Bulletin N° 888
by Giovanni Boccaccio
A good read in these hard times.
Subject : ‘A Tree Shall be Known by the Fruit It Bears’ : still looking for patient 0. . . .
March 19, 2020
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
We are writing this bulletin on the anniversary of the start of the Paris commune, March 18, 1871, when an estimated 30,000 revolutionaries were massacred by French troops on the streets of Paris, within eight days - between May 21 and 28 - following the French defeat in the Franco Prussian War.
Continuing our reading of The Creature of Jekyll Island, A Second Look at the Federal Reserve (1994, 2018), by G. Edward Griffin, we turn to Section 3, entitled "The Alchemy", where in chapter 14, the author describes how the private banking industry has historically profited from both sides in time of war. Griffin cites Professor Antony C. Sutton’s book, The Best Enemy Money Can Buy (1986, 2014), which argues:
The guns, the ammunition, the weapons, the transportation systems that killed Americans in Korea and Vietnam came from the American- subsidized economy of the Soviet Union. The trucks that carried these weapons down the Ho Chi Minh Trail were manufactured in American-built plants. The ships that carried the supplies to Sihanoukville and Haiphong and later to Angola and Nicaragua came from NATO allies and used propulsion systems that our State Department could have kept out of Soviet hands. Sutton concludes:
‘The technical capability to wage the Korean and Vietnamese wars originated on both sides in Western, mainly American, technology, and the political illusion of ‘peaceful trade’ promoted by the deaf mute blindmen was the carrier for this war-making technology.’(pp.303-304)
Griffin goes on to cite Fareed Zakaria, the Managing Editor of the Council of Foreign Relations Journal, Foreign Relations, who in 1996 wrote:
Yes, it’s tempting to get rid of Saddam. But his bad behavior actually serves America’s purposes in the region. . . . If Saddam Hussein did not exist, we would have to invent him. . . . The end of Saddam Hussein would be the end of the anti-Saddam coalition. Nothing destroys an alliance like the disappearance of the enemy. . . . Maintaining a long-term American presence in the Gulf would be difficult in the absence of a regional threat.(cited on p.304)
Griffin then concludes this chapter with the following observation:
There are few historians who would challenge the fact that the funding of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War was accomplished by the Mandrake Mechanism [i.e. creating money out of nothing] through the Federal Reserve System. An overview of all wars since the establishment of the Bank of England in 1694 suggests that most of them would have been greatly reduced in severity, or perhaps not even fought at all, without fiat money. It is the ability of governments to acquire money without direct taxation that makes modern warfare possible, and a central bank has become the preferred method of accomplishing that.
One can argue the necessity or at least the inevitability, of fiat money in time of war as a means of raw survival. That is the primal instinct of individuals and governments, all other considerations aside. We shall leave that for the philosophers. But there can be no debate over the fact that fiat money in time of peace has no such justification. Furthermore, the ability of governments and banking institutions to use fiat money to fund the wars of other nations is a powerful temptation for them to become embroiled in those wars for personal profit, political advancement, or other reasons which fall far short of a moral justification for bloodshed.
The Federal Reserve System has always served that function. The on-going strategy of building up the military capabilities of America’s potential enemies leaves us no reason to believe we have seen the last of war. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that the Federal Reserve System encourages war. There can be not better reason for the Creature to be put to sleep.(p.305-306)
The 14 + items below provide information from current world events that allow us to make judgments on the trends that are carrying us forward. The new authoritarianism of political leadership can be seen as a desperate attempt to maintain some semblance of legitimacy without challenging the fundamentals of capitalist accumulation. It’s a magician’s trick destined to fail, but likely to cause severe "collateral damage" before it's over.
Professeur honoraire de l'Université
Ancien Directeur de Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
New Report Takes Aim at Five Banking Institutions Backing Amazon Rainforest Exploitation
by Eoin Higgins
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Subject: [MCM] More on Event 201
From Cory Morningstar:
The fictional pandemic exercise titled Event 201 was a high level simulation exercise that took place on October 18, 2019, at the Pierre luxury Hotel in Manhattan NY. High-level global participants gathered to explore ideas as to how to mitigate devastating worldwide economic and societal impacts that would result from "a severe, highly transmissible intercontinental outbreak". The exercise was built around a fictionalized CAPS virus, a naturally occurring coronavirus (not unlike SARS or MERS) which originated in bats, but for the fictional exercise, it had emerged from pigs.
The event was held by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Event 201 was by invitation only, with media in attendance such as Bloomberg. Video and audio recording were not permitted, rather, following the event, select high-quality video and audio were made available to the press in attendance.
The sixteen high-level participants included Ryan Morhard, Lead, Global Health Security, International Organizations, and *IGWELS, World Economic Forum, Chris Elias, President, Global Development division, Gates Foundation, Tim Evans, Former Senior Director of Health, World Bank Group, and Avril Haines, Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Deputy National Security Advisor.
[*IGWELS is an acronym recognized to few outside the power elite – the "Informal Gatherings of World Economic Leaders". These are the very top-tier closed meetings "restricted to the likes of prime ministers, foreign and finance ministers and central bank governors".]
