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The WEF and the Pandemic, by Swiss Policy Research

The WEF has been planning a pandemic, and grooming world leaders, for a long time. Check out the people who have gone through their Young Global Leaders and their Global Leaders for Tomorrow programs. From Swiss Policy Research at swprs.org:

WEF founder Klaus Schwab in 2014 (Alamy)

How is the Davos World Economic Forum involved in the coronavirus pandemic?

The Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) is a premier forum for governments, global corporations and international entrepreneurs. Founded in 1971 by engineer and economist Klaus Schwab, the WEF describes its mission as “shaping global, regional and industry agendas” and “improving the state of the world”. According to its website, “moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.”

The WEF has been involved in the coronavirus pandemic in several ways.

First, the WEF was, together with the Gates Foundation, a sponsor of the prescient “Event 201” coronavirus pandemic simulation exercise, held in New York City on October 18, 2019 – the same day as the opening of the Wuhan Military World Games, seen by some as “ground zero” of the global pandemic. China itself has argued that US military athletes may have brought the virus to Wuhan.

Second, the WEF has been a leading proponent of digital biometric identity systems, arguing that they will make societies and industries more efficient, more productive and more secure. In July 2019, the WEF started a project to “shape the future of travel with biometric-enabled digital traveler identity management”. In addition, the WEF collaborates with the ID2020 alliance, which is funded by the Gates and Rockefeller foundations and runs a program to “provide digital ID with vaccines”. In particular, ID2020 sees the vaccination of children as “an entry point for digital identity.”

Third, WEF founder Klaus Schwab is the author of the book COVID-19: The Great Reset, published in July 2020, which argues that the coronavirus pandemic can and should be used for an “economic, societal, geopolitical, environmental and technological reset”, including, in particular, advancing global governance, accelerating digital transformation, and tackling climate change.

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The Problems With Censoring Doctors Over Their COVID-19 Stances, by Buzz Hollander, MD

Any time you silence bright, knowledgeable people you lose. Even when they’re wrong, they make everyone else see things in new ways, and prompt new thinking about the problems being addressed. From Buzz Hollander, MD, at realclearscience.com:

The Problems With Censoring Doctors Over Their COVID-19 Stances

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Everyone has a right to their opinion. The question is: does everyone have a right to voice their opinion? Increasingly, in these strange times, it seems that we physicians have the right to voice only certain opinions, when it comes to discussing Covid-19.

Wanting to hit the mute button on physicians who choose to challenge the public health narrative, especially in regard to vaccination for Covid-19, is understandably tempting. We carry a bit more authority than lawyers or statisticians when we share our thoughts about medical matters; and quite a few physicians seem to have little interest in toeing the party line. However, appealing as it might be to silence these voices, succumbing to the temptation of censorship might end up costing our society more than it gains.

Three Stories

Imagine this: you’re a physician in charge of opening an intensive care unit in New York City for Covid-19 patients in March 2020 as the disease is tearing through the city. You notice that the standard protocols your hospital follows for intubated patients seem to be failing, perhaps injuring, your patients with Covid-19. Rumblings from Chinese intensivists, and publications from Italian physician Luciano Gattitoni, imply that intubation and ventilator management should be reconsidered in this new disease. Your hospital is reluctant to change their well-established protocols. Most of your intubated patients are dying. What do you do?

Dr Cameron Kyle-Sidell experienced this dilemma — and then posted a video on YouTube on March 31, 2020, watched nearly a million times, in which he described his experiences caring for Covid-19 patients in respiratory failure. In the video, Kyle-Sidell shared that existing treatment protocols for patients with severe pneumonia did not seem to apply to Covid-19 patients with dangerously low oxygen levels — they could be intubated later, and their lungs were less stiff and required lower ventilation pressures, than typical severe pneumonia patients. His warning was part of an alarm that was raised by others, as well, which did indeed lead to a rapid shift in management of severely ill Covid-19 patients. He also ended up stepping down from his leadership of the ICU due to disagreement with hospital management; and some of those hundreds of thousands of viewers of his YouTube video concluded that his perhaps poorly-worded comparison of Covid-19 lung disease to high altitude sickness was cause to consider the pandemic a hoax.

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The Deep Politics of Vaccine Mandates, by Charles Lipson

Trust in progressives bureaucracies, experts, and centralized power is crumbling. From Charles Lipson at realclearpolitics.com:

The debate over President Biden’s vaccine mandates has focused, understandably, on the tradeoff between individual rights to make medical choices and the potential harm the unvaccinated pose to others. That tradeoff is unavoidable. It is simply wrong for Biden to say, “It’s not about freedom.” It is. It is equally wrong for some Republican governors to say it is all about freedom. It’s also about the external effects of each person’s choice. To pretend that tradeoff doesn’t exist is demagoguery. But then, so is most American politics these days.

What’s missing or underappreciated in this debate?

The most important thing is that the Biden administration’s “mandate approach” is standard-issue progressivism. The pushback is equally standard. The mandates exemplify a dispute that has been at the heart of American politics for over a century, ever since Woodrow Wilson formulated it as a professor and then president. That agenda emphasizes deference to

  • Experts, not elected politicians,
  • Rational bureaucratic procedures,
  • Centralized power in the nation’s capital, not in the federal states, and
  • A modern, “living constitution,” which replaces the “old” Constitution of 1787 and severs the restraints it imposed on government power.

Implemented over several decades, this progressive agenda has gradually become a fait accompli, without ever formally amending the Constitution. The bureaucracies began their massive growth after World War II and especially after Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society initiatives of the mid-1960s (continued, with equal vigor, by Richard Nixon).

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Washington Idiots at Work, by David Stockman

Give people a lot of money in response to Covid and they’ll spend it. Much of what they buy will come from China, so the trade deficit soars. From David Stockman at davidstockmanscontracorner.com via lewrockwell.com:

If you don’t think Washington is populated by the world’s greatest collection of idiots, just consider some of today’s incoming data, starting with another disastrous trade report.

The trade deficit in goods for August posted at -$89.4 billion, which is nearly the worst monthly figure on record and 40% below the already huge -$63.7 billion deficit posted for the pre-Covid peak in February 2020. And, no, we are not harping here on the trade account’s tsunami of red ink out of some Trumpian affection for protectionism.

To the contrary, this is the result of stupid economics – specifically the $6 trillion bacchanalia of Covid bailouts and stimmies enacted during the last 18 months. Self-evidently, the overwhelming share of that gratuitous add-on to spending flowed into the veins of international trade and came ricocheting back in the form of a $26 billion monthly increase in the goods deficit.

Xi Jinping is surely marveling at Washington’s endless capacity to keep his Ponzi alive every time it begins to unravel, as was the case in the spring of 2020.

Indeed, the blue line in the chart has been driven for the last 30 years by the massive deficit in goods with China. The latter, in turn, provided the hard currency earnings which enabled the Red Suzerains of Beijing to build a massive industrial economy from whole-cloth on the back of $50 trillion of debt.

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The Cost And Irritation Of Abandoning Common Sense In Dealing With COVID, by Roger Kimball

The deference and adulation affording lying, duplicitous, ethically conflicted Anthony Fauci encapsulates everything that’s been wrong about the response to Covid-19. From Roger Kimball at The Epoch Times via zerohedge.com:

So, St. Anthony Fauci has come down from his mountain top with a new list of “thou-shall-nots” and the news that it is “too early” to say whether he will allow families and friends to congregate for Christmas.

It is not too early for the body politic to engage in one gigantic spasm of retroperistalsis and expel that tyrannical medical pest from the community.

After all, Dr. Fauci is the chap who tells anyone who will listen that, when it comes to vaccine mandates, “There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.”

Ah, yes, “greater good of society”—as defined, it goes without saying, by A. Fauci.

It is long past time for this fomenter of hysteria to go. He has being terrorizing the American populace for decades.

Give him a padded cell, a mirror, and a TV camera and he will be happy.

Back in the 1980s, Fauci was a superspreader of the myth that an important vector for the transmission of HIV was heterosexual intercourse.

For the last couple of years, he has been terrifying the public with tales from the crypt about the virus he helped develop with American taxpayer money for “gain of function” research in a Chinese virology lab in Wuhan.

The fact that this Bela Lugosi of the medical establishment is also a publicity addict who can’t pass a television camera without primping and dispensing contradictory but depressing dicta makes him a public nuisance.

You see his baneful influence everywhere.

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‘Worth Celebrating’ My Eye, by David Stockman

David Stockman takes apart a Wall Street Journal bozo who thinks the Fed deserves congratulations for its off-the-charts fiat debt creation response to Covid. From Stockman at David Stockman’s Contra Corner via lewrockwell.com:

Once upon a time, the Wall Street Journal supported a bevy of reporters who were no one’s fool and who evinced a decent level of economic literacy and respect for the institutions of free markets and sound money.

Obviously, no more. We were reminded again today that these financial journalists of yore have been replaced by scribes who dutifully transmit the statist propaganda that emits from the Eccles Building and from the elected and appointed Federales encamped throughout the Imperial City.

Thus, the WSJ’s in-house Fed shill, Greg Ip, recently saw fit to praise the $10 trillion bacchanalia of fiscal largesse ($6 trillion) and Fed money-pumping ($4 trillion) that has been stood up by Washington since March 2020.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s man on the policy beat –

…..this week we got proof of something that really went right: the economic policy response. The pandemic-induced shutdown was initially the worst to hit the U.S. economy since the Great Depression….And yet poverty, by its broadest measure, went down…..after taking account of government benefits such as stimulus checks, food stamps and tax credits, the share dropped to 9.1% from 10.5% in 2019.

The Federal Reserve gets some credit for rapidly slashing interest rates to near zero and intervening in markets to prevent the economic crisis from becoming a financial crisis. But once the Fed’s interest rate ammunition was exhausted, fiscal policy rose to the challenge. Congress ultimately authorized $5.9 trillion of emergency measures of which $4.6 trillion has been spent….

As important as the magnitude of this relief was the variety. Unsure of the most effective remedy, Congress rolled out several: forgivable loans for small businesses that kept their employees (the paycheck protection program or PPP), stimulus checks to almost everyone, unemployment insurance expanded to gig workers and topped up with an extra $300 to $600 a week, low-cost loans from the Fed and Treasury to medium and large businesses, aid to state and local governments.

Much of this was experimental, and the lessons learned may lessen the toll of future recessions. By depositing cash directly into household bank accounts, Treasury has learned how, with congressional approval, to deliver stimulus almost as quickly as the Fed. PPP has yielded new tools to preserve employer-employee bonds in the face of shocks, reducing wasted economic potential.

Nonetheless, the economy today is in a far healthier place than was imaginable in the spring of 2020. That’s worth celebrating.

What an unrelieved load of horse pucky!

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COVID-19 Mandates Will Not Work for the Delta Variant, by Paul E. Alexander

This is an extensively documented catalogue—with scores of references to scientific studies—of every aspect of the fiasco that has been the Covid response. From Paul E. Alexander at aier.org:

 

The World Economic Forum estimates that the Covid response has cost the globe $11 trillion thus far and counting and AIER’s seminal analysis of the costs (mental health costs, hunger and poverty costs, direct economic costs, unemployment costs, educational costs, healthcare costs, and crime costs etc.), places the Covid ‘emergency’ in a sobering light. It reveals the devastating and crushing collateral damage from the unnecessary lockdowns, school closures, and masking and mask mandates that will impact the rest of the 21st century by some estimates. These harms have damaged the poorer class among us in a perverse and brutal manner. They destroyed businesses, destroyed employees who were sent home, destroyed lives, and destroyed the lives of children who committed suicide. 

Yet the elites are far removed from the ramifications of their nonsensical, illogical, specious policies and edicts. Dictates that do not apply to them or their families or friends. The ‘laptop’ affluent class could vacate, work remotely, walk their dogs and pets, catch up on reading their books, and do tasks they could not do had they been in the workplace daily. They could hire extra teachers for their children etc. Remote working was a boon. The actions of our governments however, devastated and long-term hurt the poor in societies and terribly and perversely so, and many could not hold on and committed suicide. AIER’s Ethan Yang’s analysis showed that deaths of despair skyrocketed. Poor children, especially in richer western nations such as the US and Canada, self-harmed and ended their lives, not due to the pandemic virus, but due to the lockdowns and school closures. Many children took their own lives out of despair, depression, and hopelessness due to the lockdowns and school closures.

Our core position since the start of the Covid-19 response in February 2020 (and which remains fixed for how the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Caribbean nations, European nations, and all other global nations must presently respond to the Delta variant/mutation) is that we do not lock the society down or close schools or impose mask mandates, etc. These policies did not apply to this emergency and certainly not after the first 3 to 4 weeks or so. This applies just as much for the initial Wuhan variant and now for the Covid-19 Delta variant or any other variant to come, if the variant is not one with an extremely high level of lethality, as was presumed erroneously for the initial Wuhan variant. In fact, even with respect to the initial variant it became clear very early on in the pandemic that it was probably no more lethal than annual influenza, yet we persisted with draconian devastating lockdown policies that only served to harm the people. These restrictive policies worked to ruin and kill (direct and indirect) more persons than SARS-CoV-2 itself.

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Medical Monsters On The Loose, by Dr. Mark Sircus

It’s time to start calling people who are responsible for thousands of needless deaths what they are: killers. From Dr. Mark Sircus at lewrockwell.com:

Don’t we have enough ways to cause death or kill people? So what kind of people are busy adding new ways of killing others? And will they someday pay the ultimate price? In his new book, Robert Kennedy fingers Dr. Anthony Fauci as perhaps the most successful mass murderer in history, the “principal architect of “agency capture” — “the subversion of democracy by a drug industry that manipulates regulators like sock puppets.” Not only has Fauci pushed the wrong potentially disastrous pandemic solution, he has also blocked the right ones.

It is bad enough that the vaccines are causing over 50,000 deaths according to vaccine reporting systems in America, the European Union, England, and Scotland, which all have official vaccine reporting systems. Many think those numbers are underreported and are 5 to 10 times higher. Do you know that there are people who do not care, even a little, how many people are being killed (murdered) by vaccines? Fauci is one of them.

The June 2021 edition of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases is entitled, “The first case of postmortem study in a patient vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.” The most concerning part of their study was that tests found SARS-CoV-2 in nearly every organ tested, including the man’s brain, lungs, trachea, kidney, and heart. In short, his whole body was overrun with high loads of vaccine-induced spike proteins or viral RNA. The man’s body was overrun with vaccine-induced spike proteins.

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Vaccine inventor questions mandatory shot push, Biden’s Covid-19 strategy, by Dr. Robert Malone and Peter Navarro

The government is killing people. From Dr. Robert Malone and Peter Navarro at washingtontimes.com:

The Biden administration’s strategy to universally vaccinate in the middle of the pandemic is bad science and badly needs a reboot.

This strategy will likely prolong the most dangerous phase of the worst pandemic since 1918 and almost assuredly cause more harm than good – even as it undermines faith in the entire public health system.

Four flawed assumptions drive the Biden strategy. The first is that universal vaccination can eradicate the virus and secure economic recovery by achieving herd immunity throughout the country (and the world).  However, the virus is now so deeply embedded in the world population that, unlike polio and smallpox, eradication is unachievable. SARS-CoV-2 and its myriad mutations will likely continually circulate, much like the common cold and influenza.

The second assumption is that the vaccines are (near) perfectly effective. However, our currently available vaccines are quite “leaky.” While good at preventing severe disease and death, they only reduce, not eliminate, the risk of infection, replication, and transmission. As a slide deck from the Centers for Disease Control has revealed, even 100% acceptance of the current leaky vaccines combined with strict mask compliance will not stop the highly contagious Delta variant from spreading.

The third assumption is that the vaccines are safe.  Yet scientists, physicians, and public health officials now recognize risks that are rare but by no means trivial.  Known side effects include serious cardiac and thrombotic conditions, menstrual cycle disruptions, Bell’s Palsy, Guillain Barre syndrome, and anaphylaxis.

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Democrat Covid Measures Prove They Hate Black Americans, by Parker Beauregard

The draconian and totalitarian measures enacted in response to the coronavirus have fallen the hardest on blacks. From Parker Beauregard at thebluestateconservative.com:

Black Americans, like all Americans, have suffered from the effects of illegal, immoral, and unscientific Covid-related policies. However, their racial plight is ignored, which is surprising in the age of confining white grandmothers to solitary D.C. jail cells, hunting down white supremacists in the military during extremist stand downs, and reading children’s books in grade school whose messages can only be described as psychological abuse.

According to Joe Biden, asking for photo identification at the voting booth in 2021 is not just Jim Crow, but Jim Eagle. How many speechwriters did it take to come up with that one again? Never mind the fact that all blacks know where the local DMV is and overwhelmingly favor the measure. In an honest world, the Democrat’s approach to ID laws would be considered racist (for assuming blacks are helpless idiots) and patronizing (for assuming blacks don’t know what’s good for them), except Democrats can pretty much do whatever they want with the general black population and get away with it, abetting murder included.

Even though it is disingenuous and intended only for rigging future elections, the Democrats nevertheless have firmly staked a position against any voter identification measures. After all, they’re racist! Fact: Voter ID laws are not racist nor do they inhibit anyone from voting. As one such example, the state of Indiana enacted its “tougher” voter identification requirements ahead of the 2008 presidential election, and state residents not only carried Barack Obama in a historically rare blue shift, but witnessed record turnout among black voters.

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