The Coming of Starvation in the West By Brian Simpson

     It looks like the horsemen of the apocalypse are riding in the West. Regardless of the debates about the severity of Covid-19, and coronaviruses to quickly come after it, there is a growing concern about food shortages, arising from the economic shutdowns. (In my tiredness  I accidentally typed “sh*tdown” which I think may have to become a word.). It would be a bitter irony if more people ended up dying of malnutrition and associated diseases that from the virus.

“The journey from field to plate has been interrupted in our locked down world. Why it matters: With some crops rotting in fields and others subject to export bans, the coronavirus crisis could cause shortages in richer countries and hunger in poorer ones. In Europe, as in North America, the harvest depends on migration.

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Why Do We Need a World Health Organization, Anyway? By Chris Knight

     In a rare show of courage, President Trump has suspended US funds to the World Health Organization until there has been an inquiry into its handling of the coronavirus crisis, since WHO gave the US the advice that this was just a flu that would blow over. As these quotes will show, this is yet another globalist organisation pursuing anti-nation agendas, soaked in political correctness, and a servant of China:

“President Donald Trump ordered a hold on funds sent to the World Health Organization Tuesday, demanding that they answer for their failures to properly warn the world about the coronavirus. The president criticized the WHO for criticizing his travel ban on China during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. “The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above life-saving measures,” Trump said. Trump announced his decision at a press conference in the Rose Garden on Tuesday. “We spend $500 million a year,” Trump said, noting that China only spent $30-$40 million. He noted that the WHO played a role in “mismanaging and covering up” the spread of the coronavirus around the world. “The WHO pushed China’s misinformation about the virus, saying it was not communicable and there was no need for travel bans,” he said.

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The Corona New World Order By Paul Walker

     Covid-19 has put the old globalism on hold, the one involving totally open borders and mass movements of people. That is not going away in the longer term, since the main agenda of the top-level elites is to eliminate basically a Nordic racial feature in the human population, for whatever aesthetic reasons they have. They will be getting back to that program, but for the moment, the coronavirus pandemic has given them a new horizon, to achieve other evil agendas that were previously bubbling along ok in their own cauldron, but which now go intro over-drive, like a Health Care Patriot Act, detailed by US Ron Paul, who allowed reproduction with link:

“According to a story in Politico, the White House Coronavirus Task Force is considering creating a national surveillance system to track Americans’ health information. Supporters of this initiative claim it would enable the federal government to quickly identify areas in need of additional medical supplies and other assistance because the areas are coronavirus “hot spots.” Of course, it is unlikely that this system would be limited to only tracking coronavirus patients. The government may eventually keep track of every hospital admission — or even all visits to doctors’ offices — in the United States. This system could, and likely would, be used to violate privacy and harass and intimidate those challenging existing government policies. Anyone who doubts this should ask themselves what J. Edgar Hoover or Lois Lerner would have done with access to every American’s medical history. No wonder some have described this as a healthcare PATRIOT Act. Despite official denial that the White House is considering a new tracking program, the coronavirus panic may be used to justify giving the federal government access to our medical records. Politicians, bureaucrats, and special interests have for years been trying to create a database of all Americans’ medical records that could be accessed by federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests. The 2008 “stimulus” bill included federal funding to develop a system to store healthcare records electronically. This was a step toward creating a federally controlled database of all Americans’ healthcare records.

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When You Social Distance So Well the Cops have to Find You by Helicopter! By Bruce Bennett

     Overseas folk are laughing at this classic piece of new-world-orderism, but really, the police are only doing their job, and if you have a helicopter, why try and use it to bust ethnic drug growing, now an institution in certain cities,  when you can track down isolated family campers, who may be passing on Covid-19 to … nobody:

“Police in Tasmania are using a surveillance helicopter to track down people camping in remote locations in violation of coronavirus lockdown laws. “Tasmania Police officers conducting aerial surveillance around the state, including on the North-West Coast located several campsites where people were directed to leave and return home,” reports The Advocate. “When u social distance so well that the cops have to find u by helicopter,” tweeted Twitter user @PetiteNicoco. 17 people across the state were charged with a lockdown offense in a period of just 24 hours over the Easter weekend. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter “landed near campsites which were viewed from the air” to interrogate campers in the region. Where the chopper couldn’t land, officers were dispatched to the area on foot. Commander Rob Blackwood called the campers “selfish” for endangering other people during the COVID-19 pandemic despite them literally being around no other people. “Covert and marked police vehicles, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, will continue to undertake patrols around the state, so if you’re away from your primary residence you can expect police to stop and speak to you about your movements,” Tasmania Police said on their Facebook page. The practice was denounced by many as absurd overkill given that the campers are hardly posing a threat to anybody.”

