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Early Covid-19 Therapy Significantly Improved Covid-19 Outcomes (SD)
Up To 100 May Already Be Infected In New Zealand Covid Outbreak (G.)
Jabbed Adults Infected With Delta ‘Can Match Virus Levels Of Unvaccinated’ (G.)
Get Ready for a Nationwide Eldercare Shortage (CTH)
Former Purdue Pharma Chair Denies Responsibility For US Opioid Crisis (AP)
How Americans View Government Restriction Of False Information (Pew)
New US Air Force Secretary Wants To “Scare” China (Antiwar)
Fire The Military And Intelligence Bigs Who Bungled Afghanistan – Now (NYP)
We Failed Afghanistan, Not the Other Way Around (Taibbi)
IMF Suspends Afghanistan’s Access To Resources (Hill)
Taliban To Reap $1 Trillion Mineral Wealth (DW)





Polysaccharides may work. I think I like the illustration.



Science Direct is an Elsevier publication. We’re getting serious. The shift is slow but real.

Early Covid-19 Therapy Significantly Improved Covid-19 Outcomes (SD)

In a prospective observational study (pre-AndroCoV Trial), the use of nitazoxanide, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine demonstrated unexpected improvements in COVID-19 outcomes when compared to untreated patients. The apparent yet likely positive results raised ethical concerns on the employment of further full placebo controlled studies in early-stage COVID-19. The present analysis aimed to elucidate, through a comparative analysis with two control groups, whether full placebo-control randomized clinical trials (RCTs) on early-stage COVID-19 are still ethically acceptable. The Active group (AG) consisted of patients enrolled in the Pre-AndroCoV-Trial (n = 585). Control Group 1 (CG1) consisted of a retrospectively obtained group of untreated patients of the same population (n = 137), and Control Group 2 (CG2) resulted from a precise prediction of clinical outcomes based on a thorough and structured review of indexed articles and official statements.

Patients were matched for sex, age, comorbidities and disease severity at baseline. Compared to CG1 and CG2, AG showed reduction of 31.5–36.5% in viral shedding (p < 0.0001), 70–85% in disease duration (p < 0.0001), and 100% in respiratory complications, hospitalization, mechanical ventilation, deaths and post-COVID manifestations (p < 0.0001 for all). For every 1000 confirmed cases for COVID-19, at least 70 hospitalizations, 50 mechanical ventilations and five deaths were prevented. Benefits from the combination of early COVID-19 detection and early pharmacological approaches were consistent and overwhelming when compared to untreated groups, which, together with the well-established safety profile of the drug combinations tested in the Pre-AndroCoV Trial, precluded our study from continuing employing full placebo in early COVID-19.

[..] Drugs offered included azithromycin 500mg daily for five days for all patients, in association with one of the following: hydroxychloroquine 400mg daily for five days, nitazoxanide 500mg twice a day for six days, or ivermectin 0.2mg/kg/day in a single daily dose for three days, In addition, repurposed drugs, including dutasteride 0.5mg/day for 15 days and spironolactone 100mg twice a day for 15 days, were optionally offered. Vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, apibaxan, rivaroxaban, enoxaparin and glucocorticoids were added according to clinical judgement, the risk for thrombosis and progression of the disease to the inflammatory stage. Patients that decided to adhere to any treatment were included in the AG. All patients of AG and CG1 groups were followed longitudinally for 90 days for the occurrence of a new-onset or persistence of physical or mental manifestations.

Of the 585 subjects, all patients used azithromycin. A total of 357 patients used NIT, 159 used HCQ and 110 patients used IVE, alone with azithromycin or in combination with other drugs. Of the 357 patients that used NIT, 69 used the same in combination with HCQ, 46 used in combination with IVE, 146 used in combination with SPIRO, and 27 males used in combination with DUTA. Of the 110 patients that used IVE, 22 used in combination with HCQ, 82 used in combination with NIT, 66 used in combination with SPIRO and four males used in combination with DUTA. Of the 159 patients that used HCQ, 21 used in combination with IVE, 113 used in combination with NIT, 86 used in combination with SPIRO and seven males used in combination with DUTA.

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Not one word on how severe their cases are. Typical.

Up To 100 May Already Be Infected In New Zealand Covid Outbreak (G.)

New Zealand’s coronavirus cluster has grown to 21, with a strong link discovered to a case at the border, as the country began day two of a national lockdown. On Thursday, New Zealand reported another 11 cases of the Delta variant in the community, all in Auckland. The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, also announced that children between the ages of 12-15 would now also be eligible for the vaccine, from 1 September. “My message to parents who will need to of course provide consent for the children, is that I would not have been a part of a process and approving this, unless I believed it was safe, because around that table, we are parents too, all affected by these decisions, so we take them very seriously,” she said. The first case, a 58-year-old man from Auckland, emerged on Tuesday, prompting the government to put the entire country into a level 4 lockdown – the highest level of restrictions.

Ardern said genome sequencing has linked the cluster to a returnee from Australia. A New Zealander returned from Sydney on a managed red-zone flight and tested positive for the Delta variant on 7 August before being moved to quarantine the next day. After becoming unwell, they were transferred to Middlemore hospital, on 16 August. “This is a significant development and means now we can be fairly certain how, and when, the virus entered the country, and that based on timelines, there are minimal, possibly only one, or maybe two, missing links between this returnee and cases in our current outbreak,” Ardern said. The period in which cases were in the community is relatively short, she said, adding that it was unlikely the virus was spread at the hospital because the case was transferred there just one day prior to the first positive local case being discovered.

