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    WE STILL DON’T KNOW HOW THE CORONAVIRUS IS KILLING US

    By David Wallace-Wells

    (some excerpts)

    ...We are now almost six months into this pandemic, which began in November in Wuhan, with 50,000 Americans dead and 200,000 more around the world. If each of those deaths is a data point, together they represent a quite large body of evidence from which to form a clear picture of the pandemic threat. Early in the epidemic, the coronavirus was seen as a variant of a familiar family of disease, not a mysterious ailment, however infectious and concerning. But while uncertainties at the population level confuse and frustrate public-health officials, unsure when and in what form to shift gears out of lockdowns, the disease has proved just as mercurial at the clinical level, with doctors revising their understanding of COVID-19’s basic pattern and weaponry — indeed often revising that understanding in different directions at once. The clinical shape of the disease, long presumed to be a relatively predictable respiratory infection, is getting less clear by the week. Lately, it seems, by the day. As Carl Zimmer, probably the country’s most respected science journalist, asked virologists in a tweet last week, “is there any other virus out there that is this weird in terms of its range of symptoms?”

    You probably have a sense of the range of common symptoms, and a sense that the range isn’t that weird: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath have been, since the beginning of the outbreak, the familiar, oft-repeated group of tell-tale signs. But while the CDC does list fever as the top symptom of COVID-19, so confidently that for weeks patients were turned away from testing sites if they didn’t have an elevated temperature.

    According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, as many as 70 percent of patients sick enough to be admitted to New York State’s largest hospital system did not have a fever.

    Over the past few months, Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been compiling and revising, in real time, treatment guidelines for COVID-19 which have become a trusted clearinghouse of best-practices information for doctors throughout the country. According to those guidelines, as few as 44 percent of coronavirus patients presented with a fever (though, in their meta-analysis, the uncertainty is quite high, with a range of 44 to 94 percent). Cough is more common, according to Brigham and Women’s, with between 68 percent and 83 percent of patients presenting with some cough — though that means as many as three in ten sick enough to be hospitalized won’t be coughing. As for shortness of breath, the Brigham and Women’s estimate runs as low as 11 percent. The high end is only 40 percent, which would still mean that more patients hospitalized for COVID-19 do not have shortness of breath than do. At the low end of that range, shortness of breath would be roughly as common among COVID-19 patients as confusion (9 percent), headache (8 to 14 percent), and nausea and diarrhea (3 to 17 percent). That the ranges are so wide themselves tells you that the disease is presenting in very different ways in different hospitals and different populations of different patients — leading, for instance, some doctors and scientists to theorize the virus might be attacking the immune system like HIV does, with many others finding the disease is triggering something like the opposite response, an overwhelming overreaction of the immune system called a “cytokine storm.”

    The most bedeviling confusion has arisen around the relationship of the disease to breathing, lung function, and oxygenation levels in the blood — typically, for a respiratory illness, a quite predictable relationship. But for weeks now, front-line doctors have been expressing confusion that so many coronavirus patients were registering lethally low blood-oxygenation levels while still appearing, by almost any vernacular measure, pretty okay.

    It’s one reason they’ve begun rethinking the initial clinical focus on ventilators, which are generally recommended when patients oxygenation falls below a certain level, but seemed, after a few weeks, of unclear benefit to COVID-19 patients, who may have done better, doctors began to suggest, on lesser or different forms of oxygen support. For a while, ventilators were seen so much as the essential tool in treating life-threatening coronavirus that shortages (and the president’s unwillingness to invoke the Defense Production Act to manufacture them quickly) became a scandal. But by one measure 88 percent of New York patients put on ventilators, for whom an outcome as known, had died. In China, the figure was 86 percent.

    On April 20 in the New York Times, an ER doctor named Richard Levitan who had been volunteering at Bellevue proposed that the phenomenon of seemingly stable patients registering lethally low oxygen levels might be explained by “silent hypoxia” — the air sacs in the lung collapsing, not getting stiff or heavy with fluid, as is the case with the pneumonias doctors had been using as models in their treatment of COVID-19. But whether this explanation is universal, limited to the patients at Bellevue, or somewhere in between is not yet entirely clear. A couple of days later, in a pre-print paper others questioned, scientists reported finding that the ability of the disease to mutate has been “vastly underestimated” — investigating the disease as it appeared in just 11 patients, they said they found 30 mutations. “The most aggressive strains could generate 270 times as much viral load as the weakest type,” the South China Morning-Post reported. “These strains also killed the cells the fastest.”

    That same day, the Washington Post reported on another theory gaining traction among American doctors treating the disease — that one key could be the way COVID-19 affects the blood of patients, producing much more clotting. “Autopsies have shown that some people’s lungs are filled with hundreds of microclots,” the Post reported. “Errant blood clots of a larger size can break off and travel to the brain or heart, causing a stroke or a heart attack.”

    But the bigger-picture perspective the newspaper offered is perhaps more eye-opening and to the point:

    One month ago, as the country went into lockdown to prepare for the first wave of coronavirus cases, many doctors felt confident that they knew what they were dealing with. Based on early reports, covid-19 appeared to be a standard variety respiratory virus, albeit a very contagious and lethal one with no vaccine and no treatment. But they’ve since become increasingly convinced that covid-19 attacks not only the lungs, but also the kidneys, heart, intestines, liver and brain.

    That is a dizzying list. But it is not even comprehensive. In a fantastic survey published April 17 (“How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes,” by Meredith Wadman, Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Jocelyn Kaiser, and Catherine Matacic), Science magazine took a thorough, detailed tour of the ever-evolving state of understanding of the disease. “Despite the more than 1,000 papers now spilling into journals and onto preprint servers every week,” Science concluded, “a clear picture is elusive, as the virus acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen.”

