Who Would Have Thought that Sweden Could Get it Right! By Richard Miller

     Perhaps it is some sort of cosmic compensation for putting up with mass rapes, but the otherwise cucked Sweden seems to have lucked out in coronavirus responses.
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/why-sweden-has-already-won-debate-covid-19-lockdown-policy

“On the European front, the Scandinavian country of Sweden is now garnering more attention than before, and has become an object of both criticism and fascination for those against or in favor of lockdown policy. While countries like the United States and Great Britain continue to top the global tables in terms of COVID-19 death tolls, Sweden has only suffered marginal casualties in comparison, while avoiding the intense strain on society and loss in public confidence which lockdown governments are now grappling with as they continue to push their populations to the limits of social stress and economic tolerance. You could say those governments are already careening over the edge by looking at the latest jobless figures coming out the US with 30 million new people filing for unemployment in the last few weeks. Unlike many others, Sweden has not enforced any strict mass quarantine measures to contain COVID-19, nor has it closed any of its borders. Rather, Swedish health authorities have issued a series of guidelines for social distancing and other common sense measures covering areas like hygiene, travel, public gatherings, and protecting the elderly and immune compromised. They have kept all preschools, primary and secondary schools open, while closing college and universities who are now doing their work and lectures online.

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The New World Deadlift Record; Halfthor Now the Full Thor! By John Steele

     Please be warned that these super-human men, well, Eddie Hall, drop the occasional f-bomb, it just rolls of their tongues. But, the event is such an ocean of testosterone, of manly strength in this world of weakness, that we put up with anything, just to see a human lift from the ground 501 kgs. Few people know what it is like to lift any heavy weight beyond a can of baked beans, so this is beyond normal experience. Think of picking up the back of your car and lifting it off the ground. So, here is Icelandic Viking, Halfthor becoming the full Thor by breaking Eddie Hall’s record. No bad language yet.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e8azCO3seg

     It could be showmanship, like pro-wrestling poo talk, but there seems to be bad blood between Eddie Hall who lifted 500 kg under official conditions, and Halfthor, who did it with supervision in his home gym. The lads are going to settle it with a boxing match. Apparently Halfthor called Eddie a cheat over the 2017 contest, and the big guy Eddie gets angry and let’s fly with a few ripe words. Anyway, Eddie signs the contract for a boxing match between them, which will be epic, since the strongest men in history will slug it out. Eddie has street fighting, apparently, but Halfthor no experience, so it will be like a Rocky movie when it gets going, and sure more fun than what we have all been putting up with the coronamania! Given the rough language, enjoy. I was laughing with delight! Manhood survives, by a thread.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7B9Gud8Osg
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEspWjWxNKM

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It’s Complicated: Beyond Covid-19 By Brian Simpson

     This I interesting, a proposal that Covid-19 is not the only causal agent kicking in  the pandemic infections, but is the result of the combination of Covid-19 and XMRVs (human gamma retroviruses). This is the position of molecular biologist Judy Mikovits.   
  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/05/03/is-the-new-coronavirus-created-in-a-lab.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20200503Z1&et_cid=DM527830&et_rid=863832022

“One of the most shocking revelations Mikovits reveals is that she doesn’t believe SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of COVID-19 but merely serves to activate or wake up a dormant XMRV infection. To support her assertion, she states that COVID-19 patients have the same cytokine signature as the gammaretrovirus XMRV, which she published many years ago. XMRV stands for “xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus.” Xenotrophic refers to viruses that only replicate in cells other than those of the host species. So, XMRVs are viruses that infect human cells yet are not human viruses.2 The XMRV retrovirus is actually the virus that has the same cytokine storm signature as COVID-19, not coronaviruses, which are far more benign. (I delve into what retroviruses are in another section further below.) Additionally, there may be other infections that also are contributing to the infection, such as Borelia and Babesia or parasites, which may be why some of the antiparasite drugs like Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are working. Getting back to the issue of gammaretroviruses, Mikovits research showed that many of our vaccines are contaminated with them. How did this happen? In short, vaccine viruses were replicated and grown in animal cell cultures that were already contaminated with retroviruses. In other words, the root of the problem stems from the use of contaminated cell culture lines. Vaccine manufacturing frequently involves the use of animal tissues and many vaccines are grown animal culture cell lines. As noted in the 2010 paper, “Of Mice and Men: On the Origin of XMRV,” published in Frontiers in Microbiology (which Mikovits did not work on):3