Ardern thanked the 58-year-old man for getting tested when he did. “If it wasn’t for you getting tested when you did, this could be a much, much more difficult situation. Having said that, I know we’re all prepared for cases to get worse before they get better. There is always a pattern with these outbreaks.” The prime minister cautioned that the country would need to remain open to other possibilities, but that the new information gives officials the confidence to focus on how the virus was transmitted, with a particular focus on the isolation and quarantine facilities. “Today we believe we have uncovered the piece of the puzzle we were looking for, and that means our ability to circle the virus, lock it down and stamp it out generally has greatly improved.”

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In real life, we’ve seen levels of 4-5 times higher (get me a booster!). But the Guardian brings it to you gently.

And stupidly: “But the fact that they can have high levels of virus suggests that people who aren’t yet vaccinated may not be as protected from the Delta variant as we hoped.”

Jabbed Adults Infected With Delta ‘Can Match Virus Levels Of Unvaccinated’ (G.)

Fully vaccinated adults can harbour virus levels as high as unvaccinated people if infected with the Delta variant, according to a sweeping analysis of UK data, which supports the idea that hitting the threshold for herd immunity is unlikely. There is abundant evidence that Covid vaccines in the UK continue to offer significant protection against hospitalisations and death. But this new analysis shows that although being fully vaccinated means the risk of getting infected is lower, once infected by Delta a person can carry similar virus levels as unvaccinated people. The implications of this on transmission remain unclear, the researchers have cautioned.

“We don’t yet know how much transmission can happen from people who get Covid-19 after being vaccinated – for example, they may have high levels of virus for shorter periods of time,” said Sarah Walker, a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the University of Oxford. “But the fact that they can have high levels of virus suggests that people who aren’t yet vaccinated may not be as protected from the Delta variant as we hoped.” Positive tests, hospitalisations and deaths linked to Covid have been rising slowly in the UK recently. In the week to 18 August, 211,238 people had a confirmed positive test result, an increase of 7.6% compared with the previous seven days. Over the same period, there have been 655 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, a rise of 7.9% versus the previous seven days.

Hospitalisations have also risen slightly, with 5,623 going into hospital with coronavirus between 8 August 2021 and 14 August 2021, a rise of 4.3% compared with the previous seven days. The study, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, found vaccine performance has waned against Delta versus the previously dominant Alpha variant. The analysis did not directly investigate whether the lower level of vaccine protection against Delta affected jabs’ ability to prevent severe disease. However, Dr Penny Ward, a visiting professor in pharmaceutical medicine at King’s College London, noted: “The low incidence of hospitalisation seen to date suggests that in this respect at least the vaccines are protecting individuals from developing severe Covid.”

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“.. as Biden Forces Mandatory Vaccines For Any Worker Paid by Medicare and Medicaid Money..”

Get Ready for a Nationwide Eldercare Shortage (CTH)

…As predicted, and the ‘next step’ will be colleges, universities, students and anyone receiving federal education funding, loans or grants. Today, the White House occupant announced a federal regulatory requirement that all nurses and healthcare workers who work in facilities funded by Medicaid and/or Medicare will be required to be vaccinated. Ironically Joe Biden noted that nurses, those professionally trained in healthcare systems – who understand the issues of vaccination, are at a lower vaccination rate than the less trained and educated population. “Vaccination rates among nursing home staff significantly trail the rest of the country“, Biden said; while never questioning ‘why’. As pointed out recently, a large subset of the vaccine resistant population are the most educated.

[Speech Transcript] – […] “Today, I’m announcing a new step. If you work in a nursing home and serve people on Medicare or Medicaid, you will also be required to get vaccinated. More than 130,000 residents in nursing homes have sa- — have sadly, over the period of this virus, passed away. At the same time, vaccination rates among nursing home staff significantly trail the rest of the country.” The downstream consequence from this action will be a shortage of healthcare providers in nursing homes. This has already become an issue for hospitals coast to coast who require vaccinations of their staff. CTH has been warning about the Chicago network behind Biden and their objective. We have accurately predicted their moves, but what we cannot determine is how the larger American electorate will respond to these encroachments.

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As go the Sacklers, so goes Pfizer.

Former Purdue Pharma Chair Denies Responsibility For US Opioid Crisis (AP)

The former president and board chair of Purdue Pharma told a court Wednesday that he, his family and the company are not responsible for the opioid crisis in the United States. Richard Sackler, a member of the family who owns the company, was asked whether each bears responsibility during a federal bankruptcy hearing in White Plains, New York, over whether a judge should accept the OxyContin maker’s plan to settle thousands of lawsuits. For each, he gave a one-word answer: “No.” Richard Sackler’s denial of responsibility for the opioid crisis comes a day after another Sackler family member said the group wouldn’t accept a settlement without guarantees of immunity from further legal action.

The previous words of Richard Sackler, now 76, are at the heart of lawsuits accusing the Stamford, Connecticut-based company of an outsized role in sparking a nationwide opioid epidemic. In the 1996 event to launch sales of OxyContin, he told the company’s sales force that there would be “a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition”. Five years later, as it was apparent that the powerful prescription pain drug was being misused in some cases, he said in an email that Purdue would have to “hammer on the abusers in every way possible”, describing them as “the culprits and the problem”. For those reasons, the activists crusading against companies involved in selling opioids often see Richard Sackler – who was president of the company from 1999 to 2003, chair of its board from 2004 through 2007, and a board member from 1990 until 2018 – as a prime villain.

