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Wealth Not Health

The US health system operates for profit. As a result, the US COVID response has been an utter failure. The goal has been ever more profit, not preventing the spread of the virus and protecting people. From selling and exporting record amounts PPE last winter while telling citizens they don't need masks to insisting on developing our own test (for big pharmas sake) delaying testing in the US for months. By contrast Thailand ginned up their tests within hours, and now have a rapid test. US lockdowns were started too late to be really effective and the rapid re-opening once profits were impacted expanded the spread. However, what bothers me the most is the lack of simple preventative recommendations like taking vitamin D.

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Excellent hour conversation among Vitamin D experts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD_96ybTMNE

Vitamin D is such a pivotal part of our metabolic machinery and that of course...includes the functionality of our immune system. It can be the difference between life and death, quite literally. Why aren't we all talking about this? Good question - and it's answered in this super conversation!
Dr. David Grimes is a treasure, and here he's joined by the learned Dr. David Anderson and Chris Williams - we cover it all!

One of these doctors claimed there is no known case of symptomatic COVID in anyone with a vitamin D level of 40 ng/mL or 100 nmol/L.

If everyone took 2,000 units of vitamin D a day, it could shift the curve from average blood levels in the mid-50s to about a 110 nmol/L (44 ng/ml), which some estimate could add years to our life expectancy. Data derived from randomized clinical trials have convinced some influential experts, such as Harvard’s Chair of Nutrition, that we should shoot for this kind of range, levels that about nine out of ten people fail to reach because it may necessitate taking 1,800 to 4,000 units of vitamin D a day.

https://nutritionfacts.org/2019/04/30/what-is-the-optimal-vitamin-d-level/

Last week I featured Dr. Marik's FLCCC team's prevention protocol which involves vitamin D plus a synergistic cocktail of inexpensive, readily available supplements.

So rather than inform the people about best strategies for prevention, we've been misled from the start. The most recent truth twisting by Dr. Falsie came out this week when he revealed he explains the science after looking at polls and deciding how much of the science to reveal...changing his story with the polls. Jimmy explains...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uENyOGnUH8c (17 min)

Of course the big news are the new vaccines. John Campbell does a good job describing the three major vaccines here in the western world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-jqf6i5OLc (28 min)
Oxford AstraZeneca $2.18 per dose (Normal refrigeration too)
Pfizer, $20
Moderna, $22.06 to $38 per dose
The FDA isn't even going to evaluate the AZ vaccine until April, despite having manufacturing facilities operating in the US and peer reviewed scientific studies.
(notes below the clip at the link)

As the vaccines become distributed will you be required to have certification to fly or access other venues? Some people are concerned we may have to wear yellow stars or some such means of identifying vaccinated individuals. Sounds like another way to divide us.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSNqcBNeGk0 (4.5 min)

Combining science with common sense isn't common. This approach may be a day late and a dollar short. https://zdoggmd.com/david-katz/
You can listen to this excellent hour long discussion or page down to open the transcript

Why a holistic public health approach driven by reducing TOTAL pandemic harm just makes sense. David L. Katz, MD, MPH FACPM, FACP, FACLM is the founder and former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (1998-2019); Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; President and Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative; and Founder and CEO of Diet ID, Inc. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine; the American College of Physicians; the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; and Morse College, Yale University.
On the COVID pandemic, he has advocated consistently for a policy of total harm minimization by means of risk-stratified interdiction efforts.

