May 052021
 


Edgar Degas The laundress 1873

 

India Latest Country to Approve Use of Ivermectin to Treat Covid-19 (NC)
Do Stupid Things, Win Stupid Prizes (Denninger)
Pfizer Will File For Full FDA Approval By End Of May (F.)
Pfizer Sees Covid-19 As ‘Durable’ Revenue Stream As Profits Rise (Y!)
‘Obscene’ Bonus Hike For AstraZeneca Boss Prompts Investor Anger (G.)
Fauci Tells CNN We’re ‘At Least Halfway Through’ The Covid-19 Pandemic (RT)
US Birth Rate Sees Biggest Fall For Nearly 50 Years (G.)
The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown (Atl.)
The Dynamics Behind the Ugly Amount of Empty Office Space (WS)
Don’t Be Fooled By Joe Biden (Chris Hedges)
CNN Turns To Disgraced FBI Official For Legal Analysis On Rudy Giuliani (TP)
The Instagram Ads Facebook Won’t Show You (Signal)
Facebook’s New Campaign Should Have Free Speech Advocates Nervous (Turley)

 

 

Some memes are stronger than others.

 

 

 

And this time for real. Until now it was only 2 states.

India Latest Country to Approve Use of Ivermectin to Treat Covid-19 (NC)

[..] the huge uncontrolled wave of infections hitting India is having all sorts of implications for the Modi government. In its desperation to regain control of the virus, India’s government quietly changed its treatment guidelines last week. The new guidelines include the option of prescribing two repurposed medicines for mild Covid patients: budesonid and ivermectin. The former is an inhaled steroid that has been shown to reduce the time to recovery and need for urgent medical care. The latter is an off-patent anti-parasitic that has been discovered to have powerful anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. India is no stranger to ivermectin. The medicine has been used as an anti-parasitic for decades. It has also been used in the fight against malaria.

Two of its regions, Uttar Pradesh (population: 230 million) and Bihar, have been using the medicine since August, to dramatic effect. By the end of 2020, Uttar Pradesh (UP) — which distributed free ivermectin for home care — had the second-lowest fatality rate in India at 0.26 per 100,000 residents. Only the state of Bihar, with 128 million residents, had less. But Uttar Pradesh (UP) did more than treat 300,000 mild cases at home through 2020; it also opted to use ivermectin to prevent infection. COVID response teams began taking the drug and they did not catch the illness. The same thing was reported in a study of frontline critical care workers in Argentina. U.P. then had contacts of COVID patients take it, with similar success. “Recognizing the sense of urgency,” Amit Mohan Prasad, a U.P. health official, wrote in a Dec. 30 article, “we decided to go ahead.”


Yet UP’s remarkable success at controlling the virus did not inform national policy — at least not until now. The Indian Council of Medical Research declined in October to recommend ivermectin nationwide, citing, like so many health regulators, the need for more data. But all that changed last week as India became the biggest country on the planet to adopt nationwide use of ivermectin against Covid-19. More than 20 countries are now using ivermectin to treat Covid-19 to one degree or another, with promising results, despite the fact the World Health Organization has not approved its use. They include Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt.

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”..the shot is one hundred times more dangerous than the disease..”

Do Stupid Things, Win Stupid Prizes (Denninger)

It’s ok folks, it’s very “rare”. Uh huh, sure it is. High school senior Emma Burkey received her “one and done” Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on March 20, and within two weeks was in an induced coma following seizures and clotting in her brain. “She’s making a slow recovery, having recently been transfered from the hospital to a rehabilitation center, and the first round of bills totaled $513,000. The 18-year-old’s family friends in the Las Vegas area started a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses from the very rare vaccine reaction.” An 18 year old, according to the CDC, has a roughly 1/50,000 risk of being killed by Covid-19 assuming the FDA’s and CDC’s “standard of care” which prohibits the use of budesonide, ivermectin, monoclonal antibodies and a whole host o other drugs which we know work.

One of them, budesonide, has a roughly 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalization (and of course death usually is preceded by that if you get Covid); the others also have some efficacy. Stacking just those three likely winds up around 95-99% effective, so your actual risk, if you’re not a dumb-ass and are both young and get Covid-19 is more like 1/500,000. And that’s if you get Covid. The CDC says about 1/10 people have over a year’s time, so your risk as a healthy 18 year old is approximately 1/5,000,000 since to be exposed to the risk of death you first must get the disease and that is not certain. Remember, according to the CDC if you die while Covid-19 positive then your death was caused by Covid-19, even though this is not scientifically proved. This is the same standard that VAERS uses for vaccine death; you died associated with receiving the shot; it is not proved it was caused, but if that’s good enough for the CDC to claim the Coof killed you then it sure as hell is good enough to claim the vaccine killed you.

By the CDCs VAERS numbers and the number of delivered shots into arms the risk of the shot killing you is approximately 1/45,000 and if you take the shot the hazard is 100% probable to be undertaken, obviously. So if you’re not specifically morbid the shot is one hundred times more dangerous than the disease. Oh, and we know the VAERS reports are wildly understated. Why? Because it’s a voluntary system; there is no mandate on any person or health provider to report potential adverse connected effects. While you (as the impacted individual) can report to the system obvious doing that if you’re dead is somewhat difficult. Were this a mandatory system where any death within “X” time of an inoculation had to be reported, with a criminal penalty for not doing so by health providers, we might have a more-full picture. But unlike death certificates which must be issued, and the CDC rules for Covid-19 that say if you were positive any time in the last 28 days, or at death, your death is ruled Covid-related there is no such mandate for VAERS.

Maybe health insurance will pay Emma’s bill, at least in part. What’s Emma’s deductible, if she has insurance? Will she be eating that deductible every year for the rest of her life with a continuing care requirement? Will her insurer refuse to pay entirely, since these were experimental shots? What happens if Emma wants to start a family and tries to get life insurance down the road? Will it be available at any reasonable price? Has her ability to bear a child been damaged or destroyed? What about her ability to enjoy all the things she used to enjoy; will she, for example, still be able to go for a nice jog? Can she hold a driver license? What about a CDL or pilot’s license? What about something as simple as driving a forklift in a warehouse? Have the seizures permanently destroyed those options for Emma?

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Not supposed to be completed until 2023. Nothing matters anymore. All those carefully crafted procedures are just a hindrance.

Pfizer Will File For Full FDA Approval By End Of May (F.)

Pfizer and BioNTech, the manufacturers of one of the three authorized Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S., plan to file for full approval from the Food and Drug Administration by the end of May as they expect the vaccine to generate about $26 billion in revenue this year. Pfizer and German drug manufacturer BioNTech announced their plan to ask the FDA for full approval of its vaccine in its quarterly earnings report. The vaccine, the first Covid-19 jab to be authorized for emergency use in the U.S., was given its emergency use authorization in December, and is currently authorized to be administered to Americans over the age of 16. The vaccine brought it $3.5 billion in revenue in the first three months of 2021. The FDA is expected to expand eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 as soon as this week.

