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Here We Go Again: JBS “Paid” “Russian” “Hackers” $11 Million In Bitcoin To Resolve “Ransomware” Attack

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

There was a moment of sheer hilarity earlier today when, during a Congressional Hearing, the CEO of Colonial Pipeline Joseph Blount took the merely farcical episode of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack – when, as a reminder, a ragtag band of elite “Russian” hackers somehow managed to penetrate the company’s cyber defenses but was so stupid it left most if not all of the $4.4 million bitcoins it demanded in ransom in an easily traceable address for the FBI to track down and magically confiscate (it is still unclear how the Feds got the private key to access the “hackers” digital wallet) in days if not hours – and elevated it to a level of sheer ridiculous absurdity when he told Congress that he didn’t consult the FBI before paying the ransom.

This, pardon the parlance of our times, is complete bullshit: either the CEO is lying or, worse, he is telling the truth and as some have speculated, he, the FBI, and the “hackers” are all in on this so-called ransomware breach…

… a scenario which for now is yet another “conspiracy theory” and which we expect will become proven fact in the usual 6-9 months.

Yet just a few hours later, the exact same ridiculous narrative meant to achieve just one thing – tarnish the reputation of bitcoin further to the point where the US has to ban it – has struck again, and according to the WSJ last week’s big hack, that of food processing giant JBS, was also resolved when the company paid $11 million – in bitcoin of course because in this day and age one can’t simply dump a suitcase full of cash or send a wire transfer to an incognito account – as ransom to the criminals (who will naturally soon be unveiled as Russians because of course) responsible for the cyberattack that halted the company’s operations.

Yes, if this story seems identical to that of Colonial Pipeline, up to and almost matching the demanded ransom amount, it’s because it is: so barren is the imagination of the administration’s narrative writers that they can only regurgitate the same old story over and over.

Naturally, and just like in the Colonial “hack”, the ransom payment, in bitcoin, was made to shield JBS meat plants from further disruption and to limit the potential impact on restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers that rely on JBS, said Andre Nogueira, chief executive of Brazilian meat company JBS SA’s U.S. division.

“It was very painful to pay the criminals, but we did the right thing for our customers,“ Nogueira said Wednesday. It remains to be seen if the JDS CEO, like his Colonial colleague, promptly transferred the bitcoin to the FBI’s hackers’ digital wallet without advising the FBI (first for the simple reason that the FBI already knew the crypto was inbound?)

The latest “shocking” attack on JBS has been part of a wave of bizarre incursions using ransomware, in which companies are hit with demands for multimillion-dollar payments to regain control of their operating systems. Some questions that remain unanswered is how the hell do these multi-billion dollar companies not have the most basic virus/malware protection to prevent some outsider –  be it a 13-year-old kid living in his mom’s basement, some Ukrainian hacker, or the FBI – from getting access to the company’s entire infrastructure and locking out the company itself.  And then, this genius mastermind(s) is so stupid, they have no idea how to cover up their traces and promptly hand over the cash to the Feds.

Even more grotesque is that, as the WSJ notes, the attacks show how hackers have shifted from targeting data-rich companies such as retailers, banks, and insurers to essential-service providers such as hospitals, transport operators, and food companies. Because apparently instead of spending $29.95 on an anti-virus program, these various companies used the cash to buy back stonk.

According to the WSJ, the FBI last week attributed the JBS attack to REvil, a criminal ransomware gang, which of course comes from Russia, because – again – of course. Nogueira said that JBS and outside firms are conducting forensic analyses of its information-technology systems and that it isn’t yet clear how the attackers accessed JBS’s systems.

What is clear is that in just a few days these crack Russian cyber commandos will have a few dozen bitcoins less when the FBI which organized the entire farcical affair confiscates it all.

And speaking of farcical, it gets even worse, because unlike the Colonial “hack” where the company lost all control over its infrastructure, in the case of the JBS hack, Nogueira said that the company maintains secondary backups of all its data, which are encrypted. Here things get downright surreal: according to the official narrative, the company brought back operations at its plants using those backup systems, but “JBS’s technology experts cautioned the company that there was no guarantee that the hackers wouldn’t find another way to strike, and JBS’s consultants continued negotiating with the attackers.”

So even though the company had regained control, it decided to… pay the hackers?

“We didn’t think we could take this type of risk that something could go wrong in our recovery process,” Nogueira said of the decision to pay the attackers. “It was insurance to protect our customers.”

Ah, yes. All for the customers.

Meanwhile here comes yet another hearing led by that crusader for governmental uber-regulation of everything, Liz Warren, who will demand even more crackdown on bitcoin because – you see – none of this would have happened if bitcoin did not exist.

Though maybe this idiotic narrative, which is so transparent those who conceived it should be ashamed, is no longer working because unlike in the case of the Colonial pipeline when news of the ransomware hack spread hammered bitcoin over fears of reprisals, this time the crypto sector has barely budged as even the weakest hands can’t believe just how stupid the official government narrative has become.

To this, the only possible conclusion is that yes, they really do think you are that stupid.

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The Founders’ words were not “meaningless” or “vague”

A common accusation, especially from liberal academics and judges, is that many constitutional phrases are vague or meaningless. Or, as stated by former Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, they are “luminous and obscure.”

Advocates of an all-powerful central government draw two lessons from their belief that constitutional clauses are vague. The first is that the document doesn’t deserve great respect because it isn’t well drafted. The second is that vagueness justifies a very wide scope for exercise of federal and judicial power.

But the charge of “vagueness” is based on ignorance. The usual reason critics think constitutional phrases are vague or meaningless is that they don’t know that those phrases had specialized meanings in 18th century law. The Constitution is a legal document, and most of the framers and leading ratifiers were top-flight lawyers. In the founding era, even the general public was unusually knowledgeable about law. Hence, many of the Constitution’s ordinary-sounding expressions are packed with legal content. Here are some illustrations:

  • “regulate … Commerce,”
  • “establish Post Offices,”
  • “post Roads,”
  • “natural born Citizen,”
  • “Corruption of Blood,”
  • “Privileges and Immunities,” and
  • “necessary and proper.”

Several years ago I wrote a book explaining these and other terms. Behind that book were many individual investigations into the true meaning of constitutional words and phrases. Following is the story of one investigation.

Critics leveling the “vagueness” charge long pointed to the Necessary and Proper Clause as an example. Confused law professors and students scratched their heads over the clause and the most important Supreme Court case on the subject: Chief Justice John Marshall’s famous opinion in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819). Some tagged it “the elastic clause” and claimed it could justify almost anything.

The Necessary and Proper Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 18) ends a long list of powers the Constitution grants to Congress. It reads as follows:

“The Congress shall have Power … To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

Critics asked, “What makes a law ‘necessary’ to carry out another power? What does ‘proper’ mean? Moreover, the Constitution grants authority only to agencies and officials; ‘Powers vested … in the Government of the United States’ must be a typo!”

No one seems to have consulted 18th century legal materials about these questions – until I did so, beginning in 2003.

I labored under some disadvantages. I had no internet access to materials I needed. The law school where I was a faculty member had only a small library and was 200 miles from any other law school. The administration was uninterested in my research, even hostile.

But I had one huge advantage that the overwhelming majority of other constitutional scholars did not have: I had practiced law for many years. And although my law practice was in the 20th century rather than in the 18th, I had worked with many of the same kinds of legal documents the Founders employed.

As I examined the Necessary and Proper Clause, a little voice told me, “You’ve seen this kind of wording before! It looks like a phrase in a trust instrument or an agency agreement.”

During my law practice I’d frequently consulted form books. These are huge collections of sample documents lawyers traditionally used to draft legal instruments. “I bet,” I thought, “there were form books in the 18th century. And if there were, I probably can find language in them that looks a lot like ‘necessary and proper.’”

Shortly thereafter I visited Philadelphia. The law librarian at the University of Pennsylvania (Ben Franklin’s favorite school) gave me access to their rare book collection. It turned out that there were plenty of 18th century form books. While thumbing through one of them, I found a form for a “letter of attorney”—a kind of agency agreement we now call a “power of attorney.”

This is what I saw:

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Extract from an 18th century form book. (Rob Natelson)

Further checking confirmed that letters of attorney and other documents listing powers often finished up the list with an additional grant of “necessary and proper” powers.

I soon found that phrases like “necessary and proper” also were exceptionally common in English and American statutes, trusts, leases, commissions, and charters. Study of 18th century English court cases taught me that in this context the word “necessary” meant “incidental.” I also learned that “necessary and proper” was a translation of an earlier Latin phrase, necessaria et opportuna. My knowledge of Latin (another skill rare among modern academics) confirmed that “necessary” meant “incidental.”

Still more investigation showed that “proper” meant that the person exercising authority was governed by legal duties of trust. Investigation also demonstrated that the Constitution really did grant powers to “the Government of the United States.” Those powers were implicit in clauses imposing obligations on the government, such as the Constitution’s mandate that the federal government protect the states from invasion.

The most significant finding was that “necessary” meant “incidental.” Here’s why:

When a document grants a list of explicit powers, it quietly grants unmentioned powers as well. The unmentioned powers permit the agent to carry out his duties by some methods not listed explicitly in the document. For example, depending on local custom, a document authorizing a person to manage a store might include an unmentioned power to advertise. Unmentioned powers are called “incidental.”

Eighteenth-century law imposed tight constraints on incidental powers. They could be exercised only to carry out listed powers. They had to be of lesser importance (“less worthy”) than listed powers. They had to be methods customary or reasonably required in the circumstances. Someone given authority to manage a business couldn’t claim that he had “incidental power” to use his boss’s money to take over an entirely unrelated business.

Let’s consider a related example from the Constitution. It grants Congress explicit power to “regulate Commerce … among the several States.” Those adopting the Constitution understood “commerce” to be mercantile trade and some associated activities, such as navigation and marine insurance. A federal law requiring standardized labels on goods shipped across state lines would be incidental to the commerce power and therefore authorized by the Necessary and Proper Clause.

By contrast, manufacturing and agriculture are major economic categories distinct from commerce —even though (as the Founders knew) these categories impact each other greatly. Manufacturing and agriculture are not mere incidents of commerce, and a law governing them is not incidental to “regulat[ing] … Commerce.”

Thus, my research taught me that 20th century Supreme Court decisions were wrong when they ruled that the Necessary and Proper Clause gave Congress sweeping power over manufacturing and agriculture.

Once you know the background of the Necessary and Proper Clause, you see that it helps make the Constitution flexible—but as not as flaccid as advocates of unlimited federal control would like it to be. The background also helps you grasp the true meaning of Justice Marshall’s opinion in McCulloch v. Maryland. I’m happy to report that, possibly based in part on my research, Chief Justice Roberts recaptured some of this meaning in a case decided in 2012.

It’s not the Constitution that’s vague or meaningless. On this subject, vagaries exist principally in the minds of the critics.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay first appeared in the May 27, 2021 Epoch Times. This is the ninth in a series of articles defending the U.S. Constitution against accusations from political “progressives.”

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How Truth was Destroyed So Americans Would Crave Propaganda

This article was originally published by Don Via Jr. at The Free Thought Project. 

