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Salvador Dali City of drawers – The Anthropomorphic Cabinet 1936


Vaccine Effectiveness Hits as Low as Minus-66% in the Over 40s (DS)
Increases In Covid-19 Are Unrelated To Levels Of Vaccination (Springer)
Merck’s New Drug – A Wonder Or Incipient Slaughter?
Predominance of Antibody-Resistant Covid Variants In Breakthrough Cases (Mxiv)
Antihistamines And Azithromycin As A Treatment For Covid-19 (PMC)
‘Grinch’ Fauci Mulls Canceling Christmas Due To Covid (RT)
Israel Tightens Covid ‘Green Pass’ Rules, Sparking Protest (AP)
The Israeli Face Of Pain After Pfizer Shots (Farber)
How Democray Ends (Prasad)
Staff Shortages Spreading To All Corners Of UK Business (G.)
Whistleblower Blasts Facebook For Prioritizing Profits Over ‘Democracy’ (RT)
Electricity Bills In Italy Rise By Almost 30 Percent From Friday (ZH)
Pandora Papers (RT)



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Vaccine Effectiveness Hits as Low as Minus-66% in the Over 40s (DS)

Following last week’s ‘fact check‘ from Full Fatuous – ostensibly of my piece but with some words of admonition for PHE as well, particularly over the accuracy of the population data – a new note appeared in the report: “Interpretation of the case rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated population is particularly susceptible to changes in denominators and should be interpreted with extra caution.” So there you go. All estimates in this post are based on the data PHE uses and are valid insofar as that data is accurate. As before, the data is just for a four-week period, which, given that the early part of the Delta surge was dominated by the unvaccinated and the latter part has seen infections rise in the vaccinated, seems to me a mistake. A fairer view would cover the whole Delta surge (as with the estimates I make from the data in the Technical Briefings), but in any case the report gives a snapshot of current relative infection rates.

As Full Fatuous pointed out, PHE don’t recommend using this data to estimate vaccine effectiveness, saying it’s “not the most appropriate method” because it’s unadjusted for risk factors (and, inevitably, they don’t provide the data you’d need to adjust it). However, even if not recommended by PHE, it is certainly a valid method of calculating vaccine effectiveness, which is just a figure which states the relative risk reduction in the vaccinated group, as long as you bear in mind its limitations. All vaccine effectiveness estimates have limitations, and while adjusting for confounding factors is in principle important, it is helpful only if done well, and many studies do not do it well. Unadjusted estimates from raw data are a necessary starting point.

Perhaps the key confounder for the estimates of vaccine effectiveness against infection given here is whether people have been previously infected, with a common assumption being that a higher proportion of the unvaccinated will be previously infected, due to it being a potential factor in people’s decision not to be vaccinated. This may well artificially lower the vaccine effectiveness estimates, but since no one has yet produced data showing how antibodies-from-infection split between vaccinated and unvaccinated it is hard to know how far this is the case. Unvaccinated here means actually unvaccinated, not partially vaccinated or post-jab. Hospitalisation means “cases presenting to emergency care (within 28 days of a positive specimen) resulting in an overnight inpatient admission”.

As England’s drawn-out Delta outbreak drags on, the infection rates in the vaccinated continue to outpace those in the unvaccinated, reducing (unadjusted) vaccine effectiveness further. For the 60s age group, infection rates are 63% higher in the vaccinated than in the unvaccinated, up from 53% last week, giving an (unadjusted) vaccine effectiveness of minus-63%. But that has been topped this week by the 40s age group, the vaccinated among whom now have an infection rate no less than 66% higher than the unvaccinated, up from 46% in last week’s report and 27% in the report for the month ending September 5th. Vaccine effectiveness has been heading downward in the 30s age group as well, now just 8%, though interestingly it has actually been increasing in the under 18s.

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“..Iceland and Portugal. Both countries have over 75% of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated.”

But still you say they are unrelated?

Increases In Covid-19 Are Unrelated To Levels Of Vaccination (Springer)

At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days. In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fully vaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days. The lack of a meaningful association between percentage population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases is further exemplified, for instance, by comparison of Iceland and Portugal. Both countries have over 75% of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated.

Across the US counties too, the median new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days is largely similar across the categories of percent population fully vaccinated (Fig. 2). Notably there is also substantial county variation in new COVID-19 cases within categories of percentage population fully vaccinated. There also appears to be no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated. Of the top 5 counties that have the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated (99.9–84.3%), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies 4 of them as “High” Transmission counties. Chattahoochee (Georgia), McKinley (New Mexico), and Arecibo (Puerto Rico) counties have above 90% of their population fully vaccinated with all three being classified as “High” transmission.

Conversely, of the 57 counties that have been classified as “low” transmission counties by the CDC, 26.3% (15) have percentage of population fully vaccinated below 20%. Since full immunity from the vaccine is believed to take about 2 weeks after the second dose, we conducted sensitivity analyses by using a 1-month lag on the percentage population fully vaccinated for countries and US counties. The above findings of no discernable association between COVID-19 cases and levels of fully vaccinated was also observed when we considered a 1-month lag on the levels of fully vaccinated. We should note that the COVID-19 case data is of confirmed cases, which is a function of both supply (e.g., variation in testing capacities or reporting practices) and demand-side (e.g., variation in people’s decision on when to get tested) factors.

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“The problem with developing drugs like this is that if they get into other cells, not virally-infected ones, they can also cause those errors in the DNA replication and thus terminate the cell’s propagation and cellular line.”

Merck’s New Drug – A Wonder Or Incipient Slaughter?

