UPDATE 21. March 2020: Massive die-off in Italy - 793 patients died there of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours - but beware: The majority died WITH the virus but due to other ailments and NOT FROM the virus. Only around 12% of “Covid19 deaths” list Covid19 as CAUSE. The virus is a killer of pensioners - the average age of the deceased in Italy is 81 years. The virus certainly works well for the pension-funds worldwide. Also Spain has a massive upsurge in fatal cases. Compilation and texts below upated - check back!
PROLOGUE: The coronavirus creating worldwide havoc at present was initially called 2019-nCoV for '2019 novel coronavirus' and is identified now as SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - CoronaVirus 2), while the disease is called COVID-19 for 'Corona Virus Infectious Disease 2019'. Get your case updates from HERE or HERE or HERE
COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 are real - so where is the con?
By Venatrix Fulmen (*) - 20. March 2020
SARS-CoV-2 is - based on the assessments and testimonies given by many virologists - a man-made, artificially created virus deriving from the family of the coronavirus pathogens. There are a number of coronaviruses that affect humans as well as those that affect primarily animals. A coronavirus that affects specifically the intestines of dogs is known since it appeared first in the UK in 1971.
Known to science are now seven corona viruses that affect humans, of which four cause usually only a mild, flu-like sickness, but also can cause death in frail patients. All four of these endemic viruses circulate slowly and many people are already immune against them. In a normal flu season around 7 to 15 percent of all flu viruses are these classic corona viruses.
The three others are the MERS, SARS und the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that can cause a pandemic and serious respiratory illnesses as well as death. Infections with MERS are rare and the SARS virus hasn't been found in humans since 2004. SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19 and is at the core of the on-going pandemic.
The investigation, which tries to establish if Patient Zero of COVID-19 can be tracked to the vicinity of the level-4 bio-weapons-lab at FT. DETRICK, USA, or if the first infection occurred in the vicinity of the level-4 bio-lab in Wuhan, China, has still not been concluded.
Fact is that the facility at Ft. Detrick was shut down on 04. August 2019 because security protocols were not followed, thus leading to potent viruses escaping through the waste disposal system during June and July 2019. In addition it is said that only the USA had all corona viruses and all so far known five strains or haplotypes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
While the first major outbreak of COVID-19 - the disease that developed from the SARS-CoV-2 and was made known first in China - affected primarily Far-Eastern genotypes, not yet concluded research lists five different strains of SARS-CoV-2 that most likely are attacking different human genotypes.
Though proper tests (real rRT-PCR = Real-Time Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) for this virus were developed immediately after the sequence of this specific virus was made known by Chinese virologists and after also the test was provided as open source for every manufacturer to copy, qualified tests were not available in many countries until mid-March 2020. If laziness, stupidity, greed or a hidden agenda hampered the wide roll-out of the approved test-kits needs to be established.
All the statistics are more or less useless due to the fact that many cases listed were never tested an often tests are not specific COVID-19 tests, while even the best tests available have false positives.
The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations failed utterly to address the problem decisively and with the necessary speed. It took them a month to even send a mission to China. The only outcome of that mission and a follow-up conference in Geneva was the creation o a diplomatically acceptable name for the disease and a request for more money. "For what?" many countries asked, who then allocated the resources to their national institutions and cooperated internationally without the WHO interference or involvement.
Taiwan, the country that has serious experiences of being excluded from the UN processes due to the pressure mounted by CCP China since years against this separatist island nation, had immediately activated its own and well prepared health crisis mechanisms and must today be applauded for the way it handled the COVID-19 crisis as a role model. So far Taiwan has to mourn only one death of 108 confirmed cases of which 26 already recovered.
FACT 1: SARS-CoV-2 has meanwhile infested all continents and all countries. As of 20. March 2020 there are 172 out of the 195 states which reported confirmed COVID-19 cases. In the remaining countries - mostly in Africa - no proper testing has been carried out and it has to be assumed that the novel coronavirus is present in these countries already.
But instead of following the known infectious disease protocols, the outbreak was abused for short-sighted political and economic goals and mainstream media-hypes.
This, together with the on-going, quite obvious exercises of the military-industrial complex, which tries to figure out and to establish the means how to control and reign in whole populations of people with Medical Martial Laws, confused and resulted in over-reactions and panic on the one side and on the other in downplaying the threat where appropriate medical means were known to be in short supply.
FACT 2: It is now established knowledge that the COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 and its strains can affect all genotypes of people in all countries and it is evident that it can be fatal to mostly elderly people who already have other ailments.
While the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic sores the globe, the "normal" influenzas of various viral genomes also infect people, but differential diagnostics can only be done where the appropriate test kits are available and in many regions they simply aren't -despite the massive funding the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations received.
