Before we begin, some thoughts by the late comic George Carlin:
Where did this sudden fear of germs come from in this country? Have you noticed this? The media, constantly running stories about all the latest infections.
Besides, what do you think you have an immune system for? It’s for killing germs! But it needs practice… it needs germs to practice on. So listen! If you kill all the germs around you, and live a completely sterile life, then when germs do come along, you’re not gonna be prepared. And never mind ordinary germs, what are you gonna do when some super virus comes along that turns your vital organs into liquid shit? I’ll tell you what you’re gonna do… you’re gonna get sick, you’re gonna die, and you’re gonna deserve it cause you’re fucking weak and you got a fucking weak immune system!
Let me tell you a true story about immunization okay? When I was a little boy in New York City in the 1940s, we swam in the Hudson River and it was filled with raw sewage okay? We swam in raw sewage! You know… to cool off! And at that time, the big fear was polio; thousands of kids died from polio every year but you know something? In my neighbourhood, no one ever got polio! No one! Ever! You know why? Cause we swam in raw sewage! It strengthened our immune systems! The polio never had a prayer…
So personally, I never take any special precautions against germs. I don’t shy away from people that sneeze and cough, I don’t wipe off the telephone, I don’t cover the toilet seat, and if I drop food on the floor, I pick it up and eat it! Yes I do. Even if I’m at a sidewalk café! In Calcutta! The poor section! On New Year’s morning during a soccer riot! And you know something?
In spite of all that so-called risky behaviour, I never get infections, I don’t get them, I don’t get colds, I don’t get flu, I don’t get headaches, I don’t get upset stomach, you know why? Cause I got a good strong immune system and it gets a lot of practice. My immune system is equipped with the biological equivalent of fully automatic military assault rifles with night vision and laser scopes, and we have recently acquired phosphorous grenades, cluster bombs, and anti-personnel fragmentation mines.
So when my white blood cells are on patrol recon ordering my blood stream seeking out strangers and other undesirables, if they see any, ANY suspicious looking germs of any kind, they don’t fuck around! They whip out their weapons; they wax the motherfucker and deposit the unlucky fellow directly into my colon! Into my colon! There’s no nonsense, there’s no Miranda warning, there’s none of that “three strikes and you’re out” [stuff[, first defense, BAM… into the colon you go!
Now that we have basic hygiene out of the way, let’s get into the coronavirus and “The Great Lockdown,” as the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—known for indebting poor countries in exchange for austerity measures and “economic medicine”—calls the coronavirus response measures.
Dr. Fauci’S NIH, Under President Obama, Funds Wuhan Lab
During a 2017 forum on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Trump Administration will not be challenged by a surprise disease outbreak. “The history of the last 32 years that I have been the director of the NIAID will tell the next administration that there is no doubt they will be faced with the challenges their predecessors were faced with,” he said.
He added: “We will definitely get surprised in the next few years.”
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Donald Trump’s top adviser on matters related to the coronavirus, said in January that the virus was “not a major threat” to the U.S, echoing the World Health Organization, which advised against stopping travel from China as late as February 5.
“Obviously, you need to take it seriously, and do the kinds of things that the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security are doing,” Dr. Anthony Fauci responded January 21. “But, this not a major threat for the people of the United States, and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about.”
The US government’s NIH, the primary agency responsible for biomedical and public health research, gave grants to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to undertake coronavirus experiments on mammals captured more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan, which were funded by a $3.7 million grant from the US government.
The Wuhan Institute experimented on bats from the Yunnan caves, the source of COVID-19, and did so with money from the U.S. “I’m disgusted to learn that for years the US government has been funding dangerous and cruel animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute, which may have contributed to the global spread of coronavirus, and research at other labs in China that have virtually no oversight from US authorities,” US Congressman Matt Gaetz said.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is the most advanced laboratory of its type on the Chinese mainland. Scientists there conducted experiments on bats as part of a project funded by the US National Institutes of Health, which still licenses the Wuhan lab so that it can receive American money for experiments.
The NIH research at the Institute entailed the growing of a coronavirus and injecting it into three-day-old piglets. The lab also experimented on COVID-19 bats, and therefore a leak from the Wuhan lab cannot be ruled out.
The Wuhan Centre for Disease Control, a second lab in the city, keeps 1,500 strains of deadly viruses for the research of ‘the most dangerous pathogens,’ in particularly the viruses carried by bats.