I started shopping around and found the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Yale. And so I did a second residency in preventive medicine public health, focused on chronic disease epidemiology, and the rest, as they say is history. My career clinical teaching research has been focused on adding years to life, adding life to years. Over recent years, it’s also been very much focused on the health of the planet. There are no healthy people on a ruined planet and seeing the big picture.
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the best way to do that is to match the protection, match the remedies to the nature of the threat. The nature of the threat is gonna vary with risk factors. We have some inkling about that. It was pretty clear out of Korea, old age is a risk factor. So we’re gonna be really careful with old people. Old age and frailty is an extreme risk factor. We had caused to know very, very early on, we should’ve put firewalls around our nursing homes. 40% of the mortality in the US has been in nursing homes. That’s incredible.
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it’s important to know my day job is all about nutrition, diet, and chronic disease. And by the way, colleagues and I published a couple of papers in the journal of emerging infectious disease on the prevalence of cardio-metabolic risk factors that massively increase the risk of bad COVID outcomes. And mostly they are lifestyle driven in particular, bad diet, lack of exercise, smoking to a lesser degree.
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I have colleagues at a company called Everest Health. They have this very elegant COVID risk calculator. You can actually get specific percent probability of hospitalization, ICU, or death based on the details of your health and age. So every individual in the country should have had access to that information. And you should be able to get that information about other members of your household. And you enter that in and it drops you into, here are the recommendations for your family. This is the work. I mean, it does sound like a big project. This could have been built in two weeks and we’re talking, it’s sort of been done months and months and months ago. And everybody would have been benefiting from this information since last February, March.
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you have some latitude to decide what best fits your particular industry or business or location. And then finally, what can be deferred to individuals should be deferred to individuals. We should empower people. And then when you get to that third level of hierarchical responsibility, it’s not just about telling people what to do, it’s empowering them with options and understanding. And so here’s how you can protect yourself and your loved ones based on your specific risk tiers.

Biden and Democrats rush to reopen schools in new year as COVID-19 death toll climbs.

These grim predictions were echoed by President-elect Joe Biden in his brief remarks Tuesday, when he said, “We will lose tens of thousands more lives in the months to come.” Infections over the holidays, he added, “will produce soaring death tolls in February,” and “we might not see improvement until we are well into March.”

Biden, however, proposed no emergency measures to prevent this catastrophe. On the contrary, he reiterated his plan to open up the majority of schools by mid-April, imperiling the lives of millions of children and educators. Underscoring this, Biden has chosen Connecticut School Superintendent Miguel Cardona, an outspoken advocate of reopening public schools, as his secretary of education.

A study of government mitigation efforts in 41 countries published in Science magazine last week found that closing schools and universities reduced the spread of COVID-19 by 38 percent, and closing nonessential face-to-face businesses reduced transmission by 18 percent. But the Biden administration has rejected any national shutdown. Instead, he is hell bent on returning students to classrooms so their parents can be herded back to workplaces to produce corporate profits.

The new and even more infectious strain of the virus which emerged in the UK, but has now been discovered in the US, Japan, Germany and other countries, appears to be more transmissible among children, who up to now have had lower infection rates than adults. According to the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom, secondary schoolchildren, particularly those in Year 7 to Year 11, are seeing the highest rate of infection among the entire population.

Glenn Greenwald explains how "big tech" is censoring COVID information.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSVNm7XbnYA (36 min)
more here: https://unherd.com/thepost/tech-censorship-how-paranoid-should-we-be/

The pandemic has brought this issue to the fore even more visibly, with channels and videos regularly being taken down having been judged as dangerous to public health, and the YouTube CEO announcing earlier in the year that anything that fell foul of WHO guidelines would be removed (notwithstanding that organisation’s patchy, to say the least, record during this pandemic).

“It’s incredibly dangerous,” says Greenwald. “What competency do tech giants have to arbitrate over science and health policy? … How did they get into a position of some sort of philosopher-king to be able to sit in judgement as overlords of our discourse and decree not only what is permissible but what is true and false when it comes to highly complex questions such as how to manage a pandemic, or whether vaccines are safe and effective, or whether the balances of a lockdown are justified by their cost? These are incredibly complicated decisions that a society ought to be debating.”

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There is not a more powerful story about the suppression of truth and good journalism than Julian's plight. I'm ashamed of the US and UK for this absolute travesty.

The UK courts will decide on Monday January 4 whether WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States. He faces a life sentence on charges under the Espionage Act for exposing war crimes and coup plots, torture and other human rights abuses, state corruption and spying.

