A Quasi Random Collection Of Chinese Wuhan Covid Links

My browser presently has 85 tabs open. That’s way too many. A lot of them are links about some aspects of Chinese Wuhan Covid and Xi’s Disease, but that I’ve not collected into a coherent article, and given my present distraction with home repairs and packing up / storing stuff; likely won’t make it to one.

Yet I don’t want to just “let it go”. So I’m just going to stick them in this posting without all my usual in depth kibitzing about them ;-0

Some of these may have been suggested by other folks, but so long ago I’ve forgotten who / when / where. For those, I thank you. Some will be very interesting, others not so much. So here goes:

https://wmbriggs.com/post/36632/

Where I think I picked up the usage “vexxine”…

Dreaded Delta Surge Explained (Is it the Vexxine?); Cars Killing More Than COVID; Literal Ministries Of Truth; UK Pingdemic; More! — Coronavirus Update LXXX

BY BRIGGS ON JULY 20, 2021 • ( 75 COMMENTS )

BRACE YOURSELF
How many died of traffic fatalities last week? About 744. On average. Given 38,680 died last year.

How many died of the doom? CDC says 163. But that’s an undercount due to government quitting every day at 5. Or before. The real number is probably closer to the traffic fatalities, and maybe, given late counts, a bit higher. We’ll see in a few weeks.

Car deaths are preventable—and catchy, too. Guy driving down the road has a heart attack, slaughters a family of five. It happens.

It needed! We could lock down the highways now. Hey, if it saves just one life, right?

Right?

Right?

DREADED DELTA RISES!

So. Not knowing how to react in any other way, our Experts and rulers, with full approval by the easily addled majority, are once again panicking. And insisting all panic with them.

With panic comes overreaction. Such as re-instituting mask mandates and forms of locking down. Now these measures haven’t worked at all anywhere they have been tried. But Experts, relying on their theories, say they should work, therefore, they conclude, they do work.
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https://wmbriggs.com/post/36538/

France Update: VAERS Suggests As Many Kids Dying From Vexxine as Coronadoom; Another Paper Shows Mask Mandates Don’t Work; Being Fat Is Bad; More! — Coronavirus Update LXXIX

BY BRIGGS ON JULY 13, 2021 • ( 108 COMMENTS )

FRENCH FARCE

Emmanuel Macron
@EmmanuelMacron

Officiel du gouvernement – France
La Nation doit une réponse à ceux qui ont été le plus touchés par la crise. À notre jeunesse, qui a tant sacrifié alors qu’elle risquait peu pour elle-même. À nos aînés, qui plus que les autres ont craint pour leur vie.

The French nation has descended into Effeminacy. No man may buy or sell with the Mark of the Vex.

NEOLOGISM
Hyperpole, n: extravagant exaggeration by politicians in service of the noble lie.

Headline: “‘Potentially a death sentence’: White House goes off on vaccine fearmongers
The administration has shifted to a head-on strategy to dispel fear-mongering over its door-to-door efforts.”

VEXXINE UPDATE
From Open VAERS (which is a snapshot of VAERS, but put in easier-to-read format; the snapshot I used was made Monday morning of a period through 7 July):
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https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/it-isnt-over-until-they-say-its-over

It isn’t over until they say it’s over
So we need to make them

Alex Berenson
Jul 20

I realized something this morning:

I am sick to death of Covid.

Not from Covid.

Of Covid.

You probably are too.

Let’s be honest. Totally honest. If the media hadn’t been in a frenzy the last 18 months, would those of us who aren’t frontline medical workers have any idea Covid even exited? Not one of our fears of February 2020 have come to pass. No mass burials, no food shortages, no one dying in the streets. Hospitals have been open and able to treat everyone who arrives at their doors, with Covid or without.

Do you know one person who died? Or became seriously ill? Have you even HEARD second- or third-hand of a person who was not over 75 or already seriously ill or morbidly obese who died?

I’m just going to say it: 600,000 deaths has never looked more like zero. If you’d never heard of Covid, maybe you would have been surprised last year to hear that your grandma with Alzheimer’s – no mind left, but healthy – had suddenly died of pneumonia from an outbreak in her nursing home. Maybe that 400-pound guy down the street would have dropped from what you thought was the flu instead of the heart attack you expected.

Covid barely exists for most of us.

Still the media and public health authorities won’t leave us alone. Every day they have something else: Long Covid, the variants, the back-and-forth over masks, and now the vaccines and the vaccine mandates. EVEN IF THE VACCINES WERE HARMLESS TO EVERYONE – and they are demonstrably not harmless – under the circumstances forcing anyone to take them would be wrong.
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https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/vaccines-reasons-for-concern-569

Vaccines: Reasons for Concern
Part 2: Why does the CDC keep calling post-Covid vaccine heart problems in young men “rare” and “mild” when they are neither?

Alex Berenson
Jun 24

We can no longer trust the Centers for Disease Control to weigh honestly the risks and benefits of Covid vaccines for young people.

That is the only possible interpretation of Wednesday’s CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting about the link between Covid shots and serious heart problems in teens and young adults.

At the meeting, CDC scientists presented horrendous data. It showed that even without accounting for underreporting, a second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could increase the risk of problems up to 200-fold in young men.

But the scientists then went on to suggest the vaccines should still given – even to kids already suffering from heart problems.

The CDC’s focus yesterday was on two illnesses, myocarditis and pericarditis, forms of heart inflammation that can occasionally progress to heart failure and even death. The CDC and many reporters insist on calling the cases mild. In fact 95 percent of the 300+ post-vaccination cases the CDC has reviewed have led to hospitalization.
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https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2021/07/so-much-for-covid-19-vaccination.html

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
So much for the COVID-19 vaccination!

It looks more and more as if the COVID-19 vaccination doesn’t offer much, if any, protection against infection. The headlines are coming in from around the world.

Delta variant outbreak in Israel spreads to some vaccinated adults – “about half of the adults infected [were] fully inoculated with the Pfizer shot, a health official said”.
Some Vaccinated People Are Dying of Covid-19 – “almost half of [the UK’s] recent Covid-19 deaths are of people who have been vaccinated”.
80% of new COVID-19 cases in Spain among unvaccinated people – but that means 20% (i.e. one-fifth) were among vaccinated people.
So, it looks like the vaccine isn’t as powerful a defense against the transmission of infection as has been claimed by the powers that be, and the drive to vaccinate everybody is therefore, at the very least, called into question.

Karl Denninger goes further.

Reminder: Nobody is tested if vaccinated unless symptomatic. So says the CDC. If exposed but vaccinated you are not supposed to be tested unless you develop symptoms.

This make[s] sense if the vaccines work.

Why?

Because in some small percentage — 1%, 2% — you’ll get infected anyway. That’s just the way it is; no medication is perfect.

OK.

There are 67 Democrats in the TX Delegation. I presume not all of them flew to DC; the news says “more than 50”, which is enough to deny the quorum and was the point of the exercise.

There are now six confirmed Covid infections among them, and all are fully vaccinated. That’s a failure rate of roughly 10% for symptomatic infections, and not just preventing infection either — they transmitted it to each other as the infections were serial; not all got it on the same day.

Since the CDC says somewhere between 6 and 24 (best guess 11) people are entirely asymptomatic and untested for each tested, symptomatic infection this means that more than half of the delegation in fact has the virus and is presumably, under the CDC’s claim of “asymptomatic transmission”, spreading it to others.

Is ten percent failure rare? How about more than fifty percent?

That sounds rather more like “worthless” to me. What say you?

In addition a White House official also has tested positive after coming into contact with the delegation. Said person is also fully vaccinated and is symptomatic. They, since they are symptomatic, are presumptively contagious despite being “fully vaccinated.”

How many White House officials were there? One? Boy, that’s a pretty good breakthrough case percentage isn’t it?

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https://principia-scientific.com/doctor-heart-failure-from-mrna-jabs-will-kill-most-people/

Doctor: Heart Failure From MRNA Jabs “Will Kill Most People”
Published on July 10, 2021

Written by John O’Sullivan

Dr Charles Hoffe MD, in his latest update of July 6, 2021 is reporting on the disturbing findings in his patients. He says the mRNA vaccines are plugging up thousands of tiny capillaries in the blood of those who took the ‘vaccine.’ Most will die in a few short years from heart failure.

The spike proteins injected, which are designed to be mass produced in the bodies of the vaccinated, are the cause of the clotting, which is having adverse effects on no fewer than 60 percent of people injected.

Dr Hoffe, who practices medicine at Lytton BC Canada explains:

“We now know that only 25 percent of the ‘vaccine’ injected into a person’s arm actually stays in your arm. The other 75 percent is collected by your lymphatic system and literally fed into your circulation so these little packages of messenger RNA, and by the way in a single dose of Moderna ‘vaccine’ there are literally 40 trillion mRNA molecules. These packages are designed to be absorbed into your cells. But the only place they can be absorbed is around your blood vessels and the place where they are absorbed is the capillary networks – the tiniest blood vessels where the blood flow slows right down and where the genes are released. Your body then gets to work reading and then manufacturing trillions and trillions of these spike proteins. Each gene can produce many, many spike proteins. The body then recognises these are foreign bodies so it makes antibodies against it so your are then protected against COVID. That’s the idea.”

But here’s where the problem comes. In a coronavirus that spike protein becomes part of the viral capsule. In other words it becomes part of the cell wall around the virus. But it is not in a virus. It is in your cells. So it becomes part of the cell wall of your vascular endothelium.