Other high-level participants/experts included CEOs/ representatives of the UN Foundation, US Centre for Disease Control, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Johnson & Johnson, ANZ Bank, Lufthansa Group Airlines, NBCUniversal Media, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, UPS Foundation, Edelman (one of the largest PR/marketing consultancy firms in the world, in fees/ revenue), Henry Schein, Inc. (a worldwide distributor of medical and dental supplies including vaccines, pharmaceuticals, financial services and equipment), Marriott, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
A primary purpose for the simulation was to illustrate the weakening of international alliances (and the potential of collapsing Governments) – thus, putting forward a shared fervour to increase public-private partnerships. While the high-level participants recognized the public sector as the front line of defence against pandemics, they highlighted their shared position that the resources and strength/ability to respond exist/belong to those in the private sector.
"Creating models such as Event 201 takes more than a year of planning, and an investment of "hundreds of thousands of dollars", [Ryan Morhard, project lead for Global Health Security, World Economic Forum], but the lessons learned are invaluable."
Thirty days after the October 18, 2019 simulation exercise, on November 17, 2019, the first documented case of the coronas virus (COVID-19) is said to have appeared. ["The first case of someone suffering from Covid-19 can be traced back to 17 November, according to media reports on unpublished Chinese government data.] [Source: The Guardian]
Logic dictates that the simulation drill carried out on a fictitious corona virus global pandemic, which was then declared a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the WHO, is a drill worthy of both study and analysis. Of particular interest are the discussions on how to control the messaging.
Here it is important to note that also on March 11, 2020, the World Economic Forum announced a partnered with the WHO (an UN agency) to form the COVID-19 Action Platform – a task-force comprised of over 200 corporations at launch. This is in addition to the World Economic Forum partnership with the United Nations on June 13, 2019. The corporate world is capturing our real world, in real time.
The videos which remain accessible on the website include: Highlights Reel - Selected moments from the October 18th Event 201 Exercise (Length: ~12 minutes); Segment 1 - Intro and Medical Countermeasures (MCM) Discussion; Segment 2 - Trade & Travel Discussion; Segment 3 - Finance Discussion; Segment 4 - Communications Discussion and Epilogue Video; Segment 5 - Hotwash and Conclusion
You can listen to the two separate Bloomberg reports here:
Bloomberg, Nov 4, 2019: Preparing For The Next Pandemic (Audio): "As the coronavirus outbreak approaches a pandemic, global leaders and health officials are scrambling to contain the fallout. That has sparked quarantines and other emergency action around the world. It’s a scenario that was planned for, in one case just months ago, at a gathering of leaders in global finance, policy and healthcare. Bloomberg’s Janet Wu was there and brings us this report." [Running time 08:12]
Bloomberg, March 4, 2020: Event 201: Preparing for a Pandemic (Audio)
Hosts June Grasso and Ed Baxter feature the best stories of the day from Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Television, and over 120 Bloomberg News bureaus around the world on Bloomberg Radio’s Bloomberg Best. Highlights include... Janet Wu on the potential impact of the next Pandemic. [21:33-29:33]
THE SHOW MUST GO ON. EVENT 201: THE 2019 FICTIONAL PANDEMIC EXERCISE [WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, GATES FOUNDATION ET AL.]
by Cory Morningstar
A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data
by John P.A. Ioannidis
The Coronavirus Hoax
by Ron Paul
Governments love crises because when the people are fearful
they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will
take care of them. After 9/11, for example, Americans accepted the near-total
destruction of their civil liberties in the PATRIOT Act’s hollow promises of
It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to impeach President Trump last month for abuse of power demanding that the Administration grab more power and authority in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans.
Declaring a pandemic emergency on Friday, President Trump now claims the power to quarantine individuals suspected of being infected by the virus and, as Politico writes, “stop and seize any plane, train or automobile to stymie the spread of contagious disease.” He can even call out the military to cordon off a US city or state.
State and local authoritarians love panic as well. The mayor of Champaign, Illinois, signed an executive order declaring the power to ban the sale of guns and alcohol and cut off gas, water, or electricity to any citizen. The governor of Ohio just essentially closed his entire state.
The chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci is all over the media, serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic. He testified to Congress that the death rate for the coronavirus is ten times that of the seasonal flu, a claim without any scientific basis.
On Face the Nation, Fauci did his best to further damage an already tanking economy by stating, “Right now, personally, myself, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant.” He has pushed for closing the entire country down for 14 days.
Over what? A virus that has thus far killed just over 5,000 worldwide and less than 100 in the United States? By contrast, tuberculosis, an old disease not much discussed these days, killed nearly 1.6 million people in 2017. Where’s the panic over this?
Disease X Just Arrived
by Bill Sardi
Politicization Of A Sham Epidemic Turns Into An Economic & Medical Catastrophe.
In 2018 I wrote about DISEASE X that the World Health Organization claimed was a priority. An infectious disease expert said the world must prepared for the next deadly flu pandemic that is predicted to kill 200 million and the infectious disease industry needed $7.5 billion to prevent it. Well, they never got paid off, so in mafia fashion, DISEASE X just arrived.
What just happened to America?
I’m writing for many Americans who want someone to cogently put into words to what Americans are experiencing and seeing with their own eyes.
I recall as a young man peering at photos in Life Magazine of Russian people standing in a long line for food, and there was little or no meat beneath the refrigerated glass case. I read that by scarcity of food, the people were controlled, kept from rebelling against their government.
I woke up today, Monday, March 16, to the same scarcity scenes I recalled from my youth. I wondered what America had just become.
