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That elusive picture

June 27, 2020

 

Gabby, Here’s that picture with its own url – keep yahoo out of the picture seems a good policy

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The Pensions Ponzi That Is Destroying Developed Nations

June 25, 2020

Yes The entire western Pension system is a Ponzi scheme. It is not paid by investments it is paid by existing and new entrants to the job market. It’s the very definition of a Ponzi scheme.Ponzi scheme – Wikipedia

It used to be 5–6 workers to 1 pensioner, it’s now around 3. Soon it will be even lower.

The thing that gets me is polticians openly admit this. They say “we need immigrants to pay our pensions”!?!!

Like immigrants don’t get old??

Unintended consequences

This is why Germany let in 1m immigrants. It wasn’t kindness. They have a declining population and need the workers to pay their Ponzi scheme.

Germany on course to accept one million refugees in 2015

They jailed Bernie Madoff for 150yrs for the same thing. Seems it’s okay when you’re a politician!!

Bernie Madoff – Wikipedia

On a side note this is one reason the Uk and EU can’t align and one reason we left. The EU in the main has a declining population. They want immigration to pay in the short term. The UK has had massive net immigration for decades. Our policies need to be different.

White Supremacism : A subperb response

June 14, 2020

An article I came across on Medium.com recently, obviously written by a woman who has succumbed to the brainwashing though media and internet of the Black Supremacist lobby began like this:

hen NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling in protest during the national anthem in 2016, I was slightly appalled: He lives in the greatest country in the world and enjoys the pleasures of a well-paying profession. Yet he chooses to disrespect the flag and those who fought and died for him?! The nerve.

Those feelings simmered. They stayed with me for a while.

But Kaepernick was right to bring light to the situation of police brutality directed at black Americans. No, I don’t agree with his “pig cop” socks (he reportedly stated they were only “meant to represent rogue cops”). No, I don’t personally agree with disrespecting the flag, though doing so is protected by the First Amendment. But the message of enough is enough? Using his platform for a public display?

Why shouldn’t black Americans — who feel helpless and enraged when they see the obvious disparity in treatment by law enforcement — peacefully protest by kneeling? Continue reading:

One of the first responses in the thread under this pathetic, snivelling virtue signallers spiel was absolutely superb:

Please look at the numbers. The media narrative is a lie. Police violence is in precipitous decline, and black on white violence far exceeds white on black. If we just let the narrative melt logic and statistics we’re not really saving any lives.

As for Kaepernick, you just don’t get to do whatever you want at work. No one does.

Especially when you work inside a brand ecosystem with so many people, so much investment, and so much at stake.

“Oh typical, you value business over life.”

Yawn. You don’t have an exclusive hold on valuing human life. You can value both, and Kaepernick, who has an enormous platform even in his free time, can do whatever he wants with it.

YouTube Blanks Another Video for Questioning Coronavirus Narrative

May 29, 2020

YouTube has cancelled a video called ‘The Case Against The Lockdowns’ – featuring journalist Toby Young and Nobel-Prizewinning scientist Michael Levitt – because it fails to support the correct, World-Health-Organisation-approved narrative on Chinese coronavirus.

Young is founder of the Free Speech Union, which campaigns against censorship. Levitt – who doesn’t speak but can be seen nodding in approval at Young’s remarks – is a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013. But none of this has cut any ice with YouTube which has taken down the video claiming it ‘violates’ its ‘community standards.’

This follows a directive  issued in April by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who has promised to ban any content that goes against WHO recommendations.

Speaking on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Wojcicki said that the Google-owned video streaming platform would be “removing information that is problematic”.

 She told host Brian Stelter that this would include “anything that is medically unsubstantiated”.

“So people saying ‘take vitamin C; take turmeric, we’ll cure you’, those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy,” she said.

“Anything that would go against World Health Organisation recommendations would be a violation of our policy.”

Eminence and expertise are no defence to this ruling. Earlier this month, YouTube took down an interview with leading epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski, for similar reasons.

As the NewYork Post reported:

Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed a video of him talking about the virus that had racked up more than 1.3 million views.

Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation’s current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus’ existence, and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.

Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, believes the coronavirus should be allowed to create “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine, the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population.

“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected,” he says in the now-deleted video.

This is part of a troubling onslaught against free speech by Silicon Valley. It’s not just YouTube which is censoring coronavirus sceptics but also Twitter.

As western democracies descend into tyranny and dystopian despotism there are a couple of question I would like clarified. The first regards the viral infection. Can virologist genuinely distinguish between all other viral infection and the Chinese virus many call SARS-COV2 or quite loosely, Covid 19 or Corona virus? I know a lot of people have tested positive when they are only suffering from asthma and hay fever. This has caused them to be quarantined from the workplace. Secondly, can the deaths from Corona virus or Covid 19 be identified as being caused by the Chinese SARS or caused by other comorbidities and not the Chinese SARS the WHO told the world about? If it is the case that other infections caused respiratory death or heart attacks then the entire Government response is highly questionable. It is interesting that the Office of National Statistics state this paragraph: “Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our regular weekly deaths release now provides a separate breakdown of the numbers of deaths involving COVID-19: that is, where COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions. If a death certificate mentions COVID-19 it will not always be the main cause of death but may be a contributory factor. This new bulletin summarises the latest weekly information and will be updated each week during the pandemic.”
I wonder what the real mortality rate is due to the Wuhan flu and not the suspicion of a medical practitioner. YouTube won’t let you know.

The hard left is pushing for total control. It is making the same blunder as before: forcing humanity into “egalitarian” shape, in the deluded belief that humanity will retain that shape when the oppressive means to this end fall away. Of course, they never do; they rise to genocide and sink to stagnation. And what really happens is an exercise in brutality and torture and loss, massively damaging the genuine good which arises from the spontaneous forms of life. Orwell skewered them in the figure of Winston’s tormentor-in-chief, O’Brien. How nauseatingly absurd that they are at it again!

