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Governor Cuomo at his finest. From FOX News:

New York health website deletes Cuomo's order linked to nursing home fatalities
New York officials have scrubbed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's March 25 order requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients from the state health department website -- even as Cuomo's office insists that the order, which has been linked to thousands of nursing home deaths, remains in effect.

The web page that once contained the order now directs to a page indicating that the file is "not found." The archive indicates that the deletion occurred sometime after May 5, around the time that criticism over New York's nursing home fatalities intensified.

copy of the page saved by the Internet archive Wayback Machine, however, shows that Cuomo's order stated: "No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the NH [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs [Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission."

Heh - they can try to "memory hole" the order but the internet is forever.  Only problem is with the low-information votor - they will look for the website and not think to check the Archive. Therefore, it did not happen. This is how we got into this mess in the first place.

Isn't BillG a big Malthusian who wants to limit the population on Earth? Wouldn't a vaccine be perfect for this.  Especially, a vaccine that spliced into your DNA - who knows what all is in there besides COVID immunity. From Miami Florida station WPLG:

Study investigates effects of COVID-19 vaccine on male fertility
The University of Miami is investigating the possible effects of the coronavirus vaccine on male fertility.

Lead researchers Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, a reproductive urologist with U Health, initiated an earlier study which found the virus was present in the testicles for up to six months following infection.

That spurred his team to question the virus’ effect on sperm and reproduction.

His team is now looking at the potential impact of the vaccine as well.

“We’re evaluating the sperm parameters and quality before the vaccine and after the vaccine. From the biology of the COVID vaccine we believe it shouldn’t affect fertility but we want to do the study to make sure that man who want to have kids in the future to assure them it’s safe to go ahead and get the vaccine,” Ramasamy said.

Study participants must have a fertility evaluation before receiving the vaccine.

To protect fertility, some men may want to consider freezing their sperm prior to vaccination.

That last line again: "To protect fertility, some men may want to consider freezing their sperm prior to vaccination
Seriously? WTF? And of course, the Vaccine manufacturers are held harmless. Our government at work.

Nice little factory you have there

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Sure would be a shame if something happened to it.
Just when HCL is allowed back for Covid treatment, this happens. From American Thinker:

Unexplained explosion and fire destroy world’s second largest pharmaceutical factory producing precursors for hydroxychloroquine
Prepare for supplies to tighten for the cheap, effective therapeutic treatment for early stage Covid-19 infection, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Just as the medical establishment in the US is relaxing its absurd and lethal suppression of the cheap, generic drug, following President Trump’s endorsement of it early in the pandemic, HCQ’s continued availability may suffer.  The world’s second largest pharmaceutical facility producing the precursors for HCQ has been destroyed by an explosion and fire.

I had posted about the writeup in the AMA here: Finally - American Medical Association  The AMA quietly recinded their proscription against the use of HCL on page 18 of a weekly 24 page document. Got to support those vaccines after all.  Can't have anything that is cheap and works.

The artice closes with this:

The Taipei Times reports that company spokesmen state, “… it would take at least six months to rebuild the plant, as most production lines were damaged by the fire….”

And this:

But a six-month delay in resuming production may delay HCQ supplies to early stage Covid-19 patients, who could otherwise treat their affliction with it, combined with zinc and an antibiotic like azithromycin.

More at Taiwan English News

A bit of perspective - cause of death

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Inconvenient truth from CNBC:

The third-leading cause of death in US most doctors don’t want you to know about
“My little angel” is how Christopher Jerry describes his daughter Emily.

At just a year and a half, Emily was diagnosed with a massive abdominal tumor and endured numerous surgeries and rigorous chemotherapy before finally being declared cancer-free. But just to be sure, doctors encouraged Chris and his wife to continue with Emily’s last scheduled chemotherapy session, a three-day treatment that would begin on her second birthday.

On the morning of her final day of treatment, a pharmacy technician prepared the intravenous bag, filling it with more than 20 times the recommended dose of sodium chloride. Within hours Emily was on life support and declared brain dead.

