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Senior NHS Board Member: Stop The Genocide Or Our Children Are Next (UKC)
Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin (AJT)
Did People Or Nature Open Pandora’s Box At Wuhan? (Wade)
mRNA Vaccines Induce Broad CD4+ T Cell Responses
What A Convenient LIE (Denninger)
Crimes of Covid Vaccine Maker Pfizer Documented (M&A)
Stay-at-Home Lockdowns Made No Difference to Covid Deaths in US States (LDS)
US Backs Waiving Patent Protections For Covid Vaccines (CNBC)
Public Officials Turned Covid Celebrities Don’t Want Restrictions To End (RT)
This Biden Proposal Could Make the US a “Digital Dictatorship” (Whitney Webb)
CRISPR Madness: Welcome to the Age of Genetic Chaos (CP)
US, NATO Launch Massive Military Exercise Amid Complaints From Russia (JTN)





“If you refuse to co-operate in rolling this out, then we’ll remove you.”

Senior NHS Board Member: Stop The Genocide Or Our Children Are Next (UKC)

The transcript below is of a call made to Brian Gerrish on 18 April 2021. The voice of the caller has been changed to protect her identity. The senior NHS Board member warns that the government is now controlling the NHS, and it is the government that is actually dictating what the NHS should do during Covid emergency measures. She states that the result of the government’s enforced Covid and vaccination policies can be described as genocide. [..] Brian Gerrish: I’ve been contacted by an NHS professional who would like to speak to me about things happening in the NHS. So, without any ado, let’s go over to our caller today. Thank you very much for calling me. It’s really been wonderful that you’ve had the confidence to give us a call at the UK Column. I’m going to ask the key question: why have you called me today?

Whistleblower: [..] You know, I just really wanted to share my personal story on what’s happened since last March. [..] I guess when all the Coronavirus started, and when it came into the UK — mainframing kind of March last year — obviously the conversations really were predominantly about measures to stop infection, forecasting, you know, “this is what we’re anticipating will happen”, you know, “how do we manage the services”. Kind of all that was going on, and then as we went through the summer, there started to be a little bit of talk about the vaccine development and potential treatments and things like that. And then the treatments completely went, and the vaccine discussions ramped up, and in November it really started to be predominantly what we talked about.

And, I mean, you can’t call it a vaccine, because it doesn’t meet the definition, so I’m going to refer to it as an injection, but I’m just making sure that everyone’s on the same page with me. So, it became kind of clear to myself, and a few other colleagues that I know on other NHS Boards, in November that we were going to be asked to completely roll this out — and also that there really were some long-term safety issues, and stuff that we just didn’t know. And so it really took us by surprise, the scope and speed at which they were moving. And at the time, we had a lot of discussions, as a Board, as to our concerns around this — and remember that when the NHS is in emergency measures, which it is and has been, then the Government is able to tightly control what the NHS does, and is able to dictate a lot more what the NHS does than it would be able to if it wasn’t in emergency measures.

So, our Chief Executive had discussions about our concerns, and I can say other Boards had the same discussions, and in a nutshell, what we were told in December was, “If you refuse to co-operate in rolling this out, then we’ll remove you.” And it wasn’t said explicitly, and it wasn’t put in e-mails, but it was certainly very indicated that that was the case.

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American Journal of Therapeutics

Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin (AJT)

Since 2012, a growing number of cellular studies have demonstrated that ivermectin has antiviral properties against an increasing number of RNA viruses, including influenza, Zika, HIV, Dengue, and most importantly, SARS-CoV-2.9–17 Insights into the mechanisms of action by which ivermectin both interferes with the entrance and replication of SARS-CoV-2 within human cells are mounting. Caly et al18 first reported that ivermectin significantly inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication in a cell culture model, observing the near absence of all viral material 48 hours after exposure to ivermectin. However, some questioned whether this observation is generalizable clinically given the inability to achieve similar tissue concentrations used in their experimental model using standard or even massive doses of ivermectin.19,20

It should be noted that the concentrations required for an effect in cell culture models bear little resemblance to human physiology given the absence of an active immune system working synergistically with a therapeutic agent, such as ivermectin. Furthermore, prolonged durations of exposure to a drug likely would require a fraction of the dosing in short-term cell model exposure. Furthermore, multiple coexisting or alternate mechanisms of action likely explain the clinical effects observed, such as the competitive binding of ivermectin with the host receptor-binding region of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, as proposed in 6 molecular modeling studies.21–26 In 4 of the studies, ivermectin was identified as having the highest or among the highest of binding affinities to spike protein S1 binding domains of SARS-CoV-2 among hundreds of molecules collectively examined, with ivermectin not being the particular focus of study in 4 of these studies.27

This is the same mechanism by which viral antibodies, in particular, those generated by the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The high binding activity of ivermectin to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein could limit binding to either the ACE-2 receptor or sialic acid receptors, respectively, either preventing cellular entry of the virus or preventing hemagglutination, a recently proposed pathologic mechanism in COVID-19.21,22,26–28 Ivermectin has also been shown to bind to or interfere with multiple essential structural and nonstructural proteins required by the virus to replicate.26,29 Finally, ivermectin also binds to the SARS-CoV-2 RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), thereby inhibiting viral replication.30

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Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists

“The intermediary host species of SARS1 was identified within four months of the epidemic’s outbreak, and the host of MERS within nine months..”

But after 15 months, we still have no idea about the origin of Sars 2.

Did People Or Nature Open Pandora’s Box At Wuhan? (Wade)

Natural emergence was the media’s preferred theory until around February 2021 and the visit by a World Health Organization (WHO) commission to China. The commission’s composition and access were heavily controlled by the Chinese authorities. Its members, who included the ubiquitous Daszak, kept asserting before, during, and after their visit that lab escape was extremely unlikely. But this was not quite the propaganda victory the Chinese authorities may have been hoping for. What became clear was that the Chinese had no evidence to offer the commission in support of the natural emergence theory. This was surprising because both the SARS1 and MERS viruses had left copious traces in the environment.