[..] Sackler, whose father was one of three brothers who nearly 70 years ago bought the company that later became Purdue Pharma, didn’t recall emails he wrote a decade or more ago; whether Purdue’s board approved certain sales strategies; whether a company owned by Sackler family members sold opioids in Argentina; or whether he paid any of his own money as part of a settlement with Oklahoma to which the Sackler family contributed $75m. Often, he answered questions with more questions, asking for precision. When Edmunds asked him if he knew how many people in the US had died from using opioids, Sackler asked him to specify over which time period. Edmunds did: 2005 to 2017. “I don’t know,” Sackler said. He said that he had looked at some data on deaths in the past, though. (The US Centers for Disease Control has tallied more than 500,000 deaths in the US to opioid overdose, including both prescription drugs and illicit ones such as heroin and illegally produced fentanyl, since 2000.)

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How did that country get so scary so fast?

And how can a government or Big Tech restrict false information when they are the biggest source of it? You know, just in theory …..

How Americans View Government Restriction Of False Information (Pew)

Amid rising concerns over misinformation online – including surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, especially vaccines – Americans are now a bit more open to the idea of the U.S. government taking steps to restrict false information online. And a majority of the public continues to favor technology companies taking such action, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Roughly half of U.S. adults (48%) now say the government should take steps to restrict false information, even if it means losing some freedom to access and publish content, according to the survey of 11,178 adults conducted July 26-Aug. 8, 2021. That is up from 39% in 2018. At the same time, the share of adults who say freedom of information should be protected – even if it means some misinformation is published online – has decreased from 58% to 50%.

When it comes to whether technology companies should take steps to address misinformation online, more are in agreement. A majority of adults (59%) continue to say technology companies should take steps to restrict misinformation online, even if it puts some restrictions on Americans’ ability to access and publish content. Around four-in-ten (39%) take the opposite view that protecting freedom of information should take precedence, even if it means false claims can spread. The balance of opinion on this question has changed little since 2018. Partisan divisions on the role of government in addressing online misinformation have emerged since 2018. Three years ago, around six-in-ten in each partisan coalition – 60% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents and 57% of Democrats and Democratic leaners – agreed that freedom of information should be prioritized over the government taking steps to restrict false information online.

Today, 70% of Republicans say those freedoms should be protected, even it if means some false information is published. Nearly as many Democrats (65%) instead say the government should take steps to restrict false information, even if it means limiting freedom of information. Partisan views on whether technology companies should take such steps have also grown further apart. Roughly three-quarters of Democrats (76%) now say tech companies should take steps to restrict false information online, even at the risk of limiting information freedoms. A majority of Republicans (61%) express the opposite view – that those freedoms should be protected, even if it means false information can be published online. In 2018, the parties were closer together on this question, though most Democrats still supported action by tech firms.

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Washington hasn’t processed its defeat yet.

New US Air Force Secretary Wants To “Scare” China (Antiwar)

Researching and developing new weapons technologies is a key part of the Pentagon’s strategy to counter China. In an interview with Defense News, President Biden’s new Air Force secretary said he’d like to see the US military field the type of new technologies that “scare China.” Frank Kendall, who was sworn in as Air Force secretary on July 28th, made it clear in the interview that he is focused on China. “I’ve been obsessed, if you will, with China for quite a long time now — and its military modernization, what that implies for the US and for security,” he said. Hyping up the threat of China’s military serves the Pentagon to justify more spending, and Kendall hinted that he believes the Air Force doesn’t have a sufficient budget. “The Air Force has been overly constrained,” he said.

“I think we’ve not been allowed to do things we really need to do to free up resources for things that are higher priority. We’ve had a very hard time getting the Congress to allow us to retire older aircraft.” One project that Kendall discussed is the B-21 bomber, which is currently being developed. “I think that’s going to be something that will be intimidating, it’s going to be very capable. And there are a few others like that that are coming down the pipeline. … But I think we have to be continuously thinking about other things that will be intimidating to our future enemies.” The Pentagon budget requested by President Biden prioritized spending on new weapons technology. The budget request asked for over $112 billion for research, development, testing, and evaluation, known as RDT&E. Besides new long-range bombers, US military leaders are calling for investment in technology like artificial intelligence, robotics, space and cyber capabilities, and hypersonic missiles.

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And then you will have what?

Fire The Military And Intelligence Bigs Who Bungled Afghanistan – Now (NYP)

This is the biggest foreign failure in most Americans’ lifetimes, and there needs to be an accounting. The normal course of business after government bungling nowadays is that everyone involved tut-tuts a bit, then gets a raise and a promotion, while the government goes back to business as usual. But in a sane nation, failure would be punished. To begin with, Milley must resign or be fired. And the same for our triple-masking defense secretary, Lloyd Austin. This was a failure that happened on their watch, and it happened through bad management. We could have pulled out without nearly the level of chaos, confusion and terror.