Three days later she was gone.

Sadly, Emily’s case is not unique. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

Other studies report much higher figures, claiming the number of deaths from medical error to be as high as 440,000. The reason for the discrepancy is that physicians, funeral directors, coroners and medical examiners rarely note on death certificates the human errors and system failures involved. Yet death certificates are what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rely on to post statistics for deaths nationwide.

Interesting...

Some numbers - masks

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Masks do not work - some simple charts from Justin Hart's twitter account:

The numbers do not lie. Be sure to visit the site - lots of additional data to support this claim.

Do not forget that: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and the evidence for masks being effective is simply not there.  Never has been.

Reactions to the Wuhan Flu vaccine

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Looks like a lot of people are having injection site pain with a measurable percentage of people having more severe reactions. From the Centers for Disease Control:

Local Reactions, Systemic Reactions, Adverse Events, and Serious Adverse Events: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Among all study vaccine recipients asked to complete diaries of their symptoms during the 7 days after vaccination, 84.7% reported at least one local injection site reaction. By age group, 88.7% in the younger group (aged 18 to 55 years) and 79.7% in the older group (aged >55 years) reported at least one local reaction. Pain at the injection site was the most frequent and severe solicited local reaction among vaccine recipients. After dose 1, the younger age group reported pain more frequently than the older age group (83.1% vs 71.1%); a similar pattern was observed after dose 2 (77.8% vs 66.1%). Injection site redness and swelling following either dose were reported less frequently than injection site pain. Redness and swelling were slightly more common after dose 2. No grade 4 local reactions were reported. Overall, the median onset of local reactions in the vaccine group was 0 (day of vaccination) to 2 days after either dose and lasted a median duration between 1 and 2 days. Data on local reactions were not solicited from persons aged 16-17 years. However, their reactions to vaccination are expected to be similar to those of young adults who were included. In addition, reactogenicity data from adolescents aged 12-15 years were obtained and reviewed, and were similar to those from adults aged 18-55 years. (Table 1Table 2)

They have some good charts there.  The sample size is OK - usually 1,000 to 2,000+ and they are also testing with a placebo. It is interesting in that the placebo tests for non-measurable things like "fatigue" "headache" "muscle pain" are much higher than for demonstrable things like fever, vomiting, dirrhea. People are uncertain about the vaccine and are attributing worse problems than it actually gives.

Taking my second dose of ivermectin shortly - looking for symptoms so want to do it on an empty stomach. Go to weekly doses after this.

This came out on December 7th, 2020 - just noticed it today. From the World Health Organization:

WHO Information Notice for IVD Users
Nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies that use real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for detection of SARS-CoV-2

And this:

Purpose of this notice: To ensure users of certain nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies are aware of certain aspects of the instructions for use (IFU) for all products.

Description of the problem: WHO has received user feedback on an elevated risk for false SARS-CoV-2 results when testing specimens using RT-PCR reagents on open systems.

As with any diagnostic procedure, the positive and negative predictive values for the product in a given testing population are important to note. As the positivity rate for SARS-CoV-2 decreases, the positive predictive value also decreases. This means that the probability that a person who has a positive result (SARS-CoV-2 detected) is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as positivity rate decreases, irrespective of the assay specificity. Therefore, healthcare providers are encouraged to take into consideration testing results along with clinical signs and symptoms, confirmed status of any contacts, etc.

...yadda... ...yadda... ...yadda... Basically, they say that the RT-PCR test (swab up the nose, not the spit test or cheek swab) can deliver false positives (up to 90% in several studies)  Come on guys.  We knew that back in Summer. I thought that this organization was supposed to be proactive.  What are we paying you for then?