The intermediary host species of SARS1 was identified within four months of the epidemic’s outbreak, and the host of MERS within nine months. Yet some 15 months after the SARS2 pandemic began, and after a presumably intensive search, Chinese researchers had failed to find either the original bat population, or the intermediate species to which SARS2 might have jumped, or any serological evidence that any Chinese population, including that of Wuhan, had ever been exposed to the virus prior to December 2019. Natural emergence remained a conjecture which, however plausible to begin with, had gained not a shred of supporting evidence in over a year.

And as long as that remains the case, it’s logical to pay serious attention to the alternative conjecture, that SARS2 escaped from a lab. Why would anyone want to create a novel virus capable of causing a pandemic? Ever since virologists gained the tools for manipulating a virus’s genes, they have argued they could get ahead of a potential pandemic by exploring how close a given animal virus might be to making the jump to humans. And that justified lab experiments in enhancing the ability of dangerous animal viruses to infect people, virologists asserted.

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Question is: what else do they do?

mRNA Vaccines Induce Broad CD4+ T Cell Responses (JCI)

Recent studies have shown T cell cross-recognition of SARS-CoV-2 and common cold coronavirus spike proteins. However, the effect of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines on T cell responses to common cold coronaviruses remain unknown. In this study, we analyzed CD4+ T cell responses to spike peptides from SARS-CoV-2 and 3 common cold coronaviruses (HCoV-229E, HCoV-NL63, and HCoV-OC43) before and after study participants received Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2) or Moderna (mRNA-1273) mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine recipients made broad T cell responses to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and we identified 23 distinct targeted peptides in 9 participants including one peptide that was targeted by 6 individuals.

Only 4 out of these 23 targeted peptides would potentially be affected by mutations in the UK (B.1.1.7) and South African (B.1.351) variants and CD4+ T cells from vaccine recipients recognized the 2 variant spike proteins as effectively as the spike protein from the ancestral virus. Interestingly, we saw a 3-fold increase in the CD4+ T cell responses to HCoV-NL63 spike peptides post-vaccination. Our results suggest that T cell responses elicited or enhanced by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines may be able to control SARS-CoV-2 variants and lead to cross-protection from some endemic coronaviruses.

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“Let me give you a piece of advice: Shoving a gun in anyone’s face, which is what a mandate is, generates no confidence at all. It does, however, generate a whole bunch of other things, including revulsion, hatred or even justified retribution.”

What A Convenient LIE (Denninger)

Oh, look at this: Beyond safety, requiring mandatory vaccinations also allows us to set an example for those who are hesitant to get vaccinated. Leaders at all levels have championed the vaccine and are taking action to educate people who are reluctant to get vaccinated. By mandating vaccines, healthcare institutions will show the world that we trust the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and inspire others to follow. Riiiight. You inspire women to consent to sex by putting a gun in their face and demanding they take off their clothes? Let me give you a piece of advice: Shoving a gun in anyone’s face, which is what a mandate is, generates no confidence at all. It does, however, generate a whole bunch of other things, including revulsion, hatred or even justified retribution.

In addition you’re not immune from lawsuit, nor is your institution. Pfizer is, but you are not. Sucks to be you if and when one of your staff members is badly hurt or killed by taking the shots. Maybe it hasn’t and won’t happen but that liability is open-ended and permanent for both you personally and your institution. Further that liability is civil so no, it doesn’t have to be proved the shot was the cause — just more-likely than not in the opinion of the jury. It’s not like you don’t have a very nice building and institution there that looks like some awfully-deep pockets to go raid if someone dies or perhaps worse, is permanently disabled from taking said shot, right? And it’s not like social media isn’t awash in people who have had that happen already and are all over GoFundMe and elsewhere begging for money as they’ve been hit with half-million dollar medical bills and aren’t done — right?

If that’s a result of an entirely voluntary decision then it’s of course on them no matter how foolish but if it’s a result of a mandate well, who gets to pay for that Marc and how do you think that will end for you and your hospital when, not if, it winds up in court? Because it will end up in court and you will be named as Defendant, both personally and corporately. Perhaps your threat to fire anyone who won’t submit is an empty one. We’ll see. Maybe your legal department has explained all of this to you and you’re waving your arms around making noise, publishing OpEds because you know damn well that you’re so far out on the legal ledge 300′ up that your greatest fear is that someone is going to come along with a chainsaw.

Perhaps the gun you claim to be shoving in people’s faces, in other words, isn’t actually loaded and you know damn well it’s empty. Perhaps the real reason you published the OpEd is that the other medical center across town is not mandating anything, you asked and were told to go to Hell and you’re scared that the best talent will quit and go work there, eviscerating the quality of your services. Is that really what this is about; another illegal, 15 USC Chapter 1 monopolist trick to go along with all the other ones damn near every medical center in the US have gotten away with for the last 30 years?

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November 18, 2020, from law firm Matthews and Associates.

Crimes of Covid Vaccine Maker Pfizer Documented (M&A)

Here’s a brief glimpse of Pfizer’s track record for safety and ethics. This is a short list, by no means inclusive of the company’s entire rap sheet.

Pfizer received the biggest fine in U.S. history as part of a $2.3 Billion plea deal with federal prosecutors for mis-promoting medicines (Bextra, Celebrex) and paying kickbacks to compliant doctors. Pfizer pleaded guilty to mis-branding the painkiller Bextra by promoting the drug for uses for which it was not approved.

In the 1990s, Pfizer was involved in defective heart valves that lead to the deaths of more than 100 people. Pfizer had deliberately misled regulators about the hazards. The company agreed to pay $10.75 Million to settle justice department charges for misleading regulators.

Pfizer paid more than $60 Million to settle a lawsuit over Rezulin, a diabetes medication that caused patients to die from acute liver failure.

In the UK, Pfizer has been fined nearly €90 Million for overcharging the NHS, the National Health Service. Pfizxer charged the taxpayer an additional €48 Million per year for what should have cost €2 million per year.

Pfizer agreed to pay $430 Million in 2004 to settle criminal charges that it had bribed doctors to prescribe its epilepsy drug Neurontin for indications for which it was not approved.

In 2011, a jury found Pfizer committed racketeering fraud in its marketing of the drug Neurontin. Pfizer agreed to pay $142.1 Million to settle the charges.

