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Our Planet Missed Opportunity to Fight side-by-side against the Pandemic!
Andre Vltchek: COVID-19 has been dangerously politicized. ... Dr. Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford and a visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia. ... China actually tried to forge a global alliance against COVID-19, and so did Russia. ... This does not look like a good world. ... COVID-19 ruined countless lives. But at least now it is clear, who is who, what is the gangrenous essence of corporatism and imperialism... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2020, 2:51pm

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Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine racket
Bryan Dyne: Enter Moderna Inc., a ten-year-old biotechnology firm that is researching one of the 164 different candidates for a coronavirus vaccine. On Tuesday, the Financial Times reported that the company is currently planning to charge the US and other governments $25 to $30 for a dose of its drug ... Moderna’s price point is high even compared to other companies in the vaccine sweepstakes, such as Pfizer, which has reached a deal with the US government for $19.50 per dose of its vaccine, and AstraZeneca, which has signed a deal with the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy for $3 to $4 a dose if its vaccine is approved. ... Moderna has already received $955 million from the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program, headed by former Moderna board member Moncef Slaou... Visit Website ]
Jul 31, 2020, 3:45pm

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Calling the cops on someone with mental illness can go terribly wrong. Here’s a better idea.
Sigal Samuel: What if we sent mental health experts instead of police? In Eugene, Oregon, the group handling such calls is called Cahoots (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Street). ... Cahoots handles non-criminal crises involving people who are homeless, disoriented, or intoxicated, have a mental illness, or are enmeshed in an escalating dispute. ... “It allows police officers to … deal with crime, but it also allows us to offer a different service that is really needed,”... Cahoots employees dress in black sweatshirts, listen to their police radios via earbuds, and speak in calm tones with inviting body language... Visit Website ]
Jun 15, 2020, 2:21pm

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Why Social Justice Is Central to Treating COVID-19
Rachel R. Hardeman & Ryan Huerto & Zoë Julian:Racism and classism create conditions where people of color, those living in poverty, and other marginalized groups have limited access to resources that affect health ... Social justice is central to public health. This is because research has shown that health disparities are created by social inequities. ... COVID-19 has revealed how looking at differences in health through biology alone is limited. It is not sufficient in addressing this pandemic. ... so many affected by COVID-19 are navigating poverty, food insecurity, lack of housing, child care, and insurance issues... Visit Website ]
Jun 9, 2020, 12:40pm

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Rushing a Vaccine to Market for a Vanishing Virus - When Profits and Politics Drive Science
Ellen Brown: The military is thinking about war, the pharmaceutical companies and investors are thinking about profits, the politicians are thinking about getting the country back to work, and even the regulators are bypassing proper safety tests in the rush to get the entire global population vaccinated before the virus disappears. ... It is left to us, the recipients of these novel untested GMO vaccines, to demand some serious vetting before the military shows up at our doors with their prefilled RFID-chipped syringes some time later this year... Visit Website ]
Jun 5, 2020, 3:20pm

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Police brutality is a public health crisis
Brian Resnick: America’s crises are boiling over, one into another. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, masses of people are taking to the streets to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and other victims of racial violence. ... These two stories are linked. They are both public health stories. The link is systemic racism. ... “The same broad-sweeping structural racism that enables police brutality against black Americans is also responsible for higher mortality among black Americans with Covid-19”... Visit Website ]
Jun 1, 2020, 3:37pm

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New research raises more concerns about airborne transmission of COVID-19
Lloyd Alter: Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. Dr. Moraska notes that handwashing and social distancing are not enough; they do not prevent infection by inhalation of the virus. ... all possible precautions against airborne transmission in indoor scenarios should be taken. Precautions include increased ventilation rate, using natural ventilation, avoiding air recirculation, avoiding staying in another person’s direct air flow, and minimizing the number of people sharing the same environment... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2020, 5:18pm

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Cuba Develops Effective Peptide for Treatment of COVID-19
teleSUR: This protein increases its concentration during viral infections and inflammatory processes. ... CIGB-258 operates in the regulation of the immune system. ... 12 patients started CIGB-258 therapy intheir severe stages and 19 in the critical disease phase. In the first group, survival was 92 percent, while in the second group it was 73 percent. ... "Cuba's Minister of Health, Jose Angel Portal Miranda, referred to the contributions of the-pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry, with innovative products for the treatment of the disease, such as recombinant Interferon alpha 2b, monoclonal antibodies, the CIGB-258 peptide and Surfacen."... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2020, 12:24pm