A decision to extradite is all but assured. The hearing was a pseudo-legal travesty which saw Assange’s basic democratic rights trampled. Presiding district judge Vanessa Baraitser has treated Assange with undisguised hostility throughout the proceedings. Her supervisor, Lady Emma Arbuthnot, is married to a government figure named personally in the WikiLeaks exposures.

A decision either way will be met with an appeal, leading to months or even years more legal battles. All the while, Assange will be kept imprisoned in Belmarsh maximum security prison in London, at grave risk to his life.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/12/31/assa-j01.html

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Regular readers know I often focus on diet because I think it is the path to good health. This is another aspect of our poor health which in part has caused our horrible COVID outcomes. We have been misinformed about what and when to eat. Dr. Aseem Malhotra is one of my mentors. This wide ranging conversation includes explanations of how corporate capture has driven these damaging recommendations and our resulting poor health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtm9x25Jh_M&t=1m30s (1 hour)
Another good conversation
Tim Noakes - Carbs Do Not Satisfy Hunger They Stimulate It
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5au-PIuh7cs&t=1m28s (1 hour)

As to when to eat Jason Fung was my mentor. He is putting out nice short lessons if anyone is interested in exploring the health benefits of a narrow eating window.
A beginners Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqZsS03dlPk (10 min)
How it works for weight loss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzFpMpi58mY (10 min)
Three top tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W96LOxnlwTw (15 min)
He shares a different success story and strategy in each video.

I think the best path to healthy food is to grow it for yourself if you have the space.
Urban homesteader Charlyn Ellis explains how she grows a variety of fruits and vegetables on her property and tries to stay within a 100 mile radius of her home to meet her family’s year-round food needs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qAvySy9_xs (8.5 min)

I use a deep mulch garden system similar to this fellow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QHzB1aFwX4 (10 min)
I've been mulch gardening (with straw primarily) for over 30 years in the same garden. I spread manure prior to mulching. As a result, the soil is in excellent condition...full of life. Here's another example of a deep mulch garden illustrating soil health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2brHfHPusac (6 min)

He's back with an interesting take on the way to accumulate wealth.
He explains how he makes a living from numerous income sources.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf8cr59D7L4 (16 min)

I understand I'm fortunate to have a pension from my years in the classroom. We certainly are not rich, but I sure feel wealthy (and healthy).
My buddy has a good saying, "The less you want, the more you'll have".

Adding animals into the mix actually improves the soil. Here's a yard chicken operation in FL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V4dq7C4itA (7 min)

It's been a few months since we've shown you our Animal System and how it's been working out for us. We've been having great success with these Chickens and Geese; they've been building soil and fertility. The grass also hasn't been needed to mow in over a year!

Plus the gain of excellent protein in the form of eggs and pasture raised meat.

The US most innovative farmer Joel Salatin describes his creative cow/pig operation to make compost. His interns take us to the pig pastures to move the pigs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSNqcBNeGk0 (40 min)
This is the most creative farm of which I'm aware.

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A sensible approach to improve our health would be a national M4A program...
There's been a push for a M4A vote in the house Force the Vote

Comedian Jimmy Dore has exposed a collection of self-styled leaders of progressive media as imperialist hacks joined at the hip with the Democratic Party and NATO.

It’s no coincidence that the pundits who are circling the wagons around AOC and seething at a comedian for pushing for a Medicare For All floor vote are also a bunch of pseudo-left imperialists. They’ve positioned themselves as guard dogs and gatekeepers of the Democratic Party, a pro-war, pro-Wall Street political cartel that fights the authentic anti-imperialist left harder than it takes on right-wing Republicans.

If there’s anything positive to take away from this episode, it’s that we now know who’s part of the struggle to improve the lives of working people in this country and ends wars abroad – and who’s standing in the way.

https://thegrayzone.com/2020/12/24/pseudo-left-imperialists-healthcare/

Jimmy's credible push to force the vote is indeed being attacked by the pseudo-left.
Cenk's ineffective argument explained by a new commentator (at least new to me)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze3fyN4R4aQ (11 min)
and another from Ryan Grimm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_zHPEI7dZo (11 min)

The effort to give $2000 checks to working Americans was undermined by the dims when they conceded to allow son of a Mitch to tie the check to a couple of poison pills.

