March 8th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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U.S. says Russian-backed outlets spread COVID-19 vaccine ‘disinformation’ The United States has identified three online publications directed by Russia’s intelligence services that it says are seeking to undermine COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, a State Department spokeswoman said on Sunday. The outlets “spread many types of disinformation, including about both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as international organizations, military conflicts, protests, and any divisive issue that they can exploit,” the spokeswoman said. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) first reported on the identification of the alleged campaign on Sunday. A Kremlin spokesman denied the U.S. claim Russia was spreading false information about vaccines to the WSJ. Russia’s embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Russia approved its Sputnik V vaccine in August, before a large-scale trial had begun, saying it was the first country to do so for a COVID-19 shot. Peer-reviewed trials months later proved it was almost 92% effective in fighting the virus. Pfizer, headquartered in New York, and Germany’s BioNTech, produced the first vaccine that was authorized in the United States, which regulators approved in December. The second, made by Moderna, headquartered in Massachusetts, was authorized later that month. The State Department’s Global Engagement Center, set up to counter propaganda and disinformation campaigns, identified the three outlets, the spokeswoman said.
South Korean government investigates 7 deaths that followed Covid-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca’s jab South Korea finished its first week of rolling out long-awaited Covid-19 inoculations in the country with thousands of suspected adverse reactions to AstraZeneca’s vaccine, seven of which resulted in deaths. The number who died after the jab rose by four in the past two days, according to a report on Saturday by South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), which is investigating the incidents. Vaccines were administered to more than 296,000 people, or about 0.6 percent of the country’s population, during the first week of the rollout. South Korea has reported more than 2,800 adverse reactions from Covid-19 vaccines, but only 24 of those cases were deemed severe, including the seven that resulted in death. All 24 severe cases involved people who received the AstraZeneca jab, which was the first vaccine approved for use in South Korea. The vast majority of the doses that have been administered thus far are the AstraZeneca vaccine. Seoul also has a contract to receive millions of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, but large-scale shipments aren’t scheduled to begin until next month. About 5,000 Pfizer-BioNTech jabs have been given in South Korea thus far, with none reported to have caused a severe adverse reaction.
South Korea finds no ties between COVID-19 vaccine and deaths: report South Korea on Monday announced it found no association between eight recent deaths and the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, according to a report. “We’ve tentatively concluded that it was difficult to establish any link between their adverse reaction after being vaccinated, and their deaths,” Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) Director Jeong Eun-kyeong said during a briefing, per Reuters. The deaths occurred in individuals with underlying medical conditions. More than 316,800 people in South Korea have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with priority given to vulnerable essential workers and residents in nursing homes, among others. Adults over 65 had not been given the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns on lacking efficacy data, though Jeong said new recommendations now advise inoculating this age group. A final decision from KDCA is expected soon, the outlet reported. The news comes as clusters of infections cropped up in foreign workers, with almost 100,000 workers ordered to undergo testing. “Their work environment and communal housing raise the danger of infection but it is difficult to find patients early because of their limited access to medical resources and testing, and the issue of illegal stay,” Jeong said, per Reuters.
Fauci’s controversial ’60 Minutes’ interview about mask-wearing was one year ago Critics of Dr. Anthony Fauci took to social media to mark one year since the “60 Minutes” interview in which the country’s top disease expert seemed to downplay the use of masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has since been a fierce advocate for mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. But former President Trump and his advocates seized on the interview as an example of an early misstep. Fauci told “60 Minutes” at the time that there was “no reason to be walking around with a mask.” “When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face,” he said at the time. Dr. Jon LaPook, the correspondent for “60 Minutes” who interviewed Fauci, pointed out that shortly after the interview additional information emerged about the virus and its transmission and health officials—including Fauci—changed their minds on masks for the general public. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on April 3, and recommended that people start wearing face coverings. Fauci told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on April 5 that he would recommend following the CDC’s mask guidance. He called mask use an additional way to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The Spiritual Problem at the Heart of Christian Vaccine Refusal I have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the good news, because that news is very good. Across the United States, vaccine hesitancy is going down, and it’s going down relatively fast. For example, according to a recently released Pew Research Center survey, 69 percent of Americans have indicated that they’ve either already taken the vaccine or will definitely or probably take it in the future. That’s up from 60 percent last November and way up from the absolute low of 51 percent in September 2020, during the height of the presidential campaign. And the Pew survey isn’t an outlier. A Yahoo News/YouGov survey also found that willingness to take the vaccine had rebounded to pre-election levels, with 60 percent of registered voters indicating willingness to take the vaccine. All this is good news, but it needs to continue and accelerate. After all, we don’t really know the magic percentage needed for herd immunity. Yet if the trends can continue, vaccine hesitancy may well be seen as a short-term artifact of an intensely mistrustful and polarized time. So what’s the bad news? The bad news is that vaccine hesitancy breaks down sharply along partisan and religious lines, and that hesitancy is so profound in white Evangelical communities that it could disrupt the quest for herd immunity.
