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"Do you remember a winter without a cold?"

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In the context of the current overwhelming worldwide COVID-19 panic wave, this text has as goal to provide, on a differentiated scientific basis, a different view of the corona crisis than the one still dominantly presented in the mainstream media and used by many governments and their experts to maintain protection measures imposed on whole populations.

Scientific data as well as propositions based on them will be presented, bringing together what many scientists, medical doctors, economists and lawyers have already claimed in the past months. The panic wave and the subsequent scaremongering have not allowed until today that these voices be heard sufficiently. The present specific contribution will concern the potentially deleterious and even fatal role of emotions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Joel Kettner, professor of Community Health Science at Manitoba University and Medical Director of the International Centre for Infectious Diseases declared in March 2020:
"I have never seen anything like this... I am not talking about the pandemic, because I have seen 30 of them, one every year... But I have never seen this reaction, and I am trying to understand why..."
Dr. David Jones declared recently, concerning the corona crisis, in the New England Journal of Medicine:
"History suggests that we are actually at much greater risk of exaggerated fears and misplaced priorities".


Is evidence masks don't work being purged from the internet?

© Jialun Deng
The dentistry journal Oral Health Group has removed a research paper from its website which found masks do not work to halt the spread of disease. They claim the paper is "no longer relevant in the current climate".

The article - "Why Face Masks Don't Work: A Revealing Review" - has been used as a source before by us before (see here), and was a great collation of all the research studies done on the effectiveness of masks as a disease prevention tool. In general it found the evidence suggested masks have little to no value as infection preventatives.

The author, John Hardie (BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC), is a 30-year veteran of dental practice, specialising in infection control. The paper had over 30 references and sources from academic journals and peer-reviewed studies.

It's hard to say exactly when the article was taken down, but the Wayback Machine shows it to be intact on 25th of June, simply missing from July 2nd-9th, and replaced with the current statement on July 10th.

Comment: Good resource with many studies and information on masks can be found here: The Science of Masks


U-Haul seen distributing shields, potential weapons to Louisville rioters rented to Holly Zoller of Soros-connected Louisville Bail Project

Holly Zoller
© Louisville Bail Initiative
The U-Haul that began distributing riot supplies in Louisville immediately following the announcement that no officers would be charged for Breonna Taylor's death was rented to Holly Zoller of the Louisville Bail Initiative.

The pre-parked truck was loaded with shields painted with anti-police messages, umbrellas, gas masks, and other riot supplies.

Zoller confirmed it was her in a phone call from a concerned citizen who pretended to work for the rental company. You can listen to it in full here.
Uhaul reservation
A U-Haul employee leaked logs proving that Zoller was the one who rented the truck.

Red Flag

Black Lives Matter organizer charged with human trafficking and prostitution

Charles Wade
© Miami-Dade Department of Corrections
Charles Wade
Charles Wade, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and co-founder of Operation Help or Hush, a group that helps organize protests and social movements, has been charged in his arrest last month for human trafficking and prostitution.

Wade was arrested at a Howard Johnson Inn in Maryland on April 25. Police said he was staying in a motel room where he was allegedly pimping a 17-year-old girl, the Daily Caller reported.

His arrest was part of a sting operation in which an undercover officer responded to an ad for an encounter with a 23-year-old woman allegedly placed by Wade in an online forum frequently used by sex traffickers and prostitutes.

"Holla at me. Quick stay specials tonight and tomorrow. Independent. Fun and sexy. Text me to set up an appointment???????" the ad reads.

Comment: According to an article carried at earnthenecklace.com, it's is not clear whether Wade was convicted or sentenced. The case was closed in 2016:
Wade posted bail of $25,000 two days after his arrest. His trial was expected to begin in June 2016. It's unclear whether Charles Wade was convicted or sentenced. Maryland court records reveal that the case was closed in 2016. The exact details are not known.

Charles Wade court record
© District Court of Maryland
Charles Wade court record
© District Court of Maryland


Letters from the politically homeless

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Americans aren't just fleeing liberal strongholds like California, Chicago and New York in droves. We are moving politically, too. As I often find myself caught in the crossfire of the culture wars, I also find myself at the crossroads of this migration.

Since my last column, headlined 'Why I won't vote', I've received hundreds of emails from others who feel politically homeless. I've also heard from many who have voted Democrat or Republican their entire lives and, for the first time, in 2020 will vote for the opposite party. Lifetime conservatives are voting for Biden. Independents are being radicalized to vote red or blue. People who didn't vote for Donald Trump in 2016 are enthusiastically voting for him now.

I even heard from a guy who hasn't voted since Nader but is coming out to support Trump. Many who identify as 'politically homeless' are opting to vote third party or, like me, not to vote in the presidential category at all. (Allow me to clarify something I should have made clear in my previous column: I will be voting down ballot.)

People 2

South Korean national and hundreds charged worldwide in takedown of largest darknet child pornography website, funded by bitcoin

Site seizure notice
Dozens of minor victims who were being actively abused by site users rescued

Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content. The nine-count indictment was unsealed today along with a parallel civil forfeiture action. Son has also been charged and convicted in South Korea and is currently in custody serving his sentence in South Korea. An additional 337 site users residing in
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State and Washington, D.C. as well as the United Kingdom, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Brazil and Australia
have been arrested and charged.


