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https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Is the media making the coronavirus into a larger deal than it is ?
Answers quoted from Quora
Fatality of Infectious Diseases
AIDS has been cooking along for 40 or so years now, and has killed 25–50 million. That’s pretty scary. I got to see that particular woodchipper from close up in the 90’s, when people had so many funerals to go to, they lost track of whose they were attending next.
Ebola’s pretty nasty, with some strains having a 50–90% mortality rate, but we’ve never had a mass outbreak of Ebola on this scale, mainly because by the time you become infectious, you’re bedbound and bleeding from every orifice. It usually burns out fast, but if some future strain gets into the general population, then we’re in for a real horror show.
In the chart above, COVID-19 and its nasty little cousins, MERS and SARS sit at the bottom of the chart. However, in the ten days since that chart was published, COVID-19 just leapfrogged the Ebola pandemic. Ten days. It is doubling every three days or less in the United States right now.
It has a case fatality rate at or above that of the Spanish Flu, that green one up at the top that we’re still talking about 102 years later, and we’ve got a much bigger population for it to infect than we did back then.
It’s not the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), which wiped out 30–50% of Europe and swaths of Asia and Africa, and it’s not the Bird Flu, which could have been a real meat grinder if it had got to this stage, but short of that, nobody wants to predict the ultimate death toll.
There is no baseline immunity in the population. It is horribly infectious. We caught one break, which is that it seems to be less dangerous the younger the patient.
As it is, you will know someone who died of COVID-19, and so will everyone you know, and everyone you don’t know. You will know a lot of people who had to be hospitalized with it, and so will everyone else.
I’ve watched emerging diseases come and go for thirty years. There are diseases that frighten me more than COVID as an individual, in the sense that the worst outcome is just death by drowning internally over a couple of days, rather than some of the truly dreadful, drawn out declines from, say, Mad Cow Disease or ALS, plus whoever you are, you’re more likely to survive and/or not even have symptoms than you are to actually die from it yourself, no matter how old you are. One on one, those are very good odds.
We don’t want to have to roll them all at once, and keep rolling them for every person on the planet. As a result, there hasn’t been an actual pandemic that is more frightening on a social or global level in living memory. One of the models I ran a few weeks ago suggested that COVID related deaths could equal deaths from all other causes combined in the rest of this year.
Facts about Coronavirus
- Nobody on the planet has immunity to the Coronavirus because the virus is new (it’s a Nova virus).
- The incubation time is not just 14 days which is common, but up to 27 days which is inordinately long (Sars incubation time was 4 hours).
During that time there are frequently no symptoms, so the carrier has the potential to infect large numbers of people without knowing it, for nearly a month.
- The virus is highly contagious; but more uniquely, it lives on surfaces a long time; spreading both through the air (lives from 2 to 4 hours in aerosol) and on solid surfaces for comparatively protracted periods of time: the virus can live on glass for up to 4 days, stainless steel for up to 72 hours, plastic for up to 72 hours, and cardboard for 24 hours (this means that doors, grocery items, your grocery cart, gas pump nozzles and mail parcels- and considering that hands and faces are off limits also, most all surfaces, both animate and inanimate are potentially highly infectious). *Note: Influenza viruses frequently only live 4 to 8 hours on most surfaces.
- Because complications from the disease result in rapidly progressive pneumonia and septic shock, should large populations be exposed in any concentrated area at the same time, hospitals will not have enough available beds and appropriate rooms; Critical Care Units cannot meet the demands of patients who will require highly trained physicians and RN’s; and interventions requiring personnel and equipment that no hospitals employ or stock in such high volume during normal circumstances will be unavailable. Staff and supplies hospitals do have will be quickly depleted. These variables alone will result in horrendous situations and moral dilemmas in which every patient cannot be accommodated in a timely manner or at all, and resulting in death among populations that could be saved otherwise. Staff, ventilators and other supplies may run out requiring triage (as in determining which patient is seen and/or gets a ventilator and which one dies because they cannot be accommodated).
- Shortages of hospitals and medical supplies may dwindle secondary to the demand for specific goods directly related to combating the Coronavirus, affecting other patients. Industries may be required to change what and how much they produce, decreasing supply of other necessary goods and services. Make-shift hospitals may be necessarily constructed in offsite venues intended for other production or business purposes.
- 20 percent of people hospitalized in the United States have been between the ages of 20 and 44 years old.