Since also the "normal" influenza kills people under certain conditions - actually many more than the present SARS-CoV-2 virus - the picture becomes blurred in countries where now every case is listed as COVID-19 though no proper test or post-mortem has established the real cause or, on the other hand, where in countries like India still all deaths with respiratory complications are piled onto the charge-sheet of outdoor air pollution.
Air pollution itself is and has been a major killer. Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 3.4 million early deaths each year worldwide.
In China every year around 10% of the untimely deaths are caused by outdoor air pollution - the official figure for 2017 in China was 1.03 million deaths due to outside pollution. And India has alreay a higher percentage than China.
6% of global deaths are attributed to outdoor air pollution. In some countries it’s responsible for as many as 1-in-10 deaths.
FACT 3: By far not all death cases of people with respiratory tract problems can be blamed on COVID-19. The true picture is much more complex, but the fact remains that COVID-19 is an additional factor in untimely deaths, especially in China, Italy, Iran, Spain etc.
That locally the present SARS-CoV-2 pandemic can wreak havoc is easily demonstrated in the case of the small town of Bergamo in Italy, where the army had to be called in to transport the many coffins away - with the bodies of people deceased due to the coronavirus for cremation. The local capacity for burials and cremations based on the usual requirement is certainly far overstretched by the deaths caused by COVID-19.
While in Bergamo, according to the latest information, no 5G network has been rolled out yet, the high death toll in Italy, where just today 627 people succumbed to the virus and the overall death-toll of 4,032 is now higher than in China, raises questions that were already asked in Wuhan and require further investigations into possible effects of 5G wireless on the immune system of people. In the beginning of December 2019 Telecom Italia (TIM) announced the launch of commercial 5G services in the city of Brescia (Lombardy), the sixth city to receive the technology following Genoa, Florence, Naples, Turin and Rome.
Also from Iran mass-death is reported, where now trenches for mass graves were dug - as could be observed using satellite data - and investigations into the different strains of COVID-19 haven't even started in earnest.
However, the present pandemic also shows the faults in the social and health systems of many countries and the opportunity should be used to right the wrongs. What was for too long covered up in the health-for-money scams is now painfully breaking open.
That not the real truth is revaled is the concern of many totaltarian governments. Things are escalating quickly. Despite the need to address the growing concerns of U.S. Americans, Washington D.C. and the surveillance deep state are moving to spy on them by quietly pushing a totalitarian act of legislation. The bipartisan supported bill, called the EARN IT bill, is sponsored by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). This incredibly Draconian bill seeks to end what little privacy we have left online. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports, it will strip Section 230 protections away from any website that doesn’t follow a list of “best practices,” meaning those sites can be sued into bankruptcy. The “best practices” list will be created by a government commission, headed by Attorney General Barr, who has made it very clear he would like to ban encryption, and guarantee law enforcement “legal access” to any digital message. Other countries are preparing similar legislation.
That the Powers-that-Never-Shoul-Be abuse the virus hype is obvious, even in Bolivia where the rightwing governance that had forced itself onto the ruling seat after a botched election and after having become brutal - forcing the popular former president Evo Morals to flee into exile - now announced that the planned new election will not be held and is postponed indefinitely due to the virus. How convenient for the Bolivian extreme right, which follows the whistles of Trump and Pompeo, to stay in ill-gotten power.
While the development of an effective and safe vaccine is said to be many months away from being concluded, tested and approved, preventive and curative remedies are being peddled by unscrupulous quacks. In the USA even the highest office - for lack of better knowledge - has resorted to recommending as first line of defence to combat COVID-19 a Chloroquine-based drug used, which in the old days was used against malaria and can have serious side effects in patients.
However, it should also be investigated thoroughly, if the already patented vaccine against the flu, which contains live attenuated coronavirus had been rolled out e.g. in the USA, because then many more cases will test positive who are not showing any sign of sickness.
FACT 4: There is no doubt that unscrupulous business people and companies try to take advantage of the disease outbreak. Artificially created shortages of protective gear, virus tests, ventilators, even toilet paper draw a ghastly picture.
Of course the corporate world of the elite uses the worldwide corona virus outbreak as an opportunity to get richer. Billions of dollars are pouring into Biotech and medical companies and stock.
U.S. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California sold off stocks worth several millions of dollars before the coronavirus outbreak crashed the stock market, according to financial disclosure reports — but the emerging scandal gets even more alarming. Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and her husband sold between $1.5 million and $6 million of stock in biotech company Allogene Therapeutics, between Jan. 31 and Feb. 18. And as detailed on the Thomas Paine Podcast early Friday morning, the Allogene’s co-founder and executive chairman has been quarantined for COVID-19.