Pfizer disclosed that it had paid nearly nearly 4,500 doctors and other medical professionals some $20 Million for speaking on Pfizer’s behalf.

In 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had reached a $45 Million settlement with Pfizer to resolve charges that its subsidiaries had bribed overseas doctors and other healthcare professionals to increase foreign sales.

Pfizer was sued in a U.S. federal court for using Nigerian children as human guinea pigs, without the childrens’ parents’ consent. Pfizer paid $75 Million to settle in Nigerian court for using an experimental antibiotic, Trovan, on the children. The company paid an additional undisclosed amount in the U.S. to settle charges here. Pfizer had violated international law, including the Nuremberg Convention established after WWII, due to Nazi experiments on unwilling prisoners.

Amid widespread criticism of gouging poor countries for drugs, Pfizer pledged to give $50 million for an AIDS drug to South Africa. Later, however, Pfizer failed to honor that promise.

Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is being rolled out with nothing but positive press from every mainstream media outlet in the country. Meanwhile, more than half of Americans surveyed have said they will not take a Covid vaccine. The plain fact is that many questions remain unanswered regarding this, or any other, Covid vaccine’s safety and efficacy.

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“We were not able to explain the variation of deaths per million in different regions in the world by social isolation..”

Stay-at-Home Lockdowns Made No Difference to Covid Deaths in US States (LDS)

A new study from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago has analysed the impact of stay-at-home orders on infections and deaths in U.S. states and found they made no difference. The peer-reviewed study, published in the scientific journal PNAS, found stay-at-home orders (also known as shelter-in-place orders or SIPs) were not associated with lower infections or deaths; furthermore, they were actually associated with a slight increase in infections and deaths, although this was not statistically significant.

[..] The authors observe that if stay-at-home orders aren’t affecting mobility, it’s difficult to see how they will affect anything else: “If SIP [shelter-in-place] orders did not have large effects on behaviour, it is hard to imagine how they could have had large effects on COVID-19 cases and deaths.” They add: “The health benefits of SIP orders were likely limited because many people were already social distancing before the introduction of SIP orders.” They suggest that voluntary mobility reduction and social distancing made a difference to outcomes, though do not commit to saying how much. Noting that nationwide there was around a 50% decrease in mobility between February and April 2020, they state: “The nationwide reaction to COVID-19 almost surely decreased the spread of the disease.”

However, their results, they say, “have nothing to say about the health and societal benefits of staying at home and reducing physical contact with others. The model-based studies which claim stay-at-home lockdown orders saved thousands of lives are therefore in error, they argue. “The previously presented evidence on the effectiveness of SIP orders appears to be misleading, and there is currently no compelling evidence to suggest that SIP policies saved a large number of lives or significantly mitigated the spread of COVID-19. However, this does not mean that voluntary social distancing – SIP practice as distinct from policy – was ineffective.”

The study was written and submitted prior to the appearance in Nature this March of the study by R.F. Savaris and colleagues which in effect looked at “SIP practice as distinct from policy”. It found that actually staying at home made little to no difference either: “We were not able to explain the variation of deaths per million in different regions in the world by social isolation, herein analysed as differences in staying at home, compared to baseline. In the restrictive and global comparisons, only 3% and 1.6% of the comparisons were significantly different, respectively.”

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Long overdue. But far from done.

US Backs Waiving Patent Protections For Covid Vaccines (CNBC)

The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it supports waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines, as countries struggle to manufacture the life-saving doses. “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,” United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai wrote in a statement. “As our vaccine supply for the American people is secured, the Administration will continue to ramp up its efforts — working with the private sector and all possible partners — to expand vaccine manufacturing and distribution. It will also work to increase the raw materials needed to produce those vaccines,” the statement added.

The World Health Organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, praised the U.S. decision as a “monumental moment in the fight against Covid-19” that reflects the “moral leadership” of the White House in the fight to end the pandemic. Stocks of major pharmaceutical companies that have produced vaccines, including Moderna, BioNTech and Pfizer, dropped sharply after news of the potential waivers first broke. Pfizer ended its trading day flat, while Moderna lost 6.1%; Johnson & Johnson shed a modest 0.4%. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America expressed pointed opposition to the Biden administration’s support for waiving IP protections. The trade group’s members include vaccine makers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

“In the midst of a deadly pandemic, the Biden Administration has taken an unprecedented step that will undermine our global response to the pandemic and compromise safety,” said Stephen J. Ubi, the group’s president and CEO. “This decision will sow confusion between public and private partners, further weaken already strained supply chains and foster the proliferation of counterfeit vaccines. ”

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“..the Faucis and Ferrers of the world feasted well on buckets of media love for some 13+ months, and they’re not ready to go back to a diet of irrelevance.”

Public Officials Turned Covid Celebrities Don’t Want Restrictions To End (RT)

Narcissistic civil servants have turned into pseudo-celebrities thanks to the pandemic and they don’t want to go back to the shadows. Now the only way to stop their endless restrictions is by threatening their public standing. On April 21, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director, settled in before fawning SoCal reporters for the latest in her mind-numbing Möbius strip of press conferences. This grownup with a job she considers essential to her city’s survival proceeded to tell millions of restrictions-weary Angelenos about hungry bunny rabbits. In a failed effort to explain why fully vaccinated men and women who can no longer spread or suffer infection by the coronavirus should go on wearing masks for months to come, Ferrer wove a fable of a garden trying to fend off rabbits that want to eat carrots.

You can hear how proud Ferrer is of this few minutes of “Watership Downer.” She no doubt labored over her infectious fairy tale – this off-off Broadway brand of virus Vaudeville – for hours, confident she’d sway that handful of suckers still bothering to pay any attention. While news reports conveniently glossed over Ferrer’s furry voyage into drivel, I managed to find a recording of her hopping down the bunny trail. As she drones along, it’s clear she’s not educating the public. She’s performing. It’s juvenile, patronizing and ineffective. Still, you must wonder if Ferrer found it to be her finest hour. Ferrer feels comfortable enough to present a bad children’s book as public health data because she has soaked in the spa waters of media adoration and public attention for more than a year. All the while, panic over a serious, but manageable pandemic surged through the easily led, slow-to-question LA populous.

