This video lays out the rapidly expanding problem in great and clear detail. If you are invested in any funds that hold international bonds, you owe it to yourself to watch this.
A lot of people would be going to prison, if this scheme had been perpetrated in a real country. Evergrande has been borrowing $billions in order to pay dividends to company and party insiders. Much of these billions will never be repaid, leading to a growing crisis in international markets.
China’s Wealth is Tucked Inside a Sinking Ship
Real estate has played an outsized role in China’s economy in recent years, compared to its importance in many other countries, and Chinese families have much of their wealth tied up in homes and in investment properties. Slower sales could spill over into investment and construction, potentially hurting growth, employment and local government finances. Discounting to spur sales could hurt home prices and hit household wealth.
That is not just China’s problem. The entire world has been riding this Ponzi scheme, and when it crashes and burns, the world will pay.
Of the $139 billion of dollar-denominated bonds trading at distressed prices, 46% were issued by companies in China’s real estate sector, according to data compiled by Bloomberg on Oct. 12. That captured bonds trading at yield premiums of at least 10 percentage points above their benchmark rates.
The devil is in the details. The great size and tangled nature of this mess is too bizarre to be believed, ordinarily. But China is no ordinary criminal enterprise, and in the age of China’s Covid and a fraudulent US administration* these are no ordinary times. Anything could happen, as China finds itself in the squeeze and feels forced to strike at anyone convenient in the attempt to change the narrative.
Governments are going insane with vaccine mandates, while ignoring the reality of natural immunity to the Wuhan virus which comes with recovery from illness. The following linked article provides some information on this topic — which government functionaries wish would just go away.
People who have contracted the virus and recovered deserve recognition. The realization that natural immunity – which pertains now to perhaps half of the US population and billions around the world – is effective in providing protection should have a dramatic effect on vaccine mandates.
Individuals whose livelihoods and liberties are being deprecated and deleted need access to the scientific literature as it pertains to this virus. They should send a link to this page far and wide. The scientists have not been silent; they just haven’t received the public attention they deserve. The preparation of this list was assisted by links provided by Paul Elias Alexander and Rational Ground’s own cheat sheet on natural immunity, which also includes links to popular articles on the topic.
1. One-year sustained cellular and humoral immunities of COVID-19 convalescents, by Jie Zhang, Hao Lin, Beiwei Ye, Min Zhao, Jianbo Zhan, et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases, October 5, 2021. “SARS-CoV-2-specific IgG antibodies, and also NAb can persist among over 95% COVID-19 convalescents from 6 months to 12 months after disease onset. At least 19/71 (26%) of COVID-19 convalescents (double positive in ELISA and MCLIA) had detectable circulating IgM antibody against SARS-CoV-2 at 12m post-disease onset. Notably, the percentages of convalescents with positive SARS-CoV-2-specific T-cell responses (at least one of the SARS-CoV-2 antigen S1, S2, M and N protein) were 71/76 (93%) and 67/73 (92%) at 6m and 12m, respectively. Furthermore, both antibody and T-cell memory levels of the convalescents were positively associated with their disease severity.”
2. Comparing SARS-CoV-2 natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity: reinfections versus breakthrough infections, by Sivan Gazit, Roei Shlezinger, Galit Perez, Roni Lotan, Asaf Peretz, Amir Ben-Tov, Dani Cohen, Khitam Muhsen, Gabriel Chodick, Tal Patalon. MedRxiv, August 25, 2021. “Our analysis demonstrates that SARS-CoV-2-naïve vaccinees had a 13.06-fold increased risk for breakthrough infection with the Delta variant compared to those previously infected, when the first event (infection or vaccination) occurred during January and February of 2021. The increased risk was significant for a symptomatic disease as well…. This analysis demonstrated that natural immunity affords longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization due to the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, compared to the BNT162b2 two-dose vaccine-induced immunity.”
3. Shedding of Infectious SARS-CoV-2 Despite Vaccination, by Kasen K. Riemersma, Brittany E. Grogan, Amanda Kita-Yarbro, Gunnar E. Jeppson, David H. O’Connor, Thomas C. Friedrich, Katarina M. Grande, MedRxiv, August 24, 2021. “The SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant might cause high viral loads, is highly transmissible, and contains mutations that confer partial immune escape. Outbreak investigations suggest that vaccinated persons can spread Delta. We compared RT-PCR cycle threshold (Ct) data from 699 swab specimens collected in Wisconsin 29 June through 31 July 2021 and tested with a qualitative assay by a single contract laboratory. Specimens came from residents of 36 counties, most in southern and southeastern Wisconsin, and 81% of cases were not associated with an outbreak. During this time, estimated prevalence of Delta variants in Wisconsin increased from 69% to over 95%. Vaccination status was determined via self-reporting and state immunization records.”
4. Necessity of COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected individuals, by Nabin K. Shrestha, Patrick C. Burke, Amy S. Nowacki, Paul Terpeluk, Steven M. Gordon, MedRxiv, June 5, 2021. “Individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination, and vaccines can be safely prioritized to those who have not been infected before.”
5. Large-scale study of antibody titer decay following BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine or SARS-CoV-2 infection, by Ariel Israel, Yotam Shenhar, Ilan Green, Eugene Merzon, Avivit Golan-Cohen, Alejandro A Schäffer, Eytan Ruppin, Shlomo Vinker, Eli Magen. MedRxiv, August 22, 2021. “This study demonstrates individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine have different kinetics of antibody levels compared to patients who had been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with higher initial levels but a much faster exponential decrease in the first group.”
6. Discrete Immune Response Signature to SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination Versus Infection, by Ellie Ivanova, Joseph Devlin, et al. Cell, May 2021. “While both infection and vaccination induced robust innate and adaptive immune responses, our analysis revealed significant qualitative differences between the two types of immune challenges. In COVID-19 patients, immune responses were characterized by a highly augmented interferon response which was largely absent in vaccine recipients.”
7. SARS-CoV-2 infection induces long-lived bone marrow plasma cells in humans, by Jackson S. Turner, Wooseob Kim, Elizaveta Kalaidina, Charles W. Goss, Adriana M. Rauseo, Aaron J. Schmitz, Lena Hansen, Alem Haile, Michael K. Klebert, Iskra Pusic, Jane A. O’Halloran, Rachel M. Presti, Ali H. Ellebedy. Nature, May 24, 2021. “This study sought to determine whether infection with SARS-CoV-2 induces antigen-specific long-lived BMPCs in humans. We detected SARS-CoV-2 S-specific BMPCs in bone marrow aspirates from 15 out of 19 convalescent individuals, and in none from the 11 control participants…. Overall, our results are consistent with SARS-CoV-2 infection eliciting a canonical T-cell-dependent B cell response, in which an early transient burst of extrafollicular plasmablasts generates a wave of serum antibodies that decline relatively quickly. This is followed by more stably maintained levels of serum antibodies that are supported by long-lived BMPCs.”
8. Longitudinal analysis shows durable and broad immune memory after SARS-CoV-2 infection with persisting antibody responses and memory B and T cells, by Kristen W. Cohen, Susanne L. Linderman, Zoe Moodie, Julie Czartoski, Lilin Lai, Grace Mantus, Carson Norwood, Lindsay E. Nyhoff, Venkata Viswanadh Edara, et al. MedRxiv, April 27, 2021. “Ending the COVID-19 pandemic will require long-lived immunity to SARS-CoV-2. We evaluated 254 COVID-19 patients longitudinally from early infection and for eight months thereafter and found a predominant broad-based immune memory response. SARS-CoV-2 spike binding and neutralizing antibodies exhibited a bi-phasic decay with an extended half-life of >200 days suggesting the generation of longer-lived plasma cells. In addition, there was a sustained IgG+ memory B cell response, which bodes well for a rapid antibody response upon virus re-exposure.”
9. Incidence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 infection among previously infected or vaccinated employees, by N Kojima, A Roshani, M Brobeck, A Baca, JD Klausner. MedRxiv, July 8, 2021. “Previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination for SARS-CoV-2 were associated with decreased risk for infection or re-infection with SARS-CoV-2 in a routinely screened workforce. The was no difference in the infection incidence between vaccinated individuals and individuals with previous infection. Further research is needed to determine whether our results are consistent with the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants.”
10. Single cell profiling of T and B cell repertoires following SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine, by Suhas Sureshchandra, Sloan A. Lewis, Brianna Doratt, Allen Jankeel, Izabela Ibraim, Ilhem Messaoudi. BioRxiv, July 15, 2021. “Interestingly, clonally expanded CD8 T cells were observed in every vaccinee, as observed following natural infection. TCR gene usage, however, was variable, reflecting the diversity of repertoires and MHC polymorphism in the human population. Natural infection induced expansion of larger CD8 T cell clones occupied distinct clusters, likely due to the recognition of a broader set of viral epitopes presented by the virus not seen in the mRNA vaccine. Our study highlights a coordinated adaptive immune response where early CD4 T cell responses facilitate the development of the B cell response and substantial expansion of effector CD8 T cells, together capable of contributing to future recall responses.”
11. mRNA vaccine-induced T cells respond identically to SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern but differ in longevity and homing properties depending on prior infection status, Jason Neidleman, Xiaoyu Luo, Matthew McGregor, Guorui Xie, Victoria Murray, Warner C. Greene, Sulggi A. Lee, Nadia R. Roan. BioRxiv, July 29, 2021. “In infection-naïve individuals, the second dose boosted the quantity and altered the phenotypic properties of SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells, while in convalescents the second dose changed neither. Spike-specific T cells from convalescent vaccinees differed strikingly from those of infection-naïve vaccinees, with phenotypic features suggesting superior long-term persistence and ability to home to the respiratory tract including the nasopharynx. These results provide reassurance that vaccine-elicited T cells respond robustly to emerging viral variants, confirm that convalescents may not need a second vaccine dose, and suggest that vaccinated convalescents may have more persistent nasopharynx-homing SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells compared to their infection-naïve counterparts.”
12. Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 assessed for up to 8 months after infection, Jennifer M. Dan, Jose Mateus, Yu Kato, Kathryn M. Hastie, et al., Science, January 6, 2021. “Understanding immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 is critical for improving diagnostics and vaccines, and for assessing the likely future course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyzed multiple compartments of circulating immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 in 254 samples from 188 COVID-19 cases, including 43 samples at ≥ 6 months post-infection. IgG to the Spike protein was relatively stable over 6+ months. Spike-specific memory B cells were more abundant at 6 months than at 1 month post symptom onset. SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells declined with a half-life of 3-5 months. By studying antibody, memory B cell, CD4+ T cell, and CD8+ T cell memory to SARS-CoV-2 in an integrated manner, we observed that each component of SARS-CoV-2 immune memory exhibited distinct kinetics.”
