Thursday, April 9, 2020

Trump Signs Executive Order to Support Moon Mining, Tap Asteroid Resources



The water ice and other lunar resources that will help the United States establish a long-term human presence on the moon are there for the taking, the White House believes.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today (April 6) …

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Governor refuses to shut down state for coronavirus


Like her neighbor to the west – which, quips Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, has been  "socially distancing the entire 130 years that we have been a state" – Republican Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't shut down South Dakota in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Noem argues South Dakota isn't New York City, and her job is to protect the right of the people to take responsibility and care for themselves and their neighbors.

Barrasso, a Republican, said Monday that Wyoming isn't ordering residents to stay home because social distancing already is occurring.

Wyoming has just five people per square mile and South Dakota has 11, while New York City has more than 27,000.

At a press conference, Noem rejected the one-size-fits-all approach to the pandemic, the Red State blog reported.

"Our Constitution ensures the citizen’s right is protected. I agree with the role of our government as set forth in our state and in our national constitution. I took an oath to uphold these constitutions," she said.

She's naturally concerned about public safety but believes it's the primary responsibility of the people.

"They are the ones that are entrusted with expansive freedoms – they’re free to exercise their rights to work, to worship, and to play – or to even stay at home, or to conduct social distancing," she said.

Noem noted that priorities in a city aren't the same on the plains.

"The calls to apply a one-size-fits-all approach to this problem in South Dakota is herd mentality, not leadership," she said.

RedState noted New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, has had 130,689 coronavirus cases, with a death rate per million people of 243. South Dakota’s seen 288 cases, with a rate of fatality per million of only five.

"South Dakota is not New York City," the governor said. "And our sense of personal responsibility, our resiliency, and our already-sparse population density put us in a great position to manage the spread of this virus without needing to resort to some of the measures that we’ve seen in some of these major cities, coastal cities, and in other countries."

She said her state is making decisions based on its principles, common-sense conservative values, the facts, the science and the data.


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China’s Mandatory Vaccination Law Went Into Effect on December 1, 2019 – The Coronavirus Outbreak is it a Vaccine Experiment Gone Bad?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT… “China: Vaccine Law Passed” “According to the Law, China is to implement a state immunization program, and [b]residents living within the territory of China are legally obligated to be vaccinated with immunization program vaccines, which are provided by the government free


COVID-19 Umbrella Term to Operate a Fake Pandemic: Not 1 Disease, Not 1 Cause

COVID-19 umbrella term

The NWO propagandists have tried to use the COVID-19 umbrella term as the basis for this pandemic. However, it’s a trick. There are many causes and diseases all being placed under the COVID-19 umbrella term. The coronavirus fails Koch’s postulates as it has still never been isolated!

The COVID-19 umbrella term

has been used in an absolutely unscientific, manipulative and deceptive way to justify this manufactured coronavirus crisis, which the evidence shows is a fake pandemic. The international lockdown which covers around 100 nations and at least 20% of the world right now is based upon the idea that there is a new distinct virus SARS-CoV2 which is spreading, infecting and causing the disease COVID-19. However, there are many key foundational questions which cannot be adequately answered. The most important of these is that the virus itself has never been isolated nor thoroughly proven to be causing the disease (or more accurately diseases) that people have! This is in addition to the obvious manipulation of the figures with false positives and other sleights of hand such as inflating the numbers by counting anyone who merely had the virus as “dead from” the virus. The coronavirus fails Koch’s postulates. The Emperor has no clothes – and all the power grabs and emergency decrees are based on lies. We are not looking at 1 virus, 1 cause and 1 disease; we are looking a cluster of diseases and a variety of causes, hidden by the COVID-19 umbrella term to fuel the fake pandemic narrative.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Fails Koch’s Postulates

German scientist Robert Koch (Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch, 1843-1910) made great contributions to the field of microbiology. He is considered to be one of the founders of the field of modern bacteriology. He identified the specific causative agents of TB (tuberculosis), cholera and anthrax. For his work on TB, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1905 in Physiology or Medicine. Koch established 4 criteria to identify the causative agent of a particular disease. These criteria have become a gold standard for determining the existence of an infectious agent and for isolating and verifiying what is causing a disease. The criteria are a set of conditions known as Koch’s postulates. They are:

  1. The microorganism must be identified in all individuals affected by the disease, but not in healthy individuals.
  2. The microorganism can be isolated from the diseased individual and grown in culture.
  3. When introduced into a healthy individual, the cultured microorganism must cause disease.
  4. The microorganism must then be re-isolated from the experimental host, and found to be identical to the original microorganism.

