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Down with routine ritualistic demos!

Leaflet distributed on 21st August in Montpellier, France.

Ttranslated from here.

I’ve been to most of the demos against the Pass Sani-se-tairei in Montpellier. They’re a bit of a ritual. You feel you’ve got to be there to make up the numbers. And then become a mere number yourself. Although the numbers are certainly increasing, these demonstrations are more demonstrations of incredible confusion and dogma than much of a serious opposition to growing totalitarianism. It is inevitable to be confused by the enormous contradictions of this virtually unprecedented intensification of an already irrational daily life. But we need to wade through the confusion rather than assert dogmas against opposing dogmas. As one of its more devastating effects, Covid has everyone digging their heels into quicksand, whether Covid-denier or Covid exaggerator, total pro-vaxxer or total anti-vaxxer, conspiracy theory or anti-conspiracy “theory”. Everyone falling into positions that disappear like mirages on approach. Everyone becoming more furious than ever that they’re right but adopting a right that proves wrong so quick, having sped round a delirious circle of lies, half-truths, truths and 1½ truths.

And it all adds so much to the wear and tear of daily “communication”. The tendency of people to monologue with their already well-fixed ideologies does not make for a good discussion of the contradictions and miseries that the present development of capital is imposing with increasing force. The ideology of unity is both a way of saying “shut up!” about our differences, and also a way of merely making “opposition” a non-violent spectacle. We need to develop actions that extend and go beyond the attacks on vaccination centres that have been happening throughout France at the rate of 1 a day since mid-July if we are to stem the growing horror driving people to madness or suicide: for example, some persistent sabotage of QR technology, wildcat strikes, occupations, riots, etc. We are not weak because we are divided but divided because we are weak, and getting angry about this mad future as well as significant differences is also part of overcoming weakness. Unless people fundamentally challenge their own complicity with hierarchical authority and ideological half-truths, we shall only help to dig our own graves by keeping us separate.

So let’s name some of the confusing ideas and shitty politics amongst some of the participants in these demos.

There are the obvious ones – like the Ligue du Midi, who gratuitously thumped some members of a moronic Leninist organisation (ARM/Combat) on July 24th. Both are organisations that attract abject admirers of authority and those with delerious power-crazed fantasies of leading the masses. Whilst ARM is just ridiculous and largely insignificant, the LduM are a genuine physical danger to anybody trying to develop some autonomous opposition to this world as well as to migrants, muslims and any other convenient scapegoat for explaining why we’re miserable.

But they’re not the only far right danger. Given the largely pathetic nature of the Left, including much of the extreme left and apparently “anti-authoritarian” far left over the last 18 months since the start of this suffocating Covid epoch, the Right have been the main recuperators of dissent, hoping to opportunistically gain recruits for their sordid anti-life politics. Their “opposition” to Macron’s authoritarianism, when they’ve always submitted to and supported horrendous authoritarian politics in different forms, their calls for unity when their whole politics involves racial divide and rule – all this is a sick joke. If one limits opposition to a specific aspect of the State’s power, one can invariably ignore the hierarchical forms that are embodied in those who aim to become the State (e.g. treating those lower in their own hierarchies as mere members – the arms and legs, but never the heart or head, something which the useful idiots lower in such hierarchies willingly accept). Fortunately some people on these demos are aware of the danger of these groups, and managed to confront Action Francaise on 7th August, forcing them to lose their stupid national flags and some other equipment.

It’s a pity not more people critique the presence of France’s national flag on these demos. Some pretend it’s the symbol of the Revolution of the late 18th century, as if it hasn’t been something that the bourgeoisie has invariably used, including in its territorial massacres in Vietnam and Algeria. You can’t separate a symbol from its dominant historical meaning – it’d almost be like saying the Swastika is just a religious symbol coming from Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Macron too is happy to parade around with the tricolour. Likewise he sings the Marseillaise. On 7th August people singing the Marseillaise confronted by people singing the Internationale, though unfortunately they didn’t drown them out. National anthems show respect for the bourgeoisie’s property – the Nation. In this epoch, nationalist identity, though always an identification which connects you to your rulers or would-be rulers, is particularly submissive and unstrategic given the fact that the pass sanitaire is increasingly being imposed throughout the world. An international opposition is essential and borders are cages which keep us who have no control over our lives separate.

And then there are the complotistes. Let’s give them their due. Given that all criticism of the lies and mutual complicity between different arms of the ruling class (the media, the governments, the pharmaceutical industry, the WHO etc.) is caricatured as “conspiracy theory” it’s inevitable that many people would turn such a pejorative term into something positive. There’s been a massive intensification of lies that seems unprecedented, to the point where it is almost impossible to discern what is true, with experts changing their ‘facts’ from day to day, rather like in Orwell’s 1984, with what was said being put in the ‘memory hole’. Macron has called this so-called “health” crisis a war, and we know that in war the truth is the first casualty. Of course since the first world war, media lies have been used en masse to manipulate the proletariat, but this is a massive intensification of lies and irrationality so much so that the world seems to have leapt over the abyss into madness. But countering dominant madness with oppositional madness reinforces the very separations that the state and the ruling class want of us.

Such as reducing the development of this epoch to the Illuminati or to Soros and Bill Gates. But capitalism works not by conspiracy but by capitalising on the crises that are endemic to its dynamic development. Simplistic “answers” to the complexities of mutual capitalist interests between the State, private business and the professional liars of the media make these complotistes easy prey to right-wing demagogues who hope to use them for their future ambitions. Reducing questioning of the current Covid epoch to simplistic unnuanced answers makes such people as pliable as mastic (see: Conspirouettes –  https://dialectical-delinquents.com/conspirouettes/). These Right-wing politicians will also lie intensely as soon as they get some margin of power (just as they lie today about the undocumented etc.).

One can see in the hostility towards those who are highly suspicious of the ARNm vaccines a development of a kind of racism. Racism operates within a nationalist politics which excludes people through its borders and is based on previous imperialist conquest and current capital investments in poverty wages in “Third World “ countries that force people to try to find a better life elsewhere. Foreigners are blamed for the misery, such as reduced wages, inflicted by the rulers and by bosses. Likewise those who aren’t vaccinated will be treated as lepers responsible for the continuation of state-imposed restrictions, even though being vaccinated doesn’t stop the spread of the virus.

Satirical German graffiti: “Gas the unvaccinated”

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Part of the ideology of this developing opposition is to refuse to discuss the vaccines other than to say that we’re being used as guinea pigs because the vaccine companies officially admit that the 3rd stage of their trials won’t be reached until 2023. For fear of alienating those who’ve been vaccinated but are against the Health Passport, discussion of the potential disastrous effect of these essentially new ARNm vaccines is largely closed down. But given that even these companies admit that these vaccines at best reduce symptoms, that you can still infect others and that there are many who’ve been vaccinated who die to not discuss the vaccine in the name of unity is tantamount to self-censorship. Thus the fact that some dissident genetecists, epidemologists and doctors speak of possible long-term disasters caused by the ARNm vaccine (possible creation of a super-virus vastly more resistant to anti-virals, potential weakening of the cell structure, all the various accumulated side effects such as potential infertility, miscarriages, cerebral thrombosis, etc.) and that there are other well-tried antivirals (ivermectin, Artemis Annua, etc.) has to be avoided because “we aren’t experts”. As if an expert is someone whose opinion should be automatically accepted without question (and this also goes for the dissident experts also – Raoult, Perronne, etc). In fact, the pharmaceutical companies don’t particularly care if their vaccines work or not – the point is to accumulate capital, to make billions in profits, and in this pursuit reifying humans as guinea pigs is a logical step. The means – extending the vaccine to kids as young as three, forcing people to have a 3rd jab, etc. – is essential for this goal. The fact that a majority of people have accepted to be locked down and now have been vaccinated is indicative of the power of the spectacle that colonises people’s emotions and heads with an ideology to justify submission to fear. Of all the passions, fear is the one that most assures submission to laws”, as Thomas Hobbes affirmed in Leviathan. Or as a survivor of the Nazi camps said, “The modern system of terror amounts to the atomization of the individual…depriving them of the psychological means of direct communication…because of the tremendous communications apparatus to which they are exposed. The individual under terrorist conditions is never alone and always alone. …Thinking becomes a stupid crime; it endangers his life. The inevitable consequence is that stupidity spreads as a contagious disease among the terrorized population. Human beings live in a state of stupor—in a moral coma. What the terror aims to bring about… is that people shall come to act in harmony with the law of terror, namely: that their whole calculation shall have but one aim: self-perpetuation. The more people become ruthless seekers after their own survival, the more they become psychological pawns and puppets of a system which knows no other purpose than to keep itself in power” (Leo Lowenthal, Terror’s Atomization of Man, 1946).

Then there are the pro-vaxxers who invariably refer to the smallpox or polio vaccines as if the ARNm vaccines have anything in common with these tried and tested standard vaccines (those who have had the conventional Chinese vaccines against Covid are still not allowed a Pass Sanitaire, because tried and tested vaccines do not make billions for Pfizer and company).

The main reason for the Pass Sanitaire – more important than helping Big Pharma accumulate billions, and in addition to the destruction of all health privacy and of the Hippocratic Oath – is the intensification of social control, of tracking and tracing and of intensifying acceptance of being permanently surveilled “for our own good”. Which, surprise surprise, is for the good of our rulers who, should we decide to revolt as things get invariably worse, will have vastly intensified their means of repressing such revolt. And got people to acquiesce in such repression. An English anarchist expression “War is the health of the state” has now become “ “Health” is the war of the state”.

iPlay on words – “Sanitiare” means “Health” – “se taire” means “shut up”

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

january 2021 (Covid1984)

Chronology

February 2021 here2020 here

This is a chronology not based on the date the information was published but based on the date I received it.

It should be clear that I am not in accord with the ideological aspects of the content of many of the articles I link to.

31/1/21:

Belgium, Brussels: heavy repression of anti-lockdown/curfew demo

Again, the anglophone media in particular, are attributing such demonstrations to nazis: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/31/hundreds-arrested-at-anti-lockdown-protests-in-brussels-budapest-and-vienna

This manipulation distorts the vast different ideas, ideologies and methods of organising of those participating in many of these demos. In Spain, apparently, nazis DO predominate, but tarring all these demos with the same brush is typical of liberal-leftism in the current climate, and as repulsive as the fascists’ claiming them for themselves, and clearly helps to reinforce divisions whilst obscuring what genuinely divides people.

This indymedia critique in French is, for the most part though not entirely, a valid attack on the notion of Nazi-dominated demos

Rough translation:

“Messages to the leftists who shout out to the fascists

The leftists who say we shouldn’t relay what’s going on in the Netherlands are so out of touch that it actually looks like you’ve learned nothing from your mistakes.

Find out about what happened in Italy a few months ago before saying “fash, fash” in all directions, I don’t think that people from working-class neighborhoods in the Netherlands, all kinds of unemployed people and workers from all over the world, the often unpoliticized classes who followed the scandal of the allocations which made the whole government resign, or the exiles beaten up by the police, are comparable to the hooligans of Twente or the populist right even if there we find them on the same front…

It doesn’t mean accepting everything, just not giving up the ground let alone without analyzing it.

You are the same who insulted us as Poujadistes because we went to the roundabouts if only out of curiosity and treated the yellow vests as fascists because of a handful of infiltrators on the big demonstrations to come back to ingratiate themselves before us a few weeks later.

So no, I am not denying that the virus hurts, that we must be vigilant especially for those around us, you just have to go to a hospital to find out. Nurses have never been confronted with this in post-war Europe and out of respect for them in our hospitals, let’s be careful. Even less, do I deny that there is the influence of spheres with a dangerous political background and double talk, which is all the more reason to propose something better.

On the other hand, not to take part at least against the repression linked to completely risky and liberticidal measures whereas for the moment they have not shown any effectiveness except for such exceptions like in China under drastic conditions (it is perhaps this that you want? otherwise it does not make sense) and especially with a looming extreme crisis in the background misses the point. We impose inconsistent things that undermine our entire social life precipitating a very hard economic crisis which is already having consequences: closures, general depression in France and that is just the beginning … all to no avail.

Another thing: it is unfortunately quite logical that people believe in anything and everything and be wary of everything given the absurdity of the mainstream media and the political class, not to mention the general incompetence of liberalism in the face of the virus. Challenging the established order is already a step, even if – yes, it opens the door to anything and everything and therefore it gives a nihilistic feel that will probably not go far, it’s a question here above all about individual freedom and social anger.

If you do not support this, at least try to understand without class contempt or siding with power and remember something: the world is not a tiny group of the far left, much less a safe space, and we are not always right in our predictions or our analyses, especially from our keyboards.”

French interview in mainstream media with doctor-professor sacked for criticising the government

The guy was sacked probably illegally – the courts will rule on this soon.

30/1/21:

Translation of criticism of current vaccine programme by French environmental virologist: Deus ex vaccina

French version here

This is far more accessible a criticism than the ones for the entry 26/1/21.

Report in French on why Vitamin D is essential for boosting the immune system and can definitely help prevent the worst effects of Covid

“Whilst for months policies focus on individual responsibility, prevention by simple and inexpensive means is completely absent from official speeches. In his statement on Friday, October 30, the Prime Minister called on everyone to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. He strongly insisted on the urgent need to respect social distancing and to adhere with conviction to the rules established by the consultation committee. We have the right to ask ourselves: why is there not a word about prevention and the best choices to be made to strengthen our immune system?…we know the essential role it plays in resisting attacks from pathogenic viruses or bacteria. We have the right to ask ourselves: why is there not a word about prevention and the best choices to be made to strengthen our immune system? It is not disputed in this regard that certain deficiencies in essential elements of our body are detrimental to the optimal functioning of our immunity. This is the case for zinc, vitamin C and also vitamin D. With regard to vitamin D more particularly, we know that the deficiency concerns a large part of the population of our country, more particularly in winter. The explanation is that vitamin D is synthesized in the dermis by the action of ultraviolet (UV-B) rays from the sun. Food contributes, but not enough, to the vitamin D content of our body.. Vitamin D plays a major role in the intestinal absorption of calcium and its fixation in the bones. But it also has other effects. It has a preventive action in the development of autoimmune diseases or with an autoimmune component (multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus) . In addition, in 2017, a meta-analysis of 25 studies involving 11,000 patients, published by the British Medical Journal showed that vitamin D can effectively protect against acute respiratory diseases. Recently Irish researchers have found a statistically significant correlation between low vitamin D levels and deaths from Covid-19 in Europe. They suggest that optimizing vitamin D levels may reduce serious complications from COVID-19. They explain that vitamin D probably plays an important role in alleviating or even suppressing the inflammatory storm that characterizes acute respiratory distress syndrome and often results in the death of the patient. In April 2020, two doctors from Liège were already advising Belgian citizens to take vitamin D supplementation during lockdown, claiming its protective effect. On May 22, 2020, the French National Academy of Medicine recommended , certainly in very measured terms, vitamin D supplementation, “which cannot be considered as a preventive or curative treatment for infection due to SARS-COV2, but could be considered as an adjunct to any form of therapy, mitigating the inflammatory storm “. On the preventive role of vitamin D, a Danish study from 2010 highlighted the critical role it plays in the activation of T lymphocytes, which are essential in immune protection against viruses. In conclusion, it seems well established that vitamin D supplementation deserves to be recommended to all our fellow citizens. …At a time when the calls for help from the medical profession and the nursing staff of hospitals are made more and more urgent, faced with the risk of congestion, it would be logical to make all our fellow citizens aware of the benefits of simple and inexpensive measures which stimulate their immune system.”

Cop in London fining people for getting their vitamin D for free, April 2020

And another translation of a text on the vaccines written in December, an uncorrected Google Translate which is still pretty comprehensible: Paul Lannoye

28/1/21:

Lebanon, Tripoli: 4th night of clashes against lockdown and curfews continueTown Hall torched (video)

Libertarian anti-authoritarian solidarity with the government and the police for stopping these Trumpite individualists from contaminating themselves and each other!</sarcasm>.

See also “Lebanon – October 2019 – September 2020

27/1/21:

Lebanon, Tripoli: clashes over Covid1984 restrictions continue (video and reports)

See also “Lebanon – October 2019 – September 2020

What the state wants for kids (20 seconds in) and how (2 minutes in) they may react:

 

An aside, irrelevant to my use of the movie as a kind of joke hoping to make a connection of the use of masks for almost invariably asymptomatic sections of the population (youth) and the misery of dominant “education”. This is regardless of whether you believe masks work or not:

Let’s not take this movie at face value, given that its exchange value, its value for the commodity-spectacle, was never questioned. As I wrote after seeing the film, back in 1982, when the riots of ’81 were fresh in the minds of many people in the UK:

“The Wall On The Screen Guarantees The Walls In Your Life

For Capital, it’s fine that kids buy records which chant, “We don’t want no education, we don’t want no thought control”. But, of course, the spectacle is not meant to be taken literally, but consumed at a distance, which is why, when they act such phrases out, by burning down some of the walls (of schools, even), throwing some of the bricks and refusing ‘thought control’, it’s not just Capital’s most overt representatives (politicians, screws, social workers, etc.) who rush to patch up the holes. That the film of the song of the actually lived reality, “Pink Floyd’s The Wall”, presents the riots as macho, racist and fascist-inspired, even to the point of subtly suggesting a comparison between the anti-hierarchical violence of the riots and the hierarchical violence of World War II, shows how the more sophisticated purveyors of culture are shit-scared of any real and direct attacks on the walls of the prison. They only articulate the rebellions and frustrations of their possible consumers in order to preserve their lucrative niche; a niche threatened by any genuine rebellion from those whose consumption habits they are financially and socially dependent on. When the film first went on release, Top Shop in London’s shopping concentration camp, Brent X, advertised school uniforms placed on sexy plastic models who stood in front of a polystyrene brick wall with the words “We don’t want no education” on it. The blatant nature of this contradiction reveals in a crude form the contradictions of all spectacular pseudo-rebellion, ‘rebellion’ which tolerates the commodity system whose misery engenders rebellion. Disgust with this world (in this case, school, the conditioning factory which prepares kids for the boredom-inducing sacrifices of the commodity system) is used to sell commodities (school uniforms) which can only reinforce this disgust.” – https://dialectical-delinquents.com/articles-chronologically-2/culture/the-end-of-music-as-we-know-it/

And whilst I’ve made reference once again to masks, the following, doubtless to be dismissed by counter arguments from other scientists or experts, are anti-mask documents:

https://archive.org/details/covid-censorship-at-research-gate-2/

https://vixra.org/abs/2006.0044

https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQyLFdoeUNk&feature=youtu.be

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343399832_Face_masks_lies_damn_lies_and_public_health_officials_A_growing_body_of_evidence

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2026913

26/1/21:

Rough translation of article by Dr. Gerard Delepine on dangers of Pfizer vaccine.

“…the societal argument: “we vaccinate ourselves to protect others” is … irrelevant, since it is far from being demonstrated that the vaccine is able to prevent or slow down viral transmission. In the current state of knowledge, the vaccination of older people with risk factors (population where an effective and safe vaccine could be useful) has not been properly evaluated, because the trials refuse to include this population at risk. ..Norway has just issued an alert on January 15 after the observation of 23 deaths possibly linked to the Pfizer vaccine in elderly people in nursing homes. Of those deaths, 13 were autopsied, with the results suggesting that common side effects may have contributed to serious reactions in frail elderly people…”

Rough English transcript of video by Christian Vélot, molecular geneticist, looking at the dangers of PfizerBioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sputnik vaccines following explanation of the complexities of viruses and vaccines

“…Another risk related to vaccines using a virus as a vector, like the Adenovirus, which is foreign to our body, is that it can trigger unwanted immune reactions than can disturb the desired vaccine response. The body, not knowing what it is dealing with, feels overwhelmed and can attack anything and everything. …With PfizerBioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sputnik vaccines there’s a risk of viral recombination, where viruses of the same kind share/exchange genetic material (which is the reason that normally RNA cannot be inserted int DNA and vice versa). So the question is of 2 RNA viruses or 2 DNA viruses . Recombination (exchange of genetic material) is most common amongst viruses of the same type/family, though not exclusively. It’s less frequent, but such recombination (not of same type or family) can make the virus either more dangerous or less dangerous – but unpredictably. Swine flu (H1N1) was a triple recombinant. For this to happen, a cell must be infected by 2 viruses at the same time – which is very unlikely. But this – the vaccinating genetic material and the infecting genetic material = a recombinant virus. The frequency is extremely low. 1 in 10 million to 1 in 100 million. For an individual the risk is so low as to be negligible. But at the level of the population of the whole world it’s a significant risk when you vaccinate a billion people. So 10 people could have this recombinant virus that intrudes into the DNA from the RNA – and thence infect others with a potentially more virulent virus. The consequences could be global! Since this is new and not been tried on a general global population it only makes sense to use the tried and tested vaccine methods. The Chinese at least used technology previously tester over years and years even if they didn’t complete phase 3 of the clinical trials before putting it on the market. 3 people in the same area and the same age can have very different symptoms. So add to that a new unpredictable virus with a new unpredictable vaccine method and….”

Pertinent comment from friend via email:

“…The public attitude to the Covid-mania is inherently miserable, depressing and dangerous in it’s current manifestations and its future consequences, which poses a much more real and direct threat to my life and the life of others’ than the actual disease (to life itself, not merely to the fact of being biologically alive), that public attitude being also the attitude of people in my immediate circle such as parents, family and friends. …It’s not just the restrictions etc. – it’s mainly the attitude of people and the deterioration of consciousness and our relation to reality. The deterioration of the attitude towards life and its meanings; towards what’s essential for oneself and others around you; towards knowledge in general and especially one’s own ability to know; the relation between knowledge (or rationality in general) and feeling; the attitude towards science as method vs. “Science” as institutional representation of knowledge; towards institutions in general; and how media- and politically-manipulated fear and illusion of managing and controlling is taking over all other possibilities of feeling, knowing and acting, and how this fear compensates for dealing with other kinds of fears that are denied expression and thus remain stronger than ever…”

Reproduction of discussion from “Leftist bollocks from the usual suspects”:

My translation of points made in French by Coward19 (links in square brackets added by me):

The heart of the matter is not so much the mask as the way the virus spreads. If it disperses as an aerosol [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerosol ], then the mask is virtually useless, because the virus particles are far too small for it to be able to stop them, unless it is a specially designed FFP2 mask [https://www.medicom-eu.com/en/respiratory/respiratory-protection-mask-ffp2 ]. But the R0 [https://www.healthline.com/health/r-nought-reproduction-number] seems too low for this hypothesis to be validated (max. 3-4 before lockdown, and around 1-1.5 now, while an airborne contaminating virus like measles is at 16). Because of this, the contamination is probably through large drops of saliva that the mask can help stop. Wearing a mask then reduces the risk of inhaling these drops and the risk of projecting them. Hence it seems rational to ” encourage ” people to wear one, but, if the concern had been to protect those people most vulnerable, who we now know a lot about, these people should have been provided with FFP2 masks first of all. Because, whatever may happen, Covid is not the Black Death, and you can see that the increase in deaths of this second wave, unlike what is maintained everywhere, has little to do with that of the first wave and that, if you take the whole year, the force that each government has asserted through the measures taken has had no influence on the increase in deaths.

As for the vaccine, SARS-Cov2 is not a moving target like the flu, because it is able to repair its DNA. That’s why antivirals unfortunately have almost no effect on it (a few elements in French – http://www.université-populaire-de-marseille.net/covid-19_2020/ ). The real problem, the Pandora’s box that has been opened no matter what happens, is that people are being used extensively as guinea pigs to fight a disease that remains, as far as we know, mostly benign. It is laughable to hear the French authorities congratulate themselves that nothing serious has happened since the start of the vaccination campaign: should we be reassured that they feel happy not to have killed anyone in FIVE days, really? ? In comparison, the newly tested (old) Lyme disease vaccine is not expected to be available until… 2025. From a scientific point of view, they CANNOT know what they are doing with this virus that emerged one year ago, and it’s just bullshit to argue otherwise.

  • Thanks for that – in particular the reference to Hong Kong flu and how so-called libertarians may have, if present logic had existed then, called on people to stay at home. The Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968-69 killed between 1 and 4 million people globally. If the same miserable authoritarian impositions had taken place then, I, amongst probably at the very least hundreds of thousands in the UK, would never have got involved in strike pickets, squatting, political street theater etc. and probably would have been thoroughly depressed if not suicidal (see this, about my experiences in 1969: https://dialectical-delinquents.com/articles-chronologically-2/culture/1969-revolution-as-personal-and-as-theatre/). And that’s just the UK. But that was when the conditions of guaranteed survival seemed to be pretty much in tact and we wanted to find a way to have a sense of life above all. Nowadays survival is almost the only thing people think about. Life passes them by. Hence the massive rise in teenage suicides since the start of these horrendous authoritarian impositions.

    (Corrected/edited from previous error):
    The “Asian flu” of 1957-8 caused about the same amount of deaths globally as Covid so far: 1 – 4 million deaths over roughly a 10 month period globallly (though quite a lot less in most countries) as compared with 12 -13 months now, amongst a global population of 2.9 billion as compared with 7.8 billion now. Which would make it about 2.7 times more lethal than Covid so far proportionate to global population. Moreover, given that the Asian flu took place over a lesser period of time than current Covid deaths, it would, in tedious mathematical terms, technically make it something like 4 times more deadly than Covid, though this is hard to gauge, particularly given the variations of the Asian flu’s duration in different countries. Which is not to minimise Covid but to put it into perspective. So far, Covid-related deaths seem to be (though the figures are open to doubt, considering the politics of the various countries and the way they attribute such deaths to Covid, some overstating deaths, others understating them) about twice those of the flu epidemic of 2016-17, and we’re now into another year of the flu season, so we’d probably need till the beginning of March to make a fair comparison, considering that flu is concentrated to about 3 months of the year in the countries where the majority of people are infected by Covid.

    However, it doesn’t help the argument to refer to Lyme disease – it’s fatal only in a very small amount of cases. So the comparison is not valid really. Moreover, to refer to Covid as “benign” seems strange. Even flu is not “benign”. But undoubtedly the manipulated almost mass psychosis about Covid is produced by a massive exaggeration, the imposition of an excessive fear, whilst deaths from cancer produced by the nuclear industry, or globally the annual 8 million deaths of kids though malnutrition, insanitary living conditions and lack of basic medical help are ignored. But saying this is considered as being a “Covid denier”, as idiotic as being a climate change denier.

    It’s undoubtedly obvious that the rush to vaccinate against Covid is very dangerous – see, for instance, this: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/01/health/coronavirus-vaccines-britain.html
    Or this:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/28/scientists-fought-coronavirus-now-they-face-the-battle-against-disinformation#comment-146303151

    And this, which I wrote about the Oxford vaccine:

    Back in mid-September I wrote about this story – https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-oxford-vaccine-trial-put-on-hold-as-volunteer-suffers-suspected-serious-adverse-reaction-12066991 – that hit the headlines for 5 minutes before being buried under endless pictures of people not maintaining social distancing. It reported “The Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is facing a “challenge”, the health secretary has admitted, after it was put on hold due to a suspected serious adverse reaction in one of its volunteers…The nature of the adverse reaction and when it happened are not currently known.” However, after 4 days the trials were resumed without any official indication of what had gone wrong. But the New York Times reported – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/health/coronavirus-astrazeneca-vaccine-safety.html – that the just mentioned volunteer in the UK trial had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transverse_myelitis – : “Symptoms include weakness and numbness of the limbs, deficits in sensation and motor skills, dysfunctional urethral and anal sphincter activities, and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system that can lead to episodes of high blood pressure….sensation to pain or light touch is impaired. Motor weakness…mainly affects the muscles that flex the legs and extend the arms…Back pain can occur at the level of any inflamed segment of the spinal cord…all four limbs may be affected and there is risk of respiratory failure …Lesions of the lower cervical region (C5–T1) will cause a combination of upper and lower motor neuron signs in the upper limbs, and exclusively upper motor neuron signs in the lower limbs. Cervical lesions account for about 20% of cases…A lesion of the lumbar segment, the lower part of the spinal cord (L1–S5) often produces a combination of upper and lower motor neuron signs in the lower limbs. Lumbar lesions account for about 10% of cases.”

    And a bit later a second coronavirus vaccine volunteer suffered the very same rare neurological condition – https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/09/21/second-coronavirus-vaccine-volunteer-suffers-rare-neurological-condition/“A 37-year-old woman suffered a rare neurological condition that left her struggling to walk…”
    Marvelous the way they say “the two cases were unlikely to be associated with the vaccine…” A rare disease amongst 2 people volunteering for the trial of the vaccine. Pure coincidence! Like the melting of the icecaps being just something that happens naturally every few thousand years – nothing to do with commodity-induced rich-man-made climate change, nothing to do with the car economy and capitalist industry in general.

    This article also says that only one third make a full or near full recovery from this ‘transverse myelitis’ “with most of their symptoms gone” after 2 years. Nothing to worry about then.

    This – https://www.michele-rivasi.eu/a-la-une/vaccins-ogm-cest-non – , from a Green EU politician, states that the European Union, on 10th July 2020, gave the go-ahead for the production of Genetically Modified vaccines without verifying, through experiments, any environmental or health safeguard!!! This means the whole world – or at least EU countries – have been explicitly transformed into involuntary guinea pigs. Not hard to recognise what might happen if GM vaccines are permitted without even standard trials which are not even a guarantee of much safety anyway (eg the hundred thousand or so people each year who die in the US from totally “safe” – ho ho – drugs, drugs that have passed these standard tests). And these scum complain Dr.Raoult’s specific mix of hydroxychloraquine and the antibiotic azithromycine has not been subjected to any “scientific” health experiments . Certainly further proof that this crisis is an opportunity for the maniacs who rule us to do things that they think they could not do before. Whilst anti-vaxxers can often be simplistic and dogmatic and selectively ignore some of the positive effects of vaccines (just as pro-vaxxers ignore the negative effects), there’s a fundamental basis for such fears. The problem of this Covid1984 epoch is that people fall into the most horrendous Manichean splits between pro-XYZ and anti-XYZ that represses all struggle for recognising what is true and what is false in such dogmatic positions, a divid e and rule that appears to be purely upo to individual choie when it shows above all how such choices are thoroughly colonised by the various manipulations of external authorities.

    And now there’s this: Scientists are working on vaccines that spread like a disease. What could possibly go wrong? – https://thebulletin.org/2020/09/scientists-are-working-on-vaccines-that-spread-like-a-disease-what-could-possibly-go-wrong/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newsletter_09212020&utm_content=DisruptiveTechnology_SelfSpreadingVaccines_09182020

    “Self-spreading vaccines could indeed entail serious risks, and the prospect of using them raises challenging questions. Who decides, for instance, where and when a vaccine should be released? Once released, scientists will no longer be in control of the virus. It could mutate, as viruses naturally do. It may jump species. It will cross borders. There will be unexpected outcomes and unintended consequences. There always are. While it may turn out to be technically feasible to fight emerging infectious diseases like COVID-19, AIDS, Ebola, and Zika with self-spreading viruses, and while the benefits may be significant, how does one weigh those benefits against what may be even greater risks?”

    And there’s this about vaccines in general:
    https://medium.com/@gautamtejasganeshan/is-there-an-intelligible-anti-vaxx-position-52c530b1d518

    • Coward19 sent me an email in French asking me to translate his reply to me above:

      1.
      I’m not comparing Lyme disease with COVID, but the time taken for testing the vaccine: it’ll take another 4 years for the vaccine for a well-known disease possibly becoming accessible to the public, as opposed to one authorised after 10 months , based on a technique never used on humans, against a virus that appeared a year ago. It goes without saying that in the latter case scientists discovered the medium to long term side effects practically at the same time as the patients.

      2.
      COVID is benign in the sense that the outcome is almost always favorable. Even those over 80 have more than 4 chances out of 5 of surviving. We are therefore not facing Ebola, nor even Sars-Cov1. This virus has no chance of disrupting the structure of society itself. Whatever happens (except an increase in the virus’s toxicity but the reverse trend is at least as probable), 97-98% of the population will not be infected. Moreover, it is worth noting that in France nearly half the deaths are in a nursing home, i.e. where there’s a dynamic of contagion and a very specific population compared with the general population (also note Germany, a country with an older population than France, where there has been no excess mortality at all for 2020). Afterwards, I specify “as far as we know”, because on this there remains the question of the consequences (pulmonary, neurological, etc.) in the medium to long term.

      Anyway, thank you for your testimony on 68 [1]. Another era indeed, with a shorter life expectancy and no saturated intensive care units. People severely affected by the HK flu died in hospital, but no one could do much about it. We certainly had a more fatalistic approach to things (and/or more unconscious, the population being generally younger than today), and therefore there was nothing to dramatize. Which could explain the sparse media coverage of this epidemic at the time, as opposed to the great difference today, where it is a real daily soap opera. It is also true that we had other hopes, and certainly not this absurd and sad idea of ​​having to control nothing less than the whole planet “like a good father.” On this subject (I take this opportunity), does a film like Year 01 [2] seem to you to faithfully reflect the atmosphere of the time?

      [1] Which echoes those of Henri Simon and Max Vincent in France: https://www.echangesetmouvement.fr/2018/05/ce-fut-aussi-cela-mai-68/
      http://lherbentrelespaves.fr/index.php?post/2018/04/13/Mai-68
      (Exchanges and movement looks like it’s disappeared for the moment)

      [2] https://archive.org/details/lan01_202003

      • Thanks for the clarifications.

        I totally agree with point 1. With reference to point 1: you can see the results in Spain – for example https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/15/huge-outbreak-in-benidorm-nursing-home-after-covid-jab/amp / and https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/01/15/man-dies-of-covid-19-after-receiving-first-dose-of-pfizer-vaccine-in-spains-valencia-but-death-does-not-indicate-weakness-in-jab/

        Regarding point 2, I generally agree but I am not sure what you mean by “97-98% of the population will be okay”. If you mean “will not be infected”, I agree, but if you want to say “will not die”, it seems that you have massively minimized the absurdity. So far, roughly 1.2% of the world has been infected (i.e. 98.8% were not infected). Of this number, a little more than 2 million have died. Another way to say something like 1.2% of the world’s population has been infected, and only 0.000000257% of the world’s population has died. In other words, 99.99999973% have so far survived (or died for other reasons). So although I agree with your general point, I don’t know what you mean by “will be okay”.
        And I’m not sure about your last paragraph. Or maybe I have misunderstood. At least in the UK, the National Health Service was in a much better condition than it is today, at least in terms of beds (and other aspects). Perhaps you mean that people were more “fatalistic” towards death, but much less towards life – that is, people wanted to find life outside of work and consumerism. I do not associate consciousness with age as in your sentence “and / or more unconscious, the population is generally younger than today”. For me, age has nothing to do with “consciousness”. Or maybe you wanted to make a link between consciousness and life expectancy, but I don’t understand exactly what you wanted to say. I think the low media coverage may have been due, in part, to the fact that just over 10 years previously, the equivalent of more than twice as many people in the world had died from Asian flu than from Covid so far (i.e. in a population of about 40% of what it is now, about the same number of people have died). And the memory of WWll was still very present. Death was therefore not as separate from life as it is today – that is, people had a lot more social life than today, and as a result there were many more communities of struggle, discussion and critique of everyday life and resistance than there is now – almost everything is virtual and with this 6:00 p.m. curfew, confinement proposed for the weekends, life outside of the misery of work has been reduced to only those with whom we live trapped at home, and the Internet (Skype, WhatsApp is not three-dimensional life at all).

        I haven’t seen the movie you’re talking about. I’ll try to see it soon. But there is so much that I need to read and see, I am sometimes overwhelmed….

        • Coward19 sent me a French email, which I’ve translated:

          You say:
          “I totally agree with point 1. With reference to point 1: you can see the results in Spain – for example https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/01/15/huge-outbreak-in-benidorm-nursing-home-after-covid-jab/amp / and https://pledgetimes.com/man-dies-of-covid-19-after-receiving-first-dose-of-pfizer-vaccine-in-spains-valencia-but-death-does-not-indicate-weakness- in-jab-olive-press-news-spain / “

          C19:
          On this point, we should probably look more towards the conditions of administration, because the Pfizer vaccine does not contains a virus. It uses the body’s cells to generate the SARS-Cov2 spike, i.e. the key that allows it to enter the cells, not the virus itself. What is, however, feared with this method, are the autoimmune reactions where the body, not knowing what it is dealing with, feels overwhelmed and attacks anything and everything.
          On the other hand, it seems that the benefit for the very vulnerable is not so obvious: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-16/norway-vaccine-fatalities-among-people-75-and-older-rise-to-29

          You say:
          “Regarding point 2, I generally agree but I am not sure what you mean by “97-98% of the population will be okay”. If you mean “will not be infected”, I agree, but if you want to say “will not die”, it seems that you have massively minimized the absurdity. So far, roughly 1.2% of the world has been infected (i.e. 98.8% were not infected). Of this number, a little more than 2 million have died. Another way to say something like 1.2% of the world’s population has been infected, and only 0.000000257% of the world’s population has died. In other words, 99.99999973% have so far survived (or died for other reasons). So although I agree with your general point, I don’t know what you mean by “will be okay”.”

          C19:
          I’m talking about the case fatality rate, which is the number of deaths compared to the number of infected. 1.2% of the world’s population is a huge random sample in absolute numbers, so we can extrapolate the degree of danger of the virus. For example a man over 80 has “only” an 85% chance of escaping death (a 40-year-old of the order of 99.9%). And it will be probably less than 2-3%, because 1) as the epidemic progresses, more and more people are immunized, which breaks the chains of contamination and will ensure that we will never have 100% of the population affected (in France, the most pessimistic speak of 400,000 deaths ~ 0.6%) and 2) many of those who are asymptomatic pass under the radar, not to mention 3) the management of severe cases is still progressing. Obviously, in absolute terms, it will cause a lot of deaths, millions, and this will be horrible to see, especially in countries like Italy or Japan with aged populations, but even in this extreme scenario, it does not not justify this apocalyptic atmosphere .

          You say:
          “And I’m not sure about your last paragraph. Or maybe I have misunderstood. At least in the UK, the National Health Service was in a much better condition than it is today, at least in terms of beds (and other aspects). Perhaps you mean that people were more “fatalistic” towards death, but much less towards life – that is, people wanted to find life outside of work and consumerism.”

          C19:
          I mean there just wasn’t the technology to keep people alive. Doctors were helpless [1]. Today, the media coverage focuses on the saturation of the hospital system, but paradoxically it is because we can do more for the patient that the system appears fragile.

          You say:
          “I do not associate consciousness with age as in your sentence “and / or more unconscious, the population is generally younger than today”. For me, age has nothing to do with “consciousness”. Or maybe you wanted to make a link between consciousness and life expectancy, but I don’t understand exactly what you wanted to say.”

          C19:
          Let’s say that at 20 years old, death is above all an old man’s thing, and that “old” at that age is 30 years. In good health. It is only when we get older that our mortality becomes concrete. Hence, even if you are told that there is a serious epidemic, without you being bombarded with images and numbers continuously like today, a priori it doesn’t really affect you.

          You say:
          “I think the low media coverage may have been due, in part, to the fact that just over 10 years previously, the equivalent of more than twice as many people in the world had died from Asian flu than from Covid so far (i.e. in a population of about 40% of what it is now, about the same number of people have died). And the memory of WWll was still very present.”

          C19:
          Exactly. People had seen a lot of other stuff, some incredible crap. We can add that a lot of people over 65 had experienced the Spanish Flu.

          You say:
          “Death was therefore not as separate from life as it is today – that is, people had a lot more social life than today, and as a result there were many more communities of struggle, discussion and critique of everyday life and resistance than there is now – almost everything is virtual and with this 6:00 p.m. curfew, confinement proposed for the weekends, life outside of the misery of work has been reduced to only those with whom we live trapped at home, and the Internet (Skype, WhatsApp is not three-dimensional life at all).”

          C19:
          Yes, the internet really “reunites us as separate” (but on the other hand, without it I would certainly never have heard of Debord). Yet the testimonies of ‘68 it also often give the wonderful impression that at last barriers between people had fallen and we could speak. I ask myself that it couldn’t have been as evident as all that.

          You say:
          “I haven’t seen the movie you’re talking about. I’ll try to see it soon. But there is so much that I need to read and see, I am sometimes overwhelmed….”

          C19:
          It’s a film from a comic book by Gébé, itself created from ideas sent in by Charlie Hebdo readers. It’s kind of crazy, but it touches a lot of questions that we don’t even ask today any more, which we lack more than ever.*

          [1] This documentary is a bit superficial but it’s better than nothing:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT7qSGXyDWY

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqCsAfLr9N8

25/1/21:

Holland: 2nd night of riots against curfew, looting in Rotterdam

Eindhoven

“Riot police clashed with groups of protesters in Amsterdam as well as the port city of Rotterdam, where people smashed shop windows and ransacked their supplies. The unrest also hit Amersfoort in the east, the small southern city of Geleen near Maastricht, The Hague and Den Bosch, police and news reports said. Geleen police said in an earlier tweet that they were dealing with “rioting youths who are throwing fireworks”. In Rotterdam, police used a water cannon after clashing with the protesters…Images on social media showed rioters looting a shop in Den Bosch and a press photographer being hit in the head in Haarlem, after an angry mob chased him off and threw a brick at him.”

T writes:

I’ve just watched several video reports of the riots in the Netherlands, in most of them they emphasise how “supporters of Pegida”, anti-Islam and other extreme right-wing groups “participated” in the demos and riots – clearly to create a very specific image among the public regarding resistance to the new biomedical totalitarianism – and in almost all of the riot scenes you clearly see dark-skinned people and other minorities, sometimes even in the same frame of the video where they say or write how this is a “right-wing” riot…

Not to deny that it’s very possible that right-wing or racist people participated, some probably did, but it’s pretty clearly not organized racist or right-wing riots at all. And to emphasise their participation as the most essential thing, right at the beginning of some of these reports, is a clear distraction and manipulation.

SF: Moreover, looting is not usually considered a right-wing tradition unless it’s of immigrant-owned shops. For Leftists the State has a positive value and the “defense” of the workers is equated with the defense of the all-powerful state, the provider of public services and of the general interest. Thus, in the eyes of France’s Stalinist rag l’Humanité, the State in this crisis is acting as a protector and taking measures to protect the population in general and workers in particular. So there is no question for this newspaper to admit the legitimacy or even the possibility of a spontaneous uprising against confinement or the curfew, given that the state is obviously protecting our health. The very idea that such measures would hamper the margin of freedom left to us is considered by it to be an extreme right-wing fantasy. This is why the newspaper approves of the “liberal Prime Minister, Mark Rutte” when he ” denounces the idea of ​​a deprivation of liberty, agitated by the extreme right” and called on the army to put down these riots, whilst pretending that only the extreme right complained about restrictions on freedoms. Yet the far-right racist leader Geert Wilders, whilst being against “the restriction of citizens’ freedoms”, is also against immigration, blaming immigrants for the riots. Wilders reduced the riots to immigrant “scum” (a term also used by the “liberal” finance minister, echoing Sarkozy’s attack on those living in the banlieux back in 2005, which helped spark off the November riots of that year). With anti-fascists like this, who needs fascists? [taken in part from this]

Lebanon, Tripoli: clashes over lockdown and Covid fines

The National News Agency (NNA) said security personnel had clashed with demonstrators angered at “the lockdown, fines against those who flout it and the suffocating economic crisis.” An AFP photographer saw demonstrators burn tyres and throw rocks, to which security forces responded with teargas and rubber bullets. NNA said some protesters had thrown rocks at the main government building, while the Lebanese Red Cross reported that more than 30 people were injured, six of them hospitalised. It was not immediately clear whether the protest was spontaneous or organised, but Tripoli has seen previous protests against the measures. The northern city is Lebanon’s poorest, and many residents live below the poverty line. Lockdown measures have been poorly observed in Tripoli, and security forces have repeatedly clamped down on offenders. Lebanon last week extended a total lockdown by two weeks to stem a rise in coronavirus cases and protect its collapsing health sector. The restrictions include a round-the-clock curfew with grocery shopping limited to home deliveries, aimed at reining in one of the steepest spikes in Covid-19 infections in the world. Cases skyrocketed after families gathered during the end-of-year holidays and authorities allowed revellers to gather in bars until 3:00 am, despite warnings from health professionals. The country of six million has seen over 280,000 cases and 2,404 deaths from the disease.”

Note: In fact, the population of Lebanon is 6,856,000. 2404 deaths represent something like 0.035% of the population. This is about 2½ times as much as the flu season for 2019-2020 (spread over 28 weeks) but, given that globally the epidemic of flu of 2017-18 was considerably worse (they wrongly predicted the flu virus mutation and so got the vaccine wrong), possibly about the same as that period (I found it impossible to get mortality figures for Lebanon).

24/1/21:

Holland: riots in 11 cities against lockdown restrictions

“A number of vehicles and businesses were burned and a Covid-19 testing facility in the city of Urk had been destroyed. Protests against a curfew to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands have degenerated into clashes with police and looting in cities across the country, authorities and reports said. Police used water cannon and dogs in Amsterdam, public television NOS reported, after hundreds gathered to protest the curfew which is set to last until February 10 and is the country’s first since World War II. In the southern city of Eindhoven, police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred, regional television Omroep Brabant reported. At least 30 people were arrested there, according to police. A number of vehicles were burned and businesses at Eindhoven’s central train station were also looted” More here: “Rioters attacked police and set cars and bikes on …In the southern city of Eindhoven, protesters threw fireworks, looted supermarkets and smashed shop windows…In Eindhoven, golf balls and fireworks were hurled at police in full riot gear, who eventually used tear gas to clear the crowds. Burning bikes were built into barricades. In the eastern city of Enschede, rioters threw rocks at the windows of a hospital. A Covid-19 testing centre was also set alight on Saturday evening in the northern village of Urk.” Now obviously attacking a hospital or a test centre is not something to be recommended – it’s indicative of the general nihilist absence of class consciousness that infects the world, expressive of the victory of dominant capitalist meaninglessness. But equally obviously dominant society will only focus on these aspects of the riots, when they fear looting and attacks on the cops far more (after all, it’s their policies that have led to the run-down of hospitals anyway, not that one should defend the whole of mainstream medicine that hospitals function with by any means).

Possible link between use of remdesivir (drug used against Covid up till November when W.H.O. deemed it useless and potentially dangerous) and British strain of virus…See this report on the use of remdesivir on a British patient

“Remdesivir was originally created and developed by Gilead Sciences in 2009, to treat hepatitis C and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).[24][106] It did not work against hepatitis C or RSV,[24][106] but was then repurposed and studied as a potential treatment for Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus infections” – here.

As I said in the entry for 11/1/21 below: “… medical authorities had validated remdesivir before the WHO declared it relatively dangerous on 20th November. Last year the EU gave Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures remdesivir, a billion euros to combat Covid – at a cost of 2000 euros for a 5-day treatment for one person and had to stop ordering the stuff because it was not only ineffective but also had fairly dangerous side effects. [An aside about Gilead: despite them declaring that remdesivir, a vaccine previously used for Ebola, was “safe” and “effective”, this company has financed something close to 80% of the trials for hydroxychloroquine that “proved” that it was “unsafe”, some of these trials including azythromicine]. Gilead didn’t suffer financially at all because either in 2018 or in 2010 (I’ve lost the date) – the EU decided that responsibility for lack of efficacy, for all side effects, or contraindications that had not been warned against, fell on the various states, with only Poland objecting. That is, compensation is paid out not by the companies but the states which are meant to verify whether a particular drug or piece of medical equipment etc., is safe or not (but in fact, they don’t do extra trials themselves, but only look at the various papers showing the companies’ research and on that basis decide whether the research meets their requirements of “scientific protocol” or not). In the US this has been the case since the 1980s. So as a result no individual is ever prosecuted – at worst the company itself has to pay compensation for deaths or whatever. In fact, the EU gave Gilead a billion euros before trial results were completed. Bizarrely, it seems that in December, several weeks after the W.H.O. issued its warning about remdesivir, the E.U continued to use it for Covid (though this seems to be contradicted by earlier statements from the EU in November…!!).“The EMA [ European Medicines Agency] recommends remdesivir in adults and adolescent patients” says the link to The Lancet report of December 17th, a report which at the same time links to the WHO report saying “remdesivir… had little or no effect on hospitalized patients with Covid-19, as indicated by overall mortality, initiation of ventilation, and duration of hospital stay.” Maybe the E.U. continued to justify remdesivir so they could dump what they’d stockpiled on the UK just weeks before it left the EU as punishment for Brexit. Though this sounds like a flippant joke, nowadays anything’s possible.

Israel: further clashes between orthodox Jews and cops in 3 towns

 

23/1/21:

France, Rennes: rave party defenders clash with cops as they demonstrate against new “global security” law

22/1/21:

T writes:

In Israel, there are stories from prisoners about threats of deteriorating their conditions if they don’t get vaccinated; another report about an association running night-stay shelters for homeless people who’s telling them “get the vaccine or go back on the street”; and soldiers offered different kind of perks if they get the vaccin (trips abroad etc.).

21/1/21:

Israel, Jerusalem: clashes between cops and ultra-orthodox

T. writes:

A day before this, one of Haaretz [Israeli left-liberal newspaper]
leading and “respectable” columnists wrote that the Haredim
(ultra-orthodox) pose a larger threat to the state of Israel than
Hezbollah and Iran, that the corona crisis in Israel is because of them,
that they violate the measures and that Israel needs a “secular
uprising”… In this column one could easily replace the word “Haredim”
with “Jews” or “Muslims” to get a classic xenophobic scapegoat manifest.
These “opinions” are quite common among the Israeli left and liberals,
but presenting them as an enemy of the state on the same level (and even
more dangerous) than Hezbollah is less common, but not surprising. Of
course most of the media and good citizens are outraged by the Haredim’s
behavior and demand more police repression.

I commented on Haaretz Facebook page with these words:

There isn’t any difference between talking about “the ultra-Orthodox”
and about “the Arabs”, “the Jews” or “the disabled.” Not only do people
like Uri Misgav continue to reduce an entire population of different and
unique people to a single dangerous entity – in the best of the
chauvinist racist tradition (a long-standing tradition on both the Right
and the Left), but they go so far as to think it makes them
brave/rebellious. Anyone who has a little common sense and emotion
understands straight away that these outwardly “brave” declarations are
indicative of a deep cowardice to face what really needs courage in
life, and try to make up for it.

Firm, whose largest shareholder is a donor to the Tory party, wins £350m vaccination contract

Colombia, Cali: neighbours call cops to suppress instagram rap party on pretext of being good citizens protecting the spread of Covid; 3 youths badly injured by the filth

20/1/21:

Switzerland: rumors of Pfizer vaccine causing death denied

“If there is one thing more dangerous than a bad virus, it is a bad vaccine” – Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director at W.H.O.

France: Five deaths after vaccine, no link proven

“In Europe, there have been 71 deaths reported following a Covid-19 vaccination – including from across the UK, Germany, Norway, and Denmark. Almost all were people aged 75 or over. The European Medicines Agency has so far said: “No death among these elderly people has been attributed to the [Pfizer/BioNTech] vaccination at this stage.” In total in France, 139 cases of severe or unexpected side-effects have been reported since the start of the vaccination campaign.”

Also in France, many sections of the mainstream media, repeating sections of social media, have claimed that Dr.Didier Raoult has retracted his claim that hydroxychloroquine with the antibiotic azithromycin is efficacious against Covid, this Big Lie being reported on the TV and radio by many “reputable” journaliars, hiding the fact that he has refuted this falsification (see this and this).

Spain, San Sebastien: clashes as cops close down street party for Covid1984 “reasons”

18/1/21:

France: report in mainstream media showing how the state is greatly overstating hospitalisation of Covid patients, probably to justify further lockdowns and curfews (curfew is now 6pm to 6am)

Nice Matin… reports large discrepancies between the figures provided by Santé Publique France [Public Health France] and those recorded in the field of CHUs [University Hospital Centres]. “We made this discovery after receiving letters from hospital doctors wondering about the discrepancies between the information disseminated by Nice-Matin about hospitalizations for Covid (from Santé Publique France) and the field observations”, confided the daily, this Saturday, January 16, recalling that these figures from Santé Publique France , which have led to the taking of health measures such as lockdowns or curfews. “For example, on January 3, Santé Publique France counted 564 people hospitalized with a Covid-19 diagnosis in the Alpes-Maritimes department (including 69 in intensive care), when in reality “only” 233 patients in total (including 55 in intensive care) were hospitalized that day in one or another establishment (private or public). How do we interpret this difference of a factor of 2.5 between these two sources?, Nice Matin asked. In November, the curves of Santé Publique France indicated a constant growth in hospitalizations for serious forms of the illness… while the doctors in the field noted stable or even decreasing curves. In fact, the figures from Santé Publique France count patients in follow-up care, including patients who have had Covid-19 but who are no longer contagious. “After 14 days, these patients should be out of the databases,” said a public health specialist to Nice Matin. “… patients with Covid-19 who leave the hospital after a stay in intensive care or in another service have not always left the databases. As Santé Publique France extracts this data, it is mathematically higher than reality. “…when patients arrive at the emergency room with a suspicion of Covid, they enter the SI-VIC base. If they turn out to be negative, they should be removed, which may not be done immediately. The charts of Public Health France also count patients who test positive when they are already hospitalized for other reasons and are therefore already treated elsewhere. France 3 also notes a difference in the figures for the number of patients in intensive care.

Norway: the Pfizer vaccine is possibly responsible for the deaths of about 30 old people

“Norwegian health officials reported a small number of deaths among older people on Sunday who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and suffered side effects. While the Norwegian Medicines Agency is now investigating the deaths — estimated to be about 30 — the regulator and Australian authorities have been quick to play down any serious safety concerns. “This group of people who had these adverse effects, and unfortunately some died, were very, very old and frail,” Professor Brendan Murphy, secretary of the Department of Health… In the US, where more than 11 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, health authorities are beginning to see rare instances of severe (though treatable) allergic reactions to some of the COVID-19 vaccines. They’re also investigating the case of a doctor who developed an unusual blood disorder shortly after receiving the Pfizer jab, and later died. It’s not yet known whether the COVID jab is linked to his illness.”

Note the secretary of the Department of Health’s words “This group of people who had these adverse effects, and unfortunately some died, were very, very old and frail”. They were in their 80s. The King of Norway is 83. If he’d died after being vaccinated, would the secretary of the Department of Health have simply said “This man who had these adverse effects, and unfortunately died, was very, very old and frail”? Maybe Pfizer should change its name to Pfizeuthanasier or even Pfizeuthanazier and nazier.

See also this and this. “Norway expressed increasing concern about the safety of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine on elderly people with serious underlying health conditions after raising an estimate of the number who died after receiving inoculations to 29. The latest figure adds six to the number of known fatalities in Norway, and lowers the age group thought to be affected to 75 from 80. While it’s unclear exactly when the deaths occurred, Norway has given at least one dose to about 42,000 people and focused on those considered most at risk if they contract the virus, including the elderly. Until Friday, the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech SE was the only one available in Norway, and “all deaths are thus linked to this vaccine,” the Norwegian Medicines Agency said…“Most people have experienced the expected side effects of the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions at the injection site, and worsening of their underlying condition.” Official reports of allergic reactions have been rare as governments rush to roll out vaccines”.

Just received – Israel: bizarre story of bureaucratic obstacles put in the way of saving lives (back in April)

“Using plasma to treat viruses is well-established, but the
effectiveness of this method has yet to be proven for coronavirus. The
evidence compiled so far is preliminary and limited and comes mainly
from China. A study conducted in a hospital in Shenzhen indicated that
the condition of five patients in critical condition who were treated
with plasma improved quickly. Based on this, the US Food and Drug
Administration has decided to approve a similar experimental treatment
in the United States, currently underway in New York.The Israeli
Ministry of Health is aware of this treatment, and already, two weeks
ago, MDA (which oversees the blood bank) approached people who had
recovered and called on them to come to the bank and donate. Their
announcement read: “As part of the project, MDA will collect plasma
units from corona recoveries, which will be given to critical patients
via intravenous therapy. This is based on the premise that those who
have recovered from the disease develop special proteins against the
virus (antibodies) that are in their plasma. An infusion of those
donations will provide patients with a ‘passive vaccine’ that can help
them cope with the disease.” Those who have recovered were told they
could make contact 14 days after their full recovery and a special phone
number was assigned for the purpose.

This would suggest that the health authorities, in contrast perhaps to
their behavior since the beginning of the crisis, were acting quickly
and efficiently; but one look at the accumulating evidence and it turns
out that things are not as they seem.
[…]
According to MDA’s announcement, blood can be donated two weeks after
the second negative test, which in Turgeman’s case was April 6. The
blood bank insisted he donate only a week later. “I told the clerk that
it was to save people’s lives and she answered that these are the
Ministry of Health regulations. I don’t understand it. I am one of the
first to recover, I have a blood type that can be donated to everyone,
and yet, they scheduled me an appointment for as late as April 12 and
told me it was because of Passover.”And it is not just Passover that
pushed back Turgeman’s donation by almost a week. In a conversation with
the special call center for recovering patients who want to donate, we
heard several explanations that are hard to believe in a situation where
efforts are being made to save lives. For example, when we asked why the
families must search for donors by themselves, we were told that there
are around 600 recovered people, “but we only get the data after the
Ministry of Health has called people and asked for permission to hand
over the data and that takes a long time. Also, some people are not in
the health ministry’s file, and so to speed things up, we made a general
call to the public.” When we asked whether donations could be made
during Passover, we were told, “not on the holiday itself. But it is
possible on Friday and during Chol HaMoed.”Back to Turgeman. He
continued receiving appeals from the family of 37-year-old Doron Shoham
who lay ventilated and in a medically-induced coma. The knowledge that
Shoham’s family was making every effort to find a donation and save his
life and that he himself could make this donation wasn’t letting him
rest. Last Tuesday, more than two weeks after he was considered
recovered according to MDA’s criteria, he called the blood bank again
and explained the situation. He was told: “You are donating on April
12. Anyway, we don’t work at the weekend and during the holiday.” He
told us: “I explained that I’d been free from the virus since doing my
second test on March 23. I told her that I had received requests from
everywhere possible and that I really wanted to donate blood before that
date.” The blood bank refused to schedule an earlier date. Doron Shoham
died in hospital that same night.
[…]
Daniel Shemi: “I’ve been approached by many people even though it’s not
yet been two weeks since my last negative test. It really bothers me
that private people are contacting me. It seems really weird that people
have to look high and low for recovering people when the Ministry of
Health has a database of recovered people.”

17/1/21:

Report confirming that vitamin D helps build immunity to Covid

16/1/21:

Argentina,Maldonado: clashes between cops and illegal partygoers resisting Covid restrictions

39 gatherings were found along the boulevard, one involving clashes. .. the municipal services had to intervene with the presence of the Police when recommendations for social distancing and the use of masks were not respected. …The response was to attck the mobile forces who came there with bottles, insults and stones, for which they had to fire shots with non-lethal ammunition to restore order… “

15/1/21:

Spain, Benidorm: huge outbreak of Covid in nursing home AFTER Covid jab

“In a massive blow to Spain’s Pfizer vaccination plan, more than 65 residents and ten staff have tested positive for coronavirus at the Foietes nursing home in Benidorm just days after receiving the first Covid-19 vaccine. According to official sources, the residence previously hadn’t registered any cases for months, and most residents and staff had negative PCR tests shortly before the vaccine drive began on January 4.”

