Coronavirus Pandemic

IMO, the time is now. We are at the crossroads. Under the Biden admin it will be a "re-set" of everything (read a globalist/socialist/ woke jackboot stepping on everyone's neck for ever). I would prefer that Trump just seize control of the govt and we have a big civil war and get it over with. I'm pretty sure my side will win hugely. Sucks to be a noodle armed lefty, but choices were made and choices have consequences. Lefties are more nuts that I realized if they think we're just going to sit there and take what they have in store for us. Screw 'em.
That’s democracy. Sucks sometimes.
 
I'm copying this post over here too:


This guy, Dr. Roger Hodkinson, pathologist and CEO of a company that produces COVID test kits:
https://westernmedical.ca/employees/roger-g-hodkinson/

Had this to say about COVID:

Since this YouTube video will likely get removed at some point, I went to the trouble of taking the transcript generated by YouTube and cleaned it up a bit:

Mr. Chairman this is Dr Hodkinson. ... I do appreciate the opportunity to address you on this very important matter. What I'm going to say is lay language and blunt. It's counter-narrative. And so you don't immediately think I'm a quack I'm going to briefly outline my credentials so that you can understand where I'm coming from in terms of knowledge base in all of this. I'm a medical specialist in pathology which includes virology. I trained at Cambridge university in the UK. I'm the ex-president of the pathology section of the medical association. I was previously an assistant professor in the faculty of medicine doing a lot of teaching. I was the chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee in Pathology in Ottawa, but more to the point I'm currently the chairman of a biotechnology company in North Carolina selling a COVID19 test and you might say I know a little bit about all this.

The bottom line is simply this there is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians. It's outrageous. This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to contain this virus other than protecting older more vulnerable people. It should be thought of as nothing more than a bad flu season. This is not Ebola. It's not SARS. It's politics playing medicine and that's a very dangerous game. There is no action of any kind needed other than what happened last year when we got sick, felt unwell, we stayed home. We took chicken noodle soup. We didn't visit granny and we decided when we would return to work. We didn't have anyone or need anyone to tell us. Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever. Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signaling. They're not even worn effectively most of the time. It's utterly ridiculous seeing these unfortunate uneducated people and not saying that in a purchaser's sense, seeing these people walking around like lemmings obeying without any knowledge base to put the mask on their face. Social distancing is also useless because because COVID is spread by aerosols which travel 30 meters or so before landing. And closures have had such terrible unintended consequences. Everywhere should be open tomorrow as was stated in the great Barrington Declaration that I circulated prior to this meeting.

And a word on testing: I do want to emphasize that I'm in the business of testing for COVID. I do want to emphasize that positive test results do not - underlined in neon - mean a clinical infection. It's simply driving public hysteria and all testing should stop unless you're presenting to hospital with some respiratory problem, all that should be done is to protect the vulnerable and to give them all in the nursing homes that are under your control give them all three to five thousand international units of vitamin D every day which which has been shown to radically reduce the likelihood of infection and I would remind you all that using the province's own statistics the risk of death under 65 in this province is 1 in 300,000, one in three hundred thousand.

You've got to get a grip on this. The scale of the response that you're undertaking with no evidence for it is utterly ridiculous given the consequences of acting in a way that you're proposing: all kinds of suicides business closures, funerals, weddings, etc. etc. It's simply outrageous it's just another bad Flu and you've got to get your minds around that; let people make their own decisions. You should be totally out of the business of medicine. You're being led by down the garden path by the chief medical officer of hell for this province. I'm absolutely outraged that this has reached this level. It should all stop tomorrow. Thank you very much.
 
That’s democracy. Sucks sometimes.
Negative. We are not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic.

But yeah, democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner - or maybe it's a thousand wolves and ten thousand sheep.. I choose to be one of the wolves. People like me don't fight with memes. Think about it. That's where the covid panic might push things.
 