The hard left is pushing for total control. It is making the same blunder as before: forcing humanity into “egalitarian” shape, in the deluded belief that humanity will retain that shape when the oppressive means to this end fall away. Of course, they never do; they rise to genocide and sink to stagnation. And what really happens is an exercise in brutality and torture and loss, massively damaging the genuine good which arises from the spontaneous forms of life. Orwell skewered them in the figure of Winston’s tormentor-in-chief, O’Brien. How nauseatingly absurd that they are at it again!

TECHNOLOGY RULES YOU

Coronavirus Uses Same Strategy As HIV To Evade, Cripple Immune System: Chinese Study Finds

Coronavirus: Something Wrong Here

Coronavirus Uses Same Strategy As HIV To Evade, Cripple Immune System: Chinese Study Finds

May 27, 2020

from Zero Hedge

Coronavirus Uses Same Strategy As HIV To Evade, Cripple Immune System: Chinese Study Finds

Back on February 1, when the coronavirus pandemic was only just starting to attract broader attention and the China-influenced mainstream media was still politically inclined to minimize the severity of the disease before pulling a sharp U-turn and now going full bore with a narrative of just how dangerous it is for the Trump administration to reopen the economy (because if the economy recovers by November, Trump just might get re-elected), we published an article referencing an Arxiv pre-print which found that the covid-19 genome contained “HIV Insertions”, stoking fears that the virus was an artificially created bioweapon. While the mere suggestion that this virus was man-made – nevermind sharing discrete segments of its genetic structure with HIV – sparked outrage among the well-paid mercenary enforcers of the First Amendment known as “fact-checkers” who are employed by such biased organizations as Twitter and Facebook to stifle any line of inquiry that runs contrary to whatever dominant narrative has been blessed by the Zuckerbergs and Dorseys of the world, it was none other than the man who discovered the HIV virus back in 1983, that confirmed our suspicions saying that “the virus was man-made.”

As we reported in April, Professor Luc Montagnier, the 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Medicine, claimed that SARS-CoV-2 is a manipulated virus that was accidentally released from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, and added that the WUhan laboratory, known for its work on coronaviruses, tried to use one of these viruses as a vector for HIV in the search for an AIDS vaccine.

Needless to say, since this narrative was destructive to China and all those self-proclaimed experts who had vowed there is no way the Wuhan virus was i) manmade, ii) released by a Chinese lab and iii) had HIV-insertions, the story was quickly buried and never received as much as a minute of airtime in conventional media sources.

That may all change now, as a result of the third, and perhaps most startling yet twist in the bizarre saga of the coronavirus, after the South China Morning Post reported that a new study by Chinese scientists has found that the novel coronavirus uses the same strategy to evade attack from the human immune system as HIV.

Specifically, both viruses remove marker molecules on the surface of an infected cell that are used by the immune system to identify invaders, the researchers said in a non-peer reviewed paper titled “The ORF8 Protein of SARS-CoV-2 Mediates Immune Evasion through Potently Downregulating MHC-I”, posted on pre-print website bioRxiv.org on Sunday (a paper which the great hordes of amateur epidemiologists will make sure is promptly taken down or else their carefully planted propaganda may be obliterated). They warned that this commonality could mean Sars-CoV-2, the clinical name for the virus, could be around for some time, like HIV.

Separately, virologist Zhang Hui and a team from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou also said their discovery added weight to clinical observations that the coronavirus was showing “some characteristics of viruses causing chronic infection”.

Some more details on the Hui study: the researchers collected killer T cells from five patients who had recently recovered from Covid-19; those immune cells are generated by people after they are infected with Sars-CoV-2, and whose job is to find and destroy the virus. But the killer T cells used in the study were not effective at eliminating the virus in infected cells. When the scientists took a closer look they found that a molecule known as major histocompatibility complex, or MHC, was missing.

The molecule is an identification tag usually present in the membrane of a healthy cell, or in sick cells infected by other coronaviruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars. It changes with infections, alerting the immune system whether a cell is healthy or infected by a virus. However, there is one notable disease that makes MHC molecules disappears from the cell surface: HIV.

The coronavirus removes these markers by producing a protein known as ORF8, which binds with MHC molecules, then pulls them inside the infected cell and destroys them, the researchers said.

ORF8, which is also known to play an important role in viral replication, is the gene that is targeted by most commercial test kits to detect viral loads in nose or oral swabs.

Needless to say, the absence of MHC makes the creation of vaccines against covid problematic, although the study authors had a suggestion: while drugs used to treat Covid-19 patients mainly target enzymes or structural proteins needed for viral replication, Zhang and his team suggested compounds be developed “specifically targeting the impairment of MHC by ORF8, and therefore enhancing immune surveillance for Sars-CoV-2 infection”.

And here is where things gets very messy for the frauds known as “fact-checkers” who – without any actual facts or knowledge – threw up all over our February report that the coronavirus shared genetic material with HIV: while the mainstream media did everything in its power to censor any suggestions that Covid and HIV having genetic similarities (after all who wants to be threatened by an airborne version of AIDS) now it is none other than the South China Morning Post which writes that “earlier studies found the spike protein of the new coronavirus had a structure that allowed it to enter many types of human cells and bind with them. The same structure was also found in HIV, but not in other coronaviruses found in animals such as bats and pangolins.”

Oops, the SCMP will have a a lot of explaining for reporting on, you know, the facts.

But wait there’s more. Another study by researchers in New York and Shanghai also found that the Sars-CoV-2, sometimes called the “Wu Flu” could kill T cells, or as the SCMP puts it “the discovery came after autopsies in China found immune system destruction similar to that caused by AIDS.”

At this point, the SCMP has pointed out all the exact same facts – that the coronavirus not only shares genetic material with HIV, but also evades and cripples the immune system in a similar way to HIV – that got the “highly respected” StatNews to accuse Zero Hedge of spreading an “infodemic.” We wonder if StatNews author John Gregory will append his “analysis” now that actual “facts” have emerged showing that it’s not the infodemic we should be afraid of, but the censordemic.