Firstly, the coronavirus SARS-CoV2 (allegedly causing the disease COVID-19) has not been shown to be present only in sick people and not in healthy ones. There are countless cases of people having this virus with mild, minor or zero symptoms. Recently Iceland tested a relatively large percentage of its population (around 5,000 people out of 364,000) and found that 0.86% (close to 1%) of Icelanders had the coronavirus. The symptoms? Little or none:

“Importantly, approximately half of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 are non-symptomatic, according to Gudnason as reported by BuzzFeed. The other half is mostly showing “very moderate cold-like symptoms.””

Secondly, the virus has never been isolated – which must be done with proper equipment such as electron microscopes and which cannot be achieved through CT scans (as the Chinese were using) and the flawed PCR test (more on this below). The January 24th 2020 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019 describes how the scientists arrived at the idea of COVID-19: they took lung fluid samples and extracted RNA from them using the PCR test. It admits that the coronavirus failed Koch’s postulates:

“Further development of accurate and rapid methods to identify unknown respiratory pathogens is still needed … our study does not fulfill Koch’s postulates.”

Are RNA Samples and a Genetic Sequence Proof of a New Coronavirus?

David Crowe doesn’t believe there is even sufficient evidence to justify calling this a new virus, let alone a pandemic. In his paper Flaws in Coronavirus Pandemic Theory, he writes:

“The world is suffering from a massive delusion based on the belief that a test for RNA is a test for a deadly new virus … If the virus exists, then it should be possible to purify viral particles. From these particles RNA can be extracted and should match the RNA used in this test. Until this is done it is possible that the RNA comes from another source, which could be the cells of the patient, bacteria, fungi, etc. There might be an association with elevated levels of this RNA and illness, but that is not proof that the RNA is from a virus. Without purification and characterization of virus particles, it cannot be accepted that an RNA test is proof that a virus is present.

Definitions of important diseases are surprisingly loose, perhaps embarrassingly so. A couple of symptoms, maybe contact with a previous patient, and a test of unknown accuracy, is all you often need. While the definition of SARS, an earlier coronavirus panic, was self-limiting, the definition of the new coronavirus disease is open-ended, allowing the imaginary epidemic to grow. Putting aside the existence of the virus, if the coronavirus test has a problem with false positives (as all biological tests do) then testing an uninfected population will produce only false-positive tests, and the definition of the disease will allow the epidemic to go on forever.

This strange new disease, officially named COVID-19, has none of its own symptoms. Fever and cough, previously blamed on uncountable viruses and bacteria, as well as environmental contaminants, are most common, as well as abnormal lung images, despite those being found in healthy people.”

He concludes:

“The coronavirus panic is just that, an irrational panic, based on an unproven RNA test, that has never been connected to a virus. And which won’t be connected to a virus unless the virus is purified. Furthermore, even if the test can detect a novel virus the presence of a virus is not proof that it is the cause of the severe symptoms that some people who test positive experience (but not all who test positive). Finally, even if the test can detect a virus, and it is dangerous, we do not know what the rate of false positives is. And even a 1% false positive rate could produce 100,000 false positive results just in a city the size of Wuhan and could mean that a significant fraction of the positive test results being found are false positives.

The use of powerful drugs because doctors are convinced that they have a particularly potent virus on their hands, especially in older people, with pre-existing health conditions, is likely to lead to many deaths. As with SARS.

There is very little science happening. There is a rush to explain everything that is happening in a way that does not question the viral paradigm, does not question the meaningfulness of test results, and that promotes the use of untested antiviral drugs.”

Yes, anti-viral drugs (which do a lot of damage to your body), and, more to the point, mandatory vaccinations.

We All Have Viruses, All The Time, as Part of our Virome and Immune System

Speaking of the “viral paradigm”, if you haven’t already seen it, please check out my earlier article Deep Down the Virus Rabbit Hole – Question Everything which introduces the idea that viruses are not what you think. The humble virus is deeply misunderstood. The human body is composed of 6 trillion cells, 60 trillion bacteria and 380 trillion viruses. Just as we have a microbiome of friendly bacteria which forms the basis of our immune system and 2nd brain in our gut, so too do we have a virome (a collection and community of viruses) which play a role in our healing. Through the ascendency of germ theory over host theory/terrain theory, the mainstream paradigm now teaches that viruses are “bad guys”, infectious agents “out there”, who can invade the body – thus reinforcing the need for Big Pharma drugs and vaccines. Viruses come from exosomes or tiny particles our bodies produce. They are not infectious agents. The exosome theory states that if cells are poisoned, they produce viruses (secretions) to clean up the toxins. This is what the plant kingdom does; when a tree has a beetle infestation, it makes a hormonal secretion to tell other trees to defend themselves.