A recall effort is underway for the governor of California due to unpopularity of covid lockdown. There are also efforts to recall the governor of Michigan for the same reason.

It's a start. I liked when the Michigan militia went into the state capitol with weapons. I also like the million MAGA march on DC. What if those millions brought their guns? DC would be burned down and all of the swamp dwellers would be dead. Nothing they could do to stop it. The left should have taken that as a warning (as it was intended). They are too stupid and too out of touch with reality.

Sadly, I must admit that the US military has not brought a major conflict to a victorious conclusion since 1945. They could not defeat communist insurgents in Vietnam. They could not stop insurgents in Iraq or Afghanistan. They have even been ineffective in busting up narco-insurgents in South America. The British military couldn't even defeat the IRA. There is nothing to prevent a couple million American patriot fighters + another 20 or 30 million patriotic supporters - people who control food production and shipping - from taking over the US and eliminating every petty tyrant in state governments and in DC + leftist agitators. Nothing. Once faith in the system is lost because it is becomes abundantly clear that the system is broken, that is what will happen. It will be a bloody mess, but cleansing can be as painful as they are necessary from time to time.
 
Well, the Science says that certain types of large gatherings are okay and somehow low-risk while substantially smaller gatherings will definitely kill people. Don't go denying the Science.

You know, I can't help but notice a common theme here....
Can you provide references to the scientific research that you are referring to?

And it will be more convincing if there are independent replications with randomized blind protocols ... because most published scientific research is false.
 
There is nothing to prevent a couple million American patriot fighters ...from taking over the US and eliminating every petty tyrant in state governments and in DC
The Federal Reserve prevents this with continuous money printing.

Patriots enjoy talking a big game, but won't risk their V.A. pensions, Medicare, and suburban home market value by shooting anyone.

If you don't believe me, join up with your local Militia group and start talking about actually shooting people. Your Patriot buddies will report you to the FBI and have you in Federal prison before your next house insurance payment is due.

The way forward is peaceful Political Divorce from D.C., Secession. That can't happen until the Federal Reserve stops flooding your community with free money.
 
The Federal Reserve prevents this with continuous money printing.

Patriots enjoy talking a big game, but won't risk their V.A. pensions, Medicare, and suburban home market value by shooting anyone.

If you don't believe me, join up with your local Militia group and start talking about actually shooting people. Your Patriot buddies will report you to the FBI and have you in Federal prison before your next house insurance payment is due.

The way forward is peaceful Political Divorce from D.C., Secession. That can't happen until the Federal Reserve stops flooding your community with free money.
Oh. I agree with you - up to a point. I feel the same way. I don't want to lose everything I've worked for. I don't want to shoot fellow citizens.

The money has to be worth something to work its magic.

IMO, the left will push until people have nothing to lose. Once we hit Venezuelan levels of economic disfunction(and that can happen quickly) + covid restrictions (or some other cocked up restriction(s) of our rights and freedom) + enhanced divisive identity politics (whites are all evil and white culture must go) + criminals running amuck (no more prisons/defund police are platforms of the lefties) + gun confiscation + open borders and free stuff for border crossers taken from white people pay checks + total distrust in the media and political infrastructure.........then it can happen.

Those are all platforms of the left that are being discussed in congress. Much of it is being discussed by Biden admin members and some by Biden himself. Certainly Harris will go for all of that once Biden is removed from office and she becomes POTUS.

How strong do you think some people's religious faith is in America? Clearly the left is hostile to religion. More crackdowns on churches (for that matter even mosques) could spark the fight in and of itself.
 
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Can you provide references to the scientific research that you are referring to?

And it will be more convincing if there are independent replications with randomized blind protocols ... because most published scientific research is false.
Well, that's just it, for the most part there is no actual research being cited to the public during the various press conferences and news reports. We're just told "that's the science", and you're just supposed to go with it.

