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Fauci Claims His Critics Are “Killing People” (SN)
Dr. Marik Suspended After Suing Hospital for Banning COVID Treatments (CHD)
Are Adverse Events In Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Under-Reported? (DeMasi)
Severe Reactions to Covid Vaccines Far More Common Than VAERS Data Shows (BN)
Pfizer And Moderna Vaccines “Dramatically Increase” Heart Risk (Attkisson)
Reinfection From Covid-19 Is Rare, Severe Disease Is Even Rarer (CNN)
US COVID Deaths In 2021 Have Surpassed 2020’s Total (ZH)
Scientists Announce Discovery of New Vaccine Resistant Strain of Virus (CTH)
Vaccine Immunity Waning, Signs Israel Faces Fifth COVID Wave (Haaretz)
Missouri Sues To Block Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers (MT)
Big Three U.S. Automakers Agree to Not Mandate Vaccines for UAW Union Members
Assisted Death Only For Vaccinated, German Euthanasia Association Says (RT)
This Elephant Is Truly Difficult To Unsee (Turley)

 

 

 

 

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“If you agree with me, you can listen to my opinions. With Dr. Fauci, it’s not the same. He has opinions, but he wants you to be forced to do as he says.”

Fauci Claims His Critics Are “Killing People” (SN)

Anthony Fauci, who continues to appear on TV every day two years into the pandemic, declared Tuesday that anyone who criticises him is “killing people.” In an MSNBC interview, Fauci proclaimed “I’m not in it for a popularity contest. I’ve devoted my entire professional career of 50 years to try and essentially safeguard and preserve the health and lives of the American people and as an infectious disease doctor who deals with outbreak, that gets really extended to the rest of the world.” “That’s what I do,” Fauci further declared, adding “The praise or the arrows and slings are really irrelevant. I do what science drives you to do, and that’s what I do. And you know, I’m not in it for a popularity contest. I’m trying to save lives.” In between gain of function funding and torturing dogs, he cares about lives.

Fauci continued, “And the people who weaponize lies are killing people. So the only question I have is that when you show Tucker Carlson and Peter Navarro criticizing me, I consider that a badge of honor.” He added, “I just wanted to make that statement. People throw up those people that make ridiculous statements. They’re telling people to do things that they’re going to die from and telling me I should go to jail. As they say in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, give me a break, will ya.”The arrogance is plain to see once again. Fauci’s critics are pointing out his lies over funding dangerous experiments with coronaviruses, his flip flops over health policies such as masking and lock downs, and his constant moving the goalposts when it comes to vaccine efficacy, in tandem with an obvious casual lack of regard for freedom.

In an interview with Glenn Beck this week, Senator Rand Paul noted that “Fauci not only has a casual disregard for science, but also for individual liberty. You combine the two — ignoring the science, and then having no regard at all for individual liberty — and you have a really dangerous situation. But it’s also dangerous because we’ve centralized the authority.” Paul further explained, “I have opinions on where the virus came from. I have opinions on how to treat it. But they’re my opinions, you don’t have to take them. If you agree with me, you can listen to my opinions. With Dr. Fauci, it’s not the same. He has opinions, but he wants you to be forced to do as he says. So it is the difference between coercion and freedom. And in freedom, there are many choices. But the real danger is, as we centralize authority, ultimately you get authoritarianism. And I think that he could easily be a medical dictator, if he were allowed to be.”

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Who would you rather have in your corner, Marik or Fauci?

What snows under is that Marik, Varon, McCullough et al are the top in their fields. Or were, until their ideas diverged from Fauci’s.

Dr. Marik Suspended After Suing Hospital for Banning COVID Treatments (CHD)

A top critical care physician who filed a lawsuit against Sentara Norfolk General Hospital over its ban on administering life-saving drugs to treat COVID patients, has had his hospital privileges suspended.Dr. Paul Marik, chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and director of the ICU at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, learned about the 14-day suspension when he arrived to work on Saturday and found a letter on his desk.The letter was dated Nov. 18 — the same day Marik appeared before a judge in Norfolk Circuit Court requesting a temporary injunction to lift the ban, Marik’s attorney said.Judge David Lannetti did not grant the temporary injunction, but did determine Marik had standing to bring his lawsuit, allowing the case to move forward which will give Marik the opportunity to “establish his right to administer life-saving treatments that patients have been prohibited access to by Sentara,” the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) said in a statement.

Sentara’s attorneys didn’t tell Marik about the suspension during Thursday’s hearing, nor did they mention it to the judge, said Marik’s attorney, Fred Taylor, a partner at the Virginia law firm Bush & Taylor. In a Nov. 22 letter to the judge, Marik’s attorney accused Sentara of making a material misrepresentation during the hearing by failing to disclose the letter and telling the court the hospital would not retaliate against Marik for filing the lawsuit.“Evidently Sentara chose, for reasons of its own, not to disclose this suspension either to the court or the plaintiff during the hearing,” Marik’s attorney told the judge. In his letter, Taylor told the judge: “The letter [from Sentara to Marik] gives no explanation whatsoever for the ‘coincidence’ of Sentara’s choosing to suspend Dr. Marik at this particular moment, leaving only one realistic conclusion. Sentara has engaged in a blatant act of retaliation against Dr. Marik for filing this suit and for exposing to the public Sentara’s unlawful unjustified denial of safe, potentially life-saving medicines to its COVID patients in violation of Virginia statutory law and public policy.”