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The Zombie Economy By Chris Knight

     Health ranger, Mike Adams, over at Natural, is pro-freedom libertarian type, with Christian conservative values, I think. Thus, he opposes the Universal Basic Income, and I suppose the social credit dividend as well, although I found nothing at his site on our form of social credit; of course, he is dead against the Chinese version, bad social credit. However, he does have a point, that Trump paying oil drillers not to drill is crazy, when what should be done, is oil drillers getting the latest protective equipment against the virus. This mentality is leading to zombie economics, even sending free money to the dead, and heaps of errors too:

“What’s being rolled out in all this, of course, is a “zombie economy.” It is characterized by the astonishing fact that federal bailout checks are being sent to dead people. If we don’t stop the rise of the zombie economy with its endless bailouts and government control over markets, incomes and debt, here’s where all this leads: In a zombie economy, everybody is paid to do nothing. All the prices of assets and goods are set by the government to create the appearance of “wealth” when no one is producing anything of value. Homeless millionaires. People living on the street will think they “own” millions of dollars in stocks and pension funds. It’s all illusion, of course, designed to continue the coordinated bankster looting of America which will transfer all the wealth of the working class into the pockets of the politically connected elite. Right now in America, we have “quantity limits” on everyday goods. Soon, they will evolve into price controls. Once that kicks in, there will be horrendous shortages of basic goods such as groceries, gasoline, automobiles and household goods. To create the illusion of affordability, the government will dictate price controls that result in immediate shortages and large-scale black market trading of essential items like toilet paper and garden seeds. One day soon, garden seeds will be “contraband” if sold at non-government prices (i.e. free market prices), and “seed smugglers” will be arrested and imprisoned for trafficking in lettuce seeds or “unauthorized” fertilizer. Grocery stores will become prison camps, with strict item limits, long waiting lines and mandatory biometric identification to make sure people don’t buy “too much” stuff at the government-controlled prices. Essentially, America will become Venezuela.

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We are Going Back to the USSR! By Brian Simpson

     Fire up the old Beatle’s song, “Back in the USSR” (1968), as we read this latest piece of medical martial law and anarcho-tyranny.

“A German medical lawyer who criticized the coronavirus lockdown law was arrested and taken to a psychiatric ward, where she says she was violently abused by authorities. Beate Bahner published a press release on April 3rd decrying the German lockdown laws as “flagrantly unconstitutional, infringing to an unprecedented extent many of the fundamental rights of citizens.” “These measures are not justified by the Infection Prevention Act, hurriedly amended just a few days ago,” she asserted. “Long-term restrictions on leaving home and meeting others, based on high-death-rate modelled scenarios, which fail to take account of actual critical expert opinions, and the complete shutdown of businesses and shops with no proof that they pose any risk of infection, are thoroughly unlawful.” Bahner called for a nationwide protest on Easter Sunday to “end the tyranny at once,” before Heidelberg Police announced that they would seek to prosecute her for inciting Germans to break the law. On April 13th, Bahner called her sister from Heidelberg’s Klinik fur Allgemeine Psychiatrie describing what happened to her. After claiming she was “suspiciously” followed by a car, Bahner says she asked another motorist to call the police only for the police to show up, handcuff her and push her to the ground “with massive force.” After being driven to the psychiatric facility, Bahner says she was treated like a terrorist. “I asked to be allowed to sit down and was shown to a bench. Then I asked to have the handcuffs taken off, since it was actually I who had requested police protection,” she recounted. “But instead, I was thrown to the floor again, having my head hurled onto the stone floor from a meter height, which nobody reacted to. Then I was forced to spend the night lying on the floor in some high-security Guantanamo psychiatric clinic…there was no toilet, no sink, though they did allow me water, and there was a bell I could ring, though they ignored it after the third time I pressed it.” The lawyer was charged for incitement yesterday, with her attorney sounding the alarm bell over her treatment.”

