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November 22nd, 2020 • 3h 30m

1297: Going Bananas


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LA Nurse on hospital situation
Hi Adam,
Thank you for your courage and helping us get through the latest saga of media shenanigans with the elections.
I'm behind on listening and just finished episode 1293, so maybe you've addressed some of this. I am an Internal Medicine physician whom practices as a hospitalist. I had written you earlier in the COVID pandemic, and you mentioned something about verification. I'm not sure how this is done, buy my NPI is xxxxxxx. Anyhow, I have been treating hospitalized COVID patients in Los Angeles county since this all started, and unfortunately the media is telling the truth about hospitalizations being up, but not the whole truth (the best lies have a tincture of truth). I am seeing higher numbers of hospitalized COVID patients than anytime this year - however - I can nearly guarantee all of them will walk out alive and okay. I cannot say the same for my other patients, as we are quite busy with the typical heart attacks, pneumonias, and drug overdoses. Hospitals and ICUs in any sizeable city are always crowded and at capacity this time of the year - even in Hawaii where there is no real winter. This is a well known phenomenon between November and February, pandemic or not. That being said, from my humble observations, COVID appears to be decreasing in virulence. In everyday language - it seems to be just as contagious as ever, but causing less harm.
Speaking to the testing - think I've mentioned this before - but about as good as a coin flip. We have many many patients with known COVID (based on clinical picture - x ray, etc) that have negative PCRs. On a personal note, I tested IgG antibody positive in June and then became sick with the virus in August. A gnarly virus to say the least - I believe at some point in my febrile delirium I did say "F*&k China" several times as this felt like no other cold or flu and caused bizarre symptoms. However, as Trump so eloquently put it - we should not let the fear of this virus rule our lives.
On a separate topic - at the end of 1293 you guys talked about Gen Z depression and anxiety & I have an interesting anecdote regarding this. A surgeon friend of mine travels to Tibet every year to perform a variety of surgeries in a mountain village. This is done at a Tibetan monastery and she typically comes back with amazing pictures and stories - these (mostly young men) insist on carrying her luggage the day after an amputation and request and need no pain killers after brutal surgeries. They live a simple life with simple wants and needs. That all changed recently. As there was nothing within their monastery rules and regulations regarding cellular phones, the younger ones have gotten iphones within the last few years. Now when she goes to the monastery, these young monks are suddenly complaining of aches and pains. They have odd abdominal pains and vague complaints that do not seem to have an anatomical origin. The only thing that has changed is their possession of these phones and plugging into social media.
Producer Jay on Stay Safe follow-up term
ITM gents. The recent discussions about the over use of the phrase "stay safe" have forced me to write to you about the new weird phrase going around that I find personally disturbing. It too is usually reserved for saying goodbye to someone. I noticed that people started saying it about one year ago. My coworker said it to me and it immediately grabbed my attention. She is kind of one of those people who starts saying the latest slang words or terms that usually only stay within a small group so I didn't think anything of it. But then within only a short few months I started having other people I know say it to me and I would over hear others say it to other people.
The phrase is "I love you". Or sometime "love you" to make it more casual. To me, this is something that only family say to each other or maybe close friends in very particular situations. It has never been a throw away line "take care" or "have a good one". Now I hear older type guys saying it to other guys. The kind of guys who a couple years ago would have thought that it was gay to say something like that to a dude. I believe that the covid shutdown also seemed to accelerate this phrase. Perhaps because the fear many had about the uncertainty of our future.
An interesting side note. I have always hated when people who liked to think they were smart would reference the movie 'Idiocracy' and claim that the same thing was happening right now and that the creator of that movie was so ahead of his time. Yet there is a scene in the movie where a greeter at a big box store is telling people "I Love you" as they walk into the store. I wonder if the other producers are noticing this phenomenon as well. Thanks gents. Love you, Mean it!!!
Covid generation should be Coronials
Ohio lawmakers pass bill stripping Gov. Mike DeWine of his power to issue statewide coronavirus orders -
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:28
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gives an update on COVID-19 at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Ohio's Republican governor was hailed as prophetic for his decisive steps to shut down schools and stop the state's presidential primary election early during the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, he's found navigating a path out of the state's pandemic shutdown to be a bumpy one. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio'--Ohio lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Mike DeWine a bill that would strip his administration of the authority to issue statewide coronavirus orders, even though the governor said the measure would be ''a disaster'' and vowed to veto it.
Senate Bill 311, which passed 58-30 along party lines, would ban the Ohio Department of Health from issuing mandatory quarantine orders enforced against people who are not diagnosed as sick or directly exposed to disease. It passed the state Senate in September.
The bill would not void existing statewide orders, including the three-week 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew announced by the governor earlier this week, a renewed statewide mask mandate, and a ''stay-at-home'' order like the one DeWine ordered the state health director to issue last spring. But it would prohibit such orders from being issued in the future, and it would allow lawmakers to vote to rescind any existing state health order.
Supporters say the legislation provides a needed check on the DeWine administration's authority to unilaterally issue health orders. Conservatives, in particular, have fiercely criticized many of DeWine's coronavirus policies, arguing they infringe on personal freedoms and unnecessarily devastate the state's economy.
A lengthy House floor debate prior to the vote involved Republican proponents arguing that they are expressing the will of their constituents and rightly checking the power of the governor versus Democrats who pointed to opposition from public-health experts saying the bill would cripple efforts to fight the coronavirus.
''The administration is acting as two branches of government. This is not the way our republic was intended to work,'' said state Rep. Scott Wiggam, a Wooster Republican, during a House floor speech Thursday. Wiggam said the bill was ''not a debate about the seriousness of the coronavirus or any potential future outbreak,'' but rather about protecting Ohioans' rights ''against government overreach.''
State Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus, a Stark County Republican, said that his constituents are ''furious'' about the governor's orders. ''Ohioans are scared of this virus,'' Stoltzfus said. ''But Ohioans are also scared about what the governor is going to do next.''
State Rep. Allison Russo, a Democrat from suburban Columbus, said ''we all understand the value'' of checks and balances and hearing from constituents.
''But we are in a position right now where our public health authorities need to be able to react quickly,'' Russo said.
State Rep. Brigid Kelly, a Cincinnati Democrat, said if SB 311 becomes law, it ''will only lead to more deaths and further destabilize our economy.'' Kelly asked: ''Is it that science and data really matter? Or is it that science and data be damned because we think we know better?''
DeWine, a Greene County Republican, said during a televised coronavirus briefing Thursday that he has ''a moral obligation'' to veto the bill, as it would hamstring his ability to respond to a number of crises, from pandemics to biological weapon attacks.
''This bill would make Ohio slow to respond to a crisis. It would take tools away from this governor and future governors,'' DeWine said. ''It would put the lives of Ohioans in jeopardy. This bill is a disaster.''
If DeWine follows through on his promise to reject SB 311, the Ohio Senate could override his veto if three-fifths of senators (20 of 33) vote to make it law. The bill passed the Senate in September with exactly 20 votes.
Senate Bill 311 just the latest in a series of bills the Republican-dominated Ohio legislature has passed since the coronavirus crisis emerged this spring to rein in the governor's power to issue coronavirus-related rules.
In July, DeWine vetoed Senate Bill 55, which would decriminalize violations of public health orders.
Other legislation still pending in the Ohio General Assembly to rein in the governor's coronavirus power include:
Senate Bill 374, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Senate President Larry Obhof, a Medina Republican, that would repeal a three-month-old executive order from DeWine requiring bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 10 p.m. Senate Bill 31, the House version of which would require local health officials to get written approval from contract-tracing participants. House and Senate members still have to work out in conference committee whether to keep the contact-tracing provision in the final version of the bill. Senate Bill 375, which would void a DeWine administration coronavirus order closing county fairs except for junior fair activities. The Ohio Senate passed it on Wednesday. Read more Ohio politics and government stories:
Youngstown killer's execution put on hold by Ohio Supreme Court
Ohio sees jump in new unemployment claims
Long-awaited revamp of Ohio's school-voucher program passes state Senate
Ohio Senate OKs bill allowing teachers to carry guns at school without needing peace-officer training
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'Conspiracy theories' on Covid-19 come from BRAIN DAMAGE? Questionable science is being used to pathologize real dissent '-- RT Op-ed
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 14:47
Helen Buyniski
is an American journalist and political commentator at RT. Follow her on Twitter @velocirapture23
is an American journalist and political commentator at RT. Follow her on Twitter @velocirapture23
People who believe in so-called conspiracy theories about Covid-19 are actually suffering from ''neuropsychological impairments,'' says a neurologist, in what sounds more than a little bit like Soviet-era weaponized psychiatry.
'Conspiracy theorists' who refuse to wear masks and embrace lockdowns are the victims of their own scientific illiteracy, which has fundamentally damaged their brains to such an extent that they cannot understand the science of Covid-19, claims neurologist Bruce Miller from the University of California, San Francisco, in a paper published earlier this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Miller leverages his formidable credentials '' he's both director of the Memory and Aging Center and co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF '' to legitimize a baseless and frankly dangerous theory that could potentially be used to lock those same ''conspiracy theorists'' away in psychiatric facilities indefinitely. His questionable paper takes the pathologization of dissent even a step further than recent bogus ''anti-maskers are sociopaths'' studies, to a very dark, totalitarian place '' ironically, the exact same endpoint feared by the conspiracy theorists he so glibly patronizes.
Also on As Boris Johnson announces Britain's 'great reset', were the Covid 'conspiracy theorists' right all along? Dissent = brain damage?Miller equates ''anti-mask behavior,'' ''anti-vaccine beliefs,'' and ''conspiracy theories about the origins of Covid-19'' with ''denial of science,'' blaming the whole package on low levels of science literacy rooted in poor-quality education. While the quality of US science education is certainly dismal, Miller's reductionist viewpoint leaves no room for the many intelligent, educated people who hold these views. His area of expertise may be in delusional disorders, but writing off informed dissent as delusion born of ignorance is, well, ignorant and delusional.
Despite being published in JAMA, one of the most prestigious journals in medical science, Miller's article cites very little actual science: two papers on the neurobiology of delusions (actual delusions, as in schizophrenia and dementia, not ''differing views the writer doesn't like'') and one comparing Covid-19 deaths in the US with those in other countries. While he liberally sprinkles medical terms throughout, hidden between his references to Capgras syndrome (the false belief that a loved one has been replaced by an impostor) and frontotemporal dementia (in which people falsely believe they are rich) are admissions that these paradigms do not necessarily apply to beliefs about Covid-19 that counter the establishment line.
It's not that Miller himself isn't a scientist '' indeed, it's his prestigious credentials that make him all the more dangerous, as the same scientific illiteracy he complains about makes people much more likely to be duped by his tactical deployment of neurological jargon. However, like most specialists, his expertise in neurology doesn't necessarily translate to a deep understanding of politics. Or respiratory diseases, for that matter - he pooh-poohed the dirt-cheap malaria drug hydroxychloroquine despite scores of studies upholding its effectiveness in treating Covid-19, apparently believing every last one of them was conducted by delusional quacks (unlike, presumably, those that say it doesn't work).
But what about the conspiracy theories?In fact, the real science in most of the cases he cites favors the ''conspiracy theorists'' '' or at least doesn't rule them out. Take masks: the largest-ever randomized controlled trial of mask-wearing was finally published on Wednesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine after being blocked by JAMA and its fellow top-tier journals New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, showing face coverings do not protect against infection with the novel coronavirus.
Also on Landmark Danish study casts doubt on effectiveness of mask-wearing alone as effective Covid-19 strategy There are dozensmore, though most relate to other respiratory viruses and mask-wearing. Some have been mysteriously deleted for being ''no longer relevant in our current climate'' '' a chillingly Orwellian explanation that has nothing to do with science and everything to do with control.
And vaccine hesitancy? Vaccine frontrunner Moderna claims its jab is 95 percent effective, but the company has not released the results of its latest clinical trials '' and the last time it did, the data revealed that all participants who got two shots of the highest dose experienced side effects, many of them severe. Even with the Pfizer jab, there are reasons for caution, especially with the UK Labour Party preemptively calling for blanket censorship of all ''anti-vaccine'' content. The last time the UK rushed a vaccine to market in the middle of a much-hyped ''pandemic,'' thousands of people were permanently injured, and some died. Meanwhile, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock refuses to rule out making the jab mandatory, and several countries have floated making it a requirement for travel. Sound kosher?
As for the origins of Covid-19 itself, the official story has changed so many times (those darn Chinese and their wet markets! What, they didn't sell bats at the Wuhan market? Well, the bat must have spent some intimate time with a pangolin, or maybe a snake'... stop asking so many questions!) it's no longer credible. Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier and US bioweapons expert Francis Boyle say it was created in a lab. The science is not settled, on this or any of the above issues, and it never will be if the establishment keeps smearing researchers who deviate from an increasingly threadbare orthodoxy as loony conspiracy theorists.
More than just public shamingMiller's paper goes one step beyond the usual establishment sneering, however. Tracing the origin of ''conspiracy theories'' to an organic brain defect reeks of the Soviet weaponization of psychiatry, a dark chapter in history that seems '' if papers like this and another recent ''study'' out of Brazil are any indication '' poised to repeat itself. During the 1960s and 1970s, the USSR weaponized psychiatry to institutionalize political dissidents, diagnosing them with mental illness '' because after all, one would have to be crazy not to embrace communism! '' and locking them away. The practice served to neutralize the targeted individual, marginalize others who shared his opinions, and terrify the rest of the population into keeping their doubts about the system to themselves.
Also on Victoria's creeping totalitarianism is based on wild overreaction to Covid, and the rest of the world is going down the same path The parallels to 2020 are impossible to ignore. If Miller's scientifically baseless theory that belief in conspiracies represents an organic brain defect is embraced by the medical establishment (and there's no reason to suspect it won't be), dissidents could find themselves locked up indefinitely as incurable ''cases.'' Those who dismiss such a possibility need only look at the comparatively recent removal of homosexuality from the DSM-IV psychiatric manual. Many of the mindsets we now take for granted have been pathologized, and many which were once seen as normal (''oppositional defiant disorder,'' ''attention deficit disorder'') were created only recently.
Countries are also changing their laws to make it easier to institutionalize targets. One of the changes to UK law rammed through in its emergency legislation package reduced the number of medical professionals signing off on the decision to ''section'' (institutionalize) an individual from two to one. And now, American doctors are licking their lips at the possibility of sidelining those troublesome conspiracy theorists once and for all.
Are these the behaviors of governments that have nothing to hide? How long will it even be permitted to ask such a question?
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Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report '' AIER
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:17
'' November 18, 2020
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4 minutes In the debate over coronavirus policy, there has been far too little focus on the costs of lockdowns. It's very common for the proponents of these interventions to write articles and large studies without even mentioning the downsides.
Here is a brief look at the cost of stringencies in the United States, and around the world, including stay-at-home orders, closings of business and schools, restrictions on gatherings, shutting of arts and sports, restrictions on medical services, and interventions in the freedom of movement.
Mental HealthMental Health DataSourceRegionDuring late June 2020, 40% of US adults reported to be struggling with mental health or substance abuse.CDC (June 2020)USOf adults surveyed, 10.7% had thoughts of suicide compared to 4.3% in 2018.CDC (August 2020)USReported symptoms of anxiety were three times higher than they were in Q2 2019 and reported symptoms of depression were four times higher than they were in Q2 2019.CDC (August 2020)USOf individuals aged 18-24, 25.5% considered suicide.CDC (August 2020)USIn New York alone, Google searches increased for phrases and words: anxiety, panic attack, and insomnia.JAMA (October 2020)New YorkBetween April and October, the portion of emergency visits related to mental health for children (5-11) increased by 24% and 31% for 12-17 year olds compared to 2019.CDC (November 2020)USIn late June, 13% of survey respondents said they had started or increased substance use to cope with the pandemic.CDC (August 2020)USMore than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality.AMA (October 2020)USFrom January 2020 to March 2020, 19,416 people died from drug overdoses, which is 3,000 more than in 2019 of the same quarter.CDC (2020)USThe EconomyUnemployment Unemployment StatisticSourceRegionUnemployment rate increased to 14.7% in April 2020. This is the highest rate of increase (10.3%) and largest month over month increase in history of available data (since 1948).BLS (May 2020)USIn March, 39% of people living with a household income of $40,000 and below reported a job loss.Federal Reserve (April 2020)USThe unemployment rate between February and April increased by 12% for women and 10% for men.Bureau of Labor StatisticsUSMothers of children aged 12 and younger lost 2.2 million jobs between February and August (12% drop), while fathers of small children lost 870,000 jobs (4% drop).Stateline (August 2020)USOne out of four women who were surveyed reported their job loss was due to lack of childcare, twice the rate of men surveyed.Washington Post (July 2020)USEducationEducation StatisticSourceRegionAbout 24 million children may drop out of school next year as a result of the lockdown's economic impact.UN (October 2020)WorldwideA decrease in life expectancy by 5.53 million years of life is found to occur for US children due to the closing of US primary schools.JAMA (November 2020)US30,806 internships were lost (a decrease of 52%) between March 9 and April 13.Glassdoor (April 2020)USBetween March 9 and April 13 travel & tourism internships fell 92%; IT dropped 76%, architecture & engineering 65% and telecommunications 65%. Accounting & legal internships fell the least, dropping 22%.Glassdoor (April 2020)USHealthcareHealthcare StatisticSourceRegionAt the 10-week mark of lockdown, 2.1 million people in the UK were waiting for breast, cervical, or bowel cancer screening.Cancer Research UK (June 2020)UKDiagnosis for 6 cancers (breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, gastric, and esophageal) has declined 46.4% compared to 2018.JAMA Research Letter (August 2020)USPancreatic cancer diagnosis has dropped 24.7% compared to 2018.JAMA Research Letter (August 2020)USBreast cancer diagnosis has dropped 51.8% compared to 2018.JAMA Research Letter (August 2020)US''The Netherlands Cancer Registry has seen as much as a 40% decline in weekly cancer incidence.''JAMA Research Letter (August 2020)NetherlandsPre-Covid, Medical University of South Carolina dropped from 20 stroke-related calls daily (or 550 per month) to about nine in mid-April.Washington Post (April 2020)USUK (suspected) cancer referrals have decreased 75% since Covid-19 restrictions were implemented.JAMA Research Letter (August 2020)UK38% decrease in STEMI treatments in 9 major hospitals across the US.JACC (June 2020)USIn Italy, cardiological diagnostic procedures decreased 56%, PCI 48%, structural interventions 81% and PCI in STEMI 40%.REC Interv. Cardiol. (2020)ItalyCardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US; Premature cardiovascular disease and stroke mortality costs $137.5 billion in lost future productivity.AHA (2020)USAdmissions for chemotherapy decreased 45-66% while urgent referrals for early cancer diagnosis decreased 70-89%.Lai et al. (2020)UKDuring April weekly emergency department (ED) visits declined 42% from the previous year average of 2.1 million to 1.2 million.CDC (October, 2020)USIn 2018 patients visiting the ER for opioid overdoses are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose in the year after being discharged. They are 18 times more likely to die by suicide relative to the general population.NIMH (May 2020)USHospital financial losses will be as high as $323.1 billion for the entire year.AHA (July 2020)USCrimeCrime StatisticSourceRegionDuring the first six months of 2020 murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses increased 14.8%, and aggravated assault offenses were up 4.6%.FBI (September 2020)USProperty crime offenses declined 7.8%; except for motor vehicle thefts, which increased 6.2%.FBI (September 2020)USArson increased 19.2% in the first six months of 2020 compared to the same time the previous year; and increased 52.1% in cities with populations of 1,000,000 or more.FBI (September 2020)USBetween June and August 2020 homicides increased 53% and aggravated assaults increased 14% compared to the same period in 2019.NCCJ (September 2020)USA UK domestic abuse charity (Refuge) reported a 25% increase in calls made to helpline since the start of lockdowns.Refuge (April 2020)UKFood and HospitalityFood and Hospitality StatisticSourceRegionRestaurants have spent an additional $7,400 on PPE and enhanced safety protocols (training, cleaning, Plexiglas, etc.) which will take 66% of businesses 6 months to recoup.QSR (September 2020)USThe restaurant industry is set to lose $240 billion in revenue and 8 million employees in 2020.QSR (September 2020)USIn May, nearly 75% of independent restaurants reported new debts greater than $50,000; 12% reported additional debt at $500,000 and above.FSR (August 2020)US1 in 3 restaurants are expected to close.FSR (August 2020)US86% of restaurants reduced staff due to Covid-19; 40% of restaurants expect to be out of business by March 2021.QSR (September 2020)USOther resources: Collateral Global '' A global repository of research concerned with collateral effects of the COVID-19 lockdown measures.Lockdown Resistance '' Focuses on Covid-19 policy impacts on wellbeing, quality of life and life-expectancy.Retail Dive '' Maintains a running list of 2020 retail bankruptcies.AIER StaffFounded in 1933, the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) is one of the oldest and most respected nonpartisan economic research and advocacy organizations in the country. 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South Australia Police: You Cannot Leave Your House to Walk the Dog or Exercise - Big League Politics
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:41
The United Nations is now confirming that COVID-19 lockdown tyranny will cause ''famines of biblical proportions'' in the third-world, with the economic damage caused by illegal government overreach eventually killing far more people than the China plague.
After cheering on extreme lockdown measures for months, the globalists are finally being forthright about the impact that their policies will really have on the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
David Beasley, who works as the executive director of the UN's World Food Program, is bearing the bad news that COVID-19 policies are going to result in widespread starvation
''We were able to avert it in 2020,'' Beasley said to The Associated Press, but said that his bureaucracy would need billions of dollars, otherwise ''we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.''
Beasley claims that giving an additional $15 billion to his bureaucracy would allow him to stop the famine that would otherwise be caused by draconian COVID-19 lockdown policies.
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''If I could get that coupled with our normal money, then we avert famine around the world,'' he said.
Beasley does not have the courage to criticize lockdown policies, instead preferring to use the crisis in an attempt to further enrich his own government agency.
Big League Politics has reported on the dire economic ramifications of COVID-19 lockdown policies since its inception, as the globalists use mass hysteria to set up their ''Great Reset'' to consolidate power:
U.S. unemployment claims have passed the 1 million threshold for the second straight week, as the economic situation remains dire because of the seemingly never-ending COVID-19 lockdown.
Although job numbers have rebounded in certain respects, the economy continues to shed jobs in sectors devastated by the shutdown. American Airlines announced that they will be cutting 19,000 jobs by October, Delta announced that they will likely be axing 1,900 pilots, and United Airlines is expected to cut up to 36,000 employees this year.
The experts are claiming that COVID-19 fear has gripped the American psyche, and the Democrat Party and mass media are keeping the economy in the dumps due to the mass hysteria that they will just not let die.
''Though we are seeing a meaningful decline in new Covid-19 cases, the trends in economic indicators have not changed significantly. There continue to be signs that the recovery is slowing at best and at worst is reversing somewhat,'' Bank of America Global Research wrote in a note to investors.
''We likely need to see daily Covid-19 cases decline much more significantly in order for gains in economic activity to accelerate meaningfully,'' the note read'...
It will not be fully understood for years exactly how much damage has been done to society because of the COVID-19 scamdemic.
The scamdemic has ushered in a new age of corporate dominance, ironically cheered on by confused left-wing useful idiots who simultaneously claim they oppose Big Business. Millions will die because of this cruel hoax that has been perpetrated on the masses.
Vaccines and such
WHO advises against use of remdesivir for treating COVID-19 | News | Al Jazeera
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:27
Global health agency says there is no evidence that drug improves survival rates or reduces need for ventilation.
A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel has advised against the use of the antiviral drug remdesivir for patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19, regardless of how severely ill they are, because there is currently no evidence that it improves survival or the need for ventilation.
The WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG) based its recommendation on a new evidence review comparing the effects of several drug treatments on more than 7,000 patients hospitalised with COVID-19 in four international randomised trials.
The expert panel, which includes four patients who have had COVID-19, concluded that remdesivir ''has no meaningful effect on mortality or on other important outcomes for patients, such as the need for mechanical ventilation or time to clinical improvement,'' the WHO said in a statement.
In October, the WHO said its global Solidarity trial using remdesivir in the hospital treatment of COVID-19 had found it had little to no effect on the length of time patients spent in hospital or their survival.
Remdesivir, developed by US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences for the treatment of Ebola, was one of several drugs that attracted global attention as doctors looked for more effective ways to treat the novel coronavirus, which emerged in China late last year.
It was given emergency use authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration in the United States on May 1 and taken by US President Donald Trump when he was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in early October. The drug also secured regulatory approval in several other countries.
Alternative treatmentsThe panel acknowledged that the evidence did not prove that remdesivir had no benefit at all, rather that there was no evidence '' given currently available data '' that it did improve important patient outcomes.
It noted, however, that given the remaining possibility of important harm, as well as the relatively high cost associated with remdesivir, which needs to be administered intravenously, the recommendation was ''appropriate''.
In July, Gilead priced remdesivir at $2,340 for a five-day treatment in the US and some other developed countries.
The recommendation, published in the BMJ, is part of the WHO's living guidelines, which are used in fast-moving research areas like COVID-19 because they allow researchers to update previously vetted and peer-reviewed evidence summaries as new information becomes available.
Gilead has yet to release full clinical study reports on remdesivir, and the panel said it supported continued enrolment into trials evaluating the drug, especially to provide higher certainty of evidence for specific groups of patients.
Since the early excitement about remdesivir, alternative treatments have emerged including the cheap and widely available steroid dexamethasone, which is usually used to reduce inflammation in other diseases such as arthritis.
In trial results announced in June, dexamethasone, was shown to reduce death rates by about a third among the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.
Clarification on statements made regarding COVID-19 by Dr. Roger Hodkinson - Royal College Newsroom
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:27
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November 20, 2020 | Author: Royal College Staff
On November 19, 2020 the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) was made aware of statements regarding COVID-19 by a Royal College Fellow, Dr. Roger Hodkinson. In some online references, Dr. Hodkinson is being incorrectly identified as a chair/past-chair of the Royal College.
We would like to clarify that Dr. Hodkinson is not nor has ever held the position of chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
We can confirm that Dr. Roger Hodkinson was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a general pathologist in 1976.
The Royal College believes COVID-19 presents a serious threat to the health of Canadians. The Royal College strongly supports all public health advice given by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, including recommendations to practise physical distancing and to wear masks to help prevent COVID-19 transmission. We are very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of our Royal College Fellows, residents and all front-line health care workers in the fight against COVID-19.