‘FEED ‘EM TO THE FIRE’ Shocking moment Idaho kids toss Covid masks into burning trash can at #BurnTheMask rally THIS is the shocking moment Idaho kids tossed Covid masks into burning trash cans at a #BurnTheMask rally. Video footage of the mask-burning rally in Boise, Idaho, captured people of ages, including a handful of children, throwing their protective face-coverings into a fiery garbage can. One kid, in the 14-second video – which was shared to Twitter and has since obtained more than 37,000 views – is heard saying: “Here fire, you hungry? “Here, here’s another mask.” A poster board seen in the footage read: “No masks, no mandates. Our face, our mind.” Another sign had a Benjamin Franklin quote written on it: “Those who give up liberty to purchase safety deserve neither liberty or safety.” As the children took turns disposing of their surgical masks in the blazing fire, others stood by watching and recording the celebratory event on their cellphones. Photographs from the mask-burning event showed the protesters burning a light blue surgical mask with the words “Biden Sucks” written in what appears to be black marker. The mask-burning took place outside the Idaho Statehouse on Saturday, March 6. Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, politicians, and citizens of Idaho spent their Saturday protesting Covid restrictions across at least 20 cities in the state.
California Lawmaker Calling on Twitter and Facebook to Ban Vaccine Activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In December, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. issued a warning about the newly released COVID vaccine: Avoid the the vaccine at all costs. “Even though the media and politicians are currently trivializing the problem and even foolishly calling for a new type of vaccine to return to normality, this vaccination is problematic in terms of health, morality and ethics, but also in terms of genetic damage,” Kennedy said. Kennedy, an environmental attorney and founder of Children’s Health Defense, is well-known in California for his opposition to legislation mandating childhood vaccination schedules. He has appeared at the California State Capitol legislative committee hearings to offer his support to wary parents, and in opposition of the vaccine-mandate bills. But now, State Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), “is calling on Twitter and Facebook to ban Robert Kennedy Jr. from their platforms as part of a national campaign to encourage vaccination against COVID-19,” MSN reported on a sacbee.com article. Sen. Richard Pan, who is a pediatrician, has authored several bills since 2011 incrementally requiring school-aged children in California to be vaccinated on an inflexible schedule, regardless if there are other vaccine-injured children in the family. As Americans learned during this last year of Coronavirus/COVID lockdowns, treatments, mandatory masking and social-distancing, it’s no longer acceptable to disagree with the left on matters of public health – even physicians have been fired for questioning public health officials, as the Globe has reported.
Acts on all serous membranes and the viscera they contain. Aching in every muscle. The general character of the pain here produced is a stitching, tearing; worse by motion, better rest. These characteristic stitching pains, greatly aggravated by any motion, are found everywhere, but especially in the chest; worse pressure. Mucous membranes are all dry. The Bryonia patient is irritable; has vertigo from raising the head, pressive headache; dry, parched lips, mouth; excessive thirst, bitter taste, sensitive epigastrium, and feeling of a stone in the stomach; stools large, dry, hard; dry cough; rheumatic pains and swellings; dropsical effusions into synovial and serous membranes.
Bryonia affects especially the constitution of a robust, firm fiber and dark complexion, with tendency to leanness and irritability. It prefers the right side, the evening, and open air, warm weather after cold days, to manifest its action most markedly.
Children dislike to be carried or raised. Physical weakness, all-pervading apathy. Complaints apt to develop slowly.
Mind.–Exceedingly irritable; everything puts him out of humor. Delirium; wants to go home; talks of business.
Head.–Vertigo, nausea, faintness on rising, confusion. Bursting, splitting headache, as if everything would be pressed out; as if hit by a hammer from within; worse from motion, stooping, opening eyes. Headache becomes seated in occiput. Drawing in bones towards zygoma. Headache; worse on motion, even of eyeballs. Frontal headache, frontal sinuses involved.
Nose.–Frequent bleeding of nose when menses should appear. Also in the morning, relieving the headache. Coryza with shooting and aching in the forehead. Swelling of tip of nose, feels as if it would ulcerate when touched.
Ears.–Aural vertigo (Aur; Nat sal; Sil; Chin). Roaring, buzzing.
Eyes.–Pressing, crushing, aching pain. Glaucoma. Sore to touch and when moving them.
Mouth.–Lips parched, dry, cracked. Dryness of mouth, tongue, and throat, with excessive thirst. Tongue coated yellowish, dark brown; heavily white in gastric derangement. Bitter taste (Nux; Col). Burning in lower lip in old smokers. Lip swollen, dry, black, and cracked.