Thus, Operation Coronavirus is not only a fake pandemic, but also a colossal and unprecedented worldwide psy op, based on exploiting our ignorance over the true nature of viruses. What a scam!!

Fake Tests for a Fake Pandemic

Insiders and whistleblowers such as the one in the article Insider Exposes COVID-19 Coronavirus Scam have revealed how there are coronavirus test kits being distributed which don’t even test for the specific SARS-CoV2 strain! They just test for generic coronavirus (coronavirus is defined as the “common cold” in medical encyclopedias) which of course will produce more false positive (as the NWO agenda dictates). Meanwhile, the Medical Industry relies on the PCR test which I have exposed in other articles as wholly inadequate. The PCR Test is a surrogate test since it doesn’t actually isolate the virus. The founder of the PCR test Kary Mullins has admitted that you can’t use PCR “to prove infectious etiology or to diagnose an infectious disease.” Besides, you can manipulate the results PCR will yield by choosing how many cycles (amplifications) to run. For some diseases, if you lower the number of cycles to 35, it can make everyone appear negative, while if you increase them to above 35, it can make everyone appear positive.

COVID-19 Umbrella Term: Remember There is Not 1 Cause and Not 1 Disease

Many people are grasping the importance of all the above information, and are now rightly asking: what is actually happening, if viruses cannot spread? What are people getting sick from? What is causing all the disease?

Before addressing that, it’s crucial to understand this one point: there is not 1 virus, there is not 1 cause and there is not 1 disease.

The NWO (New World Order) propagandists have created the appearance of an international pandemic by exploiting many common assumptions people have, including the idea of 1 disease caused by 1 infectious agent. Remember, the COVID-19 umbrella term can cover numerous symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath, increased mucus, fatigue, etc.) which may be caused by any number of things. Jon Rappaport wrote this piece on April 1st, very appropriately since it was April Fools Day:

“I keep pounding on this, because it’s the main illusion, and it’s the hardest illusion to dispel. People hang on to it like a life raft. The stage magicians present the “pandemic” as one disease with one cause, and people buy in immediately. Some people who reject the coronavirus as the cause present ANOTHER single cause—they’re falling for the basic con job. There are people in Wuhan who have pneumonia because of the horrendous air quality in the city. There are people in New York who have ordinary flu-like illness. There are people in Italy who have histories of multiple, long-term, serious health conditions—pneumonia, flu, cardiac problems, kidney problems—made far worse through treatment with toxic drugs. There are people in hospitals around the world who, after being diagnosed with COVID, are dosed with powerful toxic antiviral drugs. There are people on breathing ventilators who are being given too much oxygen and too much pressure—and their lungs collapse. There are perfectly healthy people who are testing positive for the virus because the test is irreparably flawed… All these people are called “COVID cases.”

The stage magic trick is easy to see, once you grasp the tactics: Claim to have discovered a new virus. Say it is spreading and needs to be contained. Invent an umbrella label for the epidemic: COVID-19. Start pulling all sorts of people with all sorts of different conditions under the umbrella and say they’re all “cases.” Use a diagnostic test that will automatically turn out many verdicts of “infected.” And you have the illusion of a pandemic.

Or you might get this: “No, it’s not the coronavirus, it’s really 5G technology that’s making people sick and killing them.” STILL falling for the magic trick. In certain places, 5G might be harming people. Indeed. And some of those people might be labeled as COVID. Yes. But “the whole thing” isn’t 5G, because THERE ISN’T ONE WHOLE THING.

There is no “it.””

This is the illusion we need to dispel: there is not 1 cause and there is not 1 disease.

COVID-19 Umbrella Term Fakery: If All Different Kinds of Disease are Being Falsely Ascribed to COVID-19, What is Happening?