Full FDA approval would allow Pfizer to market its vaccine directly to consumers, and could help make Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots–something Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has said will be necessary–available to the public without needing another emergency use authorization from the FDA. The FDA grants emergency use authorizations when the Secretary of Health and Human Services deems it “appropriate” for the FDA to “authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products” when there are few or no alternatives. Vaccination EUA proposals must include “safety data accumulated from phase 1 and 2 studies” and “with an expectation that phase 3 data” will include follow up information on trial subjects. The FDA can then grant an EUA when an FDA panel determines the “known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks.”

It’s likely that all Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers with EUAs will go on to file for full FDA approval because emergency use authorizations can be revoked once a public health crisis subsides. Both Pfizer and Moderna have released phase 3 trial information for their vaccines that showed high levels of protection against Covid-19, which allow them to move forward with filing for full FDA approval. Some health experts hope that full FDA approval for Covid-19 vaccines will help lessen vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams wrote in The Washington Post: “Many people who are lower risk understandably ask if the benefits justify taking a medication that has not received the full and traditional FDA stamp of approval,” and wrote “further studies” will “help show skeptics that the authorized COVID vaccines are safe.”

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Surprising they don’t use “sustainable”.

Pfizer Sees Covid-19 As ‘Durable’ Revenue Stream As Profits Rise (Y!)

Pfizer sharply increased its 2021 profit projections on Tuesday, citing much higher Covid-19 vaccine sales which are on track to provide a “durable” revenue stream in the wake of the pandemic. The drugmaker reported a jump in first-quarter profits based on surging revenues, with nearly one-fourth of sales coming from Covid-19 vaccines. With German partner BioNTech, the pharma giant is ramping up vaccine production and now estimates 2021 revenues of $26 billion from the vaccine, up from the $15 billion projected in February. But the surging profits have drawn criticism as governments face pressure to step in to ensure vaccines are provided to underserved countries.

Pfizer, which says it is on the cusp of winning US approval for individuals 12 to 15 years old to receive its vaccine, is holding talks with “basically all governments of the world” about providing booster shots through 2024, Chief Executive Albert Bourla told analysts on a conference call Tuesday. The company is studying the efficacy of giving the jabs six or more months after the second vaccine dose, and developing doses that could be stored at standard refrigerated temperature for up to 10 weeks. Bourla expects “durable demand” for Covid-19 vaccines, similar to that of the flu vaccine. “It is our hope that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will continue to have a global impact by helping to get the devastating pandemic under control and helping economies around the world not only open, but stay open,” Bourla said in prepared remarks.

That would create “a scenario in which Pfizer can continue to be both a leader and a beneficiary,” he said. Pfizer has won wide praise for its technological prowess in developing a game-changing vaccine in record time. However, critics called the profits troubling given the divide in vaccine availability between rich and poor countries. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last month decried a “shocking imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines” and called for efforts to fortify the WHO’s Covax programs, which aims to ensure that poorer nations can access the shots. India and South Africa are leading an effort in the World Trade Organization to waive intellectual property and patent rules, at least temporarily, which would open the door to broader production of vaccines at a time when the virus is causing mass misery in India and some other countries.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday he had not made a decision on whether to support a vaccine waiver, but that the United States was moving “as quickly as we can” to export doses. Biden also said he was ready to “immediately” begin vaccinations for 12 to 15-year-olds as soon as Pfizer’s Covid shot is approved by regulators for the age group. Pfizer reported net income of $4.9 billion, up 45 percent from the same period of the prior year. Revenues also jumped 45 percent to $14.6 billion, including $3.5 billion in Covid-19 vaccine sales.

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You mean the investors who make obscene profits?

‘Obscene’ Bonus Hike For AstraZeneca Boss Prompts Investor Anger (G.)

AstraZeneca is facing mounting opposition over its plans to award its chief executive, Pascal Soriot, a big increase in bonuses, with three investor advisory groups calling on shareholders to vote against the policy. Pirc, Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) have all flagged concerns over moves to raise the maximum share bonus Soriot can receive under a long-term plan from 550% of his £1.3m base salary to 650%. AZ also plans to hoist Soriot’s maximum annual bonus to 250% of salary from 200%, depending on performance targets being hit. The advisory groups recommended investors vote against the pay policy at next Tuesday’s annual meeting.


Neville White, the head of responsible investment policy and research at EdenTree Investment Management, which holds AstraZeneca shares, described the proposed bonus increases as “obscene” and said he would vote against them. He added: “It is obviously tricky, because Pascal is both a hero and an antihero at the moment.” The pay vote comes at a sensitive time, as AstraZeneca has faced a barrage of criticism over its coronavirus vaccine after supply shortages and, in rare cases, a potential link to blood clots. It has, however, pledged to supply the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis during the pandemic, and lost money making it in the first quarter of the year. Soriot has been paid more than £15m in each of the last two years, after overseeing a turnaround as he rebuilt AstraZeneca’s drug portfolio. The firm has faced down several shareholder pay revolts over the years.

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“Podcast host Dave Rubin suggested headlining the Blitzer-Fauci interview, “Drunk on power, highest-paid person in government egomaniac talks to synthetic humanoid news anchor on fake news channel using sports imagery.“

Fauci Tells CNN We’re ‘At Least Halfway Through’ The Covid-19 Pandemic (RT)

White House health expert Anthony Fauci may have quite some time remaining to rule as “master” of all things Covid-19 as he told CNN that Americans are “at least halfway through” the pandemic. “We’ve really got to not declare victory prematurely,” Fauci told CNN host Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. “So we’re in the late innings, but it’s not over. That’s the thing we’ve got to get people to appreciate.” Pressed by Blitzer to be more specific, in baseball terms, how soon the pandemic will end for Americans, Fauci said, “the bottom of the sixth.” That would mean the battle is more than 60% completed – unless the game can somehow be extended into extra innings. Critics of Fauci, who is chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, found no encouragement in the doctor’s comments.

“Time to pull Dr. Fauci off the mound,” US Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on Twitter, continuing with the baseball analogy. Fauci has a history of flip-flopping on his Covid-19 advice and moving the goalposts at various stages of the pandemic. What started as “15 days to slow the spread” has turned into a 14-month battle, with the doctor calculating another nine to 14 months to go. He admitted last December to purposely deceiving the public about vaccine herd-immunity projections to manipulate opinions. Biden on Tuesday set a new goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated with at least one Covid-19 jab by July 4. Earlier in 2020, Fauci said the US could achieve herd immunity once 60-70 percent of the population was fully vaccinated. But he repeatedly moved that target back as the year wore on, going to as high as 85 percent in December.

“We’re going in the right direction,” Fauci said in Tuesday’s CNN interview. “We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but now’s not a time to declare victory. It’s a time to get more and more people vaccinated.” Fauci has enjoyed rock-star status during the pandemic, being showered with awards and mainstream-media adulation. A children’s book that’s scheduled for release in June bestows him the title “America’s doctor.” His 80th birthday was celebrated as Dr. Anthony Fauci in Washington, DC, and he was serenaded with the birthday song by Biden, then president-elect, and future First Lady Jill Biden. Podcast host Dave Rubin suggested headlining the Blitzer-Fauci interview, “Drunk on power, highest-paid person in government egomaniac talks to synthetic humanoid news anchor on fake news channel using sports imagery.”

