The God of the Left Hemisphere : Blake, Bolte Taylor and the Myth of Creation By Roderick Tweedy

Twilight of the Psychopaths  
The title of the present chapter derives from an article in the March 2008 edition of the Idaho Observer by Keith Barrett This piece, whilst occasionally rather literalist in its interpretations, is nevertheless energetic and thought-provoking.

It was also the first time that I came across references to a book by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman called On Killing. This neglected masterpiece of analysis and original research does to the subject of killing what Freud a hundred years ago did to the subject of sex. Grossman’s book is based on a remarkable piece of research conducted by the American military in the 1940s by Brigadier Gen. S L A Marshall, relating to firing rates. To their surprise they found that only fifteen to twenty per cent of World War II soldiers along the line of fire would actually use their weapons. As Grossman summarises it:

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Letter to Your Politician -Veterans PTSD

I am a local constituent. I have read of the very high suicide rates amongst returning veterans. I have witnessed PTSD with a neighbour's son-inlaw after deployment and my uncle after WW II and have this to say.
In Lt. Col. Dave Grossman book called "On Killing", shows that only 2-3 % will fire their weapons willing against an enemy without thought. 10-12% will follow suit under duress, but 85% will not naturally use their weapons against another human being.

Governments pursue policy leading to war but fail to recognise as a direct consequence of their policy the great trauma inflicted on the combatants and the enemy as well.
All wars are bankers wars, to control another's resources and balance the National debt. The war on terror was for oil resources, nothing more.
We need a royal commission to hold those responsible for initiating wars to account and equally important to respond adequately to our returning combatants.

The Usual Vaccine Indemnity By Mrs Vera West

     I am not surprised that the coming Covid-1984 vaccine comes with an indemnity for Big Pharma. So, do I really want to take it? May be there will be no choice, being raped at needle point?

“The Morrison government has given the suppliers of two COVID-19 vaccines indemnity against liability for rare side effects that experts say are "inevitable" when a vaccine is rolled out. But the government will not set up a statutory compensation scheme, which the president of the Australian Medical Association, Omar Khorshid, said meant Australians who suffered "extremely rare" side effects from the vaccines would face a tough battle to seek compensation. "With a brand new vaccine, it's going to be really hard to tell what is a vaccine injury and what is a rare medical condition that someone would have had anyway," Dr Khorshid said. As part of its $1.7 billion deals to secure more than 84.8 million doses of the Oxford University and University of Queensland vaccines if successful, the federal government has indemnified the suppliers, meaning they cannot be held liable for adverse events caused by the vaccines.”

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Digital Passport: Sure Sign of the Beast By Mrs Vera West

     The globalist elites have not wasted time charging ahead with their totalitarian agenda, milking Covid-1984 for all it is worth. Why one could be forgiven for seeing it as not God’s, as Jane Fonda thinks, but technocracies gift to Leftist globalism. Now we have an electronic passport that They are testing at the airports, but guess where this is going to lead?

“Starting next week, two major airlines, United and Cathay Pacific, will start trials at Heathrow, London with new smartphone software that acts as a digital health passport for travelers. “CommonPass,” which at present offers travelers the possibility of carrying digital proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, aims to include proof of vaccination when this becomes available, allowing passengers simply to cross borders and board commercial flights by letting a QR code be scanned on their personal mobile phone. CommonPass, dubbed the “world’s first COVID passport” by the London Daily Mail, was developed by “the Commons Project,” a “nonprofit public trust established to build platforms and services to make life better for people around the world,” and “Unlocking the full potential of technology and data for the common good.” Its main page reveals that it “was established with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.” The CommonPass itself was developed by the Commons Project with help from the World Economic Forum (WEF), under whose guidance top government and corporate leaders foregather yearly at the Davos summit in Switzerland to talk about global – and global governance – issues. The CommonPass is being touted as a state-of-the-art application that will allow people all over the world to resume air travel in “pre-COVID” proportions by giving authorities in all countries access to secure and verified information that will be difficult to forge, while at the same time permitting traveler identification. Passengers themselves, the (WEF) underscores in a promotional video, will enjoy the “privacy” CommonPass affords them, as they will only share determined health information.