This frontline NYC doctor Cameron Kyle-Sidell states here and here from firsthand experience that he is seeing a lot of patients been brought in and suffering from what seems like altitude sickness, a severe shortness of breath and lack of oxygen. He thinks they should be treated for hypoxemia (a condition where the oxygen content in the arterial blood is below normal, like altitude sickness) and not for ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, by definition a respiratory disease). This means less use of ventilators and breathing tubes, because as he says, it is highly likely the pressure from the ventilators may be damaging patients’ lungs. They need oxygen not pressure. He states that apparent COVID-19 patients do not appear to be suffering from anything resembling viral pneumonia.

When many people break out with a disease in the same region, it is easy to assume they are “catching” it from one another. Bill Gates-Netflix propaganda films like Contagion reinforce this programming. However this is an assumption. It is just as possible the people in a certain geographical area are all being subjected to the same poison and thus reacting in the same way. In other words, it could be because of a local contaminant rather than an infectious agent. What appears like contagion may actually be the consequence of mass long-term poisoning, but governments and corporations are never going to confess to that when they have a scapegoat killer virus they can blame instead.

So what are the causes? There are too many to list. For starters, many COVID-19 are false positive cases or died with the virus but not from the virus. Many other COVID-19 patients are elderly, have compromised immune systems or have co-morbidities. On top of that, consider the following:

1. Air pollution: the air in Wuhun China and Milan Italy is notoriously bad. Many of the symptoms people experienced there are perfectly explainable due to the atrocious air quality;

2. GMOs: GM crops, and thus glyphosate, have long contaminated the global food supply;

3. Biofuel made with GM corn: as Dr. Thomas Cowan speculates in this video, GM corn biofuel is now used in place of regular fuel. What happens when it is burned, used up and dispersed into the air for everyone to breathe in all the GMOs and glyphosate?;

4. Vaccines: the residents of Wuhan were reportedly mass vaccinated before the outbreak; and

5. EMF (e.g. Wi-Fi and 5G): the word has got out that the 5G 60GHz frequency interferes with oxygen absorption. Is it just a coincidence that the NHY doc above is revealing that people now have symptoms of hypoxemia or hypoxia?

There are many more. This is not an exhaustive list. The point is that there are many causes and many diseases occurring right now which are being lumped under the term COVID-19 to bolster the illusion of a raging pandemic.

Final Thoughts: Is this a Pandemic or a Scamdemic?

If you didn’t know the history of fake pandemics, you might think that the WHO (World Health Organization), the USG (United States Government) and other world governments would have solid evidence for declaring a health emergency. They don’t. Asking key fundamental questions about how the nature of the COVID-19 disease, and how the virus is being isolated and tested, reveal a house of cards. There are serious fundamental flaws in the pandemic propaganda. This is unadulterated COVID-19 umbrella term fakery. What is happening here is not some wild killer virus, but a carefully crafted script to engineer a worldwide crisis and to blame mass long-term poisoning on a tiny invisible particle whose existence has yet to be conclusively proven as an infectious agent.

Is this a pandemic or a scamdemic?


Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative media / independent news site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at Makia is on Steemit and FB.



















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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

9/11 Truth: Under Lockdown for Nearly Two Decades

As the global pandemic grips world attention, completely unnoticed by mainstream media was the release of a final report of an academic study pertaining to another previously calamitous event of international significance.


Over 30% Of US Renters Didn't Pay April Apartment Rent

Landlords across the country have been left in the lurch after nearly one-third of apartment renters in the US didn't pay any of their April rent during the first week of the month, according to new data from the National Multifamily Housing Council to be released Wednesday.


Bill Gates Crosses The Digital Rubicon, Says "Mass Gatherings" May Not Return Without Global Vaccine

A recurring theme among conspiracy theorists is that the elite are just waiting for the right moment to roll out their ‘mark of the beast’ technology to remotely identify and control every single human being on the planet, thus sealing their plans for a one world government.


States Use "Purge" Sirens, Fines, And Arrests To Force People To Comply With Stay-At-Home Order

Historically speaking, it is hard for Americans to see how their liberties have been taken away. With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the country, hopefully that will no longer be the case.


America's New Breadlines Are Growing...

Over the past month, the American economy has collapsed into a depression, with the most significant unemployment spike in history. Millions of people have just lost their jobs, and as we've been documenting, food bank networks across the country are becoming overwhelmed. 


COVID-19's road to Italy paved with Chinese intentions



How did it come that COVID-19, birthing in China, immediately jumped to Italy, which has been among the hardest hit by the virus? This happened as two countries with which Beijing shares borders and maintains good relations – Russia and North Korea – remain, if those countries' reporting numbers can be trusted, relatively un-impacted by the virus.

