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The world is locked down because of a 14 year old’s science project in 2006

In 2006 a 14 year old kid dreamed up a science fair exhibit for limiting the spread of influenza. The problem is her father was a scientist that built mathematical models and decided to help her with her project. They tried to illustrate how the virus would spread in a population.

It was about that time that Dr. Mecher heard from Robert J. Glass, a senior scientist at Sandia in New Mexico who specialized in building advanced models to explain how complex systems work — and what can cause catastrophic failures.

Dr. Glass’s daughter Laura, then 14, had done a class project in which she built a model of social networks at her Albuquerque high school, and when Dr. Glass looked at it, he was intrigued.

Students are so closely tied together — in social networks and on school buses and in classrooms — that they were a near-perfect vehicle for a contagious disease to spread.

Dr. Glass piggybacked on his daughter’s work to explore with her what effect breaking up these networks would have on knocking down the disease.

The outcome of their research was startling. By closing the schools in a hypothetical town of 10,000 people, only 500 people got sick. If they remained open, half of the population would be infected.

“My God, we could use the same results she has and work from there,” Dr. Glass recalled thinking. He took their preliminary data and built on it by running it through the supercomputers at Sandia, more typically used to engineer nuclear weapons. (His daughter’s project was entered in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2006.)

New York Times

This lead to a 2007 blueprint of the current world wide police state in which we are all now living under.

The George W. Bush Administration’s initial intention was to use this blueprint in the even of an attack on the U.S. with biological weapons.

The idea of a full lockdown of society in the event of a pandemic first emerged as an extremist proposal in 2006, issued by a computer scientist as part of George W. Bush’s preparations for biowarfare. It provoked a fierce response by the world’s leading epidemiologist Donald Henderson and his colleagues. That proposal, issued by Robert Glass under the influence of his daughter’s high school science fair project (yes, it thanks Neil Ferguson for comments), would sit for 14 years before being deployed in some form during the political panic of March 2020. 

American Institute for Economic Research

Here’s the kicker… the science project on which all this nonsense is based ONLY WON THIRD PRIZE!!

Her project, based on computer simulations of human interaction, impressed the judges enough to win her third place in the medicine and health category at the Intel fair that year.

Albuquerque Journal

Why are we are setting public policy on the notions of children? Adults use children and seemingly plausible and sensible ideas that sound good to achieve their own ends. The education systems of the world teach blind obedience to authority rather than critical thinking. This leads to an ignorant population which leads to an easy subjugation of the population. Your rights were taken away on an unproven whim.

The entire world economy was brought to its knees by the ideas of a 14 year old kid. Yes, the ideas were born from wanting good things for the world. But, as the cliché goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

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COVID-19 is done in Georgia. Open this place up!

Zero deaths over the last two days. Single digits since the middle of February.

The Atlanta Journal has a COVID-19 Dashboard. It shows that COVID-19 in the State of Georgia is done and has been now since the beginning of February. Open this place up and knock it off with the constant drumbeat about masks. Let’s get back to normal.

The chart above shows the number of deaths reported by the day they occurred. The number of deaths have been in the single digits now since the middle of February. It’s also way below anything experienced in April and May of 2020.

New hospitalizations are also at zero and have largely remained below anything last year since the beginning of February. Also the January peak never reached last summer’s peak.

Confirmed cases are also down. There still is no information with regard to the PCR test cycle threshold being used. I wonder if they lowered the threshold below 35 now instead of the 40 they were using prior to the election.

This thing is over. It’s time to stop the nonsense and go back to living life.

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If the elderly die in nursing homes but no one counts them… did it happen?

Cuomo hid nursing home COVID-19 death info then covered it up. What consequences are there for this? Shouldn’t he be impeached as Governor of New York?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them “we froze” out of fear that the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, The Post has learned.

The stunning admission of a coverup was made by secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders in which she said the Cuomo administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August because “right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football,” according to an audio recording of the two-hour-plus meeting.

New York Post

In what should be an illegal CYA moment Cuomo purposely lied to the legislature and refused to provide them with information. He was afraid the Department of Justice would find out. Was there something illegal in Cuomo’s policies? If not, what was he afraid of? Was he afraid it would be used politically? Perhaps it would be. Does that justify lying to legislative oversight and hiding information from the Justice Department?

What would happen to you or I if we withheld information from state government or the Department of Justice? Surely we’d be prosecuted, and if found guilty, fined or imprisoned. What is the remedy against Cuomo?

A group of Democratic state senators demanded Friday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo be stripped of his emergency authority to deal with the coronavirus crisis in the wake of The Post’s revelation that his administration covered up nursing-home death data because of a pending federal probe.

New York Post

A slap on the wrist.

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YouTube censors U.S. Senate Hearing

Has Google gone too far yet? YouTube has taken down video from a U.S. Senate hearing that occurred on December 8, 2020 because it contained information about Ivermectin. How can any online platform remove any information that is a part of the official public record? This behavior should be illegal. Who are they to be the gatekeeper of information?

Here is the video that is still available at C-Span. I’ve also downloaded it and embedded it below.