Spain: Valencia: man dies of Covid after receiving first dose of Pfizer vaccine

“The retired Spaniard had received his first dose of the vaccine on December 29, along with the rest of the privately-run home. Within days of receiving the jab, the man ‘suffered an accident’ and was transferred to a hospital where a routine COVID-19 test detected the disease.The rest of the care home was tested and an outbreak was confirmed after several more residents and employees tested positive. The home had managed to not register a single case among its staff or residents throughout the whole pandemic. It comes after another home in Vinaros, also in Castellon, reported 21 coronavirus cases on Monday after all residents had been vaccinated on New Year’s Eve. On January 4, a general screening was carried out and all residents and workers tested negative. But after a resident presented symptoms, a new screening was carried out on January 9, revealing positive cases among 14 residents, five workers and two nuns. The first dose of the vaccine does not guarantee immunization, meaning you can still become infected and infect others until after you receive the second dose. While the first dose has suggested it can decrease the severity of symptoms in some cases, it is not guaranteed.”

Not sure whether this shows that testing is crap or that there’s something dangerous in the Pfizer vaccine.

Israel, Tel Aviv: homeless shelter threatens to make vaccination condition of staying in shelter

T’s translation:

“An association that operates a homeless shelter in Tel Aviv has
threatened those staying in the shelter that if they are not vaccinated
for Corona, they will be evicted from the place. The association: ‘We
are allowed to demand from every street dweller who wants to stay under
our roof to get vaccinated’

This week, a vaccination campaign was conducted for street dweller
staying in sheltered apartments in Tel Aviv on behalf of the Lasova
Association, which operates the apartments with the assistance of the
Ministry of Welfare and the municipality. The residents of the shelters
known as “little roofs”, claim that the association’s employees
threatened them that if they did not join the organized group that went
to the vaccination center and were vaccinated, they would be evicted
from the apartment and left without a place to live.

They shouted at me, ‘Get the vaccine and if not, go back on the
street,'” says one of the tenants. “When a friend of mine found out
about it and said everyone has to get vaccinated at six P.M., there was
an outrage at the home. People flew off the handle. Everyone was in a
storm of emotions. I don’t know anyone who agrees to this thing.”

Although this is a vaccine that has passed all the required regulatory
approvals, stipulating the residence in getting the vaccine is putting
pressure on people with no choice. In a conversation we had with one of
the tenants before the vaccination, he said that some of them left the
compound in an attempt to evade receiving the vaccine. “Some of them may
have an alternative, but there are certainly some who do not. This
apartment exists for people who cannot currently find a housing
solution,” he says. “A lot of them couldn’t find a place to live,
certainly not from one day to the next. They didn’t put a gun to our
head but they told us, ‘This apartment needs to be vaccinated. Anyone
who doesn’t get vaccinated can’t be here.'”

According to another tenant, the decision to abandon the shelter could
lead to a deterioration in their condition. “‘Some of the tenants are in
the process of rehabilitation,” he says. “Leaving the shelter back to
the street because of a refusal to be vaccinated can disrupt the
process, maybe even terminate it.”

“I was scared, so I got vaccinated”

Lasova operates 11 shelters known as “little roofs” for street dwellers
in cooperation and budget support from the Tel Aviv Municipality. The
“little roofs” are divided into different groups, including dwellers
with a background of alcohol and drug addiction, women, people with
disabilities, rehabilitated residents and street dwellers with no
background of addiction. In total, more than a hundred tenants live in
them.

The reasons why the residents of the home are not interested in
receiving the vaccine are varied. “They say they want to see how it goes
first,” says one of them. “Some say they are young and healthy and do
not need it.” Another tenant says he prefers other people to get the
vaccine before him. “I don’t see any point in it,” he explains. “I am a
young person, with no underlying illnesses.”

Tenants report that about a third of those staying at the home did not
receive the vaccine. “I do not know what this means for the continuation
of their stay in the association,” says one of the tenants. He said he
was vaccinated even though he did not want to, because he feared that
the threats would materialize and not allow him to stay in the
residence. “The principle of not getting vaccinated was not critical
enough for me,” he admits. “But the vaccine was unnecessary.”

“The vaccine is not only a matter for each individual, but also for the
health and well-being of those who live with him,” says Gilad Harish,
CEO and chairman of the Lasova association. “The dormitories are
relatively densely populated with dozens of street dwellers, whose
health and well-being must be ensured.

“These shelter are the only solution for the overnight stay of street
dwellers, and these street dwellers have no ability to choose. Now that
there is finally a safe and approved vaccine, we may demand from every
street dweller who wants to stay in the shelter to get vaccinated, and
prevent risk to the other residents.” In the same way, we do not accept
people with infectious diseases, violent people, and people who can not
live together peacefully and endanger the other tenants. At this stage,
we do not intend to keep vaccinating tenants away, but I do not rule it
out. The issue is under extensive scrutiny.”

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality responded: “Contrary to the claim, the
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the association do not require the
residents of the shelters to be vaccinated and they may continue to stay
in the shelters even if they choose not to be vaccinated. However, the
municipality encourages its residents to get vaccinated, in accordance
with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. It should be noted that
the Ministry of Welfare proposed to the welfare system to vaccinate
their patients. “Since the residents of the shelters are patients of the
welfare system, we were given the opportunity to vaccinate them if they
wanted to.””

T:

I translated this from a Facebook post of someone I follow (a guy I know
from the kibbutz), and attaching the graphs he accompanied to his post:”The holidays lockdown began on 25/9. The decrease in morbidity appeared
two to three days later.
The current lockdown began on 27/12, and tightened on 8/1.
Let’s tell the truth:
The current lockdown has no effect on morbidity. The curve is stable.
The previous lockdown also had no effect: the decrease in morbidity
began immediately upon its onset = with no relation to it.
So it is true that the physicists from the Weizmann Institute will
continue to confuse you with their numbers. It’s hard to admit a
mistake, so rape the graphs. I know this from my army navigations.”

12/1/21:

US: reports of mass refusals of vaccinations among “frontline” workers

More here and here.

Alarmed by the phenomenon, some administrators have dangled everything from free breakfasts at Waffle House to a raffle for a car to get employees to roll up their sleeves. Some states have threatened to let other people cut ahead of health care workers in the line for shots.

Video in French (English subtitles available) from mainstream molecular geneticist at the University of Paris-Saclay and President of the CRIIGEN’s Scientific Council critical of current vaccination programme

Just received – US: report on first 90 days of prisoner resistance to Covid (November 2020)

11/1/21:

Significant critique of current vaccination programme by French doctor; potentially insufficiently tested vaccines could create a super-virus worse than Covid

The following is what I have gleaned from this French text, with some additional interpretations and information :

This blog looks at the current process in France, but much of it applies to the rest of the world also. It looks at the process just in its own terms, i.e. from a conventional perspective that’s not at all critical of this society nor at all skeptical about other past vaccination programmes. It doesn’t question dominant ideas about what we mean by health – and so obviously ignores the fact that an essential aspect of health, including mental health, is to try to resist and attack this fundamentally sick society. Which, in a sense, makes his criticism of the current rush to vaccination all the more scary .

He says that with a vaccine in general, early complications are usually the least serious, whilst more serious, entrenched, problems can come later. The reason it usually take several years to develop what is considered a safe and efficacious vaccine is that the process of experimentation has to be long to be as safe and secure as possible, and even then problems, often serious problems, occur. Safety and the rush to get out a vaccine do not go together. The current process is a game of poker, full of risks – it’s a gamble whether it works and saves lives or it causes grave losses. And the loser is not just one or two individuals but also potentially the entire global population, with the possible emergence of a recombinant virus through the vaccination, a subject which is virtually never discussed.

Hundreds of millions of vaccination doses have been ordered on the basis of a press release from laboratories, and organized vaccination campaigns, without knowing anything about either the benefit or the risk.

There’s been no comparative studies of the various vaccines now being used in different countries to find out first which is the safest and which is the most effective.

In France, the state and the media claim is that it has been validated by a commission of medical authorities responsible for studying whether it could be put on the market or not. This is a total lie. The product was bought and the campaign organized, before this commission even met to discuss it. The decision was not a medical one but a political one, and this commission did not issue a medical opinion, but endorsed a political decision already made.

It’s worth knowing that these medical authorities had validated remdesivir before the WHO declared it relatively dangerous on 20th November. Last year the EU gave Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures remdesivir, a billion euros to combat Covid – at a cost of 2000 euros for a 5-day treatment for one person and had to stop ordering the stuff because it was not only ineffective but also had fairly dangerous side effects. [An aside about Gilead: despite them declaring that remdesivir, a vaccin previously used for Ebola, was “safe” and “effective”, this company has financed something close to 80% of the trials for hydroxychloroquine that “proved” that it was “unsafe”, some of these trials including azythromicine]. Gilead didn’t suffer financially at all because either in 2018 or in 2010 (I’ve lost the date) – the EU decided that responsibility for lack of efficacy, for all side effects, or contraindications that had not been warned against, fell on the various states, with only Poland objecting. That is, compensation is paid out not by the companies but the states which are meant to verify whether a particular drug or piece of medical equipment etc., is safe or not (but in fact, they don’t do extra trials themselves, but only look at the various papers showing the companies’ research and on that basis decide whether the research meets their requirements of “scientific protocol” or not). In the US this has been the case since the 1980s. So as a result no individual is ever prosecuted – at worst the company itself has to pay compensation for deaths or whatever. Apparently Pfizer, the currently most well known of the companies producing an anti-Covid vaccine, regularly pays out billions in class action claims (which , moreover, are not easy things to pursue and can take several years even when they are pursued). In France compensation for catalepsy (a medical condition characterized by a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness accompanied by rigidity of the body), originating from the anti-swine flu vaccine, was apparently very poorly compensated.

Re. the 2009-2010 swine flu “pandemic”. Despite a relentless propaganda programme in the media (main news item for several weeks) pushing people to get vaccinated because of the terror of swine flu, less than 10% of the population took up this manipulated ‘need’ for a vaccine. The Minister of Health at the time, Rosalyne Bachelot, whose personal interests in the pharmaceutical industry were well-known, ordered 94 million vaccines from Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Baxter International at a cost of around 900 million euros to the state. Most of the vaccines were never used. As a result of the vaccine, there were 21 deaths, 4 anaphylactic shocks, 9 Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura cases, 6 multiple sclerosis cases, and 9 Guillain–Barré syndromes. The illness itself killed a bit over 600 people in France, considerably less than deaths from ordinary flu.

Back to the anti- covid vaccine and Dr. Gérard Maudrux’s blog:

“There used to be 3 types of vaccines. Those with an inactivated virus, low immunogenicity and low risk; those with a live attenuated virus, a little more efficient and more risky, and those comprising not a whole and manipulated virus, but a fragment, usually a protein.

The 2 Chinese vaccines on the market belong to the first category, the inactivated virus…it is a proven technique, widely used and without risk. Little effect in the worst case scenario… efficiency: 79.5%.

Now with Covid there are 2 new types of vaccines: DNA and mRNA vaccines.

RNA:

Like DNA, RNA is assembled as a chain of nucleotides, but unlike DNA, RNA is found in nature as a single strand folded onto itself, rather than a paired double strand. Cellular organisms use messenger RNA (mRNA) to convey genetic information (using the nitrogenous bases of guanine, uracil, adenine, and cytosine, denoted by the letters G, U, A, and C) that directs synthesis of specific proteins. Many viruses encode their genetic information using an RNA genome….

...These are experimental vaccines, because they are techniques never used in humans…so we know absolutely nothing about the possible long-term effects, which worries many people because they are treatments that affect the genes…so can there be a modification of our genes? This question is all the more relevant as these treatments have been developed thanks to research into gene therapy, precisely designed to modify diseased genes.

DNA vaccines …inject genetically modified viruses which don’t produce diseases but are responsible for “flu-like syndromes” into which the DNA sequences of SARS-Cov-2 are introduced. Messenger RNA vaccines directly inject a messenger RNA which will then be manufactured by our cells, against which we will then develop antibodies. …

…Can RNA fit into and modify our genes? Just to remind you, the DNA that makes up our genes is a double helix of nucleotides, RNA is a single helix of the same nucleotides (with different bonds). In theory no, the conversion is always DNA to RNA, the reverse is not normally possible with us. On the other hand, this …passage of RNA into DNA exists in nature and can integrate it into genes. This is the case with the HIV virus,. So the risk of integrating DNA vaccines is not zero. It exists in nature (and in humans), creating what are called chimeras. It was observed in a vaccine trial in children in 2002, resulting in 2 leukemias in 10 patients.

But the greatest risk seems elsewhere. You will find it very well described by Professor Velot, molecular geneticist at Paris-Saclay University and specialist in genetic engineering . Viruses often mix their genetic material together. If a viral RNA is injected into a healthy (or sick) carrier of a virus, another virus may be created by recombination (mixture of material). This recombination can give birth to something unharmful , but also to something dangerous, nastier than the SARS-Cov-2. This probability is very low statistically, but by no means zero. If it can happen in 1 in 10 million people, and you vaccinate 10,000 people, this risk is low, but if you vaccinate 500 million, 1 billion people, then the risk becomes real, and we can move from an individual risk, which happens for any vaccine, to a risk which would concern the entire planet which can then be contaminated by an incurable virus. And all this just to be ahead in the competition for the greatest boost to the pharmaceutical companies’ share values….

The French minister of health said on 7th January: We have not yet determined, in any country in the world, whether the vaccine protects against the risk of contamination”. By “the risk of contamination” he means the risk of infecting others.

A friend writes:

I don’t know if you have noticed this paradox. One would have thought that our contemporaries were afraid of everything, that they were ready to accept anything for their survival, that they did not want to take any risk and did not hesitate to shut themselves up and hide their children for that reason. Except that we were wrong: the same people who are terrified of children and who wear a mask in the open air, when there is the least risk, are ready to be massively vaccinated, even though the potential risks are much higher. Doublethink: the principle of precaution is alternately made sacred, asserted above all and yet contested, trampled on where one would have some justification. We bathe in illogicality and terror.

The only explanation for me is the reign of spectacular thought. If Covid is scary and yet a potentially catastrophic therapy isn’t, it’s that the second has not been pointed out by the media and that the spectators, who do what they are told , are therefore not afraid or, in any case, less than of Covid. The media, power, by focusing attention on it, have succeeded in creating an absolute Evil, to which everything else appears to be secondary: other diseases, freedoms, happiness, friendship, love, life … A lifeless life that looks like death.

The worst part of all this sinister farce is that “revolutionaries” have also come to take their instructions from power and the media and do what they are told. ” [translated from French]

***

Even the mere healthy suspicion about the safety of the vaccine is caricatured as “conspiracy theory”

“The main reason is fake news. They’re telling us that they want to wait and see what happens to the people who get inoculated,” said Fuad Abu Hamad, the director of the Clalit Health Services branch in Beit Safafa. “The rumors that two people died after receiving the vaccination didn’t help.”

In fact, two people DID DIE after getting inoculated – whether this is due to the vaccin or not – so these are not “rumors”.

Another astounding piece of Newspeak:

“Conspiracy theories that the “vaccine is not healthy or not safe are running around,” said the head of the East Jerusalem region of the Leumit Health Care Services HMO, Avi Asayag. “There are people who believe the vaccine will kill them within three years or will change their DNA. These things have taken hold in the Arab community. In recent days it has eased up a bit, and I hope we will succeed.””

On Monday, Leon said that the gap between vaccination rates in East Jerusalem and the western parts of the city will be reduced soon. “There is a lot of fake news on social media, but I took the neighborhood leaders and they got vaccinated,” Leon said.”

Israel, Ashdod: 100s of orthodox Jewish youths clash with cops over lockdown

More here.

“Despite leading ultra-Orthodox figures calling to follow lockdown
procedures, radical groups have kept dozens of schools opened throughout
Israel. Eleven people were detained in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod
on Monday afternoon, after hundreds of ultra-Orthodox clashed with
police officers attempting to close a religious school that was
operating in violation of lockdown regulations.

Police said three officers and two municipal inspectors had been injured
in the riots. Reinforcements were sent to the Meir Eini Yisrael school,
which is associated with the radical ultra-Orthodox group “Jerusalem
Faction.” Some protesters blocked a road at the scene, others boarded a
police car while driving and were nearly ran over. Rioters also threw
stones, sand and other objects at police officers.

The Bnei Torah movement, which is also linked to the Jerusalem Faction,
condemned the “criminal attempt” to close the yeshiva, claiming that it
could be run because it had a boarding school.

However, regulations stipulate that only boarding schools without
outside students are allowed to operate normally. Students in this
institution come and go from it every day.

Dozens of religious schools in some of Israel’s most radical
ultra-Orthodox communities remained open again on Monday, in
contravention of current lockdown restrictions and despite staggering
infection rates among Haredi schoolchildren.

The schools, which also operated on Sunday, are located mostly in the
ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhoods of Mea She’arim, Geula and the
Bukharan Quarter, hotbeds for extremist communities which do not
cooperate with the government, and in many cases, do not even accept
government funds. Other schools, primarily those of the “Jerusalem
Faction,” also opened their schools on Monday, in Bnei Brak and Modi’in
Ilit.

Unlike in previous lockdowns, the schools of the mainstream Haredi
community have remained closed this time around, upon the orders of
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the spiritual leader of the United Torah Judaism
party and leader of the non-Hasidic “Lithuanian” ultra-Orthodox
community.

Principals at many Haredi schools are now working to carry out the
instructions of ultra-Orthodox leaders that they find ways to keep
children busy and encourage them to study while staying at home, an
ultra-Orthodox school principal told Haaretz, adding that principals are
exchanging ideas to facilitate implementation.

Despite the about-face, the closure of certain Haredi religious schools
for elementary school-aged children is not likely to last much longer.
According to the principal, they can be expected to reopen within a few
days, at least in a limited format: “I anticipate that on Wednesday we
will reopen, it’s still not clear in what format and whether all the
students will return to class.”

Last week, Kanievsky approved the closure of schools for a few days,
including those for elementary school-aged boys, following a
conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kanievsky’s
grandson, the rabbi’s chief aide. Prior to that conversation, he had
ordered that schools remain open even during the current lockdown.

The move marks a stark reversal from his policy since the coronavirus
pandemic began, which was to keep such schools open, despite regulations
requiring otherwise. Last March, Kanievsky said that canceling Torah
study would be more dangerous than the coronavirus.

Over the past month, infection rates among Haredi students have reached
new heights. In Jerusalem, some 400 students – mostly students at Haredi
schools – test positive for the coronavirus each day. Unlike in previous
waves of the pandemic, outbreaks have even been recorded in girls’
schools and high schools this time around.”

10/1/21:

Argentina, Neuquen: partygoers stone cops after they break up party under pretext of Covid1984

9/1/21:

Israel sets itself up as the world’s guinea pig for the vaccine

Excerpts:

The rapid rollout combined with the country’s vast medical database 
is
a gold mine that will serve doctors and scientists in the years to come

When it comes to the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations, Israel is leaving
the rest of the world in the dust, and that’s setting the country up to
become a giant laboratory for studying the vaccine’s effectiveness and
side effects.
[…]
“Israel has been producing and will continue to produce very unique
assets in the future,” said Jonathan Adiri, the CEO of Healthy.io and a
leading Israeli biomed entrepreneur. “The first is an operative asset –
we proved that we were able to inoculate a large number of people in a
short amount of time in the eye of a storm. We have a recipe for
efficient vaccination of the population and have learned a lot – that’s
data with tremendous value.”

Uri Shalit, an artificial-intelligence researcher at the Technion
technology institute, said that the information being gathered in Israel
will show how well the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine works when factors like
refrigeration and the way the vaccine is injected are less ideal than in
the controlled trials. Israel will also serve as a lab for researchers
to discover whether the vaccine just prevents disease or also prevents
contagion.

“I’m confident that the first articles coming out of Israel on the
vaccine’s effect will have tremendous value and that the entire world is
awaiting them,” Shalit said.

Another data asset is Israel’s diverse population containing a wide
range of religions and ethnicities.”

More here: “In effect, Israel will act as a large world testing laboratory, with the results from this huge research serving to set vaccination strategies in the rest of the world and also assisting the pharmaceutical companies in continuing R&D for coronavirus vaccinations and other treatments.”

Japan: resumé of attitudes and resistance to Covid restrictions throughout 2020

UK, London: cops crack down on small anti-lockdown protest

Denmark, Copenhagen: clashes with cops over Covid restrictions

Clashes erupted in Copenhagen between protesters, who lit fireworks and threw bottles, and police in riot gear. Four people were arrested in the capital, and five in Aalborg, also for improper use of fireworks. According to Rasmus Schultz, coordinating officer at the Copenhagen police, some of the demonstrators are part of “the constellation of hooligans”. …In semi-lockdown since mid-December, Denmark announced Tuesday to tighten its restrictions, asking its population to avoid social contact, to preserve its health system in the face of the multiplication of cases linked to the British mutant strain. As of January 6, meetings of more than five people have been banned, compared to ten previously – both at home and outside, and the distances between people have been reduced from one to two meters.”

7/1/21:

Senegal, Dakar: riots in 3 areas against Covid-inspired curfews

6/1/21:

Senegal: riots against curfew and confinement in several parts of Dakar and in 5 other parts of the country

Typically, these take the form of burning tires, throwing stones at cops, cops responding with teargas, etc.

5/1/21:

Israeli Cabinet Approves Stricter Lockdown, Closing Schools and Workplaces

“On traveling abroad, the ministers decided that only those who purchased an airline ticket before the new measures go into effect would be allowed to fly, but a special committee would be able to grant
approvals to fly in specific cases. All incoming travelers will be put in a state-run quarantine facility,
and would be let out only after having tested negative for the coronavirus.” […] “Health Minister Yuli Edelstein described protests as an “epidemiological risk” during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, but said that any steps to limit protests will lead to media accusations of a “political lockdown, and some of the public will be persuaded of that.””

Brief report via email from T. in Israel:

The lockdown that started last week was not really enforced (very few road controls etc.). Some of this is due to intentional low-level enforcement by some mayors/municipality-heads as they object to Netanyahu’s destruction of their municipalities’ economies and are probably trying to gain support from the small-business owners/workers of their constituencies. I broke the lockdown about four times, going from place to place far beyond the 1 kilometer limit and not for work/health reasons, without the slightest problem (I had a document from the kibbutz’s clinic just in case).

Starting from Sunday there will be a “real” lockdown, probably with heavy policing etc., and of course they have managed to twist reality so as people around me are saying “well, of course, if they had made this last lockdown a real one, then there wouldn’t have been a rise in deaths/contagions etc, and there would have been no need for another lockdown”, or “it’s all because of the ultra orthodox and the Arabs who don’t submit to the restrictions”, etc.

I try to point out to people … how the present reality – 2nd and 3rd waves that are even worse than the first one – was more-or-less accurately predicted by “dissident” scientists/experts: from the get-go some of them said that the positive effects of such lockdowns could only result in a temporary decrease in deaths/contagions, which will rise again on an even larger scale when we “reopen”, and that this is a terrible way to treat such viruses/pandemics. But then again, if you don’t put people in lockdown again and again, how will they be convinced of the necessity of an unreliable vaccination from companies who have lied and bribed their way to the top, with direct ties to people who direct this farce from the regulatory and political side?

As for the vaccine, there are also reports of many Israelis who live abroad coming to Israel especially to get vaccinated, as well as a report from today of 7 nurses contracting Covid19 in a vaccination center in Safed (a mostly orthodox city in the north), after masses of people were called to vaccinate quickly before a shipment of vaccin doses would go bad and unusable – a current phenomenon these days, that gives the chance for people who are not on the priority list to get the vaccin….

The mixing of vaccins from different companies for the first and second shot is now officially done in Belgium as well as Israel. The “experts” claim it’s the same technology and there’s no reason to worry etc. [See UK opts for unknown gamble of mix-and-match vaccines]

On the problems of testing for the virus: positive is not invariably positive

4/1/21:

Valid riposte to all those who slag off criticism of government controls as “Covid deniers” or “Conspiraloons”

Anti-conspiracy ideology has become as much an obstacle to contesting this world as conspiracy ideology. “Conspiraloons” is a leftist, liberal and even neoliberal government method of parodying and caricaturing critics. Such distortions are often replicated by a supposedly “anti-authoritarian” scene dominated by unconditional respect for mainstream “science”. All of them thus create a toxic atmosphere that automatically represses, censors and self-censors in advance any nuanced but fundamental critique as unscientific or loony-cum-conspiracist. Any little deviation from mainstream “logic” nowadays, to any critique of the vaccinations programme or of masks or of other aspects of this crisis are manipulatively linked to the miserable ideological form of such criticisms by the Right. Nowadays much of the so-called “libertarian” milieu adopts a classic amalgam technique, previously associated with Stalnism and other brands of Leninism, by attributing a “guilt-by-asoociation” to critiques that have nothing to do with the so-called “libertarian” Right.

Just needed to point out that the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968-69 killed between 1 and 4 million people globally. If the same miserable authoritarian impositions had taken place then, I, amongst probably hundreds of thousands in the UK, would never have got involved in strike pickets, squatting, political street theater etc. and probably would have been thoroughly depressed if not suicidal (see this, about my experiences in 1969). But that was when the conditions of guaranteed survival were pretty much in tact and we wanted to find a way to have a sense of life above all. Nowadays survival is almost the only thing people think about. Life passes them by.

3/1/21:

Israeli officials concerned by low vaccination rate among Arab-Israelis

“Public health expert Dr. Bishara Basharat, who directs a national
nonprofit which promotes Arab health, agreed that some in the Arab
community were reluctant to be vaccinated, a phenomenon he called
“concerning.” … Arab Israelis constitute a disproportionately large
number of Israel’s health care workers, especially nurses and
pharmacists: a 2017 study found that around 40% of nursing students were
Arab Israelis, even though they constitute around 21% of the population.

To combat mistrust of the vaccine, Basharat recommended an aggressive
awareness campaign among Arab family doctors.”

“Arab citizens trust their family doctors, the ones in their hometowns,
whom they go to consult with on a regular basis. Once they are
vaccinated, people will start to be convinced,” Basharat said.”

See also this:
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-vaccination-rate-for-israeli-arabs-is-low-health-ministry-says-1.9406004

“In contrast, the ministry says the response to the vaccination campaign
in Haredi communities has been high, especially after leading rabbis
voiced support and were photographed getting the vaccine.”

T writes:

About a week ago I also saw a report on TV that said that only 4% of the Arab population want to be vaccinated.

Israel becomes a world leader in vaccinating against Covid-1984

“Israel’s heavily digitized, community-based health system — all citizens, by law, must register with one of the country’s four H.M.O.s — and its centralized government have proved adept at orchestrating a national inoculation campaign, according to Israeli health experts.

With a population of nine million, Israel’s relatively small size has played a role as well, said Professor Balicer, who is also the chief innovation officer for Clalit, the largest of the country’s four H.M.O.s.

An aggressive procurement effort helped set the stage.

The health minister, Yuli Edelstein, said in an interview on Friday that Israel had entered into negotiations with drugmakers as an “early bird,” and that the companies were interested in supplying Israel because of its H.M.O.s’ reputation for efficiency and gathering reliable data.

“We are leading the world race thanks to our early preparations,” he said.”

and also becomes the first country in the world to have “vaccination passports”

“Israel will be the first country to issue a “green passport” to residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The passport will lift some restrictions, including mandatory quarantine following exposure to an infected person, and offer access to cultural events and restaurants, according to Israel’s Ministry of Health. A green passport will be issued by the ministry two weeks after the second of the required two vaccine shots is received by the individual. “This passport will show that a person is vaccinated and will give a number of advantages such as not needing to quarantine, entry to all kinds of culture events, restaurants, and so on,” the Ministry of Health’s Director-General Chezy Levy told Israel’s Channel 12.”

Support for all the standard methods of state & capital’s suppression of the crowd under the pretext of Covid1984 by our favourite “anti-state communist” crowd control psychologist

See this and this for earlier critiques of this creep. And this for links to most references to the 9-year old scandal.

2/1/12:

Holland, La Haye: demo festival against Covid1984 restrictions

Homes of Democrat speaker and Republican Senate leader tagged over mean refusal to give rent relief or other forms of increased relief for the poor caused by Covid1984

“…on Saturday morning the majority leader’s home in Louisville was spray-painted with slogans including “Weres [sic] my money?” and “Mitch kills the poor”…In California, Pelosi’s home was graced by a pig’s head, red paint and messages including “cancel rent” and “We want everything”…”

Following very long rave party, filth issue fines to over 1600 people for failure to respect Covid laws, including curfew

As T. said, re. the prosecution (not just fines) for student partygoers in Bruges on Christmas Day:

Who would have thought that the Beastie Boys’ song “Fight for your right to party” will have such a different reality than intended… Let alone Public Enemy’s “Party for your right to fight”

SF: You don’t have to be an ideologist of partygoing (for a critique of parties, see “partying is such sweet sorrow”) to see that the rulers use of the pretext of Covid to stifle even further the will to live is taking on the most unprecedented form in history, at least in “advanced” countries. A form of Taliban-lite.

1/1/21:

Emotionally powerful expression of disgust and and anger with the government by a nurse in Seine-St-Denis (in French)

UK opts for unknown gamble of mix-and-match vaccines

“Britain has quietly updated its vaccination playbook to allow for a mix-and-match vaccine regimen. If a second dose of the vaccine a patient originally received isn’t available, or if the manufacturer of the first shot isn’t known, another vaccine may be substituted, health officials said. The new guidance contradicts guidelines in the United States, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that the authorized Covid-19 vaccines “are not interchangeable,” and that “the safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the series should be completed with the same product.” Some scientists say Britain is gambling with its new guidance. “There are no data on this idea whatsoever,” said John Moore, a vaccine expert at Cornell University. Officials in Britain “seem to have abandoned science completely now and are just trying to guess their way out of a mess.””

More on this. “Every effort should be made to give them the same vaccine, but where this is not possible it is better to give a second dose of another vaccine than not at all.” they say, but without even a pretense of following that eternal ode to objecivity “scientific protocol”, who knows if it’s better or worse?

Received: Dismantling-the-Virus-Theory

T writes

I didn’t do further research and didn’t totally understand the entirety
of the theory, so I can’t validate this text …. But parts of it
at least raise interesting questions for further research.

This part I found interesting:

“Before it could be established that the “bacterial viruses” cannot kill
natural bacteria, but they are instead helping them to live and that
bacteria themselves emerge from such structures, these “phages” were
already used as models for the alleged human and animal viruses. It was
assumed that the human and animal viruses looked like the “phages”, were
allegedly killing cells and thereby causing diseases, while at the same
time producing new disease poisons and in this way transmitting the
diseases. To date, many new or apparently new diseases have been
attributed to viruses if their origin is unknown or not acknowledged.
This reflex found an apparent confirmation in the discovery of the
“bacterial viruses”.

It is important to note that the theories of fight and infection were
accepted and highly praised by a majority of the specialists only if and
when the countries or regions where they lived were also suffering from
war and adversity. In times of peace, other concepts dominated the world
of science. It is very important to note that the theory of infection –
starting from Germany – has only been globalized through the Third
Reich, when the Jewish researchers, most of which had opposed and
refuted the politically exploited theories of infection, were removed
from their positions.”

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

february 2021 (Covid1984)

Chronology

January 2021 here2020 here

This is a chronology not based on the date the information was published but based on the date I received it.

It should be clear that I am not in accord with the ideological aspects of the content of many of the articles I link to.

28/2/21:

Israel: 1000s get together for banned Purim parties

“Police entered Mea Shearim to take down an effigy of a police officer that neighborhood residents had hung from a wire above a city street. Officers took it down and removed it from the neighborhood.”

25/2/21:

French state considering total or partial lockdowns/confinement in 20 more departments on top of sections of 2 already confined, and on top of 6pm-6am curfews everywhere (which have existed for about 6 weeks already)

A large collective of dissident (though totally reformist) French doctors list 10 points of criticism of government policy (translation): 10 indiscutable points

Israel: link to site run by doctors and non-medical people critical of the Coronaregime in the country

Not always very accurate – e.g it says covid “has a survival rate of over 99+%”, when it’s a bit less that 98% of those officially infected (though of course lots of people don’t know they’ve got it, and aren’t registered as having it so it’s hard to get an accurate figure). Also, like so many of these dissident doctors etc., they have little, if any, criticism of any other dissidents; regardless of their politics they are considered fine as long as they’re not for the current totalitarianism – united front ideology that is possibly typical of those in the medical profession. The trouble with such a from of collectivism is that it’s likely that amongst the dissidents there are those who also have unexpressed criticism of each other’s take on things which are not aired because they want to maintain a spectacle of unity in adversity. But debate is essential even if on basics people can agree.

24/2/21:

The US surpasses half a million deaths from Covid

It seems useful to compare these mortality figures with those in France:

US (as far as I’ve heard, very little state regulations and rather arbitrarily applied from state to state): 0.151% of the population.

France (6pm to 6am curfews, repeated lockdowns, some partial some total, some localised, sometimes everywhere; bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, music and sports venues closed; massive restrictions on beaches, etc; compulsory wearing of masks outdoors and in schools, shops, libraries etc.; constant fines and even arrests, etc.): 0.127% of the population….

The relatively small difference could be attributable to the wonderful effect of the restrictions in France, but I’d guess it’s more likely to be due to lots of other factors – possibly the differences in the general health of the population before Covid, including better food in France (not that the nutritional value of food anywhere is doing anything but getting worse).

A dissident Belgian doctor sacked for daring to criticise aspects of the state management of the crisis

“Pascal Sacré, resuscitator at the Grand Hôpital De Charleroi (GHDC), was fired on October 20, 2020 for “serious misconduct”, apparently because of the ideas he shared on the internet. He criticized the Belgian Covid-19 management , mainly for two aspects: the distorted use of PCR tests and their results [13mins 42 to 22mins 25] and the neoliberal management of hospitals which, for decades, has led to the current situation.”

Israel: medical license of vaccine opponent permanently revoked

T’s translation:

The medical license of vaccine opponent Dr. Aryeh Avni has been permanently revoked. Retired Judge Strasnov who made the decision: “I am sorry to determine, but the recipient is a charlatan” . Avni headed the “Rafa – Only Health” Party that wanted to run in the next Knesset elections and establish an “embracing and non-coercive health ministry”. He was documented as allegedly agreeing to forge vaccination books for a fee … The decision was made by retired judge Amnon Strasnov, to whom the Ministry of Health delegated its powers to decide on the matter. Avni is one of the main opponents of vaccines in Israel. Among other things, he was documented by Channel 13 when he allegedly agreed to forge vaccine booklets for his patients (he later said that he did so to show how a media channel deliberately hinders vaccine-resistant doctors). Avni called on the public to violate the Ministry of Health’s directives regarding the corona virus, and spoke sharply against other doctors. The arguments for revoking the license have focused on the last two issues. In the run-up to the upcoming elections, Avni founded the “Rafa – Only Health” party, which sought to tackle a platform of alternative medicine. The party proposed establishing a new Ministry of Health, “embracing and not forcing”, and at the same time reducing the existing Ministry of Health budget by a quarter, thanks to the focus on preventive medicine. Among the contestants on the list are doctors according to their statement, who are engaged in, among other things, etrology, energetic flushing and frequency medicine. Avni offers medical services in its own way through the “Dr. Avni, the right medicine” clinic. The decision of the retired judge Strashnov reads: “There is no doubt that in the harsh and blatant statements of the recipient in articles he published on the website, on Facebook and recently also on YouTube, against the inoculation for the corona virus – there is a real danger to public safety and health. The public of doctors and the heads of the Ministry of Health – who far exceed what is reasonable and permissible in the context of freedom of expression, which is an important and protected value in any democratic society – and you have a clear prescription for complete anarchy that the recipient is trying to cause, while boasting the title of a doctor. “I have not found any connection between the important value of freedom of expression, as the recipient claims, and the harsh and defamatory expressions he has taken – without any scientific or academic basis – and all from his fertile and unbridled imagination. …As for the punishment – the questions are asked, what did the esteemed doctor not hear about more than 5,000 corona patients who died, most of them elderly, who apparently did not hear or did not heed the recipient’s recommendation to ‘take vitamins’? The recipient did not hear anything about the severe side effects from which a considerable part of those recovering from corona also suffer? Did he not read the studies regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines and their success by more than 90%, or did these disappear from his eyes? Did he read any studies done on the subject of the corona or any scientific material?…Perhaps for the esteemed Dr. Avni the corona is a curiosity or ‘joke’,
as he puts it, but not for the thousands of patients, the dead and their relatives who have been afflicted with this terrible disease. I’m sorry to say, but the recipient is a charlatan, a clear corona denier …A very aggravating circumstance, in my view in this case, is the fact that while proceedings are being conducted against him in this case, he continues to spread his toxic and dangerous doctrine to the public, without any restraints and out of grave contempt for public health. The recipient is a repeat offender, in the full sense of the word, who is on trial before the disciplinary committee for the third time, while he belittles the Ministry of Health authorities, and does not even regret or improve his ways, as he repeatedly promised. This is a recipient who is like a ‘raging bull’, whose behavior poses a real danger to the public peace and health, when all the steps and warnings taken against him in the past – have not been helpful. Although I do not err in the illusion that the recipient will stop spreading his dangerous and perverted teachings, it is better for him to do so without being seen as an authority and without boasting of a doctorate in medicine.”

SF:

This Israeli doctor publicly said he’d forge vaccine passports. Without doubt, this was very silly on his part: if his intention had been serious he would (and certainly should) have kept this quiet. If it was just to make a name for himself as a martyr to social control, he succeeded but not very convincingly. It would have been more convincing if he’d seriously started to fake these passports. Some have condemned him for being corrupt. It may have been potentially corrupt if he’d tried to make a business out of it, but even then hardly something to totally condemn without nuance. Helping people avoid such social control seems admirable. Especially since it may well become mandatory for playing sport or whatever.

About the same issue, see also this report in English:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/covid-denying-antivaxxer-doctor-permanently-loses-medical-license/

“Vaccine HESITANCY and SKEPTICISM have become a growing concern in recent weeks as Israel’s world-leading inoculation campaign has slowed [my emphasis – T]. Dozens attended a protest in Tel Aviv last week against “coercion,” a label widely used by anti-vaxxers. The protest featured a number of people not wearing masks, as well as comparisons between Israel’s vaccination campaign and Nazi laws, with some wearing yellow Stars of David saying “not vaccinated” meant to resemble the ones that Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.”

21/2/21:

Links to articles (many in French) sent by T [SF: I haven’t read most of these yet; and am not entirely sure of the nuances of one or two of the bits he quotes, partly because the way they’re put is a bit obscure] :

Here are some relatively good or interesting critiques and analyses of various aspects of the
crisis from the last 6 months or so that I didn’t have time to share with you. These critiques are mainly about the “scientific” and “health” aspects of the crisis, mostly from the Kairos site (whose main, but not only, flaw is its belief in a “good” or “true” form of democracy and government that our contemporary technological and neo-liberal era has strayed from). I’ll try to put them in reverse chronological order, from recent to oldest:

1) “COVID19 : Débunkage du narratif de propagande” [6th February 2021]

It’s a good debunking and critique of the main “objective” presuppositions of the crisis, such as the efficacy of lockdowns, the situation in hospitals, PCR tests… I like his final remarks (except the “undemocratic” part):

“In some hardly subversive minds there’s the idea that the class leader has power because she deserves it or has an ability to lead. There is nothing more false. The political system and the hierarchical power of authoritarian bodies in general, operate by mediocrity and cooptation. That is to say that the high-up leaders choose mediocre, but obedient and grateful, individuals for subordinate positions. In this context, people seeking to obtain positions of power and responsibility are seldom competent, honest or caring. These are people who rarely admit their mistakes, persist in their mistakes and have only their careerist ambition as a goal. Not to mention their adviser-technocrats, often with conflicts of interest, who have visions totally disconnected from reality and act more out of ideology than pragmatism. A hell of a cocktail! Therefore, in conclusion, it is urgent to put an end to this politico-media hysteria as well as counterproductive, undemocratic health measures, without any medical or scientific basis.”

*****

2. –“Mise en perspective des chiffres Covid” [4th December 2020]

and

“Mise en perspective au sujet de l’augmentation des “cas” covid et des
hospitalisations” [2nd November 2020]

Two articles critical analyses of the official data

*****

3. “When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die” [Aug. 8th, 2020]

An interesting article from the NY Times about the situation in Belgian nursing homes before and during the crisis, and how the elderly there were fucked before and during the crisis, by those “in control”.

*****

4. https://www.transparence-coronavirus.be/

A dissident health-professionals collective. Seems like they only write letters and petitions… at least these are the only things on this website

“… an inter-professional collective of Belgian carers (specialist doctors, general practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, dentists, psychologists, midwives, nursing aides, naturopaths, etc.) concerned by the problematic management of the coronavirus, by the liberticide and disproportionate measures , the anxiety-provoking context and misinformation about the virus, its severity and about treatments and so-called miracle solutions to address the crisis (the vaccine race). “

*****

5. “Vaccins, brevets et biens communs à l’ère du Covid-19” [17 November 2020]

About “intellecutal property rights” in science and its impact on our health, in relation to the race for the vaccine.

*****

“La course aux milliards du Covid-19” [22 octobre 2020]

Video form:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jHBIXOWz3E

About the behind-the-scenes of the race for the vaccine, the lobbies behind it, the relationship with the politicians who run the crisis….

*****

7. “Le Covid-19 et son (im)monde” [14th September 2020]

A general critique of numerous aspects by the editor-in-chief of Kairos.

“It is with the industrial age that new diseases appear. In the United States, progress in industrialization is accompanied by decline in the quality of food and therefore the deterioration of the state of the population’s health. “Man’s destructive intervention on the environment has intensified alongside the alleged progress of medicine; the poisoning of nature by the chemical industry went hand in hand with the alleged increasing effectiveness of drugs; modern malnutrition, with the advancement of dietary science “(53). As health deteriorates, the management of health problems is seen as a huge opportunity for profit. So if tobacco and junk food bring huge returns to businesses – and to the state through taxes – the health consequences they cause bring financial gains to pharmaceutical companies and privatized health sectors. To eliminate the cause would in fact be to produce two unthinkable effects for states nesting in a pernicious logic of a public system financed by destructive activities, and who do not want to modify their operation:

– deprive oneself of income from the taxation of harmful products;

deprive oneself of income from drugs and health services.

This would reduce diseases, but also profits, which was to say to Ruth Mulvey Harmer “that the World Health Organization finds an interest in the continued use of toxic pesticides in of its public health programs ”(54). Obviously, if what structurally harms us (air , water, and soil pollution, deforestation, systemic stress, the overconsumption of screens, …) does not disappear, it is because it contributes to economic growth. But if we don’t fight for them to disappear, it is also because we find objects that produce these nuisances more advantages than defects in our use of them, bearing in mind that nuisances are mainly suffered by people who very often forget their existence, as stated bluntly Véronique de Viguerie when she named her report “The oil companies kill to satisfy their customers… us! “ (55)

We revere science, we denigrate self-awareness and the remedies of grandmothers which have been proven for centuries. The effects of consensual groups always contain a hidden meaning, which is obviously hardly audible, since it reveals the myth of this new unity around a common theme. Paradoxically therefore, the unanimity around defense of health care indicates an overvaluation of hospitals that reveals a way of thinking that will perpetuate the bureaucratic domination of our lives. […] “Conspiracy theory!” is pulled out of the hat as soon as we say that Covid-19 and its management are a product of this world. A schism, already started, establishes itself among those who, even “on the left” – or especially on the left, sometimes … – are deeply convinced of being in a modern advanced world, taken in hand by a caring state, to which crisis events are only avoidable “accidents” of a system which, once we get rid of these, will have reached perfection; a schism will therefore be established between the latter and those who no longer believe in a protective state guaranteeing the common good. Misfortune, misery, disease and death are not, however, only the pangs of existence, but also the intrinsic condition of a disastrous system which made production-consumption a value.

In this sense, panic is timely for a capitalist system in complete disintegration. It is notably the occasion:

– to test the capacity for submission of populations on a large scale;

– to dramatically increase the profit of pharmaceutical multinationals pharmaceutical, with states taking on responsiblity for the expense of research but being deprived of the profits, in the usual logic of socialization of costs and privatization of profits;

– that the multinationals, as they always do, instrumentalize states on an unprecedented scale. In fact, without these it’d be impossible to coordinate global screening and vaccination;

definitively not having to deal with the opinion of a confined population, governments ally themselves as never before both with the private pharmaceutical industry, as well as constituting committees of experts from the business and bank sectors.»(56).

We must radically change our relationship to the world and to others, change society, furiously attack capitalism. If we finally understand that, we will get out of this collectively, and we will remove from their condition those who in fact die from our way of life. “

Received from a contact: more information about the “Die Welt” article mentioned in the entry for 8/2/21 below (link to a machine-translation of excerpts of covid 19 strategy paper):

In March 2020, the German Ministry of the Interior asked some scientists from leading German scientific institutions to help them to write a paper with advice how to manage the pandemic. The scientists collaborated and the paper was – internally – released on March 18. The main focus of the text is a so called “communication strategy” in which the authors pointed out how to induce a “shock effect” on the general public to make them accept repressive measures more easily. Although the text was labelled “for internal use only” serveral leading German media outlets cited from it only a few days after but without publishing the whole paper (maybe also part of the strategy). The full text was published on April 1 on the platform “Frag den Staat” (https://fragdenstaat.de/blog/2020/04/01/strategiepapier-des-innenministeriums-corona-szenarien/) – some kind of a German leaking-platform. Later, the Ministry of the Interior published the paper itself (here: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/downloads/DE/veroeffentlichungen/2020/corona/szenarienpapier-covid19.html), but apparently, they partly distanced themselves from it (it couldn’t find a proof for this claim).
Among other things they say this horrifically explicit bit of “Youthanasia”: “With a case mortality rate that sounds insignificant in percentage terms, and which mainly affects the elderly, many then unconsciously and unacknowledgedly think to themselves: “Well, this way we get rid of the old people who are dragging our economy down, there are already too many of us on earth anyway, and with a bit of luck I will inherit a bit earlier this way.” These mechanisms have certainly contributed to the downplaying of the epidemic in the past.”. etc. – a view which is also pretty common among these “experts” themselves.
In most of its aspects, this affair has been known by the general public since last spring – without causing much of a scandal. Apparently the shock strategy worked so well that it was not dangerous for the ruling class to reveal its fabricated nature later.
The new aspect which the article in Die Welt deals with now is that they got hold of the email correspondence of the Ministry with these scientists. Apparently, these emails show the extent of the scientists collaboration and betrayal of the so called “autonomy of science” – which is, as we know, a myth anyway. Alas, they don’t quote much of interest from these emails.

Israel: Causing Death by Conservatism – Vitamin D and Covid

T. writes:

This article really talks about direct correlation between complications/sickness/death from corona and other flu-like viruses, and talks about how things like vitamin D can actually improve significantly the state of people sick with the virus, even in more severe stages, but mostly as preventive measure for strengthening the immune system, making the “need” for a vaccine and most of the restrictive methods redundant.

Quotes:

“Already at the start of the first wave, when I was working in the HMO’s
coronavirus directorate and receiving patients who tested positive, I
noticed that in many cases they had low levels of vitamin D,” says
Yevgeny Marzon, who is director of the Department of Managed Medicine at
Leumit and led the study.

“It was very obvious,” Dr. Marzon continues. “In order to verify this
intuition, we collected data from more than 7,000 people who were tested
for the coronavirus between February and April, and who also been tested
for vitamin D in the past year. The results, after taking into account
variables such as age, sex, socioeconomic level and underlying
illnesses, were unequivocal: People with low levels of vitamin D were at
heightened risk of being infected by the coronavirus, and the lower
their vitamin D level, the higher the probability that they would be
hospitalized – in other words, that they would develop more serious
symptoms. It looked as though higher levels [of vitamin D] could protect
people from becoming infected.”

Since then, similar articles have been published in a host of countries:
the United States, Germany, France, Italy, China, Iran, South Korea,
India, Britain, Switzerland and Israel. Time and again, a significant
connection was found between the level of vitamin D in the blood and a
susceptibility to infection by the coronavirus. Individuals with a
vitamin D deficiency are more disposed to be infected by the virus, and
in case of infection a low level of vitamin D increases the likelihood
of developing complications. The opposite is also true: Patients with
high levels of vitamin D tend to suffer less from serious symptoms and
to be less likely to die. In general, it can be said that there is a
linear connection: The seriousness of the disease correlates completely
with one’s level of vitamin D.

The large disparity between the results of the growing number of studies
and what’s happening on the ground is infuriating. Yes, one person will
have heard a vague recommendation on television, and someone else will
have encountered information about vitamin D’s importance elsewhere –
but the general feeling is that it’s some sort of rumor. Amid the chaos
that characterizes the pandemic’s management, the array of opinions and
assessments and the abundant wrangling and vested interests – no clear
voice is stating: Here’s a fruit that grows very low – pick it.

The involvement of vitamin D in the disease can explain, for example,
why dark-skinned people in the West are more vulnerable than
light-skinned people, both to infection with COVID-19 and to severe
symptoms. The density of melanin in dark skin inhibits the manufacture
of vitamin D, and if so, which could explain why, in the United States,
the principal sufferers from vitamin D deficiency are Blacks and
Hispanics, and why they are the major sufferers from the coronavirus. In
Israel, the population groups most vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency
are Arabs and the ultra-Orthodox – two populations that tend to wear
long clothing, and they are also the groups that have been most affected
by the pandemic. It can also be said, of course, that the high rate of
illness in those groups is due to their lower socioeconomic status, and
that the vitamin D levels are only an indicator, not a cause. Poor
nutrition, obesity, predisposition to diabetes, overcrowding – all these
can in and of themselves explain the incidence of the disease.

It’s possible that a new study by the Clalit HMO can shed a little more
light on the subject. This research project examined more than half a
million people from 200 Israeli locales, and as in earlier studies found
an impressive correlation between vitamin D deficiency and the risk of
contracting COVID-19. Places that were found to suffer from a deficiency
in the vitamin are the “red cities,” the locales where the infection
rate is especially high. Because these are all Arab and ultra-Orthodox
cities and towns, the phenomenon is usually attributed to a low
socioeconomic situation. However, the study also found large differences
between Arab men and women. The women tend to fall ill at a far higher
rate than the men, and the women’s vitamin D levels are also lower. A
possible explanation is that women in Arab society are more covered up
than men, and also tend to stay at home more and so are less exposed to
sunlight. This difference neutralizes to some degree the socioeconomic
factor (as these are men and women from the same population).

“For some years, patients with lung and viral diseases have been treated
with vitamin D, because they are known to have a deficiency of that
vitamin. So the idea of using it to treat the coronavirus is quite
natural,” Dr. Lev continues. “In its mild form, COVID-19 is a simple
viral lung disease, with which the regular cells of the immune system
cope well. Frequently, no symptoms at all develop. Only 1 percent to 5
percent – the rates are low in the summer – of all those who are
infected develop the disease in its serious form. That happens because
of a secondary response by the immune system, which sometimes lurches
out of control and starts to function in an exaggerated way – it has to
do with the hypercytokinemia [severe immune response] that people have
been talking about lately. It results in inflammation that causes
massive damage to the lungs and afterward multi-systemic damage.”

“Why isn’t vitamin D being administered to the general population and to
patients?” … Wilf: “There is a deluge of findings and evidence that
attest to the vitamin’s involvement in the pandemic, but the news spread
so slowly. It’s irresponsible. We are trying with all our might to
induce the decision makers – physicians, the Health Ministry, the
politicians – to break out of the conservative pattern of doing things
that characterizes their usual behavior, and to issue a call to the
people: ‘Take vitamin D, it can save lives.’ And to the hospitals:
‘Start treating patients with vitamin D.’

At the moment the picture is clear,” he says. “The probability that
vitamin D is effective is high, its potential benefit is vast and the
risk is very low – toxicity as a result of excess [ingestion] of vitamin
D is rare, especially if you monitor the patients. Perhaps in another
six months more comprehensive studies will be published, showing that
the treatment is not effective – in our estimation the likelihood of
that is low, but it’s definitely possible – in which case a different
decision will be the right one. As of now, every day in which patients
are not given vitamin D puts them at risk for no reason. I call it
‘causing death by conservatism.’”

20/2/21:

Endemic pandemic

“Another expert panel has weighed in with the distressing assessment that the coronavirus causing COVID-19 will circulate for years to come. Nature asked 100 infectious disease experts whether they thought the SARS-CoV-2 virus would become endemic and 90 percent think the answer is yes. …the most benign outlook for the new coronavirus is that it becomes endemic along with four human coronaviruses that circulate and cause the so-called “common cold.” When a daycare calls a parent in 2026 to report a case of sniffles, “there’s a chance the virus that killed more than 1.5 million people in 2020 alone will be the culprit” ..even now many cases of COVID-19 are mild or asymptomatic, but if the new virus behaves like the other endemic coronaviruses in the future, it likely won’t pose such a threat to older adults, either. With the four human coronaviruses, kids are usually exposed before age six…People’s immune defenses against endemic human coronaviruses like OC43—which some researchers think caused the deadly “Russian flu” pandemic of the late 19th Century—eventually weaken, leaving them vulnerable to reinfection. But OC43 now is one of the viruses that cause cold symptoms.”

But it’ll probably take a revolution to destroy the endemic and mostly irrational (in health terms) policies of the various states that are suffocating everyone other than the ruling class.

19/2/21:

Independent French media channel France Soir launches a petition against state threats of censorship because of its Covid coverage

This rather liberal channel (which, for instance produced the interview with Dr.Christian Perronne mentioned in an entry for 13/2/21 below) has been subjected to very serious pressure and attacks. France Soir is an alternative voice in this health crisis. Whereas other French media get state subsidies, this one gets nothing from the state . It has spoken of inconvenient truths before other French media outlets spoke of them (if they even did speak of them): on the lack of freedom of doctors to prescribe anything for Covid, the limits of PCR tests which have too many false positives, the risk of masks for fragile children (confirmed by the Italian State Council), the controversial role of the Wuhan P4 laboratory, the effectiveness of certain early-phase treatments such as vitamin D and Ivermectin validated by dozens of scientific studies, the damage caused by confinement and its low usefulness. On remdevizir they were the first media to denounce its toxic effects (confirmed by the WHO in November). As a consequence of much of this, You Tube censored them for 10 days, and Google and Facebook have greatly reduced their visibility. Wikipedia doesn’t pretend to offer anything other than a caricature of this site, claiming they’re conspiracy theorists, deriding them for supporting hydroxychloroquine, offering exclusively the dominant ideology about HCQ, and other stuff. A cabal of major media like France Info, 20 minutes, Le Monde and Liberation have all accused them of conspiracy. And on January 29th the Minister of Culture, Bachelot, asked that the official certificate which recognizes France Soir as a press organ be re-examined. L’Humanité (Communist Party media) received nearly 4 million in direct aid from the state in 2017 alone. The same year, Liberation received 3 million in direct aid. Le Monde and L’Opinion received 1 million each. In total, as revealed by Media Park, 7 billionaires and a bank alone pocket 49% of public aid. 6 million Euros directly finances public media outlets such as France Inter and France 5 which, by chance, have aggressively criticized alternative views such as those of Professor Raoult, and have consistently supported the government in this crisis. He who pays the piper calls the tune. Nevertheless, France Soir , like so much of the media and so many people also, particularly since the advent of Covid, does get things wrong and tends to excessively exaggerate (e.g they once said that 90% of PCR tests give a false positive, when it’s 40% – which, nevertheless doesn’t really make them any more useful).

Other information from the French TV: according to the politician Wonner, the Belgium government , whilst remaining silent about hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for Belgians (neither forbidding it nor providing it) recommended it to the Congo. Also, she said that in Lombardy in the north of Italy, a lot of doctors use HCQ and azythromicine. Macron has now included the highly dubious McKinsey and co. into its Strategic Council.

In French: a doctor in Guadeloupe says he’s developed a natural plant-based vaccine against Covid

There seem to be a lot of dubious things in this guy’s take on things, but please don’t hang me for putting a link to his stuff – as I say at the top of the page, “It should be clear that I am not in accord with the ideological aspects of the content of many of the articles I link to.”

Israel: Vaccine passports and the doublespeak that follows them

“Cabinet ministers on Monday approved the reopening of stores, gyms, hotels, and other venues starting Sunday, in a major easing of sweeping lockdown measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. Street-front shops, malls, markets, museums, and libraries will be open
to all Israelis. But only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will be able to use gyms and pools, attend sporting and culture events, and stay at hotels. To be allowed to open Sunday, relevant businesses must undertake to scan for the pass and only accept those carrying it…. “At the same time, [Health Minister] Edelstein said, “There will be no forced vaccination in Israel; those who choose not to be vaccinated — it is their choice.” He added that there “won’t be any personal sanctions against those who do not vaccinate.”
Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri said Thursday that under certain circumstances, employers can legally demand their workers get vaccinated, but stressed that the demand must be “justified.”

The ideology of choice, of democracy, Hobson’s choice: you can choose between a rock and a hard place, between the frying pan and the fire, between the devil and the deep blue sea, between Scylla and Charybdis, between heads the ruling society wins, tails you lose, between six of one and half a dozen of the other, between being damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. Or else you can embark on the difficult path of choices that are not presented to you.

Another totalitarian development:

Ministry of Justice: “A teacher who refuses to be vaccinated will have to bear the state decree”

Interesting story about smallpox in Moscow 1960

Apparently the epidemiologists etc. are now considered heroes because they rapidly introduced anti-epidemic measures on a huge scale, isolated thousands of people who were considered to have possibly been infected, closed Moscow, and even returned trains with potential carriers of infection to Moscow. Then they quickly organized the importation of 10 million doses of the vaccine from other cities, mobilized all the resources of the country for the immediate vaccination of Muscovites. The Communist Party obeyed – for the first time in history — by doing what the epidemiologists said. They saved a huge city, only three people died. The vaccine was one that had been tried and tested for 150 years or so – not like the mRNA ones of today. And the method was targeted restrictions, not one-size-fits-all blanket lockdowns – only those who could have had contact with people who might have developed smallpox. And the quarantine followed typical methods of quarantining people that had been used for centuries – ie block a whole city but let those in the city carry on as normal (not that “as normal” in 1960 USSR was something to be recommended obviously), except those who may have got the smallpox. Now track and trace in China is obviously being used for ulterior motives and lockdowns generally are not at all targeted. But almost every class society has elements of “reason” in the way they deal with crises or potential crises even if these reasonable elements are fairly marginal (Khrushchev’s state obviously didn’t care about how many people died in the gulags), methods that a free society would probably develop fairly spontaneously and voluntarily insofar as no-one would be so narrowly egotistical as to want to either possibly die an unnecessary death or spread this possibility to other people. A critique of track and trace applies to this society but I imagine that if there were those who refused to abide by certain necessary restrictions in a free society (assuming we ever get there) that they’d be forced to abide by what the majority in that particular area demanded of them, just as in your house you and who you’re living with wouldn’t allow anybody – either amongst you or from outside – to endanger those living in it.