More at 11:00PM

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Could be true - I love the Pelosi reference:

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Ivermectin

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Study after study show efficacy in treating the Wuhan Flu both during the illness and as a prophylactic.  Enough to prompt me to buy a bottle of it.  Had my first dose this morning and so far, so good.  No side effects outside of an itching and burning of my third eye.  My tentacles are proving to be a bit of a challenge as my newest pup Truffle likes to nibble on them. She has sharp little puppy teeth.

It is in an oil suspension so diluted it into an ounce of avocado oil and did it as a shot.  3ml.  Planning another 3ml tomorrow and then do them weekly. These people carry it: Valley Vet

But seriously, here is an interesting eight minute podcast:

A new term - PIC

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From our ever-wonderful Centers for Disease Control:

COVIDView - Key Updates for Week 50, ending December 12, 2020
Nationally, surveillance indicators tracking levels of SARS-CoV-2 circulation and associated illnesses declined slightly or remained stable during the week ending December 12, 2020. The percentage of deaths due to pneumonia, influenza and COVID-19 (PIC) has been increasing since October. Both COVID-19-associated hospitalizations and PIC mortality for the most recent weeks are expected to increase as more data are received.

PIC = pneumonia, influenza and COVID-19

So anyone dying from pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 will have their death reported as PIC and it will be counted as a COVID death. Talk about fudging the numbers.

From Rumble:

Nurse passes out on live TV after being administered COVID-19 vaccine

Unfortunately, Big Tech is already in the process of wiping this video from existence.

There's nothing to be concerned about with the vaccine, according to mainstream media, Big Tech, and most medical professionals. That's why they're in the process of scrubbing the internet of the video above. They do not want anyone to know about the issues that have been popping up all week since the COVID-19 vaccine began rolling out.

I will probably take the vaccine but not now - give it six months or so.

Would not be surprised

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Always a possibility:

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Finally - American Medical Association

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Buried on page 18 of this 24 page document:
Subject: Handbook Addendum - Supplemental Business and Information

RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association rescind its statement calling for physicians
to stop prescribing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine until sufficient evidence becomes
available to conclusively illustrate that the harm associated with use outweighs benefit early in
the disease course. Implying that such treatment is inappropriate contradicts AMA Policy
H-120.988, “Patient Access to Treatments Prescribed by Their Physicians,” that addresses off
label prescriptions as appropriate in the judgement of the prescribing physician (Directive to
Take Action); and be it further

RESOLVED, That our AMA rescind its joint statement with the American Pharmacists
Association and American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and update it with a joint
statement notifying patients that further studies are ongoing to clarify any potential benefit of
hydroxychloroquine and combination therapies for the treatment of COVID-19 (Directive to Take
Action); and be it further

RESOLVED, That our AMA reassure the patients whose physicians are prescribing
hydroxychloroquine and combination therapies for their early-stage COVID-19 diagnosis by
issuing an updated statement clarifying our support for a physician’s ability to prescribe an FDA
approved medication for off label use, if it is in her/his best clinical judgement, with specific
reference to the use of hydroxychloroquine and combination therapies for the treatment of the
earliest stage of COVID-19 (Directive to Take Action); and be it further

RESOLVED, That our AMA take the actions necessary to require local pharmacies to fill valid
prescriptions that are issued by physicians and consistent with AMA principles articulated in
AMA Policy H-120.988, “Patient Access to Treatments Prescribed by Their Physicians,”
including working with the American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health
System Pharmacists. (Directive to Take Action)

So, physicians are now able to prescribe hydroxychloroquine again. It works. It is cheap. Now, if they would do the same for ivermectin we would go a long way towards actually fixing this problem instead of just throwing vast amounts of taxpayer money (our dollars) at an unproved vaccine technology.

Inflating the numbers - WA State

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Looks like they are correcting them - from Patch.com

214 Coronavirus Deaths Removed From WA Totals After Adjustment
The Washington State Department of Health on Thursday made a major adjustment to how it publicly reports coronavirus deaths, resulting in a noticeable drop in the totals reflected on the state dashboard.