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WHO Changes its Mind, Again By Brian Simpson

     The World Health Organization does not seem to be able to make up its mind, except where China is involved, who makes up the mind of WHO for it. It looks like lockdowns are now out of favour, but tell that to dictator Dan. Oh well, the lockdowns have served their New World Order purpose.

“In a stunning rebuke of the "science" and the "doctors" and leftist politicians and career bureaucrats in the US and across much of The West, The Epoch Times' Evan Pentchoukov reports that The World Health Organization’s special envoy on COVID-19 has urged world leaders to stop using lockdowns as the primary control method against the spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. “We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” David Nabarro told The Spectator in an interview aired on Oct. 8. “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.” Nabarro pointed to the collateral damage that lockdowns are having worldwide, especially among poorer populations. “Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry, for example in the Caribbean or in the Pacific, because people aren’t taking their holidays. Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world because their markets have got dented. Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. Seems that we may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents, in poor families, are not able to afford it,” Nabarro said. “This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe actually,” he added. “And so we really do appeal to all world leaders: Stop using lockdown as your primary control method, develop better systems for doing it, work together and learn from each other, but remember - lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.”

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The Great Barrington Declaration: End Covid Lockdowns By Brian Simpson

     There seems at long last to be a ground-swell against the Wuhan flu lockdowns, the latest significant event to report being 8,000 medical and health scientists condemning the lockdowns and advocating an alternative:

“Three top scientists say there’s another public health crisis underway, and it is the poor and working class who suffer the most from a COVID-19 policy that also is slowing development of herd immunity. They say the rise in mental health and substance abuse problems, as well as excess deaths and other medical problems from lack of care, are the result of seven months of lockdowns meant to stop the virus. A flawed gospel of risk that has been leveraged by politicians, they add, is ruinous to public health as a whole. And they say they have a better plan: “Focused Protection.” This would expand and fortify ways to shield those most vulnerable to death from infection, while allowing the least vulnerable to live normally and build immunity that will ultimately better-protect the old and weak. This, they say, will also reduce “devastating” collateral damage that includes economic catastrophe, social harm, and a lack of schooling for children. In a whirlwind summit at the American Institute for Economic Research last week, three infectious disease epidemiologists drafted and signed the Great Barrington Declaration to propose the idea and launched it online for signatures. As of Wednesday, more than 8,000 medical and public health scientists and medical professionals have signed it; as well as more than 76,000 from the general public. The scientists are Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University professor. All three are epidemiologists. They say ancillary effects of the lockdowns include “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come” They say it is a “grave injustice” to keep students from school, and that the poor are most affected. “Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.” When the pandemic hit the U.S. in mid-March, strategies to “bend the curve” of escalating infection have turned into a protracted shutdown of normal life that appears to be continuing until an effective vaccine is ready.”

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Codid-1984, Wuhan Bioweapon; Just Ask the Chinese Scientists By Brian Simpson

     There is a new article by Chinese whistle blower, Dr Li-Meng Yan (and other Chinese scientists), alleging that Covid-19 is an “unrestricted bioweapon,” something we have been saying for some time, having given the benefit of the doubt to the establishment view for too long. President Trump is certainly right, that this is an attack on the West by China. Consider the abstract to the Chinese scientists’ article:

“Two possibilities should be considered for the origin of SARS-CoV-2: natural evolution or laboratory creation. In our earlier report titled “Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route”, we disproved the possibility of SARS-CoV-2 arising naturally through evolution and instead proved that SARS-CoV-2 must have been a product of laboratory modification. Despite this and similar efforts, the laboratory creation theory continues to be downplayed or even diminished. This is fundamentally because the natural origin theory remains supported by several novel coronaviruses published after the start of the outbreak. These viruses (the RaTG13 bat coronavirus, a series of pangolin coronaviruses, and the RmYN02 bat coronavirus) reportedly share high sequence homology with SARS-CoV-2 and have altogether constructed a seemingly plausible pathway for the natural evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Here, however, we use in-depth analyses of the available data and literature to prove that these novel animal coronaviruses do not exist in nature and their sequences have been fabricated. In addition, we also offer our insights on the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 may have originated naturally from a coronavirus that infected the Mojiang miners.