Only uncertainty is a sure thing – certainty is an illusion: epistemology of Covid research

This refers to scientific research . It’s not to say that there aren’t negative certainties – capitalism, the commodity economy, the state, hierarchical power and hierarchical relations must certainly be opposed because they are certainly destructive of life, sense, community and communication.

18/2/21:

Gabon, Libreville: riots follow cop kiling of 2 youths for going out after 6pm curfew, a curfew reinforced by the state using the pretext of the more contagious British variant to extend and continue the curfew that’s been there for almost a year, and make mask-wearing, hand-washing a social distanciation obligatory

Israel:

Various articles from Israel, Guinea Pig Capital of the world (it seems that there’s been virtually no news outside of Israeli Health Ministry propaganda over the last 2 weeks, and even the Ministry of Truth hasn’t supplied much “information”]:

4/2/21:

Covid-19: Israel sees new infections plummet following vaccinations

A couple of quotes:
“In the period before the protection took effect, over 7000 infections were recorded, with just under 700 cases of moderate to critical illness and 307 deaths. No time scale or age group for these figures was given.”

“the country is not vaccinating certified recovered covid-19 patients, although the Ministry of Health website does not provide information on how someone is certified to have recovered.”

I wonder what these gaps in information mean?

Also – speaking more generally – as a friend said, there’s not much discussion about global case numbers falling very rapidly in many parts of the world this year (India being a good example), far outpacing vaccination.

Re. India – according to a French Deputy (Wonner), in India people are given immune-boosting kits that include zinc and Vitamin D, which may well be the reason for the decline in Covid infections.

2/2/21:

Covid vaccine side effects in Israel match trials

“So far, 3.1 million people in Israel have received the first dose of the vaccine, and 1.87 million have received both doses. The side effects that have appeared are more or less as expected from the clinical trials by Pfizer, maker of the vaccine that most Israelis who have been vaccinated have received. The side effects have mostly been light and transient, but there have also been some more severe cases. 6,575 people reported some kind of side effect, including local effects at the site of the vaccination, after receiving the first dose of vaccine. 3,592 people have reported side effects following the second dose. Side effects were more common among young people than old people, and slightly more common among women than among men. One possible effect that caused concern in relation to the vaccine was an allergic reaction. 1.4 people in a million [SF: 1.4 x 3.1= 4.34. 0.34 of a person…?] suffered anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, but not at the level of life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Another 2.9 in a million [SF: i.e. 9 ] experienced respiratory difficulties. All were treated with no long-term injury. None of these effects was reported after the second vaccine dose. Other reported allergic reactions are recognized as light reactions, such as swelling in the respiratory tracts, runny nose, redness, an accelerated pulse rate, tingling sensations, and so on. A further concern was over possible neurological effects. A total of 180 people out of all those vaccinated felt paresthesia (pins and needles) in various parts of the body after the first dose, and 69 after the second. 30 people suffered from partial or total facial nerve paralysis, but most of them have recovered. One person suffered facial nerve paralysis only after the second dose. It should be noted that facial nerve paralysis occurs among the population even without vaccination, and with similar frequency (15-30 cases per 100,000), but the phenomenon is being monitored because in both Pfizer and Moderna’s trials there were more instances in the trial group than in the control group. In addition, eleven people reported attacks of herpes (and another four after the second dose), eleven reported a metallic taste in the mouth (and another eight after the second dose), eleven reported convulsions (these people were not given the second dose), four reported a transient ischemic event (probably not caused by the vaccine, but there is no way of knowing), and two people reported having lost consciousness. Fewer side effects of all kinds were reported after the second dose. One reason could be that people who experienced the same reaction for a second time did not report it again. The main transient systemic effects were headaches, reported by 328.8 people in a million (it is likely that many more people experienced headaches but not with a severity that made them report them as a side effect), 93.2 in a million felt dizziness, 60 in a million suffered muscular aches, and 59 in a million reported a fever. Other less common effects were pains in the joints, nausea, stomachaches, tremors, sore throat, runny nose, and coughing. As mentioned, these are symptoms that appeared close in time to the vaccination, not necessarily because of the vaccination. As far as local effects are concerned, 883 people in a million reported pain at the site of the vaccination (many more people probably experienced pain but not at a level that would justify reporting it). 129.3 in a million reported swelling, and 124.6 in a million reported restricted movement in the days following vaccination. 22.8 in a million reported a change in skin color at the vaccination site, 11.5 in a million reported swollen lymph nodes. Other effects with a lower incidence were subcutaneous nodules, subcutaneous inflammation, rash, itch, and abscesses. Some of these effects were the result of the needle not being inserted properly, and were not from the vaccine itself. At any rate, they disappeared within a few days. After examining the data, the Ministry of Health has not seen fit to change its recommendations on which groups to vaccinate; the recommendation to become vaccinated applies to the vast majority of the population.”

It must be noted that this was after a relatively short period of time; longer term effects have yet to be reported. And though this was published the day after the following incident, it doesn’t mention it, presumably because there was no proof of a link between the vaccine and the illness (how many other incidents have been left out because of this lack of proof? and what would proof look like? are they, in most cases, even capable of proving direct links?):

01/2/21:

Today (Monday) a 19-year-old boy was reported to have contracted myocarditis just five days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine for corona

The doctors who treated him noted that without treatment, his condition could have worsened and led to heart failure. Referring to the case, Dr. Abdulhadi Peruji, a pre-emergency medical director who treated the young man, noted that it could not be determined with certainty that myocarditis developed as a secondary result of the vaccine, as coronary heart disease can also cause the disease. …This case may cause panic in the public, due to the fear that the corona vaccine may lead to myocarditis in other vaccinators as well. We checked with Prof. Yehuda Adler, a cardiology expert and dean of the School of Health Professions, the Academic Center for Law and Business in Ramat Gan and a corona consultant to municipalities, whether this might indeed be a possible response to the vaccine. “I do not know the details of the case in question, but as far as I understand it is a case of myocarditis, a few days after the second vaccination. First, it is not certain that the vaccine is the cause in this case. There may be that another viral infection or corona infection, are the ones that caused the inflammation – since five days is a short period of time for the vaccine to start working. However, it is not impossible that the inflammation was caused as a result of an immunological response to the vaccine itself”

15/1/21:

COVID-19 vaccine: 13 out of nearly 2 mil. Israelis suffer facial paralysis

“Some 13 people have experienced mild facial paralysis as an adverse after taking the COVID-19 vaccine, the Health Ministry reported, and estimates are that the number of cases could be higher. Health officials have raised questions about whether or not to administer the second dose to these individuals, but the Health Ministry is recommending that the second dose be given. “For at least 28 hours I walked around with it [facial paralysis],” one person who had the adverse effect told Ynet. “I can’t say it was completely gone afterwards, but other than that I had no other pains, except a minor pain where the injection was, but there was nothing beyond that.”As for receiving the second dose, he admits he is undecided, but says that “it is important to note that this is something rare, and I don’t want people to avoid getting vaccinated – it’s important.””I recently came across, for example, someone vaccinated who was dealing with paralysis, and decided not to give her a second dose,” Prof. Galia Rahav, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Sheba Medical Center told Ynet. “It is true that it can be given according to the Health Ministry, but I did not feel comfortable with it.”She added that, “No one knows if this is connected to the vaccine or not. That’s why I would refrain from giving a second dose to someone who suffered from paralysis after the first dose.”The Health Ministry stated, however, that the second dose should of course be only provided if and when the paralysis passes”

More about this

“The Israel Medical Association today (Thursday) addressed an urgent letter to the Epidemiology Division of the Ministry of Health in which it demanded that the second dose of vaccine not be given to vaccinators who experienced the side effect of paralysis in their face [SF: ie contradicting the Health Ministry’s advice that the 2nd dose should be given once the paralysis has passed] . Dr. Zion Hagai, and the director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Shamir-Assaf Medical Center, Dr. Miriam Weinberger, demanded to receive the cumulative data on the side effect, claiming that the mechanism of development of paralysis [medical term: Patsialis] is not yet known. Another similar matter “We will have to vaccinate the children as well, otherwise we will not reach herd immunity” More than 29 million people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus worldwide – a drop in the number of vaccinated alongside a sharp increase in the number of new infections. A letter sent to the director of the Department of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Emilia Anis, reads: “We are trying to understand on what basis the recommendation to continue vaccinating with a second vaccine is also based on those who suffered from an allergic reaction or facial nerve paralysis. Concern has been expressed that since the mechanism of the development of paralysis is unknown, how can we be sure that it will not return or worsen? “. Earlier it was learned that 13 Israelis, as far as is known so far, who were vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the corona virus developed shortly afterwards the “Bell’s paralysis” – paralysis of the facial nerve also known as patialis. According to a report this morning (Thursday) by Adir Janko in Yedioth Ahronoth, doctors in the health system estimate that there have been more such cases in practice. It has also been reported that as a result, there are disagreements among doctors as to whether those vaccinated should receive the second dose of vaccine or temporarily avoid it. The position of the Ministry of Health is: “A vaccinator who suffers from paralysis can receive the second dose. In general, those who suffer from a new disease should delay receiving the vaccine until after recovery. The cause of the appearance of paralysis, in most cases, is unknown. Also in a study conducted by Pfizer prior to obtaining approval for the use of its vaccine, the phenomenon was documented among several vaccinated experimenters. The report quoted Dr. Miriam Weinberger, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Assaf Harofeh-Shamir: “We do not know what the mechanism of this paralysis is and whether it is related to the vaccine or not. Some experts are debating whether it is really right to give a second dose after Patsialis and on what basis the recommendation is based. Routine treatment for psoriasis is by steroids, but when steroids are given, it is not possible to give the second dose of vaccine on time and it should be delayed until the end of steroid treatment. In addition, we ask ourselves whether it is right to give a second dose if the patient has developed a complication of paralysis when we do not know what is the mechanism that caused it to appear. We are asking for more information and we will contact the Ministry of Health and Pfizer in this matter. ” Prof. Galia Rahav, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Sheba Medical Center, added: “I believe that the conditions for recommending a second dose to those who have suffered this type of reaction have not yet matured. “According to the Ministry of Health, it can be given, but I did not feel comfortable with it. No one knows whether the complication is related to the vaccine or not. It is not yet clear whether this is really a more common complication.” In addition, last night (Wednesday) it was reported in the Channel 12 news that four people aged 80-70 and over in Israel who were vaccinated, all with complex background diseases – died after receiving the vaccine. Yesterday, according to the same report, a 75-year-old woman from Lod who suffered from many and complex background illnesses was found lifeless in her home for about two hours that she was vaccinated with the second dose. The Ministry of Health is investigating the incident as well as its three predecessors and no connection has yet been found between the death and the administration of the vaccine. About two weeks ago, a 75-year-old from Beit She’an died of a heart attack at his home, two hours after receiving the first vaccine dose for Corona at the HMO. The Ministry of Health investigated this incident and reported that it was known that the vaccinator had a history of previous heart attacks and it is estimated that there was no connection to the vaccine he received. Another case is of an 88-year-old from Jerusalem who was vaccinated and died two hours later. Hadassah Mount Scopus reports that he suffered from complex and severe long-term background illnesses.”

It should be pointed out that trials of Pfizer’s vaccine did not include the over 70s or pregnant women.

“Trust me – I’m a doctor”

10/01/2021:

A young man who was vaccinated against corona developed a rare inflammatory syndrome

The 23-year-old suffered from multiple systemic inflammatory syndrome in response to a corona vaccine. Khaled Abu Sabitan from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem was vaccinated two and a half weeks ago and the next day he began to suffer from various symptoms. Within a short time, his condition deteriorated and he was taken to a clinic and then transferred
to Hadassah Ein Kerem. Prof. Dror Mevorach, director of the internal medicine department and director of the corona department at the hospital: “Khaled arrived in a very difficult situation, in real life danger. We diagnosed him with a multi-systemic inflammatory syndrome, a rare syndrome known so far only after coronary heart disease, and now for the first time it has appeared after vaccination.” “This is an immediate harm to some of the body’s systems: heart failure, kidney failure and the hemodynamic market,” said Prof. Mevorach. “The guy came to us with low blood pressure and was in mortal danger. The signs were obvious and we suspected the syndrome, which we confirmed in various tests we performed immediately.”
An interview with Abu Sabitan, a social worker at the Jerusalem municipality, revealed that less than 24 hours after the vaccination, he developed symptoms of fever, vomiting, swelling of the neck and general weakness. He was vaccinated as part of his role in a vaccination campaign for welfare workers in the city. Prof. Mevorach emphasized: “At this stage, after Khaled’s release from the hospital, we will continue to monitor his condition at Hadassah every week and ask him to wait upon receiving the second dose.”

7/1/21:

Everything they forgot to check and tell about the vaccine for corona

[SF: I have not included the references provided in the footnotes]

“Dr. Michal Haran, an expert in hematology and internal medicine, a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University School of Medicine, raises significant questions about the results of the Pfizer coronary research published by NEJM and points out the “holes” in the data on vaccine efficacy and safety…

The global pandemic, in all its aspects, has created an urgent need in the countries of the world for an effective and safe vaccine. Pfizer was the first to reach the finish line and summarize the results of a 2-3 phase trial within a few months. These results were presented to the FDA and received emergency approval. The decision was that despite the short time (the study was designed to last two years), there is enough information to decide with a reasonable degree of certainty that the efficacy significantly outweighs the risk. The material submitted to the FDA as well as its discussions were open to the general public. The results were also published in the prestigious medical journal New England Journal of Medicine. This combination of facts – the FDA’s stamp along with publication in such a leading newspaper – has made health authorities around the world feel confident about the vaccine. It is important to remember that this is a new technology that has not been used today in routine vaccines. …”This is the first time to the best of my knowledge where it has been openly stated that the study was planned, carried out and published by the pharmaceutical company, with the lead author being an employee of the pharmaceutical company” Reading the article published in NEJM reveals significant issues that are difficult to ignore and that can not help but raise significant question marks about the study. First, although for many years there has been an unhealthy relationship between physicians who publish results of clinical trials in leading journals and pharmaceutical companies (2), this is the first time to the best of my knowledge that the study was openly planned, conducted and published by the pharmaceutical company. … One of the topics that has received wide publicity is the effectiveness of the vaccine, of 95%. However, it is important to ask what is behind this number. Everyone agrees that the most important thing in eradicating the plague is to prevent infection. Well, it’s surprising to find that this has not been tested at all. Most surprisingly no test was done on the amount of people who have an active respiratory virus, not even a PCR test was done for the presence of the virus, although the main problem in this epidemic is infection by people who have no symptoms (3) and this is the main reason for masks, closures and frequent Tests. Instead, a very narrow end point was chosen for people who also have symptoms that are suitable for Corona and their PCR test is positive. This, without taking into account the level of accuracy of the test which can also vary from laboratory to laboratory.

The impressive figure for 95% efficiency is not an expression but a relative risk. Using the absolute risk index would reveal that this is an efficiency of 1% ” When you are not satisfied with the data in the article but go to examine the information in the report submitted to the FDA, it turns out that there was a large group of people with symptoms that fit Corona, when the difference between the groups was not very significant (about 1,800 in the placebo group compared to about 1,500 in the group This group was given the title suspected covid and even when two people who received the vaccine came to the hospital with chest X-ray findings, they were not reported to have coronary blues in a severe condition (since their PCR test was negative) nor as a grade side effect. 4 (as would be required in a person who has been hospitalized after receiving the vaccine). That is, the impressive 95% efficacy figure expresses nothing but relative risk, or in other words the ratio between the number of patients diagnosed (and we will mention again that these are people who had both symptoms and a positive PCR test) in the two groups. Using a more accurate absolute risk index would have revealed that it was an efficiency of 1% (see details in Peter Dushi’s article on BMJ’s blog). That is, the impressive 95% gives us no relevant information about the effect of the vaccine on the rate of infection (remember that this was the main goal of vaccine development in the first place, in order to achieve an effective herd vaccine in a short time) and presents very limited information on clinically significant indices such as Intensive Care – a simple calculation reveals that the vaccine should be given to 7,000 people to prevent one such event – or mortality.

Well, it can be argued that antibody formation in the general population is also important. But even with regard to this important figure, there is a worrying and conspicuous shortcoming. Surprisingly there is information about the immunological profile of only a very small number of volunteers in the first phase (5) and it should be remembered that this is a selective group of relatively healthy and young people. This information is important not only for evaluating efficacy (i.e., developing antibodies at the level required to confer protection) but no less important for possible vaccine risks. “It is known that mRNA may reach liver cells, so we would expect to have a liver function test, as well as other laboratory parameters (blood count with differentiator, kidney function, electrolytes, inflammatory indices, etc.). Neither in the article nor in the material submitted to the FDA is given Find the results of such tests ” These important indices were examined only in a selective population. Or in other words, we have no information as to whether a nursing senior living in a nursing home will have an immunological profile that ensures efficacy and safety. We also do not have such information about people with background diseases that are known to have an effect on the immune system. Vaccine safety, missing data and forgotten side effects Regarding the safety of the vaccine, one of the most notable data is the results of laboratory tests. This is particularly surprising in light of the fact that already in the selective group in the first phase, mild disturbances in the blood count were found (5). In addition, it is known that mRNA may reach liver cells, so we would expect there to be a test of liver function as well as other laboratory parameters (blood count with differentiator, kidney function, electrolytes, inflammation indices and more). Neither in the article nor in the material submitted to the FDA can such test results be found. It is also unclear how the authors of the article decide based on a follow-up period of about two months that “the safety of the vaccine is the same as the safety of other vaccines.” This is a new technology, which in contrast to existing vaccines to date involves the transfection of muscle cells by a genetic material. This technology has been tested to date in a very small number of participants and has so far not reached Phase 3. One of the dangers known and reported in the literature in such a situation is the development of severe autoimmune diseases (7) that cannot be ruled out in such a short follow-up period. Surprisingly, there is no reference at all to this problem in the article. The authors of the article recognize another significant danger which is vaccine mediated disease enhancement which is of great concern due to the fact that to date there has been no success in the development of vaccines against corona (including in pets) due to this problem. This is a very serious phenomenon because paradoxically, the person who is immunized develops a much more serious disease (with a very high risk of mortality) when he is exposed to the virus.

AIDS patients are more likely not to develop antibodies against the virus and are also at higher risk of developing autoimmune diseases or tumors of immune cells. Creating a misrepresentation of their inclusion in the study creates confidence about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine ” This problem is particularly worrying when it comes to a population of young and healthy people whose risk of getting seriously ill if they become infected with corona is almost negligible. The authors of the article refer to this danger as a “theoretical” problem that they believe has been proven to be non-existent based on the study data, which included ten patients defined as having a serious illness, with only one reaching a respiratory condition and none dying from the disease. It is also unclear the difference between the number of AIDS patients reported in the article and the number of AIDS patients listed in the safety tables submitted to the U.S. Drug Administration (160 vs. 1). There is a great deal of significance to this issue because AIDS patients are at high risk in several respects. First, they have reverse transcriptase that can lead to the conversion of RNA into DNA and thus cause unwanted and unplanned genetic changes. It should be remembered that this is a synthetic RNA that has been engineered and it is difficult to predict what will happen if its base sequence undergoes incorporation into the DNA. In addition, these are patients who suffer from severe dysregulation of the immune system. That is, they are more likely not to develop antibodies against the virus and are also at higher risk for developing autoimmune diseases or tumors of immune cells. Creating a misrepresentation of their inclusion in the study creates confidence about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. In conclusion, the way in which the data in the article was brought to the attention of the medical public creates a false sense of security regarding the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. This is extremely worrying because this article is not intended for experts in the field but for the general medical public, including those who are in senior positions in various health ministries around the world. In view of the importance of the matter, letters were also sent to the newspaper as well as to other parties to warn of this.”

17/2/21:

From here: “According to data from Pfizer , 0.6% of vaccinated subjects presented “serious adverse events” and 0.1% “life-threatening events”. So far, official statistics say that 2.22% of those who have Covid die. On that basis you could say that Covid is roughly 22 times more lethal than the potential effect of the vaccine on the 109 million people (roughly 1.4% of the world’s population) who officially have had Covid. However, 2.22% of 1.4% = 0.0311%. That is, so far just over 0.03% of the world’s population has died from Covid. On that basis Pfizer’s vaccine could potentially kill a bit over 3 times more people than Covid has killed for the moment, but Pfizer would have to vaccinate the whole world, and Covid would have to stop infecting people totally, for the comparison to be valid.

16/2/21:

Israel: Google Translate + T.’s adjustments of an article about quarantine hotels that appeared on 14/02/2021

Petition to the High Court: The forced quarantine in hotels is tantamount to abduction and unlawful imprisonment

Lawyers claim in their petition that this is “detention without a factual and legal basis”, and say: “A person in detention must see a judge within 24 hours – the isolated stay in a small room for ten days without the possibility of leaving”.

“I was in the Metropolitan prison for five days,” says Iris, 56, from the center of the country, about her stay in an isolation lodge at the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv. “There was a pungent smell of urine, dirty bedding, a filthy shower, lots of dust I was allergic to and even blood stains on the curtains. When I complained about the smell of urine they sent me an air freshener.”

On January 25, the skies of Israel were closed and returnees from countries where there was a risk of infection with one of the mutations (Britain, Denmark and South Africa) were sent to quarantine in hotels. On February 7, the government decided to apply the obligation of quarantine in hotels to returnees from all countries of the world. Today, the Corona Cabinet approved in principle an outline according to which 2,000 people will be allowed to land in Israel every day, who will be sent for quarantine in hotels that will continue to be operated by the Home Front Command. At the cabinet meeting, the prime minister was asked to consider the possibility of considering a prison sentence for anyone who refuses to evacuate to a hotel upon his return from abroad, given the fact that many people who land refuse to board the buses to the quarantine hotels and police are required to intervene in evacuations.

It seems that the burden on the hotels with the opening of the outline will only exacerbate the problems that already exist in solving the isolation of hotels for returnees from abroad. “They are not equipped with cleaning and hygiene equipment, and people are not provided with soap or disinfectants and do not have the option of washing,” reads a letter sent as a pre-High Court by attorneys Batya Zacks, Yaron David, Shirley Hagadish and Rita Price. A petition to the High Court that will be filed in the coming days on their behalf claims that the forced quarantine in hotels is tantamount to abduction and unlawful imprisonment.

A situation has arisen in which the quarantined are detained, in practice, in a manifestly illegal detention, abducted by the administrative authority, without any factual and legal basis, contrary to all the rules of natural justice, and for this reason it is lawful to settle for domestic isolation instead of state isolation.” Written there.

What are you crying about?

By law, you must stay in solitary confinement for 14 days from the moment you return to Israel. The duration of quarantine can be shortened to 10 days, provided that a negative result is obtained in two corona tests. In addition, as stated on the website of the Home Front Command, which operates the quarantine hotels, passengers who hold a vaccinated certificate or a recovery certificate, which appear in the Ministry of Health systems, are expected to receive an exemption at the airport from staying in a quarantine hotel. If no exemption is given at the airport, it says, they will be transferred to a quarantine hotel and can apply to the Exceptions Committee for spending the quarantine at home.

Iris’ story suggests a gap between statements and actions. The day before returning to Israel from Dubai, she was found positive for Corona and transferred to a quarantine hotel in the Emirates. Ten days later, with a recovery certificate from the Emirati Ministry of Health and confirmation of two negative corona tests, Iris booked a place on a rescue flight from Dubai, confident she would be sent for quarantine at her home, where she lives alone.

“When I was informed at Ben Gurion Airport that I would go to a hotel, a Home Front Command representative said to me, ‘You were enjoying yourself there, what are you crying about?’ He also said ‘maybe your recovery certificate is fake’, instead of checking it out with the Emirates.”

While at the hotel, Iris submitted two applications to the Exceptions Committee of the Ministry of Health, requesting to be released for home quarantine while noting the fact that she was diagnosed with post-trauma and dealing with fibromyalgia. Despite the opinion from the family doctor her requests were denied. She received the message in a phone call to her hotel room and not in writing.

“I ran out of the medications I took with me to Dubai, after I stayed there ten days longer than expected. The insurance company sent generic medications that did not suit me and my mental state deteriorated. In the Metropolitan I got into situations where I cried, screamed, experienced post-traumatic seizures, and nothing interested the Home Front Command. I felt treated as a liar and a deceiver. Even when I was sent for a serological examination, it was said in the hotel’s announcement ‘Room 319 to go out’, the attitude was as if I was a number and not a person.”

“On Wednesday I felt like something was going to happen to me. I called the reception and no one answered for a quarter of an hour. I had the phone number of one of the soldiers, I called and woke him up. He realized my condition was bad and tried to get the soldiers at the hotel for me. I fainted. I woke up with tremors, with my tongue hanging out. The soldiers said that at the hospital they would put me back on my feet return me to the hotel, but the paramedic shouted at the hotel manager that I could not be left there in these conditions. That day I was released to my home quarantine. “

“I stayed here as a guarantee”

In a petition demanding the abolition of the automatic quarantine obligation one learns that complaints have been received about inedible food and people with allergies who have received food that endangers their lives, as well as complaints from parents of young children that the state forces to stay in quarantine in small hotel rooms without proper equipment.

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Chai Izarski has been in a hotel for a week. He returned from Budapest with his wife Veronica, a one-year-old baby and a four-year-old girl. “When we were informed at Ben Gurion Airport that they would take us to a hotel, I asked the policewoman there if there was any equipment for the baby, we were assured that nothing would be missing.”

The family arrived by bus at the hotel in the middle of the night. “We waited an hour until the crib arrived, there was no baby dining chair and bath. In addition, there was no baby formula for him. I gave my credit card to the soldier who would go and buy us a baby formula and he came back with the wrong type.”

In the following days their son began to suffer from rash, vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, he was hit in the face by a dresser corner that is in a room that is not suitable for a continuous stay of children. “The Home Front Command recommended to the Ministry of Health Exceptions Committee for home quarantine for us, but the Ministry of Health rejected the request,” he says. “On Wednesday, we submitted another request to the Exceptions Committee. Finally, we were told that one of the parents could be released for home quarantine with the sick baby and that the other parent and the girl would remain quarantined in the hotel room. Needless to say, the four-year-old suffered more than all of us from a stay in a room that is hardly possible to move in. “

Following another appeal by the Home Front Command’s social worker to the Ministry of Health, it was agreed to release Chai’s wife for home quarantine along with the two children. Chai remains in quarantine at the hotel and is expected to be released on Wednesday. “I feel like they left me here as a guarantee,” he says, “but the point is that the baby has normal food at home and the girl has her own games and space.”

“The emergency regulations have created a situation here where there is one body within the Ministry of Health – the Exceptions Committee – which is the only one that determines and no one can appeal its decisions, and the decisions are hallucinatory at the root and there is no one to talk to,” he concludes.

The IDF spokesman said that “as for the Izarski couple, when they arrived at the hotel, soldiers from the hotel staff left late at night in order to provide them with equipment and food adapted for babies as quickly as possible.”

No judicial review

“There is a law according to which every person who is in custody must see a judge within 24 hours of his arrest,” says Adv. Yaron David, one of the submitters of the appeal. “In the situation that has arisen we see citizens who are obliged to stay in a small room without the possibility of leaving it for all this time, and the decision to place them there is not subject to any judicial review.”

Ariela and Yosef Guetta from Ashdod returned to Israel on Friday from France, after Yosef underwent knee surgery there. They are in a double room at the Dan Panorama Hotel with a six-month-old baby girl.

“We’ve been here three days and are going crazy,” says Ariella, “there is hardly room to move and my husband has to keep his knee active after the surgery. He has to put ice on it but the freezer in the room cannot contain the amounts of ice we need.”

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“Our baby falls asleep every day at six in the evening. In order not to disturb her sleep we turn off the lights in the room and sit down to eat and pass the time in the shower. We can only talk there or on the balcony of the room. We applied to the Exceptions Committee yesterday. In those conditions, we initially hoped to move to a larger room, but the Home Front Command did not approve.”

After we requested a response from the Ministry of Health in the case of the Guetta family, the couple informed us that they had been approved to leave for home quarantine.

5000 Shekels and you can go home [SF: 5000 Shekels = 1,250 euros]

It turns out that not everyone who is obliged to quarantine in hotels stays in their room for ten days, and the authorities do not seem to be too excited about that either. Recently, a number of citizens left the hotels on their own, choosing to break the law and pay a fine of NIS 5,000 and not stay in solitary confinement in the motel.

“The soldiers cannot use force against us,” says Lilach, who returned to Israel last week on a rescue flight after spending a month in the United States caring for her sister. “I was at the Dan Panorama Hotel for three days after the corona test I did in the field came out negative. The conditions there were significantly better than those I see at other hotels, but I was in mental distress.

“On my second night in the hotel, I called the soldiers and said that I was having anxieties. They replied that the social worker of the hotel would call me on Sunday and that in the meantime I could contact Eran [emotional first aid hotline – T]. They wanted to help but they have nothing to give a person in distress.”

“I am a conformist, law-abiding woman, but I felt imprisoned for no wrong. In one of the quarantined message groups, someone wrote that she had left the hotel and returned home. I decided that to run away too.

“I took the suitcase, passed the Home Front Command soldiers and told them ‘do not try to stop me.’ I took a taxi and got home. I was also called by the police, asked to stay in quarantine and informed that I would be fined. A friend who was staying at another hotel tried to do the same and police officers who were in the area returned her to her room. The next day, she tried again and succeeded.”

“I understand the fear, anxiety and worry in the country about the import of the virus and the mutations,” says Lilach. “But the solution is not imprisonment in hotels. Some returnees will agree to be even with electronic bracelet and not spend ten days in the harsh conditions of isolation. We should show flexibility towards returnees from abroad and choose the right solution for their medical and personal conditions.”

The Ministry of Health stated: “The Corona Recovery Procedure stipulates that anyone who enters with documentation of recovery from abroad will be placed in quarantine until a serological test – this is how we work with all those returning from abroad in accordance with the procedure.”

As part of the government decision, it was decided that all returnees from abroad move to hotels. These are the criteria for exemption from quarantine in hotels: Israelis who are vaccinated or have recovered from the virus, people over 70, unaccompanied minors, supported and disabled with significant functional difficulty and wheelchairs, pregnant women beyond the 20th week, people accompanied by guardian, exceptional humanitarian cases – funeral.

Discretionary criteria: People who do not meet the criteria and have sufficient medical reference in the field will be examined by a representative of the Ministry of Health in the field status, people who do not meet the criteria and have no reference will be transferred to hotels through the Home Front Command. Each case will be examined on the merits and in the case of minors we will examine whether there is a guardian or supervisor with them who can provide an answer. The three cases were examined in accordance with these criteria and the references they attached.”

The IDF Spokesman’s response: “The quarantine and recovery center at the Alon headquarters has been operating and managing the Corona hotels in a professional and dedicated manner for the past 11 months. The Home Front Command’s reserve personnel work day and night, with professionalism and dedication, in order to give the best and optimal response to those staying in the Corona hotels. The hotels have social, psychological and medical factors that help and respond to any event if necessary. As for the families who come to the hotels, the size of the room given to the family staying in the hotel is adjusted to the amount of people in the family. Quarantined who are sent for medical treatment are then sent back to the hotel according to procedures. The responsibility for the medical care of those staying at the hotel lies with the HMOs, each for its insured in accordance with the policy established by the Ministry of Health. The Home Front Command will continue to act in a professional and extensive manner in the fight against the virus in the civilian space, for the health and well-being of the citizens of Israel.”

15/2/21:

Interview in French with Dr. Raoult

Some bits of what he said about France:

In 2020 there were less deaths of the under 65s than in 2019, but a bit more amongst those over 65.

The West of France is not much effected, whereas the East is very effected.

It has been known since 2018 that Remdesivir, the useless drug that has been produced by Gilead, is a drug that provokes mutations and variants (in an earlier interview he mentioned the possibility that Remdesivir was partly responsible for the English variant/mutation).

The English variant is more contagious but not more dangerous.

40% of PCR tests are false positives, and a “test antigénique” gives 30% false negatives – i.e. such tests are useless. There are machines being developed that can give mostly accurate test results within 4 minutes., but they’re hardly used.

The French government refused 3 proposals for clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine from his hospital in Marseille.

Doctors have been forbidden by the state to give prescriptions for any kind of drugs, other than recommending people for vaccination. This includes hydroxychloroquine, used for over 60 years against malaria, and Ivermictin (this was also mentioned in the interview with Dr.Perronne; see entry for 13/2/21 below).

In relation to vaccines, he favoured the traditional one coming from China (though he failed to mention the fact that they only had 2 stages of clinical trials before giving it to people), though wasn’t particularly critical of the new mRNA vaccines

He also showed some of his conservative political attitudes in saying that confinement in the period March-May 2020 (which he supported) stopped riots, whereas continued restraints on normal life today may provoke riots. However, it’s not because of his crap politics (for instance he showed interest in Michel Onfray’s “Popular Front” magazine project, an anti-globalisation journal that includes mostly people on the Right, though with an occasional Leftist) that I find much of what he says interesting, but because of his medical knowledge and experience. As I’ve said before, Hitler and his scientists proved that smoking caused cancer long before it became an admitted fact in “democratic” countries – that doesn’t mean we should therefore be in favour of tobacco.

Re. what he says about the West of France:

I live in the South West, Occitanie. So far there have been 2925 deaths attributed to Covid in this region over what would roughly be the equivalent of 2 flu seasons. The deaths from flu in the winter of 2016-2017 were roughly 2300. In the period 2017-2018 they were 2550. Do the maths and compare the madness of the constraints (6pm to 6am curfew, for example, did not exist during those flu seasons).

13/2/21:

Interview with dissident doctor (subtitles in English) on situation in France

Lot of interesting things said here, though so far I’ve not verified them by looking at other sources :

1. Variants/mutations are not increasing the mortality rate (confirmed here, a French article which implicitly indicates how disappointed the experts are with this finding because it prevents them from justifying a further lockdown in France).

2. Doctors prevented from prescribing any drug cure (not just hydroxychloroquine – HCQ – but also Ivermectin, used in loads of countries throughout the world)

3.”Informed consent ” forms were only given to to be signed by those in nursing homes, not by those in hospitals.

4. The Recovery research into HCQ, the main basis for dismissing HCQ, was flawed in several respects –

a. Excessively high and potentially toxic levels of the drug were used in the research (apparently justified by the leader of this who referred to HCQ being used in such high doses against amoebas, when he’d obviously confused HCQ with hydroquindine).

b. There was no transparency – the final total results weren’t revealed.

c. The study was stopped when some researchers found that HCQ definitely had a beneficial effect.

Also says that in France the 3 professors who are the mainstay of televised scientific debates on Covid, TV’s main propagators of vaccines and of opposition to HCQ and Ivermectin, respectively receive 130,000 euros, 170,000 euros and 540,000 euros from the pharmaceutical labs and especially from Gilead, the lab that produced remdesivir, the drug that was dismissed as useless (and possibly dangerous) by the WHO back in November, after a billion euros had been paid to the company by the EU, a drug still used in the UK at least up until mid-December. Gilead also provided the money for the majority of other trials of HCQ, invariably saying it was useless.

Just received from Israel by email, some translated comments from the Israeli author Gabi Nitzan:

From the first month, all virus data was engineered using the most primitive and blatant technique available: when you want an increase in “morbidity,” you increase the number of tests per day, when you want a decrease, you test less. Whenever someone from within the system tried to raise a doubt or question, his metaphorical head was immediately beheaded. Remember MK Yifat Shasha Bitton from the Likud [SF: she was removed as head of the the Coronavirus Committee, ostensibly because she was absent too often, but in fact Netanyahu had wanted to get rid of her before this pretext because she questioned, and merely questioned, aspects of the lockdown; repeated but inconsistent absence had never before been used as a reason to sack someone from any government committee in Israel]. Did you hear what happened to Professor Eitan Friedman? [Apparently Friedman was fired/agreed to leave his post in Shebe hospital, probably due to his – rather soft – critique of lockdowns and the way the coronacrisis is managed. There was also a thing with the Israeli branch of the Helsinki Committee of which he’s the chairperson – they originally claimed the Pfizer-vaccine campaign is in fact a clinical trial on human beings, but after the noise around this declaration he softened his tone].

And how many “projectors” and professionals have already been replaced, each time the former subdued by the remnants of his conscience? Every additional day here is another crime against the citizens. Shin Bet surveillance on our phones, police officers violently arresting surfers at sea and handing-out fines to half a country that is still struggling to survive (only during the last lockdown over 50,000 fines were recorded, and the Minister of Police boasted that Israel is a world leader in this Olympic industry), police checkpoints turn what’s left of our lives into a hell entirely made of deliberate abuse, and a semi-military curfew is prolonged with the flick of one parliamentary sitting. Tens of thousands of families will not recover from these decrees for years. People commit suicide, children rot at home, families fall apart, souls crack. All throughout this time we see photos of senior government, police and health-ministry officials having a blast without masks and without distance, flattering rabbis and peeing from every springboard.

And the climax – the Israeli government secretly signs an agreement with a pharmaceutical corporation, which explicitly states that we will serve as a global test site, and the manufacturer will have no legal responsibility for damages and possible victims. Parts of the agreement are still blacked out, but it is enough to read what is explicitly written – that we are an experimental country; and there is an astronomical quota of shots that must be pushed to quickly meet the conditions. The secondhand car salesman also got us a great deal in exchange for our consent to be the world’s guinea pigs – buy a shot, pay for two. And suddenly pregnant women are pushed to offer a shoulder to jab on, and a moment later they are already storming on youth and soldiers (a population for whom the most dangerous phenomenon of the corona is a sneeze). No choice, Pfizer is waiting for her pound of flesh, prepare your babies.

At the same time, one of the most malicious inventions of this dark period emerged – the “green passport”. As in China – your rights are granted or denied depending on the level of compliance with the regime.

And meanwhile in Balfour [demonstrations named after the street where Netanyahu resides], corona is a bad word. There is only a stubborn handful who insist on demonstrating about it, and receive from most protesters a treatment that ranges from the cold shoulder to real hostility. Why? I identify two main reasons:
1. Because many of the protesters, vigilant people who have long been aware of the level of corruption and deception of the regime – question everything except the brainwashing of the plague. The fear of the “end of humanity” and the terrifying prophecies of thousands of corpses in the streets seeped inside.
2. So that the protest would not be identified with “science deniers”, “conspiracy theorists” and “flat-earth delusionals”. And so Balfour completely served the defendant’s [Netanyahu] goal – to label all critics as crazy and cast them out of society.

When did the protest turn against the dictatorship of the virus? Only when there was a threat against the the continuation of the demonstrations. This is how an unspoken agreement was made – we will continue to demonstrate, but we will not mention the mammoth in the room. Will you deprive our children of their childhood? We’ll shut up. Will vacationers be arrested at sea? Not our concern. Surveil our phones, hide your discussions from us, abuse us on the roads, destroy the culture, sell us to a drug company, punish conscientious doctors, close the airport (but keep crowded flights to Dubai and Uman), print Green Loyalty Certificates – that doesn’t concern us.

I’m not a science-denier, I love science. Science deals mainly with questions. Every attempt to answer a question paves the way for a thousand new questions and invites discussion, research and plurality of opinions. Science is not a chemical company with a dark and corrupt history, science is not the pharmaceutical lobby.

Calling those who object to the wholesale injection of a new substance into populations to which corona does not pose any threat “anti-vaxxers” is like calling those who are unwilling to base their diet on junk food “anti-food.”

Inside Israel’s War Room Combating COVID Vaccine Fake News

“Among Arab communities, where vaccination rates are still lower compared to the general population, there is also great concern about vaccination due to rumors and false information. The Health Ministry has launched a large street campaign in these communities, with the message: “Over one hundred million vaccinated people around the world can’t be wrong. Go get vaccinated.” Along with the campaign, Arab doctors have been recruited in order to further the spread of reliable information about the vaccine.”

Cyprus, Nicosia: clashes over Covid1984 restrictions and over corruption

12/2/21:

From an email by S.:

I just recently read the pamphlet “Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers” by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English which offers some very interesting and relevant historical perspectives concerning the rise of the western medical profession and its deployment of science. Even more interestingly, it proposes the recovery of an alternative way of relating to health and medical expertise which was suppressed by the rise of this — evidently patriarchal & bourgeois — profession and science by reconnecting to the best aspects of the buried proletarian (predominantly) female traditions of the past. Although the booklet is written by and specifically for women, I recommend reading the whole thing — it´s less than 50 pages and contains much that is of general interest to all those who have been alienated from any autonomous knowledge and control over the conditions determining their own health. Here are some quotes to pique your interest:
“We learned this much: That the suppression of women health workers and the rise to dominance of male professionals was not a “natural” process, resulting automatically from changes in medical science, nor was it the result of women’s failure to take on healing work. It was an active takeover by male professionals. And it was not science that enabled men to win out: The critical battles took place long before the development of modern scientific technology. The stakes of the struggle were high: Political and economic monopolization of medicine meant control over its institutional organizations, its theory and practice, its profits and prestige. And the stakes are even higher today, when total control of medicine means potential power to determine who will live and will die, who is fertile and who is sterile, who is “mad” and who sane… [and today, who can travel and who must stay in virtual house arrest, who can access basic social services and who can´t, who can work and who must join the surplus population, and so on… — S].
The question is not so much how women got “left out” of medicine and left with nursing, but how did these categories arise at all? …the real answer is not in this made-up drama of science versus ignorance and superstition. [My emphasis — particularly relevant concerning the way “conspiracy theory” is today used as a blanket slur to dismiss all critical thought — S] It’s part of the 19th century’s long story of class and sex struggles for power in all areas of life. When women had a place in medicine, it was in a people’s medicine. When that people’s medicine was destroyed, there was no place for women—except in the subservient role of nurses. The set of healers who became the medical profession was distinguished not so much by its associations with modern science as by its associations with the emerging American business establishment. With all due respect to Pasteur, Koch and the other great European medical researchers of the 19th century, it was the Carnegies and Rockefellers who intervened to secure the final victory of the American medical profession.
In terms of medical skills and theory, the so-called “regulars” [i.e. professionally qualified doctors] had nothing to recommend them over the lay practitioners. Their “formal training” meant little even by European standards of the time: Medical programs varied in length from a few months to two years; many medical schools had no clinical facilities; high school diplomas were not required for admission to medical schools. Not that serious academic training would have helped much anyway—there was no body of medical science to be trained in. Instead, the “regulars” were taught to treat most ills by “heroic” measures: massive bleeding, huge doses of laxatives, calomel (a laxative containing mercury) and, later, opium. (The European medical profession had little better to offer at this time either.) There is no doubt that these “cures” were often either fatal or more injurious than the original disease. In the judgement of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., himself a distinguished physician, ´if all the medicines used by the “regular” doctors in the US were thrown into the ocean, it would be so much the better for mankind and so much the worse for the fishes´. [We might question how much, besides the details, has really changed between now and then, in the light of the fact that according to Johns Hopkins University — a source liable to provide the most conservative estimates possible — more than 250 000 deaths a year are due to medical mistakes, making modern medicine the third biggest killer in the USA today… according to this fascinating review (https://chiro.org/LINKS/FULL/Death_By_Medicine.html), the true number could be as high as a million deaths a year (more than double the covid deaths — and this every single year), making it the biggest killer in the country… but what follows is where things get really interesting — S]
The lay practitioners were undoubtedly safer and more effective than the “regulars.” They preferred mild herbal medications, dietary changes and hand-holding to heroic interventions. Maybe they didn’t know any more than the “regulars,” but at least they were less likely to do the patient harm. Left alone, they might well have displaced the “regular” doctors with even middle class consumers in time. But they didn’t know the right people. The “regulars,” with their close ties to the upper class, had legislative clout. By 1830, 13 states had passed medical licensing laws outlawing “irregular” practice and establishing the “regulars” as the only legal healers. It was a premature move. There was no popular support for the idea of medical professionalism, much less for the particular set of healers who claimed it. And there was no way to enforce the new laws: The trusted healers of the common people could not be just legislated out of practice. Worse still—for the “regulars”—this early grab for medical monopoly inspired mass indignation in the form of a radical, popular health movement which came close to smashing medical elitism in America once and for all.
The Popular Health Movement of the 1830’s and 40’s is usually dismissed in conventional medical histories as the high-tide of quackery and medical cultism. In reality it was the medical front of a general social upheaval stirred up by feminist and working class movements. Women were the backbone of the Popular Health Movement. “Ladies Physiological Societies,” the equivalent of our know-your-body courses, sprang up everywhere… The emphasis was on preventive care, as opposed to the murderous “cures” practiced by the “regular” doctors… The Movement was a radical assault on medical elitism, and an affirmation of the traditional people’s medicine. “Every man his own doctor,” was the slogan of one wing of the Movement, and they made it very clear that they meant every woman too. The “regular,” licensed, doctors were attacked as members of the “parasitic, non-producing classes,” who survived only because of the upper class’ “lurid taste” for calomel and bleeding. Universities (where the elite of the “regular” doctors were trained) were denounced as places where students “learn to look upon labor as servile and demeaning” and to identify with the upper class. Working class radicals rallied to the cause, linking “King-craft, Priest-craft, Lawyercraft and Doctor-craft” as the four great evils of the time. In New York State, the Movement was represented in the legislature by a member of the Workingman’s Party, who took every opportunity to assail the “privileged doctors.” The “regular” doctors quickly found themselves outnumbered and cornered. From the leftwing of the Popular Health Movement came a total rejection of “doctoring” as a paid occupation—much less as an overpaid “profession.” …by the 1840’s, medical licensing laws had been repealed in almost all of the states. [my emphasis, to highlight the massive social traction this movement gained in its time — S]
To us, the most tantalizing aspects of the Movement are: (1) That it represented both class struggle and feminist struggle: Today, it’s stylish in some quarters to write off purely feminist issues as middle-class concerns. But in the Popular Health Movement we see a coming together of feminist and working-class energies… (2) The Popular Health Movement was not just a movement for more and better medical care, but for a radically different kind of health care: It was a substantive challenge to the prevailing medical dogma, practice and theory. Today we tend to confine our critiques to the organization of medical care, and assume that the scientific substratum of medicine is unassailable. We too should be developing the capability for the critical study of medical “science”
What can we learn from the past that will help us—in a Women’s Health Movement—today? These are some of our conclusions:
♣ Men maintain their power in the health system through their monopoly of scientific knowledge. We are mystified by science, taught to believe that it is hopelessly beyond our grasp. In our frustration, we are sometimes tempted to reject science, rather than to challenge the men who hoard it. But medical science could be a liberating force, giving us real control over our own bodies and power in our lives as health workers. At this point in our history, every effort to take hold of and share medical knowledge is a critical part of the struggle— know-your-body courses and literature, self-help projects, counselling, women’s free clinics.
♣ Professionalism in medicine is nothing more than the institutionalization of a male upper class monopoly. We must never confuse professionalism with expertise. Expertise is something to work for and to share; professionalism is—by definition—elitist and exclusive, sexist, racist and classist. In the American past, women who sought formal medical training were too ready to accept the professionalism that went with it. They made their gains in status—but only on the backs of their less privileged sisters—midwives, nurses and lay healers. Our goal today should never be to open up the exclusive medical profession to women, but to open up medicine—to all women.
♣ This means that we must begin to break down the distinctions and barriers between women health workers and women consumers. We should build shared concerns: Consumers aware of women’s needs as workers, workers in touch with women’s needs as consumers. Women workers can play a leadership role in collective self-help and self-teaching projects, and in attacks on health institutions. But they need support and solidarity from a strong women’s consumer movement.
♣ Our oppression as women health workers today is inextricably linked to our oppression as women. Nursing, our predominate role in the health system, is simply a workplace extension of our roles as wife and mother. The nurse is socialized to believe that rebellion violates not only her “professionalism,” but her very femininity. This means that the male medical elite has a very special stake in the maintenance of sexism in the society at large: Doctors are the bosses in an industry where the workers are primarily women. Sexism in the society at large insures that the female majority of the health workforce are “good” workers—docile and passive. Take away sexism and you take away one of the mainstays of the health hierarchy. What this means to us in practice is that in the health system there is no way to separate worker organizing from feminist organizing. To reach out to women health workers as workers is to reach out to them as women.
All of this is well and good. I would say however, based on the history of second-wave feminism, that it doesn´t go far enough, and the limitations inherent in the thinking here participated in the limitations of the female liberation movement in general. Why, if women health workers were and could again be champions of a “people´s medicine” which has been suppressed by modern medicine in collusion with the working class, should they rely only on female consumers? Might their attacks on health institutions not have gone further if, rather than limit themselves to “women’s needs as consumers”, they decided to break down the distinctions and barriers between women health workers and all healthcare consumers, not just female ones — if they, as their predecessors once did, addressed themselves once again towards “the people”, whose needs, male and female alike, are just as miserably let down by the current male-dominated medical profession as they were in the 19th century and earlier, just in different ways? How much stronger might their struggle have become if they had attained support and solidarity not only “from a strong women’s consumer movement”, but from a strong working-class healthcare consumer´s movement in general?
…The women´s health movement of the 60s/70s represented, in my view, the most radical practical critique of hierarchies, specialisation, elitism, professionalism, and ideological mystification in terms of science and medicine we have in recent history. If we are going to envisage a renewed critique adequate to our times, it is essential we consider the strategic and theoretical limitations of this movement, as well as its many great strengths. Without any grounding in the concrete historical experience of subversive social movements, I feel that critiques of science and medicine today are doomed to remain as rootless and ineffectual as a discussion between a psychologist and a political philosopher (however interesting the points raised in such a discussion may be). [SF: a reference to the entry for 9/2/21 below].

France: reports coming in of severe flu-like symptoms as side effect of AstraZeneca jab and high blood pressure from Pfizer-BioNTech

According to some TV coverage, such effects amongst healthcare workers (in particular in Rouen, Poitiers and Brest) are making many of them decide not to have the second dose.

10/2/21:

Israel to Spend Millions to Fight what it considers Fake COVID News as Vaccine Drive Slows

“The Health Ministry plans to spend millions of shekels over the next several weeks on encouraging younger Israelis to get vaccinated, in part with information campaigns to battle the rumors, disinformation and conspiracy theories about the vaccines on social media.

“Together with our efforts to increase vaccination rates in the 50-plus group, we have to pay attention to the 16-50 group,” says Haim Fernandes, the director of Leumit Health Care Services, one of Israel’s four HMOs. He says that in January, the 16-50 group accounted for half of all COVID-19 patients and 25% of those with severe illness. “There are appointments available, people aren’t running to sign up,” he says about opening the vaccine drive to the 19-35 age group. “It’s not the pace it was when it was [only] the 60-pluses. We can send another text message and call them but I estimate that in the end the big push will come from incentives such as the ‘green passport,’” Hernandes says.

Maccabi Health Care Services says 53% of members aged 16-18 and 38% aged 19-35 have received at least one dose or have scheduled an appointment. The network has the capacity to administer about 60,000 vaccinations per day, but is only giving around 20,000 now. “There are various motivations that cause people to get vaccinated,” says a Maccabi employee who requested anonymity. “If up to now everyone who was vaccinated wanted to be protected or to protect their family, now we have to talk about ‘What’s in it for me?’ If the green passport is in the works, it should be done quickly. When you take a 25-year-old guy who feels safe, the way to get him to take the vaccine is through the ticket that will get him into the soccer stadium,” the source says.

…the Health Ministry plans to launch an information campaign that will include not only providing science-based sources but also monitoring and even removing web pages spreading disinformation about the vaccines. The police have even been called in to deal with anti-vaxxers who schedule vaccine appointments they have no intention of going to for the purpose of forcing the centers to discard unused doses…

The chief nursing officer at Meuhedet Health Services, Mali Kusha, notes that vaccination rates among the network’s pregnant members dropped after the Health Ministry issued a recommendation, later withdrawn, implying that the vaccine was inadvisable during the first trimester….

The low overall vaccination rate in Israel’s Arab community – 19 percent, compared to 41 percent in the population at large – is cited repeatedly by health officials. For over-60s, the rate is 56 percent, compared to 85 percent among all Israelis in that age group. In Kseife, a Bedouin community in the south, the overall vaccination rate is just 3 percent, and 19 percent for people 60 and up. In Arara in the Negev (there is a community with the same name in the north), the respective figures are 5 percent and 22 percent. The rates are similar for other area communities.”

The main problem with many “anti-vaxxers'” attempts at criticism of the vaccination programmes is that they repeatedly say that the state is putting microchips into people’s bodies. Such bullshit distracts from and helps confuse the genuine reasons for refusing the current absolutely new vaccination technology (see any amount of articles about this below or in January) and helps dominant society dismiss all arguments, including the perfectly sane ones, against the vaccination as “conspiracy theory nutters” etc.

9/2/21:

Interview with a psychologist

SF note: obviously this, being an interview with a psychologist by a political philosopher, is limited by the specialisms of both and of the narrow history that the psychologist has developed as a result of his choosing to see and express things through psychology, as well as having a largely middle class lifestyle that minimises the misery of the first lockdown for those lower in the hierarchy. Nevertheless, it expresses and brings together many interesting aspects of the last year and of the potential future, even if it doesn’t bring class into the equation. Because of various criticisms, notably from a close friend but also elsewhere, I’ve taken down this interview but have put a link to the translation for those who want to read it.

Another report showing that the vaccines only suppress symptoms and do not stop either yourself being infected or you infecting others

UK: travellers from ‘red list’ countries will have to pay £1,750 for 10-day hotel quarantine More about this here.

“The health secretary said those placed in hotel quarantine will “need to remain in their rooms and of course will not be allowed to mix with other guests”. He added there would be “visible security in place to ensure compliance alongside necessary support”. Those who fail to quarantine in a designated hotel face fines of up to £10,000 while anyone who tries to conceal they had been in a country on the “red list” in the 10 days before returning to the UK will face a prison sentence of up to 10 years, Mr Hancock said. “People who flout these rules are putting us all at risk,” he told MPs.”

This is the same “Health” secretary who back in April 2020, just a few days after having had Covid, openly coughed and sneezed whilst opening a hospital without covering his mouth.

Eire: armed guards to be placed at quarantine hotels

The future arrives: “hotel of the future” (Marseille 2009)

8/2/21:

Germany: secret documents show how The Ministry of the Interior directly manipulated data on pandemic to justify repressive measurements

Translation:

“WELT AM SONNTAG was able to gain access to a voluminous correspondence: In the first peak phase of the pandemic, the services of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer influenced researchers. As a result, these provided results for a spectacular “secret document” from the ministry.

During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the Federal Ministry of the Interior called in scientists from several research institutes and universities for political purposes. He instructed researchers from the Robert Koch Institute and other institutions to create a calculation model on the basis of which the authority of the Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) wanted to justify severe measures in connection with the Coronavirus.

This is what emerges from an internal correspondence of more than 200 pages between the management of the Ministry of the Interior and the researchers, which WELT AM SONNTAG was able to obtain. A group of lawyers obtained the electronic correspondence in connection with a dispute with the Robert Koch Institute that lasted several months.

In the exchange of emails, for example, the Secretary of State at the Home Office , Markus Kerber, asks the researchers to develop a model on the basis of which “measures of a preventive and repressive nature” could be planned.

According to the correspondence, the researchers, in just four days, developed in close coordination with the ministry the content of a document, which was declared secret, and which was disseminated via various media in the following days.

In this document, a “disaster scenario” was calculated, according to which more than a million people in Germany could die of coronavirus if social life continued as before the pandemic”.

SF: With deaths so far in Germany, clearly these measures have saved over 900,000 lives (just as the pink, purple and black flag hanging outside my house has stopped an invasion of elephants in the small town where I live).

Plausible explanations for how/why the mutations and variants have come about: here (published in French, January 7th)

“The variant that poses the problem today is named N501Y, and is located in the RNA of the virus, modifying the spike protein, making entry into human cells easier. It is mainly present in England, as well as in South Africa, but also in Brazil since April. These 3 countries feel that they are out of control today. We may well follow. AstraZeneca’s vaccine has undergone phase 3 trials with 4 teams: 2 in England, 1 in South Africa, 1 in Brazil, which started officially on April 23 (and since August 31 in the USA). [..] Can the vaccine + SARS-Cov-2 infection produce a mutant by DNA mixture? That said, viruses mutate on their own without necessarily needing to be in a relationship, but this coupling helps to create little ones, and the coincidence is disturbing. We should look at the problem and get the answer quickly. “- from THE MISSING COUNCIL! (rough translation)

This hypothesis seems to be confirmed here.

The United Kingdom made a mistake which favored the emergence of this new variation: they vaccinated massively while the epidemic was very active, and they delayed the second dose of the vaccine to 12 weeks”, notes the biologist Claude-Alexandre Gustave. This graph shows the evolution of the number of Covid-19 cases detected per day in the United Kingdom, since the start of the vaccination campaign on December 8. In almost two months, nearly 10 million injections were given in the UK, far more than any other European country, as the virus circulated actively, with nearly two consecutive weeks at over 50,000 cases recorded per day.

Evolution of the number of new cases of Covid-19 detected.

“Vaccinating massively while the epidemic is active will inevitably lead to the selection of immune escape mutants capable of resisting the vaccine”, adds the biologist. The risk of “generating mutations” was known as a risk about which the National Center for Information and Knowledge on the Coronavirus of Israel had alerted, which stressed that mass vaccination could “lead to ‘evolutionary pressure’ on the virus and generate mutations”.”

If the mutation 484K is due to vaccination why would the 501Y mutation which made the English variant appear not be due to clinical tests for Remdesevir or for the AstraZeneca vaccine? I have no answer of course, but the hypothesis seems plausible.

UK: bosses could force workers to become part of vaccination guinea pig programme

Chile Santiago: police station torched after cops kill guy arrested for not wearing a mask

7/2/21:

Worth looking at for those who speak French: this video of dissident French doctors, which says, amongst other things, that official state statistics have attributed 438 deaths in Europe as being probably due to anti-Covid vaccines (not seen the whole of it myself, but it was recommended).

4/2/21:

France, Lyon: youths chuck bottles and stones at cops fining someone for non-respect of curfew

Belgium, Liege: report on night-time demos against Covidiotic curfews

Just received: article attacking government decree forcing doctors to submit to the government’s medical/scientific council

On December 24, a symbolic day if ever there was one, he [Jean Castex, the French PM] attacked freedom of expression for doctors by publishing a decree amending Article R. 4127-19-1 of the public health code in order to prohibit doctors expressing opinions divergent from the official doxa (the one endorsed by the council of the College of Physicians) [doxa in French means a collection of opinions received without discussion, opinions that seem obvious]. It will remain to be seen what is the doxa of the council of the order, which has no scientific or medical function, and theoretically only has to settle ethical issues between doctors and between practitioners and / or patients…

-The effectiveness of chloroquine administered early is becoming more and more evident every day despite fake studies that try to make believe otherwise. Malaria-endemic countries whose populations take chloroquine every day suffer infinitely less from Covid than we do (mortality 15 to 100 times lower). India, which is the country with the largest number of infections in the world (more than 10 million) but which has used HCQ [hydroxychloroquine] widely, and even in prevention for caregivers and those most at risk, has eight times less deaths per million inhabitants than us (113 / M vs 948 / M), Russia 3 times less…

– Wearing a mask outdoors does not protect those who wear them. The only randomized prospective study published (DanMasq19 study) on the subject by Danish doctors who wanted to demonstrate its usefulness, nevertheless showed that it provided no statistically significant protection.