In this first installment of The Free Thought Project’s new investigative collection, Declassified: The Conspiracy Fact Series, we take an in-depth dive into understanding the nuances of controlled corporate media. Particularly in the United States, and how information warfare is used to shape public opinion.

One of the most vital fundamentals in understanding how the ruling elite/predator class facilitates their agendas is the role of controlled media to create perception. Perception is, in essence, reality. What is perceived is usually widely believed.

For example, the notion that the sky is blue. Scientifically speaking it actually is not, we only perceive it as blue due to the refraction of light waves through the earth’s atmosphere and into the retina of the eye. Ask anyone without an understanding of this scientifically fundamental fact and they will undoubtedly espouse that the sky is indeed blue — as that is the “reality” created by their perception. This is a harmless false perception, but others are not so.

The same is true for illusionary reality versus objective reality. Empirical observation of how the world really works as opposed to a manufactured perception based on incomplete or inaccurate information represented as authoritative and propagated in repetition.

Unfortunately however in our ever-increasingly polarized society, it is the manufactured perception that is espoused most fervently. In some cases, those who choose to ignore facts in favor of narrative, echo chambers, and tribalism, live in a somewhat alternate reality, albeit a willfully ignorant one.

A control paradigm plays a crucial part in this. And as this report will demonstrate, the current incarnation of US news media, by way of deliberate obfuscation facilitates this paradigm by default.

One stark example of this would be manufactured outrage. Manufactured outrage is a term to describe the intentional misrepresentation of events with the aim of invoking a furious reaction from one or more groups of people. Intentionally praying on the emotional vulnerability of the human condition, typically in the form of gaslighting. Done so in a way that those galvanizing the reaction would find beneficial to their own aims.

Manufactured outrage is a tactic used frequently by the media, typically as a tool of controlled opposition used within identity politics to maintain division.

As this article exemplifies the multiple facets in which the media has been co-opted for use towards these manipulative agendas, the context for the use of manufactured outrage will become clear.

But before we continue, this point deserves recognition —

When discussing the subversive nature of the MSM with critics they often tout the notion that we “distrust the media but site their articles when it benefits us”. While partly true, that notion lacks comprehension of delineation. Recognizing the media regularly purports propaganda does not necessarily denote they are untrustworthy all of the time. As with any proper research of sources, nuance is critical. It does mean however their reputation is sullied enough to warrant heavy scrutiny.

Ascertaining fact from fiction requires due diligence, discernment, and critical thinking to determine if what is being said can be affirmed by tangible evidence. If the entire truth is being told, or a half-truth. If it is impartial, or biased. So when mainstream media articles are used in part to back up a claim, it is because they are corroborated by other verifiable independent sources.

Over the years, evidence has emerged corroborating many so-called conspiracy theories, as this series is intended to demonstrate. From mass surveillance to propaganda, geoengineering, false flag attacks, and even shadowy government entities influencing the outcome of events. Despite the insistence of the mainstream media that people not think for themselves, in many cases doing your own research is a necessity no matter how ludicrous the claim may sound.

One such perfect example of this can be derived from a particular incident regarding arguably the world’s most infamous conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. Even those that haven’t followed Jones’s work will likely be familiar with his viral rant about “chemicals in the water turning the freaking frogs gay”. Despite Jones’ sensationalism, and a number of his shortcomings that we here at The Free Thought Project have criticized ourselves; this particular example itself is important because it demonstrates nuance. As the specific instance in question he was referencing is still factually accurate.

Jones was referring to a study from Berkeley University, which has since been corroborated by other scientific bodies, finding that the common herbicide atrazine had contaminated water supplies. Causing severe disruption to the hormonal balances and sexual biology of frogs and other animals.

Case and point; despite the absolutely ridiculous nature in which Jones presented the information, it is still in and of itself true. Hopefully, this simple example can serve as food for thought exercise in critical thinking as we dive further into this subject at large.

REGIME PROPAGANDA

It goes without saying corrupt regimes rely on state propaganda and loyal media assets to manufacture the public’s consent, or apathy, for their crimes. Get caught enough times doing this and it will inevitably foster distrust in the corporate media. As they become aware that propaganda has been used as a tool for social engineering by governments around the world in one form or another for centuries.

The same is true for the American Empire.

Social engineering is defined as “the use of centralized planning in an attempt to manage social change and regulate the future development and behavior of a society”. In layman’s terms, those in power promote aspects and ideas sympathetic to their intentions in order to influence a culture of normalization to certain aspects that would previously be considered unacceptable. Psychological manipulation, suggestive thinking, and propaganda play a key role in this process.

A relevant case of this would be America’s hunger for war. Once upon a time, organized murder was abhorred by the average American, the detestable increase to the national debt as a result of military spending, and the egregious loss of youths to a fickle foreign conflict was enough to turn off the citizenry from its barbary. But through the use of Hollywood and other means of glorifying war over generations, America’s war culture has become almost bloodthirsty. Wholly desensitized to the brutality hoisted upon our fellow man. Distracted by hubris and self-righteous delusions of exceptionalism.

In 2002 this psychological conditioning took on a more sinister role with the Pentagon Military Analyst Program. The PMAP was a covert propaganda campaign administered by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria Clark, on behalf of the Bush Administration. The goal of which was to manufacture public support for the coming invasion of Iraq. In hindsight, it, unfortunately, worked like a charm. After being exposed in 2008 the program has been referred to as “psyops on steroids”.

In the years since, the horror, destruction, and the loss of young innocent life to the feeble machinations of sociopathic oligarchs have become merely an afterthought; The might of the military-industrial complex, the atrocities of imperialist neocolonialism, and the state of perpetual war now going almost entirely unquestioned by the populace. The anti-war movement dissolving as a casualty of attrition in the information war.

Over the years, public trust in media has fallen to abysmal levels. The most recent data, from Edelman’s Trust Barometer, indicates that American public trust in corporate media has fallen to an all-time low of below 50 percent. Rightfully so as people begin to see through their fakery.

There are numerous instances demonstrating the chicaneries of the corporate press. Though one of the most profound in recent years is that of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

As covered by TFTP at the time, in early 2018 a video went viral showing a compilation of hundreds of local news stations around the country parroting the same script verbatim. Ironically, decrying the pervasiveness of so-called “fake news” and declaring “this is extremely dangerous to our democracy”. Fully illustrating the systemic and coordinated efforts of narrative control practiced by a corporate press in bed with the state and acting as an arm of the US intelligence apparatus.

Making the leap from a scripted corporate mass media to state-sponsored disseminators of propaganda is not as far-fetched as many would like to believe. Beyond this scathing example, their own documents prove this deceit as well.

OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD

Domestic propaganda operations in the US officially began in 1951 with a CIA project called Operation Mockingbird that went unknown for over two decades. In 1975, a U.S Senate committee hearing was undertaken to investigate misconduct of the intelligence community. Chaired by Senator Frank Church (D-Id), the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities is more commonly referred to as The Church Committee. Among many other damning revelations, it exposed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had assets working within the United States corporate media apparatus granting the agency a degree of influence.

In 1977, the program was exposed in even more totality by veteran reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame. His expansive 25,000-word exposé in Rolling Stone magazine thoroughly documented the collaboration between the CIA and the media during the Cold War years.

Officially, around that time, the program was supposed to have been shut down. However, on May 25th, 2010, a task force memorandum to the Director of Central Intelligence was authorized for declassification. The document, PAO 09-0586, dated December 20th, 1991, acknowledged that the agency still maintained an even greater influence over the realms of media and academia.

Stating on page 6 —

“PAO now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation. This has helped us turn some “intelligence failure” stories into “intelligence success” stories, and it has contributed to the accuracy of countless others. In many instances, we have persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected National Security interests, or jeopardized sources and methods.”

A full 15 years after Operation Mockingbird was supposed to have ended, their own documents prove it was working stronger than ever. What’s more, evidence shows that it continues even to the present day.

In 2014 it was revealed that Ken Dilanian, a prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

Despite being disgraced by these revelations, and disavowed by the LA Times, Dilanian still finds employment as a correspondent for NBC.

In 2016, the release of a trove of internal emails from political advisor John Podesta by WikiLeaks revealed even further damning evidence of the collusion between the corporate media and the ruling class. From private dinners to requests of pre-publication approval, to direct evidence of election meddling. The emails demonstrated the true nature of the mainstream press’s role in politics: Not as impartial reporters of facts. But as partisan propaganda mouthpieces for the elite.

Even more recently, TFTP published a report exposing that mainstream media outlets still use mass scripted narratives to shape public opinion to this very day.

However, those are far from the only ties between the American mass media and the intelligence community

AGENCY SPOOKS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.

In addition to calling the shots behind the scenes, in recent years deep state operatives have gotten all too comfortable working in front of the camera as well. Oftentimes admitting their former profession as Americans remain infatuated as ever, never stopping to question the sincerity of professional liars.

Some of the most prominent names in prime time news admittedly share ties to the very agency that maintains so much influence over their new employers. Since 2018 former CIA director John Brennan has been a national security advisor on MSNBC. Prior to joining CNN, Philip Mudd was an analyst for the CIA and ex-National Security deputy director for the FBI. Fox News contributor and conservative pundit Daniel Bongino is also a former senior member of the United States Secret Service, tasked with the personal protective duties of former President Barack Obama. Even the likes of Anderson Cooper and Tucker Carlson share some sort of affiliation with the agency.

With the former having been an intern for the CIA in his early twenties and Carlson who had applied to join the CIA while in college.

These and many more exemplify the wide-reaching consequences of those early infiltration operations decades prior. With several more names tied to the intelligence community, the likes of James Clapper, Chuck Rosenberg, Michael Hayden, Frank Figliuzzi, Fran Townsend, Stephen Hall, Samantha Vinograd, Andrew McCabe, Josh Campbell, Asha Rangappa, James Gagliano, Jeremy Bash, Susan Hennessey, Ned Price, and Rick Francona.

All are among assets to the agency currently permeating the media, as mentioned in a recent article by journalist and political commentator Caitlin Johnstone.

An excerpt reads —

“In totalitarian dictatorships, the government spy agency tells the news media what stories to run, and the news media unquestioningly publish it. In free democracies, the government spy agency says “Hoo buddy, have I got a scoop for you!” and the news media unquestioningly publish it.” …..

“Nowadays the CIA collaboration happens right out in the open, and people are too propagandized to even recognize this as scandalous.” …..

“This isn’t Operation Mockingbird. It’s so much worse. Operation Mockingbird was the CIA doing something to the media. What we are seeing now is the CIA openly acting as the media. Any separation between the CIA and the news media, indeed even any pretence of separation, has been dropped.”

An astute observation indeed, as the lines between political pundits and professional propagandists have not just been blurred, not only crossed, nay entirely obliterated. As state-sponsored presstitutes masquerade as arbiters of truth when in fact their social engineering and disinformation campaigns make them more akin to terrorists waging psychological warfare on the masses.

But for one to truly understand the incestuous relationship between supposed news pundits and purveyors of disinformation, it is necessary to explore the history of its origins. Prior to operation Mockingbird, even before the CIA’s very existence. To the dawn of mainstream press, and then to the revealing a dark untold chapter of American history from the second world war.

THE FATHER OF PROPAGANDA, AND THE NAZI ORIGINS OF MEDIA MANIPULATION.

