The Censorship Pandemic

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Former NKVD chief Nikolay Yezhov got removed from a photograph with Stalin, though not for asking questions about vaccine adverse events (Read moresource of meme)

During the coronavirus pandemic, the well-known manipulation and censorship on major US internet platforms Google/YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia has reached unprecedented levels. The platforms generally claim to enforce WHO and ‘local health authority’ guidelines, not because they are correct – they were mostly wrong – but because they are deemed “authoritative”.

Some notable examples:

  1. In the United States, YouTube deleted a video of the official Senate testimony of US doctors on the importance of evidence-based early treatment, opposed by the US FDA, NIH and CDC.
  2. In Germany, Google and YouTube silently removed ironic anti-lockdown videos by German TV actors from their search results (a classic Google/YouTube manipulation technique). Prior to that, YouTube had already deleted some of the largest independent German media channels.
  3. In Switzerland, in what may have been a world first, Swiss authorities apparently told YouTube to delete five minutes of a live stream – without notifying the streamer – that showed how Swiss police trapped and detained an independent journalist during an anti-repression protest.
  4. Facebook deleted a group with 120,000 members reporting and discussing covid vaccine adverse events and notoriously adds “vaccines are safe” notes to posts of people mourning the post-vaccination death of a family member.
  5. Wikipedia, whose mostly anonymous editors and administrators have repeatedly been exposed as employees or PR agents of pharmaceutical corporations (or British intelligence operatives), has pushed official misinformation and deleted dissent throughout the pandemic.

Source -Swiss Policy Research

Have You Looked At France Lately?

France: Generals Warn of Civil War Due to Creeping Islamism

by Soeren Kern

  • The warning comes amid a wave of jihadist attacks — including the beheading of a schoolteacher — committed by young men, none of whom were previously known to French intelligence services. The letter also comes after widespread public indignation over a French justice system compromised by political correctness — as evidenced by the refusal to prosecute an African immigrant from Mali who, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is the Greatest”), killed an elderly Jewish woman by breaking into her home and pushing her off her balcony.
  • “Every Frenchman, whatever his belief or non-belief, should everywhere be at home in continental France [l’Hexagone]; there cannot and must not exist any city or district where the laws of the Republic do not apply.” — From an open letter signed by 20 retired generals, a hundred senior officers more than a thousand other members of the French military, April 21, 2021.
  • “What is written in this letter is a reality. When you have a country plagued by urban guerrilla warfare, when you have a very regular and very high terrorist threat, when you have more and more glaring and flagrant inequalities, when you have a part of our patriots who are breaking up from society, we cannot say that the country is doing well.” — Rachida Dati, mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris and former Justice Minister .
  • “These harmful drifts do not result from a moment of distraction but from a political direction driven by fundamentally corrupting ideological considerations.” — Marine Le Pen, French presidential candidate.
  • The open letter and Le Pen’s response come amid a spate of at least nine consecutive jihadist attacks in France, all of which were carried out by individuals who were unknown to French intelligence services, and who therefore were not suspected of being radicalized and consequently were not on a jihadist watchlist. The attacks suggest that French authorities have lost control of monitoring Islamic radicals in the country.
Pictured: French President Emmanuel Macron arrives with Chief of the Defense Staff General François Lecointre prior to the annual Bastille Day military ceremony on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, on July 14, 2020. (Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)

A group of retired generals has warned in an open letter that France is sliding toward a civil war due to the government’s failure to control mass migration and creeping Islamism in the country. The letter, which has broad public support, according to polls, also warns against cultural Marxism, runaway multiculturalism and the expansion of no-go zones in France.

The warning comes amid a wave of jihadist attacks — including the beheading of a schoolteacher — committed by young men, none of whom were previously known to French intelligence services. The letter also comes after widespread public indignation over a French justice system compromised by political correctness — as evidenced by the refusal to prosecute an African immigrant from Mali who, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is the Greatest”), killed an elderly Jewish woman by breaking into her home and pushing her off her balcony.

The breakdown in security, and the government’s apparent inability or unwillingness to do anything about it, has catapulted the leader of the conservative National Rally [Rassemblement National] party, Marine Le Pen, to first place, ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron, in polls before presidential elections set for April 2022.

The open letter, published by the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles [Current Values] on April 21 and addressed to the French political establishment, was signed by 20 retired generals, a hundred senior officers more than a thousand other members of the military. A translation of the letter, which calls for a return to French patriotism, reads as follows:

“Mr. President,

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Government,

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of Parliament,

“The hour is grave. France is in peril. She is threatened by several mortal dangers. We who, even in retirement, remain soldiers of France, cannot, under the present circumstances, remain indifferent to the fate of our beautiful country.

“Our tricolor flags are not just pieces of cloth. They symbolize the tradition of those who, throughout the ages, whatever their skin color or religion, served France and gave their lives for her. On these flags, we find, in golden letters, the words, ‘Honor and Fatherland.’ Today, our honor rests on denouncing the disintegration of our country.

“Disintegration which, through a certain type of anti-racism, has a single goal: to create division, even hatred, between communities on our soil. Today, some speak of racialism, indigenism and decolonial theories, but by using these terms, hateful and fanatic partisans are trying to spark a racial war. They despise our country, her traditions, and her culture, and, by attempting to erase her past and her history, want to see her relegated to the dustbin of history. With this objective, they destroy statues and twist centuries-old words and phrases, all to overturn our past military and civilian glories.