This drug is an analog (in other words, “looks the same to a living cell”) of cytosine. That’s one of four chemical “bases” that make up DNA. What Merck has done is “damage” it in a way that a cell still thinks its cytosine. Thus when it gets taken up in the synthesis of RNA it produces an error; the replication process doesn’t know how to deal with that and, after a few of those accumulate the process fails and thus the virus (in this case Covid-19) cannot reproduce in the cell. That’s how it works, basically. I was incorrect, by the way, in calling this a potential protease inhibitor, much like those used for HIV. Pfizer has one of those in test for Covid-19 as well. This is not — it is a nucleoside (the four primary chemical bases that make up DNA) analog that has been deliberately damaged so as to screw up the replication machinery.

There are a few of these used today in humans, with most targeting HIV in “combination therapy.” Covid-19 in most people produces transient, self-limiting illness. In some people it causes dysregulation of the immune system, organizing viral pneumonia and if not stopped there can kill you either through direct spread into other organs or the dysfunction that comes from the body’s response to that. We greatly increase the risk of that happening by telling you to go home and eat chicken soup until you’re choking; by the time you are choking anything you could have done, including using drugs that might partially block replication or suppress excess inflammatory response (e.g. antihistamines, drugs such as HCQ or Ivermectin, etc.) or put a stop to the organizing pneumonia (e.g. inhaled steroids such as budesonide) may not work at all or have greatly-reduced effectiveness.

That’s stupid but its what damn near every so-called “medical professional” has told you to do for the last 18 months. That advice may be valid for a cold virus but it definitely is not when the virus in question can and sometimes does result in wildly-inappropriate systemic inflammation and immune dysregulation. HIV, on the other hand, progressively destroys your immune system and then a whole bunch of things that usually don’t kill people at all (like PCP) get going in your body and finish you off. In other words HIV is akin to cancer, which if not stopped will kill you with near 100% certainty by screwing things up to the point that your body cannot fix it anymore, whereas Covid-19, in most people, is a self-limiting respiratory infection.

The problem with developing drugs like this is that if they get into other cells, not virally-infected ones, they can also cause those errors in the DNA replication and thus terminate the cell’s propagation and cellular line. Depending on how quickly those cells replicate in the human body that might be a small and self-limiting problem (e.g. they replicate fast and only a few of them get “polluted”) or it might be a ticking time bomb that ultimately screws you in hard-to-predict and impossible to treat ways (e.g. slowly-replicating types of cells where a lot of them get polluted.) It’s even worse if you’re a person of reproductive age as cellular replication happens very rapidly in a developing fetus and thus any such impact has a high probability of over-expressing in that circumstance. This is exactly how thalidomide babies happened and its not necessarily limited to women either since half the genetic material comes from the man and unlike women who start with all of the eggs they will ever have men are continually producing new sperm cells which conceivably could carry that damage into the zygote.

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VanDen Bossche warned us.

Predominance of Antibody-Resistant Covid Variants In Breakthrough Cases (Mxiv)

Associations between vaccine breakthrough cases and infection by SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants have remained largely unexplored. Here we analyzed SARS-CoV-2 whole-genome sequences and viral loads from 1,373 persons with COVID-19 from the San Francisco Bay Area from February 1 to June 30, 2021, of which 125 (9.1%) were vaccine breakthrough infections. Fully vaccinated were more likely than unvaccinated persons to be infected by variants carrying mutations associated with decreased antibody neutralization (L452R, L452Q, E484K, and/or F490S) (78% versus 48%, p = 1.96e-08), but not by those associated with increased infectivity (L452R and/or N501Y) (85% versus 77%, p = 0.092). Differences in viral loads were non-significant between unvaccinated and fully vaccinated persons overall (p = 0.99) and according to lineage (p = 0.09 – 0.78).

Viral loads were significantly higher in symptomatic as compared to asymptomatic vaccine breakthrough cases (p < 0.0001), and symptomatic vaccine breakthrough infections had similar viral loads to unvaccinated infections (p = 0.64). In 5 cases with available longitudinal samples for serologic analyses, vaccine breakthrough infections were found to be associated with low or undetectable neutralizing antibody levels attributable to immunocompromised state or infection by an antibody-resistant lineage. These findings suggest that vaccine breakthrough cases are preferentially caused by circulating antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants, and that symptomatic breakthrough infections may potentially transmit COVID-19 as efficiently as unvaccinated infections, regardless of the infecting lineage.

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“No hospital admissions, deaths, nor adverse drug effects were reported in our patient population.”

Antihistamines And Azithromycin As A Treatment For Covid-19 (PMC)

Between March and April 2020, 84 elderly patients with suspected COVID-19 living in two nursing homes of Yepes, Toledo (Spain) were treated early with antihistamines (dexchlorpheniramine, cetirizine or loratadine), adding azithromycin in the 25 symptomatic cases. The outcomes are retrospectively reported. The primary endpoint is the fatality rate of COVID-19. The secondary endpoints are the hospital and ICU admission rates. Endpoints were compared with the official Spanish rates for the elderly. The mean age of our population was 85 and 48% were over 80 years old.

No hospital admissions, deaths, nor adverse drug effects were reported in our patient population. By the end of June, 100% of the residents had positive serology for COVID-19. Although clinical trials are needed to determine the efficacy of both drugs in the treatment of COVID-19, this analysis suggests that primary care diagnosis and treatment with antihistamines, plus azithromycin in selected cases, may treat COVID-19 and prevent progression to severe disease in elderly patients.

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Also an expert on immigration.

‘Grinch’ Fauci Mulls Canceling Christmas Due To Covid (RT)

White House health adviser Anthony Fauci has insisted that Covid-19 is not being spread by untested immigrants. He also claims the virus remains such a threat that traditional Christmas celebrations might need to be canceled. During a Sunday interview on CNN, Fauci was asked about a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll that found 55% of Republicans partially blame the spread of Covid-19 on immigrants and tourism. The survey follows scrutiny of the Biden administration over tactics at the US-Mexico border, where White House officials have admitted many migrants are not required to be tested for coronavirus and are subsequently released into the US with a notice to attend court at a later date.

