News from Italy By Brian Simpson

     A Chinese teacher I work with is keeping up with the alternative views on the coronavirus by using my articles as a clearing ground, so I am grateful for this, since all of the white liberal feminist teachers think I am a racist, but not the Chinese and other ethnic ones, whom I sit with each day at lunch time, while the feminists sit in their own quarantined  area, and well, whinge about how oppressed they are. Anyway, here is an Italian professor hosing down the idea that the coronavirus only knocks over old folk, for the Italians are seeing increasing numbers of young people in hospital. My Chinese teacher friend thinks that the commo Chinese government genetically engineered the virus to kill old people to reduce health care costs. That is horrible, but initially credible. However, the hypothesis is probably refuted by the Italian data on young people now getting the infection.

     So, this week we still have not got a clear theory on what is happening with the virus, and it may be some time before we do. In the meantime, keep prepping.

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Global Communism Versus the Jungle? The Jungle Any Day! By James Reed

     As expected, the new class can see that the coronavirus pandemic is a conceptual and philosophical challenge to the ideology of open borders, since sane countries are doing exactly the opposite, and closing up. Hence, their need to turn up the heat and push the globalist, we-are-all-in-this-together, bs line:

“Forget isolationism. One thing the current moment shows is the folly of presuming that viruses will respect borders — that they can be kept out by walls or wrangled into submission with good intentions. They cannot. Restricting and rescinding foreign health and development aid, pulling global health workers from outbreak zones abroad and undermining health care at home makes Americans more vulnerable to threats like Covid-19.
The best strategy for thwarting this epidemic, and for preventing the next, is to help other nations — wherever they are — fight humanity’s common enemy over there before we have to fight it over here.”

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Coronavirus Protection from an Expert By Brian Simpson

     Here is some expert advice by an early researcher of the coronavirus, Dr James Robb, a pathologist who is “a recognized expert in biospecimen science with over 50 years of experience in molecular pathology, virology, and genetics. He is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, cytopathology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Robb is a consulting pathologist to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR).” He wrote that we are welcome to share his email, so, here we go:

“Date: February 26, 2020
Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources.
The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.
Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.:

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:
1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.
Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average – everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.
2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you – it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth – it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.
3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.
4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.

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Coronavirus: A Bioweapon? By Brian Simpson

     Italy is in full swing with China-style quarantines to attempt to contain the coronavirus. At this point it is worthwhile speculating about why this is happening at all.

     There are some interesting pierces of material indicating that the coronavirus is a bioweapon, created by the US. This is the view taken by the Chinese scientist quoted here:

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Is the Coronavirus Racist? By Brian Simpson

     The debate is continuing over whether of not there is a racial bias to the coronavirus, something which I have an open mind about. VDare has been championing this, and they may be right, but the thesis requires qualification. Italians get infected, and so do Iranians, presumably part of the “white” race, so what gives? My hypothesis is that it is the Nordic and possibly Alpine sub-races that have immunity of various degrees to the disease, maybe a product of past evolution, perhaps the Black Death. Anyway, since even nationalists do not like thinking about dividing up the mystical “white race” (a fear of dividing forces, even though diversity makes it as divided as it could be), they have to deal with the Italian counter-examples.

    In any case, here is Chinese research indicating a North East Asian vulnerability:

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In Defence of Meat By Mrs Vera West

     For meat: at long last some scientists have come forward to debunk claims that meat eating is “evil”:

“A team of UK scholars have fired back at unscientific claims by PETA and other groups that veganism is a “greener” option that eating meat, insisting that meat has “massive social benefits.” Speaking at a panel in central London, scientists from the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College argued that eating meat is crucial for the physical and mental health of children, especially in developing countries, adding that that alternatives to livestock farming would not improve land use. “We feel that while livestock production has a range of economic, social and environmental costs and benefits, the costs have perhaps been receiving far more attention recently than some of the benefits,” said Professor Geoff Simm, Director of Global Academy Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Edinburgh. “Meat has massive social benefits,” Simm said. “It’s an important source of dietary protein, energy, highly bioavailable micronutrients, even small amounts of animal-sourced food have a really important effect on the development of children, in the developing world on their cognitive and physical development and they are really important.” Simm also said that claims that veganism would benefit land use are not based on serious research, the Telegraph reported. “Often the argument is made that going vegan would minimise land use, and the modelling studies that have been done demonstrate that that’s not the case,” he said. Prof Mike Coffey, from Scotland’s Rural College expressed his agreement, while adding that livestock breeding actually contributes positively to the environment. “It’s completely unnecessary to go vegan,” Coffey said. “If everybody went vegan it would be devastating for the UK environment. Animals bred for food help boost biodiversity.” Concerns over bovine methane emissions are also being effectively addressed, the panel declared, since researchers are attempting to breed cattle that grow faster and eat less, which could further reduce the amount of methane released by cows. Already the difference in methane emissions from best and worst cattle was about 30 percent, Prof. Coffey said, which means that if all UK farmers used the most digestively efficient animals carbon emissions could be reduced by nearly a third. Experiments in breeding is leading to dairy cows that consume less feed for the amount of milk they produce, Coffey said, and soon livestock farmers will be able to measure methane emissions from groups of animals. “My expectation is that at some point in the near future there will be product labels that relates to the efficiency or carbon impact of the food,” he said. Caution is to be recommended before recommending veganism as a cure-all, said Edinburgh University Professor Andrea Wilson.”