But Milley and Austin weren’t on top of their jobs. They may feel that firing is unfair, but they’d be getting off light by the standards of military history: In the 18th century, the British executed an admiral, John Byng, for failing to “do his utmost” in combat. It was harsh, but the Royal Navy became more aggressive. Likewise, the intel agencies and officers who provided the bad, er, intelligence need to go. Many others who failed, from contractors to lower-level officers and bureaucrats, need to go, too. You punish a bureaucracy by shrinking its staff and cutting its budget. That needs to happen here. The brass and agencies will complain that it was Biden who ultimately made the call. Indeed, they are already furiously leaking to that effect to the press.

Maybe they’re right. But it’s up to voters to fire the president at the ballot box. If they thought what Biden planned was disastrous, they should have resigned in protest. But they didn’t. Meanwhile, we also need a probe, with independent investigators with strong powers. That should be followed by deep structural changes in a military that hasn’t really won a war since well before I was born. Bottom line: Our military must be disciplined to win wars, rather than promote gender ideology and postmodern race theories (at home or abroad). None of this will transpire, of course. Our society is run by a technocratic-managerial class that never pays a price for failure. Democracy is a glossy finish over an unelected administrative state that isn’t really accountable to anyone and measures success or failure in terms of budgets, p.r. and power, not results.

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$300 million per day for 20 years.

We Failed Afghanistan, Not the Other Way Around (Taibbi)

On MSNBC the other night, Rachel Maddow told a story about visiting Afghanistan a decade ago. She described being taken on a tour of a new neighborhood in Kabul of “narco-palaces,” what she called, “big garish, gigantic, rococo, strange-looking places” that hadn’t existed before the Americans arrived. This was said to be symbolic of the “fantastically corrupt elites” among the Afghan political class who put themselves into position to siphon off big chunks of the “billions of dollars per month” we sent into the country. Noting that, “the U.S. effort and expenditure in that country did build some stuff, roads and waterways and schools,” Maddow decried the fact that “so much of what we put in by the boatload was shoveled off by a fantastically corrupt elite.”

She showed video of Taliban conquerors lounging around in the tackily furnished homes of former Afghan officials in Kabul, pointing out that, “dictator chic is the same the world over.” In a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump, she added, “And they really like gold fixtures.” From Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan, the pattern of American officials showering questionable political allies abroad with armfuls of cash is a long-established practice. However, the idea that this is the reason the “missions” fail in such places is just a continuation of the original propaganda lines that get us into these messes. It’s a way of saying the subject populations are to blame for undermining our noble efforts, when the missions themselves are often preposterous and, moreover, the lion’s share of the looting is usually done by our own marauding contracting community.

It’s bad enough that Maddow/MSNBC played a big part in delaying the withdrawal last year with hype of the bogus Bountygate story, which gave one last (false) dying breath to the war rationale. This latest criticism of theirs ignores the massive amounts of corruption that were endemic to the American side of the mission. Contractors made fortunes monstrously overcharging the taxpayer for everything from private security, to dysfunctional or unnecessary construction projects, to social programs that either had no chance for success, or for which metrics for measuring success didn’t exist. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) some years ago identified “$15.5 billion of waste, fraud, and abuse… in our published reports and closed investigations between SIGAR’s inception in 2008 and December 31, 2017,” and added an additional $3.4 billion in a subsequent review.

All told, “SIGAR reviewed approximately $63 billion and concluded that a total of approximately $19 billion or 30 percent of the amount reviewed was lost to waste, fraud, and abuse.” Thirty percent! If the overall cost of the war was, as reported, $2 trillion (about $300 million per day for 20 years), a crude back of the envelope calculation for the amount lost to fraud during the entire period might be $600 billion, an awesome sum. It could even be worse than that. SIGAR for instance also looked at a $7.8 billion sum spent on buildings and vehicles from 2008 on, and reported that of that, only $343.2 million worth “were maintained in good condition.” They added that just $1.2 billion of the original expenditure was used as intended. By that metric, the majority of the monies spent in Afghanistan might simply have gone up in smoke in bogus or ineffectual contracting schemes.

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Either the IMF distances itself from the US, or it becomes irrelevant.

IMF Suspends Afghanistan’s Access To Resources (Hill)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday announced it was suspending Afghanistan’s access to its resources due to what it called a “lack of clarity” surrounding the recognition of the country’s government after the Taliban took control of the capital city of Kabul. “As is always the case, the IMF is guided by the views of the international community,” a spokesperson for the IMF said in a statement, according to Reuters. “There is currently a lack of clarity within the international community regarding recognition of a government in Afghanistan, as a consequence of which the country cannot access SDRs or other IMF resources.” This move by the IMF comes after the Biden administration reportedly froze Afghan government reserves held in U.S. banks, blocking the Taliban from accessing billions in funds.

“Any Central Bank assets the Afghan government have in the United States will not be made available to the Taliban,” one administration official told The Washington Post. It is currently unclear whether the Taliban will be recognized by the international community, though China has indicated that it is open to establishing formal relations, being one of the few countries that did not evacuate its embassy when the Afghan government fell. Shortly after the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if the U.S. would ever recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government. “A future Afghan government that upholds the basic rights of its people and that doesn’t harbor terrorists is a government we can work with and recognize,” Blinken said.

“Conversely, a government that doesn’t do that, that doesn’t uphold the basic rights of its people, including women and girls, that harbors terrorist groups that have designs on the United States, our allies and partners, certainly, that’s not going to happen,” he added.

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No boycott possible. There will always be customers.