This means that these cells which line your blood vessels, which are supposed to be smooth so that your blood flows smoothly now have these little spikey bits sticking out.

Dr Hoffe continues:

“So it is absolutely inevitable that blood clots will form because your blood platelets circulate round your blood vessels, and the purpose of blood platelets is to identify damaged vessels and stop bleeding. So, when the platelet comes through the capillary it suddenly hits all these COVID spikes and it becomes absolutely inevitable that blood clots will form to block that vessel.”

Therefore, these spike proteins can predictably cause blood clots. They are in your blood vessels (if mRNA ‘vaccinated’) so it is guaranteed. Dr Bahrdi then said to me that the way to prove this is to do a blood test called a D-dimer blood test.

“The blood clots we hear about which the media claim are very rare are the big blood clots which are the ones that cause strokes and show up on CT scans, MRI, etc. The clots I’m talking about are microscopic and too small to find on any scan. They can thus only be detected using the D-dimer test.”

Dr Hoffe explains he has been performing D-dimer tests on his mRNA ‘vaccinated’ patients and he has worryingly identified that 62 percent of them had these microscopic blood clots.
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Israel, cases in Vaxxed vs Non

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/06/sometimes_a_coincidence_isnt_a_coincidence.html

June 16, 2021
Sometimes a Coincidence isn’t a Coincidence
By John Green
Coincidences are interesting things. They’re considered remarkable because their combined occurrence seems improbable. But sometimes, improbable occurrences really happen. Lightning really has struck the same location twice — on rare occasions.

But when coincidences start to stack up, their probability of jointly occurring becomes exceedingly low. One begins to wonder if they are not coincidences at all. Could they really be linked outcomes from the same underlying root cause?

In the past year and a half, we have witnessed a remarkable string of apparent coincidences.

Dr. Fauci sponsored “gain of function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Put simply, this work increases a virus’s ability to cause disease. It makes a virus more dangerous. Coincidentally, we’re now learning that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world in the early months of 2020. Coincidentally, this was at the same time that Donald Trump was ratcheting up sanctions against China and rallying worldwide support.

The pandemic resulting from COVID-19 was used as the rationale for fundamental changes to our election processes. These changes facilitated the most questionable election outcome in U.S. history. 51% of the population now believes that fraud affected the election outcome – and that number is growing. Coincidentally, the election of 2020 neutralized China’s biggest threat – President Donald J. Trump.

The beneficiary of the compromised election of 2020 is Joe Biden. Coincidentally, old Joe has deep and troubling financial connections to China. His son Hunter accompanied him to China when Joe was the vice president and subsequently made millions of dollars from Chinese-sponsored business ventures. Emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop indicate that Joe was the recipient of a sizable portion of those proceeds.

In the past week, we learned that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has a high-level defector from China — whom they’re not sharing with the FBI or CIA. This defector is providing evidence that COVID-19 was not only created in the Wuhan lab but may have been deliberately leaked by the Chinese. This revelation coincidentally came at the same time the FBI was working to discredit scientists claiming the virus was created in a lab.

Representative Matt Gaetz aggressively questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about the FBI’s behavior relative to COVID-19 scientific whistleblowers. Shortly after this questioning, the press began a series of stories insinuating that Gaetz had inappropriate relationships with underage girls — though no evidence has been presented yet. But I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

Coincidentally, this is all happening at a time when China is making substantial investments in American property and businesses. After its behavior during the last year, is there any doubt that the NBA is beholden to China? The news media has run cover for China as well, claiming that any attempt to tie them to the pandemic is racism. There are also land purchases. China bought 180,000 acres (280 square miles) in Texas! They say they’re building a wind farm, but the property has a 5,000-foot runway which they’re expanding, and it’s adjacent to a busy U.S. military base. I’m sure the location is just coincidental.
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And about a half dozen more…

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/ivermectin-can-a-drug-be-right-wing

Ivermectin: Can a Drug Be “Right-Wing”?
A potential Covid-19 treatment has become hostage to a larger global fight between populists and anti-populists
Matt Taibbi Jun 25

On December 31st of last year, an 80 year-old Buffalo-area woman named Judith Smentkiewicz fell ill with Covid-19. She was rushed by ambulance to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville, New York, where she was put on a ventilator. Her son Michael and his wife flew up from Georgia, and were given grim news. Judith, doctors said, had a 20% chance at survival, and even if she made it, she’d be on a ventilator for a month.

As December passed into the New Year, Judith’s health declined. Her family members, increasingly desperate, had been doing what people in the Internet age do, Googling in search of potential treatments. They saw stories about the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, learning among other things that a pulmonologist named Pierre Kory had just testified before the Senate that the drug had a “miraculous” impact on Covid-19 patients. The family pressured doctors at the hospital to give Judith the drug. The hospital initially complied, administering one dose on January 2nd. According to her family’s court testimony, a dramatic change in her condition ensued.

“In less than 48 hours, my mother was taken off the ventilator, transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit, sitting up on her own and communicating,” the patient’s daughter Michelle Kulbacki told a court.

After the reported change in Judith’s condition, the hospital backtracked and refused to administer more. Frustrated, the family turned on January 7th to a local lawyer named Ralph Lorigo. A commercial litigator and head of what he calls a “typical suburban practice,” with seven lawyers engaged in everything from matrimonial to estate work, Lorigo assigned one of his attorneys to review materials given to them by the family, which included Kory’s Senate testimony. The associate showed Lorigo himself the the material next morning.

“I was so convinced by what Dr. Kory was saying,” Lorigo says. “I saw the passion and the belief.”

Lorigo immediately sued the hospital, filing to State Supreme Court to force the facility to treat according to the family’s wishes. Judge Henry J. Nowak sided with the Smentkiewiczes, signing an order that Lorigo and one of his attorneys served themselves, and after a series of quasi-absurd dramas that included the hospital refusing to let the Smentkiewicz family physician phone in the prescription — “the doctor actually had to drive to the hospital,” Lorigo says — Judith went back on ivermectin.

“She was out of that hospital in six days,” Lorigo says. After a month of rehab, his octogenarian client went back to her life, which involved working five days a week (she still cleans houses). Her story, complete with photo, was told in the Buffalo News, causing Lorigo’s phone to begin ringing off the hook. Doppleganger cases soon began dotting the map all over the country.
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https://digitalwarriorproductions.com/mike-yeadon-del-bigtree/

HEALTH, NEWS
PFIZER VP: “THE THING TO BE TERRIFIED OF IS YOUR GOVERNMENT”
June 17, 202118,507 views 1 min read

Mike’s back, chatting here to Del Bigtree about the pack of lies you’ve been sold for the last 15 months.

Former Pfizer VP and Virologist, Dr. Michael Yeadon, is one of the most credentialed medical professionals speaking out about the dangers of the #Covid19 vaccines, yet it has fallen on deaf ears. With great honour, The HighWire gives Dr. Yeadon the floor to break down his “list of lies” that keeps him up at night, when it comes to lockdowns, masks, PCR testing, natural immunity, and why he thinks our health leaders have abandoned science and reason.

Thanks to The Highwire: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/okiFK5CwQrZS/

https://loope.home.blog/2021/08/15/new-research-shows-heart-inflammation-after-covid-vaxx-more-common-than-cdc-claims/

New Research Shows – Heart Inflammation After COVID Vaxx More Common Than CDC Claims
Posted byKlark Jouss August 15, 2021

Heart Inflammation After COVID Vaccines More Common Than CDC Claims, New Research Shows
A new study published in JAMA shows 1 in 100,000 people had vaccine-related myocarditis and 1.8 in 100,000 people had pericarditis — compared to the CDC’s data that 4.8 people per 1 million suffer myocarditis after receiving a COVID vaccine.

U.S. public health officials claim cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID vaccination are rare — but new research published online in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) shows they may happen more often than reported.

Post-vaccine myocarditis and pericarditis also appear to represent two “distinct syndromes,” Dr. George Diaz, with the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, told Medscape Cardiology.

Diaz and colleagues reviewed 2,000,287 electronic medical records (EMR) of people who received at least one COVID vaccination.

https://libraryoftx.org/antibody-dependent-enhancement-and-sars-cov-2-vaccines-and-therapies/

Antibody-dependent enhancement and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and therapies
Wen Shi Lee,
Adam K. Wheatley,
Stephen J. Kent &
Brandon J. DeKosky

Abstract

Antibody-based drugs and vaccines against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are being expedited through preclinical and clinical development. Data from the study of SARS-CoV and other respiratory viruses suggest that anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies could exacerbate COVID-19 through antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). Previous respiratory syncytial virus and dengue virus vaccine studies revealed human clinical safety risks related to ADE, resulting in failed vaccine trials. Here, we describe key ADE mechanisms and discuss mitigation strategies for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and therapies in development. We also outline recently published data to evaluate the risks and opportunities for antibody-based protection against SARS-CoV-2.
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Risk of ERD for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines

Safety concerns for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines were initially fuelled by mouse studies that showed enhanced immunopathology, or ERD, in animals vaccinated with SARS-CoV following viral challenge 55,56,57,58. The observed immunopathology was associated with Th2-cell-biased responses 55 and was largely against the nucleocapsid protein 56,58. Importantly, immunopathology was not observed in challenged mice following the passive transfer of nucleocapsid-specific immune serum 56, confirming that the enhanced disease could not be replicated using the serum volumes transferred. Similar studies using inactivated whole-virus or viral-vector-based vaccines for SARS-CoV or MERS-CoV resulted in immunopathology following viral challenge 59,60,61, which were linked to Th2-cytokine-biased responses 55 and/or excessive lung eosinophilic infiltration57. Rational adjuvant selection ensures that Th1-cell-biased responses can markedly reduce these vaccine-associated ERD risks. Candidate SARS-CoV vaccines formulated with either alum, CpG or Advax (a delta inulin-based adjuvant) found that while the Th2-biased responses associated with alum drove lung eosinophilic immunopathology in mice, protection without immunopathology and a more balanced Th1/Th2 response were induced by Advax62. Hashem et al. showed that mice vaccinated with an adenovirus 5 viral vector expressing MERS-CoV S1 exhibited pulmonary pathology following viral challenge, despite conferring protection. Importantly, the inclusion of CD40L as a molecular adjuvant boosted Th1 responses and prevented the vaccine-related immunopathology 63.

