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Horowitz: Are positive COVID tests in children wrongly picking up common colds — which can provide some level of immunity?

Is our society turning the blessing of de facto childhood immunity to COVID-19, along with the very elements that can help make them immune to severe symptoms, into a curse?

Even the schools that have opened their doors are engaging in mass testing of children and liberally quarantining anyone who might have been exposed to any child who tests positive, regardless of symptoms. In many cases, that involves shutting down an entire class for two weeks. A friend’s second-grade daughter at a Baltimore-area private school was stuck at home for two weeks because she was in a carpool with a child who tested positive and never exhibited any symptoms. His sixth-grader was already at home because her entire class was canceled for two weeks after one kid tested positive without exhibiting any symptoms.

But as I’ve written before, with labs running the tests
through 40 cycles of amplification, how many of these tests are false positives, how many are notional positives that are not infectious, and how many are outright picking up coronavirus colds instead of SARS-CoV-2 — the very colds that have essentially protected children from contracting significant symptoms of COVID-19?

According to an external audit
conducted of over 400 PCR testing labs in Europe, there was a 3% false positive rate for SARS-CoV-2 among samples of coronavirus colds. Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics, a Scotland-based company, conducted an external quality assessment for the European Union of labs in 36 countries by sending them eight blinded panels of supposed viral samples. Five of them contained samples of non-infectious SARS-CoV-2-positive cells, two contained samples of coronavirus colds (HCoV-NL63, HCoV-OC43), and one was completely negative.

The results? A 2.9% false positive rate among HCoV-OC43 samples and a 3.1% false positive rate among HCoV-NL63 samples. In other words, roughly 3% of coronavirus cold samples came up as positive for COVID-19.

Now consider the fact that young children get coronavirus colds (which account for
15%-30% of common colds) more often, which is why some researchers believe they have more robust cross-immunity from memory T cells, at least against the serious disease that could result from contracting SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are the third-most common respiratory infection in children after rhinovirus and influenza.

Moreover, as we get into cold season, more and more children will now be contracting the very cold they typically get that offers them this partial immunity to COVID-19. Given that, to begin with, positive testing rates are only about 2%-5% in many areas (
about 5% nationwide), a 3% false positive rate could often account for half of the positive results. It’s a problem in the general population, but it’s particularly absurd among children because it is very likely that these tests are picking up coronavirus colds, which can function as a vaccine against clinical-level COVID-19 illness for children!

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already know from a study in British Columbia that PCR tests for SARS-1 during the 2003 epidemic were picking up HCoV-OC43 coronavirus colds and misrepresenting SARS positive data. Given the degree of cross-reactivity between coronaviruses, it makes sense that PCR testing for COVID-19 would have the same proclivity for false positive results caused by the presence of coronavirus cold molecules in the swabs.

Imagine a scenario where we vaccinate all children for COVID-19 and then devise a PCR test that detects that vaccine as a positive for the virus — and then we promote panic and school closures as a result. That is essentially what is happening now. Children appear to be largely immune to serious COVID-19 symptoms precisely because they often contract and spread to each other the very pathogens we are now picking up with wide-net testing. Yet those results are being used as a pretext to panic. What’s worse,
according to some academic literature, 30% of cases of HCoV-229E and HCoV-OC43, two of the common coronavirus colds in children, are asymptomatic. Which means that the mass COVID testing of asymptomatic children could likely even pick up asymptomatic coronavirus colds, which function like pain-free vaccines for children against COVID-19. Talk about turning a blessing into a curse!

Thus, the gratuitous testing of schoolchildren is working against God’s immunological ecosystem. By shutting the schools, they are preventing the children from spreading what can function as vaccine colds. By panicking over detection of what may be those very colds, they are turning a harmless cold into an illness. And even if they are detecting a few legitimate COVID positives, the children are getting milder symptoms than they do from the flu or strep throat. These policies work against the safest avenue of achieving herd immunity.

But it goes a step further than this. Many government officials are panicking over children spreading the virus to teachers and other adults in the schools. Let’s put aside the question of
whether children even spread this particular virus in large numbers. Proponents of school closures are further tampering with God’s ecosystem and turning his blessing into a curse. If children are partially immune to COVID from consistently contracting coronavirus colds in recent months and years, what is the next rung in that ecosystem that would be protected by their umbrella of immunity? Parents, day-care workers, and teachers of those very children. All those annoying colds I get every two months from my four children? According to new research, it turns out they are giving us younger to middle-age adults robust cross-immunity to COVID-19 symptoms as well.

A brand-new preprint
study of 300,000 health care worker households (who are naturally more exposed to the virus) in Scotland found, “Increased household exposure to young children was associated with an attenuated risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 and appeared to also be associated with an attenuated risk of COVID-19 disease severe enough to require hospitalization.” Specifically, researchers found a 15% lower hospitalization rate among those with one child and as much as a 64% decreased rate among those with three children under the age of 11.

I have four children under that age and can only imagine how much protection I get from contracting all those annual colds. And the fact that they pick them up in schools is a blessing to my wife and me in the long run. ”
From first principles, any protective effect of children on COVID-19 rate and severity in their household contacts would seem likely to involve cross-reactive immunity to endemic coronavirus infections acquired outside the home, e.g. at nursery or school,” posit the study authors as to why these adults fared better.

This Scottish study harmonizes very well with a biomedical study from
German researchers that found that adults in their 30s and 40s with children have a lower ICU rate from COVID-19 than those without children.

Another fascinating
study from the University of Lubek in Germany tracked four schoolchildren whose parents repeatedly exposed them to the virus, even to the point of sleeping in the same room for a week. The parents were sick with the virus and wanted to get the virus over with for their household quicker so that they wouldn’t suffer from staggered forced quarantines that could drag out for weeks. The kids appeared to be impervious to infection, according to the study’s authors.

Obviously, not all children are impervious to infection of SARS-CoV-2, but so far it appears that almost all of them are immune to significant symptoms presented from the disease of COVID-19.

The lesson is clear: God made an immunological ecosystem beginning with babies and small children that is designed to work properly. Human intervention is appropriate for those who are seriously ill or those who no longer have a functioning immune system. But to tamper with everyone’s immune system and treat the healthy like the sick and the young like the old is to treat a de facto natural vaccine like an illness — a blessing like a curse.

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New study reports a very low risk of coronavirus transmission inside K-12 schools

A new study from Brown University researchers finds that there is minimal evidence to support the idea that the coronavirus is easily transferred inside K-12 school buildings.

What are the details?

As highlighted by The Hill, researchers — who collaborated with school administrators across the nation on a new National COVID-19 School Response Data Dashboard — released the data from the study on Wednesday.

The study finds that there is a “relatively small degree of spread among staff and students.”

Researchers drew their conclusions based on data received from more than 550 schools in 46 states across the country over a two-week period beginning Aug. 31.

The study found that just 0.23% of students had confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus. The study also found that the confirmed or suspected rate among school staff was 0.51%. Solely confirmed cases were even lower at 0.076% for students and 0.15% for teachers.

According to a Wednesday report from the Washington Post, researchers at the university said such reports could suggest a possible return to classes may not be as risky as previously assumed.

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told the outlet, “Everyone had a fear there would be explosive outbreaks of transmission in the schools. In colleges, there have been. We have to say that, to date, we have not seen those in the younger kids, and that is a really important observation.”

Emily Oster, a professor at Brown University who assisted in creating the dashboard, told the Post that the findings should quell concerns surrounding a possible return to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oster said that while the research indicates that rates of spread in K-12 schools are certainly “much lower” when compared to other areas, it doesn’t mean schools should become complacent in implementing safety strategies.

“I don’t think that these numbers say all places should open schools with no restrictions or anything that comes close to that,” she warned. “Ultimately, school districts are going to have different attitudes toward risk.”

Sara Johnson, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics, told the outlet that schools should stagger the return of children and teachers back “slowly and carefully” amid the pandemic.

“These data are promising, but COVID is still a very big threat to people,” she told the outlet in a statement.

What else?

New research from Science Magazine found that children and adolescents are at a significantly lower risk of contracting coronavirus when compared to other age groups.

