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Another study finds natural immunity protects better against infection than the Pfizer vaccine

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At the end of August, a study was published showing that natural immunity provides much better protection against infection than the Pfizer vaccine. It was described by UCL's Francois Balloux as "a bit of a bombshell".

Subsequent studies have compared natural and vaccine-induced immunity at the cellular level. One found that infection-induced antibodies "exhibited superior stability and cross-variant neutralisation breadth" than vaccine-induced antibodies, suggesting that people who'd already been infected had better immunity against the then-novel Delta variant.

However, as I noted in my write-up of the "bombshell" study, its findings still needed to be replicated. After all, certain datasets or methods of analysis can sometimes yield quirky results, which don't survive independent empirical tests.

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New Zealand bans smoking by raising the age to buy cigarettes every year

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A man smokes on a street in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.
New Zealand's government believes it has come up with a unique plan to end tobacco smoking - a lifetime ban for those aged 14 or younger.

Under a new law the government announced Thursday and plans to pass next year, the minimum age to buy cigarettes would keep rising year after year.

That means, in theory at least, 65 years after the law takes effect, shoppers could still buy cigarettes - but only if they could prove they were at least 80 years old.

Comment: Since the 'pandemic' has revealed New Zealand to be a tyrannical police state, it seems they're getting more bold in their fascism. It will be interesting to see, once smoking is all but non-existent in New Zealand, what they'll make into the new whipping boy for rising cases of lung cancer. The unvaccinated, maybe?

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UK Data: Vaxxed still seeing HIGHER infection rates than unvaxxed!

From our colleague Don Wolt - his December 9th update:

UK infection rates among fully vaxxed remain HIGHER vs the unvaxxed in most adult cohorts. Both vaxxed and unvaxxed of all ages continue to get infected and spread - and in many age groups, the vaxxed much more so - rendering vaxx passports and mandates pointless.

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  • The chart shows infection RATES, not absolute numbers.
  • The rates are among the distinct populations, Vaxxed and Unvaxxed, for each age cohort.
  • The bars represent data from successive weekly UKHSA/PHE reports, with the most recent week on the right of each age cluster.


Monsanto to plead guilty to illegal pesticide use in Hawaii, pay $12 million in fines

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Monsanto crew members count corn sprouts in a field of test hybrids in a breeding nursery near Kihei, Hawaii, on Sept. 10, 2014.
The agrochemical company "repeatedly violated laws related to highly regulated chemicals, exposing people to pesticides that can cause serious health problems," an official said.

The Monsanto agrochemical company said Thursday in court documents that it has agreed to plead guilty to illegally using and storing pesticides in Hawaii and will pay $12 million in fines.

The court filing said Monsanto agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes after workers were allowed to go into corn fields last year on Oahu after glufosinate ammonium-based product named Forfeit 280 was sprayed on the fields.

Comment: Keep in mind that $12 million in fines is nothing to a company like Monsanto. They're probably pleading guilty because it's not worth their time, or the money, to fight it. And knowing Monsanto, the "serial violator of federal environmental laws" will probably do it again in a heartbeat.

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CDC chief says omicron mostly mild so far

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poses during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Atlanta. More than 40 cases of the omicron variant have been reported in the U.S. so far, with most of them people who were vaccinated and nearly all of them suffering only mild illness, Walensky said Wednesday.
More than 40 people in the U.S. have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far, and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated, the chief of the CDC said Wednesday. But she said nearly all of them were only mildly ill.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the data is very limited and the agency is working on a more detailed analysis of what the new mutant form of the coronavirus might hold for the U.S.

"What we generally know is the more mutations a variant has, the higher level you need your immunity to be. ... We want to make sure we bolster everybody's immunity. And that's really what motivated the decision to expand our guidance," Walensky said, referencing the recent approval of boosters for all adults.

Comment: All indications are that the omicron variant is mild and nothing to be afraid of. And yet the mainstream media has not slowed on its hyperbolic reporting on its "danger". From Bloomberg:
The omicron variant of Covid-19 is 4.2 times more transmissible in its early stage than delta, according to a study by a Japanese scientist who advises the country's health ministry, a finding likely to confirm fears about the new strain's contagiousness.

Hiroshi Nishiura, a professor of health and environmental sciences at Kyoto University who specializes in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, analyzed genome data available through November 26 in South Africans in Gauteng province.

"The omicron variant transmits more, and escapes immunity built naturally and through vaccines more," Nishiura said in his findings, which were presented at a meeting of the health ministry's advisory panel on Wednesday.
What one should keep in mind when reading reports of how transmissible this variant is, is that they're basically talking about a cold. Has the transmissibility of a cold ever been front page news before? Researchers racing to try and find out more about a cold? Countries putting severe restrictions on travel due to a cold? Has Christmas ever been cancelled because people might catch a cold?

