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Coronavirus not among 10 most common causes of death in September - ONS

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Coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of deaths in England and Wales last month
There were 2,703 excess deaths across England and Wales in September, official figures show - but coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of fatality.

The numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are relative to the five-year average, counting from 2015 to 2019.

The leading cause of death in September for both nations was dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


The establishment doesn't think Dr. Scott Atlas is an expert. He disagrees

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'Trust the experts' is the battle cry of America's elitists. After President Trump's shock election in 2016 showed that Americans are sick of hearing from politicians, the politicized classes adopted experts as their proxy for power. Climate change 'experts' justify AOC's radical Green New Deal with prophecies of planetary extinction. Foreign policy 'experts' claim America will destabilize the Middle East if, as Trump wants, we withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Medical 'experts' are wheeled out to justify increasing control over the lives of everyday Americans through draconian lockdowns, mask mandates and stringent travel restrictions.

Dr Scott Atlas, one of the newer members of the White House's COVID-19 task force, is not an 'expert', according to the ever-changing standards of the establishment. He has only 25 years of high-level experience, including serving as the Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and crafting healthcare policy for over a decade. However, as his Wikipedia page condescendingly reminds us multiple times, Atlas is 'a radiologist, not a specialist in public health or infectious diseases', and thus his advice must be ignored. CDC director Robert Redfield was busted on a private phone call alleging that 'everything he says is false'. Dr Anthony Fauci said on television he is 'concerned' about Atlas, the 'outlier' of the task force, spreading misinformation. Fox News's Chris Wallace, who is also not an epidemiologist, mocked Atlas for predicting Trump would make a 'full recovery' after contracting COVID-19.

Twitter has joined the group of banshees trying to silence Atlas. The social media company blocked a post from him this week that said 'Masks work? NO', saying that it violated their policy on misinformation. Atlas says his tweet was intended to question public mask mandates, noting that they're only useful when people are unable to social-distance.

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There is a solution to Big Tech censorship - but no politician will touch it

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The issue of censorship by major tech companies is a precarious one, and I'm becoming increasingly suspicious of the nature of the debate. There are some complexities, but it can all be boiled down to this:

Big tech social media conglomerates argue that their websites are like any other private business and that they are protected from overt government interference by the US constitution. In other words, they have a right to platform or de-platform anyone they choose. Of course, this is the exact OPPOSITE of what most leftist groups have argued in the past when it comes to private businesses refusing to cooperate with people they disagree with on basic principle, such as LGBT activists, but let's set that hypocrisy aside for now.

Social media companies have decided that the people they want to de-platform most are conservatives, along anyone else who disagrees with hard left ideologies such as social justice or the handling of the pandemic situation. Statements or content that run contrary to leftist philosophies are simply labeled "hate speech" or "conspiracy theory" and are erased.

Snakes in Suits

UK scientists confirm efficacy of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, day after one volunteer reported dead in Brazil

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Researchers in the UK claim the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine behaves as expected in the human body, in new research released a day after Brazilian authorities announced the death of one of its trial volunteers.

In their work, the group of independent UK scientists say the vaccine accurately follows its creators' intentions once injected into the human body.

The study was conducted by several virologists unaffiliated with AstraZeneca and led by Dr. David Matthews, of the University of Bristol, and has so far been published only as a preprint, meaning it hasn't yet passed the peer-review process. It states that the vaccine accurately copies and performs the genetic instructions programmed into it by its designers.

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Churches win over Colorado governor's pandemic orders

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A federal judge ruled late last week in favor of two Colorado churches that challenged Gov. Jared Polis's (D) pandemic orders requiring indoor occupancy limitations and masks during worship.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Domenico, a Trump appointee, granted Denver Bible Church and its pastor, Robert Enyart, as well as Community Baptist Church and its pastor, Joey Rhoads, a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

The judge said Polis's Public Health Order 20-35 violated the churches' First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Domenico wrote in his ruling:
[T]he Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant's or spa's.