Ivermectin is a drug that has been getting some traction for its use as a treatment for people with COVID-19 both as a cure and a preventive measure. I’ve blogged about it before here.

I learned about the YouTube takedown of the testimony in the Wall Street Journal today.

Before being removed from YouTube and other websites, Dr. Kory’s opening statement had been viewed by more than eight million people. Unfortunately, government health agencies don’t share that interest in early treatment. A year into the pandemic, NIH treatment guidelines for Covid patients are to go home, isolate yourself and do nothing other than monitor your illness.

Fortunately, some doctors have the courage to ignore these compassionless guidelines and are using their expertise to develop protocols utilizing a variety of cheap, available and safe FDA-approved drugs to treat patients early and avoid hospitalization. Instead of being rewarded, they are being censored, ostracized, vilified in the press, even fired. This closed-minded approach represents a dark chapter in the history of medicine and journalism.

The censors at YouTube have decided for all of us that the American public shouldn’t be able to hear what senators heard. Apparently they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed, and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies. Government-sanctioned censorship of ideas and speech should frighten us all.

Wall Street Journal

Should it be legal for YouTube to remove Senate testimony? I don’t think so.

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Mega Testing Diagnostic Platforms

https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/1356374923078369281

Watch your red blood cells citizen good ole Uncle Bill is out to perform mega tests on them and rapidly roll out untested mRNA vaccines and monoclonal antibodies on the world.

To start, there has never been a successfully developed and deployed coronavirus vaccine to humans. The vaccines developed for SARS-CoV-2 are novel vaccines. Nobody truly knows if these vaccines are effective or why.

Why these vaccines seem so effective while previous attempts against other pathogens haven’t appeared as promising remains an open question. One simple reason, according to Liu, might be the sheer volume of resources that were poured into developing them. Liu also hypothesizes that one explanation for the high levels of efficacy is that the vaccines might be triggering a nonspecific inflammatory response to the mRNA that could be heightening its specific immune response, given that the modified nucleoside technique reduced inflammation but hasn’t eliminated it completely. On the flip side, she adds, this may also explain the intense reactions such as aches and fevers reported in some recipients of the mRNA SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. (Others have suggested that the lipid nanoparticle is responsible for these severe, but transient, side effects reported in some trial participants.)

Ultimately, it’s too early to say why these vaccines so far appear to work so well. “These do remain interim results. They do remain unpublished. And we still need to see the extensive safety databases associated with these products,” Jackson says. There are also issues to sort out, such as concerns about needing to store the vaccines in freezers—especially in the case of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which needs to be kept at –70 °C.

The Scientist

mRNA vaccines have never been approved for humans before. The same approach used in the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine also failed when Moderna used the technique for another illness.

In order to protect mRNA molecules from the body’s natural defenses, drug developers must wrap them in a protective casing. For Moderna, that meant putting its Crigler-Najjar therapy in nanoparticles made of lipids. And for its chemists, those nanoparticles created a daunting challenge: Dose too little, and you don’t get enough enzyme to affect the disease; dose too much, and the drug is too toxic for patients.

From the start, Moderna’s scientists knew that using mRNA to spur protein production would be a tough task, so they scoured the medical literature for diseases that might be treated with just small amounts of additional protein.

“And that list of diseases is very, very short,” said the former employee who described Bancel as needing a Hail Mary.

Crigler-Najjar was the lowest-hanging fruit.

Yet Moderna could not make its therapy work, former employees and collaborators said. The safe dose was too weak, and repeat injections of a dose strong enough to be effective had troubling effects on the liver in animal studies.

statnews.com

Of course this doesn’t mean technology can’t be improved and the problem solved. I would just feel better about it if it went through animal testing before rolled out into humans. It’s already been reported that people that are old, frail, or have severe allergies maybe should not take the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Bill Gates touts that mRNA vaccines are easier to store. Nothing is further from the truth. It’s been widely reported that the Pfizer vaccine requires temperatures so cold as to require special equipment while the Moderna vaccine supposedly can be held at temperatures of a home freezer. Both require special handling however.

Bill calls for a Global Alert System in order rally the troops to tackle the next pandemic. I worry about guys like him promoting programs that require a functioning one world government. You can’t just roll things like this out. You need the permission of nations all over the world. Many of which don’t have the rights of the citizens protected. The U.S. Constitution, while eroding in power, still protects the rights of the individual from an intrusive government. What will citizens of Africa do when this one world government wants to use them as the world’s guinea pigs?

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If anyone needs to be censored it’s Fauci

Don’t wear a mask. Do wear a mask. Wear 2 masks. There is no science backing up the wearing of 2 masks. Fauci is not a guy we should listen to with regard to our personal health and safety. Since he received so much media attention during the press briefings with Trump his head has far out grown his diminutive body. It’s time to stop paying attention to this attention whore.

Shut the fuck up already Fauci. The complete video is below.

The full video.
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In the U.S. cigarettes kill a COVID-19’s worth of people every year.