America is said to be facing a coronavirus that is not as virulent or deadly than the seasonal influenza virus this flu season, yet the nation is being placed in quarantine and the national guard is said to be readying for “urban lockdown.” All this onerous social and economic control over a worst-case scenario that predicts millions of coronavirus deaths in the U.S., which is not likely to ever happen, that is, unless the sun doesn’t shine come spring.
Placement of sun lamps in elder-care facilities would remedy a lot of excess disease in winter months, not just coronavirus. The idea of allowing disease to infectious disease to occur, albeit only to result in mortal consequences in a small segment of the population, and then enforce quarantines to halt the spread of what amounts to “sun deprivation disease” is a total misdirection in health care.
No need to hoard
The government cop-out is that there is no need to hoard necessities. But tell that to people who have lived through similar scenarios overseas. Order them to stay indoors for two weeks and just how would they have enough necessities to survive without stocking up for what initially was said was going to be an 8-week quarantine.
Going through the motions of a contrived viral epidemic just for the sake of political posturing is the current state of our polarized country. What will get a political party elected come November reigns over what is the best course health-wise.
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Subject: [MCM] What we'd all better know about this new coronavirus
Meryl Nass has been working as a biowarfare epidemiologist for over 30 years, doggedly—indeed, heroically—pursuing the inconvenient truth about bioweapons and vaccine injuries. She championed the soldiers who were sickened by the anthrax vaccine, and in so doing earned the malign attention of the US government.
She's also rightly skeptical, and a sharp analyst, of state propaganda drives in general, so would be tagged as a "conspiracy theorist," like all other thinking people in these dark days of the Big Lie.
It's therefore especially urgent that we follow what she has to say, and the material—news and medical research—that she's been posting on her blog,
about this new coronavirus; for it is not a hoax, nor has the danger actually been overblown, despite its loud, fascistic exploitation by Big Pharma and
the powers that be. Yes, this threat is being used to bring us to our knees, prepare us all for mandatory vaccination, sabotage (what's left of our)
electoral democracy, get rid of cash, and otherwise establish absolute control by the elites; but none of this means that the new coronavirus
is a fantasy. Probably concocted in some bioweapons lab (most likely in this country), COVID-19 is very real, and very dangerous.
So we must take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and others, doing what's required to halt the spread of this disease, which
is in many ways unprecedented. ("It's the worst thing that I've ever seen," Meryl told me.)
I therefore strongly recommend we follow Meryl's blog, which has been offering important truths about vaccines and other dangers since 2007:
Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases
That Is Now a Vital Global Resource
with Avi Schiffmann
A teenager’s website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is nCoV2019.live. We speak with 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle, who started the site in late December, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. Now the site has been visited by tens of millions, from every country on Earth. It tracks deaths, numbers of cases locally and globally, and provides an interactive map, information on the disease, and a Twitter feed. The resource updates every minute or so, and pulls information from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and elsewhere.
America Has Never Had a 50-State Disaster Before
by Juliette Kayyem
As US fumbles COVID-19 testing, WHO warns social distancing is not enough
by Beth Mole
UK may put all citizens over 70 into isolation for MONTHS as coronavirus spreads across the country
by Toby Melville
'Depraved': Trump Reportedly Offered German Firm 'Large Sum'
or Exclusive Rights to Coronavirus Vaccine
by Jake Johnson
"Trump wanted not only to control any new vaccine but also to make sure that it would only be available on a for-profit basis."
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mark Crispin
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 5:59 PM
Subject: [MCM] In other news: Israel kills 10,000th Palestinian since 2000, and "our free press" ignores it
As to COVID-19 as a real threat, with possible eugenic purposes, this opinion piece from
Haaretz is worth noting: "Coronavirus Is a Death Sentence for Palestinians Caged in Gaza."
Israel kills 10,000th Palestinian since 2000, US media largely ignore it
by Allison Weir
Mohammed Hamayel, 15, killed by an Israeli sniper on March 11, 2020. (Credit: Palestine Chronicle)
Israeli forces invading Palestinian Territory have just killed a 15-year-old unarmed Palestinian boy. A sniper shot him in the head with an expanding bullet. This is the 10,000th Palestinian killed by an Israeli since the round of violence that began in fall 2000. The boy was reportedly shot in the face.
During the same period, Palestinians have killed 1,270 Israelis. See the list and details on this Timeline of Israeli and Palestinian deaths.
Because US media rarely cover Palestinian deaths, while often emphasizing Israeli deaths, most Americans are unaware that Israeli forces have killed far more people than Palestinian resistance groups, and that Israel kills first in nearly all cycles of violence.
If the situation were reversed, and a Palestinian military force invaded an Israeli town and shot a teenager in the head, it would in all probability be front page news across the U.S.
12 Ways the U.S. Invasion of Iraq Lives on in Infamy
by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies
From: Mark Crispin
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Spooks and military planned US coronavirus response in lethal secrecy
US Intel Agencies Played Unsettling Role in Classified and “9/11-like”
Coronavirus Response Plan
by Whitney Webb
(March 13th, 2020)
As coronavirus panic grips the world, concern over government overreach is growing given the involvement of US intelligence agencies in classified meetings for planning the U.S.’ coronavirus response.