Other U.S. partners of the Wuhan Institute include the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, Harvard University, and the National Wildlife Federation.
The Department of Justice charged Harvard University Professor Dr. Charles Lieber, and two Chinese nationals in three separate China-related cases on January 28.
Dr. Leiber, 60, was the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and that two Chinese nationals had been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Lieber served as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, which specialized in nano-science. He had received more than $15,000,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Department of Defense (DOD).
Such grants require the disclosure of significant foreign financial conflicts of interest, which includes financial support from foreign governments or foreign entities. Lieber in 2011 became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China as a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a Chinese talent recruitment program, from approximately 2012 to 2017.
WUT paid Lieber $50,000 USD per month, living expenses of approximately $158,000 USD, and awarded him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT, obligating Lieber to work for WUT “not less than nine months a year” by “declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and “declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and Ph.D. students, organizing international conference[s], applying for patents and publishing articles” in the name of” WUT.
United States representatives and public must now come to grip with a reality in which many of its research institutions have been undermined––and that’s possibly only the tip of the iceberg. “We have to be nimble,” said Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio and chair of the Senate homeland security and governmental Affairs panel’s investigations subcommittee. “We’ve got to be prepared for whatever form this threat takes going forward.”
In particular, he pointed to the Thousand Talent contracts, which require participating scientists to abide by Chinese law, keep the contract secret, recruit postdocs and steal intellectual-property rights and give it to the sponsoring Chinese institution. Furthermore, the contract provided incentives to create “shadow labs” in China that mirror U.S. taxpayer-funded research at their home institutions.
“Many of the American institutions had no idea that their own faculty had a laboratory in China,” Lauer said. “They became aware of this only by virtue of the fact that the government came asking.”
The problem is not limited to the NIH, according to one report, which includes examples from the US National Science Foundation and the departments of commerce, energy and state.
A postdoctoral researcher at an energy-department lab, also a participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, removed 30,000 electronic files—such as presentation, technical papers, research and charts––before returning to China.
In December, Henry Kissinger, visited with President Xi Jinping twice while he was in China late 2019. White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told CNBC on Wednesday would not say if the 96-year-old Kissinger was part of a back channel to Beijing or there for other business.
“Well, now you’re getting into the family jewels and the price,” Kudlow said. A photo by AFP shows a Chinese Communist Party member holding Kissinger up, who is standing alongside Xi.
In November, a pandemic tabletop exercise known as Event 201, simulated an outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people that eventually becomes efficiently transmissible between people. In the exercise, the resulting pandemic was modeled on SARS, but was more transmissible in the community setting by people with mild symptoms.
In the scenario, the cumulative number of cases increases exponentially in the initial months of the pandemic, and doubles every week. As the cases and deaths accumulate, the economic and societal consequences become increasingly severe.
After 18 months, 65 million had died. While the pandemic slows, it will still continue until there is an effective vaccine or until 80-90% of the global population is exposed, where after it becomes an endemic childhood disease.
The Second Great Depression
The aftermath of the real world Event 201, COVID-19, will likely to lead to a New Great Depression. Not sure if that part was covered in Event 201.
The problem with lockdowns is that “you tire the system out,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, told The Guardian. “You can’t keep a lockdown going for months — it’s impossible.”
He told Britain’s Daily Mail: “We can’t kill all our services. And unemployed people are a great threat to public health. It’s a factor you need to think about.”
The Swedish economy is expected to drop about 4 percent because of the global economic shutdowns. The U.S. Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis recently forecast for the United States a 32% unemployment rate.
Unemployment in the U.S. so far has reached 4.4 percent, though the EPI estimates the real rate is closer to 9%. By late March, the U.S. Federal Reserve purchased assets at a rate of $90 billion per day.
Already in late March, the Fed was buying assets at a rate of $90 billion per day. This is more per day than Ben Bernanke’s Fed purchased most months. On April 9, the Fed announced it would launch an additional $2.3 trillion in asset purchases, with Bank of America predicting a possible $8 trillion stimulus program.
Seventy-three percent of American households endured a loss of income in March, leading to default and bankruptcies. Petrol consumption in Europe fell 88 percent.
Foreign Policy suggests some possibilities. “One would be a burst of inflation, though how that would be engineered given prevailing economic conditions is not obvious. Another would be a debt jubilee, a polite name for a public default.”