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Hal Turner Radio Show - We've Got the Box! Astra-Zeneca's COVID-19 "Vaccine" - Frankenstein in a Bottle
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:49
The Hal Turner Radio Show has obtained the actual packaging in which the Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceutical Company's COVID-19 "Vaccine" will be packaged in. Calling this "The Mark of the Beast" is an understatement; this "vaccine" will hurt you - likely very badly - if it doesn't KILL you outright.
On the box, Astra-Zeneca reveals their new "vaccine" is "ChAdOx1-S" Recombinant DNA also known as AZD1222. That is the single most prominent ingredient and you'd better sit down as we reveal what, exactly, this is.
Research into AZD1222, reads: ''We used direct RNA sequencing to analyse transcript expression from the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 genome in human MRC-5 and A549 cell lines that are non-permissive for vector replication alongside the replication permissive cell line, HEK293''
A quick look at human MRC-5 reveals the first horror:
Yes, you read that correctly. They are using a cell line developed from the ABORTED FETUS of a 14 week Caucasian male.
It gets crazier.
The virus they're using to simulate COVID-19, is from: Chimpanzees.
Looking up AZD1222 we find that (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) is a weakened and non-replicating version of the common cold virus (adenovirus) taken from chimpanzees, which has been engineered to contain instructions for creating the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 '' the virus that causes COVID-19 (here, here) . An article published in the journal Nature (here) says the vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 used T-Rex 293 HEK cells in the virus propagation stage.
When you look up HEK-293, you find this refers to ' human embryonic kidney' cells, which are from a different human cell line.
OK, so we already have a cell line from an aborted 14 week old Caucasian male, virus from Chimpanzees and now, more cells from human embryonic kidneys cells from a different human cell line.
And they want to INJECT THIS INTO YOU ???????
Into your children ?????
Let me ask you, folks, what do you think all this DNA they're pushing into your body will do to YOUR DNA?
Alter it?
Into what? Frankenstein?
Most folks know that our DNA is the actual building code for our entire body. Making a small change at the DNA level can have all sorts of unintended consequences farther down the line. Consequences THAT CANNOT BE UNDONE.
Astra-Zenecka also makes clear in the literature coming along with this "vaccine" that they are seeking an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool to track the adverse reactions!
So they already know that there will be so many adverse reactions, of such a wide-ranging array of problems, they need ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE to analyze it all.
Hal Turner Opinion
This whole thing seems to spell T R O U B L E.
And once you let them inject this crap into you, there's no way to stop whatever changes begin to take place at the DNA level.
What if you end up . . . . not human anymore?
What if their goal is to alter DNA so we are no longer recognizable to God?
Could that be why the Book of Revelations makes clear that anyone who takes the mark of the Beast will NEVER get into Heaven?
If we're changed at the DNA level, then we are no longer made in the image of God.
That is far too high a price to pay over a virus that has a 99.6% survival rate.
No thanks.
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Cyber War Declared in U.S. and UK to Quash Vaccine Hesitancy as Nations Prepare for Mass Inoculations ' Children's Health Defense
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 14:35
In just the past week, the national-security states of the U.S. and UK have discreetly let it be known that the cyber tools and online tactics previously designed for use in the post-9/11 ''war on terror'' are now being repurposed for use against information sources promoting ''vaccine hesitancy'' and information related to COVID-19 that runs counter to their state narratives.
A new cyber offensive was launched on Monday by the U.K.'s signal intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which seeks to target websites that publish content deemed to be ''propaganda'' that raises concerns regarding state-sponsored COVID-19 vaccine development and the multinational pharmaceutical corporations involved.
Similar efforts are underway in the U.S., with the U.S. military recently funding a CIA-backed firm '-- stuffed with former counterterrorism officials who were behind the occupation of Iraq and the rise of the so-called Islamic State '-- to develop an AI algorithm aimed specifically at new websites promoting ''suspected'' disinformation related to the COVID-19 crisis and the U.S. military''led COVID-19 vaccination effort known as Operation Warp Speed.
Both countries are preparing to silence independent journalists who raise legitimate concerns over pharmaceutical industry corruption or the extreme secrecy surrounding state-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination efforts, now that Pfizer's vaccine candidate is slated to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by month's end.
Pfizer's history of being fined billions for illegal marketing and for bribing government officials to help them cover up an illegal drug trial that killed eleven children (among other crimes) has gone unmentioned by most mass media outlets, which instead have celebrated the apparently imminent approval of the company's COVID vaccine without questioning the company's history or that the mRNA technology used in the vaccine has sped through normal safety trial protocols and has never been approved for human use. Also unmentioned is that the head of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Patrizia Cavazzoni, is the former Pfizer vice president for product safety who covered up the connection of one of its products to birth defects.
Essentially, the power of the state is being wielded like never before to police online speech and to deplatform news websites to protect the interests of powerful corporations like Pfizer and other scandal-ridden pharmaceutical giants as well as the interests of the U.S. and U.K. national-security states, which themselves are intimately involved in the COVID-19 vaccination endeavor.
Subscribe Now - It's Free!U.K. intelligence's new cyberwar targeting ''anti-vaccine propaganda''
The U.K. newspaper The Times reported that the U.K.'s GCHQ ''has begun an offensive cyber-operation to disrupt anti-vaccine propaganda being spread by hostile states'' and ''is using a toolkit developed to tackle disinformation and recruitment material peddled by Islamic State'' to do so. In addition, the U.K. government has ordered the British military's 77th Brigade, which specializes in ''information warfare,'' to launch an online campaign to counter ''deceptive narratives'' about COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
The newly announced GCHQ ''cyber war'' will not only take down ''anti-vaccine propaganda'' but will also seek to ''disrupt the operations of the cyber-actors responsible for it, including encrypting their data so they cannot access it and blocking their communications with each other.'' The effort will also involve GCHQ reaching out to other countries in the ''Five Eyes'' alliance (U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada) to alert their partner agencies in those countries to target such ''propaganda'' sites hosted within their borders.
The Times stated that ''the government regards tackling false information about inoculation as a rising priority as the prospect of a reliable vaccine against the coronavirus draws closer,'' suggesting that efforts will continue to ramp up as a vaccine candidate gets closer to approval.
It seems that, from the perspective of the U.K. national-security state, those who question corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and its possible impact on the leading experimental COVID-19 vaccine candidates (all of which use experimental vaccine technologies that have never before been approved for human use) should be targeted with tools originally designed to combat terrorist propaganda.
While The Times asserted that the effort would target content ''that originated only from state adversaries'' and would not target the sites of ''ordinary citizens,'' the newspaper suggested that the effort would rely on the U.S. government for determining whether or not a site is part of a ''foreign disinformation'' operation.
This is highly troubling given that the U.S. recently seized the domains of many sites, including the American Herald Tribune, which it erroneously labeled as ''Iranian propaganda,'' despite its editor in chief, Anthony Hall, being based in Canada. The U.S. government made this claim about the American Herald Tribune after the cybersecurity firm FireEye, a U.S. government contractor, stated that it had ''moderate confidence'' that the site had been ''founded in Iran.''
In addition, the fact that GCHQ has alleged that most of the sites it plans to target are ''linked to Moscow'' gives further cause for concern given that the U.K. government was caught funding the Institute for Statecraft's Integrity Initiative, which falsely labeled critics of the U.K. government's actions as well as its narratives with respect to the Syria conflict as being related to ''Russian disinformation'' campaigns.
Given this precedent, it is certainly plausible that GCHQ could take the word of either an allied government, a government contractor, or perhaps even an allied media organization such as Bellingcat or the Atlantic Council's DFRLab that a given site is ''foreign propaganda'' in order to launch a cyber offensive against it. Such concerns are only amplified when one of the main government sources for The Times article bluntly stated that ''GCHQ has been told to take out antivaxers [sic] online and on social media. There are ways they have used to monitor and disrupt terrorist propaganda,'' which suggests that the targets of GCHQ's new cyber war will, in fact, be determined by the content itself rather than their suspected ''foreign'' origin. The ''foreign'' aspect instead appears to be a means of evading the prohibition in GCHQ's operational mandate on targeting the speech or websites of ordinary citizens.
This larger pivot toward treating alleged ''anti-vaxxers'' as ''national security threats'' has been ongoing for much of this year, spearheaded in part by Imran Ahmed, the CEO of the U.K.-based Center for Countering Digital Hate, a member of the U.K. government's Steering Committee on Countering Extremism Pilot Task Force, which is part of the U.K. government's Commission for Countering Extremism.
Ahmed told the U.K. newspaper The Independent in July that ''I would go beyond calling anti-vaxxers conspiracy theorists to say they are an extremist group that pose a national security risk.'' He then stated that ''once someone has been exposed to one type of conspiracy it's easy to lead them down a path where they embrace more radical world views that can lead to violent extremism,'' thereby implying that ''anti-vaxxers'' might engage in acts of violent extremism. Among the websites cited by Ahmed's organization as promoting such ''extremism'' that poses a ''national security risk'' were Children's Health Defense, the National Vaccine Information Center, Informed Consent Action Network, and, among others.
Similarly, a think tank tied to U.S. intelligence '-- whose GCHQ equivalent, the National Security Agency (NSA), will take part in the newly announced ''cyber war '''-- argued in a research paper published just months before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis that ''the U.S. 'anti-vaxxer' movement would pose a threat to national security in the event of a 'pandemic with a novel organism.'''
InfraGard, ''a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and members of the private sector,'' warned in the paper published last June that ''the U.S. anti-vaccine movement would also be connected with 'social media misinformation and propaganda campaigns' orchestrated by the Russian government,'' as cited by The Guardian. The InfraGard paper further claimed that prominent ''anti-vaxxers'' are aligned ''with other conspiracy movements including the far right '...and social media misinformation and propaganda campaigns by many foreign and domestic actors. Included among these actors is the Internet Research Agency, the Russian government''aligned organization.''
An article published just last month by the Washington Post argued that ''vaccine hesitancy is mixing with coronavirus denial and merging with far-right American conspiracy theories, including Qanon,'' which the FBI named a potential domestic terror threat last year. The article quoted Peter Hotez, dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as saying ''The U.S. anti-vaccination movement is globalizing and it's going toward more-extremist tendencies.''
It is worth pointing out that many so-called ''anti-vaxxers'' are actually critics of the pharmaceutical industry and are not necessarily opposed to vaccines in and of themselves, making the labels ''anti-vaxxer'' and ''anti-vaccine'' misleading. Given that many pharmaceutical giants involved in making COVID-19 vaccines donate heavily to politicians in both countries and have been involved in numerous safety scandals, using state intelligence agencies to wage cyber war against sites that investigate such concerns is not only troubling for the future of journalism but it suggests that the U.K. is taking a dangerous leap toward becoming a country that uses its state powers to treat the enemies of corporations as enemies of the state.
CIA-backed firm ''weaponizing truth'' with AI
In early October, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command announced that they had awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to the U.S.-based ''machine intelligence'' company Primer. Per the press release, ''Primer will develop the first-ever machine learning platform to automatically identify and assess suspected disinformation [emphasis added]. Primer will also enhance its natural language processing platform to automatically analyze tactical events to provide commanders with unprecedented insight as events unfold in near real-time.''
According to Primer, the company ''builds software machines that read and write in English, Russian, and Chinese to automatically unearth trends and patterns across large volumes of data,'' and their work ''supports the mission of the intelligence community and broader DOD by automating reading and research tasks to enhance the speed and quality of decision-making.'' In other words, Primer is developing an algorithm that would allow the national-security state to outsource many military and intelligence analyst positions to AI. In fact, the company openly admits this, stating that their current effort ''will automate the work typically done by dozens of analysts in a security operations center to ingest all of the data relevant to an event as it happens and funnel it into a unified user interface.''
Primer's ultimate goal is to use their AI to entirely automate the shaping of public perceptions and become the arbiter of ''truth,'' as defined by the state. Primer's founder, Sean Gourley, who previously created AI programs for the military to track ''insurgency'' in post-invasion Iraq, asserted in an April blog post that ''computational warfare and disinformation campaigns will, in 2020, become a more serious threat than physical war, and we will have to rethink the weapons we deploy to fight them.''
In that same post, Gourley argued for the creation of a ''Manhattan Project for truth'' that would create a publicly available Wikipedia-style database built off of ''knowledge bases [that] already exist inside many countries' intelligence agencies for national security purposes.'' Gourley then wrote that ''this effort would be ultimately about building and enhancing our collective intelligence and establishing a baseline for what's true or not'' as established by intelligence agencies. He concludes his blog post by stating that ''in 2020, we will begin to weaponize truth.''
Notably, on Nov. 9, the same day that GCHQ announced its plans to target ''anti-vaccine propaganda,'' the U.S. website NextGov reported that Primer's Pentagon-funded effort had turned its attention specifically to ''COVID-19 related disinformation.'' According to Primer's director of science, John Bohannon, ''Primer will be integrating bot detection, synthetic text detection and unstructured textual claims analysis capabilities into our existing artificial intelligence platform currently in use with DOD '... This will create the first unified mission-ready platform to effectively counter COVID-19-related disinformation in near-real time.''
Bohannon, who previously worked as a mainstream journalist embedded with NATO forces in Afghanistan, also told NextGov that Primer's new COVID-19''focused effort ''automatically classifies documents into one of 10 categories to enable the detection of the impact of COVID'' on areas such as ''business, science and technology, employment, the global economy, and elections.'' The final product is expected to be delivered to the Pentagon in the second quarter of next year.
Though a so-called private company, Primer is deeply linked to the national-security state it is designed to protect by ''weaponizing truth.'' Primer proudly promotes itself as having more than 15 percent of its staff hailing from the U.S. intelligence community or military. The director of the company's National Security Group is Brian Raymond, a former CIA intelligence officer who served as the Director for Iraq on the U.S. National Security Council after leaving the agency.
The company also recently added several prominent national-security officials to its board including:
Retired Gen. Raymond Thomas, who led the command of all U.S. and NATO Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and is the former commander of both U.S. Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).Retired Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson, the former deputy chief of staff for Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance who led the Air Force's intelligence and cyber forces. She also personally developed ''strategic partnerships'' between the Air Force and Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM in order ''to accelerate the Air Force's digital transformation.''Brett McGurk, one of the ''chief architects'' of the Iraq War ''surge,'' alongside the notorious Kagan family, as NSC Director for Iraq, and then as special assistant to the president and senior Director for Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush administration. Under Obama and during part of the Trump administration, McGurk was the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the State Department, helping to manage the ''dirty war'' waged by the U.S., the U.K., and other allies against Syria.In addition to those recent board hires, Primer brought on Sue Gordon, the former principal deputy director of National Intelligence, as a strategic adviser. Gordon previously ''drove partnerships within the U.S. Intelligence Community and provided advice to the National Security Council in her role as deputy director of national intelligence'' and had a twenty-seven-year career at the CIA. The deep links are unsurprising, given that Primer is financially backed by the CIA's venture-capital arm In-Q-Tel and the venture-capital arm of billionaire Mike Bloomberg, Bloomberg Beta.
Operation Warp Speed's disinformation blitzkrieg
The rapid increase in interest by the U.S. and U.K. national-security states toward COVID-19 ''disinformation,'' particularly as it relates to upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, is intimately related to the media-engagement strategy of the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed.
Officially a ''public-private partnership,'' Operation Warp Speed, which has the goal of vaccinating 300 million Americans by next January, is dominated by the U.S. military and also involves several U.S. intelligence agencies, including the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as intelligence-linked tech giants Google, Oracle, and Palantir. Several reports published in The Last American Vagabond by this author and journalist Derrick Broze have revealed the extreme secrecy of the operation, its numerous conflicts of interest, and its deep ties to Silicon Valley and Orwellian technocratic initiatives.
Warp Speed's official guidance discusses at length its phased plan for engaging the public and addressing issues of ''vaccine hesitancy.'' According to the Warp Speed document entitled ''From the Factory to the Frontlines,'' ''strategic communications and public messaging are critical to ensure maximum acceptance of vaccines, requiring a saturation of messaging across the national media.'' It also states that ''working with established partners '-- especially those that are trusted sources for target audiences '-- is critical to advancing public understanding of, access to, and acceptance of eventual vaccines'' and that ''identifying the right messages to promote vaccine confidence, countering misinformation, and targeting outreach to vulnerable and at-risk populations will be necessary to achieve high coverage.''
The document also notes that Warp Speed will employ the CDC's three-pronged strategic framework for its communications effort. The third pillar of that strategy is entitled ''Stop Myths'' and has as a main focus ''establish[ing] partnerships to contain the spread of misinformation'' as well as ''work[ing] with local partners and trusted messengers to improve confidence in vaccines.''
Though that particular Warp Speed document is short on specifics, the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook contains additional information. It states that Operation Warp Speed will ''engage and use a wide range of partners, collaborations, and communication and news media channels to achieve communication goals, understanding that channel preferences and credible sources vary among audiences and people at higher risk for severe illness and critical populations, and channels vary in their capacity to achieve different communication objectives.'' It states that it will focus its efforts in this regard on ''traditional media channels'' (print, radio, and TV) as well as ''digital media'' (internet, social media, and text messaging).
The CDC document further reveals that the ''public messaging'' campaign to ''promote vaccine uptake'' and address ''vaccine hesitancy'' is divided into four phases and adds that the overall communication strategy of Warp Speed ''should be timely and applicable for the current phase of the COVID-19 Vaccination program.''
Those phases are:
Before a vaccine is available.The vaccine is available in limited supply for certain populations of early focus.The vaccine is increasingly available for other critical populations and the general public.The vaccine is widely available.Given that the COVID-19 vaccine candidate produced by Pfizer is expected to be approved by the end of November, it appears that the U.S. national-security state, which is essentially running Operation Warp Speed, along with ''trusted messengers'' in mass media, is preparing to enter the second phase of its communications strategy, one in which news organizations and journalists who raise legitimate concerns about Warp Speed will be de-platformed to make way for the ''required'' saturation of pro-vaccine messaging across the English-speaking media landscape.
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Masks in Football
According to this, football players from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Virginia Tech will have to wear masks *while* playing. I played high school football and two years of college football, and I can tell you, I would not be able to breathe properly wearing a mask while playing. I have become an avid runner in the last six years, and I absolutely cannot wear a mask while running. I have tried when it gets really cold out in order to keep my face warm, and I can't get enough air to keep going. Someone in this game is going to hyperventilate or pass out due to lack of oxygen.
This is also despite the fact that there have been no documented cases of Wuhan virus transmission during play anywhere in the entire world:
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EcoHealth Alliance orchestrated key scientists' statement on ''natural origin'' of SARS-CoV-2 - U.S. Right to Know
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 22:30
Emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know show that a statement in The Lancet authored by 27 prominent public health scientists condemning ''conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin'' was organized by employees of EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit group that has received millions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer funding to genetically manipulate coronaviruses with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The emails obtained via public records requests show that EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak drafted the Lancet statement, and that he intended it to ''not be identifiable as coming from any one organization or person'' but rather to be seen as ''simply a letter from leading scientists''. Daszak wrote that he wanted ''to avoid the appearance of a political statement''.
The scientists' letter appeared in The Lancet on February 18, just one week after the World Health Organization announced that the disease caused by the novel coronavirus would be named COVID-19.
The 27 authors ''strongly condemn[ed] conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,'' and reported that scientists from multiple countries ''overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife.'' The letter included no scientific references to refute a lab-origin theory of the virus. One scientist, Linda Saif, asked via email whether it would be useful ''to add just one or 2 statements in support of why nCOV is not a lab generated virus and is naturally occuring? Seems critical to scientifically refute such claims!'' Daszak responded, ''I think we should probably stick to a broad statement.''
Growing calls to investigate the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a potential source of SARS-CoV-2 have led to increased scrutiny of EcoHealth Alliance. The emails show how members of EcoHealth Alliance played an early role in framing questions about possible lab origin of SARS-CoV-2 as ''crackpot theories that need to be addressed,'' as Daszak told The Guardian.
Although the phrase ''EcoHealth Alliance'' appeared only once in The Lancet statement, in association with co-author Daszak, several other co-authors also have direct ties to the group that were not disclosed as conflicts of interest. Rita Colwell and James Hughes are members of the Board of Directors of EcoHealth Alliance, William Karesh is the group's Executive Vice President for Health and Policy, and Hume Field is Science and Policy Advisor.
The statement's authors also claimed that the ''rapid, open, and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumours and misinformation around its origins.'' Today, however, little is known about the origins of SARS-CoV-2, and investigations into its origins by the World Health Organization and The Lancet COVID-19 commission have been shrouded in secrecy and mired by conflicts of interests.
Peter Daszak, Rita Colwell, and The Lancet Editor Richard Horton did not provide comments in response to our requests for this story.
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A link to the entire batch of EcoHealth Alliance emails can be found here: EcoHealth Alliance emails: University of Maryland (466 pages)
U.S. Right to Know is posting documents obtained through public freedom of information (FOI) requests for our Biohazards investigation in our post: FOI documents on origins of SARS-CoV-2, hazards of gain-of-function research and biosafety labs.
Covid Shame
Why shame of getting covid
I have a theory on one class of people.
I was a member of a Facebook group for COVID support in my county. The initial purpose was to repost news, provide information on local testing in the area, and post store inventory on toilet paper and disinfectant wipes.
Soon afterward, a small group of people took over the group. I hate to use the term "Karens". It was more like the group of mean cheerleaders from high school.
The acceptable comments for every story were the usual "thoughts and prayers", "why are people going out", "why aren't people wearing a mask", "why are people so stupid". If you had a comment that was against the group think, an administrator would delete your comment, call you out to justify your comment, or just outright ban you from the group. (I got banned). This even included the emoji responses. The thumbs up "like" no longer meant you approved the comment or story. You had to make sure you used the thumbs up for good news, and the sad emoji for bad news. I saw one member use the laughing emoji, get called out to justify or change her response, and then write an apology post to the administrator to stay in the group.
I think the people that are feeling bad are the ones in the name calling, "why are people so stupid" group. After months of preaching at others, they got thrown into the "stupid" group, and are shamed into feeling that way.
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Seattle windshield pitting epidemic - Wikipedia
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 14:41
The Seattle windshield pitting epidemic is a phenomenon which affected Bellingham, Seattle, and other communities of Washington state in April, 1954; it is considered an example of a mass delusion.[1] It was characterized by widespread observation of previously unnoticed windshield holes, pits and dings, leading residents to believe that a common causative agent was at work. It was originally thought to be the work of vandals but the rate of pitting was so great that residents began to attribute it to everything from sand flea eggs to nuclear bomb testing.
Originating in Bellingham in March, police initially believed the work to be vandals using BB guns. However the pitting was soon observed in the nearby towns of Sedro Woolley and Mount Vernon and by mid-April, appeared to have spread to the town of Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.
Within a week, the news and the so-called "pitting epidemic" had reached metropolitan Seattle. As the newspapers began to feature the story, more and more reports of pitting were called in. Motorists began stopping police cars to report damage. Car lots and parking garages reported particularly severe attacks.
Several hypotheses for the widespread damage were postulated:
Some thought that a new million-watt radio transmitter at nearby Jim Creek Naval Radio Station was producing waves that caused physical oscillations in glass;Some believed it to be the work of cosmic rays;Some reported seeing glass bubbles form right before their eyes, believing it to be the work of sand fleas.By April 15, close to 3,000 windshields had been reported as affected. Mayor Allan Pomeroy contacted Washington Governor Arthur B. Langlie, then President Dwight D. Eisenhower asking for assistance.[2]
Finally, Sergeant Max Allison of the Seattle police crime laboratory stated that the pitting reports consisted of "5 per cent hoodlum-ism, and 95 per cent public hysteria." By April 17, the pitting suddenly stopped.
The "Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic" as it is called has become a textbook case of collective delusion (not "mass hysteria" as reported).[3] Although natural windshield pitting had been going on for some time, it was only when the media called public attention to it that people actually looked at their windshields and saw damage they had never noticed before.
References Edit ^ Robert Bartholomew and Erich Goode, "Mass Delusions and Hysterias: Highlights from the Past Millennium", Skeptical Inquirer ^ "Reports Of Damage To Car Glass Taper Off". The Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington. April 16, 1954 . Retrieved October 6, 2017 . ^ Medalia, N.Z.; Larsen, O.N. (1961), "Diffusion and Belief in a Collective Delusion: The Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic", Studies in Behavior Pathology: The Experimental Approach to the Psychology of the Abnormal, 23 External links Edit The story of the Seattle Windshield Pitting EpidemicSeattle Times coverage of the Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic
Covid Pets
Danish Mink Farmers protet
Korte samenvatting:
De regering heeft de nertsen vele plekken laten afmaken, maar dat is tegen de grondwet omdat het natuurlijk persoonlijk eigendom is dat door de staat wordt afgenomen zonder vergoeding. Ze hebben daarvoor de politie en het leger ingezet. Regering, uit de mond van Mette Frederiksen, de premier (statsminister in het Deens) zei dat ze niet wisten dat het tegen de wet is, en dat het ook onder de corona noodwet niet mag.
Mogens Jensen (Mo-uhns), de minister voor voedsel en landbouw is al opgestapt.
Grote druk op Lille Røde Mette om ook op te stappen. Maar haar enige antwoord is te proberen toch een wet door te drammen die haar toch de autoriteit geeft de nertsen af te maken, en die haar verontschuldigt voor wat er al gebeurd is.
Are Cats Spreading COVID-19? Study Finds Domestic Cats Can Be Asymptomatic Carriers of SARS-CoV-2
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 06:36
Two recently published studies from Kansas State University researchers and collaborators have led to two important findings related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Domestic cats can be asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2 , but pigs are unlikely to be significant carriers of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
Cats can spread SARS-CoV-2 efficiently to other cats within two days. Further research is needed to study whether domestic cats can spread the virus to other animals and humans.
''Other research has shown that COVID-19-infected human patients are transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to cats; this includes domestic cats and even large cats, such as lions and tigers,'' said J¼rgen A. Richt, the Regents distinguished professor at Kansas State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine. ''Our findings are important because of the close association between humans and companion animals.''
There are about 95 million house cats in the U.S. and about 60 million to 100 million feral cats, Richt said.
Richt is the senior author on the two recent collaborative publications in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections: ''SARS-CoV-2 infection, disease and transmission in domestic cats'' and ''Susceptibility of swine cells and domestic pigs to SARS-CoV-2.''