That same panic allowed this woman of some educational achievement to rise to fame from the dark and dusty halls of the public sector. In any normal era, she’s the kind of appointed official who would otherwise toil in anonymity. Fortunately for her, the “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV- 2)” made her a star, albeit a dim one. The slog that was 2020 became a time to glow for the likes of infectious disease personality Dr. Anthony Fauci and for Ferrer, too. And now it’s now well past the hour to turn out the lights on her and her kindred. But sadly, the Faucis and Ferrers of the world feasted well on buckets of media love for some 13+ months, and they’re not ready to go back to a diet of irrelevance.

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For the longest time, Moderna could not get mRNA approved for anything. Still not for its Covid vaccine either. But they have big plans.

This Biden Proposal Could Make the US a “Digital Dictatorship” (Whitney Webb)

Last Wednesday, President Biden was widely praised in mainstream and health-care–focused media for his call to create a “new biomedical research agency” modeled after the US military’s “high-risk, high-reward” Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. As touted by the president, the agency would seek to develop “innovative” and “breakthrough” treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes, with a call to “end cancer as we know it.” Far from “ending cancer” in the way most Americans might envision it, the proposed agency would merge “national security” with “health security” in such as way as to use both physical and mental health “warning signs” to prevent outbreaks of disease or violence before they occur.

Such a system is a recipe for a technocratic “pre-crime” organization with the potential to criminalize both mental and physical illness as well as “wrongthink.” The Biden administration has asked Congress for $6.5 billion to fund the agency, which would be largely guided by Biden’s recently confirmed top science adviser, Eric Lander. Lander, formerly the head of the Silicon Valley–dominated Broad Institute, has been controversial for his ties to eugenicist and child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his relatively recent praise for James Watson, an overtly racist eugenicist. Despite that, Lander is set to be confirmed by the Senate and Congress and is reportedly significantly enthusiastic about the proposed new “health DARPA.”

This new agency, set to be called ARPA-H or HARPA, would be housed within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and would raise the NIH budget to over $51 billion. Unlike other agencies at NIH, ARPA-H would differ in that the projects it funds would not be peer reviewed prior to approval; instead hand-picked program managers would make all funding decisions. Funding would also take the form of milestone-driven payments instead of the more traditional multiyear grants. ARPA-H will likely heavily fund and promote mRNA vaccines as one of the “breakthroughs” that will cure cancer. Some of the mRNA vaccine manufacturers that have produced some of the most widely used COVID-19 vaccines, such as the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, stated just last month that “cancer is the next problem to tackle with mRNA tech” post-COVID.

BioNTech has been developing mRNA gene therapies for cancer for years and is collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create mRNA-based treatments for tuberculosis and HIV. Other “innovative” technologies that will be a focus of this agency are less well known to the public and arguably more concerning.

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“..left the door open to future manipulation of humans.”

CRISPR Madness: Welcome to the Age of Genetic Chaos (CP)

The Nobel prize in chemistry awarded last year to the biochemists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for the genetic modification technique called CRISPR cemented the popular idea that a new era of precision manipulation of hereditary material had arrived. The award came on the heels of the unauthorized use of the technique by the scientist He Jiankui in 2018 in China in an effort to produce individuals (twin girls in this case) resistant to HIV, and a flurry of studies in early 2020 showing that accuracy in altering DNA in a test tube or bacteria in a culture dish, did not hold up when applied to animal embryos. Attempts to modify single genes in human embryos (not intended to be brought to full-term) in fact led to “large-scale, unintended DNA deletions and rearrangements in the areas surrounding the targeted sequence,” aka “genetic chaos.”

Dr. He was imprisoned, fined, and fired from his academic position in China for his actions, although it is still not clear to what extent the higher-ups at his institute were aware of them. At a small meeting that I attended in Berkeley in early 2017 where He spoke, he unambiguously stated that “these things are thought of differently in China than in the U.S.” The U.S. scientific establishment uniformly condemned He’s experiments, but when questioned, most scientists, including Doudna herself, and bioethicists (a profession dedicated, with a few exceptions, to getting the public used to what the scientists and bioentrepreneurs have in store for it), left the door open to future manipulation of humans.

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The Pantagon touting its transparency. Onion material.

US, NATO Launch Massive Military Exercise Amid Complaints From Russia (JTN)

Following complaints from Russia that it was being cast as a mock NATO enemy, the United States and allies on Tuesday launched a long-planned military exercise in Europe involving more than 28,000 troops from 26 nations training across the continent. The exercise, Defender-Europe 21, commenced following opening ceremonies in Albania, and comes in the wake of Russian troop movements along the border with Ukraine. Amid speculation last month that Russia aimed to invade or intimidate Ukraine, Moscow charged that the current NATO exercise was designed with a Russian enemy in mind. The U.S. and its allies routinely conduct exercises “with a clear anti-Russian orientation,” Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said in an April videoconference with other military leaders.

Noting that Defender Europe 21 is is the largest NATO exercise in 30 years, Shoygo couched the training as a threat to Russia. According to the Pentagon, Defender Europe is meant to build readiness within the NATO alliance. “It’s defensive in nature, focused on deterring aggression, while preparing our forces to respond to crisis and conduct large-scale combat operations if necessary,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said this week. In a remark aimed at Moscow’s long silence on why 100,000 Russian troops had been sent to the Ukraine border, Kirby highlighted the openness surrounding Defender Europe.

“We actually come to the podium and tell you about it,” Kirby told reporters on Monday. “I told you how many troops. I told you how many nations. I talked about specifics in terms of what they’re going to be exercising … and we’re not getting that out of Moscow, and we haven’t. So that’s a big difference right there.” The Pentagon began moving troops and equipment to Europe for the exercise in March, and in April moved prepositioned military stocks from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The training will focus on defending the western Balkans and Black Sea regions, and also will rehearse defense operations elsewhere in Europe and Ukraine, according to the Pentagon. Events will include live fire training, medical exercises, and mock evacuations.

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    Ding, Ding, Ding :-

    “Results: ProLung budesonide showed significant inhibition on viral replication of SARS CoV 2 infected cells ”

    Get your Budesonide inhalers from Kachhela!

    Dr. D

    If there’s a dictatorship, I’m resisting it.