Fauci said he did not see any connection between the spread of the virus and immigration. “This is not driven by immigrants. This is a problem within our country, the same way it’s a problem within other countries throughout the world,” the infectious-diseases expert said. “They are not the driving force of this,” he added. “Let’s face reality here.” Fauci was also asked about Title 42 – a Trump-era policy that permits the expulsion of migrants caught illegally crossing the border during the coronavirus pandemic. In response, the doctor said that “expelling” immigrants was “not the solution to an outbreak.” Fauci’s comments were met with plenty of criticism on social media, though many others agreed and echoed his view that there was scant connection between untested migrants and Covid-19 cases.

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We have an idea what the problem is with endless booster shots.

Israel Tightens Covid ‘Green Pass’ Rules, Sparking Protest (AP)

Israel restricted its COVID Green Pass on Sunday to allow only those who have received a vaccine booster dose or recently recuperated from coronavirus to enter indoor venues. The new criteria mean that nearly 2 million people will lose their vaccination passport in the coming days. Israel is the first country to make a booster shot a requirement for its digital vaccination passport. The move is widely seen as a step to encourage booster vaccination among those who have yet to receive a third dose. Under the new guidelines, people must have received a booster shot to be eligible for a green pass. Those who have received two vaccine doses, and those who have recovered from coronavirus, will be issued passes valid for six months after the date of their vaccination or recovery.

The government’s advisory cabinet on coronavirus was set to convene Sunday to discuss existing restrictions and guidelines. Technical problems hamstrung the Health Ministry’s rollout of the updated green pass as millions of Israelis tried to reissue digital documentation that would allow entry to shops, restaurants, cultural events, gyms and other indoor venues. Scores of Israelis staged demonstrations around the country in protest of the green pass system, with convoys of cars clogging morning commutes as many Israelis returned to work Sunday after September’s Jewish High Holidays. Opponents of the system said it is a form of forced vaccination. “We are totally against any forced vaccinations, or any forced medications, and we are totally against doing anything to our children and grandchildren that we don’t agree with,” said Sarah Felt, who protested along the main highway connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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The Testimonies Project.

The Israeli Face Of Pain After Pfizer Shots (Farber)

When you see real people, faces, voices, against the ordinary backdrops of their homes, and you see the sorrow in their eyes, it becomes impossible to keep wild sorrow at bay any longer. Words become displaced by tears. Even rage, you realize, is a waiting room, a stalling place where you numb the sorrow, where you keep it slightly away from your heart. And the outpost thought, looping constantly, the train’s last station: “This can’t be happening.”

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Your future.

How Democray Ends (Prasad)

The pandemic events of 2020-2021 outline a potential pathway for a future democratically elected President of the United States to systematically end democracy. The course of events leading to this outcome need not be a repeat of the direct assault on the Capitol, but a distortion of risk of illness as a justification for military force and suspension of democratic norms. Sometime over the next quarter century, it is inevitable that America, and all nations, will experience a cold and flu season above average. In a typical season approximately 40,000 Americans may die, but it is possible an above average season may see 80,000 or more deaths.

Inevitably some location(s) in the country will experience a surge in cases. Television news will show overworked hospital workers, and report that Intensive Care Unit beds have nearly run out– of course, ICU’s often operate near capacity, so this finding alone may not be that noteworthy, but in our attention economy, it may be sensationalized. Some afflicted individuals will be young children– typical for the flu, and these anecdotes will surely be emotionally salient. A video of a young boy or girl on life support machines may be used to show how dire things are. These events will then serve as an opportunity for a strong federal response.

A future US president may declare that the crisis in the region from influenza is unprecedented. Too many children are dying, and hospitals are near capacity. Citing the lessons of COVID19—that if anything we acted too late—the President may call upon the governor to issue a shelter in place warning. A week later, citing a continued rise in case, and “non-compliance” of the local people, the President could order the national guard or army troops in to secure the region. Notably, military force was applied in Australia during COVID19.

During the COVID19 pandemic, some of the most ardent calls for strong restrictions came from members of the political left. If a future president is on the political right; this would serve as a natural opportunity to remind the public that strong tactics were precisely what the other side demanded more of during COVID19. Life and safety, particularly that of children, is of paramount importance, and strong lockdowns must ensue. In many regions across the world, one political party preferred stronger countermeasures to COVID19, in all those nations, the opposing party that has the advantage for misusing force in the future.

Eventually, inevitably, disagreements with the policies will arise. Social media may see small explosions of dialog critical of prolonged lockdown or skeptical of hospital volumes. A future leader can seize this opportunity for a forced takeover of media or social media companies. Misinformation that compromises a national attempt at safety must be shut down. The future leader can remind the public that during COVID19 many were critical that we did not do enough to ban dangerous and misleading speech, and now we are doing just that.

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Brexit squared.

Staff Shortages Spreading To All Corners Of UK Business (G.)

Staff shortages are rippling out from the haulage, farming and hospitality sectors to almost all parts of the economy, putting “severe pressure” on medium-sized business across the UK, a new survey has warned. More than a quarter of the 500 firms polled said the lack of staff was putting pressure on their ability to operate at normal levels, with reduced stock – due to the resulting supply chain disruption – hurting their business. While some firms had considered cutting production, others were planning to raise prices, leading to concerns over rising inflation as the Christmas trading period approaches. Nearly a fifth said they were increasing wages to attract new staff, while others were introducing extra perks to lure workers.