    In a single illuminating chart, Science lists the following organs as being vulnerable to COVID-19: brain, eyes, nose, lungs, heart, blood vessels, livers, kidneys, intestines. That is to say, nearly every organ:

    And the disparate impacts were significant ones: Heart damage was discovered in 20 percent of patients hospitalized in Wuhan, where 44 percent of those in ICU exhibited arrhythmias; 38 percent of Dutch ICU patients had irregular blood clotting; 27 percent of Wuhan patients had kidney failure, with many more showing signs of kidney damage; half of Chinese patients showed signs of liver damage; and, depending on the study, between 20 percent and 50 percent of patients had diarrhea.

    On April 15, the Washington Post reported that, in New York and Wuhan, between 14 and 30 percent of ICU patients had lost kidney function, requiring dialysis.

    New York hospitals were treating so much kidney failure “they need more personnel who can perform dialysis and have issued an urgent call for volunteers from other parts of the country. They also are running dangerously short of the sterile fluids used to deliver that therapy.” The result, the Post said, was rationed care: patients needing 24-hour support getting considerably less. On Saturday, the paper reported that “[y]oung and middle-aged people, barely sick with COVID-19, are dying from strokes.” Many of the patients described didn’t even know they were sick:

    The patient’s chart appeared unremarkable at first glance. He took no medications and had no history of chronic conditions. He had been feeling fine, hanging out at home during the lockdown like the rest of the country, when suddenly, he had trouble talking and moving the right side of his body. Imaging showed a large blockage on the left side of his head. Oxley gasped when he got to the patient’s age and covid-19 status: 44, positive.

    The man was among several recent stroke patients in their 30s to 40s who were all infected with the coronavirus. The median age for that type of severe stroke is 74.

    But the patient’s age wasn’t the only abnormality of the case:

    As Oxley, an interventional neurologist, began the procedure to remove the clot, he observed something he had never seen before. On the monitors, the brain typically shows up as a tangle of black squiggles — “like a can of spaghetti,” he said — that provide a map of blood vessels. A clot shows up as a blank spot. As he used a needlelike device to pull out the clot, he saw new clots forming in real-time around it. “This is crazy,” he remembers telling his boss.

    These strokes, several doctors who spoke to the Post theorized, could explain the high number of patients dying at home — four times the usual rate in New York, many or most of them, perhaps, dying quite suddenly. According to the Brigham and Women’s guidelines, only 53 percent of COVID-19 patients have died from respiratory failure alone.

    It’s not unheard of, of course, for a disease to express itself in complicated or hard-to-parse ways, attacking or undermining the functioning of a variety of organs. And it’s common, as researchers and doctors scramble to map the shape of a new disease, for their understanding to evolve quite quickly. But the degree to which doctors and scientists are, still, feeling their way, as though blindfolded, toward a true picture of the disease cautions against any sense that things have stabilized, given that our knowledge of the disease hasn’t even stabilized. Perhaps more importantly, it’s a reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is not just a public-health crisis but a scientific one as well. And that as deep as it may feel we are into the coronavirus, with tens of thousands dead and literally billions in precautionary lockdown, we are still in the very early stages, when each new finding seems as likely to cloud or complicate our understanding of the coronavirus as it is to clarify it. Instead, confidence gives way to uncertainty.

    In the space of a few months, we’ve gone from thinking there was no “asymptomatic transmission” to believing it accounts for perhaps half or more of all cases, from thinking the young were invulnerable to thinking they were just somewhat less vulnerable, from believing masks were unnecessary to requiring their use at all times outside the house, from panicking about ventilator shortages to deploying pregnancy massage pillows instead. Six months since patient zero, we still have no drugs proven to even help treat the disease...

    Source: New York Magazine
    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020...illing-us.html
    27 April 2020

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    This is an excellent video a short version of one posted earlier.
    Its worth showing to intelligent people who are perhaps anti conspiracy theories.
    Just pure fact without overload.
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    Critical Questions for Dr. Shiva About His Attempts to Splinter the Health Freedom Movement
    APRIL 28, 2020
    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/n...1-46054e2d25a6
    By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, Children’s Health Defense

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    "For many months I have remained silent in the face of defamatory and dishonest attacks against me by Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai. My approach was to ignore the sniping to preserve the unity of the Health Freedom Movement. However, Shiva has expanded his malevolent campaign to include venomous salvos against our community’s most prominent and effective leaders, including Del Bigtree, Mark Blaxill, Dr. Rashid Buttar, Polly Tommey and Samoan-Australian activist Taylor Winterstein. Because he now has some of our outstanding spokesmen in his gun-sites, and because his poisonous volleys have begun to damage the solidarity that is critical to our success, I reluctantly make this response.

    Little Lies / Big Lies
    I had never heard of Shiva when he approached me on the street following a January 6th, 2020 Trenton rally. We had a friendly chat and took a photo. Afterward, he tweeted that I had refused to shake his hand. A half-dozen photos of us shaking hands soon surfaced, proving his statements false. It was only then that I learned he was running as a fringe candidate for U.S. Senate against my nephew, Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy. It is axiomatic that a man who lies about small things, will also lie about the large. I made a note to fact check Shiva’s assertions. I advise others to take similar precautions.
    Attacking Our Leaders
    Del Bigtree, Mark Blaxill, Polly Tommey and Dr. Rashid Buttar are battle proven veterans deepl
    y scarred by incalculable personal sacrifices suffered on the front-line trenches during decades of hand to hand combat against Pharma, corrupt regulators and the medical cartel. They have published, litigated, campaigned, debated, testified, strategized, organized, informed, and defended. I am proud to have served with each of them in dozens of state capitals, speaking at rallies, testifying before state legislatures, and meeting with public officials. They have emptied their personal bank accounts and, at times, ruined their health in service to our cause. They have each played indispensable roles in building the institutions that have helped us coalesce into the coherent and powerful movement that now threatens the Pharmaceutical paradigm. They have given us every reason to trust them and no reason for doubt. Shiva’s claim that these individuals are “controlled opposition” are patently absurd.




    When Shiva calls Movement leaders “controlled opposition,” is he speaking of himself?