The research, released on Monday, also warned that school closures could negatively impact children’s health and well-being.

“In the event of seemingly inevitable future waves of COVID-19, there is likely to be further pressures to close schools,” a portion of the report read. “There is now an evidence based on which to make decisions, and school closure should be undertaken with trepidation given the indirect harms that they incur. Pandemic mitigation measures that affect children’s wellbeing should only happen if evidence exists that they help, because there is plenty of evidence that they do harm.”

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Tyrants: “Prepare To Wear Masks & Socially Distance Even After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine”

Doctors are now saying we should expect to practice social distancing and wear masks even after everyone is vaccinated.  Talk about moving the goalposts in an epic fashion!

They have warned us of this in the past too:

They Moved The Goalposts…AGAIN!: “It’s Not Over When The Vaccine Arrives”

There is no going back. It’s not going to be “normal” again.

Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who also co-invented the rotavirus vaccine (is in the back pocket of Big Pharma) suggests that even after you’re injected with the horrific concoction of whatever is going to be in the COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll still have to socially distance and wear a face mask.  In other words, get used to living life as a slave because it’s not going back to “normal” as we knew it.

As a “vaccine expert,” Offit helped develop the rotavirus vaccine, which supposedly protects young children against infections with the virus that can cause severe diarrhea. He also sits on the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, according to Market Watch. So he’s got a vested interest in making sure you take the vaccine.

Offit is now keeping a close eye on the clinical trials underway for COVID-19 vaccine candidates and the Trump administration’s potential influence on federal agencies closely involved in the pandemic response. “The government has shown its capacity to impose its will on science-based federal agencies”, he said. “There is a reason to worry.”

Of course, there’s a reason to worry. A vaccine will come and this one will be like nothing ever released or used on human beings before. Offit then says that Moderna would normally wait to see whether a vaccine works and was safe before they mass-produced it. What the government said is, “Look, we’ll take the risk out of it for you. We’ll pay for the Phase 3 trial. We’ll pay for mass production.” That’s good, actually.” So the government has already made certain that vaccine manufacturers cannot be held liable for the side effects, or even death of those who take the vaccine.

“A vaccine is a part of what’s going to get us out of this mess,” says Offit. But we still have to wear masks and social distance. Get used to the new normal, or wake up.

 

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School wastes no time sending fourth grader home after he sneezes in class

An Arlington, Massachusetts, school reportedly sent home a 9-year-old boy after he was caught sneezing in class.

The child’s father said that the school will not permit his son to return to the fourth-grade class until he receives a negative COVID-19 test.

What are the details?

Parent Thierno Keita told WBZ-TV that his son, Lancinet, was sent home from Bishop Elementary School on Tuesday after an apparently concerned teacher sent him to the nurse’s office for sneezing in class.

Lancinet told the station that after he “sneezed two times,” his teacher directed him to visit the school nurse even though he felt just fine.

Lancinet told WBZ that he had to wait in the nurse’s office until his father was able to come and pick him up.

“I was thinking I didn’t have anything, just a couple sneezes,” the child told WBZ.

Keita told the station that he’s not happy with the way the school behaved over a few sneezes.

“I’ve been so upset about it,” he admitted. “I’m so upset about sending my kid home.”

Keita also said that his son doesn’t have any symptoms indicating a coronavirus infection.

“He don’t have any symptoms, no one, and he’s OK,” he explained. “And I checked his temperature. Everything was perfect. His temperature was OK. It’s OK.”

Keita said he has no choice but to take his son for a COVID-19 test so he can go back to school.

‘An abundance of caution’

A spokesperson for Bishop Elementary School told WBZ that school officials elected to send the child home out of an “abundance of caution.”

“A student at Bishop Elementary School was sent home early today after he displayed COVID-19 related symptoms,” the statement explained. “This decision was made both out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with district protocols related to COVID-19.”

The statement continued, “This isolated incident is not indicative of any need for wider concern of COVID-19 exposure. Per district protocols, the student will either have to produce a negative COVID-19 test, written documentation from a health care provider stating it is an alternative illness or be symptom free for 10 days following the start of the symptoms.”

At the time of this reporting, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 127,969 confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, with at least 9,328 deaths attributed to the virus.

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College instructor outed by student for calling COVID-19 ‘the Chinese virus’ is placed on leave

A University of Cincinnati adjunct instructor who was outed by one of his students for referring to COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus” has been placed on administrative leave with pay, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing documents.

What’s the background?

A school investigation was launched after third-year engineering student Evan Sotzing, 20, posted on Twitter an email he received from adjunct instructor John Ucker, the paper said. The email came after Sotzing had to miss a lab session due to being quarantined for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, the Enquirer noted.

For students testing positive for the chinese [sic] virus, I will give no grade,” the email says, according to the paper. “You can read the info I sent to the class re: the torsion test.”

Sotzing’s post has gone viral:

“I think that the school should take disciplinary actions against the professor because [his] actions completely violate the school’s values,” Sotzing told the Enquirer last week, adding that he’s offended by Ucker’s “racist language” and that he’s concerned his instructor might punish students for adhering to national, state, and local health guidelines.

What happened next?

The paper reported that UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean John Weidner sent an email to Ucker Friday morning saying his courses will be handled by another faculty member for the time being.

“As you are aware, a student in one of your courses has raised a concern regarding one of your emails. This matter has been referred to UC’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (“OEOA”) for review,” the email reads, according to the Enquirer. “As such, effective immediately you are being placed on an administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of that review.”

Ucker’s “full cooperation” with the OEOA review is “both expected and appreciated,” Weidner added in the email, the paper noted.

The Enquirer noted that the following morning, Weidner confirmed the matter was referred for review to the OEOA, which handles matters concerning discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, and other identities.

“These types of xenophobic comments and stigmatizations around location or ethnicity are more than troubling,” Weidner wrote to the Enquirer. “We can better protect and care for all when we speak about COVID-19 with both accuracy and empathy — something we should all strive for.”

Anything else?

Ucker’s personnel file indicates he’s taught at the university since 1996, the paper reported, and that an August letter states he was offered an adjunct position in the College of Engineering and Applied Science effective Aug. 24 through Dec. 12 for $3,600.

“Your appointment is contingent upon student enrollment, program need and student evaluation, and the University reserves the right to change or withdraw course offerings, instructors or schedules as these factors are evaluated and assessed,” the letter reads, according to the Enquirer.

The letter also states three requirements expected of Ucker, the paper said: To hold two office hours per week; to not miss any classes; and to “do a good job teaching and taking care of the students.”

Ucker as of Tuesday did not reply to an email from the Enquirer sent last week.


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UK Heads Into A Second Lockdown Citing COVID-19 Cases

United Kindom prime minister, Boris Johnson is taking a “cautious approach” to second UK coronavirus lockdown. Restrictions have been announced today, and affect small businesses and the few remainin people who actually have a job.

Pubs and restaurants will be forced to close at 10 p.m. and people will be encouraged to work from home under new restrictions announced Tuesday. So far, Johnson has held back from imposing sweeping restrictions to keep people at home, as was the case at the height of the first wave. However, these measures are going to finish off wha’s left of the economy.

Sadly, people are continuing to follow in lockstep with the demands of these tyrannical politicians. It’s like they haven’t learned their lesson from the first lockdown.

According to Politico, Johnson told the House of Commons that Britain had reached a “perilous turning point” toward a second wave of the virus but said “we are acting on the principle that a stitch in time saves nine.” Johnson added that without a breakthrough in treatments or a vaccination, the new measures could be in place for around six months, but he warned that harsher measures could yet be imposed if the virus continues to spread quickly.

“I must emphasize, that if all our actions fail to bring the [reproduction] number below one, then we reserve the right to deploy greater firepower with significantly greater restrictions,” he told MPs. “I fervently want to avoid taking this step, as do the devolved administrations, but we will only be able to avoid it if our new measures work and our behavior changes.”

There is no doubt that this second lockdown hysteria could spill over into the United States. Prepare now for a second lockdown. Based on the media’s predictive programming, and the response of other countries to the “second wave,” we could be facing another lockdown too.  If it never comes, than at least you’re prepared for the next crisis.

