Thursday, 25 February 2021

ZERO Cases Of Flu Have Been Detected In England In 2021 – Hallelujah!

Not even a note of irony here!

I wonder why, if the masks, social distancing, hand sanitisers etc have worked so well to banish the flu covid-19:numbers are going up. 


Couldn’t be that flu is being identified as covid, could it? 


I apologise for my cynicism. Lol


Not a single case of influenza has been detected by public health officials in England for the past seven weeks, with infection rates at historic lows amid the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

The social restrictions brought in to curb transmission of coronavirus, combined with increased uptake of the flu vaccine, have both been credited with driving down infections.

Thousands of swab samples are processed and analysed by scientists at Public Health England (PHE) every week to survey the prevalence of different respiratory diseases in the population.

But of the 685,243 samples that have been reviewed at PHE’s laboratories since the first week of January, not a single one has tested positive for influenza.

In the week up to 31 December 2020, just one case of flu was confirmed by laboratory analysis.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/flu-cases-covid-england-phe-latest-b1805124.html

SOMEONE is about as cynical as I am!

ZERO Cases Of Flu Have Been Detected In England In 2021 – Hallelujah!


Richie Allen,

24 February, 2021


I’ve written about this previously. It bears repeating though as The Daily Mail is reporting it again this Wednesday evening. Public Health England is yet to record a single case of flu in 2021. It’s a miracle. Praise the Baby Jesus. We should be in the height of the annual flu season, but the flu is nowhere to be seen.

Why has flu disappeared? Simple. It’s down to the brutality of the lockdown measures of course! While flushing your businesses down the toilet, staying home, abandoning Granny, wearing masks, washing your hands 500 times a day and avoiding other people like the plague has done sweet sod all to stop Covid…..it’s killed off the flu!

Don’t take my word for it. Dr. Vanessa Saliba of Public Health England said today that lockdown has eradicated the flu, so it must be true. The good doctor said:

The decrease in flu cases this year is likely due to changes in our behaviour, such as social distancing, face coverings and handwashing, as well as the reduction in international travel. 

Look, if people swallow this horseshit, they’ll swallow anything. There’s no hope for them. Flu has not disappeared. It has been renamed coronavirus. That is not the opinion of a cranky, baldy, middle-aged Irish broadcaster. That’s a fact Jack. There can be no doubt. I’m getting sick of my own voice now but I’ll say it one more time.

They are laughing in our faces! They know that if they can get away with a whopper this size, they are home and dry. We’ll take anything right? As usual, the most depressing aspect of this for me is the medias failure to take the open goal. It’s on a feckin plate! They could bury these lying scumbags and end this scam in twenty minutes.

 


Covid-19 news from Israel

Israel: Vaccination Is “Moral Duty” – Refuseniks To Be “Left Behind”


Richie Allen,

23 February, 2021


On Sunday, Israel rolled out a digital vaccination pass that enables citizens to access gyms, swimming pools and hotels. If you cannot prove that you had the jab, you’re not getting in.

The vaccine pass has been dubbed “The Green Passport.” The vaccinated can download it through an app run by the health ministry, but it can also be printed out on paper.

As the Green Passport was unveiled, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein declared that; “Getting vaccinated is a moral duty. It is part of our mutual responsibility.” He also said that those who refuse the jab will be “left behind.”

The Israeli Police are on the lookout for Green Passport forgeries. Citizens have been told that attempting to gain entry to a venue with a forgery is a criminal offence.

As I mentioned in previous articles, the UK government is determining whether to follow Israel’s lead. Anti-passport protests in Israel have been sporadic. Israeli’s seem resigned to it all. What of the Irish or the British? Will vaccine passports be the final straw, or will there be a collective sigh and a shrug of the shoulders followed by acquiescence? Time will tell.




Y Net,
24 February, 2021

The United States' infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is full of praise for Israel’s “extraordinarily good" vaccination campaign, but believes that the world still has a long way to go before it sees an end to the pandemic that has now been raging for more than a year.

“I don’t think we should declare that we’re nearing the end,” says Fauci, despite more people receiving vaccines every day.

“We’re certainly seeing in most countries -- in the United States for sure, and also definitely in Israel, probably to a greater extent than any place else -- a sharp decline in the daily cases of the SARS-CoV-2,” he tells i24NEWS. 
“In the United States, the background level of daily cases was so extraordinarily high for such a long period of time,” he says. “We were having between 300,000 and up to sometimes 400,000 cases per day.”
“We’re now down to a weekly average of about 65,000, which is terrific compared to where we were, but terrible when you think in terms of what that means 65,000 new infections a day,” Fauci says. 