    I wouldn’t be up to my name if the society turned and opposed the vaccine, I’d have to present the benefits. …That would indeed be hard.

    The hardest part we keep running into is blazing horse-mule illogic. YOU got the vaccine. Congratulations, you’re safe. Now nobody needs to care about whether anybody else got it, for any reason, so long as it’s available. …They believe, in all seriousness, that their mask and vaccine DO NOT WORK unless you get yours.

    I have never seen anything like it. It makes all the mentally ill people I’ve known pale in comparison.

    But what will I say at the gates of heaven and they say, “Did you know what they were doing was wrong?” Yes, I knew. We are not exactly the millennium of love and brotherhood down here. “Then what did you DO about it?” Or, “Nevermind your brother’s mote, what did YOU do about it?”

    …Pretty much run myself out of town. But if I get completely out of town, I can’t argue with them. Sort of a Jeremiah moment.

    absolute galore

    Maybe I will understand it better when I go pick it up at the Tractor Supply store later, but the reviewer on the site (with a wink) calculated the dose at .866 grams for a “horse” weighing 170lbs, which, conveniently, is about what I weigh.
    But when I do 170/11 I get about 15.5mg, which is .015 grams (which I would not even be able to weigh) as opposed to .866 mg recommended by the reviewer. Does this have to do with the 1.87% mentioned in the description?

    One reason I want to be careful is this comment from a reviewer: Works just as well as the more expensive brands. The measuring mechanism leaves too much room for error, or this would be 5 stars

    Another commenter mentions that his 70lb goats get a “pea size” dose. So maybe I will take 2.5 pea-size doses.

    John Day

    Posted by Absolute Galore: (my modification)
    But pediatricians and others who are seen as trusted sources of information are already aware that they have considerable work(PIMPING) to do to instill vaccine confidence in this latest cohort.

    John Day

    BTW, I identify as the Daibutsu of Kamakura.
    (“aspirational”, really…)

    madamski cafone

    The Jackpot

    Always interesting, this writer.

    Figmund Sreud

    Just for a contrast, vax situation from bit different angle, … “investment” angle [primarily quotes from latest Morningstar report]:

    “ Moderna Dominates COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers,
    at Least for Now
    The development of the COVID-19 vaccine market will depend on several tough-to- predict outcomes, like the duration of vaccine protection, how variants evolve, and how competitors progress.
    Despite the early lead that Moderna MRNA and BioNTech BNTX hold, and their clear dominance in the pandemic market for COVID-19 vaccine sales, we’re not yet convinced that COVID-19 will require widespread annual booster shots, and if so, whether these companies will remain dominant in the long run.
    Still, we do expect these mRNA companies to dominate the global COVID-19 vaccine market in the short term, particularly as third-dose boosters become available late in 2021. We expect 41% of delivered doses in 2022 to be based on mRNA technology.”

    “Near-Term mRNA Vaccine Demand Boosted by Vector Vaccine Headwinds
    Adenoviral vector vaccines from Johnson & Johnson JNJ and AstraZeneca AZN have seen slower launches due to manufacturing issues and, more recently, potential safety issues.
    The manufacturing issues have cut AstraZeneca’s expected output in the first half of 2021 from its original goal of 300 million doses in the European Union to only 100 million. Johnson & Johnson has lost as many as 15 million doses due to a manufacturing mix-up at a key facility in Baltimore.
    And both vaccines have been linked to rare side effects. Reports of a rare combination of low platelets and dangerous blood clots in recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine have led several European countries to limit its use to older adults; Denmark has opted to stop using it entirely. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is back on the U.S. market following a temporary pause while the Food and Drug Administration investigated six blood clots (out of more than 6.8 million administered doses).
    We continue to think the risks of COVID-19 far outweigh the potential safety risks of these vaccines, particularly in regions that do not have access to mRNA vaccines and if age restrictions are considered. That said, these fears are already boosting demand for mRNA vaccines in Europe.”

    “COVID-19 Vaccinations Likely to Be Annual, at Least for Some Groups

    So far, data indicates that vaccines last at least six months, as Pfizer PFE/BioNTech and Moderna have disclosed relatively stable six-month efficacy levels. However, we assume continuing declines will mean that COVID-19 vaccines will be needed annually for certain populations, beyond the pandemic.
    In our base case, we assume that higher-risk populations (infants and the elderly) require annual vaccination and that prices rise slightly due to demand for higher- efficacy vaccines (although we assume some new competition from other mRNA and antigen vaccine players). Our base-case assumptions create a roughly $8 billion annual market, of which we assume Moderna could see $2 billion annually. (We provide our detailed analysis of Moderna in this article.)
    In our bull case, we assume broad recommendations for annual vaccination at a price roughly double that of pandemic prices. This assumes limited competition, continued high mutation rates, and waning immunity from pandemic shots (vaccines appear to remain effective for at least six months, but additional mutations could erode this protection further). Our Moderna bull-case assumptions imply market demand for 1.6 billion vaccine doses annually; at a premium price around $16 a dose globally ($30 in the United States), this would create a $26 billion annual market.
    In our bear case, we assume that only infants require annual shots, due to slowing mutation rates and longer-lived protection from pandemic shots, which levels the playing field for older technologies that take longer to modify and therefore prevents any price increases from pandemic levels. Our Moderna bear-case assumptions imply market demand for 250 million doses annually; at roughly pandemic-level pricing ($8 globally, $15 in the U.S.), this would create a $2 billion annual market.”

    … so you all know.


    John Day

    @Absolute Galore: the horse paste mix weighs more that the ivermectin it contains.
    so your body weight , 170# gets 15 to 16 mg of ivermectin, since 11 goes into 170 a little more than 15 times. Knowing that amount of ivermectin, see how many grams of the paste you need to get that many mg of medicinal ingredient.
    1.87% ivermectin (I did not check, myself, but used your number) is very close to 2% ivermectin, so the horse paste weight would be a little over 50 times the ivermectin weight.
    That would be about 50 X 15 = 750 mg of paste , 50 X 16 = 800 mg of paste, 0.8 of a gram, very close to what you quoted.