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Now it’s Medical Racism! By Brian Simpson

     Whenever I hear of the medical journal The Lancet, I think of some kind of basin to collect pus. No, a lancet is actually a fine, sharp pointed needle, used mainly to pinch the skin in blood sugar monitoring. Or, it is part of the fight against racism, the deadliest disease in the world, apparently. Move right over Covid-1984!

“The killing of Eric Garner in 2014 at the hands of the New York Police Department and the footage that circulated of his death after he was put in a chokehold elevated the phrase “I can't breathe” to a protest chant for those in the fight against structural racism worldwide. Its repetition by George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, USA, in 2020 and by others in anti-racism protests amid the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the salience of these words. While much public health research has shown that racism is a fundamental determinant of health outcomes and disparities, racist policy and practice have also been integral to the historical formation of the medical academy in the USA. The term structural violence has its origins in peace studies in the 1960s as a way of understanding the iniquities of imperialism that persisted in the post-colonial world. As Paul Farmer and colleagues have described, structural violence explains how the organisation of society “puts individuals and populations in harm's way. The arrangements are structural because they are embedded in the political and economic organization of our social world; they are violent because they cause injury to people (typically, not those responsible for perpetuating such inequalities).” While no single concept can capture the complexity or full dynamics of racism, the brief historical examples we discuss here show that structural violence is helpful for understanding how the histories of violence, neglect, and oppression that crisscross law enforcement, politics, medical care, and public health are inextricably linked and manifested in the present. Like the history of US policing, the history of medicine and health care in the USA is marked by racial injustice and myriad forms of violence: unequal access to health care, the segregation of medical facilities, and the exclusion of African Americans from medical education are some of the most obvious examples. These, together with inequalities in housing, employment opportunities, wealth, and social service provision, produce disproportionate health disparities by race. The health community needs to confront these painful histories of structural violence to develop more effective anti-racist and benevolent public health responses to entrenched health inequalities, the COVID-19 pandemic, and future pandemics. 

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Facts about Covid-19

Fully referenced facts about Covid-19, provided by experts in the field, to help our readers make a realistic risk assessment. (Regular updates below)

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A Covid-19 Vaccine? Don’t Bet On It By Brian Simpson

     So, the story seems to be that there will be a magic potent produced soon by the wizards of Big Pharma, that will slay the Covid-19 dragon, and deliver  countless pots of gold to the Kings of Big Pharma, who will be able to enjoy all of the beautiful Nordic princesses that they did not get in high school, for in these days to come, social distancing will be over, and milk and honey will once again begin to flow all over the land, trees, infrastructure, everything, everybody. But, maybe their fairy tale does not end quite like that:

“The Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is not some freak of nature virus that evolutionarily gained the ability to transfer from bats to humans all on its own. According to Professor Giuseppe Tritto, an internationally known expert in biotechnology and nanotechnology, this only could have happened with some kind of genetic engineering. The president of the World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (WABT), which was founded as part of UNESCO back in 1997, Tritto knows a thing or two about viruses. And he is convinced that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was probably engineered at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s only level-four biosafety lab. In his book Cina COVID 19: La Chimera che ha cambiato il Mondo, which translates in English as China COVID 19: The chimera that changed the world, Tritto explains why he believes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is behind the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), leaving little doubt that this viral “chimera” was artificially created as a bioweapon. He also traces the Wuhan lab’s connections to France and the United States, demonstrating how both countries have financially supported it in its bioengineering endeavors. While neither American nor French virologists are necessarily responsible for the current outcome, they did play in role in getting us all here, whether they realized it or not. Unfortunately, it does not stop at just the virus. Those behind its continued spread and the government’s reaction to it have much worse plans in store for the  world, mainly the extermination of humanity.”

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You Can be Dead, But Still Covid-19 Positive! (And Climate Change Too, for Good Measure) By Brian Simpson

     Don’t dare joke about Covid-19, even if you are not in the totalitarian state of Victoria, or Danisistan, as it is being called by wags. Why, Codaddy is so dangerous that even if you are dead, you can still test positive. It is truly the virus of the zombie apocalypse!

