Aug 132021
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Roy Lichtenstein Forget it! Forget me! 1962


C-19 Pandemia: Quo Vadis, Homo Sapiens? (Vanden Bossche)
Deadly Lambda Variant Could Be Vaccine-Resistant (NYP)
“Herd Immunity Is Not A Possibility”: Dr. Malone Vindicated (ZH)
Fauci Says Everybody Will Need A Covid Vaccine Booster Shot Eventually (CNBC)
Wakeup Call: Pfizer Vax Only 42% Effective Against Infection In July (ZH)
360, 000 Teens Age 12 To 17 Develop Myocarditis After Covid-19 Shots (UPI)
Scientists Who Denied Lab Engineering Acknowledged Possible Lab Origin (USRTK)
Young Adult Mortality In Israel During The Covid-19 Crisis (Ohana)
Half Of America Values Vaccine Mandates, COVID Passports Over Freedom (SN)
The Impersonator: Eric Feigl-Ding (Schachtel)
A Day in the Death of British Justice (John Pilger)
Do Britain And US Secretly Want Julian Assange To Commit Suicide? (Galloway)



While I was fearing it, it came,
But came with less of fear,
Because that fearing it so long
Had almost made it dear.

– Emily Dickinson



Egypt: 2% Vaccinated; 100M Pop.; 66 New Daily Cases





Vanden Bossche called a lot of what is happening, a long time ago.

C-19 Pandemia: Quo Vadis, Homo Sapiens? (Vanden Bossche)

The WHO’s mass vaccination program has been installed in response to a public health emergency of international concern. As of the early days of the mass vaccination campaigns, at least a few experts have been warning against the catastrophic impact such a program could have on global and individual health. Mass vaccination in the middle of a pandemic is prone to promoting selection and adaptation of immune escape variants that are featured by increasing infectiousness and resistance to spike protein (S)-directed antibodies (Abs), thereby diminishing protection in vaccinees and threatening the unvaccinated. This already explains why the WHO’s mass vaccination program is not only unable to generate herd immunity (HI) but even leads to substantial erosion of the population’s immune protective capacity.

As the ongoing universal mass vaccination program will soon promote dominant propagation of highly infectious, neutralization escape mutants (i.e., so-called ‘S Ab-resistant variants’), naturally acquired, or vaccinal neutralizing Abs, will, indeed, no longer offer any protection to immunized individuals whereas high infectious pressure will continue to suppress the innate immune defense system of the nonvaccinated. This is to say that every further increase in vaccine coverage rates will further contribute to forcing the virus into resistance to neutralizing, S-specific Abs. Increased viral infectivity, combined with evasion from antiviral immunity, will inevitably result in an additional toll taken on human health and human lives.

Immediate action needs, therefore, to be taken in order to dramatically reduce viral infectivity rates and to prevent selected immune escape variants from rapidly spreading through the entire population, whether vaccinated or not. This first critical step can only be achieved by calling an immediate halt to the mass vaccination program and replacing it by widespread use of antiviral chemoprophylactics while dedicating massive public health resources to scaling early multidrug treaments of Covid-19 disease.

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77,692 US Delta cases so far? Is that a typo?

Deadly Lambda Variant Could Be Vaccine-Resistant (NYP)

As the US struggles to suppress the rapidly advancing coronavirus Delta variant, new evidence has emerged that the latest Lambda mutation — ravaging parts of South America — won’t be slowed by vaccines. In a July 28 report appearing on bioRxiv, where the study awaits peer review prior to getting published, researchers in Japan are sounding the alarm on the C.37 variant, dubbed Lambda. And it’s proven just as virulent as Delta thanks to a similar mutation making them even more contagious. The strain has been contained in 26 countries, including substantial outbreaks in Chile, Peru, Argentina and Ecuador. “Notably, the vaccination rate in Chile is relatively high; the percentage of the people who received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine was [about] 60%,” the authors write.

“Nevertheless, a big COVID-19 surge has occurred in Chile in Spring 2021, suggesting that the Lambda variant is proficient in escaping from the antiviral immunity elicited by vaccination,” they warn. The Lambda variant is thought to have emerged somewhere in South America between November and December 2020, and has since turned up in countries throughout Europe, North America and a few more isolated cases in Asia, according to GISAID data. The proportion the Lambda variant has of COVID-19 cases in the US is low with just one-tenth of 1% of the share — about 911 cases. Compare that to Delta, which has infected some 77,692 Americans so far. “In addition to increasing viral infectivity, the Delta variant exhibits higher resistance to the vaccine-induced neutralization,” the authors said.

“Similarly, here we showed that the Lambda variant equips not only increased infectivity but also resistance against antiviral immunity.” Lambda has so far been labeled a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization, compared to the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta strains, which have all risen to “variant of concern,” or VOC, status. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published scant literature on the Lambda variant, though a COVID-19 vaccine briefing from July 27 cited another pre-print study, dated July 3, which concluded that the mRNA vaccine in particular is thought to effectively neutralize the Lambda variant. In Chile, where C.37 is proliferating, their notably aggressive vaccine campaign relied predominantly on the Sinovac Biotech vaccine, which employs the inactivated virus to promote the production of COVID-19 antibodies.

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This from Zero Hedge doesn’t seem quite right: “..’imperfect’ vaccines might actually help foster more virulent COVID variants due to a phenomenon called ‘ADE’..”

That’s not what ADE is. But when Pollard mentions highly vaccinated Israel’s surge in “cases”, which might be due to ADE, it is not mentioned.

“Herd Immunity Is Not A Possibility”: Dr. Malone Vindicated (ZH)

In one of the most appalling examples of Big Tech silencing scientists who refuse to withhold their criticisms of the mRNA technology behind the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccines, Dr. Robert Malone, a pioneer who helped develop mRNA vaccine technology, saw the credit for his contribution to medicine effectively erased from the Internet by Wikipedia after he raised concerns about potential long-term autoimmune issues and other complications potentially arising from mRNA jabs. He has also shared other medical heresies, including the possibility that ‘imperfect’ vaccines might actually help foster more virulent COVID variants due to a phenomenon called ‘ADE’ – antibody-dependent enhancement. Essentially, what doesn’t kill the virus makes it stronger. In retaliation for sharing these views, Dr. Malone was ridiculed by colleagues as a conspiracist and an “anti-vaxxer”.