Understanding how the road leading to COVID-19's entry into Italy was paved does not require medical expertise but revisiting political history. Italy's lesson is important to Americans today as 2020 Democratic Party voters came very close to nominating a socialist radical as their presidential candidate.

The potential for COVID-19 to invade Italy began six years ago. It evolved from close ties with China, generated by Beijing's "One Belt and One Road" (OBOR) initiative. In a nutshell, OBOR is a foreign-policy ploy by which China uses investment dollars or loans as bait to manipulate its way into becoming an integral part of a targeted country's infrastructure. As Chinese money oils the deal, contracts always go to Chinese companies that then bring in their own laborers and supplies. Beijing often utilizes prison labor for such requirements.

Armed with patience, China is willing to wait years to reap the benefits of this policy. With Italy, it came quick as it became the first and only G7 country to take the OBOR bait.

In 2014, Florence ex-Mayor Matteo Renzi – an ideological twin of Bernie Sanders – was elected Italy's prime minister. Like many Sanders' supporters in America, they were taken in by the socialist utopia promised. Appropriately, Renzi won office under Italy's Democratic Party banner – one more properly symbolized with the "hammer and sickle."

Once in office, Renzi transitioned a smoothly functioning capitalist economy into a failing socialist one. As Giacomino Nicolazzo reported, "Banks were failing … but not closing. Retirement ages were being extended … for some reason the pension funds were dwindling or disappearing. The national sales tax … rose from 18% to 20%, then to 21% and again to 22%" as the government – a socialist economic lion – fed more and more upon the nation's productive work force.

Italy's dire financial situation opened the country up to a savvy foreign investor – and so poised to join the lion in feeding upon Italy's economy was the Chinese dragon. Beijing stepped in to buy real estate, critical infrastructure companies (telecommunications, the chemical industry and the financial sector) as well as Italy's trademark and profitable fashion industry. Much of this acquisition occurred contrary to Italian law; however, Renzi allowed it as Chinese money kept fueling his failing socialist machine.

By 2016, China owned 27% of all major Italian corporations. When Beijing gained control of five major Italian banks, the lion and the dragon scratched each other's backs as these banks were "secretly (and illegally) propped up by Renzi using pilfered pension funds. Soon after, the China Milano Equity Exchange was opened, and much of Italy's wealth was being funneled back to the Chinese mainland," writes Nicolazzo.

Thus, within the European Union, the lion became the dragon's closest partner with traffic between the two countries becoming a major air freeway.

According to Nicolazzo, "Renzi's government afforded the Chinese unrestricted and unfettered access to Italy … many coming through without customs inspections. Quite literally, tens of thousands of Chinese came in through Milano (illegally) and went back out carrying money, technology and corporate secrets."

Ironically, capitalism was playing right into communist China's hands, transitioning Italy into a communist state.

Renzi was followed into office by Matteo Salvini whose brief tenure saw him reduce Chinese clout. However, the communist influence proved too much as Salvini was removed and replaced by Giuseppe Conte, who restored Chinese access.

The bottomline is an estimated 300,000 Chinese citizens relocated to Italy, coming and going at will. With some exposed to COVID-19, it was no wonder the country very quickly became a hotspot.

As is often the case in socialist/communist states, little accountability for treasury disbursements attach, creating a corresponding rise in government corruption. The COVID-19 pandemic focused on this quickly as funds intended to build up the health care system instead were committed to supporting the large Chinese immigrant community. Additionally, millions of dollars sent to Italy after a 2015 earthquake decimated villages east of Rome never made it there.

As unemployment for younger citizens reached 40%, additional health care funding was misappropriated to pay them a guaranteed income. Meanwhile, to create more tax income to cover shortages, officials even concocted a scheme by which occupants in buildings with balconies casting a ground shadow had to pay a "public shadow tax." One only wonders whether the act of breathing will become taxable.

Assisting in COVID-19's spread was political correctness. As the U.S. blamed China for the virus, local Italian officials implemented "Hug a Chinese Day" to dispel claims of racism on Italy's part. Videos from Italy show Chinese in areas heavily trafficked by pedestrians with signs inviting a hug. Weeks later 800 Italians would die within a 24-hour period. One wonders how many of them participated in the event. And, despite this effort, China soon turned its propagandist compass toward Italy, blaming it and the U.S. for COVID-19's spread.

We now know China knew it had a potentially global health problem two months before acknowledging it. One only wonders whether its Russian and North Korean friends were given earlier warnings due to their low COVID-19 case counts.