    Samoan-Australian activist Taylor Winterstein
    Instead of preaching science, Shiva spends money from his Health Freedom donor base digging up dirt on other activists. Shiva employs a full-time “Negative Research” investigator, Jennifer Bennett, to excavate and invent defamatory gossip about Health Freedom Groups and their leaders in Massachusetts and nationally. In his war against our Movement, Shiva employs all the classic strategies and gambits prescribed by psychological warfare experts, in our Intelligence Services, for disrupting social reform movements when they begin to gather steam and threaten the power of entrenched vested interests.

    So why, beside malignant narcissism, would a newcomer to our Movement seek to undermine our most effective and influential leaders and divide our forces? I don’t like to speculate about people’s motives, but it is a common motif among a certain species of scoundrel to project their own villainy in their slandering of others. Do Shiva’s accusations that all of us are “controlled opposition” reveal his own motivations?

    Some hints to that answer may lie among the things Shiva doesn’t tell us.

    Shiva, the Vaccine Maker
    Shiva never mentions the fact that he is a vaccine maker. Shiva owns a pharmaceutical company, Cytosolve, that partners with vaccine and drugmakers to accelerate FDA approvals for vaccines and other pharmaceutical drugs. His principal business partner is Pfizer, the world’s #4 vaccine maker. Are Shiva’s attacks on our Movement calculated pandering, to court affection from Pfizer and the HHS regulators––upon whose favor his financial success relies––and to win their blessings by discrediting a Movement that questions vaccine products?







    Shiva’s business model requires him to court favor with vaccine companies.
    Shiva made his money from the Clintons
    Shiva claims to have invented Email (Smithsonian says Shiva’s claim is untrue and a Federal court has agreed). In fact, Shiva made his fortune running Email operations for President Bill and Hillary Clinton during the White House years. (It is ironic, therefore, that he accuses others of consorting with the Clintons). The Clinton contract propelled his company, EchoMail, to a $200 million valuation.



    Shiva’s Echomail partner was Bill Gates’ Microsoft. Even today, Shiva lists Microsoft as his partner on his EchoMail homepage. Gates, the world’s most prominent and vocal advocate for universal mandatory vaccination is also a proponent for tagging human beings with injected technologies for tracking vaccine records. Both Microsoft and Gates are leading industry efforts to develop a subdermal biometric chip system. Shiva’s success at dividing our movement and undermining and discrediting our leadership might ingratiate him with these business partners.



    Shiva and Bill Gates


    It is noteworthy that Shiva consistently mutes his criticism of Bill Gates, seeking to deflect public anger at Gates towards Hillary Clinton. This makes no sense. Hillary’s views on mandatory vaccines are abhorrent, but unlike Gates whose ownership of the WHO and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance allows him to dictate global vaccine policy, Hillary is an out-of-work politician with no political power. The Clinton Foundation is virtually defunct and bootless as an arbiter of public health policy. Why does Shiva shield Gates and insist that Hillary is the more important target?

    Shiva and 5G
    Both Gates and Microsoft hold leading stakes in the burgeoning wireless infrastructure expansion. Gates’ subdermal chip systems will be capable of meshing with Gates’ extensive new 5G antennae and satellite deployments, to harvest, not only our vaccination and medical data, but also lucrative information about our movements, our purchases, and our desires, at the granular level. Shiva lists his other business partners as the principle Big Data Titans, Dell, Oracle and IBM which all stand to make a killing on the current 5G expansion. Is this why Shiva refuses to condemn 5G?



    How Does Shiva Escape Censorship?
    Shiva is the only leader in our Movement who doesn’t suffer the Social Media censorship that bedevils the rest of us. His capacity to boost his audience, his immunity from shadow-banning and from eviction from his platforms has allowed him to exponentially expand his base, as the rest of us struggle past the censors to reach our audiences, one follower at a time. Why are Facebook, Google, and Instagram showering love on Shiva while they strangle the rest of us? Why does Silicon Valley boost Shiva and smother us?



    Shilling for Silicon Valley Big Data Billionaires
    Shiva has previous experience shilling for Big Data/Telecom. In 2010, Shiva served as front man to PayPal’s Silicon Valley titan, Peter Thiel. Thiel was campaigning to destroy Gawker in revenge for its unflattering article about himself. Thiel funded Shiva to file a defamation law suit against Gawker for reporting that Shiva lied about inventing Email. Shiva, of course, lost the law suit, but the ruinous costs of the litigation helped bankrupt Gawker, which was always Thiel’s purpose. Shiva may have discovered, from that transaction, the economic opportunities in shilling for Silicon Valley’s Big Data Barrons.

    Silicon Valley is deeply entrenched with the CIA and the Pentagon in cyber-warfare efforts and in developing AI surveillance systems that can compete with the Chinese. The Silicon Valley/CIA partnership has its own secretive Federal agency, the National Security Commission, chaired by ex Google CEO, Eric Schmidt. Their strategy is to roll out 5G as a comprehensive security and surveillance superstructure that will serve as a platform for new surveillance technologies. This sinister cabal undoubtedly see the evolving Health Freedom coalition between anti 5G and anti Pharma activists as an obstacle to their ambitions.

    Why Does Shiva Want to Push Democrats Out of the Health Freedom Movement?
    Shiva’s insistence that Democrats disown their party, before being welcomed into the Health Freedom Movement, and his attacks on anyone who ever voted for Hillary or any other prominent Democrat, seem deliberately calculated to foment destructive partisanship and to drive Democrats from our Movement.

    Shiva knows that for us to succeed, our Movement requires political diversity, unity, harmony and a big tent. We welcome citizens of every nation and every political stripe. We don’t impose ideological tests or check party affiliations. I, myself, am a lifelong Democrat, but I understand that this issue must transcend party affiliations. All of our best leaders comprehend that there is no such thing as a Republican child or a Democratic child. I have worked effectively and aggressively across the nation, with Republicans—including President Trump. Trump, who himself donated $1,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2009, did not hold my previous support for Hillary against me. He welcomed the opportunity to burnish the project’s bipartisan bona fides.

    Our bipartisan approach is effective, and frightening to Pharma. Is this why Shiva is trying so hard to excite political hatred among our followers, and to polarize us along party lines?