And they are all in it. North Carolina’s Republican Sen. Richard Burr had key information about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) three weeks ago. This information was not shared with the general public or his broader constituents, however, and was only supplied to wealthy donors at a posh “luncheon” in Washington, D.C. In a secret audio recording obtained by National Public Radio’s Washington Investigative Correspondent Tim Mak, Burr can be heard relaying information about the severity of the Coronavirus well before even the White House was coming clean about the potential pandemic and resulting panic.
Hypes that target "virus infested cash" are the next step to abolish anonymous money is here. Watch this: U.S. Gov't Admits This is a "LIVE EVENT" & Demands That You TRUST THEM!! - and please realize that also the EU is on it full force: The rise of e-commerce and the cashless society. However, Italy has now suspended all mortage payments for their population in virus-distress and gives not much on what the EU says and is prepared .to leave the union.
The top example, however, is - like always - Bill Gates who through his foundation has the biggest foot in the door to the coming worldwide drive to force a COVID-19 vaccination on the global herd of humans.
The meticulous Germans - like always under their colonial master the USA - had all prepared for this already in 2012, as only now revealed documents prove.
Homo economicus is certainly the most dangerous enemy of homo sapiens, and with all the false data circulated on purpose, the many wrong assumptions provided by celeb-"experts" and the Orwellian Games played out in full, we might have to rename the present coronavirus pandemic CONVID-19.
Unexpectedly the virus has so far only helped to achieve the demands of peace-activists and protesters in Germany, who stood up since weeks against the largest U.S. and NATO-led military exercise since WWII, dubbed "Defender Europe 2020" for which 37,000 troopers from 16 NATO-states were mobilized and for which the USA wanted to send 20,000 soldiers as well as heavy equipment from across the Atlantic. The manoeuvre that envisioned an aggressive move against Russia was stopped at least on German grounds and also the German soldiers are forced now to work from "Home Office" - whatever that means. EUOOM, the U.S. Command in Europe, however, informed that the already dispatched U.S. tank-brigade would remain in Germany and take part in the now planned manoeuvre 'Allied Spirit'. With this message the virus and the activists have a new target.
Can a virus let peace break out? It seems so, since even in Libya the fighting parties agreed to a ceasefire due to the corona-virus outbreak. However, it would be better to achieve such without the need for state-sponsored bio-terrorism in form of a virus.
All governments of countries affected by the novel corona virus gave the clear instruction to "avoid all non-essential activities" - whereby war is certainly on the top slot of activities that must be stopped.
High time to get humanity back on track - maybe this is our chance now.
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MIRRORED: Medical Martial Law 2020
•Mar 21, 2020 SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=35444
As the lockdowns go into place and the military takes to the streets in country after country, the decades of preparation for medical martial law are finally paying off for the pandemic planners.
Today on this emergency edition of The Corbett Report podcast, James lays out the steps that have led us to the brink of martial law and the steps that are being taken to implement it now.
Please help to spread this important information and to raise awareness of the crisis that we are facing.
LOCK STEP: BLUEPRINT FOR A ROCKEFELLER WORLD
•Mar 18, 2020
This 2010 Rockefeller Foundation document describes what they expected to get, and so far are getting, from a global pandemic. Jump to page 18.
LOCK STEP: A world of tighter top-down government control and authoritarian leadership: https://www.nommeraadio.ee/meedia/pdf/...
Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We're not ready. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Af6b...
The Coronavirus Hobgoblin https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/03/d...
Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19
By Julian Rose - 27. March 2020
The following is from a medical forum. The writer, who is a widely respected professional scientist in the US, prefers to stay anonymous, because presenting any narrative different than the official one can cause you a lot of stress in the toxic environment caused by the scam which surrounds COVID-19 these days. – Julian Rose
I work in the healthcare field. Here’s the problem, we are testing people for any strain of a Coronavirus. Not specifically for COVID-19. There are no reliable tests for a specific COVID-19 virus. There are no reliable agencies or media outlets for reporting numbers of actual COVID-19 virus cases. This needs to be addressed first and foremost. Every action and reaction to COVID-19 is based on totally flawed data and we simply can not make accurate assessments.
This is why you’re hearing that most people with COVID-19 are showing nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. That’s because most Coronavirus strains are nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. The few actual novel Coronavirus cases do have some worse respiratory responses, but still have a very promising recovery rate, especially for those without prior issues.
The ‘gold standard’ in testing for COVID-19 is laboratory isolated/purified coronavirus particles free from any contaminants and particles that look like viruses but are not, that have been proven to be the cause of the syndrome known as COVID-19 and obtained by using proper viral isolation methods and controls (not the PCR that is currently being used or Serology /antibody tests which do not detect virus as such). PCR basically takes a sample of your cells and amplifies any DNA to look for ‘viral sequences’, i.e. bits of non-human DNA that seem to match parts of a known viral genome.
The problem is the test is known not to work.