Throat.–Dryness, sticking on swallowing, scraped and constricted (Bell). Tough mucus in larynx and trachea, loosened only after much hawking; worse coming into warm room.
Stomach.–Nausea and faintness when rising up. Abnormal hunger, loss of taste. Thirst for large draughts. Vomiting of bile and water immediately after eating. Worse, warm drinks, which are vomited. Stomach sensitive to touch. Pressure in stomach after eating, as of a stone. Soreness in stomach when coughing. Dyspeptic ailments during summer heat. Sensitiveness of epigastrium to touch.
Abdomen.–Liver region swollen, sore, tensive. Burning pain, stitches; worse, pressure, coughing, breathing. Tenderness of abdominal walls.
Stool.–Constipation; stools hard, dry, as if burnt; seem too large. Stools brown, thick, bloody; worse in morning, from moving, in hot weather, after being heated, from cold drinks, every spell of hot weather.
Urine.–Red, brown, like beer; scanty, hot.
Female.–Menses too early, too profuse; worse from motion, with tearing pains in legs; suppressed, with vicarious discharge or splitting headache. Stitching pains in ovaries on taking a deep inspiration; very sensitive to touch. Pain in right ovary as if torn, extending to thigh (Lilium; Croc). Milk fever. Pain in breasts at menstrual period. Breasts hot and painful hard. Abscess of mammæ. Frequent bleeding of nose at appearance of menses. Menstrual irregularities, with gastric symptoms. Ovaritis. Intermenstrual pain, with great abdominal and pelvic soreness (Ham).
Respiratory.–Soreness in larynx and trachea. Hoarseness; worse in open air. Dry, hacking cough from irritation in upper trachea. Cough, dry, at night; must sit up; worse after eating or drinking, with vomiting, with stitches in chest, and expectoration of rust-colored sputa. Frequent desire to take a long breath; must expand lungs. Difficult, quick respiration; worse every movement; caused by stitches in chest. Cough, with feeling as if chest would fly to pieces; presses his head on sternum; must support chest. Croupous and pleuro-pneumonia. Expectoration brick shade, tough, and falls like lumps of jelly. Tough mucus in trachea, loosened only with much hawking. Coming into warm room excites cough (Nat carb). Heaviness beneath the sternum extending towards the right shoulder. Cough worse by going into warm room. Stitches in cardiac region. Angina pectoris (use tincture).
Back.–Painful stiffness in nape of neck. Stitches and stiffness in small of back. From hard water and sudden changes of weather.
Extremities.–Knees stiff and painful. Hot swelling of feet. Joints red, swollen, hot, with stitches and tearing; worse on least movement. Every spot is painful on pressure. Constant motion of left arm and leg (Helleb).
Skin.–Yellow; pale, swollen, dropsical; hot and painful. Seborrhœa. Hair very greasy.
Sleep.–Drowsy; starting when falling asleep. Delirium; busy with business matters and what he had read.
Fever.–Pulse full, hard, tense, and quick. Chill with external coldness, dry cough, stitches. Internal heat. Sour sweat after slight exertion. Easy, profuse perspiration. Rheumatic and typhoid marked by gastro-hepatic complications.
Modalities.–Worse, warmth, any motion, morning, eating, hot weather, exertion, touch. Cannot sit up; gets faint and sick. Better, lying on painful side, pressure, rest, cold things.
Relationship.–Complementary: Upas when Bryonia fails. Rhus; Alumina. Illecebrum.–A Mexican drug.–(Fever with catarrhal symptoms, gastric and typhoid fever symptoms).
Antidotes: Acon; Cham; Nux.
Compare: Asclep tub; Kali mur; Ptelia.
Dose.–First to twelfth attenuation.
Happiness comes from family, community, nature — not money, study shows You don’t have to earn six figures and beyond to be happier, according to a new study. People in communities where there is little cash are as contented as those from rich societies. That’s because it focuses them on other values, including family and the beauty of nature, explain scientists. The finding questions assumptions that economic growth will boost wellbeing in poor countries. “In less monetized sites, we found people reported a greater proportion of time spent with family and contact with nature as being responsible for making them happy,” explains lead author Dr. Sara Minarro, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in a statement. “But with increasing monetisztion, we found the social and economic factors commonly recognized in industrialized countries played a bigger role. Overall, our findings suggest monetization, especially in its early stages, may actually be detrimental to happiness.” The study was based on 678 individuals in their mid-20s to early 50s in the Solomon Islands and Bangladesh, two very low-income countries. Overall, participants remarkably high levels of happiness, particularly in communities with the lowest levels of monetization. These were comparable to those found in Scandinavian countries, which typically come top in such surveys.