McConnell contemptuously refused to hold a vote on the $2,000 economic relief check, claiming that most people did not need it. He then set the Senate machinery in motion for a veto override on the military spending bill. When the first procedural motion came before the Senate on Wednesday evening, the vote was 80-12 to begin consideration, with the vast majority of Democrats, as well as Republicans, siding with McConnell over Sanders.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/12/31/sand-d31.html

You get $600 and an F U from son of a Mitch as the MIC gets another bonus.
Covid-19 catch-22: Regime-change policies come packed with US pandemic relief
The US Congress’ $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill was packaged with $1.4 trillion in omnibus spending that includes tens of billions for war, weapons, and regime change abroad, from anti-Russia and anti-China initiatives to $3.3 billion for Israel’s military.

US protects global empire during pandemic, not its own population
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, discusses the connections between the global US empire and the record US death toll during the coronavirus pandemic. "We're really not doing anything very well or right, and that's a consequence in part at least of our fascination with an attempt to maintain and even expand this empire that we've created since 1945," Wilkerson says. He also discusses the breakdown of US-Russia talks on expanding a key nuclear weapons treaty, and new revelations about the Bush administration's drive to invade Iraq.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XoTySFXt94 (26 min)

When it comes to present-day policy, the relevant fact is that we are the nation that failed in both Vietnam and Iraq. Along the way, we lost our status as the planet’s dominant industrial power. Meanwhile, Washington forfeited its authority to mobilize the American people for war. More recently, cleavages stemming from class, race, religion, gender, and ethnicity, split the country into antagonistic factions. Al Gore was merely premature when, as vice president, he famously mistranslated the nation’s motto as “out of one, many.”
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however gussied up or camouflaged, imperialism no longer retains the slightest legitimacy. Peoples once classified as inferior, usually on the basis of skin color, no longer tolerate outsiders telling them how to govern themselves. Few Americans are willing to acknowledge the imperial motives that have long shaped this country’s global policies. The Vietnamese and Iraqis opposing the U.S. military presence in their midst entertained few doubts on that score; hence, the fierceness with which they defended their right to self-determination.

https://scheerpost.com/2020/12/29/joe-biden-must-learn-from-americas-fai...

One thing's for sure, we'll need to help each other. I thought this was a nice story. Iran is creating grocery stores in Venezuela. Anya takes us on a trip to one.
https://thegrayzone.com/2020/12/30/inside-irans-supermarket-venezuela/ (7 min)

The Russiagate zombie WILL NOT die....

Western media coverage has overlooked the key role of the CIA, MI6, and the NATO member state-funded outlet Bellingcat in generating the allegation that Russia’s FSB poisoned Alexei Navalny.

Russia’s FSB intelligence agency has been accused of poisoning opposition activist Alexei Navalny. While the allegation may prove to be true, Western media coverage has overlooked the key role of the CIA, MI6, and the state-funded outlet Bellingcat in generating it.

Western media outlets have failed to disclose that Bellingcat is funded by NATO member states, including the US via the National Endowment for Democracy, and that Bellingcat has a dubious record. In a leaked assessment, the UK government’s Integrity Initiative wrote: “Bellingcat was somewhat discredited, both by spreading disinformation itself, and by being willing to produce reports for anyone willing to pay.”

And few have paid attention to reporting by the New York Times that shortly after Navalny was flown to Germany for treatment, “representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency and Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service provided members of the German government with details about the poisoning, including the identities of the Federal Security Service officers involved, that directly implicated the Russian government.”

https://thegrayzone.com/2020/12/27/navalny-poisoning-cia-mi6-discredited...

Pushback rounds out 2020 by airing an unpublished interview with Stephen F. Cohen, the eminent Russia historian and scholar who passed away in September at the age of 81.
Stephen F. Cohen on Russia’s democratization and how US meddling undermines it
https://thegrayzone.com/2020/12/30/stephen-f-cohen-on-russias-democratiz...