    Can Shiva Pass his Own Ideological Test?


    Shiva’s insistence on ideological purity is ironic at best and duplicitous and deceptive at worst, given his own ambiguous political theologies. To win the top spot on the G.O.P.’s U.S. Senate ballot, Shiva persuaded Massachusetts Republicans that he was a staunch, dyed-in-the-wool Right-wing Trump supporter. Elsewhere, however, he brags of being a committed socialist and communist sympathizer. His wavering affiliations beg the question: Who is Shiva, and does he stand for anything beyond personal opportunism?

    Psy-Ops Tactics
    Shiva does not litigate, publish or fund scientific research, build institutions, treat patients, or collaborate with other leaders. He has demonstrated no inclination to work with the rest of us to build a Movement, powerful enough to confront the Big Pharma and the Big Data/Telecom tyrants. He behaves, in every instance, like a man determined to tear down all that others have built up. People who still believe in Shiva might demand to know why he chooses to spare FDA, Pfizer, Microsoft, and 5G his barbs, and to direct his poison instead at our proven leaders. Shiva seems intent on distracting Del, Mark, Rashid, Polly, Taylor, Candice and others from their important work. His sinister, treacherous and destructive rear guard action, fomenting and feeding schism, division, discord, and confusion that harms our Movement, plays directly into the hands of Big Pharma.

    Shiva’s followers are entitled to an explanation."
    Wow, thanks a lot for the effort.
    I was planning to look into Dr. Shiva work, it was in my list to research, seems like you did all the hard work. I knew about echomail Shiva's company ties with IBM and ORACLE, seems like it goes even further than that. Last video I watched he was asking for donations for his campaign, what an ass... hope people see it.
    Again thank you very much for all this material, I will print and send over to friends take a look after analyse it.
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    Life after lockdown: Cities around the world roll out their reopening plans

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    Tuesday, 28 April 2020 18:34 GMT


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    LONDON, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From Sydney re-opening beaches for swimmers to Paris introducing traffic-free roads, many cities are tentatively easing lockdowns, but governments have a tricky balancing act as they draw up exit strategies.

    Lifting restrictions too fast could lead to a new spike in infections overwhelming health services, but prolonging lockdowns could fuel unemployment, harm children's education and exacerbate domestic abuse and mental health issues.

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    Bogota and Berlin are among a growing number of cities turning streets over to pedestrians and cyclists to reduce crowding and ease pollution, which appears to aggravate the impact of the virus.

    In the longer term, urban planning experts say the pandemic could lead to more fundamental changes to cities as they aim to become more resilient to future outbreaks.

    Here is a round-up of what different cities are doing. This story will be regularly updated with new developments.

    FRANCE
    Paris plans to reserve streets for pedestrians and bicycles when the lockdown is progressively eased from May 11.

    Masks will be compulsory on public transport. Paris aims to distribute 2 million masks, prioritising the elderly and other vulnerable people. Bus stops, metro stations, gyms and nurseries will be equipped with hand gel dispensers.

    Testing will be ramped up in areas with a high number of cases.

    In the long term, Mayor Anne Hidalgo is aiming for the "quarter-hour city", where most daily needs are within a short walk, bike ride or public transport commute, to reduce congestion and pollution, and improve quality of life.

    Nationwide, schools will gradually reopen from May 11 with a cap of 15 on class sizes. Shops will reopen in May but restaurants and cafes will remain closed.

    SPAIN
    Millions of children who have been cooped up indoors in cities across Spain since March 14 are now allowed out for one hour's exercise near their home. Parks and playgrounds remain closed.

    Spain has one of the world's strictest lockdowns. Some fear the restrictions could impact children's mental and physical wellbeing. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said everyone will be allowed to go out for walks or exercise from next week if contagion figures fall.

    Barcelona has announced a 4.4 million euro ($4.76 million)plan to reduce traffic, including the creation of an extra 21 km of bike lanes and 12 km of pedestrianized streets.

    ITALY
    Europe's worst hit country will ease restrictions from May 4, when factories and building sites will be allowed to reopen.

    People will be able to visit their families and move between municipalities, but not regions. They can also hold small funerals.

    Exercise outdoors will be allowed if people keep 1 metre apart.

    Restaurants and bars will be able to open from the beginning of June, but schools will remain shut until September, leaving families facing childcare problems.

    Milan has announced an ambitious scheme to turn streets over to cycling and walking, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper. The city, among Europe's most polluted, is keen to avoid a big resurgence in car use when restrictions ease.

    GERMANY
    Berlin will ease a host of restrictions on May 4. Public transport will resume normal service, and museums, libraries and open-air sports grounds will be able to open with social distancing.

    Protests, religious ceremonies and open-air gatherings of under 50 people will be permitted if participants keep 1.5 metres apart. Berlin's popular Tiergarten, a big central park with a zoo, can reopen but spaces with animals will stay shut.

    As in the rest of Germany, car retailers, bikeshops and book stores were allowed to reopen on Monday, along with all smaller shops. Schools also opened for students taking exams and will gradually open to others from May 4.

    It is now compulsory for everyone to wear a mask when shopping or using public transport.

    Hairdressers have been permitted to reopen but must wear protective gear and space out customers.

    In Frankfurt, ice cream parlours are allowed to open for take-aways, but ice creams cannot be sold in cones to prevent contamination, nor eaten within 50 metres of parlours to prevent crowding.

    THE NETHERLANDS
    The Hague city council has decided to resume meetings but needs to find a larger chamber to keep to social distancing rules.

    Across the Netherlands, primary schools will reopen on May 11 with classes split in two groups attending on alternate days. Parents have been asked to walk or cycle children to school to avoid overburdening public transport.

    From April 29, people over 70 who live by themselves will be allowed to receive one of two regular visitors.

    BELGIUM
    In Brussels, as elsewhere in Belgium, people will be allowed to meet up outside with two people not living with them.

    All shops will be allowed to open from May 11 and schools will gradually open from May 18 with classes capped at 10 pupils.