It uses ‘amplification’ which means taking a very very tiny amount of DNA and growing it exponentially until it can be analyzed. Obviously any minute contaminations in the sample will also be amplified leading to potentially gross errors of discovery.
Additionally, it’s only looking for partial viral sequences, not whole genomes, so identifying a single pathogen is next to impossible even if you ignore the other issues.
The Mickey Mouse test kits being sent out to hospitals, at best, tell analysts you have some viral DNA in your cells. Which most of us do, most of the time. It may tell you the viral sequence is related to a specific type of virus – say the huge family of coronavirus. But that’s all. The idea these kits can isolate a specific virus like COVID-19 is nonsense.
And that’s not even getting into the other issue – viral load.
If you remember the PCR works by amplifying minute amounts of DNA. It therefore is useless at telling you how much virus you may have. And that’s the only question that really matters when it comes to diagnosing illness. Everyone will have a few virus kicking round in their system at any time, and most will not cause illness because their quantities are too small. For a virus to sicken you you need a lot of it, a massive amount of it. But PCR does not test viral load and therefore can’t determine if it is present in sufficient quantities to sicken you.
If you feel sick and get a PCR test any random virus DNA might be identified even if they aren’t at all involved in your sickness which leads to false diagnosis.
And coronavirus are incredibly common. A large percentage of the world human population will have covi DNA in them in small quantities even if they are perfectly well or sick with some other pathogen.
Do you see where this is going yet? If you want to create a totally false panic about a totally false pandemic – pick a coronavirus.
They are incredibly common and there’s tons of them. A very high percentage of people who have become sick by other means (flu, bacterial pneumonia, anything) will have a positive
PCR test for covi even if you’re doing them properly and ruling out contamination, simply because covis are so common.
There are hundreds of thousands of flu and pneumonia victims in hospitals throughout the world at any one time.
All you need to do is select the sickest of these in a single location – say Wuhan – administer PCR tests to them and claim anyone showing viral sequences similar to a coronavirus (which will inevitably be quite a few) is suffering from a ‘new’ disease.
Since you already selected the sickest flu cases a fairly high proportion of your sample will go on to die.
You can then say this ‘new’ virus has a CFR higher than the flu and use this to infuse more concern and do more tests which will of course produce more ‘cases’, which expands the testing, which produces yet more ‘cases’ and so on and so on.
Before long you have your ‘pandemic’, and all you have done is use a simple test kit trick to convert the worst flu and pneumonia cases into something new that doesn’t actually exist.
Now just run the same scam in other countries. Making sure to keep the fear message running high so that people will feel panicky and less able to think critically.
Your only problem is going to be that – due to the fact there is no actual new deadly pathogen but just regular sick people, you are mislabeling your case numbers, and especially your deaths, are going to be way too low for a real new deadly virus pandemic.
But you can stop people pointing this out in several ways.
1. You can claim this is just the beginning and more deaths are imminent. Use this as an excuse to quarantine everyone and then claim the quarantine prevented the expected millions of dead.
2. You can tell people that ‘minimizing’ the dangers is irresponsible and bully them into not talking about numbers.
3. You can talk crap about made up numbers hoping to blind people with pseudoscience.
4. You can start testing well people (who, of course, will also likely have shreds of coronavirus DNA in them) and thus inflate your ‘case figures’ with ‘asymptomatic carriers’ (you will of course have to spin that to sound deadly even though any virologist knows the more symptom-less cases you have the less deadly is your pathogen.
Take these 4 simple steps and you can have your own entirely manufactured pandemic up and running in weeks.
They can not “confirm” something for which there is no accurate test.
The original source of this article is Copyright © Julian Rose, Global Research, 2020
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THE LESSON OF COVID-19
By KURT NIMMO - 20. March 2020
The COVID-19 “pandemic” is primarily designed to empower the ruling elite and further its authoritarian reach. The primary tool is the innate human fear of death and this fear has been greatly magnified by the corporate propaganda media.
For those able to sidestep the trap of fear-mongering, it is obvious this disease is less of a threat to mortality than the seasonal flu and tuberculosis. COVID-19’s death rate thus far is minuscule by way of comparison, although the state and its media promise the number will rise precipitously and the only option is to “flatten the curve” by imposing authoritarian mandates, including the imposition of martial law, as is now the case in Italy.
The state has a monopoly on coercion and violence. It has demonstrated repeatedly throughout history that its first reflex during any crisis, real or invented, is to demand the obedience of the masses or they will suffer the consequences—arrest, fines, incarceration, possibly even death. We are witnessing this now in California, the liberal haven now on lockdown, soon to be transformed into martial law as many people refuse to believe COVID-19 is the boogieman the state claims. For the state, it is impermissible to go about our lives as normal. The same is now unfolding on the opposite coast in New York, another bastion of the liberal mindset.