But earlier this week, Dr. Malone saw his views subtly vindicated by an unexpected source: a British scientist and academic named Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, who is the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group. During a briefing, Sir Pollard warned Parliament that the UK likely won’t ever achieve herd immunity, thanks to the delta variant. In remarks that risked undermining the government’s vaccination campaign, Sir Pollard, a professor of pediatric infection and immunity, warned Parliament on Tuesday that achieving herd immunity is likely “not a possibility” thanks to variants like delta.

[..] He said it was unlikely that herd immunity will ever be reached, saying the next variant of the novel coronavirus will be “perhaps even better at transmitting in vaccinated populations.” Pollard also shared what sounded like a subtle criticism of masks by saying that “We don’t have anything which will stop that transmission to other people.” As an example, he pointed to Israel, which saw new cases and hospitalizations nearly disappear before the new variant took hold, causing cases and hospitalizations to surge once again. Now, there have even been a handful of patients who have tested positive even after receiving their third dose of the Pfizer jab (which the US has only just approved for a third dose as well).

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“Remember when you got your Covid vaccine and they told you you’d need a booster real soon-like?
Of course you do! It was also when they told you it didn’t actually stop infection.”

Fauci Says Everybody Will Need A Covid Vaccine Booster Shot Eventually (CNBC)

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday everybody will someday “likely” need a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccines. “We’re already starting to see indications of some diminution” in the durability of the vaccines, Fauci told “CBS This Morning.” However, he said it’s not likely that they will be widely administered any time soon. The priority, Fauci said, is to give boosters to people who have compromised immune systems, including those with cancer and transplanted organs. “We don’t feel at this particular point that, apart from the immune-compromised, we don’t feel we need to give boosters right now,” he said.

Fauci’s comments come the same day the Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize third Covid shot for people with weakened immune systems, a highly anticipated move intended to shield some of the most vulnerable Americans from the highly contagious delta variant. Such people, including cancer and HIV patients, represent only about 2.7% of the U.S. adult population but make up about 44% of hospitalized Covid breakthrough cases, which is when a fully vaccinated individual becomes infected, according to recent data from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group. Studies suggest that a third vaccine shot might help patients whose immune systems don’t respond as well to a first or second dose.

Covid vaccine makers, including Pfizer and Moderna, have repeatedly argued that everyone will eventually need a booster shot and potentially extra doses every year, just like for the seasonal flu. Pfizer has said it plans to ask the FDA to authorize boosters as it sees signs of waning immunity. The U.S. drugmaker has cited data out of Israel, where officials are reporting the two-dose vaccine is now just 39% effective in the country. The vaccine is still highly effective against severe disease, hospitalizations and deaths, according to Israeli health officials. The CDC does not currently recommend booster doses of the vaccines for otherwise healthy people at this time. But Fauci, speaking Thursday on NBC’s “TODAY,” said “inevitably there will be a time when we’ll have to get boosts.” “No vaccine, at least not within this category, is going to have an indefinite amount of protection,” he said.

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Not exactly a wake-up call, we knew. But important to note that 42% is not enough for an EUA, so why use it as a booster shot?

Wakeup Call: Pfizer Vax Only 42% Effective Against Infection In July (ZH)

“This week, Dr. Fauci confirmed that “at some time in the future” everyone will likely need a booster shot for the Covid-19 vaccine due to “fading efficacy.” Now, Axios reports that a new preprint study which has ‘already grabbed the attention of top Biden administration officials’ over the vaccines’ effectiveness against new variants, with Pfizer’s jab being of particular concern. The study found the Pfizer vaccine was only 42% effective against infection in July, when the Delta variant was dominant. “If that’s not a wakeup call, I don’t know what is,” a senior Biden official told Axios. The study, conducted by nference and the Mayo Clinic, compared the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the Mayo Clinic Health System over time from January to July. -Axios

The overall figures suggest that the vaccines provide robust (yet lower-than advertised) immunity early on, only to sharply drop in efficacy over time. Between January and July, Moderna’s vaccine was found to be 86% effective against infection over the study period, while Pfizer’s was 76%. As far as hospitalization, Moderna’s vaccine was 92% effective, while Pfizer’s was 85%. Bringing the averages down, of course, was the sharp drop in efficacy observed in July with Moderna proving just 72% effective against infection and Pfizer clocking in at 42%. In other states such as Florida, the risk of infection in July among those who had taken the Moderna vaccine was around 60% lower than for people full vaccinated with Pfizer. More via Axios:

“Why it matters: Although it has yet to be peer-reviewed, the study raises serious questions about both vaccines’ long-term effectiveness, particularly Pfizer’s. • It’s unclear whether the results signify a reduction in effectiveness over time, a reduced effectiveness against Delta, or a combination of both. • “Based on the data that we have so far, it is a combination of both factors,” said Venky Soundararajan, a lead author of the study. “The Moderna vaccine is likely — very likely — more effective than the Pfizer vaccine in areas where Delta is the dominant strain, and the Pfizer vaccine appears to have a lower durability of effectiveness.” • He added that his team is working on a follow-up study that will try to differentiate between the durability of the two vaccines and their effectiveness against Delta.”

Bring on the boosters.

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Must have gone something like this: Quiet UPI article about a very small study, “rare”, “mildly affected”, yada yada, and then some editor figures out that 4% of 9 million is 360,000 and makes that the headline!

