The Dose 10-24-21

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A column for considerate conversation of all things COVID

The COVID Cash Cow

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Is Pfizer putting profits above lives? Public Citizen, a non-profit organization says that Pfizer can stop countries from speaking about contracts, block vaccine donations, unilaterally change delivery schedules & demand public assets as collateral.

https://www.citizen.org/article/pfizers-power/
1. Pfizer Reserves the Right to Silence Governments.
2. Pfizer Controls Vaccine Donations.
3. Pfizer Secured an “IP Waiver” for Itself.
4. Private Arbitrators, not Public Courts, Decide Disputes in Secret.
5. Pfizer Can Go After State Assets.
6. Pfizer Calls the Shots on Key Decisions.

It ain't over till it's over...
22 Months On, The Pandemic is far from over (5 min)

Russia is imposing a week-long shutdown. The UK is witnessing a record spike in cases. Latvia has entered a 4-week lockdown. China is reporting cases in 10 provinces

I for one will be glad when COVID isn't such a controlling factor in our life.

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Don't necessarily 'beat' Covid, any more than the Bedouin beat the desert or Sherpas beat the Himalayas.. BUT they appear to have come through with far less damage health-wise than places claiming to follow 'the science' and Big Pharma.

In the case of the Amish, as Sharyl Atkisson reports, they simply kept working and powered through without resorting to hospitals, testing or vaccination. Presumably, some did die, but by far the most got Covid and didn't die - they ended up doing better than ever economically and now have near-universal natural immunity.

Not sure how long this will survive on YT:

India's Covid situation has been, overall, improving rapidly for months. There are considerable differences within the country from state to state, though.

For Oct. 18, India was reporting 13,500 or so new daily cases, Israel 1400 plus. India is around 15% vaccinated, Israel 85%. India new cases, around ten times greater than Israel. India population, though? *155* times that of Israel.

Although India health authorities recently removed Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin from recommended drugs for Covid treatment, states such as Goa and Uttar Pradesh that have made extensive use of IVM have had better outcomes than those such as Kerala which hav emphasized vaccines and actively discouraged IVM. Note below how Kerala has significantly more Covid deaths reported than Uttar Pradesh even though its population is only one-seventh or so of UP's...

India Economic Times reports (10/18):

Synopsis
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 24 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 113 consecutive days now.

India added 13,596 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,40,81,315, while the active cases declined to 1,89,694, the lowest in 221 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,52,290 with 166 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The active cases comprise 0.56 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.12 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 6,152 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The active cases comprise 0.56 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.12 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 6,152 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The 166 new fatalities include 74 from Kerala and 29 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,52,290 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,39,789 from Maharashtra, 37,941 from Karnataka, 35,899 from Tamil Nadu, 26,865 from Kerala, 25,089 from Delhi, 22,898 from Uttar Pradesh and 18,977 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

Read more at:
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/active-covid-19-cases-lo...

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of competing vaccines or treatment options via “sole discretion” clauses.

Although India health authorities recently removed Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin from recommended drugs for Covid treatment, states such as Goa and Uttar Pradesh that have made extensive use of IVM have had better outcomes than those such as Kerala which hav emphasized vaccines and actively discouraged IVM. Note below how Kerala has significantly more Covid deaths reported than Uttar Pradesh even though its population is only one-seventh or so of UP's...

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“We have a very small window in which we need to make a fundamental shift away from capitalism.” Kshama Sawant

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@Blue Republic "Who believe they did the right thing"

Unlike those that just want us to die

And Grayson got it right

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“Those who choose the lesser evil forget very quickly that they chose evil.”
— Hannah Arendt

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FOUR or more co-morbidities.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/most-covid-19-hospi...
A study estimated that nearly two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. could be attributed to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure.

India is foolish to drop the successful IVM rec. I think Mexico has continued theirs. Meanwhile in the US...

By August 13, 2021, the CDC reported Ivermectin prescriptions had reached 88,000 per week, up 24-fold from the baseline of 3,600 per week. Based upon increasing popularity, it appears this number has risen many times again over the past two months, easily reaching into the millions. ...
The current graph of the United States COVID cases has taken on the "Ivermectin Fingerprint" pattern so familiar to us from India, Peru, and Indonesia after they adopted Ivermectin.

https://www.thedesertreview.com/opinion/columnists/freedom-and-ivermecti...