This piece, for instance, about the usefulness of different types of masks was something I had to seek out myself. It shows some effectiveness from some types of masks but very limited effectiveness from others. However, there are also several limitations to the way it was conducted which may or may not have had an impact on their results. Even assuming they didn't, however, nobody is being told some types of masks are relatively ineffective(or in the case of neck gaiters, somehow worse than wearing nothing whatsoever). All that is said is "wear a mask," with no further clarification other than the occasional admonishment to not buy N95s as they are needed by the medical community.
 
https://nypost.com/2020/11/21/secret-plans-helped-synagogue-pull-off-massive-maskless-wedding/

Secret plans helped Brooklyn synagogue pull off massive, maskless wedding​
November 21, 2020​
A Hasidic synagogue in Brooklyn planned the wedding of a chief rabbi’s grandson with such secrecy it was able to host thousands of maskless celebrants without the city catching on.​
...​
Organizers schemed to hide the wedding of Yoel Teitelbaum, grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelman, from “the ravenous press and government officials,” says a detailed account in the Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt, the publication of the Satmar sect.​
“Due to the ongoing situation with government restrictions, preparations were made secretly and discreetly, so as not to draw attention from strangers,” the paper reported in its Nov. 13 edition.​
“In recent weeks, organizers worked tirelessly to arrange everything in the best way possible. All notices about upcoming celebrations were passed along through word of mouth, with no notices in writing, no posters on the synagogue walls, no invitations sent through the mail, nor even a report in any publication, including this very newspaper.”​
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Mitch Schwartz, the mayor’s Director of Rapid Response, could not explain why the city failed to detect the enormous Nov. 8 celebration — and let it go off without a hitch.​
Next door to the synagogue at 14 Hooper St. is the firehouse of Engine and Ladder Cos. 211 and 119, but the FDNY said it wasn’t called to inspect the synagogue. The FDNY is one of a host of city agencies that inspect sites for COVID-19 violations, along with the NYPD, the Sheriff and the Health Department.​
...​
 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...ovid-twice-week-set-receive-freedom-pass.html


Britons who test negative for Covid twice in a week are set to receive a 'freedom pass' under government scheme that will allow them to live a normal life
  • It is hoped the scheme could allow Britons to go back to a relatively normal life
  • To earn a freedom pass people will need to get a negative test twice a week
  • Pass will allow you to mix with friends and family without distancing or masks

    Britons are set to be given Covid 'freedom passes' as long as they test negative for the virus twice in a week, it has been suggested.
    The details of the scheme are still being ironed out by officials in Whitehall, who hope it will allow the country to get back to normal next year.

    To earn the freedom pass, people will need to be tested regularly and, provided the results come back negative, they will then be given a letter, card or document they can show to people as they move around.

    The certificate would be stored on a phone, according to sources, and would allow people to live a relatively normal life until the government's vaccination programme gets up to the speed.

    It would even allow Britons to get away without wearing a mask, it is thought, and visit family and friends without the need to socially distance.
Papers Please!



I will probably get the Jail for sparking out the first person that attempts to enforce this on me. It's okay though, they give you internet and everything these days, so I'll still be able to moan and post on Skeptiko ;)
 
It occurs to me that the makers of the covid vaccine are in a good place.

The odds are overwhelming that you won't have a severe case of covid regardless of taking the vaccine. The vaccine is said to be 94% effective +/-. But the odds of not getting a severe case of covid are better than 94%. In fact, the odds of having a severe covid case are miniscule for those under 75 or 80 years of age.

You take the vaccine and don't get seriously sick from covid - the vaccine worked!

You are one of the tiny minority that does get seriously sick with covid - well, we told you the vaccine is 94% effective. Sorry that you're one of the 6% for whom it wasn't effective.

Old person gets the vaccine, dies a couple months later. - instead of calling it a covid death like they've been doing, now it is chalked up to the real cause; heart attack, pneumonia, cancer, etc.

It's win/win/win for the vaccine makers.
 