360, 000 Teens Age 12 To 17 Develop Myocarditis After Covid-19 Shots (UPI)

Teens who develop myocarditis after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 typically do so within six days of their second dose, and most are “mildly affected” by it, according to an analysis published Tuesday by JAMA Cardiology. The condition, which is rare, is characterized by inflammation of the heart muscle that affects its ability to pump blood to the body. In the small study of 15 teens age 12 to 18, all experienced chest pain within six days of COVID-19 vaccination, while two-thirds had a fever and more than half had muscle pain, the data showed. All 15 patients in the study were hospitalized due to the heart complication, but all were discharged after an average of two days without the need for intensive care, and only one had lingering symptoms.

“Myocarditis is a rare complication that develops following COVID-19 vaccination in children [and though] the acute course was relatively benign … the long term cardiac effects remain unknown,” study co-author Dr. Audrey Dionne told UPI in an email. However, “myocarditis is also a risk with COVID-19 infection [and its] course can be more severe acutely,” said Dionne a cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. For this reason, “the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks,” even in teens, she said. The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in teens ages 12 to 15 years in May.

The Moderna vaccine, which has a similar composition, has not yet received an EUA or approval for children in this age group, though studies are ongoing. Through mid-July, nearly 9 million teens in the age group had received at least one dose of the two-shot vaccine, with just over 4% developing myocarditis, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, fewer than 1% of teens age 12 to 17 required medical care in the week after receiving either vaccine dose, the agency said.

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They all knew and said nothing.

Scientists Who Denied Lab Engineering Acknowledged Possible Lab Origin (USRTK)

Four prominent U.S. virologists who published a widely cited commentary strongly rebutting the theory that SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, might have been engineered in a lab privately acknowledged that they could not “rule out the possibility” of a lab leak, according to emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know. The emails discuss the need for careful wording of the commentary titled “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering of SARS-CoV-2,” which was published in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections (EMI) on February 26, 2020.

[..] The newly released emails contain discussions between scientists Shan-Lu Liu and Linda Saif, both with Ohio State University; Susan Weiss, of the University of Pennsylvania; and Lishan Su, who at the time was employed by the University of North Carolina. Some correspondence includes EMI editor Shan Lu, of the University of Massachusetts. The published EMI commentary outlined multiple arguments as to why SARS-CoV-2 was not the result of laboratory engineering, arguing it was “more likely” the virus originated “in nature between a bat CoV and another coronavirus in an intermediate animal host.” The authors stated in the article: “there is currently no credible evidence to support the claim that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a laboratory engineered CoV.” They wrote that despite “speculations, rumours and conspiracy theories that SARS-CoV-2 is of laboratory origin,” there was in fact “no evidence of laboratory origin.” However, in a Feb. 16, 2020 email, Liu wrote to Weiss “we cannot rule out the possibility that it comes from a bat virus leaked out of a lab.”

[..] An important part of the debate over the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is the existence of a furin cleavage site (FCS) at the junction between the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein domains, S1 and S2. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to a group of viruses known as betacoronaviruses lineage B. The FCS, however, does not appear in any of the other coronaviruses in this group. One argument in support of the lab origin hypothesis is that the FCS within the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein could be a result of laboratory manipulation. The EMI commentary does not address the existence of the FCS, even though it is widely considered one of the strongest pieces of evidence of lab engineering. Evidence supports the importance of the FCS in the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to infect human cells and tissues. Engineering FCS within coronaviruses is a well-known practice in coronavirus research labs.

[..] The emails also show the commentary included the involvement of coronavirus expert Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli, of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Baric and Shi have been central figures in ongoing inquiries regarding the potential origins of SARS-CoV-2 and whether or not there is a connection between the virus and gain-of-function research collaborations between UNC and WIV. Such collaborations have been funded in part by the USAID-EPT-PREDICT program through an organization called EcoHealth Alliance. [..] Documents show that Kristian Andersen, a virologist with the Scripps Research Institute, emailed Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, early in 2020 expressing concerns about possible genetic engineering of the virus.

Andersen had a conference call with Fauci and other scientists in February 2020, and shortly after led the authoring of a high profile article, published as a correspondence in the journal Nature Medicine, specifically arguing against any possible laboratory engineering of the virus.

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Something to keep an eye on.

Young Adult Mortality In Israel During The Covid-19 Crisis (Ohana)

In this paper, we analyze excess mortality in Israel during the COVID-19 crisis, focusing on the age group of young adults under 50 years of age, as their susceptibility to COVID-19 mortality is low. Based primarily on online data from the Central Bureau of Statistics of Israel, we observed an unexpected rise of excess mortality among 20 to 49-year-olds in February-March 2021. It should be noted that excess mortality peaks among these young age groups are rarely observed, with low number of deaths that are usually caused by wars. We examined whether COVID-19 could account for this excess mortality.

The inconsistency between the reported COVID-19 deaths and the excess deaths within this age group led to consider other potential causes: accident and vaccination. Indeed, the surge in mortality coincided with the rollout of the Israeli vaccination campaign for the 20 sto 49-year-olds, which reached more than 75% of individuals in this age group. This unexpected rise in excess mortality among young adults was also found in two other countries, the United Kingdom and Hungary, which have in common with Israel a massive vaccination of their populations. Thus, our observations should prompt to pause the campaign, while clarifying the underlying reasons for those excess deaths, especially in the context of a low mortality risk from COVID-19 within adults under 50 years of age.

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More dangerous than a virus.

Half Of America Values Vaccine Mandates, COVID Passports Over Freedom (SN)

A Fox News poll contends that a majority of Americans are in SUPPORT of vaccine mandates and the introduction of COVID passports that tie freedoms to vaccination status. The survey found that 50 percent of respondents are in favour of requiring proof of a coronavirus vaccine for “indoor activities such as restaurants, gyms and performances,” while 46% oppose the idea. Fifty percent also agreed that “protecting the safety of Americans” by requiring vaccinations in order to engage in everyday activities trumps “protecting the freedom” of Americans to choose whether or not they are vaccinated. In contrast, 47% of respondents said protecting freedom is more important.