In Sentara’s letter to Marik, hospital officials summoned Marik to a proceeding scheduled for Dec. 2 during which, the hospital said, “no lawyer representing Dr. Marik will be permitted and no recording/video or transcript … will be made.” Sentara said its suspension of Marik was based in part on an allegation that he informed COVID patients that his “hands were tied” and there was nothing more he could do for them.

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Excellent long article.

Are Adverse Events In Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Under-Reported? (DeMasi)

Data on adverse events is vital for effective decision-making by regulators, policy makers, doctors, and patients. But there are serious concerns about publication bias or selective omission of data, whereby adverse events are less likely to be published than positive results. A systematic review in PLOS journal analysed 28 studies and found that adverse events were less likely to appear in published journal articles than unpublished studies (e.g. industry-held data). Experts now suggest that the pivotal Covid-19 vaccine trials may have beenunder-reported adverse events in several ways. In the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine trials, participants were given digital apps to record adverse events remotely – a more convenient, time efficient and cost-effective way of gathering patient data.

A major problem however, is that the pre-determined options on the digital apps have a narrow focus on particular adverse events. For example, the app only allows a participant to record what the company deems as ‘expected’ events such as fever, pain at injection site, temperature, redness, swelling, fatigue, headache, diarrhoea, chills, muscle and joint pain. But if they experience a serious adverse event like myocarditis or early signs of transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a myopathic disorder, myocarditis or thrombosis, there is no option for them to record it on the app. Case in point: Brianne Dressen, a participant in the AstraZeneca (AZD1222) trial. She suffered a severe adverse event after her first injection and became disabled. But her smartphone app did not allow her to record the particular type of adverse event, nor did it allow her to record her symptoms in her own words.

Once hospitalised, Ms Dressen was ‘unblinded’ from the trial. She was informed that she had been given the AstraZeneca vaccine, not the placebo, and advised not to have the second injection. The investigators subsequently “withdrew” Ms Dressen from the trial, they disabled her smartphone app, and all her data from that day onwards, were never documented despite still experiencing disability today. Ms Dressen was concerned about the lack of reporting of her adverse event (and others) in the trial’s publication in the top-tiered New England Journal of Medicine. She wrote to the journal’s editor-in-chief Dr Eric Rubin, seeking to “request inaccuracies in the trial publication be corrected, and to demand complete reporting of the trial publication and results.” Dr Rubin refused to correct the inaccurate data in his journal. The full email exchange has been made public.

Dressen

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“..9.4 million “serious” adverse events..”

Severe Reactions to Covid Vaccines Far More Common Than VAERS Data Shows (BN)

Richard Baris, also known as the People’s Pundit, is currently one of the best pollsters in the country. I had the pleasure of appearing on a TPUSA Orlando panel with him on election integrity matters and can tell you he is the real deal. In fact, I suggest that you support his work to reform the corrupt polling industry in America by considering joining his Locals community. Now, Baris was concerned by the noticeable disparity between the AEs reported in Pfizer’s documents (more on that below) and the VAERS website, and had taken it upon himself to start polling Americans directly about their vaccine experiences. He went above and beyond the critical threshold needed for a representative sample of national significance by polling 2,414 registered voters across the country. Furthermore, he drilled down enough to check all the boxes on represenative subgroups. This gives his results a sound 95% confidence interval in terms of their representative value.

[..] The Baris poll shows that simply the “serious adverse effects” from the Covid vaccines – described as events so serious they “prevent daily activity” – were reported to be 5.2% among all groups. This spans self-identified Democrat, Republican, and Independent voters. Independent voters had the highest reported serious adverse effect rate at 6.5%. The extrapolated data would project out at a national scale to around 9.4 million “serious” adverse events, which alone dwarf the VAERS reports by 14 times over. But if you take all of the events together, a whopping 63% of Americans who take the vaccines have some kind of adverse event. Since there are 194 million Americans who are reportedly “fully vaccinated,” or nearly 60% of the population, there is no way to square the VAERS reports and the monumental scale of AEs that are communicated by this trustworthy and reliable polling.

It’s not just pollsters who are sounding the alarm on serious Covid vaccine events: Cardiologists are reporting a huge spike in heart inflammation cases to the American Heart Association (AHA). A cardiac surgeon has circulated a warning to the AHA that heart inflammation markers are drastically increasing in patients in conjunction with increasing mRNA Covid vaccination rates. [..] “Dr. Jessica Rose, who is normally positive about vaccines, says that VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), the US database for vaccine injuries, has only managed to collect an estimated 1% of the total number of serious side effects from mRNA injections,’ NewsVoice reported. “VAERS is, unfortunately, a weak system when it comes to how side effect data is handled, says Rose.


She, therefore, divided adverse reactions and side effects into several categories such as neurology, immunology, reproductive organs, and cardiovascular. In this way, she has created a warning system where it should be easier to see if and in that case how side effects can be linked to the mRNA vaccines.” “Rose says that the so-called ‘covid vaccines’ are not actual vaccines but rather injections of genetic material,” the report added. “Several studies have been published, despite attempts to censor these, which show that the spike proteins themselves are very toxic to the body. These spike proteins are foreign proteins.” “The fact that millions of people have been injected with these so-called ‘mRNA vaccines’ is to be considered a crime against humanity, Dr. Jessica Rose believes.”

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We covered Gundry’s report a few days ago.