In addition to furthering authoritarian rule, the state and its owners, banksters and transnational corporations are determined to take down an already sick economy, made so by decades of post-Keynesian economics and the neoliberal creed. In this way, they can reconfigure economies and finally establish a globalist plan for centralized world government, long sought after and admitted to the public at large (search “global governance”). This fascistic, top-down plan is sold as an effort to realize peace, security, justice, and global mediation systems. It is nothing of the sort.
Recall Henry Kissinger’s remarks following the LA riots. This war criminal and Rockefeller operative said under the circumstances of an appropriate crisis, the people will run to the state and beg to be protected. Increasingly, the people, like helpless children, expect and demand the state to not only protect them but also gift them with all manner of free goodies at the expense of others.
Comedian and actor Chris Rock, during the reign of Barack Obama, said the president is akin to a father demanding obedience from his children. This is how millions of people look at the government—as a beneficent daddy who will take care of all their needs and protect them during crises, either real or invented.
The COVID-19 “pandemic” will undoubtedly destroy an already debilitated economy and clear the way for a centralized, fascist, and authoritarian world government and an economic reconfiguration that will further enrich the ruling elite.
The philosophy of the neocon guru, Leo Strauss, is certainly applicable. Strauss believed the world needs an enlightened class of rulers modeled after Plato’s Republic. Shadia Drury, professor of political theory at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, wrote during the reign of the Bush neocons:
The ancient philosophers whom Strauss most cherished believed that the unwashed masses were not fit for either truth or liberty, and that giving them these sublime treasures would be like throwing pearls before swine. In contrast to modern political thinkers, the ancients denied that there is any natural right to liberty. Human beings are born neither free nor equal. The natural human condition, they held, is not one of freedom, but of subordination and in Strausss estimation they were right in thinking so.
This is the endgame of the COVID-19 “crisis”—subordination to the state and following authoritarian diktats handed down without question, complaint, or resistance.
Capitalism is one virus away from existential disaster, and only its victims' money can save it
By George Galloway - 18. March 2020
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Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Maynard Keynes have been knocked into a cocked hat by Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and Emmanuel Macron, the new holy trinity of dirigiste capitalism.
According to the laws of capitalist economics, an airline which cannot fill its seats must go to the wall. If the public's taste for ocean-going cruises dissipates either by fashion or pandemic, the cruise company goes under the relentless waves, sink or swim.
John Maynard Keynes and Franklin D. Roosevelt bucked that in the 1930s Great Depression, deciding that the fate of nations could not be left merely to the unseen hand of market forces, but that if not a heart then at least a brain must be applied. That accountancy was not economics.
The descendants of Keynes and FDR would not normally be found in either the British Conservative Party or the GOP. Reagan and Thatcher must be turning in their graves. Because this week the prevailing capitalist orthodoxy was turned on its head and eye-watering sums of public money were splashed not by Sanders or Corbyn or Melenchon, but by their polar opposites whose whole careers have been built on denouncing the slightest bit of Keynesianism as socialism or even communism.
Unless one believes all three have experienced a Damascene conversion, one can safely say the scale of the bail-out equals the scale of the threat perceived to capitalism itself by the coronavirus epidemic. Donald Trump is getting ready to sign $1,000 checks to “every American.” Macron, under siege and thinking of the Bastille every morning he wakes up, is going to spend the equivalent of 20 percent of France's 2019 GDP to beat this new unseen, elusive enemy.
When the pigs in Animal Farm metamorphosed into the opposite of their former selves, they began to chant “four legs good, two legs better.” For the Holy Trinity, equality was always good, but some would be more equal than others. “Public good, private better” was their mantra.
But the scale of the public health threat posed by the pandemic demonstrates beyond contradiction that private is not better than public, an economy which principally is private cannot meet the needs of the human race when existential dangers arrive.
This is not new, though it may have been forgotten.
The war-time alliance of the USSR, Britain, and America could not have prevailed if the example of Milo Minderbinder in Catch-22 had been followed. Milo, a capitalist to his core, rented out his own USAF bombers to the enemy to bomb his own side. Well, business is business.
Only strong centralised states with command economies can wage total war, and profiteering, hoarding and panic bulk buying are rightly considered crimes. The USSR already had one; Britain and America had to become so for the duration. Under capitalism, if people cannot go to work and earn money, or eat out, entertain themselves or shop, all the private enterprises dependent on these things must fail. That's accountancy. Economics, however, requires shock-absorbers so that economic capacity, which will be harder to bring back than to protect, is not lost forever. And politics is the art of ensuring that a crash is never so apocalyptic as to raise the possibility that the people will not rise up, especially not during the Ides of March...