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“..the rate has been sliding for more than 10 years and last year dropped to about 1.6, the lowest rate on record..”

US Birth Rate Sees Biggest Fall For Nearly 50 Years (G.)

The US birth rate has fallen 4% in the largest single-year drop in nearly 50 years, according to a government report. The rate dropped for mothers of every major race and ethnicity, and in nearly all age groups, falling to the lowest point since federal health officials started tracking it more than a century ago, the report due to be published on Wednesday said. Births have been declining in younger women for years, as many postponed motherhood and had smaller families. Birth rates for women in their late 30s and in their 40s have been inching up. But not last year. The US once was among only a few developed countries with a fertility rate above the 2.1 children per woman that ensured each generation had enough children to replace itself.


But the rate has been sliding for more than 10 years and last year dropped to about 1.6, the lowest rate on record. “The fact that you saw declines in births even for older moms is quite striking,” said lead author of the report, Brady Hamilton, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figures suggest that the current generation will not have enough children to replace itself. The CDC report is based on a review of more than 99% of birth certificates issued last year. The findings echo a recent Associated Press analysis of 2020 data from 25 states showing that births had fallen during the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic contribute to last year’s big decline, experts said. Anxiety about Covid-19 and its impact on the economy likely caused many couples to think that it was not the right time to have a baby.

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It’s a symbiosis. The MSM only caters to the “left”, which demands ever scarier stories. Happy to provide.

The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown (Atl.)

Lurking among the jubilant americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren’t quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions. For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains an expression of political identity—even when that means overestimating the disease’s risks or setting limits far more strict than what public-health guidelines permit. In surveys, Democrats express more worry about the pandemic than Republicans do. People who describe themselves as “very liberal” are distinctly anxious. This spring, after the vaccine rollout had started, a third of very liberal people were “very concerned” about becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, compared with a quarter of both liberals and moderates, according to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina political scientist Marc Hetherington.

And 43 percent of very liberal respondents believed that getting the coronavirus would have a “very bad” effect on their life, compared with a third of liberals and moderates. Last year, when the pandemic was raging and scientists and public-health officials were still trying to understand how the virus spread, extreme care was warranted. People all over the country made enormous sacrifices—rescheduling weddings, missing funerals, canceling graduations, avoiding the family members they love—to protect others. Some conservatives refused to wear masks or stay home, because of skepticism about the severity of the disease or a refusal to give up their freedoms. But this is a different story, about progressives who stressed the scientific evidence, and then veered away from it.

For many progressives, extreme vigilance was in part about opposing Donald Trump. Some of this reaction was born of deeply felt frustration with how he handled the pandemic. It could also be knee-jerk. “If he said, ‘Keep schools open,’ then, well, we’re going to do everything in our power to keep schools closed,” Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco, told me. Gandhi describes herself as “left of left,” but has alienated some of her ideological peers because she has advocated for policies such as reopening schools and establishing a clear timeline for the end of mask mandates. “We went the other way, in an extreme way, against Trump’s politicization,” Gandhi said. Geography and personality may have also contributed to progressives’ caution: Some of the most liberal parts of the country are places where the pandemic hit especially hard, and Hetherington found that the very liberal participants in his survey tended to be the most neurotic.

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Some things have changed for good.

The Dynamics Behind the Ugly Amount of Empty Office Space (WS)

Companies are not massively defaulting on their office leases, and that’s the good thing. But they have put a historic amount of vacant office space on the sublease market, while continuing to pay rent to the landlord. They decided they no longer need that much space, now that some form of flexible work, or hybrid work-from-home, or even permanent work-from-anywhere is being integrated into office real estate plans, cost cutting efforts, and footprint-reduction strategies. Now, 14 months into the Pandemic, office occupancy – workers actually showing up at the office – is still dreadfully low. As of the end of April, office occupancy in the 10 largest metros averaged only 26.5% of where it had been just before the Pandemic, according to Kastle Systems today, whose electronic access systems secure thousands of office buildings around the country. In other words, the number of people entering these offices was still down by 73.5% from pre-pandemic levels and has barely made headway in recent months:

The epicenters of work-from-home show the biggest drops in office occupancy rates, according to Kastle’s “Back to Work Barometer” at the end of April: in San Francisco, the occupancy rate was at 14.8% of the pre-Pandemic level, in New York City at 16.2%, and in San Jose at 18.0%. Among tech companies, 95% expect remote work for at least a few days a week; 9% said that they will never return to the office at all; another 47% said that they will need less office space; only 13% said they would need more office space, according to a survey by Savills.A survey of Californian residents found that 82% of the employees who now work at home want to continue working at home at least some of the time. Only 18% don’t want to work at home at all. But even at the top end of office occupancy, working remotely is still king. In Dallas, office occupancy is at 41.2% of where it was pre-Pandemic, and in Austin at 40.2% :

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“Biden is the epitome of the empty, amoral creature produced by our system of legalized bribery.”

Don’t Be Fooled By Joe Biden (Chris Hedges)

Don’t be fooled by Joe Biden. He knows his infrastructure and education bills have as much chance at becoming law as the $15-dollar minimum wage or the $2,000 stimulus checks he promised us as a candidate. He knows his American Jobs Plan will never create “millions of good paying jobs – jobs Americans can raise their families on” any more than NAFTA, which he supported, would, as was also promised, create millions of good paying jobs. His mantra of “buy American” is worthless. He knows the vast majority of our consumer electronics, apparel, furniture and industrial supplies are made in China by workers who earn an average of one or two dollars an hour and lack unions and basic labor rights.

He knows his call to lower deductibles and prescription drug costs in the Affordable Care Act will never be permitted by the corporations that profit from health care. He knows the corporate donors that fund the Democratic Party will ensure their lobbyists will continue to write the laws that guarantee they pay little or no taxes. He knows the corporate subsidies and tax incentives he proposes as a solution to the climate crisis will do nothing to halt oil and gas fracking, shut down coal-fired plants or halt the construction of new pipelines for gas-fired power plants. His promises of reform have no more weight than those peddled by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who Biden slavishly served and who also promised social equality while betraying working men and women.

Biden is the epitome of the empty, amoral creature produced by our system of legalized bribery. His long political career in Congress was defined by representing the interests of big business, especially the credit card companies based in Delaware. He was nicknamed Senator Credit Card. He has always glibly told the public what it wants to hear and then sold them out. He was a prominent promoter and architect of a generation of federal “tough on crime” laws that helped militarize the nation’s police and more than doubled the population of the world’s largest prison system with harsh mandatory sentencing guidelines and laws that put people in prison for life for nonviolent drug crimes, even as his son struggled with addiction. He was a principal author of the Patriot Act, which began the stripping away of our most basic civil liberties. And there has never been a weapons system, or a war, he did not support.

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What a dynamic this is. Lying to the FBI doesn’t matter anymore. Not at CNN.