Pfizer And Moderna Vaccines “Dramatically Increase” Heart Risk (Attkisson)

The Covid-19 Pfizer and Moderna RNA vaccines “dramatically increase” a common measure of heart risk in people. That’s according to a recently-published “warning” in the journal Circulation by cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry, who is called a pioneer in infant heart transplant surgery. The analysis was presented at the recent meeting of the American Heart Association. The “dramatic changes in most patients” means they are at higher risk of a new Acute Coronary Syndrome, such as heart attack, according to Gundry. In part, the analysis states: “We conclude that the mRNA vacs dramatically increase inflammation on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle and may account for the observations of increased thrombosis, cardiomyopathy, and other vascular events following vaccination.”

“Recently, with the advent of the mRNA COVID 19 vaccines (vac) by Moderna and Pfizer, dramatic changes in the PULS score became apparent in most patients” Dr. Steven R Gundry in Circulation. Scientists have already established a myriad of heart and blood related effects of Covid-19 vaccines in some patients, including young people. Among the adverse events linked to the vaccines are thrombosis blood clots and heart inflammation known as myocarditis and pericarditis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say the vaccines are safe and effective for everyone they are recommended for, and that the benefits outweigh the known risks, which will be emerging for some years as more people get vaccinated.

There are millions of adverse events officially reported by people after vaccination, including thousands of heart-related injuries. The PULS (Protein Unstable Lesion Signature) Test measures the most clinically-significant protein biomarkers that measure the body’s immune system response to arterial injury. These injuries lead to the formation and progression of cardiac lesions which may become unstable and rupture, leading to cardiac event.

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CNN says don’t vaccinate the recovered. Well, they almost do.

Reinfection From Covid-19 Is Rare, Severe Disease Is Even Rarer (CNN)

When people got reinfected with Covid-19, their odds of ending up in the hospital or dying were 90% lower than an initial Covid-19 infection, according to a new study. The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that there were few confirmed reinfections among 353,326 people who got Covid-19 in Qatar, and the re-infections were rare and generally mild.The first wave of infections in Qatar struck between March and June of 2020. In the end about 40% of the population had detectable antibodies against Covid-19. The country then had two more waves from January through May of 2021. This was prior to the more infectious delta variant.To determine how many people got reinfected, scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar compared the records of people with PCR-confirmed infections between February of 2020 and April 2021.

They excluded 87,547 people who got the vaccine. Researchers found that among the remaining cases there were 1,304 reinfections. The median time between the first illness and reinfection was about 9 months. Among those with reinfections, there were only four cases severe enough that they had to go to the hospital. There were no cases where people were sick enough that they needed to be treated in the intensive care unit. Among the initial cases, 28 were considered critical. There were no deaths among the reinfected group, while there were seven deaths in the initial infections. “When you have only 1,300 reinfections among that many people, and four cases of severe disease, that’s pretty remarkable,” said John Alcorn, an expert in immunology and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh who was not affiliated with this study.

The study has limits. It was done in Qatar, so it’s not clear if the virus would behave the same way anywhere else. The work was done when the alpha and beta variant were the cause of many re-infections. There were 621 cases where it was undetermined and 213 from a “wild type” virus. There was no mention of the delta variant, which is now the predominant strain. That could have an impact on the number of reinfections.

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And still we can’t say the vaccines don’t work?

60% vaccinated should mean a significant decrease in deaths, if not simply 60%. It should never mean deaths go up.

US COVID Deaths In 2021 Have Surpassed 2020’s Total (ZH)

COVID-19 has killed more people in 2021 than 2020. The virus was reported as the underlying cause of death (or a contributing cause of death) for an estimated 377,883 people in 2020, accounting for 11.3% of deaths, according to the CDC. As of Monday, more than 770,000 people have died from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That means over 15,000 more people have died in 2021 than last year from COVID-19 – and there’s still more than a month left. his has happened despite the fact that last year no Americans were vaccinated (now 59% of all eligible Americans have had the “life-saving” jab) and some 17% have received booster shots…

The 2021 U.S. death toll caught some doctors by surprise. They had expected vaccinations and precautionary measures like social distancing and scaled-down public events to curb the spread of infections and minimize severe cases. But, The Wall Street Journal has its own explanation, suggesting lower-than-expected immunization rates as well as fatigue with precautionary measures like masks allowed the highly contagious Delta variant to spread, largely among the unvaccinated, epidemiologists say. Among missteps, Dr. Abraar Karan, an infectious-diseases doctor at Stanford University, said, public-health officials failed to effectively communicate that the purpose of vaccines is to protect against severe cases of Covid-19 rather than to prevent the spread of infection entirely, which may have led some to doubt the effectiveness of the shots. CDC has an excuse too, claiming that there was a larger undercount of Covid-19 deaths in 2020, when the disease was newer and a scarcity of tests made confirming some infections difficult.

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Scientists, Facing Scrutiny About Vaccinations Not Stopping Virus, Announce Discovery of New Vaccine Resistant Strain of Virus

Scientists Announce Discovery of New Vaccine Resistant Strain of Virus (CTH)

As more data revels less benefit to vaccination status; and additional data reveals vaccinated individuals are becoming the group with the most adverse health outcomes; the scientific and medical community -writ large- are facing increased scrutiny to justify the public benefit of a seemingly endless booster approach with little upside. In essence, what good are all these vaccinations; and specifically all the rules of proving your vaccinated status vis-a-vis passports; if the vaccinated can still be infected and spread the virus? The voices asking this question are growing more loud by the day. Then, all of a sudden….