13. Persistence of neutralizing antibodies a year after SARS-CoV-2 infection, by Anu Haveri, Nina Ekström, Anna Solastie, Camilla Virta, Pamela Österlund, Elina Isosaari, Hanna Nohynek, Arto A. Palmu, Merit Melin. MedRxiv, July 16, 2021. “We assessed the persistence of serum antibodies following wild-type SARS-CoV-2 infection six and twelve months after diagnosis in 367 individuals of whom 13% had severe disease requiring hospitalization. We determined the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S-IgG) and nucleoprotein IgG concentrations and the proportion of subjects with neutralizing antibodies (NAb).”
14. Quantifying the risk of SARS‐CoV‐2 reinfection over time, by Eamon O Murchu, Paula Byrne, Paul G. Carty, et al. Rev Med Virol. 2021. “Reinfection was an uncommon event (absolute rate 0%–1.1%), with no study reporting an increase in the risk of reinfection over time. Only one study esti- mated the population‐level risk of reinfection based on whole genome sequencing in a subset of patients; the estimated risk was low (0.1% [95% CI: 0.08–0.11%]) with no evidence of waning immunity for up to 7 months following primary infection. These data suggest that naturally acquired SARS‐CoV‐2 immunity does not wane for at least 10 months post‐infection. However, the applicability of these studies to new variants or to vaccine‐induced immunity remains uncertain.”
18. Immune Memory in Mild COVID-19 Patients and Unexposed Donors Reveals Persistent T Cell Responses After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, by Asgar Ansari, Rakesh Arya, Shilpa Sachan, Someshwar Nath Jha, Anurag Kalia, Anupam Lall, Alessandro Sette, et al. Front Immunol. March 11, 2021. “Using HLA class II predicted peptide megapools, we identified SARS-CoV-2 cross-reactive CD4+ T cells in around 66% of the unexposed individuals. Moreover, we found detectable immune memory in mild COVID-19 patients several months after recovery in the crucial arms of protective adaptive immunity; CD4+ T cells and B cells, with a minimal contribution from CD8+ T cells. Interestingly, the persistent immune memory in COVID-19 patients is predominantly targeted towards the Spike glycoprotein of the SARS-CoV-2. This study provides the evidence of both high magnitude pre-existing and persistent immune memory in Indian population.”
19. Live virus neutralisation testing in convalescent patients and subjects vaccinated against 19A, 20B, 20I/501Y.V1 and 20H/501Y.V2 isolates of SARS-CoV-2, by Claudia Gonzalez, Carla Saade, Antonin Bal, Martine Valette, et al, MedRxiv, May 11, 2021. “ No significant difference was observed between the 20B and 19A isolates for HCWs with mild COVID-19 and critical patients. However, a significant decrease in neutralisation ability was found for 20I/501Y.V1 in comparison with 19A isolate for critical patients and HCWs 6-months post infection. Concerning 20H/501Y.V2, all populations had a significant reduction in neutralising antibody titres in comparison with the 19A isolate. Interestingly, a significant difference in neutralisation capacity was observed for vaccinated HCWs between the two variants whereas it was not significant for the convalescent groups.”
21. SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell memory is sustained in COVID-19 convalescent patients for 10 months with successful development of stem cell-like memory T cells, Jae Hyung Jung, Min-Seok Rha, Moa Sa, Hee Kyoung Choi, Ji Hoon Jeon, et al, Nature Communications, June 30, 2021. “In particular, we observe sustained polyfunctionality and proliferation capacity of SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells. Among SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells detected by activation-induced markers, the proportion of stem cell-like memory T (TSCM) cells is increased, peaking at approximately 120 DPSO. Development of TSCM cells is confirmed by SARS-CoV-2-specific MHC-I multimer staining. Considering the self-renewal capacity and multipotency of TSCM cells, our data suggest that SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells are long-lasting after recovery from COVID-19, thus support the feasibility of effective vaccination programs as a measure for COVID-19 control.”
22. Antibody Evolution after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination, by Alice Cho, Frauke Muecksch, Dennis Schaefer-Babajew, Zijun Wang, et al, BioRxiv, et al, BioRxiv, July 29, 2021. “We conclude that memory antibodies selected over time by natural infection have greater potency and breadth than antibodies elicited by vaccination. These results suggest that boosting vaccinated individuals with currently available mRNA vaccines would produce a quantitative increase in plasma neutralizing activity but not the qualitative advantage against variants obtained by vaccinating convalescent individuals.” Newer version reads: “These results suggest that boosting vaccinated individuals with currently available mRNA vaccines will increase plasma neutralizing activity but may not produce antibodies with breadth equivalent to those obtained by vaccinating convalescent individuals.”
23. Differential effects of the second SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine dose on T cell immunity in naïve and COVID-19 recovered individuals, by Carmen Camara, Daniel Lozano-Ojalvo, Eduardo Lopez-Granados. Et al., BioRxiv, March 27, 2021. “While a two-dose immunization regimen with the BNT162b2 vaccine has been demonstrated to provide a 95% efficacy in naïve individuals, the effects of the second vaccine dose in individuals who have previously recovered from natural SARS-CoV-2 infection has been questioned. Here we characterized SARS-CoV-2 spike-specific humoral and cellular immunity in naïve and previously infected individuals during full BNT162b2 vaccination. Our results demonstrate that the second dose increases both the humoral and cellular immunity in naïve individuals. On the contrary, the second BNT162b2 vaccine dose results in a reduction of cellular immunity in COVID-19 recovered individuals, which suggests that a second dose, according to the current standard regimen of vaccination, may be not necessary in individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2.”
24. COVID-19 natural immunity: Scientific Brief. World Health Organization. May 10, 2021. “Available scientific data suggests that in most people immune responses remain robust and protective against reinfection for at least 6-8 months after infection (the longest follow up with strong scientific evidence is currently approximately 8 months). Some variant SARS-CoV-2 viruses with key changes in the spike protein have a reduced susceptibility to neutralization by antibodies in the blood. While neutralizing antibodies mainly target the spike protein, cellular immunity elicited by natural infection also target other viral proteins, which tend to be more conserved across variants than the spike protein.”
25. SARS-CoV-2 re-infection risk in Austria, by Stefan Pilz, Ali Chakeri, John Pa Ioannidis, et al. Eur J Clin Invest. April 2021. “We recorded 40 tentative re-infections in 14 840 COVID-19 survivors of the first wave (0.27%) and 253 581 infections in 8 885 640 individuals of the remaining general population (2.85%) translating into an odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of 0.09 (0.07 to 0.13). We observed a relatively low re-infection rate of SARS-CoV-2 in Austria. Protection against SARS-CoV-2 after natural infection is comparable with the highest available estimates on vaccine efficacies. Further well-designed research on this issue is urgently needed for improving evidence-based decisions on public health measures and vaccination strategies.”
26. Anti-spike antibody response to natural SARS-CoV-2 infection in the general population, by Jia Wei, Philippa C. Matthews, Nicole Stoesser, et al, MedRxiv, July 5, 2021. “We estimated antibody levels associated with protection against reinfection likely last 1.5-2 years on average, with levels associated with protection from severe infection present for several years. These estimates could inform planning for vaccination booster strategies.”
28. SARS-CoV-2 Natural Antibody Response Persists for at Least 12 Months in a Nationwide Study From the Faroe Islands, by Maria Skaalum Petersen, Cecilie Bo Hansen, Marnar Fríheim Kristiansen, et al, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 8, Issue 8, August 2021. “Although the protective role of antibodies is currently unknown, our results show that SARS-CoV-2 antibodies persisted at least 12 months after symptom onset and maybe even longer, indicating that COVID-19-convalescent individuals may be protected from reinfection. Our results represent SARS-CoV-2 antibody immunity in nationwide cohorts in a setting with few undetected cases, and we believe that our results add to the understanding of natural immunity and the expected durability of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine immune responses. Moreover, they can help with public health policy and ongoing strategies for vaccine delivery.
29. Associations of Vaccination and of Prior Infection With Positive PCR Test Results for SARS-CoV-2 in Airline Passengers Arriving in Qatar, by Roberto Bertollini, MD, MPH1; Hiam Chemaitelly, MSc2; Hadi M. Yassine. JAMA Research Letter, June 9, 2021. “Of 9180 individuals with no record of vaccination but with a record of prior infection at least 90 days before the PCR test (group 3), 7694 could be matched to individuals with no record of vaccination or prior infection (group 2), among whom PCR positivity was 1.01% (95% CI, 0.80%-1.26%) and 3.81% (95% CI, 3.39%-4.26%), respectively. The relative risk for PCR positivity was 0.22 (95% CI, 0.17-0.28) for vaccinated individuals and 0.26 (95% CI, 0.21-0.34) for individuals with prior infection compared with no record of vaccination or prior infection.”
30. Longitudinal observation of antibody responses for 14 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection, by Puya Dehgani-Mobaraki, Asiya Kamber Zaidi, Nidhi Yadav, Alessandro Floridi, Emanuela Floridi. Clinical Immunology, September 2021. “In Conclusion, our study findings are consistent with recent studies reporting antibody persistency suggesting that induced SARS-CoV-2 immunity through natural infection, might be very efficacious against re-infection (>90%) and could persist for more than six months. Our study followed up patients up to 14 months demonstrating the presence of anti-S-RBD IgG in 96.8% of recovered COVID-19 subjects.”
The Chinese people have very few places to invest their savings. As you can see below, real estate has been the favorite hidey-hole for stuffing the mattress. But it has long been an open secret that Chinese real estate is nothing but an ever-expanding Ponzi scheme. Such schemes tend to work well, right up to the point where they collapse into dust.
But China-wide, property sales are down 36% as of September. New capital is the only thing that keeps this turkey in the air. When the people start suspecting that the air is leaking out of the bubble, it will be a rush for the door.
It was said to be “too big to fail.” We were told by David Goldman last month that the crisis was over! But now we are learning that Evergrande is currently scalping bond-holders to the tune of hundreds of $millions, and it is just getting started defaulting — The contagion is spreading to other Chinese developers, banks, and beyond. Listen for the falling sound of dominoes.
Under Xi, China is a living hell. The western sellouts who cheerlead for China remind me of the type of media sluts and others who touted the USSR right up until its collapse.
China depends upon a facade of viability. When that facade wears away, the dragon will lose its crucial overseas enablers. Perhaps, China will then take a good hard look at itself.
While Huawei is touted by CPC cheerleaders and skirt-clingers as an original Chinese product, real people understand that such is far from the case. Huawei is built upon stolen technology, and will continue to be. The minute Huawei (and China) stops stealing is the minute the whole pyramid scheme falls down.
… as the nomadic lifestyle continues growing in popularity, more parents are introducing their kids to on-the-go home schooling, or “roam-schooling,” in order to enrich their family’s quality time and monitor what their children are learning while granting their little ones the chance to explore the country.
“Every day we’re on the road is like a field trip,” Anna, who works as a photographer part time, said. “And the beauty of home schooling on-the-go is that we get to work through each lesson plan at our own pace. We can focus on subjects that intrigue our kids.”
She and Michael — who works odd jobs in construction when they’re on the road — spend four hours a day, four days a week, guiding their children’s lesson plans…
The mobile school does not have to be on the road. It might also be on the water, in the air, or eventually in outer space. Kids learn in multiple ways, not just from a textbook, a lecture, or a computer screen. There is no substitute for “being there.” Kids whose minds have not been exposed to a wide range of environments and distinct locations are being unnecessarily hobbled in terms of the future.