Central banks are already crediting governments with a gigantic cash balances. On April 9, the Bank of England announced a program to directly finance UK governments extra spending.
As Google and Apple partner on a contact-tracing app to keep track of where everyone has been and isolate those who have come into contract with the virus, Bill Gates markets a “digital certificate” and the press corps have simultaneously flaunted the digital tattoo technology of its advertisers.
Bill Gates, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation took part in the above-mentioned Event 201, has appeared regularly in the media to champion digital certificates and the long road to “the new normal.” Robert F. Kennedy, the grandson of RFK, who was assassinated in 1965, gave a chilling warning about Gates’ intentions.
“Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vac ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control over global health policy—the spear tip of corporate neo-imperialism,” wrote Robert F. Kennedy in the replies. “Gates’ obsession with vaccines seems fueled by a messianic conviction that he is ordained to save the world with technology and a god-like willingness to experiment with the lives of lesser humans.”
According to Kennedy, Jr. the promise is to eradicate Polio with $1.2 billion led to Gates taking over India’s National Advisory Board (NAB) and mandated 50 polio vaccines (up from 5_ to every child before age 5.
“Indian doctors blame the Gates campaign for a devastating vaccine-strain polio epidemic that paralyzed 496,000 children between 2000 and 2017.” Kennedy, Jr. writes. “In 2017, the Indian Government dialed back Gates’ vaccine regimen and evicted Gates and his cronies from the NAB.” According to Kennedy Jr. in the Instagram post, Polio paralysis rates dropped precipitously.
“In 2017, the World Health Organization reluctantly admitted that the global polio explosion is predominantly vaccine strain, meaning it is coming from Gates’ Vaccine Program,” the grandson of Robert F Kennedy wrote. “The most frightening epidemics in Congo, the Philippines, and Afghanistan are all linked to Gates’ vaccines.” By 2018, ¾ of global polio cases were from Gates’ vaccines, claims Kennedy Jr.
“In 2014, the Gates Foundation funded tests of experimental HPV vaccines, developed by GSK and Merck, on 23,000 young girls in remote Indian provinces,” he wrote. “Approximately 1,200 suffered severe side effects, including autoimmune and fertility disorders. Seven died. Indian government investigations charged that Gates funded researchers committed pervasive ethical violations: pressuring vulnerable village girls into the trial, bullying parents, forging consent forms, and refusing medical care to the injured girls. The case is now in the country’s Supreme Court.”
Kennedy Jr. wrote: “In 2010, the Gates Foundation funded a trial of a GSK’s experimental malaria vaccine, killing 151 African infants and causing serious adverse effects including paralysis, seizure, and febrile convulsions to 1,048 of the 5,049 children. …Continued on slides 2 + 3.”
Pro surfer Kelly Slater was among the nearly 10,000 comments. “So there’s no medical consent now?” he writes. “If I have diabetes and choose not to take the diabetes medicine can I be barred from everything I want to do in the future? They’ve done this with imprisoning parents who haven’t given their kids chemo, for instance. Where is the line drawn? Even these topic debates have been vilified by most people. Just by questioning you get labeled. “
Slater took it further. “Gates and Dr. Fauci are talking about not having an option but to take the covid vaccine and then in the same breath Fauci talks about zinc and hydrochloroquine, essentially benign substances by any comparison, as not being acceptable because they haven’t had a double blind study done on them. Som fishy stuff happening.”
What Must Be Done?
World leaders see the present crisis to create the next world order. American diplomat Henry Kissinger, who human rights activists argue is a war criminal, penned an opinion editorial called “The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order.” The piece appeared in WSJ, which is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
“The reality is the world will never be the same after the coronavirus,” he wrote. “To argue now about the past only makes it harder to do what has to be done.”
As wrote Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of the Club of Rome, which is made up of consists of current and former heads of state, UN bureaucrats, high-level politicians and government officials, diplomats, scientists, economists, and business leaders from around the globe.
“No one is underestimating the incredible disruption to the global economy and across society from COVID-19 nor the gravity of the situation for those who have lost or will lose loved ones,” the authors write, “but what this pandemic has revealed is that overnight transformational change is possible. A different world, a different economy is suddenly dawning.”
Other world leaders, such as the chief of the U.N, have said similar: “We have a rare and short window of opportunity to rebuild our world for the better. Let us use the pandemic recovery to provide a foundation for a safe, healthy, inclusive and more resilient world for all people.”