The 80-year-old Fauci has served seven American presidents and has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
He was invited by new U.S. President Joe Biden to become his administration's chief medical advisor and take center stage in the fight against coronavirus after a rocky stint under former president Donald Trump, who undermined his follow-the-science approach to the pandemic.
Fauci now advises patience and reason when advocating inoculation to those who are wary of the vaccines perhaps due to the speed with which they were produced.
“If they’re hesitant because they believe it went too fast, you need to take the time to explain … that speed was not sacrificing safety. Nor was it sacrificing scientific integrity,” he says.
תמונות השנה בעולם של רויטרס דונלד טראמפ אנתוני פאוצ'י
Then-President Donald Trump walks past Dr. Anthony Fauci after addressing the coronavirus task force daily briefing at the White House, March 2020
(Photo: Reuters)
Fauci hails the swift development of the vaccines as “the result of extraordinary advances in vaccine platform technology and the development of various immunogens that has taken place over a decade or more.”
"It is certainly absolutely essential to get vaccinated," he says. "We are in the earlier phase of the evolution of variants and the more you suppress the replication of virus in whatever country you’re in but hopefully globally, the less chance there is of the evolution of variants."
Fauci is full of praise for Israel’s world-leading vaccination campaign, which has seen more than half of the eligible population already receive at least one of the two-dose inoculations made by Pfizer or Moderna.
מבצע חיסונים של עיריית ת"א ואיגוד המסעדות וחיי הלילה - מתחסנים ומקבלים דרינק בחינם
An Israeli man is vaccinated in a Tel Aviv bar as part of a joint drive by the municipality and local venues
(Photo: Moti Kimchi)
According to Fauci, Israel's national healthcare system has contributed to the high rate of vaccination.
“You have a healthcare system that’s uniform and when you want to get something done, you just say this is the way we’re going to do it and you do it," he says.
"And the citizens of Israel, the people there, are used to that, that’s the way they have been... .addressing their health issues for a considerable period of time.”
“People listen; they get vaccinated,” he says. “And right now I believe you’re way up there in the number of vaccines per 100 people is somewhere over 80 I think. It’s just extraordinarily good,” unlike the situation in the U.S., which has "some problems," he said.
קורונה חיסון מבצע חיסונים בית אבות וושינגטון ארה"ב
Coronavirus vaccines administered in Washington State retirement home in December 2021
(Photo: AFP)
Fauci's own efforts to stem the spread of the virus have also been recognized in Israel.
Last week, he was awarded a $1 million prize from the Tel Aviv University-based Dan David Foundation, for seminal advancements in immunology and for being a “consummate model of leadership and impact in public health.”
The foundation said he had earned the recognition over a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief, as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against COVID-19.
In its statement, the foundation did not mention Trump, but credited Fauci with “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis.”

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJLgRv7fO


TEL AVIV, Israel -- Dr. Anthony Fauci has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday named President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser as the winner of one of three prizes. It said he had earned the recognition over a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief, as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against COVID-19.

In its statement, the private foundation did not mention former President Donald Trump, who undermined Fauci's follow-the-science approach to the pandemic. But it credited Fauci with "courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis.”

“As the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled, (Fauci) leveraged his considerable communication skills to address people gripped by fear and anxiety and worked relentlessly to inform individuals in the United States and elsewhere about the public health measures essential for containing the pandemic’s spread,” the foundation's awards committee said, praising Fauci for "speaking truth to power in a highly charged political environment.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/fauci-wins-million-israeli-prize-defending-science-75906107


https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/02/24/pm-to-israel-hayom-israeli-children-could-get-vaccine-before-summer/


https://simpleflying.com/israir-vaccine-only-domestic-flights/


https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/el-al-becomes-worlds-first-airline-with-100-percent-staff-vaccination-658830



https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/mobileye-to-ban-employees-not-vaccinated-for-coronavirus-660027


Rick Wiles' radical plan to redistribute billionaires' fortunes to the poor


What happens if an "ultra-right" pastor advocates a policy more radical than the Left?