– In asymptomatic people, current PCR tests, when they are positive, cannot confirm infection or contagiousness. Rather than ruining social security by misleading tests, it would have been much more effective to isolate the sick (those who suffer, who cough …)…

Report on deaths related to new forms of vaccine

3/2/21:

Text translated from this, published on December 23rd:

Good evening, band of lonely hearts,

I write to you in the grip of gloom and maybe one day of joy when, re-reading these lines, I will find myself ridiculous. Nonetheless, the feeling of an urgent need to share a collective hug and shoulders to cry on is very real right now. The lack of perspective and the all-too glaring slide into a world where physical distance, interaction with more screens than people and muzzles become the norm plunges me into a worrying depressive lethargy. I have a neighbor who is going mad, consumed with the anguish of self-confinement. A barely pubescent and obese neighbor who wears pants with ripped bottoms and smells of grime. That’s what I see on the scale of my life. What does that mean on the scale of a city?

As an artist, I usually see the beauty in what surrounds me … I can’t do it anymore. I see misery, eyes protrude from masks looking at you like a porcelain dog. I saw a school bus in which there were small children and some were masked and were looking at me out the window. I felt like crying. Freedom costs € 250. I’m ready to lose my savings. This is the only small revolt I can manage to maintain for now.

I feel lonely and yet I’m sure there are others thinking at home, saying “Curfew! We agreed to a curfew!?”, as if a virus were more virulent after 10 p.m.… Then we reassure ourselves by telling ourselves that elsewhere it is worse… We are forbidden to meet. Why are we not more organized? Me first. I have ideas, I can’t find the strength to implement them. I’m running out of acolytes. I should shout a who wants to play with me?”, like when I was a kid.

I read a line in a book that I’ve rewritten so as to fit with our situation: We don’t want a world where the certainty of not dying of Covid is exchanged for the risk of dying of despair

Everyone in solidarity with everyone-for-himself. When a renowned virologist comes up with an already existing drug with which he has had good results, he is called a charlatan, but we are promised that a brand new vaccine, when it arrives, will do wonders! Until then, let the sick people stay sick and locked in their homes until it passes or it gets really bad so they can be put on a ventilator, and then they can cope with the after effects!

The old, infantilized, do not decide for themselves what their last days will be like, a loneliness imposed on the pretext of a longer life expectancy. Survival. My nan has always feared loneliness more than death. But the worst thing is to die alone. Because the choice of their death isn’t left to them either, they will die alone or surrounded by masked spacesuits. I take my nan in my arms at her request and with my greatest pleasure, but I am a health terrorist… I will not go to see her if I am sick, just as before I would not have done so with a nasty sore throat or a bout of flu, but I could have already spun germs many times before during a time of fragility, and poof! she would have died; before I wouldn’t have been made to feel guilty for it, today I do. Officially, it’s better not to spend months with her than to enjoy the time that we have left, the length of which we do not know.

If in April, the message of the posters in town were: “Let us take our distance so that later we can hug each other”, today we have already switched to the safe service ad far from each other and from happiness so as to be able to hide the piece of parsley stuck between your teeth and not to have to hesitate to eat garlic thanks to the mask, yay! (We had never praised these merits about the burqa, but let’s move on).

They are even convincing us that a truly obedient people like that of China has succeeded in getting rid of the virus thanks to the good participation of its citizens, by failing to say that they live under a totalitarian regime and that it’s been quite a while since they’ve no longer had the right to question anything. If you agree to be tracked and controlled, you will live virus-free and you can go to a nightclub; on the other hand, if you don’t listen when you are ordered to stay at home, you will be severely punished.

What will be the consequences of all this? Teleworking, wearing a constant mask, cash disappearing without warning, replaced by “contactless” payment, which is equal to the new relationship between humans “without contact”, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters, but with your mask… I don’t understand what you’re saying, so you’d have to get closer, but then we no longer respect the imposed social distancing, so in the end we no longer speak to each other … Well, yes, behind a screen (have you seen Wall-e? – humans who can’t walk, who just eat, their eyes riveted on their screens?).

What will be the consequences of the repeated recitation on radio and television of the increasing number of cases (well, those tested positive)? What about Netflix to fill the void? Will the behavioral, physical, sociological and psychological consequences engendered by the management of this health crisis really weigh less in the balance than the damage caused by Covid? Is this question not asked in public debate – are we just saving ourselves the surprise for later by claiming that this is the most important thing above all? And what is most important?

Tinder is still active and the prostitutes are still working – will the need for physical contact also become a one-click consumption? What about the need for a simple hug relayed to a paid sex exchange? Will we touch naked and masked bodies? Will our physical exchanges no longer have a face? Or will we impose a standard relationship model: a husband, a wife, married, share a conjugal bed and having a maximum of two children to have a number that fits well in a bubble and guaranteed relationships “without external microbes, yuck!”.

The countries which suffer from great poverty, from famine, do not care about Covid. Do we have to come to this? When people have to choose between earning money to eat and the risk of catching Covid, will they defy the prohibitions? And is that when a minimum wage will be introduced for everyone? Once it is too late – like the hospitals that have been left to decay for years? And what should we give up or what should we accept in return? A compulsory vaccine? A permanent listing of all the people we have dated? A trace, of the virus of course, not of people, (even if the virus is carried by people), but that begs the question in a democracy where one of the last private things we have left is disease? And if it’s not mandatory, will we be denied access to certain places, as is the case now if we do not have a mask? No entry to the stores if you’re not a little green stickman on a smartphone app?

Why do I feel that asking all these questions is inappropriate, if not forbidden in a democracy where the right to freedom of expression is defended? Where is the debate? The nuances? Divergent opinions? Why we have the impression that we are walking on eggshells and that we are going to take a flurry of insults when we want to expose that we have the feeling that our freedom has been forgotten for an indefinite time (soon it will be a whole year) and worry about losing it for good? Why, in a democracy, are we afraid to express that we are more worried about the measures imposed on us and their repercussions in the short and long term, on our physical and moral health and on the divisions they create within the population, than of Covid itself? Why, if I express all this, am I playing a heartless person who wants to kill his neighbor with hugs and kisses?

Julie

Translation of part of this (from 31 December 2020):

Publicity Campaign

A small clarification on the effectiveness rates of vaccines posted with
great publicity: 90, 95, 98%. I have the impression that we are abusing
public opinion, and our leaders (easy). Indeed, conventional vaccines,
which are less effective, raise the question of a second injection to
strengthen immunity, for example Astra Zeneca claims an effectiveness
rate of 70%, but which could reach 100% with two doses. However, RNA
vaccines immediately offer 2 injections. Is it to hide insufficient
efficiency? Wouldn’t they be more effective than those that show 60 to
80%? From what I’ve read on each one, it seems obvious to me, and this
display is a deception, it’s a publicity battle.

Moreover, no one knows what the terms of protection will be. We even give
the protocol to vaccinate those who have already had Covid, which is
to say the confidence we have in this period of immunity. So multiplying
the doses by 2, renewing every 6 or 12 months, is to multiply the risks
[the possible dangers from the new vaccines] by 4.

A Bad “Good and Only” Solution

We have staked everything on a single product whose positive or negative
effects we do not know beyond 2 months, knowing that it may have some.
We have ignored, despised, hid the other possibilities of struggle, we
have been wrong about many things for months, result: the French no
longer have any trust, more than 60% do not adhere to official doctrine. This is
enough to cover the elders (with more suggested than informed consent),
which will probably decrease mortality in this population, but
insufficient for herd immunity, yet everything has been bet on the
vaccine and that immunity. It won’t work.

There is also the problem of transfers. We have already seen the great
ease of mutation of Sars-Cov-2, more than 1000 mutations described,
fortunately not in a bad sense, except for the latest which is more contagious but
not more nasty, but everything is possible and feared. Laboratories and
authorities are trying to reassure on this point, but they know it very
well, this virus, like all influenza coronaviruses, is a permanent
mutant, and all vaccines will therefore be regularly obsolete like those
for winter flu.

After these disturbing remarks on these genetic vaccines, to make the
balance, never refusing adversarial debate, the only one which
advances towards the truth, here is a clear synthesis, of a learned
society, the Society of infectious pathology, aimed at reassuring
the population about the vaccine. Allow me also to underline what brings
us together, and what opposes us, each will form their own opinion,
everything is on the table: very reassuring, yes, but let us note
however that the mutations that can make the current vaccines
ineffective are not denied. , that the appearance of autoimmune
diseases is not denied, with a laconic “not observed” (after 2
months), while contesting those concerning those of neighboring proteins
that may be targeted (syncytin). The possibility of complications
after 6 months is ignored, ignoring that it sometimes takes years
to demonstrate them (see the thousands of narcolepsy from the H1N1
vaccine, and the hundreds of children who have died from Dengvaxia), and
finally, the existence of viral recombinations is not developed.

The bet might be a winner, but what if it isn’t? What consequences if it
loses? Especially when there are other alternatives, either immediate
medication (see what’s happening in nursing homes that treat), or
vaccines? In conclusion I will repeat the introduction of my colleague
quoted above, quoting Dr Ryan, Executive Director at WHO: “If there is
one thing more dangerous than a bad virus, it is a bad vaccine”.”

2/2/21:

Delaying second dose of Pfizer jab may leave elderly at risk of catching South African variantor worse

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

march 2021 (Covid1984)

Chronology

JanuaryFebruary2020 here

This is a chronology not based on the date the information was published but based on the date I received it.

It should be clear that I am not in accord with the ideological aspects of the content of many of the articles I link to.

31/3/21:

Belgium – judge orders lifting of all Covid-19 measures within 30 days

This article with the title “Don’t Hope – Agitate!” rightly questions the naive optimism of those who think a court decision can seriously challenge the government [Google translate]: “It’s like telling the troops that the enemy has withdrawn. Lowering their guns and guard at the same time, they would now no longer be able to see that a rival faction is ready to assault them from an ambush. The same is likely to happen with the “big news” of the day: “State condemned to lift all covid measures within 30 days”. It’s hard to imagine that in 30 days we will be out of the state of bewilderment into which the government and its media have plunged us for a year. Of course, sometimes justice does its job, but the separation of powers is more a matter of fable than reality. As for the fine of 5,000 € per day, it will be necessary to read until the end to discover that the total amount cannot exceed 200,000 € … peanuts for the state. What if the social body, weakened by the good news, was more inclined to be fooled? Remember in the Netherlands, when the court in The Hague ruled that the Dutch government should end the curfew in force, while the riots against the covid measures were in full swing: the same day, the Dutch Court of Appeal suspended the judgment. The article in Le Soir… ends today’s article with a note that could not be clearer: “It would be surprising if the state did not appeal this decision. Note that the “pandemic” law, intended to put an end to these problems, will be debated this Wednesday afternoon in committee in the House ”. So here we are reassured: the state will not stay with this decision (it would be naive to believe, when behind these liberticidal policies, there is something other than a simple reactivity to a “pandemic”)….”

29/3/21:

Official Covid deaths globally now 2.78 million

That is, approximately 0.035% of the world’s population. But 2.18% of those officially infected (127m.). I say this because most figures confuse the percentage relative to infection with the percentage relative to population. This is a significant death rate but not at all the same as the Great Plague, the Spanish flu (which killed 2.7% of the world’s population) or HIV/AIDS (which has killed 0.6% of the population from 1981 to today), nor as compared with annual child mortality rates globally. The death rate is roughly the same as the child mortality rate due to starvation globally. Hard to know the annual rate of child deaths due to easily curable diseases, but about a million kids die each year of TB, for which there are cheap cures. Estimates for a combination of malnutrition and easily curable diseases are about 8 million deaths of children annually.

28/3/21:

Israel to purchase 3.5 billion Shekels worth of more vaccines

“The Ministry of Health demands that the government convene to discuss the purchase of vaccines – in secret. The ministry demanded to discuss the transfer of seven billion shekels to the health system. In addition, the ministry wants the ministers to sign a secret partner form that will prohibit them from discussing the
issue in public”. 3.5bn shekels= just under 900 million euros.

27/3/21:

Report in Hebrew on Artemis Annua as cure for Covid

Google translate (Sheba is the name for Artemis Annua in Israel):

“Is it possible that Sheba treatment can help patients Corona? Why then is there no scientific proof of this?

I will start by telling you briefly about the Sheba plant. It is a plant that has a large number of varieties all over the world, named in Latin artemisia, and in many cultures its different varieties have been used to treat epidemics in traditional medicine.

The published variety is the one that grows in China and is called artemisia annua. This plant was found by a Chinese doctor and scientist named Yu-Yo-Tu to be effective in treating malaria and this discovery also won her the Nobel Prize. Other varieties are grown in Africa, Israel and America.

In China, Corona patients have been treated from the outset by combining conventional Western medicine with traditional Chinese medicine, including the Sheba plant.

This plant is also used in Africa to prevent and treat corona patients. Even in Israel, a small study was done on a natural preparation extracted from it called artemisin C. In Germany, too, they showed interest in the plant and tested its activity on the corona virus in vitro. Ask then why not a serious double-blind study was conducted with a large number of participants to test its efficacy in corona patients? The reason for this is simple. Such research requires huge budgets and for what comes from nature it is not possible to patent and reimburse these expenses later on. This is true not only for this plant, but also for many other herbs and spices for which there are small studies that show their activity in vitro or a small number of patients. Therefore, anyone who wants to use only a treatment whose effectiveness has been proven beyond any doubt in double-blind multi-participant studies will probably never use treatments that originate in nature.

There are a number of claims that are often used by those who oppose the use of herbs and spices.

1. If it was really effective, there would have long been producers of this drug.

2. If it helps, then surely it also has side effects, because it can not be that something will affect a biological system just the way we want, without causing unexpected problems.

3. Anyone who uses herbs is opposed to science and progress.

4. Those who use herbs endanger patients because that is why they do not receive other medications that could have saved them.

5. There is no scientific proof of the effectiveness of any herb and so it is a scam to tell a patient that it can help him. I will try to answer each of the claims.

One of the things that has been understood in recent years is that not only the active ingredient is important, but also the packaging is important.

  1. It turns out, for example, that there are differences between original drugs and generic drugs even though the active ingredient and its composition are completely identical. In addition, there are more and more people who develop sensitivity to the various inactive substances. Beyond that, most plants do not have a single active ingredient, but a large number of substances that have different bonds between them. Even if we take the best scientists in the world, they will not be able to produce even the simplest plant out of nothing.
  2. A distinction should be made between poisonous herbs, and herbs and spices that are found in every kitchen. Most of the herbs used in folk medicine belong to the second group. These are plants that humans have probably learned to use and put into their food because of their beneficial effects on their health. They are not fundamentally different from foods that also have a biological effect. Today it is known that many foods not only have an effect in terms of being a source of energy and building blocks, but also have an effect that is a control over various processes in the body.
  3. Anyone who uses herbs is opposed to science and progress if he thinks there is no room for any other treatment. On the other hand, those who know when it is right to use them and when it is important to give medication only increase the tools available to them. The approach of Hippocrates and Maimonides is still true today, but many other tools have been added to it, which can and should be used intelligently.
  4. Non-toxic herbs, they usually have a slow and moderate activity and therefore in most cases are not suitable when more significant pharmacological activity is required. For example: a patient with pulmonary embolism or a blood clot in the leg will need to receive anticoagulant treatment and providing herbs in their place will indeed put him at significant risk. In contrast, in a patient with a chronic non-life-threatening inflammatory process, the use of herbs that can be obtained over time may overuse steroids or at least allow their dose to be significantly reduced.
  5. As I explained at the beginning there is and probably never will be a possibility to conduct a controlled multi-participant study on a medicinal plant, however understanding its mechanism of action (by testing its activity in vitro or identifying the active ingredients) or testing its effectiveness on a small number of patients in a low budget study is definitely possible. Therefore, as long as the patient is explained on what the thought the plant can be based and the patient understands that it is not a drug that has undergone several phases of research and has been approved by the FDA, there is no deception. Just as a salad or orange juice can be recommended to a patient. In addition, a physician’s personal experience in treating patients, or as it is called expert opinion, is also weighty, as there is no controlled study available that can give a scientific answer to a question. (See the Pyramid of Supported Medicine Evidence in the attached illustration).

And now I will return to the question of the use of the sheba plant as a treatment for corona.

First, the sheba plant belongs to a group of herbs that are found in gardens and kitchens. That is, a plant with gentle activity that is no more at risk than any tea or food we use in our daily lives.

Second, corona treatment is not yet acceptable, so the use of Sheba is not a proven and effective drug treatment. There are studies that have examined the mechanism of action and shown activity of the plant on the coronavirus virus in vitro and there are also small and low-budget studies on humans. There is already considerable evidence (including in small controlled trials) that early treatment of corona (before severe and life-threatening symptoms develop) affects the course of the disease and the risk of developing later complications. Therefore, I see no reason not to recommend this plant as part of the treatment of corona in the early stages before life-threatening symptoms have developed, as it is quite possible in light of all the above that it will affect the course of the disease and prevent complications. (As I did in the attached short video).

I emphasize again that when I recommend the use of this plant I explicitly say that there is no scientific proof (at the level of multi-participant double-blind studies) nor is there any approval from the Ministry of Health or the FDA to use it as a corona treatment so I do not mislead them.

I also note that although these are a small number of patients who decided to take my advice and try the use of the plant, to this day from my experience it has definitely helped improve symptoms, led to an increase in stature in those whose stature began to drop to potentially dangerous values ​​and none reached needy condition. For oxygen therapy or respiratory support. I also emphasize again the fact that the level of evidence is currently within the scope of expert opinion, combined with case series and case reports.”

It should be pointed out that last year in France the government banned the growing of Artemis Annua. Certain companies have flouted this ban and have sold it – at the exhorbitant cost of 1€ for 200 seeds.

24/3/21:

Germany: anarchist critique of aspects of the authoritarian management of Covid

Some videos recommended by a friend (not seen them yet)

23/3/21:

Interesting interview in French with dissident doctor

This doctor was for 20 years president of the “Caisse autonome de retraite des medicins de la France” (Autonomous retirement fund for physicians in France). He begins by saying the government has only recommended anti-coagulants and antibiotics and goes on to talk about a doctor who has treated 850 symptomatic Covid patients with azythromycine. Of these 850 patients 2 were hospitalised and nobody died. The French state remains silent about azythromycine and ivermictin. Andrew Hill, who has studied ivermictin says there was a 75% reduction in mortality” with its use, and apparently it reduces symptoms twice as rapidly as without its use. The study covered 2282 patients. India has distributed 150 million doses of ivermictin and has proportionately 3 times less deaths than France. Ivermictin is forbidden throughout Mexico apart from Chiapas, which has proportionately 4 times less deaths than the other states of the country. On top of all this, the doctor says that GPs throughout France have received an order from the government not allowing them to give sick notes to those who have Covid! Apparently, if people need sick notes they either do it themselves over the internet or they go to hospital. The government doesn’t want them to see their GPs for fear that they may give them azythromicine or ivermectin rather than paracetomol which the government recommends (paracetomol is not something one should take if one has a fever as it suppresses symptoms but also suppresses the body’s capacity to fight the virus). Prescription of ivermectin for Covid has been forbidden since the end of December, but they possibly fear that doctors may prescribe it claiming that the patient has another illness even if the patient has Covid.

Pertinent anarchist critique of “libertarians” who support lockdowns etc.

22/3/21:

Significant flaws in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial – letter sent to The Lancet but never published

“First, the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing the spreading of the virus and reducing infectivity, which is the most important factor in its ability to ameliorate the devastating effects of the pandemic, was not tested. Quite surprisingly, the effect of vaccination on overall number of virus-shedding individuals was not assessed, even though it is established that a significant fraction of the infected population capable of transmitting the disease are asymptomatic…The adverse effect section of the paper conspicuously lacks any laboratory studies, which is surprising based on the fact that in the phase I group there were abnormalities of blood counts …there is an unexplained discrepancy between the number of patients with AIDS that are reported as participating in the study and the number of such patients for whom there is available safety data (only one).”

T. writes:

The following letter was sent to The Lancet at the end of last December, by Michal Haran, M.D., Yitshal Berner, M.D. MPH, Moshe Royburt, MD, MHA:

Michal Haran is an Israeli Hematologist (with an immune-deficiency disease – or something similar, I’m not 100% sure – due to which she’s wheel-chair ridden) who I just recently heard about, following her involvement in the Corona debate in general and the debate about the Pfizer vaccine specifically. I respect her very much, especially her delicate and emphatic way of debating and the simple and down-to-earth way in which she presents her thoughts (mostly in Hebrew-language platforms). Needless to say, she’s ostracized by many of her colleagues and presented by most of the mainstream media as a “Corona denier” and “anti-vaxxer”…

About her:
“I am a senior hematologist. My areas of interest are: Thrombosis and hemostasis; Malignant and non-malignant abnormalities of the immune system with emphasis on CLL; Mitochondrial dysfunction in hematological malignancies; Environmental exposure and nutritional interventions in both hematological and neurological disorders. I am also interested in the humanistic aspects of medicine and the way in which we can preserve them in the face of the growing complexity of medical systems.”

Another post of hers from mid-December (rough translation):

“20 years ago I sat down with one of the scientists from the Weizmann Institute with whom I collaborated on a joint grant. I do not remember what I said that made him hurl at me: “You are not interested in science at all, what interests you is just to treat patients.” At that moment I was offended to the depths of my soul, but today in retrospect it is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. Even, while I was sitting writing a grant about a purely scientific study, what really preoccupied me was how it could help my patients.

I was reminded of that this morning while corresponding with a young doctor who explained to me why, despite all my concerns it is clear to her that she is going to get the new vaccine and recommend it to her patients.

This is what a doctor wrote to justify her decision.
“Corona is a terrible disease that threatens everyone. The vaccine means security, it is Progress, it is a belief in science and not in luck/amulets/religion/conspiracy theories and darkness.”

And that was my answer:

The phlegm of corona patients is viscous and sticky, so they have a “dry” cough. I treat patients who come to me with the help of: breathing exercises, inhalations, herbs (yes! Herbs whose effectiveness and safety have been proven in centuries of experience, without “scientific” RCT), vitamins and more. They really had a very unpleasant illness, they recovered gradually over a few weeks and none of them have so far have been admitted to a hospital. I am also doing research on other patients who have used similar methods. Out of 60 patients, one of them with chronic lymphocytic leukemia was admitted to a hospital, was on the verge of intubation and then started taking myrrh and frankincense oil and within a week went home.

This vaccine is produced with a new technology that intervenes in two super complex systems that we know about today 10 times more than 30 years ago and in 30 years we will know 10 times more than today. We have no real information (just guesses and wishful thinking about its effectiveness and safety), in an article published in NEJM there is a conflict of interest in white Kiddush letters. The FDA also does not think it can be approved anymore, because the company itself said that because it is a new technology needs a two-year follow-up, but because of the state of emergency it gives permission to give it as experimental treatment outside of research. (Similar to so-called compassionate treatments that can be routinely given by a Helsinki to a single patient or at least 29g with clear documentation in a file that explains why there is justification for giving experimental treatment that has not yet been proven effective and safe).

And you prefer to treat yourself and your patients with this thing because it is “scientific” and not dark and without conspiracy theories.

I prefer to trust nature, which is the smartest and most considerate scientist and has no conflicts of interests. It does not need status and does not need money, just wants to be allowed to live quietly and not produce more and more materials and inventions that gradually destroy it.

By the way, the reason why I have treated very few patients to this day, even though my son and I and other people built an interactive software that would allow us to treat many patients, is because it is “unacceptable treatment” so I can only treat people I contact personally with those who turn to me for help. I proposed this idea to a HMO center, but in the meantime I could barely get approval for a non-interventional study.”


The letter:

Significant flaws in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial

Michal Haran, M.D., Yitshal Berner, M.D. MPH, Moshe Royburt, MD, MHA.

The global Covid-19 pandemic has not only led to a harsh medical reality, more so in some countries than others, but has also devastated the economies of multiple parts of the world. It is therefore not surprising that a rush to develop vaccines for the disease has engulfed the world. Pfizer was the first to complete a (shortened) phase 2/3 trial, the results of which were reported in the New England Journal of Medicine 1. Unfortunately, this article reveals significant flaws in the conduction, analysis and reporting of the data and departs significantly from the usually high standards of this prestigious journal.

In fact, to the best of my knowledge it is unprecedented that the corresponding author of this paper is an employee of the sponsoring company. This immediately casts a long shadow on the objectivity of reporting in the paper and the editorial decision to publish it 2. Indeed, a careful reading of the work reveals multiple problems.

First, the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing the spreading of the virus and reducing infectivity, which is the most important factor in its ability to ameliorate the devastating effects of the pandemic, was not tested. Quite surprisingly, the effect of vaccination on overall number of virus-shedding individuals was not assessed, even though it is established that a significant fraction of the infected population capable of transmitting the disease are asymptomatic 3. Only a very narrow endpoint, of patients who meet both being symptomatic and having a positive PCR test was chosen. This does not take into account the significant inaccuracies of the PCR test 4. In fact, even the large group of patients with symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but PCR-negative (not mentioned in the paper but reported in the Pfizer FDA briefing document (www.fda.gov/media/144245/download), with very minor differences between the vaccine and placebo groups) was ignored. Thus, we are presented in this paper with a seemingly very impressive relative efficacy of 95%, which in fact gives us no information regarding absolute risk (blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/11/26/peter-dosh…, nor infectivity of the patients and very limited data regarding clinically significant end-points of severe disease, ICU admission or mortality. There is also no data regarding immunological studies in the various groups of patients. This data was only provided on a very small group of young and healthy patients in the phase I paper 5. This is important not only for efficacy, but also for assessment of the risk of unintended immunological sequelae. One cannot assume, based on such a small and selected group of patients, that there will be a good titer of virus-neutralizing antibodies and a favorable Th1/Th2 response in elderly patients or those with comorbidities known to have an effect on immune function.

The adverse effect section of the paper conspicuously lacks any laboratory studies, which is surprising based on the fact that in the phase I group there were abnormalities of blood counts 5. It is also known that mRNA vaccines can be transferred to the liver 6, thus one would expect that all blood chemistries including liver and renal function tests would be evaluated to ensure that indeed there is no risk of end-organ damage.

Understandably, the brief period of this clinical trial, two months, was an outcome of the general urgency caused by the pandemic. However, to conclude that “Safety over a median of 2 months was similar to that of other viral vaccines” is highly misleading. The mRNA vaccine technology is novel and as opposed to other vaccines, involves the transfection of cells with genetic material , and only phase I studies of such vaccines have been reported prior to this work. One significant and recognized risk of the expression of a foreign protein on self-cells is the induction of severe auto-immune reactions 7. Since there is no information on the distribution of the vaccine in different cell types and organs following intramuscular injection (in contrast, for example, to another vaccine candidate, for which such detailed information has been published 6), it is very difficult to assess the relevant risk. Certainly, a very short follow-up period does not provide a long enough time window to conclude that the risk for auto-immune reactions does not exist. The paper totally ignores this aspect.

The paper only briefly mentions the highly recognized risk of vaccine-mediated disease enhancement, which the authors are fully aware. They wave this risk off as “theoretical”, and assess it to be unlikely based on data from 10 patients over a very short period of time. Clearly, this significant risk should have been much more fully addressed.

Finally, the fast pace of the publication of this work has led to multiple inaccuracies. For example, it is unclear how two patients in the vaccine group who, as reported in the FDA briefing document (www.fda.gov/media/144245/download), were hospitalized with respiratory symptoms and findings in imaging studies, are not reported in the paper as severe adverse events. Also, there is an unexplained discrepancy between the number of patients with AIDS that are reported as participating in the study and the number of such patients for whom there is available safety data (only one). This is very important, as the inclusion of a significant number of HIV-positive patients purportedly alleviates the concerns of the potential risks in this patient population. These risks stem from with the significant immune dysregulation in these patients, as well as the potential reverse transcriptase activity that could inadvertently lead to the unwanted incorporation of the genetic material of the vaccine into the genome.

In Summary, the way in which the data is presented in the paper creates a false sense of security regarding the efficacy and safety of the mRNA vaccine. This is extremely concerning, as the publication of this paper is important in promoting the rapid approval of the vaccine in numerous countries. I believe that due to the enormous effect the results of this trial have on the entire population world-wide, steps should be urgently taken to clarify all those issues. …

References

1. Polack FP, Thomas SJ, Kitchin N, et al. Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine. N Engl J Med 2020.

2. Haque W, Minhajuddin A, Gupta A, Agrawal D. Conflicts of interest of editors of medical journals. PloS one 2018;13:e0197141.

3. Moghadas SM, Fitzpatrick MC, Sah P, et al. The implications of silent transmission for the control of COVID-19 outbreaks. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020;117:17513-5.

4. Woloshin S, Patel N, Kesselheim AS. False Negative Tests for SARS-CoV-2 Infection – Challenges and Implications. N Engl J Med 2020;383:e38.

5. Walsh EE, FrenckFrench video of March 6th conference of dissident doctors RW, Jr., Falsey AR, et al. Safety and Immunogenicity of Two RNA-Based Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates. N Engl J Med 2020;383:2439-50.

6. Zhang NN, Li XF, Deng YQ, et al. A Thermostable mRNA Vaccine against COVID-19. Cell 2020;182:1271-83 e16.

7. Pardi N, Hogan MJ, Porter FW, Weissman D. mRNA vaccines – a new era in vaccinology. Nat Rev Drug Discov 2018;17:261-79.

Some interesting reflections comparing modern capitalist medicine with pre-capitalist medicine

21/3/21:

French video of March 6th conference of dissident doctors

This conference got censored, but is now hosted here. Pdf of what was said here: conference-de-presse-210306

Belgium, Brussels: clashes as cops clamp down on unauthorised flashmob carnival in defiance of Covid rules

20/3/21:

The impact of outdoor air pollution on COVID-19: a review of evidence from in vitro, animal, and human studies

Israel to vaccinate 600,000 Teens Under 16

Holland, Amsterdam: cops use water cannons against Covid lockdown/curfew protesters

16/3/21:

Israeli vaccination law stalls…most fines handed out to Arabs depite lower infection rate…

“The passing of a bill that would allow obligating employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo an occasional COVID test has stalled for two weeks due to opposition from the education and finance ministries. Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced a month ago that he plans to enshrine this into law, but after the ministries expressed their opposition and legal challenges raised by the attorney general, there were no further attempts to advance the bill. The bill would obligate employers, including the state, to condition the arrival of an employee to the workplace on receiving a vaccine or presenting a negative test for the coronavirus. The bill would also apply to the Education Ministry and therefore to teaching staff as well.

Police handed out the most coronavirus fines in Arab localities in February, even though per capita infection rates in these localities were lower than they were elsewhere, according to data from the Enforcement and Collection Authority, which enforces police fines. An analysis of the data indicates that 37 Arab localities lead the top 40 localities list, with only three Jewish localities making the cut, and that there seems to be little connection between the per capita infection rate in these localities and the number of fines distributed. For example, in Modi’in Illit, where there were 46 patients for every 1,000 people, only 1.7 reports were given for the same number of residents as they were in Tamra, where 22 reports were given to the same number of citizens even though there were 10 patients for every 1,000 people. “

14/3/21:

Holland, The Hague: clashes on illegal anti-lockdown/anti-curfew demo

“Police have used water cannon and batons to disperse a crowd of several thousand anti-lockdown protesters gathered at a field in the centre of The Hague a day before elections in the Netherlands. The demonstration was broken up after the protesters flouted social distancing rules and ignored police warnings to disperse. Local media said several arrests were made during the clashes. ..The Netherlands has been under a tough lockdown since late January with gatherings of more than two people banned, restaurants and bars shut and with the first night-time curfew since World War II. Dutch authorities had on Sunday stopped train services to The Hague, the seat of government, to prevent more protesters from arriving. Police initially told people to go home and announced over loudspeakers that the event was over and warned they would break up the protest by force if necessary. …Before the protest was dispersed, several people carried a homemade banner emblazoned with the text in Dutch “Love & Freedom: No Dictatorship”. Many in the crowd, gathered at the central Maliveld field in the city, were holding yellow umbrellas in a show of opposition and chanted “love, freedom, stop dictatorship”.

13/3/21:

UK, London: Cops use Covid1984 restrictions to justify clamp down on demonstration against cop murder of woman

“Clashes broke out Saturday between police and people who gathered in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions at an unofficial vigil for a London woman whose killing has spurred a national conversation in the U.K. about violence against women. The hundreds who gathered on Clapham Common, near where marketing executive Sarah Everard last was seen alive on March 3, defied a police request to disperse and a judge’s order to honour her to draw attention to the fear and danger many women see as a daily part of British life. Everard disappeared while walking home from a friend’s apartment and was found dead a week later. The slaying sent shockwaves across the U.K. because a police officer is charged with her kidnapping and murder. Video of the informal vigil turned rally showed officers tussling with participants. Male officers grabbed hold of several women and led them away in handcuffs to screaming and shouting from onlookers”

More here “Many said they were only more determined to come after police effectively banned the vigil. “The irony of it is so explicit – are you going to drag women off the street for protesting about a woman being dragged off the street?” said Deborah Bestwick, 62.”

There’s also an irony in the fact that these demonstrators are calling for the cops to protect them. Reclaim the Night used to be the standard feminist tactic – demos at night which didn’t make demands off abusive and brutal cops. But reclaiming the night is now illegal, thanks to the pretext of Covid.

And another point – Cate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, turned up to tell people how she also used to be afraid walking around at night. Undoubtedly this is true but the super-rich love to parade their credentials and pretend that they’re just like everybody else with reference to their own miseries (in this case, a misery she no longer has to suffer precisely because of her privileged position). And yet another point – men alone in the streets or parks at night are also often afraid (and with good reason), though obviously less so than women.

Germany, Dresden: clashes on demo against Covid1984 restrictions

Seems that this was dominated by right-wingers, though I’m not sure.

12/3/21:

SK writes:

A long interview with one of the co-organisers of an open letter just published in that paragon of scientific literature, the Wall Street Journal

(s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/CO…(1).pdf)

calling for a full investigation into the possibility of a lab leak in Wuhan being the origin of Covid.

That this possibility actually considered plausible — in fact highly likely — by many scientists was news to me. The interview is very long and gets into all sorts of topics, including another fact that was new to me, namely that the first genetically modified humans were recently born (spawned?), also from a lab in China. …here is a short clip on the relevant section (youtu.be/XIXKJXsiBFc)

and here is an article by the interviewee laying out his views in detail:

“The closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 is a virus sampled by Chinese researchers from six miners infected while working in a bat-infested cave in southern China in 2012. These miners developed symptoms we now associate with Covid-19. Half of them died. These viral samples were then taken to the Wuhan Institute of Virology—the only facility in China that’s a biosafety Level 4 laboratory, the highest possible safety designation. The Level 4 designation is reserved for facilities dealing with the most dangerous pathogens. Wuhan is more than 1,000 miles north of Yunnan province, where the cave is located. If the virus jumped to humans through a series of human-animal encounters in the wild or in wet markets, as Beijing has claimed, we would likely have seen evidence of people being infected elsewhere in China before the Wuhan outbreak. We have not. The alternative explanation, a lab escape, is far more plausible. We know the Wuhan Institute of Virology was using controversial ‘gain of function’ techniques to make viruses more virulent for research purposes. A confidential 2018 State Department cable released this month highlighting the lab’s alarming safety record should heighten our concern. Suggesting that an outbreak of a deadly bat coronavirus coincidentally occurred near the only level 4 virology institute in all of China—which happened to be studying the closest known relative of that exact virus—strains credulity.” (jamiemetzl.com/origins-of-sars-cov-2/)

What is not mentioned there is that the People´s Liberation Army took over the virology institute immediately after the outbreak, and that nothing was gained from any of the “gain of function” research conducted by the lab in terms of learning how to avert a pandemic caused by coronaviruses.

A short clip of another interview by two other scientists offers their take on the possibility (youtu.be/ZMGWLLDSA3c)

“Gain of function” is research that deliberately makes viruses found in nature more virulent, more infectious to humans, more contagious and potentially more deadly. There are several labs around the world conducting this research with the aim of learning how to avert or diminish damage caused by hypothetical future pandemics. Apparently, it is possible, perhaps likely, that as is the case with many other aspects of this pandemic, the “cure” inflicted on the world by that holy alliance of medical science and the state is worse than the threat from nature ever was, and the whole world has literally become an experiment gone wrong.

SF:

This confirms things hinted at some time ago – e.g. these 2 quotes:
1.
From a 10/7/20 article here: https://cn.nytimes.com/health/20200710/coronavirus-origin-china-lucey/dual/?utm_source=HRIC+Updates&utm_campaign=8dd2a87cb6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_04_11_5 4_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b537d30fde-8dd2a87cb6-259226909
“Dr. Lucey asks the W.H.O. team to learn more about China’s main influenza research lab, a high-security facility in Harbin, the capital of China’s northernmost province. In May, he notes, a Chinese paper in the journal Science reported that two virus samples from Wuhan were studied there in great detail early this year, including in a variety of animals. It reported that cats and ferrets were highly susceptible to the pathogen; dogs were only mildly susceptible; and pigs, chickens and ducks were not susceptible at all.”
2.
And this from 2/5/20 – www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/hea… – says “It can also be revealed the Australian government trained and funded a team of Chinese scientists who belong to a laboratory which went on to genetically modify deadly coronaviruses that could be transmitted from bats to humans and had no cure”.

“Cureiouser and Cureiouser.” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). ”

Official (possibly) UK government report on side effects of Pfizer vaccine lists 227 deaths amongst other horrors

Not absolutely sure that this is a genuine report from 9/3/21 (61 pages long ) or a fake one, as it’s not easy to check. But it’s the first thing that comes up if you type: UK reports received between 9/12/20 and 28/02/21 for mRNA Pfizer/BioNTech into Google. It’s been there for 3 days; given that Google seems to be vigilant about anything they consider is fake news, I’d have to say that this is genuine. Even more so given that this claims to be a government report, preceded by a standard government https: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/ . If it was fake, given that it pretends to be an official government report, you’d have thought that Google would have pretty quickly taken it off. But I’m obviously not 100% sure.

It claims to cover all UK reports received between 9/12/20 and 28/02/21. Here are the essential results:

Blood disorders – 1 death, 2294 having various listed problems.

Cardiac disorders: 26 deaths, 1153 having various listed problems.

Congenital disorders: 0 deaths, 5 having various listed problems.

Ear disorder: 0 deaths, 819 having various listed problems.

Endocrine disorders; 0 deaths, 12 having various listed problems.

Eye disorders: 0 deaths, 1398 having various listed problems, including 15 becoming blind.

Gastrointestinal disorders: 12 deaths, 10,534 having various listed problems.

General disorders: 114 deaths, 28,195 having various listed problems.

Hepatic disorders: 0 deaths, 18 having various listed problems.

Immune system disorders: 0 deaths, 528 having various listed problems.

Infections: 38 deaths, 2059 having various listed problems.

Injuries: 1 death, 458 having various listed problems.

Investigations (not sure what this means): 0 deaths, 1073 having various listed problems.

Metabolic disorders: 1 death, 587 having various listed problems.

Muscle and tissue disorders: 0 deaths, 12,823 having various listed problems.

Neoplasms: 0 deaths, 24 having various listed problems.

Nervous system disorders: 17 deaths, 18,059 having various listed problems.

Pregnancy conditions: 1 death, 34 having various listed problems, including 18 spontaneous abortions.

Product issues: 0 deaths, 14 having various listed problems.

Psychiatric disorders: 0 deaths, 1409 having various listed problems.

Renal and urinary disorders: 0 deaths, 212 having various listed problems.

Reproductive and breast disorders: 0 deaths, 389 having various listed problems.

Respiratory problems: 14 deaths, 3986 having various listed problems.

Skin disorders: 1 death, 6809 having various listed problems.

Social circumstances (not sure why this is listed): 0 deaths, 20 having various listed problems.

Surgical and medical procedures (not sure why this is treated as a specific category): 0 deaths, 58 having various listed problems.

Vascular disorders: 1 death, 1119 having various listed problems.

Total: 94,809 non-lethal side effects of drug; 227 deaths (these are out of 33,207 reports)

It lists all those things under “Reaction Name”. I would have thought this meant a reaction to the vaccine not just something that happened to those who had the vaccine which would have included things that may have happened without the vaccine: the word “reaction” implies that. Particularly as they included things like “Surgical & medical procedures” and 1 case of “verbal abuse” under the heading “criminal activity”, a subheading of “Social circumstances” (in fact, many of the things under this latter heading seem bizarre). I admit the whole report isn’t clear and is quite ambiguous. Why for instance, under the heading “Tobacco use” (within the general category “Social circumstances”) do they list 2 reactions for “Non-tobacco user”? Does this mean that 2 non-tobacco users took up smoking in reaction to the vaccine? Why under the general heading “Surgical & medical procedures” do they have “Contraceptive methods male” for which “Condom” is given for 1 person vaccinated? Does that mean he decided to wear a condom as a result of the vaccine?

Nevertheless, despite these specific peculiar “reactions” remember – this is only the results after almost 3 months, short-term immediate effects. According to Pfizer itself their trials only officially finish in 2022.

Spain, Galicia: vaccines to become compulsory; fines up to 60,000 euros for non-compliance. More here

11/3/21:

Denmark suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccines after blood clots and deathfollowed by Norway, Italy, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg and Lithuania

“AstraZeneca, which developed the vaccine with the University of Oxford, said the safety of its shot had been extensively studied in human trials and that peer-reviewed data had confirmed the vaccine was generally well tolerated. Its vaccines were subject to strict and rigorous quality controls and there had been “no confirmed serious adverse events associated with the vaccine”, it said. The British government defended the vaccine and said it would continue its rollout. “We’ve been clear that it’s both safe and effective … and when people are asked to come forward and take it, they should do so in confidence,” Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson told reporters.”

Lies as usual. Back in mid-September I wrote about this story that hit the headlines for 5 minutes before being buried under endless pictures of people not maintaining social distancing. It reported “The Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is facing a “challenge”, the health secretary has admitted, after it was put on hold due to a suspected serious adverse reaction in one of its volunteers…The nature of the adverse reaction and when it happened are not currently known.” However, after 4 days the trials were resumed without any official indication of what had gone wrong. But the New York Times reported that the just mentioned volunteer in the UK trial had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis: “Symptoms include weakness and numbness of the limbs, deficits in sensation and motor skills, dysfunctional urethral and anal sphincter activities, and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system that can lead to episodes of high blood pressure….sensation to pain or light touch is impaired. Motor weakness…mainly affects the muscles that flex the legs and extend the arms…Back pain can occur at the level of any inflamed segment of the spinal cord…all four limbs may be affected and there is risk of respiratory failureLesions of the lower cervical region (C5–T1) will cause a combination of upper and lower motor neuron signs in the upper limbs, and exclusively upper motor neuron signs in the lower limbs. Cervical lesions account for about 20% of cases…A lesion of the lumbar segment, the lower part of the spinal cord (L1S5) often produces a combination of upper and lower motor neuron signs in the lower limbs. Lumbar lesions account for about 10% of cases.”

And a bit later a second coronavirus vaccine volunteer suffered the very same rare neurological condition“A 37-year-old woman suffered a rare neurological condition that left her struggling to walk…” Marvelous the way they say “the two cases were unlikely to be associated with the vaccine…” A rare disease amongst 2 people volunteering for the trial of the vaccine. Pure coincidence! This article also says that only one third make a full or near full recovery from this ‘transverse myelitis’ “with most of their symptoms gone” after 2 years. And now there’s a death from blood clots. But of course, anybody saying this has anything to do with the vaccine is clearly a conspiracy theorist anti-vaxxer.

Norway doesn’t alter its policy towards Pfizer vaccine despite deaths (from end of January) More here (Norway May Refine Vaccine Strategy After Elderly Deaths, PM Says)

“Having weathered the pandemic better than most, Norway suddenly made international headlines this month after revealing that more than 30 people — all over 70 and all already sick — died not long after being vaccinated against Covid-19. Solberg says the intense global interest in the news was “exaggerated” as she tries to ensure the development doesn’t put people off inoculation. “We don’t believe there’s any problem with the safety of the vaccines,” Solberg said in an interview with Bloomberg Live that aired on Tuesday. “But we will maybe not give them to the most vulnerable of the elderly, because that might speed up a process where they were what we would say at the end of life phase anyway,” so, “that probably is not what we will continue to do.”

Finland: regulatory authority reports 11 vaccine-related deaths due to underlying conditions

Israeli scientists claim that aspirins can strengthen your resistance to Covid

“…in a sample of Israeli PCR tests, patients who take small doses of aspirin were 29 percent less likely to test positive. They cross-referenced 10,477 results with medical records covering what preventive drugs patients take….Aspirin users who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are likely to have a shorter illness — by about two days — and be less likely to suffer from aftereffects of the coronavirus”.

The development of “Health” passports

Apparent proof that you’re “Covid-free” is that you’ve had the vaccine, when there’s a great deal of evidence that the vaccine, even if it protects you against severe symptoms, doesn’t by any means automatically make you incapable of infecting others. Yet another lie that, constantly repeated, becomes a “truth”.

How Much Did Pfizer Pay Israeli Doctors, and for What?

“On February 4 a meeting was held at the Ministry of Health, dealing with vaccines against the coronavirus. At the meeting, Prof. Galia Rahav, the head of the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Sheba Medical Center, said that unless children are vaccinated too, we cannot vanquish the epidemic, and suggested proposing to Pfizer to conduct an experiment in which it would vaccinate Israeli children…She has received payments, in exchange for counseling and lectures (not on the coronavirus). This is disclosed at the bottom of articles she publishes in medical journals, which routinely require authors to disclose their funding sources. The problem is that the public which gets her professional recommendations through newspapers and television is not privy to this information. Rahav didn’t feel the need to provide such disclosure, and it seems that her interviewers were unaware of the situation….the financial links definitely place in her a situation of potential conflict of interest. This should at least be put on the table: but in Israel, financial ties between doctors and drug companies are kept shrouded, and Rahav is not an exception. Another senior physician who spoke before a Knesset committee, arguing in favor of a vaccine against cervical cancer, did not bother telling lawmakers that he had received funding from two makers of this vaccine, MSD and GSK. When I asked him about this, he gave the following explanation: “I give full disclosure in places where it is customary to do so, such as in lectures I give to physicians. I don’t declare a conflict of interests when I go shopping at a supermarket.” That’s how a senior physician treated the debate on vaccination policies in parliament….many studies have proven that money can produce bias in doctors’ considerations, whether they are aware of it or not. No one would accept a situation in which journalists reporting on the coronavirus also work for Pfizer, for money, at the same time, without informing readers. And these are just reporters. What physicians decide and do directly impacts public health, sometimes on matters of life and death. This certainly applies to people advising the government on policies. The public has the right to know exactly how much parties with vested interests are paying the physicians. Prof. Rahav told me that the amounts involved were peanuts, but she did admit that due to the modest wages she and her colleagues receive at the hospital, they need to supplement their income. Prof. Ron Dagan, her colleague in the team advising on the vaccine, also received money from Pfizer and other companies in the past. A few years ago, when I asked exactly how much he received, he got angry: “I won’t tell you how much I get from a drug company without a law requiring me to do so.” Actually, in the United States there is a law requiring drug companies to maintain transparency, and one can find at a keystroke exactly how many dollars any doctor has received and from which company. This transparency allows one to see whether it’s a matter of trifles, or of perks that could bias one’s judiciousness. It’s time for similar legislation to be enacted in Israel.”

10/3/21:

French video of March 6th conference of dissident doctors

Amongst some of the things said, it reveals that the W.H.O. has not published any figures of deaths from the vaccine (this seems peculiar since, for instance, deaths from vaccines against swine fever back in 2009-10 were published). It has however published the fact that 177,763 people have had seriously bad side effects from the various vaccines over the previous 2 months, and it compares it with the serious side effects from Ivermictin over 40 years – just 4,603 recorded cases of serious side effects in 480 months. The French state has banned doctors from prescribing Ivermictin. It also points out that on March 1st, Israel, following its massive vaccination campaign, has about the same proportion of fatalities from Covid as Sweden, which was never confined and has had far less of a take-up of the vaccine so far than Israel. And the same goes for South Africa.

This organisation consists of (officially, at least) 30,000 doctors, 30,000 careworkers and 100,000 “citizens” (Le Monde says it only contains 1,200 doctors). One should, however, maybe take with a pinch of salt some of the information they’ve gleaned from an Israeli site. There will be some who’ll take this as meaning that both the conference of doctors and the Israeli site are cavalier with the truth. Maybe, but that should not be an automatic reaction: the site they reference, whilst having some dubious takes on things, will also have some things that are valid, and some of these should be confirmed (or not) by further research, rather than ignored.

9/3/21:

Greece, Athens: following cops imposing Covid-related fines on people despite their wearing masks, and a video of cops beating those who complained about this fine imposition (7th March)thousands march to police station and torch it

Though the media figure is 5000, more than 10,000 people came (maybe 15,000), both local residents as well as people from all over the place. It was a mixed crowd of high school students, anarchists, CP members, football hooligans from various teams, families etc. It wasn’t actually a demo – more a flowing river of anger to the police station with about 2,000 in the front, throwing molotov cocktails, sticks, stones etc. One of them pulled a cop of Delta force down from his bike and then a crowd started attacking him.
Then followed a crackdown in the neighborhood, as after the 9pm curfew those few in the streets were beaten up and arrested in revenge. The escalation of repression is not so much due to the political nature of the right-wing government (some claim that it is a “dictatorship”) as to its need to manage the pandemic crisis in a cheap and advantageous way for the capitalist state so as to keep up and actually deepen austerity and on the other hand expedite a violent restructuring as far as work relations, the privatization of the health industry, the university and education in general, environmental laws etc. are concerned. Some months ago, like in November when there were arrrests of those occupying a section of the university, there were just a few politicized people – those who were presented as “troublemakers”, “irresponsible virus transmitters” etc., who were scapegoated and repressed. Now, more and more people realize that their life has become unbearable and the police are the most obvious reason for it.

7/3/21:

Israel: new rules for what is called the “return to normal”

“The Green Pass will be valid for participants in the trial of the vaccine being developed by Israel’s Institute for Biological Research….Higher education institutions can open, as can vocational training institutes and post-high school Torah studies, for Green Pass holders only (on the condition that such institutions will enable distanced learning for students without Green Passes) under the following conditions: Up to 300 people [in a single space] at no more than 75% capacity; at least four meters separation between the teacher/lecturer and the students; clear signage declaring the facility is operating under the Green Pass. The fine for allowing the entry of a non-Green Pass carrier is NIS 5,000 ($1,500)…Indoor seating for Green Pass holders only, with a limitation of up to 75% capacity and up to 100 people. Outdoor seating does not require a Green Pass, with a limitation of up to 100 people.”

Since part of the participants in the trial naturally received a placebo, it means that the whole “green pass” thing is meaningless even in its own terms. The absence of logic in the whole Covideological onslaught mounts up by the hour. “Ideological expressions have never been pure fictions; they represent a distorted consciousness of realities, and as such they have been real factors that have in turn produced real distorting effects….The despotism of a fragment imposing itself as pseudo-knowledge of a frozen totality, as a totalitarian worldview — has reached its culmination in the immobilized spectacle of nonhistory…presenting illusory escapes from a universal autism.” (here)

6/3/21:

UK: Ve haf vays of making you healthy

“Ministers are reportedly considering making vaccination mandatory for health and care staff because of evidence that a minority of them, particularly among those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, are choosing not to have a jab…Last week Care UK said it only wanted to hire new staff who had had the vaccine, while another care provider, Barchester, said it wanted all of its staff, including current workers, to have had the jab by 23 April, adding that if they did not they would not be considered for shifts…Yvonne Coghill, a British NHS manager who currently serves on the NHS Equality and Diversity Council…who sits on the advisory board of the Health Foundation’s Covid-19 impact inquiry, which explores the pandemic’s implications for health inequalities in the UK, said she could not envisage a scenario where NHS staff would quit in disproportionate numbers due to being forced to take the vaccine. “Most people are pragmatic and will weigh up the pros and cons of any decision to leave the service in terms of how it would ultimately impact them and their families. People have mortgages to pay and mouths to feed,” she said. “I believe healthcare workers are very sensible people. Of course a few people might have strong views about the vaccine being made mandatory and leave, but do I envisage a mass walkout because of it? Definitely not,” she added.” Ses also this obnoxious piece of moral blackmail (which any look at the vaccine programme would reveal its repulsive nature), typical of the utter absence of criticism of the vaccines in the UK, a country that’s been thoroughly wrecked by the repressions and defeats of the last 30-40 years, with very few moments of trying to return to the fury of the past.

5/3/21:

October study states vaccines “may sensitise vaccine recipients to more severe disease than if they were not vaccinated”

“COVID‐19 vaccines designed to elicit neutralising antibodies may sensitise vaccine recipients to more severe disease than if they were not vaccinated. Vaccines for SARS, MERS and RSV have never been approved, and the data generated in the development and testing of these vaccines suggest a serious mechanistic concern: that vaccines designed empirically using the traditional approach (consisting of the unmodified or minimally modified coronavirus viral spike to elicit neutralising antibodies), be they composed of protein, viral vector, DNA or RNA and irrespective of delivery method, may worsen COVID‐19 disease via antibody‐dependent enhancement (ADE). This risk is sufficiently obscured in clinical trial protocols and consent forms for ongoing COVID‐19 vaccine trials that adequate patient comprehension of this risk is unlikely to occur, obviating truly informed consent by subjects in these trials.”

Interview in French with genetician/geneticist

She says, amongst other things, that – according to Pfizer’s scientific protocol itself – the trials of their vaccine will finish in 2022, ie at least 18 months from the beginning of the trials, making explicit the fact that the whole world has been transformed into guinea pigs and making explicit the fact that to talk of “success” now has no meaning since we have at least 9 months to wait before the words “brilliant success” or “miserable failure” could be used. So the “95%” efficaciousness broadcast everywhere by the brainwashing media has no validity, especially as amongst those who have been vaccinated there have been some of who have had severe Covid symptoms, showing that it’s not intrinsically a protection against severe infection.

4/3/21:

France: increase in Covid clusters in nursing homes following vaccination state backs away from weekend confinements/lockdowns in all departments apart from Pas-de-Calais (for the moment)but maintains partial confinements in Nice and elsewherebut the sale of alcohol is forbidden for 2 weeks in Bordeaux

“Prohibition has made nothing but trouble” – Al Capone

Austria: vaccination experiment on population

need to reinvent the wheel ?

3/3/21:

Indonesia threatens 1 year in prison plus a $7,000 fine for those who don’t get vaccinated

Google translate:

While in most countries of the world the criterion for receiving corona vaccines is old age or background diseases, in Indonesia these days the picture is the opposite. The huge country, which has a population of 267 million people on a vast area of ​​thousands of islands, has decided that one of the first groups in line for vaccines will be … everyone over the age of 18 to 59. The rationale behind this approach is that this group is the “engine” of the corona plague – many asymptomatic patients, who have multiple social connections …36,000 residents have died so far in the epidemic in Indonesia, out of 1.3 million residents infected with Corona. As in Europe, in Indonesia the second wave recorded during December-January was much larger than that recorded at the beginning of the epidemic, but morbidity has been declining in recent weeks. Indonesia has acquired most of its vaccines from China, which was the first country to develop a vaccine for corona, although it has not yet been approved for use by medical authorities in the West. The vaccine was developed by SinoVac and is widely used in China itself. The vaccination campaign in Indonesia began on January 13, and since then aims to vaccinate about 1.3 million health care workers as well as a group of police officers, public servants, teachers, athletes, journalists and more (estimated at 17 million people). Everyone will get the vaccine for free, subsidized by the authorities. But one of the significant differences compared to other countries is that the vaccine is defined as “mandatory”, although it is not yet clear what sanctions will be imposed on those who do not get vaccinated. A government minister said the penalty to be fixed by law for those who do not get vaccinated is a year in prison and a $ 7,000 fine, but the government still needs to offer the vaccine in adequate quantities to make sure residents get the chance to get vaccinated. Amnesty International has criticized the government’s statements, saying the vaccination was “contrary to human rights”. … it is possible that in the coming weeks young people and adults without background diseases are also expected to start receiving the vaccines. This group numbers about 150 million people, and the country hopes to end their vaccinations by the end of 2021. Vaccinate first those who are important to the economy … Critics said the government decided to do so in an attempt to preserve the economy by first vaccinating the most efficient, working-age workers.”

Israel Launches Pilot Program to Monitor Arrivals’ Home Quarantine With E-bracelets

Belgium: how press conference with minister of “health” is manipulated when the one dissident journalist is censored, either through having his microphone cut off, or it being put up inordinately loud or by being refused 2 questions even though other journalists’ 2 questions have been allowed and answered

France: the state is considering the renewal of lockdown in 20 departments on top of 6pm – 6am curfew (four hours longer than the curfew in Myanmar!)

This includes the regions known as PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur). There were 4543 deaths from Covid there from 2020 up until February 2021 (there don’t seem to be precise figures since then). In the 13 weeks of the flu epidemic (caused internationally by predicting the wrong mutation and therefore getting the vaccine wrong) of the flu season of 2017-2018 there were 13,166 deaths in PACA. This flu epidemic was never called a “pandemic” despite the fact that it was something that spread globally. I’d guess the reason why is that calling it a pandemic would devalue the term “pandemic” in people’s minds since it would be associated with a banal illness they’ve known about since an early age (subliminally the term for some evokes the notion of “panic”, though it’s linguistic base has nothing to do with it). The definition of pandemic was changed in 2009, excluding the notion of “dangerous” or “severity”, reducing it simply to its spread (redefined as a new virus, regardless of its severity, that travelled over national borders, for which there were no vaccines), the W.H.O. putting in place favorable conditions to make it possible to declare the planet in a state of perpetual pandemic. At that time swine flu was defined as a pandemic. Swine flu killed 284,000 people worldwide, over 100,000 less than the minimum amount of people killed by flu each year. Yet flu has only been called a pandemic with the Asian flu (1957-58) and the Hong Kong flu (1968-69), officially because it’s a virus that has been known about for a very long time for which there are vaccines.

The common cold can, in certain cases, lead to pneumonia: in 2017 pneumonia killed more than 808,000 children under the age of 5! I suspect this is as much news to you as it was to me when I just recently read about it. Of course, these kids were mostly from the “Third World”, so they are regarded as nothing unless they’re used as a photo opportunity for some super-rich princess or whoever. Likewise, globally 7 million people die prematurely each year from air pollution (about 10,000 of them in London, less than the 14,416 who have died from Covid there). Of course, Covid is more dangerous globally than the flu or the common cold (though less dangerous than air pollution). But I put all this here to give a sense of proportion to this so-called “health” crisis and to show that in certain parts of the world it has shown itself to be less dangerous than the flu. Many say that Covid symptoms are intrinsically more painful and more lingering that those of flu. But is this seriously the case? A bad bout of flu can lead to severe respiratory problems which, even amongst survivors, can go on for several months. Without having researched it much, which would require looking at innumerable anecdotes of accounts from flu sufferers, I suspect, though Covid has many varying symptoms, that dying of either is pretty much equally miserable in terms of a painful death.