    John Day

    Oops, I think you will find that to be 0.866 gm, not “0.866 mg”

    Doc Robinson

    Something I noticed today:

    There’s a blood disorder, Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS), which currently (updated April 29) has four criteria for diagnosis.

    (American Society of Hematology)
    Diagnosis (must meet all four criteria):

    1. COVID vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/AstraZeneca only to date) 4 to 30 days previously
    2. Venous or arterial thrombosis (often cerebral or abdominal)
    3. Thrombocytopenia*
    4. Positive PF4 “HIT” (heparin-induced thrombocytopenia) ELISA

    So if somebody had symptoms 2,3, and 4, but they previously got the Pfizer or Moderna injection (instead of J&J or AZ), then they wouldn’t qualify for the diagnosis, and they officially don’t have this disorder.

    And if somebody got all these symptoms, except they got the shot 3 days prior, or 31+ days prior, then they don’t have this syndrome.

    It looks like Pfizer and Moderna have somehow been exempted from being associated with this disorder, regardless of the symptoms which occur after their injections.

    madamski cafone

    @ absolute galore

    Ah, online gender, that intriguing thing. See how I associated the words ‘absolute galore’ with feminine behavior stereotypes? There’s nothing overtly feminine about the terms but semiotically it registers as feminine. How funny!

    “The funny thing about my conversation with my friend, who is no dummy, was that he was very agitated, while I was extremely calm, even, admittedly, unusually calm during our discussion. He kept saying that people who choose to pick a fight with the vaccines are actually angry about something else, and should look to identify what that might be. In other words, that this idea of freedom of one’s choice was merely an acting out based on some other grievance.”

    Your friend appears to be projecting hir/hem onto you. This is fundamentally identical to what my son has been doing in his attempts to avoid dealing with what he knows is a major problem. He shifts the blame onto others rather than face it himself. Ye olde ad hominem straw man, perhaps our favorite form of social illogic.

    But the fact that he does so, and with such vehemence, means that his protective bubble of denial is no longer providing the comforting inside-the-goldfish-bowl reflective illusion that he’s relied on to avoid facing his real issues (which are horrendous, and some of which result from my mistakes).

    I think the same is true of your friend. When the kovid illusion bursts, where will the majority of that anger be directed? Melinda Gates was smart to rent an island now before the rush.

    Dr. D

    Like this:

    “Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

    Comedian Trevor Noah raged against health authorities in the U.S. insisting that people who have received the vaccine will still be subject to COVID-19 restrictions, arguing this will discourage others from getting the jab.

    The CDC recently released new guidelines outlining how even those who get the vaccine should still wear masks and practice social distancing in a number of situations.

    “The really frustrating thing…is that they’ve spent months, they’ve spent 5 months telling us to get vaccinated – ‘oh get vaccinated and this will all be over’ – and I was like great, I’ll get all four vaccines if it means I’ll get my life back,” said Noah.

    “But now they’re putting out a chart and it says even if you get vaccinated, you can only do two more things without a mask on – two!”

    “Guys, what the hell? The shit you’re telling people is incoherent. You’re telling us these new vaccines are 95% effective and will stop coronavirus but we still can’t do anything without a mask on – which is it?”

    The penny may have finally dropped for this monumental dipshit.
    — Gar🐝 J👀man (@Gee2TheAitch) May 6, 2021

    “Is this one of the most effective vaccines in the world or does it not work? It’s not clear messaging especially if you’re desperately trying to convince people to get the vaccine.”

    Apparently, Noah didn’t get the memo that the “new normal” means continuing to be subjected to pedantic restrictions even if you’ve already slavishly complied with all the previous demands.

    John Day

    There is another garden selfie with Jenny from another angle of the Austin veggie garden yesterday, and one thing not already posted here…

    It’s cool. These guys are all members of the big NATO club. Nothing comes before that.

    ​ ​After a deal over fishing rights became a major sticking point that almost scuttled a Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU, France and the UK are already feuding over fishing licenses that are supposed to be approved by the UK-dominated island of Jersey, which is facing threats of having its electricity cut off by France if it doesn’t stop stalling on issuing fishing licenses to French ships.
    ​ ​Brussels has already backed France and accused the UK of breaking the newly ratified deal in dispute over Jersey fishing licenses.
    ​ ​Alarmed by France’s threats and a mass of fishing ships arriving in its harbor setting off red flares in protest, the Royal Navy has sent two ships that have just arrived in the island’s waters. PM Boris Johnson, who was reportedly only made aware of the conflict this week, says he stands behind the island of Jersey, which is a protectorate of the British Crown.
    ​ ​French fishermen and ministers have been complaining for two weeks about the difficulty of gaining access to British waters despite the agreement on fisheries reached at the end of last year. Apparently, the British applied new conditions to fisheries applications requiring fishermen to prove via GPS that they have been fishing in Jersey waters, the FT reports.
    ​ ​Small boat owners argue that they do not have GPS technology and the other electronic surveillance equipment required. Other special conditions attached to the licenses relate to the fishing gear itself. The EU-UK trade deal allows the UK to impose new requirements, but they must be based on “clear scientific rationale”. In this case, there doesn’t appear to be any rationale for its demands.

    Dr. D

    And there are 170lb horses. Most famous of whom is this:


    madamski cafone

    @ Dr. D

    “…Pretty much run myself out of town. But if I get completely out of town, I can’t argue with them. Sort of a Jeremiah moment.”

    I would be sad if you left TAEville. Whatever you do, don’t hitch a ride inside a whale.


    I recommend you remove the term “argue” from your quiver arsenal. One doesn’t argue with the hypnotized and win. One can, however, create cognitive dissonance that disturbs their denialism. Arguing just makes it easier for them to run away while yelling that you’re a chicken. (True life personal experience. 4 of them; 1 of me.)


    @ John Day


    madamski cafone

    @ John Day

    She is obviously a major sweetie and you are a big burly brute. 😉

    Maxwell Quest

    @absolute galore

    I was an early adopter of the horse paste strategy, and even experimented on myself before recommending it to others. As JD points out, when examining the concentration of ivermectin per tube, the dosage works out to be the same whether you are a horse or a human @ 0.2mg / Kg

    6.08 g / tube x 1.87% Ivermectin / tube = 113.7 mg Ivermectin / tube

    Each tube represents one treatment for a 1250 lb horse (or 568 Kg)

    113.7 mg / 568 Kg = 0.2 mg / Kg dosage

    This is precisely the same dosage as was recommended by FLCCC for treating their Covid patients. I remember worrying about how I was going to measure the correct amount of paste needed per dose only to be pleasantly surprised when the product arrived to find a clever weight scale built right onto the plunger.