Previously, the department included deaths that had a preliminary cause listed, the department said. Moving forward, the count will only include cases with an official, registered cause of death listed. According to state health officials, the change will streamline its process as death counts increase and allow for more precise reporting.

"Our normal process for releasing final death data is complex, involves multiple data systems, and can take up to 18 months from start to finish. This modified process requires that we make adjustments publicly and quickly without impacting the quality of the data or of our reporting.

Deaths due to factors other than COVID-19 can be hard to definitively rule out. For many of these conditions, COVID-19 may have hastened the death. These are the deaths we are reviewing, along with local health jurisdictions, to assess COVID-19's impact on the death."

As a result of the adjustments, Washington's official death count dropped from 3,016 on Wednesday to 2,850 Thursday, a difference of 166.

Now if they would just start coding correctly - someone coming to the hospital with a heart attack is not a COVID death. Even if they have it in their bloodstream. We need the real and accurate numbers, not the "numbers" that support their narrative.

They deserve each other - Melinda Gates

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From The Daily Wire:

Melinda Gates ‘Incredibly Disappointed’ Trump Put Americans First For Vaccines, Gushes Over Biden
Melinda Gates, wife of billionaire Bill Gates, told CNN on Thursday that she was “incredibly disappointed” that President Donald Trump’s signed an executive order that put Americans at the front of the line to receive coronavirus vaccines.

“The president just signed an executive order to try to put Americans at the front of the line when it comes to vaccines,” CNN host Poppy Harlow said, adding, “I wonder if that’s what you were worried about when you kept saying and warning against vaccine nationalism?”

“That’s exactly what we were worried about,” Melinda Gates responded. “I knew it was coming and I was just incredibly disappointed.”

“I’m much more optimistic about the president-elect and the COVID task force, this eminent task force that he has put together,” Melinda Gates said with a smile on her face. “I think we’re going to see a lot more sensible policy making in the United States, but that starts, you know, January 20 and we have still some dark months to live ahead until then.”

Stupid and willfully clueless is no way to go through life.  There is a reason that President Trump signed this Executive Order. It was developed in the USA, by US citizens, funded by the US taxpayers and we should have access to it first.  The Chinese puppetmasters should not be able to get it - We The People have first crack. It is not like we are preventing other nations from getting it - I refer to Section Four:

Sec. 4. International Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines. After determining that there exists a sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses for all Americans who choose to be vaccinated, as required by section 3(b) of this order, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, the Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation, the Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the heads of other agencies, shall facilitate international access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines for allies, partners, and others, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

Other nations can get it - it is just that we get it first.

Corona testing in Austria

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A few droplets of a cola drink caused the test to yield a positive reaction. From this twitter account:

From the Austrian newspaper reitschuster.de (Google Translate)

Corona test strikes Cola
Controversial experiment in the Austrian parliament
Incredible scenes in the Austrian Parliament in Vienna: FPÖ General Secretary Michael Schnedlitz not only violently attacked the government's corona policy. Before the eyes of the parliamentarians, he also made an attempt: After going to the lectern and starting his speech, the politician sprinkled a corona rapid test with a few drops of cola. Three minutes later the test showed a result: It was positive. So Coke triggered such a result.

Schnedlitz commented: "Mr. President, we should now have a problem, we have a positive corona test in Parliament, namely this cola triggered a positive corona test. I don't know how to handle it now. With things like this you are throwing tens of millions of euros in tax money out of the window instead of providing real protection for old people's and nursing homes, instead of investing money in our hospitals. "

The one constant with this disease is the high levels of false positives - up to 90%. This is a major power grab masqurading as a major public health problem.

Masks - a comparison

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So true:

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Just wow - Pierre Kory MD

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His testimony at yesterday's Senate Hearing:

Dr. Pierre Kory, Associate Professor of Medicine at St. Luke's Aurora Medical Center in Milwaukee, testified December 8, 2020 at the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

I used Ivermectin on all of the critters at the farm and never had a sick animal in the 16 years that I kept them. Sheep, goats, horses, llamas. Thinking about buying a couple tubes of it and starting a prophylactic dose for myself.