But the report, released by accountancy and advisory firm BDO, said the knock-on effects for consumers could be “significant”, with nearly one-third of businesses saying the prices would need to rise in the next three to six months to make up for the disruption. More than one-third of firms in the survey said they had also cut down on the kinds of products and services on offer, with a further third planned to do the same over the coming month unless the situation radically improves. A similar proportion expect stock ranges to be affected long-term.

Businesses blamed the pandemic and Brexit for the shortage of overseas workers, with 38% saying a lack of regional talent was hurting their ability to recruit much-needed staff. “Brexit, global supply chain issues and the long tail of Covid-19 has created a perfect storm for UK businesses,” BDO partner Ed Dwan said. “After navigating the challenges of the pandemic and hoping for some respite, businesses have found themselves facing more major disruption, with those across almost all sectors reporting staff shortages.

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She wants more censorship.

Whistleblower Blasts Facebook For Prioritizing Profits Over ‘Democracy’ (RT)

A former Facebook data scientist, responsible for censoring “dangerous” and “misleading” information during the 2020 US election, has all but accused the social media giant of facilitating the January 6 “insurrection.” In the ‘60 Minutes’ interview with CBS on Sunday, Frances Haugen, 37, came forward as the whistleblower behind a recent WSJ investigation and a Senate hearing. But while her Tuesday subcommittee appearance, titled ‘Protecting Kids Online’, will be focused on Instagram’s effect on the mental health of teens, in her interview Haugen touched upon another aspect of why she believes unregulated Facebook poses a danger to “democracy.” Haugen was recruited into Facebook’s Civic Integrity unit back in 2019, and gladly joined because she personally “lost a friend to online conspiracy theories.”

She had helped battle misinformation during the US presidential elections, but the moment Facebook rolled back its safeguards became a turning point when she told herself: “I don’t trust that they’re willing to actually invest what needs to be invested to keep Facebook from being dangerous.” “As soon as the election was over, they turned them back off or they changed the settings back to what they were before, to prioritize growth over safety. And that really feels like a betrayal of democracy to me.” Hagen said there was a constant conflict of interests “between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” accusing the company of always prioritizing profits.

“Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they’ll click on less ads, they’ll make less money,” she said. “Like, they basically said, ‘Oh good, we made it through the election. There wasn’t riots. We can get rid of Civic Integrity now.’ Fast forward a couple months, we got the insurrection.”

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France capped the rise at 12.6%, and said no more hikes until March/April. But Bulgarian prices rose 36% last week. Be careful out there.

Electricity Bills In Italy Rise By Almost 30 Percent From Friday (ZH)

Household electricity bills will rise by 29.8% for the typical family and gas bills will go up by 14.4%, Italy’s energy regulatory authority Arera confirmed in a press release last week. The new national tariffs came into effect on Friday, the start of the fourth quarter of 2021. The increase comes amid surging energy costs across Europe, and beyond. The price rise passed on to Italian consumers could’ve reached 45 percent, Arera said, if the government had not stepped in to cap the new rise in rates. The Italian government last week announced measures costing three billion euros aimed at limiting a steeper rise in energy prices for consumers.

As well as keeping the cost to most families below 30 percent and 15 percent, the government measures will keep additional costs at zero for those least well-off, including households with an income under 8,265 euros, families with at least 4 dependent children with an income of less than 20,000 euros, those who receive a state pension or unemployment benefit, and people who are seriously ill, Sky TG24 reports. The measures also cut the ‘general charge’ from gas bills for all throughout the last quarter of 2021, and on electricity for families and some small businesses. Last quarter, the retail cost of electricity rose by 9.9% and gas by 15.3% from July 1st. The government also stepped in that time to cap costs, with 1.2 billion euros in state aid.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said last week that many of the reasons for the energy price increases were temporary but called for long-term action, including at a European level, to address the problem, including through diversifying supplies. Italy is highly dependent on imports and consumes a large amount of gas. Some 40% of its primary energy consumption is gas, compared with about 15 percent in France, according to official statistics for both countries.

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When I saw Luke Harding listed as the main author for the Guardian, I stopped reading. That was before I saw there are no American names mentioned. What a bunch of BS.

Pandora Papers (RT)

Leaked papers appear to show how some of the world’s elites accumulate property empires while avoiding millions in taxes, with reports focusing on European, Middle Eastern and South American leaders, and world-famous celebrities. Obtained from 14 offshore banking institutions and analyzed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the ‘Pandora Papers’ reveal the financial chicanery of more than 100 billionaires, 35 current and former world leaders, and 300 public officials. The first round of information, handed to a select list of international outlets and studied by “600 journalists,” was published on Sunday.

According to the ICIJ, King Abdullah II of Jordan is a prolific user of shell corporations to manage his global property empire. The monarch reportedly used 36 of these companies from 1995 to 2017 to purchase 14 luxury properties in the US and UK worth more than $106 million. The king’s lawyers say he used these stand-in companies to maintain his privacy rather than to dodge any taxes. Azerbaijan’s ruling Aliyev family has traded almost $500 million worth of British property in recent years, according to the leaks. One of these properties was sold by an Aliyev-owned front company to the Queen’s crown estate for a sizable $90 million.

[..] Despite featuring an image of Vladimir Putin front and center on their introductory piece, and mentioning Putin nearly 50 times in a spin-off article about the “hidden riches of Putin’s inner circle,” The Guardian had to admit in its reporting that the Russian president “does not appear in the files by name.” Instead, the paper focused on Putin’s “friends,” including billionaire businessman Gennady Timchenko, and Putin’s rumored past “girlfriend.”

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    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 4 2021]


    Just sharing …. lots of good stuff.


    Polder Dweller
    Dr. D

    “When an Empire creates its own reality, the greater the distance from the real world, faster is its collapse.”