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The Mother, eh, Father of All Asylum Seeker Cases By James Reed

     Have you ever spent the long weekend with a tooth abscess, not being able to afford emergency dental, even if it was available? In fact, even on a week day, some Australian are driven to pull out their own teeth, lacking the money for dental treatment. And yet, we have:

“An asylum-seeker who botched a DIY penis enlargement after injecting himself with palm oil is awaiting surgery in Queensland after he was transferred to Australia under Labor’s medivac legislation. The Iranian man was transferred to southeast Queensland from Port Moresby last month after a doctor ordered medical treatment in Australia when he experienced swelling, discomfort and limited function. The transfer has thrown the legislation, which gives doctors a greater say in the evacuation of sick refugees from offshore detention to the mainland for medical treatment, back into the spotlight ahead of the government’s bid to repeal the laws. Under the laws, medical evacuations can be refused on national security grounds, or if a person has a serious criminal record. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says his powers to block transfers have been drastically curtailed. The Iranian, in his mid-30s, racked up almost 50 incidents while detained in PNG since 2013, and was arrested for throwing boiling water on a security guard. In another incident, he was charged for punching a security officer who confiscated the pornography he was watching, but the magistrate dismissed the case. Mr Dutton is understood to have approved the transfer because of the limited grounds he has under medivac to stop accused criminals from coming to Australia when surgery cannot be carried out abroad. While the initial surgery could cost up to $10,000, taxpayers could face an even larger bill given there is no explicit return mechanism for those who have been transferred under medivac laws. It is understood the man is engaged in the US resettlement process but has failed to attend numerous appointments. Former MP Kerryn Phelps, who was one of the architects of the medivac bill, described the leaking of the patient’s confidential medical records as a “shocking breach of ethics”.

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Letter to The Editor - This common sense applies to indigenous affairs as well as climate change and the current health crisis

To The Australian         Chris Kenny rightly warns that Australia needs to adopt a firmly independent approach towards the UN ("Forget the UN, we need to do what's best for ourselves", 7-8/3). Participate in discussions, yes, but not feel bound by past, present or future UN decisions. As he says, we cannot assume that UN demands are "sensible, competent or necessarily issued in the best interests of all nations." There may indeed be "some vested political or commercial interests" behind much UN behaviour. This common sense applies to indigenous affairs as well as climate change and the current health crisis. Much of the foolish agitation for constitutional recognition and the signing of a treaty or treaties takes its strength from well-meaning but unrealistic UN declarations. The government should back away from that campaigning and focus purely on non-controversial action to improve Aboriginal welfare and education.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Tasting Via Your Lungs By Mrs Vera West

     Who would have thought that there could be taste sensory capacity in your lungs of all places? What next: your feet!

“Taste receptors in the lungs? Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have discovered that bitter taste receptors are not just located in the mouth but also in human lungs. What they learned about the role of the receptors could revolutionize the treatment of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases. "The detection of functioning taste receptors on smooth muscle of the bronchus in the lungs was so unexpected that we were at first quite skeptical ourselves," says the study's senior author, Stephen B. Liggett, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of its Cardiopulmonary Genomics Program. Dr. Liggett, a pulmonologist, says his team found the taste receptors by accident, during an earlier, unrelated study of human lung muscle receptors that regulate airway contraction and relaxation. The airways are the pathways that move air in and out of the lungs, one of several critical steps in the process of delivering oxygen to cells throughout the body. In asthma, the smooth muscle airways contract or tighten, impeding the flow of air, causing wheezing and shortness of breath. The taste receptors in the lungs are the same as those on the tongue. The tongue's receptors are clustered in taste buds, which send signals to the brain. The researchers say that in the lung, the taste receptors are not clustered in buds and do not send signals to the brain, yet they respond to substances that have a bitter taste. For the current study, Dr. Liggett's team exposed bitter-tasting compounds to human and mouse airways, individual airway smooth muscle cells, and to mice with asthma. The findings are published online in Nature Medicine. Most plant-based poisons are bitter, so the researchers thought the purpose of the lung's taste receptors was similar to those in the tongue -- to warn against poisons. "I initially thought the bitter-taste receptors in the lungs would prompt a 'fight or flight' response to a noxious inhalant, causing chest tightness and coughing so you would leave the toxic environment, but that's not what we found," says Dr. Liggett.