Simplified, the road to the current health situation in Italy was not paved with China's good intentions. Italy's desire to transition from capitalism to socialism created a government so firmly entrenched in debt, it saw China's OBOR program as a lifeline. Whether Italy realized it at the time or not, this lifeline would become an anchor around its neck. As those business activities from which China greatly benefited gradually fell under its control, Italy lost any ability to commit funding for its own projects, such as improving the health care industry. A sad reality today as a result is that physicians there trying to save COVID-19 patients are no longer permitted to put those over 60 on ventilators.

Italy is in a socio-economic tailspin of its own creation – allowing control of its infrastructure to be put into the hands of a country unconcerned about Italian citizens, for which thousands now pay a heavy price. After COVID-19 runs its course, Italians can count their dead as the Chinese count their money.


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Medical advice given to Trump was contradictory and inconsistent



For three years, critics of President Donald Trump have claimed that he arrogantly refuses to listen to his experts and that his exaggerated sense of self prevents him from accepting his limitations. Applying that narrative to Trump's initial failure to appreciate the gravity of the coronavirus, NBC host Chuck Todd recently asked former Vice President Joe Biden, "Do you think there is blood on the president's hands, considering the slow response? Or is that too harsh of a criticism?" Even Biden called the criticism a "little too harsh."

"A little too harsh"? Trump, neither a doctor nor a scientist, merely followed the advice given him from his medical experts. The problem is that a lot of the advice was vague, inconsistent, contradictory or flat-out wrong.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and a member of Trump's Coronavirus Task Force, has become a respected voice in explaining the coronavirus, what to expect from it and how we can fight it. Democrats and Republicans praise him and his dedicated service under six presidents, both Republicans and Democrats.

But his advice has been well short of perfect. On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a "pandemic." Before this declaration, what did Fauci say?

This is from a Jan. 21, 2020, interview with Newsmax:

Host: "Bottom line, we don't have to worry about this one, right?"

Fauci: "Well, you know, obviously, you need to take it seriously and do the kinds of things that the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security are doing. But this is not a major threat (emphasis added) for the people of the United States, and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about."

On Feb. 3, 2020, Fauci told CNBC: "It's still an evolving situation. We don't know exactly where it's going to go, what the pattern is. But clearly right now at least the number of cases are accelerating." And in late March 2020, William Haseltine, Ph.D., former professor at Harvard Medical School and distinguished researcher in biophysics and biomedicine, admitted: "Well, we know it's highly infectious, and as the days go by, we're learning it's more infectious than we thought it was, say, a month ago, even two weeks ago."

The medical experts' advice has also been inconsistent on whether non-medical personnel with no symptoms should wear face masks in public. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently issued a directive to do so: "Out of an abundance of caution, this is what I'm saying to all New Yorkers: Take a scarf, take a bandanna, just anything you have at home, just cover your face if you're going to be in close contact with people who are not your own family under your own roof." The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, issued a similar directive.

But just days earlier, on March 26, the World Health Organization tweeted: "If you do not have any respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, or runny nose, you do not need to wear a medical mask. When used alone, masks can give you a false feeling of protection and can even be a source of infection when not used correctly." An April 7 Guardian article writes: "Prof David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who chaired the WHO's scientific and technical advisory group for infectious hazards, said that unless people were working in healthcare settings, masks are 'only for the protection of others, not for the protection of oneself.'"

Now, the WHO tweet referred to medical masks. But Howard Zucker, New York state's health commissioner, said there was "no clear evidence" that covering one's face in public would slow down the rate at which the disease spreads.

Similarly, the advice on whether one should wear gloves while grocery shopping has also been inconsistent. Some say it reduces the chance of transferring the virus from surface to humans. But Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel warned: "Gloves accumulate germs; gloves will accumulate viruses. You're going to not even realize when you touch something, then you have it on the gloves, then you transfer it to your face, then you can get infected. … You can't change them frequently enough to make a difference, so I vote no on that one. Yes, on the continued hand-washing."

Bottom line, many medical experts were caught flat-footed or were slow to recognize the seriousness of this pandemic. China's repeated denials and outright lies about the likely origin of the coronavirus did not help. A study by the University of Southampton estimates that 95% of the cases in China could have been avoided had China begun early detection, isolation of cases, travel restrictions and sanitary cordoning three weeks earlier.

The fact that all of this translates to Trump having "blood on his hands" is yet another symptom – not of the coronavirus but of Trump Derangement Syndrome.


