- MINHAS, Sandip S.
- CHEN, Wei-Chen Nicholas
- HINOJOSA, Brianna L.
- HOLMES, Danielle J.
- SWAIN, Cassandra T.
- WONG, Thomas S.
- CHOI, Daniel
- HWANG, William C.
- WIGHT, Stephen A.
- CHATTERJEE, Aaron C.
- JARDINE, John S.
- GOLDSMITH, Micah P.
- TRAN, Kimberly
- PEREZ, Edgar
The big question that many people are asking now that we’re hearing about numbers spiking in the coronavirus pandemic is this: do the number of COVID-related deaths really have an impact on the amount of deaths across the United States?
Well, one Johns Hopkins University scientist did a study on that question and found the answer to be “no.” That study was later retracted, but I’m pretty sure we all know why that happened.
The article claimed that “in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.”
- The first randomized controlled trial of more than 6,000 individuals to assess the effectiveness of surgical face masks against SARS-CoV-2 infection found masks did not statistically significantly reduce the incidence of infection
- Among mask wearers, 1.8% ended up testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, compared to 2.1% among controls. When they removed the people who did not adhere to proper mask use, the results remained the same — 1.8%, which suggests adherence makes no significant difference
- Among those who reported wearing their face mask “exactly as instructed,” 2% tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 compared to 2.1% of the controls
- 1.4% tested positive for antibodies at the end of the month-long study compared to 1.8% of controls
- 0.5% in the mask group and 0.6% tested positive for one or more respiratory viruses other than SARS-CoV-2
1. DOES IT WORK?
2. IS IT SAFE?
3. WHAT’S IN IT?
4. WHO WILL GET IT?
5. WILL IT BECOME MANDATORY?
ALASTAIR CROOKE…THE SPY WHO LOVED HAMAS
VLA COMMENT: Well written…a political and literary read worth while for the intelligent.
The Digital ‘Iron Curtain’ Descends
What is a ‘digital Iron Curtain’? It is when Big Digital, as Professor Michael Rectenwald terms these western Tech Goliaths, become ‘governmentalities’, using a word originally coined by Michel Foucault to refer to the means by which the ‘governed’ (i.e. ‘we the people’) assimilate, and reflect outwardly, a mental attitude desired by the élites: “One might point to masking and social distancing as instances of what Foucault meant by his notion of governmentality”
And what is that desired ‘mentality’? It is to embrace the transfiguration of American and European identity and way-of-life. The presumptive U.S. President Elect, the European élites, and top ‘woke’ élites moreover, are publicly committed to such “transformation”: “Now we take Georgia, then we change the world,” (Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, declared, celebrating Joe Biden’s ‘victory’); “Trump’s defeat can be the beginning of the end of the triumph of far-right populisms also in Europe”, claimed Donald Tusk, former president of the European Council.
In short, the ‘Iron Curtain’ descends when supposedly private enterprises (Big Digital) mutually inter-penetrate with – and then claim – the State: No longer the non-believer facing this coming metamorphosis is to be persuaded – he can be compelled. Regressive values held on identity, race and gender quickly slipped into a ‘heresy’ labelling. And as the BLM activists endlessly repeat: “Silence is no option: Silence is complicity”.