Taliban To Reap $1 Trillion Mineral Wealth (DW)

The Taliban have been handed a huge financial and geopolitical edge in relations with the world’s biggest powers as the militant group seizes control of Afghanistan for a second time. In 2010, a report by US military experts and geologists estimated that Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries, was sitting on nearly $1 trillion (€850 billion) in mineral wealth, thanks to huge iron, copper, lithium, cobalt and rare-earth deposits. In the subsequent decade, most of those resources remained untouched due to ongoing violence in the country. Meanwhile, the value of many of those minerals has skyrocketed, sparked by the global transition to green energy. A follow-up report by the Afghan government in 2017 estimated that Kabul’s new mineral wealth may be as high as $3 trillion, including fossil fuels.

Lithium, which is used in batteries for electric cars, smartphones and laptops, is facing unprecedented demand, with annual growth of 20% compared to just 5-6% a few years ago. The Pentagon memo called Afghanistan the Saudi Arabia of lithium and projected that the country’s lithium deposits could equal Bolivia’s — one of the world’s largest. Copper, too, is benefiting from the post-COVID global economic recovery — up 43% over the past year. More than a quarter of Afghanistan’s future mineral wealth could be realized by expanding copper mining activities. While the West has threatened not to work with the Taliban after it effectively seized control of Kabul over the weekend, China, Russia and Pakistan are lining up to do business with the militant group — further adding to the US and Europe’s humiliation over the fall of the country.

As the manufacturer of almost half of the world’s industrial goods, China is stoking much of the global demand for commodities. Beijing — already Afghanistan’s largest foreign investor — is seen as likely to lead the race to help the country build an efficient mining system to meet its insatiable needs for minerals. “Taliban control comes at a time when there is a supply crunch for these minerals for the foreseeable future and China needs them,” Michael Tanchum, a senior fellow at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, told DW. “China is already in position in Afghanistan to mine these minerals.”

One of the Asian powerhouse’s mining giants, the Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC), already has a 30-year lease to mine copper in Afghanistan’s barren Logar province. Some analysts, however, question whether the Taliban have the competence and willingness to exploit the country’s natural resources given the income they generate from the drug trade. “These resources were in the ground in the 90s too and they [the Taliban] weren’t able to extract them,” Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director at the Counter Extremism Project, told DW. “One has to remain very skeptical of their ability to grow the Afghan economy or even their interest in doing so.”

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    Henri Matisse View of Nôtre Dame 1914   • Early Covid-19 Therapy Significantly Improved Covid-19 Outcomes (SD) • Up To 100 May Already Be Infecte
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle August 19 2021]



    They take an experimental shot,

    have a bad reaction,

    tell themselves its Covid and would have been worse if they hadn’t just injected an experimental toxin into themselves.

    Then the mainstream media blames those who didn’t get the injection.

    Clown World 🤡🤡🤡


    “Jabbed adults infected with Delta ‘can match virus levels of unvaccinated’ ”

    Polder Dweller

    “My message to parents who will need to of course provide consent for the children, is that I would not have been a part of a process and approving this, unless I believed it was safe…”

    I don’t give a rat’s derrière what she believes, she has to know it’s safe before advising people to give it to their children. Of course, she doesn’t know it’s safe quite simply because she cannot know it is and that should be reason enough for any responsible parent not to allow their child to be vaccinated.

    “We don’t yet know how much transmission can happen from people who get Covid-19 after being vaccinated – for example, they may have high levels of virus for shorter periods of time,” said Sarah Walker, a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the University of Oxford, before continuing “or they may have high levels of virus for very long periods of time, we just don’t know at the moment – wait, scratch that last bit would you?”

    those darned kids

    the first study cited today is extremely frustrating. my wife went through, and is going through, torment because of this disease.

    her cousin died. 33. athlete. in january. mexico d.f. when i heard he was sick, i immediately thought of ivermectin, azithromycin. but how could i, a musician far away, call up his family and tell them to try that, especially with all the nonsense thrown at us everyday on the “news”?

    his death saddens me so. it also leaves me very bitter.

    what kind of people would go out of their way to limit others from trying new treatments if nothing is working anyway?!

    this paradigm where topjerk becomes our leadership has to change. i do hope people from the future aren’t watching all of this, for the behaviour of some, a small number, really, is beyond shameful, and for the rest of us, frankly, quite embarrassing.

    alas, better late than never.

    for most.

    those darned kids

    “New US Air Force Secretary Wants To “Scare” China”

    oh, he’s frightening them, alright, the way a nutso neighbour scares you when you hear them fire up a lawnmower, saw or leafblower.

    it’s not the machine that frightens you – it’s how stupidly you know they are going use abuse the tool they have.


    Pray for the Vaxxed – they’re gonna need it.


    Folks have mentioned Bedpan Joe’s Afgan Clusterfuck and how other allies our reassessing their options.

    How about within the US itself.

    At least half the 50 States giving Old White Joe the Finger.

    Texas and Florida already have a head start but the Biden Junta does not look like it can organize it’s way out of a wet paper bag.


    Can’t imagine how much more the press would be screeching if Afghanistan fell under Trump. I reckon he dodged a major bullet losing the election.


    the robots at Boston Dynamics got another software update.

    My ex military friends when they see the robots at Boston Dynamics always discuss where to shoot them with a killshot.

    You can’t eat them afterwards they say, but they’d make interesting lawn jockeys for the entrance of the house.