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Hey!… Want to Buy a Cheap Heart, Liver, Kidney …? By James Reed

     Some from the Left say that claims of China harvesting organs, is false news, racism, bad, bad, bad. But what about claims made of this by the Chinese themselves? Is that auto-racism? Shouldn’t white lefties just explode?

“The China Tribunal, an independent legal entity created to investigate decades of reports of China selling organs cut out of living political prisoners, concluded in its report published this week that live organ harvesting “continues to this day.” The China Tribunal’s report follows months of investigations, including testimony from experts and first-hand accounts from former political prisoners, and compiles hundreds of pages of evidence that the Chinese Communist Party has a stable of people it can kill on demand to sell their organs to high bidders on the black market. Those most vulnerable to having their kidneys, livers, hearts, and other organs cut out of them without anesthesia, as some testified occurred, are Falun Gong practitioners, though ample evidence also exists that Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s western concentration camps are also being routinely tested in a way consistent with medical testing for organ donation. Christians and other religious minorities in prison for their faith reported face similar testing. The report also found ample evidence of torture and murder of political prisoners and ethnic minorities. Those in the concentration camps in Xinjiang, where most of the nation’s Uyghur population is located, testified to being electrocuted, beaten, forced into sleep deprivation, and witnessed rape and murder.

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Could the Coronavirus be a Ploy to Bring in the Cashless Society? By James Reed

     I have been reading Brian Simpson’s take on the coronavirus issue, and disturbances produced by the crisis. What have the elites to benefit from it? Where is the conspiracy? Well, dirty bank notes, which are all bank notes supposedly can carry the bug:

“Banknotes may be spreading the new coronavirus so people should try to use contactless payments instead, the World Health Organization has said. Customers should wash their hands after touching banknotes because infectious Covid-19 may cling to the surface for a number of days, the UN agency said on Monday night. To prevent the spread of the disease, people should use contactless technology where possible, a spokesperson added. The Bank of England has acknowledged that banknotes "can carry bacteria or viruses" and urged people to wash their hands regularly.”

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The Great Toilet Paper Mystery Brian Simpson

     The interesting basically Left site, The Conversation, has an article on the toilet paper buy up phenomenon, gripping the world. The nutshell is that toilet paper has disappeared from the supermarket shelves, but not tissues, or paper towels, all good to wipe your butt in a pinch, so to speak. Why? Here are their experts on this:

“Niki Edwards, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology: Toilet paper symbolises control. We use it to “tidy up” and “clean up”. It deals with a bodily function that is somewhat taboo.
When people hear about the coronavirus, they are afraid of losing control. And toilet paper feels like a way to maintain control over hygiene and cleanliness. People don’t seem interested in substitutes. Supermarket shelves are still full of other paper towels and tissues. The media has a lot to answer for in regards to messages around this virus and messages to the public. While honesty about threats is critical, building hysteria and promoting inappropriate behaviours is far from ideal.

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Electric Immortality By Brian Simpson

     The super-rich are truly mad and bad, and the really sad news is that they are seeking immortality, to oppress us for eternity:

“The super-rich will soon be able to "live forever" thanks to sophisticated scientific breakthroughs effectively bringing about the end of death, experts believe. Speaking to Daily Star Online, futurologist and former Labour MP Dr Ian Pearson said that the next few decades will see the blurring of lines between humans and machines. He argued that such technology is already here to some degree, with retina implants and microchips, but the coming years will see that technology take a massive leap forwards. "Think of it as like adding an extension to the brain, similar to adding a conservatory to a house," he said. Dr Pearson believes that by the 2050s, we will have achieved what he calls "electronic immortality". This will enable those with the means to afford it the ability to extend their minds into something resembling The Cloud. Such a development could open up remarkable opportunities, including, Dr Pearson says, "telepathic communication". Describing what this could look like, he explained: "Microscopic implants measuring just millimetres across could be inserted, linking up to our brains." This would also see humans able to communicate across the world, by transmitting our brains via something like The Cloud to another vessel, such as a cloned human body, on the other side of the world.”