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Slamming the Gates Shut By Cherry Knight

     One of the very good things to come from this coronavirus crisis has been that people have got a taste of what immigration restriction is like, and it is like a breeze of fresh air, clean as the city air at evening, without so many cars:

“Almost 8-in-10 Americans want immigration to the United States paused during the Chinese coronavirus crisis as unemployment reaches record levels, a new poll reveals. A newly released Ipsos poll finds Americans are almost totally unified in their support for pausing immigration in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and mass unemployment. Overall, about 79 percent of American adults said they want immigration temporarily paused to the U.S. — a policy far beyond just the travel bans that have been implemented on Chinese, Iranian, and European travel to the country by President Trump’s administration. Support for an immigration moratorium has increased in recent weeks. In early March, when Americans were asked about their support for pausing immigration from high-risk countries, about 76 percent said they supported a pause. Similarly, 70 percent of Americans said they support grounding all international flights to the U.S. to stop foreign travel into the country while the coronavirus continues taking its toll on major cities like New York City, New York; Detroit, Michigan; and New Orleans, Louisiana. In early March, just 39 percent of Americans said they supported grounding all international flights — indicating a 31 percent increase in support for grounding all international flights to the U.S. over the course of four weeks. As Breitbart News chronicled, pauses on immigration are not unprecedented. To the contrary, the U.S. has historically cut all immigration in times of crisis and mass unemployment.”

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Refugee Protesters Fall to Lock Down By James Reed

     Poor globalist cosmopolitan socialists, eternally wanting open borders, and regularly ranting and raving in street protests. But times have changed, not all totally bad, there are a few diamonds in the rough, as they come unstuck:

“Victoria Police has arrested one man and fined 26 others in excess of $40,000 for breaching a coronavirus stay at home order after a car cavalcade protest called for the release of refugees in Melbourne. Victoria Police has arrested one refugee advocate and fined dozens of others a total of $43,000 for breaching coronavirus stay at home orders by conducting a protest outside a Melbourne hotel housing refugees and asylum seekers. The protesters on Friday formed a car motorcade to protest the situation faced by the men inside the Mantra Hotel in the northern Melbourne suburb of Preston, where they say the men are in danger of contracting COVID-19. The men inside the hotel have themselves been protesting their crowded conditions and what they say is a lack of personal hygiene supplies, such as hand sanitiser. Protest organisers said the demonstration was done in cars so that all protesters maintained their required social distance at all times.”

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Coming soon – the Oz-bat Epidemic By Viv Forbes

15 April 2020

    PM Morrison warns of health risks from China’s wet markets. He should also check Wuhan virus labs. And cull fruit bats in Australia. Many Australian towns and parks are infected by millions of messy, noisy fruit bats that can carry three viruses dangerous to animals and humans – Hendra-virus (flu etc), Lyssa-virus (like rabies) and Nipah-virus (encephalitis). These bats wear Green “Protected Species” badges, but unprotected humans are exposed to their noise, smell, droppings, virus dangers and damage to trees and orchards. Do we want the next world plague to be called “The Oz-Bat Epidemic?

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Africa and the Fourth Wave By Brian Simpson

     Writing about science issues from a Right-wing fringe dweller position, and proud of it (I have it on a T-shirt), one becomes suspicious of all scientific expert claims, early in the game. Consider all points of view but maintain cautious scepticism at all times.