- No therapeutic meds have been approved nor has there been adequate time to test them; and politics could inhibit common sense intervention by denying prescriptions being written for the few drugs (already FDA approved for use in the treatment of other diseases) that have shown marked increases in curative rates among Coronavirus patients. Combination hydroxychloroquine and z-pak taken together is a very promising treatment. Among groups in France, taken together, 100 percent of patients were cured in 6 days as compared to 12 percent who were cured after 6 days without the drugs. In the meantime, no vaccination is available and will take up to a year at best to develop and adequately test for unknown side effects that even after testing and FDA approval could take years to conclusively determine.
- The economic ramifications alone could be catastrophic to the US and world economies if the US work force does not return in some capacity by May. *
- Dangerous social implications and potential for domestic and public violence related to long term financial hardships, isolation and psychological duress cannot be discounted or ignored. Suicide rates could dramatically increase due to job loss, defaults on mortgages, bankruptcy, ensuing homelessness, and grief related to profound fear and generalized loss.
- Politics could destroy the public morale necessary to rally the American spirit that has been our countries strength and bulwark in the past; seeing us through a revolution, one civil and two world wars. *Both sides: It’s time to lay down our differences. And for those of us who believe-it’s time to pray. I for one, don’t want to go down as having been among the generation that failed to carry that mantle.
Is the coronavirus hysteria much ado about little?
Quora Answer by Colin Riegels
I am going to make two bold predictions:
- Right now (March 2020), everyone will say: “Hell, no. This is a serious pandemic, and governments should be doing everything they can to contain it.” (And it is, and they should.)
- But I also predict in 12 months’ time (March 2021) the pandemic will have been largely contained, and pretty much the self-same people will hypocritically say: “The government over-reacted, it wasn’t that bad, their actions had devastating consequences for society and the economy.”
Right now I think most people would agree with the first, and disagree with the second. But I’d bet pretty good money on it happening. But that’s just the way we are as humans. 70% of Brits supported the first Gulf War beforehand. But once it went badly, that level of support dropped to nothing, and everyone castigated the government for doing something they once urged.
The UK government’s target is to keep Covid-19 deaths in the UK to 20,000 or less. I think that they will succeed in doing that. Further, the restrictions that they impose will also dramatically cut death rates from other things. We are going to see fewer deaths from seasonal ‘flu. Fewer deaths from drunk driving. Fewer deaths all around. By the time you net it out, we will probably see an overall increase of around 10,000 or so deaths above the annual average.
500,000 people die every year in the UK. So 10,000 “extra” deaths is an increase of 2% over the number of people who would otherwise naturally die. Right now people are scared, and so the want the government to do anything and everything – and do it now. But when the pandemic is passed and they are no longer scared, I guarantee you with breathless hypocrisy many of the same people will accuse the government of having overreacted to the pandemic because it caused such a small variation on the natural annual death rate.
We’ll come back and see if I am right in March 2021.
What If the Lockdown Was All A Big Mistake?
(CNN) Much of Europe is still on coronavirus lockdown, with severe restrictions on movement and penalties for those who transgress. But not Sweden.Restaurants and bars are open in the Nordic country, playgrounds and schools too, and the government is relying on voluntary action to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi COVID-19 Briefing
https://youtu.be/xfLVxx_lBLU ( already censored )
https://youtu.be/zb6j7o1pLBw ( already censored )
Use your own judgement:
Dr. David Katz on whether the fight against coronavirus is worse than the disease
Pandemic Related Movies
Contagion ( 2011 movie)
Contagion is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It premiered on September 3, 2011, at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy, and a wider release followed on September 9.
Steven Soderbergh was motivated to make an “ultra-realistic” film about the public health and scientific response to a pandemic. The film’s “hyperlink style” (often quickly moving back and forth from geographically distant places and persons) emphasizes both the historically new perils of contemporary networked globalization and timeless qualities of the human condition (recalling famous literary treatments of epidemics, such as Albert Camus’ The Plague). The movie touches on a variety of themes, including the factors which drive mass panic and collapse of social order, the scientific process for characterizing and containing a novel pathogen, balancing personal motives against professional responsibilities and ethics in the face of an existential threat, the limitations and consequences of public health responses, and the pervasiveness of interpersonal connections which can serve as vectors to spread disease. Soderbergh acknowledged the salience of these post-apocalyptic themes is heightened by reactions to the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. The movie was intended to realistically convey the “intense” and “unnerving” social and scientific reactions to a pandemic. The real-life epidemics such as the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak and the 2009 flu pandemic have been inspirations and influences in the film. The chain of contagion involving bats and pigs is reminiscent of the trail of the Nipah virus (which infects cells in the respiratory and nervous systems, the same cells as the virus ( MEV-1 ) in the movie) that originated in Malaysia in 1997, which similarly involved the disturbance of a bat colony by deforestation.