A few words about other flues:

In 2005 in France the avian flu “pandemic” was the first item of the evening news for about 6 weeks. At the end of September 2005, David Nabarro, the newly appointed Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, warned that an outbreak of avian flu could kill between 5 million and 150 million people. Nobody in France died, and globally there were just 214 deaths of human beings over the 4 year period 2005-2008. This is vastly smaller than of deaths from ordinary flu annually which are estimated at, on average, between 389,000 and 850,000 people annually – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6815659/“a 2017 study indicated…290,000 – 650,000 influenza-associated deaths from respiratory causes alone, and a 2019 study estimated 99,000 – 200,000 deaths from lower respiratory tract infections directly caused by influenza”. Taking the lower figure of 5 million, this WHO prediction was at best 0.0043% of the actual figure. And the actual figure was at best 0.055% of the actual figures for flu. In fact, avian flu in France was used as a pretext for the development of agribusiness, shutting down small farms on the pretext that the chickens were running around freely and could contaminate not only each other but all birds and humans visiting the farms (for some basic critique of agribusiness see this).

Note the imprecision of this “between 389,000 and 850,000” figure for the annual flu deaths as compared with the apparently very precise figures for Covid. Also worth noting is the fact that never have we had daily figures broadcast repeatedly in the media for flu-related deaths. And since mid-March 2020 no figures for flu-related deaths have been published in France (I don’t know about other countries).

In France in 2009 swine flu became the pretext for an exercise in social control – with doctors forced by the state to vaccinate everybody fearing the disease who wanted to be vaccinated. Despite massive and continual state and media propaganda, less than 10% of the population took up this manipulated ‘need’ for a vaccine. The Minister of Health at the time, Rosalyne Bachelot, whose personal interests in the pharmaceutical industry were well-known, ordered 94 million vaccines (about 1½ vaccines per man woman, child & baby) from Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Baxter International at a cost of around 900 million euros to the state. Most of the vaccines were never used. As a result of the vaccine, there were 21 deaths, 4 anaphylactic shocks, 9 Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura cases, 6 multiple sclerosis cases, and 9 Guillain–Barré syndromes. The illness itself killed 613 people in France, considerably less than flu .

 

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

april 2021 (Covid1984)

Chronology

JanuaryFebruaryMarch2020 here

This is a chronology not based on the date the information was published but based on the date I received it.

It should be clear that I am not in accord with the ideological aspects of the content of many of the articles I link to.

29/4/21:

French article by dissident doctor comparing the situation in India with that of France

Loose translation:

Covid-19 in India.

Posted on 27 April 2021 by Gérard Maudrux

India seems to be facing a gigantic epidemic wave. The press headlines speak of a world record. “With 300,000 infections per day, the situation seems to be out of control in India” according to France Info and Europe 1 on 26 April 2021, “India, new record of new cases in the world” according to Euronews…

We have to keep our wits about us, and seen from France, these headlines remind me a bit of the story of the mote and the beam in the eye. Are they trying to scare us (more)? Without wishing to minimise what is happening in India, and without prejudging what tomorrow will bring, which may be worse, what is the situation today, all things considered?

NEW CASES

350,000 new cases yesterday in India. Hmmm. And in France? For 1 month, in France, the average is nearly 35,000 cases / day, more than 20,000 cases / day the previous 2 months, and we had a peak of 86,850 cases on November 7, 2020. France population – 67 million, India 1,375 million, 20 times more. If they are at 350,000 cases/day, with the same population, we would be at 700,000 cases/day, i.e. twice as many as them. Worse, they have a one-day peak, we have had a daily peak for months, and we would have had a peak of 1.74 million on 7th November!

To date they have 3 times more cases than in their first wave, we have 10 times more than in our first wave (we test more, they do too). So where is this world record, the real one? This curve also shows it:

Number of cases/million inhabitants, France in black, India in red. Source: Our World in Data

DEATHS

As for deaths, what is the situation? 3,000 deaths/day there, and 350 here yesterday, 400 the day before yesterday, an average of 300/day for the last two months, i.e. twice as many as India proportionate to the population. Of course, we have to wait 15 days to have a better idea of the deaths corresponding to these 350,000 daily cases, but here again, on the one hand, we have a peak, and on the other hand, an average over the last few months. To better appreciate these averages, let’s look at the situation over 1 year, what about the mortality due to Covid in India since the beginning? 192,000 deaths in total in India, compared to 103,000 here. With the same population we would have had 1 million deaths despite much better sanitary conditions.

Why such a difference? Of course, one can doubt the field reports and the statistics, which are certainly underestimated, but not by a ratio of 1 to 10. Their population is younger, but not as much as one might think. If life expectancy is lower there, 71 years against 83, it is largely because infant mortality is 10 times higher than in France (27/1000 instead of 3) https://www.insee.fr/fr/statistiques/2383448. In proportion, we have twice as many people over 60 as they do, so it is normal that they have half as many deaths, but not 10 times less. On the other hand, we must also take into account their sanitary conditions: if India had the same conditions as us, they would probably have half as many deaths (we save half of those who go into intensive care, in India they cannot even take them into normal care). Basically these two criteria cancel each other out, one dividing by two, the other multiplying by two. So we remain in a ratio of 1 to 10. It is elsewhere that we must look for explanations. Apart from the way of processing, I can’t see it.

TREATMENTS

India has used HCQ extensively, but also ivermectin, although not validated by their health agency, which has the same attitude as ours. In India we can observe the same situation as in Mexico, with a government opposed to early treatment, and states that ignore it, which allows us to judge the effectiveness of these treatments, whereas the country by country figures show nothing. In Mexico, for example, I have already shown you (and Enzo Lolo on Médiapart) that Chiapas, which distributes ivermectin, has 4 to 5 times fewer deaths than the rest of the country, the highest being in Mexico City, where mortality is 10 times that of Chiapas. Seeing this, Mexico City started using Ivermectin two months ago. As a result, there has been a significant drop in deaths, while the overall picture for the country is not so good.

In India, Uttar Pradesh has been using Ivermectin since the end of August 2020. 200 million inhabitants, 3 times more than us, 10,000 deaths by 20 April 2021, 10 times less than us, a ratio of 1 to 30. You can see here, the cases and deaths by region (move the cursor over each one to get the details). The region most affected today by the Indian variant, which seems to be the nastiest to date, is Maharashtra, where the capital Bombay is located. 104 million inhabitants, 62,000 deaths, 12 times more than Uttar Pradesh! The situation with regard to ivermectin is strictly comparable with that in Chiapas and Mexico.

To deal with this situation, the Ministry of Health has just issued a protocol, on 22 April, with … ivermectin (and HCQ)! And Mexico has done it on 23 April for the whole country.

 

 

 

 

 

As far as vaccination is concerned, India is the country that has vaccinated the most in the world [SF: in numerical terms, though obviously not proportionate to the total population], mainly with AstraZeneca, and as in many places, there is a parallel with a resurgence of cases and the appearance of mutants. Is there a relationship between this massive vaccination and the new wave, as in many countries? Now, let’s make it clear that “massive” must be qualified: massive in absolute numbers compared to many countries, given the number of doses injected in one and a half months, but on the scale of the country, it’s not very significant: 100 million first doses, 22 million with two doses, that’s still low with only 1.7% of the population vaccinated with two doses.

All this is of course to be followed closely, because the wave has only just begun there, whereas in our country it has been dragging on for 4 months and is proportionally more important, although with less nasty variants. Their figure of 3,000 deaths should rise sharply, but you should know that in November we had peaks of 1,000 deaths for a fortnight, which would make 20,000 deaths/day in their country. Let’s hope they do better than France, given their current health conditions.

The results of the use of ivermectin will be interesting to follow, wit

h one reservation: the arrival of BigPharma, with Gilead managing to push its Remdesir that everyone is snatching up over there, replacing ivermectin. However, all the studies show that this product does not reduce mortality in any way, producing serious side effects, particularly of a renal nature, whereas ivermectin, which reduces mortality by a factor of 5, managed to maintain a more than respectable mortality rate in the states where it was used. Succeeding in selling a drug that is no longer wanted and which, in the best case scenario, would reduce hospitalisation by two days in a country where people can’t be hospitalised, is a great achievement!

See also Ivermictin.

Ivermectin is a vastly cheaper method of treating Covid than the vaccines. Apparently ivermectin costs the state 10 euros for 15 kilos of the medicine. The daily dose per person depends on their weight – 0.2 milligrams per kilo. Which would, for someone weighing 80 kilos, cost the state (admittedly before packaging, delivery costs, etc.) just 1.6 euros for 10,000 days’ supply (or, more rationally, less than half a cent for 30 days’ supply, or even more rationally – since you’re likely to recover after less than 10 days, 0.16 of a centime for 10 days).

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An extraordinary example of Facebook censorship:

A Facebook post from a friend about the warning from various doctors back in February about AZ vaccines, stating simply that “in February 2021, Professor Sucharit Bhakdi, M.D. and a number of his colleagues warned the European Medicines Agency about the potential danger of blood clots and cerebral vein thrombosis in millions of people receiving experimental gene-based injections”, adding that “in the long term we may be creating dangerously overactive immune systems in billions of unwitting subjects” has been taken off and replaced with this:

This is not only clearly a falsification of his original post but also a censorship of something that is largely an expression of mainstream concern about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Anarchist analysis of use of psychology in Covid1984 propaganda

24/4/21:

UK, London: clashes on anti-lockdown demo

Portuguese doctors supporting use of ivermictin for early treatment of Covid

23/4/21:

Israel: Pfizer’s CEO gives national broadcast just before the official Israeli Independence Day ceremony (April 14th)

Pfizer forecasts $26bn of Covid-19 vaccine revenue after first-quarter success

In the meantime, on the other side of reality, other more profound Israeli sicknesses prevail:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-jerusalem-palestinians-and-jews-see-a-night-of-rage-hate/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-hurt-at-old-city-clash-as-extremist-jews-march-chanting-death-to-arabs/

22/4/21:

2nd report from The Israeli People’s Committee on the barriers to reporting side effects of the vaccines (in Hebrew)

Translation of part of it:

“From the many testimonies brought to our attention by doctors and
medical staff, we will give here as examples selected quotations from a
letter sent to the committee by a medical staff member in the internal
medicine department of one of the largest hospitals in the country,
which describes a collection of hospitalization cases in his department,
which indicate consistent problematic conduct, suffering from
carelessness and lack of professionalism, and which largely stems from the fact
that the Ministry of Health has never issued clear guidelines on what
should be reported and what should not. The descriptions include a
variety of pathologies that led to hospitalization, and which appeared
in close proximity to Pfizer vaccine, including ITP, neutropenia, chest
pain, vasculitis, fever, speech disorder, high blood pressure, acute
renal failure and bradycardia. In all cases, physicians refrained from
linking the vaccine to the phenomenon that led to hospitalization, did
not even mention the vaccine in the patient’s medical file, and did not
report the case to any external party – a fact that impairs differential
diagnoses and is an obstacle to establishing accurate information. For
example, the letter said: “It was not reported to any external party and
if the issue arose from the family, they were simply told that there was
no connection between the things because bradycardia takes a long time
to develop.” In the context of another case, the letter stated: “Even
chest pain near the vaccine with an increase in troponin in a patient
without a cardiac background was not treated as possible results of the
vaccine and of course was not reported to the Ministry and was not
discussed with the patient.” Another example: “I took the patient to the
ward and asked him about the reason for his hospitalization. He did not
address the vaccine at all and only after I asked did he mention that
the speech disorder appeared a few hours after the vaccination. Then the
doctor on duty came to question him, where the patient did not mention
the vaccine. Even after I gently hinted to the doctor that it might be
worthwhile to check if there was a connection to the vaccine he did not
address my words.An intensive care consultation was called, the on-call
doctor examined the patient and told the doctor on duty that she should
consult the senior doctor about differential diagnoses. I gently hinted
to her that it might also be worthwhile to check if there was a
connection to the vaccine, but she rejected me with the words ‘OK, okay,
there could be a thousand reasons for this’ …”. Another example:
“Although the diagnosis of vasculitis is abnormal, as well as following
it with chemotherapy, the doctors did not think that the diagnosis
should be linked to the vaccine, despite the strange coincidence of the
two patients without similar background diseases with the same
diagnosis, bed by bed, both about 10 Days after the vaccine (the patient
with myocarditis was released and then returned after a few days). I
asked a senior doctor how he knows it is not related to the vaccine and
he simply replied that ‘it is a disease that develops over a long period
of time, so it may not come from the vaccine’ …”.
According to him, what makes the situation even worse is the fact that
doctors, who are based on the principle of evidence-based medicine,
refrain from reporting a phenomenon that is not known in the medical
literature, and in his words “even if he (the doctor) thinks
independently, in the end in order to give a diagnosis in the patient’s
case it must be backed up in the professional literature. If there is no
literature that talks about it (or if the literature is not written in
the textbook accepted by the internal medicine doctor) he simply will
not write it. If it has not been investigated, then it does not exist.”
This evidence indicates a diagnostic tendency, which outright rejects
any connection between the side effect and the vaccine, and thus causes
a significant under-reporting of vaccine-related side effects from
hospitals and clinics.”

21/4/21:

Germany, Berlin: clashes on demo against new suffocating Covid lawsWupperthal: another demo against curfew

Interview with doctor critiquing not just AZ but also Pfizer and all the mRNA vaccines, explaining the complexity of the mRNA vaccines

20/4/21:

Doctor who phoned anonymous death threats to Raoult gets 300€ fine

This happened back in January. The doctor has received 541,729€ from the pharmaceutical industry, of which 52,812€ was from Gilead, the main pharmaceutical company that has financed innumerable studies showing the apparent uselessness of hydroxychloroquine. Gilead is the manufacturer of remdesivir, which truly is useless – at best – against Covid, even according to the WHO.

19/4/21:

Germany, Wupperthal: demo against curfew

18/4/21:

Vaccines seem unable to deal with mutations/variants

“New Covid-19 variants appear to be escaping vaccines, with the latest figures showing a doubling in cases of the South African mutation in the UK in the last month. Meanwhile, 77 cases of a separate variant from India – which it is also feared may resist vaccines – have now been found in the UK.”

Canada, Montreal: march against curfew

17/4/21:

Argentina, Buenos Aires: 1000s demonstrate against Covid restrictions, clashes with cops

“In front of the Quinta de Olivos, in Plaza de Mayo and in the area of the Buenos Aires Obelisk, thousands of people demonstrated during Saturday afternoon against the restrictive measures promoted by the national government during the last week. The main reason for the protest was the suspension of the attendance of students in the schools of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA)… the Police of the city of Buenos Aires arrested six people…when a group of demonstrators tried to pull down the fences … of the Government House and threw fireworks at the police officers…In Plaza de Mayo there was also a confrontation between the PFA and the demonstrators. It happened when the latter started to move the fences and the security force moved them away from the entrance firing water at them …The largest mobilization was in the downtown area. As the afternoon went by, the Plaza de la República received the first demonstrators, and they were joined by dozens of vehicles that blocked the vicinity of Avenida 9 de Julio. ..Those who approached the concentration points -a group of people also gathered at the corner of Cabildo and Juramento- expressed their discomfort at the impossibility for the students of the initial, primary and secondary levels of the AMBA to attend schools until April 30…”We want freedom and justice,” said a man in dialogue with TN…”Face-to-face education is essential,” read one of the posters. In Olivos, a teenager consulted on this issue, said: “I won’t be able to see my friends. It’s not the same. A lot of things are lost in the virtual world. The content is similar but it is not the same”.

16/4/21:

‘Double mutant’ Covid from India found in UK

“Concerns have been raised that in combination, these two mutations make the strain more infectious and better at evading antibodies gained from prior infections or vaccinations”

15/4/21:

Over 18,000 Italian health workers refuse compulsory vaccination, ready to strike and demonstrate

“A private group on Facebook. There are more than 18 thousand members and they are no vax health workers… the number is rising by the minute. Half of the followers have joined in the last week.
…The group and its followers are also organizing a demonstration in Rome for next April 21. In the group you can find doctors, nurses, health workers, psychologists from all over Italy, all united in the fight, not against Covid-19, but against the vaccine. Bound … by the desire to oppose the decree law that imposes on these categories the obligation to undergo the inoculation of the serum. … ” the group was born mainly to unite and undertake something all together, the legal ways as I see have already been undertaken by many of you so now it’s time to move in another direction. Enough talk, let’s take back our freedom by demonstrating peacefully in Rome on April 21 at 3 pm”….A few days ago another very disturbing post warned: “It’s not with lawyers that you win, but with our absence. Entire departments with a sudden shortage of staff, are worth more than 100 wasteful lawsuits!”. …As stated in paragraph 1 of Article 4 of Decree-Law No. 44 of April 1, “Vaccination is an essential requirement for the exercise of the profession and for the performance of work services rendered by those obliged.” …Those who demonstrate that making the vaccine subjects them to a health risk can refuse to do so. Without consequence to their job. The only thing needed is a simple medical certificate. …” This follows threats by the state not to pay them if they refuse the vaccination.

14/4/21:

German anarchist text against curfews

13/4/21:

US: Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted over blood clot fearsEU follows

11/4/21:

Canada, Montreal: riots rock city as COVID-19 lockdown protests turn beautiful

“… rioters lit fires and smashed in several storefront windows “. Video here

10/4/21:

France to use the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s largely untried mix-dose vaccines after AstraZeneca increasingly avoided

“France has become the second country after Germany to recommend that younger people who have had a first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine be given a different jab for their follow-up shot. The mixed-dose approach has been recommended by health experts in both countries — despite there being little clinical trial data to support it …The World Health Organization reiterated its position on Friday that there was “no data on interchangeability of vaccine platforms”, noting further research was needed. The move comes as the European Medicines Agency said it is also probing a possible link between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and four serious cases of unusual blood clots in the US, where it is currently being rolled out. It is not yet being distributed in the EU or UK…. … Élisabeth Bouvet, a vaccine expert and member of the HAS, said…“It is really a choice based on safety. …Given that the protection of the Covid-19 vaccines begins to diminish after three months, these people need an additional dose,” she added. “The idea is to give mRNA vaccine as a second dose for this population in a ‘prime-boost’ strategy.” Even in the absence of clinical data, Bouvet said that they believed the approach carried low risks of side effects and was likely to offer people additional protection given that the Covid-19 vaccines all aim at the same spike protein on the coronavirus. “We think that this approach will work,” she said. “There is no reason to expect any particular side effects with mixed dosing but it would be good to study the immune response it creates.” Peter English, a retired Public Health England consultant in communicable disease control, said it was “reasonable” to use other vaccines…”

Note: “the protection of the Covid-19 vaccines begins to diminish after three months“. Also note how they say “they believed the approach carried low risks of side effects “. Isn’t “science” wonderful! Having originally based it’s criteria of “objectivity” on clinical trials, science has now become no better than “belief” regardless of evidence. Touching wood is about as scientific.

As curfew and massively repressed social life depressingly continues in France, it may be worth being reminded of similar things amongst the slave states of the USA before the official abolition of slavery: “If the planters [slaveholders in the United States] did not always agree on practices for maintaining discipline, they all considered certain police and surveillance measures to be indispensable in the closed world of their property. Thus … the foreman was not to leave the plantation without permission, but was to keep a constant watch on the work in the fields, periodically search the cabins of the Negroes for weapons or stolen goods, and carry with him the keys to the various buildings on the farm. Curfew began around eight or nine o’clock in the evening and no slave was to leave the “quarters” where rounds were made to ensure his presence. No slave was to leave the plantation without a pass specifying the reason and probable duration of his absence, and most planters only exceptionally allowed their Blacks to visit their relatives living on other estates on Sundays. On the contrary, they were careful to limit their contact with the outside world.” (Michel Fabre, Esclaves et planteurs, Julliard, 1970, p. 201-202)

Switzerland, Uri: clashes on anti-lockdown demo

7/4/21:

Switzerland, Sion: 1st April street party-cum-riot overwhelms cops

Switzerland, St.Gallen: 2nd April, heavy clashes as cops clamp down on street parties with Covid as pretext

“The unrest came a week after similar violence when police broke up an illegal party in the city. This week the exchanges were more heated, with police at one point being attacked by a Molotov cocktail. They responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. Two young people were injured. Some 21 were arrested by police for questioning, but all have since been released”

Translation of doctor’s article on benefits of Ivermectin as compared with the vaccine

Belgium: interview (in French) with pathologist who lodged legal complaint against the medical order and the directive sent to all doctors in Belgium in January 2021 that vaccination is an obligation and that doctors must promote the vaccination programme or risk facing severe sanctions

Amongst other things, he points out that there have been virtually no autopsies for those who have died (as compared with those who died from AIDS-related illnesses in the past), so it’s impossible to say whether someone died either because of Covid or died of something else whilst having Covid. See also this“Despite the increasing number of published studies on COVID-19, in all the examined studies the lack of a well-defined pathophysiology of death among patients who died following COVID-19 infection is evident. Autopsy should be considered mandatory to define the exact cause of death, thus providing useful clinical and epidemiologic information as well as pathophysiological insights to further provide therapeutic tools.” However, the doctor’s claim that this comes from an order from the WHO is not true (see this).

Bits and pieces about Israel:

State limits access to tests in order to increase vaccinations Responding to an increase in demand for serology tests, which detect antibodies in the blood of people who have recovered from the disease or been vaccinated, the Health Ministry has decided to restrict access in an effort to encourage vaccination, Channel 12 reported Tuesday. Formerly, serology tests, which are administered by health providers or in hospitals, were available to anyone.Since the policy was announced, there has been an increase in demand for the test, especially among young people in Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities, who are reluctant to get vaccinated, the report said. Health providers have struggled to meet increased demand for the tests, and the Health Ministry also wishes to limit tests in order to encourage vaccination.”

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The Director General of the Ministry of Health (Hezi Levi), responsible for the vaccination programme, and Israel’s “Corona Project Manager” (Nahman Ash) were almost certainly involved in a vaccination scandal in the 1990s involving illegal anthrax experiments on Israel’s young soldiers. Hezi Levi was the Chief Medical Officer for the IDF at the time and Nahman Ash was his second-in-command. “The trial’s organizers exploited the high motivation and innocence of the soldiers, most of whom were attending courses or were at the start of their military service, and whom they approached to participate in secret experiments. Crucial information was hidden from the soldiers during the recruitment process; they were forbidden from informing their unit doctor about their participation, and most of them didn’t even tell their parents. All this, along with the exploitation of troops that occurs within a hierarchy, completely undermined the informed consent given by the soldiers. The process was so tainted by defects that it’s doubtful whether the soldiers’ signatures can even be considered as agreement.”

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Israel’s Ministry of Health has published totally incorrect information about the Pfizer vaccine, saying it is FDA APPROVED ( the FDA is the USA’s Food and Drug Agency). The People’s (sic*) Committee says it has filed a motion in the High Court regarding a request for the Ministry of Health for a corrective publication regarding the deception involved in FDA APPROVED, to open a criminal investigation against those responsible for the misleading publication and to take disciplinary action against those responsible. This is a very significant document.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DCa5YXQXdA3jlDa0t2wGV23CJajjG-cj/view

The High Court has ordered the state to respond within a week to the petition.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1krWdAmQppgTdnjwFSWI67swC0oFVgPBB/view

Committee website: https://www.the-people-committee.com/

Long report from this committee (not all of which I’ve read yet): The Israeli People Committee – Interim Conclusion Report – April 2021

* I am generally wary of expressions like “The People”, which tends to be another form of representation. As with all expressions, it depends on context, how it’s used: by “The People” some people mean “the working class” or even “proletariat”, both of which phrases have their own history of being used in a manipulative manner. For the misuse of the phrase “The People” see this.

6/4/21:

Italy, Rome: demo against Covid restrictions turns into riot

5/4/21:

Bangladesh, Saltha Upazila: demonstration against Covid restrictions turns into riot after cops kill demonstrator; police station torched, administrative offices, shopping centre etc. attacked

One protester was killed and at least three others were critically injured as the police opened fire on mobs agitating against anti-COVID-19 restrictions in Saltha upazila of Faridpur on Monday night. The mobs attacked the upazila administrative office, Saltha police station, office of the assistant commissioner for land and muktijoddha complex and engaged in clashes with the police, according to witnesses…locals at one stage attacked sub-inspector Mizanur Rahman…hundreds of people marched towards the local police station and set fire to government installations, including the upazila parishad building, police station, AC Land office, UNO’s residence, upazila agriculture office”

4/4/21:

UK: official report on adverse side effects of vaccines – 704 fatalities

It seems to me that the massive publicity given to the couple of deaths from blood clots of the AstraZeneca vaccine is possibly a cover for something far worse.

As usual they have their get-out clause – that the vaccine did not necessarily cause the reactions

“When viewing the vaccine analysis print you should remember that:

  • Reporters are asked to submit Yellow Card reports even if they only have a suspicion that the medicine may have caused the adverse reaction. The existence of an adverse reaction report in the print does not necessarily mean that the vaccine has caused the suspected reaction.
  • It may be difficult to tell the difference between something that has occurred naturally and a suspected adverse reaction. Sometimes these events can be part of the condition being treated rather than being caused by the vaccine.
  • Many factors have to be considered when assessing whether the vaccine has caused a reported adverse reaction. When monitoring the safety of vaccines and medicines, MHRA staff carry out careful analysis of these factors.

For a medicine or vaccine to be considered safe, the expected benefits will be greater than the risk of having harmful reactions. It is important to note that most people take medicines and vaccines without having any serious side effects.”

Pfizer side effects – 283 fatalities

This includes:

3204 blood disorders (1 fatal)

1462 cardiac disorders (39 fatal)

10 congenital disorders (0 fatal)

1108 ear disorders (0 fatal)

23 Endocrine disorders (0 fatal)

1758 Eye disorders (0 fatal but 17 cases of blindness)

12682 Gastrointestinal disorders (14 fatal)

34688 General disorders (126 fatal)

26 Hepatic disorders (0 fatal)

652 Immune system disorders (1 fatal)

2653 Infections (51 fatal)

669 injuries (2 fatal)

741 Metabolic disorders (1 fatal)

15714 Muscle and Tissue disorders (0 fatal)

43 Neoplasms (0 fatal)

22156 Nervous system disorders (19 fatal)

294 Renal and urinary disorders (2 fatal)

4932 Respiratory disorders (19 fatal)

83 problems from surgical & medical procedures (0 fatal)

1462 Vascular disorders (4 fatal)

AstraZeneca side effects – 421 fatalities

This includes:

2411 blood disorders (2 fatal)

3768 cardiac disorders (51 fatal)

29 congenital disorders (0 fatal)

2574 ear disorders (0 fatal)

60 Endocrine disorders (0 fatal)

4566 Eye disorders (0 fatal but 59 cases of blindness)

39988 Gastrointestinal disorders (6 fatal)

131533 General disorders (196 fatal)

87 Hepatic disorders (0 fatal)

1109 Immune system disorders (1 fatal)

7375 Infections (47 fatal)

2201 injuries (1 fatal)

4679 Metabolic disorders (2 fatal)

47015 Muscle and Tissue disorders (1 fatal)

63 Neoplasms (1 fatal)

81702 Nervous system disorders (49 fatal)

1044 Renal and urinary disorders (1 fatal)

10643 Respiratory disorders (40 fatal)

279 problems from surgical & medical procedures (1 fatal)

3362 Vascular disorders (22 fatal)

Even if the qualifier “Reporters are asked to submit Yellow Card reports even if they only have a suspicion that the medicine may have caused the adverse reaction” means excessive over-reporting and that just 10% of the adverse reactions were caused by the vaccine that’s still a hell of a lot of deaths that have not had publicity, as compared with the 2 that have. Why are the deaths by blood clots considered to be definitely associated with the AZ vaccine whereas the other 702 including those from Pfizer (or 711 if you add on the 9 deaths possibly associated with unspecified brands of vaccine) are not definitely associated with the vaccines of AZ and Pfizer? Another thing that seems to indicate at least shoddiness on the part of this report is that it was published on April 1st and talks of 2 deaths from AZ, yet the next day the newspapers reported 7 deaths ( https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/02/covid-further-rare-blood-clot-cases-found-in-oxford-astrazeneca-recipients ). Certainly not deliberate, but indicative of the need to be very wary of the facts and figures given about all this considering they not only seem to have got it considerably wrong but don’t even bother to mention the fact that they got it wrong.

My suspicion following the publication of the list that the focus on blood clots covers up other deaths possibly caused by the vaccine stems from my lack of comprehension of why they should only focus on blood clots as an anomaly. It doesn’t seem any more anomalous than the other deaths, and in fact is proportionally less so than many of the other deaths. Look at this (deaths from various years around 2013 because I couldn’t be bothered to dig further to get the same year for each of these deaths…some of those medical sites you have to read half the report until you get to what you’re looking for, so, Mr. Impatient that I am, I chose the ones that focused on what I wanted pretty quickly). I presumed that deaths from blood clots meant deaths from venous thromboembolism (though in the list they say the deaths were caused by Immune thrombocytopenia and Thrombocytopeni, but venous thromboembolism is not mentioned), but I may be wrong.

Number of deaths from blood clots in UK 2013 –

Over the 3-year period of 2013–15, the average number of deaths from venous thromboembolism in England was 12640 per annum.”

https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lanres/PIIS2213-2600(19)30448-5.pdf

2 (or 7) following AZ vaccine

1 following Pfizer vaccine

Number from cardiac disorders 2013 – 64,000

https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2014/october/heart-disease-deaths

Deaths from Cardiac disorders:

51 following AZ vaccine

39 following Pfizer vaccine

64,000 is roughly 5 times the amount of 12640. But 51 is significantly over 5 times the amount of 7. So why focus on the 7? (originally 2). Why are blood clots more of an anomaly relative to normal illness-specific fatalities?

Gastrointestinal disorders (2012) – 1,646 deaths –

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsinvolvingclostridiumdifficileenglandandwales/2013-08-22

14 following Pfizer vaccine

6 following AZ vaccine

1645 is roughly an 8th the amount of 12640. But 6 (for AZ) is almost the same as 7 for blood clots. So why focus on the 7 for blood clots? Why are blood clots more of an anomaly relative to normal illness-specific fatalities?

Deaths from Nervous system disorders – 31,925 in 2014 –

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/683860/Deaths_associated_with_neurological_conditions_data_analysis_report.pdf

49 following AZ

19 following Pfizer

31,925 is roughly 2.5 times the amount of 12640. But 49 (for AZ) is well over 2.5 times the amount of 7. So why focus on the 7? Why are blood clots more of an anomaly relative to normal illness-specific fatalities?

3/4/21:

UK reports 7 blood clot deaths and 30 cases of rare blood clots among recipients of AstraZeneca jab; 9 deaths in Germany

“While many countries have resumed use of the vaccine after pausing their programmes, others have remained nervous. Among them, Canada has suspended use of the jab for people under the age of 55, while Germany has suspended routine use of the jab in the under-60s. The latter has noted 31 cases of CVST after giving 2.7m doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, 19 of which were associated with low platelets, and nine deaths. At present, most of these rare clotting events appear to be occurring in women under the age of 65 – but quite why this is remains unclear.”

This 2015 article about deaths following the flu vaccine, finishes with “At worst (unsuitable vaccine and unsuitable recipient), vaccination may result in the collapse of immunity, severe exacerbation of existing health conditions, and rapid development of fatal complications. The above considerations do not call for utopic ‘personal’ flu vaccines, but they do emphasize the critical importance of evaluating individual PEI status prior to vaccination, and using this parameter as a novel stratification/fitness index. This index should be thoroughly refined, and key parameters of pre-existing humoral and cellular immunity having the greatest impact on the immune response to vaccination should be extensively examined. Novel national infrastructures, including banks of regularly updated personal serum and medical histories should be created, and novel methodology should be developed to ensure fast computerized individual evaluations, which is critical in a pandemic period. This approach will inevitably cause criticism as complicating an already complex problem. However, it may help break the deadlock of the current policy of influenza vaccination, maintain human health and save lives. “The race is on, the stakes are high, and the world is nervously watching”. With the Covid vaccines there is NO EVALUATION OF INDIVIDUAL PEI STATUS PRIOR TO VACCINATION (I’m presuming – hopefully rightly – that PEI here stands for “Personal Experience Inventory”). Moreover, the ‘experts’ advising the continued use of the AZ vaccine are using the justification that Covid itself carries a greater risk of blood clotting than the vaccination without acknowledging that the introduction of the same disease through direct vaccination injection into previously healthy people must carry a similar risk.

Israel: 29 page document criticising the Pfizer-Natanyahu vaccination programme

“The Israeli People’s Committee has uncovered a multitude of malfunctions and failures at the administrative, ethical and legal levels during the COVID-19 vaccination campaign at the beginning of 2021 in Israel. In this document, we aim at presenting and elaborating the main features of these malfunctions, which have led to severe damages in many Israelis in the short term, and sadly to possible future damages. It seems that the entire country got caught up in a medical-social chaos, where the leadership has enabled a situation of fear and uncertainty to run its course out of control, and even contributed to its further enhancement. But most of all, we cannot ignore severe suspicions shared by all the committee members, that the fundamental sin, which led to the chaos and its casualties, is the way in which two very powerful personages, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla, agreed upon a massive vaccination campaign in Israel that is unprecedented in scale and nature. A vaccination campaign that lacks effective safeguards for public safety, that is devoid of any concern for people who may be harmed by the vaccine, and that has allegedly guaranteed to encompass populations, for which the safety of the vaccine has not been tested (pregnant women and their fetuses), and later also children, for whom the need to be vaccinated is totally unclear, while pushing aside any safety considerations. From this exact episode, where both parties came to an agreement regarding the vaccination campaign, which involved a wide variety of ethical and safety violations, an unrestrained drama was initiated that has revealed itself to be impulsive, neglectful and reckless. The agreed upon vaccination campaign concerns matters of life and death, yet is being conducted in an amateurish, irresponsible and aggressive manner, and it led to the political arena taking over the medical arena and bending it to its needs, while paralyzing all alarm systems, monitoring measures and open scientific discussion. Unfortunately, most of the medical system collaborated with this unsupervised process, starting with the higher ranks, and ending with field doctors – some actively, some by keeping quiet from fear of reprisal.”

2/4/21:

Philipines: Duterte threatens to kill anyone protesting lack of food during lockdown

“Police chief Archie Gamboa assured Thursday that the police would not start shooting the troublemakers. “The president has probably put too much emphasis on law enforcement in this time of crisis,” he said. Hours before Rodrigo Duterte’s statements Wednesday evening, nearly 20 people living in slums in Manila were arrested for staging a protest against the government, accused of failing to provide food aid to the poor. …”I ordered the police and the army as well as village officials to shoot people in the event of a problem or a fight that would put your lives on the line,” the president said. “Instead of causing problems, I will send you to the grave,” he thundered before explaining that after two weeks of confinement, the epidemic was continuing to progress.”

Covid has so far killed 0.012% of the population of the Phillipines.

1/4/21:

Youtube censors anything questioning state measures recommended by health “authorities”

We were preparing a video of an interview with a general practitioner, a most interesting point of view that we wanted to share with you. Before even publishing it, take a look at the message we received: YouTube does not allow content that explicitly calls into question the effectiveness of social distancing and self-isolation measures advocated by local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO), and which may encourage people not to respect them

Belgium, Brussels: mass street party turns into clashes with cops

“Calm returned after unrest all evening in Bois de la Cambre after a fake festival … Large groups of young people played a game of cat and mouse with the police all evening. This afternoon, a multitude of people showed up for “La Boum”, a fake festival that supposedly took place there. Peace did not return until 10 p.m. Dozens were injured and 22 people were arrested. 7 police horses were also injured. … The police put it at about 2,000 participants. They had turned up for the April fishing festival [April Fools Day in French is “Poisson d’avril” – Fish April] “La Boum” announced via Facebook by an anonymous artist collective from Brussels. From the beginning of this week it was clear that it was a joke, but it all got out of hand. Young people in particular often came together to party without a mouth mask. …the atmosphere only became grim when the police arrived a little after 4 pm. “Then it started to derail…The police first tried to quietly evacuate the park, but that did not work. So they deployed the great resources: horses, dogs and the water cannon.” …A large part of the park had already been evacuated by 6.30 p.m., but a hard core of a few hundred people continues to play a game of cat and mouse with the police for hours. During the evening twilight, the party is still going on, according to these images. … Fireworks are even set off by the revelers around 9 pm. At the same time, the water cannon must also be deployed several times. At that time, two large groups with several hundred young people are running amok in the Bois de la Cambre….Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) reacts indignantly. “The April Fool’s joke that got out of hand today in the Bois de la Cambre is a blow to all those people who are doing their best to respect the corona measures,” she said in a press release. …”I am well aware that the COVID crisis is now taking a very long time for many people and especially young people and that it is not always easy to comply with the measures,” she continues. “The more consistently we show solidarity with the measures, the faster we can stop the spread of the virus together.” The Brussels mayor Philippe Close (PS) is also unhappy about what happened. Earlier this week, he had already asked the public prosecutor’s office to take action against the April Fish Festival and the police were also on standby this afternoon, he said. “We cannot tolerate thousands of people coming together while the virus is still spreading…Everyone needs a party, but we cannot accept this.” … “It is still much too early for this”, says virologist Steven Van Gucht…”We are at a stage where very few people are vaccinated and protected, so we have to keep insisting on the measures. This is not worth repeating. ” Van Gucht says he understands that many young people are tired of it, but still asks to persist. “By letting go too early you can potentially cause thousands of extra deaths that are not necessary because in a few weeks the people at risk for complications and deaths will be vaccinated. It’s too early to let go, however difficult that may be.”

 

 

More here, here and here. “Spokesperson” for the collective apparently “responsible” for the fake festival speaks here. This spokesperson says that they want to spread the idea of “wild parties” (flashmob parties?) throughout Europe, as if the idea came from them. In fact, spontaneously or organised on Facebook or wherever, such parties, in defiance of the authorities, have existed for some time (see for instance, Facebook festivals, France May 2010) . I remember towards the end of confinement in Montpellier in May last year, a party of 100 people developed in the park without having been pre-organised at all. The absurdity of this epoch is that something as simple and banal as a street or park party is now defined as a threat to people’s lives and a callous egotistical act – both by “revolutionaries” and conservatives.

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

may 2021 (Covid1984)

JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril2020 here

This is a chronology not based on the date the information was published but based on the date I received it.

It should be clear that I am not in accord with the ideological aspects of the content of many of the articles I link to.

 

29/5/21:

Germany: clashes between cops and late-night revellers defying Covid restrictions in 3 towns/cities

“Around 600 young people gathered in Stuttgart’s city centre on Saturday evening…The revellers, who were drinking alcohol and flouting Covid-19’s restrictions on gatherings in the city, quickly attracted the attention of the police. However, they did not follow the orders of the police to disperse. The situation quickly escalated around midnight. “As a result, bottles were thrown at the paramedics,” said a police spokesman. The revellers also shouted insults at the officers, and the verbal conflict quickly escalated into violence. Large police forces were deployed as law enforcement officials decided to disperse the crowd and clear the area. Police were pelted with bottles and there were several clashes between revellers and officers. The police responded with tear gas. Five police officers were injured in the clashes and six rioters were temporarily detained, police said. The night’s events also resulted in property damage, German media reported, adding that some shop windows were smashed by the rioters. Police managed to bring the situation under control by 2am Sunday…The Stuttgart authorities and police are now considering banning rallies in several working-class areas of the city. The ban would mean that between 10pm and 6am local time, people could only move around the city centre, but could not gather or stay there, a police spokesman said. On Thursday, Stuttgart lifted the night-time curfew that is currently mandatory in all regions of Germany with high rates of Covid-19 infection. However, restrictions on gatherings and alcohol consumption are still in place. Stuttgart was not the only German city to experience riots because of Covid-19 restrictions. In the Bavarian city of Regensburg, a drunken night party involving some 500 people also ended in clashes with police. The scuffles left one police officer injured and one rioter detained, according to local media. In Hamburg, law enforcement officers broke up a large illegal party in a local park. About 1,300 people gathered in the area. The partygoers resisted the police action by throwing bottles at the officers.”

Australia, Melbourne: clashes during anti-lockdown protest

27/5/21:

Lesotho: cops kill woman during pay dispute clashes provoked by Covid19 price inflation

“A woman has died after being shot during violent clashes between factory workers and police in Lesotho as trade unions say they have lost control over angry protests over pay. Demonstrations spilled over into violence in what is the second week of industrial action, with looting and damage to several businesses in the capital Maseru. Lesotho’s 50,000 factory workers are demanding a 20% salary increase for the lowest paid employees, who take home the local equivalent of £113.73 a month. The employers say they can only pay a 5% increase because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their businesses.The strike started two weeks ago and workers have been fighting running battles with police and army officers, who have been blocking the protests, which they say are “in contravention of Covid-19 regulations”. Last week, workers blocked roads with rocks, logs, broken streetlamps and rubbish bins, which the police dispersed with a water cannon. The protests turned violent after the government announced that it had engaged the International Labour Organization (ILO) to mediate the standoff. Some of the protesters went on a looting spree, mainly targeting Chinese-owned businesses…Many shops and warehouses were left empty while some protesters also took gas cylinders on Tuesday evening. The looting only ended when armed police and army officers were deployed. Sam Mokhele, from the National Clothing Textile and Allied Workers Union (NACTWU), told the Guardian on Thursday: “It is unfortunate that we lost one of our members, Motselisi Manase, who worked in the packaging department at Nien Hsing textile factory. It is sad that neither the police nor the army, who were both present, are acknowledging the tragic death.”…Last month, three workers were hospitalised after police shot at demonstrators with rubber bullets. In November last year Chief Justice Sakoane Sakoane criticised the police for “state-sponsored violence” against civilians in violation of constitutional provisions guaranteeing their freedom from cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment. He awarded a man from Mafeteng, Tšolo Tjela, who was tortured and humiliated by police officers in 2015, the equivalent of £20,500 in claims. After the police appealed the ruling, the court of appeal changed the award to £12,800. The textile workers accuse the government, which is charged with mediating between the workers and factory owners as well as setting the minimum wage, of insincerity in its dealings. They say the move to engage the ILO was never discussed in the unions’ engagements with a ministerial subcommittee set up to look into the matter. Unions say they are no longer in control of the angry workers, who argue that their earnings can no longer sustain them as prices of goods have increased dramatically since the first Covid-19 lockdown last year. Cooking oil alone has more than doubled in price. Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro on Wednesday evening said a new salary would be published on 16 June and encouraged the strikers to return to work. But the unions responded that workers would “stay at home until they have a concrete promise that they would get salary increments” despite the threat of having their salaries for May docked for the days that they have been out of work. According to unions, 95% of the workers are women, and low wages exacerbates their vulnerability in a country with a high prevalence of violent crimes against women.”

26/5/21:

Because of unusual death from vaccine, Belgium stops giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine to under-41s…unless they’re homeless!!!

“The vaccine will continue to be used for the home vaccination of the elderly, and those in precarious situations such as the homeless, which is an important priority in the campaign. On Tuesday, Beke already stated in the Flemish parliament that the aim of giving every adult their first dose by 11 July could be in jeopardy. “If we cannot count on those vaccines, we will only achieve 85% vaccination coverage by 11 July,” he said. On 20 April, the EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) already announced that a “possible link” between rare blood clots and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was found. While it stated that the blood clots should be listed as “very rare side effects” of the vaccine, the Agency confirmed that the overall benefit-risk analysis remained positive, and did not recommend an age limit. Now, Belgium’s health ministers asked the EMA to carry out a new benefit-risk analysis for the vaccine, in function of age.”

Another report in Flemish apparently says it’ll continue to be given to undocumented people as well.

25/5/21:

Article on France’s repressive Order of doctors

Translation here

The Israeli People’s Committtee report on adverse side-effects of Covid, April-May2021

The silencing mechanisms of the Israeli health system regarding the adverse events related to the corona vaccine, and the denial of their severity and worrisome scope, combined with the fact that the mainstream media in Israel have ignored adverse events and avoided reporting them, have created a situation whereby the Israeli public is almost completely unaware of the existence, nature and prevalence of the post-vaccination adverse events….From our inquiry a disturbing image has emerged of the high rate of serious adverse events, observed in proximity to receiving the vaccine, even among young people. Many adverse events are life-threatening, and regretfully more than a few ended in death….here are our main findings:

We received 330 reports of deaths occurring in proximity after the vaccination (90% up to 10 days after the vaccination). 64% are men. According to the ministry of health’s statement: only 45 deaths occurred in proximity after the vaccination.

 According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), during January-March 2021, in the midst of the vaccination operation, there was a 18% increase in overall mortality in Israel compared to the tri-monthly average mortality in the previous year. In fact, the period of January-March 2021 is the deadliest one in the last decade, with the highest overall mortality rates, when compared to the corresponding months over the last 10 years.

Among the age group of 20-29, the increase in overall mortality rate is even more dramatic. In this group, during the same vaccination period, January-March 2021, there has been a 30% increase in overall mortality compared to the tri-monthly average mortality in 2020.

A statistical analysis of data from the CBS combined with information from the ministry of health leads to the conclusion that the mortality rate amongst the vaccinated is estimated at 1:3000 (1:18000 for ages 20-49, 1:5000 for ages 50-69, 1:1100 for ages 70+). According to this assessment, it is possible to estimate that the number of deaths in Israel, which have occurred in proximity after the vaccination, currently stands at about 1600-1700 people.

There is a high correlation between the number of people vaccinated per day and the number of deaths per day, in the range of up to 10 days post vaccination, in all age groups. For ages 20-49 – a range of 8 days from the date of vaccination to death; for ages 50-69 – 5 days from the date of vaccination to death; for ages 70 and up – 3 days from the date of vaccination to death.

The risk of death after the second vaccination is higher than the risk of death after the first vaccination.

Up until the publication date of this report, a total of 2646 reports of adverse events have been recorded by The Israeli People`s Committee, and the reports continue to flow in. These reports indicate damage to almost every system in the human body. They also highlight the incomprehensible gap between official Israeli media reports and what is really happening, enabling a “two worlds” situation due to journalistic failure to sense, identify and report on what is actually happening in citizens` real-life.

The accumulated post-vaccination adverse events in our database is the outcome of our work with very limited resources and despite many kinds of government’s pressures aimed at concealing this critical information from the public eye. Therefore, we believe that our database of vaccine-related adverse events reflects a very small fraction of the real picture, which is about 1% of the actual number of cases according to our assessment.

This assessment is added to the fact that around 250000 people did not show up to get the second dose of vaccine, despite all massive social and occupational pressure of the green passport. We believe that the majority of them decided so due to experiencing adverse effects following the first vaccine dose.

There are close similarities in the reports of adverse events from countries with relatively high vaccination rates, with hundreds of death reports, as well as reports of damage to many human body systems.

In our analysis, we have found a relatively high rate of cardiac-related injuries. 25% of all cardiac events occurred in young people below the age of 40, the most common diagnosis in these cases being myocarditis or pericarditis.

Additionally, a high prevalence of massive vaginal bleeding, neurological, skeletal and skin damages have been observed.

It should be noted that a significant number of adverse events reported are related, directly or indirectly, to coagulopathy (myocardial infarction, stroke, miscarriages, disruption of blood flow to the limbs, pulmonary embolism).

The reporting of adverse events from hospitals and HMO clinics has been very low, and there is a tendency for a diagnostic bias that excludes the possibility of a link between the adverse events and the vaccination. There are probably many thousands of unreported cases. We get growing numbers of reports about this phenomenon from medical staff within hospitals. The general impression is that hospitals seem to be dealing with a chaos and confusion regarding the way to handle growing numbers of vaccine injured patients while at the same time to keep them out of records. Many doctors in emergency rooms nowadays begin their anamnestic inquiry by the question: “When were you vaccinated?” yet write nothing about it in discharge letters.

The general policy regarding adverse effects seems to be “over-protective” of the idea of continuing the vaccinations at all costs. In this atmosphere, and in stark contrast to the accepted medical codes according to which mortality and morbidity caused after any medical treatment should be attributed to the treatment itself unless proven otherwise, most Israeli doctors avoid raising reasonable medical suspicions about the potential contribution of the vaccine to new adverse effects. Instead, doctors, hospitals and media all talk in one voice that says: “It has nothing to do with the vaccine, until you prove it completely”. This is, of course, just a smoke screen aimed at preventing the truth, which ruins the essential foundations of differential diagnosis and brainstorming based medicine, and whose consequence is a breakdown of normal and scientific medicine.

In light of the extent and severity of post-vaccination adverse events we are witnessing, we would like to express the committee’s definite position that vaccinating children is both dangerous and lacking any medical basis. It may lead to adverse events, similar to those observed in adults (including young adults from age of 16), which could result in the death of completely healthy children. The committee believes that the intention to vaccinate children, while putting in danger their lives, their health, and their future development, has no medical justification since the coronavirus does not endanger children at all.

According to US VAERS system 7 deaths in ages 0-17 were reported in relation to Covid 19 vaccination during 2021, 6 of them of Pfizer Biontec. We hope that the radical idea of vaccinating children against the coronavirus will soon be taken off the table; and if not, that it will be completely rejected by most of the parents around the world.

Never has a vaccine injured so many! The American VAERS system reveals 3409 reports of mortality amongst vaccinated people in the United States in the first 4 months of 2021. This datum reflects a rise of thousands of percent from the annual average, which stood at 108 reports of post-vaccination mortality per year, whilst the difference in vaccination rate (in comparison to influenza vaccination) is less than 40%. In other words, more post-vaccination deaths have been recorded in the VAERS system during a single vaccination campaign than from all other vaccines combined over the preceding three decades. See the chart below.

In light of all the above and the detailed information ahead and for the sake of the good, reliable and advanced medicine, for all people and from the pure intention, we would like to hereby declare the statement that all branches of medicine should agree about: “Once you apply new medication of all sorts to mass people and have insufficient knowledge about its true safety, all adverse effects that follow must be regarded as related to this medication until proven otherwise. This is the only way to obtain the true information, to ensure maximal safety surveillance and to make sure that non-medical motives will have no influence on the process of evaluating and learning the true nature of this medication and its influence on people.”

Not yet read the whole of this 36-page report. Their site is this.

24/5/21:

India: French report on shanty towns where everyone lives in close proximity mostly without masks and where Covid, or at least significant symptoms of it, is totally absent

This report largely explains this by the fact that in growing up people are exposed to lots of viruses and have developed a very powerful resistance to them.

23/5/21:

Discussion of trials and meta-analyses of ivermectin

“…Somehow at the root of all this is some weird license with no limit to a double standard. So if the powers-that-be decide they don’t like something like ivermectin they can establish any standard up to a ridiculous degree that nothing can overcome. When it comes to the thing that they favor there’s almost no standard at all. There’s no level of danger that could be sufficient to call it into question…What you can see is a double standard that is glaring if you know how to analyse what’s being said…In light of conspicuous patterns…and in the light of the first that the drug in question has a very long extreme safety record why wouldn’t you test it, why wouldn’t you do that large scale study, why wouldn’t you deploy it somewhere to see whether it had the effect and then discover whether or not this was…effective in controlling Covid from people who’ve already contracted it and preventing contraction…What on earth is the excuse for not testing this…remarkable efficacy short term and long term – because it’s been in use so long. Given all the evidence this appears efficacious in preventing both the spread between people and the spread within a person, why on earth would you not run a very large study that would tell you for sure how good this was and how best to use it…If ivermectin were an effective treatment, the vaccines would never have gotten emergency use authorisation in the U.S. and we know that because [cites official document listing “Criteria for issuance under emergency use authorisation of medical products”]... It needs to be a serious or life-threatening disease or condition. There needs to be evidence of effectiveness. There needs to a be a risk/benefit analysis. And there need to be no alternatives. Quote: “For the FDA to issue an EUA, there must be no adequate, approved and available alternative to the candidate product for diagnosing, preventing or treating the disease or condition”…By not doing the relevant large-scale clinical studies on ivermectin and thus it not being approved by the FDA for use in Covid that opens the door for …emergency use authorisation for the vaccines that we are now all living with and among…This would have elements of malpractice, this would be gross negligence…and it verges on depraved indifference…”

Ivermectin is a vastly cheaper method of treating Covid than the vaccines. Apparently ivermectin costs the state 10 euros for 15 kilos of the medicine. The daily dose per person depends on their weight – 0.2 milligrams per kilo. Which would, for someone weighing 80 kilos, cost the state (admittedly before packaging, delivery costs, etc.) just 1.6 euros for 10,000 days’ supply (or, more rationally, less than half a cent for 30 days’ supply, or even more rationally – since you’re likely to recover after less than 10 days, 0.16 of a centime for 10 days).

Dr Sebastian Rushworth looks at the trials of ivermectin

“You would have thought that this strong overall signal of benefit in the midst of a pandemic would have mobilized the powers that be to arrange multiple large randomized trials to confirm these results as quickly as possible, and that the major medical journals would be falling over each other to be the first to publish these studies.

That hasn’t happened.

Rather the opposite, in fact. South Africa has even gone so far as to ban doctors from using ivermectin on covid-19 patients. And as far as I can tell, most of the discussion about ivermectin in mainstream media (and in the medical press) has centred not around its relative merits, but more around how its proponents are clearly deluded tin foil hat wearing crazies who are using social media to manipulate the masses.”

See also this, from the same doctor, which concludes that hydroxychloroquine with azythromicine and zinc might be a bit beneficial but probably not much, although he feels the most reliable trials involve too few people to be sufficiently conclusive. Includes both in the article itself and in the comments boxes an interesting debate about how research with placebos and double blinds often cherry-picks and manipulates data, depending on things such as the age and comorbidities of those selected, the time-gap following the onset of symptoms when treatment is given, the doses involved, the effect measured and details of the measurement, distribution of SARS-CoV-2 variants, and other treatments (anything from supplements, other medications, or other kinds of treatment like prone positioning).

Sample quote: “RCTs [randomised control trials] are considered the gold standard by corporations and academics who most benefit by them, whereas anecdotal reports based on clinical experience are ignored. In theory RCTs sound good and they do have some utility wiping out the obvious confounders of the worthless correlation studies. That does not mean they are of ultimate value – it merely points to how worthless the observational studies are. RCTs only appear good in relative comparison, but you’re comparing dumb and dumber, not right and wrong. … Note that pharma can fund an RCT, and if it does not make their new multi-million dollar drug look good, they throw it out and start a new RCT with different parameters. No one, including MDs, knows what the prior RCTs concluded. Research form Harvard’s Safra Center found that 90% of new pharma drugs did next to nothing (except give Pharma big profit) – they provided maybe a 2% improvement (probably jiggered to pass the FDA rubber-stamp approval threshold (Pharma funds half the FDA’s budget and staffs it via the revolving door). We live in a post-truth world where we are programmed from every direction. It is not easy to think for yourself since we’ve been programmed from birth with unexamined assumptions. Science (including lots of anecdotal reports) is our only hope to do an end-run around our internal confirmation and availability bases as well as both the mainstream and alt-programming. You can’t really trust anyone and can’t trust RCTs either. It’s not easy moving onward through the fog and you have to be ready to backtrack so no ego allowed. You have to do your own research and Hope for the Best. As Socrates pointed out, realizing your own ignorance (as well as that of others) is the beginning of wisdom. “It Ain’t What You Don’t Know That Gets You Into Trouble. It’s What You Know for Sure That Just Ain’t So.” – Twain”

This very interesting video on Absolute Risk v. Relative Risk (from June 2019) indicates another way research results can give an impressive image of efficacy for drugs that in reality are almost invariably not very efficacious at all, and can result in significant adverse side effects. And this from Sebastian Rushworth (the same doctor linked to above) about absolute risk v. relative risk and their confusion in scientific studies etc: “What patients care about is “clinical significance”, i.e. if they take a drug, will it have a meaningful impact for them. Clinical significance is closely tied to the concepts of absolute risk and relative risk. Let’s say we have a drug that decreases your five year risk of having a heart attack from 0,2% to 0,1% . We’ll invent a random name for the drug, say, “spatin”. Now, the absolute risk reduction when you take a spatin is 0,1% over five years (0,2 – 0,1 = 0,1). Not very impressive, right? Would you think it was worth taking that drug? Probably not. What if I told you that spatins actually decreased your risk of heart attack by 50%? Now you’d definitely want to take the drug, right? How can a spatin only decrease risk by 0,1% and yet at the same time decrease risk by 50%? Because the risk reduction depends on if we are looking at absolute risk or relative risk. Although spatins only cause a 0,1% reduction in absolute risk, they cause a 50% reduction in relative risk (0,1 / 0,2 = 50%). So, you get the absolute risk reduction by taking the risk without the drug and subtracting the risk with the drug. You get the relative risk reduction by dividing the risk with the drug from the risk without the drug. Drug companies will generally focus on relative risk, because it sound much more impressive. But the clinical significance of a drug that decreases risk from 0,2% to 0,1% is, I would argue, so small that it’s not worth taking the drug, especially if the drug has side effects which might be more common than the probability of seeing a benefit. When you look at an advertisement for a drug, always look at the fine print. Are they talking about absolute risk or relative risk?”

See also HCQ for COVID-19: real-time meta analysis of 245 studies and this, both of which indicate the definite positive results of HCQ with azythromicine (and zinc), though much of the meta-analysis is based on observational studies and possibly not enough RCTs.

22/5/21:

UK government advisers say current vaccines unlikely to protect against new variants in future

Now there’s a surprise!

21/5/21:

UK: basic criticisms of government contempt

The victories of ivermictin

Translation:

“You can fool some of the people all the time. You can fool all the people some of the time. But you can’t fool all the people all the time.” (A. Lincoln)

Ivermectin has already saved tens of thousands of lives, and is gaining ground. The problem is that the pharmaceutical industry, the western governments, don’t want to see it, and the press refuses to show it to us. It is making progress, but how many tens, hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in one year because of this blindness? If ivermectin cures river blindness, it seems to be a failure against Covid blindness.

INDIA

By mid 2020, Uttar Pradesh in India was the first “country” (actually a state in India but with a population of 205 million, 3 times the size of France) to treat its population extensively with Ivermectin. Chiapas in Mexico did the same at about the same time.

In 2020, Uttar Pradesh had 7,800 deaths, compared to 65,000 here, which is 25 times less than us for the same population. A younger population, you may say, but the health conditions are much poorer, as we see today. Not all declared? Not to that extent! So to be fairer, let’s compare with another Indian state, like Delhi, which is 12 times less, and 3 times less than the country’s average. Same thing for Chiapas: with ivermectin, 4 times less deaths than the country average, 10 times less than Mexico City.

No one in the West was interested. Instead of seeing what was happening on a large scale, our authorities were quibbling about 2×12 studies, wondering whether they were published or not, whether the authors thought a few more guinea pigs were needed, without even looking at the results. Foolishness? Incompetence? Manipulation? I leave it to you to judge.

While 15 days ago everyone was talking about a catastrophe in India, a situation out of control, knowing that they had to deal with their second wave, I took the opposite view and calmed things down.

What about after 2 weeks? While our “great specialists” were still announcing a few days ago that India would not reach its peak of contamination before several weeks (repeated everywhere like here), here is the curve of the contaminations in India, up to date yesterday: it is eight days since the peak seems to have been reached.

How is this possible, so quickly, in a country where barely 3% of the population has had its two doses of vaccine so far? Many states have followed Uttar Pardesh. Goa followed (in 15 days reduction of 58% in hospitalisations), asking the whole population to take Ivermectin, then Uttarakhand and others.