“America and Europe could be hit by up to four waves of coronavirus if it is allowed to ravage Africa, a WHO expert has warned. Director of the World Health Organisations's Center on Public Health and Human Rights, Professor Lawrence Gostin warned that if Covid-19 gets 'out of control' in African countries, Europe and the US could see second, third and even fourth waves of the illness. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday, Professor Gostin said: 'Covid-19 is about to march through sub-Saharan Africa and perhaps the Indian subcontinent like an avalanche. 'Even if the United States and Europe were to get their Covid epidemics under control, if you've got Covid rages in other parts of the world, in this interconnected society we live in, it will come back to Europe and the United States. 'And in fact I could predict that if it gets out of control in these lower income countries that we will see in the US and Europe a second, and a third wave, and even a fourth wave of Covid. 'So we're truly only as safe as the weakest link in the global chain.'”

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They are All in Bed Together! By Charles Taylor

     Here is important information, not publicised in the mainstream media: a Facebook coronavirus fact checker worked in the Wuhan virus lab, which the US authorities are investigating as ground zero in the coronavirus pandemic. Well, that’s objectivity for you!

“Facebook is relying on a “fact checker” that uses “expert opinion” from a researcher who conducted projects with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the biolab next to the wet market in Wuhan where the Chinese virus originated. An article from the “expert,” Danielle E. Anderson, an assistant professor at Duke-NUS medical school, was used by Facebook to fact-check a video from the Epoch Times suggesting the Institute, which is located at the original epicenter of the now-global pandemic, as one of the possible origin points. This is not a fringe claim — CNN reports that the U.S. intelligence community is currently investigating the same laboratory as the possible source of the outbreak. The same thread of investigation that got ZeroHedge banned from Twitter in late January is now being looked at by the U.S. government and reported on by the mainstream media. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the intelligence community is taking a “hard look” at the question of whether the Chinese virus originated in a lab.”

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What Exactly is a Coronavirus Death? By Charles Taylor

     The issue needs to be asked about what exactly constitutes a coronavirus death? Do we count criminals who are released from jail because of the coronavirus, who then go on to murder and rampage, the way libtards want?

“A Florida man released from jail last month to help limit coronavirus outbreaks in county lockups was arrested again Monday — accused of murdering a man the day after his release, a report said. Joseph Edwards Williams was facing drug charges when he and 163 other inmates — considered low level offenders — were sprung from Hillsborough County Jail on March 19, according to WFLA, citing the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities believe that Williams was the triggerman who fatally shot a man the next day in the Progress Village area, the report said. Williams was arrested on a warrant Monday in Gibsonton. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister slammed Williams, claiming “he took advantage” of the administrative order to free inmates amid the coronavirus pandemic to “commit crimes.” “As a result, I call on the State Attorney to prosecute this defendant to the fullest extent of the law,” Chronister said. Williams was arraigned via video appearance Tuesday and ordered held on a more than $250,000 bond, WFLA reported.”

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Surprising Stats about the Coronavirus Mortality Rate By Brian Simpson

     At last, according to this article, the coronavirus fatality rate is lower that expected, and closely approximates that of the flu:

“The fatal and highly contagious novel coronavirus has spread faster but is less deadly than official data imply, the Economist magazine reported over the weekend, citing a new study. On Saturday, the Economist reported that the fact that the illness caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across the United States could be “good news.” “If millions of people were infected weeks ago without dying, the virus must be less deadly than official data suggest,” the magazine determined, using graphs to suggest the faster the disease spreads and hits its peak, the fewer people will die. The Economist article cited a new study by Justin Silverman and Alex Washburne that used data on influenza-like illness (ili) to show that the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) is now widespread in America. Silverman and Washburne found that the coronavirus mortality rate could be as low as 0.1 percent, “similar to that of flu.”

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Untimely Meditations: Something to Think About By John Steele