The film presents examples of crowd psychology and collective behavior which can lead to mass hysteria and the loss of social order.
Person of Interest ( tv series 20011-2016)
An ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes.
A billionaire software-genius named Harold Finch creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera. Finch discovered that the machine sees everything, potential terrorist acts and violent crimes that involve ordinary people. When the government considered violent crimes between normal people “irrelevant”, Finch built a back door into the system that gives him the social security number of a person involved in a future violent crime so he could act. Partnered with John Reese, an ex-CIA agent, the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes before they can happen. Eventually their activities lead to being hunted by the New York Police Department, CIA Agents in pursuit of Reese who was listed as dead, a computer hacker named Root who wants access to the Machine, and government officials who want to keep all knowledge of the Machine a complete secret. Written by Jones
Such AI surveillance can be used to create a dystopian world…
Imagine a society where you live under the oppression of some organization controlled by a tiny group of privileged elites. It may be a despotic government, a religious organization, or an all-powerful global corporation. This organization controls every aspect of your life. You are told what to think and how to act through propaganda and brainwashing. Individual thoughts and actions in contradiction to what is permitted are not tolerated and are severely punished if discovered by the authorities.
Subject Related News
Facial recognition technology became part of the fabric of life in China in 2019. Enabled by a vast network of cameras across the country, the government is using the technology for surveillance. Source: https://www.npr.org/2019/12/16/788597818/how-china-is-using-facial-recognition-technology
China is deploying its mass surveillance system in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. As millions return to major cities and resume work, they will be subject to unprecedented monitoring. New facial recognition and temperature scanning technology have been installed in public transport systems. The government says it is being used to keep everyone safe. But concerns are growing over the “big brother” use of data, giving police the power to create a digital authoritarian state.
Power of Suggestion: Predictive Programming
Predictive Programming – The power of suggestion using the media of fiction to create a desired outcome. ~Alan Watt
Predictive Programming is theory that the government or other higher-ups are using fictional movies or books as a mass mind control tool to make the population more accepting of planned future events. This was first described and proposed by researcher Alan Watt who defines Predictive programming as “Predictive programming is a subtle form of psychological conditioning provided by the media to acquaint the public with planned societal changes to be implemented by our leaders. If and when these changes are put through, the public will already be familiarized with them and will accept them as natural progressions, thus lessening possible public resistance and commotion.” (Wood) Then it was popularized by Alex Jones and David Icke. The most notable cases of predictive programing are the examples found in the Simpsons, The Dark Night Rises, The Hunger Games, and the oldest being from Futility. Information can be found on blog posts and many conspiracy theorists have either made videos on it or have spoken on the subject.
People who believe in this theory are mostly conspiracy theorists who think there will be a totalitarian government takeover, or on the more mild side, theorists who believe tragic events are an inside job or completely fake. David Icke proposed that the Sandy Hook shooting was predicted in the Dark Night Rises because Sandy Hook is shown on the map in one of the scenes. (Wood) While I was looking for more information on the motives behind the government participating in predictive programming I found that most commonly people believe the government creates a problem so the population will look to the government for a solution. However, because the government planned for the crisis the government will offer a solution that has been planned long before the crisis ever happened. Alan Watt, along with many others, believe a desired outcome is created through the power of suggestion in media. (Wood) This theory is still very popular today because any huge event can be seemingly traced back to cartoon or movie that was fortunate enough to predict it.
Predictive programming is a seemingly real phenomena but it is built up by facts that aren’t truly facts and perpetuated by a self proclaimed researcher and social media. With such easy access to all of the evidence and the tendency to not trust the government the patterns presented as evidence make predictive programming look like a real and unstoppable issue. There are inconsistencies that have been shown but for the most part the belief in predictive programming grows each time new “evidence” is presented.
[ Source: The Ohio State University website – article by by Dahria Beaver: https://u.osu.edu/vanzandt/2018/04/18/predictive-programming/ ]
When we are born we are mentally blank. We are like an empty hard drive. Instantly we start filling up that “hard drive” (our brain) with anything we see experience through our 5 senses.