Right Wing Watch attack backfires on Twitter


After spending years claiming that Dems want to install a communist/socialist/Marxist regime in the U.S., Rick Wiles now says he may run for president in 2024 on a platform dedicated to seizing the wealth of billionaires and redistributing it to the poor. bit.ly/2NNx3df



For years we have watched as radical right-wing conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles has used his “TruNews” program to endlessly rail against Democrats for allegedly attempting to install a communistMarxist, or socialist regime in the United States.

It was therefore a little surprising to hear Wiles declare on his television program Monday night that he is thinking about running for president in 2024 on a platform centered on seizing the wealth of the billionaires in this country and redistributing it to the poor.

Wiles said that someone must run on a populist platform of breaking up large technology companies in the United States, making it illegal to be a billionaire, confiscating their assets, and redistributing their wealth, and he might just be the one to do it.

“When you use your money and power to change my life, to take away my rights, to try to force things on me that I object to, that I find morally repulsive, when you try to restrict my free speech, when you try to promote population control, you want to pump vaccines into my body, when you want to change society, you know what? You’re my enemy,” Wiles declared. “The only way you’re able to do it is because you’re a billionaire. So then we need to take away your billions.”

“There needs to be a populist movement in this country,” he continued. “Let’s break up the tech companies. Let’s take the billions. I want to take Bill Gates’ billions and give it to the poor. I want to give it to the poor. I want to strip them, completely strip them, and give it to the poor. I want Jack Dorsey’s money. I want [Mark] Zuckerberg’s money. I want to give it to the poor.”

“I might run in 2024,” Wiles added. “I might run on that platform. Take the money from the rich give it to the poor. That might be my platform in 2024. I’m gonna bust up the tech companies. I’m gonna take the money from the billionaires and give it to the poor. I might run in 2024 with that platform.”

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rick-wiles-floats-2024-presidential-campaign-promises-to-seize-the-wealth-of-billionaires-and-give-it-to-the-poor/

It seems not everyone on Twitter agreed with Right Wing Watch

















And this says it all. We are living in extreme times



We might need to watch this

methane release in the East Siberia Arctic Shelf (ESAS)











 

Rick Wiles' call to appropriate the riches of the billionaires and give them to the poor

 I have not been able to give much attention to this over the past few days but I applaud Rick Wiles' call (now for the third day) to APPROPRIATE the wealth of Bill Gates, Zuckerberg and his like and to redistribute the wealth directly to the poor.

Sounds like communism, doesn't it but such is the topsy-turvy world we live in that the so- called "Left" with few exceptions (see my articles on Naomi Wolf) are either billionaires or support them.

Who is "Left" and who is "Right", Right Wing Watch?

There is only Right and Wrong.

WHEN BARRY GOLDWATER MEETS BERNIE SANDERS: WILES CALLS FOR MOVEMENT TO DEFUND THE RICH




Watch the broadcast HERE



Naomi Wolf updates her "Ten Steps to Fascism"

Naomi Wolf is a reminder to me that I never left the "Left", but the "Left" left me.

Who I follow is related to what truths they have to impart and not in the least what their political ideology.

Who, in their right mind could reject the following analysis?


1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy

2. Create a gulag

3. Develop a thug caste

4. Set up an internal surveillance system

5. Harass citizens' groups

6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release

7. Target key individuals

8. Control the press

9. Dissent equals treason

10. Suspend the rule of law

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/apr/24/usa.comment


The following update on her article on fascism was written during the Trump administration. 

Now, she has turned her attention to Biden and correctly identifies what is going on.


COVID policies locked down much of the world over this holiday season and continue into 2021. In Scotland, they can’t have household visits. And in Ireland, people are isolated in their homes. These are countries with low COVID infection rates, Just as in the United States the lock downs continue to ramp up as does the war on humanity this creates.

The governor of New York state, where I live, announced that restaurants have to reduce to 25% seating capacity, crushing the restaurant industry without providing any proof this is scientifically useful. 

Virginia issued a curfew, which doesn’t even make epidemiological sense because a curfew just crunches more people into fewer open hours. State by state, with each passing day, we see more and more of these policies enacted.

Why would anyone be discouraged from being outside? Being out, being in the fresh air, even being out at night is an important way to not get sick with COVID because it’s much harder to get sick.....

https://drnaomiwolf.com/covid-war-on-humanity/

 What are the Ten Steps to Fascism? How Did We Get Here?