As the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis comes to dominate headlines, little media attention has been given to the federal government’s decision to classify top-level meetings on domestic coronavirus response and lean heavily “behind the scenes” on U.S. intelligence and the Pentagon in planning for an allegedly imminent explosion of cases.
The classification of coronavirus planning meetings was first covered by Reuters, which noted that the decision to classify was “an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response to the contagion.” Reuters further noted that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, and his chief of staff had “resisted” the classification order, which was made in mid-January by the National Security Council (NSC), led by Robert O’Brien — a longtime friend and colleague of his predecessor John Bolton.
Following this order, HHS officials with the appropriate security clearances held meetings on coronavirus response at the department’s Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF), which are facilities “usually reserved for intelligence and military operations” and — in HHS’ case — for responses to “biowarfare or chemical attacks.” Several officials who spoke to Reuters noted that the classification decision prevented key experts from participating in meetings and slowed down the ability of HHS and the agencies it oversees, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to respond to the crisis by limiting participation and information sharing.
It has since been speculated that the decision was made to prevent potential leaks of information by stifling participation and that aspects of the planned response would cause controversy if made public, especially given that the decision to classify government meetings on coronavirus response negatively impacted HHS’ ability to respond to the crisis.
After the classification decision was made public, a subsequent report in Politico revealed that not only is the National Security Council managing the federal government’s overall response but that they are doing so in close coordination with the U.S. intelligence community and the U.S. military. It states specifically that “NSC officials have been coordinating behind the scenes with the intelligence and defense communities to gauge the threat and prepare for the possibility that the U.S. government will have to respond to much bigger numbers—and soon.”
China locked in
hybrid war with US
by Pepe Escobar
Covid-19 outbreak puts Beijing and Washington on a collision course
Among the myriad, earth-shattering geopolitical effects of coronavirus, one is already graphically evident. China has re-positioned itself. For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference during the peak of the fight against coronavirus.
Beijing is carefully, incrementally shaping the narrative that, from the beginning of the coronovirus attack, the leadership knew it was under a hybrid war attack. Xi’s terminology is a major clue. He said, on the record, that this was war. And, as a counter-attack, a “people’s war” had to be launched.
Moreover, he described the virus as a demon or devil. Xi is a Confucianist. Unlike some other ancient Chinese thinkers, Confucius was loath to discuss supernatural forces and judgment in the afterlife. However, in a Chinese cultural context, devil means “white devils” or “foreign devils”: guailo in Mandarin, gweilo in Cantonese. This was Xi delivering a powerful statement in code.
When Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, voiced in an incandescent tweet the possibility that “it might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan” – the first blast to this effect to come from a top official – Beijing was sending up a trial balloon signaliing that the gloves were finally off. Zhao Lijian made a direct connection with the Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019, which included a delegation of 300 US military.
He directly quoted US CDC director Robert Redfield who, when asked last week whether some deaths by coronavirus had been discovered posthumously in the US, replied that “some cases have actually been diagnosed this way in the US today.”
Zhao’s explosive conclusion is that Covid-19 was already in effect in the US before being identified in Wuhan – due to the by now fully documented inability of US to test and verify differences compared with the flu.
Cuba biotech industry has enough antivirals to treat COVID-19
edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
How Chinese Came Together When Separated by Quarantine
by Belinda Kong
Coronavirus Epidemic Update 10: New Studies, Transmission, Spread from Wuhan, Prevention (2019-nCoV)
(February 4, 2020)
by Dr. Seheult
Coronavirus epidemic update 10 by pulmonologist Dr. Seheult of https://www.MedCram.com This video illustrates the basic reproduction number and spread of the coronavirus, updated confirmed cases, the safety of packages from China, and coronavirus quarantines and evacuations. Dr. Seheult also discusses a recent Lancet article about coronavirus hospital admissions, MuLBSTA score, and unsubstantiated theories such as an HIV association with coronavirus.
Francis Boyle: Wuhan Coronavirus is an Offensive Biological Warfare Weapon
(January 30, 2020)
with Francis Boyles
US Intel Agencies Played Unsettling Role in Classified and “9/11-like” Coronavirus Response Plan
by Whitney Webb
As coronavirus panic grips the world, concern over government overreach is growing given the involvement of US intelligence agencies in classified meetings for planning the U.S.’ coronavirus response.
Le coronavirus a-t-il été créé en laboratoire ?
par Elsa Mourgues
COVID-19, The Wuhan Virus And The CIA’s Biological Warfare on Cuba
by Timothy Alexander Guzman
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Subject: [MCM] The testing of this new coronavirus vaccine is corrupt—and dangerous, as that vaccine will surely be
Today's NYTimes piece on the testing of this new vaccine does not mention its
"unorthodox approach"—i.e., its unethical procedure—nor does it note the fact
that (typically) none of the test subjects will be given placebos (something that
Dr. Rowen doesn't mention here).
From Dr. Robert J. Rowen:
Coronavirus vaccine is making international news
Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Skips Important Animal Testing Phase,
Straight To Human Trials
by Arthur Villasanta
Please read this summary, and then my comment:
• Human trials on the new COVID-19 vaccine began March 16 in the U.S.