    In Antwerp, port workers will begin testing wristbands developed by a Belgian technology company that could help with social distancing requirements by giving a warning signal if people get too close. Developers believe the bands could also help with contact tracing if someone becomes infected.

    JORDAN
    Jordan has opened up four cities for business where there are no COVID-19 cases - Aqaba, Ma'an, Karak and Tafilah - but it has cut off transport in and out of them. Residents are still bound by a 6pm to 10am curfew.

    Residents in the four cities can use their cars again, but elsewhere people must still walk to shops.

    The government has launched www.stayhome.jo where people can obtain permits to leave their homes for things like hospital visits or trips to the bank to wire salaries.

    COLOMBIA
    Bogota has added more than 100km of temporary bike lanes to its already extensive network, closing some roads to do so.

    The initiative announced just before the March 20 lockdown was aimed at easing crowding on buses to curb the spread of the virus.

    Colombia has extended its lockdown until May 11 when it will allow the construction and manufacturing sectors to open. Schools will remain closed.

    SINGAPORE
    The city-state has extended its lockdown to June 1.

    Authorities have announced a S$30 million ($21 million) grant to ramp up local production of eggs, vegetables and fish in the city which imports 90% of its food.
    In the longer-term Singapore is pushing urban farming - pushing urban farming: including rooftop farming - with an aim to produce 30% of what it needs by 2030.

    CHINA
    In Wuhan, where coronavirus first appeared, shopping malls have reopened and businesses resumed work, but local residential committees still monitor households and restrict personal movement amid fears of a potential second wave of contagion.

    INDIA
    India allowed some small shops in residential areas to reopen on April 25 with staff wearing masks and gloves.

    The lockdown is slated to end on May 3, but authorities may extend it.

    One village council in Kerala state is distributing umbrellas to enforce social distancing, according to Indian media. The council says if everyone walks around with an open umbrella it will keep people at least a metre apart.

    AUSTRALIA
    Sydney's Bondi Beach and two neighbouring beaches were reopened to local residents on April 28 after being closed in March due to large crowds breaking social distancing rules.

    New South Wales state will allow people to have two visitors from Friday, relaxing a ban on non-essential movement.

    The government has launched a "contact tracing" smartphone app to monitor the spread of the illness.

    NEW ZEALAND
    New Zealand, which imposed one of the world's strictest lockdowns, eased restrictions on April 28, allowing workers to return to factories and building sites.

    Take-aways can reopen, but restaurants, pubs and shopping malls remain closed.

    Schools will reopen on April 29, but people are advised to study and work from home if they can.

    UNITED STATES
    Cities including New York and Washington are closing roads and extending bike lanes to give people more space to walk, jog and cycle. Oakland in California is turning over about 10% of its streets to pedestrians and cyclists.

    Some states are now easing restrictions, despite criticism from public health experts and many Americans. Businesses reopening in Atlanta include salons, gyms, bowling alleys and tattoo shops. Restaurants and cinemas will be able to open next week.


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    Nothing has happened yet, but, in the stumble through meat, there is some chance of the government using one of its only effective tools, Antitrust that was used on Standard Oil:


    "Two US senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an antitrust probe into the US meatpacking industry. As these firms struggle to maintain supply chains, calls are growing for a return to small-scale farming.

    Four companies now handle 85 percent of all beef production in the US, and three of these firms control 63 percent of the country’s pork production. The companies – Tyson Foods, Cargill, the Brazilian-owned JBS S.A., and the Chinese-owned Smithfield – have been criticized extensively before for underpaying farmers and workers, and for horrific animal abuse at their plants...In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday, Senators Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) urged the department to open an antitrust investigation into these meat monopolies...Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle – including Hawley and former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren – have also called for antitrust investigations into Amazon, Google, and other Silicon Valley tech giants."

    Do I hear Fidel Castro speaking? "Grow food at home".


    Meanwhile, the State Department wants to designate more sanctions based on lack of religious freedom:

    "The State Department designates nine "countries of particular concern" on religious freedom - China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

    The commission asked that all nine countries remain on the list. In addition to India, it sought the inclusion of four more - Nigeria, Russia, Syria and Vietnam.

    Pakistan, India's historic rival, was added by the State Department in 2018 after years of appeals by the commission."

    Ok, well, Pakistan historically is India, nothing there until the British carved it out intentionally to force religious conflict. Wish granted? What, India is not too keen on Muslims? But then we find a need to sanction Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, except we have already pledged defense and business to them...our big partner...may have a few abuses going on?? What about Zionism? How can you miss such obvious apartheid? On purpose? This seems to be one of those things that has foregone conclusions and other motivations plastered to whatever data they approve.

    Hold on, aren't Turkmen close to Uighurs that we wish to use as a new extremist proxy against China?

    For India, "You could potentially have 100 million people, mostly Muslims, left stateless because of their religion. That would be, obviously, an international issue," said Perkins, a conservative Christian activist known for his opposition to gay rights who is close to Trump's administration.

    India is the same word as Hindu: Indus River, which is mostly in Pakistan now. And of course the Islamic presence there stems from centuries of genocide and destruction at a level that is hard to overlook.

    The U. S. may come up with many of its own ploys, but, diplomatically, the State Department is headed straight in to the dust bin of irrelevance. No one really wants to hear it any more, except, perhaps, those in NATO, and I believe there is at least some stratum interested in "NATO exit", which makes sense, as it is again irrelevant.

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    Coronavirus: New antibody test 'with 99 per cent accuracy' approved for use across Europe

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    You mean to say the other tests were not accurate?
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    A new antibody test to check whether someone has been infected with coronavirus, and said to be 99 per cent accurate, has been certified for use across Europe.

    Global diagnostics specialists Abbott, which has a UK base in Maidenhead, has said it is expecting to have shipped millions of the laboratory based lab tests across Europe by the end of May.

    The company’s diagnostic test has been given a CE mark showing it complies with EU safety rules and can now be used in labs across the UK to test for antibodies created when a person has been infected with Covid-19.

    The test identifies the IgG protein the body produces when it has been infected by coronavirus and this can remain in the body for months and possibly years.