Isn’t that convenient? A new variant that tamps down the issue of questioning science about why the vaccine doesn’t seem to work. It appears the COVID science always has a way to explain why the COVID science may not work. SKY NEWS – “Scientists have raised concerns about a new variant of coronavirus that has an “extremely high number” of mutations that vaccines may not protect the human body against. The B.1.1.529 variant was first detected in Botswana, Africa in November with subsequent infections confirmed through genome sequencing in South Africa and in a traveller from Hong Kong after returning from the Rainbow Nation. Only ten cases have been reported across the world but health experts believe it could have spread further than three countries as nations ease COVID-19 restrictions and restart international travel.


The latest variant has 32 spike mutations in the spike protein, the part of the virus that most vaccines use to boost the immune systems against the highly infectious disease. Mutations in spike protein can affect the virus’ ability to infect cells within the body and spread but also makes it difficult for immune cells to attack the pathogen. The worrying number of mutations mean it could evade immunity.”

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More boosters! They work great!

Vaccine Immunity Waning, Signs Israel Faces Fifth COVID Wave (Haaretz)

The expert health panel advising Israel’s government believes that another COVID wave is on the horizon in light of waning vaccine effectiveness, and that the children’s vaccination drive would not be enough by itself to halt the pandemic. This comes amid the launch of Israel’s vaccine drive for children aged five to 11 on Tuesday, and an accelerating infection rate, ending a ten-week standstill of coronavirus’ spread in the country. The panel advised the coronavirus cabinet to enact further restrictions, in part because the vaccination of children takes time to come into effect. Among the suggestions is a further test for travelers arriving in Israel after three to five days. In a coronavirus cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called for officials to begin planning for an antigen test campaign for schools after the upcoming Hanukkah break.

The ministers also decided that existing restrictions on indoor spaces should be extended for another two weeks. Prof. Eran Segal from the Weizmann Institute made a presentation on Tuesday in front of the coronavirus cabinet in which he argued that the level of immunity has fallen since November, and that this is reflected by the rise in the number of new confirmed cases. According to Segal, the reasons for the rise in the R number – the average number of people each coronavirus carrier infects – include the slackened enforcement of restrictions, an increase in infection among children and a fall in immunity among the general public. “In this reality, vaccines aren’t enough to stop the [coronavirus] wave, and we need to continue using all the effective methods that minimize infection without hurting the economy,” a summary of the coronavirus cabinet meeting on Tuesday read.

“This includes strengthening public awareness and effectively enforcing Green Pass guidelines and masks in enclosed spaces, as well as renewing the effort of ensuring those exposed to the virus quarantine,” it added. [..] The expert panel advising the government on coronavirus also met on Monday, and a report summarizing the discussion shows that they also fear a further wave of the virus. “At the moment, there is still no clear evidence of a significant outbreak, but it is very likely that one will occur,” the report said, citing the fact that a third of the population remains unprotected. This refers to 670,000 unvaccinated Israelis, more than a million people who haven’t received the booster, and children under 12.

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“Requiring health care workers to get a vaccination or face termination is unconstitutional and unlawful and could exacerbate health care staffing shortages to the point of collapse..”

Missouri Sues To Block Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers (MT)

Attorney General Eric Schmitt led a coalition of nearly one dozen states Wednesday in a legal effort to block the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) umbrella. The effort in partnership with the Nebraska attorney general is the first lawsuit to challenge the CMS mandate, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The lawsuit alleged the mandate violates the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Schmitt has already sued to block the federal vaccination requirements for large companies and federal contractors and employees.

“Unfortunately, with this latest mandate from the Biden administration, last year’s health care heroes are turning into this year’s unemployed. Requiring health care workers to get a vaccination or face termination is unconstitutional and unlawful and could exacerbate health care staffing shortages to the point of collapse, especially in Missouri’s rural areas,” Schmitt said in a statement. “My office has been, and will continue to be, a national leader in challenging the Biden administration’s illegal edicts, and this instance is our latest effort to push back on this unprecedented federal overreach,” Schmitt said.

The Biden administration unveiled two heavily expected COVID-19 vaccination requirements earlier this month. One required employers with at least 100 workers to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly tests by Jan. 4. The CMS rule required all health care workers, clinical and non-clinical, under Medicare and Medicaid programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4. Exemptions would be permitted for people with a medical or religious excuse, a senior administration official had said. Both rules would cover about two-thirds of the workforce in the country, according to the White House.

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Compromise.

Big Three U.S. Automakers Agree to Not Mandate Vaccines for UAW Union Members

A big win for medical privacy and the principles of freedom. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis have agreed the United Auto Workers union members will not be forced to take the mandatory vaccine as a condition of employment. Additionally, the vaccine status of the workers will remain private with a policy of private and voluntary disclosure. UAW – “At a meeting Monday evening, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has aligned on a policy of voluntary and confidential disclosure of vaccination status for UAW members. Each company will provide additional communication to employees on how, where and when to report their vaccination status.


In addition to encouraging members to disclose their vaccination status, the Task Force continues to urge all members, coworkers, and their families to get vaccinated and get booster vaccinations against COVID-19, while understanding that there are personal reasons that may prevent some members from being vaccinated, such as health issues or religious beliefs. After reviewing the status of CDC and OSHA guidelines, the Task Force also decided it is in the best interest of worker safety to continue masks in all worksites at this time.”

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Morals are easily abandoned. As is compassion.