“Disintegration which, with Islamism and the suburban hordes [hordes de banlieue], leads to the detachment of large parts of our nation to transform them into territories that are subject to dogmas contrary to our Constitution. Every Frenchman, whatever his belief or non-belief, should everywhere be at home in continental France [l’Hexagone]; there cannot and must not exist any city or district where the laws of the Republic do not apply.

“Disintegration which, when hatred takes precedence over fraternity during the [anti-government] Yellow Vest [gilets jaunes] demonstrations, where the government uses the police as proxy agents and scapegoats against French citizens expressing their despair and hopelessness. All this while masked individuals infiltrate the protests and ransack businesses and threaten these same police. Yet, the police only follow the directives, often contradictory, established by you, the political ruling class.

“Perils are mounting, violence is increasing day by day. Who could have predicted, ten years ago, that a teacher would one day be beheaded as he was leaving his school? We, servants of the Nation, who have always been prepared to pay the ultimate price for our country, cannot be passive spectators in the face of such actions.

“It is imperative that the leaders of our country find the courage required to eradicate these dangers. To do this, it is often sufficient to enforce, with determination, existing laws. Do not forget that, like us, a large majority of our fellow citizens is exasperated by your cowardice and guilty silence.

“As Cardinal Mercier, Primate of Belgium, once said: ‘When prudence is everywhere, courage is nowhere.’ Ladies and gentlemen, stop equivocating. The situation is serious, the work ahead is daunting; do not waste time and know that we are ready to support policies to safeguard the nation.

“On the other hand, if nothing is done, laxity will continue to spread, inexorably, through our society. Ultimately, there will be an explosion, and our comrades on active duty will be forced to intervene and carry out a perilous mission of protecting our civilizational values ​​and safeguarding the lives of our fellow citizens.

“As we can see, the time for procrastination is over. Otherwise, tomorrow, civil war will put an end to this growing chaos, and there will be thousands of deaths, for which you will bear responsibility.”

Reactions in France

The letter — published on the 60th anniversary of a failed coup against the government of Charles de Gaulle — sparked an angry rebuke from the French government.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the letter by military figures was “contrary to all of our republican principles, to the honor and the duty of the army.”

Defense Minister Florence Parly vowed to punish any of the letter’s signatories who might still be serving in the military. “Two immutable principles guide the action of members of the military with regard to politics: neutrality and loyalty,” she wrote in a tweet.

Former French Justice Minister Rachida Dati, who is now mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, agreed with the contents of the letter, but stressed that the military should not be involved in politics. In an interview with France Info radio, Dati, who was born into an immigrant Muslim family, said:

“What is written in this letter is a reality. When you have a country plagued by urban guerrilla warfare, when you have a very regular and very high terrorist threat, when you have more and more glaring and flagrant inequalities, when you have a part of our patriots who are breaking up from society, we cannot say that the country is doing well.

“Today, the police have become a target for terrorists, and I consider that the police are not supported enough, including by institutions and especially the judiciary. I am afraid that the police will crack one day, and if they crack, we will go well beyond the disintegration of society.”

Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen endorsed the letter but also stressed that change must come by means of a democratic political process, not through military intervention. In an article published by Valeurs Actuelles on April 23, she wrote:

“As a citizen and as a politician, I subscribe to your analysis and share your grief. Like you, I believe that it is the duty of all French patriots, wherever they come from, to stand up for the recovery and even, let’s say it, the salvation of the country….

“The very recent declarations of the President of the Republic on his project to ‘deconstruct the history of France,’ do indeed show us that these harmful drifts do not result from a moment of distraction but from a political direction driven by fundamentally corrupting ideological considerations.

“The concerns that you courageously express cannot remain at the stage of airing indignation, however powerful. It requires, in a democracy, the search for a political solution which must materialize through an alternate project which must be validated by French voters.

“This is the object of my political approach and of my candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic with the objective of a government of National Union [un gouvernement d’Union nationale].

“Already many senior officials and figures from civil society have joined us. I invite you to join our action to take part in the coming battle [presidential campaign], which is certainly a political and peaceful battle, but which is above all the battle for France.”

The sentiment expressed in the open letter appears to have broad public support, according to a new poll. A Harris Interactive survey carried out for LCI television on April 29 found that 58% of those questioned support the soldiers who signed the letter. Almost one in two (49%) said that the army should intervene to guarantee order, even without a request by the government.

The poll also found:

  • 86% agreed with the statement that in certain towns and districts, the laws of the Republic are not applied;
  • 84% agreed that, in France, violence grows day by day;
  • 74% agreed that in France, there exists a form of antiracism that exacerbates hate between communities;
  • 73% agreed that French society is disintegrating;
  • 62% agreed that, in asking the police and the gendarmerie to intervene during the Yellow Vest (Gilet Jaune) protests, the government has provoked a loss of confidence in law enforcement;
  • 45% agreed that France is on the brink of civil war.

Spate of Jihadist Attacks

The open letter and Le Pen’s response come amid a spate of at least nine consecutive jihadist attacks in France, all of which were carried out by individuals who were unknown to French intelligence services, and who therefore were not suspected of being radicalized and consequently were not on a jihadist watchlist. The attacks suggest that French authorities have lost control of monitoring Islamic radicals in the country.