What do the curves look like in these states?

But WHO and Big Pharma are watching. The WHO issued statements advising against Ivermectin, and Gilead showered the country with Remdesivir, even though it was advised against by the WHO, at a 20-fold price reduction. Some states followed the WHO, such as Tamil Nadu. Here is what it looks like: no decline. If you want all these curves day by day, type on Google “Covid India”, and you immediately have the curves of cases and deaths for all countries. For India, just to the right of the country, you can select each state. You can also find other curves on Patrice Gibertie’s website.

As far as deaths are concerned, given the 15-day lag with cases, when we were at 3000/day, I thought the peak would be between 5 and 6,000, it will be less because it seems to have plateaued at around 4,000 for the last week.

If this continues, the peak of the Indian “catastrophe” is at the level of what we have been experiencing on average for the last 6 months, and will have lasted only 10 days. Let’s remember that we had a peak of 1000 deaths in 24 hours, that is to say 20,000 in relation to their population. Having said that, let’s remember that with this virus, everything can change from one day to the next, but it seems to have taken hold in the last 8 days.

MEXICO

Same thing in Mexico. Following the results of Chiapas, Mexico City has started to distribute Ivermectin on a large scale. Who told us about the results of this experiment, involving 234,000 patients, with a 2/3 reduction in hospitalisations? Nobody.

This country was remarkably followed by Enzo Lolo.

OTHER

Other countries have started using Ivermectin, but the results will not necessarily be seen. So when the Czech Republic announced it, and at the same time ordered 20,000 doses for the whole country, there is a gap between talk and practice.

Portugal does not make any noise, doctors are free and prescribe a lot (50% it seems). All this, unlike in France, with the agreement of the Order of Physicians. Result:

South Africa has also started, under pressure from doctors’ associations:

I was the first in France to tell you the story of Ivermectin in this country, which was banned and abruptly authorised after members of the government died, while others were still living thanks to Ivermectin and Jackie Stone.

One of the latest countries is the Philippines, and as always, cases fall within 15 days:

FRANCE

By way of comparison, the curve for France, which is not treating and is struggling to get over its second wave, which will have lasted more than 6 months. The declarations of satisfaction of our leaders are increasingly difficult to find comparisons to continue to say that we are better than the others.

CONCLUSIONS

It would seem that to stop a wave, ivermectin alone (less than 3% of those vaccinated with 2 doses in India, 1.5% in Zimbabwe, 1% in South Africa), goes much faster than vaccines alone. 15 days for the first, several months for the other. Also our vaccines seem to have problems with the Indian variant, whereas ivemectin does not.

Not treating Covid in its early stages is like an oncologist waiting for metastases before starting cancer treatment, like a surgeon waiting for sepsis and peritonitis before operating on appendicitis. This is the medicine we practice today.

SF: see also Ivermectin and this from the end of May (in French – rough translation here)

19/5/21:

UK: Scientists and psychologists admit using fear in authoritarian/totalitarian manner

“Scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was “unethical” and “totalitarian”. Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) expressed regret about the tactics in a new book about the role of psychology in the Government’s Covid-19 response. SPI-B warned in March last year that ministers needed to increase “the perceived level of personal threat” from Covid-19 because “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened”. Gavin Morgan, a psychologist on the team, said: “Clearly, using fear as a means of control is not ethical. Using fear smacks of totalitarianism. It’s not an ethical stance for any modern government.”…One SPI-B scientist told Ms Dodsworth: “In March [2020] the Government was very worried about compliance and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down. There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear. The way we have used fear is dystopian. The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable. It’s been like a weird experiment. Ultimately, it backfired because people became too scared.” Another SPI-B member said: “You could call psychology ‘mind control’. That’s what we do… clearly we try and go about it in a positive way, but it has been used nefariously in the past.” One warned that “people use the pandemic to grab power and drive through things that wouldn’t happen otherwise… We have to be very careful about the authoritarianism that is creeping in”. Another said: “Without a vaccine, psychology is your main weapon… Psychology has had a really good epidemic, actually.” Another member of SPI-B said they were “stunned by the weaponisation of behavioural psychology” during the pandemic, and that “psychologists didn’t seem to notice when it stopped being altruistic and became manipulative. They have too much power and it intoxicates them”.

And here: “…the Government has been accused of feeding the public a continuous eating regimen of unhealthy information, corresponding to deaths and hospitalisations, with out ever placing the figures in context with information of how many individuals have recovered, or whether or not every day loss of life tolls are above or beneath seasonal averages.”

France: clashes with cops over lack of submissive respect for Covid curfew in 2 towns

“As France celebrated the reopening of terraces on Wednesday, a new stage in the decontamination process, in Rennes and Bordeaux, some people did everything they could to ensure that the party continued beyond the 9pm curfew. In Ille-et-Vilaine, from the afternoon, images of the mythical rue de la soif and the adjacent streets showed a very dense crowd, composed of hundreds of people, without masks, crowding in front of the multiple bars that compose it. Far from the strict sanitary protocol that allowed the bars and restaurants to reopen: consumption only on the terrace, with a maximum of six per table, and a capacity of only 50%. As the curfew hour arrived, passed on Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm, some of these revellers refused to leave the premises….They even massed, nearly a thousand of them, on the nearby Place Sainte-Anne, to dance to the sound of electro music, taking off their masks, reports Ouest-France. The fire brigade, called in to help, was forced to put out a pallet fire on the square at around 10.30pm, into which… bar furniture had been thrown, while police officers used tear gas and LBD fire in response to projectiles being thrown, France Bleu said. “There was a pallet fire at around 9.45pm, with people who had returned to the church site and climbed onto the sheds, requiring police intervention. It lasted an hour,” according to a Rennes police officer…In Bordeaux too, the party never ended for some. While the terraces and squares of the city of Gironde did not empty all afternoon, some wanted to make the pleasure last after 9 pm,…The Place Lafargue continued to host hundreds of revellers, dancing without masks well after the curfew. Some were calmly evacuated by the police around 10pm, but others continued to occupy the square until late into the night…In Paris, bar terraces also had to be evacuated, without a stir, by the police once the curfew hour arrived, while in Amiens, in Picardy, at least three bars were forced by the police to close early, at 8pm, because of the influx of customers and the non-respect of sanitary rules… However, no fines were issued to either the businesses or the partygoers…”

Belgium: appeal by doctors against use of children as guinea pigs for the pharmaceutical industry

The campaign to promote widespread vaccination against Covid-19 is intensifying at the cost of the most basic caution about its potential consequences for public health.

There are more and more insistent messages in favour of vaccinating children. For example, the German Medical Association is recommending compulsory vaccination for children from kindergarten onwards from the start of the school year 2021-2022.

We believe that it is time to appeal to reason to the Belgian Health Authorities and the government.

First of all, it should be remembered that the vaccines currently administered to adults are experimental vaccines for which phase 3 clinical trials are underway. This explains why these vaccines currently only have a provisional marketing authorisation. In other words, all those who are vaccinated today are, for the most part, unknowingly participating in a world-class trial campaign.

The reality today is that many questions remain unanswered and unsupported by scientific evidence about the safety, efficacy and even usefulness of vaccines as they are now being widely used.

…The risks of potentially fatal coagulopathy, already listed in the United States in the VAERS adverse event reporting system and in its European equivalent, Eudravigilance, have been wrongly minimised by the health authorities.
As early as 10 March, the association “Doctors for covid ethics” called on the EMA (European Medicines Agency) to withdraw approval for the use of genetic vaccines, all of which are implicated(1).
Furthermore, there are credible reasons to believe that these same vaccines are likely to alter fertility, gestation and reproduction. A thorough investigation of this issue should at least be conducted before taking the risk of sterilising an entire generation(2).
Finally, there is another potentially devastating effect of vaccination, immune evasion, which leads to the creation of mutants that have two potential effects, that of infecting a younger population and that of causing more deaths than in the absence of vaccination(3),(4)

…It is known that, at least for the initial strain of the virus and the first variants to appear, the risk of serious covid for young people and even more so for children is very low. The essential criterion of effectiveness would therefore be that of reducing the transmission of the virus by contaminated people.

However, the trials carried out by vaccine producers were not designed to measure the reduction in transmission risk(5). It is therefore not known whether vaccines prevent or significantly reduce transmission.

Furthermore, while it is hoped that the majority of those vaccinated will recover without consequences, it is not possible to predict how many will develop delayed immune disease.

Contrary to the optimistic statements of many of the most highly publicised experts, there is no certainty that current vaccines are truly effective.

…The risk of mortality from Covid 19 for children is around 0.002%. It is therefore totally unjustified to vaccinate children and even adolescents against a disease that does not threaten them.

Unless we consider that it is morally acceptable to make children play the role of guinea pigs, without them being able to expect any benefit for their health, we declare that the vaccination of children against Covid 19 must be prohibited and that it is the duty of parents to refuse it

For the Grappe
Pierre Stein, President
Paul Lannoye, doctor of physical sciences

  1. https://dortors4covidethics.medium.com Urgent open letter from doctors and scientists to the European Medicines Agency regarding safety issues with Covid-19 vaccines – 10 March 2021.
  2. Dr Janci Chunn Lindsay, molecular and toxicological biologist. Hearing before the CDC Vaccine Advisory Committee in Atlanta. www.jennifermargulis.net
  3. Idem.
  4. Vanden Bossche, G https://dryburgh.com/wp-356content/uploads/2021/03/GeertVandenBosscheOuvertLettreOMSMars62021.pdf
  5. Idem.

18/5/21:

Just received: Belgium: Pfizer announces that people will probably be invited
for a third vaccine shot “to protect from the new variants”

Pfizer forecasts $26bn of Covid-19 vaccine revenue after first-quarter success

16/5/21:

Germany, Berlin: cop harassment at curfew-covid time provokes angry yet fun-loving response

15/5/21:

France, La Reunion: youths flout Covid curfew, burn bins, clash with cops

Spain, Pamplona: cops attacked with bottles etc., skips burnt, as they try to enforce Covid restrictions; illegal party broken up

10/5/21:

Israel: vaccine-resistant strains may force yet another lockdown

An Israeli friend writes:

“I doubt each and every new declaration concerning “new and dangerous” variants, basing myself on nothing other than the insanity of it all and the fact that the Israeli health authorities lie continuously… The fear mongering is just so over the top, especially now with the fear-mongering campaign for vaccinating children (and infants in the near future) that includes blatant lies about children-hospitalisations from Covid etc. (easily contextualized and debunked bet alternative voices from the medical and scientific profession), that you can’t
believe anything they say…

They already had to apologize and retract the existence of a new Chilean variant, a fact which the report you sent doesn’t mention, as well as most of the Israeli media…

https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/descartan-existencia-de-variante-chilena-del-covid-19-que-se-habia-reportado-en-israel/75GH45ENOFEOPIWRV2D6M636HU/

https://www.world-today-news.com/israel-discards-chilean-variable-of-the-covid-and-recognizes-a-regrettable-error-in-the-information-that-was-disseminated/

I replied:

“But what do they get from saying this? Surely saying the vaccine is possibly useless against new variants makes a mockery of the whole vaccination programme? They’d have more to gain from covering it up, no?”

He replied:

“You’re right, I guess, although it seems to me that they want to maintain a fear from the virus even after “everyone” is vaccinated, so I’m not sure what their strategy is, if there is one. So far they have been reassuring the public that the vaccines are “probably”, or to this-or-that extent, good for the other existing variants (when in fact they don’t really know), while at the same time alarming continuously through the media about new people arriving to Israel with the Indian or Mongolian or Utopian variant…”

Ivermictin subject to arbitrary suppression

“…Social networks are not to be outdone and are participating in this desire to hide the truth about ivermectin. See this impressive regulation of YouTube on this subject. It goes beyond censorship! It is “forbidden to contradict information from local health authorities or the WHO”, “it is forbidden to recommend the use of ivermectin, to say that it is an effective treatment”…”

On ivermictin see also this.

Youtube regulations concerning “incorrect” medical information on COVID-19 – Deepl translation from French version (a bit different from the English version)

Article in French on other aspects of censorship about Covid

Deepl translation: Censorship: the European Commission’s response to ‘non-authoritative’ information

A liberal democratic “human rights” list of censorship of anything outside of dominant “consensus” regarding various aspects of the current totalitarian project surrounding Covid.

Sample quote: an EU communication states “…that social media will be used to track down the perpetrators of “disinformation” or “harmful influence operations” and report them to the public authorities;

that criminal provisions on disinformation will be introduced or strengthened in the Member States;

while an army of facts-checkers will restore the “official truth” via the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO)…”

9/5/21:

Germany, Munich: cops trying to enforce Covid regulations in park forced to temporarily retreat when attacked with bottles

8/5/21:

Spain, Majorca: riot as youths demonstrate after sit-in against Covid restrictions and curfews

“Violent disturbances and police charges this midnight in the centre of Palma, after a concentration of groups of young denialists anti-restrictions against the maintenance of the curfew in the Balearic Islands… A night that ended with 16 protesters arrested – one of them a minor – 4 police officers injured and huge destruction. Dozens of demonstrators – most of them without masks – gathered at around 11.30 p.m. this Saturday in Plaza España in Palma. They launched proclamations calling for the resignation of the president of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol and staged a sit-in, during which they have questioned in a manifesto the vaccine against COVID, which they have called “experimental”; they have accused the institutions of being “dictatorial”: “They are controlling us with fear” and have rebelled against the mask: “A person who receives 20% less oxygen is risking their health”…The protests of those present progressively became louder and louder, at which point the sit-in was lifted and confrontations with the officers began to take place, with the cry “We are not afraid”… it was an unauthorised protest… repeated warnings from the police only served to heat up the crowd, who, with proclamations of “freedom”, ignored them and opted to block traffic on the Avenidas as they passed through Plaza España. They broke and threw numerous items of street furniture at the officers, as well as several glass bottles. The officers, for their part, responded with several police charges. .. four officers were injured by the throwing of cobblestones, stones and bottles by the radicals…Several demonstrators overturned containers in Carrer Eusebi Estada, trying to set them on fire and set up barricades to cut off the street, although the officers were able to clear them quickly. There was also constant stone-throwing at vehicles parked in the area….The police were repeatedly applauded from balconies and windows by neighbours, some of whom collaborated with the officers, showing them where the violent people had gone or where they were hiding. Some of them dispersed and, faced with the action of the officers, chose to hide in doorways or under cars. During the rally and the clashes with the police, there was constant criticism of the effectiveness of the vaccines against the coronavirus, and adjectives such as “farce” or “experiment” regarding the vaccination plan.” Video here

Note the knee-jerk caricature “denialist” without even a gesture towards providing evidence. For the reader who accepts this “Covid-denialist” has become a put-down endlessly repeated, as an easy way of pushing away all questioning, a soothing mantra to push away the anxiety, to go back to sleep. One can dispense with actually ‘thinking’ it – that is, with going through the complicated logical acts involved in verbal formulation of it, an examination of the contradictions of the facts, of how one selects the facts, of how they are interpreted. The concrete melts into an easy cliché and no one seems able to think of expressions that are not unearned received ideas, that are not a ready-made response to something that may well be far more nuanced than the usual either/or Manichean choices proffered by a servile media. Such mechanization is essential for the repression of critique. A phrase becomes a magic wand that waves away all arguments, a method of repeating what society has proclaimed as being as taken-for-granted as the blueness of the sky without making the effort to get your head around what someone is in fact saying so as to contest it honestly. And when criticism can’t be contested honestly it can only be utterly distorted to fit into something one has already found arguments against. This unthinking language is the ideological cage of the spectator who accepts without question being caged by the language of the consensus, the refuge of the ruling society. And acceptance of the language also becomes practical acceptance of the rules of this cage: follow the experts’ rules and you won’t get sick. When hierarchical power wants to avoid resorting to its material arms, it relies on dominant language, the language of domination, to guard the oppressive order. No need to try to think for oneself: thinking is thus reduced to the level of industrial processes, subjected to a tight schedule – a short cut which, in short, cuts off all chance of communication. As part of the reproduction of ideology, it contributes and intensifies divisions among those who potentially could contest this world, divisions reinforced because the working class has already been weakened by years and years of retreat from revolutionary perspectives.

A brief summary of the Israeli People`s Committee Report of Adverse Events Related to the Corona Vaccine, April 2021

Never has a vaccine injured so many….While the Prime Minister of Israel and senior officials of the Ministry of Health brag that Israel serves as a global model for nationwide vaccination, and while they boast that Pfizer has chosen us to be the experimental country thanks to the advanced technological systems of our HMOs [Health Maintenance Organizations], the state has systematically shut down all monitoring and tracking systems, which are designed to identify and alert of adverse events that occur in proximity of receiving the vaccine. This irresponsible conduct by the Ministry of Health during this mass operation providing an experimental treatment to millions of people, regardless of whether such conduct is negligent or intentional, has led to an unprecedented flood of thousands of serious adverse event reports after the vaccine on social media, which seems to be the only forum that still allows people to share their experiences. Surprisingly, such widespread phenomena have not received any media coverage or attention from public officials….

*We received 288 reports of deaths occurring in proximity to the vaccination (90% up to 10 days after the vaccination). 64% are men. According to the Ministry of Health’s figures: only 45 deaths occurred in proximity to the vaccination.

*According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), during January-February 2021, in the midst of the vaccination operation, there was a 22% increase in overall mortality in Israel compared to the bi-monthly average mortality in the previous year. In fact, the period of January-February 2021 is the deadliest one in the last decade, with the highest overall mortality rates, when compared to the corresponding months over the last 10 years.

*Among the age group of 20-29, the increase in overall mortality rate is even more dramatic. In this group, during the same vaccination period, January-February 2021, there has been a 32% increase in overall mortality compared to the bi-monthly average mortality in 2020…. “

Summary of the Israeli People’s Committee’s database regarding adverse events

Of course, these do not necessarily automatically indicate a link between the vaccine and the “adverse events”, but the fact that there seems to be no mechanism for reporting, when reports are easily available for the UK (for instance), is indicative of the extremely cavalier attitude of the Israeli state. This, on top of the comparison with deaths for previous years, seems, in the absence of any other explanation, like a cover-up.

5/5/21:

France: yet another confirmation that masks worn outside are almost totally pointless

“By last summer, the mask had gradually made its way into public space in many municipalities. But in the meantime, knowledge has become more refined: scientists now agree that the possibility of contamination by SARS-CoV-2 is very limited outdoors, while enclosed spaces are more threatening. Epidemiologist Antoine Flahault even describes this risk as “extremely marginal”. “In the outdoor environment, aerosols [micro-droplets potentially containing the virus, editor’s note] exist but they dilute in the atmosphere very quickly. I don’t think there is any risk, except in the theoretical case of someone spitting on you nearby,” says the director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva. A staunch “ayatollah of the indoor mask”, he considers that imposing it outdoors is “nonsense”. In Ireland, for example, only 0.1% of positive cases originate from outdoor activities (building sites, sports, etc.), according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), reports the Irish Times.”

 

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

july 2021 (Covid1984)

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneAugust2020 here

This is a chronology not based on the date the information was published but based on the date I received it.

Those who accuse this site of hyperbole would have thought that even suggesting the possibility of half of what’s happening today just over a year ago was hyperbolic and paranoid. The sleep of subversive reason is spawning an epidemic of monsters.

It should be clear that I am not in accord with the ideological aspects of the content of many of the articles I link to.

I should also add that there may well be some inconsistency and contradictory information here. That’s because it’s extremely difficult to sift what is valid, what is speculation and what is manipulation. However, it seems more worthwhile trying to put forward some of what appears to be the more pertinent criticisms of what’s going on than remain silent before the overwhelming propaganda machine and wait a few years in order to be “correct” but too late. “The path toward simplicity is the most complex of all, and here in particular it seemed best not to tear away from the commonplace the tangle of roots which enable us to transplant it into another region, where we can cultivate it to our own profit. ” – here

29/7/21:

Google mandates ALL of its 130,000 employees to get vaccinated

Israel: vaccination authorised for 5-11 year olds

28/7/21:

France, Montpellier: Football fans against the Health Passport

“After more than a year away from the stadiums, the ultra supporters’ movement is faced with a terrible dilemma: return to the stands… provided they accept the health pass. Ultrasupporters (inspired by the Italian tifosi) have always fought against restrictions of freedom and against the registration of fans. This population, often caricatured by the media, has been a laboratory for repression techniques. Today, the two Montpellier groups, the Butte Paillade 1991 and the Armata Ultra 2002, take a clear position: “hold on and don’t give in”!

A line that is not at all obvious, since other groups have finally accepted to bend to the constraints, such as the Indians from Toulouse or the Lingon’s Boys from Dijon. Let’s remember that in the middle of the confinement, many ultras groups, notably from Montpellier, had shown their solidarity with the medical staff by organising a collection to support them. Today, the choice of a coherent and firm position in the face of unprecedented restrictions on freedom shows the way – let’s hope that other groups will follow suit.”

Translation of communiqué:

“We, the ultras of Montpellier, have decided not to bow down before the liberticidal measures engendered by the Health Passport. As a whole, we are neither “conspiracy theorists” nor conformists, neither anti- nor pro- vaccination. Over and above the political and financial considerations connected to Covid, we simply refuse putting in place an insidious dictatorship, the dictatorship of “it’s for your own good”. As ultras we have always fought against measures that we consider to be liberticidal. The health passport alone brings together the various abuses we have fought against over the years: restrictions on freedom of movement, filing, digital identification, mass surveillance. How can we, who have never agreed to show an identity document to enter a stadium, accept such measures to identify and classify people? As citizens we refuse: to access a personal pleasure, even if passionate; to legitimise measures that amount to a form of social credit. We want to show solidarity, and not get down on our knees, even if it means depriving ourselves of places of conviviality that we cherish we cherish like the stadium at Mosson. We will not support the development of a 2-speed society, with its pariahs and its Good Pupils. We hereby send a clear message to our sympathisers: stand firm and concede nothing. Our future freedoms, those of our children, are at stake. Let’s be realistic: such measures, if endorsed by the masses, will never be questioned, and will be considered as a new normal for decades. The virus of numeric and health control of people is a lot more dangerous than any “variant”. Let’s not pay for pseudo security with our freedom. In addition, we will be regularly present on the outskirts of the stadium in order to meet up in a warm atmosphere and maintain connections which unite us. Non-digital connections, real connections, at a single speed”

27/7/21:

France: Ministerial adviser promises “a shit life for the unvaccinated”

France: despite necessity of being vaccinated or having PCR test to enter discotheques, increasing clusters of Covid found there

France: some clear comments from a radical group

Translation:

Dictatorship, Work in progress, #2

19 July 2021

The sinister Laurent WAUQUIEZ wants to experiment with facial recognition devices in trains and stations in the Auverge-Rhône-Alpes region;
He wants to install 10,000 additional cameras in the region, develop “intelligent video protection” and experiment with innovative systems (biometric technology);
He wants to deploy “video protection” (sic) inside school and intercity buses and continue equipping regional trains with “real-time video protection cameras”.

Source : https://www.laquadrature.net/2021/07/16/lundi-prochain-laurent-wauquiez-veut-autoriser-la-reconnaissance-faciale-dans-les-trains-et-les-gares/
Dictatorship, Work in progress, #1

16 July 2021

Ban on going to shopping centres, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, sports halls and any other establishment open to the public (ERP) for people who do not have a health passport;
Six months’ imprisonment and a €10,000 fine for people inspected without their health passport in establishments open to the public;
Possibility for private sector bosses and public employers to suspend treatment and then to dismiss the refractory among the millions of employees now concerned by the compulsory anti-covid vaccination and/or health passport;
Mandatory isolation of those who test positive, with random checks by the police or gendarmerie

Source : https://www.ouest-france.fr/sante/virus/coronavirus/pass-sanitaire-vaccination-obligatoire-sanctions-l-avant-projet-de-loi-anti-covid-se-precise-17bfc5c1-f0b3-4053-9b41-82ce27fef479

This is not a dictatorship

16th July 2021

Democracy’, as we have known it since our childhood, is gradually disappearing and dying. Political liberalism is in its death throes and, under the pretext of a health crisis, a new regime is being set up. Yet no one says it, no one sees it, everyone pretends that nothing is happening and that, once covid has been defeated, we will return to the world of before. Journalists, the self-proclaimed watchdogs of democracy, are there to reassure us and, far from denouncing the incredible brutality of the current anti-democratic regression, they are pushing it to the limit.

One day we will have to realise that journalism, as it is practised in so-called democratic countries, is not an obstacle to the rise of totalitarianism but its instrument, and that as freedom retreats and tyranny takes hold, journalists change the definition of these terms in order to make people believe that we are still in a democratic and temperate state governed by the rule of law.

Thus, the criteria for freedom are systematically lowered and those for tyranny are raised. To use a metaphor, the thermometer is changed every time the temperature rises, to suggest that the temperature remains constant and that the regime has not changed its nature.

Whatever measures the regime takes, the “thermometer of democracy” that is journalism (but also the various “control” and “defence of liberties” bodies) will tirelessly indicate “Room temperature: 20 degrees; moderate regime, any comparison with non-democratic regimes prohibited”.

Indeed, for journalists, one does not resist a “democratic” regime and one does not contest its democratic character. For them, resistance is always in the past tense, or it only applies to those who claim to conjugate it in the present tense. They are the fascists, the conspiracy theorists, the populists, the negationists, who must all be lumped together. The “duty to remember”, as applied by the media-political class, only serves to consolidate the dominant order, presented as unsurpassable, democratic by nature and preferable to anything that may have existed in the past.

In the meantime, with new laws, new decrees and new technological applications, a new Leviathan is rising, gradually swallowing up our last freedoms and giving itself an overwhelming, immense, implacable power, such as no other state in history has ever had. The covid-stage of capitalism is the end of political liberalism and the entry into a new totalitarianism with a digital face. While journalists and “democrats” look the other way, we will denounce and analyse each step of the implementation of this new iron heel, in order to help overthrow what is in reality a colossus with feet of clay, built on our renunciations and resignations.

General text on situation from anarchists in Greece – Our dignity in quarantine

“Never let a crisis go to waste”

26/7/21:

France, Montelimar: hospital personnel on unlimited strike against compulsory vaccination for hospital staff

This is a CGT-led strike, been going for a few days now. Not very likely to lead to any victory, given their history. See this.

24/7/21:

Brazil, San Paolo: clashes as hundreds of thousand demonstrate throughout country against Bolsonaro’s handling of Covid

“Bolsonaro’s government is being harshly questioned by suspicions of corruption in the purchase of vaccines, which have been uncovered by the investigations being carried out by a Senate commission and which have put even the president himself under the eye of the Attorney General’s Office. The far-right leader’s denialism in dealing with the pandemic and the alleged corruption at the expense of covid have raised calls in Brazil for his impeachment, driven by the opposition. Huge banners with the slogans “Bolsonaro out!” “Vaccine for all now!” and “Bolsonaro genocidal” were the common denominator of the protests, which only registered acts of violence in Sao Paulo. At the beginning of the night, when the marches were already dispersing in the São Paulo capital, the police fired tear gas after being attacked with stones by a group of hooded men, who also destroyed the facade of a bank.”

France: minor clashes in Paris and Lyon on anti-health passport demos, as 100s of thousands demonstrate round the country in mid-holidaysand in Nancy

“During the rally, the police were also targeted. According to a source, they were targeted by projectiles including firecrackers and smoke bombs, but also by insults. The window of a pharmacy was also damaged, as well as the Covid-19 screening tent in front of it.”

Obviously it’s impossible to say how many demonstrated, but given the massive presence in the cities I’ve heard about, it’s clear that the media figure of 165,000 people demonstrating in 170 towns and cities throughout France is an absurd underestimate, even by traditional manipulative standards.

23/7/21:

Deepl translation of part of this article, including link to research, showing the uselessness of masks:

“Professor Ari Joffe of the University of Alberta in Canada describes in his study COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown – Groupthink (Joffe AR (2021) COVID-19 : Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. Frontiers in Public Health 9:625778. doi : 10.3389/fpubh.2021.625778) , on the disastrous effects of lockdowns, several cognitive biases, including:

Anchoring bias, which consists of preferring the initial hypothesis and ignoring evidence that refutes it;

Commitment escalation in which investments in a defined course of action are maintained, even in the face of evidence of better options, thus respecting previous decisions;

Superstition bias which postulates that action is better than non-action (even in the absence of evidence), as it reduces anxiety;

The present bias, which favours immediate benefits over even greater benefits in the future (measures that would prevent more deaths in the long term seem less attractive);

And the identifiable lives bias which includes the identifiable casualty effect (neglecting invisible death statistics, such as collateral victims of measures, reported at the population level) and identifiable cause and effect (prioritising efforts to save lives from a known cause, even if more lives were saved by alternative responses).

These various biases, among many others, seem to me to explain in part not only the steps taken by various governments, but also the establishment and maintenance of a certain narrative, one that has come to captivate an overwhelming majority of the population, not sparing even those with a scientific background.

Such prohibitive measures could never have been imposed without the construction of this narrative, which finds its foundation in a serious threat, relayed and amplified by the traditional media. The latter maintained it by morbidly disseminating daily figures of COVID-19 deaths, and subsequently figures of contaminations. The narrative thus gradually took hold by means of several methods, including the dissemination of a single message through all channels of communication, spreading through society in the form of doxa (or the set of opinions received without discussion, as self-evident, in a given civilisation – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxa).

It is striking that the notion of war is evoked in the context of the pandemic… For propaganda has always been a fundamental tool in warfare, and one of its practices is censorship. In our digital age, it takes the form of fact checking. On 25 November 2020, I posted an article on Facebook entitled Are Face Masks Effective? The Evidence published on Swiss Policy Research (SPR) (an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organisation that investigates geopolitical propaganda)(Swiss Policy Research : https://swprs.org/face-masks-evidence/?fbclid=IwAR27ISnO9WnQQ6TRprb8WJpUwsVgSGLmCJmVSHlHbUlgMD0Di1qZP5X9iaQ#development-of-cases-after-mask-mandates). The article cited ten studies that concluded that masking is not effective against the spread of SARS-CoV-2, along with ten other aspects to be considered when assessing the effectiveness of masks. To supplement this information, the article even included and analysed seven studies that showed the proven effects of masks on the spread of the virus. This article was not just an unfounded opinion, but a position based on references, and yet Facebook labelled it as false information. The link provided by this fact-check was to the Lead News website, which claimed that several sources confirm that masks work against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 while citing only one source, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Facebook fact-checking on the site of Lead News : https://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/2020/11/fact-check-137-many-studies-find-masks-do-work-against-the-spread-of-coronavirus.html?fbclid=IwAR0XS6ebN0gFFmVscp6QYhcwB0Ep-JyX_VW8RmV9zOH_My0es86yUDhDDLU) ! Upon further investigation, it turned out that Facebook was fighting misinformation by conducting fact-checks with the help of so-called independent source checkers. But the famous Lead News (which is funded solely by Facebook) is a branch of another group, the Credibility Coalition, which is itself funded by Facebook, Google and Twitter, among others (Credibility Coalition, to which the Lead News belongs: https://credibilitycoalition.org/).

More recently, on YouTube this time, the video of the Great Debate (https://www.kairospresse.be/grand-debat/) organised by Kairos did not even last 24 hours before being withdrawn on the grounds of medical misinformation. As a reminder, a series of scientific experts and representatives of the Belgian government had been invited to debate with six other speakers (including myself) from different scientific and medical backgrounds, but none accepted the invitation. The debate therefore took place more in the form of an exchange of views. When looking for the reason for the banning of the video, YouTube informed that it does not allow content that spreads incorrect medical information contradicting that of the local health authorities or the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding COVID-19. Examples of prohibited content include those that claim that a specific treatment or drug guarantees a cure for COVID-19 and those that contradict the consensus of local health authorities or the WHO regarding the COVID-19 vaccine (I invite readers to read the list of prohibited content under this reference – List of forbidden content on YouTube : https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9891785).

This phenomenon of fact-checking is not limited to social networks, as traditional media are also involved. La Libre Belgique has created a section called La Source dedicated to checking sources. In an article entitled Do PCR tests overestimate Covid-19 cases? published on 4 April 2021 (https://www.lalibre.be/planete/sante/les-tests-pcr-surevaluent-ils-les-cas-de-covid-19-6066ecff7b50a6051776bce0), La Libre Belgique analysed Prof Martin Zizi’s LinkedIn publications on two claims:

PCR positive ≠ infection

PCR positive ≠ contagiousness

Rather than presenting possible references contradicting these statements, The Source was satisfied with comments from expert Dr. L. Cornelissen. Prof Zizi, for his part, verified the sources of the La Libre Belgique article, maintaining his position and thus fact-checking La Libre’s facts (giving rise to the article PCR useless if asymptomatic – https://www.kairospresse.be/pcr-inutiles-si-on-est-asymptomatique/). It is regrettable that La Libre did not read the article COVID-19: “effet de la vaccination sur le risque de transmission” published on the Chirec Pro website (http://www.chirecpro.be/fr/news/covid-19-effet-de-la-vaccination-sur-le-risque-de-transmission), in which the supposedly beneficial effects of vaccination on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 are highlighted. The article states:

The presence of virus detected by PCR is not synonymous with a risk of transmission since PCR is likely to identify low viral loads and therefore not necessarily sufficient to be responsible for possible transmission, this being confirmed by the overall reduction in viral load in vaccinated subjects.

The reference cited for this assertion is of poor (or even weak) quality to support the hypothesis that vaccination would decrease the spread. Note the three major problems with this source:

The referenced scientific article – explicitly states that this preprint reports new research that has not been certified by peer review and should not be used to guide clinical practice,

the study does not directly compare vaccinated people with a control group, but merely assesses the efficacy of a vaccine on hypothetically vaccinated people…

The researchers compare PCR-positive data (with the methodological biases mentioned above) from one age group with another age group, thus establishing an additional methodological problem.

Thus, Chirec similarly asserts to Prof Zizi that a positive PCR is not synonymous with contagiousness… but cites much less reliable references. What would The Source say about this?

If fact-checking existed before the current health crisis (becoming a more debated topic during the term of President Trump, who is known for his controversial statements), it has become a real reference tool to suppress anything that is deemed questionable. But this raises several questions, such as:

what content can be verified and identified as established fact? Is it legitimate, for example, to censor arguments on evolving scientific subjects under the pretext of a challenge from local authorities and the WHO (who have already proven their ignorance and error about the nature of SARS-CoV-2 on several occasions)?

Is fact-checking objective when verification on social networks is done partly by software (given the large amount of information put online every day) (Hard Questions : How Is Facebook’s Fact-Checking Program Working ? https://about.fb.com/news/2018/06/hard-questions-fact-checking/ ) and by verifiers, who are themselves paid by the social networks (https://credibilitycoalition.org/)?

And these questions raise an even more crucial question (which seems to be frequently postponed): what function do social networks have in the public arena? The head of Facebook, Marc Zuckerberg, has repeatedly said that Facebook is not a form of media (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-zuckerberg-idUSKCN1141WN?utm_source=Daily+Lab+email+list&utm_campaign=107c14838f-dailylabemail3&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d68264fd5e-107c14838f-395963781). Is censorship of content then justified on the grounds that Facebook calls itself a technology company and collaborates with governments to reduce the spread of misinformation (https://www.facebook.com/formedia/blog/together-against-covid-19-misinformation-a-new-campaign-in-partnership-with-the-who & https://www.kairospresse.be/facebook-ou-le-retour-de-linquisition/ ) while sharing allegedly anonymous data of their users with the authorities to combat the spread of the coronavirus (https://dataforgood.fb.com/docs/european-researchers-covid19/)? And what about journalism, which was once considered the fourth estate that was supposed to watch over the excesses of the other three embodying the state (executive, legislative and judicial), and which has never ceased from the beginning of the crisis to give voice to the state’s experts acting as authority figures during this health crisis and to defend them at all costs?

The establishment of a narrative through all these means of communication became perhaps most visible during the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. In addition to the increased censorship on social networks of any arguments against these vaccines (whose real effectiveness and risks of side effects are still debatable – https://covidrationnel.be/2021/05/11/note-technique-vaccins-contre-la-covid-19-base-de-preuves-et-consentement-eclaire/) , the medical profession also participates in influencing public opinion without any visible debate on the traditional media. Even mental health professionals are working on ways to get the population to accept measures, including vaccines, and recommend techniques such as nudging (= persuading someone to do something, gradually or by flattery; gently encouraging someone to do something) (https://www.kairospresse.be/nudging-et-consentement-eclaire-un-duo-qui-ne-fait-pas-bon-menage/) or outright using fear as leverage (https://www.news.uliege.be/upload/docs/application/pdf/2020-04/recommandations_psychosociales_covid-19.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0aSwlrOMEgMuyUjY-WRH–L6zGzkc9k95omQHMgbY9QcqMic4JXiEzNe0). And it is probably in the case of vaccines, where the economic interests of this health crisis are most identifiable.

In a debate with French essayist Idriss Aberkane, public health doctor Martin Blachier asserted the absence of pharmaceutical industry (specifically Pfizer) interests in this crisis (Youtube – LES DÉBATS – Martin Blachier vs Idriss Aberkane at 29min : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5CtlE9ILmE ). But some quick research shows that Pfizer’s revenue for the first three months of 2021 is $3.5 billion and the estimated revenue for the year 2021 for the vaccine alone would be $26 billion (or two-thirds of their annual revenue) (https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/PFE/pfizer/revenue). Recall that their annual revenue in 2019 was $41.17 billion. In 2020 it was $41.9 billion (an increase of 1.79% over 2019, rather than a loss of sales) (Youtube – LES DÉBATS – op. cit.)… And there is likely to be seasonal demand for its COVID-19 vaccines in the coming years (like the seasonal flu vaccine) (https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56979406?fbclid=IwAR2_b6UhBsvjAFc9lwsrqrjgNXG-9JkJf8QTbp4JAhqXRWjM8W7ff2MFh7M)…”

Video from September 30th 2020

(apparently contested here, though it seems it says only that masks do not protect against most aerosols other than the large ones – spit)

22/7/21:

Two Facebook posts from the last week about Israel.

Facebook post from 14/7/2021:

Given that most adults are vaccinated I find nothing interesting in this
statistic that Inbar Twisser presents as interesting – a reporter for N12 News, who tweeted that “this morning there are more fully vaccinated severe Covid patients in the hospitals than unvaccinated ones, 45 to 25”.

What IS interesting:

This situation where some of the population is vaccinated and some are not, is of great concern to the Ministry of Health because it creates two comparable groups: an experimental group and a control group. And that’s how easy it is to unveil the bluff. To illustrate:

When adolescents do not end up in the hospitals even though they are not vaccinated, it is clear to any reasonable person that the vaccine is unnecessary for them. On the other hand, if they do not get to the hospitals after they are vaccinated – the masters of mind-conditioning (and they are masters!) will tell us that it is thanks to the vaccine.

They are most disturbed by those who recover. These are not contagious, not sick and certainly not dead, and I fully understand why it was so important to vaccinate them in at least one dose. This is just another attempt to neutralize the control group and in this case it is a
particularly disturbing control group.

***

Facebook post from 20/7/2021:

“How they are messing with our minds.

The media has been publicizing for some time that the percentage of vaccinated tested positive is 40%.

This figure in itself raises questions about the efficacy of the vaccine. We are also told that an almost absolute majority of new critically ill patients during this period are also vaccinated.

I checked the data on the official website of the Ministry of Health and found updated data for the first week of July. The numbers there are interesting :

The left column is of people tested positive who have been vaccinated with a second vaccine over twenty days ago. The right column is of
unvaccinated who tested positive.

If you look at the total, you find that 50.2% of the positive cases are vaccinated. No longer 40% as reported in the media.

If we leave out the children up to the age of 19 (the vast majority of them without any symptoms anyway, but simply came out positive for the PCR test) we will actually find that from the age of 20 and up, the percentage of vaccinated out of the positive cases stands at 85.1%. Do you understand? 85.1% of the new positive cases are fully vaccinated!

For what reason did we rushed to get vaccinated?

So they said we would at least spare ourselves a serious illness, but even that is no longer true. After all, it is reported that most new severe patients are vaccinated.

We’re in big trouble.”

***

T writes:

I don’t know how much hard “scientific” conclusions can be drawn from all this about the efficiency of the vaccine, but it does makes things interesting. Also, the Health authorities representatives are now explicitly saying that natural immunity due to exposure to the virus is better than the immunity from the vaccine (and the data shows it as well – there are hardly any hospitalization or infections among people who were already exposed to the virus, vaccinated and unvaccinated alike) – the exact same people who explicitly lied earlier when they said that there are no reasons to believe that natural immunity will last and that the immunity from the vaccine is most probably a lot better – and this against all scientific knowledge up to 2020.

Greece: clashes on demos against mandatory mRNA vaccine, including clashes between anti-authoritarians and right-wingers

21/7/21:

France, Chambery: as National Assembly pass Health Passport law 300 demonstrators against it invade the prefecture and take down portrait of Macron

“A lie repeated 1000 times becomes a truth”

According to this, this sticker, amongst innumerable others, has been produced by an extreme right wing group, though the name “la rose blanche” (“The White Rose”) is the name of a group of students who resisted the Nazis between July 1942 and February 1943 in Germany, distributing dissident leaflets. The students wrote pacifist and anti-fascist slogans on the walls, collected bread for concentration camp inmates and looked after their families. The actions of the White Rose were taken as an example from January 1943 by intellectuals in southern Germany and Berlin. The line “A lie repeated 1000 times becomes a truth” is taken from Goebells. I suspect that most people reproducing this sticker have no knowledge of what the group “the white rose” is nor the history of where the name was taken from. If this group is, as the article states, a group of Trump QAnon supporters it’s also indicative of how recuperative the Right have become: the sticker – without the Covid references – could have been produced by anarchists in previous epochs. It’s also indicative of how this epoch is confusing to almost everyone and that trying to untangle the massively proliferating mystifications is one of the tasks of those who want to stop the movement towards totalitarianism.

Former Vice President and Chief Science Officer at Pfizer’s Pfizer’s allergy and respiratory research division speaks out against vaccination of those with no need to be vaccinated, against Health Passports and other things

Yet another video censored/removed by YouTube. Speaks about the Nuremberg Code. Also questions the idea of asymptomatic people with Covid infecting others and even the idea of being asymptomatic with Covid rather than presymptomatic (ie the few hours before symptoms kick in). And confirms coagulation of blood as significant possibility. Says that variants are almost the same as the original virus (ie 99.7% the same) and they’re not an additional health problem at all. And that the FDA and the EMA have not required the top-up vaccines for the variants to be tested because they’re so like the normal pre-top-up vaccines.

Apparently this guy’s views have been taken up by lots of right-wingers. But that doesn’t mean that he’s wrong on all counts, any more than when leftists say something that means you have to take up either their viewpoint or the opposite viewpoint. As I’ve said so often, Hitler’s scientists said tobacco caused cancer. Which, if you take the opposite viewpoint of your enemy, would mean you should support smoking tobacco. Of course, he may have significantly demagogic reasons for what he says. But it remains to be seen what is valid and what is crap in such things.

20/7/21:

Martinique (French overseas territory); 2nd night (18th July) of riots against curfew, health passports, etc.

“It was in this working-class district of Fort-de-France that the clashes between the police and mobile gangs took place, with a majority being young according to witnesses. At around half past midnight, a house caught fire on Avenue Jean Jaurès, where several cars were burnt….On the night of Sunday 18 to Monday 19 July 2021, the police had a hard time repelling uncontrolled gangs at the start of the curfew introduced at 9pm. Retreating to Terres-Sainville in the middle of the evening, it was the main thoroughfare of the district, Avenue Jean Jaurès, which was the scene of new confrontations for the second consecutive night, after the city centre the day before….Beforehand, some public buildings such as the courthouse and the prefecture were secured. As a result, several projectile throwers (including fireworks mortars), always ready to fight visibly with the mobile forces, decided to set fire to at least 3 cars…Meanwhile, the security forces used stun grenades with a blast effect to try to disperse the troublemakers. A helicopter from the national gendarmerie came to reinforce the set-up, using a powerful searchlight to sweep the whole area for more than an hour, the time it took to bring the fire under control. Wheeled armoured vehicles were also deployed by the soldiers on the ground, in order to evacuate the burning cars, to avoid new fires on the boulevard…According to other testimonies, there were no victims during this very agitated night…”

Leaflet from France: l’insupportable obeissance

Translation:

Unbearable obedience

After compulsory wearing of masks, social distancing, the retreat to digital-television-work, confinement, the curfews, travel with authorisations, the incitement to download tracking applications, thus to denounce, making everyone a snitch, the fines and the arrests, here is now the phase of the compulsory Health Passport!

This recent announcement, made by the experts in the zombification of the masses, imposes a Health Passport at the entrance of commercial, cultural and social establishments. Anyone who fails to comply with this rule will be punished, and will have to stay at home!

The right to rationally choose a treatment (vaccination), in conscience, is granted to us. The threat of punishment is the hallmark of totalitarian regimes, which only use coercion and repression to maintain themselves. The deprivation of freedom to come and go as one pleases without control is thus imposed on all, this freedom having become a fault! The repeated injection of fear and the anaesthetisation of brains makes us the willing actors of general control.

The servility of certain cultural decision-makers, museums, theatres and festivals, more ready to obey the power on which they depend than to make a real commitment to the advent and survival of the cultural values on which true democracies are based, participate in the fracturing by bending to the demands of the Health Passport.

Connecting, gathering, sharing, exchanging through the arts are the very essence of living societies. To exclude them on the pretext of not presenting a passport, even a health one, is to go against these values, culture not being compatible with the suppression of freedom.

We can already see festival organisers coming in to reinforce the health order, turning into contamination cops, indicating in addition to the booking fees the places for “screening” and the vaccination centres nearby!

This suicidal, collaborationist turn we are witnessing tells us enough about the future of this drifting society.

One of the characteristics of dictatorships is that they claim to have values but act in the opposite way: they claim to fight against exclusion but divide and separate through more control, they claim to protect but subject everyone to the worst interferences, they claim to care about health but make real care impossible through dehumanisation, they replace solidarity with competition, they promise security but create conditions that produce insecurity, etc. Each of these successive contaminations has been the result of a different approach. Each successive contamination, whether viral or radioactive, systematically leads to restrictions on our freedoms, destroying and/or banning spaces and places. This makes us guilty victims, forcing each of us to take responsibility for the consequences of technological decisions imposed for the benefit of the powers that be, without real justice.

To resist and put a stop to the machine that crushes life, whether we are a simple customer in a bar or restaurant, a spectator or listener participating in live performances, against and before generalised facial recognition, permanent tracking in the private sphere and intrusion into the body through tracking: disobedience is a duty.

17 July 2021

SF: Obviously such appeals to “the cultural values on which true democracies are based” are meaningless crap, which anyone can see from the development of bourgeois democracy onwards has largely meant culture as a form of anaesthetisation and domestication for a democracy that means a choice between different forms of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie’s commodity economy (money, wage labour, commodity consumption, etc.). Nevertheless, resistance to the attack on even bourgeois freedoms and to the fact that this is now not merely limited to your financial means but to your submission to being injected with a vaccine that is being increasingly shown to be hardly effective and resisting having to carry around a method of tracking your movements is potentially the start of a more general resistance to a world and life accelerating at ever faster speeds out of the control of the vast majority.

Cyprus, Nicosia: attack on TV station following demonstration against health vaccination passport (18th July)

“…around 2,500 protesters went to the network after a larger protest outside the presidential palace against a Covid “Safe Pass” and force vaccination. Some of the protesters attacked the TV facilities…broken glass around the building, several broken windows and four Sigma-branded cars in various states of damage, one completely burned-out….cars burning in the car park and smashed up furniture apparently inside the building’s lobby, with police sirens wailing in the background.”

Clashes in London on anti-lockdown demo

Anarchist report on reactions to vaccine certificates for crowded spaces in UK

19/7/21:

How drug trials underestimate side effects

18/7/21:

Thailand, Bangkok: clashes over government handling of Covid

Significant riot in Martinique (overseas territory of France)

“During this night of confrontations between the forces of order and anti-curfew demonstrators, others took advantage of it to attack in particular jewellery shops in Fort-de-France…A jeweller’s shop in the rue Lamartine was stormed shortly after 10pm. It was opened, emptied and set on fire at around 2am on Sunday, according to our journalists on the spot. …Later, at around 4am, a group of at least four people tried to break into another jeweller’s shop on Rue Lamartine but the security system resisted…By retreating far from the prefecture, small groups who intended to fight with the forces of order caused fires that the fire brigade was able to extinguish under the protection of police and gendarmes.

♦Bin fire in Victor Sévère street

♦Car set on fire on boulevard du Général de Gaulle

♦Fire in the jewellery shop on rue Lamartine, (mentioned above)

♦Bin fire in rue Perrinon

♦Car set on fire in Victor Sévère street

♦Fire in the hall of the Edf building in Place François Mitterrand

♦Bin fire in Place François Mitterrand

♦Brush fire on the Savane
Several barricades still smoking on the boulevard at 6am on Sunday morning …In addition, some videos posted on social networks show an attempt to burn down the courthouse. People can be seen in possession of incendiary devices…”

“Macron allows the poor to go through the bins for free”

Indonesia: despite mass vaccination country’s cases of Covid rise above those of Brazil

Indonesia has had compulsory vaccination since the beginning of March:

Indonesia threatens 1 year in prison plus a $7,000 fine for those who don’t get vaccinated (March 2021)

Google translate:

While in most countries of the world the criterion for receiving corona vaccines is old age or background diseases, in Indonesia these days the picture is the opposite. The huge country, which has a population of 267 million people on a vast area of ​​thousands of islands, has decided that one of the first groups in line for vaccines will be … everyone over the age of 18 to 59. The rationale behind this approach is that this group is the “engine” of the corona plague – many asymptomatic patients, who have multiple social connections …36,000 residents have died so far in the epidemic in Indonesia, out of 1.3 million residents infected with Corona. As in Europe, in Indonesia the second wave recorded during December-January was much larger than that recorded at the beginning of the epidemic, but morbidity has been declining in recent weeks. Indonesia has acquired most of its vaccines from China, which was the first country to develop a vaccine for corona, although it has not yet been approved for use by medical authorities in the West. The vaccine was developed by SinoVac and is widely used in China itself. The vaccination campaign in Indonesia began on January 13, and since then aims to vaccinate about 1.3 million health care workers as well as a group of police officers, public servants, teachers, athletes, journalists and more (estimated at 17 million people). Everyone will get the vaccine for free, subsidized by the authorities. But one of the significant differences compared to other countries is that the vaccine is defined as “mandatory”, although it is not yet clear what sanctions will be imposed on those who do not get vaccinated. A government minister said the penalty to be fixed by law for those who do not get vaccinated is a year in prison and a $ 7,000 fine, but the government still needs to offer the vaccine in adequate quantities to make sure residents get the chance to get vaccinated. Amnesty International has criticized the government’s statements, saying the vaccination was “contrary to human rights”. … it is possible that in the coming weeks young people and adults without background diseases are also expected to start receiving the vaccines. This group numbers about 150 million people, and the country hopes to end their vaccinations by the end of 2021. Vaccinate first those who are important to the economy … Critics said the government decided to do so in an attempt to preserve the economy by first vaccinating the most efficient, working-age workers.”

17/7/21:

France: clashes on demos against “health passport” in Metz & Strasbourg…and Lyon

The media use their classical manipulative stereotyping of the demos as being “anti-vax” when it included some who’ve been vaccinated (but are opposed to such a tyrannical forcing of vaccination) and many – probably the majority – who are not anti-vaccination as such. It should be pointed out that many “revolutionaries” also use this term in order to block themselves against seeing and thinking and acting critically. Official figures say that 18,000 demonstrated in Paris. A lawyer demonstrating there said that there were more like 350,000. Who knows? There was one placard with a photo of the gates of Auschwitz and the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” changed to “Vaccins Macht Frei”. Of course one can be pedantic and say this totalitarian development is not at all like classic fascism or Nazism, which is true (for one thing, passive demos were not allowed under fascism) . However, this intellectual precision misses the emotional point: people are aware that these authoritarian developments are moving more and more towards the eradication of even bourgeois freedoms for increasing amounts of people.

Large poster of Macron, in Toulon: “Obey – get vaccinated”

Videos of demosPhoto report of Montpellier in English

Isere: vaccination centre vandalised and tagged

Article critiquing medical research in relation to Covid

“…Many medical journals now charge authors thousands of dollars to publish their research. This ensures that it is very difficult for any researcher, not supported by a university, or a pharmaceutical company, to afford to publish anything, unless they are independently wealthy. Driven by financial imperative, the research itself has also, inevitably, become biased. He who pays the paper calls the tune. Pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers and suchlike. They can certainly afford the publication fees….”

16/7/21:

France: opposition to totalitarian “health passport” in 14th July Bastille Day demos throughout France …More here, here and hereMartinique (overseas territory)

“On the margins of the demonstration of several hundred people last night (13 to 14 July 2021), around the prefecture in Fort-de-France, slight clashes pitted a group of people against the forces of order… a dozen people threw empty bottles at police officers in front of the Fort-de-France prefecture. The police immediately retaliated by throwing tear gas, which dispersed the crowd. …Despite this intervention by the police, the people continued to throw bottles before moving away. As they withdrew, they burnt some bins in the centre of Fort-de-France. ..Many people had responded to the call launched on social networks against the new health measures. Several hundred of them gathered in front of the gates of the prefecture on Tuesday evening (13 July 2021) under the theme “Freedom – we are not guinea pigs!”.

Montpellier

Not that you’d know it from the link, but the station was occupied for at least 20 minutes, and the main shopping centre near the main square was closed for fear of an invasion of demonstrators.

Lyon

“Buses and cars set on fire..Cars were also set on fire during the evening and night, as here in Vaulx-en-Velin.”

Annecy

“In the early afternoon, a thousand people gathered in front of the Haute-Savoie prefecture. This unexpected mobilisation had not been declared to the authorities. The call for the rally was spread directly on social networks. In the crowd, many signs denounced the deprivation of individual freedoms. The demonstrators chanted “Macron resign” and “No to the health pass”… the entrance gates of the prefecture were broken. About 200 demonstrators entered the courtyard and occupied the staircase, without going inside the building. ..At around 4.30pm, the crowd moved towards Annecy town hall, blocking for a long time the traffic between the prefecture, the Bonlieu centre and the town hall. “

Given that Macron announced this compulsory “health passport” some 38 hours before the demos and at the start of the summer holidays when half of France leave home for a few weeks, these demos have been organised pretty spontaneously. Nevertheless, these obviously involve a massive mix of people, including conspiracy theorists, right-wingers and anti-semites, but also anarchists, ultra-leftists, etc. Whilst purism remains aloof from any possible gropings towards some contestation, and cedes the terrain to the right, participation that’s indifferent to these significant contradictions is also dangerous (remember that in Weimar Germany, the Communists and the Nazis sometimes joined together against the cops and Social Democrats – and with what result ultimately?).

Pasteur Institute report on testing of ivermectin on hamsters shows definite positive results

“Ivermectin could then be considered as an encouraging therapeutic agent against Covid-19, without impacting SARS-CoV-2 replication but alleviating inflammation and related symptoms. “Our results provide a significant advance and demonstrate that ivermectin belongs to a new class of anti-Covid-19 agent in an animal model. This work opens the way for the development of better treatments against Covid-19 in humans””

US: report from June of 153 hospital employees in Houston who refused vaccine being forced to resign or fired

Gibraltar: 10 Covid deaths for the whole of 2020, 70 deaths after 3 weeks of vaccination in January 2021

15/7/21:

Israel: 25% higher death rate among women aged 40-49 than perennial average?

Translation of a Facebook post by Yaffa Shir Raz, 15/7/2021:

Why is the death rate among women aged 40-49 25% higher than the
perennial average?

This finding revealed by Yariv Hammer is based on an analysis he
conducted based on official data from the Central Bureau of Statistics
(CBS).

In absolute numbers: compared to the perennial average, which stands at
202 deaths in this group from January to early June, this year 252 women
aged 40-49 died in the corresponding period – 50 more women.

The finding is particularly interesting, since, as can be seen from the
charts, the over-mortality of women in this age group parallels the
injection operation among those aged 40-49. More than that, two waves of
mortality can be seen, corresponding to the two doses of injection, and
especially to the second one.

And it’s even more interesting because we seem to be starting to see a
phenomenon with a recurring pattern – over-mortality that parallels the
injection waves.

Yariv Hammer and Ran Israeli found that from February to April there was
a significant increase in mortality among young people aged 20-29 – 43%
more than the average of the last five years in the same period, and
this increase was also equivalent to the injection campaign in this
group (in absolute numbers – 143 deaths Compared with the average 100.2
in the last five years).

To these horrible data must be added the findings of Prof. Retzef Levy,
who showed, based on Magen David Adom [MDA – Israel’s national emergency
medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service – Tal] readings, a
25% increase in heart attacks and cardiac arrest between the ages of
16-39 – also in an amazing correlation to the injection operation.

For those who want to claim that the excess mortality among women is due
to Corona – well, no. According to the Ministry of Health’s control
panel, 33 women aged 40-49 died this year “from Corona” (or with Corona,
maybe one day we’ll know). However, 23 of them died in January-February,
while, as mentioned, the highest mortality rate was in March. According
to the control panel, 6 women died “from Corona” in March, 4 in April
and 0 in May.

Nor can you claim that the excess mortality is due to road accidents,
since according to the CBS report, two women aged 40-49 were killed in
road accidents this year. One in March and one in May.
So what is the reason?

Among young men we know that one of the reasons is myocarditis, for
which there is also a huge under-reporting and concealment of most cases
by the health authorities. But what is the reason for this significant
excess mortality among women aged 40-49? Maybe it has to do with the
many clotting / bleeding events that Dr. Josh Guetzkow wrote about in
his report?

To find out the explanation for this phenomenon we will need more
information on the serious and fatal side effects, segmented by age and
sex.

I’m reminding all my doctor, researcher and scientist colleagues –
inquiry and questioning are at the heart of science. Science is neither
an institution nor an authority, and an imaginary “consensus” does not
create such an authority. It is the questions that form the basis for
all scientific inquiry and for all scientific progress. It’s time for
you to start asking too.

14/7/21:

Greece, Athens & Thessaloniki: 1000s demonstrate against health passports

Video of doctor explaining disastrous side effects of mRNA following the fact that only 25% of vaccine stays in the arm, etc.

Says that microscopic blood clots are happening in 62% of people vaccinated, causing permanent damage (massive reduction in “effort tolerance”), including high blood pressure in their lungs, possibly causing death within 3 years. This doctor was removed from hospital duty following his criticisms of vaccine side effects.