The whole hearing (2:50;26) can be found here: Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution, Part II

Excuse me but...

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Hell no.  No fscking way:

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But of course - COVID tracking

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In your passport no less. From FOX News:

Coronavirus passports with vaccination info in development: report
The future of flying during the coronavirus means carrying a passport to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

The International Air Transport Association is in the process of finalizing a digital COVID-19 passport that would include information about a traveler’s COVID-19 testing and vaccinations that would be verified by labs, airlines and government agencies, according to a new report.

What was that about COVID standing for Certificate Of Vaccination ID...

Pushing the big lie - China

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I had written about this one week ago: As the disinformation campaign ramps up - NY Times

China's official state media outlet is Global Times - this is the propaganda arm of the Communist Chinese Party. Today, they posted this:

More evidence supports multiple virus origins
More evidence and academic studies exploring the origin of the novel coronavirus have emerged, pressing the international community to review the issue and strengthen global cooperation, experts said Sunday after WHO officials reached out to researchers in Italy to investigate the virus origin and a Chinese study hinted that the human-to-human transmission may have started in India months before the outbreak in Wuhan.

All countries need to devote efforts into tracking the virus origin because multiple theories are backing the idea that novel coronavirus may have existed in multiple places before being spotted in Wuhan, Chinese experts reached by the Global Times noted on Sunday, calling for the international community stop politicizing the scientific topic or blaming each other.

A recent pre-print study, titled the Early Cryptic Transmission and Evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in Human Hosts, that was about to be published in top medical journal The Lancet, suggested that the Indian subcontinent might be the place where the earliest human-to-human novel coronavirus transmission occurred, three or four months prior to the outbreak in Wuhan.

India?  Yeah - riiigggggghhhhht.  Believe that and I have a bridge in New York City that you might be interested in purchasing. The Lancet is the journal that published the Wakefield paper on autism and MMR vaccinations.  That was retracted and Wakefield lost is license to practice medicine.

Nothing to see here folks - just rewriting history, that's all.

We will not comply - Mossyrock, WA

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Mossyrock is a small city in Southwest Washington - from Seattle station KIRO:

Mossyrock, WA passes ordinance allowing businesses to stay open
The town of Mossyrock, Wash., passed an ordinance allowing businesses to stay open in defiance of Gov. Inslee’s COVID mandates. Mayor Randall Sasser argues that there’s little data to support keeping businesses closed, and that not all areas should be held to the same standard.

“I think this is a very important issue that’s going on within our country and within our state right now, and we’ve got to stand up for what is right,” Sasser told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show. “They have issued the numbers by commissioner’s district, but not by zip code. And currently in Mossyrock, in our 98564 zip code, there is no information that states that there is any cases whatsoever within our zip code of COVID, or any deaths related to it.”

“One of the interesting comments I made at our council meeting was that in Lewis County this year, we’ve had a total, as of today, of 14 deaths due to COVID, unfortunately,” he said. “But so far this year, we’ve had 10 suicides, and last year there was only three suicides in Lewis County. So when we look at the shutdowns and everything that’s happening and there’s no data that says the Mossyrock area 98564 zip code has any cases or deaths, why then should we suffer as a city and as citizens following the governor’s mandate?”

Yeah - lockdowns are not healthy. At the most basic level, the more you "coddle" your immune system, the weaker it gets. People who are ill? Certainly, stay home and wear a mask.  People who are healthy? Don't saddle us with your stupid agenda. The numbers do not back up what you are trying to do.

False positives - the Wuhan Flu

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Presented for your consideration:

Dr. Mike Yeadon on the Wuhan Flu

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YouTube pulled this video down after two hours.  Hmmmm???

He speaks fairly slowly but there is a little 1X at the bottom right of the screen. Watching it at 1.5X is just right. He is a former Vice President at Pfizer - he discusses his thoughts as to why the lockdown was a mistake, and why the government strategies to manage the pandemic are only making things worse.