In the most recent attack, on April 23, 2021, a 36-year-old Tunisian jihadist who entered France illegally in 2009, but was granted French residency in December 2020, stabbed to death a 49-year-old female administrative employee at a police station in Rambouillet, a quiet town near Paris. Witnesses heard him say “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. He was shot and killed by police. The woman left behind two daughters, aged 13 and 18.

The most high-profile recent attack occurred on October 16, 2020, when an 18-year-old Chechen migrant beheaded Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old teacher of history and geography, in Éragny, a suburb of Paris. Paty was murdered after a 13-year-old truant Muslim girl, eager to prevent her father from discovering that she had been suspended from school, fabricated a story that Paty had instructed Muslim students to leave the classroom so that he could show the rest of the class “a photograph of the Prophet naked.” A total of ten jihadists, including an imam, a parent of a student, and two students at Paty’s school, were indicted in the crime. Paty left behind a five-year-old boy.

Meanwhile, on April 14, France’s highest judicial court, the Cour de Cassation [Final Court of Appeal], ruled that Kobili Traoré, a 32-year-old migrant from Mali, who, on April 4, 2017, while shouting “Allahu Akbar”, murdered a 65-year-old Jewish woman, Lucie Attal-Halimi (also known as Sarah Halimi), and threw her off her balcony, could not be tried because he allegedly was in the grip of a cannabis-induced “delusional fit,” and therefore not in control of his actions.

The ruling sparked mass protests in Paris and other French cities. French President Emmanuel Macron subsequently called for a change in French law to address the issue. In an interview with Le Figaro newspaper, he said: “Deciding to take narcotics and then ‘going mad’ should, not in my view, remove your criminal responsibility.”

Macron, in response to the open letter by French generals, has also vowed to crack down on suspected jihadists.

On April 28, Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the government plans to submit a bill to Parliament seeking permanent authority to order telecommunications companies to monitor not just telephone data but also the webpages visited by their users in real time. Government algorithms would alert intelligence officials when certain criteria are met, such as an internet user visiting a specific sequence of pages.

Meanwhile, polls show that Marine Le Pen would win the first round of the presidential election scheduled for April 9, 2022, and that Macron would only narrowly defeat Le Pen in the run-off on April 15. This implies that the two frontrunners are neck-and-neck, and that potential jihadist attacks carried out between now and election day may very well sway more voters to Le Pen.

Former Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg, in a recent interview with the Financial Times, said that Le Pen could defeat Macron due to the latter’s “haughty” character and “oligarchic” policies that have alienated voters and boosted Le Pen’s popularity. “Macron is hated because he’s arrogant,” said Montebourg. “So he’s not the ‘rampart’. He’s the one who will put Madame Le Pen in power.”

A recent analysis by the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, a think tank linked to the Socialist Party, predicted that Le Pen could defeat Macron if enough voters abstained from casting ballots in the run-off election:

“When we ask the French population what they feel when they see or hear Emmanuel Macron, the four emotions that stand out the most are all deeply negative. It is above all with a feeling of ‘anger’ (28%), ‘despair’ (21%), ‘disgust’ (21%) and ‘shame’ (21%) that the French think about Macron…. We must not lose sight of the fact that he is particularly hated by a substantial part of the electorate….

“Republican sympathizers express more negative emotions towards Emmanuel Macron than towards Marine Le Pen. Certainly, this rejection of Emmanuel Macron, observed among a large part of the population, would handicap the outgoing president with a view to a second round.”

An Ifop poll published by the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche on April 24 found that 86% of those surveyed said that security — terrorism and delinquency — will be a top issue in the coming election. The importance of the security issue has jumped by 26 points since May 2020, according to Ifop.

Suburbs Are Breeding Grounds for Islamic Extremism

The Muslim population of France is currently estimated at around six million, or roughly nine percent of the total population, according to a recent survey by Pew Research. No one, in fact, knows the exact number of Muslims in France, and even Pew admits that “France hasn’t measured religion in a nationwide census since 1872.”

What is known, however, is that millions of Muslims in France are permanently hidden from the official statistics. French analyst Yves Mamou explains:

“This figure [six million] does even not take into consideration the Muslim population that immigrated to France from North Africa in the 1960s and early 1970s. There are a few million of them — nobody knows how many exactly. They became French very early, and for demographers, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are not regarded as immigrants anymore. These Muslims are, rather, integrated into statistics as French citizens born of French parents. They are Muslim, but under the statistics radar.”

In any event, Pew estimates that with a “zero migration scenario,” the Muslim population of France is set to increase to 12.7% by 2050; with a “medium migration scenario,” the Muslim population of France is expected to rise to roughly 13 million people and comprise 17% of the French population. With a “high migration scenario,” the Muslim population of France is set to exceed one-fifth of the total population.

Many Muslims in France live in poverty-ridden and crime-infested suburbs called banlieues, which are breeding grounds for Islamic fundamentalism and are often referred to as no-go zones because of the dangerous conditions there for police and other representatives of state authority.

President Macron has substantially scaled back plans to rehabilitate the banlieuesand has instead called on local mayors and civil society groups to find solutions at the grassroots level. Macron’s failure to improve life in the suburbs has been condemned by leaders from across the political spectrum.

Marine Le Pen noted that Macron has failed to address the issues of immigration and Islamism:

“Barely a word on immigration, barely a word on Islamic fundamentalism. We know perfectly well that these problems are partly the source of the difficulties in the suburbs. Refusing to see the reality is to condemn oneself to failure.”