• The human trials began even as animal trials are underway
• This unorthodox approach, which might compromise both the safety and efficacy of the new vaccine, is being questioned by biomedical ethicists
It's a risky gamble that will save thousands of lives if it pans out, but might harm the health of those brave volunteers if it doesn't. The gamble also doesn't seem to conform to accepted medical ethics:
"Standard clinical trials of any new medicine require scientists first to test the vaccine on animals (normally mice) to determine its safety and effectiveness. Only after passing iterative tests in animal models can a candidate medicine then be tested in human trials. This step has been dispensed with in the case of mRNA-1273."
Now the above should tell the entire story of the EVIL medical paradigm of today. For the sake of vaccination, THEY are skipping accepted medical ethics, and placing human scared volunteers at risk. At the same time, the system castigates those of us who do therapies (proven safe) outside the mainstream. And, while they report on the sensationalism of a vaccine, no mainstream outlet will give a safety proven and likely effective therapy – oxidation – the time of day.
Just today I was told that a seasoned and respected reporter for a major New York paper, who suddenly turned believer in oxidation therapy when a non-healing wound on her foot healed for about 10 USD topical oxidation treatment, was refused her story on ozone therapy for corona virus by every news outlet. They called it “fringe” science. Yet look at what Pharma’s “real” science has brought us in the past generation – superbugs resistant to all antibiotics, millions addicted to narcotics, children left immune cripples from corrupt vaccine studies, billions wasted on worthless statin drugs, Vioxx (which murdered tens of thousands), children hooked on mind altering drugs, addictive antidepressants, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Of course the latter are not fringe science. Fringe science in 1491 would have been suggesting that the world was round. No, I maintain that we have a system of “fraud” science. Even mainstream medical journals, which will not touch ozone reports have admitted that up to 40% of what they publish is outright fraud. Yet they still put it out, and deny a voice to the alternative.
reporter’s foot doctor praised her decision to go outside the box and lamented
that he just would.could not do it.
I’ve always said, follow the money trail. I hope this reporter will do a little deeper digging. Perhaps she will discover that those in control of Pharma are the same who control the mass media. And, as a result, we are literal prisoners in Brave New World of Pharma with vaccines as the new “soma”, We are being “pharmed” by Pharma for profit.
And, as an aside, politicians and the media together are flaming irrational fear and creating a situation where the melt down of the economy will likely claim many fold more lives than simply letting the virus run its course. Will the American people ever awaken from their stupor and throw off the tyrannical corporate shackles?
Coronavirus calls US’ ‘world's richest country’ bluff: Will it cling to busted myths or evolve under pressure?
by Helen Buyniski
Realtors: Housing Market Crash Will Last Long After Coronavirus Is Gone
by W. E. Messamore
"Economic Update: Capitalism, Jobs & Depressed People"
with Richard Wolff
From: Medea, Jodie, &
Ariel, CODEPINK [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:09 PM
To: fancis feeley
Subject: CDC: $11 billion vs. Pentagon: $738 billion
The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across America, and our public health system is totally unprepared and underfunded. Meanwhile, our government keeps pouring more money into the military to wage endless wars. This week marks 17 years since the U.S. military has been in Iraq. Rather than putting all our energy into fighting coronavirus, the U.S. just carried out another round of senseless airstrikes in Iraq and is increasing tensions with Iran—a country wracked by coronavirus. If there was ever a time to bring our troops home, use diplomacy and work together to fight this tragic pandemic, it is now! Join us in telling Congress to double the CDC’s budget and free up billions to fight coronavirus by bringing our troops home from Iraq.
In 2018 the Trump administration disbanded its global health security team and in 2020 it cut the CDC's center for animal-to-human transmitted infectious diseases by 20 percent. As the CDC’s budget was being slashed, the U.S. military budget increased by $82 billion in 2020. We spend $738 billion on the Pentagon (even before the Trump administration, enormous military spending was the order of the day), while the CDC budget languishes with only $11 billion — 1.5% of what the military receives. Join us in telling Congress to double the CDC’s budget by bringing our troops home from Iraq and implementing other actions to reduce military spending.
Representative Ro Khanna isn’t holding back and neither should we. “We have underfunded our public health system for decades, directly leading to the mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis. We need to step up and support our doctors + scientists so they can save lives,” he said Wednesday, March 11.
Out of concern for public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peace Corps is bringing all its volunteer workers home. So why is the U.S. continuing to fight never-ending wars that have no military solution? Why do we continue to operate 800 U.S. military bases in 70 countries around the world at an estimated cost of $156 billion a year?
The Iraqi parliament voted overwhelmingly for U.S. troops to leave Iraq, the American public wants U.S. troops to leave Iraq, and if there was ever a time that the U.S. should be using all of its resources to care for its people at home, it is now! By pulling our troops out of Iraq, hundreds of millions of dollars could be moved to address coronavirus in the U.S. Contact Congress right now and tell them to double the budget for the CDC by cutting the Pentagon budget.
The coronavirus situation in Iran is dire: Infections are now over 14,500, there are over 850 deaths, and the virus is far from contained. Decades of U.S. war and interventions have devastated the Middle East, creating a tinderbox for the coronavirus pandemic. Now, more than ever, it is time for the world to come together to care for each other. Let’s start this at home by moving our budget from war to health care. Contact Congress now.
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Subject: Communiqué du SMG - Coronavirus : nos services publics de santé étranglés par la politique d'austérité vont-ils résister ?
