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Lockdowns don't prevent coronavirus spread

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Much has been said about the terrifying models that in the spring projected such a staggering number of deaths from the novel coronavirus.

In hindsight, as bad as the pandemic has been, it never even approached the dismal numbers suggested ‒ the very numbers that rationalized society-wide lockdowns in Italy, the U.K., New York City, and then in many other places as the pandemic spread.

What researchers have struggled with since then is how to measure the impact of various actions taken. Do we even know if what we're doing is working? Where's the evidence for that, and are there other things we ought to do instead?

Naturally, proponents of lockdowns have long said that strong government action prevented all kinds of horrors. If anything, the poor outcomes we had in the spring and the fall indicated that we didn't do enough. Skeptics, on the other hand, said that lockdowns did nothing but harm our societies ‒ physically, economically, and mentally ‒ and that infection rate curves moved the way they did regardless of what strong-worded politicians implemented, and often before their strong policies took effect. The August NBER paper by Andrew Atkeson, Karen Kopecky and Tao Zha, 'Four Stylized Facts about COVID-19' spells out the uncomfortable position for most policy-makers: the virus seems to spread rapidly, kill selectively, and in no way responds to anything that well-meaning politicians have thrown at it.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Censorship and oppression threaten America's trademark standards of democracy and open debate

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Watch as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. addresses health freedom advocates gathered in Copenhagen to strategize ways to maintain human rights on a global basis


On the eve of the 57th anniversary of his uncle John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. addressed health freedom advocates gathered in Copenhagen to strategize ways to maintain human rights on a global basis.

Robert Kennedy said that when Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee asked then-President Kennedy what he would like to have written on his tombstone, Kennedy replied, "He Kept the Peace."

Robert Kennedy then led the attendees through a history of the rise of censorship and oppression in recent decades, stressing that some form of war is key to the existence of the U.S. intelligence community. Highlights of his presentation include:
  • The biggest threat to American democracy comes from within.
  • President Eisenhower's farewell speech cautioned the public about the abuse of power within the "military industrial complex."
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall signified the end of the war on communism leaving U.S. intelligence workers with nothing to fight and the need to create a "war" to justify their existence.
  • The "war on terrorism" and the "bio-security agenda" became the new focal points of government intelligence with communism no longer a threat.
  • The installation of surveillance architecture ensures the capacity to keep track of every square foot of the planet and obliterate privacy.

Attention

America's First Revolution Is Happening Now

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Hear me out and you will understand the title.

There is a difference between a rebellion and a revolution. A rebellion is what occurred in the thirteen colonies in the late 18th century. A revolution is what occurred in Russia in 1917.

A rebellion occurred in the colonies, because the subjects of the king in the colonies were treated differently constitutionally and in law from subjects of the king in England. The colonists had no representation in Parliament and no voice in how they were ruled.

The rebellion resulted in political independence but not in a change in the belief system. The colonists held to belief in the rule of law to which government is held accountable and to Blackstonian legal principles. The legal and political principles that the English had fought for from the Magna Carta to the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which established the people's power to govern themselves through representatives in Parliament, were enshrined in the Constitution. The United States is the Constitution. If the Constitution is set aside and not followed, the United States is a different entity.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Are all the vaccine deaths a coincidence?

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Declarations by health officials and vaccine makers that deaths and injuries following COVID vaccinations are unrelated coincidences are becoming a pattern. They're also depriving people of the information they need to make informed decisions.

The official handling last week of the deaths of two Danes and a Miami doctor following their COVID jabs highlights the gaping holes in the government's surveillance system for detecting post-marketing vaccine reactions.

These incidents suggest that health officials will be unlikely to give the public authentic risk profiles for the emergency use COVID vaccines.

Accurate risk profiles allow regulators to determine if a medical intervention is causing more harm than good and consumers to make rational choices about their own use of a product.

Regulators usually develop risk assessments during preclinical trials by comparing health outcomes in individuals receiving the intervention against a placebo group. Such studies must be large enough to detect rare injuries and of sufficient duration to reveal ailments with long diagnosis horizons.

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For Martin Luther King Day, let us end his 'second assassination'

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Martin Luther King Jr. day has been celebrated every January 18 since it was a made a national holiday through the tireless efforts of Martin’s widow Coretta in 1983.
While many people take the opportunity to treat Martin's life as a pre-packaged hallmark card of cliché speeches, far too few take the time to fully appreciate not only the depth of his understanding of the multifaceted evils plaguing society but also his brilliant plans, methods and vision for creative problem solving which touched on far more than the single issue of "civil rights" for which he is celebrated. In fact, on deeper inspection, we should not be surprised to discover that Martin had come to bridge the gulf between racial justice, economic justice, imperial wars abroad and also global economic imperialism and worked hard to create a functional battle plan to solve all of those problems.

It should not be surprising that this great leader was killed (followed soon thereafter by his ally Robert Kennedy), and the world took a very dark and un-natural trajectory. It should also not be surprising that many years after his death, efforts were put into motion by those unsatisfied with the death of his body — who wished nothing less than the assassination of his memory and legacy.

Comment: Rising Tide Foundation has made transcripts and video clips of Martin Luther King's most memorable speeches available here
For MLK's 92nd Anniversary: Great Speeches to Edify and Uplift the Soul

The vision for a world of peaceful cooperation and brotherhood which Martin Luther King willingly gave his life represents a promethean fire, is required more today than ever before.

As civilization is confronted with some of the most dangerous challenges threatening global war, and a plunge into a new Dark Age, the tests we will collectively be faced with can best be met by rekindling those creative fires of love and understanding that shaped Martin Luther King's ministry and his life of strategic thinking.

It is with this hope for a better age of humanity that the Rising Tide Foundation presents a collection of the most powerful speeches and sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.



Attention

America just experienced a coup, but it wasn't by Trump

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In its aggressive reaction to the storming of the Capitol Building on Wednesday, the press, Democrats, and even Republicans have settled on one preferred term: "Attempted coup." They are all either lying or in hysterics. The crowd that streamed through the Capitol on Wednesday had no plan and no goal, save chaos. It was a riot inside a government building, and nothing more.

But make no mistake. There has been a coup attempt in America this week. The globalist American regime has effectively overthrown Donald Trump two weeks early, and is now moving to secure its power.

Real coups are not clumsy mob attacks adjacent to lawmakers. Real coups, above all, are about control: Control of communications, control of bureaucracy, and above all, control of military power. And in the past few days, it is President Trump's enemies who have seized control of all these things.

The most obvious sign of the unfolding coup is the most memorable: The suspension, and then banning, of the President's Twitter account. After this ban was handed down, a flurry of other tech companies rushed to follow suit.
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Comment: There has been, is and will be resistance to this argument. It doesn't make it untrue. Perhaps, at this juncture, many will come to realize the truth to be more important than clinging to a comforting, but indoctrinated, fallacy.


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The 'sheep syndrome' being imposed on us

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People are unhappy. Yes, but not enough to stop this tyranny! - Well, I better behave otherwise I'm going to be punished. - FEAR! - Fear leads to the sheep syndrome - that deep-deep social disease which besets us today. They keep to the narrative - MUST wear a mask - MUST keep the safe 2-meter distance - police enforced.

Today and during the last few days new "measures" - restrictions of freedom imposed by governments for reasons of "public health security", i. e. preventing the spread of covid infections - have been tightened throughout Europe. Literally, these treacherous governments say, "we have to tighten the screws". Seriously. WTF - who do they think they are? Servants of the people who elected them and who pay them. This is high treason. But people take it without asking too many questions, some complaints but not strong enough... we are living in the midst of the Sheep Syndrome.

They - these supposedly people friendly governments - call them "measures", a euphemism for lockdown - sounds better in the ears of a public tired of continuous and more and more repressions. This second, in some countries even third lockdown, includes further business closing, more sever control on home-office work, police-enhanced social distancing, mask wearing, no indoor group activities, only 5 people may meet in an apartment... and, and, and.

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AOC proposes funding to 'deprogram white supremacists'

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"There are people who are radicalized right now,' AOC said at a town hall on Jan. 15, 2021.
The federal government needs to fund the de-programming of white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Friday night.

"The White supremacist cause is futile, it's nihilist," AOC, a Democrat who represents parts of The Bronx and Queens, said during a virtual town hall meeting Friday night.

"Their world will never exist. That's why we're seeing violence right now.," she said, speaking in the wake of the violent siege on the US Capitol by radical supporters of President Trump.

"We have to pick up those pieces."

Comment: Occasional Cortex running true to form. At least the bartender from the Bronx is consistent.By 'white supremacists', she of course means anyone who voted for Trump. Which is most of the country...


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Trump team's Peter Navarro drops third major report on historic election fraud - confirms Trump won

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Peter Navarro, Director, Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy
The Populist Press just reported that Peter Navarro from the Trump Team has released a report showing President Trump won the 2020 Election.
Volume 3 of the Navarro Report is designed to serve as a capstone to what has been a comprehensive analysis of the question: Was the 2020 presidential election stolen from Donald J. Trump? In this report, we provide the most up-to-date statistical "receipts" with respect to the potential number of illegal votes in each battleground state.
In the report it begins by discussing the first and second reports and then shares this:
The broader goal of this final installment of the Navarro Report is to provide investigators with a well-documented tally of potentially illegal votes on a state-by-state and category-by-category basis. This tally is presented in Figure One on the next page of this report. Note that each number in this figure has a corresponding endnote identifying the source of the number. Note further that we have taken a conservative approach to the count of potentially illegal ballots.

Comment: Hopefully the investigation continues and there is a beneficial outcome from the information. As for this dog and pony show of an election, it appears to be too late.


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Covid lockdowns may have no clear benefit vs other voluntary measures, international study shows

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A new study shows that mandatory lockdown orders may not provide more significant benefits to curbing the spread of COVID-19 vs voluntary measures such as social distancing and travel restrictions. Here, one pedestrian walks on the pavement in central London in the morning on March 24, 2020, after Britain ordered a lockdown.
A study evaluating COVID-19 responses around the world found that mandatory lockdown orders early in the pandemic may not provide significantly more benefits to slowing the spread of the disease than other voluntary measures, such as social distancing or travel reduction.

The peer reviewed study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation on January 5, and analyzed coronavirus case growth in 10 countries in early 2020.

The study compared cases in England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the U.S. - all countries that implemented mandatory lockdown orders and business closures - to South Korea and Sweden, which instituted less severe, voluntary responses. It aimed to analyze the effect that less restrictive or more restrictive measures had on changing individual behavior and curbing the transmission of the virus.


Comment: While people were locked in their homes in fear, without any necessary medical help, the number of deaths caused by the lockdowns was arguably much more than from Covid-19 itself.

As local small businesses were closing and people were losing their jobs, the biggest tech giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and many others made a huge profit.