At some point the majority of people are going to stop being herded by fear. I think we're close to the point now.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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They have their priorities right.
Robust immune systems provided by healthy diets,
sharing care for the infirm without dependence on
the medical establishment restrictions,
valuing nature and community works for them.
Mistrust of government and public education
is just plain smart. Adapt but don't change.

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@Blue Republic @QMS

have farmed the same ground for many decades and it remains extremely fertile.

Kempf makes a strong case that not only is regenerative agriculture – which seeks to rebuild soil health and plants’ own immune systems, as opposed to depending on chemical fertilizers and pesticides – the only kind of agriculture that will enable our farmland to feed many generations in the future, it’s also more productive now.

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the process of regeneration is exactly that: it’s a process, it’s a journey. Our intention [is to follow] the pathway of developing an agriculture that regenerates the landscape, that regenerates soil health and plant health and livestock health and ultimately human health, as well as economic health, and that is going to be a journey. And we need to acknowledge and recognize that the moment we begin taking the first steps, we have already begun the process of regeneration, even though we have not yet arrived.

https://www.plough.com/en/topics/justice/environment/ploughcast-episode-...

And those healthy soils are helping them remain healthy...
https://www.drnorthrup.com/dirt-strenthens-immune-system-happier-healthier/

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It has been taken up by news organizations from The Hill to The Post Millenial. It involves a virus (I think), the NIH and Fauci, but not the dreaded "C"word. I'm going to stick it here, and move it if necessary.

We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID),” 24 Republican and Democrat lawmakers said on Thursday in a letter to Fauci. The letter noted that as director of NIAID, Fauci had directed $1.68 million in taxpayer money to fund medical testing on at least 44 beagle puppies in 2018 and 2019.

https://www.rt.com/usa/538296-congress-fauci-puppy-experiments/

The "alledged" experiments involve taking live beagle puppies, constraining them in a cage that only covers their head, thereby immobilizing them, and then introducing sand fleas into the cages, to eat and/or infect the puppies, presumably with some sort of virus.

The testing on beagles was exposed in August, when a nonprofit group called the White Coat Waste Project (WCW) obtained documents on the experiments under the Freedom of Information Act. The group alleged that Fauci has directed funding of “wasteful and brutal” beagle experiments at labs in Tunisia, California and Georgia. Such research was also done at the headquarters of the National Institute of Health (NIH), parent of NIAID.

This is so bizarre that I am not sure I believe it...an attack on Fauci from far left field? Dark Comedy? Or the truth?

Is #Fauci responsible for spending taxpayer money to fund puppy torture? "dogs had their vocal cords removed, allegedly so scientists could work without incessant barking" beagle lives matter @PhilHollowayEsq

Yeah, that would be the logical first step.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

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@Bisbonian
...for your tests -
unless you were testing for connectivity!

Hope all is well in the west. Still no real resumption of picking parties here. I'm hoping this spring will see the resumption.

Be well and take care!

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@Lookout I wasn't able to post a comment there for a while...hence the test. I think I included a character that this editor wouldn't recognize. All fixed, now.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

@Bisbonian it here. Fauci as head of NIAID is responsible for that disgusting program, and he's still Biden's chief Covid adviser, as well as being the most prominent spokesman in the MSM. It's relevant to his overall credibility and moral standing, as many out there, esp many cable-watching liberals, consider him America's Doctor.

Whether his lofty position is further undermined by the ongoing stories regarding NIH-funded GoF research at Wuhan or by this latest puppy story, it will impact his role in the Covid context as his public standing takes a hit. The public may not grasp the GoF story, but they will understand and have strong feelings about cruel experiments on puppies arranged by Fauci.

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@Bisbonian via research on live animals (and humans). Historical observational knowledge accumulated over time is not valued and dismissed as folklore medicine or quackery. Scientific experiments with animal models (live animal experiments) are necessary to believe in the effectiveness of modern medical therapies.

So unfortunately the type of experiment with the beagles is probably true. Directly related to Fauci, we will better understand overtime.

This article in the Atlantic explains the journey necessary for Peter Stick, professor at University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute to believe in exercise routine is beneficial to his mental health.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/08/cortical-adrenal-orchestra/496679/

To explain the implications of this new brain-adrenal “connectome”—as new neural connections are often now being called—requires a look at the mapping process.
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Rabies can be a fantastic tool, in the right hands. Inject it into an organ, and the nerves that feed that organ will take the virus up and carry it backward toward the central nervous system. En route, the virus hijacks the machinery of the nerves in the cell body and dendrites to replicate and grow its numbers, then cross the synapse from a neuron backwards into all of its inputs.

