme and long-haul covid might be relevant to the article on physiotherapists treating covid, since lyme does a real number on joints and ligaments. I am currently playing with collagen and vitamin c treatment for my dog that was lamed by lyme. Interesting side bite though- got her antibody levels to an appropriate level using silver, after 2 unsuccessful 30-day rounds of doxycycline.

    Oh permaculture! Yes there are many who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. On anything bigger than a household level in a climate zone like mine (zone 5) it is not feasible unless you have an army of slaves to do your weeding, soil amending, digging etc. If you have wildlife pressures, you will need to net, and nets are not easily installed when your plants of all sorts are intermixed. What we do is we have areas of mixed plantings interspersed with rows of just one type of plant. The mixed plantings rows are fair game for the critters, while the single-plant-type rows are for us and get netted. We have about 40 grapevines, 400 row feet of raspberries, 80 haskaps, 10 plum trees, 15 cherry shrubs, 20 hazelnut shrubs, about 20 apple and pear trees, 20 black currant shrubs, a few pawpaw’s and persimmons. Because we do not have an army of slaves (just me and my better half, we plant everything in polypropylene. It is permanent (in place for many years). We roll it back for part of the season to expose the soil, then reinstall it during peak grass growth time.

    #75362
    sumac.carol
    Participant

    A point not to be missed in the article about the Harvard medical professor is that he does advocate social distancing. He says that wearing a mask gives a false sense of security and that masked people do not maintain social distance.

    #75363
    zerosum
    Participant

    Impunity – exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.

    Israel did not take into account that the non-essential people of the world would oppose what Israel is doing.
    The non-essential people are letting their voices be heard. and are demonstrating.

    #75365
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    “Sorry, tried to post a gif of Donald Sutherland at the end of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, but I can’t get it to work.”

    Funny, this very image crossed my mind the other day while thinking about all the finger-wagging tyrant wannabes that have been empowered by all of the authoritarian pandemic policies. These policies have created a new race of pod people.

    Pod Shriek

    You really need to follow the Joe Biden / Clarence Thomas link that Ilargi posted above. It shows Senator Biden for the preening grandstander he has always been. Watch him smirk while he blathers nonsense and sophistry to his captive audience.

    It makes you wonder how he became the most popular president in history, garnering ten million more votes than even Obama. So popular that he didn’t even have to campaign. He really should write a book outlining this powerful new campaign strategy he has discovered, so that other world leaders can profit from his political genius.

    #75366
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    It makes you wonder how he became the most popular president in history, garnering ten million more votes than even Obama. So popular that he didn’t even have to campaign. He really should write a book outlining this powerful new campaign strategy he has discovered, so that other world leaders can profit from his political genius.

    I think it was more a matter of broadcast and print media convincing a sufficient number of people that we all had to get behind Senile Joe in order to stop the Orange Nazi Russian Monster.

    #75367
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    RE: T2 Diabetes relief…

    Yes, quite possible and not all that difficult. My wife did it, and eats less protein than when she started, was diag’d pre-T2 about 16 yrs ago. It’s mostly taking conscious control of your diet and exercise. She’s Asian, and comes from a rice/noodles culture, family well enough to have a chauffeur (middle-class thing in Jakarta). She switched first to brown rice, then to quinoa. Lots of veggies, real whole-grain breads (if at all), NO SODA OR JUICE! We’ve both switched to sparkly water, and don’t miss the sugar.

    #75368
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “I think it was more a matter of broadcast and print media convincing a sufficient number of people that we all had to get behind Senile Joe in order to stop the Orange Nazi Russian Monster.”

    What’s the difference? But again you need to assess with your own eyes. I live in the city, you have biden/harris signs still in yards even though the election was last November. If you didn’t work for .gov/higher ed/healthcare/tech you weren’t voting for Biden for the most part. Was Orange Nazi Russian Monster true? If no then what else isn’t true? The truth will set you free………..

    #75369
    Mr. House
    Participant

    You must keep your mind open to all possibilities and change it when and only if what you’re told actually matches what you’re living. The TV and the internet have ceased to match the reality outside of your own door. I wonder why they don’t want people meeting and talking, but to stay within the TV internet lane?

    #75370
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Mr Roboto a question: go over the events of the past so many years in your mind. Do you see patterns? Who is held up as all that is good and who is shown to be all that is evil? Most of this comes from the TV, is it true? Is the country really about to be overthrown by white national racists? Why do we need the national guard in DC since Jan? Who is taking the 30 pieces of silver to do the Kaisers bidding? What industries are only in the state they are in because the majority of their budget is due to federal dollars? Who bites the hand that feeds? Why are conservative viewpoints censored and suppressed? Why was it ok to protest last summer, but not to go to church? Why was the healthcare industry endorsing protests that seemed to be sponsored by democrats but condemning all others?

    #75371
    Mr. House
    Participant
    #75372
    Noirette
    Participant

    Prof. Didier Raoult, an “infectologue”, virologist, the head of a major hospital + research facility in Marseille, France, demonised by the F. PTB / med ‘establishment’ for recommending hydroxychloroquine +, bashing Remdesevir, and pointing a finger at corruption in BigPharma (etc.) has a vid out that treats the (CPR pos. at reasonable cycle no) patients that his facility has treated for COV-19 (majority are out-patients) who have been vaxxed.