An estimated six million people — around one-tenth of France’s population — live in 1,500 neighborhoods classified by the government as Sensitive Urban Zones (zones urbaines sensibles, ZUS).

In October 2011, a landmark 2,200-page report, “Suburbs of the Republic” (“Banlieue de la République”found that many French suburbs are becoming “separate Islamic societies” cut off from the French state, and where Islamic law is rapidly displacing French civil law. The report said that Muslim immigrants are increasingly rejecting French values and instead are immersing themselves in radical Islam.

The authors of the report warned that France is on the brink of a major social explosion because of the failure of Muslims to integrate into French society.

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Biden’s Handlers Want to Give One Billion Dollars to Iran.

BY ROBERT SPENCER MAY 07, 2021 —PJ Media 

Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader viaThe problem between the United States and Iran is that the U.S. just hasn’t been nice enough to those lovable lugs in Tehran who just chant “Death to America” because we’re such meanies, right? That’s apparently the view of Biden’s handlers. 

The Jerusalem Post reported Friday that “the United States is considering the option of unfreezing $1 billion in Iranian funds to be used for humanitarian aid purposes as a possible goodwill gesture in the attempt to reach a new nuclear deal.”

The unaptly-named Thomas Countryman, who was assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation for six years during the first two Obama terms (we’re in the third now), explained it all for us rubes who still think that forking over large amounts of cash to an avowed enemy might not be the best idea in the world: “If it demonstrates the kind of good faith that can cause reciprocal good faith from the Iranian side, then it is potentially a good step forward.”

This is an indication of how disastrously naive and ill-informed our foreign policy “experts” really are. If the good Countryman and his colleagues understood even the basics about Islam, from Islamic sources rather than soothing propaganda for non-Muslim Westerners, they would know that any show of goodwill by the U.S. will be seen in Tehran as weakness to take advantage of, not as a gesture of good faith to be reciprocated. But Countryman and his ilk are unteachable in this regard, for they would regard the facts of the case as “Islamophobic.”

In the real world, it is enlightening to remember what Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on November 5, 2020, that “the next U.S. administration will surrender to the Iranian nation.” This wasn’t just tough talk. In light of Biden’s handlers’ apparent willingness to give the mullahs all they want and more, it was a sober assessment of the geopolitical situation.

There is no indication that the mullahs have changed their stance since November 2, 2015, when a commanding majority of the Majlis, 192 of its 290 members, agreed to a statement saying that “Death to America,” which continues to be chanted at every Friday prayer in Iranian mosques as well as at anti-American protests, was not just a slogan: it had “turned into the symbol of the Islamic Republic and all struggling nations.”

It is also useful to recall that on September 23, 2015, two months after the nuke deal was finalized, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, published an article entitled “The Idols Will Be Shattered,” illustrated with a drawing of the Statue of Liberty shattered in pieces. In it, he declared, “The idol of the soul, the idol of pride, [and] the idol of sexual lust; the idol of tyranny and subservience; the idol of global tyranny [that is, the U.S.]; the idol of sloth and irresponsibility; and the other idols that shame the precious human soul—a plan that will spring forth from the depths of the heart will shatter them.”

Back in July 2005, then–Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said essentially the same thing in a different way: “The message of the Revolution is global, and is not restricted to a specific place or time. Have no doubt … Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world.”

Was this just a pious hope for the success of Islamic proselytizing? Hardly, given Ahmadinejad’s reference to the Islamic Revolution, the violent movement that had brought the Islamic Republic of Iran into being in 1979.

No less an authority than Khamenei’s predecessor, the Ayatollah Khomeini, said from the beginning that the goals of that Revolution were global: “We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry ‘There is no god but Allah’ resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle.” And the Iranian politician Mohsen Rezaei once told a cheering Iranian crowd: “We will build a force that will demolish the enemies of Islam, continue the path of our great prophet Muhammad, and raise the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.”

Journalist Elaine Sciolino noted in her 2000 book Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran that a neon sign in Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport reads, in English, “In future Islam will destroy Satanic sovereignty of the West.”

Khamenei crowed Friday: “In the present time, the balance has been tipped in favor of the world of Islam.”

This is always the fruit of appeasement: emboldening of the aggressor. For enabling Khamenei’s sense of imminent victory, Biden’s handlers can stand up and take a bow.

Covid Vaccines: The Tip of the Iceberg

All-cause deaths 65+, previous 7 days (Source: Israeli CBS)

Published: May 7, 2021 (upd.)
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The latest on covid vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Preface

SPR carefully distinguishes between short-term and long-term safety, short-term and long-term effectiveness, age- and sex-specific aspects, and medical and political questions. Some people might prefer a simpler, more black-and-white assessment, but this would not reflect complex reality.