By charting the progress of the virus, scientists can map out the neural connections between an organ and the brain in ways that were previously impossible. In this case, Strick and his team injected the adrenal glands of monkeys.
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With this come implications for what’s currently known as “psychosomatic illness”—how the mind has an impact over organ functions. The name tends to have a bad connotation. The notion that this mind-body connection isn’t really real; that psychosomatic illnesses are “all in your head.” Elaborate connections like this would explain that, yes, it is all in your head. The fact that cortical areas in the brain that have multi-synaptic connections that control organ function could strip the negative connotations.

The Pitt team has previously injected the heart and seen cortical areas that are involved in controlling its rhythm. They believe that may explain cases of sudden unexpected death—from epilepsy, from brain injury, even from strong emotional stimuli (positive and negative) leading to heart attacks. There is also the emerging field of neuro-immunology, which is looking at the effects of stress on the immune system.

All of this lends some credence to people who may once have been dismissed by people like Strick himself, who are skeptical of anything that isn’t borne out by a concrete mechanism. As he put it, “How we move, think, and feel have an impact on the stress response through real neural connections.”

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--When the opening appears release yourself.

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@Bisbonian

in medical studies. I wouldn't doubt a word to the RT story, and in fact it could be worse. You wonder why we call ourselves human when we're so inhumane.

Glad you're back on board and able to comment!

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from a media entity called WION, which I never got the memo about. Does anyone here know more about that organization? It's reporting in other areas perhaps. Is it consistently good, or kinda quirky and inconsistent like RT. Seems almost too good to be true, as their Covid reporting is honest and aggressively goes after the big players.

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@wokkamile

Who We Are
https://www.wionews.com/

We are a team of seasoned and daring, young journalists of diverse nationalities. World is One, WION, examines global issues with in-depth analysis. Using our social media platforms we open the conversation about our world with our users. We provide much more than the news of the day. Our aim to empower people to explore their world. With our Global headquarters in New Delhi, we bring you news on the hour, by the hour.

We deliver information that is not biased. We are journalists who are neutral to the core and non-partisan when it comes to the politics of the world. People are tired of biased reportage and we stand for a globalised united world. So for us the World is truly One.

They had plenty of clip bait when I scrolled down to their info...

I've had mixed thoughts about them...kinda anti-china for one thing, but that is just a loose impression. Check 'em out and see what you think.

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@Lookout briefly checked out their website they seem a little more RT-ish, uneven and slightly tabloid, than I had hoped. And couldn't find much up to date on how India is dealing w/Covid in some states with Ivermectin, but will check more later. In a search, I could only find the usual western media type of disparaging news reports about IVM. So the online print edition is a bit disappointing. Maybe I'll have a more positive view when I watch more of their live streaming content.

I would be interested in why you find this outlet is anti-China.

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When they were covering the India China border conflict...but it could have been another clip. As I said it is a loose impression. And as with RT would depend on the corespondent. RT has some RW doozies.

We can get to "know" WION and see what we think. Like most sources, I bet some coverage will be good...others less so. We'll see.

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@Lookout
that is highly anti-China. A lot of it is click-bait. They've had the 3 gorges dam "warped" and about to collapse at least three times.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=wion+&t=ffcm&iax=videos&ia=videos

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... couldn't remember the story that triggered my anti-China button.
Thanks.

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@CB piece you referenced, just a bunch of assorted videos.

I would find their coverage of, say, Taiwan, and whether it reflects a US slant, more revealing of their biases than something about the dam, about which I know little.

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@wokkamile
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Horrible China puts up wire on its border.

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@wokkamile

Why the above WION report is false:

Xi Jinping - “houses are for living in, not for speculation”

China's debt-ridden Evergrande resumes work on more than 10 property projects

China: foreign-run schools under scrutiny

Jack Ma Taunted China. Then Came His Fall.

China’s BRI will go from strength to strength, redrawing global petrochemicals map

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@CB is not a big fan of Xi. And maybe that old China v India rivalry, border dispute stuff, and some underlying Indian nationalism on the part of its reporters.

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@wokkamile
WION was a big supporter of Trump, Pompeo and the anti-China "Quad".