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Of course, if covid and HIV share a similar approach to hiding from, and crippling the host immune system, kiss any hope for a vaccine – or cure – goodbye. Four decades after HIV – a virus that attacks the immune system – emerged, it has killed about 32 million people globally and there is still no vaccine or drug that can completely cure the disease.

Which begs the question: who were the real conspiracy theorists – those who reported the facts, or all those countless “mainstream” publications who sought to stifle the facts, by accusing us – and many others – of peddling conspiracy theories. For the answer, we go back to what HIV-discovered Montagnier said in April:  “Conspirators are the opposite camp, hiding the truth,” he said without wanting to accuse anyone, but hoping that the Chinese will admit to what he believes happened in their laboratory. “In any case, the truth always comes out, it is up to the Chinese government to take responsibility.”

And while we admire Montagnier’s optimism,we are not holding our breath until the truth finally does come out. Until then, the SCMP may want to watch the bank of its social media accounts – can’t have the peasants realizing they were lied to all along. Twitter, for example, has developed a nasty habit of immediately banning anyone who dares to tell the truth about anything.

The full paper is below (link). Read it before it mysteriously disappears.

Coronavirus: Herd Susceptibility

May 10, 2020

It’s a bit disappointing read so many articles online, in publications that style themselves as “alternative news,” contrarian or against the mainstream, which are so unquestioningly supportive of the official narrative that the COVID – 19 virus is an almost unstoppable killer and the only way we can save ourselves and the civilisation that has given us our comfortable lives is by destroying the civilisation that has given us our comfortable lives. The kind of writing that supports continuation of lockdown, which as we should all know by now, was based on “scientists” running mathematical models of the virus that were so ineptly designed their output cannot even be classified as “not  fit for purpose.”

The figures for likely deaths from COVID – 19 Coronavirus were so wildly exaggerated and so completely unsupported by factual evidence, it would be wrong to describe them as pure speculation or even guesswork. But it was an opportunity for politicians: with the number of deaths, based on the history of previous Coronavius variant, almost certain to fall way below the hyperbolic estimates, it is easy to claim as they did when the “swine ‘flu pandemic,” predicted to cause 575,000 deaths worldwide was actually responsible for 18,500 according to official figures.

It was then easy for the politicians and bureaucrats to claim that the discrepancy between predicted deaths” and real deaths was down to their panicked responses, which had saved almost 500,000 lives. One would think it does not take high intelligence to recognise that comparisons between “projected deaths” and real deaths are meaningless. But lo and behold! Only last week I came across somebody in a comment thread on Medium.com claiming that the USA’s lockdown had been correct as the 2.2 million projected deaths had been reduced by isolation and other measures to a mere 68,000. We can safely assume that the “other measures” include deliberately muddling reality and fantasy.

Other areas of fantasy involve some of the conspiracy theories that pop up like garden weeds in a warm spell whenever the public are asked to believe a narrative so opaque and so at odds with what can be observed. Interestingly while suggestions such as the virus having originated in a biological research laboratory on Wuhan, China, which is now recognised as almost certainly the case, are dismissed as the ravings of “conspiracy theorists,” trying to discredit  questioning of the narrative in that way only makes other more whacky conspiracy theories more credible. Thus the claim that COVID – 19 is a biological weapon designed for use against the west or that the virus was a US creation deliberately released by CIA agents in China are not going away anytime soon.

Another theory that though ostensibly ludicrous, may have a grain of truth at its core is that the virus can be spread by the 5G wireless telephony now being rolled out by communications corporations, a notion UK Television presenter Eammon Holmes was accuse of promoting on the news magazine he fronts, although Mr. Holmes actually said nothing of the kind. It is certain a virus cannot be transmitted by Electromagnetic Radiation in any frequency range, but there are two quite important points which suggest Eammon Holmes was right to say there is no evidence that radiation from 5G masts is harmless.

Without getting technical (who’s got time to read a technical explanation,) 5G is a much higher intensity of radiation than previous cellular or radio / TV frequencies and as everybody knows radiation is harmful (anyone not heard of Chenobyl? Or Fukushima? Different circumstances but  electromagnetic radiation from those two nuclear reactor meltdowns harmed living tissue all the same. It isn’t the strength of radio activity alone that causesd problems, it’s the strength * the duration, so a low dose for a long period can be more damaging than a short sharp blast. Look up Banana Equivalent Does if you don’t believe me.

OK, eating even a hundred bananas a day is not going to give you coronavirus, but bombardment with radiation is known to harm the immune system, which would make people more vulnerable to virus infection.

Secondly, in the 1980s and 90s there were long running arguments about whether cellphones caused brain damage. The phone companies, which were making millions from sales and subscriptions denied it, governments, which were making billlions from selling operators’ licences backed them.

Years later it was admitted that yes, walking around with your mobile phone clamped to your ear all day could cause permanent harm. No problem, we could easily be safe by taking a few simple precautions, limit usage, use a hands – free set contained in an insulating case, that kind of thing.We are going down the same road now with 5G and many doctors and researchers are questioning the wisdom of this. So when Eammon Holmes rebuked his co – presenter for parroting corporate prop[aganda, in my habitually sceptical opinion Eammon was right to question her. He could have phrased his response better, but even I am not sceptical enough to think This Morning is entirely scripted and who among us has never phrased a spontaneous response poorly.

Conspiracy theories and crazy talk are bad things to be sure. But the question is how clear is the distinguishing line between genuine ‘crazy talk’ and hard but legitimate questions which authorities do not want asked, examples being: “How did the twin towers of the World Trade Centre come down in what looked like a controlled demolition after being randomly struck by passenger jets? or If the MMR vaccine is totally safe why has the US vaccine court made multi – million dollar awards to parents whose children showed evidence of developmental damage shortly after receiving it?  These are not conspiracy theories, they are legitimate questions. And if such questions are to be dubbed “conspiracy theories”, suppressed by mainstream media and censored by search engine tachnology from internet news feeds  how are we voters to tell whether journalists are doing their job of asking those questions and calling our elected representatives to account, or whether they are simply shilling for the government’s official line on any issue in order to curry favour with The Powers That Be?