    Their sole power is in Bernays, the Madison Avenue protege of Goebbels. Bernays was the mad scientist creating this tech, where a small minority of technocratic elites would tell the masses what to think in a “democracy.” –Which is why we have one instead of a “Republic” that insures human rights. But like all societies over time, they’re lazy, stupid, and inbred, they forgot to read Bernays. He clearly said you cannot have propaganda that is overly divergent from reality, in men’s personal experience. The spell is broken. This crashes into the systems analysis that all beings expand until stopped, including bureaucracies. They steal a little at first, steer a little at first, and when it works add a small amount more tomorrow. Compounded 80 years and now $1.35 Trillion a night is not theft enough, there must be more. Ordering people to love me is not enough, we must order them to kill themselves from love and obedience to me. And so it goes.

    We’re now at 99% theft, 99% murder, and 99% lies. And people noticed, a little. That means their single tool of mind control is breaking, broken, as CNN is the size of the DesMoines Register, referred to only by self-referential weirdo cults in Congress.

    Obviously no law is legal unless approved by Congress and the President (or override) otherwise why have a Congress, but as I say daily, when was the last time anyone followed the law? I can tell you it’s illegal, and it will still be illegal if the USSC approves it.

    How do I put this? The law is what WE say it is, the People. It’s what WE do, and put up with and support. Not a sack of ninnyhammers far away. WE wrote that down, and if we don’t forget it, it remains the law and contract. And WE can always get it to return if like Ireland, we don’t forget and keep pushing for this Idea.

    Now if that Contract is void, THEY won’t like it much at all, because like Seattle, now WE don’t have to follow the law either, it’s merely what we can get away with. WE won’t provide obedience and open tax dollars. WE won’t help police, health officers, or be willing soldiers. WE will frag every person, place, or thing that isn’t US, but THEM. THEY don’t realize this yet, but the contract, the government is to protect THEM from US, the People, not the other way around. Because we have the guns, and the work, and the food, and the power, and have clobbered them dead in every domestic uprising war game ever run.

    Oct 15: this is their stiff, pointless, weirdo religion. This is how you know they’re not people, but minions, zealots of a religion, and dangerous. There is no “establishment of State Religion” in the Constitution.

    ““This is not driven by immigrants. This is a problem within our country, the same way it’s a problem within other countries throughout the world,”

    Why bother with logic, but, you mean the same as it’s a problem in Mexico, Guatemala and Haiti? Such that they have the same disease and therefore the same protocol of testing, masks, and quarantine? Nope! The ‘Rona is our god! The ‘Rona knows what race you are! And your economic and political affiliation!

    You can’t parody these people. To do that, there needs to be logic, rules, reality, #Logos. The people don’t notice because they’re in rebellion to #logic and #Logos themselves.

    “Israel Tightens Covid ‘Green Pass’ Rules, Sparking Protest (AP)”

    They’re lying about transmission in Israel among the fulled vaxxed. Because, in 5 days, you’re no longer “fully vaxxed” again, and need to buy more corporate product! QED. According to Israel’s rules, no one is “fully vaxxed” here in America either. Therefore it’s the unvaxxed’s fault that the vaxxed get the disease they’re vaxxed against, and transmit. …Oh wait…

    “ How Democray Ends (Prasad)

    The pandemic events of 2020-2021 outline a potential pathway for a future democratically elected President of the United States to systematically end democracy.”

    They told you and published this plan for 30+ years. Then we told you that THEY told you. And somehow WE were the crazy people. So to us, no surprise. Most predictable thing ever. And as above, all you have to do is say no, since YOU are the law, YOU are the government.

    …And here’s a new idea for you: YOU are the CURRENCY. Stop the US$ with whatever, BTC, Quatloos, and shut them off in 60 seconds. But people like complaining and being victims more than life and wealth, so what do you want from me? I already told you a 9-fold increase in net wealth since March ‘20. That would buy a lot of rural cabins and health lawyers, and 10x that many judges and Senators, they go cheap.

    If everybody did this, it would be over already, there’d be no functional government with power projection to come make a mess of your life. So get snappy. Or won’t you even cancel your Citigroup card?


    @phoenixvoice said:

    That is why medical studies undergo peer review. That is why they are labeled “preprint” before peer review. If anyone isn’t aware of the significance of peer review, then that person is ignorant. Ignorance happens.

    Well, here you go. Ignorance happens:

    “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and the claim that a repurposed medication miraculously both prevents and cures a fatal disease is quite extraordinary.

    On close scrutiny the in vitro data and clinical trials do not support the use of ivermectin, which is why no reputable organization recommends it. The story isn’t over as there are more clinical trials in progress, but based on what we know so far, it doesn’t look promising for this “miracle cure.””




    That quote says exactly nothing at all, and you know that very well. Why waste the time and space?


    “Fully vaccinated were more likely than unvaccinated persons to be infected by variants carrying mutations associated with decreased antibody neutralization”


    Mr. House


    Is this any different then what occurred on Jan 6th? I think it may have the same people pulling the strings 😉


    “Scientist Alleges Deception in NIH’s Non-Recommendation of Ivermectin”

    Scientist Alleges Deception in NIH’s Non-Recommendation of Ivermectin


    “Is the Covid “vaccine” a Bioweapon?”

    Is the Covid “vaccine” a Bioweapon?


    Just listened to Germ’s cancer link.
    Surprise! Big pharma and their hand maids the blinded physicians (not you John Day) continuing the same business model with covid that they developed for cancer treatment! No need for deep dark conspiracy theories circling around covid – condemning ivermectin is just the usual $trategy.



    Maybe you should read the damn article that contains the quote? And then ask yourself why you keep pushing a certain narrative.


    Doc Robinson

    CovFeFe = Hyperferritinemic Syndrome?