Through their in-depth study at the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, at Pat Roberts Hall, the researchers studied susceptibility to infection, disease and transmission in domestic cats. They found that domestic cats may not have obvious clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2, but they still shed the virus through their nasal, oral and rectal cavities and can spread it efficiently to other cats within two days. Further research is needed to study whether domestic cats can spread the virus to other animals and humans.
''This efficient transmission between domestic cats indicates a significant animal and public health need to investigate a potential human-cat-human transmission chain,'' said Richt, who is also the director of the university's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, known as CEEZAD, and the Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, known as CEZID.
J¼rgen A. Richt, the Regents distinguished professor at Kansas State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is the senior author on two recently published studies that focus on SARS-CoV-2 transmission in domestic cats and pigs. Credit: Kansas State University
For the study involving pigs, the researchers found that SARS-CoV-2-infected pigs are not susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and do not appear to transmit the virus to contact animals.
''Pigs play an important role in U.S. agriculture, which made it important to determine the potential SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in pigs,'' Richt said. ''Our results show that pigs are unlikely to be significant carriers of SARS-CoV-2.''
The BRI has provided the high-security laboratories for Richt and collaborators to study SARS-CoV-2. It is a biosafety level-3 and biosafety level-3 agriculture facility that houses important multidisciplinary research, training and educational programs on pathogens that affect animals, plants and insects, as well as food safety and security.
Richt and his collaborators plan further studies to understand SARS-CoV-2 transmission in cats and pigs. They also plan to study whether cats are immune to SARS-CoV-2 reinfection after they have recovered from a primary SARS-CoV-2 infection.
''This research is important for risk assessment, implementing mitigation strategies, addressing animal welfare issues, and to develop preclinical animal models for evaluating drug and vaccine candidates for COVID-19,'' Richt said.
''SARS-CoV-2 infection, disease and transmission in domestic cats'' by Natasha N. Gaudreault, Jessie D. Trujillo, Mariano Carossino, David A. Meekins, Igor Morozov, Daniel W. Madden, Sabarish V. Indran, Dashzeveg Bold, Velmurugan Balaraman, Taeyong Kwon, Bianca Libanori Artiaga, Konner Cool, Adolfo Garc­a-Sastre, Wenjun Ma, William C. Wilson, Jamie Henningson, Udeni B. R. Balasuriya and Juergen A. Richt, 25 October 2020, Emerging Microbes & Infections.DOI: 10.1080/22221751.2020.1833687
''Susceptibility of swine cells and domestic pigs to SARS-CoV-2'' by David A. Meekins, Igor Morozov, Jessie D. Trujillo, Natasha N. Gaudreault, Dashzeveg Bold, Mariano Carossino, Bianca L. Artiaga, Sabarish V. Indran, Taeyong Kwon, Velmurugan Balaraman, Daniel W. Madden, Heinz Feldmann, Jamie Henningson, Wenjun Ma, Udeni B. R. Balasuriya andJuergen A. Richt, 20 October 2020, Emerging Microbes & Infections.DOI: 10.1080/22221751.2020.1831405
The research has involved other K-State researchers from the department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine: Natasha N. Gaudreault, Jessie D. Trujillo, David A. Meekins, Igor Morozov, Daniel W. Madden, Sabarish V. Indran, Dashzeveg Bold, Velmurugan Balaraman, Taeyong Kwon, Bianca L. Artiaga, Konner Cool, Wenjun Ma and Jamie Henningson, also director of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Other researchers involved include Mariano Carossino and Udeni B. R. Balasuriya from Louisiana State University; William C. Wilson with the U.S, Department of Agriculture's Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit; Adolfo Garc­a-Sastre with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Heinz Feldmann with the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Portuguese Appeals Court Deems PCR Tests Unreliable - Utica Phoenix
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:55
By Peter Bianco
On November 11, 2020, a Portuguese appeal court ruled it was unlawful to quarantine people based solely on a PCR test.
The court stated, the test's reliability depends on the number of cycles used and the viral load present. Citing Jaafar et al. 2020, the court concludes that ''if someone is tested by PCR as positive when a threshold of 35 cycles or higher is used (as is the rule in most laboratories in Europe and the US), the probability that said person is infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97%.'' The court further notes that the cycle threshold used for the PCR tests currently being made in Portugal is unknown.
This case concerned the fact that four people had been quarantined by the Regional Health Authority. Of these, one had tested positive for COVID using a PCR test; the other three were deemed to have undergone a high risk of exposure. Consequently, the Regional Health Authority decided that all four were infectious and a health hazard, which required that they go into isolation.
The court's summary of the case to rule against the Regional Health Authority's appeal reads as follows: ''Given how much scientific doubt exists '-- as voiced by experts, i.e., those who matter '-- about the reliability of the PCR tests, given the lack of information concerning the tests' analytical parameters, and in the absence of a physician's diagnosis supporting the existence of infection or risk, there is no way this court would ever be able to determine whether C was indeed a carrier of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or whether A, B and D had been at a high risk of exposure to it.''
In the US, the FDA's instructions for PCR testing recommends a threshold of 40 cycles for a specimen to be considered positive. See page 35 of the instructions.
At 25 cycles the original material has been multiplied 33,554,432 times.
At 30 cycles the original material has been multiplied 1,073,741,824 times.
At 40 cycles the original material has been multiplied 1,099,511,627,776 times.
As you can see there is quite a difference in magnification at various cycle thresholds.
It is also important to remember PCR was invented as a way to create copies of genetic material. Its was never intended to be a diagnostic tool.
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NYTimes Says "Great Reset" Is A "Conspiracy Theory" On Same Day World Economic Forum Celebrates It | Zero Hedge
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:56
Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,
On the same day that the World Economic Forum heralded ''The Great Reset'' as a positive way to build ''future resilience to global risks,'' the New York Times declared the entire thing to be a ''conspiracy theory.''
Yes, really.
The NYT was apparently upset that ''The Great Reset'' was trending on Twitter and published an article declaring it to be ''A baseless conspiracy theory about the coronavirus.''
In reality, the WEF, NGOs and world leaders have for months been hyping the need to exploit the ''opportunity,'' in the words of Justin Trudeau, provided by the pandemic to achieve ''The Great Reset''.
The NYT report mentioned Trudeau, but buried the fact that he had openly labeled COVID-19 an ''opportunity'' during a UN conference call.
On the same day the Times asserted that the issue was a fever dream of ''far-right internet commentators,'' the World Economic Forum itself celebrated ''The Great Reset'' as a way to build ''future resilience to global risks.''
The NYT report then calls it an ''unfounded rumor'' that elites are using the pandemic ''to impose their global economic control on the masses,'' despite the fact that Davos globalist Karl Schwab specifically announces this very agenda in his recent book, COVID-19: The Great Reset.
As we previously highlighted, Schwab also openly endorses a technocratic dictatorship whereby people would accept implantable microchips that can read their thoughts as well as brain scans to be allowed to travel.
Suffice to say, the Times completely failed to mention Schwab's book at all.
The NYT then evidently contacted both Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to get information about ''The Great Reset'' removed, but Twitter refused to do so and Facebook didn't respond.
So in other words, in its attempt to persuade people that the elite aren't pursuing a nefarious ''Great Reset,'' the newspaper of the elite lobbied to have information about this ''conspiracy'' (which doesn't exist) removed from public consumption.
Yeah, that's really going to convince them.
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Cancel the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for Good
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:56
That's it?Photo: Cindy Ord (Getty Images)This week, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was unfurled in all its floppy, haggard glory. As many a Twitter user were quick to point out, its appearance was a metaphor for this year of pandemic, a slapdash coup attempt, and a general drubbing of American exceptionalism.
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This year's tree is also perfectly poised to reflect something more than our national mood: It reflects the absolutely toxic relationship we have with the natural world and the need to rapidly reverse course . If this year's tree sees any justice, it's that it should be the last.
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Everything about this tree tells a piece of the story of our past century-plus relationship with nature and extractive capitalism. The tree came from Oneonta, New York, located 170 miles outside New York City. It stood in someone's yard, a 75-foot (23-meter) giant amid an otherwise entirely uninteresting, ecologically destructive swath of lawn. It's not that this is some old growth, native tree or remnant of the forest that grew where Oneonta now stands. The tree is a Norway spruce, which, as you can likely guess from the name, is not native to the U.S. That in and of itself reflects how upended our relationship with nature is. In its previous home, though, it had an iota of dignity lost completely once it was transported to Midtown Manhattan. And in that home, it served as a veritable island for wildlife in a vast, biodiversity-poor sea of lawns.
As if to reinforce that, workers discovered an owl in the tree after transporting it to Rockefeller Center. The Northern saw-whet owl was ''rescued'' from the tree, which is, of course, being spun as a feel-good, cute story. NBC's Today framed it that way , talking to Ravensbeard Wildlife Center founder Ellen Kalish who called the owl ''the little gift in the tree this year.'' Great, can't wait for the children's book to be optioned.
Today host Craig Melvin noted the owl ''picked the right tree.'' But me, personally, I'd call it picking exactly the wrong tree. (This is why I'm not a morning show host.) This poor owl was transported on a harrowing 170-mile (274-kilometer) journey on a flatbed and miraculously wasn't crushed. Sure, it's great the owl survived and will be released back into the wild. But that's a pretty piss-poor definition of ''right.''
To sum things up, the Rockefeller tree was cut down in a town itself carved out of what was, more than a century ago, an old growth forest. The tree itself was a pocket of cover for wildlife who happened to wander into said town. And an owl was scooped up in the process of cutting down the tree and transported to New York. All this reflects the ways in which we've subjugated nature to our whims. And really, the evolution of the Rockefeller Center tree tradition is a very apt stand-in for that in general.
The Rockefeller tree is an icon of American exceptionalism. Its story has humble roots in the Great Depression when workers building Rockefeller Center decorated a tree as a pick-me-up for a beleaguered city. It has since morphed into a made-for-TV spectacle to sell ads against and draw onlookers, wowed by a towering Norway spruce set at the center of the beating, concrete-and-steel heart of capitalism. Most years (but likely not this one), an estimated 125 million annual tree visitors crowd Rockefeller Plaza and then spread like red blood cells through the arteries of the underground mall in Rockefeller Center, the shops of Fifth Ave., and the booths of tchotchke-hockers in nearby Times Square, keeping the unnatural system alive.
After 9/11, the tree became a paean to patriotism, decked out in red, white, and blue lights. And in recent years, it's gone ''green'' with LED lights instead of incandescent ones; and since 2007, the tree has been donated to Habitat for Humanity. This year's tree was'--like most Rockefeller Center trees, apparently'--donated by an Oneonta resident to a multibillion-dollar corporation that then turns around and makes money off the tree. It's a shiny veneer of corporate social responsibility and giving, but really it just illustrates our broken system and priorities that are also strangling the planet .
Even our adorable feathered stowaway is a symbol of our toxic relationship with nature. The Northern saw-whet owl is currently consider a low-concern species due to human pressures and has even managed to carve a niche out in human landscapes (clearly). But the climate crisis fueled by unending growth and fossil fuels will eventually come for it, too. Audubon Society research shows its habitat will contract in upstate New York, particularly sharply in summer, if the world warms 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). Assuming the world follows through on its climate commitments so far, that's the trajectory we're currently on. Norway spruce, meanwhile, are hardiest in the colder, northern end of their natural range where they can live up to 400 years . Climate change, again, is putting that landscape at risk.
I know I'll likely receive many a furious email cussing me out for being a tree hugger perpetrating the war on Christmas and a total killjoy. But my point isn't that we should end joy and piss on Santa. It's that now is the perfect moment to consider what we truly value. When I saw the Rockefeller Center tree propped up as it shed entire boughs to the cold plaza ground this year, I felt no elation. I just felt sad that we venerate the continued subjugation of nature at the expense of unfettered growth and consumption'--or even simply because we, like those who suffered through the Great Depression, want to feel something like normal again. We need to protect nature and reinvigorate our connection to it, or else we risk losing the planet and fueling more pandemics like the one currently keeping 125 million from mobbing the tree. That isn't something easily packaged into a flashy, two-hour TV special.
There is poetry in the notion that we could take this tradition, born in the shadow of the Great Depression, and end it for the right reasons in the midst of a new generation-defining catastrophe. We have, in this uniquely horrible moment, the opportunity to look beyond simply what makes us feel good and normal to what we can do to make our future normal truly good.
EXCLUSIVE: Brilliant! America's Online Minutemen and Women Just Uncovered the Dominion Plot Transferring Vote Ratios between Pennsylvania Precincts (VIDEO)
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:42
Trump supporters wearing red MAGA hats and patriotic attire in the front rows at the Trump 2020 kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Orlando, FL, June 18, by Kristinn Taylor
Another individual on the Internet has put together what he believes is evidence of the Dominion company transferring votes between precincts in Pennsylvania during the 2020 election in an effort to ultimately steal the election for Biden while concealing their diabolical scheme.The Gateway Pundit previously reported on the votes for President Trump in three Pennsylvania counties dropped off at the same exact time!
More ''Glitches'' in Pennsylvania: Votes for Trump Drop IN THREE DIFFERENT COUNTIES SIMULTANEOUSLY '-- Almost As If It Was Coordinated
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Another American patriot by the name of Edward Solomon believes he has uncovered how Joe Biden was able to steal the 2020 election.
In his video entitled: Smoking Gun: Dominion Transferring Vote Ratios between Precincts in PA, Solomon explains his thesis and provides numerous examples to support it.
In a prelude to the video Solomon shares:
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In this video you will see data from the NYT feed from PA on November 4th.
In this data, particular vote ratios are transferred between random sets of seized precincts throughout the day (see image link below):
A total of nine exhibits are presented in this video, but there are in fact several hundred of these precincts seizures and ratio transfers on the day of November 4th alone, and the same ratios continue to be transferred for several more days within the overall data set spanning an entire week.
Original data sets:
''The Dominion System isolated a ''Flip Set'' from the expected vote count and the expected percentage.
It then splices the Flip Set into multiple ''ratio sets'' and assigns them to precincts throughout the day.
Once a particular ''ratio set'' receives the votes it needed, it releases that set, and then Dominion injects it into the city wide count.
To hide it's trail, Dominion reassigns the same ''ratio set'' to different (random) precincts throughout the day, so that the same precinct doesn't keep getting the exact same ratio (or the same set of precincts).
During a particular period of time while a precinct is selected, it gives Trump an EXACT NUMBER of votes, it gives Biden a MINIMUM number of votes, and splits the small remainder to a third party or to Biden (via random assignment).
This explains why Jo Jorg got so many votes in every precinct (I'm a Libertarian and I know very few libertarians who voted for Jo this year, due to the importance of this monumental election).''
This analysis appears to coincide with the report from two days ago where another patriot who goes by Sean on Twitter shared his thesis and calculations showing hundreds of thousands of votes flowing from Trump and sometimes through the Third Party candidates and ultimately to Biden.
BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: The Steal Was MASSIVE! '' Expert Reveals How Hundreds of Thousands of Trump Votes Were Shifted to Biden on Election Night!
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Trump Can't Be President '-- So He's Burning Down American Democracy | by umair haque | Nov, 2020 | Eudaimonia and Co
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 15:08
Trump's Coup is Leaving American Democracy Scorched Earth '-- So Nothing Can Grow ThereThe last few weeks of the Trump Presidency may prove to be the most dangerous of all. Instead of conceding, or throwing in the towel, or giving up, he's doubling down. On a coup. All that's exactly as we predicted, by the way. So what comes next?
Trump is going to go as far as he can possibly go, take things right to the edge. He is going to push American democracy as far as it can be pushed. He is not interested in conceding or giving up '-- because his movement was never about democracy in the first place.
What's happening now is that Trump's judicial strategy is failing. He's 25 for 1 in the courts, at last count. His legal challenges have failed in state after state. They've been thrown out as absurd, unsupported, and flatly false. So far, so good, you might think. But by no means is the attempted coup over '-- and the goal isn't what you might think it is, either.
The legal strategy always had a backup plan '-- trying to thwart and subvert the electoral college. We saw a dramatic display of that just last night, when Republican officials in Michigan refused to certify the vote. And then said they'd certify the vote everywhere but Detroit. An outcry ensued. And Michigan's Secretary of State, Jocelyn Brown, stepped in to reassure people that votes would be certified by the state if these officials wouldn't do their jobs properly.
That's where Trump's coup strategy is headed now. Burning down American democracy. As much of it as he can. On his way out. To weaken it for'... next time.
This part of the coup is about trying to stop the election directly, by intervening in the electoral college. That's a big problem for America. Because the electoral democracy is an archaic, frail, vulnerable institution. You can see how just two officials threw a state's vote count into chaos '-- until the Secretary of State stepped in.
You might think that's great news '-- and in a way, it is. But this is where the elements of the coup begin to work together. All that has to happen from here is a lawsuit going before the Supreme Court '-- maybe by one of those officials. ''My freedom was violated!'' The Supreme Court, which leans heavily, aggressively Republican, is likely to decide it for them.
And then America's in a nightmare situation '-- a proper constitutional crisis.
The problem is that there are many, many routes there. Last night, in a little-seen lawsuit, Trump personally named electors. He is going to try to punish them for doing their jobs, threatening them with legal action, and so forth. Could you afford to fight a court case against'...the President of the United States?
The name of the (first) game here is electoral intimidation. It's a thing America hasn't seen before. Not voter intimidation '-- as in intimidation of voters. But of electors, of the 538 who make up the electoral college, who are the people that really elect the President. Trump knows something too many American liberals don't '-- in the majority of states, there are no laws enforcing the idea that electors vote the popular will. There is nothing much, in other words, protecting them. Trump and his fanatics know that they can try to intimidate them '-- and maybe even get away with it.
The name of the next game here is electoral abuse. See how those two officials in Michigan created a mini-crisis all their own? How they can escalate it even now? This game is about abusing the powers that make the electoral college go '-- certifying votes, tallying them, choosing and appointing slates of electors, and so forth.
What could happen here? Anything could happen, more or less. The electoral college, at this level, as a bureaucracy, as an institution, is wide open to abuse, precisely because it mostly rests on norms, via state laws, not federal laws.
Let's go to the Michigan example. What happens if Michigan's Secretary of State says the votes must be certified this way, but the Supreme Court says they don't have to be? A constitutional crisis ensues. How is it to be resolved? One idea I heard floated was for the House not to seat representatives from Michigan in response. But that's just retaliation '-- it doesn't fix the problem.
There are no good ways to fix the problem if it reaches the level of a full-blown constitutional crisis, because ''the problem'' in that instance is a President who won't leave office, a side that won't accept democracy, and enough institutions of the state backing it all up.
This might all seem far-fetched to you, but let me assure you, it's not. The chances are slender, sure. But they are far from impossible. And they are growing by the day. Last week, there was a sense of jubilation that Biden had won. This week, we are beginning to see just how far Trump will go to prevail.
That brings me to the next thing you have to understand. ''Winning,'' for Trump, by now, isn't just retaining the Presidency. He'd probably be happy enough to walk away with a consolation prize: wrecking American democracy. Delegitimizing it. Slashing and burning as much of it as he can to the ground '-- so that nothing can grow there ever again.
What does that mean? Half of Republicans already think ''the election was stolen'' from them. Trump knows that a consolation prize worth walking away from the Presidency would be raising that number high enough to keep his movement again. Then he's back in four years '-- or maybe Ivanka is, or Jared is, or Donald Junior is. Does that sound ridiculous to you now? So did the idea of Donald Trump as President in 2012. Don't discount these possibilities just because they seem remote right now. In periods of social collapse, the improbable all too often becomes probable.
Trump would be quite happy settling for burning American democracy to the ground '-- as much as he can '-- because it sets up the roots of Trumpism all over again, maybe even stronger. Last time, the grievances were about failed elites, hated minorities, dirty, filthy subhumans '-- who were all standing in the way of Making America Great Again.
Think about next time. Now all those people stole an election from us. How much hotter will the fires of grievance and resentment burn? How much better a tactic to pull the wool over peoples' eyes is there than to blind them with rage? Trumpism emerges stronger '-- if Trump can pull it off. Pulling it off doesn't mean staying in office necessarily '-- that isn't the point of the coup anymore. It's to create the impression, the illusion, that ''the election was stolen from us!!'' To fan the flames of rage, so that Trumpists focus on that, instead of maturing, growing, learning. It's to misdirect and exploit, as usual.
Along the way, so much the better if portions of American democracy are left charred ruins. If the GOP becomes a party that is outright hostile to democracy, period. If key Senators won't take a position. If state officials are shown to be easy enough to corrupt and intimidate. If Secretaries of State have to step in to make people do their jobs, if courts are inundated with endless lawsuits from the President. Who is all that good for? Trump, his movement, the fanatics, the fascists, and authoritarians. All of these things leave a democracy scarred, weaker, eroded, corroded, corrupted '-- often for life. All these things mean Trump still has absolute power over the GOP, that he can mislead and incite his base, that outright authoritarianism is the explicit goal this side openly pursues, that America's institutions of democracy are left weakened to the point that it's more vulnerable next time around.
If that doesn't make sense, think about the new norms and precedents all this sets. The President is a figure who won't leave office. Who floods courts with authoritarian lawsuits. Who corrupts officials. Whose party winks and says, ''shucks, I don't know who won the election yet'' '-- as electoral intimidation happens. His movement of fanatics believes the election was stolen from them.
The objective of all this is to create a constitutional crisis. And so those are seriously, seriously unhealthy norms and precedents, ones aimed at creating constitutional crisis, that are new in America, which are more in line with failed states '-- and yet that aim, strategy, approach, of creating constitutional crisis, is now what an entire side of American politics considers acceptable, what they're probably now going to do for the foreseeable future, every election. Trump may be on his way out '-- but he is very successfully burning down American democracy, leaving a trail of charred ashes in his wake.
To really get all this, you have to see the point of burning down American democracy: it's a good enough consolation prize for Trump because it leaves the nation even more divided, democracy weaker, politics corroded, its ideals corrupted, norms shattered, and in tatters '-- all of which makes finishing it off the next time easier. Lose a battle '-- but inflict enough damage '-- win a war.
American pundits say: ''the system's working!'' They're badly naive, and they're wrong. None of this is the system working. It's the coup working. The system working would be: Trump conceded, he's planning to leave office, there aren't electoral machinations going on, random officials can't create a crisis, Secretaries of State don't have to step in, the courts don't have to deal with challenges of which just a handful have to be successful, the Supreme Court isn't stacked heavily against democracy, an entire side of democracy doesn't believe in it anymore, and half of that side doesn't think the election was stolen from them. All that is the coup working, not the system.
Trump is inching closer to sparking a constitutional crisis by the day. The system is indeed fending off Trump's challenges, but that is not a system working. It is a system barely functioning. In a democracy, nobody should be able to nakedly, aggressively mount a full-frontal attack aimed at constitutional crisis '-- especially not the President. All the approaches and tactics and strategies above should not have been able to happen in the first place. Trump should not be able to intimidate officials, punish electors, create mini-crises, mount endless legal challenges. That is all a soft coup, and it's working '-- at least in the sense of Trump destroying as much of democracy as he can on the way out.
It's crucial to understand this because too many Americans are operating with just that blithe assumption: ''the system's working! Hooray!! What is there to worry about?!'' The system working would have prevented all this. It would have stopped it all dead in its tracks. For things to get to this level '-- the President refusing to concede, still in power, trying his best to create constitutional crisis, brainwashing his base, with no dissent from this party '-- that's the coup working, not the system.
Over the coming weeks, American democracy is going to be severely tested. The electoral college doesn't vote until the 14th of December, and it isn't certified until New Years'. Its President knows that, while not enough of its people do. And so he's mounting a soft coup. The point of the coup isn't necessarily to stay in power '-- though it'd be nice for him. It's to weaken what's left of American democracy, corroding, corrupting, and eroding whatever norms, rules, principles, and codes he can, while strengthening Trumpism, fanning its resentment, keeping it focused on grievance, blinding it with rage.
The last few weeks of the Trump Presidency are going to be the most dangerous of all. There is every chance yet that all this ends with a full-blown constitutional crisis. A showdown between states and the Supreme Court, or the federal government and states, or the Presidency versus Congress. These are situations in which there are few rules, and fewer good outcomes. Let us hope it doesn't get that far. Because burning down American democracy is now what Trump's coup is aiming for.
UmairNovember 2020
Detailed Turnout Data Shows How Georgia Turned Blue - The New York Times
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 17:15
Democrats have long dreamed of turning Georgia blue, with young voters and nonwhite voters leading a progressive charge. Now, a blue Georgia is a reality, but with a winning coalition that might have stunned the party not that long ago.
Georgia presidential results by precinct2020 vote margin
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Joe Biden put Georgia in the Democratic column for the first time since 1992 by making huge gains among affluent, college-educated and older voters in the suburbs around Atlanta, according to an Upshot analysis of the results by precinct. The Black share of the electorate fell to its lowest level since 2006, based on an Upshot analysis of newly published turnout data from the Georgia secretary of state. In an election marked by a big rise in turnout, Black turnout increased, too, but less than that of some other groups.
The findings suggest that Mr. Biden's win in Georgia may not yet herald a new progressive majority in what was a reliably red state, as Democrats still depend on the support of traditionally conservative voters to win statewide. It helps explain why Republican candidates won more votes than Democrats in the state's two Senate contests, even as President Trump was defeated at the top of the ticket.
But the relatively low Black share of the electorate could mean that Democrats have the potential for a better showing, perhaps even in the two Senate runoffs in January.
Mr. Trump, who won Georgia by five percentage points in 2016, fell short by 0.3 of a percentage point this time. (A final hand recount is expected to wrap up this week.) Over all, Mr. Biden ran well ahead of Hillary Clinton's 2016 showing in well-educated, wealthy and increasingly diverse precincts around Atlanta, while making relatively few gains elsewhere in the state. Just a few decades ago, the ring of suburbs surrounding Atlanta would have counted as some of the most reliably Republican parts of the state.
Voting shift in Georgia by precinct, 2016-20+10
Shifts represent change in the two-party vote by precinct from 2016 to 2020. Change in precincts that changed boundaries is approximate.
In the center of the ring are majority Black precincts on the south side of the Atlanta metropolitan area, where Mr. Biden made few to no gains.
Democrats routinely win by overwhelming margins among Black voters in Georgia, so Mr. Biden had few opportunities to win majority Black areas by even wider margins. But he did have an opportunity to increase the Black share of the electorate, which fell in Georgia and across the country in 2016.