    Lots of good comments today… good chemistry.


    Absolute, the horse paste comes in a tube, with a lock ring. Set the lock ring to body weight and press on plunger. I use it on my sheep.
    Who is the frame builder?


    This is an absolute must watch for anybody who wants to understand how efficacious these vaccines really are, or not! And how the Relative and Absolute Risk Reductions are calculated and what they mean. A little mathematical, but most folks here seem smart and will get it.
    And then not get the vaccine!

    ps. Especially for Dr. Day!


    Absolute Galore: Thanks for the links to those two David Cayley pieces, and the mention of his book on Ivan Illich; I’ll be looking for it.


    Mr. House

    Thank you for that last video Germ.

    Michael Reid

    Newfoundland gets the big Reset today


    Michael R, “Greene said neither Muskrat Falls, which is billions over budget, nor the pandemic are responsible for the province’s problems.”
    From my wife’s article: “For opponents, all this waste has become a metaphor for the uselessness of a project that has replaced a gift of nature of immeasurable value with a great big mess that is on track to bankrupting a province.”

    Damming Muskrat Falls: Land and River Protectors in Canada Recharge the Debate on Mega-Dams

    “And this was after Newfoundlanders learned that $120 million had been wasted in the creation of a super “dome” intended to shield the dam’s powerhouse from frigid winter weather during construction. Close to 4,000 tons of structural steel had been fabricated, transported, and installed before the project was abandoned midway, the steel turned into scrap.

    “More millions of dollars of waste piled up at the metal scrap yard in the form of 350 kilometers of aluminum cable that was mined, smelted, fabricated and installed before the flaw in the cable was discovered, and the already installed hundreds of miles of DC conductor wire was dismantled and dumped in piles the size of houses.”


    The thing I like about TAE is that my ideas and knowledge are constantly being exposed to conflicting views. For some reason I enjoy the process of my existing knowledge being constantly challenged and updated. I guess I still like learning new things.

    I agree with madamski’s view that by staying calm helps you win discussions more often than not. Staying calm allows you to think more clearly and rationally. Once anger takes over rational thought is hard to come by.

    (When I was working in Australia in 1982 , I went through such an extreme anger/calm ordeal. I was finishing my year in Australia and my 1 year work permit was about to expire. A few weeks earlier I had discussed my exit plans with my Australian based American boss and he had agreed with them and that it was OK to take and book my 3 weeks vacations (Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, & Sydney – a $6K trip). Then about 3 weeks later while talking on the phone to my boss, he said no I could not leave Australia. I then explained I had already booked and paid for my vacation per his OK. Would it be possible to at least take my paid for vacation then return to Australia? He said no and that losing the $6k was my problem! Feeling that my anger was about to explode, I wisely just hung up the phone, to cool off and recollect my thoughts. After finishing work I went back to my motel. I then got a phone call from the assistant Australian office manager warning me that Fred along with another assistant manager, were coming down on an airplane to fire me! Fred was an ex-navy officer who had been on the first ship out of Pearl Harbor! I knew Fred had no grounds to fire me. But why was Fred bring along another manager? Oh, yes, the oldest army/navy trick of all! Two officers provoking an enlisted man into angerly saying something that they could then nail him to the cross with! Later that evening Fred confronted me in the motel parking lot, with the assistant manager as a witness. Unfortunately for Fred I stayed coldly calm, declining to discuss my future with him. This of course sent Fred into a total meltdown, and he stormed off, as this trick had never failed him before! Then the Australian assistant manager said to me why didn’t you let Fred have it (Australian style!), I am on your side? I then explained why Fred had insisted that he accompanied him on the trip! Then around mid-night I phoned Milwaukee and talked to the general service manager. He never said a word about what had happened! He merely told me about my future work assignment in Siberia in 1983 and to go ahead and take my 3 week vacation, plus 2 weeks at home in Toronto, and he would see me in early Jan 1983! So by staying calm I had saved my own butt! When I returned to Milwaukee I met another service engineer, Frank, who had been working in Australia too, who then explained it was he who had phoned Milwaukee and warned them about what Fred was doing. Milwaukee retired Fred early in 1983. I was the first person Fred had ever failed to fire! Funny I had always gotten along well with Fred because he was a straight shooter but I then found out afterwards how hated he was amoung his office peers and my fellow service engineers.)

    Then there are the risks involved in arguing with an idiot. The big problem with arguing with an idiot, is that they will drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

    In case you are wondering about how the vote audit is going in Phoenix, the DofJ and the FBI, DC’s protectors, are now trying to shut down the Arizonia state vote audit because it may violate federal voting laws based upon so called evidence published in the Washington Post! (The problem seems to stem from the fact that the vote audit has been set up in such a way that it is nearly impossible to cheat. Yeah, that’s a big problem! Cheaters can’t cheat!)

    Just months ago the DofJ and FBI said the federal government couldn’t interfere in state elections to investigate federal vote fraud. Now they can shut down state vote audits because it might violate federal voting laws as reported (evidence planted by CIA) in the Washington Post!

    How convenient to have laws only work when you want them too! And not work when it is inconvenient!

    Just remember this media narrative pattern:
    The state dept uses CNN
    The DofJ and FBI use the New York Times
    The CIA uses the Washington Post

    What are the dems so afraid of? There was no voter fraud!

    Expect the FBI to raid the vote audit and shut it down anytime now!


    Michael Reid:

    From my remote monitoring control center, here in Toronto, I am detecting an error fault in Newfoundland’s “Great Reset” control circuit!

    I believe your “Great Reset” button maybe stuck or jammed!

    Since it is not completely broken, please don’t fix it! After all it is just another annoying fault signal!

    Nothing will change until it has to!

    Aircraft carrier to Newfie lighthouse: Please change your course, you are in our path!
    Lighthouse to aircraft carrier: We are a lighthouse. Your move!