New York City dumbs down its entire school system for ideological reasons:
New York City will phase out its programs for gifted and talented primary-grade students in the name of “equality,” reports the New York Times. The group of kindergarten students currently enrolled in the special programs will be the last to be offered the accelerated learning courses.
The reason? Not enough black and Hispanic students are able to qualify for the program. So rather than offer accelerated learning to anyone who can qualify, the city is catering to the lowest common denominator.
It’s easy to blame race for the discrepancy. The tests are “biased,” we’re told. “Systemic racism” is a huge disadvantage for these children of color. Better to punish excellence by denying kids this opportunity — regardless of race — rather than highlight the absolute failure of New York City schools to educate all their children.
So rather than raise some of the kids to achieve heights of educational excellence, let’s throw all the kids into schools that are “struggling.”
A culture that disposes of its gifted populations out of short-term political opportunism is a culture steeply in decline. But then we have known that about NYC for a long time now.
Public schools are places for kids to learn to drink alcohol, use drugs, become delinquents, and learn a wide range of other dysfunctional behaviors. Universities, naturally, have become places for youth to go to binge, fornicate, learn to live at the expense of others, and to receive a world class indoctrination into lifelong uselessness and destruction.
Falling in Love Doesn’t Count If You’re Drunk
Alcohol is a very effective social lubricator, and many long and short-term relationships are formed on the foundation of common intoxication. Unfortunately, a meaningful exchange of relevant information — along with the capacity to process and integrate that information — is markedly impaired by excessive alcohol intake.
There are a number of alternative “social lubricators” that have been offered up in place of alcohol, including coffee, tea, and a wide range of legal and illegal drugs. Here is a list of legal alternatives to alcohol, some of which you may have not heard of:
In my experience, the best alternative to getting high on alcohol or drugs is to get high on life itself. Falling in love is a very intense high, which if you are lucky and do it right can last for a very long time. Religious conversion can be just as intense for those who are inclined to that sort of thing. But life is full of intense experiences and pursuits which can occupy a person’s time in a constructive manner. I have mentioned meditation in the past, and continue to promote that activity for anyone who is serious about understanding himself or his life.
My latest incarnation of custom meditation is something you may not find in any meditation book. It is only for use in certain situations where mental energy is excessive for purposes of ordinary meditation. I call it “The Laundromat.” It is the equivalent of taking out your brain, throwing it into an industrial washer-agitator, then tossing it into a high speed/high heat industrial extractor – drier. It is not for the faint of heart. The things you may learn about yourself through this type of meditation can either make you or break you. Details may be forthcoming in the future, if I survive so long.
The process of imbuing a child with wisdom and competence is a lifelong process, best begun more than 9 months before birth. The most important years in a child’s life occur before the age of 7. But the educational years are also critical to instilling experience and competencies. The brain’s capacity for learning and processing begins to plateau and slowly fall off about the time it becomes thoroughly myelinated — between the ages of 25 and 30. Modern government officials should be treated very harshly for the way they waste the precious lives of youth in their schools.
The End of the World Will Not Happen All at Once
Disasters and collapses add instability, volatility, and fragility to the system, which can compound and cause further disruptions. Sometimes, unfavorable cycles on various fronts (nature and civilization) can also converge and generate a perfect storm.
It’s crucial to consider that and try to prepare as best we can for multiple disasters happening at once or in sequence, on various levels, collective and individual – even if psychologically and mentally. And if the signs are any indication, we’re entering such a period of simultaneous challenges.
Things are hitting the fan somewhere right now. Not in the overblowing media but the physical world: the Texas border, third-world prisons, gang-ruled Haiti, in Taliban-raided Afghanistan, in the crackhouse just a few blocks from an affluent neighborhood, under the bridges of many big cities worldwide, in volcano-hit islands.
There are thousands of places where people are bugging out, suffering, or dying of all causes at this very moment. If you’re not in any SHTF, consider yourself lucky. Be grateful, too: being able to prepare is a luxury.
Whenever a criminally corrupt gang of politicians seizes control of the world’s richest and most powerful nation — as we see now in the Biden administration* — several things happen simultaneously to increase the levels of instability and fragility to global systems. The risks of things slipping out of control in a snowball fashion rise, and thus the need for ordinary people to prepare for disaster rises at the same time.
China is a large, complex power. But over the past decade, China’s power has been vastly overestimated… Public opinion is a poor guide for judging national power. China is now entering a period most powerful nations go through, and a worshipful world will now exercise contempt. With contempt comes an appetite for changes in foreign policy. But in the case of China, I see the risk of war, minimal in the past, disappearing along with vast amounts of money China used to make itself seem a global power.
China is a giant “growth facade,” appealing to the easily fooled, but the national failure is clear to see for those with a better perspective.
China is in the midst of a systemic failure based on the increasingly irrational allocation of capital driven by market forces and state policy. It now faces an extended period in which the economy is shaped less by markets than by the state, and the state, which should be making long-term decisions regardless of short-term pain, understands that maintaining a society leads to demands that it function in a different time frame. Chinese President Xi Jinping isn’t kidding when he focuses on a “share the wealth” policy.
This will affect the entire world. After all, the Great Depression didn’t just ruin Americans. There was a global expectation that China had abolished the business cycle, and the growth of 40 years would become the growth of 80. Parallel to this exuberance was the belief that China was emerging as the dominant global power, building a global system based on investment and confronting the United States via its vast technological capabilities.
Chinese schools are “notoriously overrated.” Cheating is pandemic, and “Chinese credibility” applies here as elsewhere.
Chinese universities are actually incredible overrated. They accept every international student as international student apply to increase their ranking. And they post tons of unqualified publications to increase their publication index to improve their ranking.
This story alone should shame China cheerleaders into an abashed silence. There is no freedom of speech or communication in China — any attempt at freedom is punished by party enforcers. Often to the point of death. How could anyone make positive claims for China’s future when they are overlooking the most salient aspect of communist Chinese reality — nothing from China can be trusted?
Most China boosters in the west are that way because they have a vested interest — they are being paid or compensated in some way to be dishonest. But some are honestly deluded, and for them we should feel mainly compassion, in spite of all the harm they are doing.
China’s multidecade ascent was aided by strong tailwinds that have now become headwinds. Its government is concealing a serious economic slowdown and sliding back into brittle totalitarianism. The country is suffering severe resource scarcity and faces the worst peacetime demographic collapse in history. Not least, China is losing access to the welcoming world that enabled its advance. Beijing threw tens of billions of dollars into biotech, yet its COVID-19 vaccines can’t compete with those produced in democratic countries, they write for Foreign Affairs.
The pace of recent events suggests Xi Jinping really is in a hurry, the Economist adds. He has clamped down not only on big business but also on the entertainment sector. Ideological education in schools has been reinforced: children as young as six are being taught about “Xi Jinping Thought,”
The visible impact of all this will be mostly within China, but its macro effects will be global. Such wealth destruction should be intensely deflationary. That may be part of the goal, in fact. Chinese consumers are feeling significant inflation in food, housing, and other living costs. Demographic factors, particularly population aging, will increase this pressure. Decades of the one-child policy reduced working-age labor supply, which raises wages and other prices.
But it won’t stop there. For years, China’s voracious appetite for energy and materials underpinned prices worldwide. At the same time, its low manufacturing prices basically exported deflation. Hence we saw little or no inflation in most finished goods but a lot of inflation in commodity-intensive services like food, energy, and housing.
In short, China is losing its role as the world’s lead manufacturing exporter.
Simply due to demographic change, China is losing the part of its population that provides its workforce and military force. China is not wealthy enough to support its worldwide imperialistic aims. The facade of endless economic expansion and the pretense of technological mastery have fooled the shallow thinkers of the world. But financing your growth on highly leveraged lending and very little else, does not provide for a long term future.
It might take five or even 10 years for the Chinese government to wake up to the seriousness of the demographic crisis. After all, there are always more immediate and urgent concerns at hand. By the time the government wants to do something about the crisis, it could be too late. No country in East Asia has been able to reverse the trend.
China has poisoned its land, its water, its air, and its people. People in China are dying too soon, and are being born with terrible defects due to the many toxins in the environment.
China steals its intellectual property. Without its armies of state supported criminals scouring the world for intellectual property and industrial/military secrets, China would be farther along on its inevitable decline curve. But “getting old before getting rich” is pulling the rug out from under the grand plan.
Property developers there have long claimed that the success of their business is driven by the three carriages—high turnover, high gross profit, and high leverage. But all of these proverbial carriages are breaking down as the effects of Evergrande’s crisis spread throughout the economy. Potential homebuyers, for example, frightened about what they read in the news, are becoming reluctant to close on homes, resulting in an already sharp decline in home sales. What is more, they are likely to refuse to prepurchase unfinished apartments or put down deposits, except at large discounts, thereby squeezing liquidity and raising financing costs for the developers.
At the same time, sales agents and other employees are likely to be highly distracted during working hours, worrying about their employment prospects and in some cases the loss of their savings in wealth management products. Such circumstances can cause a sharp decline in labor productivity. What’s more, contractors have been suspending construction work until their payment prospects have been assured, while suppliers, similarly, are less willing to accept commercial paper as payment for their deliveries. The result, as Evergrande has already announced, is that construction projects are rapidly falling behind schedule.
The consequences are reduced revenues, higher operational and interest expenses, and increased frictional costs—the combination of which turns net profits into net losses. These headwinds make repayment prospects even more difficult, thus reinforcing the cycle.
The most worrying aspect of financial distress behavior is that once it is set off, it often seems to spiral quickly out of control.
China is an evil empire, beyond all doubt. But it takes a bit of intelligence and awareness to see how far the vile dictatorship is overleveraged and cantilevered on a platform of smoke and mirrors. No one is safe inside the bamboo prison.
Anyone in China can be “disappeared,” if the Party apparatchiks decide it.
BLM has been welcomed into the mainstream of American society, with corporate America pledging over $1 billion to the violent Marxist organization. BLM has met in the White House with President* Joe Biden, with the intent to reduce police forces around the nation. Several other meetings have taken place between Biden staffers and the BLM.
The hypocrisy continued in the Left’s nonsensical calls to defund the police in crime-ridden areas, bail out rioters when they’re supposedly “peaceful” protests, or honor black lives killed by police but not black lives who are police. Sure, we could say this is just the usual TDS, but this year’s level of sowing division among Americans seems extra nefarious.
BLM (Black Lives Murder) are violent Marxist thugs, extortionists, riot mongers, and would-be creators of a world where helpless victims can no longer call on police for help when attacked by younger, bigger, and stronger assailants. These miscreants also want to do away with law-abiding citizens’ rights to own and carry firearms in self defense.
On May 15, an attacker at an apartment complex in Fort Smith, Ark., fatally shot a woman and then fired 93 rounds at other people before a man killed him with a bolt-action rifle. Police said he “likely saved a number of lives in the process.”