    Walter M Chesnut

    Ferritin is double edged. It is both an inflammation promoter and an immunosuppressant. But, it needs a trigger for BOTH of its abilities to be engaged. That trigger is none other than the Spike Protein’s cytotoxic attack on virtually EVERYTHING due to its affinity for ACE2!

    It is said that the Devil’s greatest trick is getting mankind to believe he doesn’t exist. It is the WHO’s and the CDC’s greatest trick that they convinced mankind that SARS-CoV-2 is a natural virus. It is a bioweapon. In particular, the Spike Protein. Only something invented could so artfully, perfectly bridge the gap and induce BOTH a hyperinflammatory state and immunosuppression. The result? ARDS in the short term. AUTOIMMUNITY in the long run.


    Mr. House


    If that gentleman is a correct, then this seems much worse then covid:


    Doc Robinson

    Mr. House: “…much worse then covid”

    Yes, a 50% mortality rate, although “rare.”


    The future will not be televised.


    Doc R

    Health freak @Mangan150 has referenced a lot of iron related things on Twitter. May be worth a look.



    Maybe you should read the damn article that contains the quote? And then ask yourself why you keep pushing a certain narrative.

    You mean you’re bad at picking the right quotes? Or that I haven’t read 1000 “debunking IVM” articles?

    Who’s pushing a narrative?


    An unvaxed friend just posted that she lost her family physician (in Quebec) because the physician refused to be vaxed. Insane times.

    John Day

    “Normalcy Migration” There’s a picture, but just my face and some beans. https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/10/normalcy-migration.html

    When people think of Nazi Germany they typically think of 1939 to 1945, so when I liken the depersonalization of “the unvaccinated” in the west today, to how Jews and other minorities were treated under the Third Reich, I am taken to task.
    Today is more like 1932 than 1939, still pre-war, with the way forward not yet clear. The US is not Germany, and is not even the UK.
    Analogies can only be taken so far, but the process of depersonalizing a group of people, to blame them for things going bad, is a standard operating procedure.

    It has to become normal to blame the scapegoat group. Everybody has to know.
    It has to be common and accepted knowledge that this group made our current problems.
    It looks to me like this is still in beta testing with blaming the COVID-unvaccinated.

    The US government today is more like the floundering Weimar republic in 1932, with divisions, and lack of a clear, guiding vision for the country. In 1932 the Weimar Republic did not have a majority in government, but it had the largest minority. Close upon its heels were the National Socialists and the Communist Party.
    The national Socialists and Communists were in opposition, and considered a political alliance. They did align on some things. Positions were not too different to reconcile, and the Deutschmark was not yet into hyperinflation.

    With the ongoing global great depression, the Deutschmark, unmoored from gold by necessity, and based on a property bubble, started inflating away so rapidly that it was an economic crisis. People were desperate for a solution. The US is not there yet, but it looks like it is on the horizon. The world does not need to pay the US for dollars. Other global trade arrangements can be made. Dark-money trades move a lot of $100 bills around, and have for a long time, but gold works, and always has.

    Gold and physical cash working as currency is a problem for global central bankers. They probably have a much better idea of how much dark-commerce is going on than we do. They launder the drug-money, for instance. They would prefer a cut of every single transaction. What central bankers openly want is global digital currency, under their control, for every participant and for every transaction.
    The vaccine-passports are an opportune pathway into that for Central Banking. Blaming the unvaccinated enough for COVID to enact widespread digital vaccine passports looks like a concept that needs widespread acceptance as normal, for it to be the go-to solution in the upcoming reset. If the global digital currency function of vaccine-passports were in place when the global financial system collapsed, it could be built up as a solution.

    To me it seems that people don’t invent completely new solutions in a crisis. Rather, they press into service whatever they have that can be made to work.
    If cash and gold are eliminated, and only electronic transactions are possible, then global central bank digital currency can be made to look like the only alternative. Most people would prefer cash, which gives them autonomy, if they think about it.

    Most people don’t have to think about it much these days. Credit cards work.
    In a crisis, people do think a lot more about their options and how they can protect their options and defend their resources from further predation.

    Before the overt crisis of global economic reset, here in the partly-contrived crisis of COVID-Pandemic-Unending, we might give careful thought to our positions in society, to how much normalcy migration we should roll-over for and permit.

    I am not a victim, and I am sorry if I appeared to present my human experience recently in a way that made me seem that way, or seem as if I were putting on the identity-cloak of victimhood. I have intentionally decided to stand, immediately, with a scapegoated group, not least because I believe the group is right to resist conformity pressure, but because now is the time when a firm stance, before the onset of a real crisis, might be the most influential on the future course of society.

    If we resist the normalization of unfair scapegoating every time it is attempted, then we resist being divided against each other by the owners. When the crisis hits in earnest, they need us to be divided against each other, in order to maintain their positions of power and ownership over us and over the physical world and it’s life forms. I am able to stand firmly against vaccine-mandates and vaccine passports because the kids are all in their careers, we own the house in Yoakum, and have low taxes there, I have vegetable gardens, and we have been practicing different life patterns, growing, harvesting, storing and preparing food. We have modest retirement savings, no debts, and are about to get the attic insulation updated, the last major maintenance project on the homestead. The plumbing, electrical wiring, roofing, flooring, internal and external repair and paint have all been done, roughly in that order. It is a sturdy 1957 house, which has withstood every storm since then without appreciable damage.
    Jenny’s position as a school librarian does not appear threatened. We are able to subsist on her salary alone.

    I am doing everything I can to ease the transition of care for my patients at what began in 1970 as a free-clinic, and what is now a largish Federally Qualified Health Center. I may or may not be employable, and I have learned better than to think I could run a business long ago. It’s not my nature. The near future is in a fog bank. Things are not usually this way. We need to not run into an iceberg while we await the lifting of the fog, and the improvement of visibility.