How different kinds of places in Georgia changed from 2016 to 2020 Change in share of the two-party vote High-income neighborhoods are precincts where the median household income is $100,000 or more; white areas with fewer college graduates are defined as precincts where more than 80 percent of adults are white and fewer than 25 percent have a college degree; urban and suburban areas are limited to major metropolitan areas.
Instead, the Black share of the electorate declined once again in Georgia, according to authoritative vote history data from the secretary of state. Black voters represented just over 27 percent of the electorate, down from 27.7 percent in 2016 and down from nearly 30 percent when Barack Obama was on the ballot in 2012.
Georgia is one of a handful of states where voters are asked their race when they register to vote, yielding an unusually precise account of the racial composition of the electorate.
The Black share of the electorate fell in Georgia Turnout increased among Black voters, but less than among some other groups Black share of reg. voters
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The Black share of the electorate appears to have also dropped in North Carolina '-- another state where voters are asked their race on their voter registration form '-- based on initial data from counties representing about 10 percent of the state's electorate. And there was no evidence of a turnout surge in Detroit or Milwaukee '-- along with an increase in Philadelphia that was smaller than in the state as a whole '-- where Democrats had hoped to reverse disappointing Black turnout from four years ago.
Conservative SCOTUS judges get assigned federal cases in battleground states
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 05:25
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U.S. Supreme Court justices known or believed to be originalist interpreters of the Constitution were assigned on Friday to federal districts that included several political battleground states.
The new assignments, which are a normal function of the court and were made by Chief Justice John Roberts, come as President Donald Trump's campaign continues to wage legal battles in those states, some of which could have major constitutional implications moving forward.
News of the assignments was first reported by the TruNews Network (begin watching at the 33:37 mark).
Co-host Rick Wiles noted that justices are assigned to oversee each of the 11 federal court circuits and the D.C. Circuits, and since there are only nine of them, some justices have more than one circuit to oversee.
In addition to providing oversight of cases that are brought within their respective circuits, Wiles explained the justices also have the authority to decide which ones can be brought before the full Supreme Court (where four justices have to agree to hear a case).
Wiles and his fellow co-hosts speculated that because the court's originalist faction is now overseeing a number of circuits where key battleground states are located, that likely will make it easier for the Trump campaign to get its legal challenges before the high court.
Describing the new circuit assignments as a ''reshuffling,'' Wiles noted the changes:
'-- Justice Samuel Alito will oversee the 3rd Circuit, which includes Pennsylvania
'-- Justice Clarence Thomas will oversee the 11th Circuit, which includes Georgia
'-- Justice Brett Kavanaugh was assigned the Sixth Circuit, which includes Michigan
'-- Justice Amy Coney Barrett is overseeing the Seventh Circuit, which includes Wisconsin
The Trump campaign has launched federal lawsuits or other legal challenges in each of these states, though several cases in lower courts have already been tossed out.
''Do you see a pattern?'' Wiles said. ''The contested states are now supervised by conservative justices on the Supreme Court. This is not a coincidence.''
''Two are Trump appointees,'' co-host Matthew Skow added.
Wiles speculated that Trump campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell would ''go before Supreme Court justices and demand a hearing before the Supreme Court'' on cases they are pushing on the president's behalf.
He also suggested that the justices could issue stays to individual secretaries of state blocking them from certifying election results.
As for the Trump campaign, there are constitutional arguments to be made, according to lawyers and legal experts.
Earlier this month, for instance, former independent counsel Ken Starr said a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to sign off on a change to election law made by the Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar just days before the election was a ''constitutional travesty.''
Boockvar said that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, boards of elections in some counties could count mail-in ballots postmarked by election day if they were received up to three days later.
Under the Constitution, only state legislatures have the authority to set election rules and regulations.
''The founding generation sitting in Philadelphia undoubtedly thought, 'Well, should we have the state Supreme Court make the determination?' No, we want '... a very democratic with a small 'd' approach,'' Starr told host Fox News host Mark Levin, who is also considered by many to be an expert on the nation's founding document. ''We want the legislatures, those closest to the people, the state legislatures, they're the bosses, not the governor.
''And what happened in Pennsylvania over these recent weeks is a constitutional travesty. Governor [Tom] Wolf tries to get his reforms, his vision, as he was entitled to do, through the legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,'' Starr continued. ''He failed. He then goes to the state Supreme Court, which by a divided vote, accepted the substance of what Governor Wolf was doing, and then added thereon nooks and crannies as well.''
Levin noted that Alito ordered ballots received after Election Day to be segregated, adding they ''may be in question under our federal Constitution '... that is, the state Supreme Court may have disenfranchised those voters by violating the federal Constitution.''
TruNews also noted that Alito is now overseeing the circuit where Pennsylvania is located.
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Court issues new circuit assignments - SCOTUSblog
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:18
Amy Howe Independent Contractor and Reporter
Posted Fri, November 20th, 2020 12:06 pm
Posted Fri, November 20th, 2020 12:06 pm by Amy Howe
A little less than a month after the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court on Friday issued a new set of circuit justice assignments, which take effect immediately. Barrett was assigned to the 7th Circuit, where she served as a judge for three years before becoming a justice. Two other justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch, were also assigned for the first time to the circuits where they had previously served as judges '' Sotomayor to the 2nd Circuit and Gorsuch to the 10th Circuit.
A circuit justice is primarily responsible for emergency requests (for example, an application to block an execution or to allow it to go forward) from the geographic area covered by his or her circuit, as well as more mundane matters, such as requests to extend filing deadlines. However, justices can and often do refer significant emergency requests to the full court '' a role that has taken on increased importance in recent years with the sharp uptick in activity on the court's ''shadow docket.'' A map of geographical regions covered by each circuit is available here.
Sotomayor's move to the 2nd Circuit, which had previously been assigned to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who grew up in New York City and lived there before moving to Washington to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit), kicked off a game of musical circuits among the justices. Sotomayor had previously been responsible for the 10th Circuit, which is now assigned to Gorsuch, as well as the 6th Circuit, which is now assigned to Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, who had previously been assigned to the 7th Circuit, also took on the 8th Circuit, ceding the 7th Circuit to Barrett.
The new circuit assignment list signaled a reprieve for Justice Stephen Breyer, who normally serves as the circuit justice for the relatively small 1st Circuit. Since Ginsburg's death in September, Breyer has also been pinch-hitting under the Supreme Court's rules as the circuit justice for the larger and busier 2nd Circuit. Emergency requests and applications for extensions from the 2nd Circuit will now go initially to Sotomayor instead.
This post was originally published at Howe on the Court.
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Circuit Assignments - Supreme Court of the United States
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:17
Circuit Assignments
It is ordered that the following allotment be made of The Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of this Court among the circuits, pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, Section 42 and that such allotment be entered of record, effective November 20, 2020.
For the District of Columbia Circuit - John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice For the First Circuit - Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island) For the Second Circuit - Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice (Connecticut, New York, Vermont) For the Third Circuit - Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virgin Island) For the Fourth Circuit - John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice (Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia) For the Fifth Circuit - Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice (Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas) For the Sixth Circuit - Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee) For the Seventh Circuit - Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin) For the Eighth Circuit - Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice (Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota) For the Ninth Circuit - Elena Kagan, Associate Justice (Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Washington) For the Tenth Circuit - Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming) For the Eleventh Circuit - Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice (Alabama, Florida, Georgia) For the Federal Circuit - John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice.
Airbnb Executive Resigned Last Year Over Chinese Request for More Data Sharing - WSJ
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:56
When it filed to go public this week, Airbnb Inc. said that its ability to continue doing business in China is a risk factor for its brand and profitability.
Operating in the country has sparked debate among the home-sharing startup's senior leadership for some time, leading a top executive to depart abruptly last year, according to people familiar with the company.
Airbnb hired Sean Joyce, a former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in May of 2019 as its first ''chief trust officer,'' a role that entailed protecting users' safety on the platform.
He resigned six months later over concerns about how the massive rental platform shares data on millions of its users with Chinese authorities, the people said.
A high-profile hire for Airbnb, Mr. Joyce grew alarmed during his tenure that the company wasn't being fully transparent about the data it shares with the ruling Chinese Communist Party government, including for Americans traveling in the country, these people say. He also was concerned about what he viewed as Airbnb's willingness to consider more expansive data requests from China, the people familiar said.
Airbnb has told users since 2016 that it shares information with Chinese authorities, according to a review of its communications. Even so, Mr. Joyce believed most people using the platform weren't aware of the extent of the data shared, which included phone numbers, email addresses and messages between users and the company, two of these people said.
Nick Papas, a spokesman for Airbnb, said the company complies with applicable laws, regulations and requirements when responding to requests for data, similar to Western hotel chains operating in China.
''We are committed to being transparent with our community, and clearly disclose our data policies to all of our hosts and guests by displaying a clear message to users when they are on the platform and through multiple other notifications,'' Mr. Papas said in a statement. The data policies were in place before Mr. Joyce joined ''and continue to this day,'' he said.
Reached by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Joyce said he had a ''difference in values'' with Airbnb. He declined to comment further.
In the summer of 2019, Chinese officials approached Airbnb with an unwritten request for more user data, including more ''real-time data,'' such as when a user first makes a reservation, said one person familiar with the matter.
Mr. Joyce worried such data-sharing would enable Chinese government surveillance and put members of minority ethnic groups such as repressed Muslim-majority Uighurs at risk, that person said.
He voiced his concerns to senior executives, including in a summer 2019 meeting that included Chief Executive Brian Chesky and co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk, who leads Airbnb's China unit, the people familiar with the matter said. While the executives were sympathetic to Mr. Joyce's concerns, one of these people said, the discussion came at a moment when executives feared they might not be allowed to continue operating the company's large business in China.
''We're not here to promote American values,'' Mr. Blecharczyk told Mr. Joyce, according to people familiar with the conversation. Mr. Joyce resigned weeks later.
Messrs. Blecharczyk and Chesky declined to comment through a spokesman. An Airbnb spokesman acknowledged the request from China but said the company doesn't share real-time data.
Debates are under way inside many American companies over how to do business responsibly in China, the world's largest consumer market. The risks are especially acute for Silicon Valley companies, U.S. national-security officials say, due to the data tech firms collect and Beijing's potential interest in using that data for surveillance.
Chinese government agencies can request and monitor some data from international and domestic companies, according to consultants and university researchers. Hospitality companies like Airbnb are bound by further rules and regulations, requiring them to report guest information like traveler itineraries to law enforcement and other local agencies, policy experts say.
Airbnb said in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing related to its initial public offering, planned for next month, that it could lose the ability to operate in China if it doesn't comply with the country's data-sharing requirements. The company also cited brand and reputational risks if it does accede to such requests or requirements there.
For U.S. companies operating in China, ''nothing is black and white, particularly when it comes to government access to data,'' Samm Sacks, a senior fellow at Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center, told lawmakers at a Senate hearing this year about data security in China.
The issue of how Americans' data is shared with China came to the forefront this summer, when President Trump demanded a sale of the popular video-sharing app TikTok over concerns its Chinese parent company, ByteDance Ltd., could give U.S. user data to Beijing.
The Trump administration has given preliminary approval for a deal with U.S.-based Oracle Corp. TikTok has said it would never share Americans' data with the Chinese government.
User data is ''something that companies have got to get better at safeguarding, because they [China] are accumulating more and more of it,'' John Demers, the U.S. assistant attorney general for national security, said during a panel discussion earlier this year. ''It is of tremendous intelligence value, and tremendous value to the Chinese to develop their artificial intelligence tools.''
The Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., didn't respond to a request for comment.
The largest home-sharing platform in the U.S., San Francisco-based Airbnb is poised to go public at the end of the year at a valuation of roughly $30 billion, the Journal has reported.
Airbnb's business in China has grown astronomically in recent years, rising from several thousand listings at the end of 2014 to about 372,000 active listings in September, according to research firm AirDNA, which tracks short-term rentals.
China growth and quality was one of seven metrics that determined bonuses for Airbnb's top executives in 2019, according to the company's recent SEC filing, along with safety on the platform and growth in its ''Homes'' and ''Experiences'' divisions.
Mr. Joyce had retired as deputy FBI director in 2013 after serving under then-Director Robert Mueller and was leading the cybersecurity practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP before taking the job at Airbnb. He returned to PwC after leaving Airbnb.
People who worked with him in government described him as a ''boy scout'' with a rigid sense of right and wrong who wouldn't hesitate to raise concerns to superiors about practices he believed were unethical or risky for national security.
While at Airbnb, Mr. Joyce opposed the Chinese government request that the company begin providing customer data when a user books an online reservation, rather than when they arrive at a property, one of these people said.
That request departed from what Airbnb had shared before Mr. Joyce's arrival and differs from other hospitality companies' practices, consultants and people familiar with the matter say.
Airbnb tells guests and hosts in China through the booking process and on its website that the company shares data with China, but it doesn't specify at what point the data collection begins, according to a review of its public communications and alerts.
The former law-enforcement veteran believed such an arrangement could help Chinese intelligence services better anticipate guests' movements and ascertain their travel itineraries and future locations, one of the people said. He brought his concerns to Mr. Chesky and other Airbnb executives.
Mr. Joyce believed Airbnb was on the cusp of complying with the data request at the time of his departure, the person said. It couldn't be determined whether his resignation altered the company's consideration of sharing real-time data.
Mr. Papas, the Airbnb spokesman, said, ''It is wrong to suggest that we were about to comply with this request.'' He said, ''We have not and do not share data when a booking is made,'' a policy that ''has been consistent for years.''
''When we do share information,'' Mr. Papas said, ''we do not share the time-stamp data that would indicate the time a booking was made.''
'--Jim Oberman contributed to this article.
Write to Dustin Volz at and Kirsten Grind at
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:52
International Academy to Recognize his Effective Use of Television During the Pandemic
New York, November 20, 2020 '' Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will receive this year's International Emmy® Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world. The Emmy® will be presented to Governor Cuomo, also a New York Times best-selling author, during the Academy's live, International Emmy® Awards show streaming at 11 AM ET, on the Academy's website , on November 23.
''The Governor's 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,'' said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner. ''People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.''
The Founder's Award is presented to an individual or organization who ''crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity''. Prior recipients include Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg.
On March 2, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo conducted a media briefing from Manhattan to inform and educate New Yorkers and the public at large about the coronavirus outbreak that was just starting to be recognized as a massive public health threat. That 12-minute introduction, part of a 34-minute session with other state leaders, was the first of 111 consecutive daily briefings for New Yorkers and the wider world about the grim progress of the worst pandemic to hit the United States in a century. The briefings were carried live by New York's local TV stations, nationally on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other news outlets in the U.S. and around the world. The last ''daily'' briefing was held on June 19, 2020. These daily communications have drawn a total of 59 million viewers.
Andrew M. Cuomo is the 56 th Governor of New York. After the 1996 election, President Clinton appointed him to serve as HUD Secretary. In 2006, he was elected New York State Attorney General. In 2010 he was elected Governor and re-elected twice in 2014 and 2018.
About The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership-based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy's yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy ® Awards held in New York, The International Emmy ® Kids Awards at MIP and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy ® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy ® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Short-Form Series, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances and Kids programming. For more information, go to
Media ContactsThe International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Eva Obadia, Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships
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Big Tech
BREAKING: Candace Owens DOES IT - Massive Lawsuit Coming - Freedom News USA
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:40
(The Post Millennial) '' Conservative activist Candace Owens is suing Facebook ''fact-checkers'' for defamation, the Daily Wire reports.
''It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers,'' proclaimed Owens. ''I'm going to put these suckers through discovery and figure out what the relationship is that they have with Facebook.''
Owens said that she decided to launch the lawsuit after her views on coronavirus were ''fact-checked'' on Facebook, despite her claim that the viewpoint was shared by doctors.
According to Owens, this fact-checking led to her Facebook page being demonetized, a fact which improves the prospects of her case significantly. While defamation laws vary by state, evidence of damages is generally required for a defamation suit to succeed, whereas in many other countries defamation only requires a false claim to have been made.
''Quite literally a doctor gave his opinion about COVID-19, which I shared, and Facebook issued a strike on my account because they said only information that they agree with about COVID-19 '... was acceptable,'' Owens said.
Facebook, like other social media giants, has been heavily criticized for their use of fact-checking, which many opponents describe as censorship. Social media giants have been repeatedly accused of targeting American conservatives in particular with allegations of spreading fake news. In some cases, big tech companies have outright banned, removed, or restricted content which turned out to be verifiably true, such as the New York Post's bombshell report on Hunter Biden's business dealings in October.
Owens herself had her account locked out of Twitter in October after posting screenshots of texts messages allegedly between Hunter Biden and his mother where he discusses allegations of sexual behavior with a minor.
Twitter LOCKED my account until I removed the screenshot of Hunter Biden's text convo with his mother about sexual allegations with a minor.
The REAL texts violate their ''child sexual exploitation'' policy. @JoeBiden you & Hunter are guilty as sin & @jack can't cover that up!
'-- Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 28, 2020
As a result, social media company executives have been hauled before the US Senate, with Republicans grilling Facebook and Twitter over their censorship policies while Democrats demand more of it. Senator Josh Hawley has been a particularly vocal opponent of big tech among Republicans, calling for scaling back legal protections of social media companies and going as far as to suggest anti-trust law be applied.
Owens started a website to raise money for her suit, arguing that ''[the] overlords of Big Tech are determining what Americans can and cannot say, share, like, and post. Support our legal efforts today as we fight back against Facebook's fact-checkers, confronting those who are suppressing free speech, thought, and expression across our great country.''
Green New Dill
Hydrogen Production: Natural Gas Reforming | Department of Energy
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:47
You are here Natural gas reforming is an advanced and mature production process that builds upon the existing natural gas pipeline delivery infrastructure. Today, 95% of the hydrogen produced in the United States is made by natural gas reforming in large central plants. This is an important technology pathway for near-term hydrogen production.
Natural gas contains methane (CH4) that can be used to produce hydrogen with thermal processes, such as steam-methane reformation and partial oxidation.
Most hydrogen produced today in the United States is made via steam-methane reforming, a mature production process in which high-temperature steam (700°C''1,000°C) is used to produce hydrogen from a methane source, such as natural gas. In steam-methane reforming, methane reacts with steam under 3''25 bar pressure (1 bar = 14.5 psi) in the presence of a catalyst to produce hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and a relatively small amount of carbon dioxide. Steam reforming is endothermic'--that is, heat must be supplied to the process for the reaction to proceed.
Subsequently, in what is called the "water-gas shift reaction," the carbon monoxide and steam are reacted using a catalyst to produce carbon dioxide and more hydrogen. In a final process step called "pressure-swing adsorption," carbon dioxide and other impurities are removed from the gas stream, leaving essentially pure hydrogen. Steam reforming can also be used to produce hydrogen from other fuels, such as ethanol, propane, or even gasoline.
Steam-methane reforming reactionCH4 + H2O (+ heat) '†' CO + 3H2
Water-gas shift reactionCO + H2O '†' CO2 + H2 (+ small amount of heat)
In partial oxidation, the methane and other hydrocarbons in natural gas react with a limited amount of oxygen (typically from air) that is not enough to completely oxidize the hydrocarbons to carbon dioxide and water. With less than the stoichiometric amount of oxygen available, the reaction products contain primarily hydrogen and carbon monoxide (and nitrogen, if the reaction is carried out with air rather than pure oxygen), and a relatively small amount of carbon dioxide and other compounds. Subsequently, in a water-gas shift reaction, the carbon monoxide reacts with water to form carbon dioxide and more hydrogen.
Partial oxidation is an exothermic process'--it gives off heat. The process is, typically, much faster than steam reforming and requires a smaller reactor vessel. As can be seen in chemical reactions of partial oxidation, this process initially produces less hydrogen per unit of the input fuel than is obtained by steam reforming of the same fuel.
Partial oxidation of methane reactionCH4 + ½O2 '†' CO + 2H2 (+ heat)
Water-gas shift reactionCO + H2O '†' CO2 + H2 (+ small amount of heat)
Why Is This Pathway Being Considered?
Reforming low-cost natural gas can provide hydrogen today for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as well as other applications. Over the long term, DOE expects that hydrogen production from natural gas will be augmented with production from renewable, nuclear, coal (with carbon capture and storage), and other low-carbon, domestic energy resources.
Petroleum use and emissions are lower than for gasoline-powered internal combustion engine vehicles. The only product from an FCEV tailpipe is water vapor but even with the upstream process of producing hydrogen from natural gas as well as delivering and storing it for use in FCEVs, the total greenhouse gas emissions are cut in half and petroleum is reduced over 90% compared to today's gasoline vehicles.
Ministry of Truthiness
Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: "LOL. The notion that you can't point out NBC's long-standing role in spouting CIA propaganda without ''endangering'' their employees is manipulative bullshit. They hired *John Brennan*, Ken Dilanian & every other ope
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 23:11
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Hunter S. Swagson : @ggreenwald gangs never wanna give up their power if it threatens their little cartel
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Dutch Noodle Party
The new party started bij Sylvana Simons actually has noodle-rules written in its program...
A short text from the party program:
De zeggenschap over werk wordt uit de handen van bedrijfseigenaren gehaald. Werknemers krijgen zélf zeggenschap over hun eigen werk doordat bedrijven in handen van werknemers democratisch worden bestuurd.
Black Farmers Have Been Robbed of Land. A New Bill Would Give Them a ''Quantum Leap'' Toward Justice. '' Mother Jones
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 23:21
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After the US Civil War, newly emancipated Black growers won a share of the agricultural landscape. They did so despite fierce backlash and the ultimately failed promises of Reconstruction. By the 1910s, nearly a million Black farmers, a seventh of the nation's total, owned an estimated 20 million acres of land, mostly in the South. * That turned out to be a peak. Since then, due largely to lingering white supremacy and racist machinations within the US Department of Agriculture, the number of Black farmers has plunged by 98 percent. The remaining few managed to hold on to just 10 percent of that hard-won acreage.
A new Senate bill, called the Justice for Black Farmers Act, set to be released November 30, would mount a long-delayed federal effort to reverse the ''destructive forces that were unleashed upon Black farmers over the past century'--one of the dark corners of shame in American history,'' lead sponsor Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told Mother Jones.
Co-sponsored with senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), the bill would, among other things, create an Equitable Land Access Service within the USDA, including a fund that devotes $8 billion annually to buying farmland on the open market and granting it to new and existing Black farmers, with the goal of making 20,000 grants per year over nine years, with maximum allotments of 160 acres. It would also fund agriculture-focused historically Black colleges and universities as well and nonprofits like the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust to help identify land for the USDA to purchase, and ''help new Black farmers get up and running, provide farmer training, and provide other assistance including support for development of farmer cooperatives,'' the bill's summary states.
If the land transfer sounds like a generous giveaway, consider that ''we've done this before'--we have seen massive land grants in US history,'' Booker said. Indeed, the westward expansion of the United States was largely driven by land grabs followed by handouts. The 1850 Donation Land Claim Act delivered the Oregon territory to white US settlers in 320-acre chunks. The biggest of them all was the Homestead Act, signed into law by Abraham Lincoln in 1862, which ultimately delivered about 270 million acres'--about 10 percent of the US land base'--to smallholders.
The Justice for Black Farmers Act's much more modest proposal would amount to an ''equitable balancing of the scales after decades of systematic racism within the USDA that disadvantaged Black farmers, excluded them from loans and other programs, [and] prevented them from holding on to their land,'' Booker said.
The 19th century's great land transfers, which generated trillions of dollars in wealth for beneficiaries and their heirs, ''effectively precluded African Americans from participating,'' said Thomas Mitchell, a law professor at Texas A&M and 2020 MacArthur fellow, who participated in the bill's drafting. Meanwhile, the near-complete wipeout of Black farmland ownership since the early 20th century'--driven largely by racist federal and state policies'--represents a transfer of wealth from Black to primarily white Americans ''conservatively'' worth $300 billion, Thomas added. That handover contributes to a persistent racial wealth gap'--today, the median white family is 12 times wealthier than its Black counterpart.
In addition to the land-grant program, the bill would create a Farm Conservation Corps, which would focus on young adults from socially disadvantaged communities with USDA-funded apprenticeships on farms, with the goal of providing ''academic, vocational and social skills necessary to pursue careers in farming and ranching.'' While the program would be open to anyone from a disadvantaged background, Black trainees would be given priority for land grants from the Equitable Land Access Service.
The bill also attempts to purge the USDA of its ongoing legacy of racism. It would create an ''independent civil rights oversight board to conduct reviews of any appeals of civil rights complaints filed against the USDA, to investigate reports of discrimination within USDA, and to provide oversight of Farm Service Agency County Committees,'' and monitor the activities of the existing Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. The bill would also remedy a long-time complaint of researchers: ''USDA data is woefully inadequate if you're trying to analyze and understand the status of Black farmers in America,'' Texas A&M's Mitchell said. The legislation would require the agency's Economic Research Service to ''conduct research on the status of minority agricultural producers, including their share of land and assistance, and farmworkers,'' the summary states.
Getting it through Congress and onto President-elect Joe Biden's desk will be an uphill task, but things can change fast. ''I'm now some years in the Senate,'' Booker said. ''When I got here, a lot of folks indicated to me that issues of racial justice could not get done.'' Since then, he said, conversations about criminal justice have changed dramatically, leading to the First Step Act, which passed in 2018 with bipartisan support, addressing stark racial differences in sentencing over cocaine charges and other issues. Leah Penniman, a New York''based farmer, educator, and advocate for Black agrarianism, called the bill an ''opportunity to reverse and correct the millions of acres of land loss within the Black farming community and fortify the next generation of Black farmers with the foundation they need for successful careers in agriculture.'' She added, ''I never dared to imagine that such an elegant, fair, and courageous piece of legislation as the Justice for Black Farmers Act could be introduced.''
With recent protests against police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, ''I think there is growing momentum for addressing the legacies of overt discrimination in our country,'' Booker said. And a strong push for the Justice for Black Farmers Act, while it won't likely pass through the current Congress, could succeed in embedding its key provisions in the next farm bill, the twice-a-decade omnibus food and farm policy legislation that's set for renewal in 2023.
Lawrence Lucas, president emeritus of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, called the bill a ''a quantum leap for justice'' that confronts the ''racism embedded in the USDA since its founding, and that has been allowed to control the destiny of black farmers' lives.'' Lucas blew the whistle on internal USDA racism in a 2008 US House hearing. He has a hand in shaping the Booker-Warren bill; it grew from a letter he and a group of Black farmers and advocates sent to Sen. Warren during her presidential campaign in 2019, urging her to directly take on the USDA's racism and issues of Black farmland loss.