The origin story of how the present US media came to be in such a dismal state is one of intrigue that reads almost like a bad James Bond novel. It begins in the 1920s.

The so-called father of public relations is a man by the name of Dr. Edward Bernays. In other circles, known as the father of propaganda. Brilliant in his own right, he is the nephew of world-renowned & infamous psychologist Dr. Sigmund Freud. But Bernays is credited in many circles with his work in psychology being applicable to use in PR tactics in media, and later, politics and psychological warfare. In 1928, he published his best-known book, aptly titled ‘Propaganda’. At the time the word did not have the negative connotations associated with it now.

Shortly after its publication advertisers were already adapting strategies developed by Bernays to plant subliminal messages in the minds of their target demographics encouraging them to consume more. From cigarettes to the jewelry industry, big oil and so much more, the corporatist class was essentially handed a how-to manual to curry favor from the public — This works with a simple trick of sensory misdirection. Through ad campaigns and other media, the subconscious mind is fooled into accepting a planted thought. This and other strategies are what the predator class employs to maintain a positive public perception and garner support for their agendas.

Think of that scene from the cult-classic film They Live, when Piper puts on his glasses to see the real world — the reality beyond the manufactured perception — He turns back to see the array of billboards and advertisements now simply read: “Consume. Obey. Stay asleep”.

Such is the art of deceptive propaganda developed by Dr. Bernays.

With that said, it is imperative to stress how crucial it is for the public at large to put forth the effort in educating themselves with regard to the nuances of psychological operations. There is no better weapon in protecting oneself against these tactics than understanding how these strategies are employed and the way in which the human brain functions when introduced to them.

For those in need of a starting point to garnering this most vital of insights, viewing the acclaimed 2013 documentary film State of Mind: The Psychology of Control is recommended.

To continue, Bernays himself is well noted having spoken on the role of these tactics in engineering society. Having famously said —

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

However most notoriously, Dr. Bernays’s work was first actualized to its full insidious potential during the dark days of Third Reich era Germany.

Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Joseph Goebbels was the Chief Propaganda Minister for Hitler’s Nazi regime. He had also become a staunch admirer of Bernays since his early work in the 1920s, despite his being a Jew.

Ultimately Edward Bernays himself personally refused requests to conduct American public relations on behalf of the Nazi regime (unlike other American companies who covertly worked on Hitler’s behalf). As he himself was concerned with the manner in which the tactics of mental manipulation he pioneered would be applied by the fascist government. But that didn’t stop Goebbels from adopting much of his publicly published strategies. He primarily applied Bernays’s work throughout all of Germany’s mass media during the reign of the Third Reich, to socially engineer and psychologically manipulate the public into blissful ignorance.

“This is the secret of propaganda; Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing they are being immersed in it.” – Joseph Goebbels.

This short story of the origin of Nazi propaganda is important to this article because it is also the progenitor to America’s most pervasive propaganda operations. Due to one post-World War II program in particular; Operation Paperclip.

In brief summation, Operation Paperclip was the program authorized by President Harry Truman in 1946, in an effort to get a leg up on the Soviet Union in the oncoming Cold War. The program authorized thousands of Nazis proficient in science, technology, and various other areas of expertise to be given amnesty from the Nuremberg trials and brought to America under new identities, in exchange for pledging to work for the United States government.

In a sense, this was a legal and authorized infiltration of America’s most secure halls of government by top Nazi officials, including within the Pentagon.
Before Operation Paperclip was officially authorized in 1946 it operated under the code name Project Overcast. During this time the fascists in American custody were placed to work in various departments, including the Office of Strategic Services.

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), an agency of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the United States first covert action agencies, was then shortly disbanded in late 1945 with its operational duties spread between the State Department, and the Department of War (now the Department of Defense). Until 1947, with the signing of the National Security Act, when the remnants of the OSS were built upon as the predecessor to the newly-formed Central Intelligence Agency. With the federal government’s newly acquiesced Germans being among its first employees.

You read that correctly — the creation of the CIA is directly tied to the Nazi infiltration of the United States of America. Authorized by our own government.

The point of explaining this is that just as the CIA itself is a product of America’s partnership with ex-nazis, so are some of their earliest and most nefarious operations; Including the aforementioned propaganda program Operation Mockingbird, which was directly based on the strategies utilized by Joseph Goebbels.

As we can see, this history of state-sponsored deception is a vast and sinister one. However, it doesn’t end there. As the years went on and these programs were refined what became of it was a monstrous offspring of collusion between fascist entities and America’s corporatist power structure.

CORPORATE CONGLOMERATION.

At the outset of Operation Mockingbird, there were close to 100 mass media companies that contributed to the mainstream. Despite this, most of them were still infiltrated and brought under the CIA’s umbrella of control. Corporate mergers and mass media consolidations had already been underway, but by the 1980s it had reached a fever pitch with only 50 major companies controlling the media.

Fast forward to today that number is only six. Six mega-corporations that control roughly 90% of what over 328 million Americans see, hear, & read on a daily basis. If that level of information control seems staggering, it’s because it is.

In 2012, an infographic was created in order to detail this vast amalgamation and the power it wields over society. Originally those six companies were GE, Disney, CBS, Viacom, News Corp, and Time Warner. But since then as other transactions and mergers have taken place, they are now Comcast, AT&T, Disney, News Corp, Viacom, and CBS. Technically, the actual number of corporations is five, given that CBS and Viacom are both owned by National Amusements Inc.

Giving just a few hundred executives and 15 billionaires almost complete control over the flow of information that controls the perception of the masses.

This is found to be even more concerning than originally postulated, as in January of 2018 WikiLeaks tweeted information from a chart that shows almost all of these conglomerates and media holdings are tied to one single unelected bureaucratic entity — The Council on Foreign Relations.

For those unaware, the CFR is one of the United States’ oldest and most establishment think tanks of the American “elite” predator-class. Often, they set the agenda on important policy questions and are incremental in maintaining positions such as perpetual war.

Being a central pillar in the trifecta unelected globalist policy groups alongside the Trilateral Commission, and notorious Bilderberg Group. So brazen they are in their sway over American journalists that that same year CFR member Richard Stengel, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the Obama Administration, openly suggested the media use propaganda against American citizens.

Stengel now ironically has a new position as a crusader against “fake news”. And is a distinguished member of the neocon think-tank the Atlantic Council — the same governmental body hired by Facebook to serve as its purveyor of government-funded censorship.

Finally, to top off this web of collusion and disinformation, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 signed by President Obama included a provision that essentially legalized the domestic dissemination of propaganda. Despite the insistence of mainstream voices such as the Associated Press that this was not the case; the plethora of evidence presented here both leading up to and after the signage of the law demonstrates whether legalized or not — the propagandizing of unwitting American citizens is indeed a common practice.

Worse still, yet again as TFTP reported in 2016, a similar provision was passed in that year’s NDAA. This time under the guise of “countering disinformation” it gave propagandists full reign to increase their dissemination and gave a green light to launch an all-out campaign against the alternative media. Paving the way for the now-infamous coordinated social media purge of October 11th, 2018.

Despite stating the obvious that they certainly didn’t need a law to propagandize their own citizens, these authorizations opened the floodgates. As we’ve seen in past years continuing through to today, the blatant flagrant lies of the mainstream media now know no bounds.

Even recently, the undercover reporters of Project Veritas revealed in an investigation bombshell admissions coming directly from the technical director of CNN. Caught on hidden camera, director Charlie Chester admits that their network engages in propaganda for everything from influencing the election, to promoting fear-mongering of covid-19.

From one example to another, the Mockingbirds in their respective cages are working harder than ever to parrot the status quo talking points.

CONTROLLED MEDIA IN THE DIGITAL AGE.

In recent years as society has continued to progress into the digital age, the flow of information has become much more abundant for the average individual. Thanks to the internet providing a gateway beyond the gatekeepers of the corporate press, the citizenry is now presented with an opportunity to educate themselves and scrutinize the talking heads. As the media’s reputation continue to drop and people began searching elsewhere to inform themselves, it became necessary to attempt to rein in this sphere of influence.

Hence the previously mentioned social media purges, these attempts to maintain control of the narrative appear to be the last breath of a dinosaur media going extinct. At a point which, if not for the state facilitated assets of Silicon Valley (Big Tech) keeping this industry alive, it would be all but obsolete already.

Despite years of intertwining infrastructure — From the Pentagon’s Information Operations Roadmap, a 2003 project designed to seize control of the net for use in information warfare and psychological operations; To covert programs such as 2010’s Operation Earnest Voice, used to disseminate pro-US propaganda throughout social media via an astroturfing campaign of “sock puppet” accounts. These attempts to influence the new age of digital media persist as they did in the age of traditional media, using much of the same tactics.

Even now, despite the storied entanglement of corporate technocrats and the bureaucracy — Established ties between the Pentagon and companies like Facebook psychologically abusing their users paving the way — The masses appear to be tuning out the “authoritative” voices that they are now aware are no longer trustworthy.

Others however remain hopelessly inured under the scope of these projects. Ever influenced by the degrading psychological implications of propaganda operations directing the Hegelian dialectic.

IN CONCLUSION.

It’s not hard to see why the promulgation of inauthentic information is such a prevailing issue. It’s used for everything from selling us overpriced goods at the store, to dividing us against our neighbors, to convincing us to support unnecessary wars that kill millions of innocent people. And when understanding the psychology behind such deceptions, it is easy to recognize why its purveyors negate responsibility for their own wrongdoing by projecting it upon their opposition.

Whereas certain biases are concerned this could be true in either case of the mainstream or the alternative; and why critical thinking and discernment are of the utmost importance for the individual to be their own arbiter of truth. It is an essential tool, upon the altar of free humanity to never allow any entity, institution, or individual; whether they be mainstream or alternative, to have so much influence over one’s mind that they are incapable of thinking for themselves.

Now more than ever the need for people to reclaim their emancipated intellectual sovereignty is paramount. In the age of information ignorance truly is a choice. False dichotomies begin and end with the information that we choose to ingest.

The old cliché is true that knowledge is power. We as people, as a society and a species, can only begin to reclaim our individuality and begin to work towards a better tomorrow once we have become conscious and aware of this most pertinent of truths.

When writing for The Free Thought Project, as well as for Break The Matrix, the real-life version of “the matrix” itself can probably be most astutely described as a false sense of reality —

“In the real world, outside of its cinematic counterpart, The Matrix is a construct. Made up of a false set of perceptions manufactured and perpetuated by an establishment to maintain supremacy, control, & dominance over the psyche of the masses. It is, quite literally, a fabricated version of how the world operates. Created by believing a web of lies woven by a fraudulent, corrupt system of power-hungry maniacs. Exposing their fallacies causes it to malfunction. Every time you speak the truth it causes a glitch in the matrix. When you live that truth, you break the matrix”.

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Former Pfizer VP’s Warning: “Your Government Is Lying To You!”

Dr. Michael Yeadon, Source: Life Site News

Dr. Michael Yeadon, Pfizer’s former Vice President and Chief Scientist for Allergy & Respiratory who spent 32 years in the industry-leading new medicines research and retired from the pharmaceutical giant with “the most senior research position” in his field, came clean about what he says the new “vaccines” could be.