    In tests Abbott claimed its product showed a sensitivity greater than 99 per cent, 14 days after a person developed symptoms in 73 Covid-19 positive patients.

    It was also more than 99 per cent specific in identifying only Covid-19 antibodies from 1,070 negative samples.

    The Abbott test, made in Europe, can be used in machines already in labs across the UK.

    Antibody testing is crucial to helping identify patients who have had the coronavirus infection and have developed immunity as this will allow them to return to work and could be crucial for NHS workers and people in other key roles.

    Rolling out widespread testing both for infected and recovered coronavirus patients is likely to be a key part of government measures to end the UK lockdown imposed on 23 March.

    Mike Clayton, managing director of Abbott’s northern Europe diagnostics division said: “Abbott has been focused on bringing Covid-19 tests to market as quickly as possible to help address this pandemic.

    “We are proud to be able to provide our antibody tests immediately as they will help understand who has had the virus, leading to greater confidence as we get back to living life. We are collaborating with the NHS, public health bodies and private laboratories across the UK to enable this test to be used here."

    Abbott is significantly scaling up its European manufacturing for antibody testing and has also said it will develop testing for detection of the antibody IgM in the near future to expand the range of possible antibody tests.

    The health secretary told the daily Downing Street press conference yesterday that people over 65 and their families would now be eligible for testing, as well as people who leave their homes to work who have coronavirus symptoms.

    Care home residents and staff will also be able to access tests - even if they do not have symptoms, as well as asymptomatic NHS patients and staff.

    The demand for home testing kits has so far exceeded supplies with the government website for ordering tests forced to close within hours.

    Key workers could no longer order any tests online by 9.10am on Monday – the fourth day in a row where tests have become unavailable within hours of the booking system opening.

    The kits ran out around two minutes after the service launched on Friday, and people were told there were none left on Saturday morning after around 15 minutes.
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    It was RFK Jr who did all the hard work. I just copied and pasted it here.
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    I was planning to look into Dr. Shiva work, it was in my list to research, seems like you did all the hard work. I knew about echomail Shiva's company ties with IBM and ORACLE, seems like it goes even further than that. Last video I watched he was asking for donations for his campaign, what an ass... hope people see it.
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    The Long Anticipated Part 6 of "Covid-19 Conspiracy?” Series: Episode 1 of 4 | Dr Rashid A Buttar

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    DR ANDREW KAUFMAN - UNMASKING THE LIES AROUND COVID-19: FACTS VS FICTION OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
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    He studied at Duke, M.I.T, and the Medical University of South Carolina, where he conducted and published original research, and lectured to students, residents, and fellows.
    throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kaufman has contradicted the mainstream media, by stating that the coronavirus is NOT causing a new disease, that there is no evidence of increased mortality, and that modern medicine is the leading cause of death.

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    Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook

    "Facebook has taken down the official page of conspiracy theorist David Icke for publishing "health misinformation that could cause physical harm".

    Mr Icke has made several false claims about coronavirus, such as suggesting 5G mobile phone networks are linked to the spread of the virus.

    In one video, he suggested a Jewish group was behind the virus.

    Following the ban, his Twitter account posted: "Fascist Facebook deletes David Icke - the elite are TERRIFIED."
    Facebook said in a statement: "We have removed this Page for repeatedly violating our policies on harmful misinformation''.

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    Despite the pro-pharma anti-natural healing bias of the NY Times, this is still an interesting article.

    Madagascar's President Touts Herbal Drink Against COVID-19
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    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — As their high school reopened after being closed for a month due to the coronavirus, students in Madagascar's capital city were given face masks and a small bottle of an herbal extract they were told to drink to protect them from COVID-19.

    Many grimacing at its bitter taste, the students swallowed the drink and entered school to resume classes, where they were now seated one to a desk instead of two, for safer distance.

    Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina promoted the drink, Covid Organics, on national television saying it will "change the course of history.”

    There are no approved drugs for COVID-19 and numerous treatments and vaccines are currently being tested around the world.

    Madagascar, an Indian Ocean island nation of 26 million people, currently has 128 recorded cases of Covid-19 and no deaths.

    The herbal drink has not been scientifically tested and there’s no proof it works against COVID-19. But the president is enthusiastically promoting it.

    “What we want to do today is to popularize this drink to protect our population,” said Rajoelina on television and then drank a bottle of the concoction.

    The drink is being distributed for free in some schools that are reopening and in poor neighborhoods. Elsewhere it is being sold for about 30 cents for an 11-ounce bottle.

    The drink was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, a private organization that for more than 30 years has researched the uses of Madagascar's traditional medicines. The label on the bottle does not list the ingredients but the president said it is made from artemisia, a bitterroot that is used in some malaria drugs.

    Medical experts are critical of the drink, pointing out that no scientific tests have been done on it.

    “The scientific evidence that this is effective has not been proved. It's likely that it could actually harm the health of the population, particularly that of children," said the president of Madagascar's Academy of Medicine, Marcel Razanamparany, in a statement.

    With no approved drugs for COVID-19, some people around the world are resorting to unproven therapies, sometimes with the backing of government leaders. Rigorous testing of herbal and other traditional remedies is needed, say experts.

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health has warned against alternative medicine — including certain herbal therapies and teas — for treating or preventing COVID-19, saying there was no evidence they work and some may be unsafe.

    “It’s the responsibility of those who make a herbal drink to show the scientific evidence that their claims are valid," said Dr. Stephen Barrett, a retired psychiatrist who runs Quackwatch, a website about unproven medical therapies.

    “This is a worldwide problem, with untested products being promoted as cures,” he said. “The money spent producing this might be better spent in Madagascar vaccinating children against measles and other childhood diseases.”

    Madagascar is currently battling an outbreak of measles, which last year killed nearly 1,000 children.

    In Madagascar, the herbal drink was developed in recent weeks and will also be sold in larger 1-liter bottles for the equivalent of 80 cents and as tea bags for $2.60 for a box of 14.

    In front of the Ampefiloha high school, in the center of the capital Antananarivo, hundreds of students in their final year, took the drink in order to return to class.