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Pseudo-epidemics: Tests and the Rise of Disease Panic

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Investigating the cause of a disease is like investigating the cause of a crime. Just as the detection of a suspect's DNA at a crime scene doesn't prove they committed the crime, so the detection of the DNA of a virus in a patient doesn't prove it caused the disease.

Consider the case of Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) for example. It can cause serious diseases like arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer. A Japanese study in 2003 found that 43% of patients suffering from Chronic Active Epstein-Barr Virus (CAEBV) died within 5 months to 12 years of infection.

Yet EBV is one of the most common viruses in humans and has been detected in 95% of the adult population. Most of those infected are either asymptomatic or show symptoms of glandular fever, which can have similar symptoms to 'long Covid.'

If an advertising agency attempted to create demand for an EBV treatment with daily TV and radio ads representing positive EBV tests as 'EBV Cases' and deaths within 28 days as 'EBV Deaths,' they'd be prosecuted for fraud by false representation so quickly their feet wouldn't touch the ground.


298 athlete cardiac arrests, serious issues, 170 dead, after COVID shot

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Athlete collapses and deaths chart to 10th December 2021.
It is definitely not normal for young athletes to suffer from cardiac arrests or to die while playing their sport, but this year it is happening. All of these heart issues and deaths come shortly after they got a COVID shot. While it is possible this can happen to people who did not get a COVID shot, the sheer numbers clearly point to the only obvious cause.

The so-called health professionals running the COVID shot programs around the world keep repeating that "the COVID shot is a normal vaccine and it is safe and effective."

So in response to their pronouncement, here is a non-exhaustive and continuously growing list of young athletes who had major medical issues in 2021 after receiving one or more COVID shots. Initially, many of these were not reported. We know that many people were told not to tell anyone about their adverse reactions and the media was not reporting them. They started happening after the first COVID vaccinations. The mainstream media still are not reporting most, but sports news cannot ignore the fact that soccer players and other stars collapse in the middle of a game due to a heart attack. Many of those die - about 50%.


You don't say? Pfizer says 2 jabs not enough against Omicron

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Two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab might not be enough to protect people against the Covid-19 Omicron strain, the US pharma giant said, citing its own study and adding that one more booster shot could still do the trick.

Comment: Until they decide that one more booster won't do the trick and say you need another booster. In case you didn't notice, this never ends.

The vaccine developed together by the American and German manufacturers appears to be 25 times less effective against the Omicron variant than it is against the original Covid-19 strain, the US company said on Wednesday in a press release, citing the results of its own "initial" study.

Sera from individuals who received two doses of the vaccine demonstrate "more than a 25-fold reduction in neutralization titers against the Omicron variant" compared to the original strain, the press release said. The company still believes that its jab is capable of providing some level of protection against "severe form of the disease" since most of the virus parts targeted by the vaccine-induced T-cells have not mutated in the Omicron strain.

Comment: Not only is it "no more severe than any other Covid-19 strain," most reports are calling it "mild" and there have yet to be any deaths reported. The above is all scare tactics to get more jabs in arms, when the reality of the situation is that the dreaded Omicron variant is no more of a threat than a cold.

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Highly processed vegan meat alternatives can't compare with the real deal

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Consumers expect innovative products that help them put more vegetables onto their plates, not copycats that mimic meat badly.
I wouldn't want to be a Veganuary propagandist this January. Even though they can rely on a blizzard of media coverage feeding the fantasy that mock meats are storming our shelves and blitzing meat out of existence, meat sales are resolutely up.

Analysis by New Nutrition Business shows in the UK we spent an extra £600m on meat in 2021 compared to 2020. That's up 5.3% in sales value. Early data from The Grocer's Top Products Survey, due to be published later this month, also indicates an increase in retail sales.

Anti-meat lobbyists' mission to halve our meat consumption by 2030 looks futile. US analysts have set a ceiling for meat alternative sales at 2% of the true meat equivalent. In the UK, says New Nutrition Business, its best hope is becoming a "big niche".

Comment: Proving once again that there are limits to how far people will take on an imposed ideology - one of those limits being their plates.

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Canadian drugmaker says its plant-based COVID-19 vaccine is effective

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A Canadian drugmaker said its plant-based COVID-19 vaccine showed strong protection against the virus and will soon seek authorization at home and elsewhere.

Medicago announced Tuesday that its two-dose vaccine was 71% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in a large, late-stage study that included several variants including the delta variant. The company's results did not include the emerging omicron variant, which wasn't circulating during the study period.

The Quebec City company said it will seek Canadian approval "imminently" and has also begun the process to file with regulators in the U.S., U.K. and other countries. The company said it's also preparing to send its data to the World Health Organization.

Comment: It would be interesting to hear more about the technology used to create this vaccine and how it actually works. Given that the spike protein itself is toxic, it doesn't sound like this vaccine will be any safer than other viral vector varieties (although it may be safer than the mRNA shots). For now, the "plant-based" shtick sounds like a marketing gimmick.

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