Examples of “predictive programming” would be found in movies where a meteor hits the earth and kills most of the population, or the world getting flooded because of global warming or an outbreak of a killer virus where scientists, who were trying to do good, accidently release a killer virus or the bible saying that there would be plagues or the bible saying that there would be wars and that this would lead EVENTUALLY to peace on earth. You know the sort of stuff.
When we watch these films a seed gets planted in our brains. The seed begins to take root later on when something is said to us or when something comes on the news (for example) such as a story which is slightly similar to what you saw in that sci-fi movie. You start to think that “the sci-fi movie was right, and that you know what’s coming next cos it was in the sci-fi movie”. You actually begin to think that these are YOUR OWN THOUGHTS but they are not. It all started with that seed being planted from an EXTERNAL source.
But if there is such a thing as “predictive programming” then WHY do “the powers that be” DO this ?
Could this be an example?
Controversial Opening Ceremony performance at 2012 London Olympic Games
During the set, happy pyjama-clad patients – played by children – leaped up and down on 320 giant hospital beds, which doubled as trampolines, while nurses danced around them.
‘We believe, as a nation, in universal healthcare. It doesn’t matter how poor you are, how rich you are, you will get treated.’
Can Viruses be Man-Made?
Update Apr 28, 2020 – Newsweek
DR. FAUCI BACKED CONTROVERSIAL WUHAN LAB WITH MILLIONS OF U.S. DOLLARS FOR RISKY CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH
Dr. Anthony Fauci is an adviser to President Donald Trump and something of an American folk hero for his steady, calm leadership during the pandemic crisis. At least one poll shows that Americans trust Fauci more than Trump on the coronavirus pandemic—and few scientists are portrayed on TV by Brad Pitt.
But just last year, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization led by Dr. Fauci, funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other institutions for work on gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.
In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.
Many scientists have criticized gain of function research, which involves manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it creates a risk of starting a pandemic from accidental release.
SARS-CoV-2 , the virus now causing a global pandemic, is believed to have originated in bats. U.S. intelligence, after originally asserting that the coronavirus had occurred naturally, conceded last month that the pandemic may have originated in a leak from the Wuhan lab. (At this point most scientists say it’s possible—but not likely—that the pandemic virus was engineered or manipulated.)
The work in question was a type of gain-of-function research that involved taking wild viruses and passing them through live animals until they mutate into a form that could pose a pandemic threat. Scientists used it to take a virus that was poorly transmitted among humans and make it into one that was highly transmissible—a hallmark of a pandemic virus. This work was done by infecting a series of ferrets, allowing the virus to mutate until a ferret that hadn’t been deliberately infected contracted the disease.
The work entailed risks that worried even seasoned researchers. More than 200 scientists called for the work to be halted. The problem, they said, is that it increased the likelihood that a pandemic would occur through a laboratory accident.
Nevertheless, in 2014, under pressure from the Obama administration, the National of Institutes of Health instituted a moratorium on the work, suspending 21 studies.
Three years later, though—in December 2017—the NIH ended the moratorium and the second phase of the NIAID project, which included the gain-of-function research, began. The NIH established a framework for determining how the research would go forward: scientists have to get approval from a panel of experts, who would decide whether the risks were justified.
The reviews were indeed conducted—but in secret, for which the NIH has drawn criticism. In early 2019, after a reporter for Science magazine discovered that the NIH had approved two influenza research projects that used gain of function methods, scientists who oppose this kind of research excoriated the NIH in an editorial in the Washington Post.
“We have serious doubts about whether these experiments should be conducted at all,” wrote Tom Inglesby of Johns Hopkins University and Marc Lipsitch of Harvard. “With deliberations kept behind closed doors, none of us will have the opportunity to understand how the government arrived at these decisions or to judge the rigor and integrity of that process.”
Prediction of surprise pandemic: 2017 Keynote Address by Anthony S. Fauci
Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development [ 2010 ]
This report was produced by The Rockefeller Foundation and Global Business Network. May 2010
Below is quote from the above document. The entire document is available here:
Scenario Narratives LOCK STEP
A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback.
In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain—originating from wild geese—was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months, the majority of them healthy young adults. The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.
The pandemic blanketed the planet—though disproportionate numbers died in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, where the virus spread like wildfire in the absence of official containment protocols. But even in developed countries, containment was a challenge. The United States’s initial policy of “strongly discouraging” citizens from flying proved deadly in its leniency, accelerating the spread of the virus not just within the U.S. but across borders. However, a few countries did fare better—China in particular. The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as its instant and near-hermetic sealing off of all borders, saved millions of lives, stopping the spread of the virus far earlier than in other countries and enabling a swifter postpandemic recovery.