Should it occur, ERD caused by human vaccines will first be observed in larger phase II and/or phase III efficacy trials that have sufficient infection events for statistical comparisons between the immunized and placebo control study arms. Safety profiles of COVID-19 vaccines should be closely monitored in real time during human efficacy trials, especially for vaccine modalities that may have a higher theoretical potential to cause immunopathology (such as inactivated whole-virus formulations or viral vectors)64,65.

Risk of ADE for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines

Evidence for vaccine-induced ADE in animal models of SARS-CoV is conflicting, and raises potential safety concerns. Liu et al. found that while macaques immunized with a modified vaccinia Ankara viral vector expressing the SARS-CoV S protein had reduced viral replication after challenge, anti-S IgG also enhanced pulmonary infiltration of inflammatory macrophages and resulted in more severe lung injury compared to unvaccinated animals66. They further showed that the presence of anti-S IgG prior to viral clearance skewed the wound-healing response of macrophages into a pro-inflammatory response. In another study, Wang et al. immunized macaques with four B-cell peptide epitopes of the SARS-CoV S protein and demonstrated that while three peptides elicited antibodies that protected macaques from viral challenge, one of the peptide vaccines induced antibodies that enhanced infection in vitro and resulted in more severe lung pathology in vivo67.

In contrast, to determine whether low titres of neutralizing antibodies could enhance infection in vivo, Luo et al. challenged rhesus macaques with SARS-CoV nine weeks post-immunization with an inactivated vaccine, when neutralizing antibody titres had waned below protective levels 68. While most immunized macaques became infected following viral challenge, they had lower viral titres compared to placebo controls and did not show higher levels of lung pathology. Similarly, Qin et al. showed that an inactivated SARS-CoV vaccine protected cynomolgus macaques from viral challenge and did not result in enhanced lung immunopathology, even in macaques with low neutralizing antibody titres69. A study in hamsters demonstrated that despite enhanced in vitro viral entry into B cells via FcγRII, animals vaccinated with the recombinant SARS-CoV S protein were protected and did not show enhanced lung pathology following viral challenge 70.

SARS-CoV immunization studies in animal models have thus produced results that vary greatly in terms of protective efficacy, immunopathology and potential ADE, depending on the vaccine strategy employed. Despite this, vaccines that elicit neutralizing antibodies against the S protein reliably protect animals from SARS-CoV challenge without evidence of enhancement of infection or disease71,72,73. These data suggest that human immunization strategies for SARS-CoV-2 that elicit high neutralizing antibody titres have a high chance of success with minimal risk of ADE. For example, subunit vaccines that can elicit S-specific neutralizing antibodies should present lower ADE risks (especially against S stabilized in the prefusion conformation, to reduce the presentation of non-neutralizing epitopes8). These modern immunogen design approaches should reduce potential immunopathology associated with non-neutralizing antibodies.

Vaccines with a high theoretical risk of inducing pathologic ADE or ERD include
inactivated viral vaccines, which may contain non-neutralizing antigen targets and/or the S protein in non-neutralizing conformations, providing a multitude of non-protective targets for antibodies that could drive additional inflammation via the well-described mechanisms observed for other respiratory pathogens. However, it is encouraging that a recent assessment of an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine elicited strong neutralizing antibodies in mice, rats and rhesus macaques, and provided dose-dependent protection without evidence of enhanced pathology in rhesus macaques 74. Going forward, increased vaccine studies in the Syrian hamster model may provide critical preclinical data, as the Syrian hamster appears to replicate human COVID-19 immunopathology more closely than rhesus macaque models75.
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So those high titres of non-neutralizing antibodies in Pfizer / Moderna vaccines are an issue. Potentially a BIG issue.

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/covid-90-percent-of-patients-treated-with-new-israeli-drug-discharged-in-5-days-675961

COVID: 90% of patients treated with new Israeli drug discharged in 5 days
The Phase II trial for an Israeli COVID drug saw some 29 out of 30 patients, moderate to serious, recover within days.

By ROSSELLA TERCATIN AUGUST 5, 2021 22:24

Some 93% of 90 coronavirus serious patients treated in several Greek hospitals with a new drug developed by a team at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center as part of the Phase II trial of the treatment were discharged in five days or fewer.

The Phase II trial confirmed the results of Phase I, which was conducted in Israel last winter and saw 29 out of 30 patients in moderate to serious condition recover within days.

“The main goal of this study was to verify that the drug is safe,” Prof. Nadir Arber said. “To this day we have not registered any significant side effect in any patient from both groups.”
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Arber and his team, including Dr. Shiran Shapira, developed the drug based on a molecule that the professor has been studying for 25 years called CD24, which is naturally present in the body.

“It is important to remember that 19 out of 20 COVID-19 patients do not need any therapy,” Arber said. “After a window of five to 12 days, some 5% of the patients start to deteriorate.”

The main cause of the clinical deterioration is an over activation of the immune system, also known as a cytokine storm. In case of COVID-19 patients, the system starts attacking healthy cells in the lungs.

“This is exactly the problem that our drug targets,” he said.
CD24 is a small protein that is anchored to the membrane of the cells and it serves many functions including regulating the mechanism responsible for the cytokine storm.
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https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/08/14/dept-of-homeland-security-makes-official-u-s-government-announcement-if-you-question-govt-covid-response-you-are-considered-a-domestic-violent-extremist/

Dept of Homeland Security Makes Official U.S. Government Announcement, If You Question Govt COVID Response You are Considered A Domestic Violent Extremist
August 14, 2021

The United States Department of Homeland Security made a quiet and alarming announcement yesterday, creating the official position of the United States Government under the Joe Biden regime. [SEE DHS STATEMENT HERE] According to the statement, if you question the orthodoxy, mandates, or COVID-19 response from the U.S. government, you are now considered a “terrorist”, specifically a “Domestic Violent Extremist” (DVE).
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Color me extreme then, as I question everything until I am satified the Assholes In Charge have done their homework correctly. (AIC / AOC I get lost in the acronyms sometimes ;-)

Bear in mind that sometimes I have been the AIC of various things and projects and I didn’t always have everything right either. EVERYBODY screws up sometime or other. So yes, I don’t even trust ME without some questioning.

https://unlimitedhangout.com/2020/12/investigative-series/developers-of-oxford-astrazeneca-vaccine-tied-to-uk-eugenics-movement/

But I’m sure they can set aside their desire to exterminate anyone lesser than themselves while they plot plan our genetic future… /sarc;

Developers of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Tied to UK Eugenics Movement
The developers of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have previously undisclosed ties to the re-named British Eugenics Society as well as other Eugenics-linked institutions like the Wellcome Trust.

BY JEREMY LOFFREDO AND BY WHITNEY WEBB DECEMBER 26, 2020

On April 30, AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford announced a “landmark agreement” for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The agreement involves AstraZeneca overseeing aspects of the development as well as manufacturing and distribution while the Oxford side, via the Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group, researched and developed the vaccine. Less than a month after this agreement was reached, the Oxford-AstraZeneca partnership was awarded a contract from the US government as part of Operation Warp Speed, the public-private COVID-19 vaccination effort dominated by the US military and US intelligence.

Though the partnership was announced in April, Oxford’s Jenner Institute had already begun developing the COVID-19 vaccine months before, in mid-January. According to a recent BBC report, it was in January that the Jenner Institute first became aware of how serious the pandemic would soon become, when Andrew Pollard, who works for the Jenner Institute and heads the Oxford Vaccine Group, “shared a taxi with a modeler who worked for the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.” During the taxi ride, “the scientist told him data suggested there was going to be a pandemic not unlike the 1918 flu.” Because of this sole encounter, we are told, the Jenner Institute began to pour millions into the early development of a vaccine for COVID-19, well before the scope of the crisis was clear.

For much of 2020, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was treated as an early frontrunner, though its lead would later be marred by scandals related to its clinical trials, including the death of participants, sudden trial pauses, the use of a problematic “placebo” with its own host of side effects, and the “unintentional” misdosing of some participants that skewed its self-reported efficacy rate.

The significant issues that emerged during trials have provoked little concern from the vaccine’s two lead developers, despite critical attention from even mainstream media directed at its complications. The lead developer of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Adrian Hill, told NBC on December 9 that the experimental vaccine should be approved and distributed to the public before the conclusion of the safety trials, saying “to wait for the end of the trial would be the middle of next year. That’s too late, this vaccine is effective, available at large scale and easily deployed.”