The poll also found that 44% said they were more likely to frequent stores and establishments that require customers and workers to be vaccinated, or have a recent negative COVID-19 test. Only 24% said they were less likely to do that. Other interesting findings of the poll include 46% of Americans believing the federal government’s change in mask guidance has more to do with politics than science, with 42% saying the opposite. In addition, 63% of parents agree schools should mandate masks for the unvaccinated, while 60% of respondents who said they had not taken the vaccine said they had no plans to do so. The poll correlates with findings from April, when a Rasmussen poll revealed that almost half of Americans support the introduction of vaccine passports in order to get “back to normal.”

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10 months old but just too funny. He’s in the news again.

The Impersonator: Eric Feigl-Ding (Schachtel)

If you’re on social media and you follow news related to the coronavirus pandemic, chances are you’ve stumbled upon some panicked pandemic posts coming from a man named Eric Feigl-Ding, a nutritionist and longtime democrat political operative who has succeeded in impersonating a medical professional, and is generating a cult following in the process. With one hysterical tweet after another, Feigl-Ding went from having a small social media following to accumulating a massive army of influence. Feigl-Ding’s consistent elevation of fear and panic, doom and gloom, and his relentless themes of chaos and destruction related to a virus with a 99.8% recovery rate has brought his accounts millions of clicks and views, and hundreds of thousands of new followers.

And he did it all without having a clue what he’s talking about. At the beginning of 2020, Feigl-Ding was an unpaid, visiting scientist in Harvard’s nutrition department. His academic research centered entirely around nutrition, diet, and exercise. If Eric Feigl-Ding was interested in pandemics and the study of viruses, his research and academic credentials did not reflect that. When the coronavirus pandemic began to make waves in the media, everything changed. Feigl-Ding, an aspiring politician, appeared to see an opening to influence the masses and build up his brand. Feigl-Ding’s rise to coronavirus stardom began with a since-deleted tweet falsely describing the coronavirus as “the most virulent virus epidemic the world has ever seen.”

But not everyone associated with Feigl-Ding was thrilled with the early panic promotion act. Feigl-Ding’s frequent use of Harvard-associated credentials to elevate his baseless COVID-19 proclamations greatly upset some of his colleagues (despite many of them advocating for the same draconian measures proposed by Feigl-Ding to “combat” the virus), and landed him in hot water with the academic institution. Twitter, for reasons unknown, decided to credential him as a “COVID-19 health expert,” which further elevates his supposed legitimacy as an “expert” on the pandemic. In mid March, Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard, described him as a “charlatan exploiting a tenuous connection for self-promotion.” The Association of Health Care Journalists also took notice, reporting that he has “precisely zero experience in infectious diseases.”

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It’s already died.

A Day in the Death of British Justice (John Pilger)

For those who may have forgotten, WikiLeaks, of which Assange is founder and publisher, exposed the secrets and lies that led to the invasion of Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the murderous role of the Pentagon in dozens of countries, the blueprint for the 20-year catastrophe in Afghanistan, the attempts by Washington to overthrow elected governments, such as Venezuela’s, the collusion between nominal political opponents (Bush and Obama) to stifle a torture investigation and the CIA’s Vault 7 campaign that turned your mobile phone, even your TV set, into a spy in your midst. WikiLeaks released almost a million documents from Russia which allowed Russian citizens to stand up for their rights. It revealed the Australian government had colluded with the U.S. against its own citizen, Assange. It named those Australian politicians who have “informed” for the U.S.

It made the connection between the Clinton Foundation and the rise of jihadism in American-armed states in the Gulf. There is more: WikiLeaks disclosed the U.S. campaign to suppress wages in sweatshop countries like Haiti, India’s campaign of torture in Kashmir, the British government’s secret agreement to shield “U.S. interests” in its official Iraq inquiry and the British Foreign Office’s plan to create a fake “marine protection zone” in the Indian Ocean to cheat the Chagos islanders out of their right of return. In other words, WikiLeaks has given us real news about those who govern us and take us to war, not the preordained, repetitive spin that fills newspapers and television screens. This is real journalism; and for the crime of real journalism, Assange has spent most of the past decade in one form of incarceration or another, including Belmarsh prison, a horrific place.

Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, he is a gentle, intellectual visionary driven by his belief that a democracy is not a democracy unless it is transparent, and accountable. On Wednesday, the United States sought the approval of Britain’s High Court to extend the terms of its appeal against a decision by a district judge, Vanessa Baraitser, in January to bar Assange’s extradition. Baraitser accepted the deeply disturbing evidence of a number of experts that Assange would be at great risk if he were incarcerated in the U.S.’s infamous prison system. Professor Michael Kopelman, a world authority on neuro-psychiatry, had said Assange would find a way to take his own life — the direct result of what Professor Nils Melzer, the United Nations rapporteur on torture, described as the craven “mobbing” of Assange by governments – and their media echoes.

Those of us who were in the Old Bailey last September to hear Kopelman’s evidence were shocked and moved. I sat with Julian’s father, John Shipton, whose head was in his hands. The court was also told about the discovery of a razor blade in Julian’s Belmarsh cell and that he had made desperate calls to the Samaritans and written notes and much else that filled us with more than sadness. Watching the lead barrister acting for Washington, James Lewis — a man from a military background who deploys a cringingly theatrical “aha!” formula with defence witnesses — reduce these facts to “malingering” and smearing witnesses, especially Kopelman, we were heartened by Kopelman’s revealing response that Lewis’s abuse was “a bit rich” as Lewis himself had sought to hire Kopelman’s expertise in another case.

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Secretly? Why do you think they’re talking about suicide in front of him?

Do Britain And US Secretly Want Julian Assange To Commit Suicide? (Galloway)

The recent shameful High Court ruling in London indicates that the only way Britain’s most prominent political prisoner can prove he’s a suicide risk is by actually taking his own life. Is that what the authorities are hoping? The 21st century has provided many days of shame for Britain and yesterday was just another. The High Court in London casually set aside a decision by one of its own judges – who’d heard every minute of the evidence – that Julian Assange, Britain’s most prominent political prisoner, might commit suicide if extradited to the United States injustice system.