Dr. Yeadon said he is merely a “boring guy” who went “to work for a big drug company … listening to the main national broadcast and reading the broadsheet newspapers.” But, “in the last year, I have realized that my government and its advisers are lying in the faces of the British people about everything to do with this coronavirus. Absolutely everything,” Yeadon said. It’s a fallacy this idea of asymptomatic transmission and that you don’t have symptoms, but you are a source of a virus.”

The rulers are obviously lying to us the slaves, and most of us already know that. Yet, he was quoted by Life Site News as saying: “Your government is lying to you in a way that could lead to your death!” That doesn’t sound like the land of the free. Oh, that’s right, it hasn’t ever been that, only the illusion of it.

“Look out the window, and think, ‘why is my government lying to me about something so fundamental?’ Because, I think the answer is, they are going to kill you using this method. They’re going to kill you and your family,” said Dr. Yeadon.

He addressed the “demonstrably false” propaganda from governments in response to COVID-19, including the “lie” of dangerous variants, the totalitarian potential for “vaccine passports,” and the strong possibility we are dealing with a “conspiracy” which could lead to something far beyond the carnage experienced in the wars and massacres of the 20th century.

His main points included:

  1. There is “no possibility” current variants of COVID-19 will escape immunity. It is “just a lie.”
  2. Yet, governments around the world are repeating this lie, indicating that we are witnessing not just “convergent opportunism,” but a “conspiracy.” Meanwhile, media outlets and Big Tech platforms are committed to the same propaganda and the censorship of the truth.
  3. Pharmaceutical companies have already begun to develop unneeded “top-up” (“booster”) vaccines for the “variants.” The companies are planning to manufacture billions of vials, in addition to the current experimental COVID-19 “vaccine” campaign.
  4. Regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, have announced that since these “top-up” vaccines will be so similar to the prior injections which were approved for emergency use authorization, drug companies will not be required to “perform any clinical safety studies.”
  5. Thus, this virtually means that the design and implementation of repeated and coerced mRNA vaccines “go from the computer screen of a pharmaceutical company into the arms of hundreds of millions of people, [injecting] some superfluous genetic sequence for which there is absolutely no need or justification.”
  6. Why are they doing this? Since no benign reason is apparent, the use of vaccine passports along with a “banking reset” could issue in totalitarianism unlike the world has ever seen. Recalling the evil of Stalin, Mao, and Hitler, “mass depopulation” remains a logical outcome.
  7. The fact that this at least could be true means everyone must “fight like crazy to make sure that system never forms.” 

The most horrific part of Dr. Yeadon’s interview was this:

“And if you wanted to introduce a characteristic which could be harmful and could even be lethal, and you can even tune it to say ‘let’s put it in some gene that will cause liver injury over a nine-month period,’ or, cause your kidneys to fail but not until you encounter this kind of organism [that would be quite possible]. Biotechnology provides you with limitless ways, frankly, to injure or kill billions of people

I’m very worried … that pathway will be used for mass depopulation, because I can’t think of any benign explanation.

To read Yeadon’s entire interview with Life Site News, please click here.

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Coronavirus Variants Detected In California Are Now “Variants of Concern”

They will not stop with this constant fear-mongering propaganda.  What exactly are they gearing up for here. We know we aren’t being fed the truth. Now, a mainstream media source is claiming that two coronavirus strains first detected in California are now officially “variants of concern,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

>The variants may be about 20% more transmissible, the CDC said, citing early research. Some Covid-19 treatments (like the experimental gene therapies intentionally mislabeled as vaccines) may also be less effective against the strains. Still, the CDC didn’t say that vaccines would stop working against them.

And yet, they don’t officially work against COVID-19 the original, and they have flat out said so.

Fauci: Vaccinated People Can’t Dine Indoors Or Go To The Movies Still

This is where critical thinking comes in. Sure, many have given up, but in this day and age, it’s imperative to use it:

So if you get the vaccine, you still can’t be around people who might have COVID because you can still get COVID? That means the vaccine doesn’t work.  If it does work, there should be no fear of anyone who’s been infected. I think based solely on these tyrants’ own words, we know this “vaccine” isn’t what it seems. –SHTFPlan

We all better wake up and quick.

Still, health officials are concerned that some treatments may not work as well against the variants, which are officially called B.1.427 and B.1.429. Scientists have been monitoring the strains closely in California over the past few months. -CNN

Are they setting us up for another lockdown so they can blame it on the lifting of restrictions and further destroy what’s left of small businesses? Or are they planning something more sinister, such as something that is actually devastating to humanity? These are simply questions we should all be asking. We know we are being lied to and we know that this slave state created for us is only a reality because they continue to tell us it is.

Use your discernment and critical thinking in the coming months and perhaps the whole year.  I firmly believe that within that time, we are all going to need those skills.  The propaganda and disinformation is getting obvious and more “predictive” by the day.

Stay prepared, and remain alert so we know what to expect. Personally, I am taking this time to boost my immune system naturally. It sure looks like they are pulling out all the stops.

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Yet Another Study Shows—Yet Again—That Lockdowns Don’t Work

This article was originally published by Ryan McMaken at The Mises Institute. 

Although advocates for covid-19 lockdowns continue to insist that they save lives, actual experience keeps suggesting otherwise.

On a national level, just eyeballing the data makes this clear. Countries that have implemented harsh lockdowns shouldn’t expect to have comparatively lower numbers of covid-19 deaths per million.

In Italy and the United Kingdom, for example, where lockdowns have been repeatedly imposed, death totals per million remain among the worst in the world. Meanwhile, in the United States, states with the harshest lockdown rules—such as New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts are among the states with the worst total deaths.

Lockdown advocates, of course, are likely to argue that if researchers control for a variety of other variables, then we’re sure to see that lockdowns have saved millions of lives. Yet research keeps showing us this simply isn’t the case.

The latest study to show the weakness of the pro-lockdown position appeared this month in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, authored by Eran Bendavid, Christopher Oh, Jay Bhattacharya, and John P.A. Ioannidis. Titled “Assessing Mandatory Stay-at-Home and Business Closure Effects on the Spread of COVID-19,” the authors compare “more restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions” (mrNPI) and “less restrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions” (lrNPI). More restrictive interventions include mandatory stay-at-home orders and forced business closures. Less restrictive measures include “social distancing guidelines, discouraging of international and domestic travel, and a ban on large gatherings.” The researchers compare outcomes at the subnational level in a number of countries, including England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. This is then compared against countries with less restrictive measures, primarily Sweden and South Korea, where stay-at-home orders and business closures were not widely implemented.

The conclusion:

We find no clear, significant beneficial effect of mrNPIs on case growth in any country….In none of the 8 countries and in none out of the 16 comparisons (against Sweden or South Korea) were the effects of mrNPIs significantly negative (beneficial). The point estimates were positive (point in the direction of mrNPIs resulting in increased daily growth in cases).

That is, the more restrictive lockdown measures pointed to worse outcomes.

This data suggests that the theoretical underpinnings of the lockdown philosophy are wrong. As summed up by Bendavid et al.,

The conceptual model underlying this approach is that, prior to meaningful population immunity, individual behavior is the primary driver of reductions in transmission rate, and that any NPI may provide a nudge towards individual behavior change, with response rates that vary between individuals and over time. lrNPIs could have large anti-contagion effects if individual behavioral response is large, in which case additional, more restrictive NPIs may not provide much additional benefit. On the other hand, if lrNPIs provide relatively small nudges to individual behavior, then mrNPIs may result in large behavioral effects at the margin, and large reductions in the growth of new cases.

Translation: mild measures encouraging caution on exposure to others probably lessen the spread. Therefore, more stringent measures will surely do an even better job of limiting the spread!

But this doesn’t appear to be the case. Rather, the authors suggest those areas with lower covid mortality are areas where the public pursued low-hanging fruit in terms of slowing the spread. This included canceling large, crowded events and limiting travel. More stringent requirements on top of this appeared to produce no beneficial effect, and, if anything, had the opposite of the intended effect.

This study, of course, is just the latest in a long line of similar studies calling into question the assumption—for it is only an assumption—that harsh lockdowns lower mortality.

For example, back in May, researchers at The Lancet concluded that “hard lockdowns” don’t “protect old and frail” people, nor do they decrease mortality from covid-19. Later, a July study in The Lancet stated: “The authors identified a negative association between the number of days to any lockdown and the total reported cases per million, where a longer time prior to the implementation of any lockdown was associated with a lower number of detected cases per million.”

In an August 1 study, also published by The Lancet, the authors concluded, “Rapid border closures, full lockdowns, and wide-spread testing were not associated with COVID-19 mortality per million people.”

A June study published in Advance by Stefan Homburg and Christof Kuhbandner found that the data “strongly suggests” that

the UK lockdown was both superfluous (it did not prevent an otherwise explosive behavior of the spread of the coronavirus) and ineffective (it did not slow down the death growth rate visibly).

In fact, the overall trend of infection and death appears to be remarkably similar across many jurisdictions regardless of what nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are implemented by policymakers.

In a paper published with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), authors Andrew Atkeson, Karen Kopecky, and Tao Zha found that covid-19 deaths followed a similar pattern “virtually everywhere in the world” and that “[f]ailing to account for this familiar pattern risks overstating the importance of policy mandated NPIs for shaping the progression of this deadly pandemic.”

Refusing to be daunted by these holes in the official narrative, lockdown advocates often insist that lockdowns must be tolerated because “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

But this is a highly questionable notion as well.

Lockdowns and other forms of mandated isolation bring with them a host of health problems of their own. As Bendavid et al. note, restrictive NPIs:

Includ[e] hunger, opioid-related overdoses, missed vaccinations, increase in non-COVID diseases from missed health services, domestic abuse, mental health and suicidality, as well as a host of economic consequences with health implications—it is increasingly recognized that their postulated benefits deserve careful study.

Perhaps not surprisingly, data on excess mortality during the covid-19 pandemic suggests only two-thirds of excess mortality can be medically connected to covid-19. As explained in a study in JAMA:

“Some people who never had the virus may have died because of disruptions caused by the pandemic,” says Dr. Steven H. Woolf, the director emeritus of the Virginia university’s Center on Society and Health and first author of the study. “These include people with acute emergencies, chronic diseases like diabetes that were not properly cared for, or emotional crises that led to overdoses or suicides.”

Increases in dementia deaths were especially notable.

And these effects can also be felt in the long term. As I showed in an April 30 article, unemployment kills. Economic crises, such as this one that was made worse by mandatory shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, leads to countless “years of life lost” through more suicide, heart disease, and drug overdoses.

Moreover, given the nature of the shutdowns and who is affected, this has lopsidedly affected women and especially Hispanic women, who are heavily represented in the workforce behind the service industry businesses shut down by government-imposed business closures.

The cumulative effect can be quite large. In a new study from Francesco Bianchi, Giada Bianchi, and Dongho Song from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the authors conclude that the economic fallout—in terms of unemployment and its effects—will lead to nearly nine hundred thousand deaths over the next fifteen years.

Of course, not all of the economic pain that coincided with the covid-19 panic of 2020 can be blamed on forced shutdowns. Many people would have likely minimized contact with others voluntarily out of fear of the disease. This would have indeed caused economic distortions and greater unemployment in some sectors.