“A Tennessee woman died six months ago, but that didn’t stop the Shelby County Health Department from sending her a letter notifying her that she tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus and needed to self-quarantine, her bewildered son said Thursday. Troy Whittington said he was surprised when he opened the letter this week from the Shelby County Health Department. He knew what was in that letter was false. Whittington said a letter arrived from the Shelby County Health Department for his mother, Sandra Whittington. The letter says she has been diagnosed as COVID positive and needed to isolate. That would be difficult, according to her obituary: the 66-year-old died February 16th. That was weeks before the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Shelby County. “I’m just having a hard time understanding how they can say someone has COVID-19 when they are not even alive,” Whittington told the news outlet.” 

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Polio Outbreak Caused by Vaccine. What? By Mrs Vera West

     Wait! Stop press, all vaccination groupies, and that is most people. I thought that vaccines were supposed to give one immunity from the specific disease, not cause that very disease?

“The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in Chad — a week after the U.N. health agency declared the African continent free of the wild polio virus. In a statement this week, WHO said two children in Sudan — one from South Darfur state and the other from Gedarif state, close to the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea — were paralyzed in March and April. Both had been recently vaccinated against polio. WHO said initial outbreak investigations show the cases are linked to an ongoing vaccine-derived outbreak in Chad that was first detected last year and is now spreading in Chad and Cameroon. “There is local circulation in Sudan and continued sharing of transmission with Chad,” the U.N. agency said, adding that genetic sequencing confirmed numerous introductions of the virus into Sudan from Chad. WHO said it had found 11 additional vaccine-derived polio cases in Sudan and that the virus had also been identified in environmental samples. There are typically many more unreported cases for every confirmed polio patient. The highly infectious disease can spread quickly in contaminated water and most often strikes children under 5. In rare instances, the live polio virus in the oral vaccine can mutate into a form capable of sparking new outbreaks. Last week, WHO and partners declared that the African continent was free of the wild polio virus, calling it “an incredible and emotional day.” On Monday, WHO warned that the risk of further spread of the vaccine-derived polio across central Africa and the Horn of Africa was “high," noting the large-scale population movements in the region. More than a dozen African countries are currently battling outbreaks of polio caused by the virus, including Angola, Congo, Nigeria and Zambia. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many of the large-scale vaccination campaigns needed to stamp out polio have been disrupted across Africa and elsewhere, leaving millions of children vulnerable to infection. In April, WHO and its partners reluctantly recommended a temporary halt to mass polio immunization campaigns, recognizing the move could lead to a resurgence of the disease. In May, they reported that 46 campaigns to vaccinate children against polio had been suspended in 38 countries, mostly in Africa, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the campaigns have recently been re-started, but health workers need to vaccinate more than 90% of children in their efforts to eradicate the paralytic disease. Health officials had initially aimed to wipe out polio by 2000, a deadline repeatedly pushed back and missed. Wild polio remains endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan; both countries also are struggling to contain outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio.”

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Against Dentists By James Reed

     Having had poor teeth all my life, most of which are now gone, I have also had terrible experiences with dentists. There has been the wrong advice on brushing which led to gum recession, due to the mania of cleaning, which in the day involved hard tooth brushes, but they always put it down to gum disease, with no real evidence only opinion, when my gums have seldom bled. I have had a dentist notice a decay, say it will demineralise, then face a tooth abscess in a few weeks’ time. Teeth have been filled which should have been pulled because of their insane conservative “save all teeth” ideology, leading to killer abscesses that I had to endure, always on a long weekend. I have waited in the dental surgery to get such teeth pulled for hours, while rich clients got a clean. I could go on, but Roosh in the below article raises another issue, about the fanaticism in having X-Rays, like X-rays were candy.

     It may be a psychological phobia, but I now hate dentists. I just get teeth pulled if I can find a dentist to do it, most won’t, wanting to do massively expensive root canal treatment, which may not work for people like me with calcification of the canals. Thus, while I am over 70, with one last wisdom tooth a few months back, that constantly went to abscess (treated with antibiotics), I had trouble getting an extraction, and had to take a GP’s letter with me to get someone to pull it. There is the issue of liability that Roosh in the article cited above speaks of, so Australia is heading right down the American road. We have all the worst of American culture and none of the very best, such as firearms freedoms. If we could carry guns I would put up with American style dentistry, biting the bullet. 