What’s Also Being Done?
As you see, there is much more to fear in this spinning globe in deep space than microbes. Understanding this is essential to surviving coronavirus.
Already, governors across the United States are being sued. The court system so far has upheld the constitutionality of the stay-at-home orders. The Michigan Court of Claims ruled Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order does not infringe on the constitutional rights.
Steve Martinko and others claimed that Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, and a subsequent version thereof, violated the constitutional rights of Michigan residents. Plaintiffs argued that the “mandatory quarantine,” along with interstate travel restrictions, violated their rights to both procedural due process and substantive due process.
“But those liberty interests are, and always have been, subject to society’s interests—society being our fellow residents,” said Court of Claims Judge Christopher M. Murray. “They—our fellow residents—have an interest to remain unharmed by a highly communicable and deadly virus, and since the state entered the Union in 1837, it has had the broad power to act for the public health of the entire state when faced with a public crisis.” Murray argued that issuing injunctive relief “would not serve the public interest, despite the temporary harm to plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.”
Plaintiffs also alleged that the Emergency Management Act is an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to the Governor. The Court decided the act does not provide the Governor with “uncontrolled, arbitrary power.” Judge Murray indicated that the act provides for very specific procedures and criteria for the Governor to declare a state of disaster or emergency, and what conditions qualify as such. Whitmer then extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s extension of a statewide stay-at-home order has been challenged by a second Republican state lawmaker-led lawsuit, accusing the governor of creating “a police state.” As well, the state began to defend a court ruling.
The state on Wednesday began its efforts to fend off a court ruling that exempts downstate Rep. Darren Bailey from Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, requesting the Illinois Supreme Court to take up its appeal. The Clay County court’s ruling only allows Bailey to ignore the directive. Rep. John Cabello, a Machesney Park Republican and a Rockford police officer, wants broader authority than the ruling from the lawsuit he filed Wednesday in Winnebago County.
A firearms instructor and Republican congressional candidate have sued California Governor. Gavin Newsom and the California Highway Patrol over a rejected permit application. The application was for a protest to be held at the Capitol to demand the rollback of restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, which was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, argues the permit denies First Amendment rights. Newsom ordered CHP to stop granting permits for protests at the Capitol and other properties following an April 20 demonstration against the stay-at-home order.
Seven California-based small business, as well, have sued Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other Los Angeles officials over closures due to the coronavirus. The lawsuit claims forced shutdowns of small business violate civil liberties and have an economic impact that is long-lasting.
“Defendants’ orders have proximately and legally caused tremendous financial harm not just to Plaintiffs businesses, but to the entire California economy,” the suit says. “We’ve got small businesses that have been effectively put out of business or forced to close literally without rhyme or reason,” lead attorney Mark Geragos of Geragos and Geragos in Los Angeles told ABC News.
The seven businesses include Gondola Adventures, Inc.; Hernandez Productions, Inc.; King’s Pet Grooming, Inc.; Sol De Mexico, Inc.; Wildfire, Inc.; Ybanz Gonzalez, Inc.; and Yreka Food Enterprises, LLC.
Protests have erupted in California, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Berlin, Lebanon, Serbia. South Dakotans held a parade for its Governor, who did not lock down the state.
Now, let’s get back to the late comic Carlin. Or at least the point he was making. In her text Human Anatomy and Physiology, Elaine N. Marieb describes the immune system as a marvel “which stalks and eliminates with nearly equal precision almost any type of pathogen that intrudes the body.”
The immune system “must ‘meet’ or be primed by an initial exposure to a foreign substance (antigen) before it can protect the body against that substance,” Marieb writes. The production and release of proteins help cells defend themselves against viral invasion, she notes.
Viruses — essentially, nucleic acids surrounded by a protein coat — lack the cellular machinery to generate ATP [adenosine triphosphate, a molecule with a key role in powering cell activity] or synthesize proteins. They do their “dirty work” or damage in the body by invading tissue cells and taking over the cellular metabolic machinery needed to reproduce themselves. Although the virus-infected cells can do little to save themselves, they can help defend cells that have not yet been infected by secreting small proteins called interferons. The interferon molecules diffuse to nearby cells, where they stimulate synthesis of other proteins, which then inhibit, or “interfere” with, viral replication in those cells. Interferon’s protection is not virus-specific (i.e., interferon produced against a particular virus protects against a variety of other viruses.)
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