Welcome to Sott.net
Thu, 21 Jan 2021
The World for People who Think

Society's Child


NHS director admits coronavirus data inaccurate as patients are in hospital for OTHER issues

© talkRADIO
AN NHS DIRECTOR has confirmed some hospital patients with coronavirus were not admitted because of the disease but other health concerns.
NHS Confederation director Dr Layla McCay confirmed some people in hospitals with coronavirus were not admitted because of the disease. In England alone, some 27,000 people are in hospital with COVID-19, 40 percent more than during the first peak in April. Dr McCay also revealed there are 2,000 Brits needing ventilators across the UK.

Speaking on her talkRADIO show, Julia Hartley-Brewer asked: "When we say we've got X number of Covid patients in hospital, that simply means X number of people who have tested positive for Covid in hospital whether they are being treated for Covid, whether they have any symptoms of Covid.

"Is that correct or not?"

Comment: This is just the latest story to expose the lies about the government's manufactured crisis, that is sadly being supported by hystericized healthcare workers: BBC backtracks and admits children's wards are NOT seeing a surge in severe coronavirus admissions

Also check out SOTT radio's:


Assange 'free to return home' once legal challenges over, Australia PM says

scott morrison
© Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS
Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, removes his protective face mask after arriving for a signing ceremony with Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister at Suga's official residence in Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2020.
Julian Assange is "free to return home" to Australia once legal challenges against him are dealt with, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, after a UK court denied a request to extradite the Wikileaks founder to the United States.

A British judge on Monday blocked the extradition request by the United States, where Assange was set to face criminal charges including breaking a spying law, saying his mental health problems meant he would be at risk of suicide.

U.S. justice department said it would continue to seek Assange's extradition with prosecutors set to appeal the ruling to London's High Court.

Comment: More from Sputnik:
Australian Opposition Presses Government to Make US Drop Assange's Extradition Request
11:19 GMT 05.01.2021 Tim Korso

Members of the Australian opposition are urging the government to convince the US to not pursue the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a UK judge rejected the first attempt to do so. Coalition backbencher George Christensen from the Liberal National Party of Queensland and independent Senator Rex Patrick suggested that a presidential pardon might be the best way for the US to end its longstanding feud with the whistleblower, who accuses Washington of suppression of the press and free speech.

A parliamentary group called "Bring Julian Assange Home" praised the 4 January decision by UK District Judge Vanessa Baraitser to reject Assange's extradition request from the US. The group's co-chairs, Christensen and independent lawmaker Andrew Wilkie, urged both the outgoing and incoming US presidents to let Assange's case go.

Australia's shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus of the Labour Party, argued in the wake of the British judge's ruling that it was high time for Assange's persecution "to be brought to an end". The US Department of Justice, however, indicated that it intends to appeal the UK judge's decision.
See also:

Eye 1

Singapore promised not to use contact tracing data for anything but COVID, but now that everyone is being tracked they changed their minds a little

singapore police
It's almost as if governments don't always keep their promises when it concerns your personal privacy.

Singapore has confirmed that law enforcement is able to access the country's COVID-19 contact tracing data in criminal probes, even though they had previously said that wouldn't be the case.

That (now broken) promise was no doubt part of the reason Singapore was able to achieve an insane 78% adoption rate of residents using the contact tracking app TraceTogether or a wearable token.

In fact, they literally said that data would "never be accessed unless the user tests positive." By the way, if you follow that link you'll see that statement I quoted is no longer there. It was removed yesterday in what we like to call a classic #DoubleOrwell.

Comment: See also: Singapore to tag visitors with electronic monitoring devices to ensure Covid-19 quarantine compliance


New York's new law setting up detention centers to lock up suspected Covid-19 cases heralds a Kafkaesque nightmare

lockdown protest
© Reuters / Bryan Smith
The New York legislature is weighing a bill that would let the authorities take anyone suspected of having or being exposed to a contagious disease and hold them indefinitely - even forcibly medicating them.

Under the new law, New Yorkers may be dragged out of their homes and locked up on mere suspicion of having been 'exposed' to the novel coronavirus — no positive test or even symptoms necessary. Once imprisoned in one of the state's purpose-built facilities, individuals may be forced to submit to a "prescribed course of treatment" including drugs and vaccines — and even then, freedom is not guaranteed.

The state's nightmarish Assembly Bill A416 would see targets locked away for as long as 60 days without a hearing. And while the prisoner has a right to legal counsel, New York health authorities will have the ultimate say in deciding when - and if - they're no longer contagious. Assuming they ever were in the first place, that is.

Given how unreliable the PCR tests used to screen for the coronavirus are, producing up to 90 percent false positives by some estimates, Governor Andrew Cuomo's facilities will almost certainly be flooded with the contacts of healthy people erroneously deemed 'cases.' But like the governor's decision to send Covid-19 patients into nursing homes, killing tens of thousands of elderly people, confining the healthy with the sick only guarantees that more of the healthy will fall ill with each passing day. The state thus gets a bump in case numbers, justifying further repression of its citizens under the guise of yet another virus 'surge.'

Comment: See also: Covid camps on the way? Proposed New York law suggests putting disease 'carriers' in DETENTION CENTERS


2020 was a snack, 2021 is the main course of system failure

system failure
One of the dishes at the banquet of consequences that will surprise a great many revelers is the systemic failure of the Federal Reserve's one-size-fits-all "solution" to every spot of bother: print another trillion dollars and give it to rapacious financiers and corporations.