Sarah Gilbert, the other lead researcher on the vaccine, seemed to believe that premature safety approval was likely, telling the BBC on December 13 that the chances of rolling out the vaccine by the end of the year are “pretty high.” Now, the UK is expected to approve the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine shortly after Christmas, with India also set to approve the vaccine next week.
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For instance, mainstream media has had little, if anything, to say about the role of the vaccine developers’ private company—Vaccitech—in the Oxford-AstraZeneca partnership, a company whose main investors include former top Deutsche Bank executives, Silicon Valley behemoth Google, and the UK government. All of them stand to profit from the vaccine alongside the vaccine’s two developers, Adrian Hill and Sarah Gilbert, who retain an estimated 10 percent stake in the company. Another overlooked point is the plan to dramatically alter the current sales model for the vaccine following the initial wave of its administration, which would see profits soar, especially if the now-obvious push to make COVID-19 vaccination an annual affair for the foreseeable future is made reality.

Arguably most troubling of all is the direct link of the vaccine’s lead developers to the Wellcome Trust and, in the case of Adrian Hill, the Galton Institute, two groups with longstanding ties to the UK eugenics movement. The latter organization, named for the “father of eugenics” Francis Galton, is the renamed UK Eugenics Society, a group notorious for over a century for its promotion of racist pseudoscience and efforts to “improve racial stock” by reducing the population of those deemed inferior.

The ties of Adrian Hill to the Galton Institute should raise obvious concerns given the push to make the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine he developed with Gilbert the vaccine of choice for the developing world, particularly countries in Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa, the very areas where the Galton Institute’s past members have called for reducing population growth.

In the final installment of this series on Operation Warp Speed, the US government’s vaccination effort and race, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine’s ties to eugenics-linked institutions, the secretive role of Vaccitech, and the myth of the vaccine’s sale being “nonprofit” and altruistically motivated are explored in detail.
[…]

https://en-volve.com/2021/08/09/cdc-director-admits-they-lied-about-covid-deaths-among-vaccinated-they-are-30-times-higher/

CDC Director Admits They LIED About COVID Deaths Among Vaccinated — They Are 30 TIMES HIGHER

For some reason, people still think the CDC can be trusted.

During a press conference last week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky admitted that her assertion that over 99 percent of covid patients dying in hospitals were unvaccinated was a load of nonsense.

The allegation, which was echoed by Anthony Fauci, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and other top officials, was exposed as a fraud on July 29 by the CDC’s own statistics, which was published by the Washington Post. According to the CDC, the number of covid patient in-hospital deaths in May was 15% among the vaccinated, not 0.5 percent as they all claimed — a figure that is 30 TIMES more than they claimed.
[…]

https://www.algora.com/Algora_blog/2021/08/04/covid-casedemic-the-banking-cartel-is-driving-the-agenda

Covid “Casedemic”: The Banking Cartel is Driving the Agenda
AUGUST 4, 2021 ALGORA BLOG

by AKRAINER via The Naked Hedgie blog on 27 Aug. 2020

For weeks now, the media and “health” authorities have relentlessly promoted a fear-inducing narrative about the Covid 19 “pandemic” as if the daily count of new “cases” were a major public health emergency, sensationalized by the media nearly 24/7. The official narrative is sharply at odds with the gathering voices from hundreds of doctors, virologists and epidemiologists.

Incoherence of the official narrative
Supposing that we are up against a “once-in-a-century” pandemic, this would be a great challenge for humanity, wrought with uncertainty. One would expect to encounter a lively debate, discussions, much doubt and controversy. Journalists should seek out as many domain experts as possible so we can all gain the clearest possible understanding of the new health challenge and how to confront it. Effective treatments should be promoted, celebrated, screamed from the rooftops. But the reality is very different.

Public health measures – virtually identical in most nations – are handed down from the World Health Organization through shadowy bureaucratic hierarchies that claim monopoly on truth. Discussion is discouraged and hundreds of experts are being aggressively silenced. Several effective treatments have been identified, but the officialdom has been borderline hostile to any mention of them.

Concealment of effective treatments

Already in early March 2020, President Trump started mentioning Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a treatment for Corona virus infections. The media promptly ridiculed him, even accusing him of putting lives in danger. However, as it turned out, HCQ was shown to reduce mortality from Covid 19 by more than 50%, and when used together with zinc and vitamins by as much as 85%.

Dr. Stella Immanuel claimed that she treated more than 300 patients with HCQ, many of them elderly and with one or more co-morbidities and she had ZERO fatalities among her patients. Today the video with her statements is difficult to find on YouTube, but you’ll easily find dozens of videos that ridicule her and smear her character. Much more recently, Dr. Brian Tyson testified that his clinic had treated 1,700 Covid-19 positive patients – again with zero fatalities.

Regardless, doctors and patients have been strongly discouraged from using Hydroxychloroquine and in some nations HCQ was abruptly pulled from the market. In Australia, prescribing HCQ has even been made a criminal offence. Meanwhile, the authorities seem to favor mandating hastily developed, untested, experimental vaccines, although the disease itself has proven lethal for only 0.004% of the population (even by the overinflated U.S. CDC statistics).

Officialdom’s puzzling entrenchment
The utter incoherence of the official positions has by now become so obvious that they have long lost all credibility. But rather than declaring victory against the virus and celebrating that life can return to normal, the officialdom has become even more deeply entrenched in their own contradictions, turning increasingly aggressive with ever more restrictive “public health” measures. Meanwhile, the media have escalated the ‘project fear’ propaganda to nauseating proportions.
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https://doctors4covidethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Pfizer-pharmacokinetics-and-toxicity.pdf

The Pfizer mRNA vaccine: pharmacokinetics and toxicity
Michael Palmer, MD and Sucharit Bhakdi, MD
July 23rd, 2021

Abstract
We summarize the findings of an animal study which Pfizer submitted to the Japanese health authorities in 2020, and which pertained to the distribution and elimination of a model mRNA vaccine. We show that this study clearly presaged grave risks of blood clotting and other adverse effects. The failure to monitor and assess these risks in the subsequent clinical trials, and the grossly negligent review process in conjunction with the emergency use authorizations, have predictably resulted in an unprecedented medical disaster.
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https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1001354/Variants_of_Concern_VOC_Technical_Briefing_17.pdf

Summary

There are 4 current variants of concern and 9 variants under investigation (Table 1).

This report has been published to continue to share detailed surveillance of Delta (VOC21APR-02, B.1.617.2) and Lambda (C.37, VUI-21JUN-01). A separate report is published covering our routine data on all other variants of concern and variants under investigation.
These additional specialist technical briefings represent early data and analysis on an emerging variant and findings have a high level of uncertainty.

Principal changes and findings this week are:
• the Delta variant accounted for approximately 95% of sequenced and 92%
genotyped cases from 7 to 21 June 2021
• an operational issue at a sequencing facility resulted in a reduction in genome coverage for specimen dates 10 to 15 June 2021 (sequenced between 14 to 18 June) and may impact variant sequencing counts in figures and tables for this limited period; genotyping was not affected (see Note 1)
• C.37 (Lambda), previously a signal in monitoring, was designated a new Variant Under Investigation on 23 June 2021 based on global spread and a novel combination of mutations; further data is provided
• very preliminary results for live virus neutralisation of AY.1 (a lineage of Delta with K417N), with a small number of sera from vaccine recipients are reassuring, however further testing is required (data provided by Genotype to Phenotype consortium)
• PCR cycle threshold (Ct) values appear to be persistently lower in Delta than Alpha cases based on routine national testing data The risk assessment for Delta is published separately and was last updated on 25 June 2021.
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User Info Stupid Is Supposed To Hurt; entered at 2021-08-01 10:37:18
Jules

Registered: 2009-04-18 Pickled in the brine of futility

I don’t know where to put this vid. @Tickerguy please delete this if inappropriate.

They knew. Just like you said, Karl. They’ve known all along.
Dr. Ardis and Dr. Reiner Fuellmich interview discussing first the treatment that killed so many patients, and then the vaxxx that’s doing the same. If even half of what they are saying is true…How long can so many people be silenced?? Word is spreading of the dangers, and now even nurses are refusing

The above includes embedded video.

https://rumble.com/vkgdq7-deadly-shots-former-pfizer-employee-confirms-poison-in-covid-vaccine.html?mref=22lbp&mrefc=4

DEADLY SHOTS! Former Pfizer Employee Confirms Poison in COVID ‘Vaccine’
Stew Peters Show Published July 28, 2021 1,686,491 Views

Rumble — EXCLUSIVE! Karen Kingston, a former Pfizer employee and current analyst for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, came forward with indisputable documentation that should be shared with the ENTIRE WORLD!

The inoculation being referred to as ‘COVID Vaccines’ is a poisonous death sentence, and nobody should subject themselves to the shots.

The above smells a bit like hype to me, but at this point, with rampant Government Agency Lying For Effect, who knows…

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/08/the-delta-variant-could-end-the-chinese-communist-party/

One can only hope…

THE EMBASSYThe Delta Variant Could End The Chinese Communist Party

By Gordon Chang Published August 3, 2021

COVID-19 is ravaging China.

The Delta variant is spreading across the country fast, and Beijing has no answer to the new strain other than draconian, totalitarian brute-force measures—and blaming foreigners.

Oh, Gee… rather like France and Australia… /snark;

Millions of Chinese residents are now in various forms of lockdown. The recent infections constitute the most widespread coronavirus outbreak since the disease first hit China, sometime in late 2019.

The new flare-up, which quickly slipped beyond the control of the authorities, is undermining core Communist Party propaganda narratives.

Chinese authorities trace the latest series of infections to a flight landing at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport from Russia on July 20. Nine Chinese airport workers tested positive after cleaning the plane.