The Appeal Court decided that the main US appeal against the refusal of their extradition in October MAY now argue that the original judge was misled about the true mental health of Assange – who has been a prisoner effectively for a decade – and the US’s lawyers need not be confined to arguing that their super-max penitentiaries are perfectly humane places really. The bizarre argument of the Biden government’s English counsel may be a unique non sequitur. Julian can’t be a suicide risk, she argued, because he had “secretly fathered children” with his fiancée Stella Morris. What that even means is beyond me – in nearly 30 year as a parliamentarian, I’ve never heard such nonsense. Doesn’t every man father his children secretly? Do some men do it publicly? Did she mean out of wedlock? How quaint.

Are married fathers more likely to be suicide risks? Or did she mean that he was a father at all? Are childless men more likely to be a suicide risk? So mindless are these contentions, it’s a wonder how anyone could take fees for arguing them, more wondrous that any judge could side with them. Most wondrous of all is that President Joe Biden, the tan-suited Democratic party animal of Martha’s Vineyard, could commission them. The long and the short of it is that it’s more likely today that Assange will be extradited to the US than it was the day before yesterday. And certain that he will remain in the Devil’s Island of Belmarsh Prison while the glacial course of events creeps on. Perhaps the only way Assange can prove he’s a suicide risk is by committing suicide. Come to think of it, maybe that’s Joe Biden’s big idea…

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    Roy Lichtenstein Forget it! Forget me! 1962   • C-19 Pandemia: Quo Vadis, Homo Sapiens? (Vanden Bossche) • Deadly Lambda Variant Could Be Vaccine
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 13 2021]

    V. Arnold

    Well, blow me down; my IVM and HCQ arrived today…day 9 after order…
    So, my appologies to them.
    The company delivered.
    I can’t say much for their communication abilities; but, they did deliver…


    I want to see if I can make this Image appear. Response to Doug Little deleted tweet.

    V. Arnold

    I wonder when posters will stop using TAE as their personal playground?
    The commentariat has become an echo chamber for the covid propaganda machine…
    There is far more going on in today’s world than the covid narrative; which Ilargi posts most every day.
    How about some commentary regarding Ilargi’s daily debt rattle…?
    Lets not allow ourselves to become complacent…yes…?


    V. Arnold – many of us here have had our lives heavily compromised by Covid. This includes loss of employment, inability to plan ahead in terms of business or even something as simple as holidays or schooling for young children. We here in Victoria are often under house arrest (6 times now – sometimes for months). This forum is a mental life saving exersize at times and Raul’s tireless work in bringing new and rapidly updated posts are keeping us in the loop. He has said to back off a little in the volume of posting and as a group we have strayed again but the reasons are there.
    But since you brought it up – I have been wondering how people feel about a little borrowing in these times. Raul and Nicole forewarned us all (who have been here for some time) to get our house in order and many of us have but at times some debt is required to build etc.
    How are people feeling about interest rates over the next 3-5 years? And do we really own anything now that we are all so happy?
    But seriously what are the big moves in economics ahead given everything in that space is divorced from reality?

    absolute galore

    FDACDCUSA authorize boosters for people with transplants:

    “This action is about ensuring our most vulnerable … are better protected against COVID-19,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said ahead of the FDA’s announcement.

    No, Rochelle. You are lying. This action is the first in a series designed to roll out the Booster to everyone everywhere on earth forever.

    Tucker rips You Tube:

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script><noscript>Watch the latest video at</noscript>

    In case the embed did not work, here is a link that should
    This is a clip of last night's program. He apparently has Glenn Greenwald as a guest again, talking about You Tube and censorship.


    V. Arnold has taken me on a good ride, thanks for that. Money (debt) has allowed ‘claims’ that are no way payable in any future economy. These debts (claims) will have to be destroyed as there is no way to pay them and although Covid is #helping we need more death or at the the very least waaaaaay more austerity to even try to recoup – (why anyone would give a #!$! about Wallstreet etc. IDK)
    The other way to go would be to destroy the value of the money itself with inflation or totalitarian style rationing.
    I am thinking this through because it feels like monetary destruction is a fourth horse whose dust I can see over the hills and it brings a cold wind. Perhaps wood – cut and stored (5-10 years worth) is the new coin of the realm when fuel gets pricey?
    Thoughts and strategies – I am wondering what Armstrong would say about the next 10 years? I am pretty sure it would at least mention lower density living as a good recommendation.

    absolute galore

    Regarding confirmation bias, a nifty brain pickings look at “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection,” a chapter in Carl Sagan’s book, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. In it he provides a “kit” — several series of questions– to sniff out the baloney:

    The kit is brought out as a matter of course whenever new ideas are offered for consideration. If the new idea survives examination by the tools in our kit, we grant it warm, although tentative, acceptance. If you’re so inclined, if you don’t want to buy baloney even when it’s reassuring to do so, there are precautions that can be taken; there’s a tried-and-true, consumer-tested method.

    Extra bonus!:
    In addition to teaching us what to do when evaluating a claim to knowledge, any good baloney detection kit must also teach us what not to do. It helps us recognize the most common and perilous fallacies of logic and rhetoric. Many good examples can be found in religion and politics, because their practitioners are so often obliged to justify two contradictory propositions.

    A list of 20 common fallacies follows. In honor of Friday the 13th, here is #13:

    meaningless question (e.g., What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? But if there is such a thing as an irresistible force there can be no immovable objects, and vice versa)

    Happy Friday (the 13th)!

    Mister Roboto

    Giving a certain commentor who I shall not name so much undue attention might help with the posting volume, IMHO.

    absolute galore

    I accidentally deleted a portion of my comment relating to the Tucker Carlson Youtube takedown. It leads up to his guest for the show, who he has interviewed in the past. He has on Glenn Greenwald to talk about his new video platform, Rumble. That portion of the show requires membership. I’m seriously thinking about it. Despite his sometimes juvenile and snide asides (and his weird laugh and hairdo) he is one of the few reaching a wider audience who is bringing some of the truth to light.