Assisted Death Only For Vaccinated, German Euthanasia Association Says (RT)

Anyone wishing to be euthanized now has to first present proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid, as per the new guidelines issued by Germany’s euthanasia association. A statement put out by the Hamburg-based group on Friday reads “assisted suicide and the preliminary examination of a patient’s ability to make decisions freely implies physical closeness between people. However, that is precisely the precondition for the spread of Covid.” In February 2020, Germany’s top court overturned a ban on providing euthanasia as unconstitutional. A number of German regions have put in place strict curbs, banning the unvaccinated from most public places. Across the country only recovered or inoculated people can enter restaurants, museums and similar venues, while those even with a negative Covid test cannot.


Amid the surge in cases, the German states of Saxony and Bavaria have both cancelled all Christmas markets. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her fellow party members on Monday that the current wave of Covid in Germany was worse than any previous one and called for stricter measures to contain it. The country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, went even further, claiming that “by the end of this winter everyone in Germany will either be vaccinated, recovered or dead.” Those statements came as the seven-day infection rate per 100,000 people broke a new grim record on Wednesday, reaching the 404.5 mark, as reported by Germany’s disease control and prevention authority, the Robert Koch Institute.

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“Once again, ABC. NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and other media just cannot see the elephant.”

This Elephant Is Truly Difficult To Unsee (Turley)

I previously wrote a column on the one year anniversary of the Hunter Biden laptop story that marveled at the success of the Biden family in making the scandal vanish before that 2020 election. It was analogized to Houdini making his 10,000-pound elephant Jennie disappear in his act. The Biden trick however occurred live before an audience of millions. Now, in an encore, a new major story on Biden’s Chinese dealings has surfaced. Once again, poof! The media has made the story disappear except for a couple of the usual outlets. Even with the New York Times reporting on the story, the disclosure of Biden’s role in securing one of the world’s largest cobalt mines for China (a key component to electric battery production) has been ignored by the major networks and many other print outlets. Once again, ABC. NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and other media just cannot see the elephant.

What is most amazing about this continuing trick is that the story has all of the elements that the media longed to confirm during the Trump Administration on the financial dealings of the Trump children. The son of the President was involved in a successful effort to handover a strategically vital natural resource to the Chinese that would guarantee their dominance in one of the most important new industries of the “Green economy.” This occurred during a period when Hunter Biden and his uncle were accused of running a global influence peddling operation with foreign powers that cashed in on the Vice Presidency of Joe Biden. Then there is the fact that the story appears to contradict denials of continuing ownership in such foreign interests by the Bidens.

Finally, there is the fact that this windfall from the Chinese occurred in a field that Hunter Biden knew nothing about (much like his work on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma) and he was, by his own description, a hopeless addict. In his recent book, Hunter admits that he was a crack addict and alcoholic all the way up to the start of his father’s presidential campaign — in his words, “Drinking a quart of vodka a day by yourself in a room is absolutely, completely debilitating,” as well as “smoking crack around the clock.” This elephant is truly difficult to unsee.

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    Mister Roboto
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    ‘Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence,’ Gyasi Ross says about the history of American Thanksgiving. ‘That genocide and violence is still on the menu.’ twitter DLkocjrdqV – MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 20, 2021

    Thanksgiving Day is a post-Civil War tradition (which these days is pretty much just “pre-Xmas”) that had the story of “the first Thanksgiving” imposed upon it. Something like that happened back in the pilgrim-days, but the account that is taught to young kids is a rather prettified and distorted one.

    Sometimes I do wonder if the white settlers would have been able to take the Americas as easily as they did if the natives hadn’t been so susceptible to the smallpox, influenza, and the bubonic plague germs that we brought over here from Eurasia. The natives were not paleolithic hunter-gatherers, they only took up that lifestyle once the plagues we brought them destroyed their neolithic agricultural civilizations.

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    adrian144
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    i think there are attempts to blame some of the excess deaths being reported on side-effects of the lockdowns – eg people not going to the doctor with what would normally have been treatable conditions

    doesn’t really make sense for all the athletes and young people tho

    #93607
    Maxwell Quest
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    WES:

    I have no idea where this talent comes from, and how one culture could excel to such a high degree in its expression. Even now, Germany is pretty much the EU. They set the direction and policy. They are the heavyweight in the room.

    I grew up in the Detroit region, where many Germans fled after the war to work for the auto companies, where there seemed to be a machine shop on every block. Sadly, cars never did much for me. I saw them merely as a means to get from point A to B. Both my brother and I were attracted to electronics right out of the gate, and we both ended up moving west to build our careers in microelectronics. I chose electronics out of necessity; he chose it out of love. While I was out fishing with my buddies at the lake, he would be in the basement trying to get an army surplus radar system working.

    My real love was philosophy, although a natural idiot in that area. I wanted to know how life worked. I was drawn to the eastern wisdom traditions, and remember being mesmerized by shows like the original Kung Fu with David Carradine. I retired much too early from my career in order to focus primarily in this area of study. I liked the challenge of microelectronics, worked with good people, but found it sterile and meaningless. I have less money, but would not change of thing, and often feel overwhelmed with the riches I’ve been able to acquire on this path less taken.

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    those darned kids
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    adrian: “i think there are attempts to blame some of the excess deaths being reported on side-effects of the lockdowns – eg people not going to the doctor with what would normally have been treatable conditions”

    indeed. also, there are now very many articles such as “warning signs your baby is having a stroke” or “this man had a heart attack playing football in 2009” as if it were normal..