CNN Turns To Disgraced FBI Official For Legal Analysis On Rudy Giuliani (TP)

Disgraced former FBI official Andrew McCabe provided legal analysis on CNN Friday morning of ongoing investigations into former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. Unmentioned in McCabe’s “New Day” segment was that he was fired by the FBI in 2018 for lying to government officials about his authorization of leaks to the media. Federal prosecutors also opened a grand jury investigation into whether McCabe made false statements to FBI and Justice Department officials about the leaks. The FBI raided Giuliani’s apartment in New York City this week as part of an investigation into whether he violated foreign agent laws through his Ukraine-related work in 2019 and 2020. Federal prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with an underage girl.


Both Giuliani and Gaetz have denied any wrongdoing and have both said they are being targeted for political reasons. McCabe addressed reports that the FBI gave so-called defensive briefings to Giuliani and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson in late 2019 about Russia’s efforts to sow disinformation about Joe Biden. McCabe called the briefing “a big deal,” saying that it shows that the FBI had “a significant amount of information” that Russia was using Giuliani to disseminate information about Biden. McCabe said that the FBI often observes the recipients of the defensive briefing to see how they respond to the information. “If you cut off your interactions with them, that’s a good sign. If you continue to interact with them, which we know Rudy Giuliani did here, that’s a very bad sign,” McCabe said.

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They don’t really want you to know what they know about you.

The Instagram Ads Facebook Won’t Show You (Signal)

Companies like Facebook aren’t building technology for you, they’re building technology for your data. They collect everything they can from FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to sell visibility into people and their lives. This isn’t exactly a secret, but the full picture is hazy to most – dimly concealed within complex, opaquely-rendered systems and fine print designed to be scrolled past. The way most of the internet works today would be considered intolerable if translated into comprehensible real world analogs, but it endures because it is invisible. However, Facebook’s own tools have the potential to divulge what is otherwise unseen. It’s already possible to catch fragments of these truths in the ads you’re shown; they are glimmers that reflect the world of a surveilling stranger who knows you. We wanted to use those same tools to directly highlight how most technology works. We wanted to buy some Instagram ads.

We created a multi-variant targeted ad designed to show you the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to. The ad would simply display some of the information collected about the viewer which the advertising platform uses. Facebook was not into that idea. Ad account disabled. This ad account, its ads and some of its advertising assets are disabled. You can’t use it to run ads. Facebook is more than willing to sell visibility into people’s lives, unless it’s to tell people about how their data is being used. Being transparent about how ads use people’s data is apparently enough to get banned; in Facebook’s world, the only acceptable usage is to hide what you’re doing from your audience. So, here are some examples of the targeted ads that you’ll never see on Instagram. Yours would have been so you.

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By no means only Free Speech Advocates either.

Facebook’s New Campaign Should Have Free Speech Advocates Nervous (Turley)

In 1964, Stanley Kubrick released a dark comedy classic titled “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” The title captured the absurdity of getting people to embrace the concept of weapons of mass destruction. The movie came to mind recently with the public campaign of Facebook calling for people to change her attitudes about the Internet and rethink issues like “content modification” – the new Orwellian term for censorship. The commercials show people like “Joshan” who says that he was born in 1996 and grew up with the internet.” Joshan mocks how much computers have changed and then asks why our regulations on privacy and censorship cannot evolve as much as our technology.

The ads are clearly directed at younger users who may be more willing to accept censorship than their parents who hopelessly cling to old-fashioned notions of free speech. Facebook knows that it cannot exercise more control over content unless it can get people to stop worrying and love the censor. There was a time when this would have been viewed as chilling: a corporate giant running commercials to get people to support new regulations impacting basic values like free speech and privacy. After all, Joshan shows of his first computer was a “giant behemoth of a machine” but that was before he understood “the blending of the real world and the internet world.”

The Facebook campaign is chilling in its reference to “privacy” and “content modification” given the current controversies surrounding Big Tech. On one level, the commercial simply calls for rethinking regulatory controls after 25 years. However, the source of the campaign is a company which has been widely accused of rolling back on core values like free speech. Big Tech corporations are exercising increasing levels of control over what people write or read on the Internet. While these companies enjoy immunity from many lawsuits based on the notion of being neutral communication platforms (akin to telephone companies), they now censor ideas deemed misleading or dangerous on subjects ranging from climate denial to transgender criticism to election fraud.

Moreover, Facebook knows that there is ample support for increasing censorship and speech regulation in Congress and around the world. Free speech is under attack and losing ground — and Facebook knows it. The rise of the corporate censor has challenged long-standing assumptions of the free speech community. Our Constitution and much of free speech writings are focused on the classic model of government censorship and state media. What we have seen in the last few years is that corporations have far greater ability to curtail speech and that you can have a type of state media without the state.

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    Edgar Degas The laundress 1873   • India Latest Country to Approve Use of Ivermectin to Treat Covid-19 (NC) • Do Stupid Things, Win Stupid Prizes
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 5 2021]

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    V. Arnold
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    Edgar Degas The laundress 1873

    Nice, very nice indeed. I like Degas style…

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    Mister Roboto
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    India Latest Country to Approve Use of Ivermectin to Treat Covid-19

    {/bows my head in respect for all whose lives could have been saved but weren’t, smiles wanly for all those who will be saved from unnecessary suffering and death}

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    V. Arnold
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    Nice, very nice indeed. I like Degas style…

    I also like his subject in this painting: The laundress… which gives a dignity to her profession…

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    Dr. D
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    TenCityArmy
    (Chart of city non-occupancy)

    This chart tells me that Americans don’t do any work. All this is hamster-farm paper-shuffling. What’s it like being irrelevant and now identified for easy replacement? More than 1/3rd of U.S. GDP is fake bond-kiting and dollar shuffling about to go away since we’re in that currency crisis right now. When Doge is better than the dollar and the Dow is that a clue? Will history look back and correctly compare it to the German Mark?

    Who’s on Facebook? Are they just masochists or suicidal as well? Since Facebook can only make money if they get it from YOU, why would you go there? Clearly you’re getting a worse deal than if you weren’t. Wait ’til they can relate your insurance rates to Facebook data, to say nothing of all the people they arrest daily already.

    Julie Rudiani was authorized for wiretapping, May 1, 2018. That’s when they downloaded his whole iCloud trying to find a crime. (Um, both halves are illegal, according to the 4th Federal law we ever wrote?) …And found nothing, because for three years they haven’t arrested him.

    Guliani became Trump’s attorney on May 1st, 2018. But I am a coincidence theorist, and that is not noteworthy at all. Clearly he just got back from Ukraine, brokering a deal with Burisma for a $500k/ month salary plus to get $1M from Moscow’s mayor or something. Or $1B from China. That he still kept and never gave back. Along with his illegal pistols. Or something.

    Because surely if it were anyone except Rudy, they’d go to jail, isn’t that right?

    #74483
    HerrWerner
    Participant

    As recently as a few years ago, two of these headlines would have triggered mass outrage from the press and the public (jabs for kids, skipping 2 year approval process for vaccines) Now, meh. Looks like this is the new normal.