If I’m mandated to wear an ineffectual mask or two and stay a minimum of 6 feet away from people so I don’t murder them why do we still allow people to commit suicide by smoking?

Public health officials say that while e-cigarette use isn’t risk-free, it poses significantly less risk than cigarette smoking, which is associated with more than 480,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

Wall Street Journal

If everything we do is about “saving lives” BAN SMOKING TODAY!

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Silver Lining: COVID-19 killed the seasonal flu

In a shitty year of government authority run amuck and the new religion of “science” (not real science but the science of confirmation bias) taking over the globe it seems there is a silver lining in all of this. The SARS-CoV-2 virus resulting in the dreaded COVID-19 disease has successfully done what no vaccine could. It has virtually killed off the influenza virus.

Here are 2 maps from the CDC. The first is the flu map from this day last year. As you can see we were all dying from the flu.

cdc.gov

The next map is for this year. What a glorious time to be alive! We’re in the green!

cdc.gov

What does the science say about this? Is it possible that most people in the hospital now are really there because of the flu? We won’t know because the news media doesn’t seem to be interested in the question.

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Ivermectin: The COVID-19 treatment you’re not hearing about

UPDATE: 2021-02-03

It appears YouTube has decided to censor the video that was posted at the link below. Mind you, this was a U.S. Senate hearing. The testimony by Dr. Pierre Kory is public record. Here is the video uploaded to C-Span. My original post appears below the video.

https://youtu.be/YgOAaLmoa68

December 8, 2020, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security of all things, Dr. Pierre Kory gave the above impassioned testimony regarding a drug called Ivermectin.

I never heard of this drug before. It’s an old drug discovered in the 1970’s. Originally used in animals as a de-wormer and anti-parasitic it was found to be effective in humans for things like Rosacea and lice. The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), currently headed by America’s favorite doctor, Anthony Fauci, calls it a “wonder drug”.

According to Dr. Kory, a practicing physician, Ivermectin is the drug we’ve been looking for all year. It works as both a preventive as well as curative medicine. He has been pushing for the NIH, the CDC, and the FDA to look at the data and studies compiled by his group of doctors and researchers in order to solve the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead our government agencies have been pushing expensive, untested, and new to market pharmaceuticals all funded by taxpayers.

Immediately after this hearing the New York Times published a story that directly contradicts Dr. Kory’s testimony. The Times basically said this doctor was pushing unproven drugs and his claims were dubious. This is journalistic malpractice.

So on Tuesday, for not the first time, Mr. Johnson lent his committee’s platform to the promotion of unproven drugs and dubious claims about stemming the spread of the coronavirus while giving prominence to a vaccine skeptic.

In a move that led even most members of his own party on the committee to avoid the hearing, Mr. Johnson called witnesses who promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. The National Institutes of Health guidelines recommend against using either drug to treat coronavirus patients except in clinical trials.

Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial drug that President Trump has heavily promoted but has shown disappointing results in many clinical trials. Ivermectin is used to treat parasites in humans as well as to prevent heartworms in dogs; research on its effectiveness in treating the coronavirus has been mixed.

Despite the regulatory warnings and the lack of substantial scientific evidence for their efficacy, Mr. Johnson claimed that “discouraging and in some cases prohibiting the research and use of drugs that have been safely used for decades has cost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people their lives.”

The New York Times

Was the story reported by someone with medical knowledge or a science background? No. It was reported by a “fact checker”. Note the information given regarding Ivermectin. The NYT report only says it is used to treat parasites in humans and prevent heartworms in dogs. It said nothing about its use as a topical treatment for Rosacea or its use as a general anti-viral.

Who are we to believe? A “fact checker” from the New York Times, Dr. Fauci who hasn’t seen a patient in decades and has lied to the American public, or Dr. Kory, a practicing physician currently seeing patients and breathlessly researching effective treatments for COVID-19? What science are we following here?

At the very least shouldn’t our government agencies look at Dr. Kory’s data and research? If what he is saying is true the lockdowns and masking can end today.

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Get a COVID-19 vaccine with a side of HIV

Hmmmmm so you can test positive for HIV but not have it or be able to transmit it? If this is true of HIV why isn’t it also true of COVID-19?

In Australia the University of Queensland developed a vaccine for COVID-19 that uses a fragment of the HIV virus. They didn’t believe anyone would be able to test positive for HIV and swear (double pinky swear I think) that there is absolutely no health risk to people. But people did test positive. So, how can they be sure now that there is no risk of contracting HIV?

I’m not afraid of a lot of germs, viruses, and bacteria because they are everywhere. But, I really don’t want to go near HIV with a 10′ pole (3.048 meters in Australia).

The UQ vaccine candidate used a protein and adjuvant platform, containing the COVID-19 spike protein and a “molecular clamp”. A small component is derived from the human immunodeficiency virus, known as HIV, that is not able to infect people or replicate.

A source with knowledge of the clinical results said although the HIV protein fragment posed “absolutely no health risk to people”, they had identified that some trial participants who received the vaccine produced a partial antibody response to it.

Sydney Morning Herald
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