Communiqué du Syndicat de la Médecine Générale (SMG) :
(Communiqué de presse du 16 mars 2020)
« Coronavirus : nos services publics de santé étranglés par la politique d'austérité vont-ils résister ? »
Alors que la pandémie de coronavirus a été annoncée par l'OMS le 13 mars 2020, le Syndicat de la Médecine Générale (SMG) s'inquiète des difficultés de notre système de santé à y faire face. La politique d'austérité et de destruction de nos services publics rendra la tâche d'autant plus difficile.
Depuis le début de la crise sanitaire, l'Etat appelle à la mobilisation de toutes et tous. Mais peut-on mobiliser davantage des soignant.e.s épuisé.e.s, travaillant en sous-effectifs et se donnant à 150 % pour faire tourner un hôpital abandonné des pouvoirs publics ? Peut-on protéger et soigner les malades quand la politique est à la fermeture des lits ? Peut-on demander aux soignant.e.s de premiers recours, déjà débordé.e.s, un effort supplémentaire alors que rien n'a été fait pour organiser un système de santé solidaire cohérent sur le territoire ?
L'épidémie de coronavirus survient après des mois de grève de soignant.e.s hospitaliers qui veulent simplement des moyens pour faire leur travail. Ces soignant.e.s n'ont reçu que du mépris de la part du gouvernement.
Ce gouvernement, qui mène ouvertement une politique ultralibérale et austéritaire, notamment pour l'hôpital, aura sa part de responsabilité dans les conséquences de l'épidémie qui s'annonce.
Nous, médecins généralistes, professionnel.le.s de santé, usager.e.s nous nous mobilisons pour la santé de toutes et tous et sommes solidaires de tou.te.s les soignant.e.s et acteur.trices du système de santé. Mais nous n'oublions pas la dimension politique sociale et environnementale de la crise qui est systémique.
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Hundreds of Yellow Vest protestors clash on the streets of Paris despite coronavirus ban
by Peter Allen
Gilets Jaunes: Map shows locations of fuel protests
A Real American Hero: Chelsea Manning Is Free
by ICH & Agencies
War criminals Obama wins Nobel peace prize, Tony Blair becomes millionaire Middle East "peace" envoy. Chelsea is locked up and abused for releasing evidence of U.S. war crimes. Just another day in the U.S. Empire
Julian in the Dock
By Israel Shamir
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing has had very little media coverage. Even The Guardian and The New York Times barely mentioned it, though these newspapers made a fortune publishing Assange-provided cables. Unless you had been looking for it, you wouldn’t even know that on February 24 to 27, the first stage of Assange’s extradition hearing was being adjudicated in the secretive Woolwich Crown Court embedded within the huge Belmarsh Prison nicknamed “British Gitmo”. Luckily for us, Ambassador Craig Murray, the indomitable truth fighter, went there, waited in line for hours in the rain, underwent searches and discomfort, and wrote an extensive report (12,000 words) on this travesty of justice that went under the name of a ‘trial’. His reports leave nothing out, from the threatening atmosphere to the sinister legal arguments. He captured the menace and the abuse bordering with public torture, and delivered it to the world, something that none of the journalists on the payroll of the mass media had been allowed to do. Here are some insights from his report in my free rendering augmented with other sources.
The Court is designed with no other purpose than to exclude the public, on an island accessible only through navigating a maze of dual carriageways, the entire location and architecture of the building is predicated on preventing public access. It is in truth just the sentencing wing of Belmarsh prison.
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020
Subject: [MCM] What Goldman told 1,500 clients in emergency conference call just yesterday (with some explosive context)
Let me preface this dire forecast, by a Goldman insider, with an email from Darwin K. Hoop,
who wrote me in response to "Observations from a cooler head in Italy," wherein Monica
Manconi speculated that some of the first deaths in Italy were presumed to have been caused
I suspect most of those cases were “presumed.” IMHO, this panic was manufactured to 1) loot Western “markets” and treasuries;
2) lock in vaccine eugenics and Pharma as the dominant growth sector; 3) distress the poor, frail, and elderly to early graves with
or without the assistance of a new pathogen (the death rate will skyrocket from the loss of security and acute uncertainty); and
4) to attempt to force Russia and possibly Saudi Arabia to their knees economically, by killing demand for petrol, which is also very much the purpose of Operation Greta.
This is a dreadful way to live. Most think their pensions went to money heaven. They did not. They went to rich predators who shorted the market to Hell, and they’re not even finished yet. ALL big moves are engineered by market makers, and it's the epitome
of insider trading. Many CEO’s were tipped off. Lots of rich sold their long positions and went short. BTW, most Americans can’t join the party because you can’t use fiduciary investments like trusts and retirement funds to go short.
In coming years, we will find that Trump’s family and admin were short and that the $.1.5 trillion pumped into the markets was injected just to help sweeten the short sales. The looted wealth will go into their bitcoin accounts and into the next market the cartel wants to juice, probably China.
This is how people should live? Giving the world’s worst people all the wealth and control? There’s really no other way things can turn out in a system like this.
And now read this:
"Half Of America Will Get Sick": Here Is What Goldman Told 1,500 Clients
In Its Emergency Sunday Conference Call
by Tyler Durden
Around the time the Fed stunned markets with its 5pm Sunday emergency bazooka intervention, Goldman was holding an emergency conference call in which some 1,500 clients and companies dialed-in, making the comparisons to "Lehman Sunday" especially apropos.