    My turning to Tucker Carlson is a refutation of the idea that we only seek sources that confirm our current position. As the events of the past decade have unfolded, and as I have delved deeper into our energy situation, our financial system, and our economy, I have come to change many of my long-held beliefs and assumptions, and I can see more clearly how information is manipulated, how we are primed to believe fabrications.

    Does that make me more prone to fall victim to extremes on the “other” end of the scale? I like to think not. I have often spoken out against promoting unverifiable or illogical info posted here in support of some of our broader viewpoints, with the argument that it actually does much more harm than good in terms of bolstering a particular position.

    From reading TAE commentary over time, I suspect many of the contributors here have been on a similar journey.

    Dr. D

    “Shippers Frantic after China’s Busiest Port Shuts Container Terminal Due to Covid”

    As China’s military embargo and blockade on America continues. Yawn. And if we blockade them all our food exports due to Covid? Oops.

    Unironically, Biden warns about high gas prices, but they make fun of the very IDEA of inflation – especially in mayo – while there are food shortages in major restaurants and sellers worldwide, and they’re printing $6T budgets and dropping $40+ B a month in Fed purchases and $1T a night to keep rates down.

    Nothing to see here! I’m sure it will all end well. Haven’t you heard from The Atlantic? Raging inflation is all a GOOD thing. It means it’s all working! Shortages too! Just like Covid: if you get it, it means your vaccine is working! If you die, while having taken the vaccine that protects you, just remember how much worse it would be if you hadn’t!

    Wish I were kidding. You can’t make up this brain-soup. It takes a lifetime where every word in decades is a lie, to melt logic and intelligence this thoroughly.

    “Plunging Crop Supplies Send Prices Soaring and Reignite Food Inflation Fears, WASDE Reports”

    Meanwhile, in England, the Pingdemic stops perfectly healthy people from processing food. KFC stops having food. Citizens helpfully call the police on them.

    That’s not just there, in California, a major food warehouse, also filled with healthy, asymptomatic people was closed, shutting off food to 800 groceries in the West. Food’s all there. You can’t get it. We don’t care, we like it. Go die in a hole.

    Tyson Employees Walk Off Job to Protest Vaccine Mandate”

    Clearly people hate eating. Or hate to see OTHER people, poor people eating. Blue intellectuals in Blue cities super cheerful watching this. NBC Editorial: “Is it time for Democrats to give up on the Working (white) class?” Cluephone: That ship sailed decades ago. The working poor are red.

    “Fauci Confirms “Likely, Inevitable” Everyone Will Need COVID Vaccine Booster Shot”

    The guy who can’t get half the people to take the FIRST shot is saying he’s going to force all the people to take the THIRD shot. Of 50. Okey dokey. Add it to your unending CV of pure unmitigated embarrassment and failure.

    “San Fran becomes First Major City Requiring Vaccinations for Most Indoor Activities”

    This city of medieval diseases, where every street is covered in needles and human s—t, they really care about your health. Honest! Why would we lie?

    Speaking of lie: …Oops, my brain just froze up, since EVERYTHING everywhere in the news, all subjects, all people are covered in that category. …But speaking of lie: anyone hear about that mysterious WHOLE TANKER SHIP, “hijacked by Iran”? No? Wheredatgo? You mean it was a LIE, trying to cause WWIII and have the U.S. die at behest of Israel again? Like back when they tried to fabricate something with our spyplanes crossing over the Iranian border? Or the other tanker attacks this year? Why bother even looking? This same s—t has been going on since before I was born. So bored.

    Yeah, the mixing ADE and VDB’s virus selection thesis is the kind of thing that discredits dissenters as uneducated cranks. You know, cause WE can be discredited, but everyone from Fauci to W. to Zucker, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Powell, Clapper, OPCW, Wells Fargo, and every other cretin who ever crawled out from under a rock to murder everyone is NOT discredited. Or discreditable. I guess we all just love murder too, too much. Mistakes only matter when it’s NOT establishment billionaires and NeoLibs/Cons/Feudalists who make them.

    Nevertheless, don’t make them. We’re going to need ADE to be very clear quite soon I fear.

    “Wakeup Call: Pfizer Vax only 42% Effective Against Infection in July (ZH)”

    That’s odd: Iceland said the efficacy was ZERO. We don’t trust Iceland now? Scandinavian miracle medical systems are no good anymore?

    “Half of America Values Vaccine Mandates, COVID Passports over Freedom (SN)”

    Very much doubt it’s half. Since when have poll numbers been right? The Nixon Administration? If this were true, it would be the first true thing they’ve said in 20 years.

    “Break their Spirit.” Yeah, we’ve heard that before. How humane. Because when YOU have the vaccine, and you and everyone you know are now perfectly safe, that’s how you act. Um…did they ask anyone? Because if you go to a hospital it’s literally illegal as well as unethical to force this. You can deny care, walk out, and eat a cheeseburger while snorting meth.

    “A Day in the Death of British Justice (John Pilger)”

    “UK Government Sued (Again) Over Hotel Quarantine Rules”
    …putting people who test negative for COVID-19 and have been vaccinated into managed hotel quarantine is “an ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’ and violates fundamental human rights.”

    Ya think?

    When will we sideline Covid? I’m sick of talking about it and would like it to be a 20% topic, since we’ve already established it’s a cover-up to the 80% problem: the debt collapse and risk to billionaires of losing control of the money-empire ship of state. Thereafter being arrested and hung. For things like…er…um…gain-of function bioweapons that escape and kill a million people? So why bother? Nothing they’ve said so far has had anything to do with science or the virus anyway. Certainly that’s abundantly proven in Australia, if not with all the young worldwide.