On July 4, a Chicago gunman shot into a crowd of people, killing one and wounding two others before a concealed handgun permit holder shot and wounded the attacker. Police praised him for stepping in.
These are just a few of the nearly 1,000 instances reported by the media so far this year in which gun owners have stopped mass shootings and other murderous acts, saving countless lives. And crime experts say such high-profile cases represent only a small fraction of the instances in which guns are used defensively.
It seems clear that Americans need to be protected from thugs such as those in the Marxist gang known as BLM. Instead, the Biden administration* is making heroes of the outfit, and facilitating the channeling of large amounts of funds and government assistance to the group.
Under conditions such as those created by the fraudulent Biden government* and its backers, including persons such as George Soros and members of the Democracy Alliance, violent criminals can do their mischief at will, with little concern that police will ever catch them — or if they are caught, they are confident that leftist prosecutors will promptly release them back to the streets.
China’s baby bust is driving fears that China’s days as a manufacturing powerhouse are numbered. The simple fact is that most young Chinese cannot afford to have children. Young married couples are lucky if their parents are well off enough to help them to raise their child.
China is a Terrible Place to Do Business
It is not just ailing property giant Evergrande that is threatening Chinese prosperity. The entire business policy dictates of the ruling elite threatens future prosperity.
Besides banks and asset managers, some of whose investments in China have taken a big hit in recent months, several types of multinational firm are at risk. One group includes those that make most of their money in China from pandering to a gilded elite who flaunt their $3,000 handbags and sports cars. Another encompasses companies that irritate their customers for what can be construed as Western arrogance; Tesla, the electric carmaker, is an example. A third category includes European and American makers of advanced manufacturing equipment and medical devices that China feels it should be producing itself.
As usual, the threats come in the form of policy announcements that sound deceptively bland. One, “common prosperity”, is a catch-all phrase extending from a reduction in social inequality to more coddling of workers and customers to the nannying of overstressed youngsters. Its most obvious impact is on Chinese tech, tutoring and gaming firms, which have lost hundreds of billions of dollars in market value as a result of government crackdowns. Yet multinationals, too, have been caught in the fallout. In a few days in August the valuation of European luxury brands, such as Kering, purveyor of Gucci handbags, and LVMH, seller of baubles and bubbles, tumbled by $75bn after investors finally took Mr Xi’s common-prosperity agenda seriously.
Evergrande is a symbol of China’s rush to grow too much, too quickly, based upon massive and ultimately unmanageable debt. It is not alone in its insoluble dilemma. The real estate giant has over $300 bn in liabilities. An employer of 200,000 people, if Evergrande falls, it will take a lot of China down with it. Because Evergrande is not only an over-leveraged real estate powerhouse, it is also a very big Chinese “shadow bank.”
Treating obese mice with the cytokine known as TSLP led to significant abdominal fat and weight loss compared to controls, according to new research published Thursday in Sciencefrom researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Unexpectedly, the fat loss was notassociated with decreased food intake or faster metabolism. Instead, the researchers discovered that TSLP stimulated the immune system to release lipids through the skin’s oil-producing sebaceous glands.
The research was carried out in mice but the immunological principles should operate in humans in a quite similar fashion.
The diagram above reveals that the release of lipids is a systemic phenomenon, body-wide. You can imagine the coating of fat that would accumulate around the bodies of many of the people one sees every day, walking about. This technique might even be explored as a new source of renewable energy.
It is impossible to overstate how important it would be to find an antidote to the obesity epidemic — particularly among persons with other illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis of the weight-bearing joints.
To test the effect of TSLP on Type 2 diabetes, the researchers injected obese mice with a viral vector that would increase their bodies’ TSLP levels. After four weeks, the research team found that TSLP had not only affected their diabetes risk, but it had actually reversed the obesity in the mice, which were fed a high-fat diet. While the control group continued to gain weight, the weight of the TSLP-treated mice went from 45 grams down to a healthy 25 grams, on average, in just 28 days.
Most strikingly, the TSLP-treated mice also decreased their visceral fat mass. Visceral fat is the white fat that is stored in the abdomen around major organs, which can increase diabetes, heart disease, and stroke risk. These mice also experienced improved blood glucose and fasting insulin levels, as well as decreased risk of fatty liver disease.
Given the dramatic results, Kambayashi assumed that the TSLP was sickening the mice and reducing their appetites. However, after further testing, his group found that the TSLP-treated mice were actually eating 20 to 30 percent more, had similar energy expenditures, base metabolic rates, and activity levels, when compared to their non-treated counterparts.
To explain the weight loss, Kambayashi recalled a small observation he had previously ignored: “When I looked at the coats of the TSLP-treated mice, I noticed that they glistened in the light. I always knew exactly which mice had been treated, because they were so much shinier than the others,” he said.
Manipulation of the immune system in this manner has always been a likely therapeutic destination, eventually. Such approaches to therapeutics have important implications not only for basic health, but also for longevity.
Scientists are just beginning to untangle the relationships between obesity and dysfunctional immune processes:
Obesity, like other states of malnutrition, is known to impair the immune function, altering leucocyte counts as well as cell-mediated immune responses. In addition, evidence has arisen that an altered immune function contributes to the pathogenesis of obesity. This review attempts to briefly comment on the various plausible explanations that have been proposed for the phenomenon: (1) the obesity-associated increase in the production of leptin (pro-inflammatory) and the reduction in adiponectin (anti-inflammatory) seem to affect the activation of immune cells; (2) NEFA can induce inflammation through various mechanisms (such as modulation of adipokine production or activation of Toll-like receptors); (3) nutrient excess and adipocyte expansion trigger endoplasmic reticulum stress; and (4) hypoxia occurring in hypertrophied adipose tissue stimulates the expression of inflammatory genes and activates immune cells. Interestingly, data suggest a greater impact of visceral adipose tissue and central obesity, rather than total body fat, on the inflammatory process. In summary, there is a positive feedback loop between local inflammation in adipose tissue and altered immune response in obesity, both contributing to the development of related metabolic complications.
If humans can keep the vultures from completely taking over global economies and societies, we will eventually approach the state where health, fitness, and longevity are almost entirely matters of personal choice.
What’s at stake here? It’s about more than the boosters. It’s about the whole experience of taking away the control of health management from individuals and medical professionals and handing it over to modelers and government officials with coercive power.
From the first week of March 2020, the US embarked on a wild experiment in virus mitigation, deploying a series of measures with a sweep and scope that had never previously been attempted, not in modern times and not even in ancient times.
The heavy-handed takeover of power by government functionaries since the earliest stages of the Chinese novel coronavirus pandemic was not anticipated by anyone — except by the plotters themselves.
Mass lockdowns of entire countries as a technique for fighting disease sprung into the world’s consciousness on the order of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who fomented a global propaganda offensive targeting Western governments and media. Within weeks, the WHO, an organization that once devoted itself to fighting disease and which has sadly become a tool of Chinese foreign policy, promulgated lockdowns into global policy through a series of pressconferences that showed a complete absence of analysis or logic.
The world has been fighting a virus from China with a public health policy from China that transforms the world into China. But if the national security community has noticed this bizarre development, they haven’t said so. Instead, their preoccupation has remained largely unchanged since February 2020.
Why Did Government Officials Choose Tyranny Over Accepted Public Health Practice?
… highly qualified medical professionals in the Great Barrington Declaration – postulated that the best way to mitigate the inevitable damage would be to shield the vulnerable and let the virus burn through those to whom it posed little statistical risk. After some temporary pain, herd immunity would have been achieved in a matter of months and life would have returned to normal.
Of course the best approach would have been the traditional public health approach, very similar to the path that Swedish public health officials chose. But it has become clear that many policy-makers within European and Anglospheric nations are in close sympathy with governments that do not have the best future of western peoples in mind. A progressive ratcheting up of power is the common currency these people share with overseas dictators. They have cut the ties of commonality with the people in their own countries long ago.
Natural COVID Immunity the Best?
There seems to be a “hierarchy of immunities”, with a combination immunity (natural infection recovery + one dose vaccine) being the most effective immunity, followed by natural infection and recovery alone, followed by full vaccination, followed by partial vaccination. But probably the best “immunity” of all is being young and healthy.
It isn’t clear what the Chinese had in mind when they constructed this virus in the labs of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Probably they were looking for a test viral platform, but were not nearly ready to use the agent as biowarfare. All Chinese viral research is under the auspices of party biowarfare officers, and top Chinese officials have admitted that the CPC is looking for a highly targeted virus that is capable of killing specific ethnic groups. Make that several highly targeted viruses. Is it out of the question to imagine that the Chinese also want a virus that might quickly eliminate all of their old and infirm in one fell swoop? If top party officials are protected, why not from their point of view? It is not as if the CPC is a charitable organization, with any scruples whatsoever.
The fraudulent Biden administration* owes its very existence to the shadows cast over normal US election safeguards in November of 2020. But given how quickly the Trump vaccine effort bore fruit and how quickly protection against the worst effects of the virus has grown up with a combination of vaccines and natural immunity, it is shocking how the Biden administration* continues to try to milk this turkey for all it is worth.
When the government becomes the enemy of the people so quickly, after so many generations of relative freedom guaranteed by the Constitution, you can expect a good deal of blowback. At this moment, the corporate media is protecting the criminal element within the fraudulent governmental enterprise. This makes it more difficult for the discontent to find a focus and direction. But the pressure is building.
…the traditional epidemiologic triad model holds that infectious diseases result from the interaction of agent, host, and environment. More specifically, transmission occurs when the agent leaves its reservoir or host through a portal of exit, is conveyed by some mode of transmission, and enters through an appropriate portal of entry to infect a susceptible host. This sequence is sometimes called the chain of infection.
In the case of SARS-2 CoV-19, the reservoir was the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Man-made viruses can complicate the traditional epidemiological framework of infection somewhat — especially when the virus makers refuse to disclose crucial information about their handiwork.
Scientists quickly determined that healthy children and young adults were resistant to serious disease from the Chinese manufactured virus. But public health officials failed to take advantage of that “loophole” when they devised their anti-pandemic measures. That failure is largely responsible for the nature of the lingering pandemic in advanced nations.
Nations such as Sweden, which allowed herd immunity to develop in the young and resistant, were quicker to move beyond most of the deadly complications of the disease — except perhaps in the immigrant populations which are impossible to control.
Time for Genetic Profiling?
[Of great interest is] the potential to stratify populations for risk of infectious disease based on genetic profiling. This has not been a priority until now as most preventive interventions such as childhood vaccines have been aimed at universal coverage. However, as more potentially useful vaccines are licensed and the costs of new vaccines escalate, targeted use is becoming a consideration. When a genetic profile costs less than a vaccine and the profile has many other applications in predicting disease risk, it may well be cost-effective to target newer vaccines to those who will benefit most from them. The recent awareness that low-frequency large-effect variants may make a large contribution to inter-individual genetic variation in susceptibility to many diseases  should increase interest in defining, early in life, the constellation of potentially deleterious variants that comprise an individual’s inheritance.