But, as Bianchi, Bianchi, and Song admit, the lockdowns “contributed to further reduce economic activity” above and beyond normal voluntary reactions to covid-19. Combining these facts with what we know from the new Bendavid et al. study—namely that voluntary measures accomplished the bulk of mitigation—suggests the “further reduction” in economic activity produced no additional health benefits. That is, the portion of economic destruction wrought by forced shutdowns was inflicted upon the public for nothing.

Prior to 2020, of course, this was common knowledge. In a 2006 paper in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism called “Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza” by Thomas V. Inglesby, Jennifer B. Nuzzo, Tara O’Toole, and D.A. Henderson, the authors conclude:

The negative consequences of large-scale quarantine are so extreme (forced confinement of sick people with the well; complete restriction of movement of large populations; difficulty in getting critical supplies, medicines, and food to people inside the quarantine zone) that this mitigation measure should be eliminated from serious consideration.

Yet, “public health” bureaucrats suddenly decided in 2020 that decades of research was to be thrown out the window and lockdowns were to be imposed on hundreds of millions of human beings.

Mandatory Lockdowns vs. Voluntary Social Distancing

It should be noted that none of these researchers questioning the lockdown narrative express any problem with voluntary measures to reduce exposure to disease. Few are even likely to oppose measures like avoiding mass indoor gatherings.

But those sorts of measures are fundamentally different from mandated business closures and stay-at-home orders. The problem with mandatory lockdowns—in contrast to voluntary social distancing—is highlighted by the fact that they indiscriminately rob vulnerable populations of the services and assistance they need. And by “vulnerable populations” I mean anyone who is vulnerable to any life-threatening condition. Although we’re being conditioned to believe that deaths from covid are the only deaths worth noticing, the fact is that the world includes people who are vulnerable to suicide, drug overdoses, and to economic ruin—which comes with countless secondary effects in the form of health problems. By denying these people the freedom to seek an income and secure the social and medical support they need, we are essentially saying that those people are expendable and it’s better to tilt the scales in favor of covid patients.

But as the mounting evidence discussed above suggests, the lockdowns don’t even produce the desired effects. So vulnerable people suffering from depression, untreated cancer, and other life-threatening conditions were forced to simply suffer unaided for no justifiable reason. This was done to fit a political narrative, but it was based on a batch of bad assumptions, half-baked science, and the arrogance of politicians.

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Just In Time For The Vaccine: A New COVID Strain Has Been Found

As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out everywhere, a new strain of COVID-19 has been identified in the United Kingdom as a mutation. Normally, when viruses mutate, they become less deadly and more infectious to continue infecting as many hosts as possible.

And what does that mean for the rushed toxic and side effect-laden vaccine they want to jab us all with? It’ll mean nothing. We’ll all be expected to take the shot no matter how many mutations pop up, and like the flu, even with the vaccine, won’t be able to eradicate the coronavirus.

According to The Washington Post, the new strain spreading in the UK has unknown significance as of yet. But the Post also noted:

There is no evidence that these changes are making the virus deadlier, but new research has provided evidence that the virus is not a static target of vaccines and will need to be watched closely to see how it responds to therapeutic interventions and the human immune system. –The Washington Post

So are we about to get another mandatory rushed concoction we’ll all be expected to take? Likely. There is an obvious push to get the public on board with this vaccine and to think it won’t be forced or you won’t be coerced into taking it is pure delusion at this point.

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The issue of the covid mutation sparked headlines across the United Kingdom after a top government official, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, stood in the House of Commons on Monday and announced that more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in southeast England show a suite of genetic mutations that might be driving the surge in that region.  The mainstream media has jumped on board and used this new information to propagate fear.

That news was quickly followed by a striking statement from Jeremy Farrar, the head of the Wellcome Trust biomedical research foundation, saying “there is evidence to indicate a new variant of the Covid-19 virus” and calling this development “potentially serious.” He said it is unclear whether the variant is responsible for the spike in infections in parts of the U.K. or what this may or may not mean for transmission of the virus and the efficacy of vaccines. –The Washington Post

The pressure on the virus to evolve is increased by the fact that so many millions of people have now been infected. If that’s the case, we are building herd immunity anyway and a vaccine is unnecessary.  “Most of the mutations will not be significant or cause for concern, but some may give the virus an evolutionary advantage, which may lead to higher transmission or mean it is more harmful,” Farrar said.

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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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DUMP YOUR GOLD!

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

A good friend of mine, who runs a hedge fund, called me after the markets closed this past Friday. He asked me if I had 20 minutes to “BRAINSTORM ON GOLD” and I told him “Always” and that I was DOING THAT ANYWAY, so it’s a perfect investment of my time.

I had been immersed in research about gold, silver and mining stocks since dawn this past Friday. Literally, I couldn’t be disturbed with anything and WENT OVER scenario after scenario, crunching innumerable ANGLES OF DATA into my computation, until WHITE SMOKE appeared.

This week, I will unveil the results of this research marathon.

Today, I will share with you how I summarized the call with my friend, the hedge fund manager, because it boils down to two words: BULL MARKET.

His first question to me was which asset, gold or silver, should he consider in his fund, if he could only HAVE ONE but not the other. My reply was SILVER.

When he asked me why, I replied with a two-word combination that ACTED AS A THEME throughout our conversation: “BULL MARKET.”

In July alone, silver soared by 25%, which happens to be its 2nd best month ON RECORD. I reminded him that in the Wealth Research Group newsletter (which I know he reads), when the gold/silver ratio hit 120:1, I CALLED THE TOP on it. Today, the ratio is 71:1.

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Later on, he asked me the following: “If I already own gold in my fund, should I book profits and transition to silver?” I replied that he should, literally telling him, “DUMP YOUR GOLD.”

It’s a bull market; gold is already $2,043, and while it might even go up AN ADDITIONAL 50% and trade for $3,000, it would be PLAIN STUPID to only make 50% in the greatest bull market of our careers. In your own personal life, instead of saving in dollars, you ought to save in gold ounces, which you NEVER SELL. But in your portfolio, where your aim is to buy low and sell high, go with either silver, which has an 80%-100% upside potential from here, or do WHAT I DO, which is to make CONCENTRATED BETS on specific mining stocks.

This was my message to him.

 

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With bear market rallies, knowing WHEN TO EXIT is essential, since the overall trend is down. But with bull market booms, even seeing gold up 14 out of the past 15 days (as displayed in the chart) SHOULDN’T DETER anyone, since any dips and corrections need to be PRAISED, NOT CONDEMNED – the overall trend is up.

Today’s top chart, which shows the correlation between gold and REAL RATES for the 1yr Treasury bond, is all you need to know.

As of now, at least until 2022, the FED isn’t going to be raising rates, while inflation is anticipated to climb – which is the DRIVING FORCE behind the precious metals rally.

In today’s LAST CHART, featured below, you’ll see what the unintended consequences of the Federal Reserve’s policies have been: the rich becoming SUPER-RICH, while the real economy starves TO DEATH.

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Do you want to STRIKE BACK at the machine, at this system? I told him, “Then make this precious metals bull market WORK FOR YOU.”

I know he could be buying the dips and that he won’t be shying away from exploiting buying opportunities.

I know he will be WATCHING FOR OUR ALERT TOMORROW!

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COVID-19 patients’ ICU death rates are quickly dropping: Study

ICU patients who are being treated for coronavirus are dying less often than they were when compared to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the details?

New research published in medical journal Anaesthesia reports that a significant decrease in COVID-19 mortality has occurred since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers add that the decrease is at least partially due to better hospital care.

The study is based on analysis of 24 studies that involved more than 10,000 patients across Asia, Europe, and North America.

The research, led by Professor Tim Cook of England’s Royal United Hospitals Bath, revealed that the overall mortality rate of coronavirus ICU patients fell from approximately 60 percent since the end of March to 42 percent by the end of May.

Cook is also a consultant in anesthesia and intensive care medicine at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

Cook and other study authors said that “rapid learning that has taken place on a global scale due to the prompt publication of clinical reports early in the pandemic” has impacted the disease’s mortality rate for the better.

“It may also be that ICU admission criteria have changed over time, for example, with greater pressure on ICUs early in the pandemic surge,” authors wrote.

The study added, “There were no significant effects of geographical location, but reported ICU mortality fell over time. Optimistically, as the pandemic progresses, we may be coping better with COVID-19.”

The study also notes that its key findings regarding COVID-19 and ICU stints are likely to indicate that lengthy ICU stays take time to be reflected in the data. The research points out that 20 percent of U.K. ICU admissions have lasted more than 28 days, while 9 percent have gone beyond 42 days.

“The important message, however, is that as the pandemic has progressed and all these factors combine, survival of patients admitted to ICU with COVID-19 has significantly improved,” the study added.

Cook, in a statement of his own, said, “The important message is that as the pandemic has progressed and various factors combine, survival of patients admitted to ICU has significantly improved.” He also cautioned, however, that while mortality rates in ICU patients seem to be decreasing, the disease is still more dangerous and damaging when compared to other viruses that cause pneumonias.

“The in-ICU mortality from COVID-19, at around 40 per cent, remains almost twice that seen in ICU admissions with other viral pneumonias, at 22%,” the report added.

Anything else?

Dr. Eric Cioe Pena, director of global health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York, issued a statement on the research, warning people against complacency.

In a statement to Health Day, Pena said, “Any successful treatment, when not coupled with good public health measures to keep the new case rate below the limit of existing health care resources, will erase any gains made over the last few months by simply overwhelming the ICUs that have just become better at treating COVID-19.”

Pena added that the study, on the whole, “rightly concludes something that we expect: As we learned more about this virus and its effect on the critically ill, we became better at treating it and its complications.”

(H/T: Reuters)

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New study on COVID-19 antibodies suggests that immunity fades within weeks, authors say it puts a ‘nail in the coffin’ of herd immunity

A new study from the U.K. finds that immunity against COVID-19 fades within weeks, putting a “nail in the coffin” of the idea of herd immunity, according to the study’s authors.

What are the details?

The research, carried out by scientists at King’s College London, determined that a COVID-19 patient’s level of antibodies peaked three weeks after symptoms appeared and then in some cases faded away altogether.

Research notes that in some cases, a patient’s level of antibodies was entirely “undetectable” after three months.

The study, conducted on antibody response of 90 patients and health care workers at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, found that 60 percent of those tested had “potent” levels of antibodies during their COVID-19 battles, but just 17 percent had the same level of antibodies three months later.

The study also noted that it appears COVID-19 can reinfect people even if those infected developed antibodies in their initial infection.

According to Business Insider, “The potency of the antibodies fell by as much as 23 times over the three months … and in some cases were undetectable at the end of that period of time.”

One of the study’s authors said that the findings put “another nail in the coffin of the dangerous concept of herd immunity.”

The study has not been peer-reviewed at the time of this writing.

What else?

In a statement, Professor Jonathan Heeney, a virologist at the University of Cambridge, said that the idea of herd immunity is dangerous — especially when it comes to COVID-19.

“I cannot underscore how important it is that the public understands that getting infected by this virus is not a good thing,” he said. “Some of the public, especially the youth, have become somewhat cavalier about getting infected, thinking that they would contribute to herd immunity.”

“Not only will they place themselves at risk, and others, by getting infected, and losing immunity, they may even put themselves at greater risk of more severe lung disease if they get infected again in the years to come,” he insisted.