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The COVID-19 Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
Erin Bromage: In order to get infected you need to get exposed to an infectious dose of the virus; based on infectious dose studies with other coronaviruses, it appears that only small doses may be needed for infection to take hold. ... The exposure to virus x time formula is the basis of contact tracing. Anyone you spend greater than 10 minutes with in a face-to-face situation is potentially infected. ... The spread of the virus within the household and back out into the community through funerals, birthdays, and church gatherings is believed to be responsible for the broader transmission of COVID-19 in Chicago. ... The main sources for infection are home, workplace, public transport, social gatherings, and restaurants. This accounts for 90% of all transmission events... Visit Website ]
May 13, 2020, 4:13pm

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Do Masks and Respirators Prevent Viral Respiratory Illnesses?
Kim Petersen: Interview with Professor Denis Rancourt ... author of “Masks Don’t Work: A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy” ... No RCT [randomized control trial] study with verified outcome shows a benefit for HCW [health care workers] or community members in households to wearing a mask or respirator. There is no such study. There are no exceptions. ... if anything gets through (and it always does, irrespective of the mask), then you are going to be infected. Masks cannot possibly work. ... The medical establishment is a major network of the high-priests that structure and control modern society. In their book, “health” is a dependence on the health system, not healthy living conditions, contrary to all the science regarding the determinants of public health... Visit Website ]
May 8, 2020, 12:18pm

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Organized Indigenous Communities and Indigenous Knowledge Can Prevent the Spread of Covid19
Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj: Mayan guides such as Otilia Lux de Coti, Clara Nimatuj Ajqui and Felipe Gómez are recognizing, first, that the coronavirus is not the cause of the crisis facing the world at the moment, but rather, it is the harvest of what the capitalist system has sown throughout the centuries ... Mother Earth can no longer tolerate the permanent pressure of the depredation of natural goods ... we must continue to use the calendars of each indigenous people to interpret events day by day and understand the message ... because there they will find the necessary spiritual and cosmogonic strength to face confinement, create strategies for survival, find food, heal and pass this stage to emerge stronger ... peoples and communities must organize and face each other in harmony, using the plants and species that their respective regions possess... Visit Website ]
Apr 30, 2020, 12:37pm

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'We did it to ourselves': scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic
Phoebe Weston: Leading US biologist Thomas Lovejoy says to stop future outbreaks we need more respect for natural world ... “This pandemic is the consequence of our persistent and excessive intrusion in nature and the vast illegal wildlife trade, and in particular, the wildlife markets, the wet markets, of south Asia and bush meat markets of Africa ... separating wild animals from farmed animals in markets would significantly lower the risk of disease transmission ... any transition must contribute to – and not detract from – the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people, many of whom depend on wild resources for survival ... indiscriminate bans and restrictions risk being inequitable and ineffective... Visit Website ]
Apr 26, 2020, 2:49pm

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Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe
Colin Todhunter: One of the hallmarks of the current situation .... is that some think that ‘science’ knows more than it does and therefore they – especially politicians – know more than they do. Although certain epidemiologists may say frankly that there is very little sturdy evidence to base policies on, this has not prevented politicians from acting as if everything they say or do is based on solid science. ... Instead of encouraging more diverse, informed and objective opinions in the mainstream, we too often see money and power forcing the issue, not least in the form of Bill Gates who tells the world ‘normality’ may not return for another 18 months – until he and his close associates in the pharmaceuticals industry find a vaccine and we are all vaccinated... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2020, 3:07pm

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How Long Will We Shelter In Place?
Bob Burnett: Shelter-in-Place isn’t going to end soon. Life won’t return to “normal” until there is a Covid-19 vaccine. Until there is a reliable, widely-available vaccine, most of us are going to have to live sequestered lives. Experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, tell us we won’t have a vaccine for at least a year. So be prepared to hunker down for an extended period. ... The United States is going to be segmented into quarantine zones. ... Prediction: There will be four quarantine zones: the northeast; the south — including Texas; the center — Nebraska to Ohio; and the west — Colorado to California... Some states will “recover” from the Coronavirus crisis before others do. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 4, 2020, 3:11pm

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A Foretaste of the Horror of Biological Warfare
Eric Margolis: The world is getting sick from the spreading COVID-19 virus ... They are also getting a grim foretaste of what biological warfare would be like. ... But surely our lily white democracies don’t stoop to making poison gas and germs? ... Back in 1990-91 --- US and Britain had pressed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to invade Iran --- help Iraq’s military develop and deploy biological weapons --- Anthrax, botulism, Q fever and tularemia --- Feeder stocks for the germ/poison gas weapons came from the main UC chemical warfare plans at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. ... the results were nightmarish ... The moral of this terrible story, and the current worldwide epidemic, is to immediately ban all chemical and biological weapons everywhere. Destroy all chem/bio warfare plants everywhere, including the US, Russa, China, India and Israel... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2020, 11:30am


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