    P.S. How can Ontario say tut-tut when we have the largest debt of any non-federal government in the world! California doesn’t even come close and they are bigger than Canada!

    Mr. House

    “How convenient to have laws only work when you want them too! And not work when it is inconvenient!”

    The old give em an inch they’ll take a mile principle. Applies to everything in life.

    Michael Reid

    This country is ripe for financial takeover. If we could just get rid of those pesky people … maybe the vaccine will do that


    Interesting watching the debate in today’s comment stream about referring people to TAE website or not.

    I want to thank Raúl for his extraordinary and enduring work in running TAE and in providing a wonderful and most useful range of articles for our consideration. I for one have benefited immensely from this, and feel that I have received quite an education over the many years that I’ve been a reader.

    naturally, I don’t latch on to every and anything without doing some due diligence. My strategy with any news or information source is to go right back to the primary source if possible, and refer people to that. Sometimes I reckon the primary source is sensationalised or lurid, lacking a foundation of sober science or clear reporting. In this case it can often be possible to continue searching based on the contents of the lurid article and find a reputable data and information source, not necessarily directly related to the contents of the lurid article. Then I refer people to that.

    This procedure is all a bit academic, but in this era of fake this and fake that and fake the other thing, I have to tread carefully. If ever I have to present a case in some tribunal or similar arena, one of my best allies will be a sound, sober basis of facts and reporting.

    One of my other news & info sources is The Conversation. I don’t know how many of you subscribe to this. In their own words, “We launched The Conversation in 2011 as an antidote to a news ecosystem that gives too much oxygen to misinformation and leans toward the shrill over the sober. We do this by working with academics to produce news and analysis based on the latest facts, figures and research.”

    Yes, but I find that these academics are of course just as subject to error and bias as anyone else. It’s interesting to note the almost 100% pro-vaccine stance of published articles. Criticisms and caveats are few. As we all know, academics and medical professionals are not gods, just flawed and fallible human beings like everyone else.


    ClO2 chlorine dioxide? New one on me.
    Saw this in the SLOG…

    Then a few weeks ago – April 2021 – The Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine issued the following evidence:

    ‘Statistics from Bolivia where the use of water-solubilized chlorine dioxide (ClO2) for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 was approved by law in early August 2020, demonstrate a marked reduction in cases and deaths in that country. The highest peak recorded in Bolivia was epidemiological week 29 (10,939 cases), with cases falling to 670 in epidemiological week 45 – a 93% decrease. From a peak of 2,031 daily cases on August 20, 2020, cases dropped to 147 daily cases on October 21, 2020′

    TAE Summary
    • Vaccines don’t inhibit transmission; They are like seatbelts being tested on crash dummies; They guarantee a crash but you will probably be throwed clear
    • We experience the pandemic through screens; Willing vaxxers are at saturation; It is morally wrong not to get vaccinated therefore ethically right to force you
    • Look after you own health; Don’t be a pandemic monkey; Trump U to offer course in Horse Paste Math
    • Max fear, max doubt; Nobody is at fault; I didn’t actually hurt anyone, I just gave orders
    • People are addicted to trust in authority; TAE authorities have crystal balls while TAE readers have navels
    • Israel sees death spike; Armenia asks about Assange; Australia has blood clots; Russia voluntarily leaving SWIFT; Twenty years of US training in Afghanistan didn’t turn Afghans into automata as expected
    • Denniger is bombastic; Tucker is sometimes right; Fauci likes buckets of media love; Zoom in on me
    • There will be passports for all immunizations; We will get check-engine-light implants; Papers please; Vaccine passports will give us herd impunity
    island raider

    FYI… the censorship police have struck again! The video Germ posted above regarding absolute and relative risk reduction has been taken down. The gist of the video: The absolute risk reduction for the Pfizer “experimental injection” is 0.84%. This implies that you need 119 people to get two shots of the Pfizer “experimental injection” in order for one person to benefit from the injection. And the “benefit” endpoint is NOT avoiding hospitalization or death! No. It is a reduction in one or two symptoms. So, efficacy means reducing symptoms, and 118 people that get the experimental injections will NOT benefit in any way. Moderna was similar. Number needed to treat (with two experimental injections) to see just one benefit (meaning reduction in symptoms, not avoiding hospitalization or death) was 88 people! All that AND Tucker Carlson is starting to make sense. We are now in the upside down.
    I am a Happy Organic Human (H2O)! Looking to stay this way even though my own family and friends are actively shaming me and pressuring me to get the experimental injection. We have already been banned from birthday parties, which of course can only be attended by GMHs, even though they are ones with the “vaccine” that is supposed to protect them. What a world.

    John Day

    @Germ: I never got to see it.
    @ Madamski: ARGH!
    (I think they photo-shopped the Daibutsu. He never looked like that when I lived there in high school in the mid 70s)

    burly brute, married to major sweetie

    John Day

    @TAE Summary:
    Long time, no see.
    Glad you’re back.

    John Day

    @WES: Glad you got warned about F…ing-Fred, Man!

    : Our gay friends agreed that we could have their babies for them, so we did not go over our allotment.
    @Island Raider: Thanks for the absolute risk summary. It’s really important. Are those figures verified?

    island raider

    Best I can tell. Stats was a big part of my MS in toxicology, but that was a number of years ago (many). Maybe tomorrow I can attempt to reconstruct the math. Relative risk and absolute risk are very different concepts.

    Mister Roboto

    @island raider: What world, indeed. Both the misfired “lockdown” strategy and the social pressure to vaxx-up have left me for the first time in my life glad that the way I normally live has conditioned me to be accustomed to being alone most the time when I’m not at work. (Dangit, but I write some tortuously long sentences sometimes!)

    Mister Roboto

    Even though I’m a Taurus, I sometimes wonder if I should have been a Scorpio instead.

    “How many Scorpios does it take to change a lightbulb? None, they would rather just sit alone in the dark.”



    Extra Terrestrial Being (on the right) showing humanity (on the left) how to use complex technology to spot trouble

    Complex Technology Lesson

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    Mister Roboto

    Music for when you’re feeling Moody and Pensive:

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