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The Swedish Model, Way to Go! By Brian Simpson

     President Trump has been hammering the Swedish model, but even the World Health Organization has praise for it, since Sweden, while having a moderate number of cases, suffered little economic damage as did the rest of the West:
  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-swedens-lockdown-who-praise

“President Trump on Thursday took aim at Sweden’s decision to not order lockdowns in response to the coronavirus epidemic, claiming the U.S. made “the correct decision” after the World Health Organization praised the Scandinavian country’s more moderate approach. “Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown. As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than the neighboring countries of Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443),” he tweeted. “The United States made the correct decision!” Sweden has implemented a number of social distancing measures but has, by and large, kept its economy and daily life going, leaving schools, businesses and leisure activities open while closing sporting events and large gatherings. Despite warnings from experts that the strategy could have deadly consequences, the country's approach has become a talisman for lockdown skeptics who say the strategy was misguided and unnecessarily harmful. A New York Times story on Sweden’s approach this week, filled with pictures of Swedes sipping wine in cafes and chatting (maskless) at restaurants, noted that the country’s death rate per 100,000 is about the same as Ireland’s, and better than Britain’s or France’s. While locked down Americans and Europeans are being warned that severe restrictions could last for much longer than previously promised amid fears of a "second wave," Sweden’s ambassador to the U.S. said last week that “herd immunity” -- by which most of the population is immune from infection -- could be achieved in Stockholm by mid-May. Those, like Trump, who criticize the approach, highlight that the number of deaths from the virus is high compared with other Scandinavian countries. But lockdown skeptics note that the original goal of the strategy was not to stop people getting infected altogether but to slow the spread of those infections in a way that doesn’t immediately overwhelm a country’s health care system. Sweden’s health care system has so far not been overwhelmed.

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China Buys Up Everything, and Why Not, What Right Do We to Exist? By James Reed

     Here are some shock, horror articles about China buying up heaps of stuff. Should we be concerned? Well, looking at things from an IQ perspective, like the journal  American Renaissance, since they have a slightly higher mean IQ than us (based upon a limited number of studies, never critically examined), and IQ is everything, then should we raise a pip? Or, just a pip slightly more than the mean, but certainly not a mean pip.
  https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=AAWEB_WRE170_a_GGL&dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adelaidenow.com.au%2Fbusiness%2Fsa-business-journal%2Fregent-arcade-in-adelaide-cbd-sold-to-chinese-investors%2Fnews-story%2F61997c03b5e9b748fd3f799c4b785b3b&memtype=anonymous&mode=premium

“One of the most recognisable and historic buildings in the Adelaide CBD has been sold to a group of Chinese investors for just under $50 million. Regent Arcade, which dates back to 1928, has been sold by the Ginos Group – which has redeveloped much of Leigh St and Peel St – to an Adelaide-based consortium understood to be called Lucky Dragon. Ginos Group head Zis Ginos, who bought the shopping arcade off Rundle Mall for about $20 million in 2006, confirmed the deal happened after he was approached by the buyers to see if he might consider a sale. “I don’t know much about them. We thought it was appropriate to sell (but) we did think we would develop the site,” he said.”

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Does Anyone Remember … Jobs? By James Reed

     How bad is this corona freak-out going to get? Plenty worse, so bad that people who live in the post-apocalyptic ruins of the future, will be amazed to hear that there were such things as “jobs,” an “economy,” as they sift through the ruins of a world that they believe were built by gods, gods who failed;
  https://www.amazon.com/God-That-Failed-Richard-Crossman/dp/0231123957
  https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/04/1062792

“Some 1.6 billion people employed in the informal economy – or nearly half the global workforce - could see their livelihoods destroyed due to the continued decline in working hours brought on by lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, more than 430 million enterprises in hard-hit sectors such as retail and manufacturing risk “serious disruption”, the UN agency added. ILO Director General Guy Ryder said as the pandemic and the jobs crisis evolve, the need to protect the world’s most vulnerable workers becomes even more urgent. “For millions of workers, no income means no food, no security and no future. Millions of businesses around the world are barely breathing. They have no savings or access to credit”, he said. “These are the real faces of the world of work. If we don’t help them now, they will simply perish.”

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Trump Plumps for the Bioweapon Hypothesis By Chris Knight

     Go, big orange man, go!

Reporter:
"Have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the [Wuhan lab] was the origin?