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Beyond Words


Yesterday Mark Sommers QC, the extremely erudite and bookish second counsel for Julian Assange in his extradition hearing, trembled with anger in court. Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser had just made a ruling that the names of Julian Assange’s partner and young children could be published, which she stated was in the interests of “open justice”. His partner had submitted a letter in support of his Covid 19 related bail application (which Baraitser had summarily dismissed) to state he had a family to live with in London. Baraitser said that it was therefore in the interests of open justice that the family’s names be made public, and said that the defence had not convincingly shown this would cause any threat to their security or well-being. It was at this point Sommers barely kept control. He leapt to his feet and gave notice of an appeal to the High Court, asking for a 14 day stay. Baraitser granted four days, until 4pm on Friday.

I am in lockdown in Edinburgh, but received three separate eye witness reports. They are unanimous that yet again Baraitser entered the court carrying pre-written judgements before hearing oral argument; pre-written judgements she gave no appearance of amending.

There have been two Covid-19 deaths in Belmarsh prison so far. For obvious reasons the disease is ripping through the jail like wildfire. The Department of Justice is admitting to one death, and refuses to give statistics for the number of cases. As even very sick prisoners are not being tested, the figures would arguably not mean much anyway. As the court heard at the bail application, over 150 Belmarsh prison staff are off work self-isolating and the prison is scarcely functioning. It is the most complete definition of lockdown.

The Prison Governors’ Association submitted to the House of Commons Justice Committee (which yesterday morning considered prisoner releases in closed session) that 15,000 non-violent prisoners need to be released to give the jails any chance of managing COVID-19. The Department of Justice has suggested releasing 4,000 of whom just 2,000 have been identified. As of a couple of days ago, only about 100 had actually been released.

The prisons are now practising “cohorting” across the estate, although decisions currently lie with individual governors. Prisoners who have a cough – any cough – are being put together in segregated blocks. The consequences of this are of course potentially unthinkable. Julian has a cough and chronic lung condition for which he has been treated for years – a fact which is not in dispute.

Yesterday Baraitser again followed her usual path of refusing every single defence motion, following pre-written rulings (whether written or merely copied out by herself I know not), even when the prosecution did not object. You will recall that at the first week of extradition hearing proper, she insisted that Julian be kept in a glass cage, although counsel for the US government made no objection to his sitting in the body of the court, and she refused to intervene to stop his strip searching, handcuffing and the removal of his court papers, even though the US government joined the defence in querying her claim she had no power to do this (for which she was later roundly rebuked by the International Bar Association).

Yesterday the US government did not object to a defence motion to postpone the resumption of the extradition hearing. The defence put forward four grounds:

1) Julian is currently too ill to prepare his defence
2) Due to Covid-19 lockdown, access to his lawyers is virtually impossible
3) Vital defence witnesses, including from abroad, would not be able to be present to testify
4) Treatment for Julian’s mental health conditions had been stopped due to the Covid-19 situation.

Baraitser airily dismissed all these grounds – despite James Lewis QC saying the prosecution was neutral on the postponement – and insisted that the May 18 date remains. She stated that he could be brought to the cells in Westminster Magistrates Court for consultations with his lawyers. (Firstly, in practice that is not the case, and secondly these holding cells have a constant thoughput of prisoners which is very obviously undesirable with Covid19).

It is worth noting that the prosecution stated that the US government’s own psychiatrist, appointed to do an assessment of Julian, had been unable to access him in Belmarsh due to Covid 19 restrictions.

This is getting beyond me as it is getting beyond Mark Sommers and the defence team. Even before Covid 19 became such a threat, I stated that I had been forced to the conclusion the British Government is seeking Assange’s death in jail. The evidence for that is now overwhelming.

Here are three measures of hypocrisy.

Firstly, the UK insists on keeping this political prisoner – accused of nothing but publishing – in a Covid 19 infested maximum security jail while the much-derided Iranian government lets Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe out and hopefully will release her altogether.
Which is the inhumane regime?

Secondly, “open justice” allegedly justifies the release of the identities of Julian’s partner and kids, while the state enforces the secrecy of Alex Salmond’s busted accusers, even though the court heard evidence that they specifically colluded to destroy him using, as a deliberate tool, the anonymity afforded to people making sexual accusations.

Thirdly, nobody cultivates her own anonymity more than Vanessa Baraitser who has her existence carefully removed from the internet almost entirely. Yet she seeks to destroy the peace and young lives of Julian’s family.