More at the London Daily Mail

From the London Daily Mail:

Holland allows doctors to secretly sedate euthanasia patients who have dementia with sleeping pills to stop them becoming violent before lethal injections
The Dutch government has introduced new rules which will allow doctors to spike the drinks of patients with sleeping pills ahead of administering euthanasia drugs.

The rules are intended to prevent patients from becoming violent ahead of their planned deaths.

Officials were forced to introduce the regulations after a murder conviction of a doctor was overturned on appeal.

Sounds wonderful - sounds like the end game of Obamacare.  Remember the Death Panels?
DuckDuckGo it.  They are a thing.

If you can not deny, then deflect

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China is still trying to cover up the origin of the Wuhan Flu - from the New York Post:

China suggests Italy may be the birthplace of COVID-19 pandemic
China is using a new study about the early, hidden spread of coronavirus in Italy to cast doubt on the firmly held assumption that the Asian nation was the birthplace of the pandemic, according to reports.

Officials in Beijing are pushing a new study that suggests the contagion may have been spreading in the European nation as early as September — three months before it was confirmed to be spreading in the long-assumed epicenter in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the Times of London noted.

The Asian nation has also previously questioned Spain about the origins of the pandemic, as well as the US military, claiming it brought the virus to Wuhan in October last year during the Military World Games, the report said.

Chinese state media have now been strongly pushing the idea that the new study by the National Cancer Institute proves that the contagion likely started in Italy, not China, according to the UK paper.

They were caught red-handed - the signiture of the virus points to it being man-made. This was an accident on their part, they were working on it, it got out and they are doing everything in their power to shift the blame.

Great website for some actual numbers - check out HCQ Meta

HCQ is effective for COVID-19 when used early: analysis of 144 studies

    • HCQ is effective for COVID-19. The probability that an ineffective treatment generated results as positive as the 144 studies to date is estimated to be 1 in 151 billion (p = 0.0000000000066).
    • Early treatment is most successful, with 100% of studies reporting a positive effect and an estimated reduction of 64% in the effect measured (death, hospitalization, etc.) using a random effects meta-analysis, RR 0.36 [0.28-0.46].
    • 100% of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) for early, PrEP, or PEP treatment report positive effects, the probability of this happening for an ineffective treatment is 0.002.
    • There is evidence of bias towards publishing negative results. 89% of prospective studies report positive effects, and only 74% of retrospective studies do.
    • Significantly more studies in North America report negative results compared to the rest of the world, p = 0.002.

The total cost of treatment is about $20 No wonder that Big Pharma is lobbying so hard to get it thrown out. These people have our best interests at heart.

A good post from the New York Times

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They are dancing around the facts but they at least published this story:

A New Study Questions Whether Masks Protect Wearers. You Need to Wear Them Anyway.
Researchers in Denmark reported on Wednesday that surgical masks did not protect the wearers against infection with the coronavirus in a large randomized clinical trial. But the findings conflict with those from a number of other studies, experts said, and is not likely to alter public health recommendations in the United States.

More at the site.  Little or no protection.

Another covid-19 death

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From the London Daily Mail:

Builder, 51, who died after falling from a 10ft ladder was actually killed by coronavirus, doctors say
A builder who died after falling from a 10ft ladder was actually killed by Covid-19, scientists have claimed.

The man, who has not been named, suffered lacerations to his forehead and bruises to his face, elbow and left hand after he fell into the yard of an under construction family home.

Medics were called and rushed to the building site, in Croatia, and desperately tried to revive him, but he was declared dead at the scene.

A test for coronavirus was then carried out, as required by local medical guidelines, and came back positive.

We have had similar cases with gunshot wounds and automobile accidents.  Overblown.

Face masks - from the CDC

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From the source - The Centers for Disease Control - May 2020

Face Masks
In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.

But the science is settled (and where have we heard that before)

Some covid common sense

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From Tom Woods:

Lots of links to actual data at the website.

