December 29th, 2020 3-5PM ET
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MSM deathly silent as PCR test legally ruled useless to test for Covid Four German holidaymakers who were illegally quarantined in Portugal after one was judged to be positive for Covid-19 have won their case, in a verdict that condemns the widely-used PCR test as being up to 97-percent unreliable. Earlier this month, Portuguese judges upheld a decision from a lower court that found the forced quarantine of four holidaymakers to be unlawful. The case centred on the reliability (or lack thereof) of Covid-19 PCR tests. The verdict, delivered on November 11, followed an appeal against a writ of habeas corpus filed by four Germans against the Azores Regional Health Authority. This body had been appealing a ruling from a lower court which had found in favour of the tourists, who claimed that they were illegally confined to a hotel without their consent. The tourists were ordered to stay in the hotel over the summer after one of them tested positive for coronavirus in a PCR test – the other three were labelled close contacts and therefore made to quarantine as well. Unreliable, with a strong chance of false positives The deliberation of the Lisbon Appeal Court is comprehensive and fascinating. It ruled that the Azores Regional Health Authority had violated both Portuguese and international law by confining the Germans to the hotel. The judges also said that only a doctor can “diagnose” someone with a disease, and were critical of the fact that they were apparently never assessed by one. They were also scathing about the reliability of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, the most commonly used check for Covid. The conclusion of their 34-page ruling included the following: “In view of current scientific evidence, this test shows itself to be unable to determine beyond reasonable doubt that such positivity corresponds, in fact, to the infection of a person by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” In the eyes of this court, then, a positive test does not correspond to a Covid case. The two most important reasons for this, said the judges, are that, “the test’s reliability depends on the number of cycles used’’ and that “the test’s reliability depends on the viral load present.’’ In other words, there are simply too many unknowns surrounding PCR testing. Tested positive? There could be as little as a 3% chance it’s correct
WHO Deletes Naturally Acquired Immunity from Its Website Maybe you have some sense that something fishy is going on? Same. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Coronavirus lived on surfaces until it didn’t. Masks didn’t work until they did, then they did not. There is asymptomatic transmission, except there isn’t. Lockdowns work to control the virus except they do not. All these people are sick without symptoms until, whoops, PCR tests are wildly inaccurate because they were never intended to be diagnostic tools. Everyone is in danger of the virus except they aren’t. It spreads in schools except it doesn’t. On it goes. Daily. It’s no wonder that so many people have stopped believing anything that “public health authorities” say. In combination with governors and other autocrats doing their bidding, they set out to take away freedom and human rights and expected us to thank them for saving our lives. At some point this year (for me it was March 12) life began feeling like a dystopian novel of your choice. Well, now I have another piece of evidence to add to the mile-high pile of fishy mess. The World Health Organization, for reasons unknown, has suddenly changed its definition of a core conception of immunology: herd immunity. Its discovery was one of the major achievements of 20th century science, gradually emerging in the 1920s and then becoming ever more refined throughout the 20th century.
Pandemic Severe, But “Not Necessarily The Big One”: WHO The novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact around the globe, but the World Health Organization warned Monday that worse pandemics could lie ahead, urging the world to get “serious” about preparedness. “This is a wakeup call,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan told reporters at a briefing marking a year since the UN agency first learned of the new virus spreading in China. Since then, Covid-19 has killed nearly 1.8 million people around the world, out of over 80 million infected. “This pandemic has been very severe,” Ryan acknowledged. “It has spread around the world extremely quickly and it has affected every corner of this planet, but this is not necessarily the big one.” He stressed that while the virus is “very transmissible, and it kills people… its current case fatality (rate) is reasonably low in comparison to other emerging diseases.” “We need to get ready for something that may even be more severe in the future.” WHO senior advisor Bruce Aylward also cautioned that while the world had made huge scientific progress to address the coronavirus crisis, including developing vaccines at record speed, it remained far from prepared to ward off future pandemics.
California doctor fired after writing letter questioning county’s coronavirus lockdowns A California doctor who was fired after questioning his county’s coronavirus stay-at-home orders spoke out to Fox News on Wednesday. Dr. Michael Deboisblanc was removed from his post as trauma medical director for John Muir Health after writing a letter to health officials in Contra Costa County, Calif., that questioned the effectiveness of the county’s lockdown measures. Deboisblanc told “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday a group of parents advocating for the reopening of schools in the area asked him to write the letter. “All the data that I am aware of, looking at children and the virus, shows that it’s safe” to reopen schools, Debloisblanc told Sandra Smith. “There are many other states now that have months of track records showing that it’s safe for their kids to go back to school. And the state of California and the county is just not making that possible.” Deboisblanc wrote the letter along with Dr. Pete Mazolewski and Dr. Brian Hopkins. “The science is clear that more lockdowns lead to much more non COVID morbidity and mortality,” the letter reads in part. The letter also contained questions about the county’s small business and restaurant shutdowns, Deboisblanc said. “These are restaurants that are just trying to survive, and keep their doors open,” he said. “It’s been very difficult for them.”
Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya: Lockdowns Haven’t ‘Contributed In Any Meaningful Way’ To California’s COVID-19 Death Toll Stanford University professor of medicine Dr. Jay Bhattacharya suggested that California’s ongoing lockdowns have not “contributed in any meaningful way” to saving lives in the state long-term. Bhattacharya appeared on Fox News’ “The Story” with guest-host Will Cain Monday night to discuss the effectiveness of lockdown measures imposed by Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom in an attempt to fight the spread of COVID-19. “California has the strictest lockdowns in the country and cases there are absolutely exploding,” said Cain. “What am I supposed to take from the usefulness of lockdowns?” “Lockdowns are not a tool to eradicate the disease,” Bhattacharya responded. “At best what they do is push the cases into the future. And California is reaping the whirlwind of that policy. For nine months we’ve been in lockdown. We’ve had schools closed, businesses closed, churches silent, private gatherings outlawed, travel restricted, and yet you can see the cases are still growing very, very sharply in California.” Cain then played a clip of Newsom arguing that the imposition of such measures “have worked, substantially so,” then likened the California governor’s position to “asking for more cowbell.”
When Even The New York Times Doesn’t Pass Facebook Muster If you’re on Facebook, by now you probably know that it has long ceased to be a social media platform where you can post freely without the threat of censorship. This is particularly true if you post something related to vaccines and vaccine policy or law that may not conform 100 percent to mainstream medicine views and politically correct agendas. Anything you post that Facebook’s invisible team of “fact checkers” deem to be inaccurate or dangerous is open to frank censorship. Alternatively, it may be something the Facebook police merely believe could bruise the sensitivities of those owning, operating and regulating content on the largest social media platform on the Internet (2.45 billion users). You never know what the Facebook police might find offensive, so I’ve made it a point to be careful about what I post to guard against my Facebook account being suspended or eliminated altogether. You cannot imagine how many people have said to me, “I’m in Facebook prison right now” or “Yeah, my Facebook page got deleted.” I have been extra careful about what I post to Facebook since Dec. 3, 2020 when the social media giant announced that it would start more strictly enforcing removal of information that it judges to be “misinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines. In a blog post by Facebook’s Head of Health Kang-Xing Jin titled “Removing False Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines,”
Hour 2 – Special Guest – Ula Tinsley
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Coronavirus vaccine passports being developed for travel in 2021 The lack of clarity surrounding the impact of the vaccine hasn’t stopped companies like IBM from developing a smartphone app to track who has or who has not been vaccinated. Vaccine passports may be required in the near future. Major tech companies are working on creating smartphone apps that will allow users to upload their vaccine and COVID-19 information. Some experts say this could be a requirement to travel and enter spaces like movie theaters and concerts, per CNN. Coronavirus vaccines recently began rolling out across the United States and despite the fact that there are still questions regarding the impact of the vaccine, companies are already working on apps to help control the spread. “We still don’t know if vaccinated people can transmit infection or not,” said Dr. Julie Parsonnet to CNN Business. “Until that is clarified, we won’t know whether ‘passports’ will be effective.” But the lack of clarity hasn’t stopped companies like IBM from developing a smartphone app to track who has or who has not been vaccinated.
In Spain a “register” for those who refuse the vaccine: “It will be shared with EU countries” The news was in the air for days, now it’s official. In Spain there will be a register of people who refuse the Covid vaccine. The vaccine will not be mandatory, said Health Minister Salvador Illa, but whoever decides not to do so will be included in a “register” which will then be shared with other European Union countries. The document – another clarification of the minister – “will not be public” and will be compiled “in full respect of privacy”. But the fact that it will be shared with other EU countries may lead to a ban on travel for those who refuse the drug. Not to mention the fact that Spain’s decision could pave the way for similar measures in other European countries.
Perspective: Why opioids cannot fix chronic pain A broken heart is often harder to heal than a broken leg. Now researchers say that a broken heart can contribute to lasting chronic pain. In a reflections column published Dec. 21 in the Annals of Family Medicine, pain experts Mark Sullivan and Jane Ballantyne at the University of Washington School of Medicine, say emotional pain and chronic physical pain are bidirectional. Painkillers, they said, ultimately make things worse. Their argument is based on new epidemiological and neuroscientific evidence, which suggests emotional pain activates many of the same limbic brain centers as physical pain. This is especially true, they said, for the most common chronic pain syndromes—back pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia. Opioids may make patients feel better early on, but over the long term these drugs cause all kinds of havoc on their well-being, the researchers said. “Their social and emotional functioning is messed up under a wet blanket of opioids,” Sullivan said. The researchers said new evidence suggests that the body’s reward system may be more important than tissue damage in the transition from acute to chronic pain. By reward system, they are referring, in part, to the endogenous opioid system, a complicated system connected to several areas of the brain, The system includes the natural release of endorphins from pleasurable activities. When this reward system is damaged by manufactured opioids, it perpetuates isolation and chronic illness and is a strong risk factor for depression, they said.