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Why Lockdowns Do Not Save (Many) Lives By Brian Simpson

     I was hoping to cover this debate between writers in two leading financial sites about whether or not lockdowns work, with Joe Malchow and Yinon Weiss arguing, no, I think. But, I can’t assess the site without a subscription. Anyway, maybe you can access it:
  https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-lockdowns-save-many-lives-is-most-places-the-data-say-no-11587930911

     Then there is the reply to them by Ana Bendix, with the case study of Sweden being addressed which lockdowners do not devote much space to, but is taken on in this reply:
  https://www.businessinsider.com.au/coronavirus-lockdowns-successful-evidence-from-around-the-world-2020-4?r=US&IR=T

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Sceptical Doubts about Meta-Analyses By Brian Simpson

     My son was looking at the use of the statistical measure called meta-analysis, which is a statistical technique which analyses data from different studies, either identifying some measure common to studies, or showing why variation exists. There are a whole lot of formulas to learn and apply, although computers do most of the heavy lifting nowadays, which is just as well, given how challenged social scientists are mathematically. What struck me, was the fundamental philosophical point, that in almost every field, say perception, the theory of consciousness, and even mundane things like diet, statistically significant sturdies are in logical contradiction. So, the idea is to use statistical measures to synthesise data across all of the studies. Forget about the formulae, which tend to mind-numb things. In any areas, the studies are all mutually contradictory. How can a synthesise across them be possible, and if it is, why trust the meta-analysis because isn’t it a question of garbage in, garbage out? Thus, I suppose that a number of IQ studies could be subjected to a meta-analysis, but that rides over the very issue of the conceptual tenability of the tests in the first place, something the early fathers of psychometric, such as Spearman, pondered deeply:
  https://www.nature.com/articles/116436a0.pdf

     I have a really bad feeling about this whole field, and when I get time I hope that I can smash it, not that academics care what a high school teacher thinks, we being sub-standard, and proud of it. Long live cranks, highly useful devices.

The Rising Tide of Hostility By Michael Ferguson

     It is hard to believe that there could be rising anti-Chinese sentiment. It must just be mindless racism with no grounding in reality at all, because reality never gives any grounds for hating anything, other than whites, who are hated even by themselves, and they all want to die, after a good consumer life, consuming all of the resources and producing global warming:
  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china-sentiment-ex/exclusive-internal-chinese-report-warns-beijing-faces-tiananmen-like-global-backlash-over-virus-idUSKBN22G19C

“An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation, people familiar with the paper told Reuters. The report, presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the sources said. As a result, Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to people familiar with the report’s content, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter. The report was drawn up by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body. Reuters has not seen the briefing paper, but it was described by people who had direct knowledge of its findings. “I don’t have relevant information,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson’s office said in a statement responding to questions from Reuters on the report.

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The Cruel Mass Immigration Lobby By Chris Knight

    America is suffering greatly, its unemployed falling in near Great Depression conditions, hunger on the rise, and the manic migration super-capitalists just want more immigration, rolling out the same old lies:
  https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/05/04/bloomberg-news-import-migrants-americans-cant-get-done/

“The United States will need even more immigrants once the economy has recovered from the coronavirus crash, according to the editorial board of Mike Bloomberg’s news site. “The U.S. will need to bring in more foreign talent, not less, to fill labor shortages in critical fields, notably health care, and to promote innovation,” the editorial board of Bloomberg.com claimed. “The [post-crash] goals should be to increase immigrant admissions overall, while prioritizing skills over family ties, strengthening border security, and providing a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country,” said the board. The board strongly supports the federal policy of subsidizing investors and companies with an annual inflow of one million legal immigrant consumers, renters, and workers. The annual inflow of one million legal immigrants is boosted by the resident army of roughly two million imported contract workers — including H-1B and H-2B workers — plus at least one million temporary workers, plus at least eight million illegal migrants. Every year, this imported population of roughly 45 million people helps investors by cutting wages and raising rents for the four million young Americans who enter the labor force. Bloomberg’s media company uses the H-1B program to import many immigrant software experts and journalists. This inflow helps Bloomberg to minimize the payroll he offers to American graduates and journalists. The Bloomberg board also linked their editorial to a pro-migration study by Bloomberg’s advocacy group, dubbed New American Economy.”