Since then, the disease has ripped through China, infecting people in almost half of the country’s 33 provinces and provincial-level cities and regions. “Delta has broken through the country’s virus defenses, which are some of the strictest in the world,” notes Bloomberg News.

Delta is now appearing in places with no reported cases for months. Of particular concern for the regime is the cluster in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the disease. The city’s infection-free status has been, as Bloomberg reports, “a source of pride in China.”

Covid has also reached Beijing, the heart of Chinese power. There, travel restrictions are strict. Tourists are now not admitted to the city. Only “essential travelers” are allowed in, but only if they produce negative Covid tests. Government and state enterprise employees may not leave the city. Beijing residents have been told not to travel elsewhere “unless necessary.”
[…]

What comes around goes around… or “You GO girl!”… /sarc;

https://trialsitenews.com/widespread-distribution-of-ivermectin-proves-effective-in-mexico-against-covid-19/

(Psst!: Don’t tell China!…)

Widespread distribution of ivermectin proves effective in Mexico against COVID-19

JuanQuintero
May 28, 2021

One country that has had remarkable success in the war against the COVID pandemic, but has received little to no global media coverage, is Mexico. Like the rest of the world, COVID cases in Mexico exploded in April 2020, the first hot spots flaring up along the northern border with the United States, in Mexico City and Quintana Roo, a popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. At the beginning of the pandemic, Mexico took recommendations and followed protocol set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) and watched the virus spread from state to state, engulfing the entire country.

First COVID Outbreak in Mexico

On June 10, the Spanish-speaking media began reporting on the success that Peru was having in controlling the virus using ivermectin as a treatment. Mexico was in the middle of its worst peak of cases and deaths with records breaking daily, and interest in the drug – as well as sales – rose dramatically.

On June 20, the pan-American WHO (OPS/OMS) issued a statement strongly opposing the use of ivermectin.
Additionally, other medi…
[…]

And shortly after the OPS/OMS dissed Ivermectin and discouraged its use, cases went back up again. Can you say “Cause and Effect?”… I knew you could… /sarc;

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/05/11/covid-surges-in-4-of-5-worlds-most-vaccinated-countries-heres-why-the-us-should-worry/?sh=294b5f95d677

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Covid Surges In 4 Of 5 Most Vaccinated Countries—Here’s Why The U.S. Should Worry

Robert Hart Forbes Staff
Business

TOPLINE Countries with the world’s highest vaccination rates—including four of the top five most vaccinated—are fighting to contain coronavirus outbreaks that are, on a per-capita basis, higher than the surge devastating India, a trend that has experts questioning the efficacy of some vaccines (especially China’s Sinopharm) and the wisdom of easing restrictions even with most of the population vaccinated.

Well DUH!

KEY FACTS

Of the Seychelles, Israel, the UAE, Chile and Bahrain—respectively the world’s five most vaccinated countries—only Israel is not fighting to contain a dangerous surge in Covid-19 infections.

Controlling for population, the Seychelles and Bahrain, alongside other highly vaccinated countries like the Maldives and Uruguay, recorded the highest number of daily coronavirus cases worldwide.

The Seychelles, a small island nation with almost double the U.S.’ vaccination rate, recorded 328 cases per 100,000 people, a far higher incidence than India (28) when population is accounted for.

The outbreaks in vaccinated countries have sparked concern over how effective some of the Chinese vaccines are versus the western vaccines Israel used, including the Sinopharm vaccine the World Health Organization endorsed Friday that makes up a large part of the countries’ immunization programs.

A relaxation of pandemic restrictions and mixed messaging from governments are also touted as potential explanations—tourism-reliant Seychelles and Maldives both (still) welcome tourists, Dubai exited lockdown rapidly and Chile loosened its restrictions and allowed domestic travel.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/08/07/pathologist-dr-ryan-cole-delivers-concerning-message-about-covid-vaccine-and-long-term-impacts/

Pathologist Dr Ryan Cole Delivers Concerning Message About COVID Vaccine and Long Term Impacts
August 7, 2021

https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/22924/and-the-fully-vaccinated-rock-of-gibraltar-crumbles/

AND THE FULLY VACCINATED ROCK OF GIBRALTAR CRUMBLES
By Howell Woltz -August 8, 2021

Gibraltar proves the fallacy of of ‘the jab’ as the primates look on in wonder. “how stupid are these humans?”
“Fully-Vaxxed Gibraltar Sees 2500 PERCENT SPIKE in COVID-19 Cases Per Day, Initiates New Lockdowns.”

Fully-Vaxxed Gibraltar Sees 2500 PERCENT SPIKE in COVID-19 Cases Per Day, Initiates New Lockdowns

For those who have never travelled to this famous rock, it is more inhabited today by our cousins (on the left in the picture) than by humans—perhaps because they have better and brighter leaders—or simply refuse to follow dumb ones such as those running most Western nations.

When something does not work, our cousins in the primate world realise their error and move on. They try something else.

But not the modern homo sapien—oh no! We watch an ideology like Marxism, for example, cause the death of 167 million souls last century (and so far in this one) and then commence a global rush back to its tenets for more death and destruction.

Pretty stupid, right?

Concurrently, we allow the compromised criminals running most of our governments (on behalf of their Globalist masters) to

1) create and fund a disease that will kill us,

2) patent an alleged ‘cure’ two years before the disease’s release that will cripple us, and

3) allow them to subjugate all of us to feudalism under lockdowns and forced vaccination with their experimental treatment—and we are doing so it seems without a whimper.

In this up close and personal visit with him, it was clear from his aloofness and condescending manner that he considered my branch of the family to be far inferior—and after watching this most recent episode of mankind’s stupidity, I’m unable to argue, especially on his rock, where the madness reached a level of 99%+.

That’s right. These once-proud Brits and Spaniards who people the small overseas territory of Gibraltar succumbed to Vaxx Madness—99% of them took the experimental ‘jab’—and now they have their just reward–more masks and lockdowns on their way back to feudalism 2.0, while “Cuz” sits free on Gibraltar, looking on in wonder.

“Throughout the West, government have begun to re-impose the mask mandates due to the lack of efficacy of the vaccines, which is then blamed on the individuals who refused the shots by the mass media and the so-called public health experts,” according to this article published just yesterday in Big League Politics.
[..]

The more astute will have noticed increasing /sarc; and /snark; as the posting grows. Full Dislosure: Boatswain Double IPA “Twin Screw Steamer” 8.4% was involved in the making of this posting. To which I note:

There’s a few more, but it is time for me to make dinner and I’m the chef… any others will need to arrive in comments or be added later. Besides, this ought to keep you busy for a while ;-)

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36 Responses to A Quasi Random Collection Of Chinese Wuhan Covid Links

  1. YMMV says:

    “Dr Hoffe, who practices medicine at Lytton BC Canada explains”

    You might ask “where is Lytton?” because its population is 249, so you may not have heard about it. Except maybe you did because it recently burnt down. 90% gone. In minutes.

    https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/lytton-bc-destroyed-wildfire

  2. Steve C says:

    Another interesting detail to chuck into the bucket is that one of the world’s largest suppliers of HCQ had a major fire after an explosion in December last. Just coincidence, I’m sure (/sarc):
    https://taiwanenglishnews.com/pharmaceutical-factory-on-fire-after-explosion-2-injured/

  3. jim2 says:

    On the question of do I personally know anyone with Covid or has died of Covid: I know multiple people who have had it and one who has died.

    The almost 80 year old friend of ours who had it got a prescription for IVM almost immediately upon diagnosis from her doctor. She recovered at home and is fine. I got the dosage information from her.

    0.2 milligrams, 6 times a day, for 5 days. We, my wife and I, estimate her weight to be about 90 kg. This translates to 1.2 milligrams per day for a total of 6 milligrams over 5 days.

    So, that works out to 6000 micrograms/90 = 67 micrograms per kilogram.

    The typical dose for parasites in humans (and horses) is 200 micrograms/ kg one time. So the dose for her was about 1/3 of that and spread out over 5 days.

    Of course, there could be other factors in her medical condition that dictated the smaller dose. I’m not privy to that information.

  4. jim2 says:

    Between January 1, 2021, and August 11, 2021, some 3,187 people died in Israel of COVID, the Health Ministry reported. Of those, 2,019 were unvaccinated, 284 were fully vaccinated and 884 were partially vaccinated.
    “Proportionately, you see more unvaccinated than vaccinated people dying,” Maor said, adding that this is also the case with serious cases – the outcomes of the non-vaccinated patients are much worse than those of the vaccinated.
    “The vaccines for variants usually provide at least partial protection,” Maor said. “They may not stop the pandemic, but they are extremely important for saving lives.”
    To make the vaccines most effective, people will need to get booster shots.

    https://www.jpost.com/health-science/variants-vs-vaccines-is-the-covid-19-race-ever-going-to-end-analysis-676982

  5. corsair red says:

    I know eight people who have had the Chinese flu. One, under 40, hospitalized on a ventilator, recovered. One, over 60, hospitalized ; this man has lung cancer and recovered. My brother and a friend and this friend’s wife, all upper 60s, had bad cases treated at home. Three other family members recovered at home; my brother’s wife and two of my sons, both sons under 40. These three had very mild cases. One of my sons who tested positive said he simply felt tired for a week.

    My brother said for the first two days he was afraid he would die, then for the next three he was afraid he wouldn’t.

    Don’t know of anyone dead from it. I do know I’m dead tired of the hysteria, and the threats from the vaccine/mask militia.