China’s government was not the only one that took extreme measures to protect its citizens from risk and exposure. During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified. In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems—from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty—leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power. At first, the notion of a more controlled world gained wide acceptance and approval. Citizens willingly gave up some of their sovereignty—and their privacy—to more paternalistic states in exchange for greater safety and stability. Citizens were more tolerant, and even eager, for top-down direction and oversight, and national leaders had more latitude to impose order in the ways they saw fit. In developed countries, this heightened oversight took many forms: biometric IDs for all citizens, for example, and tighter regulation of key industries whose stability was deemed vital to national interests. In many developed countries, enforced cooperation with a suite of new regulations and agreements slowly but steadily restored both order and, importantly, economic growth. Across the developing world, however, the story was different—and much more variable. Top-down authority took different forms in different countries, hinging largely on the capacity, caliber, and intentions of their leaders. In countries with strong and thoughtful leaders, citizens’ overall economic status and quality of life increased. In India, for example, air quality drastically improved after 2016, when the government outlawed highemitting vehicles. In Ghana, the introduction of ambitious government programs to improve basic infrastructure and ensure the availability of clean water for all her people led to a sharp decline in water-borne diseases. But more authoritarian leadership worked less well—and in some cases tragically—in countries run by irresponsible elites who used their increased power to pursue their own interests at the expense of their citizens. There were other downsides, as the rise of virulent nationalism created new hazards: spectators at the 2018 World Cup, for example, wore bulletproof vests that sported a patch of their national flag.
[ Note: Timing of this Event is mind-boggling… ]
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.
In recent years, the world has seen a growing number of epidemic events, amounting to approximately 200 events annually. These events are increasing, and they are disruptive to health, economies, and society. Managing these events already strains global capacity, even absent a pandemic threat. Experts agree that it is only a matter of time before one of these epidemics becomes global—a pandemic with potentially catastrophic consequences. A severe pandemic, which becomes “Event 201,” would require reliable cooperation among several industries, national governments, and key international institutions.
Event 201 was a 3.5-hour pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of dramatic, scenario-based facilitated discussions, confronting difficult, true-to-life dilemmas associated with response to a hypothetical, but scientifically plausible, pandemic. 15 global business, government, and public health leaders were players in the simulation exercise that highlighted unresolved real-world policy and economic issues that could be solved with sufficient political will, financial investment, and attention now and in the future.
First known case of coronavirus traced back to November 2019 in China
A 55-year-old individual from Hubei province in China may have been the first person to have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus spreading across the globe. That case dates back to Nov. 17, 2019, according to the South Morning China Post.
That’s more than a month earlier than doctors noted cases in Wuhan, China, which is in Hubei province, at the end of December 2019.
Event 201 Recommendations
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, World Economic Forum, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation jointly propose 7 recommendations.
Governments and the private sector should assign a greater priority to developing methods to combat mis- and disinformation prior to the next pandemic response. Governments will need to partner with traditional and social media companies to research and develop nimble approaches to countering misinformation. This will require developing the ability to flood media with fast, accurate, and consistent information. Public health authorities should work with private employers and trusted community leaders such as faith leaders, to promulgate factual information to employees and citizens. Trusted, influential private-sector employers should create the capacity to readily and reliably augment public messaging, manage rumors and misinformation, and amplify credible information to support emergency public communications. National public health agencies should work in close collaboration with WHO to create the capability to rapidly develop and release consistent health messages. For their part, media companies should commit to ensuring that authoritative messages are prioritized and that false messages are suppressed including tough the use of technology.
PS Already implemented as per recommendation. Example:
Mandatory immunization and digital ID
The world is not going to begin to look normal until three things have happened.
- One, we figure out whether the distribution of this virus looks like an iceberg, which is one-seventh above the water, or a pyramid, where we see everything.
If we’re only seeing right now one-seventh of the actual disease because we’re not testing enough, and we’re just blind to it, then we’re in a world of hurt.
- Two, we have a treatment that works, a vaccine or antiviral.
- And three, maybe most important, we begin to see large numbers of people—in particular nurses, home health care providers, doctors, policemen, firemen, and teachers who have had the disease—are immune, and we have tested them to know that they are not infectious any longer. And we have a system that identifies them, either a concert wristband or a card with their photograph and some kind of a stamp on it.
Then we can be comfortable sending our children back to school, because we know the teacher is not infectious.
And instead of saying “No, you can’t visit anybody in nursing home,” we have a group of people who are certified that they work with elderly and vulnerable people, and nurses who can go back into the hospitals and dentists who can open your mouth and look in your mouth and not be giving you the virus.
When those three things happen, that’s when normalcy will return.
It is most likely that coronavirus vaccination will be a mandatory solution to the pandemic, as predicted in the 2011 movie Contagion:
From the movie “Contagion” (2011)
Why Covid-19 vaccination will most likely be mandatory for Everyone?
Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized
CNN Thu March 19, 2020
[…] Several experts interviewed by CNN said while it’s unclear exactly what percentage of the transmission in the outbreak is fueled by people who are obviously sick versus those who have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, it’s become clear that transmission by people who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic is responsible for more transmission than previously thought.
Update: Apr 28, 2020
Watch predictions by Ron Paul
Next in Coronavirus Tyranny: Forced Vaccinations and ‘Digital Certificates’
The ID2020 Alliance is setting the course of digital ID through a multi-stakeholder partnership, ensuring digital ID is responsibly implemented and widely accessible.
Digital identity carries significant risk if not thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented. We do not underestimate the risks of data misuse and abuse, particularly when digital identity systems are designed as large, centralized databases.
2016 — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joins the World Bank Group to scale up the ID4D initiative.
- ID2020 and partners launch program to provide digital ID with vaccines
Why have more than 1,300 CEOs left their post in the past ( 2019) year?
Chief executives are leaving in record numbers this year, with more than 1,332 stepping aside in the period from January through the end of October, according to new data released on Wednesday. While it’s not unusual to see CEOs fleeing in the middle of a recession, it is noteworthy to see such a rash of executive exits amid robust corporate earnings and record stock market highs.
The global vaccines market
[…] the global vaccines market is forecast to reach $49.27 billion by 2022 from $34.30 billion in 2017, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% during 2017-2022, driven by the rising prevalence of diseases, increasing government and non-government funding for vaccine development.
The global vaccines market is highly competitive and increasing investments by companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Merck & Co, Sanofi Pasteur, Astellas Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Serum Institute of India, Daiichi Sankyo and Panacea Biotec have further aided the trend. Source>>
Is the book of Revelation referring to our times?
Quote from the Revelation (King James Bible):
13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
13:17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Reading Between the Lines
What If the Lockdown Was All A Big Mistake?
(CNN) Much of Europe is still on coronavirus lockdown, with severe restrictions on movement and penalties for those who transgress. But not Sweden.Restaurants and bars are open in the Nordic country, playgrounds and schools too, and the government is relying on voluntary action to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Controversial Statements and Warnings from the Past
The Georgia Guide Stones
In March 1980 Construction of the monument known as The Georgia Guide Stones was finished and in a small ceremony it was shown to the public.
Right away it became the center of many controversies. Several are dealing with the monument itself. Other criticize the texts, which are engraved on the slabs in 8 languages.
The Guide Stones are a monument the likes of which have not been erected the last 3500 years. Its significance lies not only in the structure but also the texts and inscriptions on it.
The texts engraved on the stone slabs, the cap stone and the adjoined tablets are designed to give the impression that the monument has been erected to lead the way to a better future, which it calls an age of reason. To call the monument “Guide Stones” implies that it provides information how to reach this “Age of Reason”.
The topmost text on the slabs is the one, which caused many controversies:
Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature
Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity
The first sentence makes it not clear whether the intention is to reduce population of our planet to half billion ( 500,000,000 ) people or whether the intention is to save the lives of up to 500 million humans in connection with the “extinction event” …
Nearly all commentators believe that the first statement implies that seven billion humans should be murdered (?).
Is this gruesome idea feasible ?
There are at least two global “extinction event” scenarios which could destroy the lives of more than 7 billion people (immediately or soon after the event due to environmental and economic consequences) :
- a major impact of a cosmic body (an asteroid or comet)
- a deadly global pandemic
A warning from the president J.F. Kennedy ( 1961 )
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.
Nevertheless, every democracy recognizes the necessary restraints of national security–and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion.
President John F. Kennedy
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City
April 27, 1961
The Full Version of the Speech:
A warning from president Ronald Reagan ( 1964 )
A message from George Carlin
“It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”