    #93609
    Polder Dweller
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    @ Maxwell, Roboto

    I know lots of Germans, in general I get on very well with them and I have several German friends and they are some of the most reliable people I know, so I don’t really want to dump on them, but I was shocked as to how one-sided these colleagues see everything.

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    Polder Dweller
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    Early days…

    #93611
    Mister Roboto
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    As thoroughly disgusted with Team Blue as I am right now, here’s a good example of why I’m pretty sure I could never be a conservative:

    #93612

    AE community,

    I am trying to nail down what I thought I read on this forum way back — that kids were contracting Covid from adults at home but NOT the source for said adults— is backed by research.

    Health.Harvard.edu has this to say “ Though the studies varied in their methods, their findings were similar: infected children had as much, or more, coronavirus in their upper respiratory tracts as infected adults. And a November 2021 study conducted by Harvard researchers again confirmed that children carry live virus capable of infecting others.“

    Am I missing something? The last word is “others”. Is this vague on purpose? Does this mean adults or not?

    If you can help me out with a recent study that answers this question I would be most appreciative. It forms the core of those I have talked to who willingly offer their children’s body for the experiment, regardless of adverse effects warnings.

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    those darned kids
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    mr r: in our governments, there is only one flavour, and that’s cola. they say coke, they say pepsi, but it’s the same dang stuff. they bring out that nonsense as theatre, nothing more. when it’s time to give your money to billionaires, they have no trouble agreeing.

    if the dude cared anything about crime, he’d find them jobs, not worry about what stupid crap they watch.

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    those darned kids
    Participant

    tinfoil: tell them that “i goes against evolution for an adult to use a child to shield themselves” make them feel selfish.

    then have them watch this: https://rumble.com/vo6km9-the-fda-ignored-her.-help-maddie..html

    if they won’t spend 30 seconds for their kids, they don’t deserve them.

    #93615
    those darned kids
    Participant

    it goes

    #93616
    those darned kids
    Participant
    #93617
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Yep, Eng’r. is an acquired lifestyle that is often places those responsible on a path between Charybdis and Scylla…

    My journey began as a machinist apprentice at 19 yo in a large aerospace conglomerate, which then turned into a QC apprenticeship, exponentially transitioning 2 years later up to a fully fledged journeyman presicion inspector ~ Normally a 7 year process that was accelerated by layoffs + jumping levels in the next job, which I had to learn up to immediately.

    By 23 I was sitting on material review boards & chosen to replace the chief inspector on the hydraulics/air fuel aftermarket program on a top secret spy plane that had levels of precision above & beyond normal aircraft…

    A year later I was a QE in a division of a large corp. that produced wing tanks, massive cryogenic xfer valves & nuclear control drive mechanisms.

    Pretty serious stuff for a kid, as life & death + prison awaited negligence + dealing with 1000s of people while half stoned required one hell of a poker face…

    The whole time I was also trying to jump from semi to pro musician, but when do we really get to live our dreams when escaping from a nightmare family/childhood?

    At 25 I was placed between a rock & a hard place when I was told to approve the first shipment of spares on a large contract, parts that I visually determined out-of-spec & dangerous.

    I refused & chose to anon blow-the-whistle, walking into the regional DCASMA office (located within the massive complex of my employer), where upon I xfered from one sub-division to another.

    After I received death threats from the assemblers/welders’ unions, I walked on eggshells until I was drummed out of my job…

    I then made every effort to transition to a full time music career, which was close but no cigar, but the most memorable period of my life 😉

    When I tried to restart my aerospace career, I soon discovered I was blackballed, though at that point I was dog tired of dealing with corp. tyrants & fools, I was also losing interest in participating in weapons of war…

    In a moment of serendipity I was offered the chief eng’r position in a commercial aftermarket manufacturer for large diesel powerplant sub-components ~ The owner’s son knew me from the music scene & the father who wanted to transition to .mil contract work put me in the driver’s seat.

    The learning curve was vertical, but just short of two years in the company was approved & the fun began! 😐

    Eight years later @ 35yo I quit working within that maelstrom, married the love-of-my-life, moved to Gotham & started an online legal news service (she had been a paralegal in big LA firm), evolving into a richer life in every conceivable way…

    It’s a real shame that kids today don’t have the opportunities available to them now that a kid from a broken home with only a high school diploma once did in America.

    All that was required was a conscience, decent work ethic, a willingness to learn + a respectful attitude…

    I guess the flip side is that an open society like that, full of opportunity, is also prey to sociopaths that lie, cheat, steal & murder they way into POWER.

    Power never was my thing, as I’ve always hated bullies, it’s a real shame that the We the Sheeple too often fall under the trance of mental cases ~ Listening, following & revering these sad sacks has led to this perilous time, to this day I don’t understand how they aren’t seen for the monsters they are, that’s never been my problem…

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

    #93618
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Ethics of vaccine refusal, published in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics.