    They have seen 350 vaxxed patients, and according to the stats from this one facility that is ‘significant’ (statistically so he means), i.e. the vax has something to do with, is related to ‘infection.’ They saw 46 patients who fell ill after the first dose …Also from his numbers, he reckons the ‘protection’ afforded by the vax is around 50%, which he says is congruent with the literature if one reads it carefully. (Ok..) Those two points sound contradictory but aren’t…

    https://bit.ly/3hyraNQ

    The vax / no-vax comparison (webinar, F) shows 9,205 non-vax patients and 350 vax, from 1 Jan to 7 May 2021 (Me: possibly close to representing % of vax population during this time span? -> F is not a high vax country, and ramping up has been sluggish. In Jan ‘say’ nobody was vaxxed.)

    Hospitalised is identical, 4%, death also, 1%. The vax patients are a bit older (to be expected, older ppl more vaxxed), and far more diabetic, but not more obese.

    https://bit.ly/3tSdboz

    #75373
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “The day after the fire, at Hitler’s request, President Hindenburg signed the Reichstag Fire Decree into law by using Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution. The Reichstag Fire Decree suspended most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, and the secrecy of the post and telephone.[18] These rights were not reinstated during Nazi reign. The decree was used by the Nazis to ban publications not considered “friendly” to the Nazi cause. Despite the fact that Marinus van der Lubbe claimed to have acted alone in the Reichstag fire, Hitler, after having obtained his emergency powers, announced that it was the start of a Communist plot to take over Germany. Nazi Party newspapers then published this fabricated “news”.[18] This sent the German population into a panic and isolated the Communists further among the civilians; additionally, thousands of Communists were imprisoned in the days following the fire (including leaders of the Communist Party of Germany) on the charge that the Party was preparing to stage a putsch. Speaking to Rudolph Diels about Communists during the Reichstag fire, Hitler said “These sub-humans do not understand how the people stand at our side. In their mouse-holes, out of which they now want to come, of course they hear nothing of the cheering of the masses.”[19] With Communist electoral participation also suppressed (the Communists previously polled 17% of the vote), the Nazis were able to increase their share of the vote in the 5 March 1933 Reichstag elections from 33% to 44%.[20] This gave the Nazis and their allies, the German National People’s Party (who won 8% of the vote), a majority of 52% in the Reichstag.[20]

    While the Nazis emerged with a majority, they fell short of their goal, which was to win 50–55% of the vote that year.[20] The Nazis thought that this would make it difficult to achieve their next goal, passage of the Enabling Act giving Hitler the right to rule by decree, which required a two-thirds majority.[20] However, several important factors weighed in the Nazis’ favour, mainly the continued suppression of the Communist Party and the Nazis’ ability to capitalize on national security concerns. Moreover, some deputies of the Social Democratic Party (the only party that would vote against the Enabling Act) were prevented from taking their seats in the Reichstag, due to arrests and intimidation by the Nazi SA. As a result, the Social Democratic Party would be under-represented in the final vote tally. The Enabling Act passed easily on 23 March 1933, with the support of the right-wing German National People’s Party, the Centre Party, and several fragmented middle-class parties. The measure went into force on 24 March, effectively making Hitler dictator of Germany.[21]

    The Kroll Opera House, sitting across the Königsplatz from the burned-out Reichstag building, functioned as the Reichstag’s venue for the remaining 12 years of the Third Reich’s existence.[22] “

    #75374
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    MQ remarked that Biden didn’t even campaign, and the point I was trying to make is that the media did his campaigning for him. And I’m sure many in the media who did this realized that were it not for their efforts, Biden would have gone down like the Titanic on his own merit. There is where I think the difference about which you inquire lies. Legacy media, at least for now, still has quite a bit of pull with at least some people in this country, though the percentage continues to drop.

    Full disclosure: I’m probably the only person here who voted for Biden/ Harris, and I pretty much had three clothespins on my nose when I did so. I could go into my policy reasons for my reluctant decision, but I don’t at all feel like arguing about any of those. The “ueber-reason” was that the religious right, my old nemesis from the anti-LGBT culture-wars of the eighties and nineties, was becoming the most powerful and motivated faction in Trump’s broad and janky coalition, and it was difficult not to view this development with alarm. And I suppose I also kind of let Marianne Williamson and Contrapoints (YouTuber Natalie Wynn) cajole me into it.

    Though if a working-class person voted for Trump because of the disastrous economic effect of that stupid, terrible lockdown-response to Covid promoted by the blue-state-big-city establishment, to be completely honest, I couldn’t blame them at all for that. I’m already starting to feel as though I might have miscasted my vote. (I appreciated Biden’s big speech last month, but I am dubious at best at how many of those big plans are really going to happen.) I can imagine myself shaking my head and wondering why I did that as soon as January of next year. I came so close to just casting my vote for a third party as I did in 2016 that for a few weeks after the election, I actually told people on the Internet that this is what I did.