    “SARS-CoV-2 spike protein-induced platelet activation: Mechanism for virus and vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia”

    ‘Our results indicated that the formed PF4/SP complexes can, on one hand, trigger the formation of PF4-antibodies and on the other hand mediate/activate platelets followed by inducing thrombotic events, which is the mechanism for excessive procoagulant activity observed in Covid-19 patients.’


    The Spanish judiciary has officially had it with this crap.

    “The Supreme Court knocks down ‘covid passport’ to enter bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Andalucia”

    The Supreme Court knocks down ‘covid passport’ to enter bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Andalucia

    Dr. D

    A new motive to a crime, like Ukraine?

    Did the NY Fed Confiscate $1.3 Billion in Afghan Gold: Striking Revelations from Afghanistan’s Central Bank Chief”

    At $1T/day, think that’ll last to September? Well let’s see, corruption is infinite and resources are finite: Nope.

    Besides, the gold was never there to begin with, it’s been sold out 500 times. Ask Jeff Christian.

    In other news, Biden admin just haaaaaaappened to shut down the entire civilian evacuation center in the State Department. 3 months ago when he extended the withdrawl. Kind of like when Bush said the State-building side of the State Dept wouldn’t be needed in Iraq, they’re going to greet us with flowers, go home.

    Oh and his State Dept appointees were online bragging how America’s great work in Asia has made the world safe and stable for Chinese expansion. Okay, great! So pay us. Not pay us? So you’re selling out your country for free?

    One wit pointed out that if you have a civil war, and one side with 300k men throws down their arms the minute you look away, you never really had a civil war, did you? You had a fake war the U.S. 100% created and kept going. Clearly the Afghans are unified. Against you and your dumb plans; they’re just smarter than you are.

    So if we’ve got “10k” American citizens still there, and we’re evacuating Afghans first, and adding 5k more targets to be trapped there, why? You just shut off the mechanisms that would allow them to leave in an orderly fashion we’ve had agreed and pre-planned since 2019, so why do you want all those hostages stuck there? Carter x1,000. Why? On purpose, duh.

    “Gen. Milley Claims Nobody Expected Taliban to Take Afghanistan in Just 11 Days”

    Hahahaha! General Milley. His very name is a joke. Okay, you and your staff didn’t realize it. Fine with me: you’re all fired. We are replacing you with all the generals and colonels that DID see it. War is hell. Bye bye.

    After that, we fire every doctor spokesperson that got every single thing related to Covid wrong, and replace them with every one who got it right. Or even bridge trolls from random websites, who predicted everything while eating Cheetos, half-reading and half-asleep. It wasn’t that hard.

    “New Zealand to Sink Entire Country into the Sea to Stop Single Case of COVID” –BBee
    They should take one for the team. I appreciate it.

    “”Listen, this gives me no pleasure,” Ardern said in an address, “but desperate times call for desperate measures. I am left with no choice but to fully submerge this island underwater until the threat of COVID is passed.” She then drilled a hole into the ground with an auger until water began rushing out, which then enveloped the whole island.
    Authorities assured the rest of the world that Prime Minister Ardern’s move was in no way an overreaction and is completely reasonable in every way.”

    You know, like building Australian internment camps, to move people out of hotels into quarantine, but with more fresh air! Well I haven’t heard you ALSO need to pay for them, like in Canada.

    “New Zealand’s Tyrannical PM Tells Kiwis to ‘Blame Australia’ for COVID Lockdowns” Not my fault!!! If reality didn’t exist, my plan would have worked perfectly!

    Speaking of super-spreaders risking whole continents: “Texas Democrat Admits She Went To Portugal After Fleeing State”. That was AFTER they all flew maskless together, took selfies, and contaminated everyone in the White House and Congress. Leading by example, I’m sure.

    Larry Elder Vows to Reverse Vaccine, Mask Mandates If He Replaces Newsom as California Governor”

    He vows to follow Sweden, which is health care the Left hates now. Hates so, so much. How reckless to follow the health care they held up as an example for 40 years. These Black men must be stopped! Only rich white men from oligarchic families can save us, like Newsome. Damn you Republicans who want the Swedish health model!

    Along with satire, irony is dead and impossible at this point.

    “The Messiest Phase of the Pandemic Yet” –Atlantic.

    Is that ‘cause you’re lying? Lying before, lying now, and lying in the future? Is that why the data doesn’t seem to make sense? I assure you: reality makes perfect sense. If you can’t see it, you’re lost and lying.

    100 million people in the United States have likely been infected by SARS-CoV-2 and 167 million people are fully vaccinated. Yet despite this huge population of people with at least some level of immunity, the Delta variant has sent case and hospitalization numbers soaring. Florida is on its way to having twice as many people hospitalized now than during any previous wave, when essentially no one was vaccinated.”

    Huh, that IS weird. 200M, or 2/3rds safe we’re at the level Fauci said would work, and yet hospitalizations are rising. However could this be? Which we measure with a test that doesn’t work but plan to keep using for 4 more months, so how can we have bad data? It’s so mysterious.

    “there might still be outbreaks, as the Brown University public-health expert Ashish Jha fears will happen in South Dakota after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

    But never happened. We make stuff up. Just like Texas, the Superbowl, and the CDC director crying on TV as cases fell. But THIS time! I promise Charlie Brown.