    Abstract
    Proponents of vaccine mandates typically claim that everyone who can be vaccinated has a moral or ethical obligation to do so for the sake of those who cannot be vaccinated, or in the interest of public health. I evaluate several previously undertheorised premises implicit to the ‘obligation to vaccinate’ type of arguments and show that the general conclusion is false: there is neither a moral obligation to vaccinate nor a sound ethical basis to mandate vaccination under any circumstances, even for hypothetical vaccines that are medically risk-free. Agent autonomy with respect to self-constitution has absolute normative priority over reduction or elimination of the associated risks to life. In practical terms, mandatory vaccination amounts to discrimination against healthy, innate biological characteristics, which goes against the established ethical norms and is also defeasible a priori.

    https://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2021/10/20/medethics-2020-107026.long

    #93619
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Lower household transmission rates of SARS-CoV-2 from children compared to adults

    There was no significant difference in the seropositivity rate of adult index-cases compared to children and adolescents…

    The Secondary Attack Rate (SAR) of the 17 index-cases <18 years… was significantly lower compared to the 126 adult index-cases …

    There was no transmission from an index-person < 18 years to a household contact < 18 years (0/7), but 26 transmission from adult index-cases to household contacts < 18 years (26/71, SAR 0•37)…

    Households with children and adolescents were significantly less likely to be completely seropositive compared to households without children (p = 0•0188, see Table 2)…

    This supports existing evidence that children are not only less likely to develop severe disease courses but also are less susceptible and less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2.

    https://www.journalofinfection.com/article/S0163-4453(21)00209-7/fulltext

    #93620
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    I guess the flip side is that an open society like that, full of opportunity, is also prey to sociopaths that lie, cheat, steal & murder they way into POWER.

    That’s a good point. In fact, I would be willing to go out on a limb and suppose that one of the purposes of the medieval guild system was to keep nakedly depraved people out of the professions.

    #93621
    oxymoron
    Participant

    ThanksDoc Robinson for the medical ethics link.
    Brilliant.

    #93622
    John Day
    Participant

    Garden porn picture included. No people.
    https://www.johndayblog.com/2021/11/thankful.html

    We are in an alternate universe this month, with Jenny’s low back surgery and my firing for non-vaccination.
    I’m not starting to whine. That’s just the shock to the system, which caused the transition.
    Jenny is recovering very well, almost completely off pain medicines, except Tylenol, for a week, and I am building a smallish “dream house”, which is looking better and better on drawings. They have that appearance of reality now. All the angles look like the same real thing from different angles.
    Opportunity has been waiting, and free time presented the opportunity to get the operation done and build the house, the first phase funded by cashing-out my modest retirement, before the “money” goes POOF!
    Life takes sudden turns, and a lot of us have known that for a long time, but it’s not possible to know exactly what turn it will take, or when.
    Having multiple projects “on the drawing board”, or in-the-works, helps a person stay well applied to life.
    Today, Thanksgiving Day, Jim the extraordinary climber visited and we got the live oak manicured better than ever (hours of fun for at least part of the family).

    We are figuring things out as life unfolds, and am so grateful that Jenny is healing so well and moving more normally each day.
    We await further divine instruction as we proceed.

    David Graeber finished a book, The Dawn of Everything, a month before he died, about a year ago.
    The premise is that we did not always live and assume as we now assume we always lived and assumed.
    We CAN live in large groups without hierarchical inequity, in cities, and it has often been thus…
    David Graeber,
    ​ M​ost of human history is irreparably lost to us. Our species, Homo sapiens, has existed for at least 200,000 years, but we have next to no idea what was happening for the majority of that time. In northern Spain, for instance, at the cave of Altamira, paintings and engravings were created over a period of at least 10,000 years, between around 25,000 and 15,000 B.C. Presumably, a lot of dramatic events occurred during that period. We have no way of knowing what most of them were. This is of little consequence to most people, since most people rarely think about the broad sweep of human history anyway. They don’t have much reason to. Insofar as the question comes up at all, it’s usually when reflecting on why the world seems to be in such a mess and why human beings so often treat each other badly — the reasons for war, greed, exploitation and indifference to others’ suffering. Were we always like that, or did something, at some point, go terribly wrong?
    ​ ​One of the first people to ask this question in the modern era was the Swiss-French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in an essay on the origins of social inequality that he submitted to a competition in 1754. Once upon a time, he wrote, we were hunter-gatherers, living in a state of childlike innocence, as equals. These bands of foragers could be egalitarian because they were isolated from one another, and their material needs were simple. According to Rousseau, it was only after the agricultural revolution and the rise of cities that this happy condition came to an end. Urban living meant the appearance of written literature, science and philosophy, but at the same time, almost everything bad in human life: patriarchy, standing armies, mass executions and annoying bureaucrats demanding that we spend much of our lives filling out forms.
    ​ ​Rousseau lost the essay competition, but the story he told went on to become a dominant narrative of human history, laying the foundations upon which contemporary “big history” writers — such as Jared Diamond, Francis Fukuyama and Yuval Noah Harari — built their accounts of how our societies evolved.​..
    ​ The history we learn in school has made us more willing to tolerate a world in which some can turn their wealth into power over others, while others are told their needs are not important and their lives have no intrinsic worth. As a result, we are more likely to believe that inequality is just an inescapable consequence of living in large, complex, urban, technologically sophisticated societies. ​
    ​ We want to offer an entirely different account of human history. We believe that much of what has been discovered in the last few decades, by archaeologists and others in kindred disciplines, cuts against the conventional wisdom propounded by modern “big history” writers. What this new evidence shows is that a surprising number of the world’s earliest cities were organized along robustly egalitarian lines. In some regions, we now know, urban populations governed themselves for centuries without any indication of the temples and palaces that would later emerge; in others, temples and palaces never emerged at all, and there is simply no evidence of a class of administrators or any other sort of ruling stratum. It would seem that the mere fact of urban life does not, necessarily, imply any particular form of political organization, and never did.