… A better approach is to compare the concordance of disease in fraternal and identical twin pairs, where a greater concordance in the latter provides a measure of heritability. Such studies have been undertaken for several infectious diseases, usually many years ago, and a relatively consistent picture of significant heritability for chronic infectious diseases emerges. The evidence is less clear for acute infections such as measles, where exposure and infection rates were very high when these early twin studies were performed . But in tuberculosis , leprosy , Helicobacter pylori infection , chronic hepatitis B infection  as well as in the phenotype of immune responses to vaccination [13,14], there is evidence of greater concordance in monozygotic compared with dizygotic twin pairs.
The introduction of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) has revolutionized the field of complex disease genetics. The availability of millions of SNPs mapped across the human genome and of microarrays that allow cost-effective genotyping of millions of SNPs in thousands of individuals provided, for the first time, the opportunity to test fairly comprehensively for genetic markers that would tag causative variants . In many diseases, the yield of this approach has been spectacular, with hundreds of loci now identified in, for example, autoimmune diseases. This is providing new insights into the molecular pathogenesis of these diseases as a route to designing and developing new treatments. There is also potential value in devising diagnostic arrays that would allow some prediction of risk of certain diseases.
Genetically, we are all different. But we are just now developing the tools of genetic analysis which allow us to make practical use of these very real differences. We could even look at ourselves as “walking bags of gene water” subject to a wide array of environmental triggers wherever we go.
This is true for assessing the variable risks of infectious diseases, non-infectious diseases, mental illnesses, and the risks of success, failure, happiness, and despair.
That means that the benefits of genetic profiling using the new tools of GWAS (genome-wide association studies) probably outweigh the political risks of learning that evolution has not prepared all of us equally for the likely challenges of our particular futures.
The idiocy of the US Biden administration* approach to controlling the Chinese-birthed pandemic stands in stark contrast to the brilliance of what genetic scientists are learning about genetic susceptibility to disease, life success, criminality, and intelligence.
Who is at maximum risk? Who is at moderate risk? Who is at minimal or essentially zero risk? And what kind of idiot wants to treat all of them the same way? What kind of punishment is suitable for such idiots?
Recovery from COVID Provides Extensive and Long-Lasting Immunity
A new study appears to contradict previous data about the efficacy of vaccines, claiming that those who have recovered from Covid-19 previously have more immunity from the Delta variant than those who are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines.
Conducted by Israeli researchers, it is the largest real-world study that compares the natural immunity people get from having recovered from Covid-19 to the safety provided by the Pfizer vaccine. And while previous studies showed that previously having Covid-19 provided decent immunity from reinfection, but not as much as vaccines, this new research seems to suggest otherwise.
One big difference that may explain the report seeming to conclude the exact opposite of other studies: previous research was not compared with the Delta variant of Covid-19.
The new study shows that people with 2 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are 6 times more likely to catch the Delta variant of Covid-19 than those who have recovered from Covid-19 previously. It also showed that those vaccinated are 7 times more likely to have symptomatic infections versus those who had Covid-19 previously.
But the research did show that, like vaccines, natural immunity decreases over time. That 6 times figure for reinfection jumps to 13 times higher for vaccinated people compared to people who had Covid-19 in 2021 versus in 2020.
These findings would suggest a blow to the idea that vaccination is a definite solution to the Covid-19 pandemic while giving a boost to those who advocate for allowing Covid-19 to run its natural course through the world population allowing for natural immunity and eventually herd immunity.
Once the Chinese SARS-2 CoV-19 escaped the Wuhan viral lab, it was likely that large numbers of people around the world would die. It is no surprise that those who are old and those who are seriously ill, are most likely to suffer serious and fatal illness. It was a pleasant surprise to find that healthy children and young adults were by and large resistant to serious and fatal infections.
But the greatest casualty of the global Chinese SARS-2 pandemic was common sense and wisdom in government and public health circles. It is disheartening to learn that we are being led by unscrupulous and opportunistic morons who are apparently willing to impoverish and sicken their populations to the last human, if it means that they themselves can acquire more power and more access to ill-gotten gains.
So who is capable of mounting this “superhuman” or “hybrid” immune response?
People who have had a “hybrid” exposure to the virus. Specifically, they were infected with the coronavirus in 2020 and then immunized with mRNA vaccines this year. “Those people have amazing responses to the vaccine,” says virologist Theodora Hatziioannou at Rockefeller University, who also helped lead several of the studies. “I think they are in the best position to fight the virus. The antibodies in these people’s blood can even neutralize SARS-CoV-1, the first coronavirus, which emerged 20 years ago. That virus is very, very different from SARS-CoV-2.”
In fact, these antibodies were even able to deactivate a virus engineered, on purpose, to be highly resistant to neutralization. This virus contained 20 mutations that are known to prevent SARS-CoV-2 antibodies from binding to it. Antibodies from people who were only vaccinated or who only had prior coronavirus infections were essentially useless against this mutant virus. But antibodies in people with the “hybrid immunity” could neutralize it.
These findings show how powerful the mRNA vaccines can be in people with prior exposure to SARS-CoV-2, she says. “There’s a lot of research now focused on finding a pan-coronavirus vaccine that would protect against all future variants. Our findings tell you that we already have it.
“But there’s a catch, right?” she adds: You first need to be sick with COVID-19. “After natural infections, the antibodies seem to evolve and become not only more potent but also broader. They become more resistant to mutations within the [virus].”
This Chinese virus was certainly engineered in a lab in Wuhan, perhaps with the assistance of funding from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s US government agency. But that is water under the bridge.
Vaccines appear to be helping, in spite of all of the sniping from the sidelines. And if you can become super-immune after recovery from Covid infection by also getting vaccinated — well that must appeal to at least a few people.
…the fact remains that all three COVID-19 vaccines have yet to obtain full FDA approval. While the evidence gives us every reason to believe that the vaccines will eventually receive full authorization, they are still only available under emergency-use authorization. The distinction may be a technicality, but Americans who want full assurance of the safety and efficacy of vaccines should have it.
That’s not to say that Americans shouldn’t already feel comfortable with the vaccine. Despite the emergency status, overwhelming evidence shows the decision of immunization to be a safe and responsible one. But it is still that: a decision. Many who have yet to get the vaccine are not waiting because they never plan to get it. They are simply wary of the possibly rushed development. While some may disagree with that hesitance, that does not invalidate their right to that choice.
It is virtually certain that some individuals are genetically resistant to getting seriously ill with the Chinese virus that causes Covid. Others less fortunate are genetically more susceptible to a serious Covid illness and death. Scientists have barely scratched the surface in understanding this Wuhan virus. The risk factors that are given — obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, old age, heart disease, lung disease etc. — are pathetically crude and general. They reflect the general ignorance that medical science still has with regard to this Chinese engineered virus. And the Chinese are not being very forthcoming — in fact one of the first things the CPC ordered back in December of 2019 was the destruction of all lab materials and data relating to the development of this virus.
The US CDC has behaved abominably throughout this entire sorry episode:
COVID-19 is a highly communicable disease that spreads rapidly, even in communities under lockdown orders.51
It is virtually impossible to eradicate the risk of infection. However, as illustrated in Chart 5, not everyone is at equal risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. Public health officials and news outlets seem to have a significant amount of trouble differentiating between the risk of infection and the risk of serious illness and death—which is predominantly a problem among the unvaccinated, especially the elderly. This failure amongst officials to recognize the value of more targeted public health approaches has needlessly created panic and prolonged the pandemic.
According to CDC estimates, the Delta variant represented more than 80 percent of new U.S. COVID-19 cases at the end of July 2021. Unfortunately, the CDC has done a poor job of using evidence to calm the public’s fears throughout the pandemic, and its latest public health guidelines for the fully vaccinated are no exception to that rule.
CDC Director Walensky announced these new guidelines based on data that allegedly imply that the vaccines offer little protection against the Delta variant. However, the CDC report fails to support this conclusion. In fact, the authors of the CDC report provide an explicit warning: “[D]ata from this report are insufficient to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, including the Delta variant, during this outbreak.”52
Brown et al., “Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections,” p. 3.
Despite the CDC’s misuse of the data in the new report, the overall evidence remains clear: Vaccines for COVID-19 have provided people with significant protection against serious illness or death from the virus, including the Delta variant. Public health guidelines should reflect this reality.
It’s about the same odds as dying from a lightning strike . . .
As Chart 4 illustrates, typical causes of death, such as heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases are still more likely to take people’s lives than a breakthrough case of COVID-19. In fact, the odds of dying of COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated are lower than getting killed in a dog attack or getting killed by a swarm of bees. In fact, as Chart 4 illustrates, the odds of dying of COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated are comparable to dying by lightning strike.
The statistics compiled above in this document suggest that it is wisest to get vaccinated against the Chinese virus SARS CoV-2, although there is a good chance that if you have been infected by the virus itself, your immunity may be even better than what you can get from any of the vaccines.
If you read the source above, you will suspect that almost everything being told to US citizens in late summer 2021 by the US CDC about the Chinese virus, is either a lie or a misstatement.
A lot of people are getting a lot of mileage out of misleading the public on the Chinese virus. The full magnitude of the financial and human disaster being caused by government health official malpractice and media malpractice will take a long time to compile.
The advice in the title of this post is exactly the message sent to President Bush almost 20 years ago, from the writers who would later found this blog. We suggested that if he was considering an invasion of Afghanistan (and later Iraq), that he had best plan his mission well so that the troops could get in, do the job, then get out promptly. Central Asia (like the middle east) is no place to send the troops for an extended holiday.
Unfortunately, the US military feels that it needs wars to facilitate officer field training and promotion. Military contractors and a host of bureaucrats and politicians all find it profitable to get in on the action, and the spending. Wars are a veritable hogfest for pigs of all types.
The US screwed the pooch on Afghanistan as soon as conventional forces took over from the special ops command. The Pentagon was full of social promotion generals after eight years of Clinton/Gore, and they were all eager to prove how clever they were. And that is exactly what they did, unfortunately.
Here it is, almost 20 years later:
Who Are the Taliban?
The so-called Taliban are a mish-mash of fanatical fundamentalist thugs from Pashtun tribes, from the Pakistani streets, and from other Islamic countries including the Arab countries. The mindless brutality of these low-life terrorists is well described in the novel The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. They enjoy the full backing of the Pakistani intelligence service, which means the Pakistani government. For every drop of the blood of innocents shed by the Taliban, the ruling elites of Pakistan are equally guilty.
The shame of President Biden* and his administration* is not that the US troops were ordered to leave the country. The shame of this fraudulent US government* is the slipshod and cynical offering up of tens or hundreds of thousands of innocent lives, a treasure trove of intelligence secrets to China and Russia, and between tens and hundreds of $billions of modern military equipment and infrastructure to the butchers who call themselves the Taliban — not to mention the betrayal of allies around the world.
Afghanistan Has Always Been Hell on Invading Armies
There have been many invasions of Afghanistan throughout history by large and powerful empires and other great powers. Such invasions tend not to be successful in the long run. There is nothing particularly appealing about the country, its climate, or its culture. The idea that this ancient culture of brutal warlords and neo-fundamentalist tyranny would be magically transformed into a modern, cohesive, orderly nation, was a fool’s delusion.
