december 2020 (Covid1984)

2020:
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This is a chronology not invariably based on the date the information was published but sometimes 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.

31/12/20:

Just received: Definition of pandemic changed in 2009, excluding  the notion of “dangerous” or “severity”, reducing it simply to its spread, the W.H.O. putting in place favorable conditions to make it possible to declare the planet in a state of perpetual pandemic

Translation of extracts from pages 148-157 of a report by the French Senate:

Contrary to what the Minister of Health (Bachelot) was able to put forward during her hearing, the definition of the pandemic has indeed changed since the criterion of severity has been removed. This is also the observation made by the person writing our report The new definition of the pandemic suffers from this original contradiction because “There can be geographically very widespread infections but which are not serious: we can therefore have a significant dissemination phenomenon without speaking of a pandemic”, noted John Ryan, head of the Threats to health unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers, to the commission of inquiry. It is precisely an infection of this type, very contagious and benign, that the W.H.O.in 2009 called a pandemic.

The W.H.O. has thus put in place favorable conditions to make it possible to declare the planet in a state of perpetual pandemic, the southern hemisphere taking over from the northern hemisphere to ensure its continuity over time, since it is now possible. to “regard seasonal flu as a pandemic”, as Tom Jefferson (British epidemiologist) remarked during his hearing (17/5/10).

Ulrich Keil (head of the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine … Münster) insisted on the fact that the maximum level of the pandemic alert would never have been triggered for influenza A (H1N1) [swine flu, which killed 613 people in France, considerably less than ordinary seasonal flu – SF] if one had maintained the previous definition of the pandemic and that the latter had still not been lifted when he spoke before our commission of inquiry on May 17th.  This is still the case today – considered that “In view of the facts, influenza A [swine flu] appears like a huge marketing bubble. The W.H.O., and its international national advisers as well as the national authorities must reveal their decision-making processes and draw the consequences of their errors of judgment. Otherwise, a perpetual world movement of imaginary epidemics will never cease to haunt us, with disastrous financial consequences”.

……. Professor Ulrich Keil, during the hearing, underlined the decisive role played by the British government adviser Roy Anderson in the change of definition of the pandemic operated by the W.H.O.. It was without waiting for the decision of the W.H.O. concerning the level of alert that Mr. Anderson  indeed defined from 1/5/2009 – that is to say just a few days after the discovery of the first case in Mexico – the swine flu  as a pandemic . He did not faio to insist  on the availability of “two effective antivirals”. What he did hide, however, is that he received the equivalent of 136,000 Euros per year for his lobbying activities for the laboratory GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) which markets precisely these antivirals Relenza and Pandemrix.

…In general, influenza vaccination should not be put on the same level as vaccinations against smallpox or polio, which are caused by viruses that can be eradicated, because influenza is a disease that cannot be eradicated, and can never be and  requires an annual renewal of its vaccination.

It is therefore problematic to consider it for children, who are already vaccinated to a high degree, as a frequently repeated supplementary vaccination is not without consequences in the long term on the immune system. For subjects over 65, its effectiveness is poorly documented.

…We also have criticisms of the WHO pandemic plan which in fact only addresses rich countries; given the price of vaccines or antivirals, poor countries cannot pay.

The following was edited on 14/1/21, because I somehow got it wrong:

It’s worth pointing out that 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 guage, 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.

30/12/20:

Greece, Aspropyrgos: clashes over extension of Covid1984 restrictions More about restrictions

UK: worse to worser

28/12/20:

More on vaccines

“I’m not an anti-vaxxer by any stretch, but if you want to know why so many people don’t trust the government and buy into all kinds of doubt, look at the following from the article:

We all want answers, but we need to know where to look and whom to trust. Take the new Covid vaccines, for example: scientists understand very well that randomised control trials involving tens of thousands of volunteers that are run to find out whether new vaccines are safe and effective are pretty much as good as it gets. They are the gold standard of evidence-based science.