    There is a lot that we can do each day which is productive and useful to ourselves and others. Much of it is really mundane, but it facilitates human repatterning, which is our own self-guided migration of normalcy. We can even choose to migrate towards historical normalcy. It might be a good start.

    This Saturday Jenny and I experimented with the new technique of shelling black-eyed peas, which Dan and I worked out last weekend on the dried black beans, which had been very slow going for hand shelling. We harvested about 6 five-gallon buckets in June, and managed to shell 3 of those since then.
    Some people stomp black beans on a threshing floor (messy). The most promising technique I found online was to put them in a burlap bag, beat it mercilessly, then pour the loose beans out of it.
    We experimented with that. The sharp black bean pods poked out through the burlap, spear-like. Wrong kind of burlap bag? The beans didn’t pour out so well, either, and the beating process seemed like we could do better. Dan started pounding the black bean pods in the 5 gallon bucket with an axe handle, not hard, just tap, tap, tapping. That seemed to be working pretty well. I did some hand mangling to loosen up remaining beans, and picked off a lot of the chaff from the top.
    Dan had dropped the axe head down by then, which seemed to work better-still. We processed all 3 buckets pretty quickly, while working this out, then poured the buckets into a clean wheelbarrow, across the brisk wind of a fan, which blew away the chaff. We cut our processing time to about 10-20%, which made it look ok to grow black beans again, though we will experiment with pinto beans next spring.

    The black-eyed peas did not respond well to the pounding-in-bucket technique. The pods seem to be more flexible, less dry and crispy. The “peas” don’t separate out easily that way, but they do separate out well by hand, just splitting the dry pod and stripping the (African) beans out with one’s fingers. The traditional way seems to be fairly efficient for low tech. Weevils mess with that. Old world beans are poorly defended against new world weevils. The wind-winnowing step works after hand shelling. They are a lot easier to hand shell than black beans are. Some pods shell easier than others. Some beans are bigger than others. Some varieties seem more resistant to weevils than others. One would desire large pods, with large beans, which shell easily, and are minimally susceptible to weevil damage.

    Jenny took this picture of me before dawn this morning with “Red Ripper” black-eyed peas and “Mississippi Pink Eye Purple Hull” field peas.
    It is late in the season to judge weevil susceptibility, having planted in July (gave up on Mackey Peas). Both kinds shell readily when dried. The Purple hull peas are much larger, so the same amount of shelling get more dried “peas”. They taste fine, but the smaller Red ripper “peas” have a nice, appealing nutty flavor.
    We will have to see how they do against weevils next summer.


    The Ivermectin Debate

    Swiss Policy Research has a recent updated discussion , along with a lengthy video. Interestingly the pro ivermectin advocate said nothing would change her mind.


    Many narratives simply emerge without pushing.
    propaganda and advertising require pushing, otherwise they would be outcompeted into irrelevance


    Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram down


    I’m reading “how to hide an empire: a history of the greater United States”

    This quote seems relevant to what is going on today:

    Estimates for Native American population prior to arrival of European settlers varies from 720,000 to 15 million, while most estimates are in the 5 million range.

    By 1800, the indigenous population was closer to a half million, having endured what may have been a 90 percent decline.

    Also accomplished with “germs.”



    Read 1491 and 1493, Michael Mann?! In 1500, threre were as many people in the Americas as there were in Europe. Much more in those books. Must read.



    Read 1491 and 1493, Michael Mann?! In 1500, threre were as many people in the Americas as there were in Europe. Much more in those books. Must read.

    John Day

    @Noirette: Just noticed kind words from Friday. Thank You.
    I’m going to do a little gardening work at the clinic.
    Setting a good example…


    Notice yet another link between Vitamin D and Covid.


    Still having trouble with posting images..


    Figmund Sreud

    lost her family physician (in Quebec)

    Wait ‘til Oct. 15th, … more than 17,000 health care service will loose their job in Quebec. Yes!




    This is from regular commenter UserZeroid, who appears to have been shut dow by our multi-layer spam defense. I have no idea why that happened, or how to solve it. But without it, all you would see here is penis enlargement ads. Can’t win

    UserZeroid: A rebuttal for ‘deflationista’

    “‘In vitro (meaning in glass, or in the glass) studies are performed with microorganisms, cells, or biological molecules outside their normal biological context”

    Why do ‘in vitro studies’? Because the empirical clinical studies prove that IVM does have a biokinetic effect, reducing mortality for individuals suffering from sars-covid2. You can attempt to use these ‘in vitro studies’ to deny the plausability that IVM helped these individuals in any meaningful way and suggest that it was the test subjects over-arching belief that IVM that worked that helped them. It doesn’t matter, either way, IVM worked. Not ‘in vitro’, but empirically, in real life. It doesn’t matter that the studies you cite argue against it.  

    If you are angry that some people are being conned about IVM but are apparently indifferent that world governments have locked us down for a pandemic that does not even qualify for the classic definition of said virus spreading the globe (over 7% mortality) and vaccines pushed against our will to the point of coercion, I’d say at the very least you were (brain damaged) ‘morally confused’

    “Orders of magnitude difference between IC50 and Cmax suggests that ivermectin cannot reach a high enough concentration to inhibit viral replication.” Who cares? This is in vitro. Pharmakinetically the mechanisms for biological effect do not take place ‘in stasis’ (in vitro). The body is a working organism with a finely tuned immune system. No matter how subtle a change may be at the inception or catalyst level, major changes can and do occur at the internal cellular level based up our intake of essential vitamins, minerals and bacteria (IVM is a bacteria, in case you weren’t paying attention).

    “A large observational trial by Surgisphere “…

    Is this the same surgisphere that was fraudulently set up to falsify hydroxy data early on in order to help push the vaccines? Just asking.