How Covid and state responses to it are indirectly encouraging an increase in even worse respiratory illnesses amongst the under-5s

“Infections other than COVID fell over the past year due to limits on socialising, improved hygiene and mask wearing. This reduced the build-up of antibodies that protect people against illness, creating what experts are calling an “immunity debt”. The UK is already beginning to see an uptick in respiratory illnesses such as RSV, a common respiratory virus that causes bronchiolitis. More than three in five children usually catch RSV by their first birthday, but public health officials believe that lockdowns and school closures meant many have escaped infection. That means fewer children are immune to RSV, which in turn has led to a rise in cases as restrictions are lifted. In the week to 4 July, RSV positivity in England increased to 3.4% from just 0.1% two months earlier…As early as May, PHE issued a warning about a potential surge in cases in the coming autumn and winter. Its modelling suggests that between 20% and 50% more cases will need hospitalisation, requiring a doubling of paediatric intensive care beds later in the year, according to reporting by the Health Service Journal. RSV is more deadly for young children than COVID. It accounts for more than 5% of global deaths in under-fives [i.e. roughly 1.28 million – SF]…A similar surge is expected in flu cases, which have been in the low single figures in England over the past year”

2 points here:

There’s an implicit idea here that Covid is deadly amongst under-fives, when in fact it’s only when children of that age have other very serious health problems that then also get Covid which allows the “health” statisticians to attribute death to Covid.

The idea that death from flu has been down to single figures indicates another statistical manipulation: in the UK in normal years flu kills 10,000 or so people. Almost certainly those who have died of flu have had their death attributed to Covid, possibly even amongst those who haven’t also had Covid.

Yet another Covidiotic vaccinationalism

13/7/21:

France: Macron announces further step towards Covid-justified slavery-cum-apartheid/vaxscism

“All healthcare and non-healthcare staff (clinics, retirement homes and establishments for the disabled) will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19. “You will have until 15 September to be vaccinated. From 15 September onwards, checks will be carried out and penalties imposed”, said the Elysée Palace President, who spoke of the need to impose vaccination on all French people. The caregivers who have not been vaccinated by 15 September will no longer be able to work and will therefore no longer be paid,.. Specific vaccination campaigns for schools will be organised at the beginning of the school year…The health pass, in force since last Friday in discotheques, will be extended “at the beginning of August” to cafés, restaurants, shopping centres, as well as to planes, trains, long-distance buses and medical establishments. ..”

On Google’s (and Wikipedia’s) ties to the pharmaceutical industry

In 2017, the search engine blacklisted naturalnews.com, a natural health advocacy organization that reports on controversial health topics including vaccine safety, GMOs, and pharmaceutical experiments, de-indexing over 140,000 of their webpages.

In a 2019 article, the founder of NaturalNews, Mike Adams, had this to say about Google (emphasis in original):

Make no mistake: Google is pro-pharma, pro-Monsanto, pro-glyphosate, pro-pesticides, pro-chemotherapy, pro-fluoride, pro-5G, pro-geoengineering and fully supports every other toxic poison that endangers humankind.”

Google’s ties to Big Pharma are well-known. In 2016, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, partnered with GlaxoSmithKline to create a new company focused on research into bioelectronics – a branch of medical science aimed at fighting diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body. GSK also works directly with Google thanks to a deal between the two companies that allows GSK full control over the data that they use. What data? Whose data? That isn’t disclosed….it has recently come to light that Google’s charity arm, Google.org, provided funding for research and studies carried out by Peter Daszak and his charity, EcoHealth Alliance – the same charity that previously worked with the Wuhan lab involved in so-called ‘gain of function’ research.”

12/7/21:

LinkedIn deletes account of mRNA vaccine pioneer who questioned risks of COVID-19 shots

See this for a discussion involving this guy. And look at entry for 21/6/21 for summary of much of the content of this discussion.

UK’s Transport Secretary says: “We know that double vaccinated, fully vaccinated people are much more likely to get coronavirus” (video)

Probably meant “less likely” – but who knows what’s likely or not?

UK’s quarantine hotels

11/7/21:

What are we actually up against?

“…At the start of the coronavirus crisis, I pointed out that the authorities will never let a crisis go to waste when it can be used as an opportunity to leverage it to implement a pre-planned or even a semi-planned agenda. I naively thought that many anarchists would instinctively get this and start to ask some difficult questions regarding what was being done to and planned for us. By and large, that didn’t happen. When the crisis broke, far from any questioning as to how it was being leveraged, instead, the anarchist movement fell into lockstep with the implementation of lockdowns. Truly bizarre behaviour for a movement that’s supposed to have a revolutionary cutting edge….”

And this from the same site

“…There have been a few eyebrows raised at my attending these #UniteForFreedom protests.The issue of elements of the far right attending these events in the hope of exploiting people’s anger at what lockdowns have done to their lives was raised. I’ve been asked, ‘do I feel comfortable with this?’ Let’s turn this around.I’ve been on more left organised marches than I care to remember to hand out anarchist propaganda. Have I felt comfortable being on the same protest as the likes of the SWP (rape apologists)? No I haven’t! …Yes, there have been a few very dodgy elements attending the #UniteForFreedom protests, I’m not going to deny that. Yes, I did take the few precautions required to avoid flagging up on their radar. By and large, when I’ve been handing out Estuary Stirrings on these protests, I’ve had a very positive reception from a very wide range of people. The point is that if there are a few iffy elements sniffing around, it’s vital that anarchists attend and engage people with their propaganda rather than dismiss the entire anti-lockdown / anti-great reset movement out of hand…”

Report on a protest in Bristol in August 2020

The Impact of Lockdown on UK Housing

“While capitalising on this crisis to outsource more functions of the UK state to its corporate partners, the Government has taken this opportunity to vastly increase its own powers to monitor and control the lives of British people in perpetuity. As expected of a country in which the single largest fixed monthly expenditure for most households is on the costs of accommodation, housing is at the heart of this transition to what is already the most authoritarian state in British history, the effects of which are widening the already-existing inequalities in UK society. Here we list some of the negative effects the lockdown has had on UK housing, while making some predictions about the future that awaits us.

1. The Increase in Housing Poverty and Homelessness…

2. The Transformation of the Home…”

The problem with distractions…

On some of the contradictions of anti-lockdown protests and the reactions to them.

“…having a pop at the leadership behind today’s protest is like shooting fish in a barrel. Because of some of the questionable speakers, it’s such an easy target to hit. The problem is that some of the people having a pop at the organisers of and speakers at these protests are lumping everyone who attends in with them. Which means the legitimate concerns and fears people have end up being summarily dismissed when they should be engaged with…”

Critique of “The Great Reset”

Followed by a list of articles on “The Great Reset” (not all of which I’ve read yet)

“There is a massive overlap between those behind this insidious scheme and the Climate Capitalists whom we and others have previously exposed. The scam is essentially the same: using a façade of combatting climate change, or a virus, or even social injustice, this criminal mafia intends to force us, our children, and our children’s children into a miserable future of slavery, while they install themselves as undisputed rulers of the world.”

An abridged version of the same subject:

What are they trying to do to us?

The Great Reset can be found here: COVID-19_-The-Great-Reset-Klaus-Schwab, but keep a spare paper bag near you if you read this nauseously written attempt to dress up tyranny in nice “we’re so very concerned for you poor things” humanist language with its public front of exquisite social sensitivity, sustainability and exemplary altruism.

10/7/21:

Covid vaccinated: what now?

Rough translation:

More and more people are being vaccinated, 2/3 of the adults in our country [France – SF], which should logically slow down any evolution of the epidemic. Unfortunately it seems that this is not the case, maybe the opposite. Without vaccines, last summer was more serene, with 4 months of holidays (May to end of August), less than a month this year. There are no more seasons!

In the panoply of treatments, France has chosen only one, imposing it exclusively. This is what most countries do, under pressure from powerful lobbies. We have the European Medicines Agency (EMA), 85% of which is financed by those to whom it issues marketing authorisations (!!). (This is why ivermectin has no chance, as it cannot finance the EMA because it is in the public domain, and no laboratory will apply for a marketing authorisation…), headed by the biggest laboratories, vaccine manufacturers, and the WHO, whose main financier is Bill Gates ($194M in 2019), his foundation investing heavily in vaccines. On BioNTech alone, he multiplied his stake by 10 (Don’t make me say that everything he does is wrong, on the contrary, but here he is “seriously” wrong and deceives others).

Bill Gates said: “Celebrating success is good, but it is more important to learn from failure”. I would add, especially when success is not forthcoming. This beautiful success scenario, vaccines = end of the pandemic, has unfortunately seized up. It was predicted and foreseen by the health workers, not by our “specialists-decision-makers”. The virus mutates, it is in its nature, and variants that are not sensitive to a too narrowly targeted vaccination are appearing more and more and more quickly. I had already written a few weeks ago that a good third of the vaccinated can be contaminated, plus with delta, delta plus, and tomorrow lambda and epsilon, already out. The authorities, who claimed like the labs 95% protection now recognize it without problem: the vaccine does not prevent you from catching the disease, from contaminating. The latest official speeches speak of 65% coverage. As for the unvaccinated, you must keep on with the mask and all the protective measures, be confined or even quarantined, revaccinated if in contact, and if you want to travel, for example, a test is more valuable than a vaccination certificate.

After this observation and these lamentations, being admitted that the vaccinated catch and will catch more and more of the new variants, let’s be constructive and positive: these vaccinated people who catch the covid, what do we do with them? They were promised a cure, they followed through, what do we give them now that they are sick? A third dose? A fourth? It’s planned, it’s ordered, but will they follow? They thought they would be protected the first time, what will they do the second, the third? What have our authorities planned in the face of this growing problem? Will they finally look elsewhere, open other avenues?

Today, the response of our authorities is still on the same line, with blinkers on, without looking for other ways: in the face of the epidemic, let’s increase the rate of vaccination. If we could exclude the problems of side effects, they bring some things, we cannot deny it. But very logically, in the face of this supposed drastic drop in efficiency with these variants that are increasingly insensitive to vaccines, can we keep the same line without taking this into account? We are told that at least it protects against severe forms. On this subject, this is not what all the studies say.

Some say there are more, others less. We lack a bit of hindsight and, above all, reliable statistics (which we don’t have or don’t give) to be able to say one way or the other without being mistaken. In the nursing homes in the Landes, all vaccinated, (almost) all contaminated, and some deaths. A priori, there would be neither more nor less serious forms, which the English seem to show. On the other hand, what is undeniable is that there are globally fewer serious forms of the disease with delta, but both among the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated (who remain in the majority). In France, 50% of positive cases are due to delta, and yet hospitalisations, cases of resuscitation and deaths continue to fall. Delta therefore seems more contagious, but less nasty. Under these conditions, does it make sense to vaccinate for a virus that is not very aggressive, with a vaccine that does not work very well, exposing us to side effects that are, to say the least, a bit serious, not to mention the long term ones that are not yet known?

Under these conditions, in order to obtain the famous herd immunity, would it not be better for everyone to catch the delta, which is not very serious, than to be vaccinated! Yes! This is what the study just published in Nature on 8 July shows. This study compares the sensitivity of the delta variant to monoclonal antibodies, to antibodies of infected and convalescent people, and to antibodies of vaccinated people. I quote: “Serums from people who received a dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines barely inhibited the Delta variant.” Bamlanivimab, totally ineffective, as for the serum of infected people (up to 12 months after the disease), it is 4 times less effective on the delta than on the alpha. Better to have delta antibodies than alpha. Of course it is better with two doses, but is it between the two doses that the variants explode, confirming an old forgotten rule: you don’t vaccinate in the middle of an epidemic?

This variant will quickly contaminate everyone, it is to date the least toxic variety, and the immunity acquired by the disease is far superior to that acquired by vaccination, which cannot lead to sufficient immunity to be collective/herd. And with a little Doxy and ivermectin, it won’t even be seen, probably less than seasonal flu.

With the benefit of hindsight, we can now look at what is happening in countries that have vaccinated faster and stronger than us. The first example is England, which despite vaccination is already suffering a wave that is higher than the second one in October-November, even though there was no vaccine! At the time, there were 25,000 cases per day, today England is at 32,000 cases per day on 8 July, 35,200 yesterday, and it is still rising. Who can objectively speak of the results of vaccination? In terms of severe cases, yes, but isn’t the delta the primary cause of this result? If there are fewer hospitalizations and deaths, the 2/3 of the patients who are not vaccinated should fill the hospitals, which is not the case! (a few more days to be more affirmative).

I regularly follow the Seychelles, a small country, quite isolated and therefore relatively protected during periods of confinement and reduced transport. I follow it because it is the country that has vaccinated the most in the world and quickly, which gives some hindsight. 70% of the population has received two doses, enough to be comfortably in the zone of herd immunity. It’s nothing: quiet last year, its problems started at the beginning of January with the first vaccines (as almost always, with rare exceptions). Here’s where they are now:

You will tell me that 375 is a small number of cases. No: in relation to the population, the wave is much higher than what is happening in France, it is a very big wave. It’s as if we had 50 or 60,000 cases a day, despite 70% of people being vaccinated!

Patrice Gibertie seems to find the same thing in Malta, which he thinks is more vaccinated than the Seychelles (personally my sources give 1% less than the Seychelles). Their wave is however fresh, one week, for one month in England and 3 months in the Seychelles. Same scenario to come?

So what are these countries going to propose to their population, now that the vaccine card has been used? A third dose pushed by the laboratories? Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum (*)? I know what I would do, but it is true that I am not under any pressure. I hope I am wrong about the effectiveness of vaccines, I hope I am not wrong about the aggressiveness of the delta, but the facts and figures are there, stubborn, they are moving forward and I am only looking at them. Facts, nothing but facts.

(*) “To err is human, to persevere is diabolical” falsely attributed to Seneca. One might prefer Saint Augustine in his sermons: “Humanum fuit errare, diabolicum est per animositatem in errore manere”: “To err is human, but to persist in error through arrogance is diabolic”.

N.B. I would point out to the global anti-vaxers that there are other places to express themselves. It is one thing to oppose vaccines or covid pseudo-vaccines because of their defects, which can be serious; it is another thing to oppose vaccination in general, which takes us away from the current problems, which I do not wish to do here.

Israel – Pfizer’s third shot

Translated by T:

Yaffa Shir Raz / Eran Hildesheim, 09/07/2021:

How did Netanyahu’s seemingly innocent statement demanding that the entire population be vaccinated become within a week an official request from Pfizer submitted to the FDA?

Join Eran Hildesheim who presents an interesting and especially suspicious chain of events that took place this week:

  1. We will start first at the end of February [2021], when Netanyahu, still as Prime Minister, surprises members of the government. “We will be required to renew the vaccine every six months” – he told them. It is not clear how Netanyahu, who is not an epidemiologist, could even then have predicted with such certainty something that even the major health bodies in Israel and around the world could not know regarding the effectiveness of a vaccine that was then barely two months in use?

  2. About four months later, on July 1, Thursday night – Netanyahu, no longer Prime Minister and still without a PhD in medicine, comes up with a new online video. He reiterates his call to vaccinate all citizens in a third dose as early as August despite continued medical opposition from the medical community to the move. He claims he came to this conclusion after talking to the best experts in the world (on behalf of Pfizer?). In any case, he did not give their names.

  3. Three days later – on July 4, Sunday – in almost perfect coordination with Netanyahu’s statement, Yoav Even announces in News 12 that against the background of rising “morbidity” [the inverted commas are my addition – T] in Corona in Israel, the Ministry of Health is considering removing their opposition and allowing the entire population to be vaccinated with the third dose. Then they will go back on it.

  4. The next day, July 5 – The Ministry of Health, which until this week has been fighting anyone who doubted the effectiveness of the vaccine, crosses the line and is quick to publish a puzzling figure according to which the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing infection has dropped to 64%. The figure has been sharply criticized by many experts. The criticism even reached CNN where they said: “The Israeli Ministry of Health simply published the numbers and did not say how it got to them, because they simply published the data without any research, without any information, which experts said was very unprofessional.” Additional data released by the ministry the day after only increased the question marks surrounding the truth of this figure.

  5. The next day, July 9, between Thursday and Friday – exactly one week after Netanyahu’s statement and just days after the puzzling data presented by the Ministry of Health – the ground was prepared for Pfizer’s announcement: “As we see in world evidence published by the Israeli Ministry of Health, the effectiveness of the vaccine declined six months after the vaccine, just at a time when the Delta variant is becoming dominant in the country.” [translation from Hebrew and not a direct quote – T] The company has announced that it will apply to the FDA for an emergency vaccination permit. The FDA has already announced that it sees no reason at present for a third vaccine. The request will be submitted in any case by Pfizer in the month in which Netanyahu said that vaccination should begin – in August.

So it is possible that all these events that took place within a week are the product of a coincidence and that Netanyahu is actually a prophet. On the other hand, it is possible that someone here is doing shady business deals on our backs and our health, after all, dark agreements between large corporations that want to make a profit for regulators and legislators is not something we do not see in our world. I’m not saying this is what happened here, but if one wants to dispel the cloud and understand the story one must reveal the confidential agreements with Pfizer. It is also possible to blacken trade secrets in them so that there is no excuse to prevent advertising. It is known that Netanyahu insists on not publishing them. It is not clear just why Bennett [new Prime Minister – T] and Horowitz [new Health Minister, from the Social-democratic party Meretz – T] are collaborating with him.

***

And my addition [Shir Raz ]:

Article 6: Prof. Itamar Grotto [previous Health Ministry deputy chief – T] yesterday in an interview with Radio 103: “I do not think it is worth asking the seller how long the product is valid. There are tools to check it. Of course to do so contrary to the manufacturer’s instructions is risk taking, but sometimes you have to take risks.”

8/7/21:

Some Israeli vaccine-recruitment posters aimed at kids:

A selection of Israeli children-vaccine propaganda posters, June-July 2021

Almost all of the below are produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, whose logo appears on most of the posters

  1. Bney Brak

“Green Summer in Bney-Brak

Bney-Brak chooses a green summer!

Get vaccinated and enjoy to the fullest [literally it says “enjoy up to the heavens/sky” – (Bney-Brak is mostly an ultra-orthodox city) ].

Children from the age of 12 to 16 come today to the vaccination centers …

Get vaccinated and enjoy a huge and amazing amusement park

Flood of experiences up to the heavens at Biluna [the name of the amusement park] for you – free!

* [below] The campaign runs until Friday 9.7.21

2. Clalit HMO (the largest of Israel’s four state-mandated health service organizations, charged with administering health care services and funding for its members (all Israeli citizens resident in the country must be a member of one of the four providers)

Right-side photo: “without vaccine”

Left-side photo: “with vaccine”

[clearly the vaccine gives you an instant sex change, yet another side effect they’ve kept quiet about so far]

“So that your summer vacation will go into quarantine

Getting vaccinated now, also from the age of 12″

3. Tel Aviv-Jaffa

“Municipal booths for corona vaccines

4-8 July, 17:00-23:00″

Middle, in purple: “Vaccine, ice cream and free entrance ticket to one attraction in the city”

4. Carmi’el

“Vaccination site for teenagers in Carmiel

At the bottom, in red:

“Free movie ticket for everyone vaccinated

For ages 12-18″

Other posters offer kids ice lollies, a DJ Rave [Israel’s not the only place to use this – see this video from Belgium], a lottery with prizes, multimedia games, entrance tickets to the municipal swimming pool, pizza slices and a drink for each vaccinated. Nevertheless, despite the propaganda and shoddy bribes, apparently only 13 percent of parents are willing
to vaccinate their children.

7/7/21:

Kenya, Nairobi: clashes with cops over Covid restrictions and cop savagery towards youth

Video here

On the risk of death by Covid for children

“To sum up, covid is not a threat to children. At least not more of a threat than many other risks we take for granted and happily let our children take, like riding in cars and crossing streets. …Since it is at present far from clear that vaccination is less risky to children than infection, it is deeply unethical to vaccinate them.”

Not conforming to consensus described as being “Down the Rabbit Hole”

According to this piece by the NY Times, “critical thinking isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation”, so just read and believe what you’re told is true and don’t worry about it.

Putting Covid in context – the dramademiology of Covid

(January 2021 article by doctor)

“Overhyping and distorting what is already intrinsically dramatic does not garner more respect for the menace, it garners distrust of the message. A consistent, willful want of context that amplifies portents of doom propagates anxiety and dread among those predisposed to take the bad news seriously, and disdain among those predisposed to suspect deceit. Harm is actually done in both directions, to both camps.”

6/7/21:

The Illusion of Evidence Based Medicine

Video about research papers on medical journals and the fact that they’re often ghost-written by the drug companies, with reputable names signing the paper as theirs’ – “….It very often turns out to be the case that none of these people have actually reviewed the data – all they’ve done is read the paper and agreed to put their name on it…”.

It quotes Richard Horton, current editor of The Lancet as saying, “Medical…journals have devolved into information-laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry”.

Most of the anomalies in the trials and secret funding were only discovered through litigation as a result of significant adverse side effects. Also talks of how doctors and hospitals are effectively “bribed” by Big Pharma (e.g. in 2013 Big Pharma paid $3.5bn to doctors and hospitals). And also how high-ups in the FDA or the CDC who gave approval to drugs then retire from the FDA or CDC and take up high positions in the pharmaceutical industries whose drugs they’d just given approval to.

Sent by T:

Two relatively short texts by Dr. David Katz that provide more contextual reference to the pandemic (not so much of a radical critique, but in these days even the things he says here could be considered radical…).

Gaps in the Tale of COVID’s Long Tail (on the phenomenon of “long covid”)
www.linkedin.com/pulse/gaps-tale-covids…/

The Dramademiology of COVID: A Pandemic Manifesto of Here and Now
www.linkedin.com/pulse/dramademiology-c…/

“My own respect for the pandemic was never in question, and has been informed by a front line view, and now a new, particular intimacy. As I write this, I almost certainly have COVID. My son, two of my daughters, and my wife are all sick and have tested positive, and we all have much the same array of symptoms (none too bad, I hasten to note). I await my confirmation by test result, but you know what they say when it flaps like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck.

I respect this contagion and have from the start. I also resent the drama.

While public policy and coordinated crisis response have been wanting, the media response has been a veritable feeding frenzy, and the systematic extraction of every droplet of drama to keep it going. As the saying goes: never waste a good crisis. My contention is that a thick overlay of drama where unencumbered data ought to be is among the reasons we have so horribly wasted this one. We are mired in the dramademiology (my own neologism) of COVID. If there is to be a field of COVIDramademiology- and there should be, when this crisis is subject to its post-mortem exam- it will require us to study the impacts of pandemic distortion on human populations. They will, when we finally look back with clarity and dispassion, prove quite massive.”

2009 article about Pfizer

Fear and Loathing in the Age of COVID

From a forum, T. writes:

Fear in its many aspects is one thing I find to be at the heart of much of this ongoing period. There was an interesting yet way too academic and philosophical text by Agamben that I read a few months ago but that I only found in French translation. Anyway, this piece from Montreal Counter-info offer some good points for reflection:

“Back in March 2020, a group of behavioural scientists penned an open letter urging the U.K. government to use evidence-based techniques to influence the public to comply with its commands. Their letter states: “those essential behaviour changes that are presently required… will receive far greater uptake the more urgent the situation is perceived to be.”

It seems so benign when they put it that way, but it would seem to me that what is being proposed is the state uses psychological manipulation to frighten the populace so that they are more compliant.

Other examples make a pattern clear. According to an article in Die Welt, headlined “The German Government Ordered Scientists to Produce Data to Scare Citizenry”: “a group of German lawyers has been pushing for the Koch Institute to disclose correspondence with the German Home Office in which the latter demanded that “scientists” create “scientific” documentation to scare the populace… The document, published just weeks later, finally identified a worst-case scenario in which more than a million people could die from the coronavirus.”

The same article goes on to note that fear-conditioning seems to be widely accepted. It notes that “on the website of one of the largest and best known institutions of higher learning in the US, Cornell University, the following study was found: “Modelling the role of media induced fear conditioning in mitigating post-lockdown COVID-19 pandemic: perspectives on India”.

This study (which has not been peer-reviewed) finds that “fear conditioning via mass media (like television, community radio, internet and print media),” along with positive reinforcement, resulted in “significant decrease in the growth of infected population.”

Basically, this study advocates for the use of fear-mongering propaganda in the name of Public Health, specifically through the formation of conditioned reflexes. … Are we being conditioned to have automatic, unconscious reactions to certain stimuli as part of a propaganda campaign?

According to the study, the answer to this question is yes. It states: “Modelling studies have shown that fear has a major influence in reducing the impact of a pandemic. Fear was shown to be directly associated with increased social distancing, as well as increased security measures… Thus, reflex fear production through incoming information, combined with other techniques, can increase social distancing and cautious behaviour. Fear conditioned reflex production, a subspecies of classical conditioned reflex production, is the making of a connection between unpleasant events and a stimulus from the environment.””

Israel: The Ministry of Health vs. The Ministry of Health

A year ago myocarditis amongst the young was the great threat hanging over those inflicted with Covid, with potential very long-term effects, according to the Ministry of Health. But myocarditis resulting from the vaccines is presented by the same Ministry of Health as largely benign, with short-term effects.

From a thread on a forum, T. writes:

Rough translation of a Facebook post of an Israeli health journalist, recently fired from the lifestyle magazine in which she worked in order to “make it lighter” according to the magazine:

Basically, the question is not whether you believe independent doctors and researchers, who have nothing to gain from warning you about the serious side effects of the vaccine such as myocarditis, and putting their good name and careers at risk to do so, or the Ministry of Health officials, some of whom at least are in significant conflicts of interest and not declaring it.

The question is do you choose to believe the Ministry of Health … or the Ministry of Health?

Do you choose to believe the Ministry of Health 15.7.2020:
“Corona disease can cause long-term disabilities even in young and healthy populations, and even in those who have suffered only a mild disease … myocarditis is a complication in some corona patients … Following inflammation, myopathy of the heart muscle may develop, accompanied by some cardiac disorders … It is possible that these damages are in some cases even irreversible.”

Or the Ministry of Health 1.6.2021: “There is a likelihood of a link between receiving a second dose of vaccine and the onset of myocarditis …. The link is stronger in young people aged 16-19 relative to other ages … In most cases it is a mild disease that passes within a few days.”

Mild illness or irreversible damage ???
Anyone who still believes the information coming out of the Ministry of Health in the context of Corona or the experimental genetic therapy mistakenly called “vaccination”, or at all, is welcome to ponder this a little more.

When you lie without a break and the lies get complicated

Source for document of Ministry of Health from 15.7.7.20 (in Hebrew):

https://www.gov.il/BlobFolder/reports/report-n60-elderly-population-vulnerability/he/research-report_report-n60-elderly-population-vulnerability.pdf

Violence in Modern Medicine

Chapter written by two doctors influenced by Ivan Illich on the topic — from the book “Science, hegemony and violence: A Requiem for Modernity” .
SK writes:
Probably the most noteworthy aspect of the text are all the examples of doctors refusing treatments for themselves, on the basis of the cure being worse than the disease, which are routinely prescribed for ignorant laypersons.

Some interesting comments from an interview with the editor of that book. Particularly noteworthy here is the proposal that not merely the context (capitalism, say) but the text of science itself is problematic, and his relation between officially sanctioned dissent (eg. most leftist criticism of unequal access to vaccines), widely tolerated, and dissent relating to the basic assumptions of the game (eg. radical critique of modern science and medicine), suppressed as lunatic.

´I became interested in the culture of science itself. The question of properly scientific creativity and the destructiveness of science…The psychology of politics had already taken me in that direction of understanding violence. And ultimately this became a kind of swing and my increasing preoccupation came to be with the sources of human creativity and destructiveness. This led to my more general investigations on the destructiveness of science and a search for a radical critique of science that would focus not only on the critique of its ‘faulty’ context but would examine the very text of science itself. I found it increasingly difficult to believe that it was merely the context that accounted for its problems and that there was some thought police guarding the borders of the text itself, as it were. That took me to different kinds of knowledge systems which had different kinds of starting points and different baselines…different points of departure…One, that in the ultimate analysis, dominance is not ensured through political economy, though it manifests itself through it; it is also not ensured through superior technology a point made in “Witches, nurses and midwives” regarding the hegemony of modern medicine. It is mainly ensured through categories. If you can generate categories which marginalize the categories of others, then you have forced them to play your game. And as long as that can be ensured, you can be pretty sure that your dominance will not be challenged, because that game is yours.

Take for instance, something like healing systems…We take recourse to these traditional systems all the time. But at the same time there is a healthy and robust skepticism regarding these – all healing systems – often expressed in common Sanskrit saying that circulate at a popular level, to the effect that the vaidya a traditional healer kills by the hundreds, while the doctor kills in thousands. This robust skepticism began to fascinate me because I noticed that this skepticism was absent in modern medical culture. One third of all medical reference in North America are iatrogenic – that is one third of all diseases reported are either drug induced or doctor induced.

Not that there is no skepticism in the mainstream medical culture…but that’s repressed. Ivan Illich has given some instances and Manu Kothari too has given some very telling examples…For instance, one of the instances he has given is that of surgeons who operate on intestinal ulcers. The rate of surgeons prescribing surgery to themselves or to their family members is one-third the rate they prescribe to others and these are cases of elite hospitals. In fact one survey says very explicitly that by standard medical conventions, doctors would routinely under-prescribe drugs for themselves and their kind and similar is the case also with surgical interventions. So I became interested in this…I began to think that talking of a science like medicine…It enjoys a kind of sanctity and once you say that ‘science says this’ then everybody takes it as gospel truth. So this is one kind of way in which the text is also contaminated.

All large, dominant systems also create a space for dissent – in a kind of ‘Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’ style – using the same language, same conventions, to establish that dissent is sane, normal, reasonable and well intentioned. But I don’t think that the oppressed have any obligation to follow the rules of the game – and they do not. In a society where such sanctioned forms of dissent are prevalent, there will of course, be people in large numbers who will go towards them, but there will always be people who defy these and try to subvert the given mode of dissent and of course, they will not be seen as dissenters; they will be seen as lunatics. They will be seen as being outside the ken of conventional rights granted to dissenters. So for instance, sixty percent of the Americans believe today that torture is justified, especially, say while dealing with a ‘terrorist’ who apparently knows about an impending terrorist attack. Obviously, terrorism – rightly or wrongly, that is not the point – happens to represent then a new kind of dissent. The kind that does not conform to laid out criteria and there is always a scope that such dissent also represents a search for a different kind of world and challenges the dominant in a much more radical fashion – and the real test of tolerance and democracy comes there.´

http://www.nakedpunch.com/articles/115

T. writes:

As for “All large, dominant systems also create a space for dissent – in a kind of ‘Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’ style – using the same language, same conventions, to establish that dissent is sane, normal, reasonable and well intentioned. But I don’t think that the oppressed have any obligation to follow the rules of the game – and they do not. In a society where such sanctioned forms of dissent are prevalent, there will of course, be people in large numbers who will go towards them, but there will always be people who defy these and try to subvert the given mode of dissent and of course, they will not be seen as dissenters; they will be seen as lunatics. They will be seen as being outside the ken of conventional rights granted to dissenters.”

See this astounding piece of scientific research:
“Sociopathic traits linked to not wearing a mask or social distancing during pandemic: study”
www.cnbc.com/2020/09/02/study-refusal-t…

Also, according to this piece by the NY Times, “critical thinking isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation”, so just read what you’re told is true and don’t worry about it:
www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/opinion/fake…

SK writes:

Key sentence — “Antisocial personality disorder occurs in about 1% of the U.S. population, and is more common in men. “

When the occupy movement chanted we are the 99%, this is who they were aiming at. And this 1% are certainly not protesting against covid measures.

T. writes:

“Science can’t be seen to change (it has: but don’t tell the public) …which is why the parameters of the dialogue are so tightly controlled. If the paradigm of science changes: all other paradigms have to shift to accommodate it. That is because the principles of the scientific paradigm are the foundation of all other paradigms. And the foundational principle of control.

If all paradigms shift – as Thomas Kuhn made clear – we will be living in a new world. One with us included in it. The regimes of power and knowledge require we are excluded by scientism and historicism. You would not want love, compassion, altruism, and socialised communities of mutual aid ruining two and a half millennia of the ruling value-ethics of individual rationalisation of greed, would you now?”

(from the comments section of OffGuardian, about a year ago)

The 1990 CBC Massey Lectures, “Biology As Ideology”

“Richard Lewontin is a prominent scientist — a geneticist who teaches at Harvard — yet he believes that we have placed science on a pedestal, treating it as an objective body of knowledge that transcends all other ways of knowing and all other endeavours.“Science is a social institution,” he writes in this collection of essays, which began their life as CBC Radio’s Massey Lectures Series for 1990. “Scientists do not begin life as scientists, after all, but as social beings immersed in a family, a state, a productive structure, and they view nature through a lens that has been molded by their social experience … Science, like the Church before it, is a supremely social institution, reflecting and reinforcing the dominant values and vices of society at each historical epoch.” In Biology as Ideology Richard Lewontin examines the false paths down which modern scientific ideology has led us. By admitting science’s limitations, he helps us rediscover the richness of nature — and appreciate the real value of science.”

SK writes: In Biology as Ideology Richard Lewontin examines the false paths down which modern scientific ideology has led us. By admitting science’s limitations, he helps us rediscover the richness of nature — and appreciate the real value of science.

SF: Not directly related to Covid, but still pertinent. A section of his book about DNA can be found here on this site.

5/7/21:

Israel: as expiry dates on vaccines approaches, propaganda to vaccinate kids intensifies (sent by email)

T.writes:

One of the reasons (perhaps the main one) for the rush to vaccinate 12-5 year olds in Israel his last month, with the renewed obsession with PCR testing everyone (especially children) and the renewed fear campaign full of disinformation and blatant lies, is that there’s a stock of the vaccines that’s gonna expire very soon (I think they said around 9/7, although some officials claimed that the expiration date can be somehow prolonged, without really explaining it). But what do you know? They may have found a solution: giving this stock as a third shot for vaccinated adults and 16+s . This may have to do with the fact that despite the massive contradictory propaganda for vaccinating your children so they will not infect adults – with a vaccination that doesn’t prevent infection and infecting others – there wasn’t enough enthusiasm on behalf of parents to vaccinate their kids. We already saw in the Belgian documentary that I sent how before the vaccination campaign started the EMA purchased something like 1.8 billions of vaccines (maybe I don’t remember accurately), which they probably won’t want to waste either… From what I understand from the contradictory statements of different actors such as the new Prime Minister and some of the so-called Health journalists – it’s pretty obvious that Pfizer will provide more vaccines when needed. So when the Prime Minister is directly urging children in a recent video to get vaccinated “before it’s too late and the vaccines are expired and you won’t be able to” – it’s probably a maneuver to create panic and to rush people, whether the current stock of vaccines is really going to expire or not (about which I’m not really sure).

This screenshot from Israeli news says:
A third Corona shot already in the next few days?”
If the third vaccine is approved: Hundreds of vaccines will not be thrown away

4/7/21:

Ivermectin: Can a Drug Be “Right-Wing”?

I’ve reproduced this article because you can only access the whole of it if you pay for it. It’s about how hospitals in the US fought hard, hiring expensive law firms, at times going to extraordinary lengths to refuse treatment using ivermectin even with dying patients who’d exhausted all other options, and even though ivermectin had been shown to be very helpful in aiding recovery in the patients who were then subsequently refused it. Also about how this potential Covid-19 treatment has become hostage to a larger global fight between populists and anti-populists.

“At Edward-Elmhurst hospital in Chicago, a 68 year-old named Nurije Fype was admitted, put on a ventilator, and again, as all other treatments failed, her family got a judge to order the use of ivermectin. Lorigo claims the hospital initially refused to obey the court order, which led to the filing of a contempt motion, which in turn led to a pair of counter-motions and another confrontation before another befuddled Judge named James Orel. “Why wouldn’t this be tried if she’s not improving?” the Chicago Tribune quoted Orel as saying. “Why does the hospital object to providing this medication?” “He basically said, ‘What do you have left?’” Lorigo recounts. “No one would administer the ivermectin. It’s as safe as aspirin, for Christ’s sake. It’s been given out 3.7 billion times. I couldn’t understand it.””

2/7/21:

This is not a conspiracy! A video

T. writes:

Was made by an ex-journalist.

English subs (man-made, not auto-generated) available if you choose it in the options.

It’s not the Society of the Spectacle or anything, and is made in the common fashion of documentaries of that sort, but still provides good insights into how different players played their role (notably the media, but also the virologists), and manages not to be hysterical or sensationalist.

SF: Although the perspective is far from being a radical critique and doesn’t say much that’s new, it brings together lots of aspects of the situation that are usually considered separately, and in doing so generates a feeling of thoughtful anger that makes it well worth watching. Most interesting bit for me was an interview with a doctor who worked in an Intensive Care Unit who was sacked merely for his critical views, just in the middle of an epidemic when hospitals apparently needed people like him the most. Amongst other things, this doctor pointed out that the immune system is very sensitive to fear. Another interesting bit was the fact that in Belgium they used young good-looking actors with make-up supposedly on ventilators in ICUs to convey the image of the virus attacking young people. It also talks about a Ministry of Health press conference and extensive headlines about a 3-year-old dying of Covid, when the child was already dying of neuromuscular disease when she caught Covid. The father’s complaints about the child being instrumentalised for propaganda purposes were ignored. Also the irony of Facebook allowing Flat Earthers to share their delerium but discussions about Covid outside of the consensus are censored. And another thing: a government adviser suggested that 50 additional cases a day should mean the continuation of Covid regulations and no “return to normal”, when very often there are 150 new cases of flu a day without any restrictions (though this is not entirely comparable as Covid is proportionally more fatal than flu, though maybe that’s because severe cases of flu are usually treated with anti-virals, whereas Covid isn’t).

1/7/21:

The contradictions of protests against lockdown in Brazil

“Many people must have invested such money in a small enterprise in an attempt to make some money at the end of the year in order to try to survive in the hard times that will come. These people saw such source of income disappear and were left without any alternative. For these reasons, and not because of pandemic denialism or stupidity, but out of sheer necessity, that there was a crowd of workers together with business owners in downtown Manaus on December 26 blocking traffic during the whole day in several roads and making barricades until the governor retreated….the foundation and form of the movement is that it is not made of manipulated and ignorant people, and that it has some roots among urban workers and considers itself legitimate….When the movement speaks about the “balance between economy and health” it is talking about a simple reality: it is not possible to stay at home and take care of people’s health without the proper conditions. Why was it necessary to carry out demonstrations, close highways and make barricades for the governor and the mayor to take these basic measures that minimally help people to stay at home? People need to eat and need to take care of their health. Those things cannot be in opposition to one another A lockdown without social and economic protection measures is a repressive farce. People will revolt against such a situation — and it will be a legitimate revolt.”

Many protests today, and even historically, have had an element of cross-class composition. Few movements don’t involve, in some way, elements that have interests outside of and against attempts to confront the miseries imposed by capital and the state. Which is certainly not a reason to dismiss them but is a reason to point out the dangers inherent in not challenging such contradictions. The stupidity of those who insist on lockdown across the board is that it’s a “one-size-fits-all” top-down imposition not, by any means, always applicable and an invariably hierarchical imposed constraint. No-one with any sense wants people to have to work in unhealthy conditions that could threaten their lives (even though many have done so before, and continue to do so during, the Covid epoch) but all “solutions” within the logic of this society, which itself created the health aspect of what is fundamentally a social problem and exacerbated it in the first place, not only aren’t solutions but invariably impose miseries and confused responses that have almost no possibilities of leading to going beyond the false choices imposed by capitalism, a perspective that mainly needs to be developed from critiquing equally lockdown and simplistic anti-lockdown reactions. This is not something that will come from “the Left”, of which this text wants to consider itself a part – the text says “It is up to the left to … demand social protection measures in order to reassure the protection of the health of poor people who depend on their own economic activities.”. If the state comes to offer “social protection measures” it will only be for reasons that have nothing to do with the welfare of the poor – either as a means of pacifying and recuperating revolt, or because it needs a relatively healthy workforce for other reasons such as fighting a war. If revolt is strong enough to force the state to reverse its neoliberal perspectives it would equally be strong enough to establish the basis for the development of a non-capitalist form of social life: yet again allowing the state to buy time by accepting the provision of some form of Welfare State would be to allow history to repeat itself (see “the welfare state isn’t now, and never was, a “genuine gain for the working class”). Such a mirage of victory would only be temporary and giving in to it would allow our enemies to go on to reverse it as they’ve done before.

Almost invariably “the Left” has been thoroughly abject in its inability and fear of questioning anything other than the most obvious during this Covid epoch, though perhaps this text expresses a slight exception to this general trend. But the inability and fear of questioning anything other than the most obvious has been its historic comportment for more or less a century, representing proletarian critique in lieu of actually contributing to it. And now in this Covid epoch most of the Left, “libertarian” or otherwise, don’t even begin to represent discontent: most merely echo the dominant discourse.

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Other “Coronacrisis”-related pages on this site:

The contradictions of herd immunity

The politics of large numbers

India: Covid & ivermectin

Conspirouettes (may 2021)

Ivermictine (april 2021)

Better to be sorry than safe (February 2021) (on the vaccination programme)

Coronavirus in France (March 2020)

Czaravirus May 2020 (about the situation in Russia)

Cameravirus, April 2020 (facial recognition cameras, masks and the global development of totalitarianism from China to the rest of the world)

Leftist bollocks from the usual suspects (December 2020)

and also, on aspects of the search for vaccinations, see this (September 2020)

Also “The ‘C’ word”

Also see these from earlier phases of this madness: Letter from a comrade in China (March 2020) & Social Contagion (February 2020) (I have minor qualms about what could be interpreted as some nostalgia for welfare state capitalism, but it’s not explicit and is not in any way the main aspect of this text; for a critique of welfare state capitalism see this)

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

Conspirouettes…

conspiracies & anti-conspiracies

This is very much a work-in-progress to which many other aspects of this Covid epoch will be added and developed. It has no pretension to being finished, let alone “definitive”. Watch this space.

1: The automatic knee-jerk

“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought… Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?”

– George Orwell, 1984

The automatic knee-jerk reactive insult hurled at those who have the “arrogance” to question significant aspects of this Covid crisis as “conspiracy theorist!”, “conspiralooon!”, “anti-vaxxer!”, Covid denier!” etc. ad nauseam has to be questioned as much as those who genuinely adhere to the simplistic idiocies immersed in conspiracy theories [i].

Conspiracy theorist!” has become a put-down endlessly repeated, as an easy way of pushing away all questioning, a soothing mantra to push away the anxiety, to go back to sleep. One can dispense with actually ‘thinking’ it – that is, with going through the complicated logical acts involved in verbal formulation of it, an examination of the contradictions of the facts, of how one selects the facts, of how they are interpreted. The concrete melts into an easy cliché and no one seems able to think of expressions that are not unearned received ideas, that are not a ready-made response to something that may well be far more nuanced than the usual either/or Manichean choices proffered by a servile media, or by their milieu. Such mechanization is essential for the repression of critique [ii] .

Caricaturing someone’s position is often a way for people, fearful of their own doubts, to repress looking at the current forms of complicity between different sections of capital. This is because recognising the enormity of the lies and manipulations going on tends to release an uncontrollable anxiety, which also involves being seen as a tinfoil hat conspiraloon themselves. To even approach such questions is likely to make themselves vulnerable to the conformist unthinking contempt that so many have for those who dare question aspects of science, the automatic dismissal of them as being “anti-science” (and/or anti-vaxxer) – they fear being shoved into the same mad category as David Icke. So people repress and harden themselves, because the onslaughts of this epoch have already made them feel fragile and they don’t want to make themselves more vulnerable by exposing themselves to the easy put-downs of those they assume they’re closest to, such as their family, their milieu, their friends. Incapable of seeing something beyond the false choices of conspiracy “theories” v. anti-conspiracy ideologies, they claim themselves to be anti-ideological in their mostly unnuanced support for what science has become much in the same way as those who accept without question the necessity of the economy and of money also see themselves as anti-ideological when others critique the economy and money. Now no-one is immune from ideology, particularly in this unprecedentedly confusing epoch where those trying to make sense of things are confronted with aspects of life that they hadn’t had to think too much about before – it’s a question of striving to undermine the ideological aspects of oneself, the untested assumptions. However, the ideological core of anti-conspiracy theorists has similarities with conspiracy theorists insofar as they both express not a struggle for communication, but the need for separation, for a superior arrogance, an image of self-assured confidence involving putting down those who don’t accept their largely received and rigid ideas. The anti-conspiracy theorist may even go so far as to claim they’re critiquing hierarchy and capital but in the current context of Covid it’s pretty meaningless, largely abstract, a rejection of how hierarchy manifests itself in details. If the conspiracy theorist can’t see the wood for the trees, the anti-conspiracy theorist can’t see the trees for the wood.

In all this “reason” is instrumentalised, taking on a kind of blind positive obviousness: such an ideological transformation of rationality hides its historical choices and asserts itself as representing undeniable facts, an interpretation that doesn’t even seem to be an interpretation. It becomes an easy method of waving away all arguments, a method of repeating what society has proclaimed as being as taken-for-granted as the blueness of the sky without making the effort to get your head around what someone is in fact saying so as to contest it honestly. So, for instance, even the mere healthy suspicion about the safety of the vaccine is caricatured as “conspiracy theory”“Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is meeting resistance due to conspiracy theories and fake news cropping up on Arabic-language social media, among other reasons…The main reason is fake news. They’re telling us that they want to wait and see what happens to the people who get inoculated,” said Fuad Abu Hamad, the director of the Clalit Health Services branch in Beit Safafa. “The rumors that two people died after receiving the vaccination didn’t help.” In fact, two people DID DIE after getting inoculated – whether this was due to the vaccine or not – so these were not “rumors”.

So if a criticism can’t be contested honestly it can only be utterly distorted to fit into something one has already found arguments against. This unthinking language is the ideological cage of the spectator who accepts without question being caged by the language of the consensus, the refuge of the ruling society. And acceptance of the language also becomes practical acceptance of the rules of this cage: follow the experts’ rules and you won’t get sick. When hierarchical power wants to avoid resorting to its material arms, it relies on dominant language, the language of domination, to guard the oppressive order. Concepts like “conspiracy theorist/conspiraloon/anti-vaxxer” become ‘streamlined’, rationalized, labor-saving manipulative tools. No need to try to think for oneself: thinking is thus reduced to the level of industrial processes, subjected to a tight schedule – a short cut which, in short, cuts off all chance of communication. As part of the reproduction of ideology, it contributes and intensifies divisions among those who potentially could contest this world, divisions reinforced because the working class has already been weakened by years and years of retreat from revolutionary perspectives.

2: In Germany

In Germany, during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the Ministry of the Interior called in scientists from several research institutes and universities and instructed these scientific researchers to create a calculation model on the basis of which the authority of the Minister of the Interior would be able to justify the planning of “measures of a preventive and repressive nature”. In just four days, they developed in close coordination with the Ministry, the content of a document, which was declared secret, but was partly disseminated via various media in the following days. In this document, a “disaster scenario” was calculated, a so called “communication strategy” in which the authors pointed out how to induce a “shock effect” on the general public to make them accept repressive measures more easily. According to this document more than a million people in Germany could die of coronavirus if social life continued as before the pandemic. Apparently, emails between the Ministry and these scientists show the extent of the scientists’ collaboration and betrayal of the so called “autonomy of science” – which is, as we know, a myth anyway. See this in German – https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article225864597/Interner-E-Mail-Verkehr-Innenministerium-spannte-Wissenschaftler-ein.html and this in English – https://dialectical-delinquents.com/covid1984-latest/2021-2/february-2021/covid-19-strategy-paper-excerpts-translated/ [iii].


In most of its aspects, this affair has been known by the general public in Germany since spring 2020 – without causing much of a scandal. Apparently the shock strategy worked so well that it was not dangerous for the German ruling class to reveal its fabricated nature later. It’s not hard to imagine that similar things have been going on in many other countries as well. The scientific councils that surround the various governments, many of whom have direct links with the pharmaceutical industry, have an intrinsic financial incentive to maximise the terror and to minimise basic cheap immune-boosting methods of resisting Covid, or other means of helping to cure people if they get it. And have a “scientific” ideology utterly complicit and compatible with the reduction of human beings to their use for the accumulation of capital.

3: Why mention this

Why mention this here? Because if you’d said this as a possibility back in March 2020 without the definite proof which was revealed later you would have been instantly dismissed as a conspiracy theorist, a nutter.

Apparently when people – about 10 years ago or so – started to point out the fact that Facebook and Google sell the information they get about what sites are being clicked on by whom or the comments and tastes of their customers, Facebook and Google hit back by calling these people “conspiracy theorists”. Since then it has become a dominant strategy. This is certainly not to deny that some people genuinely are ridiculous conspiracy theorists but this indicates how essential it is to be vigilant, discerning – to recognise the difference between a conspiracy theorist and a person pointing out basic mutual capitalist interests, whether those of a single business or state or national ruling class in the more general sense [iv] or between different sections of capital usually seen as separate: in relation to Covid in particular, scientists and other “experts”.

The main philosophical critic of the “conspiracy theory of society” of the last century was Karl Popper who was possibly the most brilliant, if nauseating, exponent of positivism and liberalism during that epoch. In his 1963 book “Conjectures and Refutations” he wrote “The conspiracy theory of ignorance is fairly well known in its Marxian form as the conspiracy of a capitalist press that perverts and suppresses truth and fills the workers’ minds with false ideologies.”. There’s a certain irony in the fact that a version of his “critique” is now something that many people who claim to critique capitalism also espouse, albeit selectively. Popper saw this “conspiracy theory” in the Marxo-Hegelian dialectic. His was the philosophy of positivism, the cult of progress, of science, of open and pluralist democracy, of, in short, liberalism. This liberalism has now become neoliberalism – the vast imposture dominating materially and ideologically the world today: the “road to serfdom” and totalitarianism. Dominant mainstream perspectives now sometimes make a link between the critique of commodity science (based on the cult of exteriority, on the “objectivity” from which subjectivity has been expelled) and the current critique of the Covid-inspired pretext for social control as “conspiracy theory”. The end result of this dismissal of critique as “unscientific”or “anti-scientific” is the superficial and positivist glorification of appearances, seeking nothing beyond that which is endorsed by the ruling show backed by the reifiers of science and the media. But this time with the additional backing of “revolutionaries”.

When it comes from the Left or “libertarian-communists”, one can see the idiocy of this unthinking dismissal of any significant critique of the massive manipulation surrounding Covid: such logic, in another epoch, would have been enough to have made them dismiss Chomsky and Herman’s “Manufacturing Consent” or Debord’s “Commentaries on Society of the Spectacle” as conspiracy theory. There’s an irony in the fact that “consensus” is evoked as somehow “objective” to describe anyone who opposes the dominant consensus as a conspiracy nutter, whereas – when it comes to aspects of society that could be defined as “political” or “economic” or “military”, these libertarians are not at all complicit with the “consensus”. But because it’s scientists and doctors, they are somehow considered “objective”, despite their obvious interests either directly in the pharmaceutical industry &/or their ambitions to rise in the hierarchy of state advisers or just their fear of the consequences for not toeing the line [iv b]. Politicians and the military have an interest in manipulating submission (in particular, via the media) but any critique of scientists and doctors outside of a rather obvious critique of the more modern developments in food-as-commodity production and distribution (the capitalist food industry) is reduced to purely subjective opinion at best. And the relatively small number of dissident scientists and doctors (especially in the anglophone world) have to be invariably associated with the Right, even when they’re not, and thus are claimed to have a secret agenda, even when they don’t. Apparently it’s the dissidents who are conspiring against the “objective truth”. These “libertarians” thus create a toxic atmosphere that automatically represses, censors and self-censors in advance any nuanced but fundamental critique as unscientific or loony-cum-conspiracist. Any little deviation from mainstream “logic” nowadays, to any critique of the vaccinations programme or of masks or of other aspects of this crisis are manipulatively linked to the miserable ideological form of such criticisms by the Right. Nowadays much of the so-called “libertarian” milieu adopts a classic amalgam technique, previously associated with Stalinism and other brands of Leninism, by attributing a “guilt-by-association” to critiques that have nothing to do with the so-called “libertarian” Right.

The term “conspiracy” evokes images of men in pointy tinfoil hats whispering to each other in dark and dank cellars. The dark web [v ] is the modern equivalent of all that, but somehow the image of “conspiracy” still conjures up something rather cartoonish and absurd. But you don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to recognise that the ruling class and those high-ups who identify with and see their interests in defending them, do not invariably make public their discourse and strategies, however much they pretend to be “transparent” (no more than their rivals for power, whether it be in the official opposition, rival states or rival would-be states). For instance, the Israeli state has kept secret most of its contract with Pfizer.

You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to recognise that the state almost invariably takes advantage of crises that happen unintentionally but indirectly as a result of the logic of their political-economy in order to impose and reinforce social control. As Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, said in 2008 “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. I mean, it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” Or as the foremost ideologist of neoliberalism, Milton Friedman, said, “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable”. Of course the fact that the rulers or someone else benefits from an event doesn’t automatically mean they must have caused it.

Usually capitalism “conspires” at a very different level from that which classical simplistic conspiracy theorists expound. For one thing, often the information is, as they say, “hidden in plain view”, like Edgar Allen Poe’s “Purloined Letter”. And nor is it really useful to research endlessly the possible events and evidence that aim, but are almost never able, to prove such things. We have to deal with how the state uses these things. But for those who are into it, conspiracy ideology becomes a strategy which mediates all of reality, where secrets are wrapped in a nebulous environment that seems to bring the mundane to life. “Facts are relevant only as details in the landscape which jive or don’t jive with what the believer wants to see…. Conspiracy ideology does not set out to demonstrate the real motive forces behind human practice (including the actual role, if any, of conspiracies within the development of events), but rather takes the conspiracy as beginning and end, the totality of its substance”. (Chris Shutes, “Two Local Chapters In The Spectacle of Decomposition”)

Conspiracy “theory” is usually an obsession which aims to sell the “theorist” as a particularly lucid opponent of political intrigue. And, as a possessor of esoteric knowledge, feel they’re making themselves especially interesting and unique for being able to propound their “secret facts”. Whereas in reality, it’s just a grandiose internet-fueled political version of what used to be seen as petty gossip. Substitute “Jerry’s sleeping with his ex-wife’s girlfriend” with “Xi Jinping hates Zhou Xianwang because…”. In the past the largest section of society objectively reduced to being spectators of history – women – often resorted to gossip as a form of manipulation substituting for direct ability to influence events (this is not to be moralistic by implying that gossip is worse than other consolations for being reduced to a spectator). But nowadays there are many who essentially remain spectators who feel that they overcome their separation from history by spreading conspiracy “theories”. And of course such pretension to something deemed powerful compensates for the fact that we live in a world which previously had far more extensive daily direct forms of communities of class struggle which were genuine expressions of the power of resistance in a far greater practical way than the simplistic reductionism of conspiracy theories. And compensates for an inability and unwillingness to strive to understand what contributed to the defeat of these struggles, defeats which are the basis for our current impotence and impasse. Conspiracy theory becomes a shortcut version of “critique” that ignores a genuine critique of the hard-to-see contradictions of hierarchical social relations and their history.

In many ways, conspiracy ideology is a reflection in ideas of commodity production: each new detail at once creates the need for more details and confirms the value of all previous investigation (just as in commodity production, each new product at once creates the need for more commodities and confirms the value of all previous commodity production). Each detail is a commodity in and of itself. The goal – discovery – is always a letdown, a pageant of bureaucratic tedium. The process is everything. And it remains an interpretation that leaves you passive in relation to what you think you have revealed. After all, if, in the eyes of the conspiracy theorist, the ruling society can conspire at such a delirious level it’s obvious we are impotent to change anything. [vi]

“Conspiracy theories offer us a false target, a distraction. The remedy cannot be to expose and take down those who have foisted these trends upon us. Of course, there are many bad actors in our world, remorseless people committing heinous acts. But have they created the system and the mythology of Separation, or do they merely take advantage of it? Certainly such people should be stopped, but if that is all we do, and leave unchanged the conditions that breed them, we will fight an endless war. Just as in bioterrain theory germs are symptoms and exploiters of diseased tissue, so also are conspiratorial cabals symptoms and exploiters of a diseased society: a society poisoned by the mentality of war, fear, separation, and control.” – Charles Eisenstein, The Conspiracy Myth.

Nevertheless, given the massive distortions and contradictions even amongst experts about everything surrounding this epidemic, it’s almost inevitable that people speculate about what they conveniently give massive publicity to, what is referred to only fleetingly, what they’re hiding and how much has been deliberately allowed to happen. Only those utterly credulous and compliant, those submissive to the authority of experts even if these experts are as consistent as an alcoholic on speed trying to walk a straight line, would repress any sense of doubt or skepticism.

You need to be very discerning not to take sides between conspiracy theories and anti-conspiracy theories, to try to make sides. Clarity demands steering a winding path between the frying pan of “conspiracy theory” and the fire of “anti-conspiracy theory” ideologies. Two ideologies, each containing a partially true critique, including critiques of each other, fall into various forms of reductionism, losing a striving for some attempt at a coherent unity of historical thought but instead setting themselves up as an ideological authority in competition with each other. In an age of confusion and uncertainty, “conspiracy theory” and “anti-conspiracy theory” function like other forms of dogma – as a way of affirming a fixed idea that seems to rise above the turmoil of confusion. But each dismisses what is true in the other and doesn’t question what is false in themselves. In a world that’s utterly insecure, those on the absolute margin of existence seek out fixed certainties that substitute for confronting the complexity of this increasingly chaotic world, that substitute for a more open ‘nuanced’ attitude towards people and ideas. If one were to follow conspiracy “theory” routes one would end up constantly researching – and often twisting – evidence with the sole aim of proving something that’s largely impossible to prove without having direct access to the hidden secrets at the centre of Power, something that would take a successful revolution to achieve (even now, some classified state secrets remain secret despite 30-year or 50-year or 70-year rules before being released). And almost invariably this would involve ignoring any evidence that may conflict with the conspiracy ideology: having decided dogmatically on the fact that a situation is a conspiracy, it would grate and be inconvenient to look at anything that might run counter to such a possibility. And likewise the opposite: anti-conspiracy ideologists ignore any evidence that may conflict with the anti-conspiracy ideology. Having decided dogmatically on the fact that a situation is not at all indicative of elements of a conspiracy in the slightest, it would grate and be inconvenient to look at anything that might run counter to such a possibility. Ideology unchallenged within oneself allows for a smooth and easy interpretation that isn’t compatible with a difficult struggle for the complex truth.

4: The Chinese origin

The Chinese origin of Covid is a good example of how conspiracy theorists and anti-conspiracy theorists relate to aspects of Covid.

Firstly, it’s necessary to be aware that the Chinese state deliberately destroyed evidence concerning Covid’s origins.

On 27th December 2019 a Chinese lab found the new virus and then hid the COVID-19 genome sequence test result for 14 days: “Upon testing, a lab in Guangzhou found out that the genome sequence of the new virus was 87 percent similar to Bat SARS-like coronavirus. The lab shared the results with the China Institute of Pathogen Biology and Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on 27th of December. However, the National Health Commission issued a new regulation banning all the labs from sharing and releasing their test results in early January. China only allowed the release of the genome sequence of COVID-19 to the World Health Authority (WHO) on 11 January, two weeks after they got hold of the result.” A report about this on 3/3/20 was censored by the state, surprise surprise (see also this).

Subsequent events can be summed up like this:

The state began censorship of information about it shortly afterwards (end of December 2019). On 7th January 2020 Xi Jinping admitted privately the severity of the virus : “… during a speech Xi delivered February 3, which was published by state media on Saturday [15th February 202], he said he gave instructions on fighting the virus as early as January 7. It was not until late January that officials said the virus could spread between humans and public alarm began to rise.”

The WHO were informed on 11th January 2020.