    Control of information outlets is so well consolidated they have nothing to fear from bad news. If these vaccines go tits-up in large numbers after we start jabbing kids, they will just suppress the info and reframe it. Experts™ will say it’s because of those nasty unvaxxed unwashed heathen, and the public will dutifully turn their rage against them. They have perfected the machine the last few years. Narrative can be maintained indefinitely, doubt becomes crimethink. Beat peoples’ psyche down with nonstop fear-porn. Could be wrong, but I don’t think this could have happened even ten years ago.

    I had a bitter personal reminder of that this weekend, talking to my parents about the vaccines and covid. They were taken aback that there are vax side effects, that they they don’t work as advertised, that covid poses almost no danger to children, that treatments DO exist (treatments other than suffocating to an expensive death in an ICU). I was taken aback at how low-information they are – two educated, introspective thoughtful people. They used to be well-informed and still think of themselves that way. Their ignorance comes from following news outlets that were reliable just a few short years ago.

    #74484
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    I was taken aback at how low-information they are – two educated, introspective thoughtful people. They used to be well-informed and still think of themselves that way. Their ignorance comes from following news outlets that were reliable just a few short years ago.

    That’s exactly why I keep “banging the drum” about Ivermectin on my Facebook and Twitter accounts whenever I see something worth posting from here like today’s Ivermectin article on NC. If those folks at the major media outlets with their PMC status and fancy cars won’t do it, then we have to, as insignificant as we may be in the grand scheme of modern society.

    #74485
    John Day
    Participant

    @ Antidote: Thanks for posting “Today”, by Jefferson Airplane, day before yesterday , “something for our Polish Princess”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uokp0aEiT-A
    I always used to sit very still and quiet while that song was playing on the spinning vinyl.

    #74486
    Dave Note
    Participant

    Wolf Blitzer exclusive interview with Dr Joseph Mengele

    Dr Mengele is celebrating his 110th birthday in Argentina today, lovingly surrounded by the Boys from Brazil

    Blitzer: Congratulation Dr Mengele on reaching the milestone of 110 years old, it’s like a medical miracle! What’s your secret!

    Mengele: If you can’t be good, be careful!

    Blitzer: Hahaha, you’re still pretty sharp after all these years!

    Mengele: Well, I workout too, and eat an organic vegan diet.

    Blitzer: So, have you been following this Plague thing that’s been making the rounds?

    Mengele: I can’t believe my organization didn’t deploy something like this back in the day, it is such a no-brainer. I always like to think that I was instrumental in pioneering Medical Tyranny but this Dr Fauci has really grabbed the bull by the horns!

    Blitzer: Do you see a Final Solution in this Covid-19 situation?

    Mengele: I think Tony is turning the screws at the correct rate. Steering public perception is like boiling a frog one degree at a time. The British have been particularly successful at conditioning their populace into whipped dogs. To think they beat us! I suppose it’s because they secretly wanted to surpass the Third Reich. Well played!

    I think their government and ‘medical’ experts could actually get the British public to stand on their heads and spit wooden nickels!

    Blitzer: Hahahaha, you’re such a cut up Joseph!

    #74487
    Dave Note
    Participant

    @ Dr D

    Loved the “I am a coincidence theorist”

    Most people wouldn’t understand “I am a serendipity theorist”

    #74488
    zerosum
    Participant

    I must Repeat the following info and give 3 cheers for what, we, also, have been saying.

    India Just Became Latest Country to Approve Use of Ivermectin to Treat Covid-19


    India Just Became Latest Country to Approve Use of Ivermectin to Treat Covid-19
    Posted on May 4, 2021 by Nick Corbishley
    In India ….. Two of its regions, Uttar Pradesh (population: 230 million) and Bihar, have been using the medicine, (inermectin), since August, to dramatic effect. …… distributed free ivermectin for home care ….. opted to use ivermectin to prevent infection.
    More than 20 countries are now using ivermectin to treat Covid-19 ….. the World Health Organization has not approved its use.
    Ivermectin has a known safety profile, as a well-tolerated life-saving drug that has been prescribed almost four billion times since the 1980s. In 2015 its creators won the Nobel Prize for Medicine (for more information read my previous article, It’s Time to Talk About Ivermectin). ( https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/03/its-time-to-talk-about-ivermectin.html – This entry was posted in Guest Post on March 30, 2021 by Nick Corbishley. )
    Let’s give a BOOOO!
    Most media reports about ivermectin are largely negative, peddling misinformation and often describing it as a “worm drug”.

    ——-
    @ HerrWerner

    ” I was taken aback at how low-information they are – two educated, introspective thoughtful people. They used to be well-informed and still think of themselves that way. Their ignorance comes from following news outlets that were reliable just a few short years ago.”

    I see the same situation around me.
    Or
    Maybe, I was there too, before the internet.
    ——
    @ Mister Roboto

    ” ….. then we have to, as insignificant as we may be in the grand scheme of modern society.”
    Ditto
    —–
    @ Dave Note
    Clarification: (Not everyone learned history and can see your sarcasm)

    Josef Mengele also known as the Angel of Death (German: Todesengel) was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician during World War II.
    Died: 7 February 1979 (aged 67)
    ——
    That picture of the Bidens and the Gates is terrible.

    #74489
    zerosum
    Participant

    Its time to take another Reality Pill
    CNN and other news media, are promoting women power by running stories/point of view of Liz Cheyney and Hillary Clinton that are knocking Trump. Its pathetic. Its click bait.
    I:d rather Listen to Bidden’s lalaland presentations.

    #74490
    zerosum
    Participant

    Time to make a wish, or to make a prayer.
    Uncontrolled space rockets debris hurling towards earth.

    #74491
    Rototillerman
    Participant

    I am thinking of erecting a sign in my front yard. We live in middle class neighborhood two doors down from the park, which is very popular these days as a place where people feel safe to congregate. The sign would be placed perpendicular to the sidewalk, so that one would see one side as a person walked to the park, and another side as the person walked back. Or maybe it is two signs, facing the sidewalk, side by side. The first sign has the standard narrative laid out:

    A deadly novel virus is sweeping the planet.
    Nobody is immune, and there is no cure.
    Asymptomatic people are the major drivers of the disease.
    So we have to lock down and wear masks until everyone is vaccinated.
    Anyone who challenges this narrative is a danger to society and must be censored.

    Each of those statements would be on a lightly colored band. The second sign would also have corresponding lightly colored bands, with links to the scientific refutation of each of those statements. For ease of use, the links would have QR code’s next to them, so that passers-by can use their ubiquitous cell phone to bring up the information. Later today I will post what I think would be the best links for each of those statements, and will invite your comments.

    This idea came to me after watching the video by Nick Hudson of PANDA, https://www.pandata.org/ .