The “gold standard” in testing is double-blind with genuine placebos. Yet these studies were run where the placebo was in most cases another vaccine (MMR). In fact, vaccines are almost never tested with real placebos. The argument is that it would be unethical not to give someone a vaccine, but nonetheless, the procedure is not the “gold standard” double-blind placebo testing.

Further, regarding “gold standard,” science recognizes that tests should be reproducible and should be reproduced by independent labs. The original trials by Pfizer were not reproduced by an entirely independent research organization at any point to verify effectiveness or side affects. We only have Pfizer supervised and submitted tests–the very entity whose stocks are soaring on this product. Sure, this may be an emergency and we’re skipping that, but don’t use the words “gold standard” because that’s wrong. We are skipping steps.

And that too matters, because a large number of results submitted by companies like Pfizer to the FDA to justify production of various products over the years are NOT REPRODUCIBLE. The studies are way off base when retested by someone else. This is a ongoing problem with pharmaceuticals: the companies submit tests for approval from the FDA that turn out to be flat-out wrong or worse, never get independently verified.

Yet, articles like this just throw out words like “science” and “gold standard” like confetti. It’s like the very word “vaccine” = good science, in any context, no matter what. That in itself is not scientific.

One can believe in well established vaccine science and also believe that there are problems with the pharmaceutical industry’s products, even when they are not in a fast-track situation and not poised to have a new market that transforms their stock price. And then it gets even worse where there are articles like this that essentially pretend that it is scientific to ignore the any pharma industry factor.”

Israel bars foreigners and quarantines all arriving Israelis in Covid “hotels”

 

hotel of the future

The coronavirus cabinet on Monday barred entry to foreign nationals, and
mandated a 14-day quarantine in designated hotels for Israelis returning
from abroad.

The Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved the
cabinet’s mandated quarantine in COVID-19 hotels to all returning
Israelis on Tuesday morning. The regulation will come into force on
Wednesday at 10 P.M. and will be in place until January 1, 2021.

These decisions were made in an effort to block a new strain of the
coronavirus that has appeared in the United Kingdom from entering
Israel.

Those requiring hotel quarantine can shorten the period to 10 days if
they take two coronavirus tests that come out negative – one upon
entering Israel and the other after nine days. If space at the hotels
fills up, there will be priorities set for who must stay there and who
will be assigned home quarantine. These new regulations will be in place
for 10 days.

“I’ve asked to convene the cabinet for one purpose, and that is to close
the sky,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the
meeting. “Since yesterday’s meeting, the mutation is spreading in many
countries and it’s clear that we are at the onset of a very fast
outbreak. We have to reduce the viral load entering Israel as much as
possible. To do this I am seeking to reprise what we did during the
first wave of the virus – to close the skies as quickly as possible.”

The coronavirus cabinet’s meeting on Sunday did not result in any new
restrictions on the economy. Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday
as he toured a branch of the Leumit HMO in Tel Aviv that he viewed “the
inability of the ministers to decide on steps to battle the incidence of
infection as very grave.”

He added, “The influence of the vaccines will be felt in only two to
three months. To assume that we can continue without restraints another
two months is to assume that thousands more will end up in the hospitals
and some will die, unfortunately. I’m not prepared to agree to this.”

The restrictions pending are being dubbed “tight restraint” and include
the halt of commercial activity and the closure of workplaces that
receive the public, including malls and markets, as well as the closure
of schools in “red” and “orange” locales (those with relatively high
rates of infection) for three weeks.

The country’s vaccination campaign was officially launched Monday
morning by the HMOs, and is focusing first on people aged 60 and above
and those with underlying illnesses that put them at risk for serious
complications should they contract COVID-19. The vaccination of
thousands of health and hospital workers began Sunday.”