For those wondering what Goldman said, here is the bottom line via TME:
· 50% of Americans will contract the virus (150m people) as it's very communicable. This is on a par with the common cold (Rhinovirus) of which there are about 200 strains and which the majority of Americans will get 2-4 per year.
· 70% of Germany will contract it (58M people). This is the next most relevant industrial economy to be effected.
· Peak-virus is expected over the next eight weeks, declining thereafter.
· The virus appears to be concentrated in a band between 30-50 degrees north latitude, meaning that like the common cold and flu, it prefers cold weather. The coming summer in the northern hemisphere should help. This is to say that the virus is likely seasonal.
· Of those impacted 80% will be early-stage, 15% mid-stage and 5% critical-stage. Early-stage symptoms are like the common cold and mid-stage symptoms are like the flu; these are stay at home for two weeks and rest. 5% will be critical and highly weighted towards the elderly.
· Mortality rate on average of up to 2%, heavily weight towards the elderly and immunocompromised; meaning up to 3m people (150m*.02). In the US about 3m/yr die mostly due to old age and disease, those two being highly correlated (as a percent very few from accidents). There will be significant overlap, so this does not mean 3m new deaths from the virus, it means elderly people dying sooner due to respiratory issues. This may however stress the healthcare system.
· There is a debate as to how to address the virus pre-vaccine. The US is tending towards quarantine. The UK is tending towards allowing it to spread so that the population can develop a natural immunity. Quarantine is likely to be ineffective and result in significant economic damage but will slow the rate of transmission giving the healthcare system more time to deal with the case load.
· China’s economy has been largely impacted which has affected raw materials and the global supply chain. It may take up to six months for it to recover.
· Global GDP growth rate will be the lowest in 30 years at around 2%.
· S&P 500 will see a negative growth rate of -15% to -20% for 2020 overall.
· There will be economic damage from the virus itself, but the real damage is driven mostly by market psychology. Viruses have been with us forever. Stock markets should fully recover in the 2nd half of the year.
· In the past week there has been a conflating of the impact of the virus with the developing oil price war between KSA and Russia. While reduced energy prices are generally good for industrial economies, the US is now a large energy exporter, so there has been a negative impact on the valuation of the domestic energy sector. This will continue for some time as the Russians are attempting to economically squeeze the American shale producers and the Saudi’s are caught in the middle and do not want to further cede market share to Russia or the US.
· Technically the market generally has been looking for a reason to reset after the longest bull market in history.
· There is NO systemic risk. No one is even talking about that. Governments are intervening in the markets to stabilize them, and the private banking sector is very well capitalized. It feels more like 9/11 than it does like 2008.
Capitalism is one virus away from existential disaster
by George Galloway
Coronavirus: China pessimistic over global powers’ efforts
to save world economy amid distrust
by Finbarr Bermingham , Orange Wang and Wendy Wu
Coronavirus: will Donald Trump blame China
for expected global recession in 2020?
by Su-Lin Tan
Stop Blaming Young Voters for Not Turning Out for Sanders
by Ibram X. Kendi
From: Mark Crispin
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Subject: [MCM] US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus outbreak
"As believers, we draw on the wisdom of God to help us get it right, to be
a force for good in the life of human beings."
—from "Being a Christian Leader," Mike Pompeo's speech before the
American Association of Christian Counsellors, Oct. 11, 2019
US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus outbreak
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference at the State Department in Washington DC, on March 17, 2020. (Photo by AFP)
The United States has announced a new round of sanctions against Iran as part of its so-called "maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Washington had blacklisted three Iranian entities for engaging in what he called “significant transactions” to trade in Iranian petrochemicals.
While he did not name any firms or individuals, Pompeo said the measure included blacklisting Iran’s armed forces social security investment company and its director for investing in the sanctioned entities.
In a separate statement, the US Commerce Department also said it would boycott a number of entities, including five Iranian nuclear scientists, for aiding Tehran’s nuclear program.
Pompeo threatens family of ICC staff with consequences while bashing probe of US war crimes
by Andrea Germanos
Amnesty International on Wednesday rebuked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over new comments bashing the International Criminal Court and threatening court staff—and their family members—investigating alleged war crimes committed by United States forces in Afghanistan.
“Threats against family members of ICC staff who are seeking justice is a new low, even for this administration,” said Daniel Balson, Amnesty International USA’s advocacy director.
Balson’s comments came a day a press briefing in which Pompeo told reporters the ICC is “a so-called court which is revealing itself to be a nakedly political body.”
In a decision applauded by human rights advocates, the ICC announced earlier this month that the probe—which includes alleged crimes committed at CIA black sites in Poland, Lithuania, and Romania—could proceed after the court’s Pre-Trial Chamber previously stopped its advancement. The prospect of that probe bristled the Trump administration, which carried out what had previously appeared to be a successful bullying attempt to quash the investigation.
With the investigation now having a green light, Pompeo renewed his vocal disdain for the court, calling it “an embarrassment.”
“As I said the last time I stood before you, we oppose any effort by the ICC to exercise jurisdiction over U.S. personnel,” Pompeo told reporters. “We will not tolerate its inappropriate and unjust attempts to investigate or prosecute Americans.”
Pompeo suggested retaliatory actions would be in store.