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The Great Coronavirus Toilet Paper Stampede! By Brian Simpson

     Both myself and our resident survivalist, John Steele have been giving readers gentle warnings about the need to quietly stock up on supplies before they all walk out the door, or rather before fear produces panic buying, over the coronavirus. Note, it does not matter much whether this is a real threat, or merely a product of fear, the results are the same: rapid depletion of resources:

“A stampede broke out in a Sydney Woolworths after a flurry of desperate shoppers emptied the shelves of toilet paper in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The store in Revesby, in Sydney's south west, was full of anxious shoppers who were filmed piling packets of toilet paper into their trolleys. Dramatic footage showed customers reaching over each other, carrying two 12-packs at a time before racing back for more. Woolworths was forced to introduce a four-packet limit per customer on Wednesday after customers started stockpiling bulk amounts of toilet paper. One Aldi store even enforced a radical one-packet per person toilet paper limit after shoppers stormed its aisles in a panic. Management from the Aldi store in Epping, in Sydney's north-west, put up a sign reading: 'Only 1 toilet paper per sale.' 'Any customers coming in again that is recognised to have already purchased within 24 hours will be refused as everyone deserves some toilet paper not just a few.' Woolworths said their four-packet limit would apply in-store and online. 'It will help shore up stock levels as suppliers ramp up local production and deliveries in response to higher than usual demand,' the supermarket chain said in a statement. 'Our teams are continuing to work hard on restocking stores with long-life food and groceries from our distribution centres.' Coles are yet to announce any limitations on their toilet paper. On other occasions, people have jokingly been selling toilet paper online for as much as $24,000 - as seen on Facebook Marketplace. Others were selling toilet paper for around $1,000 and $699.”

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Intuitive Eating? By Mrs Vera West

     Here is the latest crazy nutrition idea, if it can be called that, advise from the feminists,exercise no control, eat what you like. It must be because everything is a social construction, or they just want to feel good, regardless of health, which is a social construction too:

“In an era of superfoods, carb restriction and endless finger-wagging over dairy, sugar and meat, ditching the forbidden list and instead embracing it all — mashed potatoes, biscuits, pasta, bread, whatever you fancy — feels positively sacrilegious. And mildly terrifying. But that’s the basis of Intuitive Eating, the craze hailed for its body-positive message, currently sweeping the smartest kitchens and most fashionable Instagram accounts from California to Chelsea. Described last month by U.S. Vogue as ‘a countermovement to the restrictive diets, fasting trends and other dubious self-improvement strategies so many of us are committed to’, Intuitive Eating has exploded in popularity over the past 12 months. London even has its own Centre for Intuitive Eating to train nutritionists and clients. In an era of superfoods, carb restriction and endless finger-wagging over dairy, sugar and meat, ditching the forbidden list and instead embracing it all — mashed potatoes, biscuits, pasta, bread, whatever you fancy — feels positively sacrilegious. And mildly terrifying. But that’s the basis of Intuitive Eating, the craze hailed for its body-positive message, currently sweeping the smartest kitchens and most fashionable Instagram accounts from California to Chelsea. Described last month by U.S. Vogue as ‘a countermovement to the restrictive diets, fasting trends and other dubious self-improvement strategies so many of us are committed to’, Intuitive Eating has exploded in popularity over the past 12 months. London even has its own Centre for Intuitive Eating to train nutritionists and clients. One of the greatest pleasures in life is to feel satisfied after eating something wonderful. If you’re constantly worried about your health or your body, you just can’t experience that.’ A former teacher, Elyse struggled with endless dieting and binge-eating in her 20s and 30s — ‘it was probably a fully-fledged eating disorder’ — before retraining as a nutritionist and learning to love food.”

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Stocking Up for Coronavirus: Good Times Keep A Coming! By John Steele

     Crises like the present coronavirus one are really times for outsider types like me to shine. Conventional society presents little for people like me, but somehow the bleakness of the bio-apocalypse does not seem so bad. Could the popularity of this genre of film be due to the prevalence of men like me, who are alienated from the mainstream, men against time? Anyway, here is an article from a mainstream media source giving a shopping list for the pandemic, just in case anyone finds my work way too manic:

“Australians need to start stocking up on food and supplies before the spread of the deadly coronavirus becomes a global pandemic and stocks of required goods start to run low, a survival expert has warned. While the vast majority of the 80,000 infections have been within China, 37 people have died in South Korea, Italy and Iran as the new hot spots emerged in the past week for COVID-19. One of Australia's leading survivalists said the nation's shoppers should start bulking up their weekly shop before the virus' spread leads to food supply shortages. 'We should always be prepared for food shortages - not just from coronavirus but civil incidences, extreme weather and power outages which will cut us off from supply,' Western Australian survival instructor Bob Cooper told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday. Stockpiling by panicked shoppers has already seen shelves emptied in Italian towns at the centre of the country's outbreak in the northern Veneto and Lombardy regions. Mr Cooper said it was too early for such panic here but said Australians should start thinking about whether their food cupboards can sustain them if the supply chain is broken. 'You need to think about things that have a long shelf life: dried fruit, dried foods, cereals, pasta will also last a long time,' he said. 'Packets of flour will also allow to make your own bread.'