Apparently there was a confict between inmates and soldiers  at one of these “hotels” and the government subsequentlyu announced that they’d no longer be used. Conditions in these places are horrendous, but few media outlets, leftist ones included, mention these conditions

See also entry for 10/5/20 below

25/12/20:

Belgium, Bruges: the “public ministry” (collection of magistrates charged with defence of “the national interest”) send partygoers to trial simply for partying

“At the public ministry, it is estimated that the 14 young people have gone too far. Normally, partygoers would have been fined, but this time, it was decided to immediately summon those present. They will have to answer for their actions in front of the police court. “

T. writes:

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”…

24/12/20:

Israelis Should Brace for Longer Lockdown, Pandemic Czar Says

“The Health Ministry’s official who is responsible for contact tracing,
Liora Valinsky, announced her resignation Wednesday, accusing the
military’s Home Front Command that is conducting epidemiological
investigations of unprofessional conduct.

“Suddenly, the military is an expert in contact tracing although they
have no knowledge or education in the subject,” wrote Valinsky in her
resignation letter, “I tried with all my might to change decisions that
I believe were taken unprofessionally and without a full understanding
of their consequences.”

Her resignation did not surprise some within the Health Ministry, as
several professionals within the ministry have been very vocal with
their criticism of the way the apparatus in charge of breaking the chain
of infection has been operating. (Ido Efrati)”

T. writes:

2 week (minimum) lockdown starting Sunday. About the so-called “COVID
hotels” mentioned in the article – they’re more like army barracks, or
jails. I’ve heard some nasty stories about it and how they won’t let
people out of their rooms for any reason whatsoever for a week or even
more, about the conditions, etc.

23/12/20:

Some interesting criticisms  of Pfizer on left section of UK’s Labour Party site by ex-soldier

Much of this article is about Pfizer’s bribes to various medical authorities and doctors around the world, and about its grotesque manipulation of prices, but the following seems most pertinent  in relation to whether or not to trust its vaccine:

“Pfizer’s biggest scandal involved defective heart valves sold by its Shiley subsidiary that led to the deaths of more than 100 people. During the investigation of the matter, information came to light suggesting that the company had deliberately misled regulators about the hazards. Pfizer also inherited safety and other legal controversies through its big acquisitions, including a class action suit over Warner-Lambert’s Rezulin diabetes medication, a big settlement over PCB dumping by Pharmacia, and thousands of lawsuits brought by users of Wyeth’s diet drugs. Also on Pfizer’s list of scandals are a 2012 bribery settlement; massive tax avoidance; and lawsuits alleging that during a meningitis epidemic in Nigeria in the 1990s the company tested a risky new drug on children without consent from their parents.”

22/12/20:

Spain to register everyone who refuses to be vaccinated

“Those who don’t wish to be immunised against the virus will not remain anonymous and the Ministry of Health will register the names of people who refuse to have it and their reasons why

Leftist bollocks from the usual suspects

My critique of this libcom article and the comments that follow it  is here.

18/12/20:

French professor/doctor who criticised Macron government’s Covid policies since March sacked

In June this guy had a book published called “Is there a mistake that THEY haven’t committed?”.

“Christian Perronne is a French doctor and university professor-hospital practitioner, specializing in the field of tropical pathologies and emerging infectious diseases, and former chairman of the specialist Commission for Communicable Diseases of the High Council of Public Health. He is known for his unconventional and controversial stances on Lyme disease and his support for Didier Raoult during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was dismissed from his post on December 17, 2020 by Martin Hirsch, on the grounds of having made comments considered unworthy of the position he holds.”

Apparently the justification for the sacking was that he compared Macon’s government to the Third Reich, the kind of thing people tend to say when they mean “fascistic”. An Israeli professor got sacked for saying “Sieg Heil” when the cops came to his door

More here about Christian Peronne:

“The doctor served as vice-president and president of the Scientific Council of the French Federation against tick-borne diseases. Professor Christian Perronne, head of the infectious diseases department at Raymond-Poincaré hospital in Garches (Hauts-de-Seine) will no longer be vice-president of the French Federation against tick-borne diseases (FFMVT) nor president of its scientific council, by decision of the board of directors of the Federation, announced the structure in a press release published on Monday…remarks made by the doctor on Sud Radio on October 15, as well as the doctor’s public commitment alongside the BonSens association, an association co-founded a few weeks ago by the deputy Martine Wonner (excluded from LaREM, who has since left the association) as well as by pro-Didier Raoult personalities, expressed “values ​​foreign to the ethics of the FFMVT”…. The doctor also criticized the implementation of the curfew currently in force in nine French metropolises. …The professor also assured that PCR tests were “often false positives” and that general practitioners “receive… money” when they declare a positive test for Covid for their patients. “The FFMVT wishes to stand out unambiguously from these public statements,” said the federation in its press release. “Despite repeated attempts to renew the dialogue, and in the face of a lack of a serious answer to the question asked (to clarify his position, editor’s note), Prof. Christian Perronne is therefore dismissed from his functions of Vice-President of the Federation and of Chairman of the Scientific Council…”.

Re. this extra payment for positive testing, apparently it’s true, but  it also applies to other illnesses (eg cancer). Doctors have said if a patient is tested positive it can take a considerably longer time to deal with all the repercussions (contact tracing etc.), which time justifies the increase in payment (€30 extra on top of the normal €25).  Here (in French) a doctor explains that it took him over an hour to process 2 positive tests and that justifies the extra €30 for each patient. Mind you, €60 for what could be an hour’s work on top of his usual payment is a potential incentive to test positive. Regardless of whether Perronne has exaggerated (as if the French state hasn’t constantly manipulated figures), the whole situation is rife with falsifications from all over the place  – eg people who die of causes almost certainly other than Covid have their death  classified as  a Covid death if they have had it.

17/12/20:

Confirmation, in French,  from mainstream media that masks worn outside provide no better protection than not wearing them (report on a scientific comparative study)

9/12/20:

Italy: fairly obvious report on militirisation due to Covid1984 but contains this –

“It is certainly not by chance that since the Covid epidemic struck Italy, Political decisions have always been subordinated to a Committee of scientists: the Comitato Tecnico Scientifico [technical scientific committee], which includes councillors of arms factories such as Leonardo – Finmeccanica among among its members. These are the same scientists who are carrying out projects of death in a vast number of Italian universities, guess what, also in ever closer contact with the army, through various collaborations.”

6/12/20:

Vaccination tracking device under skin already starting to be developed a year ago..?

This is an article, from a year ago, from LCI, a mainstream French TV news channel and online news site. And is probably the basis for the conspiracy theories being put out. Whether or not this is something they’re planning to do, and whether or not they could pass a law to make it legal and/or compulsory is another question, and it’s certainly not the only reason to be worried about vaccinations. But if there’s any truth to this article, it potentially makes Orwell’s “1984” seem like child’s play in comparison. I emphasise “if”, because journalists, mainstream or not, often copy and paste other people’s texts, changing a word or two to make it seem it’s like theirs’. And they often don’t verify much the content of what they plagiarise, so maybe this article should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, I reproduce here the salient points, which , for the moment, I too haven’t checked:

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.”

Note added 10/12/20:

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). However, 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 makes the true situation also seem absurd. 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.

“This is the integrated spectacle, which has since tended to impose itself globally. Whereas Russia and Germany were largely responsible for the formation of the concentrated spectacle, and the United States for the diffuse form, the integrated spectacle has been pioneered by France and Italy. The emergence of this new form is attributable to a number of shared historical features, namely, the important role of the Stalinist party and unions in political and intellectual life, a weak democratic tradition, the long monopoly of power enjoyed by a single party of government, and the need to eliminate an unexpected upsurge in revolutionary activity. The integrated spectacle shows itself to be simultaneously concentrated and diffuse, and ever since the fruitful union of the two has learnt to employ both these qualities on a grander scale. Their former mode of application has changed considerably. As regards concentration, the controlling center has now become occult never to be occupied by a known leader, or clear ideology. And on the diffuse side, the spectacle has never before put its mark to such a degree on almost the full range of socially produced behavior and objects. For the final sense of the integrated spectacle is this — that it has integrated itself into reality to the same extent as it was describing it, and that it was reconstructing it as it was describing it. As a result, this reality no longer confronts the integrated spectacle as something alien. When the spectacle was concentrated, the greater part of surrounding society escaped it; when diffuse, a small part; today, no part. The spectacle has spread itself to the point where it now permeates all reality. It was easy to predict in theory what has been quickly and universally demonstrated by practical experience of economic reason’s relentless accomplishments: that the globalisation of the false was also the falsification of the globe. Beyond a legacy of old books and old buildings, still of some significance but destined to continual reduction and, moreover, increasingly highlighted and classified to suit the spectacle’s requirements, there remains nothing, in culture or in nature, which has not been transformed, and polluted, according to the means and interests of modern industry. Even genetics has become readily accessible to the dominant social forces.