Boris Johnson, who just four months ago characterised the economic policies of his Labour opponent as reckless soviet-style communism, announced EXTRA public spending greater than the entire 2019 GDP of Portugal. A £350 billion package which he and his Chancellor repeatedly said was merely the beginning. We will do “whatever it takes,” they said, seven times between them. Interest-free loans, loans at attractive rates, mortgage holidays, the protection of uninsured businesses unwise enough not to have sought indemnity for pandemics, the scrapping of business rates for pubs, restaurants, retail and service industry businesses. Implied is subsidy for private airlines, privately owned airports; under-review is the potential plight of tenants, hourly wage-workers, those in the gig economy. The heartless Tories even found millions for the destitute so they could be taken off the streets, and given a space in which they might “self-isolate.”
Of course, within this bout of socialism, there are many footprints – much bigger than a pig's – of some being more equal than others – Sir Richard Branson for example will fare much better than the Rickshaw driver in Piccadilly Circus. But it nevertheless shows that in the third decade of the 21st century, after 250 years of hegemony, capitalism has left us two pay-cheques away from penury and one virus away from existential disaster. And only the money of its victims can save it.
"We’re waking up the consequences of an exploitative, abusive, predatory way of life, model of economics, form of society, mode of culture. Of a world still built atop patriarchy, supremacy, and capitalism — all badly corrosive, self-destructive, obsolete ideologies, practices, ways."
Difficult times will extend for the next few weeks and will bring out the best and worst in people. Crisis or not, let's try to show our best. Life goes on, so expect the usual posts and maybe more humor. Let's make our quarantines bearable. We'll get through.
George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator. Follow him on Twitter @georgegalloway
Did China Panic the World and Steal Our Wealth with a Common Cold?
By Anthony J. Ciani - 16. March 2020
If COVID-19 (scientifically known as SARS-CoV-2) had started in Singapore or Taiwan, it would have traveled the world, infected billions of people, killed millions, and there wouldn't have been a single peep about it. "But it kills people," you cry. That is what cold and flu do, especially to the elderly and those lacking basic medicines. The world is panicking over a virus that causes mild colds in the vast majority of cases. Amid the panic, China is profiting as it buys up stocks at bargain-basement prices. Instead of engineering a pandemic, did China engineer pandemonium?
Before pandemonium, science. Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is characterized by the sudden (within a day or two) development of severe viral pneumonia with a thick mucus that is difficult to treat. SARS is strongly associated with two strains of coronavirus (SARS-CoV and now SARS-CoV-2). The pathogenesis of SARS is supposed to go something like this: Day 1: infection with SARS-CoV or SARS-CoV-2. Day 2: coughing and wheezing for breath. Day 3: hospitalization on a ventilator. Day 4: death. Over 99% of COVID-19 cases have experienced nothing even remotely similar to SARS. Is SARS-CoV-2 a bunch of hooey?
Medicine has a penchant for gaining fame by discovering new diseases by reclassifying old diseases. When infected with a cold-causing virus, you might get a fever, might have a runny nose, might cough, might have muscle aches, might have a sore throat, and you might get viral pneumonia. "SARS" is a name for a severe case of viral pneumonia caused by two specific cold viruses, but any cold virus could lead to a SARS-like viral pneumonia. Don't scoff at colds.
There are over 200 viruses that cause the common cold. Among those are several strains of coronavirus, with a new strain discovered every few years. Discovery occurs when a lab technician sequences a virus (a rather rare event) and submits to GenBank a previously unpublished sequence. The newly discovered virus could have been endemic for millennia. Science makes mistakes, and a lot of scientists can make a lot of mistakes, especially when rushing. Assuming that the multitude of partial genetic sequences for COVID-19 are genetic sequences for COVID-19, and assuming that the multitude of rapidly developed (and poorly validated) tests for COVID-19 are specific for COVID-19, then COVID-19 rarely leads to SARS. COVID-19 is a newly identified strain of coronavirus that causes the common cold, and although newly discovered, it could have been endemic for centuries.
We fill nursing homes with elderly on their last legs, where they are tended to by orderlies, until one of those orderlies comes to work with a little bit of a runny nose. "Would you like us to make them comfortable?" is a code phrase for "Would you like us to continue fluffing their pillows while they choke to death from pneumonia and their minds melt from fever?" Medicine is withheld as they die a natural death from pneumonia indistinguishable from SARS. Even the young and healthy can die from a cold. Absent medicines, such as aspirin, decongestants, and expectorants, death from fever, secondary infections, diarrhea, and viral pneumonia is a real possibility. The common cold would be 100 times more deadly without medicine, just as in the past.