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Only 9% Of Americans “Have Confidence” In A COVID-19 Vaccine

Only a single-digit percentage of adults in the United States, 9 percent to be exact, said they have a “great deal of confidence” in President Donald Trump’s ability to confirm the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sixty-nine percent of Americans in the poll released Sunday said they don’t have ANY confidence in Trump’s endorsement of the vaccine.

Trump announced Friday that a vaccine will be ready “sometime in October,” but the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it would likely not be widely available until mid-2021. Regardless, the vaccine is not popular with anyone.

Both parties are apprehensive about this vaccine and the epic rushing of it. Not to mention and the mainstream media’s propagandized demands to take it. According to Newsweek, Americans’ trust they could receive a “safe and effective coronavirus vaccine” has actually decreased since May, along with the number of people who say they would volunteer to receive an inoculation.

MORE Concern People Won’t Take The Vaccine. Why?

Republican respondents in the ABC News/Ipsos poll were one group where there was a sharp drop in people willing to receive a vaccination. In May, 75 percent of GOP voters said they were likely to get a vaccine if and when it became available, but that has now fallen a full one-quarter to 50 percent in this week’s poll. Conversely, 50 percent of Republican voters say they are unlikely to get the COVID-19 vaccine. –Newsweek

The Government Has Released Their Initial Plans To Force a Vaccine on EVERYONE

There are plans o force a vaccine on everyone. If you believe it “won’t be mandatory” because a liar in a suit said so, you haven’t figured it out yet. It probably will not be mandated by law, but that doesn’t mean it will be “voluntary.” You will be coerced to get this vaccine. If you don’t get it, you won’t be able to buy groceries or pay your mortgage. In order to “participate” in society you will have to be vaccinated. If you choose to not take the vaccine, which Trump has already promised to use the military to roll out in a “powerful way“, your life is going to change dramatically. You won’t be able to work or o to school. You won’t be able to buy anything or even be in public. I don’t think there’s anything voluntary about that. That’s a roundabout way to use force and coercion and you can sugar coat it all you want, but it won’t change the facts.

It’s beyond time to stop being naive. Wake up. The gravity of this situation is continuing to worsen and all people can focus on is the disingenuous words of politicians (liars in suits.)

 

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Public Health “Experts” Suggest Mask Wearing Is PERMANENT

Many public health officials have stated that the “new normal” of muzzling oneself in public could be permanent, meaning we’ll be wearing masks forever. Even with a vaccine, the rulers want the faces of the public masked and dehumanized.

Even with a vaccine, certain political puppets want humans to be wearing masks for the foreseeable future.

Are Face Masks & COVID Rituals Occultist Symbols For Submission?

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies that face masks may be more protective than a vaccine. “We have clear scientific evidence they work, and they are our best defense,” he said. “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.” –Yahoo

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been out in force lately too propagating the public into wearing masks and attempting them to submit to the vaccine. Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently told Business Insider that “a combination of an effective vaccine and adherence to certain public health principles will get us to the point where we want to be, by the end of 2021.”

However, Yahoo makes a point of stating that the dehumanizing mask-wearing is likely here forever.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, tells Yahoo Life that he’s thought about this “a lot” lately, and there are a few reasons why he thinks masks have staying power.

“Most of us think that a COVID-19 vaccine will be a good — but not perfect — vaccine,” he says. If a COVID-19 vaccine is 70 percent effective, which is more effective than the flu vaccine has been in recent years, “that means for every 10 people vaccinated, three will remain as susceptible as they were before they were vaccinated,” Schaffner says. “That means the only way they can be protected and the only way we can protect them is to keep wearing masks,” he adds.  –Yahoo

Dr. Amesh A. Adalja says that getting the population fully vaccinated once a vaccine is developed will also take some time and, with that, mask-wearing may become more ingrained in our culture. As people get used to being muzzled, the dehumaniztion will become easier to enforce.

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‘Louder, Jimmy!’: Sitcom actor leads host Jimmy Kimmel in ‘Black Lives Matter!’ chant from Emmys stage

Actor Anthony Anderson played it angry, Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel played it nervous and demure — and it made for one of the more noteworthy moments of 72nd annual awards show Sunday night.

What are the details?

Anderson — star of the sitcom “Black-ish” — walked onstage to present an award and launched into a monologue that Kimmel jokingly indicated wasn’t what they’d rehearsed. Anderson cut off Kimmel and forged ahead.

“We have a record number of black Emmy nominees this year, which is great,” Anderson said.

Reacting to Kimmel’s silence, Anderson quipped to the host, “This is the part where the white people start to applaud.”

Kimmel obliged — but that wasn’t quite good enough. “And nod,” Anderson added. Kimmel did as ordered.

“These Emmys would have been NBA All-Star Weekend and Wakanda all wrapped into one. This was supposed to be the blackest Emmys ever. Y’all wouldn’t have been able to handle how black it was gonna be,” Anderson said before an empty Staples Center. “But because of COVID we can’t even get in the damn building.”

Kimmel attempted to interject, but Anderson kept going: “These Emmys would have been so black, it would have been like hot-sauce-in-your-purse black. It would have been Howard University Homecoming black. It would have been you-fit-the-description black.”

‘Don’t whitesplain it to me, Jimmy!’

Once again Kimmel tried cutting in — but to no avail: “We would’ve had speeches quoting our great poets like Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Cardi B. WAP, Jimmy, WAP!” Anderson said in a partially bleeped-out reference to the sexually charged hit song. “But instead of that sexy melanated energy, here I am, alone in a sterilized green room, trying not to sneeze on a llama. What a damn shame.”

When Kimmel corrected Anderson that the animal — which appeared earlier in the broadcast, the Hollywood Reporter said — was an alpaca, Anderson hollered at the host, “Don’t whitesplain it to me, Jimmy! It shoulda been a pit bull!”

Anderson continued, “I’m still rootin’ for everybody black. Because black stories, black performances, and black lives matter. Say it with me, Jimmy.” With that the pair chanted the “black lives matter” phrase that’s been heard countless times this summer amid protests.

‘Louder, Jimmy!’

But Kimmel wasn’t saying it with enough gusto, and Anderson demanded more: “Louder, Jimmy!” And they chanted the phrase again. But still it wasn’t quite good enough.

“Louder, Jimmy!” Anderson hollered at Kimmel. “Say it so that my kids can hear it!”

After a third chant, the finally satisfied Anderson said, “That’s right, and because black lives matter, black people will stay at home tonight to be safe. Which is fine, because guess what? Y’all don’t know how to light us anyway.”

There was no mention during the bit of Kimmel’s resurfaced blackface controversy which led to the late-night TV host taking a leave this summer from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”


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COLD SWEAT: Millennials Eating S**t – STOCKS SMASHED!

This article was contributed by Lior Gantz of The Wealth Research Group. 

I’m currently in Tel Aviv, where the government has just approved a SECOND LOCKDOWN, more flexible than the one in March/April but still EXTREMELY PAINFUL for businesses (which are forced to shut down again), families (which are now tasked with parenting their children 24/7), the NATIONAL DEBT, which is reaching new highs not seen in decades, and for morale and spirit of individuals, who have seen the COVID-19 virus impact A TINY NUMBER of people compared with the comprehensive response the government is imposing — this is the REAL ISSUE here — the tradeoff between not overwhelming hospitals (which are short of staff and on beds) and halting the lives of the millions, who will not impact statistics, since they’re not at risk.

September is not March or April when the initial shock JUSTIFIED or WAS MORE IN LINE with the quarantines that were enacted around the globe in the eyes of many.

Today, we know MUCH MORE about this disease: it is highly contagious, but not nearly as lethal as previous coronaviruses, such as MERS, Ebola, and SARS.

Because of this, herd immunity is TOTALLY DOABLE while the weakened populations (elderly, diabetic, and obese, for example) remain under PROTECTIVE MEASURES if they elect to.

The fact that CORRUPT POLITICS is paving the way to solutions in many countries is problematic and UNCALLED FOR.