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My Money is On Honey! By Mrs Vera West

     Honey, if pure and not corrupted by refined sugar, or watered down, is a super food and medicine, and has  been used successfully in treating even gunshot wounds. But, although winter is about to end, and Spring will probably be here when you read this, keep in mind for next Winter that honey has been regarded as a better treatment for Winter coughs and colds than antibiotics. Yes, grand mum’s old recommendation, of honey with a hot lemon drink, then a warm bed and rest, you can’t beat it, so long as you are over one year of age (possible bugs dangerous to babes in the honey, but ok for older folk).

“Honey may be better than conventional treatments for coughs, blocked noses and sore throats, researchers have said. The substance is cheap, readily available, and has virtually no side-effects. Doctors can recommend it as a suitable alternative to antibiotics, which are often prescribed for such infections, even though they are not effective, scientists from the University of Oxford said. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) affect the nose, throat, voice box and the large air passages (bronchi) that lead from the windpipe to the lungs. There is evidence for honey being used in children – although the NHS warns against giving it to the under-ones because of the danger of botulism – and it has long been used as a home remedy to treat coughs and colds. But the evidence for its effectiveness for a range of upper respiratory tract symptoms in adults has not been systematically reviewed. To address this, the scientists looked at research databases for relevant studies comparing honey and preparations that included it as an ingredient with usual care – mostly antihistamines, expectorants, cough suppressants and painkillers. They found 14 suitable clinical trials, involving 1,761 participants of varying ages. Data analysis of the studies indicated that honey was more effective than usual care for improving symptoms, especially the frequency and severity of coughing. Two of the studies showed that symptoms lasted one to two days less among those treated with honey. However, the researchers, Hibatullah Abuelgasim, of the Oxford University Medical School, and Charlotte Albury and Joseph Lee, of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, noted that honey is a complex substance and not a uniform product. They also pointed out that only two of the studies involved a placebo, saying more such studies need to be done before definitive conclusions can be reached. Writing in the journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, the authors said: “Upper respiratory tract infections are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescription. Since the majority of URTIs are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate.” The researchers suggest honey might therefore provide an alternative when doctors want to prescribe something to safely treat upper respiratory tract symptoms. They conclude: “Honey is a frequently used lay remedy that is well known to patients. It is also cheap, easy to access, and has limited harms. When clinicians wish to prescribe for URTI, we would recommend honey as an alternative to antibiotics. “Honey is more effective and less harmful than usual care alternatives and avoids causing harm through antimicrobial resistance.”

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PETITION ensuring COVID-19 vaccine does not become mandatory

COVID-19 Petition to Federal Government

Here is a petition to circulate to readers and anyone else re: ensuring COVID-19 vaccine does not become mandatory.

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No Jab, No Job, and the Unions Going Along for the Vax Ride By Mrs Vera West

     Welcome to totalitarian tyranny under global capitalism.

“Small businesses are pushing for the right to sack staff members who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available in Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week announced the government had signed a memorandum of understanding with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Australia to secure the promising Oxford University vaccine candidate. The government hopes the coronavirus vaccine will reach Australia by early next year and wants 95 per cent of people to get the jab. Mr Morrison said he would like to make the vaccine 'as mandatory as possible' but does not have the power to make it compulsory. The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia has since proposed law changes that would give employers the power to sack workers who refuse the jab. 'If one of my staff members says, "no, I'm against it", then I'm going to have to say, I'm sorry then, you are a threat to my business',' Council CEO Peter Strong told 7News. 'If you don't sack them, you don't have a business, especially if you're in a high contact area where you've got a lot of customers. It's not discrimination, that's a business decision.' Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus said unions have yet to finalise their response, but are encouraging staff to do all they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 'Obviously that will include getting vaccinated when a vaccine becomes available,' she said. Meanwhile, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt won't rule out stripping welfare payments from people who refuse coronavirus vaccines - and turning them away at the border. 'Our first goal is to encourage as many Australians as possible. I'm confident that a very, very large numbers of Australians will take it up,' Mr Hunt told the Seven Network on Thursday. 'But we reserve the right, subject to medical advice, to take steps that might assist.'”