    ​More about this book, and well explained. (It might be a good Christmas present, but itis long.)​
    Everything we “know” about the rise of Man is wrong
    ​ ​For 350 years, it has been common knowledge that Man went from bands of hunter-gatherers, to pastoralists, to farming, to industry. In parallel, Man lived in families, in tribes, in villages and then in cities, as technology improved. Technology, the third parallel, took us from the stone age through the bronze age and the iron age to the industrial revolution. All neat, tidy and clearly separable. David Graeber and David Wengrow claim there is no evidence for this. In The Dawn of Everything, they show proof of an unbelievable variety of living styles, governance and intellectual activity all over the world and throughout time. It was never a straight line progression. It was never the result of technology. And possibly most stunning, the larger the population was did not also mean more restrictions, more crime, more laws, or more inequality. This is an important book.
    https://medium.com/the-straight-dope/everything-we-know-about-the-rise-of-man-is-wrong-afdf766f1695

    #93623
    John Day
    Participant

    ​ All risks in the economy are piled onto the whole economy, so the “best” strategy is to gobble up “risky assets”, because you will only get benefits until the whole thing crashes. “Moral Hazard”.
    ​The Fed’s Moral Hazard Monster Is About to Lay Waste to “Wealth”
    https://www.oftwominds.com/blognov21/fed-monster11-21.html

    From “Space Age” to “Waste Age”…
    How will this age be remembered? After the stone age, the bronze age, the steam age and the information age, what material or innovation will most define the current era? According to a new exhibition at the Design Museum, the most ubiquitous hallmark of the Anthropocene is not a gamechanging material, nor the mastery of technology. It’s trash…
    Generating waste, the curators argue, has long been a primary engine of the economy. The history of the lightbulb is an illuminating case in point. In the 1920s, bulbs were so long-lasting that they were deemed commercially unviable. General Electric, Philips and others formed the Phoebus cartel in 1924 to standardise the life expectancy of lightbulbs at 1,000 hours – down from the previous 2,500 hours. And so the culture of planned obsolescence was born.
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/01/waste-age-exhibition-design-museum

    [Insert a whole lot of COVID-Vaccine-Kills stories and links you have recently seen]

    Wherein it is considered that Mao really did do a lot before he got neurosyphilis, and everything that went wrong in China was not completely his fault…Thanks Charles.
    Mao reconsidered

    Mao reconsidered

    #93624
    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Well, one doctor friend now unemployed, and another got a religious exemption waiver for within his system that’ll last till February. Three close vaxxed friends are now Covid positive, one a very nervouse teacher who is perpetually masked. One very athletic 50 y.o. cousin has “the tingles” (his description) in his nerves since second shot.

    The shot promised to keep a person from getting Covid. Check.
    The shot promised to keep you out of the hospital if you got Covid. Check.
    The shot is safe for all.

    The athletes crashing on the field (and off) is both terrifying and gripping. By its very nature It is the kind of public event that cannot be “hidden”, nor “should” it be happening to this subset, at least in quantity.

    Here in these divided United States I am not hearing much about similar local events. Is anyone aware of aa list of college and professional athletes having cardiac emergencies this fall? I’m not, and if that’s the case with others, I’d find the lack thereof very odd. No generalizations being made, just a search for data points. Thanks

    #93625
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    That’s an awesome pic of your garden John, gives the illusion that pax americana is still in play 😉

    It’s beautiful when We can manifest a localized peaceful haven, even as many are spinning into madness…

    #93626
    those darned kids
    Participant

    doc day: i call our era the “chemocene”.

    #93627
    WES
    Participant

    Boilingfrog:

    I suspect US big tech have now clamped down on reporting “Sudden deaths”. Over in Europe with so many different countries and languages, big US tech may not be nearly as successful.

    #93628
    chooch
    Participant

    Holy hell, the ramp on the cases associated with the new variant in S. Africa is not normal. Couldn’t possibly have anything to with the recently launched oral vaccine trial.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-pill-vaccine-against-covid-starting-trials-in-south-africa/amp/

    #93629

    Narcissistic types pick up emotion and bonding as gimmicks, and then try to manipulate others with pavlovian triggers.
    They need data. They now believe they have enough data to control all those others whose souls they cannot see. They cannot prevail- they cannot empathize.
    I hope.

    #93634
    those darned kids
    Participant

    well done, chooch

    #93636
    Just Some Randomer
    Participant

    People are starting to notice the fact that professional sportspeople are dropping like flies. Even the mainstream broadsheet newspapers in the UK are beginning to stick their heads above the parapet. Of course the authorities always have a bunch of friendly ‘Experts’ on quickdial that they can call in to dismiss any concerns as simply unsubstantiated speculation.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/11/25/wigan-striker-charlie-wyke-becomes-third-footballer-collapse/

    “Leading scientists have rejected speculation that the Covid vaccine is linked with recent on-field collapses of three footballers, as sporting pundits came under attack for fuelling hesitancy of the jab.

    Wigan striker Charlie Wyke was admitted to hospital on Thursday after a week which had already seen John Fleck, of Sheffield United, and Sheriff Tiraspol’s Adama Traore fall suddenly ill.

    However, public health experts and epidemiologists expressed concern at knee-jerk responses from former players who suggested there may be a link with the vaccine.

    TalkSport, for example, had to cut off Trevor Sinclair, 48, from a broadcast as he questioned whether Fleck, who collapsed during his side’s win over Reading, had recently had the jab. “I think everyone wants to know if he [Fleck] has had the Covid vaccine,” he said.”

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