This amazing chart shows SO VIVIDLY the magnitude of the MARCH PANIC.

The world utterly froze and central banks did what no other institution on the planet can do, and that is to use their MAGIC WAND to create endless liquidity and restore needed confidence.

It worked; the global economic machine realized the END of the WORLD isn’t coming.

No one can TAKE AWAY what they accomplished in March, but their actions have second- and third-level consequences that are UNINTENDED but end up being even more meaningful than the response itself.

For example, their liquidity buffer created the Robinhood app bubble phenomenon.

Look at the chart ABOVE again and you’ll see the amount of cash that is returning to equities is still FAR SMALLER than what exited in March.

We believe this SEPTEMBER CORRECTION we’re going through is really good because it points long-term investors to the support levels for stocks, now that millennials understand that there are TWO SIDES to the market coin.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

The dollar is clearly weakening, but it has found support at these levels. It could even strengthen a bit, but we believe there’s still a 5%-10% DOWNWARD SPIRAL coming in the 3-6 months ahead of us.

Gold could really jump above $2,000/ounce by the end of the year, along with silver hitting $30.

Right now, though, one has a chance of BUYING TECH at a discount compared with the last two months.

We’ve worked LONG AND HARD on the new TECH WATCH LIST, which you can access HERE.

Many investors have HATED TECH for years, thinking it was a bubble, but that’s not the case.

The world’s fastest-growing businesses are in the fields that include high-tech.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

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Virtual School Dangers: The Hazards of a Police State Education During COVID-19

This article was originally published by  John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. 

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984

Once upon a time in America, parents breathed a sigh of relief when their kids went back to school after a summer’s hiatus, content in the knowledge that for a good portion of the day, their kids would be gainfully occupied, out of harm’s way, and out of trouble.

Back then, if you talked back to a teacher, or played a prank on a classmate, or just failed to do your homework, you might find yourself in detention or doing an extra writing assignment after school or suffering through a parent-teacher conference about your shortcomings.

Of course, that was before school shootings became a part of our national lexicon.

As a result, over the course of the past 30 years, the need to keep the schools “safe” from drugs and weapons has become a thinly disguised, profit-driven campaign to transform them into quasi-prisons, complete with surveillance cameras, metal detectors, police patrols, zero-tolerance policies, lockdowns, drug-sniffing dogs, school resource officers, strip searches, and active shooter drills.

Suddenly, under school zero-tolerance policies, students were being punished with suspension, expulsion, and even arrest for childish behavior and minor transgressions such as playing cops and robbers on the playground, bringing LEGOs to school, or having a food fight.

Things got even worse once schools started to rely on police (school resource officers) to “deal with minor rulebreaking: sagging pants, disrespectful comments, brief physical skirmishes.”

As a result, students are being subjected to police tactics such as handcuffs, leg shackles, tasers, and excessive force for “acting up,” in addition to being ticketed, fined, and sent to court for behavior perceived as defiant, disruptive, or disorderly such as spraying perfume and writing on a desk.

This is what constitutes a police state education these days: lessons in compliance meted out with aggressive, totalitarian tactics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added yet another troubling layer to the ways in which students (and their families) can run afoul of a police state education now that school (virtual or in-person) is back in session.

Significant numbers of schools within the nation’s 13,000 school districts have opted to hold their classes online, in-person or a hybrid of the two, fearing further outbreaks of the virus. Yet this unprecedented foray into the virtual world carries its own unique risks.

Apart from the technological logistics of ensuring that millions of students across the country have adequate computer and internet access, consider the Fourth Amendment ramifications of having students attend school online via video classes from the privacy of their homes.

Suddenly, you’ve got government officials (in this case, teachers or anyone at the school on the other end of that virtual connection) being allowed carte blanche visual access to the inside of one’s private home without a warrant.

Anything those school officials see—anything they hear—anything they photograph or record—during that virtual visit becomes fair game for scrutiny and investigation not just by school officials but by every interconnected government agency to which that information can be relayed: the police, social services, animal control, the Department of Homeland Security, you name it.

After all, this is the age of overcriminalization, when the federal criminal code is so vast that the average American unknowingly commits about three federal felonies per day, a U.S. Attorney can find a way to charge just about anyone with violating federal law.

It’s a train wreck just waiting to happen.

In fact, we’re already seeing this play out across the country. For instance, a 12-year-old Colorado boy was suspended for flashing a toy gun across his computer screen during an online art class. Without bothering to notify or consult with the boy’s parents, police carried out a welfare check on Isaiah Elliott, who suffers from ADHD and learning disabilities.

An 11-year-old Maryland boy had police descend on his home in search of weapons after school officials spied a BB gun on the boy’s bedroom wall during a Google Meet class on his laptop. School officials reported the sighting to the school resource officer, who then called the police.

And in New York and Massachusetts, growing numbers of parents are being visited by social services after being reported to the state child neglect and abuse hotline, all because their kids failed to sign in for some of their online classes. Charges of neglect, in some instances, can lead to children being removed from their homes.

You see what this is, don’t you?

This is how a seemingly well-meaning program (virtual classrooms) becomes another means by which the government can intrude into our private lives, further normalizing the idea of constant surveillance and desensitizing us to the dangers of an existence in which we are never safe from the all-seeing eyes of Big Brother.

This is how the police sidestep the Fourth Amendment’s requirement for probable cause and a court-issued warrant in order to spy us on in the privacy of our homes: by putting school officials in a position to serve as spies and snitches via online portals and virtual classrooms, and by establishing open virtual doorways into our homes through which the police can enter uninvited and poke around.

Welfare checks. Police searches for weapons. Reports to Social Services.

It’s only a matter of time before the self-righteous Nanny State uses this COVID-19 pandemic as yet another means by which it can dictate every aspect of our lives.

At the moment, it’s America’s young people who are the guinea pigs for the police state’s experiment in virtual authoritarianism. Already, school administrators are wrestling with how to handle student discipline for in-person classes and online learning in the midst of COVID-19.

Mark my words, this will take school zero-tolerance policies—and their associated harsh disciplinary penalties—to a whole new level once you have teachers empowered to act as the Thought Police.

As Kalyn Belsha reports for Chalkbeat, “In Jacksonville, Florida, students who don’t wear a mask repeatedly could be removed from school and made to learn online. In some Texas districts, intentionally coughing on someone can be classified as assault. In Memphis, minor misbehaviors could land students in an online ‘supervised study.’”

Depending on the state and the school district, failing to wear a face mask could constitute a dress code violation. In Utah, not wearing a face mask at school constitutes a criminal misdemeanor. In Texas, it’s considered an assault to intentionally spit, sneeze, or cough on someone else. Anyone removing their mask before spitting or coughing could be given a suspension from school.

Virtual learning presents its own challenges with educators warning dire consequences for students who violate school standards for dress code and workspaces, even while “learning” at home. According to Chalkbeat, “In Shelby County, Tennessee, which includes Memphis, that means no pajamas, hats, or hoods on screen, and students’ shirts must have sleeves. (The district is providing ‘flexibility’ on clothing bottoms and footwear when a student’s full-body won’t be seen on video.) Other rules might be even tougher to follow: The district is also requiring students’ work stations to be clear of ‘foreign objects’ and says students shouldn’t eat or drink during virtual classes.”

See how quickly the Nanny State a.k.a. Police State takes over?

All it takes for you to cease being the master of your own home is to have a child engaged in virtual learning. Suddenly, the government gets to have a say in how you order your space and when those in your home can eat and drink and what clothes they wear.

If you think the schools won’t overreact in a virtual forum, you should think again.

These are the same schools that have been plagued by a lack of common sense when it comes to enforcing zero-tolerance policies for weapons, violence, and drugs.

These are the very same schools that have exposed students to a steady diet of draconian zero-tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior, overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech, school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called “disorderly” students, standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking, politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them, and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement.

Zero tolerance policies that were intended to make schools safer by discouraging the use of actual drugs and weapons by students have turned students into suspects to be treated as criminals by school officials and law enforcement alike while criminalizing childish behavior.