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Bill Gates on Coronavirus and Pandemics By Brian Simpson

     Bill Gates has an article in the world’s leading medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. Amazing for someone with no medical qualification, but fame and money, I guess, but on second thoughts, it is not so amazing, given fame and fortune. Anyway, Gates is worried about the coronavirus, and since our side of politics has him as a key player in the Grand Conspiracy, it is worthwhile reading what he thinks.

“In the past week, Covid-19 has started behaving a lot like the once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about. I hope it’s not that bad, but we should assume it will be until we know otherwise. There are two reasons that Covid-19 is such a threat. First, it can kill healthy adults in addition to elderly people with existing health problems. The data so far suggest that the virus has a case fatality risk around 1%; this rate would make it many times more severe than typical seasonal influenza, putting it somewhere between the 1957 influenza pandemic (0.6%) and the 1918 influenza pandemic (2%). Second, Covid-19 is transmitted quite efficiently. The average infected person spreads the disease to two or three others — an exponential rate of increase. There is also strong evidence that it can be transmitted by people who are just mildly ill or even presymptomatic. That means Covid-19 will be much harder to contain than the Middle East respiratory syndrome or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which were spread much less efficiently and only by symptomatic people. In fact, Covid-19 has already caused 10 times as many cases as SARS in a quarter of the time.

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The Harms of Female Dominated Medicine By Mrs Vera West

     It is one thing for women to dominate academia, which doesn’t count for much in the scheme of things:

     But another to dominate medicine. What is the long-term consequence of this? Here is an article that dares, Vdares, to ask that question:

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Online Porn: Cancer of the Mind By Mrs Vera West

     On-line porn has had a destructive impact upon young men, who are ceasing to be healthy sexually functioning beings. They are sex addicts who paradoxically don’t have sex:

“Kabir*, 26, is looking for porn on the internet compulsively, as he has done every day before and after work since he began full-time work. Instead of socialising or working, Kabir spends almost £400 a month talking to sex cam girls, who charge him for the opportunity to instruct them how to undress or pleasure themselves on camera. He drinks Red Bull and black coffee to stay awake. Frayed and ashamed, he now wants to stop. I find him on a sex cam confessions thread of the forum “NoFap” – an anti-porn use site where men, desperate to stop looking at porn, counsel each other. Many of the users of NoFap are also non-porn consumers: wives of addicts; mums trying to wean their sons or sometimes daughters from porn, and even siblings looking to stage an intervention....”

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A March of 10,000 Pointless Steps By Mrs Vera West

     It has become part of modern fitness culture that to be fit, one needs to take 10,000 steps a day. Well that is fine if one has no injuries, and has legs! But, apart from that a study has now challenged the fundamental idea that weight loss will come from the 10,000 steps ideology.

“Those in search of a slimmer waist, or just interested in maintaining their current weight, have long been advised by health experts to log at least 10,000 steps per day. Reaching that magic number daily is thought of as a real accomplishment for many people, and countless walkers utilize fitness trackers and smart watches to ensure they reach their goal day in and day out. Well, a new study is bringing the 10,000 step theory to a grinding halt. Researchers from Brigham Young University have concluded that no number of simple steps alone are going to prevent weight gain or induce weight loss. A total of 120 freshman students at BYU were analyzed for this study. The research was conducted during the students’ first six months on campus, and their steps per day were tracked on a daily basis. Participating students walked either 10,000, 12,500 or 15,000 steps every day for six days a week. During the duration of the experiment (24 weeks) the students’ diets and body weights were also tracked. The research team were especially interested to see if steadily increasing the amount of steps per day each student took would result in increasing weight loss. For instance, if students walking 12,500 steps per day would end up losing more weight than those walking 10,000 per day. Surprisingly, the end results indicated that it didn’t matter whether the students walked 10,000 or even more than 15,000 steps per day. Many students still ended up gaining weight. For what it’s worth, it’s exceedingly common for college freshman to gain some weight during their first few months away from home, the phenomenon even has a nickname (the freshman 15).ie 0%

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