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Problems with the Tests from The Thinking Housewife

August 31, 2020

WE KNOW pregnancy tests are accurate because those who test positive become clearly pregnant. We know a bacterial throat culture is accurate as a diagnostic tool because those who test positive have symptoms of strep throat.

We do not know that the Covid-19 tests are accurate because many who test positive have no symptoms. Furthermore, the tests do not detect the presence of a virus that has been purified, isolated and tested for infection in laboratories. Nor is there a distinctive set of symptoms for Covid-19.

The inventor of the often-used Polychromase Chain Reaction (PCR) test stated that it was not reliable for detecting viral infection. It was designed for an entirely different purpose.

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CDC: Only 9,210 Americans Have Died of Covid-19 Alone from The Thinking Housewife

August 30, 2020

ACCORDING TO the Centers for Disease Control, only six percent of the reported Covid-19 death toll of 161,392 people died of the virus alone; all others had other serious illnesses or problems, including “intentional or unintentional injury” (apparently some who committed suicide and tested positive are in the total), sepsis, cardiac arrest and the flu. More than half of the total involved those over 75 and most had two other serious health conditions.

See for yourself.

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups.

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The Scientific Mistake of the Lockdowns By Brian Simpson

     While the Victorian government controls virtually all our bodily functions now, including bowel movements, in some cases literally, a leading UK scientist has stated that the lockdowns were a scientific mistake:

“A scientific advisor to the UK government says the coronavirus lockdown was a “panic measure” and a “monumental mistake on a global scale.” Infectious diseases expert and University of Edinburgh professor Mark Woolhouse acknowledged that the decision to lockdown in March was a “crude measure” that was enacted because “we couldn’t think of anything better to do.” “Lockdown was a panic measure and I believe history will say trying to control Covid-19 through lockdown was a monumental mistake on a global scale, the cure was worse than the disease,” said Woolhouse, who is now calling on the government to unlock society before more damage is done. “I never want to see national lockdown again,” he added. “It was always a temporary measure that simply delayed the stage of the epidemic we see now. It was never going to change anything fundamentally.” The professor asserts that the impact of the response to coronavirus will be worse than the virus itself. “I believe the harm lockdown is doing to our education, health care access, and broader aspects of our economy and society will turn out to be at least as great as the harm done by COVID-19,” said Woolhouse. Richard Sullivan, professor of cancer at King’s College London, previously warned that there will be more excess cancer deaths over the next 5 years than the number of people who die from coronavirus in the UK due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus lockdown, which is preventing cancer victims from getting treatment. Figures also show that there were more excess deaths during the 2017-18 flu season (around 50,000) than the total number of people in the UK who have died from coronavirus (41,433). However, a survey conducted last month found that Brits thought around 7 per cent of the population, 5 million people, had been killed by COVID-19.”

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Vaccine-Derived Polio in Africa By Mrs Vera West

     This was something I was only dimly aware of: vaccine-driven polio. But, say, don’t vaccines offer a magic bullet against disease?

“Many people believe that if they get a vaccine against a certain disease, they won’t get that disease. After all, that is the point of vaccines, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case when it comes to polio in some countries. In fact, there has been a concerning surge in cases of vaccine-derived polio in Africa. Polio is highly infectious and is spread through contaminated food and water. It typically strikes children who are younger than 5, and 1 out of every 200 cases, on average, will result in paralysis. Some patients die when the disease cripples their breathing muscles. The oral polio vaccine, or OPV, has been used globally thanks to its easy administration and low cost. It contains weakened live polioviruses that match wild polioviruses, and they can actually cause the disease when they are “loose in the environment.” That means that in places where hygiene and sanitation practices are questionable, the viruses can get into water sources or be spread through contaminated foods and hands. The weakened virus replicates for a short period of time in children’s intestines and is then excreted through feces. According to researchers, OPV viruses can quickly regain strength when they start spreading on their own, developing mutations that make it nearly impossible to distinguish from the wild virus. It spreads just as easily as wild polio and is every bit as virulent. It is important to note, however, that the version of the vaccine used in Western countries is a more expensive, injectable vaccine that contains inactivated viruses that are not capable of causing polio – although that doesn’t mean it cannot cause vaccine injury.

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