Loti posted the best thing I watched this week. It is a sobering look at our future.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQeK04WOGaA (1 hour)

Irreversible Collapse: Accepting Reality, Avoiding Evil
SUMMARY: The stability of the biosphere for mammals has been in decline for centuries and in unstoppable, out of control mode for decades. This “Great Acceleration” of biospheric collapse is an easily verifiable fact. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. Evidence is also compelling that the vast majority of people will deny this, especially those still benefitting from the existing order and those who fear that “accepting reality” means “giving up.” The history of scores of previous boom and bust (progress / regress) societies clearly reveals how and why industrial civilization is dying. Accepting that Homo colossus’ condition is incurable and terminal may be key to not making a bad situation catastrophically worse.

APPLICATION — TO AVOID BECOMING EVIL on a geological timescale, we must…
1. Minimize deadliest toxicity (nuclear, methane, chemicals).
2. Assist plants (especially trees) in migrating poleward.
3. Invest time, energy, and resources in all things regenerative, including thriving with LESS (less energy, stuff, stimulation), learning from and supporting indigenous wisdom and experience, and nurturing community eco-literacy and resilience.

CORE MESSAGE: Without an understanding of ecology, energy, and history, good people with the best of intentions will unknowingly propose and support policies likely to make a bad situation catastrophically worse. Or as an ecologist friend of mine likes to say, “If you don’t 'get' overshoot, you’ll misinterpret or misdiagnose virtually everything important.”

Pretty compelling evidence.

Peaceful acceptance isn't easy for some folks. I'm sad to say I agree with Dowd's take above...that we are past the tipping point. As I've said before, I accept that I will die. It is the nature of life. It is more difficult to accept extinction of the human species. The tragedy of our behavior is that we are dragging so many other species into extinction along with our own.

So how do we react to this reality of collapse? I want to close today with a look at a hopeful way to create a new future. Now this fellow is interested in selling you an acre in this ecological community, but his vision of what life should be is similar to mine. (11 min)

Our Final Stop while we were in Costa Rica in 2019, was at "Alegría Village" in San Mateo de Alajuela. Stephen Brooks gave us the tour of this amazing site and shared his epic vision with us.
For those who don't know who Stephen is, he has been involved with permaculture projects for over 20 years! He created The "Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design", "Le Ecovila" and runs "Envision Festival"!

So friends, we're on our own. We are fodder for the profit mongers. Arm yourself with knowledge and weave the best path forward for yourself and your family. That's one reason I like this C99 community so much, because we constantly are sharing the untold stories...the stories they don't want you to know. As we move into the new year we need to plan how we will react to the coming economic catastrophe. I hope you're thinking about some food production...not because food supply will evaporate next month, but because the collapse like most empires will be slow...almost imperceptible. Create a hopeful future for yourself, because sadly TPTB are not going to help us commoners.

Be well. Don't let up your guard as COVID will continue to spread for the next few months. Find happiness where you can. Peace.

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...has been very disappointing. I was hopeful she would be genuine instead of just another self serving pol. My hope faded throughout her 1st term however.

I've suggested for years they indoctrinate new congresscritters with a video of what happened to JFK...and what will happen to them if they step out of line. Remember up-chuckies line...They got six ways from Sunday of getting you.

Thanks for the clip and the visit. Jimmy has 'em stirred up, but I guess after the reps cave (is the vote for speaker next week?) they think the pressure will ebb away.

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@Lookout  
That’s why Jimmy Dore says that, by the time most people see the video, AOC and the rest of the Squad will probably already have given their vote to Pelosi for nothing in return.

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@lotlizard

I know it won't happen, but I sure would love to see her lose.

She is as unpopular as Trump...maybe more so.

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...is one of those lines from Shakespeare that is so very simple, but expresses enormous complexity of thought and emotion. It is spoken by Prince Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, in Act 3, Scene 2 of the play, Hamlet.

Guilty as proven.

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@QMS

Nancy not Jimmy.

I like your tag "guilty as proven".

Hope your world is good. A gray day in the 40's here.