This brings us to China, where an advanced socialized medical system is much like the nursing home: no medicine at all. People reported to hospitals because their common colds were a little more severe than usual. Perhaps their fevers were unresponsive to the medicines they obtained at the local drugstore, which may not have contained any medicine (1,2,3,4,5). With so much manufactured in China, you might have paid $300 for a bottle of cornstarch pressed into pills; [insert big-name pharma company here] thanks you. At the hospital, many patients in Wuhan were carefully evaluated for their worth to society and then led to benches in the halls upon which they could sit while their fevers and coughs got worse and they were otherwise ignored.
Meanwhile, the Chinese are profiting immensely from the fire sale, as though they were prepared for it (6,7,8,9,10). Also consider that China owns large portions of our media companies, and China virtually controls the World Health Organization (WHO). When this thing started, Trump offered aid to China in the form of virology experts and medicines, but China refused that aid, insisting that everything be done through the WHO. The WHO assisted in the hype by calling something that looked like a common cold, once it got out of China, a "pandemic."
Were the people of Wuhan suffering from a new SARS, the ravages of a common cold exacerbated by socialist medicine, or nothing at all? COVID-19 rarely causes SARS outside China, so it must be the last one.
Did the Chinese government attempt to cover up the embarrassment of its socialized medicine or fabricate a deadly outbreak to panic the world? Has our scientific arrogance erroneously blamed this on an innocuous common cold, possibly endemic in much of the world, or have we been maliciously misled by the Chinese-controlled WHO? Was it to cover the embarrassment or advance the fabrication? Did China orchestrate the media hype, or was it the normal Trump-hate of fake news? Did the Chinese start a fire sale, or were they well positioned by happenstance?
Never attribute to maliciousness that which you can to incompetence, and never attribute to incompetence that which you can to socialism.
As COVID-19 turns into an expensive exercise in tracking the progression of a common cold, the Chinese are grinning, but will they smile for long? The China Model was already collapsing, and the companies and wealth they gained through trickery and deceit have been declining from poor management. The world is waking up: China was a deal too good to be true, and we need to get out of it before the ineptness and malice of socialism take us all down
Dealing with a Society in Panic - The Coronavirus Pandemic
By Jon Shore - 17. March 2020
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Due to the rapid spread of the latest Coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19 there is widespread panic, fear, anxiety and depression.
It is essential that you learn how to cope with and to rise above the fear. Your life and the lives of those around you depend on it. There is no longer a ‘back to normal’. This pandemic is one of those events that causes a shift in the mindset and in the lives of most of humanity around the world. We are just witnessing the very beginning of this change. Within a few months there will be a new normal and a year from now another new normal. We are in a period of rapid change. In evolutionary biology this has been dubbed, by Professor Stephen Jay Gould, Punctuated equilibrium. Humanity is being forced to evolve extremely quickly by this pandemic. It is a situation outside of our control which can be extremely stressful and disconcerting.
Right now most people do not want things to change. They are used to the status quo and are afraid of a new normal that they do not know or understand. But in this situation we do not have the control we want to have. Those who are able to adapt and flow with change will be those who thrive in this new reality. Those who are not able to change will struggle and suffer.
My suggestion is to learn how to rise above the miasma of fear, panic, anger, depression and the other emotions that can distract us. Self-awareness is the most powerful tool you have at your disposal. Practice being mindful at all times and learn to relax even in the most stressful situations. Change and evolution are unavoidable and inevitable but there is an essence of you that never changes and is always unaffected by anything that occurs in life. Find that essence and access it as often as possible. That will get you through this evolutionary shift and help you thrive for your own benefit and for the benefit of your family and your community.
The coping mechanisms that humanity adopts to deal with this pandemic will have long lasting effects. Both the positive and negative mechanisms will be with us for a very long time. They will become the new normal.
Here are some recommendations for dealing with, functioning well and thriving during this current pandemic as well as other mass panics and shifts in the future.
- Learn as much as you can about COVID-19 and this Coronavirus but only get your information from experts in virology and epidemiology. Real scientists, not politicians or internet celebrities or propagandists. Be educated about this virus and the illness and how to protect yourself and your family.
- I work with clients on overcoming fear and anxiety and we apply these same tools to anxieties about the Coronavirus. It is essential to learn to see life objectively, especially when there are potential threats around. I have posted quite a few practices and articles about overcoming anxiety at my blog.
- If you do not already, learn and practice Mindfulness and meditation. Learn to step back from emotions and to see this moment objectively and realistically. Take time each morning and evening to do a mindfulness meditation or other form of meditation that helps you to have a clear mind. Practice short mindfulness exercises throughout the day every day as if it was the most important thing in your life. You can find many mindfulness and other meditations here and at my website.
- Always pay attention to everything going on in the world and in your own life from an objective, mindful, perspective. Ignore nothing. Be afraid of nothing. Be discerning. If you do this you will be able to rise above the miasma of panic, fear, hatred, anger, ignorance and depression.