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Making Sense of the Conflicting Data By Brian Simpson

     The conservative, and Left mind too, does not cope well with masses of conflicting data, and hypotheses, let alone scientific uncertainty. We see this with climate change, where fanatics from the Left take a “it’s all proven approach,” which those from the Right must deny, by asserting exactly the opposite, when as matter of real science, almost everything is uncertain. Cosmological events could change the situation in seconds, whatever the reality is. Likewise, for Covid-19.
  https://affirmativeright.blogspot.com/2020/04/stating-obvious-false-dilemmas.html

     We have a divide here even within the Dissent right, or freedom movement, with Natural News.com championing the apocalypse view, and other sites going from a spectrum of positions right down to it is all a false flag. The problem we have is that all the models of the coronavirus infection were wrong:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/all-coronavirus-models-were-wrong
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-04-30-new-data-covid-19-deaths-above-300000.html
  https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/antibody-tests-support-whats-been-obvious-covid-19-is-much-more-lethal-than-flu/2020/04/28/2fc215d8-87f7-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html
  http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2020/04/30/covid-19-is-not-the-flu/

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The Answer is Turning Men into Women! By Mrs Vera West

     No doubt about it, the gender agenda will be pursued even with the corona virus, and indeed, it is giving a whole new perspective on things:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8261241/Could-giving-men-estrogen-help-recover-COVID-Female-hormones-prevent-inflammation.html

“Doctors are wondering if giving men two female sex hormones could make them more likely to survive the novel coronavirus. Across the globe, women from most countries have been less likely to become abruptly ill with the virus, and less likely to die from it. This has led many researchers to wonder if the hormones mainly produced in women could be protective, reported The New York Times. Two hospitals in the US are now putting that theory to the test, giving men estrogen or progesterone for a limited amount of time to see if it boosts their immune systems, decreases inflammation and reduces the severity of the illness. The differences in death rates among men and women have been apparent from early on in the pandemic. Last month, Italy's public health research agency said that more than 70 percent of the country's deaths have been in men. And, in February, China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the fatality rate among men with coronavirus was 65 percent higher than among women. Scientists say they don't know why women seem less likely to die, but have suggested that women naturally tend to have stronger immune systems and are less likely to have long-term health conditions which make patients more vulnerable. In China, researchers pointed the finger at men being more likely to smoke and drink, but this was a cultural factor which may be different in other countries. This soon became apparent in the US. In New York, more than 60 percent of the state's deaths have been among men. Early research has suggested the hormones may reduce the number of ACE2 receptors on the surfaces of cells that the virus uses to enter the body.”

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A Free, Democratic Christian Europe … Yeah, Yair! By Peter Ewer

     This call against the globalists, was made by Yair Netanyahu, the son of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Against the EU, Yair championed a free, democratic Christian Europe. And what is wrong with that?
  https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/netanyahus-son-calls-for-return-of-a-free-democratic-christian-europe-626266

“Yair Netanyahu, a son of the Israeli prime minister, called for the return of a “free, democratic and Christian” Europe in a tweet that criticized a joint Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony for Israel’s Memorial Day. Netanyahu’s post on Tuesday, Yom Hazikaron in Israel, was in response to a tweet from the European Union delegation to the State of Israel, @EUinIsrael, noting its participation in the ceremony sponsored by Combatants for Peace and Parents Circle, this year on Zoom, which included a record 200,000 participants. “Shame on you for financing a disgrace in the holiest day of the Israeli calendar!” Yair Netanyahu said. “We have one day in a year to remember our fallen soldiers! And you destroy it with a ‘memorial’ to Palestinian terrorists! EU is an enemy of Israel, and an enemy to all European Christian countries! Schengen zone is dead and soon your evil globalist organization will be too, and Europe will return to be free, democratic and Christian!” The Schengen zone comprises 26 European states that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders, and includes Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland. Netanyahu, who lives with his parents in the official prime minister’s residence and receives personal security, has stirred controversy with previous posts on social media. Last week he tweeted an apparent death threat against “old people” protesting the establishment of a national unity government, which will be led for 18 months by his father, Benjamin, saying he hopes the gathering spread coronavirus to the left-wing demonstrators. He later deleted the post and the prime minister distanced himself from his son’s comment.”