For instance, 9-year-old Patrick Timoney was sent to the principal’s office and threatened with suspension after school officials discovered that one of his LEGOs was holding a 2-inch toy gun. David Morales, an 8-year-old Rhode Island student, ran afoul of his school’s zero-tolerance policies after he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and tiny plastic Army figures in honor of American troops. School officials declared the hat out of bounds because the toy soldiers were carrying miniature guns.

A high school sophomore was suspended for violating the school’s no-cell-phone policy after he took a call from his father, a master sergeant in the U.S. Army who was serving in Iraq at the time. In Houston, an 8th grader was suspended for wearing rosary beads to school in memory of her grandmother (the school has a zero-tolerance policy against the rosary, which the school insists can be interpreted as a sign of gang involvement).

Even imaginary weapons (hand-drawn pictures of guns, pencils twirled in a “threatening” manner, imaginary bows and arrows, even fingers positioned like guns) can also land a student in detention. Equally outrageous was the case in New Jersey where several kindergartners were suspended from school for three days for playing a make-believe game of “cops and robbers” during recess and using their fingers as guns.

With the distinctions between student offenses erased, and all offenses expellable, we now find ourselves in the midst of what Time magazine described as a “national crackdown on Alka-Seltzer.” Students have actually been suspended from school for possession of the fizzy tablets in violation of zero-tolerance drug policies. Students have also been penalized for such inane “crimes” as bringing nail clippers to school, using Listerine or Scope, and carrying fold-out combs that resemble switchblades.

A 13-year-old boy in Manassas, Virginia, who accepted a Certs breath mint from a classmate, was actually suspended and required to attend drug-awareness classes, while a 12-year-old boy who said he brought powdered sugar to school for a science project was charged with a felony for possessing a look-alike drug.

Acts of kindness, concern, basic manners or just engaging in childish behavior can also result in suspensions.

One 13-year-old was given detention for exposing the school to “liability” by sharing his lunch with a hungry friend. A third-grader was suspended for shaving her head in sympathy for a friend who had lost her hair to chemotherapy. And then there was the high school senior who was suspended for saying “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed.

In South Carolina, where it’s against the law to disturb a school, more than a thousand students a year—some as young as 7 years old—“face criminal charges for not following directions, loitering, cursing, or the vague allegation of acting ‘obnoxiously.’ If charged as adults, they can be held in jail for up to 90 days.”

Things get even worse when you add police to the mix.

Thanks to a combination of media hype, political pandering, and financial incentives, the use of armed police officers (a.k.a. school resource officers) to patrol school hallways has risen dramatically in the years since the Columbine school shooting (nearly 20,000 by 2003). What this means, notes Mother Jones, is greater police “involvement in routine discipline matters that principals and parents used to address without involvement from law enforcement officers.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, these school resource officers (SROs) have become de facto wardens in the elementary, middle, and high schools, doling out their own brand of justice to the so-called “criminals” in their midst with the help of tasers, pepper spray, batons, and brute force.

The horror stories are legion.

One SRO is accused of punching a 13-year-old student in the face for cutting in the cafeteria line. That same cop put another student in a chokehold a week later, allegedly knocking the student unconscious and causing a brain injury.

In Pennsylvania, a student was tased after ignoring an order to put his cell phone away.

A 12-year-old New York student was hauled out of school in handcuffs for doodling on her desk with an erasable marker. Another 12-year-old was handcuffed and jailed after he stomped in a puddle, splashing classmates.

On any given day when school is in session, kids who “act up” in class are pinned facedown on the floor, locked in dark closets, tied up with straps, bungee cords, and duct tape, handcuffed, leg shackled, tasered, or otherwise restrained, immobilized or placed in solitary confinement in order to bring them under “control.”

In almost every case, these undeniably harsh methods are used to punish kids for simply failing to follow directions or throwing tantrums.

Very rarely do the kids pose any credible danger to themselves or others.

For example, a 4-year-old Virginia preschooler was handcuffed, leg shackled and transported to the sheriff’s office after reportedly throwing blocks and climbing on top of the furniture. School officials claim the restraints were necessary to protect the adults from injury.

6-year-old kindergarten student in a Georgia public school was handcuffed, transported to the police station, and charged with simple battery of a schoolteacher and criminal damage to property for throwing a temper tantrum at school.

This is the end product of all those so-called school “safety” policies, which run the gamut from zero-tolerance policies that punish all infractions harshly to surveillance cameras, metal detectors, random searches, drug-sniffing dogs, school-wide lockdowns, active-shooter drills, and militarized police officers.

Yet these police state tactics did not make the schools any safer.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, police state tactics never make anyone safer so much as they present the illusion of safety and indoctrinate the populace to comply, fear, and march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.

Now with virtual learning in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, the stakes are even higher.

It won’t be long before you start to see police carrying out knock-and-talk investigations based on whatever speculative information is gleaned from those daily virtual classroom sessions that allow government officials entry to your homes in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

It won’t take much at all for SWAT teams to start crashing through doors based on erroneous assumptions about whatever mistaken “contraband” someone may have glimpsed in the background of a virtual classroom session: a maple leaf that looks like marijuana, a jar of sugar that looks like cocaine, a toy gun, someone playfully shouting for help in the distance.

This may sound far-fetched now, but it’s only a matter of time before this slippery slope becomes yet another mile marker on the one-way road to tyranny.

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Trump accuses Democrats and media of ‘denigrating’ potential coronavirus vaccine: ‘It’s just a terrible situation’

President Donald Trump accused Democrats and the mainstream media of “denigrating” a potential coronavirus vaccine that could save lives. The president said his political opponents and the media are creating a “terrible situation” instead of being excited about the possibility of getting a COVID-19 vaccine “in record time.”

Earlier this month, Trump said that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready “during the month of October,” right before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“And what’s happening is, all of a sudden, you’ll have this incredible vaccine, and because of that fake rhetoric — it’s a politic rhetoric; that’s all it is. Just for politics,” Trump said during a Sept. 7 press conference. “Because now they see we’ve done an incredible job, and in speed like nobody has ever seen before. This could’ve taken two or three years, and instead it’s going to be — it’s going to be done in a very short of period of time. Could even have it during the month of October.”

During an interview that will air Sunday on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty, & Levin,” Trump told host Mark Levin, “Instead of saying, ‘Wow, that’s great. It’s going to save a lot of lives and people are going to be protected, and this whole thing will end faster’ … They started denigrating it.”

Trump said the media and Democrats are diminishing the potential coronavirus “when actually it’s one of the greatest things that anyone’s done, and I’m not saying me – I’m saying anyone. It’s so incredible.”

“You would think they’d be happy and thrilled and jumping up and down,” Trump said. “Instead … it’s just a terrible situation.”

“The reason they’re doing it is because they think I’ll get credit if we have a vaccine anywhere near the election, but certainly before the election,” Trump told Levin. “But essentially we’re there now anyway, and we’re ready to distribute very rapidly.”

“It’s a tremendous thing that they’ve done and we’ve all done together,” Trump explained. “Then we’re ready to distribute it very quickly, and we’ll do our senior citizens first – the most vulnerable, … especially if they have a problem with a heart or they have diabetes or something.”

“I have totally changed the FDA process,” Trump added. “Same safety, but the speed is from a different world, and we should have the vaccine approved very soon.”

Joe Biden hinted that the president was politicizing the potential coronavirus vaccine.

“A vaccine would offer a way back to normalcy and a path toward better days for all of us… But it’s not going to happen overnight,” Biden said on Wednesday in Delaware. “One thing is certain, we can’t allow politics to interfere with a vaccine in any way.”

“Americans have had to endure President Trump’s incompetence and dishonesty when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment,” Biden continued. “We can’t afford to repeat those fiascos when it comes to a vaccine, when it occurs. The stakes are too high.”

“So let me be clear, I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can’t either,” the Democratic presidential nominee said.

Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris was accused of promoting a “dangerous conspiracy theory” and “anti-vaxxer” talking points for her comments about a possible COVID-19 vaccine.

When asked if she would get an approved COVID-19 vaccine, Harris said, “Well, I think that’s gonna be an issue for all of us. I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump, and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I will not take his word for it.”