To take one example: asking whether the virus originated in a Chinese lab has, curiously, been dismissed by official sources since the start of the outbreak as ‘crazy talk.’  But is it crazy to ask this question, given what we know about the proximity of the Wuhan virus lab to the ‘wet market’ which the Chinese government tells us is the source of the virus, and the known shoddy safety standards at that lab? Should we blithely trust the assurances of a totalitarian state, and dismiss those who challenge it as a nutters? The Washington Post, not generally known for its conspiracist ravings, doesn’t seem to think so:

Washington Post – Wuhan lab safety issues

Genuine conspiratorial nonsense – faked moon landings, Bilderbeg shape shifting lizards and the like – needs to be separated from hard questions which go against the official grain. Otherwise journalists, end up being nothing more than useful idiots for power. I remember the fake Iraq War dossier with its talks of Saddam Hussein’s Weapons Of Mass Destruction which all the mainstream journalists lapped up and sensationalised, whilst laughing at the ‘crazy talk’ which suggested the whole case might be fabricated to justify a regime change campaign against a mad, but popular among his people, dictator who refused to stick to th globalist script that had been prepared for him. Of course Saddam Hussein had secret weapons of mass destruction that posed an existential threat to the west, the mainstream media sneered in chorus.

I’m also old enough to remember the assassination of President Kennedy (I was mid evening when the news broke in Britain, I was at a school speech day at the time and I’m sure the news spoiled the night for my former teachers, who would have been ready to rejoice because they knew that when I shuffled off the stage with my certificates they would have seen the last of their most disruptive and under – performing pupil. It was the Kennedy assassination that led to the phrase “conspiracy theorist” being coined. We will never know the full story of what happened that day in Dallas but the questions asked by ‘conspiracy theorists’ over the following years totally debunked the official narrative.

Mainstream media’s smug dismissals of conspiracy theorists can easily make them look like a New World Order a stooges when on a longer timeline the conspiracy theories turn out to be much closer to the truth than the official narrative.

Describing people warning about the possible dangers of 5G with ‘conspiracy theorists’ who claim the world is hollow and a master race of highly intelligent, technologically advanced, non humans live beneath our feet might make them look ridiculous, but is certainly not a scientific approach. It has been well known for many years (but generally suppressed) that cellphone radiation can be harmful (sic) and that children living close to cell phone towers have higher rates of leukaemia that normal. Listen to Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada in this YouTube video or do your own research which will reveal many respected scientists and a lot of research published in peer reviewed journals warn of genetic damages, neurological disorders and changes to the reproductive system as a result of prolonged exposure to radiation from phones and wi – fi. I would suggest that you look into this for fairness’ sake.

Eammon Holmes may have avoided much the opprobrium cast his way if he had merely quoted the late Christopher Hitchens: “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.” Unfortunately spontaneous responses do not give us a lot of time to think.

As for the COVID – 19 Coronavirus, the narrative spun by government propagandists, research grant phishing scientists, and mainstream media pundits is looking more shaky by the day as statistical frauds are revealed and genuine experts rather than con artists with mathematical models tell us most of what we have been told is wring. There is very little chance of being affected in open areas, staying in the enclosed space of our homes was the worst advice we could have been given. The disease does disproportionately affect old people but even so the kill rate of COVID – 19 is way below that of the usual strains of seasonal flu and most healthy people, with no underlying medical condistions who are infected will show only mild symptoms or none at all.

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As the instability in the middle east spreads to Europe, North Africa and into Sourthern Asia we look as the role of the so – called neocons, piratical, mostly American corporate, world domination freaks who naively see the collapse of nations and the global economic structure as somehow working to their advantage. Ironically the neocons are aided and abetted by the neo-liberals, theoretically their rivals although the groups share the same broad aims.

ER Doctor Drops Multiple COVID-19 Bombshells

April 30, 2020
  • As the video posted on YouTube by Dr. Dan Erikson (pictured below) was quickly removed for “violating community standards,” we reproduce a text summary on report on his video in the public interest. There is a link to another video platform’s copy of the video at the foot of the page byt we can’t promise it will still be online by the time yoou find this page.
    People who question the increassingly incredible narrative on COVID – 19 are being censored by Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, it is our duty to ensure material posted by those who try to tell the truth about the COVID – 19 hoax be kept in the public domain – Editor.

As we reported earlier this month only nine states in America that are not under stay-at-home orders by their governors.

Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas,, and South Carolina are now the only states where residents are not under orders to only leave their homes for “essential” purposes.

“The contrast is the starkest in five states — Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota,, and South Dakota — where there are no such orders in place, either in major cities or statewide. Another four had partial restrictions issued locally in certain cities or counties,” the New York Times reports.

Is this the right thing to do at this moment? Well, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons thinks that this is the best thing we can do at the moment.

The only way to effectively combat the disease from a practical standpoint (other than herd immunity) is to shield those at high risk until the virus has run its course through the country. Patients with significant underlying health conditions (cancer, lung disease, immune deficiency disorders) and those over the age of 65 should isolate themselves to the best of their abilities – the Association Of America Physician and Surgeons reported.

Everything that was done so far will only damage our economy and one ER doctor confirmed that the lockdown is not needed.

Before COVID-19 was even detected in the United States, Dan Erickson, a former emergency room physician who now co-owns Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, bought as many tests for the virus as he could. He knew it would be here eventually and wanted to be ready to test those who needed and wanted it.

Now, after testing thousands of people, he and his business partner, physician Artin Massihi, say they have enough data to draw some conclusions about COVID-19.