Keep fighting for Julian’s life and for freedom.

Pieter Evert sent me this rather good cartoon, for which many thanks:

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Instagram suspended right-wing author and political commentator Brittany Pettibone three months ago for seemingly no reason. It turns out, she was barred from the platform for posting photos of her husband’s face.

Pettibone’s account was just like any normal twenty-something woman’s account, though perhaps a bit more enviable. There were beautiful photos from balls, charming pictures with her family and friends, whimsical wedding portraits and captivating images of her travels. Though there might have been some politics scattered in here and there, it was largely a personal look at her everyday life.

Pettibone’s Instagram

The problem, in Instagram’s eyes, is that last year Pettibone married right-wing Austrian political activist Martin Sellner.

Sellner focuses on non-violent protests over the dangers of European nations taking in migrants — and the nonprofit organizations that assist them. He has never been convicted of a crime nor advocated for violence, and yet, he was labeled a “dangerous person” and Instagram does not allow posts that “promote” any “dangerous” person or organization. Their label likely stems from Sellner’s home being raided twice in 2019 because he was one of many people who received a donation from the man who became the Christchurch mosque shooter.

Sellner maintains that he receives donations for his activism from people all over the world and that he had no knowledge of what was to come over a year later. His property was later returned and nothing was found that could implicate him.

The High Court of Austria ultimately deemed the raids on Sellner’s home to have been illegal.

Other “dangerous” people whose faces can’t be posted on Instagram or their parent company, Facebook, include Tommy Robinson and Paul Joseph Watson. Curiously, we have yet to hear of bans on Antifa imagery, or heck, even serial killers.

“Per instagram’s TOS, it appears that I am forbidden from posting photos that show the face of my husband, Martin Sellner—including non-political photos, such as from our wedding or at a Viennese Christmas market. Instagram categorizes these photos as promoting ‘dangerous people and organizations,’” Pettibone told the Gateway Pundit. “My husband has never advocated for violence against anyone. He has never been convicted of a crime either. He is a strict advocate of non-violent political protest. It’s utterly unprecedented and unjust for Instagram to label him a ‘dangerous person’, even going so far as to ban his name and face from their platform.”

In order to restore her account, Pettibone was forced to delete nearly 100 posts and story archives that showed her husband’s face, including the stunning portraits from their wedding.

Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, Sellner compared what Instagram is doing to him and others to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

“In Orwell’s 1984, there is a term ‘to vaporize’ a person,” Sellner began. “This is what’s happening today in the digital sphere to people like Tommy Robinson, Alex Jones and myself. Every photo of me, and even just sharing a video or news article with my name in the title, will get the post deleted on Facebook and Instagram.”

Sellner explained that even the logo for Generation Identity, a European patriotic youth movement that he is a member of, is recognized by the algorithms and immediately banned.

“Dozens of people, and even some patriotic newspapers, have lost their Facebook accounts for simply sharing videos about me or writing articles which included me. This leads to a situation where people even have to avoid posting my name, which effectively means that I don’t ‘exist’ anymore on important platforms like Facebook and Instagram,” Sellner continued. “This even affects people who share my last name, especially my wife, Brittany. The reason for this is a baseless investigation for ‘terrorism’, including two house-raids in 2019. Both house-raids have been declared illegal. The Austrian police were forced to return my property and delete all the data they collected. The highest court in Austria ruled that there was never a substantial suspicion to begin with. However, Facebook and Instagram still treat me as if I was a terrorist and Generation Identity a terrorist organization like ISIS.”

In 2018, Sellner and Pettibone travelled to the United Kingdom where he was scheduled to give a speech on migration. Though the couple were facing violent threats from Antifa militants, he continued to spread his message of using words and not violence to promote his ideology. Despite the fact that they were the ones who were being targeted with violent threats, the couple was stopped in the airport, detained, branded “dissidents,” and forced to leave the country. All of this for holding right-wing political views.

In 2019, Sellner had planned to travel to the US to marry Pettibone, who is from Idaho, but US authorities canceled his permit to travel without a visa. The couple had planned to wed in her home state, but their efforts were unsuccessful even with lobbying from her local Republican Committee of Kootenai County.

The Gateway Pundit has reached out to Instagram to ask if these photos were flagged using facial recognition software or from manual reporting by users, what their guidelines are for determining who is a “dangerous person,” and why they would remove and ban inoffensive non-political personal photos. We will update this report if a comment is provided.

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