But it wasn’t until 22nd January 2020 that Xi made a clear request that Hubei province impose control: “On January 22, in light of the epidemic’s rapid spread and the challenges of prevention and control, I made a clear request that Hubei province implement comprehensive and stringent controls over the outflow of people.” (here again).

Yet in early February Xi warned officials that efforts to stop the virus could hurt “the economy”. That is, their economy; the need for money, which is the basic form of misery that capital has expanded to every single need, continues as before. What was feared for the ruling class was above all the Chinese economy’s competitive edge on its rivals. In other words, either through incompetence or through conscious policy, the virus spread or was allowed to spread.

As against the dominant story of its origins, it seems pretty likely that the virus did not start in Wuhan’s wet market. “Experts have ruled out the idea that the pathogen was concocted as a bioweapon. They agree that it began as a bat virus that probably evolved naturally in another mammal to become adept at infecting and killing humans. But so far, after months of concentrated research at sites and laboratories in China and elsewhere around the globe, no clear intermediary has come to light. The first three of Dr. Lucey’s eight questions center on the Wuhan wet market — a sprawling marketplace that sold fresh fish and meat before being shut down. It was initially viewed as the viral point of origin. That idea was quickly thrown into doubt when a study by Chinese scientists reported that roughly a third of the earliest hospitalized victims — including the first — had never visited the market. In a May blog, Dr. Lucey quoted the head of China’s Center for Disease Control as ruling it out as the pandemic’s place of origin. The market, the Chinese health official said, “is just another victim.”…no direct evidence has come to light suggesting that the coronavirus escaped from one of Wuhan’s labs….Finally, Dr. Lucey asks the W.H.O. team to learn more about China’s main influenza research lab, a high-security facility in Harbin, the capital of China’s northernmost province. In May, he notes, a Chinese paper in the journal Science reported that two virus samples from Wuhan were studied there in great detail early this year, including in a variety of animals….” (from a 10/7/20 article here). In fact, the first publicly stated suspicion backed by some kind of evidence that it came from a lab seems to have been as early as February 2020 (see this and this).

Moreover, this says “It can also be revealed the Australian government trained and funded a team of Chinese scientists who belong to a laboratory which went on to genetically modify deadly coronaviruses that could be transmitted from bats to humans and had no cure”. This confirms the support and co-funding of the Australian government and adds that the People’s Liberation Army had been doing secret classified animal experiments in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Despite this, it’s 99.9999999999% unlikely that the virus was deliberately allowed to escape this lab so as to infect the world (I’m never absolutist about anything other than the obvious). The conspiracy theories, such as those which say that it was a deliberate Malthusian attack on the human race manufactured in a Wuhan lab designed to reduce what is commonly assumed to be the “overpopulation” of the planet, don’t make sense, not least because there are far more efficient methods of killing off masses of people, methods already happening – nuclear power-induced cancer, mass starvation, TB, malaria, air pollution, horrible work conditions etc. For anti-semites, this lab was inevitably one financed by George Soros, because it’s clear that Soros’ clones hide under everyone’s bed ready to come out at night to infect them with any hangover or belly ache they find themselves waking up with, obviously caused by him.

However, the cock-up theory of history is often just as simplistic as conspiracy theories [vii] , insofar as it ignores how the state can turn an accident to its advantage by elements of Machiavellian manoeuvering. In this case, not just to give the state the image of subsequently being the saviour, giving it a pretext for a “benevolent” intensification of social control, but also to manipulate the means of control so as not to ruin their precious economy. Hence all the contradictory state exigencies: as a Weibo user said What’s the point of such lockdown measures if we are still required to go back to the office to resume work, where we are vulnerable to infections and human transmissions” here. This latter, whilst being a basic implicit critique of the contradictions of wage labour and exploitation and social control in this Covid-epoch, is nevertheless the most obvious one to make, which often ignores and even suppresses others equally important.

The WHO investigation into the origins found that it was “very unlikely” it came from a lab, although how they can say this given the massive restrictive limitations imposed on them (see this March 4th 2021 open letter calling for a full and unrestricted international forensic investigation into the origins of Covid: “we wish to raise public awareness of the fact that half of the joint team convened under that process is made of Chinese citizens whose scientific independence may be limited, that international members of the joint team had to rely on information the Chinese authorities chose to share with them, and that any joint team report must be approved by both the Chinese and international members of the joint team. We have therefore reached the conclusion that the joint team did not have the mandate, the independence, or the necessary accesses to carry out a full and unrestricted investigation into all the relevant SARS-CoV-2 origin hypotheses – whether natural spillover or laboratory/research-related incident”) and the fact that the Chinese state refused to hand over vital data, is at best a mystery based on nothing but a hunch (see also this). More likely is that the essentially Chinese-dominated investigation was heavily leant on by the Chinese bureaucracy to state this. Some scientists say that it is highly likely – 90% certain – that it came from a lab (see this interview and this one). According to this interview, the People´s Liberation Army took over the virology institute immediately after the outbreak.

Here is an article by the interviewee in this last video laying out his views in detail:

“The closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 is a virus sampled by Chinese researchers from six miners infected while working in a bat-infested cave in southern China in 2012. These miners developed symptoms we now associate with Covid-19. Half of them died. These viral samples were then taken to the Wuhan Institute of Virology—the only facility in China that’s a biosafety Level 4 laboratory, the highest possible safety designation. The Level 4 designation is reserved for facilities dealing with the most dangerous pathogens. Wuhan is more than 1,000 miles north of Yunnan province, where the cave is located. If the virus jumped to humans through a series of human-animal encounters in the wild or in wet markets, as Beijing has claimed, we would likely have seen evidence of people being infected elsewhere in China before the Wuhan outbreak. We have not. The alternative explanation, a lab escape, is far more plausible. We know the Wuhan Institute of Virology was using controversial ‘gain of function’ techniques to make viruses more virulent for research purposes. A confidential 2018 State Department cable released this month highlighting the lab’s alarming safety record should heighten our concern. Suggesting that an outbreak of a deadly bat coronavirus coincidentally occurred near the only level 4 virology institute in all of China—which happened to be studying the closest known relative of that exact virus—strains credulity.” “Gain of function” is research that deliberately makes viruses found in nature more virulent, more infectious to humans, more contagious and potentially more deadly. There are several labs around the world conducting this research with the aim of learning how to avert or diminish damage caused by hypothetical future pandemics. Apparently, it is possible, perhaps likely, that as is the case with many other aspects of this pandemic, the “cure” inflicted on the world by that holy alliance of medical science and the state is worse than the threat from nature ever was, and the whole world has literally become an experiment gone wrong. Which shows that nothing was gained from any of the “gain of function” research conducted by the lab in terms of learning how to avert a pandemic caused by coronaviruses.

Given the fact that the doctor (Li Wenliang) who originally discovered this virus was arrested and accused of “rumour-mongering”, speculations that the Chinese bureaucracy intentionally wanted this virus to spread abound. Some suggested that the CCP, faced with the possibility of having this crisis undermine its own global bid for world market supremacy (the effect of the virus was initially to weaken Chinese capital) decided to let it develop in order to infect its competitors and maybe also to help suppress the threat of internal subversion perhaps triggered by the limited revolts in Hong Kong, and Wuhan itself. Whilst there are too many incalculable risks that makes it unlikely that the State would have proceeded in such a Machiavellian manner and implies that the State is omnipotent and invariably in control of forces that are often beyond its control, it’s worth noting that the Chinese economy is the only major economy to have achieved growth in 2020. However, far more likely is that the ideology of the omniscience of the Chinese state (by which they delude the Chinese masses and also partly themselves) meant that they had to repress Dr.Li Wenliang and probably let him die when he contracted the virus. And, though this is pure conjecture, perhaps conveniently blame the local bureaucracy in Wuhan of gross incompetence so as to get rid of rivals in the CCP’s internal battles.

However, conjecture is the only way this works – one endlessly speculates about this and that without ever being able to come to a conclusion let alone a practical use of a conclusion. Whilst such skepticism is healthy as compared to just accepting the dominant narrative, it’s very limited going down this road of hypothesis-fantasy. After all, it’s how the state actually uses this “crisis” that’s the most important not constantly trying to track down the manipulations and manoeuvres that seem to be behind it. An endless task that, as said in the 3rd paragraph above, “is a reflection in ideas of commodity production: each new detail at once creates the need for more details and confirms the value of all previous investigation”, though one can overstate this comparison. After all, since the whole of the situation over the last year or more has been permeated by mass manipulation on an unprecedented scale, uncovering aspects of these manipulations is essential as part of the project of providing evidence for this manipulation.

5: The apparently more obviously delerious “conspiracy theories”

The apparently more obviously delerious “conspiracy theories” are a mixture of half-truths and one-and-a-half-truths, partial truths distorted by lies and ideology.

The most obvious one is the idea of vaccinations introducing microchips into the body of the vaccinated.

Let’s look at the contradictions of what at first sight seems utterly absurd.

In December 2019 this article in a mainstream French TV news channel and online news site shows that in fact a vaccination tracking device under the skin was already starting to be developed a year ago . It’s probably the basis for the silly conspiracy theories being put out. Whilst certain totalitarian tendencies may well be planning to put such technology into operation, dependent on whether or not they could pass a law to make it legal and/or compulsory, but certainly they couldn’t do it now without taking the enormous, and very costly, risk of being discovered, costly in terms of mass submissive confidence in these would-be Mengeles:

TOMORROW’S WORLD – Researchers have developed a technology which, thanks to an invisible tattoo embedded under the skin, makes it possible to display a person’s health record via the camera of a smartphone. Enough to provide doctors, especially in developing countries, with proof that the person has been vaccinated…Subcutaneous technological implants, used all over the world for livestock and pets, are starting to spread to humans, as in Sweden where several thousand people already use them as a key, train ticket or bank card. In the field of health, this time, a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced that they had developed a revolutionary process: instead of implanting an electronic chip between the index finger and the thumb, nanoparticles are injected under the skin via a special syringe. These nanoparticles have the particularity of emitting a fluorescent light imperceptible to the naked eye, but visible from the screen of a smartphone. Concretely, the idea is to establish the proof of the vaccine in the body itself, especially in developing countries where paper vaccination cards are often incorrect or incomplete and where electronic medical records do not exist. So far, the technology has only been tested in rats, but researchers hope to test it on humans in Africa within the next two years….Scientists have spent a lot of time finding components that are safe for the body, stable and able to last for years. The final recipe is composed of copper-based nanocrystals, called “quantum dots”, measuring 3.7 nanometers in diameter. These nanocrystals are then encapsulated in microparticles of 16 micrometers (1 micrometer equals one millionth of a meter…)…. The implantation, which is done with a special syringe with a patch of microneedles 1.5 millimeters in length, is almost painless. Once applied to the skin for two minutes, the microneedles dissolve and leave small points under the skin, distributed for example in the shape of a circle or a cross. They appear under the effect of a part of the light spectrum invisible to us, close to infrared. Through the camera of a modified smartphone, pointed at the skin, the circle or the cross appears fluorescent on the screen. This symbol fluoresces on the screen when you point the smartphone camera…Researchers want the measles vaccine to be injected at the same time as these small dots. Because of this, a doctor could check if the person has been vaccinated years later. The technique is believed to be more durable than permanent felt markers. In the report of their work, the scientists indicate that they simulated five years of exposure to the Sun during laboratory tests. Another advantage of this device is that it requires less technology than an iris scan or the maintenance of medical databases. …The limitation of the concept is that the technique will only be useful in identifying unvaccinated children if it becomes the exclusive tool used. Also, will people accept multiple markings under the skin for each vaccine? And what will happen to the dots when children’s bodies grow older? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds this project, is currently conducting opinion polls in Kenya, Malawi and Bangladesh to determine whether people will be ready to embrace these microscopic quantum dots or prefer to stick to old vaccination cards.” [viii]

What is dumb about the conspiracy theorists use of this is the belief that “they” will automatically make a secret use of this technological advance. The chance of the state or private interests putting a tracking device or nanotechnological softeware into people’s bodies without their consent or knowledge would be a very dangerous game to play, given the chances of them being found out. And besides, the technological means of totalitarian social control do not necessitate such crudely underhand methods. Conspiracy theories at that level take a truth and develop it into an absurdity that then makes any critique of the true situation also seem absurd (to the point where it would be no surprise to find out that in fact sections of the ruling society put out mad versions of real “conspiracies” in order to tar the real with the same brush as the crazy). Like with individuals who persistently exaggerate and blow out of all proportion something true, one ends up thinking everything they say is bullshit, even if it’s not. “In a world which really is upside down, the true is a moment of the false.” said Debord in relation to dominant ideology, but it’s also true of much of supposed oppositional ideology also. Such a conspiracy theory distracts from the real dangers of the vaccines.

6: And then there’s QAnon

And then there’s QAnon. Nowadays in the United States this conspiracy movement is expressing itself in the most delerious manner, though I’ve even heard of equally insane theories coming from a mixture of Biblical references and ideas about extra-terrestrials. All indicative of the vast intensification of irrationality. QAnon denounces an alleged conspiracy by Satanist paedocriminals, which Donald Trump is (or was) allegedly fighting. This would be a joke if the far-right demonstrators who invaded the Capitol on 6th January had not included some of the main spokespersons of this movement, including Jake Angeli, known as QAnon Shaman, whose clown outfit and buffalo horns did little to conceal the supremacist and neo-Nazi tattoos with which he is covered.

The more capitalism hurtles the world towards the abyss, the more those who avoid striving to oppose the hierarchical separations that are at the base of the intensified destruction of life and sense succumb to a mixture of religious and sci-fi delusions that give them comfort in their acceptance of such separations. In the absence of much significant and explicitly conscious opposition aiming to arm itself with the development of clear ideas, mystical distractions fill the void. Conspiracy becomes a form of response to the loss of bearings, despair, anguish, and a channel for the anger that more and more oppressed people feel in the face of capitalism – a short-cut simplistic explanation to the ongoing catastrophe, in a situation where those at the margin of society are tossed from one mad drama to another, and yet have to face this feeling of being a powerless victim largely on their own. Conspiracy theory is a false exit from the struggle to find a common genuine “exit”, thriving on the ruins of the workers’ movement.

For the right, conspiracy theories function as a method of not looking at their own complicity in the miseries inflicted on humanity, as well as not looking at the structural systemic reasons for these miseries and the interaction between the two. Reducing the source of such miseries to individuals or little clandestine groups of individuals is their method of such an evasive mentality. But more of this in a later text, one that focuses more on the left v. right politics of confusion that pervades this Covid1984 epoch.

Added 1/8/21:

“A lie repeated 1000 times becomes a truth”

According to this, this sticker, amongst innumerable others, has been produced by a French extreme right wing group connected to QAnon, though the name “la rose blanche” (“The White Rose”) is the name of a group of students who resisted the Nazis between July 1942 and February 1943 in Germany, distributing dissident leaflets. The students wrote pacifist and anti-fascist slogans on the walls, collected bread for concentration camp inmates and looked after their families. The actions of the White Rose were taken as an example from January 1943 by intellectuals in southern Germany and Berlin. The line “A lie repeated 1000 times becomes a truth” is taken from Goebells.

I suspect that most people reproducing this sticker have no knowledge of what the group “the white rose” is nor the history of where the name was taken from. If this group is, as the article states, a group of Trump QAnon supporters it’s also indicative of how recuperative the Right have become: the sticker – without the Covid references – could have been produced by anarchists in previous epochs. It’s also indicative of how this epoch is confusing to almost everyone and that trying to untangle the massively proliferating mystifications, and trying to grasp why people are disseminating these mystifications, these half-truths and one and a half-truths is one of the tasks of those who want to stop the movement towards totalitarianism and generalised madness.

7: Some events around which elements of conspiracy definitely existed

Some events around which elements of conspiracy definitely existed:

The Zinoviev Letter – a successful attempt by sections of the UK secret service to prevent the election of a Labour government, back in 1924.

The American state version of the Gulf of Tonkin incident – which became a pretext for vastly expanding the Vietnam war – turned out to be a total lie, surprise surprise.

The bombing of a bank in Piazza Fontana in Italy in December 1969, blamed on anarchists, was a bombing initiated by a section of the state with the intention of repressing the social movements that erupted in 1969 in Italy.

The Falklands/Malvinas War: clearly allowed to happen. Even though Galtieri was sabre-rattling about it being Argentina’s possession, threatening to invade, a major UK battleship was withdrawn from the island giving him the green light to put his money where his mouth was. John Notts, the Minister of Defence, during an emergency debate in the House of Commons the day after the Argentinian occupation and shortly before the fleet headed across the Atlantic, said If we were unprepared, how is it that from next Monday, at only a few days notice, the Royal Navy will put to sea in wartime order and with wartime stocks and weapons? …preparations have been in progress for several weeks.” (see Hansard for April 3rd 1982). The reasons for this? Thatcher, following massive opposition including riots in 50 towns and cities throughout mainly England the year before, was way down in the polls as a repetition of the riots were being predicted for the summer of ‘82. She clearly needed a massive boost in order to win the next election which she did, on the basis of national pride and her image as an Iron Lady who’d won a war, so as to subsequently take on the miners, something that had long been planned by the right-wing of the Tory Party.

There are undoubtedly others – maybe Saddam Hussein was given the green light to invade Kuwait, resulting in the 1991 Gulf War (amongst other obvious capitalist oil interests, it gave the world a post-cold war alternative to the bogeyman of “communism”). Maybe Pearl Harbour was allowed to happen (the evidence is contradictory on this one, though it obviously enabled Roosevelt to sell the idea of joining WWII to a formerly reluctant American population and allowed the US state to make its bid for world’s most powerful imperialist.). There’s plenty of evidence that the East German Rostock race riots of 1992 were encouraged by lack of police action – the cops were told to hold back from going in so that these riots could develop to a very vicious level.

“Watergate, COINTELPRO, Iran-Contra, Merck’s drug Vioxx, Ford’s exploding Pinto coverup, Lockheed-Martin’s bribery campaign, Bayer’s knowing sale of HIV-contaminated blood, and the Enron scandal demonstrate that conspiracies involving powerful elites do happen” – Charles Eisenstein, The Conspiracy Myth.

And there are doubtless others as well – the obvious one being the assassination of Kennedy [ix]. But also some aspects of the 1980s AIDS epidemic may be worth looking at [x].

Footnotes

i See, for instance, the thorough distortions from the leftists of libcom blog, who have dropped all pretension to the “libertarian” origins of their name “libcom”: https://libcom.org/blog/new-covid-denial-single-eric-clapton-van-morrison-21122020, in particular the constant manipulative use of the attribute “conspiracy” or “conspiracy theorist” to Nymphalis Antiopa’s posts by Steven and Red Marriott, manipulative ad hominem amalgam techniques which are in the same vein as classic Stalinist Newspeak, even if their politics are very different. However, their perspective, their social relations, are not anti-political: Politics as rivalry, as half-truths, as a method of functionalising people is at the centre of their discourse. “It’s necessary to criticise politics within daily life itself, where it started from, and only afterwards came to dominate daily life in the form of the State, the parties and all the various representations. …Thus , the critique of politicians and of politics shouldn’t limit itself to a crude anarchistic attack on “political men”: it only makes full sense in its application in daily life itself, to the politicians of daily life, just as it has already been applied to the politicians of organisation. The politics of and in daily life is the last possible expression of the State – i.e. daily life and its relations led in a way similar to the way in which the State or a commercial business (it comes to the same thing) are led. …Thus, it’s necessary to stop understanding “revolutionary” politics as it wants to be understood, that is to say in the so-called struggle it proposes to lead against the dominant society, which is merely the external justification for the necessity of its existence: politics is less a relation between two opposing sides than above all a relation within each side.” Joel Cornualt, Pour le passage de la decomposition a des constructions nouvelles, 1978

As for Steven’s horror that my criticism of the compulsory wearing of masks outside had contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands people, see this link: file:///tmp/mozilla_nick0/Le%20Parisien%20-%204%20mai%202021.pdf

“By last summer, the mask had gradually made its way into public space in many municipalities. But in the meantime, knowledge has become more refined: scientists now agree that the possibility of contamination by SARS-CoV-2 is very limited outdoors, while enclosed spaces are more threatening. Epidemiologist Antoine Flahault even describes this risk as “extremely marginal”. “In the outdoor environment, aerosols [micro-droplets potentially containing the virus, editor’s note] exist but they dilute in the atmosphere very quickly. I don’t think there is any risk, except in the theoretical case of someone spitting on you nearby,” says the director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva. A staunch “ayatollah of the indoor mask”, he considers that imposing it outdoors is “nonsense”. In Ireland, for example, only 0.1% of positive cases originate from outdoor activities (building sites, sports, etc.), according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), reports the Irish Times.”

iiThis is a valid riposte to the clichéd caricature of criticisms: What is it OKAY to criticise with current Covid policy?
Is it okay to question:
The use of PCRs as the only diagnostic tool, despite its poor specificity?
The use of lockdowns as the only intervention?
The use of behavioural psychologists to debate how to best “scare” people into compliance?
The use of SAGE’s subcommittees to override the will of the sitting Parliament?
The flip-flopping and constant policy reversals?
The regularity with which the NHS is overrun every single Winter?
The two years of lower Winter deaths in the published statistics?
The financial gain for contractors known to be linked to the Conservative Government?
The forced Vaccination programme and Vaccine Passports?

Is it OKAY to question ANY of this? – and not be a “Covid denying conspiracist”?

iii Among other things they say this horrifically explicit bit of “Youthanasia”: “With a case mortality rate that sounds insignificant in percentage terms, and which mainly affects the elderly, many then unconsciously and unacknowledgedly think to themselves: “Well, this way we get rid of the old people who are dragging our economy down, there are already too many of us on Earth anyway, and with a bit of luck I will inherit a bit earlier this way.” These mechanisms have certainly contributed to the downplaying of the epidemic in the past.”. etc. – a reified functionalising of people which is also pretty common among these “experts” themselves, because that is how they also see themselves: you are what you’re worth is to the commodity economy.

[iv] It seems obvious that rulers will do everything to protect their power in the event of catastrophe. For instance, by having a network of underground bunkers equipped with all the means necessary for their survival and the hope of their returning to the surface should they deem it safe. But if you suggest this is happening many would define this as a “conspiracy theory”. In fact at one time, the existence of “Mount Weather” was seen as a fantasy concocted by conspiracy theorists. Yet consider the Regional Seats of Government discovered in the 1960s by the British group “Spies for Peace”, a group close to the Committee of 100 of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament fame, which included many people who considered themselves anarchists or other categories of anti-state revolutionaries. In 1963 they broke into a secret government bunker, RSG-6 at Warren Row, near Reading, where they photographed and copied documents revealing that a small group of people who had accepted thermonuclear war as a probability, were consciously and carefully planning for it, quietly waiting for the day the bomb dropped, for that would be the day they’d take over. This is just an old example of such “conspiracies”, which nobody with any radical point of view at that time would have arrogantly dismissed partly because of the concrete proof of the “conspiracy”, partly because they placed this “conspiracy” within social terms that made sense, partly because publication of the information led almost immediately to various forms of action against these RSGs (pickets outside 3 of them) and partly because the word “conspiracy” was never used – it was just a reflection of how the elite function and was seen as such.

iv b See, for example, France’s Council of Order of doctors: political police? Or this: Belgium: interview (in French) with pathologist who lodged legal complaint against the medical order and the directive sent to all doctors in Belgium in January 2021 that vaccination is an obligation and that doctors must promote the vaccination programme or risk facing severe sanctions.

v It’s obvious that the dark web – which we know is not at all open to everyone – is not just for terrorists, arms and drug dealers, human traffickers and pedophiles, but also for equally obnoxious scum such as sections of the ruling class and their states. It’s pretty much well-known that the internet, 30 years or so before it became a publicly available mediation, was an integral part of US state secret communication, so why would that change?

vi “…there is a critical perspective, a suspicion of those in power, whose interests are seen as different from and in conflict with the wider public (the ‘people’). This populist assumption of ‘people vs elite’ is married to a notion of the hidden intervention of state forces, and – crucially – the notion that these forces would succeed. Alongside an anti-elitist ontology is an elitist epistemology, for the explanation of the fact that ‘mainstream’ knowledge is wrong is supposedly that the great mass of the population are dupes –the people are ‘sheeple’ –and only the small band of enlightened conspiracy theorists see the truth. One definition of conspiracism is the belief that powerful, hidden, evil forces control human destinies. Similarly, there is the notion of ‘history as will’. Related assumptions shared by many conspiracy theories include the idea that nothing happens by accident, everything is connected; that power is the hidden motive for everything else; that who benefits from an event must have caused it; and that history is determined by conspiracies.”https://libcom.org/files/Conspiracy%20theories%20%20%20FINAL28-10-20[2].pdf . There’s a certain irony in the fact that this quote from an Aufheben article gives an accurate description of significant elements of conspiracy theory, whilst John Drury, one of the leading theoreticians of this group, supports all the standard methods of state & capital’s suppression of the crowd under the pretext of Covid1984. And not only supports but has been part of the state’s group of people operating their Covid1984 policies (see the list under “Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours”). Of course, this is no conspiracy – the guy is simply prepared to sell any fragments of soul he ever had in his ambition to climb up the greasy pole.

See this and this for earlier critiques of this creep. And this for links to most references to the 9-year old scandal.

vii During the Kosovo war, the Americans bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Their story was that it was a mistake, that they had acted on the basis of an old out-of-date map. In other words, a cock-up. Later, however, it was revealed (without being seriously contested) that they had done it deliberately. The state sometimes prefers to claim its incompetence as opposed to its conscious policies. Just as sometimes it does the opposite.

viii The MIT research is confirmed by this mainstream media as well as this one and the development in Africa confirmed by Le Monde (all in French). And the information about Sweden is confirmed here and here (also in French and also mainstream).

ix Amongst people whose attempts to contribute to social movements is mostly theoretical, there are those who, so as to imagine in their heads that they are not essentially conservative in their practice, think they’re being rebellious by trying to refute such an obvious conspiracy as the assassination of JFK. Since the publication of the Warren report into his assassination there were increasing criticisms of its obviously dubious (and shoddy) nature to the point where it became pretty clear that there was some conspiracy behind his assassination and that Oswald, regardless of whether he was the guy who shot him or not, did not act alone. Since then intellectuals who give credence to any idea as long as it seems a bit different from classical alternative-type criticisms of anything and regardless of its social implications, indulge in the possibility of official definitions of what’s going on as being correct, even when most of the evidence is against this version. In this reactive manner of “criticism” they end up full circle on the side of dominant society. In relation to JFK they’ll say it was Oswald acting alone and in so saying think they’re being very unconventional and daring even if it was the conventional “wisdom” back in 1964 when the Warren Report was first published and those who dared criticise the report were vilified without end. Not that those who constantly harp on about the conspiracy behind JFK’s assassination have the slightest critique either: almost invariably it’s in order to say what a great guy he was and that Vietnam wouldn’t have happened if he’d been president (against all evidence – it was Kennedy who first increased the US “advisors” to the South Vietnam military). All that bullshit just ends up thinking one man in the “right place” (ie head-of-state) can alter the course of history.

x The following about AIDS is significant:

On March 31st 1987 there was a meeting between Reagan and Chirac (France’s Prime Minister at the time) at the White House where the 2 leaders agreed settlement to the dispute concerning who had discovered the AIDS virus HIV. The settlement included a definitive, though not exhaustive, scientific history of the retrospective contributions by the Nationaol Cancer Institute in Maryland (USA) and the Pasteur Institute in Paris, of the discovery of the AIDS virus. The 2 leading researchers of each institute, R.C.Gallo and L.Montagnier and their colleagues agreed “not to make nor publish any statement which would or could be construed as contradicting or compromising the said scientific history” (“AIDS Truce Brings History to a Halt”, New Scientist, p. 21, 9/4/87, an article not online). This degree of political involvement in the official history of medical science was unprecedented at the time. We must remember that back in the latter part of the 1980s, the universally held racist “fact” propagated by WHO and all the powers-that-be and the media (including – horror shock! – The Guardian and the British Communist Party’s journal “Marxism Today”), and virtually the whole of the scientific “community”, was that AIDS began in Africa from human contact, probably sexual contact, with a Green Monkey, something that was pretty much publicly refuted 3 years later (see, for instance this: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12282947 ). This despite the fact that 70% of the cases recorded by WHO were in the USA. At that time 2 doctors who contested this racist ideology (a couple with the surname of Chirimuuta) were forced to self-publish and self-distribute their book “Aids, Africa and Racism” at considerable cost because no publisher or distributor would touch it with a million-mile bargepole. And anybody who attacked this ideology as racist was accused of avoiding scientific fact by playing the race card. It’s true that HIV migrated from primates to humans as a result of colonialist domination of Africa in the early 20th century, which led to the industrialisation of the bushmeat market as cheap food for the working class, as well as explicitly racist malpractice by colonial medical staff — it was spread by doctors because they didn´t bother to sterilize needles when vaccinating blacks. But that hardly explains why the first epidemic of it, some 60 years later, was not at all in Africa but amongst especially gays in California and New York and then needle-using drug takers.

Added 26/6/21: The connection between HIV and AIDS still seems to not be definite. In a December 1993 editorial, Nature magazine was forced to state that “almost ten years after H.I.V. was identified, the evidence that it causes AIDS is still only epidemiological”. And in the 1980s there was significant scientific research into AIDS victims that found no trace of HIV antibodies in 10% of the dead victims of AIDS.

See also “Dirty Medicine” by Martin J. Walker for some insights into how the pharmaceutical industry manipulated the mainstream gay “community” about cures for HIV and AIDS (this book is also an interesting critique of mainstream medicine in general).

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

The return of the Arab Spring? – riots in Tunisia, January 2021

“The whole system must go”

Whilst the world’s media is mostly, and conveniently, silent about this, concentrating on the very dubious vaccination programmes going on all over the place, what seems like the beginnings of a national uprising against misery is hitting the streets of Tunisia.

26/1/21:

Tunis: further clashes

“Tunisian riot police on Tuesday turned water cannon on protesters outside the heavily barricaded parliament as they tried to quell the largest rally yet since demonstrations began this month over inequality and police abuses. Hundreds of protesters marched from the Ettadhamen district of the capital where young people have clashed nightly with police for more than a week, and were joined by hundreds more near the parliament. Police blocked the march with barricades to prevent protesters approaching the parliament building where legislators were holding a tense debate on a controversial government reshuffle…The session comes a day after protesters clashed with police in the town of Sbeitla, in Tunisia’s marginalised centre, after a young man hit by a tear gas canister during clashes last week died in hospital…mothers in the Tunisian capital have accused authorities of arbitrarily arresting their children in response to the unrest”

See also Tunisia  Resistant for a detailed description of the day

See also:

Clashes break out in Tunisia after protester dies of injuries

23/1/21:

Tunisia: protests continue  More here  and here

“The government on Saturday extended a night-time curfew from 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) to 5 a.m. and banned gatherings until February 14. But protesters took to the streets in several parts of the country, including the capital Tunis and the marginalized interior region of Gafsa, to demand the release of hundreds of young people detained during several nights of unrest since January 14. “Neither police nor Islamists, the people want revolution,” chanted demonstrators in a crowd of several hundred in Tunis, where one person was wounded in brief clashes amid a heavy police presence. Protests were also held in the coastal city of Sfax on Friday. Much of the unrest has been in working class neighborhoods, where anger is boiling over soaring unemployment and a political class accused of having failed to deliver good governance, a decade after the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.”

22/1/21:

Mainstream American political-economic report

“In 2020, the economy contracted by 8 percent, crucial tourism revenues dropped by 65 percent, and thousands of companies were forced to shut down. Meanwhile, unemployment among youths continued to climb well past one-third, and the decade-old trend of declining poverty reversed. The combined effects of the virus and government containment measures also spurred more Tunisians to head for Europe, with nearly 13,000 migrants reaching Italy’s shores in 2020 compared to 2,600 the previous year—a reminder that instability in North Africa carries far-reaching implications for America’s European allies. Indeed, the United States has several strong interests in seeing Tunisia’s democratic experiment succeed. In addition to the substantial symbolic cost of seeing an Arab democracy collapse, instability in Tunisia would invite spillover from the Libyan conflict next door, exacerbate the growing challenge of uncontrolled migration to Europe, and provide an opening for terrorists and other armed groups congregating elsewhere in Tunisia’s neighborhood. In the near term, then, Washington should make clear that it stands ready to assist Tunisia as much as possible. Even low-cost measures would yield strong returns. For example, the new administration can leverage America’s influence with the World Bank, IMF, and other international organizations to bolster emergency assistance, expedite Tunisia’s long-sought Millennium Challenge Corporation compact, and invite the country to attend the global “Summit for Democracy” that President Biden has pledged to hold during his first year in office. More forcefully engaging with European allies on economic and migration challenges will also be key. In any case, Tunisia’s eruption of social unrest suggests that the pandemic will no longer deter people from taking to the streets and voicing grievances over their lack of economic prospects or basic services. And as in 2011, the unrest could be a harbinger of things to come in other countries. Many of Tunisia’s neighbors have suffered similar effects from the pandemic, and as they emerge from the COVID crisis, the economic damage of the past two years could be highly destabilizing if citizens remain unconvinced that their governments will bring them adequate relief. Ten years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s predicament suggests that regional economic and political reform may lag indefinitely, so the Biden administration should prepare accordingly. However much the new president may want to focus on his stated priorities, the outburst of protests shows that local events can quickly push their way onto the foreign policy agenda.”

21/1/21:

Report on Tunisia’s misery

Following a brief video of an interview with a young woman in which she says “…either I emigrate clandestinely or I set fire to myself” the report continues:

“The young people you see here are neglected and have no food at home. They go home and have nothing to eat. People are unemployed, there are no wages, there is no money, where is the money? We are being made false promises. The politicians tell us they are going to make us work, they silence us with words “. Like this resident of the popular Ettadhamen district, near the capital Tunis, many Tunisians, many of them young, have taken to the streets to express their anger and weariness in recent days as the country faces an economic crisis. , health and politics. “It happens in a context of a long-standing economic crisis, with soaring unemployment rates. You have   Covid-19 which creates even more frustrations and deprivation … Mini-markets and cash machines have been attacked”

20/1/21:

Despite massive cop presence, clashes continue in Sbeitla following rumours of youth dying  from being hit by teargas grenade (official version is he died of drug overdose)clashes continue in Tunis and Sousseand Sidi BouzidTunisian blogger’s report here

“There are 1,000 people arrested” including many minors, said Bassem Trifi of the Tunisian League for Human Rights, who charged that many arrests had been “arbitrary,” including of people inside their homes. “Some were arrested without having taken part in the demonstrations,” he told a joint press conference of a dozen groups, also including the journalists’ union and young lawyers’ association. Some activists had been detained for voicing support for the protests on Facebook and other sites, and at least one of them now faces six years prison if convicted, the groups said….They warned that “violent security practices would only… aggravate the crisis of the rejection of the state“.

Rulers response to beginnings of movement

“Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement [mildly Islamic “opposition” party] on Tuesday called on the country’s premier to launch investigations into the riots and alleged vandalism on public and private property across the country. In a statement, the party expressed its strong disapproval of hate speech and incitement by unnamed political parties which it described as “speeches outside of national contexts.” Ennahda called on the Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi to “tell the people the truth about last night’s protests, carry out the necessary investigations, protect public and private property and apply the law.” It also strongly condemned “the attacks on private and public property, the looting and sabotage of administrative and commercial institutions,” calling on protesters not to deviate from their demands and to refrain from sabotaging and harming the country, according to the statement.”

19/1/21:

Tunisia: 5th night of riots

“The whole system must go … We will return to the streets and we will regain our rights and our dignity that a corrupt elite seized after the revolution,” said Maher Abid, an unemployed protester. Shortly before last week’s 10th anniversary of the revolution, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi’s government ordered a four-day lockdown and a tighter night-time curfew against the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a ban on protests. However, in cities across the North African country youths have thrown stones and petrol bombs, burnt tyres and looted shops while police have deployed tear gas and batons, arresting hundreds. In a televised speech on Tuesday, Mechichi said he understood popular anger over the economic situation and the frustration of young people, but that violence was not acceptable. “Your voice is heard and your anger is legitimate… Do not allow saboteurs among you,” he said, addressing protesters…Protesters … chanted “the people want the fall of the regime”, as well as demands for jobs. Tunisia was suffering economically even before the COVID-19 crisis, with high unemployment and declining state services. Earlier, the powerful labour union and other rights groups voiced support for peaceful protests against “policies of marginalisation, impoverishment and starvation”, accusing the state of squandering the revolution’s hopes.”

More here. “In 2020 alone, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) recorded 6,500 protests, all of which were motivated by economic, social and environmental demands.” And here“Earlier‮ ‬in the day, protesters rallied in Tunis, reviving the chant that rang a decade ago in a revolution that ushered in democracy: “The people want the fall of the regime.”

18/1/21:

Tunisia: 4th night of riots Video here

“Street clashes between riot police and youths rocked Tunisia for the fourth night in mostly working class neighbourhoods, with calls on social media for more rallies on Tuesday. More than 600 people had been arrested by Monday over the disturbances in which teenagers and adolescents have hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who have fired volleys of tear gas at them. The social unrest comes at a time of economic crisis, worsened by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the tourism-reliant North African country, which has deepened poverty and driven up inflation and unemployment. In the latest unrest until the early hours of Tuesday, hundreds of youths in the capital battled police in several districts including the vast Ettadhamen city on the outskirts of Tunis. In Sfax, the second largest city, protesters blockaded roads with burning tyres, an AFP correspondent reported. “

17/1/21:

Tunisia: looting, clashes and riots in 23 towns and cities on 10th anniversary of Ben Ali’s fall

“Arab media broadcast amateur video of crowds of young men setting fires and looting banks and private businesses in a second day of violence in a number of Tunisian cities. “

More here (videos and reports mostly in French)

Sample quotes: Protesters did not formulate clear demands during protests, which authorities described as riots…In the capital Tunis, a dilapidated neighborhood was the scene of clashes between mainly teenage protesters and the police, who used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd after having had stones thrown at them. According to several witnesses, demonstrators looted shops in several cities. “…”the majority of “casseurs” arrested were between 12 and 15-years-old”…”There were reports that a police station in Souk Lahad belonging to the National Guard was set on fire. The information was denied by a security source “…”A decade on from a revolution against poverty, corruption and injustice, Tunisia has progressed towards democracy but its economic problems have worsened, with the country on the verge of bankruptcy and public services in a dire situation. Gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 9 percent last year, consumer prices have spiralled upwards and one-third of young people are unemployed.”

See also this

16/1/21:

Tunisia: riots and clashes in 4 towns and cities

During the clashes, the youths attempted to ransack the Ettadhamen post office, before being dispersed. As for the ATM  at this office, it was destroyed and looted. The security forces, attacked with stones, responded with tear gas

15/1/21:

Clashes following cop aggression of shepherd (video of which goes viral)

More here in English.

Clashes in 2 areas of Tunis following Covid rules-inspired cop repression of football fans celebrating victory…Video here

13-14/1/21:

Clashes in 3 towns between youths and cops

SamFanto was born, and then he lived a bit but never enough.

Leftist bollocks from the usual suspects

For a chronological reflection, starting from the present and working backwards,  of aspects of the Covid1984 permanent crisis see this

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Scroll down to “ADDED 30/12/20” for my response to various crap on libcom distorting most of what I’ve said .

A response to this.

A pathetic crap article, yet another Covidiocy, typical of leftism, even in its “libertarian” forms, which has totally failed to get to grips with the misery of state and capitalist impositions of social control with the pretext of the virus. It’s a reactive article almost as reactionary as the rubbish spewed out by the racist and nationalist millionaire rock stars it condemns.

For example, recent scientific research has shown that masks worn outside are utterly ineffective (see this: https://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/societe/le-masque-en-exterieur-est-il-un-moyen-de-lutte-efficace-contre-l-epidemie-20201211), but because these 2 arseholes, Clapton and Van Morrison, oppose masks this text feels the need to support them, even though they’re not only unnecessary outdoors but intensify dominant separation and the alienation of the streets, and are even unhealthy because you breathe in your own bacteria.

It counterposes “expertise, experience and data from healthcare professionals, epidemiologists, etc.” to conspiracy theories and reactionary talking points, as if the “expertise, experience and data from healthcare professionals, epidemiologists, etc. “ wasn’t itself contradictory and in any case open to questioning regardless of their differences.  In Science We Trust. Nowhere is there a critique of dominant science, as if to suggest, let alone embark on, such a thing would put you in the same camp as Trump and religious anti-Darwinism. The perspective of the realisation and suppression of science is beyond this Leftist ideologue. The notion of using aspects of evidence-based science against a blanket submissive respect for “Science” with a capital S  is a no-go area for people lacking in all curiosity, research and adventure outside of habitually trodden paths. Denunciation of “conspiracy theories” has now become a knee-jerk reaction to anything that dares to question the connection between scientific “experts”, state and capital, the interaction of capitalist interests.

Comrade Motopu’s criticism (one could hardly call it critique) succumbs to the false choice of pro-lockdown against the anti-lockdown positions and of anti-mask v. pro-mask. It even ends up with an uncritical pro-vaccination position. As if the constant vaccinations that will be necessary at least every 6 months because the mutations and variations of the virus will necessitate constant changes in the vaccine (a vaccination available after just 6 or 7 months’ research, when 10 years is the more usual time necessary for a safe vaccine) is the cavalry come to save us all from this shit and not something that will greatly contribute to weakening the body politic, helping to reduce resistance, both internal and external. Nowhere does this leftism point out that it will only be an informed social movement which could begin to confront the ever-tightening interaction between the state, the pharmaceutical companies, the manipulative scientists and other “experts” and the totality of pro and anti ideologies that colonise people like Comrade Motopu and the totalitarianism of present and future developments. No – until the magic wand of a vaccine, it’s “paying people to stay home” (as if various states haven’t done this, admittedly at reduced wages, though some leftists have described these as “socialist” measures) . Why has the state done this? Because going out and socialising doesn’t only mean going out to pay absorbitant wads of cash to listen to rock star millionaires in a claustrophobic atmosphere repeating the same old tunes we long ago got bored with. It also means being able to do things the state does not want us to do – discuss, organise , demonstrate, strike and occupy together. But Comrade Motopu wants us to rely on “the federal institutions … best placed to protect people and mobilize effective measures to fight the spread of the plague”.

When you take the opposite point of view of the Right you end up utterly defined by them and can’t assert a single independent point of view that recognises that “in a world that is upside down the true is a moment of the false”  and the false is a moment of the true. In the current climate, the Right are the prime recuperators of anger, with the Left demanding things some states are imposing with a vengeance. At the beginning of this crisis one could maybe forgive that but 9 months later it’s just an expression of acute laziness, of a total absence of critical vigilance, of submission to classic either/or Manichean choices.

Amongst those who define themselves as class struggle libertarians it’s become  de rigeur to proclaim the need for a total one-size-fits-all lockdown regardless of specific situations.  Daring to question the contradictions and miseries that such a “solution” imposes runs head on into a circle-the-wagons-mentality of everyone self-righteously denouncing you simplistically as an inconsiderate individualist right-wing arsehole that most people in this milieu can’t even begin to unravel, let alone express, their doubts, fearful of becoming a target of strawman arguments that will be too wearing to confront. And yet remaining silent about such doubts just reinforces the whole sense of impotence in the face of this relentless tangled  onslaught of false choices.

– 22/12/20

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The above was posted to libcom by Nymphalis Antiopa who often contributes to Dialectical Delinquents.  The following is my response to the responses on libcom.

Comrade Motopu gives a good example of what  I said above: “When you take the opposite point of view of the Right you end up utterly defined by them and can’t assert a single independent point of view…”. S/he writes that Le Figaro is “far right”. It’s not – it’s mainstream right, though admittedly yesterday’s far right is now mainstream. But it’s always been standard mainstream right, but hardly worse than mainstream liberal/left-wing media. For example, France’s “Liberation” and “Le Monde”  supported the 1991 Gulf war, the UK’s  Guardian and the US’s  New York Times mostly supported it also, along with supporting the Kosovo war of 1999. Does that automatically negate everything else they say? Does the fact that the link I put to the site about Pfizer is to a Corbynite site negate the value of what the ex-soldier says about Pfizer? Likewise, even if Le Figaro  were nazis  that wouldn’t in itself negate what it says. Hitler’s scientists did research showing the link between smoking cigarettes and cancer, some 10 years or more before the American Cancer Society and thousands of US doctors and scientists reversed their previous notion that smoking was fine. If CM’s stupid reactive logic were consistent, s/he’d be recommending smoking along with all those pre-1953 American scientists and doctors. Even our worst enemies sometimes get it right. For example, the other day Marine Le Pen said the sky was blue.

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Re. R.Totale’s post, whilst some of it’s pertinent, the notion that masks protect you from CCTV cameras is not necessarily correct. Apparently even those wearing surgical masks can  be identified by the latest in Facial Recognition Cameras ( https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-facial-recognition/even-mask-wearers-can-be-idd-china-facial-recognition-firm-says-idUSKBN20W0WL )

A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.”  The head of the company that has developed this has said, “When wearing a mask, the recognition rate can reach about 95%, which can ensure that most people can be identified”. Sure, the state wants to present itself as all-seeing and all-powerful in order to reinforce our sense of impotence and the phrase “can reach about 95%” already implies that there’s likely to be an element of hype in all this, but that remains to be seen (or, hopefully, not seen). But there’s no reason to be complacent. Iris recognition is the new future. But maybe sunglasses are a protection.

Moreover when he refers to those for whom “mask-wearing frees them of social expectations from the nose down at least” that at least is a choice, but masks have been made compulsory – even in areas where before they were compulsory there were no severe cases of Covid.  Making them legally compulsory, with often a heavy fine for those who don’t conform to this irrationality, is as bad as forbidding foulards (Muslim scarves) for women

However, when I wrote that masks “intensify dominant separation and the alienation of the streets” I meant that you can’t even see people’s smiles or frowns, that you can’t  make funny faces at kids, that it reinforces people being trapped in their heads. This doesn’t matter to those who are already constantly stuck in their heads listening to something on their headphones or glued to the screen on their smartphone but for those who find some consolation in even the most superficial of  non-virtual human contact, it just adds to the weariness of daily life. In addition, you constantly have to raise your  voice to a strained level that doesn’t come naturally or repeat yourself because you haven’t been heard from behind the mask. This in addition to all those people who have no power finding that their masters have suddenly given them a crumb of hierarchical power because now even the lowest of the low can tick someone off for not having covered their nose in the supermarket or library or wherever. All of which gives daily alienation an extra dose of wear-and-tear, intensifying  irritability, adding to a sense of despair with humanity.

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Re. Red Marriott’s quote – “A global team of public health experts at Learnaboutcovid19 also told Reuters there was “no evidence” to suggest face masks can increase the chance of developing pneumonia, “or any other bacterial, fungal or viral infection in the lungs”. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-pneumonia/fact-check-people-… “ Well, maybe. But others have said the opposite: https://perma.cc/V2UH-DZT3?type=image

The masks on the market do nothing to protect people from the virus. They’re not sterile, unlike the ones you find in hospitals and you shouldn’t wear one for longer than 15 or 20 minutes, otherwise they are transformed into incubators for bacteria. And even worse are the masks made out of material, which are veritable collectors of bacteria because they’re porous.” – Antoine Khoury, microbiologist

There’s also this:

https://jdmichel.blog.tdg.ch/archive/2020/11/24/covid-faut-il-de-confiner-oui-et-en-super-urgence-310935.html

“To give just two examples, the famous long-suspended Danish study has finally been published with the conclusions one might expect: wearing a mask in the general population does not prevent contamination by Covid. The authors have accepted some political contortions in their conclusion, but the fact remains: this measure, which no pandemic plan had ever considered, so absurd that it is, has no justification in terms of the cost / benefit balance and would therefore never have had to be imposed. Another study has just been published in Nature which concludes (based on research carried out in Wuhan) that asymptomatic people are largely not otherwise infectious. “Compared to symptomatic patients, asymptomatic infected individuals generally have a low amount of viral loads and a short duration of viral shedding, which decreases the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 5. In the present study, the culture virus was performed on specimens from asymptomatic positive cases, and found no viable SARS-CoV-2 virus. All close contacts of asymptomatic positive cases tested negative, indicating that asymptomatic positive cases detected in this study were unlikely to be infectious. There were no positive tests among 1,174 close contacts of asymptomatic cases.”

The only possible use of a mask is for symptomatic people only during the time they are symptomatic. It’s highly probable (since in science it’s always a question of  working with hypotheses, it’s advisable to remain cautious) that everything that has been imposed on us for months – with the force of propaganda – has had no real use, with monstrous costs for individuals and for community.

Besides, Covid can enter the eyes and  be conveyed by touch, so maybe everyone should be compelled to wear goggles and gloves, and then Leftists like Comrade Motopu would probably be thankful that “the federal institutions … best placed to protect people and mobilize effective measures to fight the spread of the plague” were at long last allowed to do their job.

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I see 3 very general categories of responses to the various “experts” who we are somehow forced to partly rely on if only to get some vague idea about what’s what.

First category is probably the most prevalent, which is that of Greta Thunberg, who said “We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis and we must unite behind experts and science. This of course goes for all crises.” This is a kind of “Who am I to decide if this or that is true or not?” attitude, the self-effacing avoidance of all striving for autonomy on the part of those who  submit to dominant society even if they don’t necessarily seem to respect it or aspects of it. 

Yet, given the enormous contradictory “facts” spewed out by scientists and other experts, a second stance is almost as common –  each individual, regardless of the precise extent of their precise knowledge, is forced back onto their own opinion, in  much the same way as if what you accept and don’t accept amongst all the questions thrown up by this permanent crisis is just a matter of taste.  In other words, people are cherry-picking information that confirms their previously held opinions, leaving understanding down to a purely arbitrary question of subjective choice or to your own prejudices.  Almost invariably people will find some  “scientific fact” to provide ‘objective’ proof for these tastes and prejudices.

But there’s also a third attitude, a more honest one – acceptance of your own  confusion whilst submitting  to the politics behind this confusion, justified in terms of an inability to decide which  ideas are valid because you can’t  check all the other positions/angles/facts. But this is another expression of resignation.

Whether it be those who accept the apparent objectivity of science, those who  resort to a purely subjective  selection of 57 varieties of facts dependent on whom they happen to read on the internet,  or those who more honestly admit to resigning themselves to the chaos and confusion imposed by dominant society, the imposed madness which seems to be an essential part of of its principle political strategy – all of them seem to have, at best, only one  aim – to make themselves and others as healthy as they think they were before this crisis, health being defined narrowly as being protected against the virus.  This conservative  aim, which is anyway an impossible dream and a nostalgic falsification of the misery of  pre-Covid times, thus wants desperately to believe in the saviour of a vaccine (or, more rationally, but less common in Western societies, other more tried and trusted immune-boosting methods).

Those who want to contribute to the revolutionary destruction of a society hell-bent on destroying all sense and the vast majority of human beings potentially able to destroy this senseless society, will have to pit themselves against these false choices. As part of this they will need to unravel aspects of the medical science surrounding Covid with the aim of subverting dominant discourse, past, present and future. Accepting science without filtering it through critical vigilance means acquiescence to developments that’ll be even worse than, though very different from,  the Industrial Revolution was for the peasantry. Selection of facts is inevitable, but selection that achieves progress towards clarity has to look at contradictory ‘facts’ as well as strive to unravel the reasons for these contradictions rather than be based on notions of objectivity or prejudiced taste or fatalistic resignation to confusion.  Questioning everything is a major aspect of the struggle to free oneself of received ideas,  unconscious taste, and the fog of contradictory information. It’s a major aspect of  breaking with excessive reliance on experts and science as well as  the domination of the past over the present, a major aspect of developing a genuine health – the  health of an attack on the totality of unhealthy conditions.

 

ADDED 30/12/20 (slightly modified 31/12):

This is my response to the latest distortions from libcom:

Nymphalis Antiopa on Libcom, in response to a mixture of quotes from me and things he said himself, got this reply from Red Marriot (RM):

“having co-ordinated a global conspiracy to securely falsify the scientific evidence; with all their resources they’ve used that to – MAKE US WEAR MASKS WHEN WE GO SHOPPING AND FOR MANY TO NOT WORK. If that’s all they have in their repressive arsenal we have little to worry about.”

In fact what I wrote, which NA quoted, doesn’t say anything of the sort – it says “For example, recent scientific research has shown that masks worn outside are utterly ineffective (see this: https://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/societe/le-masque-en-exterieur-est-il-un-moyen-de-lutte-efficace-contre-l-epidemie-20201211), but because these 2 arseholes, Clapton and Van Morrison, oppose masks this text feels the need to support them, even though they’re not only unnecessary outdoors but intensify dominant separation and the alienation of the streets, and are even unhealthy because you breathe in your own bacteria.”

I emphasise OUTSIDE – therefore not a reference to wearing them in shops or for whatever he means by “AND FOR MANY TO NOT WORK“. So almost all the rest of the discussion about masks is irrelevant to what I (and NA) have said. Now I may have got it wrong and perhaps been over-reactive to dominant discourse and state-imposed restrictions, as research has been contradictory, but there’s nothing in what I’ve said that says there’s a conspiracy. Far easier to have a pseudo-riposte to a caricature, a strawman, a jokey parody of someone’s position to make readers smile and warm to you than with what someone in fact says. Crude demagogy – gets all those upped votes from the libcommers eager to be manipulated by some politico because that’s what so many of them are used to doing themselves that they’re blind to it from others except when it’s directed at them.

RM virtually never concedes anything – regarding such concessions as weakness. Accepting anything from someone he dislikes would burst his ego. So, regardless of the accuracy of his “critiques” he invariably digs his heels in, whilst indulging in head-banging arguments that falsify those with whom he argues with. A politician mentality without any desire for state power but clearly with a desire to maintain his “theoretician”-type credibility on libcom, where he gets up votes for his gross distortions of someone who’s publicly an enemy of libcom. The recognition that RM has misrepresented what I have said is ignored because almost no-one on libcom likes me, and in dominant social relations what you accept from someone is unfortunately directly related to whether you like them or not, ignoring the fact that affection or repulsion or their absence  are also subject to the contradictions of this world.

The bacteria thing was a side issue mentioned because there’s anecdotal evidence from where I live (South West France) that people have had increased coughs and sneezes without it being diagnosed as Covid. Not important really and RM may even be right. But…

In France,  Spain and Israel (and other countries) wearing masks outside is compulsory. In France since the end of July, though not everywhere. The amount of deaths in the 5 months since August, when it became compulsory almost everywhere, is considerably greater than the period before when it wasn’t compulsory. In my small town (pop. 6000) up until the imposition of compulsory mask-wearing, non-compliance with which can get you fined 130 euros, there was not one single severe case of Covid. Not exactly a study that conforms to “scientific protocol” but it should make people question things a bit more than RM’s convenient and opportunist reliance on “consensus” (see earlier posts by him), as if he conforms to the consensus on almost any other subject.

In fact, despite RM’s and others recourse to “the consensus”, there is no consensus on the efficacy of masks (moreover consensus itself is being manipulated by state repression – and not just in China.; in France, doctors are fearful of disagreeing with the consensus because of various sackings and the threat of a trial against the most well-known of the dissidents – Didier Raoult).  The Danish study – https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817 – is usually seen as inconclusive, though it says, amongst all the mathematical calculations, that wearing them outside is useless. It emphasises the uselessness of surgical masks outside, but other studies have said surgical masks are better than cloth masks. It does not demonstrate the uselessness of the mask when it comes to a sick person who is in prolonged contact with others in a confined environment, which is obvious. Other reports say that they’re not useful:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343399832_Face_masks_lies_damn_lies_and_public_health_officials_A_growing_body_of_evidence

– which is then apparently debunked by this: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343263629_A_Complete_Debunking_of_Denis_Rancourt%27s_Mask_Don%27t_Work

But these are interesting:

https://www.kairospresse.be/article/port-du-masque-systematique/

Google translate:

While the measures taken in Belgium making it compulsory to wear a mask in many public places seem to go without saying for some, many doubts remain as to their real effectiveness. At Kairos, we are in contact with doctors who have opinions contrasting with the official voice. We relay their analyzes and concerns.

The mask saga has kept us busy all spring and continues to do so. Tragicomic or shameful depending on the reading that each citizen was kind enough to give it. Useless to compulsory in all places and all circumstances, the reversal of politicians’ jackets has been well known to us since Jacques Dutronc’s song. The inconstancy of those we call experts is, on the other hand, a new phenomenon which surprises and is obviously likely to encourage politicians to vary their messages over time and to destabilize citizens who, more often than not, come down to following their judgment. own or that of his next door neighbor. Can this versatility in the scientific world be explained? To issue a scientific opinion on the risk-benefit of a medical intervention, whether it is a drug, a medical device (prostheses, pace-maker, implant, etc.) or a preventive gesture, requires a structured approach: appointment of experts, evaluation procedure and consensus opinion. Are these 3 essential elements met in the case of wearing a mask as an element in the fight against Covid-19?
Procedures and conflicts of interest? Move along, there’s nothing to see !

The Prime Minister formed her group of experts on April 6, called the GEES [the group of experts preparing Belgium’s exit strategy from the coronavirus lockdown] on the basis of a deep belief in collective intelligence. Contrary to what one might think, it is not only a question of scientists since we also find Johnny Thijs, director of companies such as Electrabel and Pierre Wunsch, governor of the National Bank of Belgium and a long-time Reyndersian. A mixed composition cleverly designed to qualify the opinions of scientific experts. The Prime Minister’s website also says nothing about the procedure for appointing this group or any conflicts of interest of its members, which does not bode well in terms of transparency. One of the missions of the GEES is to “provide analyzes and recommendations”. This therefore implies a description of the evaluation procedures used as each time this type of work is carried out within, for example, scientific societies or the drug reimbursement commission. Here again, the Première’s site is silent.

Let us come to the masks and the successive recommendations. On January 28, the Soir-titre: “wearing a mask is useless and ineffective according to the Belgian health authorities”. Marc Van Ranst, future member of the GEES and Steven Van Gucht, spokesperson for the government express that “it is useless and is even potentially dangerous”. On April 5, the day before the constitution of the GEES, the Minister of Health Maggie De Block communicated that “wearing a mask scientifically does not make sense”. Other scientists will gradually argue against his positions. On April 24, the GEES issues a strategic report for the deconfinement. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended in public spaces from the age of 12, but not yet compulsory. The scientific basis for this recommendation is not disclosed. At the end of April, Erika Vlieghe, who chairs the GEES, says in the Morgen that “the mask is a layer of varnish”. Finally, on July 17, a new report recommends wearing masks even indoors when spaces bring many people together for extended periods of time and social distancing cannot be respected. This new report tells us that could last until after winter, with the arrival of a vaccine.

It does not seem that opinions are necessarily unanimous or the subject of a consensus within the GEES, which is not surprising given its composition. Is there a scientific basis for these changes in opinion? Traditionally, for decades, we have relied on making scientific recommendations on what is called evidence-based medicine. The highest level of evidence which allows a strong level of recommendation is obtained by obtaining multiple studies of high methodological quality comparing an option A to an option B and which allows the recommendation that a treatment or a procedure is beneficial, useful and efficient, this which means that it presents a favorable cost-benefit. The lowest level of evidence is obtained on the basis of expert opinion or small, non-comparative studies.

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