All the best!

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Lest we forget one of Obama’s biggest innovations: the kill list.

(via Truthout)

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@lotlizard

drone bomber in chief.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-president-barack-ob...

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The pols are showing America who they are and who they care for. It is why I refuse to vote and play their game. They, bottom line, do not care about the people in America. Until the people decide their government should care about them, we will continue to be without healthcare, without proper education, without protection from eviction, without actual freedom. It's up to the people to make the change - or not.

Enjoy the day! Pleasantry

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Fear is the opposite of love. "Ignorance creates fear. Fear creates hatred. Hatred creates violence. We fear that of which we are ignorant. Cure ignorance to cure fear. If there is nothing to fear there's nothing to hate." Daryl Davis

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@Raggedy Ann

Countries really are obsolete. Check out the community in the last clip, it is a reasonable approach. Small is beautiful.

Hope all is well on your new path. Be well and stay safe!

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@Lookout  
https://quillette.com/2020/12/30/national-borders-are-not-going-away/

There’s something undeniably organic and persistent about having an intermediate level, rooted in ethno-cultural similarity, between local community and ocean-spanning, intercontinental-global.

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@lotlizard

we are tribal by nature. Difficult to outrun our evolutionary roots.

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

One shocking fact: NYC has 11 Giant Public Hospitals. Not one of them has an up and running Vaccine program.

Our political leaders have been busy on TV but even though they knew the vaccine was on its way have failed to set up sites for widespread and rapid immunization to occur.

Instead we have long lines at Testing Centers.

What should be happening now is that every facility in the City and State that can set up to immunize should have been doing so. Every lab facility needs to be put in service of this basic goal.

People can decide for themselves whether or not to get the vaccine, and politicians can pontificate on who gets it first, and media can wring their hands over vaccine thefts, spoilage and whatever perfidy they can concoct, but in the meantime, please, let's get facilities up and running

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That's why the AZ/Oxford vaccine should be rapidly approved and distributed. However, it is non profit project. More evidence of my pandemic for profit hypothesis.

I'm sorry NY is so slow. We are so incompetent. However, we're doing better than France who is only managing 55 vaccination a day in their country.

I know a few health care workers who have gotten theirs.

Take care and be well. The next couple of months are going to be a ride.

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@Lookout
to this COVID-19 data & graph website:
https://91-divoc.com/pages/covid-visualization/

At the moment not all states are reporting vaccination data, but I would expect it will be available shortly. It will be interesting to follow state by state allotments and administration rate. We need three million plus per day to make the end of June target, and are already behind schedule.

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@ovals49

I like to follow hospitalizations and deaths too.
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https://covidtracking.com/analysis-updates/all-eyes-on-hospitalizations-...

Sad state of affairs.

John Campbell sites this vax tracker
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribu...

Take care of yourself and be well.

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@Lookout
given the close quarters and high risk to the 152,184 inmates. Perhaps the doses are meant for employees and administrators?

Federal Entities:
Bureau of Prisons
Doses: 10,525
Administered: 7,307
Percent used 69.4

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@NYCVG

neighborhood "safety complex" as a testing site. Trained EMT's on staff 24/7 already in place.
Not a stretch to bring in a PA or NP to administer vax. The hospitals are overwhelmed.
Lets think outside the box, if solving a pandemic is the true mission.

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Good morning,
I'm hearing in the MSM that there is no "deep state" and that the belief in the existence of such a thing amounts to a conspiracy theory, like belief in chem trails.
I'm using NatSecCom, as in National Security Community, to refer to this non-existent thing. (Readers of Soviet history will get the reference.)
Ray McGovern thinks it exists. He's using SS, for Security State.

The SS functions as enforcer for the MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank) complex.

See McGovern here: Why Russia Must Be Demonized
I'm pretty sure Larry Wilkerson believes it exists too.
Here he is with Paul Jay: No Evidence of Massive Russian Hack

Have a nice day.

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@Azazello

So he understands well, Larry knows the military side.

I like to hear them both. We need more anti-war voices, but they are suppressed/ignored by the non existent deep state.