Their message: COVID-19 is more ubiquitous and less deadly than we think. It’s similar to influenza and we should therefore reopen society and stop treating the situation like the lethal menace it was initially thought to be.

“Two months ago we didn’t know this so I’m bringing it to light now,” Erickson said Wednesday at a news conference held at his Coffee Road urgent care.

Kern County Public Health Services Spokeswoman Michelle Corson and an epidemiologist contacted by The Californian said they didn’t agree with the doctors’ recommendation to end social distancing and immediately start reopening society.

“This is a many-headed hydra. It’s really unfortunate to boil this all down to it’s just flu,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at UC Irvine. “There’s no flu season that looks anything like New York does right now.”

‘Similar to flu’

Accelerated urgent care has done 5,213 COVID-19 tests at its five Bakersfield locations, Erickson said — which is more than half the 9,197 tests done so far in Kern County. Of those, 340 were positive, according to Erickson.

If that percentage of positive cases were assumed to represent the entire population of Kern County, which is roughly 900,000, it would mean about 58,000 people in Kern have had the virus, far more than the nearly 700 official confirmed, Erickson said.

That many cases would “indicate there is a widespread (COVID-19) infection, similar to flu,” Erickson said.

And if we don’t shut down the country for flu, should we keep doing it for coronavirus?

“It’s about looking at trends and saying we’re not seeing what they’ve been talking about for the past six to eight weeks,” said Massihi, referring to predictions that up to 100,000 Americans could die of the virus and hospitals would become swamped with patients. “We’ve crippled the economy. There’s a lot of domestic issues going on. Is social isolation warranted for the healthy?”

Using the same calculation, Erickson estimates 12 percent of the population statewide, or some 4.7 million Californians, have already had COVID-19. With about 1,400 deaths so far in California, that puts the statewide death rate at about .03 percent, he said.

“Does that (low death rate) necessitate sheltering in place? Does that necessitate shutting down medical systems? Does that necessitate being out of work?” Erickson asked.

Nationwide, about 42,000 people have died of coronavirus as of Wednesday. Between 30,000 and 60,000 die of flu annually, Erickson said, citing CDC data.

The secondary effects of the shutdown are considerable, too, he said. They include a dramatic decrease in volumes at hospitals and even Erickson’s urgent care practice, where staff are mostly testing patients for COVID-19 these days.
“If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights you better have a good reason, you better have a really good reason, not just a theory,” he said. “The data is showing us it’s time to lift (the stay-at-home orders) so if we don’t lift, what is the reason?”
Video below:

In case YouTube decides to remove the video we have this link to another copy of the video posted on a site not owned by a member of The Silicon Valley World Domination Society.

Coronavirus is a dream come true for Bill Gates, who lives to vaccinate

April 17, 2020

In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire “philanthropist” Bill Gates is champing at the bit to implement his long-awaited mandatory vaccination agenda. And what better catalyst for making it happen than the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

Just months after his infamous Event 201, which was all about a hypothetical pandemic scenario, out pops the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) right on schedule to bring to life Gates’ fantasy dream of jabbing every person on the planet with one of his “philanthropic” vaccines.

And wouldn’t you know it, but Gates also recently stepped down from the board of Microsoft – just before the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) struck, it’s important to note – in order to focus more on his “philanthropic” endeavors, which we know from history actually center around his eugenics agenda.

With the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) being a ripe target for exploitation, Gates has already thrown billions of dollars into setting up multiple avenues for developing not just one, but seven, potential vaccines for it. He’s also calling for “digital certificates” to prove that a person has been vaccinated, allowing them reentry back into the world economy.

This is in addition to the $450 million that Gates contributed to the effort to “eradicate polio,” as well as numerous other endeavors he’s been a part of over the years that all have one thing in common: mandatory vaccination.

The guy lives to vaccinate, and it’s really the only thing he ever seems to talk about. Sure, he’ll occasionally mention pharmaceuticals as well – never nutrition, by the way – but vaccines are Gates’ thing, for which he almost has a bizarre type of fetish … Continue reading

Race and cultural politics

April 3, 2020

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Western progressives and scientists, when asserting that most present-day anthropologists and geneticists don’t believe in the notion of human races, almost never mention the fact that most of those scientists in China and Russia still do?

Western progressives and scientists do not get to dictate the definitions of the words people use to communicate with every day.

“Race” is the word we use to describe physical characteristics that are typical for people from a certain geographic area or cultural group. There have always been, and still are, problems with relations between people from different geographical areas and/or culture groups, so the term “race” is used to describe the differences.

Some well-minded but clueless busybodies are trying to promote the concept that if the word “race” were not used to describe these differences, the problems would go away. Nothing could be further from the truth. The “others” are “different”, in directly observational ways.

Using the “expert fallacy” as this questioner does, claiming that the “experts” (progressives and scientists) have dismissed the word “race” in relation to these differences so we should drop the whole discussion does not do a thing to cure the problems various groups are experiencing with each other – but it makes the fools promoting this concept feel like they are doing something useful.

You can tell someone’s race and even with is background with DNA. Skeletal differences can be used to identify the race of a deceased person (skeletons can also tell gender). All non African people’s posses non homo sapiens DNA, albeit very small.

There can be complications when it comes to marrow or organ transplants from one race to another. Different races all have different fertility issues. These and many more differences can be found with a simple Google search and peer reviewed articles.

Race exists. This doesn’t mean blacks are less intelligent nor that all Asians are great at math. It just means there are differences and we shouldn’t shy away from this. To do so isn’t scientific… it’s propaganda and stupid thinking.

There are several reasons why socialism couldn’t be built in the former Soviet Union (fSU) given the conditions that faced Lenin and the Bolsheviks.

[In what follows I am using “socialist” and “communist” (and their cognates) interchangeably and, in most cases, in conformity with Marx’s understanding of those terms]

1) As Marx saw things, communism could only be built in countries capable of producing a massive abundance (i.e., a very highly developed economy coupled with high levels of productivity — even if they actually failed to do that because of ‘market forces’). This wasn’t the case in the fSU — or, indeed, China, Cuba, much of E Europe, Vietnam, N Korea, Laos, Cambodia, and now in Venezuela. They were all backward economies or were recovering from war. Socialism can’t exist where there is scarcity. It can only be built on abundance. [Why that is so will be answered on request.]