A. Vaccine safety

  1. The updated chart above shows the previously reported post-vaccination increase in Israeli 65+ all-cause mortality, based on official data up to April 4. There appears to be a complete media blackout on this issue, both inside and outside of Israel, despite the fact that an Israeli hospital director described a “murky wave of heart attacks” in March. However, in late April Israeli authorities announced an investigation into cases of post-vaccination heart inflammation and heart attacks, primarily in young adults, where the issue is much harder to explain away. In the US, too, multiple cases of heart inflammation and heart attacks after mRNA vaccines have already been reported in young adults. The independent Israeli People’s Committee gathered data on about 320 post-vaccination deaths and about 2500 serious adverse events until early May.
  2. In the USA and Europe, official reporting systems currently show about 10,000 post-vaccination deaths. Based on official case reports, some of these deaths are clearly unrelatedto the vaccine, but many were clearly caused or triggered by the vaccine. Due to significant underreporting and a massive reporting backlog, SPR estimates that there could be up to 50,000 post-vaccination deaths in the US and Europe combined. While this is a small number compared to the 1,3 million official covid deaths and the 150 million fully vaccinated people, it is not a trivial number.
  3. Health authorities and the media primarily focus on the issue of post-vaccination cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT, blood clots in the brain), simply because CVT is such a rare condition that the post-vaccination increase cannot be explained away statistically. However, CVTs are really just ‘the tip of the iceberg’, whereas the ‘invisible’, but much larger iceberg of post-vaccination adverse events consists primarily of severe and fatal cardiac (heart inflammation, heart attack), cardiovascular (blood clots anywhere) and neurological events. Since the background rate of these conditions is much higher, vaccine-related events are easier to disregard or hide.
  4. Several countries have already suspended or stopped adenovector-based covid vaccines(AstraZeneca and J&J), arguing that ‘the risks outweigh the benefits’, especially for young people, and referring only to CVTs (the tip of the iceberg), not cardiac and cardiovascular events in general (the iceberg). In fact, AstraZeneca recently and officially acknowledged thatthrombo­cyto­penia (low blood platelet count due to an autoimmune reaction) is a ‘frequent vaccine adverse event (1% to 10%)’, even though it wasn’t detected during the vaccine trial.
  5. There is still no reliable data on the long-term safety of covid vaccines and on the safety in children and adolescents. Nevertheless, several countries have already announced ‘booster shots’ (against new virus variants and to counter antibody waning) and the vaccination of children. This is despite the fact that data from Israel and the UK has shown that the vaccination of adults is sufficient to suppress the epidemic, simply because children are not drivers of Sars-CoV-2 infections. Thus, the only (medical) rationale for vaccinating low-risk children, adolescents and young adults could be the risk of long covid and PIMS (the latter is about 0,02%).
  6. In the US, about 10% of vaccinated people decline the second vaccine dose, likely due to serious adverse events after the first dose. In many Western countries, vaccination rates seem to level off at about 50% to 70% of the adult population.
  7. To review personal case reports of severe and fatal covid vaccine adverse events, see the Nashville collection (18+) and Covid Legal USA. In the US, there have already been several reports of post-vaccination deaths of healthy children and adolescents. Facebook deleted a group with 120,000 members reporting and discussing covid vaccine adverse events.
  8. There are also several reports of peculiar post-vaccination deaths of celebrities, such as box legend Marvin Hagler (66), rap legend DMX (50, heart failure), NBC legal analyst Midwin Charles(47), cybersecurity expert Dan Kaminsky (42, diabetic ketoacidosis), comedian El Risitas (65, heart failure, had preconditions), or fashion designer Alber Elbaz (59). In the case of fully-vaccinated Elbaz, it was reported that he got infected with the ‘South African’ coronavirus variant.

B. Vaccine effectiveness

A vaccine may be not particularly safe (compared to the highest medical standards) and still be quite effective, at least in the short term. This seems to be the case for most experimental covid vaccines.

  1. The decrease in covid infections in many US states and European countries since late winter or early spring was driven not primarily by vaccination campaigns, but by seasonal effects and other epidemic dynamics (both of which are well-known but poorly understood). This is shown by the fact that infections decreased simultaneously and to a similar extent in countries with a rather low vaccination rate, such as South Africa, the Ukraine, Moldova and Albania.
  2. Population-wide data from the UK and Israel were quite difficult to interpret, as these countries were running their vaccination campaigns in parallel to an ongoing infection wave. As a matter of fact, their decrease in infections wasn’t any faster than in some countries with a low or very low vaccination rate, such as Portugal and South Africa. However, since about mid-April, the infection rate in Israel and the UK have indeed been lower than in most other countries.
  3. Despite these uncertainties, independent cohort studies do confirm a (short-term) vaccine effectiveness after the second dose of about 90% in people up to 70 years of age and about 65% in care home residents (in the case of the Pfizer vaccine and in terms of infections). The protection against (severe) disease and death may be even higher.
  4. Moreover, European countries that started their vaccination campaign prior to the spring waveconfirm a very good protective effect even in people over 80. For instance, the chart below shows that in Switzerland, hospitalizations in April of people aged 40 to 59 reached almost the level of the second wave, whereas hospitalizations remained much lower in people aged 60 to 79 and especially in people 80+, who had been vaccinated first (orange curve vs. red curves).
  5. In contrast, multiple countries and several studies have confirmed that the mass vaccination campaign can itself ignite or boost an infection wave, an effect first described by SPR in February. Most recently, this was observed in the Seychelles, the country with the highest vaccination rate in the world, that entered into another lockdown (“despite” a mask mandate). Most likely, this effect is a combination of the vaccination campaign spreading the virus (even into high risk groups), and people exposing themselves to higher risks prior to full protection.
  6. Given this risk of a post-first-dose infection spike, early and prophylactic treatment protocolsare still relevant, even – or especially – during vaccination campaigns.
  7. A Swedish study found that compared to vaccination, a prior infection protects just as well, or even somewhat better, against a new Sars-CoV-2 infection (91% vs. 86%). This may be due to the fact that an infection appears to convey ‘broader’ immunity than spike protein based vaccines.
Switzerland: Hospitalizations by age group. The difference between the orange curve (40-59) and the red curves (60-79 and 80+) in the second and third waves indicates vaccine effectiveness in age groups 60+ (Source: BAG)