Fire erupts after explosion at Iranian petrochemicals plant

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An explosion caused a blaze at a petrochemicals plant in southwestern Iran on Friday, according to state media. The country has been plagued by accidents at industrial facilities in recent months.

The fire broke out at the aromatics unit of a petrochemical plant in the port city of Bandar Mahshahr, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

Firefighters from the plant as well as regional fire teams were called to the site and managed to contain the blaze. There were no fatalities or injuries as a result of the incident, it added.

Comment: The frequency of fires and explosions at critical Iranian infrastructure leads one to conclude that this is unlikely to be accidental or chance and is instead sabotage:


30 dead after seasonal flu vaccinations in South Korea, medical association urges gov to suspend program

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FILE PHOTO: A man gets an influenza vaccine at a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, October 21, 2020.
South Korean officials refused on Thursday to suspend a seasonal influenza inoculation effort, despite growing calls for a halt, including an appeal from a key group of doctors, after the deaths of at least 25 of those vaccinated. Health authorities said they found no direct links between the deaths and the vaccines.

At least 22 of the dead, including a 17-year-old boy, were part of a campaign to inoculate 19 million teenagers and senior citizens for free, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

Comment: Since when did teenagers need a vaccine for the flu?

"The number of deaths has increased, but our team sees low possibility that the deaths resulted from the shots," the agency's director, Jeong Eun-kyeong, told parliament.

Comment: RT provides further details:
The number jumped from 12 deaths reported earlier on Thursday.

None of the people who died received the recalled doses.

Leading one to believe that perhaps it wasn't due to a refrigeration problem.

During a press conference on Thursday, Choi Dae-zip, president of the Korean Medical Association, requested that the flu shot campaign be put on hold until safety concerns about the vaccine could be properly addressed.

"The number of deaths has increased, but our team sees low possibility that the deaths resulted from the shots," Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, said while addressing parliament. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo acknowledged that people were "concerned" about the vaccine but said that the program would continue.

And yet the director provides no alternative explanation.

A preliminary investigation into six of the deaths found no direct link to the jab they received.

Vaccine safety has become a hot button issue as governments and pharmaceutical companies rush to develop an effective coronavirus jab. Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency said on Wednesday that a volunteer who was participating in the Oxford University trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine had died of complications from Covid-19. However, the individual may have been part of a control group taking a placebo.

South Korean government to investigate spate of deaths linked to seasonal flu shots after toll rises to 30

"The authorities should thoroughly investigate the causal relationship between vaccinations and the deaths and make public the development transparently," Chung said on Friday at a meeting of the government's disaster and safety counter-measure group.

Chung's statement came after the death toll among people who recently received the vaccine more than doubled between Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon, then continued rising through the night. There were 25 deaths recorded as of 4pm Thursday, up from 12 earlier in the day, and the toll reached 30 at midnight.

Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), reportedly told South Korean lawmakers on Thursday that there was no direct link between the deaths and the vaccine. Of the first 25 deaths recorded, 22 involved people aged 60 or older, but a 17-year-old boy last week died two days after getting his flu shot.

It's those who are older and have comorbidities who are vulnerable to the otherwise 'harmless' coronavirus.

Chung called on the KDCA to investigate quickly provide the public with an explanation for the deaths "so that people can receive vaccination without anxiety."
It remains to be seen what has caused this apparent uptick in deaths but perhaps their attempt to avoid a 'twindemic' backfired. There could be a number of explanations, such as that perhaps rolling out greater vaccination campaigns are simply going to kill higher numbers of people; perhaps they overwhelmed the immune systems of the vulnerable; maybe there's a contraindication with this years chosen flu strain, and so on. It's also worth bearing in mind that the evidence suggests that any flu vaccine is likely to do more harm than good.

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Chris Wallace tweets being 'jealous' of Kristen Welker: New moderator wins praise from all sides for managing 'civilized' debate

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Chris Wallace during the first 2020 presidential debate and Kristen Welker during the second 2020 presidential debate
NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker won praise from both the political left and right - including kudos from Donald Trump himself - for finally giving Americans a presidential debate without controversy over moderator bias.