    “Surgisphere – also notable for fabricating data on a hydroxychloroquine” –

    ah well, at least they admitted as much in the next paragraph.

    Ok, then they debunked three retracted studies. Fair point (everyone seems to fabricate studies in covid-land, even the “vaxxines”. Who do you trust?)

    Then what follows is a dissection on “meta-analysis” with a focus on probability based medicine.  Who wrote this? Why bring up probability when medicine should be about evidence? And the use of ‘probability’ as risk analysis in medicine is limited to.. managing risk. It has a some basis in medicine. Not as much as the author is emphasising. As much relevance in hedge fund management, insurance salesmen, public events (and charlatanism, like the angle of this article falls into by default, by not critiquing ‘the only alternative’ left, by default, “the vaxxines’

    Then what follows this in this ‘thorough debunking of IVM’ is a dismissal of “epidemological studies”, which is about as clear cut empirical evidenced-based as you can get. So this article bases almost its entire premise on ‘in vitro’ studies (amongst “scholars” respected as it is repeatable, reliable and also almost totally devoid of the complexities of the living organisms’ immune system) and then debunks the most practical emperical evidence we have which is field studies and first-hand clinical practice?

    Back to the best bit of critical thinking in the whole piece. The dissection of the graphs showing correlation between the first wave of the virus and the lower wave as it fizzles out. 

    The author obviously feels very strongly about discrediting ivermectin and there is some room for interpretation that ivermectin is not as effective as we are led to believe or that regional variations and/or data collection had something to do with the results shown. All the same, so what? IVM has an extremely safe profile compared to ‘the vaxxines’. And about all those indian pharmaceutical companies getting rich selling 8 cent tablets of ivermectin to naive foreigners.. Wow. Not a peep about bioNtech, J&J, moderna and the other pharma lobby who have sold an equally insidious lie with much more lethal consequences at far, far greater profits. Meanwhile world governments have taken away or are in the process of taking away all our basic rights and freedoms within society.

    Why did I just waste 30 minutes of my life reading and critiquing something like this? Can’t you see Raul is busy fighting against genocidal mass murderers?

    No, perhaps not.



    grow 5 cm’s or your money back….



    seems to work fine now Raul. Thanks

    Perhaps that was my seminal moment here

    Polder Dweller

    Bravo userzoid! I’ve given up arguing with IVM-deniers, perhaps the only thing likely to convince them is an unhealthy dose of the ‘rona despite being double or triple jabbed, unless they’d prefer some intravenous Remdesevir.

    Instead of forever banging the “IVM don’t work” drum, why doesn’t deflat come up with something to prove that the jabs really are the best way to go? I asked him/her exactly that a few weeks back, but all I got was crickets.


    Re: Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp outage:

    From what I’ve been reading thus far, it appears somebody let the domain name license go, but that could just be speculation.


    My hunch though is the wider internet infrastructure may be beginning to collapse due to strains on the electric grid, or just overcomplexity (we could also speculate it’s a government hit to introduce more censorship, but that’s another thing entirely. My reasoning for this hunch is from Friday, where my area saw everything go down for about two hours, including internet, data networks for phones, and cell services. We have separate carriers for internet and phone service, so it seemed strange that all would go down at once (I hypothesized that our nearest cell tower about 1.5 miles away had failed to transmit or Alexa stealing bandwidth from our area). Could just be another instance of a highly complex society collapsing, and this is just the next leg down.

    Or maybe the government really doesn’t want more getting out, i.e., it’s their idea to censor in partnership with corporations.


    Dank u wel Polder. Yeah, I really feel for good doctors, scientists, commentators (like Raul) and anybody with an original independent thought against this one-sided barrage of attacks and ad-hominems.

    They all talk of balanced viewpoints but i see nothing of the sort from their side. I think we have all been incredibly tolerant considering the level of societal suppression and repression. I think it is time to pick a side to some degree. Most of my dearest friends and family have taken the Vax. I attempted to inform them and respected their choice in the end. The freedom to choose with regards to our own bodily autonomy is everything.

    I outlined (just as you have) that you can hardly point the finger against others without justifying one’s own defense and position. Hear the other side’s story. That requires compassion, humility, reflection. As Peterson would say “Set your house in perfect order before you critiize the world”.



    I’ve often wondered if your handle was a reference to that remarkable businessman of Barnum and Bailey fame? I never forgot a story my dad told me of a sign that Barnum put up on the wall near the other exhibit notices once inside “50 cents Ingress”… Kids would ask for some money to “see the ingress” before being unceremoniously shown the exit via a lifted curtain. By then it was too late and they had to pay again to re-enter the amusement.

    I tried commenting here one week ago about the state of the UK (London) and what I saw on the roads due to the fuel shortage. My main message was something along the lines of “I didn’t expect things to break down so badly so quickly” I saw fights in petrol forecourts, abandoned cars with their doors wide open in the middle of the road in a mile long traffic jam. People rushing on foot to fill up Metal watering cans full of petrol, even plastic carrier bags. It was like something from a hollywood disaster movie.

    My thinking was something along the lines of “this will do great things for COP26” They are all flying up to Glasgow at the end of the month to preach about climate change, shortages of gas, oil and coal. They have a perfect backdrop with which to pain the perfect picture to suit their “narrative”.

    I’m reminded of that line from the onion movie where it says “The world was plunged into productivity when the internet shutdown today boosting the GDP and industrial output of the nation”

    Formerly T-Bear

    Keep up the spam defences by all means, otherwise you could be seeing an advert for ‘Briss Overnight Bag’, give them a couple, three loving strokes and a two suiter is yours. (smiley thing)


    userzeroid- I betcha don’t get your money back. I bet they just send you a “booster” …y’know- ’cause you didn’t give it a long enough trial! 😉

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