    #74492
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    In yesterday’s comments, Rototillerman wondered whether the Covid vaccines could actually result in more T-cells, in addition to the antibody response. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the mRNA vaccines resulted in an increased response of CD4+ T-cells (the “helpers”), but not the CD8+ T-cells (the “killers”).

    https://www.jci.org/articles/view/149335

    #74493
    Rototillerman
    Participant

    Actually, the sign probably also needs a line “The vaccines are safe and effective.”

    Just spitballin’ here, but maybe there is SO MUCH refutation material for each point of the narrative that the information has to be rolled out, week by week.

    #74494
    Rototillerman
    Participant

    Right, thanks, Doc Robinson, that’s what I thought. The CD4+ T-cells trigger the production of the antibodies, which is what my Wikipedia research suggested.

    #74495

    So, Doc, what use are the CD4+ T-cells, i particular without the CD8+ T-cells?

    #74496
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    British Covid variant doesn’t discriminate by age on NakedCapitalism.com. NC, as you all know, is a pretty PMC place, so this piece is pro-vax and possibly pro-lockdown (it’s unclear exactly what Yves Smith means when she cautions about “easing restrictions”), so you can take that with a grain of salt. But I think it’s a good idea to be clear and knowledgeable about the reality of the situation we’re dealing with.

    #74497
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    CD4+ T-cells release cytokines.

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

    #74498
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Dr. D

    “This chart tells me that Americans don’t do any work. All this is hamster-farm paper-shuffling. What’s it like being irrelevant and now identified for easy replacement?”

    I feel corny saying ‘this is so true’ but this is so true.

    “Who’s on Facebook? Are they just masochists or suicidal as well? Since Facebook can only make money if they get it from YOU, why would you go there?”

    Creatures of conditioned habit, we are.

    ^&*

    @ HerrWerner

    “Control of information outlets is so well consolidated they have nothing to fear from bad news. If these vaccines go tits-up in large numbers after we start jabbing kids, they will just suppress the info and reframe it.”

    Here is where we separate “news” from information. Said info cannot be suppressed by TPTB in one-on-one unmediated face-to-face spoken word communication.

    “They used to be well-informed and still think of themselves that way. Their ignorance comes from following news outlets that were reliable just a few short years ago.”

    Reliable is a stretch. How about ‘less unreliable than they are now’? This is, after all, the news mediapledx that sold 911 20 years ago.

    $%^

    @ Dave Note

    “I think Tony is turning the screws at the correct rate. Steering public perception is like boiling a frog one degree at a time.”

    Your Mengle interview is hilarious, especially the be good/be careful quip. I wish to point out, however, that the frog boiling metaphor is based on a false folk tale: when the water gets uncomfortably hot, the frog jumps.

    $%^

    @ Rototillerman

    “I am thinking of erecting a sign in my front yard. ”

    There you go. Be the media. I am far, FAR, FAR more terrified of complacency, yea, even among the uncommonly well-informed as such attend sites like TAE, than of TPTB. People who are afraid of a little misunderstanding or bickering with their neighbors don’t deserve to even speak about “freedom”, whatever that abstract concept is.

    Rather than bewail TPTB, or holler ‘they’re not the boss of me!’, I recommend being your own boss. Yeah, it can be dangerous. So is driving to work or eating today’s fruit/veggies from the local foodplex outlets.

    All the hypnotic “charming” means nothing when the cobra decides it’s time to bite:

    Hypnotized

    #74499
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Raul

    “So, Doc, what use are the CD4+ T-cells, i particular without the CD8+ T-cells?”

    I do know how to be paranoiac, and that question makes me wonder what those “helper cells” might actually “help”. A quick google reveals this highlighted phrase: “The CD4+T cells carry out multiple functions, ranging from activation of the cells of the innate immune system, B-lymphocytes, cytotoxic T cells, as well as nonimmune cells, and also play critical role in the suppression of immune reaction.” from this article.

    From that consideration I leap like a frog in hot water to the worrisome notion that playing dice with our genome, especially the immune system, is like playing Russian roulette with a shotgun in a room crowded to standing-room-only with people.

    #74500
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    CD4+ T-cells also can have a role in the activation of CD8 T-cells through an indirect process.

    How do CD4 T cells activate CD8 T cells?

    #74501
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Pfizer Expects Vaccine Will Be “Durable Revenue Stream” As It Seeks Approval For Children 2 To 11

    I know I’m driving myself crazy with logic here, but can anyone explain how this can be except that “Vaccines don’t work?”

    I’m not a genius but it seems like Smallpox and Polio gave lifelong immunity with one dose. Even if you turn 70 childhood vaccines before 10 years old to 71 (that is, about 10 a year, one a month) there aren’t all that many new people compared to existing ones.

    Don’t worry, the answer is, “Vaccines don’t work” according to both their actions and their words, but nobody cares and give them anyway.

    #74502
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Flu shots are also a “durable revenue stream” for Big Pharma.

    #74503
    Peter 47
    Participant

    You can download a free book on how to treat covid

    New Health Book (Free!): RAPID VIRUS RECOVERY

    #74504
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Shots for the “common cold” would also be a durable revenue stream, but…
    “There is uncertainty regarding the efficacy and safety of interventions for preventing the common cold in healthy people.”
    (Sounds like the Covid vaccine interventions, too.)

    Vaccines for the common cold
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28516442/

    #74505
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Another good one from the archives of NakedCapitalism.com: Why BaracK Obama was a horrible president.

    This sure ain’t a newsflash to anybody here, but it’s significant to my own personal journey because I hated Bush Jr.’s invasion of Iraq, so I started reading Democratic Party Kool-Aid blogs. (I was raised that way, after all.) When those same blogs went into utter, abject denial about the Obama Administration being essentially a watered-down third term of the Bush Jr. Administration, that was the admittedly very slow start of my realization that the whole “blue-state-big-city” mindset is the “country-club Democrat” Yin to the “country-club Republican” Yang.

    #74506
    Germ
    Participant
    #74507
    madamski
    Participant

    Bill Gates Pinpoints Two Main Threats to Humanity After Coronavirus Pandemic

    American multi-billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said in an interview with the YouTube channel Veritasium what the main threats to humanity are after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The businessman pinpointed two main threats: climate change and bioterrorism.

    “One is climate change”, Gates said, “every year that would be a death toll even greater than we had in this pandemic”.

    But there is also another threat no one wants to talk about, according to Gates. “Somebody who wants to cause damage could engineer a virus and so that means the chance of running into this is more than just naturally caused epidemic like the current one”, he said.

    I used to trouble myself with the eternal question: are they that stupid or that evil? Now I conclude there is no difference. Too stupid to realize that you’re evil is when evil = stupid.

    %^&

    @ Dr. D

    “I know I’m driving myself crazy with logic here, but can anyone explain how this can be except that “Vaccines don’t work?”

    Since I know that you know that the Euromerican inoKulation program doesn not involve an actual vaccine but rather an experimental GMO adjuvant, I’m thinking you forgot to set up your punchline?