    “San Francisco, which has 70 percent of its population vaccinated, has nonetheless seen a similar case surge to the one in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, Arizona, where only 43 percent of residents are vaccinated.” Still can’t figure it out. Since I pre-decided vaccines work based on my tribalism, can’t figure out what’s happening. Oh btw, it’s the unvaccinated’s fault the vaccinated get sick, because vaccines work and only the unvaccinated can get it, and give it to the vaccinated, who can’t get it. But do. But it’s not their fault because vaccines work.

    Which she says before saying this: “Vaccinated people can be infected with and transmit the virus.”

    And this: “Mayo Clinic data found much lower effectiveness against infection, especially for the Pfizer vaccine, which the authors contend had an effectiveness of just 42 percent against infection” Huh. Still too high, Scandinavian miracle country Iceland said zero percent.

    Picking on catastrophic Florida, in the news, here’s the numbers (java script)

    Wow, cases that cause…no deaths. 1/3rd the deaths of the original peak? Golly, so skeered. So is that 1/3rd of 0.03%? I think so.

    “But millions of unvaccinated people are still getting infected. And for them, the old mathematics of COVID-19 will hold.” No they will not. Delta is far less dangerous as Alpha, which, hospital closings aside, was barely deadly to begin with. You can’t have the SAME mathematics and 1/3rd of the same. 1/3rd of a number is a DIFFERENT number. But…The Atlantic. Harvard Journalist. Math-and-data-phobic.

    “130,000 residents in nursing homes have sa- — have sadly, over the period of this virus, passed away.” –Biden

    Uh, but from old age and not from Covid? What do you mean, sir?


    Washington State – “Inslee brings back statewide mask order and mandates vaccines for school workers”

    those darned kids

    The Pentagon memo called Afghanistan the Saudi Arabia of lithium

    uh, oh, here comes the lithorenmibi. stupid humans.

    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

    rachel “russia made me rich” maddow: “dictator chic is the same the world over.” In a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump, she added, “And they really like gold fixtures.”


    michael “babylon or bust” hudson: The media are showing pictures of the Afghan palace and one of the warlord’s office. I did a double-take, because the plush, wretched-excess furnishings looked just like Obama’s $12 million McMansion furnishings in Martha’s Vineyard.

    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

    nyp: Bottom line: Our military must be disciplined to win wars, rather than promote gender ideology and postmodern race theories (at home or abroad).

    top line: your military must be abolished. stupid humans.

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    sparked by the global transition to green energy.

    the united states uses more electricity for air conditioning than the entire continent of africa uses for everything. “hey, look, a desert. let’s build some cities!” what pollutes in vegas doesn’t stay in vegas.


    Has anyone else noticed that when Biden says the word “virus” he makes it sound like the word “farce”?

    those darned kids

    dr. d: “Carter x1,000.” paging ron desantis, paging ron desantis. time to start negotiating to release the hostages on january, 21st, 2025.


    Those robots…BoDy let it slip a while back (in that robot dance video?) that all of their movements are painstakingly choreographed. Robots can’t think- action programming where a robot would have to decide what to do in a given situation isn’t here yet. I’m pretty sure the robot controllers are eagerly waiting for humans to be chipped in such a way to be able to instruct the robot to separate target “xzH11874” (a person’s head) from target “xzT11874” (a torso).
    I have often wondered if a wet towel wouldn’t be helpful.
    Or how about a handful of marbles?

    those darned kids

    to distract a robot dog, throw him a piece of rebar to chase.

    absolute galore

    Contrary to the post on TAE today, apparently Ivermectin does NOT work. (By the way, the study above which was positive only used 2mg per kg of body weight for treatment, half of what is prescribed by FLCC.)

    Here is a massive Ivermectin take-down by Salon.
    Many interesting points to observe, I will just highlight a couple and let you find the rest.

    Smaller studies, Boulware added, tend to look and see if ivermectin has an impact on a patient’s viral load. Yet there is debate as to whether viral load is a meaningful metric.

    “The question in COVID, which is kind of unknown, is whether that actually means anything,” Boulware said. “It sounds great — making the virus go away faster is probably a good thing — but the virus is going to go away eventually anyway with your immune system. What is the clinical benefit of the treatment? “

    Wait, my immune system?

    There was even an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Why Is the FDA Attacking a Safe, Effective Drug?”; tellingly, the op-ed was co-written by a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, a right-leaning, pro-free market think tank, and a pharmaceutical industry consultant who previously worked for the company that developed and marketed ivermectin.

    Then later:
    This is one reason why experts like David Boulware, a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School and a co-chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ACTIV-6 trial steering committee, says there is definitely not enough scientific evidence to believe that ivermectin is an effective treatment

    Wait. Doesn’t the NIH own a key patent in the Moderna vaccine?…

    “You can also overdose on ivermectin, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (problems with balance), seizures, coma and even death,” the FDA states. “There’s a lot of misinformation around, and you may have heard that it’s okay to take large doses of ivermectin. That is wrong.”.

    And they say it has bad reactions with other drugs, etc. etc.

    In Louisiana, which is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, a local Louisiana news outlet reported that doctors are seeing patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 who say they took horse ivermectin to treat COVID-19.

    “It is the saddest thing to have somebody come in and say, ‘but I was taking my ivermectin.’ And have to admit them to a hospital, put them on a breathing machine, when we have great prevention [t]hat is the vaccine,” one doctor said.