It occurs to me that the makers of the covid vaccine are in a good place.

The odds are overwhelming that you won't have a severe case of covid regardless of taking the vaccine. The vaccine is said to be 94% effective +/-. But the odds of not getting a severe case of covid are better than 94%. In fact, the odds of having a severe covid case are miniscule for those under 75 or 80 years of age.

You take the vaccine and don't get seriously sick from covid - the vaccine worked!

You are one of the tiny minority that does get seriously sick with covid - well, we told you the vaccine is 94% effective. Sorry that you're one of the 6% for whom it wasn't effective.

Old person gets the vaccine, dies a couple months later. - instead of calling it a covid death like they've been doing, now it is chalked up to the real cause; heart attack, pneumonia, cancer, etc.

It's win/win/win for the vaccine makers.
It's even more flakier than that. Apparently the criteria for success is not that of prevention but a reduction of symptoms.

You have to sign up to access this so I'll just post a few snippets.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/10/27/covid-vaccine-trials.aspx

STORY AT-A-GLANCE
  • While vaccine makers insist any COVID-19 vaccine reaching the market will have undergone rigorous testing, the way trial protocols are designed suggests these vaccines will not have a significant impact on infection rates, hospitalizations or deaths
  • Shockingly, preventing infection with SARS-CoV-2 is not a criterion for success in these vaccine trials. The only criterion for a successful COVID-19 vaccine is a reduction of symptoms shared by both COVID-19 and the common cold
  • In AstraZeneca’s case, the interim analysis includes 50 vaccine recipients. The vaccine will be a success if 12 or fewer develop symptoms after exposure to SARS-CoV-2, compared to 19 in the 25-person control group
  • At least two cases of transverse myelitis (severe inflammation of the spinal cord) has been documented in AstraZeneca’s trial, and the company temporarily halted its trial in September 2020. In October, Johnson & Johnson also paused its trial due to an undisclosed “unexplained illness” in one of its participants
  • If the vaccine cannot reduce infection, hospitalization or death, then it cannot end the pandemic, which means everyone who takes the vaccine will be doing so in vain
As reported1 by Forbes contributor William Haseltine, a former professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, while Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have all published their vaccine trial protocols in a rare display of transparency, “close inspection of the protocols raises surprising concerns.”

In a nutshell, the trial designs are such that the vaccines will get a passing grade even if their efficacy is minimal. Of course, we must also consider vaccine side effects and I’ve also written several articles about mounting safety concerns.

COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Rigged to Pass Efficacy Test
As noted by Haseltine, prevention of infection would typically be a critical endpoint of any vaccine trial. In other words, you want to ensure that when you take the vaccine, your risk of infection is significantly reduced.

However, when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, shockingly, preventing infection is not a criterion for success in any of these trials. The only criterion for a successful COVID-19 vaccine is a reduction of COVID-19 symptoms, and even then, the reduction required is minimal.

“We all expect an effective vaccine to prevent serious illness if infected. Three of the vaccine protocols — Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca — do not require that their vaccine prevent serious disease only that they prevent moderate symptoms which may be as mild as cough, or headache,”
“For Moderna, the initial interim analysis will be based on the results of infection of only 53 people. The judgment reached in interim analysis is dependent upon the difference in the number of people with symptoms … in the vaccinated group versus the unvaccinated group. Moderna’s success margin is for 13 or less of those 53 to develop symptoms compared to 40 or more in their control group.”

Pfizer’s interim analysis is the smallest of the bunch, with just 32 vaccine recipients. Their success margin is seven or fewer vaccine recipients developing symptoms, compared to 25 in the control group. In the primary analysis, efficacy is set to about 60%, and at most, 164 volunteers will be included in that analysis.

Especially concerning are that those receiving the vaccine in these trials are young and healthy individuals who are not really at high risk of dying from COVID-19. This makes the results of these trials highly questionable in the far more vulnerable population of the elderly.
 
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