    %^&

    As for “durable revenue stream”: you have to be fantasticly esvtiulpid to believe you’re setting up a durable revenue stream by creating a national health crisis that shuts down the economy, renders the populace neurotic to a virtually psychotic degree, with have no money to pay for endless vaKsine doeses, especially if they’re dead. If Pfizer is sincere in that assertion, well, stupid is as stupid does. If they’re insincere, well evil is stupid. Shit sees the light at the end of the digestive tunnel and thinks its going to be free at last… before going down the toilet chute to an even more septic & dark tunnel.

    ^&*

    The ads on TAE are inviting me to join some forum or such about the ethics of AI. They want to pick our brains so they can better use their AI to pick our brains. It’s funny: they are increasingly vulnerable by their reliance on their interpretation of human behavior online and shopping. They increasingly have little clue about how real human beings primarily function. They will find out soon enough as will we. I doubt anyone will like the answer.

    #74508

    I’m delighted to see Hedges mentioning Theweleit’s books “Male Fantasies” (vols 1 and 2). Theweleit’s males are revolted by and obsessed with filthy, unsterile life.
    I’m not surprised that lockdowns led to a decrease in the birthrate. Making babies is so…dirty. 😉

    I like to goggle and visit pages that advertisers would find confusing. If what pops up for me in ads is any indication, it works.

    #74509
    John Day
    Participant

    http://www.johndayblog.com/2021/05/rare-opportunities.html
    Essay, links and picture from the garden

    We have a window of opportunity to establish kind and sensible changes in our homes and neighborhoods, in our worlds, this spring.
    It looks to me like the stresses between great powers are creating something like a gridlock in global power dynamics.
    The US looked like it was going to amplify the Ukrainian civil war, but that seemed to fade last week.
    There was some kind of blocking move.

    The big picture is that the post WW-2 western empire of NATO, neocons and neoliberalism is crumbling, because it is now based upon extortion and extraction, not on production. An extractive system is not healthy and vibrant, and it is faced off against the productive alternative offered by China and Eurasian Integration.
    The west cannot make any big attack against the weapons of Russia, China and Iran, so there is stalemate.
    Russia, China and Iran, wisely wait for the western empire to keep unraveling. They do not want to become the threat to pull westerners together.
    “When your enemy is defeating himself, do not interfere”, quoth The Art Of War, by Sun Tzu.
    Russia, China and Iran have been through lots of social turmoil, unraveling and resetting in the formative years of their current sets of leaders.
    Those leaders are in their primes, more or less, not like the political geriatrics holding the reins of power in the US.
    One of the best paths forward is if any threatened assault, like the NATO threats in Ukraine, spoofed in the west as Russian threats, are just quietly blocked.
    A long period of global military stagnation is in our, human, best interests. We can grow gardens.
    I have no new earth-shattering suggestions as the fuel to power industrial civilization steadily depletes.
    Growing gardens, making real, useful relationships with other humans, to help each other and share ideas, and praying for guidance every day are all I have.
    That’s probably better than it looks on its face, especially if global military stagnation will buy us time. Praying for spiritual guidance in the interests of love and harmony is not the neoliberal-neocon game plan, but the current masters see it as an impotent diversion for us to dabble in.
    I think they don’t understand spiritual coordination.
    I’m sort of glad they don’t, sides being taken already, but if they did, they would be different people.
    Try praying for guidance to do the right thing for the good of life in our world and see how that goes.
    To whom might one pray, to what entity or force?
    However you might envision and experience the spirits of truth, cooperation and compassion should work well.
    Altruistic prayer for guidance, naturally includes the practitioner of prayer in the eventual benefits, but it is not selfish.
    Selfishness is the problem with the current extractive system of the western-petrobuck-empire.
    It’s killing the hosts, killing us. It’s not us. It eats us.
    It feeds us with one hand while sucking our lifeblood out through needles and tubes.
    We need to work on our little parallel, inefficient, quaint human life support patterns, the ones people used to use in the old days.
    We are wired for this kind of human social cooperation to grow food, build barns, make clothes and shell beans.
    We’re rusty, but not hopeless, not at all hopeless.
    This is a good moment for hope and action together.

    You should get out more. Go get a nasal swab; you need the activity.
    Maybe you’ll have 7 negative days and be able to leave the house with a mask.
    England to pilot daily Covid tests as way to avoid self-isolation
    Trial will explore whether tests for contacts of infected people reduce the need for them to isolate
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/england-to-pilot-daily-covid-tests-as-way-to-avoid-to-self-isolation

    ​Waaait – for – it…
    People in England urged to be patient amid reports hugging may soon be allowed
    Vaccine rollout and reduction in cases means family and friends could be allowed to hug in a fortnight​ (or time yet to be announced)​
    ​www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/01/england-urged-to-be-patient-amid-reports-hugging-may-soon-be-allowed

    Tessa Lena (who Fights Robots)
    A War on Touch
    … I am tactile. I perceive the world through physical touch. The current war on intimacy and the physical world at large outrages me because it attacks the very foundation of what makes a human life worth living. Plus, it is based on treachery.
    ​ ​Let me address the famous counter-argument head on: “Hold on hold on, no one is canceling the world, all of this is simply a reaction to the pandemic, don’t you see?”
    ​ ​No, it is not. We are being lied to. Let me repeat: We are being lied to. We are being lied to, there are signs of fraud all over the place (from censorship to bad statistics to suppressed effective cures to the fact that the “health response” was ready before the pandemic even started).​ …
    ​ But look around. Look around through your 2019 eyes. A reminder: nothing in nature has changed. Any virus would be dangerous to some without cures and with unprecedented levels of stress and medical mismanagement.
    ​ ​And finally, if there were any actual honest science behind the paradigm of imprisoning healthy people, separating families, closing schools, and betraying beloved elders who have died alone in nursing homes—if there were any actual science behind it, I reassure you, there would not be many skeptics. People generally want to do what helps them stay alive.
    tessa.substack.com/p/war-on-touch

    ​Thanks Jeremy:
    Evaluating the effects of shelter-in-place policies during the COVID-19 pandemic
    We estimate the effects of shelter-in-place (SIP) orders during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not find detectable effects of these policies on disease spread or deaths. We find small but measurable effects on mobility that dissipate over time. And we find small, delayed effects on unemployment. We conduct additional analyses that separately assess the effects of expanding versus withdrawing SIP orders and test whether there are spillover effects in other states. Our results are consistent with prior studies showing that SIP orders have accounted for a relatively small share of the mobility trends and economic disruptions associated with the pandemic. We reanalyze two prior studies purporting to show that SIP orders caused large reductions in disease prevalence, and show that those results are not reliable. Our results do not imply that social distancing behavior by individuals, as distinct from SIP policy, is ineffective.
    http://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/118/15/e2019706118.full.pdf

    #74510
    John Day
    Participant

    http://www.johndayblog.com/2021/05/rare-opportunities.html

    ​As you well know., and not a sign of strength, at all… (Russian alert)
    Twitter isn’t censoring accounts to keep users ‘safe’, it is using its power to spoon-feed the world establishment narratives
    ​ ​Last week, Simon Goddek, who has a PhD in biotechnology and researches system dynamics, tweeted a link to a scientific study titled, “Is a Mask That Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards?”
    ​ ​Some time later, his account was frozen and he received a notice from Twitter that it would remain frozen until he deleted the offending tweet, and for the 12 hours following that.
    http://www.rt.com/op-ed/522630-twitter-censoring-accounts-establishment/