Just go and read - Covid-19

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An excellent rant about testing, false positives and the current spike in cases - Karl Denninger at The Market Ticker:

How To End The Covid-19 Threat, Right Now
If you recall back in February when Covid19 first started and I was splitting my coverage between impeachment and the virus I noted several dislocation-style events in the claimed Wuhan data coming out of China.  I noted that these events were statistical impossibilities for a virus and indicated that China was lying.  One can infer the reason for said lying, but you can't prove it.

But that it was happening was clear.  After the third or fourth one I simply gave up and stopped reporting on the "cases" because the data was clearly being tampered with and reporting on something you know is bull**** is the very definition of fake news.

Through the late spring and into the summer a very clean formulaic view of this disease became apparent, and pieces of what were conjecture were conclusively validated.  Basic epidemiology tells you that herd suppression happens at 1- (1/R0); this is the point at which, statistically-speaking, each infected person fails to find a new victim during their infectious window.  This does not mean the disease disappears, but it does mean that the sort of spike we have seen repeatedly cannot happen any more.

Karl talks about statistics, herd immunity, some numbers and then drops this bombshell:

But then yesterday Elon Musk showed up.  He wants to be in the NASA control room, a very reasonable desire, when his Dragon capsule is launched with real people in it.  NASA requires a negative Covid test to be there.  That seems somewhat reasonable too; this is a high-security area and the people in there are very important to NASA, so if they want a swab up your nose, well, here it comes.

He popped positive.  No soup for you, sir, says NASA!

Except.... Musk is richer than God and he also doesn't give a **** about shoving government bull**** right up their ass.  So he demanded a re-test, right there, right now.  I assume he offered to pay for it too; the privilege of not caring about money helps in a situation like this, you see.

And, because he's not stupid and, as I said, he's perfectly happy to shove bull**** up their ass, he didn't just do this once.

He did it three more times.  All on the same day, same nurse, in sequence.

He got two positive and two negative results.

Now Musk is either positive or negative, obviously.  But whichever way it is he just dropped a nuclear weapon in the middle of the Covid19 testing industry and blew it to beyond the orbit of Mars.  Exactly nobody in the media is reporting that, but that's what he did -- conclusively.

You see, Musk proved that the error rate is not 2%, 5% or even 10%.

Elon Musk conclusively proved that the test is nothing more than a coin toss that has no relationship to the actual state of a person being tested. It is purely a scare-mongering tool to return big numbers and thus drive more $100 million day collections of money by the testing companies for a literal worthless test that is not diagnostic of anything.

The test is junk. The numbers are junk.  This is not a public health problem, this is a big government power grab.
They are using this to set policy without having any science to back up their mandates.
Lots more at the site - well worth your time to read. Karl really explains things very well.

The vaccine - a problem

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For New York Governor Cuomo that is - from Outkick:

GOV. CUOMO THREATENS TO STOP VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
Pfizer announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine is found “to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis.” That’s good news. Great, really. Not so fast, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warns.

While speaking to political partisan George Stephanopoulos — what a combo — Cuomo said the news is “bad” and that he will need to figure out a way to stop distribution before it does damage.

Here is Cuomo putting politics ahead of the country:

Yeah - can't make President Trump look effective.  The vaccine didn't happen on HIS watch. This is actually research that Obama and Biden did during their wonderful action during the 2008-2009 swine flu epidemic - remember that one? Remember the masks? Remember the lockdowns? Big pandemic with no reaction from "our leaders". Fortunate in that the fatality rate was not higher as it was very widespread.

Delusional - Governor Andrew Cuomo

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A two-fer from Breitbart:

First:

Gov. Cuomo: I’m Holding Trump ‘Responsible for Every’ Coronavirus Death in This Country
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that President Donald Trump was responsible for “every death” in the country from the coronavirus pandemic.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, “Coronavirus is now the third leading cause of death in America, and you say, and rightfully so I think, but I’m going to ask you, you’re holding you-know-who responsible for every death in New York from COVID. I’m going to say to you. Why?”