Harris said scientists would “be muzzled, they’ll be suppressed, they will be sidelined, because [Trump is] looking at an election coming up in less than 60 days, and he’s grasping for whatever he can get to pretend that he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not.”

Trump praised the companies working on the coronavirus vaccine, including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna. The pharmaceutical companies are in Phase 3 trials. On Friday, Trump announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would be distributed within 24 hours of completion of Phase 3 trials and approval by the FDA.

On BlazeTV, Steven Crowder exposed how the mainstream media launched attacks on Trump regarding the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine this year.

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‘The View’ segment descends into chaos after GOP House candidate Kim Klacik calls out Joy Behar for blackface

An interview on “The View” with Kimberly Klacik, a Republican running for Congress in Maryland, ended badly after Klacik called out host Joy Behar for her blackface scandal.

Klacik is running in the 7th Congressional District in Maryland, a heavily Democratic district formerly served by the late Elijah Cummings, and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

When discussing President Trump’s COVID-19 response, Behar asked Klacik to answer for Trump’s admission to reporter Bob Woodward that he downplayed the virus early on.

“Excuse me, I have to say something to you,” Behar began. “He told Bob Woodward that it was a very serious issue. That it was airborne, and that it was terrible. Then he went out and told the American people, ‘Don’t wear masks, it’s all gonna go away. You have to put some blame on your president, I’m sorry. You’re putting it on something extraneous here. Talk to the point, please.”

“Is this Joy speaking?” Klacik responded. “The same Joy that paraded around in blackface not too long ago? Come on, Joy, I don’t think you should be asking these questions.”

Behar responded angrily to Klacik’s topic shift.

“Excuse me,” Behar interjected angrily. “The black community had my back. They know that that was not blackface, that was an homage. Oh, please. Just answer the question.”

As Behar was talking, Klacik responded that the black community had her back as well, leading host Sunny Hostin to jump in.

“The black community has your back?” Hostin interjected, incredulously. “The black community has your back? The black community did not vote for you. What planet are you living on? What planet are you living on? Wow.”

As Klacik attempted to explain the circumstances around the special election that she lost in February to Democrat Kweisi Mfume, who she is challenging again, Hostin turns around in her chair and Behar dismissively ends the interview.

“Listen, Kim, good luck to you,” Behar said as she ended the interview.

A photo of Behar wearing darkening makeup and dressing as a “beautiful African woman” in the 1970s was released by The Wrap in 2019.

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Chiefs fan who attended live game tests positive for COVID. Now 10 others are in quarantine.

The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday announced that they advised at least 10 fans to self-quarantine after possibly being exposed to COVID-19 during a recent game.

What are the details?

According to CBS Sports, at least one NFL fan tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Chiefs’ Sept. 10 opener against the Houston Texans.

The game was one of two that week that permitted fans in attendance.

In a statement, the team said, “The individual and the individual’s group were seated in the lower level of the stadium. By design, the stadium’s COVID protocol plan limited potential exposure to a single seating zone within the stadium. All staff with known interactions with the positive case were required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a mask. Additionally, the protocols in place at the stadium require all attendees to be wearing masks inside the stadium.”

The Kansas City Department of Health said that those fans being asked to quarantine were all sitting in the same “pod” as a person who was reportedly infected with COVID-19.

In a statement, Dr. Rex Archer — Kansas City health director — said, “I want to remind everyone that COVID-19 is anywhere and everywhere. While we’re all tired of it, frustrated and even angry at how it has altered and stricken our lives and livelihoods, we must continue to think of those who have not and will not survive it.”

“We still don’t understand why it strikes some so viciously while others have only mild symptoms. If you have an existing or prior health condition such as cancer, diabetes, heart or lung disease, or if you’re older than 65, you should not be taking unnecessary risks like being in large crowds,” Rex added. “We hope those around you aren’t taking those risks either and possibly bringing the virus home to you.”

The outlet reported that there were a total of 15,895 fans in attendance at the stadium.

ESPN reported that all players’ tests came back negative following the game.

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New anti-lockdown songs from Van Morrison labeled ‘dangerous’ by Irish government health minister

Famous Irish singer-songwriter Sir Van Morrison’s new anti-lockdown lyrics have been labeled “dangerous” by a health minister in Northern Ireland.

The singer said on Friday that he recorded three new “protest songs” in which he reportedly claims the U.K. government is using COVID-19 lockdowns to “enslave” the people. The new songs are called “Born to Be Free,” “As I Walked Out,” and “No More Lockdown” and will be released in two-week intervals beginning Sept. 25, AFP reports.

“Born To Be Free, As I Walked Out, and No More Lockdown are songs of protest which question the measures the Government has put in place,” a statement on Morrison’s website said. “Morrison makes it clear in his new songs how unhappy he is with the way the Government has taken away personal freedoms.”

“I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already,” Morrison said. “It’s about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.”

According to the statement, Morrison “feels strongly that lockdown is in danger of killing live music.”

The lyrics to “No More Lockdowns,” as reported by the BBC, give an explicit idea of what Morrison thinks of the COVID restrictions adopted in the U.K.

No more lockdown / No more government overreach,” goes the chorus. “No more fascist bullies / Disturbing our peace.”

“No more taking of our freedom / And our God given rights / Pretending it’s for our safety / When it’s really to enslave.”

Morrison’s lyrics also accuse scientists of “making up crooked facts” and, according to the BBC, refer to a viral Facebook post of a screenshot from a U.K. government website saying, “Covid-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK.”

“While it is true that Covid-19 does not meet the criteria for an HCID — which typically has a high fatality rate (as much as 50% in the case of Ebola) — the disease is still considered highly infectious, with no specific vaccines or treatment currently available,” the BBC reports.

The health minister for Northern Ireland, Robin Swann, described the new songs as “dangerous.”

“I don’t know where he gets his facts,” Swann said. “I know where the emotions are on this, but I will say that sort of messaging is dangerous.”

This is not the first time the “Brown Eyed Girl” singer has created controversy over coronavirus lockdown policies. In August, Morrison tried to rally other musicians to “save live music” and campaign against socially distanced gigs.

“I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up,” Morrison said.

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Joe Biden blames every single COVID-19 death on Trump, says ‘all the people’ would be alive if Trump had done his job

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said during a CNN town hall Thursday that “all the people” who have died of COVID-19 would still be alive if President Donald Trump had responded properly to the pandemic.

In Biden’s view, President Trump is directly responsible for every single person who died from the novel coronavirus that originated in China late last year and spread around the world.

“If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive,” Biden said. “All the people — I’m not making this up. Just look at the data. Look at the data.”

Biden did not specify what data he was referring to, which is likely because no such data exists to prove that every one of the nearly 200,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths was preventable by some presidential action. Even nations that implemented earlier and more severe lockdowns and travel restrictions than the U.S. have suffered COVID-19 deaths.

It becomes particularly difficult to blame the deaths in a place like New York City on the president’s response, although New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly tried to do so. Cuomo has taken to calling COVID-19 the “European virus,” blaming Trump for not banning travel from Europe sooner than he did, and ducking responsibility for the deaths caused by his policy of sending people infected with COVID-19 into nursing homes.

Even media outlets with a tendency to be critical of the president could not allow Biden’s outrageous claim to stand unchecked. The Washington Post, in a fact-check article titled, “Biden’s CNN town hall: An occasional whopper,” accused Biden of “making this up.”

“There is no data to support this, even if the president had moved rapidly in January to deal with the coronavirus and been able to persuade the Chinese leadership to be more forthcoming about the situation,” the article states.

Biden’s claim that Trump could have prevented all COVID-19 deaths is an escalation of a previous claim the former VP has made, that if Trump had called for a lockdown a month earlier than he did then he could’ve saved up to 60,000 lives.

President Trump restricted travel from China at the end of January. Biden, who at the time was in the midst of the Democratic primary, continued holding campaign events well into March even as it became clear COVID-19 would have a significant impact on the U.S.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta made a similar claim against the president on CNN, as the panel was discussing a report that the White House scrapped a plan to send masks to every household via U.S. Postal Service in the spring. Gupta cited an anonymous source who told him Trump could have saved 80% to 90% of lives by following the right guidance on COVID-19 dating back to February.