The 19th Century British adventure in Afghanistan — so graphically portrayed in this Flashman story — could have been a fine warning to GW Bush not to plan to stay around in that cursed country too long. If he had listened, he might have saved the US and NATO countries a lot of grief.
Just a short warning to Russia, who is celebrating the takedown of the US and NATO at the hands of President Biden*: Beware the flood of opium coming your way. Your much-depleted youth cohort was already at high risk of achieving dissolution without this new wave of Afghan poppy. You are on the front lines of this disaster. Take care that the graves you are laughing over are not your own.
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was an American psychologist best known for his theory on the hierarchy of needs. While it is true that people do not always want the same things as what they need, there is often a parallel between the two.
You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need
Starting from the bottom of the pyramid, it is clear that most women will want (1) Physiological needs, (2) Safety needs, (3) Belonging and love needs, and (4) Esteem needs. The top two levels of (5) Self-Actualization, and (6) Self-Transcendence probably also apply to most women — and the wise man in a woman’s life should probably assume that they do.
The top three levels may need a bit of interpretation for a large number of women, however. Many women still obtain a large portion of (4) Esteem needs from their husband or from other family connections. Other women may derive a good portion of their (5) Self-Actualization needs from helping their husbands and children achieve their personal potential. And many women still find their greatest (6) Sense of Meaning and Purpose in being the essential element of their family’s smooth functioning.
It is a truly impoverished woman who lives her entire life only for herself and her own needs. This is something that is not always understood by sociologists and social psychologists — to say nothing of the modern political feminist.
An expanded Maslow Motivational Model is provided below:
The problem with the model above is that it is not explicitly adapted to the way women specifically think and feel about life’s challenges and problems.
Most women tend to be more social than most men, so that they are more likely to pay attention to what significant others (friends and family) say that they should do and who they should be, than are most men.
For example, on her own a woman may feel that she is in love with a particular man and feel perfectly happy with the idea of marrying him and starting a family. But if her friends or female relatives tell her that it is out of the question, a woman is more likely to change her mind due to social pressure.
Within the category of “esteem needs” many women can have very strong “status needs” that derive from social connections and marriage. These status needs can be so strong that if her current husband does not give her a high enough status, she will be on a constant lookout for a man who will help meet them — with the result that she “marries up” as soon as possible. In the woman’s mind it is her current husband who is guilty of infidelity — because he should have known that she needed higher status from the very beginning. Shame on him for keeping her down!
So that while a man may marry repeatedly in the attempt to keep a young wife, a woman is more likely to marry repeatedly in the attempt to raise her status via her man.
Wise men and women always keep in mind the innate differences between men and women, at least on a statistical level. Men are more interested in structural and mechanical things and abstract concepts. Women are more interested in people and in nice things for the home.
You cannot be wise these days and still be politically correct or “woke.” You have to be quite stupid to engage in today’s modern groupthink. But these things go in cycles, so rather than planning to move so far into the wilderness that no one can find you, you may instead choose to merely re-locate on the edge of the wilderness — within driving distance of supermarkets, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.
And once you learn — when we get to the end of this series — what women really want, rather than to throw up your hands and give up on women altogether, you may choose to be realistic and learn how to clone one of your favorite women from scratch. We have the technology . . .
Singer and songwriter Nanci Griffith died a couple of days ago. She had planned to be a schoolteacher, but her music wouldn’t let her go. She won the Grammy Award for her 1993 album Other Voices, Other Rooms, which included the song Tecumseh Valley by Townes Van Zandt. My favorite of her own songs is Gulf Coast Highway.
She is remembered both for songs she herself wrote, as well as for the songs of others to which she gave life. “From a Distance” written by Julie Gold, is an example of Nanci Griffith elevating someone else’s song with her voice and her interpretation.
Emmylou Harris performed a number of Griffith’s songs, and the two performed on stage together.
Below is an excerpt from a documentary and live show that may help you understand more of her background and career:
The best songwriters are always trying to lead us into new dimensions of comprehension, and when they succeed they deserve to be celebrated. The best singers can take what can seem mundane at best, and elevate it into something soul-wrenchingly divine.
For example, Eva Cassidy took the hum-drum song “Fields of Gold” by Sting, and she turned it into something ethereal. Nanci Griffith rescued Julie Gold’s “From a Distance” out of obscurity and made it easy for Bette Midler to turn it into a world hit a few years later.
It takes both — good songwriters and good performers — to make the world of music come alive. It can be rare to find both talents in one body. And so we miss them when they go, we miss the songs they would have written, even if we are not aware of the lack.
I prefer to feel that aching pain in the chest, having a sense of what is lost. Feeling the sweetness of that pain is one good reason to stop drinking, smoking, and taking pills. And perhaps, feeling that pain and sweetness in its fullness, come to write songs again…
They want you to die. Actually, they want everybody to die! They want the whole human race to go extinct. They are not rare, they are not hard to find. Every year, universities turn out a whole new crop of tens of thousands of them. If you send your own children to university, you may find one in your own nest, like an innocent warbler that suddenly finds a cuckoo chick in with its own brood.
The modern left end of the political spectrum has been taken over by radical extinctioneers. Whatever they may say in public, whatever public policies they may advocate, what they really want is for all of you — all of us — to die and go away permanently.
Here is a typical leftist who is trying to get the public to think more about the positive side of human extinction:
The question of whether extinction would be good or bad overall is obviously very important, especially in the face of potential catastrophic events at the hinge of history. But this question is also very difficult to answer. Ultimately, I am not claiming that extinction would be good; only that, since it might be, we should devote a lot more attention to thinking about the value of extinction than we have to date.
A lot of other leftists are not nearly so shy about coming out and advocating the deaths of every single one of you, without replacement:
My journey to advocating for voluntary human extinction began at school. I was born in the post-war baby boom in a small desert town in Oregon, in the US. There were more new students than the elementary school could cope with, so classes overflowed into churches. In my fourth year, we were taught in the county library; people checked out books as we learned. High school was the same: the cafeteria had to be converted into classrooms. There just weren’t enough resources – a situation that remains the same as we boomers enter our final decades.
After an involuntary stint in the army, I read Paul Ehrlich’s book Population Bomb, which argued that overpopulation would lead to food shortages and famine, and soon joined a movement called Zero Population Growth. Their slogan was Stop at Two, but it didn’t take much maths to work out that this would take too long. We were already overpopulated at 3.7 billion: instead of stopping at two children, we needed to stop at once.
They tend to say that they want to achieve human extinction by a quick phase-out of all new human births. Certainly leftist policies around the advanced worlds of Europe, the Anglosphere, and East Asia, have resulted in crashing birth rates among more intelligent populations — but not yet among immigrants. Yet in the undeveloped world, in places like sub Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, birth rates continue to be high — above 4 births per fertile female in the population. And the average human IQ in these places of continued high human fertility, are quite low.
The policies of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement are enmeshed within the ascendant leftist political movements of the day, including leftist climate, economic, and social policies. These leftist policies inevitably result in lower human birth rates among the brighter, more educated populations of advanced nations. This leaves the less bright, less educated populations to carry the torch of humanity into the future. And these populations are more likely to descend into violent anarchy, than to submit to voluntary extinction.
Every leftist I know has a mental illness. But they don’t want to change their behaviors or diets to promote healthier thoughts. They want prescription pills that dull their senses and expect others to accept their issues without question. Working to gain control over their thoughts and emotions isn’t something they believe they can do.
These are the people who want to destroy the nuclear family. They are so lonely and miserable, yet they hate the thought of adhering to any tradition that their grandparents found joy in.
If your child’s school or your favorite media outlet has not let you in on this secret, then they are part of the problem. For you to be part of the solution, you must first pull your children out of that school and stop patronizing that media outlet. Why is the ultimate source of SARS-CoV-2 so important? Because it points to a specific project within a bloody-handed totalitarian country that is closely tied to political, media, academic, corporate, and activist elements in the western world — all of which promote leftist policies that inevitably result in low birth rates among more competent groups with high IQ (highly heritable), high EF (highly heritable), and high achievement.
And if you wonder how election fraud in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and a few other municipal precincts could have swung the 2020 US presidential election to the CPC preferred candidate, remember that communist parties have had over a century’s experience at rigging elections. It’s not that hard when the media plays along, and you have an artificial hysteria to take advantage of.
Geert Vanden Bossche is a virologist with significant experience in vaccine development. Vanden Bossche is warning against a SARS-CoV-2 variant “Armageddon,” due to viral evolution in response to mass vaccination campaigns around the world. He is saying that mass vaccination campaigns should be halted to prevent the emergence of “super-variants” with greatly enhanced virulence.
On the other side of the balance beam, most of the data from nations with high levels of vaccination, suggest that death rates are dropping — even while infection rates from variants rise. Delta variant spreads quickly, but is showing lower rates of death and serious infection.
Lower death rates that are being seen with the delta variant may be due in part to mass vaccinations as well as rising numbers of persons with natural immunity from infection. When 80% of the population is immune from a pandemic virus, herd immunity rapidly slows the spread, as susceptible individuals are less likely to encounter infected persons.
New Treatment Seems Startlingly Effective Against Serious COVID Cases
Remember this when it comes to serious COVID cases that may lead to death:
“It is important to remember that 19 out of 20 COVID-19 patients do not need any therapy,” Arber said. “After a window of five to 12 days, some 5% of the patients start to deteriorate.”
The excerpt above is referring to the symptomatic COVID infected (perhaps 30% depending on age). Most of the infected are not symptomatic at all, and of course do not require treatment. But of symptomatic patients, only 1 out of 20 will need therapy — the vast majority will recover without therapy thanks to their own immune systems. The others will need to worry about “cytokine storm.” That is the condition — leading to ARDS — that the new drug is designed to combat.
Out of that 5% of the most serious COVID cases, over 90% can now be treated and sent home within 5 days of initial treatment, using a new drug called EXO-CD24. By my calculations, this leaves 0.015% of COVID cases which may need hospital treatment beyond 5 days. The rest will not need treatment, or will be promptly cured and sent home!
This scenario is a far different one than the “COVID Armageddon” scenario being served up by Joe Biden’s CDC, or by the goose-stepping mainstream media. In other words, the combination of increased herd immunity from natural infection and mass vaccination, plus vastly improved anti-COVID therapies for those with truly serious reactions to infection are collectively changing the outlook.
In terms of Geert Vanden Bossche’s warning about a super-deadly super-variant of the SARS-CoV-2, it looks as if the delta variant is not the variant they’ve been looking for.
Immigrants and COVID go together like hand and glove. If not for immigrants, for example, Sweden would have had fewer than half its COVID cases to date. This is due to the high number of immigrants employed in Swedish nursing homes.
In America, intent on releasing as many COVID-infected immigrants into the US as possible, the Biden administration has recruited the mainstream media into the campaign of designed decline. Officials have been directed by the administration to keep things quiet, and the media, for the most part, is only too happy to comply.