    Is there any evidence ivermectin can treat COVID-19? We analyzed the prominent scientific studies
    Despite promising words in some studies, experts say ivermectin is a false hope for treating COVID-19. Here’s why
    By Nicole Karlis
    Published August 18, 2021 6:44PM (EDT)


    I am a fan of Moneycircus (as seen on OffG! and his own new and “improved” website- (I don’t like white on black)) and would urge people to read his piece on Afghanistan as mentioned yesterday by Mr. House.
    The fat cats are not going to let that treasure trove mine itself.

    absolute galore

    The last quote, “It’s the saddest thing” sounds just like the other made for tv lines….” As I gave last rites, I had to tell the patient it was too late to get vaccinated. I told the family to honor their relative they could go door to door promoting the vaccines.”


    TDK- or, robot SQUIRREL!

    Mister Roboto

    If Salon were a hardcopy publication, it would only be fit for butt-wiping.

    absolute galore

    I’m skeptical of the whole “rare earth mineral” meme. These mineral deposits have been known for a long time. If the U.S. thought it would be at all feasible to go after the stuff, that would have been the focus of all the money we pissed away making contractors rich. I read recently it can take up to 16 years to get a mine built and producing something like lithium. We don’t have that sort of “long-term” patience. And I suspect it’s probably not viable for China to do much with it, either. I imagine it is not low hanging fruit, at the very least.

    John Day

    Ilargi said:
    And stupidly: “But the fact that they can have high levels of virus suggests that people who aren’t yet vaccinated may not be as protected from the Delta variant as we hoped.”

    Lemme ‘splain:
    They “mean” that the unvaccinated will not be protected from spread, because the vaccinated will be spreading it to them, by carrying it around in their noses.


    They better get vaxxed then, so they can spread it too.

    John Day

    I cn’t really hold off on posting this here, and will have the blog up soon. Most of my patients improve overnight on ivermectin-based treatment. Nobody has gotten worse on it. It’s safer than Tylenol/paracetamol.

    I’m just going to meditate and pray more, and see how that works out, for now, Sir.Klaus Schwab, interviewed here: “This fourth Industrial Revolution doesn’t change what you do; it changes YOU, if you take a genetic editing”  . Thanks Luc:

    These “required vaccines” are genetic insertion tools, right? Why are you dudes being so HEAVY?U.S. to require nursing homes get staff fully vaccinated or lose federal funding  The new measure, which would withhold Medicare and Medicaid funding to nursing homes that don’t comply, could take effect as early as next month, the official said, though the timing is fluid.It would impact about 15,000 nursing homes, which employ more than 1.3 million people nationwide.

    The clinic where I work is a “Federally Qualified Health Center” these days. I guess federal  funding will be cut off to ALL all medical facilities that don’t enforce 100% vaccination for all employees and contractors soon.I wonder how long before Social Security check only go to the vaccinated…Does this seem “un-American” to y’all?


    Remember when …..
    Russia was the foreigners in Afghanistan
    and the USA did everything they could to help the Afghans to fight the foreign invaders.

    Now the USA has nightmares that Russia, with China were doing the same thing to the USA.
    All of the USA intelligent never forsaw that their puppet gov. and their 300,000 trained military would not fight for the USA.
    Killer weapon – spittle

    Don’t piss off the waitress or she might spit in your soup.
    Bring the troops home.
    The vaccine works.
    The number of LCH getting an outbreak of covid keeps increasing. The health authorities just announced that its now at 11 home infected. Imagine …. how bad it would be if the vaccine did not work.

    There is one new assisted living outbreak at Nicola Meadows in Interior Health, for a total of 11 active outbreaks in assisted living and long-term care. Of those, eight are in Interior Health, two in Fraser Health and one in the Island Health region.

    Propeganda …. repetition ….. it works for MSM

    Mr. House

    Vae victis

    those darned kids

    my wife: “mix the ivermectin with mint and raise the price. anything but the vaccines.”


    “Many fully vaccinated travellers could lose their right to visit Austria and Croatia as early as October this year as the countries confirm an ‘expiry date’ on vaccination statuses.”

    Croatia and Austria set expiry date on holidaymakers’ vaccination status

    Clown World!


    “Texas cardiologist and leading medical expert Dr. Peter McCullough recently criticized the mass COVID vaccination program in the U.S., saying that it ‘will go down as one of the most deadly, one of the most injurious and costly in human history.’ ”

    Top doctor: Mass vaccination program for COVID will be ‘one of the most deadly’ in history 


    from prev. thread.

    Ilargi posted: Any discussion of Afghan poppies that does not involve the CIA is useless. They are the boss of it. It’s been too long, and now too hard to find it all back right now, it that is even possible anymore, but I have zero doubt about this.

    I posted World Bank Spiel and UN ‘hope-changey’ (eradicate poppies and educate girls, ex.) as examples of public positions on the Afgh. heroin trade.

    How exactly the CIA controls the trade would be fascinating to investigate, understand.

    >> Growing (equipment, water, fertilizers, protection, agri workers..)

    >> Picking, gathering

    >> Treating at site, packing, transport

    >> Refining, packing again

    >> exported to where, how, sold thru what channels?

    Very long chain, it would be great to have some info.

    For sure the Taliban are part of it, without them it would be impossible. It is one of the financing sources they rely on (it is said?)

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