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There Walks the Plague Doctor By Peter West

     In my deep dark nightmares, I see him, the strange man with the leather mask, bird-like beak, the plague doctor, haunting the inner canyons of my mind. Is this a racial memory from the distant past, or has, with the present new black death, or so we are led to believe, the plague doctor come from the darkness to  walk the streets once more, crossing the abyss between life and death?
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8268305/Police-hunt-prankster-dresses-plague-costume-daily-walks.html
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_doctor

“Police are looking for someone who has been going for their daily walks while dressed as a 17th century plague doctor during the coronavirus lockdown. People in Norwich have spotted the person wearing a long black cloak, hat and pointed beak-like mask. Many people in the community are worried the outfit will frighten children and have reported the plague doctor to the police. Jade Gosbell, who saw the walker, said: 'It was like 20 degrees, he was wearing a full black suit, it just looked ridiculous.' 'It's clearly for attention or something like that, because normal people just wouldn't do that.' Jade said she was worried her mum, who has a phobia of masks, would bump into the person in costume. 'Kids would be frightened, my mum would be frightened, however some people really don't think it's that deep, they just think that he's having a laugh, he's just trying to find something to do with himself during isolation and lockdown,' she said. Norfolk Police said that they were aware of the individual and that they would like to identify them to 'provide words of advice about the implications of his actions'. Norfolk is not the only area that has reported these sightings. MailOnline reader Cecile Poupard sent this picture of a similarly-clad individual in Crouch End in north London taken last Thursday. Jade Gosbell, who saw the walker, said: 'It was like 20 degrees, he was wearing a full black suit, it just looked ridiculous.' 'It's clearly for attention or something like that, because normal people just wouldn't do that.' Jade said she was worried her mum, who has a phobia of masks, would bump into the person in costume. 'Kids would be frightened, my mum would be frightened, however some people really don't think it's that deep, they just think that he's having a laugh, he's just trying to find something to do with himself during isolation and lockdown,' she said. Norfolk Police said that they were aware of the individual and that they would like to identify them to 'provide words of advice about the implications of his actions'. Norfolk is not the only area that has reported these sightings. MailOnline reader Cecile Poupard sent this picture of a similarly-clad individual in Crouch End in north London taken last Thursady.”

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Open Anti-Semitism in New York!! We Live in Bizarre Times By Charles Taylor

“Mayor Bill de Blasio
✔@NYCMayor

My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.

11:05 AM - Apr 29, 2020

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The Vaccination Record of Bill at the Gates By Mrs Vera West

    People in glass houses should not be in the habit of throwing stones, my mother used to say. That is quite appropriate for Bill Gates, who wants society locked down until a covid-19 vaccine is available, which is then pumped into everybody who wants to function in society. But, what is Gate’s record on vaccines? Let’s see what Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of the Children’s Health Defense has to say on the matter:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-04-29-bill-gates-paralyzed-children-polio-vaccines-coronavirus.html
  https://truthtopowernews.com/490000-children-paralyzed-gates-vaccines-kill-more-disease-they-prevent-we-are-guinea-pigs-drug

“Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vaccination ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control of global health policy. Gates’ obsession with vaccines seems to be fueled by a conviction to save the world with technology. Promising his share of $450 million of $1.2 billion to eradicate polio, Gates took control of India’s National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), which mandated up to 50 doses (Table 1) of polio vaccines through overlapping immunization programs to children before the age of five. Indian doctors blame the Gates campaign for a devastating non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP) epidemic that paralyzed 490,000 children beyond expected rates between 2000 and 2017. In 2017, the Indian government dialed back Gates’ vaccine regimen and asked Gates and his vaccine policies to leave India. NPAFP rates dropped precipitously. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) reluctantly admitted that the global explosion in polio is predominantly vaccine strain. The most frightening epidemics in Congo, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, are all linked to vaccines. In fact, by 2018, 70% of global polio cases were vaccine strain. In 2014, the Gates Foundation funded tests of experimental HPV vaccines, developed by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) and Merck, on 23,000 young girls in remote Indian provinces. Approximately 1,200 suffered severe side effects, including autoimmune and fertility disorders. Seven died. Indian government investigations charged that Gates-funded researchers committed pervasive ethical violations: pressuring vulnerable village girls into the trial, bullying parents, forging consent forms, and refusing medical care to the injured girls. The case is now in the country’s Supreme Court. In 2010, the Gates Foundation funded a phase 3 trial of GSK’s experimental malaria vaccine, killing 151 African infants and causing serious adverse effects, including paralysis, seizure, and febrile convulsions, to 1,048 of the 5,949 children.