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No Meat? Join the Hunt! By Charles Taylor

     The shortage of meat in America is lading to some shock jocks like Alex Jones saying that they are thinking of cannibalism. But, less shocking, folk are getting their guns, while they still have them and going out hunting for real meat:
  https://nypost.com/2020/05/03/americans-turn-to-hunting-amid-fears-of-coronavirus-food-shortages/

“More Americans are turning to hunting during the coronavirus pandemic — and amid fears of nationwide food shortages after meat plants were forced to halt operations over outbreaks. “People are starting to consider self-reliance and where their food comes from,” Hank Forester of Quality Deer Management Association said, adding that he believes there will be a hunting resurgence over empty grocery store shelves. Outbreaks have recently caused at least three major meat producers — Tyson Foods, JBS USA and Smithfield Foods — to shutter more than a dozen plants across the nation. Meanwhile, some states have seen a jump in hunting licenses — including Indiana, where there was a 28% increase in turkey hunting license sales during the first week of the season. Game and fish agencies from Minnesota to New Mexico have seen an increase in either hunting license sales or permit applications. Nina Stafford, a building contractor from Fayetteville, Georgia, killed her first deer in January, but has come to see hunting as a viable alternative if stores are hit with shortages over the closures. Workers at US meat plants blame coronavirus outbreaks on company policies

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China the Hoarder By James Reed

     It is hard to believe, but China which is supposed to be making everything in the Newer New World Order, is hoarding medical supplies. Whatever for, since didn’t the commo party tell us that everything is peachy cream with that old crazy virus?
  https://nypost.com/2020/05/04/dhs-claims-china-hid-coronavirus-severity-to-hoard-medical-supplies/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow

“US officials believe China deliberately downplayed the country’s coronavirus outbreak in order to stock up on medical supplies needed to fight the illness, intelligence documents show. In early January, Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world, according to a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report obtained by the Associated Press. The analysis also says that for much of January China delayed reporting the coronavirus “was a contagion” to the World Health Organization so they could import personal protective equipment. The report, which is dated May 1 and marked “for official use only,” said China increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies while downplaying the growing crisis. The report’s conclusions were based on the 95 percent probability that China’s changes in imports and export behavior were not within normal range. There is no public evidence to suggest that China deliberately withheld information for the purpose of hoarding the world’s medical supplies.”

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Time for Voluntary Exposure? Sure, Expose me, or I Will Expose Myself! By Peter West

     There comes a time when you have to stop watching videos on how to swim, from the safety of mom’s basement, and venture out into the cold dark waters, and kick one’s limbs, and swim, or sink and drown. Either way, it is an answer to the problem of the meaning of life:
  https://gellerreport.com/2020/05/corona-virus-lockdonw-exit-strategy.html/

“Letting young people choose to be infected with coronavirus and protecting the elderly is the best way out of lockdown, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have developed a “stratify-and shield” policy for combating Covid-19 in the UK – and they say it is time to consider the approach as an alternative to social distancing measures. Researchers say allowing low-risk, young individuals to be exposed to infection would be one way out of lockdownetty. The strategy would involve imposing more intense measures on the elderly and high-risk individuals while allowing low-risk, young individuals to be exposed to infection until the bulk of the population has developed immunity. The idea would be to protect against any second wave of coronavirus, once the epidemic has passed while relieving the strain on the NHS. “It is time to give serious consideration to a stratify-and-shield policy that could bring the Covid-19 epidemic to an end in a matter of months while restoring economic activity, avoiding overload of critical care services, and limiting mortality,” say Paul McKeigue and Helen Colhoun from the University of Edinburgh. The researchers say the epidemic will only pass if the population’s immunity reached a level where the reproduction number (number of secondary infection cases arising from on. And as an effective vaccine is not expected to be available for at least one year, their “stratify-and shield” policy would be the next best option. Their strategy would use medical records to assign risk levels to people to determine who should and shouldn’t be shielded. The analysis found that the proportion of the population that would be shielded under the policy would be no more than 15 per cent. Meanwhile, the other 85 per cent would voluntarily expose themselves to the virus. This policy has the potential to save lives, restore economic activity and end the epidemic long before a vaccine is available.