Second:

Gov. Cuomo: Criticism of New York Nursing Home Deaths a ‘Conspiracy’
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that New York State’s more than 6,000 nursing home deaths allegedly caused by his order to put patients infected with coronavirus back in facilities was a conspiracy theory.

Co-host Sunny Hostin asked, “There has been a lot of confusion about an alleged March 25th order that directed nursing homes to accept in New York, infected COVID patients, possibly leading to the death of more than 6,000 seniors. Now you say in your book that that was a lie, that New York state never demanded or directed that any nursing home accept a COVID positive patient. The Department of Justice however is now supposedly looking into this issue. Can you explain what really happened?”

Cuomo said, “What a shock that the ‘Department of Injustice’ sends a letter a few days before an election trying to advance a political theory. I was shocked and amazed that the Trump administration was capable of such a thing. Sunny, they have played politics on this from day one, right? They have done a terrible job on Covid from day one, and they want a counter defense and what they were saying was, well, a lot of people died in nursing homes in Democratic states. It’s not just New York it’s all the Democratic states. The truth is a lot of people did die in nursing homes in Democratic states. The truth is people are dying today in nursing homes in Republican states. It’s just that Democratic states had the disease worse and earlier, and older people are more vulnerable to Covid, right? We were introduced to covid in the state of Washington in a nursing home.”

Hey Andrew - you own those deaths.  They were caused by your policies. Nobody else was responsible.
Stop trying to shift the blame.  Again, you own this.

How to boost the COVID-19 numbers

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Lie and rename Seasonal Influenza. From The Cap Tin:

Click on the two charts to get a better view - they are taking what was a minor public health concern and have turned it into a major political power grab. Link to the source WHO data in the tweet.

Yikes - Scarlet Fever

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From the Australian Broadcasting Company:

Scarlet fever is making a comeback after being infected with a toxic virus, researchers say
Scarlet fever epidemics were deadly to children across the globe in the 1800s, but in recent decades concerns about the disease have largely faded from the minds of medical experts, in part due to the power of antibiotics.

Recently though, the bacteria responsible for scarlet fever has been mutating and making a resurgence.

New research by scientists at the University of Queensland (UQ), in collaboration with scientists around the world, has suggested the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria is growing stronger after being infected by viruses.

Happens in nature from time to time and easy enough to conjure up in a lab somewhere. A bit more:

Between 2014 and 2018, the UK National Health Service reported a 68 per cent increase in the number of lab reports of pyogenic streptococci.

And it is a nice one:

Historically, septic complications such as brain abscess, meningitis, lung abscess, pneumonia, osteomyelitis (bone infection), middle ear and soft tissue infections could follow scarlet fever and cause early death.

Shudder... 68% increase is well above the statistical norm.  Something is happening out there and the breakthrough is not going to be nice.

Looks like they realised that they actually need to be a Public Health entity instead of a political narrative entity.
From Breitbart:

Backflip: W.H.O. Condemns Coronavirus Lockdowns, Just ‘Doubling’ Global Poverty
The UK’s envoy to the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has condemned mass coronavirus lockdowns, slamming the “ghastly global catastrophe” caused by crashing the world economy.

Dr. David Nabarro from the W.H.O. appealed to world leaders on Saturday, telling them to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method” of the coronavirus.

He claimed that the only thing lockdowns achieved was poverty – with no mention of the potential lives saved.

Yep - benefits nobody. Kills the economy and causes an increase in the death rate due to postponed medical treatment for other issues as well as the increased rate of overdoses and suicides. The only people benefiting are the politicians who are clawing their way into power and who want to institute a socialist one-world government.

So true

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His recent illness summed up in one tweet - a screen-cap from 90 Miles:

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And he is out of there

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In other news, a 74 year old man was able to beat COVID-19 in four days. From his twitter account:

Don't let it dominate your life - wise words.

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