- Learn to be self-aware. Self-Awareness is the most powerful skill you have. Know what emotions you are feeling and where they come from. Be completely aware of your own beliefs and preconceived ideas that might cloud your judgement. Learn to deal with all emotions and beliefs appropriately. A clear mind will allow you to make the best decisions possible in every situation and will prevent panic from causing you to make poor decisions.
- Do not get caught up in the foolish panic buying. Use your critical thinking skills Ask yourself questions like, do I really need 500 rolls of toilet paper or 500 bottles of water? This is not the zombie apocalypse. It is a dangerous virus but it is not the end of the world. Do not support those who gouge on prices during a situation like this. Do not buy their products and let them know you will never do business with them again. Discourage their bad behavior.
- Be very discerning about watching the news. Most news organizations feel that they must sensationalize to get more advertising revenue. So they over dramatize the news and they repeat the same stories over and over and over again all day and night. They believe that if you are frightened that you will watch their news programs even more often. It becomes addictive and increases panic. Some ‘news’ organizations use propaganda and lies to instill fear and cause this same addiction. Again, use your critical thinking skills. Watch the news once or twice a day just to get the important information you need then turn it off. Or get your news from legitimate news websites. Read what you need and then move on with your day or evening.
- Be extremely discerning on social media. There is a tremendous amount of misinformation and propaganda spread by those who wish to harm others, cause chaos or are just too willing to share false information with ‘good’ intentions because they are not using their own critical thinking skills. I suggest letting those who are sharing misinformation know that the information they are sharing is not true. If they do not delete their post then report it. Do your best to keep your social media clear of misinformation, propaganda and lies. Even viewing that material can be detrimental and can add to the fear and panic.
- Help others, especially those who might be more vulnerable to the virus. If you know someone who has a compromised immune system offer to go shopping for them. Check in on them. Let them know you are available.
- Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol, work from home if possible, be sensible and take good care of your health.
- Ignore politicians, media figures and propagandists who are using this crisis to manipulate you. Ignore politicians who are lying for their own benefit. Ignore and report internet trolls on social media. Do what you can personally to stop the spread of misinformation.
- In some countries you should not depend on your current government to help or to take care of you. They will not. Educate yourself about this outbreak and use the suggestions I have outline above.
- Recognize that there will be long term consequences and changes to our societies and cultures due to this pandemic. A shift so to speak. Some of those changes will be welcomed and many will be difficult like; widespread PTSD, general anxiety and depression. If your mind is clear you will not have to cope with these consequences and you will be able to help others who have become overwhelmed.
- Live your life fully and thrive. Do not let fear and panic distract you. Do your work to the very best of your abilities. Enjoy the pleasures of life. Continue to live, share, communicate, eat, exercise, support, be compassionate, be helpful and love.
Remember that we are all responsible to and for each other. That together we thrive and separated we subsist. Greed, ignorance and stupidity are anathema to a healthy and thriving society.
Jon Shore - is a psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience in clinical and private practice psychotherapy. You can read more of his writings at his blog. © 2020 Jon Shore - All rights reserved -To reprint please contact the author at
By Aldo Grech - 20. March 2020
In the following graph and related data below, we can observe a divergence between Italy and the USA. After days of following the same trendline, as expected, as America starts to test for the disease, the numbers are expected to grow exponentially. We hope, against hope that we are wrong and that in fact the powers in the USA take control of this virus promptly, probably being in the "lucky" situation of being able to learn from other territories like for example China, which has been exemplary in its no-nonsense approach to a deadly foe.
For those that have not been following our regular updates, you will notice 2 date ranges, orange for USA and blue for Italy. We started the count from when the numbers were more or less identical and went from there. Also, in the table below, the gray section is data from a different source to the rest of the data.
On the following graph, we are looking at a select number of territories, indexed at around 300 at the beginning of the data and are seeing how the figures diverge.
We are noticing a worrisome trend for the USA as numbers accelerate as more testing becomes available. Italy has been (unfortunately) leading in the number of cases. However, we expect the USA to eclipse both Italy and China.
Talking about Italy, we notice no change in the trajectory of the graph which is good news in that it has not taken a sudden trend upwards and are expecting that by the middle of next week the curve shall start to flatten.
China continues to follow a flat curve with little to no new incidencies.
The UK and German numbers see an uptick from the 18th and in Switzerland from the 19th. We see the curve flatten for Australia since the 19th, a welcome reprieve for a country that has delayed response, as it did for Austria.
By special request we included Spain which shows a steady pace, hopefully, towards a flattening in the coming weeks.
Essential Leadership is about bringing solutions from the heart. With heart-felt empathy for all our brothers and sisters around the world, we are doing our best to keep you abreast of how we are tracking against this WWIII foe.
Aldo Grech - Environmentalist | Feminist | Inventor | Speaker | Coach