    However, the collapse is on hold for a bit, and CV is the topic presented and commented on here.
    Everyone’s in a holding pattern, as they don’t want to be blamed for causing the inevitable, and will start action again as soon as Biden and economy go poof. Top proofs on that: $1T/day and still rising to duct tape the system together, worse than the day before, and the election audit that is so clean everyone will go to jail rather than review anything. Saw that with Sam Seder and now Jimmy Kimmel hard-hitting investigation that Mike Lindell mispronounced a word! Can you believe this guy? And we trust someone who mispronounces WORDS with presenting election audits to the public? Well I should say!
    See? That proves it’s false. I rest my case.

    This is the state of intelligence and debate between sides right now. So which is the side of the angels? The side that openly presents and debates what they think is important? Or the side that doesn’t bother, mocks evidence and discussion, remaining holy and free from earthly soil?

    There are more embarrassments than hours in the day, but top Idiocracy reporter just ran “MayoGate”. Yes, prices are rising! And that’s a GOOD thing! Except when Raleigh-Durham reports prices of mayo rose $200/wk. Then it’s insaaaaaaaaaaaaane. Made-up. Stoooopid. ‘Cause who eats $200/wk in mayo, duh? …Um, a larger-sized restaurant maybe? Everywhere in the western world? But as these are trust-fund children who went to Yale and Columbia and never worked a day in their sorry pointless lives, they’ve never seen the back-side of a restaurant, or indeed any other place of employment.

    Math? Call CISCO on the phone and ask industrial prices. $20/5 gal? Okay, how many does the average place buy a week? What’s that? 5 units? And what you say? Beef, eggs, mayo have DOUBLED over last few months, perhaps since Biden got in, and there’s no chicken at Taco Bell or UK’s KFC at all?

    Yes, that’s $200/wk in price rises. It’s called a “Telephone.” They’re so old President Grant had one and Reporters used to know what it was used for. So this good thing/bad thing, that doesn’t matter but it does, that’s also true, but false, is stupid for the GOP to re-tweet, except high prices are good, so we should thank them. While making fun of them, for being wrong/right.

    Got it? Who’s in the cult? Those who get, present, and discuss information, or those who mock, belittle, and refuse information?

    Even if they’re wrong, I’ll be on the side of getting, presenting, and freely discussing information. While fighting for your rights. As you cripple, refuse, trample, and destroy mine. You’re welcome.


    “Passport to your soul.
    Opening the door to vaccine passports could lead to years of oppression.”


    Ooops – this was back in March.

    “Why ADE Hasn’t Been a Problem With COVID Vaccines
    — Even with new variants, it’s unlikely antibody-dependent enhancement will be an issue.”



    “Stanford University announced Wednesday it would require weekly Covid testing for students, regardless of their vaccination status.”


    “Chairman of the Danish political party wins court case:
    The government can not demand anyone to take a PCR test, because the announcement/executive order is inferior in legal standing to alienable rights and the Constitution.”


    Safe and Effective:




    “The implications of face masks for babies and families during the COVID-19
    pandemic: A discussion paper”



    “Infection-enhancing anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies recognize both the original Wuhan/D614G strain and Delta variants. A potential risk for mass vaccination ?”


    “Professor Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University explains herd immunity, highlighting critical details about both the concept and its relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic that are often overlooked in public discussion”

    CG Mini-Lectures: Herd Immunity


    Unbelievable disinformation:

    “Why COVID-19 Vaccines Offer Better Protection Than Infection”

    madamski cafone

    In a de facto meaningless global culture, any lens large enough will dominate the view. Covid is such a lens, and it has dominated world affairs like nothing since WWII. China shuts down “a container terminal in China’s busiest marine transportation hub which was forced to close after a coronavirus case emerged, as the pandemic strains global supply amid rising retail orders.”

    It was “forced” to. The virus has special powers.


    Maybe the road to an easier mind is a looser attachment to staying alive. That’s what I’ m going for (not sure how it will work out- nature’s survival imperative has a way of over-ruling my plans). Watched a beautiful night sky last night – in spite of a humid day, the sky was clear, showing so many beautiful stars.


    TAE makes it impossible to be happy.
    TAE makes it impossible to be satisfied.
    TAE makes it impossible to be ignorant.
    TAE makes it impossible to be wise.
    TAE makes it impossible to decide.
    TAE makes it impossible to wear blinkers.
    TAE makes it impossible to be part of the herd.

    D Benton Smith

    Are we unwashed masses a viral pathogen infecting the body poltic of the elite, or are they a fatally dangerous experimental vaccine in ours?

    I’m not altogether sure, but the immune response sure is looking like a cytokine storm capable of killing either or both.

    Of course there is always the third possibility : the disease settles into a bloody standoff where the sum total political body (humanity as a whole) struggles along a just little while longer, with a highly compromised (but not quite yet terminal) politicized immune system.

    Just Some Randomer

    Hi all. Long time reader here, but experienced something of a ‘Road to Damascus’ moment recently on the subject of the Covid story and the official response to it and, inding myself without any real-world audience likely to even hear me out, I cast myself on the mercy of the joint and several intellects that make up the TAE community, and humbly ask you to consider whether the following makes any sense.

    1. ‘Covid-19’ leaving aside the arguments about whether it actually exists, appears to be a relatively harmless coronavirus to which a Spike protein has been attached, most likely in a lab. This Spike protein makes the virus more infectious to humans and also provides a unique target, because it does not exist in natural viruses, for vaccine developers to aim at.

    2. All of the vaccines produced to date, regardless of the underlying technology, target this Spike protein specifically and seek to produce antibodies that will bind to it. These antibodies then do what they are supposed to do and kill the Covid virus – because, per #1 above – it’s fairly harmless.

    3. So far, so good, leaving aside the various side-effects associated with the vaccine. A very large proportion of the population now has an immune system primed to identify and bind to the Spike protein, and in most cases their Covid symptoms are mild.

    Now we enter the realm of the hypothetical. What we seem to have done here is created a mechanism, analogous to the sort of ‘Back-Door’ into software systems that the CIA is so fond of, meaning that literally anything attached to a Spike protein will alert the immune system of vaccinated individuals and trigger a response. So – what happens if the next Spike-ey virus does NOT have a fairly harmless and easily dealt-with payload?