  6. The True Nolan says:

    The first link you have to William Briggs is (as he usually is) a wealth of information. In the comments there is a link to:
    https://odysee.com/@FwapUK:1/A-manufactured-illusion.-Dr-David-Martin-with-Reiner-Fuellmich-9_7_21_-720p:5
    For anyone who is looking for evidence that the virus/vaccine scam was in the planning for years before, watch the video. The speaker, David Martin, is an expert in analysis of patents and intellectual property. The short summary? They started almost 20 years ago on a program which is aimed at “hooking customers” into a sequence of vaccines to make a lot of money.

    Personally? I know that I am repeating prior comments, but I think that there are MULTIPLE motives, and while one of them is money, I think that there are deeper and darker motives as well.

  7. AC Osborn says:

    jim2 says: 18 August 2021 at 11:28 am
    “Between January 1, 2021, and August 11, 2021, some 3,187 people died in Israel of COVID”
    Note that is from the start of Vaccination in total and 6 months of it before the Delta variant hit them.
    Their latest numbers are much worse for the Vaccinated especially compared to those who have natural Immunity.
    They are going to be forced to go for the booster as each person reaches 6 months from vaccination and it’s false Immunity wears off.

  8. jim2 says:

    What is clear is that “breakthrough” cases are not the rare events the term implies. As of 15 August, 514 Israelis were hospitalized with severe or critical COVID-19, a 31% increase from just 4 days earlier. Of the 514, 59% were fully vaccinated. Of the vaccinated, 87% were 60 or older. “There are so many breakthrough infections that they dominate and most of the hospitalized patients are actually vaccinated,” says Uri Shalit, a bioinformatician at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) who has consulted on COVID-19 for the government. “One of the big stories from Israel [is]: ‘Vaccines work, but not well enough.’”

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/grim-warning-israel-vaccination-blunts-does-not-defeat-delta

  9. Steve C says:

    @TTN – “deeper and darker motives” … You bet. Those are the motives driving all of international politics at the moment, namely the UN’s Agenda 21, which has been on the table for a long time now. The main features of this “Great Leap Forward” are:
    – The end of national sovereignty as we know it;
    – The end of western style democracy (even the sham that it is);
    – The abolition of common law in favour of tyranny;
    – The abolition of private property (for us, at anyrate);
    – The abolition of private transport;
    – The abolition of free enterprise and
    – The abolition of western style industrialisation;
    – The redistribution of wealth (and not to us “little people”;
    – Strictly enforced limits on the use of energy, water, minerals, etc.;
    – The abolition of the family unit (a bad influence on children);
    – The concentration of populations into “Human Settlement Zones”;
    – Continuous surveillance and monitoring (Count the cameras and googles);
    – The abolition of freedom of choice (in anything, medicine included) …
    And on, and on, and on. The resulting “utopia” will (of course) be run by the unelected, unaccountable “elite”, while the rest of us, as they have announced, “will own nothing and be happy”. Whether it is actually possible for us ordinary folk to do anything about this appalling prospect, or whether it is already too late, remains to be seen, but however the situation pans out it is not going to be pleasant.

    For years, some of us have been trying to warn the rest of us about the plan, but as soon as you say “Agenda 21” the only answer you get from most people is “Are you some sort of conspiracy theorist?”, and they turn off. Well yes. The conspiracy is all on the UN website for everyone to read about, but the scale is so all-encompassing that most people simply can’t believe it. Give the GEBs a few years, and we’ll have no choice but to believe it, because it will affect every aspect of everything. As planned.

  10. The True Nolan says:

    @jim2: “Of the 514, 59% were fully vaccinated. Of the vaccinated, 87% were 60 or older.”

    Makes sense. The older patients were most likely vaccinated first, and hence their grace period is expiring first.

    @Steve C: “The conspiracy is all on the UN website for everyone to read about, but the scale is so all-encompassing that most people simply can’t believe it.”

    Most people are familiar with the concept of “The Big Lie”. Everyone tells little lies (no, that dress doesn’t make your butt look big) but few people can grasp a BIG lie, one so audacious that they think “No one would make up a lie that huge! It MUST be true!”

    I propose a concept called “The Big Truth”, a truth so big, and so unpleasant that people do the same thing as a Big Lie. “NO ONE would really plan on doing something that HUGE! It MUST be false!”

    I admit, years ago when I first read about Agenda 21, my first reaction was “NO WAY! Probably just a bunch of power mad bureaucrats indulging in a mutual fantasy while pretending to justify their salary. Ain’t gonna happen…” Ah, youth… ah, innocence.

  11. cdquarles says:

    From 1944: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/154409.Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises (the economist, not his mathematician brother).

  12. jim2 says:

    What has me wondering is this “booster.” It’s just the same ole mRNA vaccine, not a new one based on the Delta spike.

  13. DonM says:

    Percentage of cases genetically tasted???

    Why/when are cases upgraded to an actual genetic test?

    Percentage that show Delta variant through genetic testing?

    Show me an honest statistical analysis that indicates the Delta is:
    * big and scary (more people die, or would die without reasonable treatment);
    * easier to transmit (regardless of temp, humidity, masks, sunlight, etc)
    * impacts non-vaccinated more so than vaccinated.

    And if they can do the above, why the hell should I, or anyone, continue to listen to them.

  14. The True Nolan says:

    @DonM: There is an old saying that quantity has a quality all it’s own — but in this case it is the LACK of quantity. The most amazing thing about the current COVID scam is the failure of very basic bits of information to be available. At some point, the lack of reliable, confirmable, reasonable, and NECESSARY facts becomes a fact all of its own. We know that the number of “cases” was grossly exaggerated by the expedient of changing the definition of cases to be anyone who had a positive test. In the real world this is called “lying”. We know that the number of COVID deaths was grossly exaggerated by changing the definition of COVID death to include any death of a positive tested person. In the real world this is what we call “lying”. We know that PCR tests were run at a cycle count which was guaranteed to produce false results with some unknown (but very high) percentage of false positives. In the real world this is what we call “lying”. We know that we were told that the vaccine is safe and effective when NO ONE has data to support such a statement. In the real world this is what we call “lying”. We were told that children AS YOUNG AS TWELVE were told that they absolutely needed to take the shot to reduce their risk of COVID when they were already at near zero risk and the shot had never been tested even short term on children. In the real world this is what we call “lying”. We were told that the shot was safe for pregnant women to take even though the shot was never tested on pregnant women. In the real world this is what we call “lying”.

    I am seeing a pattern.

    You ask, “why the hell should I, or anyone, continue to listen to them.”

    You shouldn’t. Not at all. Don’t believe them even if they come to you with reams of data, with peer reviewed papers written by the Nobel Prize Winning love child of Mother Teresa and Jesus Christ Himself. They have lied so often and worked in creating the poverty and deaths of so many people that you can NEVER trust them again. If they offer what looks like iron clad proof of anything, remember that they are much better liars than you are. Statistically speaking, it is more likely that they have just learned how to lie about the “iron clad proof” in a way which is not immediately apparent to you. You can’t trust them, not ever, not one more time, not about anything. Look for evidence elsewhere. Find someone – anyone! – with a better track record, but never believe the liars, never again.

  15. jim2 says:

    With the rapid development and rollout of vaccinations for COVID-19 patients are reporting a variety of possible vaccine-related adverse events. Acute myocarditis (AM) and pericarditis are 2 potential complications that have been associated with previous vaccinations.1 Although the exact incidence of AM after vaccination is somewhat unclear, recent studies have reported cases of clinically significant AM in ∼1:5500 patients after smallpox vaccination.2 Less commonly similar cases have been reported after vaccinations for influenza and human papillomavirus.3 More recently there have been various reports in the lay press of AM after vaccination for COVID-19. This case series presents 2 patients with concerns of myocarditis shortly after receiving their second vaccine.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/emp2.12498

  16. jim2 says:

    I agree with this guy …

    Prasad believes that the US decision is wrong and that it is better to play it safe. “Vaccination always serves two purposes,” he said, “firstly to benefit the person who gets it and secondly to benefit others. We are willing to do things for the second purpose but not if they are a net harm to individuals.” He thinks that the US should suspend all vaccination in children under 18 and give only one dose of vaccine to men under 25.

    https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n1635

  17. David A says:

    Interesting chart in EM post. Israel, July 4th to July 10th cases, vaccinated vs unvaccinated, with percentages. ( Note, the more recent the chart like this, the greater the percentage of vaccinated vs unvaccinated, and, like this chart, the vaccinated become the majority. ) https://chiefio.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/80beb-screenshot2021-07-14at17.29.56.png?w=638&h=332&zoom=2

    In early August in Israel, 95 percent of serious cases in Israel were vaccinated!
    All nations, including the U.S. are following the pattern of Israel; initially the vaccines are somewhat effective, quickly becoming indistinguishable from the unvaccinated, first in cases, ( because only the vaccinated symptomatic get tested) then in serious illness and fatalities. Will the R.O.W. follow Israel and soon the most and worst cases will be the vaccinated? The pattern is real.
    Also we should consider that the vast majority of serious cases of Covid 19 were in the 65 plus demographic. Yet very early that population was vaccinated! What would the early Covid waves have looked like if that demographic had been unaffected or immunized from the virus. ( Smaller, much smaller than the post vaccine waves)

    My point is the vaccines should have been far more effective than demonstrated, especially initially, because the vulnerable were almost 100 percent vaccinated very early, and the most vulnerable had already died. Also the current time period has the additional benefit of far more people with natural immunity and seasonal Northern Hemisphere benefits. ( Yet every major MSM outlet mindlessly gives 100 percent credit to any reduction to the vaccines!)