I asked Lucas if he thought it had a chance of passing. ''In my estimation, yes,'' he said. ''Decent Americans and decent congressional representatives will look at this bill, understand the history, understand its intent to address generations of abuse of a group of people, just as they did with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.'' He added: ''This is the Black Farmers Civil Rights Act of 2020, and it's long overdue.''
Correction: This article originally misstated the peak number of acres that Black farmer owned in the early 20th century, based on a 1930 US Census report. Furthermore, a group called the Land Loss and Reparations Project'--a team consisting of Texas A&M's Thomas Mitchell, the New School's Darrick Hamilton, Harvard's Nathan Rosenberg, and journalist Bryce Stucki'--argues that the USDA undercounted Black-owned farmland in that study, so this article has been corrected to reflect their estimate.
Wed. 11/18: Vote YES on the Black Lives Matter at Schools Resolution at the UFT Delegates Assembly '' Movement of Rank and File Educators
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:46
In collaboration with union leadership and educators within the Movement of Rank and File Educators and Black Lives Matter at Schools NYC Group, the following resolution is being presented at the next UFT delegates assembly. Please read, discuss with your chapter and pledge that your chapter leaders and delegates attend and vote YES for this resolution! Share your support at our Google Form:
WHEREAS, the United Federation of Teachers reaffirms Black Lives Matter, and
WHEREAS, the statement Black Lives Matter means that until people of African descent are treated with dignity, humanity, and respect in all areas of our society and the barriers to their safety and health and full participation in the economy and wealth creation are dismantled, all lives do not matter, and
WHEREAS, our work is grounded in the fight for fairness so that every person we serve achieves their highest good, and
WHEREAS, throughout our history, our union has demonstrated that belief, time and time again, through our collaboration with and support for local and national organizations working toward the equity, access, and empowerment of every student and family we serve, and
WHEREAS, representation of and participation in heterogeneous communities allow each of us to grow in our understanding of the human condition and establish our role in the improvement of our society, and
WHEREAS, anti-Black police violence continues to take place in the United States without accountability; and
WHEREAS New York City represents nearly 60% of NY state's total population of Black students,
WHEREAS, we recognize that our students are harmed in our schools as the result of ongoing systemic problems, including segregation, funding disparities, and lack of equal access to academic, artistic, professional and cultural opportunities, and
WHEREAS, we know that these systemic barriers consistently, disproportionately impact Black students; and
WHEREAS, the UFT supports culturally responsive educational practices, including but not limited to, efforts to diversify New York City's educational staff so that it more closely reflects its student population, and the expansion of Black studies as well as Asian, Latinx, and Native American studies programs and LGBTQ history in our P-12 classrooms, and
WHEREAS, the UFT has supported recruitment, training and retention initiatives including, but not limited to, NYC Men Teach, the NYC Teaching Fellows, the Success via Apprenticeship Program, Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers, and the Young Men's Initiative; and
WHEREAS, we are personally and professionally committed to the health and well-being of every student and staff member in our schools; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, the UFT reaffirms our commitment to policies, initiatives and movements that promote respect for and inclusion of Black students and educators and move affirmatively to make it a reality, and, be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT continues to urge its members to amplify our demand for justice, change and equity by supporting Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action scheduled for February 2021 and other activities in the schools throughout the year and, be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT will participate in and share resources around the Year of Purpose, the National Black Lives Matter at School Steering Committee's new initiative to bring the 13 Guiding Principles of the Black Lives Matter Movement to the entire school year; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT will join annually with the AFT, NEA and NYSUT and proactively encourage its members to invest in critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities for people of all ages to engage with issues of racial justice; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT will call for members to participate in the planning of community forums and the creation and implementation of age appropriate P-12 curricular resources and to utilize the Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Framework (CRSE) and initiate school and community discussions around the actions needed to affirm racial justice; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT continues to recruit, develop, and retain a membership that reflects the demographics of the city in which we work and, be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT will call for members to use tools such as the AFT ''Share My Lesson'' website with titles like Teaching About Bias, Diversity and Social Justice, resources to exchange lesson ideas, instructional materials and resources about these socially relevant topics, and use the tools of the NYSUT Civil and Human Rights Committee, the BLM at School Curriculum at in the public domain and resources from Teaching Tolerance, NEA Ed Justice during Black History Month and beyond, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT reaffirms its past, present, and future commitment to providing inclusive educational opportunities including, but not limited to scholarships, community partnerships, and events that support the advancement of students of color, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT seeks reapportionment of city and state funds to bring resources into Black communities to foster self-determination and awareness through education, entrepreneurship, home ownership and the means to reverse generational economic disparities and, be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT proactively engage in the necessary work to dismantle inequities in our systems through its coalition partners so that our students and families have access to employment, affordable housing, and quality healthcare and, be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT will continue to work with local, state and federal elected officials to secure permanent housing for our homeless students and students in temporary housing, and be it further
RESOLVED, the UFT stands in solidarity with Black students and educators as well as all communities of conscience, in the struggle for a more supportive, equitable, and fair school system and society, and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT will commit to making demands along with student groups such as IntegrateNYC and Teens Take Charge and call on the NYC Department of
Education and City Council to work towards undoing systemic racism and in so doing to:
1. End Zero Tolerance discipline in schools
2. Mandate Black and Ethnic Studies in schools
3. Hire More Black educators
4. Fund More Counselors, social workers, and mental health specialists
5. Fully integrate our schools with proper and equitable funding for librarians, PSAL sports, and access to technology.
*The 13 Guiding Principles of the Black Lives Matter Movement
1. Restorative Justice
We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
2. Empathy
We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
3. Loving Engagement
We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.
4. Diversity
We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.
5. Globalism
We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world.
6. Queer Affirming
We are committed to fostering a queer'affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.
7. Trans Affirming
We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
8. Collective Value
We are guided by the fact all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location.
9. Intergenerational
We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with capacity to lead and learn.
10. Black Families
We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work ''double shifts'' that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work.
11. Black Villages
We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ''villages'' that collectively care for one another, and especially ''our'' children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.
12. Unapologetically Black
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
13. Black Women
We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male'centeredness.
Go Podcasting!
Is Your Favorite Podcast Tracking You? '' The Markup
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:57
In these muddled times, at least one thing is clear: Nearly everyone's tracking you, always. But there is one area that has been largely off-limits to digital data collectors for 20 years: podcast listening.
Traditionally, the podcast ecosystem has been tracking-resistant, in part because podcasters release their shows through RSS, free technology dating back to 1999. Podcast players, also known as podcatchers, like Apple Podcasts and Castro then aggregate those episodes in easy-to-use apps. Listener behavior is strewn across a plethora of apps, many of which don't share data with anyone, including the podcast creators.
That's all changing. Advertisers are projected to spend more than $800 million on podcasts in 2020, and companies are devising ways to provide them with data that will persuade them to spend more. The most common tactics include using IP addresses to identify users, adding tracking URLs to ads, and abandoning RSS in favor of proprietary platforms that already track their users.
The change has provoked considerable debate, sometimes combative, within the podcasting industry.
In September 2019, Basecamp publicly dumped its podcast hosting service, Art19, after discovering that the company was building the capability for personalized ads. In December 2019, Libsyn, one of the major podcast hosting services, banned Podsights, one of the major podcast data companies, saying, ''[W]e feel it is necessary to protect listener privacy.'' In February, podcasting giant PRX hosted a conference on ''emerging threats'' to privacy in order to encourage more productive discussion. Then in August, one of the major podcast apps, Overcast, added a feature that lets users see which podcasts have enabled tracking.
''I see the storm clouds gathering,'' said Michelle De Mooy, a privacy consultant who spoke at PRX's conference. ''There's a danger that this is a moment that can change away from privacy.''
Podcast listening habits, like browsing history, can potentially reveal a lot about someone's interests. There are podcasts about mental illness, substance abuse, sexuality, debt, and other sensitive topics. So what do your podcasts know about you?
'†(C) linkTraditionally, Podcasts Couldn't Track MuchThe main metric of success for most of podcasting history has been the one thing the RSS infrastructure allows: how many times the file was downloaded. It's like the early days of the web, when websites proudly displayed a ''hit counter'' that tracked the raw number of visits.
But the act of downloading a podcast still passes some data, and whoever hosts the file can log a download's date and time, the podcatcher used, the IP address (which also reveals rough location), and typically, the type of device.
I see the storm clouds gathering.
Michelle De Mooy, privacy consultantAdvertisers, meanwhile, have tended to target listeners based on a podcast's subject matter. If you've ever heard a host give out a promo code for listeners while reading an ad, it's because that's basically how advertisers would track which podcasts were actually driving customers. Ads were not personalized because there was no data to personalize them with, and no way to match an ad to a specific user.
This could rapidly change if the podcasting industry were to ever shift away from RSS. And there are some signs of that happening.
Spotify has been signing exclusive deals with megastars like Joe Rogan and Kim Kardashian West. Bloomberg reported that Apple is hiring an executive to lead the charge on original and exclusive podcasts, and Amazon has announced its first platform-exclusive podcast.
Needless to say, these exclusives will likely not be available via RSS.
''They are not podcasts. They're audio shows,'' said Andrew Kuklewicz, the chief technology officer of PRX.
However, when the venture-capital-funded podcast network Luminary appeared to be copying audio and rehosting it instead of using RSS, it triggered an exodus of podcasters. (Luminary clarified that it was not copying audio and was still using RSS, just rerouting traffic first.)
Meanwhile, as podcasts have grown and become more professional, the commercial industry around them has found ways to work around RSS's limitations.
'†(C) linkHow Are You Being Tracked Now? In 2014, the podcast ''Serial'' debuted, introducing the medium to mainstream listeners. (As of September 2018, ''Serial'' had more than 340 million downloads across its first two seasons.)
That same year, Acast, a podcasting company based in Sweden, announced ''dynamic ad insertion.'' Previously, ads were ''baked in'' to a recording, but now podcasters could mark their files with ad breaks, enabling a hosting company to switch in a different ad based on the time or location the podcast was downloaded. It also paved the way for ads to be sold programmatically, based on a bidding system that automatically matches buyers and sellers without the need for salespeople. Much of the advertising on the web, including Google Ads, is bought and sold this way. Programmatic buying requires consumer data in order for advertisers to rapidly experiment with different ways to target users and optimize ads for the best results.
''That's probably when I certainly saw things start to change,'' said Kuklewicz, the CTO of PRX. ''Once you can actually dynamically inject ads, then that data that I'd be able to get from requests becomes actionable. And once that's possible, then we start to look a lot like the rest of ad tech right now.''
Our goal here is to make tools that will let this medium grow in general and bring more people into the space and create better content.
Andy Pellett, co-founder of PodsightsSuddenly, companies on the hosting and ad tech side started to try to squeeze as much data as possible out of the limited interaction they had with listeners, using a couple of different methods: They could add an extra web address in the metadata of an ad, forcing a tiny download that allows the advertiser to register the listener's IP address, the podcatcher they used, and usually the type of device. They could also use ''prefixes'' or redirects that take the user on a brief detour to another webpage so a third party can register them, similar to the way a URL shortening service like works.
At this point, we're still just talking about basic data. But advertisers want more granular data: Did someone listen to my ad on a podcast, and then visit my website or buy something? And what else can I learn about podcast listeners, so I can decide whom to target with my ads?
Some companies, like Podsights, now collect basic data, such as IP address and device type, and combine it with information from third-party data collection companies.
Podsights co-founder Andy Pellett said the company uses this data only to establish ''attribution'''--that the same person who listened to an ad also visited a brand's website, for example'--and does not share any data that could be used to identify listeners.
''Our goal here is to make tools that will let this medium grow in general and bring more people into the space and create better content,'' he said.
Other companies at least advertise the ability to do more granular targeting, though it's not clear how many podcasts actually use such services. Megaphone says that its Megaphone Targeted Marketplace, which allows automated buying and selling of ads, allows advertisers to target users by ''demographic and purchase intent.'' Megaphone did not respond to a request for comment.
'†(C) linkYour Podcast Player Could Know More About YouPodcatchers themselves have access to far more accurate data about users, such as the full list of podcasts a listener subscribes to and how far they listen in any given episode. Some of the smaller podcatchers, however, have emerged as bulwarks against anything potentially invasive. When Russell Ivanovic, head of product for the podcatcher Pocket Casts, heard that some analytics companies had figured out a way to place cookies on users' devices when they downloaded a podcast, he immediately disabled the capability in Pocket Casts.
''They might be doing innocent things with it, but we felt like that was like a bridge too far,'' Ivanovic said. ''That's not something users are expecting.''
They might be doing innocent things with it, but we felt like that was like a bridge too far.
Russell Ivanovic, Pocket CastsCompanies like Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and Google, which all offer apps and devices that play podcasts, are in the best position to collect user data. These companies already have ''first party'' data, collected through their other services, that they can combine with someone's podcast listening habits, as well as additional insights from the device you've installed them on. Spotify knows if your phone is in your hand or in your pocket, for example.
Another way to collect more data would be if different layers of the ecosystem agreed to work together. National Public Radio attempted this with a project called Remote Audio Data, or RAD, essentially instructions for how podcasters and advertisers could finally measure if someone who downloaded a podcast actually listened to it, and for how long.NPR publishes lots of podcasts and also has its own podcast player, the NPR One app, giving it access to more data about how people listen. This data was used to reassure advertisers that their ads were actually getting heard, and also to tweak show formats. The creators of the show ''Pop Culture Happy Hour,'' for example, noticed that their listeners were dropping off in the middle of an episode. ''The team was able to pivot and release episodes more frequently, but much shorter and more focused,'' said Stacey Goers, senior product manager for podcasts at NPR. ''And it really gives users what they wanted.''
The ad server NPR uses, AdsWizz, also allows ads and stories to be swapped in and out of episodes. This enables NPR to experiment with its fund-raising campaigns as well as the content of the show. The first half of ''Consider This,'' for instance, is the same for everyone, but the second half comes from a station in the listener's local area.
The catch with RAD is that podcatchers also have to participate, and so far, they haven't taken it up. ''RAD has not seen a large amount of adoption,'' Goers said.
Part of that is because app developers would rather spend their limited resources on features that would attract new users, she said, and part of it is because of the lack of centralization.
''Podcasting still doesn't necessarily have a big governing body that's putting its foot down and asking for it,'' she said.
'†(C) linkThe Changes Are Controversial'--and It's Not Clear How Widespread They Are''Ultimately if podcasts are going to grow as a media type, as they emerge, the advertisers are going to require the more granular level of tracking,'' said Eric Picard, a consultant and former vice president of advertising product management at Pandora.
But not everyone agrees that podcasting's health relies on gathering more data.
''That's bullshit,'' said Rob Walch, vice president of podcaster relations at Libsyn, a major hosting service that also sells ads for podcasters. ''The podcasters that make the most money are the ones that are doing host-read ads that don't do any of this. Joe Rogan makes more money podcasting with advertising than any of these people.''
At least for now, podcasting is still a fairly private activity, in that it doesn't produce much data on its own.
''That's one of the things, to be honest, that's stunted podcast growth initially,'' said Brad Smith, CEO of Simplecast, a hosting and analytics company. ''Advertisers want to go where the deepest, richest data lives. And by default, you're not going to get data out of podcasting.''
Nothing has fundamentally changed, he said. ''We gather the exact same information about a listening session today that we did five years ago.''
CorrectionAn earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the technology NPR uses for dynamic ad and content insertion. It is AdsWizz, not RAD.
VIDEO-Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic is Over" - HubPages
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:55
Dr. Mike Yeadon
In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts that false positive results from inherently unreliable COVID tests are being used to manufacture a "second wave" based on "new cases."
Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer for 16 years, says that half or even "almost all" of tests for COVID are false positives. Dr. Yeadon also argues that the threshold for herd immunity may be much lower than previously thought, and may have been reached in many countries already.
In an interview last week Dr. Yeadon was asked:
"we are basing a government policy, an economic policy, a civil liberties policy, in terms of limiting people to six people in a meeting...all based on, what may well be, completely fake data on this coronavirus?"
Dr. Yeadon answered with a simple "yes."
Even more significantly, even if all positives were to be correct, Dr. Yeadon said that given the "shape" of all important indicators in a worldwide pandemic, such as hospitalizations, ICU utilization, and deaths, "the pandemic is fundamentally over."
Yeadon said in the interview:
"Were it not for the test data that you get from the TV all the time, you would rightly conclude that the pandemic was over, as nothing much has happened. Of course people go to the hospital, moving into the autumn flu season...but there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen."
In a paper published this month, which was co-authored by Yeadon and two of his colleagues, "How Likely is a Second Wave?", the scientists write:
"It has widely been observed that in all heavily infected countries in Europe and several of the US states likewise, that the shape of the daily deaths vs. time curves is similar to ours in the UK. Many of these curves are not just similar, but almost super imposable."
In the data for UK, Sweden, the US, and the world, it can be seen that in all cases, deaths were on the rise in March through mid or late April, then began tapering off in a smooth slope which flattened around the end of June and continues to today. The case rates however, based on testing, rise and swing upwards and downwards wildly.
Media messaging in the US is already ramping up expectations of a "second wave."
Survival Rate of COVID Now Estimated to be 99.8%, Similar to Flu, Prior T-Cell Immunity
The survival rate of COVID-19 has been upgraded since May to 99.8% of infections. This comes close to ordinary flu, the survival rate of which is 99.9%. Although COVID can have serious after-effects, so can flu or any respiratory illness. The present survival rate is far higher than initial grim guesses in March and April, cited by Dr. Anthony Fauci, of 94%, or 20 to 30 times deadlier. The Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) value accepted by Yeadon et al in the paper is .26%. The survival rate of a disease is 100% minus the IFR.
Dr. Yeadon pointed out that the "novel" COVID-19 contagion is novel only in the sense that it is a new type of coronavirus. But, he said, there are presently four strains which circulate freely throughout the population, most often linked to the common cold.
In the scientific paper, Yeadon et al write:
"There are at least four well characterised family members (229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1) which are endemic and cause some of the common colds we experience, especially in winter. They all have striking sequence similarity to the new coronavirus."
The scientists argue that much of the population already has, if not antibodies to COVID, some level of "T-cell" immunity from exposure to other related coronaviruses, which have been circulating long before COVID-19.
The scientists write:
"A major component our immune systems is the group of white blood cells called T-cells whose job it is to memorise a short piece of whatever virus we were infected with so the right cell types can multiply rapidly and protect us if we get a related infection. Responses to COVID-19 have been shown in dozens of blood samples taken from donors before the new virus arrived."
Introducing the idea that some prior immunity to COVID-19 already existed, the authors of "How Likely is a Second Wave?" write:
"It is now established that at least 30% of our population already had immunological recognition of this new virus, before it even arrived...COVID-19 is new, but coronaviruses are not."
They go on to say that, because of this prior resistance, only 15-25% of a population being infected may be sufficient to reach herd immunity:
"...epidemiological studies show that, with the extent of prior immunity that we can now reasonably assume to be the case, only 15-25% of the population being infected is sufficient to bring the spread of the virus to a halt..."
In the US, accepting a death toll of 200,000, and a survival rate of 99.8%, this would mean for every person who has died, there would be about 400 people who had been infected, and lived. This would translate to around 80 million Americans, or 27% of the population. This touches Yeadon's and his colleagues' threshold for herd immunity.
The authors say:
"current literature finds that between 20% and 50% of the population display this pre-pandemic T-cell responsiveness, meaning we could adopt an initially susceptible population value from 80% to 50%. The lower the real initial susceptibility, the more secure we are in our contention that a herd immunity threshold (HIT) has been reached."
Masthead for "Lockdown" publisher of "How Likely is a Second Wave?"
The False Positive Second Wave
Of the PCR test, the prevalent COVID test used around the world, the authors write:
"more than half of the positives are likely to be false, potentially all of them."
The authors explain that what the PCR test actually measures is "simply the presence of partial RNA sequences present in the intact virus," which could be a piece of dead virus which cannot make the subject sick, and cannot be transmitted, and cannot make anyone else sick.
"...a true positive does not necessarily indicate the presence of viable virus. In limited studies to date, many researchers have shown that some subjects remain PCR-positive long after the ability to culture virus from swabs has disappeared. We term this a 'cold positive' (to distinguish it from a 'hot positive', someone actually infected with intact virus). The key point about 'cold positives' is that they are not ill, not symptomatic, not going to become symptomatic and, furthermore, are unable to infect others."
Overall, Dr. Yeadon builds the case that any "second wave" of COVID, and any government case for lockdowns, given the well-known principles of epidemiology, will be entirely manufactured.
In Boston this month, a lab suspended doing coronavirus testing after 400 false positives were discovered.An analysis of PCR-based tests at medical website states:
"data on PCR-based tests for similar viruses show that PCR-based testing produces enough false positive results to make positive results highly unreliable over a broad range of real-world scenarios."
University of Oxford Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, writes in a July article "How Many COVID Diagnoses Are False Positives?":
"going off current testing practices and results, Covid-19 might never be shown to disappear."
Professor Heneghan's scientific article on the topic is "Virological characterization of COVID-19 patients that test re-positive for SARS-CoV-2 by RT-PCR."
Of course, the most famous incidence of PCR test unreliability was when the President of Tanzania revealed to the world that he had covertly sent samples from a goat, a sheep, and a pawpaw fruit to a COVID testing lab. They all came back positive for COVID.
Made in China
In August, the government of Sweden discovered 3700 false COVID positives from test kits made by China's BGI Genomics. The kits were approved in March by the FDA for use in the US.
Second Waves of Coronaviruses Not Normal
Dr. Yeadon challenged the idea that all pandemics take place in subsequent waves, citing two other coronavirus outbreaks, the SARS virus in 2003, and MERS in 2012. What may seem like two waves can actually be two single waves occurring in different geographical regions. They say data gathered from the relatively recent SARS 2003 and the MERS outbreaks support their contention.
In the case of the MERS:
"it is actually multiple single waves affecting geographically distinct populations at different times as the disease spreads. In this case the first major peak was seen in Saudi Arabia with a second peak some months later in the Republic of Korea. Analysed individually, each area followed a typical single event..."
In the interview, when questioned about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, which came in successive waves during World War I, Yeadon pointed out that this was an entirely different kind of virus, not in the coronavirus family. Others have blamed general early century malnutrition and unsanitary conditions. World War I soldiers, hard hit, lived in cold mud and conditions the worst imaginable for immune resistance.
Saudi and Korea Waves of MERS Coronavirus
Lockdowns Don't Work
Another argument made by Yeadon et al in their September paper is that there has been no difference in outcomes related to lockdowns.
They say:
"The shape of the deaths vs. time curve implies a natural process and not one resulting mainly from human interventions...Famously, Sweden has adopted an almost laissez faire approach, with qualified advice given, but no generalised lockdowns. Yet its profile and that of the UK's is very similar."
Mild-Mannered Yeadon Demolishes Man Who Started It All, Professor Neil Ferguson
The former Pfizer executive and scientist singles out one former colleague for withering rebuke for his role in the pandemic, Professor Neil Ferguson. Ferguson taught at Imperial College while Yeadon was affiliated. Ferguson's computer model provided the rationale for governments to launch draconian orders which turned free societies into virtual prisons overnight. Over what is now estimated by the CDC to be a 99.8% survival rate virus.
Dr. Yeadon said in the interview that "no serious scientist gives any validity" to Ferguson's model.
Speaking with thinly-veiled contempt for Ferguson, Dr. Yeadon took special pains to point out to his interviewer:
"It's important that you know most scientists don't accept that it [Ferguson's model] was even faintly right...but the government is still wedded to the model."
Yeadon joins other scientists in castigating governments for following Ferguson's model, the assumptions of which all worldwide lockdowns are based on. One of these scientists is Dr. Johan Giesecke, former chief scientist for the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who called Ferguson's model ''the most influential scientific paper'' in memory, and also ''one of the most wrong.''
It was Ferguson's model which held that "mitigation" measures were necessary, i.e. social distancing and business closures, in order to prevent, for example, over 2.2 million people dying from COVID in the US.
Ferguson predicted that Sweden would pay a terrible price for no lockdown, with 40,000 COVID deaths by May 1, and 100,000 by June. Sweden's death count is under 6,000. The Swedish government says this coincides to a mild flu season. Although initially higher, Sweden now has a lower death rate per-capita than the US, which it achieved without the terrific economic damage still ongoing in the US. Sweden never closed restaurants, bars, sports, most schools, or movie theaters. The government never ordered people to wear masks.
Dr. Yeadon speaks bitterly of the lives lost as a result of lockdown policies, and of the "savable" countless lives which will be further lost, from important surgeries and other healthcare deferred, should lockdowns be reimposed, .Yeadon is a successful entrepreneur, the founder of a biotech company which was acquired by Novartis, another pharmaceutical giant. Yeadon's unit at Pfizer was the Asthma and Respiratory Research Unit. (Yeadon, partial list of publications.)
Sweden During International "Lockdowns"
Why is All This Happening? US Congressman Says He is Convinced of "Government Plan" to Continue Lockdowns Until a Mandatory Vaccine. Conspiracy Theories?
The list of news items grows which reflects unfavorably upon the narrative being played out on the major television networks, of a mysterious, "novel" virus which has been controlled only by an unprecedented assault on individual rights and liberties, now ready to pounce again, on already suffering populations with no choice but to submit to further government orders.
Governors have quietly extended their powers indefinitely by shifting the goalpost, without saying so, from "flattening the curve" to ease the strain on hospitals, to "no new cases." From "pandemic," to "case-demic."
In Germany, an organization of 500 German doctors and scientists has formed, who say that government response to the COVID virus has been vastly out of proportion to the actual severity of the disease.
Evidence of chicanery mounts. Both the CDC, and US Coronavirus Task Force headed by Dr. Deborah Birx, are candid that the definition of death-by-COVID has been flexible, and that the rules favor calling it COVID whenever possible. This opens the possibility of a vastly inflated death count. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration is under federal investigation for all but signing the death warrants for thousands of nursing home elderly, when the state sent COVID patients into the nursing homes, over the helpless objections of nursing home executives and staff.
Why are the major media ignoring what would seem to be an eminently newsworthy item, an industry rockstar like Yeadon, calling out the biggest guns in the public health world? Would not the Sunday talk shows, the Chris Wallaces and Meet the Press, want to grill such a man for record audiences?
Here the talk may turn to dark agendas, and not just mere incompetence, obtuseness, and stupidity.