    #75375
    Mr. House
    Participant

    I didn’t vote, what if trump was just a stooge to discredit all ideas that have held sway in the past. Someone to make the “great reset” seem more preferable. I do not know these things, what i do know is that what i’m told isn’t the truth.

    #75376
    Mr. House
    Participant

    the religious right……..

    “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster . . . when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss also gazes into you”

    #75377
    Django
    Participant

    I see that the Picasso shown a few days ago was sold for nearly double what Christies was expecting. I wonder why those who can afford Picassos are changing paper for canvas Maybe they just really love art..

    #75378
    phoenixvoice
    Participant

    Regarding AZ 2020 election…I’m wondering about the vote tally receipts from the machines? I was a poll worker here in 2003. At the end of the day, once the ballots are counted, they print a receipt with the vote tally. Unless the machines are different ones than 17 years ago, and have built in cell service, they are not linked to the internet while at the poll location. It does look like this is a hot mess.

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    Hmm..I like permaculture and animals…I wonder how many of the “bunny huggers” have actually had to deal with animal pests. I would have no qualms about pouring boiling water on ants…although my favorite way of dealing with them in the house is a vacuum and caulking to plug up where they entered. How is boiling water significantly different than diatomaceous earth, which cuts ants? I often get bit by ants while gardening…it’s awful. And rats are cute, but the damage they inflict to my home is not, and they are not so easy to remove.

    Permaculture, like most things, (like critical race theory, like Covid fear,) can be taken too far and turn into a nonsensical religion of sorts.

    In Phoenix, I wouldn’t use plastic as a weed cloth — it would get destroyed too quickly by the intense sun here. In the summer, weed cloth isn’t necessary at all. All that needs to be done is to get the water only to the plants you want to have survive the summer. Everything else (that isn’t desert adapted, such as cactus, and even some of those don’t make it) dries out and dies before the monsoons hit in late June (about the time of the summer solstice.) Most things still need water help during the monsoons, due to the high heat. (Last year…the monsoon rain never came.) In every clime, agriculture runs at optimal efficiency when fine-tuned to the local climate.

    The peaches have just ripened. I may have finally found a micro-climate in my garden amenable to strawberries — they are doing swimmingly, but will have to see if they can survive the summer in this location. The sunflowers are beginning to bloom; the calendula is drying out and the iris blooms have faded. Jasmine is a riot of scented flowers. Tomatoes are setting and growing — they have limited time for this before the heat becomes intense and they go into semi-dormancy over the summer. The roses and bougainvillea need major trimming. The almond tree is finally producing — looks like I’ll get a handful this year — and a few apples and apricots as well from bare root trees just on their second year here. The irrigation is just about ready for the hot summer ahead…still a drip at one of the sprinkler valves that needs to be resolved.

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    When not at stores with my children (have to cya due to their father) domestic partner and I are not wearing masks. Oh, I have one with me, in case a store employee decides to confront me…it isn’t efficient to leave without what I came for. So far, no one has said anything. The gentleman ahead of us in line at the thrift store also wore no mask. We got talking…he’d already had it, he explained. So have we.

    Just doing our part to stop the Covid insanity.

    #75379
    Polder Dweller
    Participant

    A point not to be missed in the article about the Harvard medical professor is that he does advocate social distancing. He says that wearing a mask gives a false sense of security and that masked people do not maintain social distance.

    Jaap van Dissel (our Tony Fauci) was very much against face masks last year for exactly the same reason and made a point of arguing against them. He was overruled in the autumn by the Prime Minister who takes his marching orders from Mutti Merkel and, increasingly, Ursula von der Leyen. Needless to say, the case rate ramped away almost immediately after that.

    #75380
    Mr. House
    Participant

    “The Reichstag Fire Decree suspended most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, and the secrecy of the post and telephone.[18] These rights were not reinstated during Nazi reign. ”

    Everything has been down hill since 9/11. Did we have peak cheap oil around that time? Who were the presidents right before and right after? Who did i see in a vaccine commercial recently extolling the virtue of getting it? Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama? I thought they hated each other? Give up your partisan nonsense and be pro human 😉

    #75381
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Was oil only cheap in the 90’s because we were raping Russia? Who came into power in the year 2000? What happened to cheap gasoline?

    #75382
    Mr. House
    Participant

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/att-advanced-talks-combine-cnn-discovery-and-other-media-assets

    More consolidation, i’m sure this will only lead to us being more “free”

    #75383
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    We did, in fact, have peak light-sweet-conventional oil in late 2005/ early 2006.

    #75384
    Mr. House
    Participant

    Has anyone ever watched the movie Snowpiercer? If so, why do those who consider themselves our “betters” not think along the lines of those who were at the front of the train? They’re just keeping everything in balance!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowpiercer

    #75385
    a kullervo
    Participant

    Sharing the news
    Eugene de Blaas - Sharing the News

    #75386
    a kullervo
    Participant

    We have a lot of words – why?
    Because we have a lot of hypothesis – why?
    Because we can’t grasp truth.

    Words are like fog.
    Some can use fog in very enticing ways – will they go blind when the fog subsides?

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