Spectacular government, which now possesses all the means necessary to falsify the whole of production and perception, is the absolute master of memories just as it is the unfettered master of plans which will shape the most distant future. It reigns unchecked; it executes its summary judgments.” – Guy Debord, “Commentaries on Society of the Spectacle” (1988)

5/12/20:

An intelligible “anti-vaxx” position (Long article from June 2020.)

I am not an “anti-vaxxer”. This is *not* my pet issue. I am not against the promotion of vaccination as one element of a good overall public health policy. I am not against their sensible use, especially considering the variety of circumstances people find themselves in worldwide. I do not think that they “don’t work.” Do pesticides “work”? Sure — they do what they say they’re gonna do, more or less. Does that, in itself, justify using them?…I…noticed that recently, in short succession, all of the following prominent online entities publicly changed their policies on “anti-vaxx” content: Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, GoFundMe. (As well as more recently the Huffington Post, and even MailChimp.) They claimed to be “cracking-down” on the spread of harmful misinformation — all within a few weeks of each other, as I recall. What they did was remove, downregulate, or demonetize content; “blacklist” search terms (i.e. block *any* results for such terms as “vaccine”); and even ban books (!). Online opinion on this — and even reporting — tended to be laudatory and untroubled, as far as I could tell, conveying a sense of “Finally…”, and downplaying accusations of censorship or bias…”

In 1976 in the USA there was a swine flu scare. There was a mass vaccination programme, encouraged by TV clips like this. Just one person died from the flu but it is possible that 3 people died from the vaccine. Certainly lots of people got Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) from the vaccine. GBS “is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. Typically both sides are involved and the initial symptoms are changes in sensation or pain often in the back along with muscle weakness, beginning in the feet and hands, often spreading to the arms and upper body. The symptoms may develop over hours to a few weeks. During the acute phase, the disorder can be life-threatening, with about 15 percent of people developing weakness of the breathing muscles and, therefore, requiring mechanical ventilation. Some are affected by changes in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which can lead to dangerous abnormalities in heart rate and blood pressure” (here)

Wikipedia writes about the 1976 swine flue scare: “The House Appropriations Committee reported out a special appropriations bill, including $135 million for the swine flu immunization program, which was approved on April 5. ..on July 1, 1976. T. Lawrence Jones, president of the American Insurance Association, informed the Office of Management and Budget that the insurance industry would not cover liability for the vaccine unless the government extended liability protection. … Assistant Secretary Theodore Cooper (HEW) informed the White House on June 2 that indemnity legislation would be needed to secure Merrell’s cooperation. In June, other vaccine manufacturers requested the same legislation. A little more than two weeks later, the Ford administration submitted a proposal to Congress that offered indemnity to vaccine manufacturers….J. Anthony Morris, a researcher in the Food and Drug Administration‘s Bureau of Biologics (BoB), was dismissed for insubordination and went public with findings that cast doubt on the safety of the vaccine. Three days later, several manufacturers announced that they had ceased production of the vaccine. …Merrill became the first company to submit samples to the FDA’s Bureau of Biologics for safety testing, which approved it on September 2. Merck made the first shipment of vaccines to state health departments by September 22. …In October, three people died of heart attacks after they had received the vaccine at the same Pittsburgh clinic, which sparked an investigation and the recall of that batch of vaccine. The investigation showed that the deaths were not related to the immunization….cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome affecting vaccinated patients were reported in several states, including Minnesota, Maryland, and Alabama. Three more cases of Guillain-Barré were reported in early December, and the investigation into cases of it spread to eleven states. …William Foege of the CDC estimated that the incidence of Guillain-Barré was four times higher in vaccinated people than in those not receiving the swine flu vaccine. …”