Anything else to know?

This study has come out on the heels of a Spanish study, which claimed the same result: Antibody protection against COVID-19 reinfection significantly declines in a good many patients.

The study found that just five percent of people tested maintained antibodies several weeks following infection.

In a statement, the study’s authors said, “In light of these findings, any proposed approach to herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unachievable.”

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Nancy Pelosi Begs The CDC To Implement a Nationwide Face Mask Mandate

Infamous tyrant Nancy Pelosi is begging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mandate the wearing of face masks. Using the fear-mongering techniques, Pelosi thinks that others have the right to tell you what you will do.  This is all predictive programming and getting us accustomed to the rules of the New World Order.

Basically, if you don’t accept what the totalitarian Zionist International Banking Cartel will be shoving down your throat, you won’t be able to work, buy, sell, or go to school. Nancy Pelosi is getting Americans ready for this future by trying to force everyone to wear face masks or be forbidden from doing anything. This is predictive programming.  This way, the elitists can roll out the NWO and since everyone is accustomed to compliance with these moronic rules they will willingly accept the vaccine, the one world religion, one-world government, and get on the train without question.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said that a federal mandate on wearing masks is “long overdue,” as state governors call for a consistent national message on the issue amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the nation.   Pelosi said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of masks to reduce the spread of the virus but never mandated it as to “not offend” President Donald Trump. -CNBC

The fact that face masks actually lower the amount of oxygen available to the wearer, is likely known to these political parasites.  In fact, they are working hard to make sure you believe the opposite, “debunking” these “claims,” and their fact-checkers have gone into overdrive to get you to believe that these masks don’t limit oxygen supply. Oh, and if you don’t want to wear a face mask, you are now an “anti-masker.” This would be comical if so many people weren’t falling for it.

They just don’t care about us. This mask-wearing very well could be a psyop or could even be an occultic symbol of submission in and of itself. Use your own discernment, however, it’s been noted by those exposing the elitists that masking has been an occultic ritual of those who want you to comply with your own enslavement. They know who will line up to get “the mark” because those are willingly masking themselves upon command. I know, this seems kind of esoteric, but in this “new world” anything is possible

So, why would they force you to wear them under penalty of law?  Because, in the grand scheme of things, wearing the mask has nothing to do with coronavirus. It has to do with initiating you into the new global order, and your new place within it. -Have Ye Not Read

Here are a few questions for those with an inability to apply critical thinking to the mask-wearing: If masks work so well then why do we need 6 feet of space and social distancing? If social distancing works so well why do we need the masks? If masks and social distancing work so well why do we need Lockdowns? Ready for the answers? Because none of this is about a virus or getting sick. It’s about turning us into slaves and ushering in the New World Order.

The sociopaths that want to enslave us are playing on the minds of the good people who just want to save grandma from getting sick, and those people have no idea that this mask-wearing is symbolic for the rulers. Do not surrender to the “new normal.” This is simply their code for “we own you” and Pelosi is a puppet.  This is where disobedience comes in.  From the beginning, I’ve been saying that this will end when we decide it does, with our disobedience and unwillingness to acquiesce to anyone else anymore.

 

 

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Agenda 21 Requires Martial Law

Richie from Boston has taken to boldly stating the obvious.  In order to force people to accept Agenda 21 and not fight back, military presence is mandatory. The United States government is wholly pushing the agenda forward for the elitists and we just keep falling for it and hate those who are trying to warn us.

The governments of the world are already busy crafting the next crisis. Once the rioting and looting dies down, another manufactured disaster will strike.  It’ll be one thing after another until “Plandemic 2” hits in the fall. Heck, maybe something even bigger will surface before then even and they won’t need “a second wave.” Ritchie from Boston touches some nerves in one of his most recent videos. His goal isn’t to appease those who listen, it’s to wake them up.

“Everything I am saying, you can still look up for yourself right now. And if you don’t, and what’s coming comes, you helped it happen,” says Richie. Is it difficult to bust through cognitive dissonance? Yep. Is it hard to read things that go against the indoctrination? Yes. It was tough for me, and Richie admits it was tough for him too.  But you have to open your eyes and stop giving people power over you.

“Get rid of your ego. Get rid of your pride. Get rid of your…everything because we need to move past that. Because the riots are the second stage.  They thought COVID would be enough to set it [Agenda 21 takeover] off. They NEED martial law in the United States in order to take away all the weapons etc. etc….they’re gonna use contact tracing in the New World Order to monitor you every single millisecond of every single day,” days Richie.

“It’s time to wake up. The riots? There are thousands of documents showing there are professional rioters and who they’re paid by. They want troops on the ground and once troops are on the ground, the same paid agitators, agent provocateurs, that have been destroying these peaceful protests, will also be the ones taking shots at the National Guard, etc. And once that happens, your guns are gone!” Have you ever stopped to ponder WHY some of us are saying stop asking more material law and military interference? “This country is gone. You need to wake up and you need to wake up NOW!

There’s a lot going on here, people. But I’ll tell you a little secret, you can talk all your conspiracy bullshit all you want…that was taught to you through television, movies, music, mainstream. But we’re living in the middle of one of the biggest conspiracies that’s ever been perpetrated on humanity EVER…The end game is to get troops on the ground. WE’RE HERE. You can hate me all you want. I don’t give a F*ck. I didn’t do this to be popular…this world is completely ridiculous. But you ain’t gonna be able to hate me much longer if you don’t heed my advice.”

It’s become apparent that the elitists are on a timeline and must achieve certain goals to make sure they maintain power forever. When is that timeline? I don’t know. All I know is we have to realize this is all a war for our minds, emotions, and perception. We also need to realize that we have only a finite amount of time before no amount of awareness will matter because they’ve already won.

If you want to sit back and “trust the plan” and actually believe that Trump is going to use the system (military tribunals) to take down those elitists (Obama, Hillary, The Federal Reserve) who created the system, do so. But you’re still stuck in the left/right paradigm that is being used to divide to force us into Agenda 21. Using their system to punish them isn’t ever going to work, and Trump has to know that. If he actually cared about liberty, freedom, and justice, he would have ended the Fed and the alphabet agencies that are destroying our freedom. He wouldn’t be patting the deep state’s backside and he wouldn’t have sold Americans into debt slavery using the CARES Act. Using the system to beat the system is a ludicrous idea.

We shouldn’t expect peace as long as there are people in power over other people.  There’s a simple solution. Realize you own yourself and reject the system they are trying to force upon you.  Most don’t want to see because it’s easier to be their slave, It’s easy to trust Trump will save you. It’s time we save ourselves. Take responsibility for your own life without the ruling class, or you will get to see exactly what a “New World Order” of enslavement will look like.

 

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Demand For Alternative Medicine Could END Big Pharma

When it comes to the number of Americans on medications offered by Big Pharma, it’s staggering. People are beginning to demand alternative options and more choices when it comes to their own health, and that could lead to incredible innovative solutions to the problem of Big Pharma.

Many people used to tell those who looked for more natural and holistic remedies for their conditions that they were crazy and should just trust Big Pharma.  Yet the tides are turning, as most know the pharmaceutical companies are interested in doping people up and controlling symptoms instead of curing ailments. They are also borderline cruel with the prices they charge.

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According to Healthline, the term “alternative medicine” is out, and “integrative medicine” is in.

Patients are simply demanding more options. People want to choose how they take care of their health and increasing numbers are viewing prescription drugs for every minor thing as more harmful than good.

The Most Medicated Country In The World: 46% Of Americans Have Taken A Pharmaceutical Drug Within The Last 30 Days

In the past few years, many doctors and conventional healthcare institutions in the United States have shown a new acceptance of treatments and philosophies that historically have not been part of mainstream medicine.

Proponents explain that integrative medicine addresses the full range of a patient’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental influences. It also deploys therapies that extend beyond the surgeries and drugs that have historically defined the American medical establishment.

In 1994, Dr. Andrew Weil, the Harvard-educated physician, author, lecturer, and internationally recognized pioneer of integrative and holistic health, founded the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

This was years before most people had even heard of integrative medicine.

“Patients are dissatisfied with the small amount of time they get with their doctors and with doctors who prescribe a pill for every ill,” Weil said. “The integrative medicine movement is not a rejection of conventional methods. But patients are saying that the conventional model is not working, that it’s broken. And they are right.” –Healthline

As people continue to turn their backs on the medical establishment that is keeping them sick and dependent on their drugs, more and more are willing to look into alternatives, such as the decriminalization of marijuana and psychedelics. Actually, there’s a “shroom boom” going on right now, and it could lead to immense progress when it comes to the treatment of alcohol and tobacco additions and depression. More research is needed, of course, but as regulations on some previously banned substances are loosened, more studies on the efficacy of those substances can be completed.

If things continue the way they have been, and more turn from the addictive and harmful substances often pushed by Big Pharma, we may actually see a rebound in our overall health.

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Researchers: Mouthwash may ‘disrupt’ coronavirus, clinical evaluations should begin. But WHO doesn’t buy it.

Researchers say mouthwash may “disrupt” transmission of the coronavirus and that clinical evaluations should commence, according to a manuscript accepted by academic journal Function.

But the World Health Organization indicates “there is no evidence that using mouthwash will protect you from infection with the new coronavirus.”

What are the details?

The researchers note that “emerging studies increasingly demonstrate the importance of the throat and salivary glands as sites of virus replication and transmission in early COVID-19 disease,” adding that the virus’ cell is covered by an outer membrane that’s “highly sensitive to agents that disrupt” it.

“There has been no discussion about the potential role of oral rinsing in preventing transmission,” the authors continue. “Here, we review known mechanisms of viral lipid membrane disruption by widely available dental mouthwash components that include ethanol, chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride, hydrogen peroxide and povidone-iodine. We also assess existing formulations for their potential ability to disrupt the SARS-CoV-2 lipid envelope, based on their concentrations of these agents, and conclude that several deserve clinical evaluation.”

They conclude that “already published research on other enveloped viruses, including coronaviruses, directly support the idea that oral rinsing should be considered as a potential way to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2” and that it’s “an under-researched area of major clinical need.”

Function — a publication of the American Physiological Society — says it “aims to be a highly selective journal, publishing major advances that extend physiological understanding of biological function and the changes associated with disease states.”

What does the World Health Organization have to say?

The WHO doesn’t buy notions that mouthwash helps stave off the coronavirus, as a Facebook graphic from February illustrates:

On the other hand…

A few things to keep in mind with respect to the WHO:

  • In the early stages of the pandemic, the organization repeated the Chinese government’s claims that COVID-19 was not spread through human-to-human transmission.
  • President Donald Trump cut funding to the WHO in April over its purported role in repeating China’s lies and misinformation about COVID-19.
  • The WHO has remained under scrutiny after reportedly botching its initial response to the pandemic.
  • And the CIA believes Chinese officials pressured the WHO to not alert the global community about the virus’ dangers early on.
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Medical researcher ‘on the verge of making very significant’ coronavirus discoveries found shot to death

A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researcher “on the verge of making very significant findings” about the coronavirus was found shot to death over the weekend,
NBC News reported.

What are the details?