    In summary I see zero vaccine benefits, ( other than an initial reduction) and signs of them being counterproductive, ( mutations, more contagious, etc…) not to mention the ignored adverse events, and clearly, for the majority of the population in very little danger from the virus, they are already worse then the virus. The vaccines may negatively affect T cell immunity, so those that were exposed to Covid 19 prior to the vaccines may have had their long term immunity compromised.

  18. jim2 says:

    Israel is tanking.

    “I’m not trying to scare anyone, this is the data,” Zarka said. “Eight people died in June, 52 in July, and now in the middle of August, 203 have already died. We can’t question the situation. This ‘maybe’ means Israeli lives.”

    Zarka emphasized that the current restrictions are not enough to reduce the infection rate and he thinks gatherings should be limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors but the members of the coronavirus cabinet rejected his recommendation.

    “My foremost thoughts in my position is preserving life and I think we need to take additional measures. Right now, this is the cabinet’s decision. We’re adhering to it and therefore my opinion is what we’re presenting here is not enough.”

    Other health experts at the hearing confirmed Zarka’s evaluation of the matter. Prof. Eli Waxman of the Weizmann Institute of Science, who advises the National Security Council, told the committee: “All the parameters are doubling and the third vaccine alone will not stop the issue. I would recommend taking stronger measures – the Green Pass is not enough. Lenience in regulations now will lead to a much worse situation later on.”

    “In two weeks we’ll have to enact much stricter regulations because the pandemic isn’t going to stop,” he warned.

    https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/2000924/were-at-war-israels-covid-czar-reveals-dramatic-rise-in-deaths.html

  19. YMMV says:

    What is the IVM situation in Israel? There is at least one Israeli scientist who is for it. We need a country that the west cannot ignore to take the bold step of endorsing IVM.
    https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israeli-scientist-says-covid-19-could-be-treated-for-under-1day-675612

    Schwartz said he became interested in exploring ivermectin about a year ago, “when everyone was looking for a new drug” to treat COVID-19, and a lot of effort was being put into evaluating hydroxychloroquine, so he decided to join the effort.
    “Since ivermectin was on my shelf, since we are using it for tropical diseases, and there were hints it might work, I decided to go for it,” he said.
    Researchers in other places worldwide began looking into the drug at around the same time. But when they started to see positive results, no one wanted to publish them, Schwartz said.
    “There is a lot of opposition,” he said. “We tried to publish it, and it was kicked away by three journals. No one even wanted to hear about it. You have to ask how come when the world is suffering.”

    A technical analysis of this paper is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV2H6_0i4f0 (Dr Been)

    Another non-vaccine approach is a nasal spray. “You can buy a nasal spray with iota-carrageenan in any pharmacy. It’s a product to protect against colds.” It is said to have 90-100% efficacy at preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections. Other nasal sprays are also discussed in this article: https://trialsitenews.com/forums/discussion/iota-carrageenan-spray-90-100-efficacy-at-preventing-sars-cov-2-infection/

    Finally, here is an article about graphene oxide and why it is used against covid.
    https://trialsitenews.com/forums/discussion/what-is-graphene-oxide-that-is-officially-declared-outside-of-the-body/
    https://www.graphene-info.com/graphene-oxide

  20. The True Nolan says:

    @YMMV Very interesting link you showed to the carrageenan nasal spray. Also some mention of colloidal silver spray. Thanks!

  21. philjourdan says:

    I have had one family member die of the chinese flu. She was over 60 and morbidly obese. I have known many more who have died from the flu in years past.

  22. The True Nolan says:

    @philjourdan: I had an aunt die of COVID — except that when she died the doctors initially said it was long term congestive heart failure. Somehow it turned into COVID two days later. I had a neighbor die of COVID. She was 98 and suffering from early stage dementia, COPD, severe arthritis, and kidney issues. Also she had two negative COVID tests during the week before she died — but that turned into COVID also! I think that must PROVE how difficult this virus is to control.

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    @TTN:

    Now THAT is one ornery virus! It kills you even after you are dead!

  24. Paul, Somerset says:

    In the last five or six years I’ve only had the one episode of that tight feeling in your throat when you swallow – the one you know presages a cold or cough. That was one evening in April last year. For the first time ever I had a go at nipping it in the bud by making up a mouthwash of a teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in a cup of lukewarm water. I gargled some, then stuck my nose into what was left and snorted it up. It stung for a couple of seconds, but that was all. Then I went to bed.

    In the morning everything was fine, and that was the end of my one possible brush with the Wuhan virus.

    It does seem that if you wash or spray the whole of your nose/throat system with something antimicrobial promptly enough, even just salt, you can sometimes halt these respiratory viruses before they get fully to work.

  25. The True Nolan says:

    @Paul Somerset: My wife used to have one of those neti-pots. You know, looks like a small teapot that you pour up your nose. Always seemed a bit sissy to me, so I just used a glass of warm salt water. Haven’t needed to do so in a while, but simple to do in the shower. Can spill, gag, hack, and spit to your hearts content and no problem. Also no one sees you making those funny faces. Just takes a little practice to snort it up your nose and then spit it out without choking.

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm…. Just tonight, after visiting a friend and his elderly parents, I had the nose and throat itchy scratchy feeling. Snorted and gargled regular chlorinated tap water… and now all is fine.

    I think we may be onto something here!

  27. Paul, Somerset says:

    I used Cornish sea salt because it offers a whole range of minerals other than just the sodium chloride of refined table salt. Any of them could be active ingredients for all I know. It never occurred to me that the chlorine in the tap water might have been sufficient!

    I’d still use salt the next time I need to do it – belt and braces – but if I had none to hand, and needed to act promptly, I’d go with Chiefio’s simple tap water chlorine treatment.

    I wonder whether any of the manufacturers of these mouthwashes and nasal sprays have done any tests comparing the efficacy of their proprietary brands dissolved in distilled water against a solution in chlorinated tap water. Probably not.

    Whatever you use, I do suspect that the important point is that in our method you snort the solution to clean the whole nose/throat system. That doesn’t really happen if you just gargle with Listerine and/or spray Vicks into your nostrils.

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    @Paul, Somerset:

    Worth noting:

    Different places chlorinate to different degrees, some use chloramine instead, and you may or may not have fluoride in the water too. (I think we do). My tap water smells faintly of chlorine so I think it is strongly chlorinated.

    Snorting tap water is harsh in your nose. I got used to it over a few years (mostly from swimming pool time…), but if a “novice” at it, you will have a strong OMG reaction wanting to shove it back out pronto. Just be prepared for that.

    Mum used to make neutral saline for a “nasal wash” (lots of allergens in the air in my old home town and she had hay-fever reactions to many of them). Add salt to water until it stops tasting “sweet” and is not yet tasting “salty”. Basically when it has NO taste you are at neutral saline. This is much kinder to your nose. I was just too lazy to do this and snorted the tap water directly to get rapid nasal wash done.

    As our air at altitude is a bit orange right now (sun at noon orange-ish) due to smoke from fires up in the hills… it is likely my nose was unhappy due to smoke particles in the air and not due to Chinese Wuhan Covid. So I make no claim about chlorinated water buggering the bug, just that it washes “whatever” out of my nose… Though I remind folks about the “ribbing” given to Trump over bleach when in fact he was reporting medical news about DILUTE chlorine compound treatments working… so there is “prior art” on chlorine compounds vs The ‘Rona…

  29. The True Nolan says:

    Speaking of nasal washes… I have a good water filter that takes out the chlorine and fluoride, but I suspect a few drops of potassium iodide wouldn’t hurt to add back in. I have never used colloidal silver but have enough parts around I could make some easily enough. There have been multiple sources claiming that colloidal silver in a humidifier makes a good anti-viral mist.

    Does anyone here have personal experience with colloidal silver?

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    @TTN:

    Not colloidal but… I do know that silver water jugs were used to kill various things (bacteria, viruses) in “olden times” and that recently it was found that even copper / brass kills them (about 8 hours… steady decline in population on surface) so hospitals are swapping back from the “modern” stainless steel to brass fittings…

    When a child, I’d get “canker sores” (bacterial infection of the mouth). The M.D. just dabbed on Silver Nitrate and it would immediately start to heal. I asked, he said folks didn’t know why it worked, but that it did work just dandy to kill bacteria and such. Note that it also makes the skin dark where applied… like a photograph… so likely depositing “nano” silver particles. IIRC it also worked on ring worm (fungus).

    Basically, silver and copper (above it on the periodic chart) are known to kill bacteria and such. I would expect viruses to be inactivated too. (time passes)

    Yup, a DuckDuckGo search on “silver virus inactivation” is highly productive:

    Virus inactivation by silver doped titanium dioxide …

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20926111/

    Virus inactivation by silver doped titanium dioxide nanoparticles for drinking water treatment Photocatalytic inactivation of viruses and other microorganisms is a promising technology that has been increasingly utilized in recent years.

    Inactivation of Influenza A Virus via Exposure to Silver …

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30014367/

    Influenza A virus (IFV-A) is one of the main cause of seasonal flu and can infect various of host species via the reassortment of segmented RNA genomes. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been known as excellent antiviral agent against IFV. However, the use of free AgNPs has several major drawbacks, …

    Specific inactivation of herpes simplex virus by silver …

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/185946/

    The infectivities of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 were inactivated by silver nitrate at concentrations of 30 muM or less, which did not affect at all the infectivities of hemagglutinating virus of Japan, vesicular stomatitis virus, poliovirus, vaccinia virus, and adenovirus.