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Coronaviral Crimes Against Humanity By Brian Simpson

     I thought that I would get sick, if not depressed from the coronavirus coverage, drawing the short straw to do this, but no, the coronacrisis keeps twisting and turning in weird and unusual ways. Exhibit A:
  https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/coronavirus/bombshell-dossier-lays-out-case-against-chinese-bat-virus-program/news-story/55add857058731c9c71c0e96ad17da60

“China deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak in an “assault on international transparency’’ that cost tens of thousands of lives, according to a dossier prepared by concerned Western governments on the COVID-19 contagion. The 15-page research document, obtained by The Saturday Telegraph, lays the foundation for the case of negligence being mounted against China. It states that to the “endangerment of other countries” the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or “disappearing” doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in laboratories and refusing to provide live samples to international scientists who were working on a vaccine. It can also be revealed the Australian government trained and funded a team of Chinese scientists who belong to a laboratory which went on to genetically modify deadly coronaviruses that could be transmitted from bats to humans and had no cure, and is now the subject of a probe into the origins of COVID-19. As intelligence agencies investigate whether the virus inadvertently leaked from a Wuhan laboratory, the team and its research led by scientist Shi Zhengli feature in the dossier prepared by Western governments that points to several studies they conducted as areas of concern. It cites their work discovering samples of coronavirus from a cave in the Yunnan province with striking genetic similarity to COVID-19, along with their research synthesising a bat-derived coronavirus that could not be treated. Its major themes include the “deadly denial of human-to-human transmission”, the silencing or “disappearing” of doctors and scientists who spoke out, the destruction of evidence of the virus from genomic studies laboratories, and “bleaching of wildlife market stalls”, along with the refusal to provide live virus samples to international scientists working on a vaccine. Key figures of the Wuhan Institute of Virology team, who feature in the government dossier, were either trained or employed in the CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory where they conducted foundational research on deadly pathogens in live bats, including SARS, as part of an ongoing partnership between the CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This partnership continues to this day, according to the website of the Wuhan ¬Institute of Virology, despite concerns the research is too risky. Politicians in the Morrison government are speaking out about the national security and biosecurity concerns of this relationship as the controversial research into bat-related viruses now comes into sharp focus amid the investigation by the Five Eyes intelligence agencies of the United States, Australia, NZ, Canada and the UK.”

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If There is No Vaccine… By Brian Simpson

     Remember, most of the world will be in lockdown until there is supposedly a vaccine developed. I find it interesting to speculate about what happens if no vaccine is forthcoming. The likes of vaccine-mad Bill Gates does not seem to address this, and there is little on this issue, but here is one recent take:
  https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/03/health/coronavirus-vaccine-never-developed-intl/index.html

“As countries lie frozen in lockdown and billions of people lose their livelihoods, public figures are teasing a breakthrough that would mark the end of the crippling coronavirus pandemic: a vaccine. But there is another, worst-case possibility: that no vaccine is ever developed. In this outcome, the public's hopes are repeatedly raised and then dashed, as various proposed solutions fall before the final hurdle. Instead of wiping out Covid-19, societies may instead learn to live with it. Cities would slowly open and some freedoms will be returned, but on a short leash, if experts' recommendations are followed. Testing and physical tracing will become part of our lives in the short term, but in many countries, an abrupt instruction to self-isolate could come at any time. Treatments may be developed -- but outbreaks of the disease could still occur each year, and the global death toll would continue to tick upwards. It's a path rarely publicly countenanced by politicians, who are speaking optimistically about human trials already underway to find a vaccine. But the possibility is taken very seriously by many experts -- because it's happened before. Several times. "There are some viruses that we still do not have vaccines against," says Dr. David Nabarro, a professor of global health at Imperial College London, who also serves as a special envoy to the World Health Organization on Covid-19. "We can't make an absolute assumption that a vaccine will appear at all, or if it does appear, whether it will pass all the tests of efficacy and safety.

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NYT Wants Biden Binned! By Charles Taylor

     This should be interesting, for it looked like the elites were going to go for Joe Biden as Dumocrat president, who would do China’s bidding. Now there seems to be some confusion in the ranks, because of all the alleged sex crimes piling up against him:
  https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2020/05/03/new-york-times-op-ed-dump-biden-over-tara-reade-allegations/

The New York Times published an op-ed Sunday evening arguing that Democrats should dump former Vice President Joe Biden as their candidate because of the potential damage of Tara Reade’s allegations against him.
Reade has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in a Senate hallway in 1993; Biden denies the allegations. In the op-ed, titled “Democrats, It’s Time to Consider a Plan B,” Elizabeth Bruenig argues: I have my own impressions regarding Ms. Reade’s allegations, but no one — save Ms. Reade and Mr. Biden — knows with certainty whether her claims are true. What I can assert with firm conviction is that Democrats ought to start considering a backup plan for 2020. Ms. Reade’s account is not nearly as incredible as some have argued. In the course of my reporting, I have worked closely with many survivors of sexual assault. It isn’t unusual, in my experience, for survivors to exhibit behavior that seems unstable or erratic to others. They may initially disclose to investigators or journalists only a fragment of what happened, and then reveal more over time — some even falsely recant, either because they sense the police don’t believe them, or because they fear the consequences of pressing their claims. And victims often maintain relationships with their attackers or harbor mixed feelings about them.…