CNN published a Q&A post in late February telling people not to wear masks unless they were sick or interacting with sick people.

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CNN: Packed BLM protests are much safer from COVID than packed Trump rallies

CNN medical analyst Leana Wen told the network’s Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto on Thursday that Black Lives Matter protests are much safer than Trump rallies when it comes to COVID-19 transmission.

What are the details?

Wen — former Planned Parenthood president — told Harlow and Sciutto that most people at Black Lives Matter demonstrations wear masks when convening because they believe masks work in tamping down transmission of coronavirus.

She said that rallygoers, however, often go to such rallies “in defiance.”

Wen began, “I think it’s important for us as public health experts to lead with the science, and the science tells us that this is a virus that does not discriminate. It doesn’t care why it is that people are gathering, but it does care about the conditions under which they’re gathering. So, outdoors, much safer than indoors. Wearing masks, obviously much safer than not wearing masks.”

Wen explained that participants’ behaviors during and after protests versus rallies are especially important when it comes to analyzing the risk and cutting down on community spread.

“I also in this case would distinguish between the behavior of the participants while at protests versus rallies,” she said. “At protests, many people are aware of the risks and are doing everything they can to reduce that risk, versus at many of these rallies we’re seeing people going in defiance. It’s their behavior during those events.”

According to Newsbusters, Wen also admitted, “I also worry about what they do after the events. They may not be self-quarantining and testing … as they should be.”

What else?

The outlet added that Sciutto later asked Wen if she believed outdoor protests have led to outbreaks when compared to indoor rallies.

She responded by citing a June CNN study and said, “There was a study looking at over 300 cities where protests occurred, and they did not find surges of infections tied to the protests.”

Newsbusters’ Kristine Marsh points out, “Even Wen’s points are contradicted by CNN’s own reporting. CNN has bashed outdoor church gatherings several times. Trump was holding outdoor rallies this Summer and yet CNN still smeared them super spreader events. They didn’t talk this way about the BLM protests.”

Marsh adds, “What CNN correspondent Boris Sanchez said on August 28, reporting from the March on Washington was even worse. Despite tens of thousands of protesters packed tightly to listen to speakers, some without masks, Sanchez told Anderson Cooper that protesting was worth being exposed to the virus.”

Sanchez at the time told Cooper, “The concern is with so many people in such an enclosed space, it may be impossible to avoid this virus. What I’ve heard, speaking to demonstrators, is essentially the message of social justice outweighs any of the risks from this pandemic. It’s that important to them.”

Sciutto concluded the Thursday morning segment by thanking Wen for “breaking through the fog of confusion and disinformation to lead us back to the facts.”

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Study: Getting plenty of sunshine might significantly reduce your risk of catching COVID-19

A new study from a professor of medicine at Boston University suggests that getting plenty of Vitamin D can reduce your chances of catching the coronavirus by at least 54%. Of course, the best and most easily absorbed source of Vitamin D for humans is good, old-fashioned sunshine — suggesting that the best way to avoid the coronavirus is to leave your house and spend adequate time outdoors.

Dr. Michael Holick, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine, announced the findings after studying blood samples collected by Quest Diagnostics from more than 190,000 individuals who had been tested for the coronavirus from all 50 states. They found that individuals who had low levels of Vitamin D in their blood had a 54% higher positivity rate than those who had adequate Vitamin D in their blood.

According to the Boston Herald, Holick said, “People have been looking for the magic drug or waiting for the vaccine and not looking for something this simple.”

Moreover, the study found that the risk of getting coronavirus continued to decline as Vitamin D levels increased, suggesting a direct correlation between Vitamin D levels and resistance to the coronavirus.

As vitamin supplementation has increased in processed foods, many vitamin deficiencies have virtually disappeared in America, but Vitamin D deficiency remains relatively common — partly because there are few naturally occurring foods that contain Vitamin D, and partly because Vitamin D can be more difficult for the body to absorb when ingested orally.

Scientists regard the most efficient method of Vitamin D production to be sun exposure, which, of course, comes with a trade-off of an increased risk of skin cancer, particularly if proper sun precautions are not taken.

Holick theorized that the reason Vitamin D might provide resistance to the coronavirus is that Vitamin D suppresses the release of a protein called Cytokine in the body. Excessive cytokine can cause a condition known as cytokine storm, which is a cause of morbidity in COVID-19 patients.

Holick told the Herald that a Vitamin D deficiency alters the immune system, making one more likely to get upper respiratory infections. He also encouraged individuals who are unable to get adequate sun exposure to supplement their diet with Vitamin D, which he called “perfectly safe.”

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House Dems pass resolution condemning phrases like ‘China virus’ as ‘anti-Asian sentiment’

The Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday condemning the phrase “China virus” and other terms used to describe COVID-19 as a form of “anti-Asian sentiment.”

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), calls on public officials to condemn and denounce “all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19.” It passed in a mostly party-line vote of 243 to 163 with 14 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority in favor, Reuters reported. All other Republicans voted “no.”

The text specifically cites the phrases “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” and “Kung-flu” as examples of “anti-Asian terminology and rhetoric” that has “perpetuated anti-Asian stigma” in the United States. It calls on lawmakers to denounce anti-Asian sentiment in any form, as well as “all manifestations of expressions of racism, xenophobia, discrimination, anti-Asian sentiment, scapegoating, and ethnic or religious intolerance.”

The House also calls on law enforcement to “expeditiously investigate and document all credible reports of hate crimes” against Asian Americans.

“The increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric has resulted in Asian Americans being harassed, assaulted, and scapegoated for the COVID–19 pandemic,” the resolution reads.

It lists several crimes committed against Asian Americans, including the assault of a woman wearing a mask at a New York City subway station; two children and two adults who were stabbed at a grocery store in Midland, Texas; a couple assaulted and robbed by attackers in Philadelphia; and a 16-year-old boy who was hospitalized after bullies attacked him.

The resolution also quotes Dr. Mitch Wolfe, the chief medical officer of the CDCl, who said, “Stigma is the enemy of public health” and cites CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, who testified that the term “Chinese coronavirus” is wrong and inappropriate.

Ahead of Thursday’s vote, Rep. Meng called out President Donald Trump for using the term “China virus,” saying it is “wrong and dangerous” to use such terms.

“Passing #HRes908 sends a unified message that such bigotry, hatred & xenophobia will not be tolerated,” Meng tweeted.

President Trump has repeatedly used the phrase “China virus” or a variant of that term to describe the coronavirus.

In March, after being questioned on his use of the phrase, the president told reporters he doesn’t consider “China virus” to be a racist remark.

“It’s not racist at all,” Trump said, explaining that he uses the term because he wants to be accurate and because the Chinese government accused the U.S. military of starting the coronavirus outbreak.

“China had tried to say at one point — maybe they stopped now — that it was caused by American soldiers,” Trump said. “That can’t happen. It’s not going to happen, not as long as I’m president. It comes from China.”

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Leaked emails indicate Nashville officials concealed bar and restaurant COVID data because there were so few cases

Leaked emails between an adviser in the Nashville mayor’s office and the city health department indicate that officials were interested in concealing the number of COVID-19 cases that were traced to bars and restaurants because the number was so low, according to WZTV-TV.

As of June 30, contact tracing efforts had found only 22 cases tied to bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, more than a thousand cases each were traced to construction and nursing homes. Health department official Leslie Waller emailed Benjamin Eagles, a senior adviser in the mayor’s office, to confirm that the information would not be publicly released. From WZTV:

Leslie Waller from the health department asks, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?”

“Correct, not for public consumption,” writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

By July 30, only about 80 cases had been traced to bars and restaurants, continuing to affirm that restaurants and bars were not significant sources of COVID-19 transmission in the city.

A reporter named Nate Rau spoke to the health department about this, asking, “If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn’t that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?”