C. Political aspects

An Israeli lawyer describes the situation in Israel: “We live under increasing coercion, discrimination, marking and division into two civil societies according to the ‘green mark (pass)’. Basic activities such as work, education, health and recreation have become a luxury for only vaccinated people. And even then, only temporary.” The Israeli lawyer believes that “Israel is the ‘pilot’ that should serve as an example and justification for the whole world. If they convince the general public that there is ‘success’ here, it will be done all over the world and then it will get worse for all of us.”

Source : Swiss Policy Research

COVID-19: Leaked reports show B.C. health authorities withholding data from the public—-Vancouver Sun

Are you surprised ?

I am not !

I have been saying for months that the information was insufficient and totally no context—hyping cases withy no link to how many of theses cases were sick people.

Now , finally we have a local paper, rather late in the day although better late than never, highlighting this fact.

The paper says “ B.C. doesn’t make anywhere near the same level of detail available to the public as other provinces.’

And the other Provinces are not lily while on the matter.

Yet , we praised out Public Health Officer ( honorary degree, book and all) long before the last wave and smugly looked at so called higher cases east of us.

The Province never gave the total number of acute beds and ICU beds available, for example. And whether any planning early to increase the ICU numbers , if necessary.

And they never gave context with other diseases , their fatality rates etc.

I never saw any break down here on Vancouver island where I live. There were always lots of acute care beds but if you listened to the hype we were about to run out of them etc.

The Paper talks of the neighborhood detail in other Provinces and more on age related cases etc.

And there is never any overall context with the delayed surgeries, delayed treatments and of course no body has died from all this disruption ——-

Many of us spoke of a regional approach given the significant difference ——this was rejected —-

The callous disregard for our Charter of Rights and Freedoms will one day come back to haunt this Government .

Questions like the use of PCR tests and how we use them here to maximize their validly, the way we count fatalities —all of this should be out in the open .

Sadly, bureaucracy has taken over and our political masters ? Mere serfs on the farm .

And as far as prevention goes , it was more go home and see if you get sick.

The total lack of informed advice on vitamin D , for example, was absent.

In Britain they were giving out Vitamin D tablets.

This Provincial Government must be held accountable —I hope this is just the beginning .

But watch for the spin—-it will inevitable come.

Ivermectin Effective—

Peer-reviewed study finds that ivermectin is effective as prophylaxis for COVID-19 and as a therapeutic remedy

By Thomas Lifson —-in the American Thinker website 

I expect that the corporate media will ignore as much as possible the findings of a peer-reviewed study just published in the American Journal of Therapeutics that concludes that the readily available, inexpensive (off-patent) drug ivermectin is effective in treating existing cases of COVID-19 and in preventing coming down with the illness.  

Unlike the experimental vaccines that we are being ceaselessly urged to take, ivermectin has been around for many years and is safe for all but a few people.  From the article:

Numerous studies report low rates of adverse events, with the majority mild, transient, and largely attributed to the body’s inflammatory response to the death of the parasites and include itching, rash, swollen lymph nodes, joint paints, fever, and headache. In a study that combined results from trials including more than 50,000 patients, serious events occurred in less than 1% and largely associated with administration in Loa loa. 

Furthermore, according to the pharmaceutical reference standard Lexicomp, the only medications contraindicated for use with ivermectin are the concurrent administration of antituberculosis and cholera vaccines while the anticoagulant warfarin would require dose monitoring. Another special caution is that immunosuppressed or organ transplant patients who are on calcineurin inhibitors, such as tacrolimus or cyclosporine, or the immunosuppressant sirolimus should have close monitoring of drug levels when on ivermectin given that interactions exist that can affect these levels.

The inventors of ivermectin received the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

The article is written in accessible language for laypeople to read.

Here is the abstract:

Recently, evidence has emerged that the oral antiparasitic agent ivermectin exhibits numerous antiviral and anti-inflammatory mechanisms with trial results reporting significant outcome benefits. Given some have not passed peer review, several expert groups including Unitaid/World Health Organization have undertaken a systematic global effort to contact all active trial investigators to rapidly gather the data needed to grade and perform meta-analyses.

Data Sources: 

Data were sourced from published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts posted to preprint servers, expert meta-analyses, and numerous epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution campaigns.

Therapeutic Advances: 

A large majority of randomized and observational controlled trials of ivermectin are reporting repeated, large magnitude improvements in clinical outcomes. Numerous prophylaxis trials demonstrate that regular ivermectin use leads to large reductions in transmission. Multiple, large “natural experiments” occurred in regions that initiated “ivermectin distribution” campaigns followed by tight, reproducible, temporally associated decreases in case counts and case fatality rates compared with nearby regions without such campaigns.

Conclusions: 

Meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID-19 have found large, statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to viral clearance. Furthermore, results from numerous controlled prophylaxis trials report significantly reduced risks of contracting COVID-19 with the regular use of ivermectin. Finally, the many examples of ivermectin distribution campaigns leading to rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality indicate that an oral agent effective in all phases of COVID-19 has been identified.