Immigrants have been responsible for a high proportion of new COVID cases along the US southern border for some time, but the Biden government* has chosen to step things up several notches. As more Americans gain natural immunity from infection and artificial immunity from vaccines, the panic-mongers have to reach farther to recruit new cases. Keeping the panic going until the next election is the goal.
Biden is a Drooling Fraud; How to Fight Back?
Preppers have been sitting back and watching several patterns developing, including fraudulent elections, fraudulent pandemic panics, fraudulent climate apocalypses, and a number of other dial-to-order popular hysterias meant to keep the herd in line for the benefit of the elite. But if the ranks of the preppers grow to a threshold level — and if they get organized — the facade of “peace in the ranks” may collapse. As the numbers of the disaffected grow, it will be more and more difficult for the media and the government* to describe the skeptics as “domestic terrorists.”
As expected, the Biden government* and its allies in Congress have been attempting to strip Americans of their constitutional rights to keep and bear arms against government oppression. But more and more people are learning how to make their own firearms:
Making personal firearms is perfectly legal under federal law, if that matters to you, though states and localities may have their own rules. To that end, finishing “80 percent” receivers has become a popular pastime since the roughed-out blocks, shaped like the part of the AR-15 rifle that contains the hammer, safety, and trigger, but with solid material where those parts should fit, can be purchased without the legal rigmarole required for buying a firearm…
… It’s easy to envision an expanded market for jigs and tools that help hobbyists transform bricks of aluminum and polymer into finished receivers. And let’s not forget that my great uncle made rifles long before you could buy 80 percent receivers on the internet.
CNC milling machines and 3D printers are devices that were not around when the founders were envisioning a new constitution for the first attempt at a free country — a concept unknown prior to their time. But such machines make it virtually impossible for busy-body tyrants such as those within and allied to the Biden administration* to strip citizens of their self-defense rights entirely. In fact, creative citizens can more and more easily dream up their own weapons designs and bring them to reality more quickly. The idea of gun control may be popular among leftists in government, media, academia, and political activism circles, but it is likely to become an impotent joke as humans exert their creative powers to circumvent the power grabbers in the new government*.
This Corrupt Shakeup Will Have Consequences
Almost every move being taken by the men behind Biden’s curtain seem geared to weaken the fabric of trust and cooperation between the free peoples and free organizations that have allowed the civil society and free economies of the US to produce high levels of prosperity for so long.
The engineered decline of the US cannot help but reverberate far and wide, and a lot of craziness is poised to leap into the resulting void.
A note about the following video: Peter Zeihan is at his best when analyzing international geopolitical trends. When it comes to US national events, he is clearly prone to strong personal biases and seems to give excessive weight to mainstream media opinions — something that he clearly does not do when in his own field of expertise, international geopolitics. I suspect that Zeihan may have had a run-in with someone inside the Trump administration which left him bruised and eager for payback.
Regardless, here at Al Fin, we do not like to baby our readers, and do not hesitate to provide useful materials which may contradict in part some of the things we assert in other places. We expect readers to be able to weigh contradictory ideas and facts, and come up with their own opinions.
The leftist radicals who are ruining US cities from the west coast to Minneapolis and beyond, are the shock troops of the DNC, which is a large part of the policy center for the elites who want to shape the future of the US — and thus of the rest of the world.
This is not a process that Trump or anyone else on their own could stop. He could barely slow it down. When votes can be manufactured at will, the people’s choice can be circumvented by the ultra-rich every time — particularly when the mainstream media is standing by to defend, excuse, and obfuscate whatever cheat the elites have ordered up.
There is no guidebook to show the way. But if you carefully discuss these issues among your families, friends, associates, and acquaintances, you may discover that you are not alone in your suspicions. And that might be the beginning of a plan.
Women like to laugh. A man who can make the ladies laugh is always in demand, because when she is laughing she is not worrying. Ordinarily women worry. A lot. About everything. But given an excuse to let go, a lot of women will take it. Dr. Jeffrey Hall, professor of Communications at U. Kansas, made this discovery:
Hall brought together 51 pairs of single, heterosexual college students who were strangers. The pairs sat alone in a room and talked for about 10 minutes while they were being videotaped and tape-recorded.
Afterward, they rated how attracted they were to the other person. While the results didn’t report that one sex tried to be funnier than the other, they did suggest that the more times a man tried to be funny and the more times a woman laughed at his jokes, the more likely the woman was romantically interested.
Sure, if a woman is interested in a man, she will laugh at his jokes even if the humor eludes her. But if the laughter is genuine — and she is truly letting herself go in the moment — for that short period of time there is a back door to her heart that is open.
It helps if the man has learned to not take himself too seriously all the time. There is something funny about the normally responsible man who sometimes lets himself be the jester that others can laugh at.
What are some other ways women may choose to “let go?”
In most environments, danger is not far away. Situational awareness can keep a person safe, even in a dangerous environment. But alcohol and drugs will blunt your situational awareness, and leave you vulnerable to danger.
Another way of letting go is losing yourself in a group of people, and just doing whatever everyone else is doing. If the group is doing something healthy and beneficial, you will be better off. If the group is doing something destructive and risky, your luck may run out.
Women like to dance. Letting the man lead is a way of letting go. Or just free-form dancing where the freedom of movement itself is a form of letting go.
Love is yet another way a woman can let go. Scientific studies help us to understand why a woman needs to “let go” in order to fully experience the pleasure of being with her lover. The executive functions of the prefrontal cortex must be temporarily suspended in order for the deeper centers of the brain in the insula, nucleus accumbens, hippocampus, and other areas involved in love and pleasure, to light up.
When a woman dreams in sleep, she may lose herself in more intense emotions than the typical mundane worries and concerns of the everyday world. If she has learned to “let go” in her dreams — or to combine “letting go” with lucid dreaming — she may be able to visit wonderlands in her sleeping dreams that have her smiling for no reason the next morning.
The best way of letting go for anyone is to meditate. In a deep meditative state, one’s worries fall away, and with practice problems become easier to solve.
When a woman’s mind is freed up from worry, she is able to experience other aspects of her existence which may be denied her ordinarily.
The thing to remember is that although women will naturally worry all the time about everything, they tend to crave the opportunity to let go of those worries. If a woman’s lover fails to provide healthy and safe opportunities for letting go, the woman’s dissatisfaction may grow to unhealthy levels.
A Johns Hopkins professor, Martin Adal Makary MD, MPH, has publicly asserted that being infected with the Chinese novel coronavirus SARS-2 which causes COVID-19, provides a more thorough immunity to the virus than any vaccine.
“When you get infected with COVID, your body’s immune system develops antibodies to the entire surface of the virus. Not just the slight protein that the vaccines give you, but the entire surface. And so, you get a more diverse antibody portfolio in your system.”
This is not to diminish the importance of anti-COVID vaccinations, which have proven generally safe and effective in reducing numbers of infections and deaths from the Chinese virus. Anyone who is not immune should probably be vaccinated, unless they have a firm contraindication.
Vaccine developer Moderna is now recommending a third vaccine — rather than just two — in order to help protect against new variants. I suppose that is in keeping with the maxim “you can never be too safe!” But in reality, there is such a thing as being too safe. And we should always keep the hidden motives in mind whenever mulling over public recommendations for health action.
Meanwhile, the creator of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID — the CCP — is stumbling around, trying to decide how to use its accidental advantage given by the incompetent political leadership of Europe and the Anglosphere.
China has the advantage in terms of “New War,” or the type of war waged by confusing, bankrupting, and forcing economic dependence on your enemies. But in terms of capacity for “Old War” involving massive destruction and bloodshed, China still lags.
China has not made its intentions known, but it has created an atmosphere in which a war initiated by it is a real possibility if the United States does not shift its diplomatic position or military posture. The creation of such a posture costs China a dimension of surprise. The U.S. has focused its substantial military force on China, making initiation by China more difficult. On the other hand, the U.S. was already deployed in a posture dangerous to China, and whatever the U.S. might think its intentions are, China cannot take for granted that the U.S. is not intending hostile actions. China has had to deploy force anyway, so the possibility of war is not alien from either side. The war indicators are valuable diplomatically. They might convince the United States to shift its military posture and its position on economic relations, not so much out of fear of China but because the issues might not matter so much to the U.S. War fever can force reevaluation, and the U.S. has more room for maneuver than China has.
China has done something strange. It has indicated the point of war initiation – Taiwan – and has put in place a force that could theoretically take Taiwan. Announcing the specific target is as dangerous as the Japanese letting the U.S. fleet know that Pearl Harbor was the target. Attacking Taiwan entails an amphibious operation requiring a force limited by the capacity of amphibious craft (always inadequate, as seen at Normandy), and then leaving that force to engage the enemy while reinforcements and a continual shuttle of supplies cross 100 miles of water under possible U.S. missile and air attack.
Clearly the SARS-2 novel coronavirus was released accidentally, before the CCP was ready to take advantage of the resulting confusion and economic devastation of lockdown hysteria. But that virus was not the only pigment on the CCP’s palette or the only knife in the drawer. Even so, the confused milieu of the Chinese pandemic may not be the best time for China to unleash an invasion of an independent country.
Should that occur, many lackeys of China in the west — including much of the western mainstream media which has been pushing lockdown mania and dysfunction — will end up with egg foo yung on their faces.
In July of 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab was suddenly desperate for repairs on its ventilation and waste treatment systems. By September of 2019, activity spiked at Wuhan hospitals surrounding the viral labs, along with internet searches for information on an illness with symptoms we now associate with COVID-19. And by 12 September 19, the Chinese Communist lab facility was in full coverup and data destruction modes. More
It would appear from public data used by US Congressional researchers that the Chinese virus accidentally leaked from the Wuhan viral lab six months before China officially admitted the existence of the deadly epidemic.
In an ironic twist, Beijing itself is back on lockdown, as the delta variant is making its appearance in the capital city of the communist dictator nation. Apparently the Chinese vaccines are ineffective against the latest iteration of the Chinese virus. The funny thing about the delta variants is that although it seems to cause spikes in numbers of infections, the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths are lower with delta.
Lockdowns come naturally to the communist dictatorship. But in the free world outside of the CPC tyranny, it should not be so easy for governments to strip citizens of their basic rights for a virus with a roughly 0.5% IFR. What were the lockdown tyrants in the west thinking?
Biden Opens Southern Border to Large Numbers of Infected Migrants
Much of the surge of COVID cases in the US since the fraudulent Biden administration took power, can be laid at the feet of a leaky southern US border, where a free-for-all involving infected illegals has been official policy.
… our border with Mexico is open to anyone from anywhere (except Cuba) whether or not they are infected with COVID. That is a greater danger to public health than anyone could imagine, far more significant than those who refuse to wear masks or get the vaccine.
Biden’s unenforced border policy is the worst and biggest “super-spreader” policy in the history of COVID. It is contrary to science, public safety, and common sense.
It is almost as if Biden and his crooked cohorts are inviting the virus to enter the country, without delay — in marked contrast to the onerous travel blocks being put in place to hinder law abiding travel of healthy persons with papers.