    ​Former weird-kid-in-class President Trump remains permanently banned from Facebook. What a threat he is!​
    http://www.zerohedge.com/political/facebook-oversight-board-upholds-permanent-trump-ban-feared-serious-risk-violence

    ​More from (still fighting robots) Tessa Lena:
    Former UN Employee’s Brave Mission, “Be the drop that tips the bucket.”
    ​ ​After I started speaking up, I discovered so many brave and outspoken people that my heart is filled with gratitude to all of you.
    One of my new friends is Mary Otto-Chang.
    Mary is a former employee of the United Nations who had a very gratifying and respectable career there.
    Then 2020 happened—and like many of us, she started looking into the Great Reset and 4IR agenda—and was so appalled by it that she felt the urge to act.
    Mary then created a communication campaign to educate UN employees, government workers and citizens of Canada in general about the Great Reset agenda and the 4IR, in the language that is easy to digest. She went for it as a solo warrior, a move that takes some guts. Currently, she is reaching out to people—including in the UN—bringing their attention to what really is going on.
    tessa.substack.com/p/former-un-employees-brave-mission

    ​John Ward looks at Bill and Melinda’s DIVORCE as analogous to other stuff…
    ​ The fiscal and financial Left Field is complex and crowded: the scheme to hide further wealth transfer and control behind climate emergency and viral pandemic sounds very neat on paper, but in real life the chronic debt, rising inflation, precious metals, EU bankruptcy, French faillite and increasingly wobbly Covid19 narrative point to a potential swarm of chaos.
    Divorcees have a habit of forming seemingly unlikely new relationships. No option for alliance – good or bad – should be dismissed out of hand…..nor, I suspect, will it be.
    therealslog.com/2021/05/04/a-d-i-v-o-r-c-eeee/

    (“Sultan”) Erdogan’s Turkey is not picking a side, but is taking the best deals from Russia and the US, and NATO and Ukraine (and has been dealing quietly with Iran, we know), and is also asserting Turkish leadership and autonomy.
    Turkey is at a critical crossroads for pipelines, people, shipping and cultures. Greece was there, Byzantium, and currently the neo-Ottoman Erdogan. It is a critical and rapidly-evolving position. In a great power stalemate, Turkey chooses to advance quickly.
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2021/05/03/turkey-new-enfant-terrible-baffles-even-regions-experts/

    80% of people who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 in their noses have mild illness. That appears to be due to about 80% of people having significant crossover resistance to COVID, stored in their cellular immunity, in T-cells, from prior infections with other endemic coronavirus strains. Those people basically keep the virus from entering their bloodstreams, where it does not belong, and can cause great harm. The virus attacks the lining of the blood vessels, causing inflammation, clots and lod=ss of blood supply to useful organs like the brain, heart and kidneys.
    3 studies now show that even the spike protein alone, in the bloodstream, is inflammatory and causes clots and injury.
    ​ ​One of the most important pathologies, is hypercoagulation and microclots in the lungs of patients. Here we study the effect of isolated SARS-CoV-2 spike protein S1 subunit as potential inflammagen sui generis. Using scanning electron and fluorescence microscopy as well as mass spectrometry, we investigate the potential of this inflammagen to interact with platelets and fibrin(ogen) directly to cause blood hypercoagulation. Using platelet poor plasma (PPP), we show that spike protein may interfere with blood flow.
    It’s a good thing nobody is trying to inject spike proteins into us, isn’t it?
    Some of us have inadvertently chosen to make spike proteins in-house and have strokes, paralysis, brain-clots and other undesired things.
    If you don’t want to do this, don’t accept genetic injections which will make your body do this. Thanks Jeremy
    market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=242248

    ​It is estimated by epidemiologists that something like 1-2% of adverse events from COVID vaccines are reported in the US. It is an amazingly cumbersome, disquieting system that has stages of induction of the “I’d better stop now” feeling. Here is some conjecture about what real adr=verse events and deaths figures might look like. Thanks again, Jeremy.
    12 Million Possible Adverse Events After Vaccination in UK, Europe and the US — Over 12,000 Deaths Reported Soon After Vaccination
    http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/12-million-possible-adverse-events-after-vaccination-uk-gerry-brady/

    Pfizer Expects Vaccine Will Be “Durable Revenue Stream” As It Seeks Approval For Children 2 To 11
    http://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/pfizer-expects-covid-jab-will-be-durable-revenue-stream-approval-12-15-year-olds-looms

    Biden Unveils Aggressive New Target To Vaccinate 70% Of US Adults By July 4
    http://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/watch-live-biden-unveils-aggressive-new-target-vaccinate-70-us-adults-july-4

    #74511
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    I am thinking the vaccine is the initiation of a slow onset culling. Milk the vaccinated for their onsetting resulting health problems, do not pay any insurance when they die, foreclose on all property when they come available and no more pensions to pay.

    #74512
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    However you might envision and experience the spirits of truth, cooperation and compassion should work well. Altruistic prayer for guidance, naturally includes the practitioner of prayer in the eventual benefits, but it is not selfish.

    One reason I pray every day to The One Spiritual Power Who Is Father God And Mother Goddess for this guidance (“the essence of perfect spiritual fortitude”), is that I figure the results of doing so will help me to last the longest possible time with a modicum of a quality of life through this time of decline. I find it to be a very rational thing to do! 😉

    #74513
    Bill7
    Participant

    Escobar: “..The woke revolution is a culture war – in symbiosis with Big Tech and Big Business – that has smashed the real thing: class war. The atomized working classes, struggling to barely survive, have been left to wallow in anomie..”

    Precisely; wokeness is the cudgel used to beat the Many senseless, while avoiding talking about CLASS, CLASS, CLASS. Those who Rule us are creating so many diverse™ Identities that Solidarity becomes very, very difficult to achieve, even when we have so much to coalesce around..

    Brave new cancel culture world

    #74514
    Germ
    Participant

    ” …this book for the first time provides a stunning view of the underground movement by the world’s leading physicians to get the truth out against all odds, and the David V. Goliath battle to save the world with Ivermectin. The author of “Big Pharma uses Big Tobacco’s Strategy to Defeat Ivermectin” calls out the true hero’s of this Pandemic, those humanitarians who placed the welfare of others above that of their own careers, those doctors who stood up to the most powerful corporations and billionaires in the world, and won. This is the story of COVID, and most importantly, it is also the story of Ivermectin.” –

    #74515
    Bill7
    Participant
    #74516
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    Those who Rule us are creating so many diverse™ Identities that Solidarity becomes very, very difficult to achieve,

    I identify as an artichoke! 😛

    #74517
    zerosum
    Participant

    Result from vaccine test for 12 – 15 year old were 100% effective at preventing getting covid 19
    DHUUUUU!!
    Question:
    For that age group, what % would get covid 19 without the vaccine.?
    Is the % more than 1.00%?

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