This question prompted Brian Todd in the health department to email five others in the department to ask how he should respond to the question. One of the responses he received, from an official whose name is cut off from the top of the email, walks through how they could answer without revealing the specific details.

“My two cents: We have certainly refused to give counts per bar (i.e. # of cases per bar cluster) because those numbers are low per site, and there are data release standards prohibiting the release of a total count that is less than 10 per small geographic area,” an official responded to Todd. “We do have 2 bars now where the counts are over 10, but then that would single out those two and not the others. We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be ‘because that number is increasing all the time and we don’t want to say a specific number.'”

WZTV said the health department and the mayor’s office would not confirm whether the emails were authentic.

Nashville city Councilman Steve Glover had a staff attorney check into the authenticity of the emails, and the attorney told WZTV they were real. Glover accused city officials of a cover-up.

“They are fabricating information,” Glover told WZTV reporter Dennis Ferrier. “They’ve blown their entire credibility, Dennis. It’s gone; I don’t trust a thing they say going forward. Nothing.”

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville’s restaurants and bars are still severely limited in how many people they can serve at one time. The city is in Phase 2 of reopening, which means restaurants can serve patrons indoors at 50% capacity, bars can only have 25 customers indoors and 25 outdoors at one time, and all restaurants and bars must close at 10:30 p.m.

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Comedian Chris Rock rips Democrats over COVID: ‘You let the pandemic come in’ by focusing on impeachment

Comedian Chris Rock ripped Democrats for letting coronavirus spread in the U.S. because they were too fixated on impeaching President Donald Trump at the time.

The Senate acquitted Trump in February.

What are the details?

In an interview with the New York Times that was published Wednesday, Rock, 55, said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democratic Party were responsible for helping the spread of coronavirus in America because they were too focused on impeaching Trump.

Prefacing the remarks, Rock compared the Trump administration to the 1987 film “The Last Emperor.” The film revolves around a child ruler.

“Did you ever see that movie ‘The Last Emperor?'” he asked the interviewer. “Where, like, a 5-year-old is the emperor of China? There’s a kid and he’s the king. So I’m like, it’s all the Democrats’ fault.”

“Because you knew that the emperor was 5 years old,” he continued. “And when the emperor’s 5 years old, they only lead in theory. There’s usually an adult who’s, like, ‘OK, this is what we’re really going to do.’ And it was totally up to Pelosi and the Democrats. Their thing was ‘We’re going to get [Trump] impeached,’ which was never going to happen. You let the pandemic come in. Yes, we can blame Trump, but he’s really the 5-year-old.”

Rock later said that both parties are guilty of propagating “fake news.”

“Put it this way,” he said. “Republicans tell outright lies. Democrats leave out key pieces of the truth that would lead to a more nuanced argument. In a sense, it’s all fake news.”

Anything else?

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, Rock said that he wasn’t offended by comedian Jimmy Fallon’s use of blackface in a “Saturday Night Live” skit in the 1990s.

During the skit in question, Fallon portrayed Rock.

“Hey, man, I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy’s a great guy,” he said during the interview. “And he didn’t mean anything. A lot of people want to say intention doesn’t matter, but it does. And I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he didn’t.”

Following outcry over a resurfaced clip in May, Fallon issued a heartfelt apology.

“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” he said at the time. “There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”

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NFL Team Requires Players and Staff to Wear Electronic Tags That Record Who They Meet and Alert Social Distancing Violations

This article was originally published by B.N Frank at Activist Post. 

Source: DawgPoundDaily

New technology is being used to protect professional athletes from COVID-19. This includes at least one NFL team requiring players and staff to wear electronic “SafeZone” tags as seen in the video below.

From NBC News:

Inside look at an NFL team’s new reality amid pandemic (Part 2)

The Cleveland Browns are relying on cutting-edge technology to help keep players safe amid the coronavirus pandemic: ultraviolet lights and helmets fitted with plastic shields.

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The problem with testing athletes (and everybody else) seems to be that tests aren’t always accurate.

In regard to the electronic “SafeZone” tags, they emit electromagnetic radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) and exposure can cause symptoms and illnesses some of which can be as serious if not more serious than COVID-19. Too bad that’s not being considered as well.

Activist Post reports regularly about invasive and unsafe technology.

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Studies show surge in stillbirths amid lockdowns. Researchers fear pregnant women are avoiding prenatal care.

An array of studies show that stillbirths have surged globally following lockdowns imposed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and researchers speculate the link could be from pregnant women avoiding hospitals and clinics out of fear of catching the virus while seeking prenatal care.

What are the details?

Nature cited a slew of studies this week in reporting that stillbirth rates have risen “dramatically” since the pandemic began, and that “emerging data link disrupted pregnancy services to [the] increase in stillbirths.”

Jane Warland, a specialist in midwifery at the University of South Australis in Adelaide told the outlet, “What we’ve done is cause an unintended spike in stillbirth while trying to protect [pregnant women] from COVID-19.”

Stillbirths were reported to have risen 50% in the largest study conducted, which followed 20,000 women in Nepal. Nature noted, “The sharpest rise was observed during the first four weeks of the lockdown, under which people were allowed to leave their homes only to buy food and receive essential care.”

Studies from India, the United Kingdom, and Scotland also showed the same disturbing trend.

Perinatal epidemiologist Ashish K.C. at Uppsala University in Sweden, who conducted the Nepal study, also blamed lockdowns on the high stillbirth rates rather than coronavirus infections. K.C. pointed to the fact that many pregnant women studied had appointments canceled due to restrictions, were unable to use public transportation due to shutdowns, and said others likely avoided in-person clinic visits out of fear of contracting COVID-19.

Data indicates those fears have justification, too. CBS News reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study on COVID-19 and pregnancy this week that shows pregnant women infected with the coronavirus were 25% more likely to have preterm deliveries.

A separate report from the CDC earlier this year noted that “pregnancy was associated with hospitalization and increased risk for intensive care unit admission, and receipt of mechanical ventilation, but not with death.”

The Daily Mail pointed out:

In May, a poll found that nearly half of pregnant women were afraid to be in public and risk exposing themselves – and their unborn babies to coronavirus.

With non-essential medical appointments discouraged, many prenatal visits moved online.

It was an important stop-gap, but ran the risk of missed signs of symptoms that could imperil a pregnancy, such as an irregular fetal heartbeat, or preeclampsia, a form of pregnancy-related high blood pressure that can raise risks of stillbirth.

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CDC director says masks are more effective against COVID-19 than a vaccine. Months earlier, he said the opposite.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that masks are the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — even more effective than a vaccine.

Director Robert Redfield, testifying before a Senate committee, urged everyone in America to wear masks in public, saying the pandemic could be controlled in six to 12 weeks if everyone complied.

“These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have,” Redfield said. “And I will continue to appeal to all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings. I’ve said it, if we did it for six, eight, 10, 12 weeks, we’d bring this pandemic under control. These, actually — we have clear scientific evidence that they work, and they are our best defense.

“I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine, because immunogenicity may be 70% and if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This face mask will,” Redfield continued.

The messaging from the federal government about face masks has been — and continues to be — all over the map. In February, Redfield testified before Congress and was specifically asked if healthy people should wear masks.

Redfield answered, “no.”

Redfield and other top public health officials have repeatedly stressed to the public that the purpose of masks is not self-protection, but rather preventing a person from spreading the virus to others. His Wednesday comments directly contradict that and could further undermine public confidence in a pending vaccine that people are already wary of.

“Most face masks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.” Redfield wrote on Aug. 25. “The role of face masks is for patient source control, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.”

Adding to the confusion, President Donald Trump defended the fact that he doesn’t often wear masks during a televised town hall event Tuesday night.

“A lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” Trump said. “A lot of people think that masks are not good.”

Immediately before he said that, the president criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has no governmental role or authority, for not instituting a national mask mandate.

“Well, I do wear them when I have to, and when I’m in hospitals and other locations,” Trump said. “But I will say this: They said at the Democrat convention they’re going to do a national mandate. They never did it, because they’ve checked out and they didn’t do it. And a good question is, you ask why Joe Biden–they said we’re going to do a national mandate on masks.”

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