Thanks for the links.

Hope all is well and you had a nice holiday season. Its been odd but pleasant here. Keep on keeping on!

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when he revealed he explains the science after looking at polls and deciding how much of the science to reveal...changing his story with the polls. Jimmy explains...

Disgusting! Morally bankrupt! Don't listen to anything this so-called man says.

Some people are concerned we may have to wear yellow stars or some such means of identifying vaccinated individuals. Sounds like another way to divide us.

Whoa! Yellow Armbands to make it easier for the Gestapo to grab us? Were the BLM riots a modern Krystalnacht?

“What competency do tech giants have to arbitrate over science and health policy? … How did they get into a position of some sort of philosopher-king to be able to sit in judgement as overlords of our discourse ...

Well they do own the platform. That's why I don't go those "social media". You have no more right to demand to be heard than you do to have your local newspaper print your letter to the editor. However, a required disclaimer, prominently shown on the site (not buried in some dense "terms of service") would be nice.

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

but I'm faceless and tweetless. I don't even have a cell phone.

I'm glad some around here are better connected than me showing us some of the twitersphere.

Looks snowy in your world. They're calling for about 60 tomorrow, but gray and 40 today.

All the best!

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@Lookout
IIRC, it's tree planting time down there. You need a jackhammer to dig here.

Grow your own Organic fruit. Look into the G-41 rootstock for fireblight resistance.
I sent a few to my daughter earlier in the year. I'll keep you informed on progress.

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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WW.

Saturated on Pandemic and US political news, I find myself turning abroad for entertainment. Because there are lot's of special EU bennies for EU citizens, some Brits are already suffering grief. Here's an article on some travel hassles some Brits got into in Spain: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/03/britons-living-in-spain...

I especially like the part where one guy kept protesting to an official --

“I kept telling them that I’m a European Union national and that they have to let me through. All the Brits were forced back on the flight (me included).

Thing is, of course, he ain't, not no mo.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris
Farewell EU.
kinda like "tell the gov't to keep its hands off my medicare."

Have a good one. Sun just peaked through here for a minute, so I guess the cloud cover is passing. We'll see what we'll see. Hang on....

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And y’all

Just listened to the whole Tim Noakes video. Charming man and good advise. Low carbs.

Thanks for all the pointers. Do enjoy sifting through them as the week passes.

Low pressure here. Storm coming tomorrow morning. Waves high. Went to the farmer’s market and got fresh veggies.

Rhythms and flows. Take good care.

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@magiamma

...except when they're not. When we visit the coast it is most often the gulf with its usually gentle lap...ebb and flow.....except when its not.

Hope the storm is swallowed by the swale. Have a good week!

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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/01/01/iraq-today-nightmare-ameri...

Nancy P. knew George W. B. was lying and there were no WMD, but backed war and torture anyway and took impeachment off the table. Anyway, later, George gave Michelle O. a piece of candy, so that’s all OK now.

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Many people in the northern hemisphere could benefit from vitamin D supplements.
But vitamin D is fat soluble and can build up to toxic levels in your body, causing some serious health problems. 5,000 units of vitamin D day could get a person to those toxic levels.
Please everyone, before you take megadoses of any supplement, do some research or discuss with your doctor.

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@Granma formulated for women 50 years of age or older. Same for my fiance', who takes one for men in that age group. We have noticed an uptick in energy, and an uptick in digestive function. Neither of us has added zinc, other than that provided in the vitamin.
For every action, there is a reaction, and both of us tend to have the side effects listed as happening to the 1%. You know, the weird ones found on the last page of the warnings. I am glad to read everything I can find on safety methods, treatments, and the vaccinations.
I want us all to survive this pandemic.

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@Granma @Granma

The best thing is to get a blood test.
https://www.grassrootshealth.net/project/daction/

Guidelines for blood levels of vitamin D are as follows:

Sufficient: 20–30 ng/ml, or 50–75 nmol/L.
Safe upper limit: 60 ng/ml, or 150 nmol/L.
Toxic: Above 150 ng/mL, or 375 nmol/L.