And here is the conclusion of the article:

Because of the urgency of the pandemic, and in response to the surprising persistent inaction by the leading PHA’s, the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Panel was recently coordinated by the Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd to more rapidly formulate an ivermectin treatment guideline using the standard guideline development process followed by the WHO. 

Made up of long-time research consultants to numerous national and international public health organizations including the WHO, they convened both a steering committee and a technical working group that then performed a systematic review and meta-analysis. 

On February 12, 2021, a meeting was held that included an international consortium of 75 practitioners, researchers, specialists, and patient representatives representing 16 countries and most regions of the world. 

This Recommendation Development Panel was presented the results of the meta-analysis of 18 treatment RCTs and 3 prophylaxis RCTs including more than 2500 patients along with a summary of the observational trials and the epidemiologic analyses related to regional ivermectin use. 

After a discussion period, a vote was held on multiple aspects of the data on ivermectin, according to standard WHO guideline development processes. 

The Panel found the certainty of evidence for ivermectin’s effects on survival to be strong and they recommended unconditional adoption for use in the prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19.

In summary, based on the totality of the trials and epidemiologic evidence presented in this review along with the preliminary findings of the Unitaid/WHO meta-analysis of treatment RCTs and the guideline recommendation from the international BIRD conference, ivermectin should be globally and systematically deployed in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Alberta’s Damming Statistics

Alberta Government’s own data shows hospital bed and ICU utilization at five-year low

POSTED ON: MAY 5, 2021

CALGARY:  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms today released extensive government data (see links and images throughout) showing that Alberta’s hospitals are not overcrowded, are in no immediate danger of being overwhelmed, and haven’t been in serious danger of turning away patients for more than a year.

Alberta Government data contradicts the assertion of Premier Jason Kenney that further restrictions on Charter freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, and the shutdown of personal wellness, bars, restaurants and small businesses, are necessary to protect Alberta’s health-care system from being “overwhelmed.” On Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Jason Kenney announced a fourth wave of extreme lockdown measures including closing hair salons, tattoo shops, personal wellness services, schools, post-secondary institutions and outdoor patios, among other closures.

Evidence uncovered by the Justice Centre through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests reveal that regular hospital beds as well as Intensive Care Units were in significantly less demand and usage during 2020 and 2021 than in any year as far back as 2015. In fact, 2020 ICU admissions were at their lowest level since 2015.(FOI Request)

In January 2021, bed utilization was 90.12%, compared to 95.21% bed utilization in January 2020. The same pattern is repeated for February 2021, when Alberta was eleven months into lockdown restrictions. View the dataset.

In March through May 2020, bed utilization plummeted, likely as a result of lockdown cancellations of more than 22,000 scheduled surgeries, which resulted in the death of Gerry Dunham in Medicine Hat. In early 2021, the 93% utilization rate was below the 96% level recorded in the years 2015 through 2019.

The government has not provided further ICU utilization numbers for 2021. However, during the last quarter of 2020, ICU utilization province-wide was comparable to, or less than, previous years. There was a slight rise in December 2020, but ICU spaces in Alberta were still well below full capacity.

On 3rd April 2020, the Alberta government had 1,935 acute care beds available for COVID-19 patients. According to a modelling document the government posted on its website on April 8, 2020, AHS planned to expand the number of acute care beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients to 2,250 by the end of April 2020. The same document also stated: “AHS plans to be able to increase ICU capacity by 1081 beds for COVID-19 patients by the end of April, if necessary.”
“Obviously the Alberta government has failed to follow through on these commitments made in April of 2020. Creating necessary capacity to treat patients would have cost a lot less than the daily damage that lockdowns inflict on Alberta’s society and economy, and the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of Albertans,” states lawyer and Justice Centre President John Carpay.

“We are now in our fourteenth month of Charter violations and economic destruction. The government has had ample time to increase hospital and ICU capacity, but instead blames Albertans for trying to live their lives normally,” concludes Mr. Carpay.

PM Justin Trudeau! Your Dad Pushed For the Charter of Rights and Freedoms —I Was There, And Participated In Its Formulation.

Here is one of the provisions of that Charter :

6 (1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada. 

In August 1980, I affixed my name as Premier and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister to a Document entitled ‘Towards The Twenty First Century Together, The Position of the Government of Newfoundland Regarding Constitutional Change .’

 In this document I said:

‘The entrenchment of democratic rights and fundamental freedoms is a means of giving explicit constitutional recognition to values which have served Canada well.  Newfoundland, therefore, supports a Charter of Rights which will entrench the democratic rights and fundamental freedoms of Canadians.’

But I went on to say:

‘While explicit constitutional reference will have a significant normative  value, the ultimate guarantee of liberty rests with the vigilance of the citizen, the accountability of government, the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law.’

That’s where we are today, Mr. Trudeau, having to activate ‘the vigilance of the citizen’ given the comments you are making about vaccine passports and the lack of Canadian leadership to oppose this measure.