Thursday night's performance by Welker in the final debate between President Trump and Democrat rival Joe Biden stood in stark contrast to the handling of this fall's previous debates and town hall meetings by moderators and hosts. Fox News host Chris Wallace, in particular, was pilloried for his performance in the September 29 Trump-Biden debate, after which he was blasted by Democrats for failing to take control over the conversation and ripped by Republicans for being "shamelessly biased" against Trump.


Heart - Black

Andrew Cuomo continues his self-aggrandizing Covid-19 victory lap while reimposing ruinous lockdowns on New York

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
The New York governor has praised his own response to the pandemic, touting the state's low infection rate to sell his new book, even as he again places dire restrictions on residents, insisting the virus is back. So, which is it?

In one version of Cuomo's New York, the state - and especially New York City - has come out the other side of its dire stint at the center of the US Covid-19 epidemic victorious. Businesses are reopening, birds are singing, and residents are praising his steadfast leadership. In the other version, the virus has returned to the gates, requiring New Yorkers to make sacrifices, shut down businesses that have just reopened after punishing (and in many cases financially fatal) months-long lockdowns, submit to humiliating and expensive 'mask patrols,' and... praise Cuomo's steadfast leadership.

Surely these worlds can't simultaneously exist?

Comment: Fair criticism - Cuomo should give a listen (but he won't). Perhaps the people still trapped in New York experiencing this nightmare will. Cuomo has perpetrated a basket of crimes on his constituency, the consequences of which will play out for years to come.

Gold Seal

Lockdown Lunacy 4.0: The Illusion of Control

The story I will tell my grandchildren someday will go something like this:

A totalitarian regime — China — flipped out and locked down an entire city when they discovered a new virus. Most of the world's leaders, throwing out a century of hard-earned knowledge about how to manage through infectious disease outbreaks, ended up doing the same thing in a panicky week fueled by trumped-up death models created by people with fancy degrees. As the details began to emerge that the original forecasts and death rates were way overblown, most leaders doubled-down on stupid policies, unwilling to acknowledge an obvious truth: governments don't stop viruses. Instead, they continued to take their shockingly-acquiescent populations on a year-long snipe hunt. Mercifully, a few countries and U.S. states took a different path, so that a world without these ridiculous policies exists to highlight the idiocy.

Italy: did everything right...and now the virus is back?

In yesterday's Daily Beast, the headline tells the whole story: Italy Did Everything Right to Stop a Second Wave of the Coronavirus. So What Went Wrong? The article explains:
What's particularly troubling about the return of COVID in Italy is that the country has done everything experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have been advising. Face masks in public places have been compulsory for months, social distancing is strongly enforced, nightclubs have never reopened, and sporting arenas are at less than a third of capacity. Children who are back at school are regularly tested and strictly social-distanced, and yet, the second wave seems completely unstoppable.
So, wait. Italy is following, more strictly, the many recommendations being made by Governors and public health officials here in the U.S., and yet the problem is getting worse? The article continues:
While ruling out another full lockdown, Italian health officials are instead urging people to limit their own movements, even as concern grows that by keeping them at their homes, they are inadvertently encouraging private parties where the spread seems to be the worst at the moment. Italy's health ministry released data this week showing that 80.3 percent of the new infections "occur at home" while only 4.2 percent come from recreational activities and schools.
I found this article to be shockingly honest for a somewhat mainstream publication, and the conclusion for anyone with the capacity to think independently is fairly obvious: you can't stop a virus. And, for reasons that I'm sure psychologists will be analyzing for decades to come, both your fellow citizens and many politicians seem to be suffering from a deeply destructive condition: the illusion of control. The Daily Beast's article concludes with a dreary statement that I think every American will soon realize is true for all of us, too:
But for many, the sacrifices that helped during the first round seem lost now, as though they had been made in vain.

Comment: Handley's previous entries in this series are still worth reading: