Bulletin N° 898
by Fritz Lang
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse – 1933
by Fritz Lang
"How Fritz Lang Trolled the Nazis"
with Tyler Knudsen
Subject : ‘Thought’ and ‘Vision’ : Why we must take possession of economic science.
Earth Day 2020
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The burning question today is : Should we exist for the economic system or should the economic system exist for us?
History teaches us in no unmistakable fashion what happens when inequality meets the pathological lust for power, when the owners of society have naturally gravitated towards the "Malthusian" solutions (even before the writings of Thomas Malthus) with an ideology of population control. We've seen it applied to indigenous people colonized by the English in North America, Australia and in Africa; to people in Madagascar in the 1947 French massacres; in the Belgium Congo, from 1885 to 1908; in Rwanda with the German concentration camps after 1884; then in Fascist Europe, beginning in Dachau, on March 22, 1933; Palestine after 1948, and the list goes on . . . .
"Malthusians" existed before the letter and, like him, they sought to purify society in their own image and render it beautiful by purging the undesirables and making large profits in the process. Today, it is incumbent upon us to recognize the resurgence of this genocidal ideology, and to resist.
The power of states will not protect us, nor will the possession of a weapon of mass destruction. The only assurance we have of not being caught in a tsunami of proactive genocidal policy is organization at every level and openly expressing our disgust against the loathsome genocidal forces now at play in the world.
“Living In A Ghost Town”
with The Rolling Stones
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Fritjof Capra presents his comparative study of the “new physics” and Eastern Mysticism in a 325-page book, entitled The Tao of Physics (1975). Throughout this work, the author seems to be seeking the anthropological roots of science and culture. At the end of this book he states explicitly his belief that "science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science . . . " Nevertheless, he adds, humans need both.
Mystical experience is necessary to understand the deepest nature of things, and science is essential for modern life.
What we need, therefore, is not a synthesis but a dynamic interplay between mystical intuition and scientific analysis.(p.324)
In the past bulletin, we presented chapter 4 of this study, which concludes his first section, “The Way of Physics.” In this part, Capara described developments in the science of physics from classic Newtonian mechanics to the era of Einstein and quantum field theory. The second section of this book, “The Way of Eastern Mysticism,” is composed of five chapters describing, in summary fashion, five distinctly Asiatic cultural traditions – Hinduism, Buddhism, “Chinese thought,” Taoism, and Zen. We will now turn to the third and final section of this book, “The Parallels,” where the author engages in a back and forth between essential characteristics of scientific thought embodied in “the new physics” and similar qualities he has found to exist in traditional Eastern mysticism. Particularly interesting in this section is his discussion found in chapter 12, entitled “Space-time”.
In the first sentence of this chapter, Capra sets the tone of his controversial popularization of “the new physics”: “Modern physics has confirmed most dramatically one of the basic ideas of Eastern mysticism; that all the concepts we use to describe nature are limited, that they are not features of reality, as we tend to believe, but creations of the mind; parts of the map, not of the territory.” He, then, goes on to explain his view of “modern science”.
Whenever we expand the realm of our experience, the limitations of our rational mind become apparent and we have to modify, or even abandon, some of our concepts.
Our notions of space and time figure prominently on our map of reality. They serve to order things and events in our environment and are therefore of paramount importance not only in our everyday life, but also in our attempts to understand nature through science and philosophy. There is no law of physics which does not require the concepts of space and time for its formulation. The profound modification of these basic concepts brought about by relativity theory was therefore one of the greatest revolutions in the history of science.
Classical physics was based on the notion both of an absolute, three-dimensional space, independent of the material objects it contains, and obeying the laws of Euclidean geometry, and of time as a separate dimension which again is absolute and flows at an even rate, independent of the material world. In the West, these notions of space and time were so deeply rooted in the minds of philosophers and scientists that they were taken as true and unquestioned properties of nature.
The belief that geometry is inherent in nature, rather than part of the framework we use to describe nature, has its origin in Greek thought. Demonstrative geometry was the central feature of Greek mathematics and had a profound influence on Greek philosophy. Its method of starting from unquestioned axioms, and deriving theorems from those by deductive reasoning became characteristic of Greek philosophical thought; geometry was therefore at the very center of all intellectual activities and formed the basis of philosophical training. The gate of Plato’s Academy in Athens is said to have borne the inscription, ‘You are not allowed to enter here, unless you know geometry.’ The Greeks believed that their mathematical theorems were expressions of eternal and exact truths about the real world, and that geometrical shapes were manifestations of absolute beauty. Geometry was considered to be the perfect combination of logic and beauty and was thus believed to be of divine origin. Hence Plato’s dictum, ‘God is a geometer.”
Since geometry was seen as the revelation of God, it was obvious to the Greeks that the heavens should exhibit perfect geometrical shapes. This meant that the heavenly bodies had to move in circles. To present the picture as being even more geometrical they were thought to be fixed to a series of concentric crystalline spheres which moved as a whole, with the Earth at the centre.
In subsequent centuries, Greek geometry continued to exert a strong influence on Western philosophy and science. Euclid’s Elements was a standard textbook on European schools until the beginning of …[the 20th] century and Euclidean geometry was taken to be the truce nature of space for more than two thousand years. It took an Einstein to make scientists and philosophers realize that geometry is not inherent in nature, but is imposed upon it by the mind. In the words of Henry Margenau,
‘The central recognition of the theory of relativity is that geometry … is a construct of the intellect. Only when this discovery is accepted can the mind feel free to tamper with the time-honored notions of space and time, to survey the range of possibilities available for defining them, and to select that formulation which agrees with observation.’
Eastern philosophy, unlike that of the Greeks, has always maintained that space and time are constructs of the mind. The Eastern mystics treated them like all other intellectual concepts; as relative, limited, and illusory. In a Buddhist text, for example, we find the words,
‘It was taught by the Buddha, oh Monks, that … the past, the future, physical space, … and individuals are nothing but names, forms of thought, words of common usage, merely superficial realities.’
Thus in the Far East, geometry never attained the status it had in ancient Greece, although this does not mean that the Indians and Chinese had little knowledge of it. They used it extensively in building alters of precise geometrical shapes, in measuring the land and mapping out the heavens, but never to determine abstract and eternal truths. This philosophical attitude is also reflected in the fact that ancient Eastern science generally did not find it necessary to fit nature into a scheme of straight lines and perfect circles. Joseph Needham’s remarks about Chinese astronomy are very interesting in this connection:
‘The Chinese [astronomers] did not feel the need for [geometrical] forms of explanation – the component organisms in the universal organism followed their Tao each according to its own nature, and their motions could be dealt with in the essentially ‘non-representational’ form of algebra. The Chinese were thus free from that obsession of European astronomers for the circle as the most perfect figure … nor did they experience the medieval prison of the crystalline spheres.’
Thus the ancient Eastern philosophers and scientists already had the attitude which is so basic to relativity theory – that our notions of geometry are not absolute and unchangeable properties of nature, but intellectual construction. In the words of Ashvaghosha,
‘Be it clearly understood that space is nothing but a mode of particularization and that it has not real existence of its own…. Space exists only in relations to out particularising consciousness.’
The same applies to our ideas to time. The Eastern mystics link the notions of both space and time to particular states of consciousness. Being able to go beyond the ordinary state through meditation, they have realized that the conventional notions of space and time are not the ultimate truth. The refined notions of space and time resulting from their mystical experiences appear to be in many ways similar to the notions of modern physics, as exemplified by the theory of relativity.
What, then, is this new view of space and time which emerged from the relativity theory? It is based on the discovery that all space and time measurements are relative. The relativity of spatial specification was, of course, nothing new. It was well known before Einstein that the position of an object in space can only be defined relative to some other object. This is usually done with the help of three coordinates, and the point from which the coordinates are measured may be called the location of the ‘observer’.(pp.167-170)
Capra continues his exposition on the subjectivity of the high priests of science by turning his attention to “the fourth dimension,” as it is experienced both in science and by Eastern mystics; not in a conventional sense, but rather as a transfer from one dimension to another, like the projection of the shadow of a three-dimensional object onto a two-dimensional surface. The common ground held by both modern physicists and Eastern mystics is an understanding which is not aided by the self-evident truths of everyday experience. We must set aside our intuitive understanding of daily life if we are to come to grips with what is really going on around us.
The unification of space and time entails . . . a unification of other basic concepts, and this underlying aspect is the most characteristic feature of the relativistic framework. Concepts which seemed totally unrelated in nonrelativistic physics are now seen to be but different aspects of one and the same concept. This feature gives the relativistic framework great mathematical elegance and beauty. Many years of work with relativity theory have made us appreciate this elegance and become thoroughly familiar with the mathematical formalism. However this has not helped our intuition very much. We have no direct sensory experience of the four-dimensional space-time, nor of the other relativistic concepts. Whenever we study natural phenomena involving high velocities, we find it very hard to deal with these concepts both at the level of intuition and ordinary language.(pp.176-177)
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The slowing down of clocks in motion, unbelievable as it sounds, is well tested in particle physics. Most of the subatomic particles are unstable, i.e. they disintegrate after a certain time into other particles. Numerous experiments have confirmed the fact that the lifetime of such an unstable particle depends on its state of motion. It increases with the speed of the particle. Particles moving with 80 per cent of the speed of light live about 1.7 times as long as they're slow 'twin brothers', and at 99 per cent of the speed of light they live about 7 times as long. This, again, does not mean that the intrinsic lifetime of the particle changes. From the particles point of view its life time is always the same but from the point of view of the laboratory observer the particles internal clock has slowed down, and therefore it lives longer.
All these relativistic effects only seem strange because we cannot experience the four-dimensional space-time world with our senses, but can only observe its three-dimensional ‘images’. These images have different aspects of different frames of reference; moving objects look different from objects at rest, and moving clocks run at a different rate. These effects will seem paradoxical if we do not realize that they are only the projections of four-dimensional phenomena just as shadows are projections of three-dimensional objects., if we could visualize the four dimensional space-time reality there would be nothing paradoxical at all.
The Eastern mystics . . . seem to be able to attain non-ordinary states of consciousness in which they transcend the three-dimensional world of everyday life to experience a higher multidimensional reality. Thus Aurobindo speaks about 'a subtle change which makes the sight see in a sort of fourth dimension'. The dimensions of these states of consciousness may not be the same as the ones we are dealing with in relativistic physics, but it is striking that they have led the mystics towards notions of space and time which are very similar to those employed by relativity theory.
Throughout Eastern mysticism, there seems to be a strong intuition for the space-time character of reality. The fact that space and time are inseparably linked, which is so characteristic of relativistic physics, is stressed again and again. This intuitively notion of space and time has perhaps found its clearest expression and its most far-reaching elaboration in Buddhism and in particular in the Avatamsaka school of Mahahana Buddhism. The Avatamsaka Sutra, on which the school is based, gives a vivid description of how the world is experienced in the state of enlightenment. The awareness of an ‘interpenetration of space and time’ - a perfect expression to describe space-time - is repeatedly emphasized in the sutra and is seen as an essential characteristic of the enlightened state of mind.
In the words of the D. T. Suzuki,
‘the significance of the Avatamsaka and its philosophy is unintelligible unless we once experience ... a state of complete dissolution where there is no more distinction between mind and body, subject and object .... We look around and perceive that ... every object is related to every other object ... not only spatially, but temporally…. As a factor pure experience, there is no space without time, no time without space; they are interpenetrating.’
One could hardly find a better way of describing the relativistic concept of space-time. In comparing Suzuki's statement to the one … by Minkowski, it is also interesting to note that both the physicist and the Buddhist emphasize the fact that their notions of space-time are based on experience ; on scientific experiments in one case, and on mystical experience in the other.
In my opinion, the time minded intuition of Eastern mysticism is one of the main reasons why its views of nature seem to correspond, in general, much better to modern scientific views than do those of most Greek philosophers. Greek natural philosophy was, on the whole, essentially static and largely based on geometrical considerations. It was, one could say, extremely ‘non-relativistic’, and its strong influence on Western thought may well be one of the reasons why we have such great conceptual difficulties with relativistic models in modern physics. Eastern philosophies, on the other hand, are ‘space-time’ philosophies, and thus their intuition often comes very close to the views of nature implied by our modern relativistic theories.
Because of the awareness that space and time are intimately connected and interpenetrating, the world views of modern physics and of Eastern mysticism are both intrinsically dynamic views which contain time and change as essential elements. This point will be discussed in detail in the following chapter, and constitutes the second main theme recurring throughout this comparison of physics and Eastern mysticism, the first being the unity of all things and events. As we study the relativistic models and theories of modern physics, we shall see that all of them are impressive illustrations of the two basic elements of the Eastern world view - the basic oneness of the universe and it's intrinsically dynamic character.
The theory of relativity discussed so far is known as the ‘special theory of relativity’. It provides a common framework for the description of the phenomena associated with electricity and magnetism, the basic features of this framework being the relativity of space and time and their unification into four-dimensional space-time.
In the ‘general theory of relativity’, the framework of the special theory is extended to include gravity. The effect of gravity, according to general relativity, is to make space-time curved. This, again, is “extremely hard to imagine. We can easily imagine a two-dimensional curved surface, such as the surface of an egg, because we can see such curved surfaces lying in three-dimensional space. The meaning of the word curvature for two-dimensional curved surfaces is thus quite clear; but when it comes to three-dimensional space – let alone four-dimensional space-time – our imagination abandons us. Since we cannot look at three-dimensional space ‘from outside’, we cannot imagine how it can be ‘bent in some direction’.
To understand the meaning of curved space-time, we have to use curved two-dimensional surfaces as analogies. Imagine, for example, the surface of a sphere. The crucial fact which makes the analogy to space-time possible is that the curvature is an intrinsic property of that surface and can be measured without going into three-dimensional space. A two-dimensional insect confined to the surface of a sphere and unable to experience three-dimensional space could nevertheless find out that the surface on which he is living is curved, provided that he can make geometrical measurements.
To see how this works, we have to compare the geometry of our bug on the sphere with that of a similar insect living on a flat surface. Suppose the two bugs begin their study of geometry by drawing a straight line, defined as the shortest connection between two points. . . . [Illustrations on page 182.] We see that the bug on the flat surface drew a very nice straight line; but what did the bug on the sphere do? For him, the line he drew is the shortest connection between two points A and B, since any other line he may draw will be longer; but from our point of view we recognize it as a curve (the arc of a great circle, to be precise). Now suppose that the two bugs study triangles. The bug on the plane will find that the three angles of any triangle add up to two right angles, i.e. to 180°; but the bug on the sphere will discover that the sum of the angles in his triangles is always greater than 180°. For small triangles the excess is small, but it increases as the triangles become larger; and as an extreme case, our bug on the sphere will even be able to draw triangles with three right angles. Finally, let the two bugs draw circles and measure their circumference. The bug on the plane will find that the circumference is always equal to 2π times the radius. As can be seen in the figure [on page 183] … , our three-dimensional point of view allows us to see what the bug calls a radius of his circle is in fact a curve which is always longer than the true radius of the circle.
As the two insects continue to study geometry, the one on the plane should discover the axioms and laws of Euclidean geometry, but his colleague on the sphere will discover different laws. The difference will be small for small geometrical figures, but will increase as the figures become larger. The example of the two bugs shows that we can always determine whether a surface is curved or not, just by making geometrical measurements on the surface, and by comparing the results with those predicted by Euclidean geometry. If there is a discrepancy, the surface is curved; and the larger the discrepancy is – for a given size of figures – the stronger the curvature.
In the same way, we can define a curved three-dimensional space to be one in which Euclidean geometry is no longer valid. The laws of geometry in such a space will be of a different, ‘non-Euclidean’ type. Such a non-Euclidean geometry was introduced as a purely abstract mathematical idea in the nineteenth century by the mathematician Georg Riemann, and it was not considered to be more than that, until Einstein made the revolutionary suggestion that the three-dimensional space in which we live is actually curved. According to Einstein’s theory the curvature of space is caused by the gravitational fields of massive bodies. Wherever there is a massive object, the space around it is curved, and the degree of curvature, that is, the degree to which the geometry deviates from that of Euclid, depends on the mass of the object.
The equations relating the curvature of space to the distribution of matter in that space are called Einstein’s field of equations. They can be applied not only to determine the local variations of curvature in the neighborhood of stars and planets, but also to find out whether there is an overall curvature of space on a large scale. In other words, Einstein’s equations can be used to determine the structure of the universe as a whole. Unfortunately, they do not give a unique answer. Several mathematical solutions of the equations are possible, and these solutions constitute the various models of the universe studied in cosmology . . . . To determine which of them corresponds to the actual structure of our universe is the main task of present-day cosmology.(pp.178-184)
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This, then, is the full meaning of space-time in relativistic physics. Space and time are fully equivalent; they are unified into a four-dimensional continuum in which the particle interactions can stretch in any direction. If we want to picture these interactions, we have to picture them in one ‘four-dimensional snap shot’ covering the whole span of time as well as the whole region of space. To get the right feeling for the relativistic world of particles, we must ‘forget the lapse of time’, as Chuang Tzu says, and this is why the space-time diagrams of field theory can be a useful analogy to the space-time experience of the Eastern mystic. The relevance of the analogy is made evident by the following remarks by Lama Govinda concerning Buddhist meditation:
‘If we speak of the space-experience in meditation, we are dealing with an entirely different dimension…. In this space-experience the temporal sequence is converted into a simultaneous co-existence, the side by side existence of things . . . and this again does not remain static but becomes a living continuum in which time and space are integrated.’
Although the physicists use their mathematical formalism and their diagrams to picture interactions “en bloc’ in four-dimensional space-time, they say that in the actual world each observer can only experience the phenomena in a succession of space-time sections, that is, in a temporal sequence. The mystics, on the other hand, maintain that they can actually experience the full span of space-time where time does not flow any longer. Thus the Zen master Dogen:
‘It is believed by most that time passes; in actual fact, it stays where it is. This idea of passing may be called time, but it is an incorrect idea, for since one sees it only as passing, one cannot understand that it stays just where it is.’
Many of the Eastern teachers emphasize that thought must take place in time, but that vision can transcend it. ‘Vision’, says Govinda, ‘is bound up with a space of a higher dimension, and therefore timeless.’ The space-time of relativistic physics is a similar timeless space of a higher dimension. All events in it are interconnected, but the connections are not causal. Particle interactions can be interpreted in terms of cause and effect only when the space-time diagrams are read in a definite direction, e.g. for the bottom to the top. When they are taken as four-dimensional patterns without any definite direction of time attached to them, there is no ‘before’ and no ‘after’, and thus no causation.
Similarly, the Eastern mystics assert that in transcending time, they also transcend the world of cause and effect. Like our ordinary notions of space and time, causation is an idea which is limited to a certain experience of the world and had to be abandoned when this experience is extended, in the words of Swami Vivekananda,
‘Time, space, and causation are like the glass through which the Absolute is seen . . .. In the Absolute there is neither time, space, nor causation.’
The Eastern spiritual traditions show their followers various ways of going beyond the ordinary experience of time and of freeing themselves from the chain of cause and effect – from the bondage of karma, as the Hindus and Buddhists say. It has therefore been said that Eastern mysticism is a liberation from time. In a way, the same may be said of relativistic physics.(pp.195 -197)
“The new science” as described in this book has, according to Capra, a potential healing effect on the way many western social theorists as well as physicists think.
To acquire mystical knowledge means to undergo a transformation; one could even say that the knowledge is the transformation. Scientific knowledge, on the other hand can often stay abstract and theoretical. Thus most of today's physicists do not seem to realize the philosophical, cultural and spiritual implications of their theories. Many of them actively support a society which is still based on the mechanistic fragmented world view, without seeing that science points beyond such a view, towards a oneness of the universe which includes not only our natural environment but also our fellow human beings. I believe that the world view implied by modern physics is inconsistent with our present society, which does not reflect the harmonious interrelatedness we observe in nature. To achieve such a state of dynamic balance, a radically different social and economic structure will be needed: a cultural revolution in the true sense of the word. The survival of our whole civilization may depend on whether we can bring about such a change. It will depend, ultimately, on our ability to adopt some of the yin attitudes of Eastern mysticism; to experience the wholeness of nature and the art of living with it in harmony.(pp.324-325)
This book presents the non-violent revolution in western scientific thought as the strategic fulcrum for social, political and economic change, to nurture a social movement that historically was disrupted by two world wars and the so-called cold war, that came to an end only with the anti-Vietnam war movement. The ‘new science” constitutes a rupture with the dominant ideology of the capitalist class and threatens an ideological disturbance for the ruling class and their high priests of social order. Our struggle since the counterrevolution of the 1980’s has been to reclaim our class consciousness by identifying our true self-interests in the wider context of environmental catastophe and social class domination. Frantz Capra’s contribution has been to make this intellectual history comprehensible and accessible to everyone, thereby restoring science to its rightful practitioners: “Science for the People!”
The 21 + items below represent articles and essays conveying thoughts that, far from offering a consensus, demand to be discussed publically. As in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, we are asked to be content with watching shadows paraded before our eyes and, with this limited experience, to be satiated with our impoverished understanding of the world. There is a need today to boldly go out into the broad daylight, to experience for ourselves the sentient reality of life, to discover the myths that are being perpetrated against us, and to understand for whose benefit we have been blinded.
de l'Université Grenoble-Alpes
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
“The Game is Rigged”
with Richard Wolff - A 2015 retrospective.
Kissinger's folly: The threat to world order is China
by Bradley A. Thayer and Lianchao Han
The old joke that doctors bury their mistakes should be amended, because former statesmen sometimes try to do so as well. Claims advanced by Henry Kissinger, the doyen of the U.S. foreign policy community, that the coronavirus is a danger to the liberal international order are correct, especially since the virus has killed tens of thousands around the world.
But the specter that is haunting the world order is not the virus that originated in Wuhan. It is the rise of dictatorial China. And it was Kissinger, the former U.S. secretary of State and national security adviser, who contributed mightily to this threat as one of the major creators and advocates of the decades-long U.S. strategy towards China emphasizing cooperation, “bringing China in” to the international order, and fostering its growth so that it could become a “responsible stakeholder.”
The expectation was that China would cooperate with the West to preserve the present liberal order of global politics. This approach was a profound mistake: In a historically unprecedented act, the West actively contributed to the creation of its most formidable peer competitor. China hid behind a false promise to abide by Western rules and norms to forestall balancing against it, while it rapidly developed economically and militarily — and was creating a new international order to replace the one that is so rightly valued in the West.
"Is China an alternative to Western democracy?"
“Noam Chomsky on Outsourcing”
China rattles sabres as world battles coronavirus pandemic
by Yew Lun Tian, Ben Blanchard
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Subject: [MCM] 2015 scientific paper proves US and Chinese scientists collaborated on coronavirus that can infect humans
2015 Scientific Paper Proves US & Chinese Scientists Collaborated to Create Coronavirus that Can Infect Humans
A Special Report by Peter R. Breggin, MD
April 15, 2020
In 2015, American researchers and Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers collaborated to transform an animal coronavirus into one that can attack humans. Scientists from prestigious American universities and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) worked directly with the two coauthor researchers from Wuhan Institute of Virology, Xing-Yi Ge and Zhengli-Li Shi. Funding was provided by the Chinese and US governments. The team succeeded in modifying a bat coronavirus to make it capable of infecting humans.
The research was published in December 2015 in the prestigious British journal, Nature Medicine (volume 21, pages1508–1513). The paper by Vineet D. Menachery et al., “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence” is available here as a PDF as well as on-line.i
Footnotes to the scientific paper disclose that the research was funded by both the Chinese and US Governments, including grants from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease.
Footnotes also document that the two Chinese researchers were active in their own laboratories as part of this coronavirus project.
At the bottom of the first page, the affiliation of both Chinese coauthors is listed as “Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens and Biosafety, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China.” The Chinese were being aided by the American government, American universities and American researchers in developing a potential military weapon with the capacity to cause a pandemic intentionally or accidentally.
Multiple prestigious American researchers and institutions were involved. One is from the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas. The first author of the article, Vineet Menachery, is from the Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Several other authors are from the University of North Carolina and one is from Harvard Medical School. There is also a Swiss researcher.
The researchers themselves note in the text of the article that the risks associated with the creation of their human pathogen were significant. They openly wondered if their research compromised U.S. federal standards for research on dangerous pathogens.
The potential dangers of the creation of new human coronavirus pathogens in the American/Chinese Menachery research were discussed in a commentary by Jef Akst in The Scientist on November 16, 2015. However, the danger of the Chinese collaboration went unmentioned.
In 2015, US researchers in collaboration with Chinese researchers from the now-infamous Wuhan Institute jointly published a paper describing how they successfully modified a bat coronavirus to make it capable of infecting humans. Their project was funded by both the Chinese and the American governments.
· Who in the US government enabled this research? Why was it allowed when it was enabling the Chinese to develop a military weapon or to accidentally cause an epidemic?
· Why was an FDA official involved as an author and why was NIH funding the project?
· The virus created in collaboration with the Chinese and the current epidemic virus are both SARS-CoV with many shared characteristics. This writer has found no scientific research that specifically compares the two viruses, a subject that needs to be investigated.
· How many more lab-created or manipulated viruses are in the world’s laboratories and under the control of governments and the military?
· Are potentially dangerous research projects continuing to go on involving American and Chinese collaboration with or without funding from both countries?
· Why and how has this research project wholly escaped notice amid the growing concern about China’s role in causing the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic?
· Why have none of the American researchers come forward to draw attention to this project which, at the least, enabled and promoted Chinese efforts to weaponize viruses?
The Menachery et al. (2015) scientific paper was found by my wife Ginger Breggin while following scientific discussions on-line that led her to the critique in The Scientist and then to the article.
The New Anti-China Campaign Is Built On Lies
by Moon Of Alabama
The anti China hawkishness is going to drown out progressive momentum for universal healthcare and cancelling student debt. Like Russiagate, this new yellow peril will lead to greater military spending and more war. Sad so many who should know better can’t see that.
To avoid self-examination of the failures that let the U.S. exceed the covid-19 casualty numbers of every other nation the powers that be decided to blame someone else.
Trump's first attempt was to blame the World Health Organization for not providing all information. But 16 U.S. administration officials were embedded with the WHO in Geneva. They relayed real time updates of all information the WHO received.
As the Democrats and the media did not join Trump in blaming the WHO another scapegoat was needed. Everyone then agreed that it China would be the most convenient target.
The intensity of the current anti-China campaign reminds one of the run up to the war on Iraq. The people who now claim that 'China lied, people died' are the very same who ran the Iraq WMD campaign. But all the reports claiming Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were just fantasy. The reports of Chinese culpability are similar nonsense.
As this is an election year both parties try to associate the other side with the new villain:
“Donald Trump sent critical medical supplies to
China as Americans continue to suffer. He needs to follow his supposed motto of
America First,” American Bridge President Bradley Beychok said in a statement. “We’re making sure that voters
across Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin know full well not only how badly
Trump botched this crisis, but also how badly he bent the knee to China in the
midst of it as well.”
“We are more than happy to let the American public decide whom they trust, President Trump or Beijing Joe Biden, to get tough on China,” said Brian O. Walsh, president of America First, in response to the new ad campaign by American Bridge. American Bridge said the ad is the first of its new offensive campaign targeting Trump, his company, business associates and adult children over their ties to China and other foreign investments.
The group said it plans on rolling out microtargeted digital ads on that theme as part of “an all-out assault on Trump and his family over their corruption — in China and other countries — involving foreign bribes, political favors, shady real estate investments, and parties with dictators.”
This will be bad for other important political issues:
Rania Khalek @RaniaKhalek - 19:27 UTC · Apr 17, 2020
The anti China hawkishness is going to drown out progressive momentum for universal healthcare and cancelling student debt. Like Russiagate, this new yellow peril will lead to greater military spending and more war. Sad so many who should know better can’t see that.
"Is Cuba Better Prepared For Coronavirus Than The U.S.?"
What Did U.S. Intel Really Know About the ‘Chinese’ Virus?
by Pepe Escobar
Hybrid War 2.0 on China, a bipartisan U.S. operation, is already reaching fever pitch. Its 24/7 full spectrum infowar arm blames China for everything coronavirus-related – doubling as a diversionist tactic against any informed criticism of woeful American unpreparedness.
Hysteria predictably reigns. And this is just the beginning.
A deluge of lawsuits is imminent – such as the one in the Southern District of Florida entered by Berman Law Group (linked to the Democrats) and Lucas-Compton (linked to the Republicans). In a nutshell: China has to shell out tons of cash. To the tune of at least $1.2 trillion, which happens to be – by surrealist irony – the amount of U.S. Treasury bills held by Beijing, all the way to $20 trillion, claimed by a lawsuit in Texas.
The prosecution’s case, as Scott Ritter memorably reminded us, is straight out of Monty Python. It works exactly like this:
“If she weighs the same as a duck…
…she’s made of wood!”
In Hybrid War 2.0 terms, the current CIA-style narrative translates as evil China never telling us, the civilized West, there was a terrible new virus around. If they did, we would have had time to prepare.
Presenting The Federal Reserve Script for Totalitarianism
with John Titus
David Harvey's Anti-Capitalist Chronicles - Collective Form of Action
with David Harvey – Ap. 16, 2020
New Online Course: Reading Marx’s Grundrisse
(12 two-hour classes - Jan 28 – May 5, 2020)
with David Harvey
Closedown vs. No Closedown
by Paul Craig Roberts
Every country with the exception of Sweden found it necessary to close down at least part of the economy in order to prevent the highly infectious virus from overwhelming their medical care systems. The exponential rate of infection together with a lack of sufficient health resources obviously meant an overwhelmed system that would be unable to provide care for those suffering from other illnesses and deadly conditions, such as heart attacks.
The need to reduce the caseload was also influenced by the uncertainty of treatment. It has been only through experimentation that health care professionals have found some successful treatments and learned that ventilators were causing deaths. Knowledge about the virus and its attack on vital organs is still emerging. The long incubation period and the fact that people can spread the virus without themselves having symptoms makes the virus far more challenging than flu, with which it is often mistakenly compared. The fact that people of all ages and health conditions have died from the virus, or from inappropriate treatment and prior conditions, and the impossibility of knowing in advance the severity of any person’s case produces a situation that can easily explode out of control.
The policy of isolation and social distancing has worked. It has reduced the infection rate to a manageable one in most places. One consequence of this success is to increase the sense of safety and the belief that the virus is a hoax being used to take away civil liberties. There is no doubt that the deep state and other agendas will make use of the virus for their purposes. But the virus is definitely real and not a hoax.
The success of social isolation has produced a belief that the virus was over-hyped, causing some people to call the policy into question. Crowds in violation of the social distancing policy are protesting against the policy, with some marching around with weapons.
How Bosses Are Making Coronavirus "Worse, for their Benefit"
with Noam Chomsky
The Crimes of U.S. Presidents
with Noam Chomsky
Counter-Revolutionary Violence: Bloodbaths in Fact and Propaganda. Accelerating bloodbath in South Vietnam.
by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman – 1973
Coronavirus stimulus bill funds State Dept/USAID operations that once helped trigger polio outbreak in Syria
by Max Blumenthal
Bill Gates and the Depopulation Agenda. Robert F. Kennedy Junior Calls for an Investigation
by Peter Koenig
For over twenty years Bill Gates and his Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have been vaccinating foremost children by the millions in remote areas of poor countries, mostly Africa and Asia. Most of their vaccination program had disastrous results, causing the very illness (polio, for example in India) and sterilizing young women (Kenya, with modified tetanus vaccines). Many of the children died. Many of the programs were carried out with the backing of the WHO and – yes – the UN Agency responsible for the Protection of Children, UNICEF.
Most of these vaccination campaigns were implemented without the informed-consent of the children, parents, guardians or teachers, nor with the informed-consent, or with forged consent, of the respective government authorities. In the aftermath, The Gates Foundation was sued by governments around the world, Kenya, India, the Philippines – and more.
Bill Gates has a strange image of himself. He sees himself as The Messiah who saves the world through vaccination – and through population reduction.
Around the time, when the 2010 Rockefeller Report was issued, with its even more infamous “Lock Step” Scenario, precisely the scenario of which we are living the beginning right now, Bill Gates talked on a TED show in California, “Innovating to Zero” about the use of energy.
He used this TED presentation to promote his vaccination programs, literally saying, “If we are doing a real good job vaccinating children, we can reduce the world population by 10% to 15%”.
This sounds very much like eugenics.
The video, the first 6’45”, “The Truth about Bill Gates and his Disastrous Vaccination Program”, will tell you all about it.
Robert F Kennedy Jr, an avid Defender of Children’s Rights and anti-vaccination activist, has launched a petition sent to the White House, calling for “Investigations into the ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ for Medical Malpractice & Crimes Against Humanity“
“At the forefront of this is Bill Gates, who has publicly stated his interest in “reducing population growth” by 10-15%, by means of vaccination. Gates, UNICEF & WHO have already been credibly accused of intentionally sterilizing Kenyan children through the use of a hidden HCG antigen in tetanus vaccines”. (Excerpt from text of Petition)
(At the time of writing, the petition had over 265,000. It requires 100,000 for an answer from the White House) . . .
“Bill Gates is continuing the work of Monsanto”
with Vandana Shiva
Sweden Is Right. The Economy Should be Left Open
by Mike Whitney
Are You Prepared For The “Infodemic”?
by James Corbett
It's silent. It's deadly. It's spreading all around the globe. And, if you're not careful, it'll get you next!
The viral pandemic? No, silly! The viral infodemic.
Haven't you heard? There's a tsunami of fake news that's coming to get you! And if you plebs don't behave properly then your rulers are just going to have to shut down the internet for your own good.
Billionaire-backed Human Rights Watch lobbies for lethal US sanctions on leftist governments as Covid crisis rages
by Ben Norton
Regime change-hungry HRW is proudly taking credit for crushing new US sanctions on Nicaragua while pushing to escalate Washington’s economic war on Venezuela. The Grayzone presents a deep dive into the “human rights” arm of US empire.
Colonialism & coronavirus: 800,000 Haitians may die of COVID-19 |
by Anya Parampil
Gutted by US-allied, neoliberal governments which have controlled the country since 2004, Haiti’s healthcare sector braces for a potential catastrophe.
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Three pieces on the likelihood that the new coronavirus WAS concocted in a lab (3)
Meryl Nass and Sam Husseini interviewed by Dennis Bernstein on KPFA:
(The interview begins at 16:05.)
Where did COVID-19 come from?
by Josh Mitteldorf
Posted on April 17, 2020
There is genetic evidence suggestive of human tinkering in the genome, and there are news stories suggesting the virus might have been developed either at the Wuhan Institute of Virology or at the American virology lab at Fort Detrick. There are even some suggestions that the American and Chinese bioweapons labs may be working together, sharing samples and exchanging funding.
Part 1: The Genetic Evidence
We rely on the scientific community as a context for almost every public policy decision. People who want to influence policy know this, and they don’t just lobby Congress, they also buy scientists, scientific reporting, and placement in prominent journals. Most scientists are honest, but they have to survive in a world where funding is tighter than it should be. It’s not surprising that some of them succumb and publish what powerful and corrupt institutions want them to.
The question of a laboratory origin for COVID is politically explosive, so we expect a heavy hand restraining the science establishment. Those of us seeking an honest answer, who have a little expertise, a little horse sense, and a lot of patience, are left to sift through information, misinformation, and disinformation in a politicized environment.
COVID-19: A wake-up call for biosafety
by Jonathan Matthews of GMWatch
Like many of our readers, we may be sheltering-in-place, but please don’t think we’re taking our eye off the ball. Although other issues may not seem so important at the moment, the COVID-19 virus will subside one day, yet we will still be facing huge threats such as the so-called “extinction crisis” (the collapse of biodiversity) and the failure to take biosafety seriously. Interestingly, the pandemic is making many people more alert to exactly these kinds of issues.
Take, for instance, biosafety. While some experts have stated that COVID-19 has not been deliberately genetically engineered and released as a bioweapon, the possibility that it emerged from a research laboratory has not been ruled out.
Coronavirus in the blood
For instance, Rutgers University’s Prof Richard Ebright, a biosecurity expert who has been speaking out on biosafety issues for nearly 20 years, thinks that the COVID-19 pandemic could have started as an accidental release from a lab, such as one of the two known to have been studying bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China, where the new coronavirus first emerged.
And Stuart Newman, professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, editor-in-chief of the journal Biological Theory, and co-author of Biotech Juggernaut, adds crucial historical context that shows exploring whether COVID-19 could have been genetically engineered should not be dismissed as a subject fit only for conspiracy theorists.
[MCM] Lockdowns are "superfluous and ineffective," concludes new study from Leibniz University :
Effectiveness of Corona Lockdowns: Evidence for a Number of Countries
by Stefan Homburg
Discussion Paper No. 671 ISSN 0949-9962
13. April 2020
School of Economics and Management, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Phone: +49 511 762-5633. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The paper assesses the effectiveness of the large-scale lockdowns that took place during the SARS-CoV-2 (corona) pandemic. Countries considered include the United States, South Korea, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. Our re-search strategy utilizes the fact that fatal outcomes follow infec-tions with a delay of 23 days. Therefore, the dates of the actual infections can be inferred from the data. The results suggest that lockdowns were superfluous and ineffective.
[MCM] This Great Fear—now bringing on a second Great Depression—is based on CRAP statistics (MUST-SEE edition of "The Corbett Report") :
Lies, Damned Lies, and Coronavirus Statistics
with James Corbett
British Police During Quarantine - April 17, 2020
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Subject: [MCM] What's really happening bears NO relation to the bogus numbers trotted out about it
Some sharp analysis from David Stockman (just one of many conservatives who haven't
drunk the Kool-Aid that's more lethal than this new coronavirus).
The CNN/Cuomo Brothers Inquisition,
April 17, 2020
We are getting sick and tired of the CNN/Cuomo Brothers inquisition and the Coviddeath Cavalcade. Their relentless, morose, partisan coverage of the coronavirus pandemic is the single greatest campaign of misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, scaremongering and elitist prattle we can recall in our entire lifetime.
Indeed, Joe McCarthy’s Red Scare was a Sunday School picnic compared to CovidGate. And just as there were no commies secretly subverting America 66 years ago, there is no deathly contagion stalking the American people today and no public health emergency that remotely justifies the Lockdown Nation regime that the CNN/Cuomo Brothers and infectious disease lobby have foisted on the country with virtually no public debate or democratic accountability.
By every measure, New York is the aberrant epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak. So what you find in the New York stats has got to be definitive, but what they’re conclusive about is the very opposite of the hysteria being propagated by the Cuomos & friends.
The New York data, in fact, show that Covid-19 almost pinpointedly attacks the old, the frail, and the medically vulnerable, not the general population.
In turn, that means that public health measures should be focused on identifying, isolating, protecting, treating and supporting the very small sub-population that is bearing the brunt of the illness and deaths, while allowing the vast bulk of the population to get back to normal social and economic life forthwith.
As we document below, the peak of new cases and deaths is now in the rear-view mirror. So what we can glean from the New York stats through April 13th reporting is definitive and will only get even more definitive in the weeks ahead.
As of 1PM today, the nationwide death count “WITH” Covid-19 was 23,529. And we go full monte with CAPs, quotes, bolds and italics for the reason that it is self-evident the virus per se didn’t kill many or most of these people: It triggered organ and function failures that were already embedded in pre-existing morbidities. And that truth is validated in spades by the New York data. As of this afternoon, New York had reported 10,834 corona deaths or 45% of the national total.
But when you look at the break-out by age categories and rates relative to population, the numbers are simply stunning:
In short, 18%
of all the Covid-19 nationwide deaths crawling across the CNN screen today have
been among New Yorkers 80 years and older; and 7,018 or 30% of national deaths
and 65% of New York Covid-19 deaths have been among those 70 years and older.
To be sure, as a member of the 70+ class of New York residents, we don’t begrudge anyone the longest and happiest life possible. But we are here talking about the appropriate public policy response to a bad winter flu and suggest that when the mortality ratio for the over 80 population is 222 times higher than for those under 50 years old, then one size surely does not fit all.
Andrew Cuomo is NOT bae: exposing the governor's thuggish record with Randy Credico
by Anya Parampil with Randy Credico
Millions of dollars of free earned advertising from his brother on CNN can not cover up the real record of the politician
known by average New Yorkers as “Governor 1%.”
Coronavirus: Why France has 4 times as many deaths as Germany
by Alex Ward
BREAKING: COVID-19 DEATH RATE EQUIVALENT
TO SEASONAL FLU – April 18, 2020
NEW: Early results from coronavirus antibody tests in general population
(April 19, 2020)
by Sharyl Attkisson
The World After…
with Richard Wolff
Military preparing to lock down US capital
As DC officials brace for a potential surge in coronavirus cases, a secretive military force called the Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) has been activated for the purpose of securing the nation’s capital and surrounding areas, quelling unrest, evacuating leaders and ensuring continuity of government if civil government breaks down. RT America’s Michele Greenstein reports. But first, the White House has proposed a three-tiered plan for returning to normal business. RT America's Natasha Sweatte reports. Then former UK MP George Galloway joins Rick Sanchez to discuss ongoing coronavirus situation in Europe. RT America's Trinity Chavez reports on New York's fight against the pandemic. Plus, Steve Gruber, host of “the Steve Gruber Show” and “News.Views.Hughes” host Scottie Nell Hughes discuss the possibility of a lockdown-fueled baby boom.
COVID-19: The City in a Time of Plague
by Pepe Escobar
“The plague-stricken town, traversed throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing; the town immobilized by the functioning of an extensive power that bears in a distinct way over all individual bodies – this is the utopia of the perfectly governed city.” – Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
with John Pilger, Stefania Maurizi and Charles Glass
With imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange facing the twin dangers of extradition to the U.S. and Coronavirus in Belmarsh prison, watch a panel discussion on the state of Assange’s legal process, the state of his health and the health of press freedom with legendary filmmaker and journalist John Pilger, Italian reporter and WikiLeaks partner Stefania Maurizi and journalist and author Charles Glass
“The youth and the mass media's false reality and history”
with Noam Chomsky
Interview with Noam Chomsky on May 22, 2012, at M.I.T. Cambridge, MA conducted by Chris Steele (Filmed/Edited by Dan Banta and Trenton Cotten, translated by Christina Castaneda).
On Biden vs. Trump
with Mehdi Hansan and Noam Chomsky
The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan speaks with world-renowned political dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky on the 2020 presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Now that Bernie Sanders has dropped out and endorsed Biden, does the progressive left have a moral obligation to hold their noses and vote for the former vice president, despite his many sins?
“On Noam Chomsky Favouring Biden Over Trump
& Voting for Lesser of Two Evils”
with Glenn Greenwald
Episode N° 70:
“Vote for Biden, But Don’t Lie About Who He Really Is”
(featuring Dr. Cornel West)
If Trump Declares Martial Law Due to Coronavirus,
Can He Suspend the Election?
by Martina Moneke
On Contact: “The End of Public Education”
with Noliwe Rooks
Essential or Expendable? Gig Workers at Instacart & Grocery Stores Demand Safety Gear & Hazard Pay
with Matthew Telles
Palestinian Prisoners Day: Remembering Palestine’s Organic Intellectuals
by Ramzy Baroud
To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, MintPress brings you the introduction to Dr. Ramzy Baroud’s “These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons.”
The Virus of Occupation: Israelis Have Taken To Spitting on Palestinians During Coronavirus
by Ramzy Baroud
Spitting at someone is a universal insult. In Israel, however, spitting at Palestinians is an entirely different story.
Labour report reveals how Jeremy Corbyn was sabotaged from within
by Aaron Maté, with Asa Winstanley, journalist with The Electronic Intifada.
Boris Johnson must resign now.
by Chris Sweeney
by Glen Ford
We're All In Donald Trump's Cartoon,
with Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow
with Michael Moore
“Saber-rattling may force China to dump US debt”
with George Galloway
Ralph Nader interviews Noam Chomsky: Foreign Policy and Activism
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Say it ain't so: Consortium News uses "conspiracy theory" to dismiss concerns about vaccine safety and state crackdowns on civil liberties
The late, great Robert Parry founded Consortium News in 1995, in response to "a crisis building in
the U.S. news media," whose allergy to inconvenient information he knew all too well from having
worked for Newsweek and AP. "The mainstream media was falling into a pattern of groupthink on
issue after issue, often ignoring important factual information because it didn't fit with what all the
Important People knew to be true," wrote Parry in 2015.
"Looking back over the past two decades," he continued, "I wish I could say that the media trend
that we detected in the mid-1990s had been reversed. But, if anything, it's grown worse. The major
Western news outlets now conflate the discrete difficulties from made-up 'fake news' and baseless
'conspiracy theories' with responsible dissenting analyses. All get thrown into the same pot and
subjected to disdain and ridicule."
Such was the tactic used to make Parry himself look like a kook, when he shed light on Iran/contra
and the "October surprise," just as it was used in the mid-Nineties to demolish Gary Webb, the
investigative journalist who broke the story of the CIA's drug smuggling out of Nicaragua. By then
the tactic had been used successfully for roughly thirty years, after the CIA, in its Memo #1035-960,
first weaponized the phrase "conspiracy theory" to discredit critics of the Warren Report. By the
time Parry founded Consortium News—as George Seldes (in 1940) and I.F. Stone (in 1953) had
founded their respective antidotes to the propaganda gushing from the US press—"conspiracy
theory" had been absorbed into the hearts and minds of everybody in the US and beyond, so
that most people felt—and feel—that they must distrust their own quite rational suspicions of
elite attempts to rob them of their rights and freedoms, as if the very notion of such covert class
warfare, waged by Them against the rest of us, is absolutely crazy on its face.
That is a very dangerous idea, as it has largely incapacitated We the People, by giving them
a sentimental misimpression of executive authority, so that they often can't believe our
government would do the things it's actually, demonstrably, been doing to the rest of us,
and peoples all over the world, for decades, from the assassinations of our most beloved
leaders, to the initiation, and protraction, of gratuitous wars and rightist coups abroad, to
the orchestration of horrific terrorist attacks on our own soil, to the stealing of elections
everywhere (including here), to the harassment and imprisonment of whistle-blowers and
other activists, to the shattering experiments in mind control inflicted on prisoners, mental
patients, students and other helpless people, to the routine approval of drugs and vaccines
that do lasting harm, and even kill; and so on.
Those independent outlets bold enough to tell the awful truths that all the other media
ridicule as lunacy are few and far between; and Robert Parry's was among the best of
them. I say "was" because Consortium News has just gone over to the enemy, by
publishing a solemn editorial highlighting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres'
recent diatribe against the "dangerous epidemic of misinformation" about COVID-19.
"Wild conspiracy theories are infecting the Internet," raved the UN chief, casting all
such dissident material as itself a plague that—clearly—must be "cured," which is to
say, wiped out, just like that apocalyptic virus.
And what, exactly, would those "wild conspiracy theories" urge us to believe? "Social
media has been inundated by opposition to vaccines, promotion of the idea that
Covid-19 is just like a normal flu, that hospitals are empty and that enforced self-
isolation based on medical advice is a plot to impose a permanent police state."
Guterres, or his speechwriter (or handler), did his best to make what Parry called
some quite "responsible dissenting analyses" sound as unhinged—and dangerous
—as possible. All four of what the Secretary-General "decries" as "wild conspiracy
theories" are obfuscations of important facts that everybody needs to know, in order
to protect ourselves from real "misinformation" that's more dangerous than COVID-19.
1) "Social media has been inundated by opposition to vaccines." Thus Guterres,
following Big Pharma's script, casts advocates of vaccine safety as "anti-vaxxers,"
which is like calling critics of Vioxx, or opioids, "anti-drug," or critics of GMO's,
glyphosate, or refined sugar, "anti-food."
While there are arguments against all vaccination, and some pop up online,
what's "inundating" social media, and what Guterres actually deplores, is
wholly valid information—scientific studies, records of the US Vaccine Court,
product inserts from the vaccine manufacturers themselves, as well as
harrowing personal accounts of vaccine injury—on the dangers of particular
vaccines, such as the MMR, Gardasil and flu shots, among other proven
toxins. Also "inundating" social media are reports on scientific studies of
the various drug therapies—hydroxychloroquine (in combination with
azithromycin and/or high-dose Vitamin C), remdesevir, Ivermectin, Interferon
Alfa 2B (from Cuba), Avigen (a Japanese flu drug), a placenta-based cell
therapy from Israel, and so on—that would obviate the need for a new
Such is the solid and important information that's "infecting the Internet,"
according to the UN Secretary-General—and the editors of Consortium News,
who, apparently, would also like to see the Internet "disinfected."
2) "Social media has been inundated by ... promotion of the idea that
Covid-19 is just like a normal flu." While that "idea" is clearly ludicrous
—"a normal flu" does not entail acute hypoxemia, nor is it fatally
exacerbated by the use of ventilators—Guterres' blanket charge would
necessarily include an "idea" that's not ludicrous at all: that the death
rate among COVID-19 patients is comparable to that of influenza. Such
is the important finding of Dr. John Ioannidis's team, from their study of
COVID-19 antibody seroprevalence in Santa Clara County: "True infection
rate fatality is in the ballpark of seasonal influenza," they conclude. We
find much the same rough equivalence in a Dutch study, suggesting that
3% of Holland's population may have the coronavirus antibodies, with a
case fatality rate of 0.7%.
Such numbers offer us a very healthy antidote to the terroristic coverage
of this crisis by the media, whose "wild" exaggeration of the danger facing
us—exaggeration that's now proving far more lethal than that virus—is
based wholly on the shrieking prophecies of doom that we've been hearing
from Bill Gates, WHO's Tedros Adhonam, and now the UN Secretary-General,
who seems to want us to be paralyzed with fear—and, evidently, so does
3) "Social media has been inundated by ... the idea ... that hospitals are empty."
While some hospitals are overwhelmed, as their workers have been saying
(or would say, if their bosses hadn't gagged them), a lot of hospitals are empty—
too empty, as fear of COVID-19 has kept all too many people far away, with
grave conditions (strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, appendicitis) that would
ordinarily have them in the hospital. As for the field hospitals set up last month
to handle the expected mobs of COVID-19 patients (at the Javits Center in New
York, the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, and on the USNS Comfort
and USNS Mercy), they've now been closed down for lack of business, while
others (at McCormick Place in Chicago, and in New York's Central Park) appear
to have few patients, if the many photos of them in the local press failed
somehow to exclude the suffering masses there.
To call this a "conspiracy theory" is to contradict what people the world over
(myself included) have seen with their own eyes—and, again, to stoke the panic
that is killing off the world economy, and, with it, countless people, mostly poor.
4) "Social media has been inundated by ... the idea .... that enforced self-isolation
based on medical advice is a plot to impose a permanent police state." This last
of Guterres' charges of "conspiracy theory" is his craziest. Leaving aside the fact
that there's much expert "medical advice" against the policy of "enforced self-isolation"
(a consensus that's been growing steadily), the signs of the police state are as
blatant as a rubber bullet in the eye, as governments have sicced the cops on
people the world over, dictating day-to-day behavior with the zeal and vigilance
of any Nazi Governor or Soviet commissar.
Perhaps the Secretary-General of the United Nations could devote some resources
to tracking the abuse of power by national, state and city governments worldwide,
as cops now use surveillance drones to badger people taking walks in Paris,
Britain, Spain, California and Elizabeth, New Jersey, as well as in the UAE and
(of course) China; and as "governments in Italy, Germany, Austria, China, South
Korea and Taiwan have begun analysing smartphone data so as to determine
to what extent populations are really locking themselves down at home," as
Forbes reported a few weeks ago (noting that the US and UK were close to doing
the same); and as the cops in Colorado handcuffed a man (a former cop) for playing
catch with his daughter in a park, and the cops are fining residents of Beverly,
Massachusetts, a Boston suburb, $100 for walking the wrong way on the township's
one-way sidewalks, and thirty cops raided a child's birthday party in Los Angeles,
and the governor of Michigan has banned travel between two residences in the state;
and so on.
It would take a full-time staff to keep track of such police-state measures, now
commonplace throughout the "democratic" West just as in Dubai, Colombia and
the Philippines. However, the prospect of "a permanent police state"—singular—
is obviously looming not just in the crackdowns by those disparate governments,
but also, or especially, in the clear agenda of the globalist cabal in which the UN
Secretary-General serves so prominent a role. It's no "conspiracy theory," but an
established fact, that the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation (WHO's
most lavish funder), the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Foundation, UNICEF
and the component giants of Big Pharma have joined forces in "Gavi, the Vaccine
Alliance," a "public-private partnership" that is explicitly intent on vaccinating
every human being on Earth, through house-to-house campaigns by goon squads
(personnel with "minimal training") ready to confront and overcome resistance.
Nor is it a "conspiracy theory," but a matter of public record, that Gates intends,
through those mass vaccinations, to micro-chip the entire human race, so that
one's vaccine history may be read instantly by cell phones; and it is also not a
"theory" but a fact that, in the meantime, Gates et al. plan to require everyone
who wants to leave the house to carry "immunity certificates"—a concept first
proposed in Germany two weeks ago, and one that Dr. Fauci says is "being
discussed" for roll-out here in the US.
Even if this dystopian scenario were groundless, as the UN Secretary-General
has charged, it's no "conspiracy theory" to point out that this crisis has been
most convenient for the powers that be, as it has instantly and totally snuffed
out vigorous protest movements that were growing all around the world, from
the un-silent majority supporting Bernie Sanders here in the US, to the Yellow
Vests in France, to the robust protests of state corruption and/or neoliberal
economic policies in Chile, Argentina, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, and Haiti,
Indonesia, Lebanon and Cameroon, to the feminist uprisings in Mexico and
all over South America; and so on. "2019 may be remembered as the year of
the protests, as demonstrations are engulfing the world," FAIR noted in
December (in an article spotlighting the Western media's exclusive focus on
Hong Kong). The COVID-19 crisis has extinguished all that fire, and blocked
all public memory that it was burning—just as World War I stamped out the
rich political ferment of the Progressive Era in the US, and like developments
in Europe; and just as 9/11 put an end to the growing grass-roots pushback
against "free trade," and the mass refusal to accept Bush/Cheney as
legitimate, after the theft of the election in 2000. As effective as those prior
crises were at ending mass resistance and dissent, they were as nothing
by comparison with this crisis, which has not just silenced everyone, but
has us all cut off from one another, locked up under quasi-voluntary
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Thus this crisis has not only radically empowered governments throughout
the world, and granted international authority to a gigantic "public-private
partnership" intent on exercising full control over our very bodies, and our
children's bodies—and, as well, the world economy, and global food supply
(two "conspiracy theories" that I don't have space for here). While thus
exalting those authorities, the COVID-19 crisis has also disabled actual
mass protest of that empowerment—the only kind of protest that our
masters fear—by terrorizing people into staying home, and keeping far
apart when we skulk out, to go buy groceries (if any) and medicine (if we
can afford it).
Maybe the snuffing out of all that protest was deliberate, or maybe it was
just an inadvertent benefit of this apocalyptic crisis. Either way, it's really
happened—just as some vaccines are toxic, unnecessary and/or
ineffective; and the number of COVID-19 deaths is comparable to that of
influenza; and many hospitals are standing empty, even in the places that,
reportedly, are hardest hit; and the prospect of a "permanent police state"
is very real, its signs quite clear to anyone who's half-awake, and not
gone blind from having drunk the Kool-Aid gushing endlessly from "our
free press." To warn us not to heed those dismal facts by calling them
"wild conspiracy theories" is not only a Big Lie, and a form of gaslighting,
but—in light of what will happen if we don't face up to them—a crime
We would expect that "wild" Big Lie from the UN Secretary-General, just
as we'd expect it from Bill Gates, or Dr. Fauci, or—especially—the New
York Times. What we would not expect is that Consortium News would
echo that Big Lie instead of blowing it to smithereens, as Robert Parry
always did as a reporter of forbidden truths, and as he clearly meant
Consortium News to do. That even his dissenting forum has now joined
the thunderous propaganda chorus drowning out the truth about
this lethal crisis—along with "Democracy Now!" and other outlets on
"the left"—tells us that we're in even bigger trouble than we thought,
and that we must fight all the more intrepidly to honor Robert Parry's
name, by following his great example.
p.s. I will send the links to all my sources separately.
COVID-19: UN Chief Decries ‘Dangerous Epidemic of Misinformation’ About Coronavirus
April 15, 2020
Antonio Guterres warned against poisonous misinformation on social media that is putting more lives at risk.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday blasted a “dangerous epidemic of misinformation” about the Coronavirus and urged people around the world to “trust in science” against a “poison that is putting even more lives at risk.”
Social media has been inundated by opposition to vaccines, promotion of the idea that Covid-19 is just like a normal flu, that hospitals are empty and that enforced self-isolation based on medical advice is a plot to impose a permanent police state.
“Harmful health advice and snake-oil solutions are proliferating,” Guterres said in a video message. “Falsehoods are filling the airwaves. Wild conspiracy theories are infecting the Internet. Hatred is going viral, stigmatizing and vilifying people and groups.”
From: Perspectives on the Pandemic
Dr. John Ioannidis announces the results of his serology study in Santa Clara, California. The study is attached below. "Our Santa Clara seroprevalence study is now out. It shows 50-85 times underestimated number of infections, therefore 50-85 times overestimated infection rate fatality. True infection rate fatality is in the ballpark of seasonal influenza." https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.11... Dr. Ioannidis is Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University and Co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS). Dr. Ioannidis' article: https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a... Full interview from March 25, 2020: https://youtu.be/ZEr4rmjwd0g Full Transcript: https://www.thepressandthepublic.com/... Twitter: https://twitter.com/on_pandemic
From Dr. Emanuel Garcia, a citizen of both the US and New Zealand:
Dear Prime Minister Ardern,
I am a psychiatrist employed by the Hutt Valley DHB, with whom I have worked for over 14 years, and I am writing to express my concerns
about the effects of the lockdown and isolation imposed by your emergency decrees on people generally, particularly those with mental illness.
I also believe that any extended lockdown will be medically unsound from an infectious disease perspective, as it will prevent the development
of natural group immunity.
People must be people: we cannot live for very long without the sustaining glow of human companionship, or the productive cooperation
that employment affords. Businesses are going under, workers are losing jobs they will never recover, anxiety and depression are worsening,
and for what? While we may make a daily ritual of counting Covid-related deaths and Covid carriers, the vast majority of whom are asyptomatic,
will there be a similar toll of the misery that is unfolding as a result of depression, isolation, unemployment and the interruption of religious
celebrations? In summary, how many people are we actually saving from an infectious disease that is turning out according to the most reliable
statistics to be no worse than an ordinary flu, and at what cost to our mental, emotional, economic and spiritual well-being?
Please allow me to refer you to the superb interview with a medical expert from the United States (see below), as well as the article in which
other experts weigh in on COVID.
I am a dual citizen of the United States and New Zealand, by the way, and I am doing my bit during this difficult time to sustain the health
of my fellow New Zealanders, as a doctor.
Emanuel E. Garcia, MD
12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic
Off-Guardian, 24 Mar 2020
Perspectives on the Pandemic Episode 3:
A Conversation with Dr. David L Katz concerning “Total Harm Minimization”
The Press & The Public Project, 9 Apr 2020
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:40 AM
Subject: [MCM] Gates Foundation's seed agenda in Africa is "another form of colonialism"
Stop him before he kills more.
Monday, March 23, 2015
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Food sovereignty activists are shining a light on a closed-door meeting between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which are meeting in London on Monday with representatives of the biotechnology industry to discuss how to privatize the seed and agricultural markets of Africa.
Early Monday, protesters picketed outside the Gates Foundation's London offices holding signs that called on the foundation to "free the seeds." Some demonstrators handed out packets of open-pollinated seeds, which served as symbol of the "alternative to the corporate model promoted by USAID and BMGF." Others smashed a piñata, which they said represented the "commercial control of seed systems;" thousands of the seeds which filled the pinata spilled across the office steps. A similar protest is expected later Monday in Seattle, Washington, where BMGF is headquartered.