     I found this little gem at survival

It got me thinking, something I rarely do, but it happens. If everyone is locked down, where exactly does herd immunity come into play, because won’t people need to get the corona disease, have their immune system fight it, then when a large number of people do this, the bug dies off. If everybody is locked down and thus insulated, what is to prevent further outbreaks occurring, maybe forever? I do not know. “I previously touched on how herd immunity works--after enough people develop antibodies, the rate of infection slows and for certain strains may go almost dormant. Viruses of this type are constantly evolving. There may already be 8 variants of this strain. So, to get herd immunity, PEOPLE HAVE TO GET THE DISEASE. You can't develop immunity by not being exposed. See: First Contact with the New World. (and see my preceding blog post.)  We'll be back to that in a moment. Since we know the elderly and immune compromised and especially both, and with underlying health issues are at risk, those people should be staying inside. EVERYONE ELSE needs to get outside and get exposed, most with zero symptoms, recover, and be immune, so as to minimize transference later. YOU CANNOT STOP THIS TYPE OF VIRUS. The shrieking Karens screaming "GOVERNOR, SHUT THIS STATE DOWN!" are complete idiots.  Back to the New World:  63 days across the ocean is long enough for an entire crew to have a viral infection (cold or flu) and get over it, and have antibodies and not get sick again. …If you all come out now, a bunch of you are going to get sick.  If you hold off until May 1, even more of you are going to get sick, and we'll be in the worst economic depression the world has ever known due to a complete lack of engaging in economy. If you all hide until September, you're STILL going to get sick, and at the worst time of year for it--October-December, just like the flu and other colds. More people will die on top of everyone who's starving to death because we will have literally no economy left. (And I realize idiots don't believe this is true, even though in just two weeks we've gone from 3% unemployment to 10%. It'll be 20% by next week, and likely hit 40% by the end of April, if we don't stop the stupidity right now.)”

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The Uncle Len Social Distancing Society By Uncle Len, at a Distance

     Is everybody enjoying the madness and chaos as much as your ever-loving dysfunctional Uncle Len? Why, even my cockroaches, with whom I share my luxury abode of the shed of life in which I live, keep their distance from me. We all keep in different areas of the sheds, glaring at each other until we get bored, or hungry, or need to pee. Anyway, I digress even before getting to my topic to digress from, which must be some sort of record, even for me:

“A new Harvard study released Tuesday on the novel coronavirus is evoking a feeling of disbelief at the possibility that strict social distancing measures may be required to combat the disease for years to come. Well, at least it is for me. Look at the study below and ask yourself, can you socially distance for years in an effort to fight this virus if no vaccine or therapeutic treatment works? The new modeling study warns that ‘intermittent’ periods of social distancing may be required until the year 2022 in the United States, in order to combat any surge in the virus that could overwhelm the health care system. “To avoid this, prolonged or intermittent social distancing may be necessary into 2022,” states the studies abstract. “Additional interventions, including expanded critical care capacity and an effective therapeutic, would improve the success of intermittent distancing and hasten the acquisition of herd immunity. Longitudinal serological studies are urgently needed to determine the extent and duration of immunity to SARS-CoV-2. Even in the event of apparent elimination, SARS-CoV-2 surveillance should be maintained since a resurgence in contagion could be possible as late as 2024.”

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The Problem of Teeth; Disease of Over-Civilisation By Mrs Vera West

     Dr Weston Price (1870-1948), warned humanity that most modern Western dental problems were a product of the over-civilised diets of the West, high sugar, refined foods that did not exercise the jaw, and were unhealthy in themselves, especially refined white  sugar, the white death.  He studied native populations at the time of the early 20trh century, and found that they had healthy teeth, until eating Western high sugar diets, after which their dental health disintegrated, literally. Now it seems that the establishment is catching up to Dr Price:

“Our dental issues are not normal. Most other vertebrate creatures do not have the same dental problems that we do. They rarely have crooked teeth or cavities. Our fossil forebears did not have impacted wisdom teeth, and few appear to have had gum disease. Indeed, the teeth of modern-day humans are a profound contradiction. They are the hardest parts of our body yet are incredibly fragile. Although teeth endure for millions of years in the fossil record, ours cannot seem to last a lifetime in our mouths. Teeth gave our ancestors dominance over the organic world, yet today ours require special daily care to be maintained. The contradiction is new and is limited largely to industrial-age and contemporary populations. It is best explained by a mismatch between today’s diets and those for which our teeth and jaws evolved. Paleontologists have long understood that our teeth are deeply rooted in evolutionary history. Now clinical researchers and dental practitioners are also starting to take notice. To understand why the teeth of modern-day humans are so prone to decay, we need to consider the natural oral environment. The healthy mouth is teeming with life, populated by billions of microbes representing up to 700 different species of bacteria alone. Most are beneficial. They fight disease, help with digestion and regulate various bodily functions. Other bacteria are harmful to teeth, such as mutans streptococci and Lactobacillus. They attack enamel with lactic acid produced during their metabolism. But concentrations of these bacteria are usually too low to cause permanent damage. Their numbers are kept in check by their commensal cousins, the mitis and sanguinis streptococcal groups. These bacteria produce alkalis (chemicals that raise pH), as well as antimicrobial proteins that inhibit the growth of harmful species. Saliva buffers the teeth against acid attack and bathes them in calcium and phosphate to remineralize their surface. The balance between demineralization and remineralization has held for hundreds of millions of years, and both beneficial and harmful bacteria are found in oral microbiomes across the mammalian order. We evolved to maintain a stable community of microbes, as Kevin Foster of the University of Oxford and his colleagues have put it, to “keep the ecosystem on a leash.”