Naomi Wolf


Naomi Wolf,

22 September, 2020

I’m updating The End of America and the Ten Steps to Fascism to let you know how we got to be at Step Ten: Suspend the Rule of Law. 

The playbook of fascism, I must stress, is nonpartisan, and President Trump did not invent what we are living through now. He merely built upon it. The Ten Steps of Fascism were around long before he was. But turning the Covid-19 pandemic into an opportunity for authoritarianism isn’t just an idea, it’s happening as I laid out in part 1 of this series here.

During the administration of President Obama, I (and several others) warned that Democrats were taking the authoritarian structures built up by George W. Bush, and adding news levels of oppression on the foundation already laid. President Obama was the one who took the unprecedented step of droning to death an American citizen, Anwar Al-Awlaki  and his teenage son It was Obama who promised to close Guantanamo as part of his campaign agenda, then built it up a mere six months later, an expansion that I witnessed as a journalist; Obama, again, whose lawyers argued for the right to imprison journalist Chris Hedges without charge or trial, under the 2012 NDAA, a shocking piece of legislation that allows the President to detain anyone indefinitely without due process. It was he who presided over the violent, co-ordinated 2011 crackdown by DHS against the Occupy Wall Street movement, which could have been a dress rehearsal for today’s even more escalated violence against protesters.      

The war on whistleblowers intensified under President Obama’s Department of Justice: He subpoenaed reporters such as James Risen. He advanced the prosecution of Chelsea Manning. President Obama went after more people under the Espionage Act than had any previous President, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Examples of his push to build up further the structures of fascism he inherited, could go on and on. 

But since he was a telegenic President with an uplifting rhetorical style, not to mention the otherwise inspiring fact that he was our first President of color, these abuses of democratic processes went disregarded by the left and by most mainstream media. 

The problem with Fascistic processes and institutions being built up, though, is that then they are there for the next President, the one you don’t like, to use and to abuse. And here we are.

Step Ten of the Ten Steps of Fascism

Obviously, we are in an endgame, a catastrophic slide to lasting authoritarianism, as I documented here.

We have very little time before we reach a point of no return.

As I’ve often pointed out, democracies don’t close arithmetically but geometrically – that is, there is a slow slide during which citizens can indeed turn events in another direction, using democracy itself; but then, in the playbook of fascism, there will be a sudden coordinated shock, after which no return is possible; history shows it’s extraordinarily difficult for a nation or people to retrieve a collapsed democratic civil society that recently had a rule of law. Even then, bloodshed, arrests, suppression and anguish are the future, often for years or generations.

So in the interest of avoiding that at all costs, I am saying what the playbook holds so that we might avoid that desperate future still. I’ll also explain how the very real COVID crisis is being used to move things rapidly along.

Obviously President Trump is familiar with fascism’s playbook and has moved briskly to execute it in three years. He’s not, as the left likes to state, a terrible President. He is a terrible President in a democratic context; he is fantastically effective at turning a democracy into a tyranny and has moved with tremendous skill, speed and strategy to put in place all the elements of a totalitarian society. (I use the terms “fascist” and “totalitarian” interchangeably to stress how much the authoritarian execution of right and left, are identical in techniques and outcomes, though they differ in symbolism).

At the same time as President Trump is moving swiftly through the fascist’s traditional playbook, the left is also seeking authoritarian control, if less efficiently, in mirroring ways. 

The Ten Steps to Fascism in the moment of now

President Trump did not have to “Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy,” Step One, as we go down each of the ten steps to Fascism.

When he took office, ISIS was the real and terrifying threat that also was invoked to justify the erasure of our liberties. But since March 2020, the COVID pandemic has served in that useful role for both left and right and, you may notice, has thoroughly eclipsed ISIS fears. 

Neither Trump nor Biden needs to create secret violent prisons (Step Two), as Guantanamo is still open; but Trump has turned ICE into a steward of prisons without accountability which even members of Congress cannot enter, and has made a spectacle of separating families, losing children, and leaving people to sleep on hard floors with aluminum blankets – none of which would pass International Red Cross inspection. Bill Moyers noted that agents of Custom and Border Patrol, wearing military uniforms, were deployed violently to constrain protest in Portland and Chicago: ‘Trump is turning the officers of the executive branch into the president’s private army.”

This militarization of domestic police forces and the brutality of incarceration – which started with George W Bush but also escalated under Barack Obama – means that the violent arrest and unaccountable prison experience has come home to our shores.