The meeting was convened to discuss a report put forth by Monitor-Deloitte, which was commissioned by BMGF and USAID to develop models for the commercialization of seed production in Africa, especially "early generation seed," and to identify ways in which the African governmental sectors could facilitate private involvement in African seed systems. The study was conducted in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia on maize, rice, sorghum, cowpea, common beans, cassava and sweet potato.
However, food sovereignty activists are sounding the alarm over the secret meeting. Heidi Chow, food sovereignty campaigner with Global Justice Now, which organized Monday's protest, warned that the agenda being promoted by these stakeholders will only increase corporate control over seeds.
You Wouldn’t Have To Knock People Off Their Pedestal If You Didn’t Put Them There In The First Place
by Caitlin Johnstone
Whenever I see someone online repeatedly gushing with enthusiastic praise about me and my writing, I don’t get flattered by it. I don’t get any kind of ego tickle out of it at all; I just quietly say to myself, “Ah shit. You’re gonna get so pissed off when I inevitably say something you disagree with.”
And without fail they always do. It happens over and over again; someone decides I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread and decides to elevate me in their minds to some kind of trustworthy authority figure over what they should be thinking, then eventually I’ll say say something they disagree with because I don’t fall neatly into any reliable ideological box they can trust to remain predictable from day to day, and they have a catastrophic meltdown about it online acting like I just betrayed them.
And in their minds, I did betray them. They trusted me to always show up in their inbox every day saying things that align with their worldview in an articulate and interesting way, and then I betrayed that trust. It’s not a trust I ever wanted and frequently advise against, but I haven’t been able to find an effective way to deter it.
I see this same kind of betrayal reaction from progressives today about Bernie Sanders and Noam Chomsky, Sanders for dropping out and endorsing Biden without first ensuring some “concessions” from his campaign and Chomsky for sharing the same “lesser evil voting” policy he’s been voicing for decades.
I personally don’t get this desire progressives feel to receive “concessions” from the Biden campaign in the first place. Like, what is the motive here? You want Biden’s handlers to lie to you and add some more fake progressive agendas to his platform that have a zero percent chance of ever being enacted if he makes it to the White House? It’s so undignified. It’s undignified for the progressives, and in a sense it’s undignified for the Biden camp as well. Trying to make a lifelong corporate whore do a fake leftist song and dance is like trying to make a cat wear a dress. Stop trying to get Biden’s handlers to write down some lefty talking points for him to struggle to read on camera and just let him campaign honestly as the corporate whore he’s always been.
And of course the odious Mehdi Hasan trotted out Chomsky to have him recite his famous “lesser of two evils” spiel (except of course in this case it’s the lesser of two right wing dementia patients who’ve been credibly accused of rape). What did you think was going to happen? They did it in 2016, they did it in 2012, of course they’re going to do it again. You’ll never see Noam Chomsky more visible than when the US political establishment needs to keep national momentum from shifting toward actual leftist movements.
And I mean I get it. I get it that it’s annoying to never get to have any heroes who don’t end up betraying the trust you put in them and advancing causes that you oppose. Other people get to have heroes; liberals get to have Obama, conservatives get to have Trump, why don’t people who want to see meaningful healthy changes in US policy get to have any heroes?
Let the blame games begin: Missouri sues China, including
WUHAN LAB, over coronavirus outbreak
by Helen Buyniski
The state of Missouri has sued China – plus its Communist Party and a handful of other entities – for “causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.” It’s the first state to take the dubious accusation to court.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed suit on Tuesday against the entire nation of China, its national, provincial and city governments, and a smattering of government agencies and research institutes, blaming the lot for allowing the coronavirus epidemic to go global. Laying the sum total of suffering that has resulted from the epidemic at China’s feet might sound like an overly ambitious gambit for little old Missouri, but the lawsuit reads less like a legal document and more like a manifesto.
“Defendants are responsible for the enormous death, suffering, and economic losses they inflicted on the world, including Missourians, and they should be held accountable,” Schmitt declares in the 47-page complaint. The specific parties being sued are the People’s Republic of China; the Chinese Communist Party; the local governments of Hubei Province and Wuhan; China’s National Health Commission, Ministry of Emergency Management, and Ministry of Civil Affairs; the Wuhan Institute of Virology; and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The lawsuit alleges that “during the critical weeks of the initial outbreak,” Chinese authorities kept it quiet by arresting whistleblowers, destroying research, “refusing cooperation with the global community,” and lying about person-to-person transmission – supposedly handicapping the global response. It’s a narrative that Americans have heard repeatedly from the Trump administration and Western media – including the dozens of articles from US outlets that Schmitt cites to make his case.
“Literally every Missourian”
was harmed physically and economically by China’s alleged actions and
inactions, Schmitt claims, insisting this gives him grounds to sue – along
with some legal gymnastics suggesting that China’s alleged “hoarding” of personal protective
equipment constitutes international commerce. A group of Republican senators
introduced a bill last week that would make it even easier to bleed China over coronavirus damages, potentially opening up a pressure
release valve for Americans upset about being laid off and looking for someone
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Subject: [MCM] How is Russia handling the coronavirus? You cannot know from "our free press," which pumps out nothing but Big Lies on that subject (among many others)
This piece is rich with further evidence that "our free press" just makes shit up,
and so is simply not to be believed, on any topic—any more than Donald Trump,
among whose few true statements is his condemnation of the US media's routine
In this horrendous crisis, the New York Times et al. are dedicated mainly to inciting
fear and hatred. These days, it's feeling more and more like Berlin c. 1938—and not
because of Trump's chest-thumping claims to absolute authority.
Better the virus than Putin? In the information war against Russia, Covid-19 is just another weapon
March 24, 2020 © Sputnik / Alexey Druzhinin / Kremlin
by Bryan MacDonald
Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing protective gear at a hospital for Covid-19 patients, March 24.
We need to talk about the Western media’s coverage of Russia’s battle with Covid-19. Rather depressingly, it seems many outlets, and hacks, are rooting for the virus against “the Russians.”
You might think that during this sort of emergency, they’d have the good grace to lay off the “info wars” for a while. But, sadly, that hasn’t happened. Instead, coverage has become even more toxic.
Here’s what you got early on Tuesday morning if you entered “Russian response to Covid-19” into Google.
(from Business Insider)
There are more, but you’ve probably gotten the gist by now. What you have here is a collection of hokum, hogwash and hooey, Not so much failing to see the wood from the trees, as setting fire to the forest, lest a perceived opponent obtain use of the lumber.
Let’s be clear: Russia’s response to the coronavirus has not been perfect. But, so far, the country has been significantly less affected than Britain or America, and this appears to have deeply upset the US/UK media. Here are the Covid-19 stats, again as of Tuesday morning (according to data from Johns Hopkins University, Worldometer and UK reports).
It’s also worth pointing out that there is no evidence of a coronavirus cover-up in Russia. Needless to say, if there were one, the Anglo-American press would have found it by now and long since amplified it to the world.
From: alan haber
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Subject: *Earth Day Week Downtown virtual Continues. THURSDAY...
REMINDER: Thursday and following schedule below
We had a beautiful Earth Day. The High Noon high point was an introduction to where we lived by a Native American woman who lives here now. We opened a space where the indigenous voice in this area made itself heard in the virtual commons . A good opening for the real commons to come. And the words and dance and songs and readings and reports, before and after, were each and all together beyond our expectations. The people did it. We intend a report of the whole Sunday to Sunday unfolding.
THURSDAY and the rest of Downtown Earth DaWeek continues
10:00 am zoom Making Ann Arbor Downtown Earth Day
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THURSDAY APRIL 23
10:00 AM Actions: what actions are underway and proposed. Climate Strike, Fracking Legislation,
May 22 one month proposal,...
11:00 -12:30 Euphrates Institute. RSVP "email@example.com" to get the zoom meeting link
introspective reflection, compassionate conversation. rivers of connection to strengthen and uplift.
1:00 -3:00. City Sustainability programs Missy Stults, City Sustainability Staff, and discussion
Report on what Happening in the 2030 Zero Carbon plan, big visions and practical problems
3:00-5:00 pm. Commons Conversations
Center of the City Task Force recommendations: Council of the Commons
Library Green Conservancy
Rich Ahern legacy
Gardens and gardeners
FRIDAY APRIL 24
10AM. Conscious Cafe, Public Bank. Common Good, Next Economics
New Work New Culture
12pm. Election Integrity
2pm. Natural remedies: Cannabis and hempcrete:
5pm 5G Apocalypse. An eye openingly disturbing film
SATURDAY APRIL 25.
9 AM. Nuclear Weapons webinar
3-4 pm Global Teach-in 2: Kick Off Report and discussion
SUNDAY APRIL 26. 10AM zoom
to be determined, what more needs to be said going forward
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