A daily vitamin D intake of 1000–4000 IU (25–100 micrograms) should be enough to ensure optimal blood levels for most people.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-vitamin-d-is-too-much#TOC_...

There are many benefits beyond just COVID prevention.
https://vitamindsociety.org/

Edit to add: It takes super high doses to create toxicity
Taking 60,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D for several months has been shown to cause toxicity. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eatin...

Vitamin D toxicity, also called hypervitaminosis D, is a rare but potentially serious condition that occurs when you have excessive amounts of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D toxicity is usually caused by large doses of vitamin D supplements
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eatin...

42% Percent of Americans Are Vitamin D Deficient.
https://www.cantonmercy.org/healthchat/42-percent-of-americans-are-vitam...

People of color are 75% D deficient.
https://www.cooperinstitute.org/2019/09/24/african-americans-at-greatest...

While it is true you can take too much, clearly the problem in the US is taking too little.

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@Lookout I found the same things when I looked. But taking 5,000 units a day in addition to whatever you get from food and sunshine could be risky.
There have been many articles and studies about vitamin D in the last say15 years, discussing the health benefits. I'm all for taking it for most people. But in moderation, not extra high doses because our bodies have no way of getting rid of excess and because vitamin D toxicity sort of sneaks up on a person. Few people go to the doctor to ask for their vitamin levels to be checked.

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@Granma

Both my wife and myself (66 and 67) are taking vitamin D supplements. In each case, this was at the request of our (different) medical doctors. My wife is taking 10,000 IU daily. She's been at this level for around five years. In my case, I've been taking 6,000 IU daily for at least ten years and just this week upped it to 11,000. We both have blood lab work on a regular basis for various reasons. I'll be getting some blood lab work done in a couple of weeks, and I'll be sure to let the doctor know I increased the amount taken.

None of our lab reports has shown our D levels to be out of range. Standard US medical tests, of course.

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@travelerxxx

All sorts of benefits...longer life among them.

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I always find informative and fascinating things in your weekly watch. After watching life in Allegria I spent another hour or more watching related material of biodynamic gardening in Costa Rica - marvelling at the environment, food production, and purpose. I also came across a couple videos from Gary Williams, a biodynamic farmer in NZ, that I thought you’d enjoy.

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@janis b

I'll check them out tonight. There are many innovative farmers in NZ.

Planning to window wash today. They are filthy and now that winter has set in I want to see out clearly.

Thanks for the visit and the info. Have a great week. Just heard Julian's extradition was DENIED! Best news in a while.

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Apparently, after Trump got caught by a leak phoning a threat to the Secretary of State in Georgia, instead of hoping it would be forgotten, he filed lawsuits against the guy. Never saw a non-ganged up crook so proud of his crimes before.
I am to the point where I hope the goofy bastard stays in the White house after the inauguration, then gets a charge of trespass and theft of commode water and toilet paper.
Biden won't pardon him for that, will he?
Be well.

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@on the cusp

He didn't realize he was being recorded obviously. Hope it hurts the rethug turn out in GA... Not that Warnock and Ossoff are so great, but that billionaires Perdue and Loffler are so bad.

Just heard this AM Julian's extradition was DENIED! Best news in a while!

Have a good week!

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@on the cusp  
beneath the White House, raiding the fridge at night, like the housekeeper’s husband in that Korean movie Parasite

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@lotlizard

would be ashamed of what the magazine using her name has become.

Just as most of the MSM was full throttle Trump is bad, plan on the next years running cover for the byedone admin.

Glad to have everyone here trying to find a little truth.

Take care!

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lookout for the great roundup of issues. I tried to watch the first video at the top of your list but fell asleep in the process last night as I had been outside for most of the day and was just plain tired. I will revisit it again (and many of the other links as well) because it looks really good and those participants are new to me.

TY again on all your work on this, it is much appreciated.

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@randtntx

Thanks for the visit. I didn't know those Vit. D scientists either.

Hope you find some other rewarding clips as well.

Have a great day!

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