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Can You Can be Fined for Retrospective Violation of Social Isolation? Like a Few Years Ago? By Bruce Bennett

     How crazy does it get? Post-holiday photos on Facebook and get fined. Presumably this was evidence of violating social isolation/quarantine, but there is more to this story than meets the eye:

“A Victorian couple were handed fines totalling more than $3,000 after posting year-old holiday pictures on Facebook during coronavirus lockdown. Earlier this month Jazz Mott and her husband Garry shared photos of their getaway to Lakes Entrance - about a two-hour drive from their home at Traralgon in the state's east. The couple were shocked when police arrived at their home days after the post. 'I was actually stunned when she handed me the fine,' Ms Mott told Daily Mail Australia on Monday. 'The photos were from our trip to the Lakes Entrance in June last year.' Ms Mott said the officer just 'handed her the fine and walked off'. It was only after speaking with her husband she realised the breach must have come as a result of the Facebook post. Ms Mott said she shared the year-old pictures after finding them on a hard drive she'd lost track of when the couple moved house.”

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Weed and Women: The Ultimate Feminist Drug By Mrs Vera West

     It turns out that marijuana may be the ultimate feminist drug, cutting out the abortion middle woman, and leading straight to infertility, which must have Women’s Studies classes ecstatic, but unfortunately for them, they cannot meet at university, which is not to say that secret illegal meetings on Macbeth’s heath do not occur:

    That’s enough Shakespeare for one day, but really, I think Macbeth is his greatest play, certainly making great film, more action than Hamlet. And, the use of the feminism and witch metaphor alludes to the fact that feminists are turning to witchcraft, saying that the patriarchy, and Christianity supressed this, so they said it, not me:

“A new study has revealed a concerning link between using marijuana and pregnancy. Scientists say tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient that triggers marijuana’s psychological effects, may also lead to infertility in women. According to a study on embryos at the University of Guelph in Canada, exposure to THC leads to a drastic drop in the chances of a successful pregnancy. Testing the eggs of cows, researchers found that higher levels of the marijuana ingredient delayed the eggs from reaching important milestones in their development. Megan Misner, one of the study’s authors, says doctors regularly warn women to avoid marijuana while getting fertility treatments. Until now however, Misner says the evidence to support that advise hasn’t been strong. “The scientific evidence backing this statement is weak,” Misner said in a press release. “This makes it difficult for physicians to properly advise patients undergoing in vitro fertilization.”

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Re-Opening America? By Brian Simpson

     The US Surgeon General has said that the coronavirus task force has dumped the World Health Organization/Bill Gates model of long-term lock down. The new perspective is based upon real world data, rather than mathematical epidemiological models, the same philosophy as in climate change.

     Well, I got excited listening to Dr Rashid Buttar, but then there was all of this:

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Google and Apple Partner: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! By Peter Ewer

     The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed all sorts of tag teams:

“Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design. Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health officials have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. A number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world have been doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology. To further this cause, Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing. Given the urgent need, the plan is to implement this solution in two steps while maintaining strong protections around user privacy. First, in May, both companies will release APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities. These official apps will be available for users to download via their respective app stores. Second, in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms. This is a more robust solution than an API and would allow more individuals to participate, if they choose to opt in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities. Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders. We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyse. All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.

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