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Covid-19 Survivalism By John Steele

     As the resident survivalist, of sorts, well not so much resident, since I bug out in the Victorian scrub in my tent, but I note relevant articles when I find some magic waves to get my laptop internet to work. I thought that there was coverage, even on the moon? Anyway, a lot of people are liking being semi-off grid:
  https://www.fastcompany.com/90498018/covid-19-has-made-living-off-the-grid-irresistible-are-these-self-sustaining-homes-the-future?utm_source=amerika.org

“COVID-19 is causing dense, urban areas to lose their luster and making people rethink their lifestyles. Some are fleeing cities for the suburbs, others are taking up gardening, and the majority have stopped driving as they stay close to home. Across the board, the pandemic is forcing people to consider a more self-sufficient future; living off the grid suddenly doesn’t seem so unreasonable. This is a future Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and creator of a concept he calls “Earthship Biotecture,” envisioned over 40 years ago. His Earthships are made of adobe, cement, and recycled materials such as glass bottles, dirt-packed tires, and beer cans. But they’re more than just eclectic, eco-friendly desert dwellings—they provide autonomy for the homeowner too. These self-sustaining homes generate their own solar-fueled electricity, collect rainwater, process sewage, and support food growth through mini-hydroponic planters and attached greenhouses.”

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They are All Dr Frankenstein’s By Chris Knight

     Whoaaha! I like it when the money/grant trail is followed, and we see all of the big players, standing there in the spotlight like does in the evening, their hands dripping with thick honey from the Dr Frankenstein research pot:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-05-03-coronavirus-fauci-funneled-money-wuhan-research-lab.html

“One of President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus task force advisers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, backed funding for controversial coronavirus research at the lab now believed to have created COVID-19. Just last year the organization Fauci heads — the  National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases — “funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other institutions for work on gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses,” Newsweek reported. The news magazine added: In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million. Many scientists have criticized gain of function research, which involves manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it creates a risk of starting a pandemic from accidental release. SARS-CoV-2, which is the official name of the virus now sweeping the globe and killing tens of thousands of Americans, is thought to have originated in bats. In fact, after first claiming that the coronavirus had naturally evolved, U.S. intelligence officials now think that COVID-19 stemmed from an accidental leak at the lab in Wuhan city. At the same time, U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that neither the Pentagon nor U.S. intelligence agencies believe the virus was manufactured because its genome sequence does not indicate that.

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Coronavirus Refutes Globalism, Mass Immigration, Other Monster Doctrines By Chris Knight

     The coronavirus freak-out, if anything, shows that globalism globalises disease, and that the only sensible approach to modern statecraft is nationalism. But, the globalists will not be giving up easily, and have an uncanny knack of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Anyway, two good articles at vDarew.com, on this; I like this site better than American Renaissance, it does not have the East Asia worship, and most writers are pretty straight shooters:
  https://vdare.com/articles/always-remember-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-a-product-of-globalization-political-correctness-and-immigration

“Always remember this simple truth: the Covid-19 outbreak is the product of globalization, mass immigration and rampant political correctness. The main stream media/ democrat complex is counting on the disease and resulting economic disruption to take down Donald J. Trump’s presidency. But it’s actually shown why nationalism, and a realistic attitude to race, is more relevant than ever. What the U.S. needs going forward: economic self-sufficiency, an immigration moratorium, and a restored sense of national identity so that its leaders can respond quickly in a crisis without the paralyzing fear of being called “racist.” There is still much we don’t know about the coronavirus, including the deeply controversial question about whether it was man-made, a product of Chinese dietary habits, or some completely unknown source [Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release, by Joby Warrick, Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris, and Anna Fifield, Washington Post, April 30, 2020]. However, we do know that the Chinese government is refusing the World Health Organization’s request for a joint investigation about where the virus came from [China refuses WHO requests to participate in coronavirus investigations: report, by J. Edward Moreno, The Hill, May 1, 2020]. We thus see two critical lies of globalism revealed:

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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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The Fault of the Danes By Richard Miller

     Look, this is just a misunderstanding produced by a racist society. Surely with billions more refugees, say another 4 billion, when the African population explosion happens in a few decades, these sorts of disputes will be a thing of the past, not even a memory:
  https://voiceofeurope.com/2020/04/migrant-tells-danish-man-you-danes-are-animals-you-will-be-exterminated-video/
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/04/29/shootings-sweden-increasing-despite-coronavirus-police-operations/

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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