Italy and UK rely on help from Cuba, China, Venezuela to fight coronavirus – as US steps up brutal sanctions
by Ben Norton
Cuba's Interferon Alpha 2B, Successful in Treating COVID-19
with Cuban Doctor Luis Herrera, creator of the Interferon Alfa 2-B medication
For 40 years, Cuba has been using a molecule named Interferon Alpha 2B , which has successfully been used to combat the new Coonavirus in China and elsewhere.
"The world has an opportunity to understand that health is not a commercial asset but a basic right," Cuban doctor Luis Herrera, the creator of the Interferon Alfa 2-B medication, one of the most successful medications in the fight against COVID-19 told teleSUR Tuesday.
Is Washington’s Attack Against Chinese Media a Bad Joke?
by Andre Vltchek
The U.S. is insulting the Chinese media. It is affecting both countries. My colleagues in Beijing believe, correctly, that Washington should have tried to increase communication, not to bring it to a halt.
Twist what is happening; reverse facts. That is what the Western media does when “dealing with” China, Russia, Iran or several “unfriendly” Latin American countries. It is an extremely old game, with roots in the colonial era.
If you have monopoly on disseminating information to all corners of the Planet, such cynical approach might actually work.
If only one person is allowed to talk, then what he says could become, inevitably, the truth.
Washington loves to snap at “undemocratic nations”. But the truth is, both the United States and the United Kingdom, in unison, have managed to create a thoroughly and truly undemocratic global system of governance, economic practices and “information” (in fact – disinformation).
Countries that defend their own people are painted as “regimes”, even dictatorships. Their media outlets which are using simply common logic are smeared as “propaganda” channels.
In summary, if you pay for “information” invented, manufactured and refined in the U.S. and Europe, by the Western press agencies and television networks, you will be just fine and get patted on the back. Especially if that information is helping to maintain global political and economic dictatorship of the West. So, if you pay for getting your people brainwashed and indoctrinated, you will be ranked high on the various “freedom of information” indexes.
But be warned: if you tell the truth, or if you expose Western lies, you will get smeared, insulted as a demagogue and an undemocratic liar. That is what is happening right now to China.
I am writing this commentary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a marvelous country now collapsing after having being lured into fascism by local right-wing media, which has been trained and financed by the Western mass-media outlets.
What is the background to dispute between the U.S. and China?
In early February 2020, The Wall Street Journal published an article “China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia”. It was an insulting piece, vulgar in many ways. Some saw it as racist. It was taking advantage of pain Chinese people are experiencing due to the recent coronavirus epidemy, turning medical emergency into a political issue. It is something that could be easily defined as cheap journalism, and obvious propaganda. Stuff that is often written on order, in both North America and Europe.
Indignant, Beijing took action against the newspaper. Under circumstances, this was the most natural thing to do. But instead of apologizing, Washington intensified war against the Chinese press.
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Was the Wuhan outbreak a lethal accident?
"Given that this outbreak was said to begin in late December when most bat species in the region are hibernating and the Chinese horseshoe bat’s habitat covers an enormous swath of the region containing scores of cities and hundreds of millions people, the fact that this Wuhan Strain of coronavirus, denoted as COVID-19, emerged in close proximity to the only BSL-4 virology lab in China, which in turn was staffed with at least two Chinese scientists – Zhengli Shi and Xing-Yi Ge – both virologists who had previously worked at an American lab which had already bio-engineered an incredibly virulent strain of bat coronavirus – the accidental release of a bio-engineered virus from Wuhan’s virology lab cannot be automatically discounted, especially when the Wuhan Strain’s unnatural genomic signals are considered."
Logistical and Technical Exploration into the Origins of the Wuhan Strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This report is the product of a collaboration between a retired professional scientist with dozens of peer-reviewed publications and 30 years of experience in genomic sequencing and analysis, who worked at the Theoretical Biology Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and later helped design several ubiquitous bioinformatic software tools, as well as a former NSA counterterrorism analyst. It considers whether the Wuhan Strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is the result of naturally emergent mutations against the possibility that it may be a bio-engineered strain – directly altered by genetic manipulation, subject to artificially-guided evolutionary selection, or both – most likely released into the public by accident since China’s rate of occupational accidents is about ten-times higher than America’s, and some twenty-times more than Europe’s, the only other regions with high-level virology labs.
Raising the odds of an accidental release, researchers from China’s only BSL-4 lab in Wuhan were reported to have particularly sloppy field research methods, being both bled and peed on by local bats that host coronaviruses remarkably similar to the Wuhan Strain COVID-19. And they’ve also been reported to smuggle used research animals out of their labs, selling them for cash on the street. Perhaps unsurprisingly, in mid February the Chinese Ministry of Science sent out a directive to all its labs emphasizing the important of carefully handling bio-infectious agents and alluding to slack oversight and past lapses.
Mistakes may have been precipitated by the need to quickly finish research that was being rushed for John Hopkins’ Event 201 which was held this past October and meant to gameplan the containment of a global pandemic. Research may also have been hurried due to deadlines before the impending Chinese New Year – the timing of these events point to increased human error, not a globalist conspiracy. Beijing has had four known accidental leaks of the SARS virus in recent years, so there is absolutely no reason to assume that this strain of coronavirus from Wuhan didn’t accidentally leak out as well. This is unlikely to be a plot twist in one of the novels Tom Clancy wrote after he started mailing it in.
Inside The Military's Top Secret Plans If Coronavirus Cripples the Government
by William M. Arkin