    “I was a little afraid of this remedy at the beginning but I saw a program on television where the president of the republic drank it so I am no longer worried," said Hugo Ramiakatrarivo. "They say it boosts immunity, but I don’t know if it will work. My parents told me not to take this medicine. They even told me not to go to school today because the epidemic is not over and especially not to drink this medicine. They are really scared. But I decided to come to study because we have our exam at the end of the year.”

    Classes were suspended on March 23 by the Malagasy authorities after the announcement of the first cases of COVID-19 in the country.

    The school's principal, Mamisoa Randrianjafy, reassured skeptical students.

    “It is an herbal tea as we are used to taking,” he explained, saying it is like many other herbal remedies popular in Madagascar. He said that if students refuse the drink, they would not be permitted to attend classes.

    The secretary general of the Ministry of National Education, Herimanana Razafimahefa said the drink will be given to all students in the capital and two other cities where COVID-19 has been confirmed.

    At the Ampefiloha high school, Déborah Andrianary, 19, took a few sips of the drink.

    “It’s bitter and a little sweet at the same time, so it made me want to throw up," she said. "I’m not afraid to drink it because I’m used to herbal teas, but the taste is really weird. I don’t know if I’m going to finish this bottle.”

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    I don't think those claims re 5G are false!
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    Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook

    Facebook has taken down the official page of conspiracy theorist David Icke for publishing "health misinformation that could cause physical harm".

    Mr Icke has made several false claims about coronavirus, such as suggesting 5G mobile phone networks are linked to the spread of the virus.

    In one video, he suggested a Jewish group was behind the virus.

    Following the ban, his Twitter account posted: "Fascist Facebook deletes David Icke - the elite are TERRIFIED."

    There is a lot more on the link
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    Facebook said in a statement: "We have removed this Page for repeatedly violating our policies on harmful misinformation''.

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    France has come to the conclusion that their virus is not from China or Italy.

    This is reported by the Pasteur Institute and of course the U. S. president does not like it.

    Just like some of the American studies, it turns out to have been well-distributed before any documented cases, and starts to show the dominant Chinese variety--which is supposed to be enough of a culprit they can be sued--as genetically younger than European or American versions.

    There is already a 50% chance I might be an asymptomatic carrier of influenza, which might kill a whole bunch of others. Nothing much is new or different now.

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    There have been recent suggestions that the virus has various form causing different kind of illness and death.
    Blood clots and strokes being mentioned.
    David Icke never said that the virus was caused by 5G but implied that 5G weakened the immune system and made it more likely that a person could have a stroke or heart attack--blood clot if exposed to 5G
    The article I posted several back in its fullness via the link --did not take into account the context.
    Statements mean nothing without the context in which they were made.
    I listened to the Live David Icke broadcast and he was very precise in what he stated
    At no point did he say or imply that 5g caused the virus.
    He gave information and left it up to the listener to make up their own mind,
    Quite different from not being given choice to lockdown or not.
    Free will and freedom-- seems to have disappeared over night.

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    Two-metre rule could be be reviewed, raising hope of relaxed restrictions

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    The two-metre social distancing rule is being reviewed by the Government in the hope that relaxing the restriction could allow more businesses and schools to reopen, The Daily Telegraph understands.

    Ministers have asked the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) to look again at whether people need to stay so far apart, amid growing evidence that coronavirus does not transmit well in the air.

    The review is seen as increasingly important in government as the Cabinet prepares to agree the exit strategy from lockdown.

    Business groups have been asked this weekend to provide feedback on government blueprints for how they might get back to work and the Prime Minister is considering gathering ministers for a summit at Chequers in the coming days to discuss the way forward.

    The Sage meeting will be held on Tuesday, at which the virus’s rate of reproduction – the R-rate – will be assessed and a recommendation made on whether to lift lockdown measures.

    It is believed that the Government is considering reopening schools before the summer holidays – probably in June – so that there will be a natural point when they could be closed again if infections start to rise, without disrupting parents for a second time.

    Unions met ministers on Friday and discussed plans for schools to be given three weeks’ notice to reopen, adding to speculation that pupils may start to return after the May half-term holiday.

    It is also expected that schools will be opened in phases, such as primaries first and then secondaries, to monitor how the different age groups are affecting the R-rate, and scrapping the two-metre rule would make classes easier to manage.

    The World Health Organisation only recommends staying one metre apart, and following the less rigid approach would allow Britons to travel and work more freely when restrictions are eventually lifted.

    One minister told The Telegraph that the issue of the two-metre rule was a “live discussion” in Whitehall.

    “We want to get the country back to work and we want to keep probing so we are not missing any opportunities,” the minister said.

    Ministers have “asked Sage to get us further and better particulars as to how hard and fast that really is. It is important to understand how much reliance has to be placed on it”, the minister added.

    “The response genuinely has been led by the science. It is just about understanding exactly what is required and what isn’t.

    “This is not about weakening the rules but it is about trying to test if it is actually necessary to be two metres. What is the empirical evidence on this?”


    There is also unhappiness that Britain’s social distancing rules are more stringent than countries such as France, Italy and Sweden.

    One minister said the two-metre rule was particularly hard to observe while maintaining health and safety practices in certain outdoor workspaces such as oil rigs and offshore construction.

    “There has got to be common sense,” he said. “If someone’s fallen over, and you need to pick them up, you can’t say it’s a two-metre distance rule.”

    Officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are also understood this week to have raised the issue of whether the two-metre rule could be relaxed in talks with the hospitality sector this week.

    Last Tuesday, Sage said the two-metre rule “remains appropriate” but ministers have asked the committee to look again at the measures.

    Next week, Sage will publish a paper looking in detail at transmission in the environment which is expected to say that people are far more likely to pick up coronavirus from surfaces than through droplets in the air.

    A senior source in No  10 confirmed that the two-metre rule had been looked at by Sage. However, the source said amending it was a “non-starter”.