Public Health reasons won’t justify this violation of our rights given the following:

  1. The lack of simple preventive measures in Canada. They were and are absent in fighting this pandemic —from vitamin D and C and Zinc promotion, to other early prevention and early treatment measures that are being used all over the world like Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, Doxycycline, and Azithromycin.  
  2. The vaccines themselves are experimental and represent the biggest drug trial in history. 
  3. Changing the interval time between the first and second doses (Pfizer and Moderna) violates the established Pharmaceutical protocol.  Doing this, likely compromises the efficacy of the vaccines.  
  4. The scientifically demonstrated flaws in the process of PCR testing . 
  5. The now demonstrated deaths and health problems linked to COVID vaccine use. Thousands (4,128) of adverse events, hundreds (617) of serious events have been recorded up to April 23, 2021.
  6. The demonstrated failure of lockdowns to combat the pandemic. The lockdowns negative effects outweigh any positive effects both economically, medically, and socially. Note the Great Barrington Declaration. 
  7. The lack of answers to questions posed by a group of Ontario scientists concerning the Ontario response to the pandemic. These questions apply country wide. 
  8. The inconsistent, ambiguous manner in which deaths are recorded—dying with Covid or from Covid, for example. 
  9. Many experts question how Governments are recording adverse events after vaccine usage. And Health authorities appear to be ignoring valid questions about vaccine side effects and appear to threaten doctors that raise these problems.
  10. There is no medium to long term effects known on using the vaccines. Your own Advisory Committee on Immunizations reported two days ago that  ‘There is currently no available evidence on medium- and long-term efficacy of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines, however trials are ongoing and this Statement will be updated as evidence emerges.’

Prime Minister. You should change course now on this matter. 

Otherwise much time and money will be spent on legal processes which I believe will ultimately end in the rights and freedoms of Canadian citizens being restored. 

P.S.—-Could not send this by e-mail to the PM’s Office —too many words—only take up to 2000. So I will fax it to him. Where it goes from there ? Who knows?

Federal Deficit Already Over $40 Billion Higher According To Parliamentary Budget Officer

And would you believe it——-just weeks after the budget was delivered the Federal Government Deficits over the next  five years are to be to be even higher than the Government projected. So says the Independent Parliamentary Budget Officer .

$40 Billion higher. 

Of course , who is surprised ? Only those who tag the federal liberal line espouses anything different . And, of course, all these projections are really guesses —-who really knows . The economy is a hugh machine with many moving parts , many involving subjective decisions made by people. Economists have been saying this since the great Adam Smith. But Governments continue to exaggerate and hence are almost always wrong —-

For example the next three years , perhaps the only time line that is realistic , the deficit is up $27. Billion .

So when you hear Governments tout jobs and so called investments , and boasting containing the deficit ( balance budget seem to be lost words)  take it all with a few grains of salt. Even the Governments own fake  numbers still have us with a deficit at the end of five years . 

Go into the Parliamentary Budget Officers website and you can read the 19 page update for yourself. 

Denmark Drops Second Vaccine

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a pop up vaccination site in the Staten Island borough of New York on April 8, 2021. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a pop up vaccination site in the Staten Island borough of New York on April 8, 2021. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)VACCINES & SAFETY

Denmark Drops Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Over Possible Blood Clot Link

BY ZACHARY STIEBER May 4, 2021 Updated: May 4, 2021 —Epoch Times

Denmark on Monday announced it will not use the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because the shot is potentially linked to blood clots.

“The Danish Health Authority has concluded that the benefits of using the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson do not outweigh the risk of causing the possible adverse effect, VITT, in those who receive the vaccine,” the authority said in a statement.

VITT refers to the severe cases of blood clots, a small number of which have led to deaths among those who got a shot.

The decision to move forward without the Johnson & Johnson vaccine came after Danish officials reviewed international data and statements.

Denmark previously dropped AstraZeneca’s jab because of its possible link to blood clots.

“In the midst of an epidemic, this has been a difficult decision to make, especially since we have also had to discontinue using the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. However, taking the present situation in Denmark into account, what we are currently losing in our effort to prevent severe illness from COVID-19 cannot outweigh the risk of causing possible side effects in the form of severe blood clots in those we vaccinate,” Helene Probst, Denmark’s deputy director general, said in a statement.

“One should also bear in mind that, going forward, we will first and foremost be vaccinating younger and healthy people.”

The decision will lead to a delay in the country’s vaccination schedule, according to Probst. But many of those who still haven’t gotten vaccinated are young, and that population is generally not at risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, she noted.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. The elderly and immune-compromised are most at risk of experiencing severe symptoms from the disease.

Johnson & Johnson’s shot may be used later if new knowledge emerges or the COVID-19 situation in Denmark changes.

Johnson & Johnson didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

The United States last month halted use of the jab and the European Union’s rollout of the vaccine was delayed while health experts reviewed post-vaccination cases of blood clotting combined with low levels of blood platelets. At least one patient had perished, while another required hospitalization.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on April 20 announced there was a possible link between Johnson & Johnson’s shot and the blood clots, but the regulator recommended continuing its use because its benefits outweighed the risks.

As a result of advice from the agency, Johnson & Johnson said it would add to information doled out about the vaccine information about blood clots and how to diagnose and manage them. The same sequence of events happened with AstraZeneca’s jab in Europe.

A U.S. advisory committee several days later reached a similar conclusion, leading to the resumption of administration of the vaccine in the country.

As of May 3, over 8.4 million Johnson & Johnson doses have been administered in the United States. About 1.3 million doses have been distributed to European countries, but only a small number have been administered so far.