Learning to Live With SARS-2 CoV, the Chinese Virus
COVID will still take lives, but it’s simply not a major threat to people with immunity, whether natural or from a vaccine. Despite the new alarms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the Delta variant’s dangers, and the media hype amplifying them, the bottom line remains: Only a tiny fraction of those who are vaxxed have been infected and hospitalized, as The Post reported last week. An even smaller fraction have died.
Fact is, as a society, we have to move on — and not be paralyzed by the vax-resistant or those demanding zero risk. The good news: Most of us are moving back to normalcy already.
Traditionally, the best immunity has been natural immunity. With this lab-engineered “gain of function” Chinese virus, we may need to accept an increased level of complexity of immunity. In other words, there may be more parts of this virus with which our immune systems need to get better acquainted, to achieve a broad-based immunity against the most likely variants.
As mentioned above, we are lucky that the delta variant seems to cause fewer hospitalizations and deaths than the earlier iterations of the virus. It would be nice if further iterations showed the same trend toward reduced virulence. But if the Chinese labs decide to make further modifications, all bets are off.
Was the Wuhan Lab Looking for an “Old Age” Virus?
China’s biowarfare agencies have been looking for custom viruses which are capable of targeting humans by particular traits, such as ethnicity. But a virus that targets the very old or the very young might also have a use in particular biowar scenarios that the ChiComs might dream up.
Consider a nation that is particularly top-heavy with old people, such as Russia, Japan, or Italy. If China wanted to throw such a country into chaos to allow for other devilish machinations behind the scenes, creating a high-mortality environment that paralyzed such a country’s medical and transportation systems might provide cover for any number of nefarious projects meant to influence or dominate particular sectors of that other country.
In the battlefield of tomorrow, winning will mean thrusting the opposing nation into a state of confusion and then subjugation, not destroying it.
Despite Variants, No Lockdowns, No Daily Deaths… Thanks, Herd Immunity!!!
“From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Agency . . . embarked on a de-facto herd immunity approach, allowing community transmission to occur relatively unchecked,” declared a scathing editorial in the leftwing medical journal TheLancet last December. “No mandatory measures were taken to limit crowds on public transport, in shopping malls, or in other crowded places,” it said. “Coronavirus testing, contact tracing, source identification, and reporting, as recommended by WHO, were limited and remain inadequate.” High schools closed temporarily, but grade schools never.
What’s happening? According to an as-yet unpublished but online study by two Svenske researchers, it appears the country has reached that Holy Grail of Covid called “herd immunity.” That means a level where those already protected are significantly guarding those without exposure. Mind, they say, it’s not all from Covid-19 per se but possibly in great part to “pre-immunity” from other infections. Four coronaviruses are known to cause colds, but the researchers actually don’t even mention that. It’s just that previous exposure to something seems to be providing natural inoculation. And it shouldn’t be as unique to Sweden as Ingrid Bergman.
… Thus the country the media loved to hate is reaping the best of all worlds: Few current cases and deaths, stronger economic growth than the lockdown countries, and its people never experienced the yoke of tyranny.
Sweden wanted herd immunity and that’s what it got. The result is that Sweden is not whining about the need for another year of lockdowns and mandatory mask wearing. Instead, Swedes are living their lives as if their lives were worth living.
Sweden is not behaving like a socialist country at all, and that really pisses off the tyrants who control most of Europe and the Anglosphere — and it angers the tyrants of the media most of all.
Journalists tend not to have any expertise in medicine or public health. In fact, journalists tend not to have expertise in anything at all — even in journalism! But they tend to be expert in groupthink and echo choir mentality. If one journalist posts a hard-hitting piece (which is actually an opinion editorial) then all the rest of the journalists can copy and paste the same piece under their own byline. Money for nothing and the clicks for free!
The Covid hysteria brought all of this out into the open like nothing else, except perhaps the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming apocalypse hysteria. It’s as if they are all mind clones, and are incapable of independent thought. Yes, they are college graduates, but where do you think they learned to think exactly alike?
First, all journalists must flunk a standard IQ test before being admitted to J school. Then J school will crush any independent thought that remains into dust. Then, J students are taught to copy and paste articles by other mind-clones, for posting under their own names.
The US Government and Anthony Fauci along with the mainstream media all told us that we could not gain immunity from being infected with the Chinese coronavirus that causes Covid-19. And now they are telling us that even the vaccines cannot stop the spread, but we must instead stay on lockdowns and masks until further notice! But there is something wrong with the groupthink narrative coming from the government and the media: It’s a lie.
Covid infection confers long-term immunity:
Ending the COVID-19 pandemic will require long-lived immunity to SARS-CoV-2. Here, we evaluate 254 COVID-19 patients longitudinally up to 8 months and find durable broad-based immune responses. SARS-CoV-2 spike binding and neutralizing antibodies exhibit a bi-phasic decay with an extended half-life of >200 days suggesting the generation of longer-lived plasma cells. SARS-CoV-2 infection also boosts antibody titers to SARS-CoV-1 and common betacoronaviruses. In addition, spike-specific IgG+ memory B cells persist, which bodes well for a rapid antibody response upon virus re-exposure or vaccination. Virus-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells are polyfunctional and maintained with an estimated half-life of 200 days. Interestingly, CD4+ T cell responses equally target several SARS-CoV-2 proteins, whereas the CD8+ T cell responses preferentially target the nucleoprotein, highlighting the potential importance of including the nucleoprotein in future vaccines. Taken together, these results suggest that broad and effective immunity may persist long-term in recovered COVID-19 patients.
By closely examining the results, the researchers uncovered important differences between acquired immunity in people who’d been vaccinated and unvaccinated people who’d been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2. Specifically, antibodies elicited by the mRNA vaccine were more focused to the RBD compared to antibodies elicited by an infection, which more often targeted other portions of the spike protein. Importantly, the vaccine-elicited antibodies targeted a broader range of places on the RBD than those elicited by natural infection.
Lab Tests Seem to Emphasize Covid and Ignore Influenza!
It does no good to proclaim high rates of one infection and low rates of another, when the tests you are using cannot reliably detect them both!
It appears if the SARS-CoV-2-only test found only that pathogen, and if that was the only test done, then flu strains went undetected. The “flu season” impact is evident to anyone interested in looking at the data (emphasis mine).
The U.S. has reported more than 34.4 million cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began in 2020 and more than 610,000 deaths.
But while cases of COVID-19 soared nationwide, hospitalizations and deaths caused by influenza dropped. [Ed: But how could they know if their test could not detect both infections?]
… nine or 12 months out from their infection, and they still haven’t noticed any improvement. They’re exhausted all day long, and they have severe difficulty doing their jobs because of memory and thinking issues, breathing discomfort, and other symptoms.
We know that many of today’s young people have difficulty forming opinions of their own, which often translates into a difficulty finding an identity of their own without the group. They are being more frequently drawn into the confusing world of “trans” sexuality where they cannot even find a workable sexual identity for themselves. They can be drawn into apocalyptic movements such as the “catastrophic anthropogenic global warming extinction” movement. Or, in the case of Covid, they can make being diseased their identity, and may find it impossible to function in any other capacity.
Here is an example of the groupthink that pervades the Covid steamroller groupthink movement:
This kind of coordinated propaganda is typical of both mainstream media and social media these days. Young people have never been taught to recognize it, so they tend to fall in with the sheep-like crowd almost every time. More thoughtful people tend to see through the government/media/activist smokescreen.
The current fraud of an administration in the US government executive offices, promotes the deceitful groupthink to the hilt. But the brighter people in the population are getting very tired of it — particularly as tens of millions of businesses have been lost and other tens of millions of workers have lost their jobs. The best estimate is that worldwide, a third of the population lost their livelihoods during the Covid lockdown hysteria. And the corrupt frauds want to keep it all going indefinitely!
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It would be best to learn to be very Dangerous indeed.
Other treatment possibilities from an article which reveals the widespread belief — propagated by the media and government agencies — that an infection with SARS2-CoV is the same as a death sentence. Overall, fewer than 0.5% of infected people die. With better treatments and continued vaccination, the death rate could drop significantly lower. And yet the fraudulent US government wants to go back to total lockdown status, to kill what is left of the free economy.
… in Africa, the average age is 19 years old and rapidly getting younger. The continent is growing so quickly that by halfway through this century, it will be home to one billion children. By 2050, two in every five children in the world will be born here.
This is going to present a unique challenge. Graça Machel has warned: “Even though our youth have the potential to transform Africa, if neglected, they could exacerbate poverty and inequality while threatening peace, security and prosperity”. Therefore, we must be proactive in ensuring we meet the needs of this burgeoning population.
Evolving in tandem with this exponential population growth is a rate of urbanisation in Sub-Saharan Africa that is unmatched in the rest of the world.
Africa’s urban population is expected to nearly triple by 2050, to 1.34 billion. Coupled with a high rate of urban primacy in African countries (whereby one city is multiple times bigger than the next nearest) and the high number of mega cities, enormous stress is going to be placed on the physical, political, economic and societal infrastructure in these places.
If the average black infant mortality rate in the west is about 10 deaths per 1000 live births, and the average infant mortality rate in Africa is about 50 infant deaths per 1000 live births — despite the $billions spent in Africa every year by western relief agencies and NGOs — one wonders what the infant mortality rate in Africa would be if Africans were left to fend for themselves, without western physicians, medicines, vaccines, equipment, etc.
But it is not just African infant mortality rate that is being held artificially low by outside assistance. African mortality across the board is just a fraction of what it would be without outside interference.
Eventually, the shrinking (and less prosperous) populations in the western world will no longer be able to prop up excess African population growth. As western populations collapse, they will no longer be able to trade excess wealth for import goods from the third world and the emerging world. Africa will suffer — but so will China! Every exporting nation will pay the price for the coming demographic implosion of most of the world — combined with the demographic explosion within an Africa that cannot take care of itself.
Western media will not look honestly at this destructive confluence of demographic trends that is set to rock the world’s geopolitical foundations to rubble.
Yes, they will tell us how horrible it is that black infants in the US die at a rate twice as high as their white counterparts. But they do not explain that virtually every race everywhere in the world has a lower infant mortality than black infants do virtually everywhere. In almost every way a black baby is lucky to be born in the west, compared to the old countries of its genetic roots.
If one considers the many black ghettos around the world, it is sobering to realize that the African population explosion has barely begun. The burgeoning slums of Africa itself will be amply mirrored by the exploding slums of Sweden, France, England, Brazil, North America, Venezuela, Belize, and on all shores of the Mediterranean. This will be a world that your grandparents would not have recognized. You will not have to travel to Africa. This world will come to you.
Were you wondering whether this population trend will affect the ongoing decline of global average IQ scores?
Time will tell.
The only way to assure a safe and secure future, is to assure the rule of law and property rights, which undergird the foundations of prosperity. That is not what your children are being taught in schools — and it is certainly not what the blooming populations from the south have in mind. I hate to tell you, but your media, your corporations, your governments, and your universities are not laying foundations for a better world.