    Water treatment with exceptional virus inactivation using …

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27766917/

    Continuous flow experiments (450 mL min-1) were performed in household filter in order to investigate the removal and/or inactivation of T4 bacteriophage, using granular activated carbon (GAC) modified with silver and/or copper oxide nanoparticles at different concentrations.GAC and modified GAC were characterized by X-ray diffractometry, specific surface area, pore size and volume, pore …

    I have a silver infused ceramic survival pump / water filter (that cost a dear amount…) that claims to kill off nasties in drinking water…

    Looks to me like silver works. Do note that people who drink a lot of “colloidal silver” eventually turn a kind of dark blue gray as the silver deposits in their skin. Don’t know if that, then, makes them immune to viruses and such ;-) but it does make them look very strange. No, it can not be reversed.

    Does make me wonder about those pictures of Hindu Gods with blue skin though…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argyria

    Pathophysiology

    In humans and other animals, chronic intake of silver products commonly leads to gradual accumulation of silver compounds in various parts of the body. As in photography (where silver is useful because of its sensitivity to light), exposure of pale or colourless silver compounds to sunlight decomposes them to silver metal or silver sulfides. Commonly these products deposit as microscopic particles in the skin, in effect a dark pigment. This condition is known as argyria or argyrosis.

    Chronic intake also may lead to silver pigments depositing in other organs exposed to light, particularly the eyes. In the conjunctiva this is not generally harmful, but it also may affect the lens, leading to serious effects.

    Localised argyria often results from topical use of substances containing silver, such as some kinds of eye drops. Generalized argyria results from chronically swallowing or inhaling silver compounds, either for home medicinal purposes, or as a result of working with silver or silver compounds.

    While silver is potentially toxic to humans at high doses, the risk of serious harm from low doses, given over a short term, is small. Silver is used in some medical appliances because of its anti-microbial nature, which stems from the oligodynamic effect. Chronic ingestion or inhalation of silver preparations (especially colloidal silver) can lead to argyria in the skin and other organs. This is not life-threatening, but is considered by most to be cosmetically undesirable.

    The reference dose, published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1991, which represents the estimated daily exposure that is unlikely to incur an appreciable risk of deleterious effects during a lifetime, is 5 µg/(kg·d).

    Argyria worsens and builds up as exposure to silver continues, and does not resolve once exposure stops.

    Putting a little in the air for a short while is likely OK, but do note that it can take time for the accumulated silver to turn blue in your skin… you can’t wait for the first tinge and then stop…

  31. jim2 says:

    Colloidal silver as a cream is used for severe burns.

  32. cdquarles says:

    Silver nitrate sticks were used to cauterize wounds, particularly if you didn’t have a probe with an electrical cauterizing tip.

  33. YMMV says:

    That’s why the Silver Bullet is silver. “In folklore, a bullet cast from silver is often one of the few weapons that are effective against a werewolf or witch.” (Wiki) “penicillin circa 1930 was a “silver bullet” that allowed doctors to treat and successfully cure many bacterial infections.” Wiki goes on to say there was a French fiction writer who said the bullets were made from medals of the Virgin Mary. And that the Lone Ranger’s use of silver bullets was symbolic. And then goes into the ballistic effectiveness of silver bullets.

    The Wiki page on magic bullets is also of interest. The phrase was coined in the 1890s and earned Paul Ehrlich a nobel prize. HIs magic bullets were antibodies. He created a compound of arsenic which cured syphilis. “Ehrlich’s research on the magic bullet was the foundation of pharmaceutical research.”

    More detail on Paul Ehrlich here: https://www.sciencehistory.org/historical-profile/paul-ehrlich

    Even more interesting is the history of syphilis.

    In the US Army during World War I they were the second most common reason for disability and absence from duty, being responsible for nearly 7 million lost person-days and the discharge of more than 10,000 men. Only the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 accounted for more loss of duty during that war.

    It seems to have been the scourge of soldiers ever since 1493. Columbus has often been blamed for taking syphilis to the new world, but “Some recent studies however have indicated that this is not the case and it still may be a new epidemic venereal disease introduced by Columbus from America.” Mercury became an early treatment for syphilis. Why? Because Paracelsus liked to use metals to cure disease. In this case, it is not clear mercury actually worked and it was clear that the side effects were very bad.
    https://jmvh.org/article/syphilis-its-early-history-and-treatment-until-penicillin-and-the-debate-on-its-origins/

    There used to be laws that silver nitrate droplets should be put in the eyes of newborns. “to prevent babies from getting neonatal opthalmia — or conjunctivitis (pink eye) that happens in the first four weeks of life — from gonorrhea or chlamydia.” “The practice first began in the 1880s, when a German doctor put silver nitrate in babies’ eyes to prevent gonorrhea from causing corneal infections and turning babies blind.” Some places now use erythromycin, which doesn’t always work either.

    Copper was the preferred metal to prevent things from boring into or growing on your boat.

    If you have moss on your roof, zinc strips seem to work. The shingles beneath the strip remain moss free.

  34. jim2 says:

    Candide – still love it …

    The next day, as Candide was walking out, he met a beggar all covered with scabs, his eyes sunk in his head, the end of his nose eaten off, his mouth drawn on one side, his teeth as black as a cloak, snuffling and coughing most violently, and every time he attempted to spit out dropped a tooth.

    Candide, divided between compassion and horror, but giving way to the former, bestowed on this shocking figure the two florins which the honest Anabaptist, James, had just before given to him. The specter looked at him very earnestly, shed tears and threw his arms about his neck. Candide started back aghast.

    “Alas!” said the one wretch to the other, “don’t you know dear Pangloss?”

    “What do I hear? Is it you, my dear master! you I behold in this piteous plight? What dreadful misfortune has befallen you? What has made you leave the most magnificent and delightful of all castles? What has become of Miss Cunegund, the mirror of young ladies, and Nature’s masterpiece?”

    “Oh, Lord!” cried Pangloss, “I am so weak I cannot stand,” upon which Candide instantly led him to the Anabaptist’s stable, and procured him something to eat.

    As soon as Pangloss had a little refreshed himself, Candide began to repeat his inquiries concerning Miss Cunegund.

    “She is dead,” replied the other.

    “Dead!” cried Candide, and immediately fainted away; his friend restored him by the help of a little bad vinegar, which he found by chance in the stable.

    Candide opened his eyes, and again repeated: “Dead! is Miss Cunegund dead? Ah, where is the best of worlds now? But of what illness did she die? Was it of grief on seeing her father kick me out of his magnificent castle?”

    “No,” replied Pangloss, “her body was ripped open by the Bulgarian soldiers, after they had subjected her to as much cruelty as a damsel could survive; they knocked the Baron, her father, on the head for attempting to defend her; My Lady, her mother, was cut in pieces; my poor pupil was served just in the same manner as his sister; and as for the castle, they have not left one stone upon another; they have destroyed all the ducks, and sheep, the barns, and the trees; but we have had our revenge, for the Abares have done the very same thing in a neighboring barony, which belonged to a Bulgarian lord.”

    At hearing this, Candide fainted away a second time, but, not withstanding, having come to himself again, he said all that it became him to say; he inquired into the cause and effect, as well as into the sufficing reason that had reduced Pangloss to so miserable a condition.

    “Alas,” replied the preceptor, “it was love; love, the comfort of the human species; love, the preserver of the universe; the soul of all sensible beings; love! tender love!”

    “Alas,” cried Candide, “I have had some knowledge of love myself, this sovereign of hearts, this soul of souls; yet it never cost me more than a kiss and twenty kicks on the backside. But how could this beautiful cause produce in you so hideous an effect?”

    Pangloss made answer in these terms:

    “O my dear Candide, you must remember Pacquette, that pretty wench, who waited on our noble Baroness; in her arms I tasted the pleasures of Paradise, which produced these Hell torments with which you see me devoured. She was infected with an ailment, and perhaps has since died of it; she received this present of a learned Franciscan, who derived it from the fountainhead; he was indebted for it to an old countess, who had it of a captain of horse, who had it of a marchioness, who had it of a page, the page had it of a Jesuit, who, during his novitiate, had it in a direct line from one of the fellow adventurers of Christopher Columbus; for my part I shall give it to nobody, I am a dying man.”

    “O sage Pangloss,” cried Candide, “what a strange genealogy is this! Is not the devil the root of it?”

    “Not at all,” replied the great man, “it was a thing unavoidable, a necessary ingredient in the best of worlds; for if Columbus had not caught in an island in America this disease, which contaminates the source of generation, and frequently impedes propagation itself, and is evidently opposed to the great end of nature, we should have had neither chocolate nor cochineal. It is also to be observed, that, even to the present time, in this continent of ours, this malady, like our religious controversies, is peculiar to ourselves. The Turks, the Indians, the Persians, the Chinese, the Siamese, and the Japanese are entirely unacquainted with it; but there is a sufficing reason for them to know it in a few centuries. In the meantime, it is making prodigious havoc among us, especially in those armies composed of well disciplined hirelings, who determine the fate of nations; for we may safely affirm, that, when an army of thirty thousand men engages another equal in size, there are about twenty thousand infected with syphilis on each side.”

    http://www.online-literature.com/voltaire/candide/4/

  35. The True Nolan says:

    YMMV: “In the US Army during World War I they were the second most common reason for disability and absence from duty, being responsible for nearly 7 million lost person-days and the discharge of more than 10,000 men.”

    That “discharge of more than 10,000 men” — was it accompanied by pain or blood in the urine?

    Just asking for a friend…

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