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Plandemic! What Corona Conspiracy Fans, Like Me, Believe! By James Reed

     Unlike the carefully researched and ever-balanced coverage of our science-minded Brian Simpson, I am the boots and all Alex Jones type of raving conspiracy type. Well, we need balance. I believe that many of the shootings in the US, and those that we are permitted to talk about, without punishment, were false flags. And, the corona virus, well that is just a pussy cat. And, if it is not, then it is still a conspiracy, involving the pre-established harmony of balancing every government in the world, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, somehow getting them to call time out from the usual fighting, and all health care workers … look this guy has done my work for me, in stating the incredible logical implications of my world view, better than me:

“Oil rich countries wanted a barrel of oil to cost less than a New York pizza. The wealthy wanted trillions of dollars to be wiped out in financial markets. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom faked his brush with death.
Politicians have conspired to destroy the middle class for they can run for reelection on a platform of mass death, economic collapse and the loss of individual freedom. The state governors who imposed lockdowns to create a permanent police state are already reopening their states for business less than a month later. Life is returning to normal in Wuhan where even the Chinese Communist Party isn’t enforcing a permanent lockdown. Globalists secretly wanted the airlines to go bankrupt for they could be grounded for a change. They wanted international travel to grind to a halt. They wanted the European Union and Canada to close their borders. They wanted to shutdown immigration in the United States. Globalists secretly wanted to get rid of our consumer society and to discredit globalization after decades of neoliberalism. The Deep State secretly wanted over a million Americans to be infected by the coronavirus for American leadership could be discredited on the global stage as the president of the United States recommends injecting disinfectant to the treat the virus in front of the world. China which was making a fortune off globalization wanted to bring its decades long streak of economic growth to a halt in the middle of a public relations catastrophe. SARS-CoV-2 is a bioweapon which escaped from the lab in Wuhan but fortunately it is just the flu so it really isn’t that bad. The WHO is conspiring with Bill Gates by rejecting immunity passports. The WHO is covering up the fact that the virus is “just the flu.” It failed to notify the world early enough that we were due for a normal flu season. The real threat isn’t the virus that has killed 59,000 Americans. It is a nonexistent vaccine for it. 5G is causing all the deaths from the coronavirus which is why South Korea has been devastated by 246 coronavirus deaths.”

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Have a Captain Cook at This One! By James Reed

     A new class elite compares Captain Cook to Covid-19. Wow, that is the standard line pushed at out tax payers funded universities, isn’t it?
  https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/victorias-deputy-chief-health-officer-annaliese-van-diemen-compares-captain-james-cook-to-covid19/news-story/bb591bb1b481503d0fb052248b071e53

“The Andrews government is standing by deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen, amid calls for her resignation after she likened Captain Cook to COVID-19. Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said Dr van Diemen was doing an “outstanding job” protecting Victorians from the coronavirus pandemic. “Criticism from angry MPs is irrelevant to the fight against this virus,” Ms Mikakos tweeted.

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The Globalist Elites Corona-Manhattan Plan By Charles Taylor

     This is very interesting for all conspiratorial types, namely that there are a secret group who whisper in Trump’s shell-lie ear. Do they hear the sea, or just nothing at all?
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/secret-covid-19-manhattan-project-led-billionaires-seeks-gain-trump-admins-ear
  https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-secret-group-of-scientists-and-billionaires-pushing-trump-on-a-covid-19-plan-11587998993?mod=hp_lead_pos5

“Last month Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey called for the bold and urgent launch of what he called "a Manhattan Project-type approach" to fight the coronavirus pandemic given the enormity of the health and economic impact, increasingly even harming US defense readiness. Apparently there has been such a group operating behind the scenes, but very unlike the original Manhattan Project it's a private sector initiative, funded by a tiny network of ultra-rich industry titans working closely with government contacts. Meet "the secret group of scientists and billionaires pushing Trump on a Covid-19 plan" profiled in a lengthy Wall Street Journal investigation Monday: These scientists and their backers describe their work as a lockdown-era Manhattan Project, a nod to the World War II group of scientists who helped develop the atomic bomb. This time around, the scientists are marshaling brains and money to distill unorthodox ideas gleaned from around the globe. They call themselves Scientists to Stop Covid-19, and they include chemical biologists, an immunobiologist, a neurobiologist, a chronobiologist, an oncologist, a gastroenterologist, an epidemiologist and a nuclear scientist. Of the scientists at the center of the project, biologist Michael Rosbash, a 2017 Nobel Prize winner, said, “There’s no question that I’m the least qualified.”