Though 2020 is widely perceived as "the worst year ever," it was only a snack. The real banquet of consequences will be served in 2021. The reason 2020 was only a snack is that systems didn't break down in 2020. The reason 2021 is the main course is that systems will break down, and once broken, they cannot be restored.

I made the chart below to explain how systems fail and why they cannot be restored. Systems have numerous sources of potential fragility:

1. Systems can be tightly bound to other fragile systems, setting up the potential for a domino-like cascading collapse that starts with one system failure that then brings down every connected, interdependent system.

2. Systems can be hollowed out by self-interested insiders who mistakenly believe the system can survive endless looting.

3. Systems can be weakened by perverse incentives that provide strong incentives to under-invest in core functions and divert revenues to profiteering and extraction (stock buybacks, bonuses to managers, etc.)


'Out of touch with reality': Tulsi Gabbard rips fellow Democrats after Congress imposes new rules on gendered language

© Reuters / Mike Segar
US Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is calling out her party for pushing through a new code of conduct that essentially denies women exist by requiring gender-neutral language in Congressional rules.

"It's the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women," Gabbard said on Monday night in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

New guidelines introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday and passed Monday by Congress in a party-line vote endeavor to "honor all gender identities" by making all pronouns and references to familial relationships gender-neutral. For instance, "seamen" has been changed to "seafarers," and House rules have been scrubbed of such words as "father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister." "Aunt" and "uncle" will be replaced by "parent's sibling." Lawmakers also must inculcate such words as "parent-in-law," "stepsibling" and "sibling's child" to replace "mother-in-law," "stepsister" and "niece." "He" or "she" references to House members are instead "such member," "delegate" or "resident commissioner."

Snakes in Suits

'It's easy money': Nigerian scammer laughs about huge sums stolen from COVID welfare programs in bombshell interview

© Pixabay
State unemployment agencies aren't especially responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars even in the best of times. Yet when the COVID-19 crisis and government lockdowns put tens of millions of Americans out of work, Congress responded by pouring more taxpayer money into state-level unemployment systems.

The federal legislation enormously increased weekly payouts and expanded unemployment benefits to many new classes of workers, with little in the way of verification or qualification requirements. This welfare expansion was just reauthorized in the second major COVID-19 spending package, which Congress passed in mid-December. Sadly, lawmakers didn't bother to address the runaway fraud that had plagued the first round of COVID relief efforts.

An astonishing $36 billion has been lost to fraud in pandemic unemployment benefits, the Department of Labor reports. To put this figure in context, the entire unemployment system only paid out about $26 billion in 2019.


Danish govt backs delaying 2nd dose of Covid-19 vaccine like UK, despite safety concerns from Pfizer

covid vaccine
© Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS / Ritzau Scanpix
Denmark will follow the UK in delaying administering second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab beyond the recommended 21-day period, despite safety warnings from the manufacturer against altering the vaccine regimen.

On Monday, the director of the Danish National Board of Health, Søren Brostrøm, told the news agency Ritzau it had updated its guidance so Danes could be given their second shot of the two-part inoculation up to six weeks after the first dose.

However, Brostrøm added that second doses of the Pfizer vaccine should still be given three to four weeks after the first, where possible, in accordance with the time period used in clinical trials to calculate the vaccine's 95 percent efficacy rating.

Meanwhile, on Monday, German health chiefs were attempting to secure independent advice about whether to delay the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine beyond the 42-day maximum limit set by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to Reuters.

Arrow Up

Kyle Rittenhouse, Illinois teen, pleads not guilty in Kenosha protest killings

kyle rittenhouse court
© Nam Y. Huh / AP
An Illinois teenager who fatally shot two people and wounded a third amidst sometimes violent summer protests on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges including intentional homicide.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, entered his plea in a brief hearing conducted by teleconference.

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who is white, left his home in Antioch, Illinois, and traveled to Kenosha after learning of a call to protect businesses in the wake of the Aug. 23 shooting by police of Jacob Blake. Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times in the back and left paralyzed.

Rittenhouse opened fire with an assault-style rifle during protests two nights later, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse has argued he fired in self-defense. Conservatives have rallied around Rittenhouse, describing him as a patriot who took up arms to protect people and property, and raised enough money to make his $2 million cash bail.


What if lockdowns were assessed the same way vaccines are

uk lockdown boris johnson broadcast
© PA Images via Getty Images / Martin Rickett
A family in Knutsford, Cheshire, watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, setting out new emergency measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England.
As a despairing UK enters its 3rd lockdown, would we actually do them at all?

Lockdowns are the measure of first resort for many countries in the battle against Covid-19, but had we properly looked at their devastating side effects, governments would not be so keen on them.

After months of trials and painstaking inquiry into questions of efficacy and safety, December saw two vaccines approved by regulators in the UK - first, one made by Pfizer and BioNTech and a second, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. There will continue to be great scrutiny of these vaccines to make sure there are few serious side effects and that they work properly.

But as people across the UK are told to stay at home, what would happen if the same process were applied to lockdowns and other restrictions - part of a group of measures properly known as 'non-pharmaceutical interventions'? If we followed the same template as for vaccines and drugs, we would ask (a) do they work and (b) do the side effects outweigh the benefits? Yet it seems that, in the rush to keep Covid at bay, politicians seem unwilling to seriously consider a proper assessment.