Extraditing the WikiLeaks boss to the US violates British sovereignty, threatens press freedom, and is a politically motivated kidnap

I can't stand Julian Assange. He is almost everything I do not like. I doubt we would get along if we spent an evening together. I have evidence of this.

Some years ago, we clashed rather nastily at a London drugs legalisation debate in which we disagreed totally and, as I recall, he abused me and I was quite rude back.

His world is not my world, and his people are not my people. I think he did a grave wrong by jumping bail. Among other things, this left a lot of his friends, who had trusted him, having to forfeit money they couldn't afford which they had put up as surety.

And now I have said that, I wish to add that I am wholly, furiously against the attempt by the United States government to extradite Mr Assange from this country, now under way at the Old Bailey. I think it is wrong in principle. I think it is clearly a political case and should be rejected on those grounds alone, if there were no others available.


Seattle City Council snowflakes override mayor to reduce police funding and staff

seattle mayor jenny durkan
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
The Seattle City Council voted to override Mayor Jenny Durkan's vetoes on bills that seek to reduce the city's police funding and staff.

During a special meeting on Tuesday, council members overcame three vetoes from the mayor to push forward legislation that would eliminate up to 100 officers positioned across various departments, cap the salary of command staff and the chief of police, and terminate the Navigation Team, which is dedicated to helping homeless people find shelter, according to numerous outlets. It's unclear exactly how many officers will lose their jobs, but the measures will reduce the $400 million police budget for 2020 by less than $4 million.

"Divestment from a broken policing model is not only the right thing to do ... I believe it is the needed course of action," Council President M. Lorena Gonzalez said. "We cannot look away from this, and we can no longer accept the status quo if we truly believe that black lives matter."

Eye 1

Bojo's new restrictions are destructive, senseless and may be indefinite. The UK a freedom-loving nation? What a sick joke

social distancing sign london
© Reuters / Henry Nicholls
A social distancing sign can be seen inside Stables Market, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Camden, London, Britain, September 19, 2020.
The UK prime minister has, in his infinite wisdom, decided to impose a raft of new restrictions to avoid another lockdown after the first one was such a resounding success. These measures are shameful.

I hope you all enjoyed those precious few weeks of semi-freedom. I, like all Britons, will look back on the summer of 2020 fondly. A time when we all dressed like dandy highwaymen to go shopping and surrendered our personal details to pub staff wearing visors and wielding thermometer pistols. We gathered in groups of seven, sometimes more, Rishi Sunak bought us all dinner, the Welsh re-opened the border, and millionaires knelt in empty stadia as sport returned to our screens. Shall we ever know such halcyon days again?

Not anytime soon, if our dear leader's latest statement is anything to go by. Earlier today, Boris Johnson decided to relieve himself over the nation's collective bonfire with the force of an authoritarian Grand National winner. His stable lads, Whitty and Vallance, had prepared the ground for him a day earlier, by publishing a graph designed purely to help people get through the last of their stockpiled bog roll. With the proviso that it "wasn't a prediction", they then proceeded to tell the nation that 49,000 people a day could be getting the dreaded 'rona by mid-October, if we didn't do something drastic. Lo and behold, a day later something drastic has been done.

Comment: RT reports on the UK's Foreign Secretary comments that the UK is not following the example of Sweden. Why not? He doesn't say. Which is all the more bizarre, and damning, because it has been a resounding success and is now looking at herd immunity with minimal damage to its economy:
During an interview on BBC radio on Wednesday, the minister was asked if Britain was now taking an approach similar to that of the Scandinavian country in its handling of the coronavirus crisis. "I don't accept that characterization," Raab said.

The 'Swedish approach' is characterized by avoiding a lockdown and, instead, emphasizing social distancing and hygiene. That country's health authorities have tried, if not to completely eradicate a disease, to at least slow the spread of the virus.

Commenting on the possibility of a new national lockdown, Raab told Sky News: "That is what we want to avoid." In another interview, with LBC radio, he said: "What we don't want is to have to take even more severe measures as we go through Christmas."

At the same time, Scotland's semi-autonomous government is taking more stringent measures, including banning any socializing between households.

"I've made a judgment that we are again at a tipping point with Covid, and I'm looking at data that alarms me, frankly," Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on ITV. She added, citing her scientific advisers, that the package announced by Johnson would be insufficient to bring down the rate of transmission.
Meanwhile the very (tenuous) social fabric of the UK is also being torn apart, much to the delight of some of the UK's MPs: UK's coronavirus snitch hotline swamped with so many reports senior police staff forced to answer calls

Bizarro Earth

Spotify employees flexing muscles to CENSOR Joe Rogan are getting their revenge, even if it means killing their cash cow

Joe Rogan
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Top podcaster Joe Rogan has all but capitulated to media establishment bullies with an uncharacteristic apology, after claiming leftist activists were starting wildfires. He can expect a lot more apologizing - and no absolution.

Rogan issued a groveling apology via Instagram last week for claiming during a conversation with British conservative commentator Douglas Murray that "left-wing people" had been arrested for lighting forest fires in Portland. Amplifying the rumor already circulating among conservative outlets was "definitely a mistake" and "very irresponsible," a downcast Rogan stated.