So Lenin and the Bolsheviks looked to the massive productive capacity of the German economy to come to the aid of their revolution — on that, see below.

(2) Equally, if not more important: a communist society can only be built by the working class organised for and by themselves, acting democratically on their own behalf, not relying on anyone else to do it for them. The Russian revolution was initially led by the urban working class (in alliance with the peasantry), but that class was cut to ribbons by WW1 — and then all but destroyed as an effective political and economic force by the Russian Civil War and the famine that followed. Socialism can’t be built if there is no powerful and politically engaged proletariat (i.e., the urban working class under capitalism).

Why that is so has been explained here:

Why-did-Karl-Marx-believe-that-industrial-workers-would-be-the-ones-leading-the-revolution-not-peasants/answer/Rosa-Lichtenstein

So, Lenin and the Bolsheviks (but not the clique that later emerged around Stalin) argued that their revolution was doomed unless the revolutions spreading across Europe at that time succeeded (in Hungary and Italy — but more importantly in Germany). However, those revolutions failed for various reasons, and with that the prospects for the fSU nose-dived.

The revolutions in China and Cuba many decades later weren’t even proletarian revolutions (howsoever popular they might have been at the time), but were prosecuted by guerrilla armies comprised largely of peasants, students, and ‘intellectuals’, etc. Whatever emerged as a result — and independently of the aims of those taking part, howsoever well-intentioned they might have been — could in no way be Marxist (except in name alone). Marx’s version of communism can’t be created by by-passing the proletariat (again, follow the above link for the reasons why).

More-or-less the same can be said about Vietnam (which, despite the rhetoric, was a nationalist, not a communist, revolutionary war, first against the French, and then against the USA), as well as Laos and Cambodia. North Korea was set up as a puppet regime which only existed and survived because of the backing of the red army (Russian and Chinese). The ‘revolutions’ in E Europe in the years following WW2 were the result of invading red army tanks, and so could only be called Marxist by someone with a twisted sense of humour.

Related to the above there are a few additional considerations, which are a little more theoretical, that differentiate Lenin’s approach to socialism from Stalin’s and Mao’s, the most important of which are the following factors:

(3) There are in fact two forms of socialism:

a) ‘Socialism from above’,

and

b) ‘Socialism from below’.

The first form seeks to bring ‘socialism’ to the mass of the population, whether they want it or not. It is imposed from above (by a centralised, or even a democratically elected, state), as its name suggests.

This approach has been adopted and tried out by various political movements and ideologies, including Stalinism, Maoism, Castroism, Chavezism (as we have seen in Venezuela), Social Democracy [SD]. Democratic Socialism [DS], and conspiratorial Blanquism, which many confuse with Leninism.

Blanquism

Quite often, the population acquiesce to this form of socialism, and they might even welcome it at first — until they discover it doesn’t work. That is because it leaves the mass of the population passive and unchanged (except where they are allowed, in some cases, to vote every now and then, or they are required to provide cannon fodder in defence of this new form of the state). Left like that they are always going to be a threat to the new ruling class that has been formed as a result of imposing socialism from above — as we saw in Russia, E Europe, and, indeed, much of the rest of the planet over the last hundred years. On that, follow this link:

Revolution

That is because ‘Socialism from above’ either:

(i) Leaves the class structure of society unchanged (as is the case with SD and DS), or

(ii) It introduces a new ruling elite (as was the case with all forms of ‘Communism’) — but, in both cases, the mass of the population remains exploited and/or oppressed for their pains.

[Many confuse the above statist/corporatist forms of socialism with Marxism. They will struggle long and hard and to no avail to find anything in Marx’s writings that supports such a gross distortion of his ideas. It is also worth adding that ‘Communism’ and Marxism parted company in the fSU in the mid-1920s after Lenin died, and the Stalinists seized power.]

Every time this form of socialism has been tried it has failed, or is now failing. That because:

(iii) In the case of SD and DS, the rich and powerful will always fight these lukewarm forms of socialism, try to strangle them to death (as we are now witnessing in relation to Venezuela), or manoeuvre/force them to compromise what few principles they retain so that they gradually become a pale reflection of those parties that genuinely and openly represent the interests of the ruling elite — that is, so that they begin to resemble to some extent Conservative and other right-wing parties — as we have repeatedly seen in the USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, S America, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada, etc., etc. So, SD/DS doesn’t change society in any fundamental way, and leaves class division — and hence the rich and powerful — in place at the top.

Whoever is in office under this form of ‘socialism’, the top 1% and their political representatives are always in power (they control the army, the police, the courts, the media, etc.), which means that SD/DS politicians, no matter how well meaning they are, will either have to accommodate to the 1% and their ideologues in the media, or they will be out on their ears.

These 15 Billionaires Own America’s News Media Companies

The barrage of abuse and lies Jeremy Corbyn faced from the vast bulk of the UK media is only the most recent example of this:

Anti-Semitism. Orchestrated Offensive against Jeremy Corbyn in the UK

They are now trying to do the same with Bernie Sanders:

Campaign against Sanders on ‘antisemitism’ for his criticism of Israel begins in earnest

The pusillanimous and compromised nature of SD/DS is part of the reason for the rise in ‘populism’ across the globe right now, as the mass of the population reacts to the long-term failure of this form of socialism from above and the apparent failure of ‘liberal democracy’, which political currents have in general looked after the interests of the rich and powerful, not the working majority they claim to represent.

Some have claimed that Scandinavian forms of social democracy have worked, but as with the rest of the capitalist world, that too is now beginning to fail — I have explained more here:

Do-you-hate-capitalism-if-so-then-why-is-that/answer/Rosa-Lichtenstein

(iv) On the other hand, Communist regimes leave the capitalist world largely intact, isolating themselves from the international division of labour, which in the long run renders their economies inefficient and totally incapable of competing with the rest of the world. Hence, they are doomed to fail; the moment of their birth is the moment they begin to die (to paraphrase Hegel). They either (a) slowly strangle themselves to death (as we saw in E Europe and the fSU), (b) they adopt ‘market reforms’ and emulate ‘free market capitalism’ (as we are now seeing in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Cuba), or (c) they are smothered by the imperialist powers (as happened in Nicaragua, and might be about to happen in Venezuela, in relation to which dozens of countries supposedly committed to democracy seem quite happy to recognise an unelected no-mark, Guido, as President).

What-is-happening-in-Venezuela/answer/Rosa-Lichtenstein

As Engels, Lenin and Trotsky argued, islands of socialism can’t be created in a sea of capitalism, and any attempt to do so will always fail. Post-1925 ‘communism’ disagreed, but history has shown that Engels, Lenin and Trotsky were right. That form of ‘communism’ has been refuted by history, many times over.

(v) The second form of socialism, ‘Socialism from below’, represents Marx, Lenin and Trotsky’s view. It involves the great mass of the population creating a socialist society for themselves, not waiting for anyone, or any party, to do it for them.

Marx was quite clear about this in the Communist Manifesto:

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Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another. If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeoisie is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organise itself as a class, if, by means of a revolution, it makes itself the ruling class, and, as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production, then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class.

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Communist Manifesto (Chapter 2)

Indeed, several years later he added:

“The emancipation of the working class will be won by the workers themselves.”

Self-Emancipation of the working class in Marx and Engels

Lenin agreed, insisting “All power to the soviets!” in October 1917 (the soviets were factory and army councils set up by the workers after the popular February 1917 revolution — indeed, Lenin argued that their insurrection should only take place when the Bolsheviks had won a majority in those soviets):

In Defence of Lenin and the October Revolution

This form of socialism is internationalist (“Workers of the world unite!”) — it has to spread and take over the core economies of capitalism so that it can’t be strangled in the above manner, as the proletariat of each country rebel. Follow this link for more details:

Revolution

We aren’t talking about invasion here; an invasion by an external or foreign socialist country won’t change the working class of the country invaded in the required manner — they have to change themselves, in their own way, by their own revolution. Each strike, for example, is a mini-rehearsal for this (whether the strikers appreciate this or not), whereby workers have to learn to organise in their own communities, sharing ideas, money, clothing, food, shelter, etc. In effect they have to run a mini-socialist society for a few weeks or months. These are, in effect, mini-dress rehearsals for a working class revolution.

This is a basic fact about Marx’s form of socialism that SD-ers, Stalin, Mao, Castro and all the rest who advocate socialism from above, fail to comprehend, so determined are they to impose ‘socialism’ on other countries, or, indeed, on their own people.

(4) Again, connected with the above, and primarily in the case of the fSU, when Stalin and his henchmen seized power in the mid-1920s, they knew full well that the capitalist states would either strangle them to death or they would invade and destroy them.

This they would do in order to quarantine the Bolshevik revolution, guarantee it failed, or physically destroy it to prevent the idea spreading that ordinary working people are capable of re-making society for themselves and in their own interests, expropriating the productive capacity of society by taking it out of the hands of the ruling elite.

But, the fSU in the mid-1920s was still economically backward, its industry and working population all but destroyed by WW1 and the Civil War that followed. As Stalin argued, they would have to make up the yawning gap between their economy and the rest of the capitalist world in a generation or they would be crushed.

[That is indeed what was attempted by Nazis in 1941, originally regarded by many in the UK and the USA, for example, as ‘good anti-communists’ — hence, we had appeasement (in the UK) and isolationism (in the US).]

This meant that the Stalinist regime would have to impose an anti-democratic, autocratic and oppressive regime on the mass of the working population of the fSU. That is because, in order to catch up, the state would have to subject the working population to super-exploitation — whereby, the proportion of wealth going to that section of society would be reduced almost to subsistence levels, and often even below that (hence the massive famines — for example in the Ukraine) — so that investment in heavy industry could be maximised. This in turn meant that the state had to be totalitarian, executing and terrorising hundreds of thousands, including nearly every one of the leading revolutionaries of 1917, since working people would resist, as they always have done, such extreme economic deprivation and anti-democratic imposition. Only absolute terror would intimidate them enough.

‘Communism’ destroyed itself by such moves — moves forced on it by trying to create ‘socialism in one country’. Attempting to catch up with ‘the west’ forced the Stalinist regime to trample on every socialist principle it had once proclaimed. In order to compete with capitalism, it had to emulate it. It thus became its own opposite.

Tyrannies ruling in the name of socialism

To a greater or lesser extent, the same considerations applied right across the former ‘communist’ block.

Who made China’s revolution?

Cuba, Castro and Socialism

Hence, these regimes were never popular; quite the reverse, in fact — and when they fell nearly 30 years ago, as they were always doomed to do, not one single proletarian hand was raised in their defence. Indeed, workers were glad to see the back of them, and many joined in their demolition.

A supporter of the old regime in Russia has questioned the above allegation, that the Russian and E European working classes sat on their hands when the system collapsed between 1989 and the end of 1991. I have responded to his criticisms here:

Russian Workers Raised Not One Finger

So, Marxist socialism itself hasn’t failed; it just hasn’t been road-tested yet. No one knows if it will work, but there are good reasons to suppose it will.

Socialist_Economy

More details here:

Two souls of socialism – socialism from above vs socialism from below

State Capitalism in Russia

How Marxism Works

Finally, I have responded to several tired old criticisms of Marxism, including the ‘No True Scotsman’ canard, the ‘Socialism has killed 100 million’ slur, and the ‘You can’t change human nature’ ruse, here:

Why-didn’t-Marx-offer-a-better-form-of-government-than-dictatorship-of-the-proletariat-given-the-fallibility-of-human-nature/answer/Rosa-Lichtenstein

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Whenever I post anything about Marx, Marxism or socialism, right-wing Quorans pile into me about the ‘evils of communism’, as if I haven’t heard this a thousand times already, or as if they were the very first to make that point. In order to forestall the seemingly inevitable, and to save me having to make the same points over and over again in response, such irate individuals are encouraged to follow the above links for my pre-emptive answer.

Abusive Quorans, ‘point-scorers’, and time wasters will have their posts deleted and will be blocked. I am tired of being patient with such individuals and with having to be all sweetness and light in return.

Some complain that this is censorship; it isn’t. It is to remind such individuals that if they are abusive, want merely to ‘score points’, or can’t be bothered to read and then reply to my actual arguments, they can’t expect me to listen to them in return.

Those who want to be civil and argue like grown-ups will, of course, be listened to.

If you have something else you want to say — write your own answer!

I don’t issue second warnings.

Anantha Ananda
Anantha Ananda, Engineer at Private Startup (2013-present)

 

What does Google Know About Us?

February 28, 2020

Unlike searching on DuckDuckGo, when you search on Google, they keep your search history forever. That means they know every search you’ve ever done on Google. That alone is pretty scary, but it’s just the shallow end of the very deep pool of data

that they try to collect on people.

What most people don’t realize is that even if you don’t use any Google products directly, they’re still trying to discover as much as they can about you. Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they’re also trying to track most everywhere you go on the internet, trying to slurp up your browsing history!

Most people also don’t know that Google runs most of the ads you see across the internet and in apps – you know those ones that follow you around everywhere? Yup, that’s Google, too. They aren’t really a search company anymore – they’re a tracking company. They are tracking as much as they can for these annoying and intrusive ads, including recording every time you see them, where you saw them, if you clicked on them, etc.

But even that’s not all…

If You Use Google Products

If you do use Google products, they track you even more. In addition to tracking everything you’ve ever searched for on Google (e.g. “weird rash”), Google also tracks every video you’ve ever watched on YouTube. Many people actually don’t know that Google owns YouTube

; now you know.

And if you use Android (yeah, Google owns that too), then Google is also usually tracking:

  • Every place you’ve been via Google Location Services.
  • How often you use your apps, when you use them, where you use them, and who you use them to interact with. (This is just excessive by any measure.)
  • All of your text messages, which unlike on iOS, are not encrypted by default

 

 

 

  • .

If you use Gmail, they of course also have all your emails and contacts. If you use Google Calendar, they know schedule. There’s a pattern here: For all Google products (Hangouts, Music, Drive, etc.), you can expect the same level of tracking; that is, pretty much anything they can track, they will.

Oh, and if you use Google Home, they also store a live recording of every command you (or anyone else) has ever said to your device! Yes, you heard that right (err… they heard it) – you can check out all the recordings on your Google activity page

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Essentially, if you don’t tell them not to, they’ll track pretty close to, well, everything you do on the internet. In fact, even if you tell them to stop tracking you, Google has been known to not really listen, for example with location history

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You Become the Product

Why does Google want all of your information anyway? Simple: as stated, Google isn’t a search company anymore, they’re a tracking company. All of these data points allow Google to build a pretty robust profile about you. In some ways, by keeping such close tabs on everything you do, they may know you better than you know yourself!

The result of all that tracking is that Google uses your personal profile to sell ads, not only on their search engine, but also on over three million other websites and apps. Every time you visit one of these sites or apps, Google is following you around with hyper-targeted ads, trying to influence your behavior.

It’s exploitative. By allowing Google to collect all this info, you are allowing hundreds of thousands of advertisers to bid on serving you ads based on your sensitive personal data. Everyone involved is profiting from your information, except you. You are the product.

It doesn’t have to be this way. It is entirely possible for a web-based business to be profitable without making you the product – since 2014, DuckDuckGo

has been profitable without storing or sharing any personal information on people at all. You can read more about our business model here.

The Myth of “Nothing to Hide”

Some may argue that they have “nothing to hide,” so they are not concerned with the amount of information Google has collected and stored on them, but that argument is fundamentally flawed for many reasons

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Everyone has information they want to keep private: Do you close the door when you go to the bathroom, or cover your windows when it gets dark? Privacy is about control over our personal information. We don’t want it in the hands of everyone, and certainly don’t want people profiting on it without our consent or participation.

In addition, privacy is essential to democratic institutions like voting and everyday situations such as getting medical care and performing financial transactions. Without it, there can be significant harms.

On an individual level, lack of privacy leads to putting people into a filter bubble

, getting manipulated by ads, discrimination

, fraud, and identity theft. On a societal level, it can lead to deepened polarization and societal manipulation as we’ve unfortunately been seeing multiply in recent years.

You Can Live Google Free

Basically, Google tries to track too much. It’s creepy and simply just more information than one company should have on anyone.

Thankfully, there are many good ways to reduce your Google footprint, even close to zero! If you are ready to live without Google, we have recommendations

for services to replace their suite of products, as well as instructions for clearing your Google search history

. It might feel like you are trapped in the Google-verse, but it is possible to break free.

For starters, just switching the search engine for all your searches goes a long way. After all, you share your most intimate questions with your search engine; at the very least, shouldn’t those be kept private? If you switch to the

DuckDuckGo app and extension

you will not only make your searches anonymous, but also block Google’s most widespread and invasive trackers as you navigate the web.

If you’re unfamiliar with DuckDuckGo, we’re the leading provider of privacy protection tools to help you seamlessly take back control of your personal information online. We’ve been providing a private alternative to Google Search at https://duckduckgo.com

for over a decade, and also offer a mobile private browser for iOS and Android (DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser) as well as browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari

(DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials) to protect your desktop browsing.

We’re also trying to educate users through our blog

, social media, and newsletters, so more people can get the privacy protection they deserve.

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