    Suppose that in the future, Dr. Evil (or natural viral mutation) releases an honest-to-goodness viral menace – a really dangerous viral payload attached to a spike protein? Is it not the case that vaccinated people’s keyed-up immune response will identify and bind antibodies in large numbers to the Spike protein, but then find that it’s incapable of actually killing the virus to which the Spike is attached? Will this not result in the virus invading the cells of the immune system and using them as a means to reproduce itself, i.e. ADE?

    Have we not, inadvertently or otherwise, installed a single point of failure in the immune systems of all vaccinated individuals? Have we not just created an antibody ‘Key’ which any virus possessing a Spike protein similar to Covid can use to invade the body?

    Someone of a cynical nature might even suspect that this Trojan Horse virus was created specifically to enable the creation and near-universal distribution of this key, which could be used at a later date when selectively thinning the herd (I suspect the creators themselves would be fine) becomes an imperative.

    madamski cafone

    “Are we unwashed masses a viral pathogen infecting the body poltic of the elite, or are they a fatally dangerous experimental vaccine in ours?”

    Who came first, the chicken or the egg?

    Homer SImpson: Heh. You said who came first. Heh.

    Clenis: Heh. You said who came first. Heh.


    Here is very thoughtful article by David Fuller, who finds himself directly in the middle of the Brett Weinstein/FLCCC debate. It is well written, fair, and contains some insights that might benefit us all.

    “The narrative of the heroic rebel fighting orthodoxies seems to seduce many of those who are intensely sceptical about mainstream narratives into blind acceptance of heterodox claims.

    We all need to be much more open about the warping effects of the media platforms we are using, and self-reflective about the dynamics that our audiences and incentives create.”

    On Bret Weinstein, Alternative Media, Ivermectin and Vaccine-Related Controversies

    On Bret Weinstein, Alternative Media, Ivermectin and Vaccine-Related Controversies


    And here is David Fuller’s longer investigative article as referenced in the Areo article I posted above. Both are worth a read and some contemplation. People here asked how you find any truth in a world where both sides think the other is completely wrong. This article and the Areo article attempt to begin that conversation:

    madamski cafone

    Putting aside things like honesty and motive, the logic of trusting a Reliable Source assumes that said source is right all or almost all of the time… which is absurd as absurd can be. At its peak, Scientific American wasn’t this reliable.

    No one on this forum is even 90% reliable except in narrow zones, and that is probably pushing it.

    But we like central beacons.


    Illustrative example: Mormons are taught to follow the path created by Joseph Smith. Joe became a prophet by asking which church he should follow.

    “None,” said God.

    So Mormons proceed to all follow one faith, that of Joe Smith, rather than find their own. Follow the leader, not the path the leader pointed out.

    Eyes looking at the finger not the moon at which it is pointing.

    madamski cafone

    “These antibodies then do what they are supposed to do and kill the Covid virus – because, per #1 above – it’s fairly harmless.”

    Virulence is often a function of where a bug likes to grow and what it eats/makes in the process. ‘Harmful bug’ does not necessarily mean ‘tough on antibodies’.

    Just Some Randomer

    Virulence is often a function of where a bug likes to grow and what it eats/makes in the process. ‘Harmful bug’ does not necessarily mean ‘tough on antibodies’.

    A valid observation, perhaps I could rephrase the point as ‘…per #1 above – it’s fairly easy to kill’ in which case one of the parameters of my hypothetical future virus would have to be that it has characteristics that make it difficult for the immune system to handle, as well as being harmful.

    Mr. House

    ..a relatively harmless coronavirus to which a Spike protein has been attached, most likely in a lab…

    All coronaviruses have spike proteins. It’s where they get their name.



    By calling an article “fair” and “very thoughtful”, you disqualify it; you should know how that works. Why do it? Whenever someone heaps together “Bret Weinstein, Alternative Media, Ivermectin and Vaccine-Related Controversies”, I’m out, because I know where they come from. Saves time.

    those darned kids

    deflationista: are you vaccinated? i’ve never asked anybody that question, but i’m asking you now. i think you can surmise as to why.


    This morning, the sun rose above the mountain, a firery, blood red, barely visible in a smoky haze.
    We are still here. We are lucky.

    Spacetime is a mathematical construct where events cannot be distinguished from being in 3d space or in time.
    ( location/duration)

    madamski cafone

    “A Fox News poll contends that a majority of Americans are in SUPPORT of vaccine mandates and the introduction of COVID passports that tie freedoms to vaccination status. The survey found that 50 percent of respondents are in favour of requiring proof of a coronavirus vaccine for “indoor activities such as restaurants, gyms and performances,” while 46% oppose the idea. “

    I’m reminded of 911, the war on terror, civil liberties, the Patriot Act, authorizing torture, etc. But back then, almost all of the problems created were overseas. After awhile, they started coming here, beginning with men and women broken in the wars. But it gave us a nice array of enemies out there to focus on rather than deal with ourselves and our commonwealth.

    With the war on covid, the problems begin here, immediately, and like the war on terror, only grow worse. But it gives us a nice array of enemies out there to focus on rather than deal with ourselves and our commonwealth.

    We can hate Saddam Hussein or the mediaplex telling us to hate him. We can hate molecular nanobots called viruses or the mediaplex telling us to hate them.

    Covid is rapidly running out of steam as an Oaficial Narrative. Whom shall we hate next?

    Because we’ve got to hate some-one/thing Out There: it’s the only thing we can fully agree on.


    Both taken from the cnbc article in today’s rattle …

    What passes for science now: “Studies suggest that a third vaccine shot might help patients whose immune systems don’t respond as well to a first or second dose.”

    What passes for public health policy now: “Covid vaccine makers, including Pfizer and Moderna, have repeatedly argued that everyone will eventually need a booster shot and potentially extra doses every year, just like for the seasonal flu. Pfizer has said it plans to ask the FDA to authorize boosters as it sees signs of waning immunity.”

    madamski cafone

    Evil or stupid = insane: doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

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