One opinion was put forth by US Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) when he said on the Tom Woods Show on August 16th:
''The secret the government is keeping from you is that they plan to keep us shut down until there is some kind of vaccine, and then whether it's compulsory at the federal level, or the state level, or maybe they persuade your employers though another PPP program that you won't qualify for unless you make your employees get the vaccine, I think that's their plan. Somebody convince me that's not their plan, because there is no logical ending to this other than that.''
Another theory is that the COVID crisis is being used consolidate never-before-imaged levels of control over individuals and society by elites. This is put forth by the nephew of the slain president, John F. Kennedy Jr., son of also-assassinated Bobby Kennedy. In a speech at a massive anti-lockdown, anti-mandatory COVID vaccination rally in Germany, Bobby Jr. warned of the existence of a:
''bio-security agenda, the rise of the authoritarian surveillance state and the Big Pharma sponsored coup d'etat against liberal democracy...The pandemic is a crisis of convenience for the elite who are dictating these policies,''
In a lawsuit, Kennedy Jr.'s medical witnesses warn that mandatory flu shots may make many children more susceptible to COVID.
The warnings of dire intentions of Kennedy's "elite" are coming from more mainstream sources. Dr. Joseph Mercola, of the highly trusted, mega-traffic medical information site, has penned a careful review of one doctor's claims of genetics-altering vaccines coming our way.
And it does not assuage fears that a defense establishment website, Defense One, reports that permanent under-the skin biochips, injectable by the same syringe that holds a vaccine, may soon be approved by the FDA. It does not help the anti-conspiracy theory cause that, according to Newsweek, Dr. Anthony Fauci actually did give NIH funding to the Chinese Wuhan lab, for bat coronavirus research so dangerous it was opposed on record by 200 scientists, and banned in the US.
In 1957, a pandemic hit, the H2N2 Asian Flu with a .7% Infection Fatality Rate, which killed as many people per capita in the US as the COVID has claimed now. There was never a single mention of it in the news at the time, never mind the extraordinary upheaval that we see now. In 1968 the Hong Kong Flu hit the US (.5% IFR,) taking 100,000 people when the US had a markedly lower population. Not single alarm was raised, not a single store closed nor even a network news story. The following summer the largest gathering in US history took place, Woodstock.
Mass hysteria is never accidental, but benefits someone. The only question left to answer is, whom?
Dr. Mike Yeadon InterviewAugust Protest in Berlin Against Lockdown, and Against Mandatory COVID Vaccination
Woodstock 1969
Masks are for the Little People!. Socialites at Washington DC Ballet Gala "After Party" July 2020.
RELATED READING:Belgians File Lawsuit Against Professor Neil Ferguson and Bill GatesShmuel Chanowitz on November 09, 2020:
Hi i just only read the latest comment. I still dont see how were getting out of this covid mess yet
Sanechap on October 20, 2020:
I am in disbelief when reading much of the below.
Do not believe the supposedly official stats and figures. You are being lied to comprehensively.
Do your own research and decide on the real science, facts and evidence.
JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 16, 2020:
I cannot help your feelings of sensitivity. There is therapy for that.
munkle on October 16, 2020:
JOC Seems to me like you are the troll here.
MadelynMarie on October 15, 2020:
This is a must watch video with German-American lawyer, Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, who outlines the scientific fraud involved in the Covid PRC test (not designed for diagnostic purposes) and the Covid crimes against humanity with regard to the governmental response:
Video: ''Crimes Against Humanity'': The German Corona Investigation. ''The PCR Pandemic'' Full Transcript
Please copy and share this information!!
Carla T. on October 14, 2020:
ANNNND.....the fact checkers say it's not true! Who fact checks the fact checkers???
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 13, 2020:
This is a very interesting theory. Only time will tell if it is true.
Andrew Sutton on October 04, 2020:
Mike Yeardon is right This should go vira,l lock downs don't work everyone should listen to this
JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 04, 2020:
You're the moron comparing a virus with zero purpose to the death from something necessary like driving.
Sweden? 5,876 deaths with a population of just over 10 million. Norway and Denmark, combined population of about the same - 900 deaths. Again, over six times the death rate. If we make it to the vaccine, that's about 4,900 people that were lost to help keep an economy open. We see where your priorities are.
And again, no one is saying to stay locked down. Your claim of people not living their lives is comical. Let me know when you've climbed 70 mountains in the past four years instead of just sitting behind your keyboard being an internet troll - then we'll be on equal footing.
Plus, the research had confirmed that early lockdowns helped to save lives:
In terms of the death rates, we will not agree with the data. You're going to take the CDC information, which has been confirmed to have been altered by Trump's people at the Department of HHS to align with his downplay strategy. I'll take the Johns Hopkins data of known cases and known deaths collected from county dashboard all across the country.
munkle on October 04, 2020:
JOC said: "Driving serves a purpose. This virus does not."
This is typical the jumbled thinking of those who internalize the COVID hysteria campaign. Who said the virus "serves a purpose" you blithering idiot? It is WORKING which serves a purpose, to EAT AND FEED YOUR FAMILY without arbitrary and useless limitation due to a bug which is less deadly than flu up to age 65.
Sweden never locked down and now they have a LOWER per capita death rate than the USA.
The service economy cannot run on 50% capacity. In the restaurant business alone you need a full house at least Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings to turn a profit. You would know nothing about this as sheep living in your hovel. This is a deliberate collapse of the economy and the worst is yet to come. Wait until starving people are prowling your street.
JOC said: "Again, your 99.8% survival rate is complete fabrication."
You have been presented with the updated CDC rate accepted even in the major media, .26% Infection Fatality Rate which is about a 99.8% survival rate, probably higher due to higher estimates of asymptomatic cases. WHO estimates that is 80% of infections, a source someone like you would trust. So you keep calling what you don't like "a complete fabrication" with zero support, just your empty words.
You have said nothing to address the similarly severe pandemics, per capita, in the US in 1957 and 1968, in which not a word was whispered anywhere about any "lockdowns." So you are seeing what you want to see, and ignoring the rest. The miracle is how you trembled through life even this far. All I can conclude is some people actually like living in fear, and love the chains it imposes on them.
They say slaves learn to love their chains. I never knew what that meant. Now I do.
"The CDC Just Gave Us the Biggest Reason to End the Coronavirus Lockdowns"
"According to the CDC's current best estimate, the case fatality rate of the coronavirus is .4 percent. And that's just amongst symptomatic cases, which, the CDC estimates, is 65 percent of all cases. This means the CDC estimates that the fatality rate for all infections across all age groups, symptomatic as well as asymptomatic, is approximately .26 percent."
"The infection fatality rate of COVID-19 inferred from seroprevalence data" by Dr. John Ionnadis (Stanford)
"Interestingly, despite their differences in design, execution, and analysis, most studies provide IFR point estimates that are within a relatively narrow range. Seven of the 12 inferred IFRs are in the range 0.07 to 0.20 (corrected IFR of 0.06 to 0.16) which are similar to IFR values of seasonal influenza. Three values are modestly higher (corrected IFR of 0.25-0.40 in Gangelt, Geneva, and Wuhan) and two are modestly lower than this range (corrected IFR of 0.02-0.03 in Kobe and Oise)."
"COVID-19 Pandemic Planning Scenarios"
JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 03, 2020:
Driving serves a purpose. This virus does not. Again, your 99.8% survival rate is complete fabrication, and likely explains the choices you make in regards to putting your fellow Americans at risk.
Your claim that anyone is still saying to stay inside is right-wing propaganda. The fact that you believe lies makes you the useless one to our society. People are saying to wear a mask and socially distance as you go about your daily lives.
munkle on October 03, 2020:
CHRIS57 Yes let's ban driving since the highways are slaughterhouses killing millions of people a year, and end bike riding samey same, we need to stop all economic activity and lock ourselves in house arrest until nothing bad ever happens again and the world is safe for unicorns and children. In 1957 and 1968 as many people died per capita in flu pandemics in the US, yet you never even heard about it. Anyone who can't see by now that they are being played by a non-stop "case-demic" for a 99.8% survival rate disease - same as flu - should just keep living out their useless lives inside like they were doing before. The reason they don't mind lockdowns is their lives are not much to begin with so they don't really notice any difference.
CHRIS57 from Northern Germany on October 03, 2020:
I don´t know if it is still worth while to contribute to this article. Everything is said - excess death statistics as published by the CDC - importance of bringing active cases down - importance of social/physical distancing - knowledge about the very limited impact of herd immunity (some already recontracted)
yet people still think this is something inbetween a hoax and a mild flu. Unbelievable
Shawn Hubbard on October 02, 2020:
By isolating, we are making the Human Species weaker! We are becoming aliens in our own home planet earth! In a future generation, (soon) will will need to wear spacesuits on planet earth, and live in a sterile environment!
Breeze on October 02, 2020:
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Those who got sick and went to the hospital, the tens of thousands who needed treatment and not aymptomatic, was because if conbtracting the virus not their imaginations. I pray to the magical sky wizard nobody catches this and suffers long term multi organ damage or suffers debilitating symptoms for 100 plus days. Why would you (munkle mike) not give a damn about the health of your family and friends, its obvious you dont care about your own, this virus surged then we locked down and went to mitigation techniques and the surge dropped. Mitigation works, look outside of your own countrg to see what's happening elsewhere, its the same in most places. Sweden has several thousand deaths compared to their lockdown neighbours who locked down that have deaths in the low hundreds. Those who don't think covid19 is real should volunteer at covid units in hospital, no ppe as you're invincible, tell the relatives of those who have died and those dying and unable to have family close to them it's fake and not really happening.
Disgraceful of this scientist spewing lies.
JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 02, 2020:
Surprised the author published that response that was so filled with incorrect information. Actually, based on the side he likely sits upon in the Covid fight, not really surprising when you think about it more.
JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 01, 2020:
Munkle - I can agree that there are likely many cases where people are asymptomatic and do not realize they have had it. At the same point, the experts have actually said we are likely undercounting the actual deaths - not overcounting as the right-wing media continues to contend to help Trump's case for reelection.
No one wants to go back to a lockdown. Everyone wants to reopen the country, one party wants to do safely, the other wants to pretend the virus doesn't exist any longer or won't still infect people. And we could, as Redfield and Fauci have been asking, mostly by wearing masks and social distancing which Trump and his supporters continue to refuse to do.
And having actually gotten Covid, I can understand why people should be scared about the long-term health effects. Those who have not gotten it or know anyone who has, would not understand why that fear should be taken seriously.
CHRIS57 from Northern Germany on October 01, 2020:
The current (active) case fatality rate in the US is some 0,5%, or the other way around: survival rate is 99,5%. Just take the death toll of past 2 weeks and divide by average active case count of same period. May be a little laymans way, but if you do this for other (not politicising) countries like Italy or Germany, you get the same 0,5% for September.
So the key is really the number of active cases. Because Germany had an average of 25.000 active cases in the past 2 weeks, only some 120 people passed away. In the US, there are almost 2.3 million active cases, consequently the death toll for past 2 weeks is more than 10000 and still the same 0,5%.
The statements and maths of JOC are correct - and the number of munkle is almost correct (better 0,5% and not 0,2%). Active cases make out of 0,5% case fatality the horrible numbers you encounter in the US.
With due respect, i simply don´t understand why you folks allow this mess to happen. Just do the distancing, wear masks and get the active cases down. All countries did this, only the US knows better and kills its own population.
munkle on October 01, 2020:
JOC says: "Add to the death rate, the long-term recovery from this virus and herd immunity strategies might not be the way to go: "
Any respiratory illness can have bad after effects. Why is the media trying to scare you into thinking COVID is special?
Because they want to continue to lock us down until they can force us all to take a vaccine needle. And with that needle comes your biochip, right in the same syringe. Then you are a slave of the elite forever, and so are your children.
Notice this won't be for billionaires:
"Elon Musk says he and his family won't get a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available"
munkle on October 01, 2020:
JOC said: "Nationally, look at 100 of your friends and figure out which 3 of them that you'd be fine living without. That's what you're saying. Of the 7,000,000 US cases, 204,000 have led to fatalities (204,000/7,000,000 is around a 3% death rate)."
JOC you are badly misunderstanding the difference between the CASE fatality rate and the INFECTION fatality rate. Because the vast majority of COVID infections are asymptomatic (never show symptoms, people get immune without knowing it) the actual number of people who catch it is much higher than the "cases" who test positive. Now we can't even believe that number. I believe vast numbers of ordinary flu case are being passed off as COVID. The case fatality rate may be 3%, but that does not tell you the actual death rate of infection, which is more like .2% or even lower. In other words, a 99.8% survival rate, similar to flu, which is 99.9%. Under age 50, look around at your friends and understand that more of them will die of flu if they catch it, than would die of COVID if they catch it.
You may understand this now that I have explained it, but a lot of people will not. Elites understand that a dumbed-down country which is bad at math is easy to fool. They just hit the emotion button constantly on TV, and like magic, you give up your rights.
Also I hope you don't believe that all those 200,000 people actually died of COVID. Especially when Dr. Deborah Birx and CDC tell you right to your face that COVID is always listed as the primary cause, even if you died in a motorcycle accident.
WKSwanson on October 01, 2020:
If as many as half of the tests are false positives, and who knows how many death certificates show that a person died "of the virus" instead of correctly stating "with the virus" -such as the motorcycle accident death in Florida falsely attributed to the virus as the most egregious example, then one must be very skeptical of any official statistics. The Democrats politicization of the virus has been nothing short of breath-taking (pun intended). Their philosophy of victimology knows no bounds -even to the point of complete hysteria and irrationality to achieve a political advantage. For them the ends always justify the means.
JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 01, 2020:
I'm going to argue both sides of the issue.
Nationally, look at 100 of your friends and figure out which 3 of them that you'd be fine living without. That's what you're saying. Of the 7,000,000 US cases, 204,000 have led to fatalities (204,000/7,000,000 is around a 3% death rate). 750-1,000 people still die a day from this virus. For the flu, the death rate is closer to 0.1%.
Add to the death rate, the long-term recovery from this virus and herd immunity strategies might not be the way to go:
The data from the scenarios in our area certainly could be used to support your herd immunity case though. We're a college town, from the beginning of this pandemic until August 4 (six months), our whole county had 250 cases and four deaths. In the two months since the college students have returned to the area, the county has seen 400 cases (with 277 attributed directly to the college), but thankfully no additional deaths. We're fairly rural, so the at-risk populations will tend to be a little lower than a larger city.
Carol Hetzler on September 29, 2020:
No one has mentioned there was a recent very long FB article, complete with a very long bibliography documenting everything, that Fauci creates vaccines, that Bill Gates has supported Fauci's foundation for years, that Bill Gates has ID2020 (you can add . org and come to his site) which goal is to give everyone an international number. Their plan is to require everyone to have that vaccine and be given a number. Bill Gates was quoted as saying, yeah, and no one would be able to buy, sell or work without it (the vaccine with the number)!
Andrea on September 29, 2020:
I have come to the conclusion that the best way to tackle this is for human beings to leave social media and stop watching the news. If we stopped watching and reading the news there would be no lockdown because nobody would know about it. I've been angry towards media and the news and now that has shifted to the people constantly feeding it by watching it. I'll believe in a pandemic when I see people collapsing in front of me. For now I wish to believe in love not fear. Peace to you all xx
irish 68 on September 29, 2020:
only the sheeple fall for this nonsense over the flu.its been fake since day one.
munkle on September 27, 2020:
And yes Virginia freedom comes with a cost as you said. It always does, it always has. The cost can be terrible, like those brave Americans who stormed the beaches at Normandy so we could remain free. Just to give it all up because we are afraid of a flu? I hear those brave men turning in their graves. In the American Revolution they fought in the middle of a small pox epidemic. The did not call off the fight for freedom. Look it up.
Life is dangerous, no two ways about it. Eventually we all die. But you may have heard "Those who would give up liberty for a little safety, deserve neither." Benjamin Franklin.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 27, 2020:
Ah, Munkle, freedom comes with a cost in this case. I live in Florida and our nickname for our governor is Ron DeathSantis. The deaths in the state and the number of new cases have not dropped enough to warrant this. Two weeks from now, the numbers will explode.
munkle on September 26, 2020:
BREAKING SEPTEMBER 25 MASKS AND LOCKDOWN GONE IN FLORIDA! Call your state representatives. Win your freedom too. Florida has the oldest population in the US and they are not afraid.
"TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus."
Lois Foster on September 26, 2020:
This info needs to go viral. The lockdown needs to end. The elite pushing for mandatory vaccines ie Gates and Fauci need to go jump in the lake. And the fear mongering needs to stop. I have been saying this since March.
askmenot on September 25, 2020:
BREAKING Elite moving hard and fast on ID2020, rolling out in Austin for "homeless people" to obtain better services. Social Security, all health and financial data, will be on one chip, all that's left is to put it under your skin. Since when do homeless people need total ID for services? You are hungry you go to a soup kitchen. You line up for a bed at the shelter.
Now watch the "Bill Gates conspiracy theory" denouncers kick into action, but you can see under-the-skin biochip technology being developed by the Defense Department (DARPA) right here, Profusa Inc.:
"A Military-Funded Biosensor Could Be the Future of Pandemic Detection"
And who has given funding to Profuse? You got it, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! The Foundation grant is described as ''Implantable multi-analyte sensors for the continuous monitoring of body chemistries''
Sure just crazy conspiracy theory.
"Welcome the City of Austin to the ID2020 Alliance!"
Remember the way to stop Gates is to prosecute him for his vaccine experiments on unsuspecting, illiterate families in India, which violated consent rules. These are a violation of the Nuremberg Code put into place after WWII to stop medical experiments with no consent after Nazi Josef Mengele.
"Economic Times of India: Controversial vaccine studies: Why is Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under fire from critics in India?"
"The committee found that consent for conducting these studies, in many cases, was taken from the hostel wardens, which was a flagrant violation of norms. In many other cases, thumbprint impressions of their poor and illiterate parents were duly affixed onto the consent form. The children also had no idea about the nature of the disease or the vaccine. The authorities concerned could not furnish requisite consent forms for the vaccinated children in a huge number of cases."
Read more at:
John Wynne on September 25, 2020:
This is what happens when totalitarianism is allowed to progress because of some declared emergency be it true or a lie. The people become an enemy unto themselves. This is how Hitler was able to turn ordinary German citizens into brutal Nazi killers, and accomplices to the murder of millions of HUMAN BEINGS by the State with the COOPERATION of the CORPORATIONS and the CITIZENS. This is how Lenin and Mao were able to transform Russia and China, with fear and deprivation and suspension of civil liberties one by one and all at once they are gone with the full support of the majority, they call themselves Democratic Socialist States. Wake Up People. We are already forgetting about the killing of so many of our senior citizens by neglect and by policy. Nobody has been held to task for that, it has been allowed to happen, and now they say they will reform the system, and make it better and they sure don't want to ever kill so many old people all at once again like that, is what I am hearing, and that for me is not enough by far. We have allowed them to commit atrocities and we are all culpable in consenting to anything illegal to which we have given consent, by voice or by our own inaction when action was required. I do indeed indict myself along with all other Canadians, and will continue to do so until this matter is once and for all drawn to closure and reparations for damages done by all illegal orders are complete.
munkle on September 24, 2020:
Here are the Pennsylvania state representatives who signed onto the Impeach Gov. Wolfe over lockdowns resolution. At least 24 state reps in the whole US are doing their jobs.
Representatives who signed on to the impeachment articles
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler County)
Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R., Clinton County)
Rep. Lee James (R., Venango County)
Rep. Jim Gregory (R., Blair County)
Rep. Marci Mustello (R., Butler County)
Rep. Jeff Pyle (R., Armstrong County)
Rep. Dawn Keefer (R., York County)
Rep. Rich Irvin (R., Huntingdon County)
Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R., Berks County)
Rep. Dan Moul (R., Adams County)
Rep. David Zimmerman (R., East Earl)
Rep. Russ Diamond (R., Lebanon County)
Rep. Bud Cook (R., Washington County)
Rep. Mark Keller (R., Perry County)
Rep. Garth Everett (R., Lycoming County)
Rep. Cris Dush (R., Jefferson County)
Rep. Lou Schmitt (R., Blair County)
Rep. Brad Roae (R., Crawford County)
Rep. Frank Ryan (R., Lebanon County)
Rep. Tommy Sankey (R., Clearfield County)
Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R., Lawrence County)
Rep. Rob Kauffman (R., Franklin County)
Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R., Wayne County)
Rep. Eric Davanzo (R., Westmoreland County)
''Wolf's unconstitutional dictates and Orwellian overreach into our lives and the marketplace has caused immeasurable harm and hardship for far more Pennsylvanians than the virus,''
CHRIS57 from Northern Germany on September 24, 2020:
Some remarks on my earlier comment:
As i was addressing excess death - that has nothing to do with inflating Covid19 associated deaths or anecdotes about traffic victims with Corona. This link: is talking about "all causes".
If you think old people are mostly walking the plank - just wait. If you are right then within a year or so there may be an undercut in deaths (the plank for natural deaths is empty then).
Referring to a comment by Martin Haditsch:
In Germany it took 12 days to get reproduction rate (R-factor) from 3,4 down to below 1. The first days of bringing R down had to be attributed to common sense of the people = physical (social) distancing, the other days were simply shutting down all schools.
From then on mask wearing was enforced to keep R low to reduce active cases, which took a good 2 months to reduce to 12%. Today it is 30% of max. active cases in April.
The dynamics of the pandemic can be easily understood here in G. It is almost like petri dish. The US is a different story. Mask wearing is politicized, society and economy are very vulnerable to lockdowns, schools and universities are opened. Of course this will not work out well. The US will have to wait for the virus to mutate itself into harmlessness in the next year. Wonder what is faster, availability of vaccines or selfdestruction of the virus.
Food for continuous partisan ranting...
Sean Ryan on September 24, 2020:
When you have near to complete dependence, you have a near to total lack of independence.
I don't fear "covid-19" one bit.
I haven't yet masked.
I haven't socially distanced, nor self-isolated.
I haven't changed my life/habits one iota.
Neither have most of my friends/acquaintances.
And I don't know a single person that has been "infected".
I used to suffer from chronic pneumonia, often getting infected up to twice yearly.
I used to rely on the U.S. medical industry, for antibiotics/antivirals, which took 7-10 days to start clearing that infection, only to have it come back 6-12 mos later.
I then began using steam inhalation with Eucalyptus and/or Tea Tree oils, both of which have shown effective antibiotic & antiviral activity.
Using that steam inhalation, I've been able to reduce recovery time from pneumonia to a mere 24-48 hrs.
Plus, I don't get infected every year, as I used to.
In fact, I haven't had pneumonia for over 6 years now.
Also, my previous chronic sinus problems have most completely cleared.
Where I previously most often could not breathe from my nose, now I rarely have any problems doing so.
Though the U.S. medical and pharmaceutical industries have largely labeled traditional/herbal medicines as mere quackery, some 50%-70% of all pharmaceuticals rely on natural compounds found in herbs, and the likes (like aspirin, originally from Salix Genus of trees).
The powers of natural phytochemical/compounds, like phenols, tannins, lignans, anthocyanins, and others, are still little known or understood.
askmenot on September 24, 2020:
It is getting pretty obvious that governors, the media, and the full force of the mainstream medical establishment is committed to ramming this down our throats no matter how many people "wake up," are against it, don't buy it. They have force on their side, as long as they command law enforcement and all government agencies. You won't be able to force your way into a DMV to get a drivers license if they won't give you one without the COVID vax. You won't be able to buy groceries without a mask or vax, they will just call the cops on you. With every news "panic porn" story and governors pronouncement, even with all the overwhelmingly negative comments. It is clear they do not give a SH^T what you think! They are going to do what they want to do anyway. I think the fight is in the State Legislatures, where the state representatives have been sitting around as if this has nothing to do with them, just collecting their salary. In Pennsylvania, an impeachment movement against Gov. Wolfe has started which has 26 legislators onboard. That's what we need. Now people have something to rally around, and they are taking back control of their government. People should be sitting in offices and chaining themselves to desks until these criminal governors are OUT.
Blake Cushing on September 24, 2020:
Thank You so much for this. At the beginning, We felt that all kinds of deaths were reported as covid 19. N were doing research to prove it but lost interest because of the overwhelming so-called scientific evidence. Never trusted doctor Dr Faucci at all. Now less than ever.
B. Rex: 102
munkle on September 24, 2020:
GracieZG - I was not talking about seniors such as yourself. Brilliantly said. You are my hero. on September 24, 2020:
I do not wear a mask, will not have a vaccine or be chipped. This is a totally criminal and evil bid to control the world and everyone in it. There are too many of us who are beginning to wake up to the attack and see the lies and brain washing that are going on.
anon0sean on September 24, 2020:
Good essay.
I wanted to add something in regards to your info on Sweden.
Take a look at the average yearly deaths, from all causes, from 2010-2020:
2019 was somewhat of an anomaly, with fewer deaths than the 10-year average, but still within expected averages.
This year is playing out the same, perhaps a couple hundred more total deaths than last year, but still below that 10-year average.
I find it interesting that so many people are comparing Sweden to comparable countries/U.S. states, but failing to note this stat.
It seems many other countries are not providing total deaths for 2020 yet.
Must be too eager to fan the flames of the "covid-19" narrative fire.
lcmm55 on September 24, 2020:
GracieZG on September 24, 2020:
Munkle, I'm 71. You can call this a generational war on steroids, but for us healthy seniors who haven't crashed our health with lifestyle diseases and don't think the body has pharmaceutical deficits, we want a completely open society, because we actually understand how the immune system works. I have many friends, and almost none of them want the society closed down. Almost all of them see past the propaganda. This is a war that Rockefeller started in the early 1900s after his oil monopoly was busted up, and he realized he could make pharmaceuticals out of petroleum, and started creating his new monopoly of pharmaceuticals over natural health remedies. Marry that up with the monopolist oligarch Gates and his peers, and we have an attempt for total control by propaganda, and if that doesn't work, force against the recalcitrants such as we are seeing in Australia. It isn't a war between generations. It's a war of monopolist oligarchs against humanity. This goofy war is coming from them. It has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with money and control. A virus is just their perfect weapon, except that it just didn't turn out to be the killer they were hoping for, and there are cheap remedies. So they have to falsify test results and include fraudulently counted deaths, to keep the world in fear. We aren't afraid. We refuse the lockdown. I can say that because I live in a state with an enlightened governor. If I didn't I would probably have moved by now, like a number of my friends.
munkle on September 23, 2020:
This is the long awaited Generational War on steroids. Financially secure Boomers wanting everyone else to stop living so they don't get sick. Instead of locking themselves up, a small slice of society, lock everyone ELSE up, anybody under 65 and especially young people who statistically have a better chance of dying of the flu.
But hey, they have the money to contribute to political campaigns, and they vote. So let waiters and the small businessmen trying to raise young families starve. The final gift of The Most Selfish Generation.
David A Howard on September 23, 2020:
Trump... is scum. Biden... is scum. Captain Mark Richards and Bob Lazar, may team up for a 2020 presidential run
Laura Seel on September 23, 2020:
I personally think the deep state is behind the inflated numbers and the virus. All planned to kill the economy and raise unemployment rates....impeachment didnt work...let lose the virus! Cant go into an election year with the economy booming and unemployment at an all time low in decades now can we? Cant give Trump credit. In one fell swoop they undid what he accomplished that matters most to the people. Hit them in the wallet! And as far as that chip goes...we should all refuse the vacine! They cant lock us all up. I for one will not be getting it, even if that means they take my social security away, wont let me drive or fly etc.... I will not get chipped!
munkle on September 23, 2020:
Martin Haditsch - I would go with the close to a million count on that crowd, it is a very wide boulevard and looks like almost a mile to the Brandenburg Gate. And the photo does not even show the lower end-point of it. I have seen 40,000 people that is WAY more than 40,000 people.
Martin Haditsch,MD PhD on September 23, 2020:
Some brief points: Germany imposed lockdown and masks only AFTER numbers were already on a drop.And the picture from Berlin showing a huge crowd of people got an official count by mass media of roughly 20.000 to 40.000 (others estimate 500.000 to 1.300.000). The numbers of positive PCR tests in Germany as high as in April - but based on 3 times more tests being done. Feel free to visit my channel on YouTube ( just enter " Haditsch" and click on the picture on top) where you can also find two statements in English. Take care and stay healthy!
David A Howard on September 23, 2020:
5G millimetre waves cause coronavirus - Coming soon: FBI-administered polygraph tests for Big Telecom executives - Yes, a signal creates a virus
David on September 23, 2020:
So Virginia, millions must suffer for what equates to a handful of people?? Sorry, that logic doesnt fly in a free society. take you and that thinking to a communist country because thats where it belongs. we've had 6 months and for some of us it only took less than a month to see through this bullsh1t pandemic.
you should buy some lottery tickets because i dont know 1 person that knws 1 person who was majorly affected last flu season by anything. you knw several?? your story stinks and i dont believe you.
Eric Lennert on September 23, 2020:
Virginia Allain So if Masks work, why did the Govt. shutddown the economy/business' & if they don't work why are you & they still pushing us to wear them
munkle on September 22, 2020:
Virginia Allain - Rather than thinking of your friends have you thought of your children or grandchildren's loss of a normal childhood or education? The thrill of learning socialization skills for life in large groups of children, playing, fighting, making up again, skills you need to be a fully actualized human being? The fun and discipline of playing in band or singing in choir, or if in college late night rap session with purposeful kids like yourself in your room? Have you thought of out-of-work waiters and small businesspeople worried SICK about how they will feed their families next month?
In 1957 the H2N2 pandemic cost as many lives per capita in the US as now, yet no one even knew about it unless you were a nurse in a nursing home.
We should all do our best to shelter the vulnerable. But asking all people to starve and stop life itself is selfish. No one is downplaying anything. It is an appropriate response we need. And the science says its time to completely open up and stop the mask foolishness.
munkle on September 22, 2020:
Chris 57 Fair points.
In the US to accept the excess deaths data you must accept blatant rules which encouraged the COVID death count to be inflated. CDC guidance at the height of the pandemic was:
''In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely' is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as 'probable' or 'presumed.'''
Dr. Deborah Birx herself said: "''If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,''
According to the rules, someone who has asymptomatic COVID and dies of a heart attack dies of COVID.
We need not even get into the more absurd cases, where a man who had a motorcycle accident after testing positive with COVID was put down as COVID! Rather than fix the mistake, health authorities tried to defend the decision!
Furthermore, Gov. Cuomo's murderous policy of seeding COVID patients into nursing homes might have heavily impacted New York's deaths, which still account for nearly a quarter of all US deaths. These deaths didn't need to happen.
You want to see excess deaths? Wait until another lockdown shuts down the food supply chain, and millions of people are starving. We had excess deaths also in the 1957 H2N2 pandemic, but society did not cut off a leg to save a toe.
As Dr. Yeadon says, among excess deaths must be counted the thousands who die from deferred surgeries, treatments, and medical care while the hospitals are on "COVID alert." And the suicides and drug overdoses from the fright and despair of people out of work permanently, and afraid of the future. All to protect a minuscule vulnerable part of the population which can be focused on and sheltered while everyone else lives normal lives.
At some point the absurdity becomes so obvious that one must ask oneself if something else is going on, and if all this does' have some purpose, by an elite which thinks nothing of basically executing thousands of nursing home patients to boost their death count so they can show images of refrigerator trucks on national TV. Funny how NYC ordered those truck just before the nursing home policy was implemented.
If saving lives is the goal, why is HCQ not legal, and why is Cuomo not in jail?
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 22, 2020:
I get very angry when I see articles downplaying the U.S. disaster that is ongoing. My friend spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital and in rehab in Florida because of Covid-19. She is finally home with a helper. Others in our community died (at least 4 that I know of).
More will die across the U.S. if the government does not show a united front on advice for wearing masks. Many won't die if they get it but their lives may be changed forever.
Another friend has a cousin in her 20s who now has heart damage from Covid-19. Again, this is not someone who died but whose life is forever changed.
CHRIS57 from Northern Germany on September 22, 2020:
Please wouldn´t it add to the value of the article if you include the infection rate for comparison to previous virus pandemics? Imho it does matter if you have a spreading of 3:1 or 1.2:1.
I would aggree that current survival rate is in the range of 99.5 to 99.7%. No matter US or old Europe. Having said this, the key seems to be that number of active cases are very crucial. The US has a high mortality in absolute numbers, because active cases are magnitudes higher than in comparable developed countries.
So why discredit efforts to reduce active case count? Actually that is what social distancing does. To look at Sweden does not give the full picture, because (at least to my knowledge) no information on active cases. A better comparison is Belarus, also no lockdown, fatalities seem to be low, but survival rate is 3 to 4 times worse than US, Italy..
Relative numbers and statistics are sometimes very tricky.
About Germany: A different planet. German health care system never got close to its limits. Early response and intensive testing and tracking now leads to the good response paradoxon. Because low fatalities, all action seems to be unappropriate.
As long as excess mortaility in the US is significant, still in the range of 8% from natural mortality, the matter is not over, regardless of false or correct testing or no testing at all.
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VIDEO-Biden Coronavirus Task Force's Osterholm: 'We're Going to See Hospitals Collapsing in the Next Two to Three Weeks'
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:41
Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of former Vice President Joe Biden's coronavirus task force, predicted on Thursday that hospitals will be ''collapsing in the next two to three weeks'' due to spikes in coronavirus cases across the country.
As many push the President Donald Trump administration to provide information regarding coronavirus cases to the Biden transition team, Osterholm emphasized the importance of someone in his position knowing ''current information on the number of cases.''
''[F]or individuals such as myself, we're not having those discussions, which is limiting us in terms of the information that we learn, the information that we share,'' Osterholm told MSNBC's ''Morning Joe.'' ''I think right now we all have to understand that we need current information on the number of cases. I think that the White House task force report issued yesterday or at least was made public yesterday is right on the mark. We are really in a crisis stage. We have to be discussing what can we do, what do we do. You know, it's not just enough to help Americans understand you don't want to swap air '-- how do you incentivize them, how do you help them realize that this what they want to do.''
''We need somebody to say this is what's happening, this is how bad it is,'' he advised. ''We're going to see hospitals collapsing in the next two to three weeks. And this is what we've got to do to address that. And just remember one thing, for the next three weeks the cases are already in pipeline. The people who are infected this morning will be the cases of next week in the hospital, a few days after that, and will be in the intensive care rooms and dying after that. So even if we did everything we could right now, we would still not turn this thing around for literally three to four more weeks.''
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VIDEO-Replacing Mark Esper, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller activates special operations forces to report directly to him
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:38
Replacing Mark Esper, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller activates special operations forces to report directly to him
For those who are reluctant to recognize the actions taking place to defend America against both foreign and domestic enemies, a massive change was just put in place at the Department of Defense that proves some additional clues about what's going down.
Special Operations forces have now been restructured to report directly to Defense Secretary Chris Miller, who replaced swamp creature Mark Esper, recently fired by Trump. The term ''special operations forces'' usually includes special forces from the Army (Rangers, Delta, etc.) and Navy (SEALs), and likely encompasses many tens of thousands of highly-trained, elite troops. (The exact count is not public information.)
Chris Miller, who previously served as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, described the changes as ''tectonic'' and as being pursued to ''combat transnational threats.''
But he also said something even more interesting:
At the 6:29 time mark, Miller says: (emphasis added)
At the same time, should any maligned actors underestimate our resolve or attempt to undermine our efforts, we will not hesitate to restore deterrents and defeat any and all threats.
As we implement the President's orders, we also recognize that transitions and campaigns are fraught with risk and unexpected challenges and opportunities. That is why I am here today to announce that I have directed the special operations civilian leadership to report directly to me instead of through the current bureaucrat channels. This historic step finalizes what Congress has authorized and directed and will put Special Operations Command on par with the military services for the first time.
He specifically invoked ''transitions and campaigns,'' and although the word ''campaign'' typically refers to a military campaign, paired with the term ''transitions,'' this now seemingly refers to Presidential transitions and political campaigns.
This appears to be a dog whistle to other patriots throughout the DoD, broadcasting the fact that patriots are now in charge at the DoD, and they now directly command U.S. special forces assets. In other words, those assets have just been removed from the control of the deep state swamp bureaucrats that haunt the halls of the Pentagon, rubbing elbows with John Bolton and other swamp slugs in the hope of starting more wars.
Special Forces assets are now being deployed to take down America's domestic enemies and traitorsNow, many dots are beginning to be connected here, with unconfirmed rumors circulating over the last few days that U.S. Special Forces teams have already arrested certain high-level Democrat and deep state traitors who are behind the recent foreign election interference in the U.S. elections via the Dominion and Scytl voting systems, both of which were rigged to produce a Joe Biden ''victory.''
I cover more details about this in my Nov. 16th Daily News Update podcast.
According to recent rumors, U.S. forces raided a server farm in Frankfurt, Germany, taking possession of server data that proves the massive election fraud that was carried out. This means efforts are already under way to gather all the evidence needed to prove treason on the part of those who attempted to steal the election and overthrow the United States government.
Attorney Sidney Powell explains some of what went down on November 3rd during the left-wing election steal in America:
As we have documented in previous articles, the 2020 election took place under a Trump-declared National Emergency which was declared on September 12, 2018 in an Executive Order.
That order, available at, is entitled, ''Executive Order on Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election.''
As I explained previously:
In the EO, the President also states that people and organizations located, in part, outside the United States are known to be able to, ''interfere in or undermine public confidence in United States elections, including through the unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure or the covert distribution of propaganda and disinformation.''
The EO further states that this foreign interference in U.S. elections, ''constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.''
The EO gives the U.S. government the authority to seize all assets of any corporation or organization engaged in rigging any national election. This means Trump can now seize Twitter, Facebook, CNN, the New York Times and all the assets of every Democrat involved in election rigging.
Election rigging is also a felony crime under current U.S. law.
But how will the thousands of Democrats, deep staters and treasonous actors who participated in all this election theft actually be arrested and questioned?
Answer: U.S. Special Forces, answering directly to Chris Miller.
Trump already has total authority to secretly arrest domestic enemies under the NDAA, signed into law by ObamaTrump will likely invoke the Insurrection Act, which authorizes military forces to be deployed in the United States to put down acts of open rebellion or insurrection against the United States government. Even without the Insurrection Act, Trump already has the NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act, which specifically allows the President to use U.S. military forces to arrest and detain enemy combatants even if they are U.S. citizens.
The coordinated election rigging that took place '-- using technology from Venezuela, servers from Germany and money from Communist China '-- is of course an act of international warfare against the United States government. All those engaged in these acts are, in fact, enemy combatants even if they are U.S. citizens or lawmakers. They can be arrested by U.S. military personnel, relocated to black sites like GITMO, and interrogated or prosecuted under wartime military law.
Some observers say this process has already begun. This is what we think Sidney Powell meant when she said, ''The Kraken was already released several days ago.''
In this emergency podcast update from 24 hours ago, I explain in great detail why it is credible that U.S. military forces have been activated to defend the United States of America against a foreign-instigated election rigging attempt that tried to illegally install Joe Biden as President.
Perhaps this is why Lin Wood says that Joe Biden ''and people like him'' are going to jail.
Video taped confessions are likely being recorded right this very minute.
Trump doesn't need the entire DoD to pull this off, you see, and he doesn't need the DOJ. He doesn't need police or the National Guard, either. He has command over the many tens of thousands of special forces operators and patriots who have sworn an oath to defend the Unite States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. President Trump is finally giving those patriot boys a chance to make good on that oath.
VIDEO-Megyn Kelly Is Ditching NYC After School Promotes Reforming 'White Kids,' Says Future 'Killer Cop' In 'Every Classroom' | The Daily Wire
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:34
Independent journalist Megyn Kelly is pulling her children out of school and leaving New York City after her boys' school promoted a call to ''reform white children'' and accused white people of ''reveling in their state-sanctioned depravity'' and slaughtering black people.
Kelly, who founded Devil May Care Media, revealed a letter that her boys' school administrators circulated among parents and faculty during an episode of her podcast, ''The Megyn Kelly Show,'' on Monday. Kelly said that she and her husband were pulling their children out of school and leaving New York City over the ''out of control'' racial social justice agenda in the city's schools.
''It's out of control on so many levels, and after years of resisting it, we're going to leave the city. We pulled our boys from their school and our daughter is going to be leaving hers soon, too,'' Kelly said. ''The schools have always been far-left, which doesn't align with my own ideology, but I didn't really care. Most of my friends are liberals, it's fine. I come from Democrats as a family.''
''I'm not offended at all by the ideology and I lean center-left on some things, but they've gone around the bend. I mean they have gone off the deep-end.,'' she continued. ''This summer in the wake of George Floyd, they circulated amongst the diversity group '' which includes white parents like us, there are people who want to be allies and stay attuned to what we can do '' an article, and afterward they recirculated it and wanted every member of the faculty to read it.''
Kelly said the letter was written by Nahliah Webber, the executive director of Orleans Public Education Network, and the host then reads excerpts from the letter that asserts that white children in the United States are indoctrinated racists. Webber's letter appears to be a version of a blog post Webber wrote for Education Post in June.
Kelly then read excerpts of the letter circulated at her boys' school. The letter, according to Kelly, says:
There is a killer cop sitting in every school where white children learn.
They gleefully soak in their whitewashed history that downplays the holocaust of indigenous native peoples and Africans in the Americas. They happily believe their all-white spaces exist as a matter of personal effort and willingly use violence against black bodies to keep those spaces white.
As black bodies drop like flies around us by violence at white hands, how can we in any of our minds conclude that whites are alright?
White children are left unchecked and unbothered in their schools, homes, and communities to join, advance, and protect systems that take away black life.
I am tired of white people reveling in their state-sanctioned depravity, snuffing out black life with no consequences.
Where's the urgency for school reform for white kids being indoctrinated in black death and protected from the consequences?
Where are the government-sponsored reports looking into how white mothers are raising culturally deprived children who think black death is okay?
Where are the national conferences, white papers and policy positions on the pathology of whiteness in schools?
This time if you really want to make a difference in black lives '-- and not have to protest this shit again '-- go reform white kids. Because that's where the problem is '-- with white children being raised from infancy to violate black bodies with no remorse or accountability.
'After years of resisting it, we're going to leave."@MegynKelly describes why she pulled her kids out of their NYC schools '' and she, @GlennLoury and @Coldxman Hughes discuss how "woke" leftism has taken over schools. Listen below, download here:
'-- The Megyn Kelly Show (@MegynKellyShow) November 16, 2020
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VIDEO-Internet Censorship: The i-Patriot Act Waiting to be Implemented?
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:08
Lawrence Lessig, who is a respected law professor for Stanford University told an audience at a tech conference that there was going to be a i-911 event that would spur the implementation of patriot act laws for online, which he calls i-Patriot Act.
At 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the video above, Lessig describes the details of a plan supposedly already written up, planned and waiting to be implemented should some cyberterror attack hit the Internet.
Before going into the details, lets look at who Lessig is.
Lessig is not only a law professor at Stanford, he is also a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications. Lessig is the founder of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. He is also a founding member of Creative Commons and is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Software Freedom Law Center.
spoke at the Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, this year and he told the audience
"There's going to be an i-9/11 event'' which will act as a catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the internet."He also claims that he spoke to the former government Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke and he found out that the Justice Department was waiting for a cyber terrorism event that would be the catalyst for implemented the "cyber equivalent " of the Patriot Act, to which Lessig nicknamed the i-Patriot Act.
He further claims that the patriot Act, that was implemented 20 days after the 911 attack on the United States, had been sitting in a drawer for 20 years waiting for an attack of that magnitude and that is how it was ready to implemented that soon after the actual attack.
Another statement attributed to Lessig from the conference is as follows:
Of course, the Patriot Act is filled with all sorts of insanity about changing the way civil rights are protected, or not protected in this instance. So I was having dinner with Richard Clarke and I asked him if there is an equivalent, is there an i-Patriot Act just sitting waiting for some substantial event as an excuse to radically change the way the internet works. He said ''of course there is''.Lessig alleges that just as the Patriot Act had been sitting in a drawer for all those years, waiting to be implemented, that the cyber equivalent is also already prepared and waiting for an Internet attack of such a magnitude that it would have to be implemented just as the Patriot Act was.
He also provides examples showing that even without the implementation of the i-Patriot Act, there is already legislation to create an IP czar at the Department of Justice and to enforce intellectual property rights:
Our governments have reams of legislation penned to put clamps on the web as we know it. Legislation such as the PRO-IP Act of 2007: H.R. 4279, that would create an IP czar at the Department of Justice and the Intellectual Property Enforcement Act of 2007: S. 522, which would create an entire 'Intellectual Property Enforcement Network'. These are just two examples.He points to examples such as Facebook and what he calls "overarching identification, verification and access systems" that are being implemented, to warn about strict control mechanisms that are being developed and implemented right before our eyes, saying it needs to be spoken about before the Internet becomes "paralyzed beyond repair."
Cyber terrorism is not a new worry, there have been noted attacks already in the news.
On January 18, 2008, Friday, CIA analyst Tom Donahue, at the SANS security trade conference in New Orleans,
disclosed recently declassified information about such attacks saying that hackers have, indeed, penetrated power systems in regions outside the U.S. and in some cases causing power outages that affected multiple cities.
Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer for security firm BT Counterpane, warned that the U.S. has no immunity, despite the fact that the recently disclosed attacks happened outside the U.S.and states
"There's nothing magical about a system being in the U.S. The same vulnerabilities are everywhere." Hands-on model of the Internet
by Takuya Oikawa-Flickr
One memorable previous cyber attack was
in 2002 when a denial of service (DOS) attack hit 13 servers and the top five viewed sites went down temporarily.
That attack flooded the 13 domain-name service root servers around the world with 30-40 times the normal amount of data. Seven of the servers were affected enough to have periods of "zero-reachability," according to Web security firm Matrix NetSystems.
You can see for yourself how the Internet structure works
In researching what a worst case scenario would look like I ran across a two page article in
Newsweek, written in November of 2003.
One specific quote from that article could be labeled as disturbing. It was made by Paul Vixie, president of the Internet Software Consortium, a nonprofit group that helps maintain the Internet, where he said
"I'm terrified if I think too hard about it. This isn't so much a threat to national security as a threat to civilization."When the experts use the word "terrified", and "threat to civilization" it makes one stop and think.
The Internet is used for just about every portion of our lives, utility companies use it, phone, cable, air control, bus, trains and boats use systems which utilize the Internet, even our basic day to day traffic on the roads are controlled by computers running the stoplights.
Protecting something that has become part of our very infrastructure is important, but is that reason to go overboard to restrict, censor, monitor or track online activities.
Where is the line in the sand?
Is there one?
It might also be considered reasonable by some to ask whether or not implementing a cyber equivalent of the Patriot Act would matter much if civilization as we know it (run by computers that no longer function) is in total chaos?
If such a dire scenario were to come, how many people would be worried about jumping on their computer?
VIDEO-Smart thermometers being used to track spread of coronavirus
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:05
Lee County
The health technology company Kinsa has created a smart thermometer that records fevers as well as other health information you enter into their app, allowing people to track the spread of illnesses like COVID-19 in their community.
It's already been used to predict outbreaks: Back in March, the software predicted a surge in Floridian cases, with a peak around March 22. Roughly two weeks later, we saw a similar surge in cases, as state data first trended above 1,000 positive cases per day in early April.
Nita Nehru from Kinsa explained how case data follows the company's forecasts:
''When people first get sick, what they do is they take a temperature,'' Nehru said. ''Then they end up going for a COVID[-19] test, the COVID[-19] test takes a few days to come back positive. And then, after a few days of being ill, then they enter into a hospital, for example. So all of those pieces have lags.''
With Thanksgiving next week, many health officials are worried travel will create an increase in cases. While AAA predicts 50 million people plan to travel for the holiday, only half as many Americans are expected to fly compared to last year.
If you plan to travel, Kinsa has created an online tool where you can enter in the zipcode you're visiting to get an idea of how bad cases are there. When the tool was tested with Lee County, it scored a 63; that puts our community in the high risk category, because COVID-19 cases are high and continuing to spread.
Kinsa says it's seeing similar trends across the country.
''What we're seeing is that a lot of the areas of the country are in high to critical risk,'' Nehru said. ''I actually just yesterday pulled all the lowest risk counties. And, unfortunately, there is no county right now that is low risk.''
If you do plan to travel, local doctors encourage you to continue wearing your masks, maintaining social distance as best as you can and washing your hands frequently.
VIDEO-The Recount on Twitter: ""We're working on mass distribution of the virus." '-- Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin, who we hope is working on mass distribution of the ~vaccine~ and not the virus." / Twitter
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 13:03
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VIDEO-Gov. Cuomo fires back at New York sheriffs who say they won't enforce ten-person limit for Thanksgiving | News 4 Buffalo
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:43
Posted: Nov 18, 2020 / 11:00 PM EST / Updated: Nov 19, 2020 / 10:06 AM EST
(WIVB) '' Gov. Andrew Cuomo is firing back after some sheriffs threatened to not enforce his limits on private gatherings.
Last week, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said he would not use his deputies to break up big Thanksgiving feasts in private homes.
A sheriff outside of Albany also said he wouldn't enforce the ten-person limit.
The governor says the rule is an executive order and must be enforced as a law.
Sheriff Howard said in a statement last week that his office will ''respect the sanctity of your home'' and is encouraging all Erie County residents to act responsibly.
More News StoriesUK leader to end England's coronavirus lockdown on Dec. 2LONDON (AP) '-- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to end an England-wide lockdown as scheduled on Dec. 2 and will announce a return to regional restrictions as statistics show that coronavirus infections have stabilized.
Johnson's office also confirmed plans to begin a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program next month, assuming regulators approve a vaccine against the virus. The government also will increase mass testing in an effort to suppress the virus until vaccines can be rolled out.
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zerbaijanis who fled war look to return home, if it existsBAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) '-- As Azerbaijan regains control of land it lost to Armenian forces a quarter-century ago, civilians who fled the fighting decades ago wonder if they can go back home now '-- and if there's still a home to go back to.
An estimated 600,000 Azerbaijanis were displaced in the 1990s war that left the Nagorno-Karabakh region under the control of ethnic Armenian separatists and large adjacent territories in Armenia's hands. During six weeks of renewed fighting this fall that ended Nov. 10, Azerbaijan took back parts of Nagorno-Karabakh itself and sizeable swaths of the outlying areas.
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Russia's health system under strain as the virus surges backMOSCOW (AP) '-- When Yekaterina Kobzeva, a nurse at a preschool in Russia's Ural Mountains, began having trouble breathing, she called an ambulance. It was four days before she managed to find a free hospital bed.
The ambulance first took her to get a scan '-- which showed damage from pneumonia to 50% of her lungs, an indication she had coronavirus. The paramedics then drove her around the city of Perm and its surroundings for hours as seven hospitals, one by one, turned her down, saying they didn't have any beds available. At dawn, she went home.
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VIDEO-Attorney Sidney Powell: They Added 35,000 Votes to Democrat Candidates in One State - YouTube
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 11:52
VIDEO-McEnany: Trump's path to victory is Supreme Court, exposing 'systemic' voter fraud | Fox News
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 05:27
The path to challenging "systemic voter fraud" during the 2020 presidential election is through the courts, Trump campaign adviser Kayleigh McEnany said Saturday.
While no evidence of such a scheme has been presented in court, McEnany, who also serves as White House press secretary, doubled down on the allegations and accused the news media of being complicit.
''We have 234 affidavits in Michigan, of voters in one county saying this is what I observed. We have voters in Pennsylvania saying 'I showed up to vote, was told I couldn't cast my ballot because there is a mail-in ballot that was cast on my behalf that wasn't cast by me,''' McEnany said on "Fox & Friends Weekend."
McEnany said ''real systematic claims'' exist and will be brought before judges.
''Our justice system is where that will play, and that is something that the media cannot get in the way of. They can try to hide it, but the American people are smart. The 73 million people who showed up to vote for this president -- the most-ever votes for a sitting president -- they have a voice. We will be heard.
"The Tea Party movement made their voice heard, the Trump movement is now making our voice heard, and, again, we don't need the media by our side, we can do it without them,'' McEnany said.
President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani alleged widespread voter fraud during a news conference Thursday but provided no evidence of such a scheme.
In court so far, the Trump campaign has primarily focused on the validity of ballots and counts without asserting fraud.
''We've got to continue fighting this, and the federal courts are the path and, hopefully, up to the Supreme Court, " McEnany said, "because voter fraud is real, and they seized on a pandemic and created an electoral epidemic -- one that was inexcusable, a system that should never have happened.''
Fox News' Ronn Blitzer contributing to this report.