Step Three involves the use of militias. President Trump has spoken positively of violence and tweeted others’ threats of “civil war.” Indeed at a 2017 rally in Charlottesville, VA, a white nationalist killed a woman and injured 35 other people. President Trump spoke of “very fine people, on both sides.”

Mehdi Hassan of The Intercept lists some of his invitations to violence: If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of ‘em, would you? Seriously. [Crowd cheers.]”

     “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”

     “Maybe he should’ve been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting, what he was doing.” 

     “Try not to hurt ’em. If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.” 

After armed neofascist groups stormed state capitals to protest the lockdown —  “the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers  openly threatened any police officers who enforce stay-at-home orders, or try and prevent anti-lockdown rallies” – the President praised as “responsible people” and “very good people.” 

Hassan warns: “is this a preview of what’s going to happen in November? Are these right-wing militias — these domestic terrorists — with their guns, and their masks, and their combat gear, and with the encouragement not just of Alex Jones-types on Infowars or Judge Jeanines on Fox News, but also with the encouragement of the man in the White House, will they take to the streets to dispute the presidential election results? Will they riot on behalf of a defeated Trump?”

The left-wing Antifa movement is also extraordinarily violent for an American protest movement, so these violent militias, replete with confirmed infiltrators and provocateurs, exist now on both “sides” of the political divide. But this bilateral violence is also good for would-be tyrants. In a closing society, instability and provocation are both useful to autocrats: these create an excuse for the declaration of a state of emergency and consequent suspension of the rule of law. 

Step Four of the ten steps to fascism is to set up an internal surveillance system. The COVID pandemic allows for this with “track and trace”, a development we will address in the second essay.

Step Five, “infiltrate and harass citizens’ groups,” really isn’t necessary any longer, as people gathering in groups can’t be effective now in any long term way. The COVID lockdown has basically suspended citizens’ groups. People can wear masks briefly to gather and protest, but the ban on gatherings of groups of more than six, or more than ten, depending on where you are, pretty much takes care of any effective confidential citizen activism. 

Step six is: Engage in arbitrary detention and release. In Portland, “[p]ersonal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation about why they are being arrested, and driving off.”

Step seven is to target key individuals. Again this step is no longer as necessary, as COVID restrictions really keep new leaders from arising to move populations and keep new ideas from activating groups in any sustained way. But established influencers on the left of center in the UK and the US have been targeted by Cambridge Analytica-type reputational attacks from the right for about a decade. These are multifaceted and include calls to workplaces, legal actions, bots and troll farm attacks and other reputational assaults. Climate scientist Michael Mann describes such rightwing harassment in The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, and Jane Mayer describes it in her book Dirty Money 

The Trump administration goes further, though, and targets individuals in its own government: it targets those who serve in government oversight bodies:

President Trump targets citizens who challenge him: he singled out a Twitter employee who dared to fact-check a tweet of his: He targets individual reports: he used Twitter to imply that TV host Joe Scarborough had murdered a Congressional aide in 2001, which is false.

Fear of retribution for speech chills leadership and dissent in a closing society. But COVID-19 lockdown intensifies this weakening of democracy because new ideas and leaders are constrained from reaching audiences by being dependent on digital algorithms. If the “lockdown” lasts indefinitely, and existing leaders are attacked and undermined, the people will have no one to whom to turn when the final would-be shock, takes place. 

Step Eight is to control the press. Pres. Trump has called the press an “enemy of the people” – notably, a Stalinist term, used against Nikolai Bukharin in the 1938 show trial that led to his execution.

President Trump, as we know, assails news outlets as “Fake News” and attains control by such distortions of fact that the press cannot do its traditional job effectively at all, as readers can no longer tell truth from fiction; this is a methodology used by Soviet and now Russian propagandists as well to invalidate the news media.

Step Nine casts criticism as “espionage” and dissent as “treason.” President Trump has charged “a dozen people and entities of treason,” according to The Washington Post, though a total of 30 people has been charged with that capital crime in all of American history. He stated that the Democrats pursuing impeachment hearing should be charged with “treason” and arrested.

Step Ten is: Subvert the rule of law, and replace it with martial or military law. 

We are here. This is the last step, the endgame of every bid for authoritarian power. I will tell you in this series of essays, just what we can expect for the next two months and ten days, and after that. 

And I will explain how the COVID-19 pandemic hastens this closing of democracy, and helps the autocrats

Naomi Wolf on The End of America