    Prof Robert Dingwall, who sits on the Government’s scientific advisory body New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, which feeds into Sage, said it “made sense” to reduce the distancing rule to 1.5 metres, bringing it into line with nations such as Germany and Australia.

    Robert Dingwall said it made sense to relax the rule

    “Standing in line two metres apart outside supermarkets does not make a lot of sense,” Prof Dingwall said.

    “The two-metre rule does not have validity and has never had much of an evidence base. I’ve tried to trace it myself.

    "There is a fairly solid evidence base for a transmission rate if indoors and within one metre of someone with a respiratory infection for 15 minutes, but that time detail has been lost somewhere along the way.

    “It is extraordinarily unlikely that any transmission will occur in the few seconds you are standing next to someone as you both reach for the instant coffee.

    “It means that people are worrying unnecessarily when a jogger brushes past them in the park, for example, when transient contact is not an issue.”

    Some experts believe there is no airborne transmission outdoors at all, as larger droplets carrying the infection get caught on clothes or fall to the ground before they can be inhaled.

    Businesses are also concerned that attempting to reopen under the current social distancing strategy would require huge disruption.

    Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, also said a lower social distancing rule would be welcomed, although she warned that pubs would not survive without further support.

    “We will always take heed of government guidance on social distancing but any reduction in social distancing requirements will increase the usable space in pubs,” she said.

    However, Colin Stanbridge, former chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce, said the Government could be accused of sending mixed messages if it changed the rules and said it would just cause confusion.

    “I can’t see that half a metre here or there would make much difference,” he said.

    “The problem is much deeper than that. Can a business operate successfully if it only has half its tables out?”

    At Friday's press briefing, Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said 18,000 contact tracers would be in place by mid-May, suggesting that the Government may be thinking of lifting some restrictions this month.
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    All this news of relaxing restrictions makes sense. But here in Ontario Canada, they are increasing restrictions. On May 4th, it will be a requirement to wear a mask to gain entrance into Costco. Would it not have made sense to put this into place a month ago rather than now when the number of new cases are falling?

    A hardware store has just recently closed its doors and is requesting that you pho e in orders so they can put them outside for you to pick them up. I was in that store last week and everything seemed just fine.

    People here are getting more stressed out as it seems many are falling prey to fear. People were heard today getting verbally angry with people who appeared to freak the 2 meter social distancing rule - and this was I side a grocery store where keepi g a distance of 2 meters is impossible in some places.

    The world is upside down - and I think that while it is upside down it should be given a shake so that the bad pieces fall off!

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    I'll try again but man the last version was the bomb - alas, lost in limbo. Will remember to save a copy this time. Apologies in advance for the lackluster second attempt.

    Sophistication is absolutely predicated upon its fundamental premise. So perhaps a simplistic look at genetics might be appropriate here. Remember, this is not me talking, this is the scientific establishment's take on the subject...

    - Every living cell has a nucleus in which is located the vaunted DNA molecule.

    - DNA is a complete linear set of code that contains all the information needed to replicate a living organism.

    - Each set of DNA is a composite of two genetic lines of code - one from the mother and one from the father. Asexual reproduction is left out for simplicity's sake.

    - In order to use the code, the cell must first unpack it. This is the most amazing marvel of genetics! The DNA is carefully pulled straight and unzipped along the long axis between mother and father's code. This is billions of lines of code, by the way, that must be unpacked and unzipped exactly right with no mistakes!

    - When the two strands of genetic material have been separated, it is considered to be RNA. The difference being the prefix only...Dioxyribonucleic or Ribonucleic acid.

    - Once the DNA molecule has been unpacked and unzipped, the RNA molecule can be copied. This is called transcription, a very precise lock-step procedure.

    - Only RNA can be transcribed.

    - In most cases, except for cell replication, only a small portion of the code is required for whatever the cell is working on at the time. A very complicated and as yet not well understood method searches along the strand of RNA code for a marker that tells it where to start copying. Another molecule searches for the end of that particular bit of code. When the markers have denoted the part to be copied the snippet is copied.

    - That snippet of code is essentially a virus!

    Did you know that? Well, it is the fundamentals under which current research operates. Just in what has been shown here it is quite obvious there are some high level mysteries that make this discipline not so simplistic. And if the wrong assumptions are made, vaccinations and other dangerous therapies will result.

    Have a think about it. I know almost nothing but I know that amount about almost everything. I know the simple. Because I know even that is subject to debate. Also, I know that the minds that have given us our science were very much ignorant and biased, so can only be trusted with observations, empirical science, not with conclusions and assumptions, theoretical science. This is because to have vaulted to the tops of their fields in those archaic times, one had to accept the current, almost always incorrect, world view of their peers. They had blinders on folks, it wasn't their fault but their heads were filled with nonsense.

    Do you know the basics? If not, what do you base your beliefs on - second-hand knowledge? And the person you do believe, how are they an authority if they cannot see beyond their own bias and that of their peers?

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    Default Re: Covid19: Global reports, news and updates

    Half of what I see about this stuff is like a non-update because there never was anything there.

    On a local basis we have been given a new widget which "tells all" about congregated living centers, mainly nursing homes. So, if you wondered how much of it was on the staff, about a quarter, something like 25-75 at several locations, so once it adds up, then you have quite a fair amount of staff positive.

    They have one death at nursing homes and two if we include a type of detention center.

    I mean, these are the people working in the middle of death of all death, and they caught death, and seem to have kept going. That is about as one-sided as anything could be, there is not exactly a shortage of residents dying.

    There is also a chart showing how extra fatal it is to black people in every area reported. That one is significant, but when we look at all the staff, that must also have a lot of black people, and they survived. But most of them are relatively healthy to begin with. So it probably means old black people. It doesn't say that, but, it appears there is almost no way they cannot go together.

    It does not seem to be any kind of twisted view that, currently, the cash that is being flung around is mostly to the Republican Party, while the deaths are disproportionally old black people.

    Meanwhile, the first protestors got in a standoff with the police over a...sidewalk...and were arrested, leading to the fracturing of the group. They are now being out-performed by the armed group who likes to show how peaceful they really are.

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