Bing Liu — a 37-year-old assistant professor — was shot around noon Saturday inside his Ross Township home, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, adding that an autopsy indicated he was shot multiple times, including in the head, neck, and torso.

Ross police believe Liu was shot by another man — Hao Gu, 46, of Pittsburgh — who subsequently entered his car parked about 100 yards away and killed himself, the paper said. Investigators told NBC News that Gu died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said the apparent murder-suicide wasn’t connected to Liu’s research, WTAE-TV reported, adding that Gu was an engineer and that the men knew each other on a personal level. The station also said smartphone data shows frequent communication between the two but that the communication is in Chinese as both men were Chinese nationals.

A formal medical examiner ruling on the cause and manner of Gu’s death is pending, the Post-Gazette reported.

Authorities declined to disclose a possible motive for the homicide but told the paper nothing was stolen from his townhouse, there was no forced entry, and no other suspect is at large. Liu had the front and rear patio doors open at the time he was killed because the weather was nice, police added to the paper.

WTAE said Liu’s wife found his body in the couple’s bedroom with a tablet and smartphone. The Post-Gazette said his wife was not home at the time of the shooting and that neighbors said the couple were mostly quiet and kept to themselves.

Ivet Bahar, head of the computational and system biology department in Pitt’s School of Medicine, told the paper the couple had no children, that Liu was an only child, and that both of his parents lived in China.

“He was a very talented individual, extremely intelligent and hard-working,” Bahar said of Liu, the Post-Gazette reported.

Liu’s work

Liu earned his doctorate at the University of Singapore in 2012, the paper said, adding that he came to the U.S. and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University under renowned computer scientist Edmund M. Clarke and then moved to the university and Bahar’s lab about six years ago.

The university statement said Liu co-authored over 30 publications, including four in 2020, the Post-Gazette said, adding that Behar said he had just begun research on the novel coronavirus.

“He was just starting to obtain interesting results,” she told the paper. “He was sharing with us, trying to understand the mechanism of infection, so we will hopefully continue what he was doing.”

The school of medicine’s statement said Liu “was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications. We will make an effort to complete what he started in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence,” the Post-Gazette reported.

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Scientists say they’ve identified mutated COVID-19 strain — and issue a dire warning about new contagion

Scientists say they have discovered what they believe is a mutated strain of COVID-19 — and are now warning that this new strain could be way more contagious than plain old coronavirus.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report in the Los Angeles Times, researchers say that a new “mutant” strain of coronavirus has emerged.

The study, led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, reveals that the new strain is more contagious than versions that spread in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to being more contagious, the new strain could reportedly make people more vulnerable to a second infection after a “first bout with the disease.”

The study was published on Thursday in BioRxiv and has yet to be peer-reviewed, but researchers said they felt an “urgent need for an early warning” to advise people of the potential danger of the new strain.

The outlet reported, “Wherever the new strain appeared, it quickly infected far more people than the earlier strains that came out of Wuhan, China, and within weeks, it was the only strain that was more prevalent in some nations. … The new strain’s dominance over its predecessors demonstrates that it is more infectious.”

“The report was based on a computational analysis of more than 6,000 coronavirus sequences from around the world, collected by the Global Initiative for Sharing All Influenza Data,” the Times added. “Time and time again, the analysis found the new version was transitioning to become dominant.”

At the time of this writing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate at least 3,606,038 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed around the world, with at least 252,151 deaths because of the virus.

What else?

Study leader Bette Korber — who is a computational biologist — addressed the study on her Facebook page, the outlet reported.

“The story is worrying, as we see a mutated form of the virus very rapidly emerging, and over the month of March becoming the dominant pandemic form,” Korber wrote. “When viruses with this mutation enter a population, they rapidly begin to take over the local epidemic, thus they are more transmissible.”

She also pointed out that she is very concerned over the study’s results.

“This is hard news,” she continued, “but please don’t only be disheartened by it. Our team at LANL was able to document this mutation and its impact on transmission only because of a massive global effort of clinical people and experimental groups, who make new sequences of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) in their local communities available as quickly as they possibly can.”

Korber said that it is of utmost importance to remain aware and with a fluid, working knowledge of the disease and its metamorphosis.

“We cannot afford to be blindsided as we move vaccines and antibodies into clinical testing,” Korber insisted. “Please be encouraged by knowing the global scientific community is on this, and we are cooperating with each other in ways I have never seen … in my 30 years as a scientist.”

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Anit-Body Study Shows COVID-19 Is Already “Widespread” & Death Toll Much Lower Than We Were Told

We are being lied to all day every day by the mainstream media and government officials. We are supposed to be in a state of panic and fear, yet the numbers (even the manipulated numbers) don’t warrant such a reaction.

A coronavirus antibody study released Monday found that the novel coronavirus infection rate in Los Angeles County “far exceeds” the number of confirmed cases, meaning that the fatality rate is also “much lower” than previously thought, just like every human with the capacity to think on their own has already determined.  We destroyed the economy and people’s lives for something that is turning out to be no worse than the common cold.

The preliminary results of research conducted by USC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health found that about 4.1% of the county’s adult population carries the COVID-19 antibody, about 28 to 55 times higher than the 7,994 confirmed cases reported in early April.

A similar study released last week by Stanford University showed a similar phenomenon in Santa Clara County, finding that 2.8% to 4.2% of residents tested carrying antibody resistance to the virus, a percentage that far exceeded the number of recorded cases.

Adjusted for the margin of error, the percentage of adults with the antibody ranges from 2.8% and 5.6%, which translates to between 221,000 and 442,000 adults. The county had recorded 617 deaths from the virus as of Monday, according to The Washington Times. Keep in mind how they are counting the deaths too:

BOMBSHELL: MN Senator Reveals HHS “Coaching Document” On How To OVERCOUNT Coronavirus Cases

Another COVID-19 Whistleblower: A Montana Dr. Says Government Is Drastically Overstating Deaths

However, instead of admitting to being wrong and the failure of the lockdowns, government health officials are doubling down on the fear. “These results indicate that many persons may have been unknowingly infected and at risk of transmitting the virus to others,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the public health department, in a press release.

They want us living in fear of each other and needing enslavement to continue on. But it’s time to move on without the government’s permission. Free men don’t ask permission anyway.

“We haven’t known the true extent of COVID-19 infections in our community because we have only tested people with symptoms, and the availability of tests has been limited,” said USC professor and lead investigator Neeraj Sood. “The estimates also suggest that we might have to recalibrate disease prediction models and rethink public health strategies.”

You think? You mean killing people’s livelihoods was a bad idea? You don’t say. These people have been proven to be lying fear mongers and we shouldn’t be obeying their commands at all anymore. Civil disobedience has already begun and it’s going to get worse and wider spread as these lies continue to come out.  This was never about health, it’s always been about control.  They don’t have control if no one obeys their commands.

The mainstream media and government continue to spin this as some sort of excuse to exercise control over our lives.  Even with the numbers not on their side, they are moving the goalposts of control and if we don’t start moving on without them, we’ll be fastening the shackles around our own ankles.

The SHTF, not because of a pandemic, but because of the government’s ability to panic the public while we complied with their draconian and tyrannical orders that have destroyed what took a lifetime to build.

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Massachusetts finds ‘significantly higher than expected’ levels of coronavirus in wastewater; actual number of cases could be much larger: report

New research has exposed the existence of “significantly higher than expected” levels of the coronavirus in Massachusetts wastewater.

Such research has prompted some scientists to speculate that many more people have the coronavirus than previously believed.

According to Newsweek, such research is not uncommon.

“Wastewater analysis of this kind has previously been used by scientists to track other infectious diseases, as well as substance abuse in a given population,” the outlet reported. “Now, several research groups around the world have started using this method to look for the novel coronavirus in a bid to estimate how many people are infected in a community.”

So what does this mean?

The study, published on medRxiv, was conducted by Biobot Analytics, but it has not yet been peer-reviewed.

The biotech company carried out the research between March 18 and March 25 at a “major urban treatment facility” in Massachusetts.

Researchers revealed that “[v]iral titers observed were significantly higher than expected based on clinically confirmed cases in Massachusetts as of March 25.”

Mariana Matus, CEO of Biobot as well as one of the study’s authors, told Stat News that the company shared the information with the Boston Public Health Commission as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

“They could believe that [our] numbers could be correct and not out of the realm of possibility,” Matus said. “It was interesting that our estimation was definitely higher than the number of confirmed cases in the area.”

Eric Alm, another study author, said that the public is not necessarily at a heightened risk because of the virus titer level in the wastewater.

“Even if those viral particles are no longer active or capable of infecting humans, they may still carry genetic material that can be detected using an approach called PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which amplifies the genetic signal many orders of magnitude, creating billions of copies of the genome for each starting virus,” Alm said.

He continued, “We use a technique called qPCR or quantitative PCR to estimate how many copies of SARS-COV-2 specific genomes are present in a given sample.”

At the time of this writing, at least 18,941 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Massachusetts, and at least 503 have died because of the virus.

(H/T: Fox News)

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The Truth About CBD, the Immune System and Coronavirus COVID19

This article was originally published by Tess Pennington on her website Ready Nutrition. 

With the potential for disruptions to our medical system and access to medicines, many people have begun stocking up on over-the-counter medicines and vitamins known to provide support for the body’s immune system including Lomatium, zinc, immune-boosting herbs, and full-spectrum CBD oil.

In recent weeks Ready Nutrition has received a number of inquiries about the immune-boosting properties of Cannabidiol (CBD) and whether its immune-boosting capabilities can provide protection against the novel COVID19 coronavirus.

First and foremost, it is important to note that researchers around the world are actively working on anti-viral treatment options and vaccines to mitigate or cure the effects of this dangerous and highly infectious virus. At this time there are no known traditional, integrated or alternative medicine treatments for COVID19. As of this writing, there is no medical or clinical evidence that indicates CBD can treat, mitigate, cure or prevent COVID19 infections or infections from other strains of Coronavirus.

That being said, with the potential for disruptions to our medical system and access to medicines, many people have begun stocking up on over-the-counter medicines and vitamins known to provide support for the body’s immune system. Lomatium, zincimmune-boosting herbs and full-spectrum CBD oil are among some of the alternative medicines that have grown in popularity as people concerned with their health and safety shelter in place during home quarantines.

There is a wide body of clinical studies to support the use of these alternative medicines as immune system boosters.

In the case of Cannabidiol (CBD), not only has it been shown to be effective as an immune-boosting therapeutic due to its anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulating properties, it is well known for a variety of other health benefits including:

  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Better sleep
  • Relief of pain and migraines
  • and Improved Mood

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD is one of several key Phyto compounds found in cannabis hemp. But unlike its well-known counterpart tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), it does not produce a psychoactive effect or feeling of getting “high.”

Cannabidiol’s effects are believed to be the result of how this compound acts directly on receptors and neurotransmitters in the central nervous system, many of which are responsible for everything from stress and pain management to immune-boosting anti-inflammatory effects and gastrointestinal processes.

CBD is extracted directly from hemp in high concentrations, along with several other cannabinoids like Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN) and naturally occurring plant terpenes. All of these compounds working together result in what has been referred to as the “entourage effect,” which is believed to be responsible for many of the health benefits associated with taking CBD oil.

How can CBD boost the body’s immune system?