VIDEO-[AUDIO] Lin Wood says he's seen Sidney Powell's Dominion evidence and it is SOLID '' The Right Scoop
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 05:21
Lin Wood told The John Fredericks Show that he's seen the evidence from Sidney Powell's Dominion case and says it is solid:
He also talks about his case in Georgia and how he's filing and emergency appeal with the 11th Circuit, saying that something is rotten in Georgia.
I hadn't planned on working today so I just haven't had time to hear more than five minutes of this interview, nor have I had much time to post anything today. But I think it's definitely one I'll listen to later and I have heard enough, however, to feel good about recommending it to you.
Continue to pray for Fred T as he deals with medical issues. Also consider this an open thread in case I don't get another post out tonight.
VIDEO-Powell: Servers were 'confiscated' from electronic voting company 'in Germany,' and 'it was our forces that got' them
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 05:20
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Trump attorney Sidney Powell told radio host Glenn Beck Friday that she has heard that ''our forces'' confiscated the server of an electronic voting system company in Germany with alleged ties to the president's voter fraud accusations.
''The servers at Scytl in Germany were confiscated the other day,'' Powell told Beck during a 15-minute conversation related to voter fraud claims made by President Trump. ''I'm hearing it was our forces that got those servers, so I think the government is now working on an investigation of what really happened.''
Powell added: "But we're getting in evidence also that there were lines into the servers from four foreign countries all extremely adverse to the interests of the United States."
''But wouldn't they have counted those here first and then just uploaded them to the cloud on those servers maybe perhaps in Germany?'' Beck asked.
''Right, there were multiple ways of doing the alterations of the votes," Powell said. "The person sitting at the data center where the votes are coming in can do it, can watch in real time and change things. They can put an algorithm on the system across the board that does the initial shifting and then in each data collection point, which is best we can tell, for the major alterations for the Democratic-controlled, politically corrupt strongholds in the country. Cities like Detroit and Philadelphia and Atlanta. By the spikes in the data, the statistical experts '... can tell you exactly when the anomalies occurred that are statistically impossible.''
Trump allies have been spreading the claim in recent days about a military raid that seized servers in Germany, which both the U.S. Army and Scytl have denied. Scytl, an electronic voting company, issued a statement Monday saying the U.S. military has not seized anything from the company and that it doesn't have offices in Germany.
The claim, which several ''fact-checkers'' have deemed ''false,'' appears to have originated on Twitter and was echoed by Trump loyalist Rep. Louie Gohmert during a Newsmax interview.
Powell also told Beck that evidence to support claims of voter fraud is still being gathered.
''We are still gathering massive amounts of evidence,'' Powell told Beck when asked when she expects lawsuits to be filed. ''We haven't even had time to process all of it. People are drafting affidavits right and left.''
Powell explained that ''patriotic Americans'' are coming forward both domestically and internationally to ''clean up the system and stop this election rigging that has gone on all around the world for the profit of all kinds of tyrants and global interests that have just lined their pockets while they've raped their own countries and treated their people horribly.''
Powell added that she hopes to begin sending documents to reporters and ''people like'' Beck ''as soon as this weekend.''
''We've unearthed a global criminal conspiracy that's just mind-blowing,'' she said.
Powell joined fellow Trump attorneys in a news conference Thursday outlining several allegations of widespread voter fraud that the legal team believes altered the result of the presidential election.
Powell claimed to have evidence of the ''massive influence of communist money through Venezuela, Cuba, and likely China, and interference with our elections."
"The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic technology software ... were created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost an election after one constitutional referendum came out the way he did not want it to come out,'' Powell stated. "Trump won by a landslide, and we are going to prove it, and we are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom.''
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VIDEO-Republican IT Specialist Dies in Plane Crash | Democracy Now!
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 23:47
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AMY GOODMAN : A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Mike Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. He also set up the official Ohio state election website reporting the 2004 presidential election returns.
Connell was reportedly an experienced pilot. He died instantly Friday night when his private plane crashed in a residential neighborhood near Akron, Ohio.
Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count and his access to Karl Rove's email files and how they went missing.
Velvet Revolution, a non-profit investigating Connell's activities, revealed this weekend that Connell had recently said he was afraid George Bush and Dick Cheney would ''throw [him] under the bus.'' Cliff Arnebeck had also previously alerted Attorney General Michael Mukasey to alleged threats from Karl Rove to Connell if he refused to ''take the fall.''
Well, Mark Crispin Miller joins us now, a professor of media culture and communication at New York University, the author of several books, including Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008 and Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too. Mark Crispin Miller us now in our firehouse studio.
Welcome to Democracy Now!
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : It's good to be here, Amy. Thank you.
AMY GOODMAN : Alright, well, we had you on right before the election, because that's when Mike Connell was being deposed. This news that came out of his death in a plane crash on Friday night, talk about what you understand has happened.
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Well, I cannot assert with perfect confidence that this was no accident, but I will say that the circumstances are so suspicious and so convenient for Rove and the White House that I think we're obliged to investigate this thing very, very thoroughly. And that means, first of all, taking a close look at some of the stories that were immediately circulated to account for what happened, that it was bad weather. That was the line they used when Wellstone's plane went down. There had been bad weather, but it had passed two hours before. And this comes from a woman at the airport information desk in Akron. We're told that his plane was running out of gas, which is a little bit odd for a highly experienced pilot like Connell, but apparently, when the plane went down, there was an explosion, a fireball that actually charred and pocked some of the house fronts in the neighborhood. People can go online and see the footage that news crews took. But beyond the, you know, dubiousness of the official story, we have to take a close look at '-- and a serious look at all the charges that Connell was set to make.
AMY GOODMAN : Now, he had asked the Attorney General Mukasey for protective custody, because of threats to him and his wife?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : He reported threats to his lawyer, Cliff Arnebeck, and Arnebeck '-- also, Velvet Revolution heard from tipsters, as well, tipsters who also claimed that Connell's life was at risk. Stephen Spoonamore, the whistleblower who was the first '-- who was the one to name Connell in the first place, also had an ear to the inside. He's also very connected. And all these people were saying Rove is making threats, the White House is very worried about this case.
Having heard all this, Arnebeck contacted Mukasey, he contacted Nancy Rogers, who is the Ohio Attorney General, and he wrote a letter to the court, telling all of them that ''This man should be in protective custody. He is an important witness in a RICO case. Please do something to look after him.'' And they didn't respond to this.
AMY GOODMAN : So, explain what this case is all about and exactly what Mike Connell has been doing over these last years. What does it mean to be Karl Rove's IT guru?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Well, the lawyers in the case refer to him as a high-IQ Forrest Gump, by which they mean that he seems to have been present at the scene of every dubious election of the last eight years. We're talking about Florida in 2000. We're talking about Ohio in 2004. We're talking about Alabama in 2002. He seems to have been involved in the theft of Don Siegelman's re-election for governor. There's some evidence that links him with the Saxby Chambliss-Max Cleland Senate race in Georgia in 2002. To be Karl Rove's IT guru seems to have meant basically setting it up so that votes could be electronically shaved to the disadvantage of the Democrats and the advantage of Republicans.
AMY GOODMAN : What do you mean, ''electronically shaved''? I mean, you've got all these precincts all over Ohio. They're counting up their votes. What does he have to do with this?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Well, specifically, there's a computer architecture setup called ''Man in the Middle,'' which involves shunting the election returns from, you know, the state in question '-- in this case, Ohio '-- shunting them to a separate computer elsewhere. All of the election returns in Ohio in 2004 went from the Secretary of State's website '-- this is Ken Blackwell '-- to a separate computer in a basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which was under the control of another private company called SMARTech.
So we have now two private companies: GovTech Solutions, which is Connell's company, SMARTech, which is run by a guy named [Jeff] Averbeck. And the company '-- the third private company that managed the voting tabulators in Ohio was called Triad. All three of these companies worked closely together on election night in Ohio in 2004. It turns out that the state's own IT person was sent home at 9:00 p.m. They said, ''Go ahead. Go home. We'll take care of this.'' So that this trio of highly partisan and, let me add, Christianist companies basically took over the whole '---
AMY GOODMAN : What do you mean, ''Christianist''?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Well, they're radical theocratic activists, particularly -'-- particularly Triad and SMARTech. You know, they are fervently anti-choice.
AMY GOODMAN : Well, Mike Connell was, in fact '-- many said that's what motivated him through all of this, his fierce anti-abortion stance.
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : He told '-- Connell told Spoonamore that one of the primary reasons why he helped Bush-Cheney steal elections was to save the babies. I do think, though, that we have to draw a distinction between Connell, on the one hand, and the Averbeck and the Rapp family, on the other hand, because Connell was far less ferocious in his political views. He was an ardent anti-abortionist, it's true, but he wasn't quite as hardcore as the others. And in fact, you know, he was a little bit alienated from the others, and that's one of the reasons why he was inclined to talk, and so on.
But the fact is, to answer your question, that on election night in 2004, it had been Connell, with these other two companies working with him, who had managed the computer setup, enabling Ken Blackwell to study the maps of precincts and voter turnout very carefully and figure out how many votes they need. By shunting the data to Chattanooga, they kind of slowed down the data stream.
AMY GOODMAN : Wasn't Karl Rove's email also there in Chattanooga on some of these servers?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Yes, yes. The same servers were used to host a whole bunch of highly partisan websites. And also, indeed, Karl Rove's emails were on that server, too.
AMY GOODMAN : That have gone missing.
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : That have gone missing. Incidentally, Stephen Spoonamore, again, the whistleblower who's the one who named Connell, has told us '-- and I've seen his own contemporary notes '---
AMY GOODMAN : And explain again who he was. Why was he in a position to whistleblow?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Stephen Spoonamore is a conservative Republican, a former McCain supporter and a very prominent expert at the detection of computer fraud. He's the star witness in the Ohio lawsuit, right, in which Connell was involved. He has done extensive work of this kind, involving computer security, and had therefore worked with Connell, knew Connell personally and knew a lot of the people who were involved in the sort of cyber-security end of the Bush operation.
Despite his conservatism -'-- or I suppose some would say because of it '-- he's a man of principle '-- I mean, believes in the Constitution. He believes elections should be honest. He's the one who came forward and named Connell.
And I have seen his notes of a conversation in which Connell asked Spoonamore how one would go about destroying White House emails. To this, Spoonamore said, ''This conversation is over. You're asking me to do something illegal.'' But clearly, clearly '-- this is the important point '-- Mike Connell was up past his eyeballs in the most sensitive and explosive aspects of this crime family that, you know, has been masquerading as a political party.
AMY GOODMAN : And what did Fitrakis, the attorney who has brought the suit with Harvey Wasserman, the Ohio lawsuit, learn in the deposition of Mike Connell in the day before the election, which hardly got attention, considering it was the day before this historic election?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Yeah. Harvey wasn't part of it. Harvey writes articles with Bob. It's Bob Fitrakis and Cliff Arnebeck are the attorneys. They learned very little. What they learned was that Bush-Cheney lawyer who accompanied Connell to the deposition was watching the whole thing like a hawk, repeatedly objected to questions. Connell was stonewalling like crazy at this deposition.
They only learned one thing. And that was, they got confirmation that it was Connell who brought these other private companies into the arrangement, in addition to his own GovTech Solutions. Again, there was Triad and SMARTech. It was Connell who brought those three companies into one unit, so that the three of them were, in effect, handling Ohio's election returns on election night under Connell's supervision. That's what we learned.
We also know, Amy, that since the deposition '-- I want to make this clear; we said it before, I want to repeat it '-- that Connell has indicated very clearly a desire to talk further, to tell more, whether it's his conscience bothering him or whether it's fear of some kind of a perjury charge because of how vigorously he stonewalled at the deposition. He made it known to the lawyers, he made it known to reporter Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story, that he wanted to talk. He was scared. He wanted to talk. And I say that he had pretty good reason to be scared.
AMY GOODMAN : So why did he fly in '-- why did he pilot his own plane when he was so afraid?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER : Well, that's a good question. We can't ask him, unfortunately. I mean, this is kind of a grisly thought, but, I mean, I think we should be asking where the body is? We're told that a trooper on the scene immediately identified Connell. But then we read elsewhere that there was nothing left but debris and that the fireball was enormous. So maybe he wasn't on the plane. I mean, who knows, when you're dealing with people as deep as these?
But the point is '-- I can't stress this strongly enough '-- we're dealing not just with a shocking accident, if that's what it was, and a convenient one. We're dealing not even just with a particular lawsuit that, you know, really requires vigorous promotion. The important point here is that this is all about our elections. That's what this is about. This is about democratic self-government.
The fact that Obama won so handily has caused a lot of us to sit back and relax. There's been a lot of popping of champagne corks and people drawing the conclusion that the system must work, because our guy won. Well, this is not a sports event. This is self-government.
In fact, the evidence strongly suggests '-- and we haven't had a chance to talk about this since Election Day '-- that Obama probably won by twice as many votes as we think. Probably a good seven million votes for Obama were undone through vote suppression and fraud, because the stuff was extensive and pervasive, in places where you wouldn't expect it.
The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project was monitoring the vote in DuPage County, right next door to Obama's, you know, backyard, Cook County. And two of them, in only two precincts on Election Day, saw with their own eyes 350 voters show up, only to be turned away, told, ''You're not registered,'' people who were registered, who voted in the primary. All but one of these people was black. That's in Illinois.
People at the Election Defense Alliance have discovered, from sifting through the numbers, an eleven-point red shift in New Hampshire. That means that there's a discrepancy in Obama's disfavor, primarily through use of the optical scan machines, an eleven-point discrepancy in the Republicans' favor, OK?
You start to combine this with all the vote suppression, all the disenfranchisement, all the vote machine flipping that went on in this election, you realize, OK, Obama won, but millions of Americans, most of them African American and students, you know, were not able to participate in any civic sense, ironically, a lot of the same people, you know, who would have been disenfranchised and were disenfranchised before the civil rights movement. So the fact that a black president was elected, while cause for jubilation, see, ought not to take place at the expense of a whole lot of our fellow citizens who seem to have been disenfranchised on racial grounds. My point is very simply this: We've got to get past the victory of Obama and look seriously at what our election system is like, or else, I promise you, see, the setup that was put in place in this last election, in 2004 and in 2000, OK, will still be there in 2010, still be there in 2012. So we've got to take steps to do something about it now.
AMY GOODMAN : Mark Crispin Miller, I want to thank you very much for being with us, professor of media culture and communication at New York University, most recent book Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008.
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VIDEO-SF is hiring artists and performers to do COVID-19 PSAs
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 14:44
The historic murals inside Coit Tower and at many other spots in town are New Deal murals, Great Depression-era projects mostly meant to just get some money into the pockets of creative types who were out of work. San Francisco is announcing a similar though much smaller program called Creative Corps, according to KQED, and hiring 30 artists to not only give them some badly needed economic support, but also promote COVID-19 public health and safety measures.
According to the mayor's office press release, the 30 artists being hired will include actors, dancers, and musicians to be ''deployed as Community Health Ambassadors.'' There is also plenty of work for visual artists to create what the release calls ''public health-themed murals.''
''Many artists and performers are out of work due to COVID and are looking for ways to pay their bills and make a living while also pursuing their artistic interests,'' Mayor Breed says in the press release. ''This new program supports artists financially while also reminding community members to stay safe this holiday season. San Francisco's artists and cultural organizations are what make our city such a vibrant place, and we need to do all we can to support them. The Creative Corps is an innovative approach to help our artists during this difficult time, and will bring some joy and fun to public spaces throughout the City.''
The murals part makes sense, though it is not explicitly explained what these Community Health Ambassadors will be doing. It may be something along the lines of the very entertaining video above from the County of Marin, a witty public service announcement set to the tune of 80s single ''Come On Eileen,'' but parodied ''Weird Al''-style into ''Stop COVID-19.''
Visual artists can apply online for consideration. Actors, dancers, and musicians are encouraged to email [email protected] for more information. The pay is not disclosed in the release, though it does note that 30 artists will be hired, and that program is funded with $250,000 from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD).
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VIDEO-German Doctor Raided By Armed Police During Live YouTube Stream | Zero Hedge
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:39
Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,
Shocking footage out of Germany shows Doctor Andreas Noack being raided by armed police in the middle of a YouTube stream for apparently violating coronavirus laws.
The clip shows Noack in conversation with someone during the live stream before he is distracted by noises outside his door.
Banging is then heard along with screams of ''Polizei!'' before armed cops are seen entering and ordering Noack to get on the floor, as he is treated like some kind of violent terrorist.
As Noack is handcuffed, a police officer in a mask then appears to try to shut down the live stream but only succeeds in diverting the camera.
Speculation raged on Twitter as to the reason for the raid, with some suggesting Noack had been active in treating injured protesters at anti-lockdown demonstrations.
Others suggested the reason was that Noack had welcomed too many people into his house, violating COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings.
''I think the guy is guilty of expressing his opinions,'' said another respondent.
''They've turned back the clock to the 1930's,'' remarked another.
''Insanity!'' commented another.
Germany has seen numerous massive anti-lockdown protests, including one yesterday in Berlin during which police hit protesters with water cannons.
As we previously highlighted, a pregnant mother in Australia received a home visit and was arrested by police for the crime of helping to organize an anti-lockdown protest on Facebook.
This is happened to doctor Andreas Noack in Germany. After the unconstitutional approval of the infection law, police broke into his house while he was having a live transmission on YouTube. Those who cried against "fascism" have created the most criminal dictatorship in history.
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Nov 19, 2020 / 06:09 PM CSTAUSTIN (KXAN) '-- Austin-Travis County EMS responded to reports of a plane crash near the 360 Bridge Thursday afternoon, but it was soon discovered the plane was just landing in the water.
At 5 p.m., ATCEMS said it sent personnel out to the scene after reports of a ''small plane in the water.''
Shortly afterward, ATCEMS downgraded the incident after bystanders said it appeared the plane was designed to land on the water and wasn't in trouble.
The plane took off again, and ATCEMS personnel cleared the scene, the agency said.
The Austin Police Department explained it was a seaplane that made a landing and took off shortly afterward. Video captured after the incident shows a calmer scene at the bridge.
When asked if it's legal to land in that area of Lake Austin, APD said it is.
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VIDEO - Embarrassing: Lapdog Biden Journalists Debase Their Profession in Latest Presser | Newsbusters
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If anyone was hoping the third time would be the charm for consistently constructive or tough questions at a post-election Joe Biden press conference, Thursday illustrated that such a hope was a fool's errand. Over the course of the 15-minute availability, the Biden team had the former vice president receive questions from only four reporters with three of them offering softballs.
ABC senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce continued her accumulation of quite a highlight reel if she ever wanted to join the Biden administration, wondering to Biden in the first of two questions: ''How many lives do you think are at risk here if this transition remains stalled?''
Her second and third questions weren't any better (click ''expand''):
BRUCE: And when you take a step back and look at the way the President is handling this, his refusal to concede, what do you think is really going on here? In your view, Mr. President-Elect, what do you think the President is doing? What are Americans witnessing here?
BIDEN: Let me choose my words. I think they're witnessing incredible irresponsibility, incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions, and I think it is '-- well, I don't know his motive, but I just think it's totally irresponsible.
BRUCE: Are you concerned he may succeed, that people may question the legitimacy of your administration?
Taking the place of Mike Memoli from the first presser and Geoff Bennett in the second, NBC's Kristen Welker represented the Comcast network and started by yukking it up with Biden about how it was ''nice to see you'' in-person.
Predictably, it was a precursor to her softball: ''You have said that lives could be lost if you don't start getting briefings from the Trump administration and now here we are, more than 250,000 lives could be lost. Given that, how do you justify not taking legal action to get the briefings that you say are critical, that you say you need?''
After asking a follow-up lamenting about Biden not ''us[ing] every tool in your toolbox'' to get the transition going, Welker asked two more about possible legal action against the General Services Administration (GSA) to begin a formal presidential transition.
Welker then used the remainder of her time to press Biden on another set of lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus (click ''expand''):
WELKER: Okay. And given the death toll now, more than 250,000 Americans who have now lost their lives, you have said that you would support a nationwide shutdown if scientists recommended it.
BIDEN: No. Let '-- no.
WELKER: You've spoken to scientists now '--
BIDEN: I know. Everybody asks that question every single time I stand here. It was a hypothetical question. The answer was, I would follow the science. I am not going to shut down the economy, period. I'm going to shut down the virus. That's what I'm going to shut down.
WELKER: So that's ruled out?
BIDEN: I'll say again, no national shutdown. No national shutdown, because every region, every area, every community is '-- can be different.
MSNBC contributor and PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was also there, so Bruce had quite the competition for who could suck up the most to the new administration.
In her first question, Alcindor wondered what he made of the Trump campaign's actions in Michigan and used that to wonder about his message to new Americans: ''And what did you say to Americans, especially immigrant Americans who came to the United States, looking for political stability and are seeing all the things that the President is doing?''
Alcindor had a follow-up about whether he's ''rethink[ing]'' his ''strategy'' and moving toward forcing the GSA's hand, but then asked this of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA):
[Y]ou talked about your state '-- your state experience. My question is, is there anything you heard from governors today that made you specifically concerned about vulnerable populations, especially as I talk to Americans who say I don't have the privilege to work from home? I don't have the privilege to social distance if I'm living in a house with multigenerations. Are you '-- are you '-- did you hear anything that concerns you specifically? And what can we do for them as a country?
Eye roll.
As for the reporter that chose not to be a Biden sycophant, Bloomberg's Justin Sink asked Biden about the outlines of a coronavirus relief package, who would be his Treasury secretary, sanctions against China, and the state of the U.S. dollar.
In this day and age, what a lonely job it must be for journalist who actually ask real questions of Democrats.
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To see the relevant transcript from November 19's Biden press conference, click ''expand.''
Joe Biden Press ConferenceNovember 19, 20204:22 p.m. Eastern
JUSTIN SINK: I know you mentioned the economic impact and talked a bit about the relief package you wanted. But I was wondering if we could talk about things that you will be able to do as president or what will sort govern your decision in terms of the economy. So I was wondering if I could ask, what kind of framework are you thinking about as you decide about a treasury secretary going forward, whether you would consider '-- you had said during the debates that you wanted to punish China over the way that they've been acting, whether that could include economic sanctions or tariffs with China. And, finally, do you think a strong dollar helps or hurts the U.S. as we're grappling with historic unemployment?
4:24 p.m. Eastern
JOE BIDEN: And what was your third question?
SINK: It was about the dollar, sir, whether you think a strong dollar will help or hurt with unemployment or generally just how you would like the federal reserve to sort of approach the pandemic?
4:26 p.m. Eastern
MARY BRUCE: You have said that if this transition doesn't get going, especially coordination on vaccine distribution, that lives will be lost. How many lives do you think are at risk here if this transition remains stalled?
4:26 p.m. Eastern
BRUCE: And when you take a step back and look at the way the President is handling this, his refusal to concede, what do you think is really going on here? In your view, Mr. President-Elect, what do you think the President is doing? What are Americans witnessing here?
BIDEN: Let me choose my words. I think they're witnessing incredible irresponsibility, incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions, and I think it is '-- well, I don't know his motive, but I just think it's totally irresponsible.
BRUCE: Are you concerned he may succeed, that people may question the legitimacy of your administration?
4:28 p.m. Eastern
KRISTEN WELKER: Thank you, Mr. President-Elect. Thank you, Vice President-Elect Harris. Appreciate it.
BIDEN: Nice to be in person, not on television.
WELKER: Nice to see you as well. Yes, appreciate it. You have said that lives could be lost if you don't start getting briefings from the Trump administration and now here we are, more than 250,000 lives could be lost. Given that, how do you justify not taking legal action to get the briefings that you say are critical, that you say you need?
BIDEN: It would take a lot of time. It would take time. It's not going to speed it up considerably, in my view. And in the meantime, I am hopeful that I am going to be able to get cooperation from our Republican colleagues in the Senate and the House, as well as the governors to build a consensus as to how we proceed when we do.
WELKER: But why not use every tool in your toolbox to get the information that you say you need to do your job and to do it effectively on day one?
BIDEN: I'm making a judgment based on many years of experience of how to get things done with the opposition.
WELKER: Do you think you'll win?
BIDEN: And my judgment is '-- my judgment is that it is '-- we'll get further along by actually working with our Republican colleagues now and '-- because the time in which we would win would not materially change necessarily, but it's still an open question. It's an open question. It could change.
WELKER: So you haven't ruled out? You haven't ruled out legal action against the Trump administration against the GSA?
BIDEN: We haven't ruled it out.
WELKER: Okay. And given the death toll now, more than 250,000 Americans who have now lost their lives, you have said that you would support a nationwide shutdown if scientists recommended it.
BIDEN: No. Let '-- no.
WELKER: You've spoken to scientists now '--
BIDEN: I know. Everybody asks that question every single time I stand here. It was a hypothetical question. The answer was, I would follow the science. I am not going to shut down the economy, period. I'm going to shut down the virus. That's what I'm going to shut down.
WELKER: So that's ruled out?
BIDEN: I'll say again, no national shutdown. No national shutdown, because every region, every area, every community is '-- can be different.
4:31 p.m. Eastern
YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Thank you, Mr. Vice President-Elect. And Vice '-- thank you, Mr. President-Elect and Vice President-Elect Harris. A question for you first, which is what do you make of the fact that the President is having these calls with Michigan county officials amid his bid to overturn the election? He's going to be having also Michigan Republican legislators at the White House tomorrow. Is anything that he's doing that is making you rethink your strategy? You say you don't want legal action right now. And what did you say to Americans, especially immigrant Americans who came to the United States, looking for political stability and are seeing all the things that the President is doing?(....)
4:33 p.m. Eastern
ALCINDOR: But as he '-- as he ups the things that he's doing, calling officials, is it making you rethink your strategy at all? Is there anything that he would be doing that would make you say okay, we really have to go to court now? Or are you still watching what he's doing and saying we can still kind of wait and see what happens?
BIDEN: I'm not going to rule anything out, or anything in, but at the moment, the strategy is not changing.
ALCINDOR: And if I could ask a question to the Vice President-Elect, would that be okay?
BIDEN: Sure.
ALCINDOR: Vice President-Elect Harris, you talked about your state '-- your state experience. My question is, is there anything you heard from governors today that made you specifically concerned about vulnerable populations, especially as I talk to Americans who say I don't have the privilege to work from home? I don't have the privilege to social distance if I'm living in a house with multigenerations. Are you '-- are you '-- did you hear anything that concerns you specifically? And what can we do for them as a country?
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