4/12/20:

UK: Brutish Army to monitor anti-vaccine cyberspace impropaganda

“Leaked documents revealed soldiers are already monitoring cyberspace…The British Army’s Information Warfare Unit will tackle anti-virus propaganda…The defence cultural specialist unit was launched in Afghanistan in 2010 and is tied to the army’s 77th Brigade, which often works with psycological operations teams, reported The Sunday Times. A probe into vaccine disinformation from hostile states, including Russia, will be launched. The team will start recruiting professional and reserve soldiers to help in its mammoth task as the Government prepares the country for mass vaccinations as soon as next month. At least 155 anti-lockdown protesters were arrested in central London yesterday after hundreds of people gathered at Hyde Park before heading towards Oxford Street. “

Crazy ideas are being mixed with sane ones: Piers Corbyn, the ex-Trot who used to try to impose his authority on independently-organised squatters, going on about Satanism or conspiracy ideologists “claiming vaccines were a cover to plant trackable microchips into people “ which completely distracts from perfectly valid fears – see entry for 23/11/20 below. I guess that’s how the propaganda unit of the army, involved in cover-ups of war crimes in Afghanistan will play it – use the dumb semi-religious bullshit and the over-the-top conspiracy ideologies to parody opposition to the vaccine whilst ignoring, and possibly censoring information about, the obvious dangers. Or say the risk is necessary. Doubtless they’ll assert the “objectivity” of science despite the fact that the pharmaceutical industry kills up to 100,000 people in the USA every year and is the third cause of death there after cancer and heart disease. Sure, vaccines have been useful against tetanus and smallpox amongst other things. But even if you accept that they may in certain circumstances be vital, the rush to grab hold of those trillions of dollars means that everyone who takes up this vaccine is in fact being used as a guinea pig, starting with the old and, for capital, dispensable because they no longer help in the process of capital accumulation. According to a twitter post in the above article, “vaccine development is typically a long and complex process that can take up to 15 years “. Though more usually it takes 10 years. According to some accounts which I’ve yet verified , 4 healthy people to date have apparently had a serious adverse reaction to the UK vaccine and 1 person has died. The sample size was 24,000, including those who had a placebo. 5 out of the 24,000 equates to about 30,000 out of a population of 70 million. So people are right to be super-cautious.

In France, the state strategy seems to take on a more intelligent form of manipulation. The man appointed by the government in charge of all this admitted ignorance of the efficacy of curently available vaccines, and didn’t seem to know much about things such as how available the vaccine would be, nor which one they were choosing. This sets up the government with an appearance of transparency all the better to convince people when they later say “We’ve worked it all out after thorough research taking into account people’s anxieties” and then recommend what may well turn out, long-term, to be something as destructive of humans as pesticide is destructive of plants. For the moment in France, they’re going to target nursing homes for the first use of the vaccine. Is Dr.Mengele alive and well-financed by the democratic state? Are the spin doctors giving eugenics the appearance of helping the old to become healthy?

UK: sections of the elite exempt from travel and quarantine ban

From 4am on Saturday, people in a number of categories will no longer have to self-isolate upon returning to England, even if they are travelling from a country not on the travel corridors list.

  • “High value” business travellers
  • Certain performing arts professionals
  • TV production staff
  • Journalists
  • Recently signed elite sportspeople

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move will allow “more travel to support the economy and jobs”

Perfectly logical. The jet-set who originally spread the virus from China and the 2nd wave from other parts of the world will be able to continue in what looks like a Malthusian project because they support the commodity economy and wage labour, a system which inherently kills off those who are virtually useless for capital whilst protecting high-valued human commodities, the elite.

1/12/29:

Kenya, Voi: 100s of angry students clash with filth over overcrowding and dilapidated buildings that place them at risk of contracting Covid-1984 Video here

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