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What if Covid-19 Immunity Does Not Last? By Brian Simpson

     This will be a big, big, problem for the position held by Sweden, that herd immunity will arise, sooner or later. Yes, but what if it does not?
  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/what-if-covid-19-immunity-doesnt-last-long

“the most critical unknown by far is how long do people remain immune from the virus once they contract it and recover? A number of COVID-19 patients have seen the virus mysteriously resurface after initially contracting it, leading some to question whether antibodies truly do confer permanent and complete immunity on all recovered patients. That's why the WHO has pushed back against immunity passports, much to Bill Gates' chagrin.”

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China Reparations and World War III By Chris Knight

     This should be of great significance in the future, for wars have started with less. Trump is wanting China to pay for the Wuflu, as it should:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/trump-says-covid-reparations-coming-us-will-bill-china-over-160-billion-damages

“At a moment total US COVID-19 cases fast approaches one million, President Trump has again lashed out at China but this time with a very specific threat to bill the county of the devastating coronvirus' origin more that $160 billion for the 'substantial' amount for damages caused by the pandemic. Trump made the comments from the Rose Garden at the White House Monday after he was pressed by a reporter over a German newspaper report suggesting that China should be issued a $160 billion invoice for the impact on Europe's economy. The president responded he had a "much easier" idea: "We have ways of doing things a lot easier than that," Trump told the coronavirus press briefing. "Germany’s looking at things, and we’re looking at things, and we’re talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about." "We haven’t determined the final amount yet. It’s very substantial," Trump added, suggesting it would be significantly more than the $160 billion floated in German media. He argued that amid other failings, ultimately Beijing could have stopped the deadly disease at the source when it was first identified in Wuhan in December, though was present in November. Hinting at sanctions despite also touting a positive relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump told the briefing further, "There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable." "We’re doing very serious investigations, as you probably know. And we are not happy with China. We are not happy with that whole situation," he said. "Because we believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly, and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world." Meanwhile The Daily Mail reports of the original German newspaper report which triggered the exchange as follows: Last week German paper Bild calculated an 'invoice' of nearly €150billion (around $162billion) in economic damage to Germany because of the crisis. The idea of charging reparations to China is not endorsed by the German government, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Mass describing the concept as 'illusory'.”

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Internet Censorship in the Time of Corona By James Reed

     Censorship everywhere … why just a few months ago we would never have expected such measures, the equivalent of sending bad kiddies to their rooms. But, here we are, and it is only going to get worse:
  https://www.amren.com/news/2020/04/internet-speech-will-never-go-back-to-normal/

“COVID-19 has emboldened American tech platforms to emerge from their defensive crouch. Before the pandemic, they were targets of public outrage over life under their dominion. Today, the platforms are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures. As Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently boasted, “The world has faced pandemics before, but this time we have a new superpower: the ability to gather and share data for good.” Civil-rights groups are tolerating these measures—emergency times call for emergency measures—but are also urging a swift return to normal when the virus ebbs. We need “to make sure that, when we’ve made it past this crisis, our country isn’t transformed into a place we don’t want to live,” warns the American Civil Liberties Union’s Jay Stanley. “Any extraordinary measures used to manage a specific crisis must not become permanent fixtures in the landscape of government intrusions into daily life,” declares the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights group. But the “extraordinary” measures we are seeing are not all that extraordinary. Powerful forces were pushing toward greater censorship and surveillance of digital networks long before the coronavirus jumped out of the wet markets in Wuhan, China, and they will continue to do so once the crisis passes. The practices that American tech platforms have undertaken during the pandemic represent not a break from prior developments, but an acceleration of them. As surprising as it may sound, digital surveillance and speech control in the United States already show many similarities to what one finds in authoritarian states such as China. Constitutional and cultural differences mean that the private sector, rather than the federal and state governments, currently takes the lead in these practices, which further values and address threats different from those in China. But the trend toward greater surveillance and speech control here, and toward the growing involvement of government, is undeniable and likely inexorable.”

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The Military’s Take on the Coronavirus By Brian Simpson

     My kid was assigned a project about Covid-19. I said, well why not start by having a look at what the military is thinking, since they usually have to get things right. Oh, but what would the old man know?
  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-29/military-leaders-warn-australia-prepare-for-worse-coronavirus/12193228

“As Australia was swept by panic buying and medical shortages this year, the scenes were eerily familiar for one of the country's most senior military planners.
Key points:

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