The body has a variety of internal systems designed to perform specific functions. When ingested or inhaled in vaporizer form, Cannabidiol has been shown to act directly on the endocannabinoid system or ECS.

CBD and the Endocannabinoid System

Within this system, the body produces endocannabinoids, which are essentially the signaling compounds that travel across chemical synapses to modulate cell activity. It is believed that the ECS is a homeostatic regulator that helps the body to maintain biological balance.

It makes sense then, that when you introduce naturally occurring plant-based cannabinoids like CBD into the body, it will have a direct action on the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Some of the physiological processes regulated by the ECS include inflammation and immune function, both of which are closely related. The mechanism of action identified with CBD (Cannabidiol) indicates that it acts directly on a key CB2 receptor within the ECS, which may explain why researchers have identified this Phyto-compound as an anti-inflammatory with immune-boosting benefits.

In one recent clinical study researchers from the University of Quebec’s Heart and Lung Institute found that the endocannabinoid system plays an immunomodulatory role and that the endocannabinoid system’s CB2 receptor was shown to modulate immune cell functions. Researchers concluded that activation of this CB2 receptor “usually decreases inflammatory cell activation” and that “therapeutic strategies aiming at modulating CB2 signaling could be promising for the treatment of various inflammatory conditions.”

Symptoms for many health concerns including pneumonia, HIV, and pain are partly the result of inflammation, and while directly targeting the CB2 receptors in the body may not permanently treat these conditions, it may help to provide some relief to those suffering from their effects.

The mechanism of action for the relief that results from activating CB2 receptors is not yet fully understood, but research scientists have made some headway in recent years. In a study from the University of Michigan, researchers identified several immuno-modulating effects of CBD and showed that its effects on the CB2 receptor resulted in a variety of immune-boosting properties in test subjects, including that CBD possesses immunosuppressive action. In a follow-up study, the research identified that the introduction of CBD into the body affects cytokine production and inhibits T-cell function.

The immune-boosting benefits of CBD are best summed up by Dr. Wai Liu, a London-based researcher:

“I suspect that cannabinoids are having a double-punch effect of one, direct killing, and two, enhancing immunity by suppressing those immune cells that serve to hold back the immune-based killing cells.”

What kind of CBD should I take?

There are several types of CBD oils available, and various methods for introducing CBD into the body.

CBD oil is the most popular because it is ingestible, has a high bio-availability and makes it easy to measure daily dosage levels.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full Spectrum CBD Oil is extracted in such a way that it maintains a complete cannabinoid profile. This means that when taking a full spectrum blend you receive the benefits of all of the additional cannabinoids and plant terpenes from the hemp plant to produce an enhanced “entourage effect” resulting from the synergistic action of these compounds on various receptors and neurotransmitters that are part of the endocannabinoid system.

Of note is that full-spectrum CBD oil contains very small levels of the well-known cannabinoid THC. In the United States, recent changes to CBD laws make it legal for CBD to be shipped and possessed in all 50 states so long as it complies with federal regulations requiring that THC levels are below 0.3% THC.

Pure CBD Isolate (No THC)

pure CBD isolate blend of CBD oil differs from full-spectrum blends in that the pure isolates are just that: pure CBD. There are no additional cannabinoids or terpenes found in blends made from a pure CBD isolate, as all of those additional compounds have been extracted, leaving only 99% pure CBD.

A pure CBD isolate blend is 100% THC free.

Summary

Researchers are actively studying the many health benefits of CBD and have found some novel applications for this compound in health and medicine, including its immune-boosting properties.

CBD should not be used to treat or cure diseases like Coronavirus COVID19 that target our immune system or other health conditions.

However, like several vitamins, herbs, and nutrients, it does have immune system boosting properties that may be of benefit during cold and flu season, as well as to help relieve the symptoms often associated with immune system-related sickness.

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Study finds most coronavirus transmission comes from people who don’t know they have it

People who have the coronavirus — formally known as COVID-19 — but don’t have symptoms and don’t get tested for it may be responsible for a large majority of the disease’s transmission, according to newly published research findings.

A study conducted by epidemiologists and published in the peer-reviewed academic journal “Science” on Monday used data from the coronavirus outbreak in China to develop a model of the disease’s spread. That model found that almost 80% of the confirmed coronavirus cases originated from “undocumented” cases of the virus.

“These undocumented infections often experience mild, limited or no symptoms and hence go unrecognized, and, depending on their contagiousness and numbers, can expose a far greater portion of the population to virus than would otherwise occur,” the study explains.

According to the study, the disease model “simulates the spatiotemporal dynamics of infections among 375 Chinese cities” before the country’s regime implemented travel restrictions on Jan. 23. Based on the model’s findings, the researchers estimated that a whopping 86% of the coronavirus cases went undocumented.

“Per person, the transmission rate of undocumented infections was 55% of documented infections,” the study’s abstract explains, “yet, due to their greater numbers, undocumented infections were the infection source for 79% of documented cases.”

The researchers said that the study’s findings help explain the rapid spread of the potentially deadly virus around the world in recent months.

“When someone experiences mild symptoms, and most of us can relate to this, we still go about our day and send the kids to school and go to work and might have a headache or slight fever and maybe take Ibuprofen and go out and go shopping and whatnot,” study co-author and Columbia University environmental health professor Jeffrey Shaman said at a press briefing Monday, according to UPI. “It is that continued contact with people that allows the transmission of many respiratory viruses.”

Shaman added that “undocumented infections, which tend to be milder, are distributing the virus broadly and are contributing essentially to what they call stealth transmission of the virus because it’s undetected and flying below the radar.”

The study’s findings also drive home why it would be important for people to heed cautionary public health recommendations meant to slow the virus’ spread, even if they aren’t showing symptoms and haven’t been diagnosed.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a list of several general steps for people to take in order to combat the ongoing viral outbreak, such as washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick.

On Monday, the White House released a set of more stringent guidelines meant to slow the virus’ spread over the course of the next 15 days. These include avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people, halting nonessential travel, and not visiting nursing homes or long-term care facilities except “to provide critical care.”

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[WATCH] Is 5G Causing The Coronavirus Outbreak & Symptoms?

Derrick Broze of The Conscious Resistance joined James Corbett of The Corbett Report to discuss the hypothesis that 5G is responsible for the symptoms associated with the coronavirus outbreak. They go over the facts and conspiracy surrounding these speculations.

In a YouTube video, Corbett and Broze discuss the identifiable facts and the notable shortcomings with this hypothesis, and we contrast that with Derrick’s documentary, which lays out the no-nonsense, no-speculation truth about the dangers of 5G.

Corbett begins the video stating that even if 5G has absolutely nothing to do with the coronavirus, it’s still a bad thing.

Broze talks about the existence of 5G and onslaught of the coronavirus outbreak, but it doesn’t appear that he believes there’s a connection. Often, he says, people want to make these false assumptions and string together facts to make sense of situations such as the coronavirus outbreak.  While it is a black swan event, it isn’t likely that 5G is causing symptoms, otherwise, Houston (the mecca of 5G) would have a much more intense outbreak.

The video, and Broze’s take specifically, is fascinating, to say the least.  He isn’t at all saying 5G is a good thing or that the coronavirus numbers being given to the public are real.  But he wants people to look more closely at things and fact check some. Rather than focus on 5G itself, Broze says it’s more important to look at the response, which is causing real-world dilemmas all in favor of an agenda.  He says to watch for things like the aggressively forced quarantines that propaganda outlets said are “working” in China to control the spread of the virus. (Medical martial law.)

China Is Literally Dragging People Out Of Their Homes And Sending Them To “Mass Quarantine Camps”

Don’t forget that the WHO used the coronavirus as a ploy to push for people to move away from cash too.

Ready for a Cashless Society? WHO Says Contaminated Cash and Spread the Coronavirus

The Rush To A Cashless Society Only Serves Globalist Interests

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New study says children are suffering scary nightmares and losing sleep over climate change

Children are losing sleep and having nightmares over climate change, according to a new study cited by the Independent.

What are the details?

BBC Newsround conducted a survey on 2,000 children ages 8 to 16 to determine their thoughts around “eco-anxiety.”

The survey found that 80% of children surveyed said the issue of climate change was important to them. Additionally, 73% of children surveyed added that they experience worry over climate change — 22% of those revealed that they are “very worried.”

The outlet reported that 58% of children surveyed are concerned that climate change will impact them personally, and 19% of children admitted that they had nightmares over the climate crisis. And 17% of the children surveyed added that they have been so bothered by climate change that the very idea has disrupted their regular patterns of eating and sleeping

A whopping 41% of children surveyed also said they don’t believe adults in roles of responsibility are doing what they should to quash climate change and its effects on the planet.

What else?

The outlet cited Emma Citron, who is a consultant clinical child psychologist, who said that eco-activist teen Greta Thunberg has served as a positive role model for such afflicted children.

“Public figures like David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg have helped young people to voice their worries and we have to make sure that we as adults listen to them and empower them by giving talks at school and in their communities to help them become involved in positive change,” Citron told the outlet.

She added, “We all need to support them not to feel hopeless but rather to present to them hopeful and balanced messages about their futures and ensure that they get the right professional help if their anxiety is unduly high.”

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Economic Woes: 1 In 4 Renters Are Now Spending Over HALF Their Income On Housing

Rents are becoming unaffordable for many Americans, even those in the middle class. Because the cost of buying property, maintaining it, and covering property taxes has jumped, so have the costs of renting.

new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University calculates that 10.9 million renters spent more than 50% of their income on housing in 2018. That equates to one in four renters. Moreover, there were 6 million more cost-burdened renters in 2018 than in 2001. Households with incomes of at least $75,000 accounted for more than three-quarters of the growth in renters from 2010 to 2018.

Affordable housing will continue to be more and more out of reach as long the government keeps getting in the way.  Regulations and property taxes are a huge burden when it comes to affordable housing.

According to Market Watch, a renter is cost-burdened when she or he must spend more than 30% of her income on housing costs and severely burdened when they spend more than half of their income on those expenses. The problem is much more predominant among lower-income Americans — 72% of renters earning less than $15,000 a year were severely burdened as of 2018, as were 43% of renters earning between $15,000 and $30,000.

“Even as the overall share of cost-burdened renters has receded somewhat, the share of middle-income renters paying more than 30 percent of income for housing has steadily risen,” researchers wrote.

Nearly 56% of renters earning between $30,000 and $45,000 a year were cost-burdened as of 2018, up 5.4 percentage points from 2011. That was the largest increase in the share of cost-burdened renters across any income band in the country.

Among those who earn between $45,000 and $75,000 annually, this share increased 4.3 percentage points to 27%. The Pew Research Center defines the middle-income American household as a three-person family that earns between $45,200 and $135,600 annually. –Market Watch

“The spread of cost burdens up the income scale coincides with the ongoing decline in lower-cost rentals,” researchers wrote. “While the improving economy has increased the share of middle-income renters, earnings growth has not caught up with the rise in rents.”

Completely eliminating the unconstitutional property tax is only one step in making renting and housing, in general, more affordable. California could benefit from an elimination of burdensome regulations that have made building more apartments or houses impossible.  When supply is low, as housing is in California, demand is high increasing the price.  The simple and finite rule of supply and demand can be applied here, and when politicians start legislating, it will always prevent prosperity.

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