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For years I have been watching what little intelligence the human race ever had slowly evaporate before my eyes as governments built up arsenals of thermonuclear and biowarfare weapons that they cannot use without destroying us all. So many important social needs are forsaken, such as a national health service, in order to acquire useless weapons of mass destruction. My opinion of human intelligence is currently being reinforced by the hysteria over the attempts, however inadequate, to protect us from the consequences of a virus about which little is known.

The precautions of social distancing, masks, and closedowns are under attack both from uninformed laypersons and from some doctors and scientists. It is better to do nothing, they say, because the precautions cause more deaths from suicides caused by depression resulting from social isolation and from people afraid of going to hospitals for treatment of other life-threatening issues than die from Covid-19. Moreover, the precautions shut down the economy, which threatens life in additional ways, and prevent “herd immunity” from forming. According to this view, it is better to accept the deaths and illness in order to gain immunity.

The herd immunity argument is made despite reported cases of reinfection and studies of recovered people that find insufficient antibodies to convey immunity. Tests of the Covid vaccines on which hopes are placed have so far found that the antibodies produced by the vaccines do not protect against the virus itself. Some specialists have expressed concern that herd immunity against coronaviruses (the common cold, for example) might be more of a hope than a reality because of the nature of coronaviruses as well as their mutations. Those who doubt these concerns or find them inconvenient wave them away as false reports and fake news.

As there are so many conflicting opinions from experts, every side has studies to cite. Moreover, studies are contaminated by researchers who have ties to Big Pharma and by researchers who abide by inside-the-box orthodoxy and refuse to risk going outside the box to think differently. Unless you are well-grounded in virology, microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, and have experience in treating patients and can come to your own conclusion based on facts and experience, you have no way of knowing what to believe. You can shy away from studies contaminated by private agendas, but otherwise you are on your own.

I have attempted to make the various issues clear for readers, but many do not want the issues clarified. They want to use the virus for ideological, political, and financial reasons. They support explanations that further their interests and attack explanations that do not.

Let us consider the matter of masks. Initially, public authorities were criticized for being unprepared and having no masks for those treating Covid patients and for the general public. The absence of masks might have been one reason for the closedowns and for the initial, and now abandoned, public health advice that healthy people shouldn’t wear masks. The flip-flopping of public authorities on masks reflects the availability of masks. When masks were unavailable, to avoid criticism for unpreparedness, public authorities, such as the director of the CDC, testified that healthy people shouldn’t wear them and sick people should stay at home. When masks became available, some governors mandated that they be worn in public. This tells us nothing about the effectiveness of masks.

Previously it was “healthy people don’t need masks.” Now it is that “healthy people are harmed by masks.” The argument that masks make the healthy ill is nonsensical. One of the arguments is that a healthy person (presumably an uninfected one) increases his viral load by breathing in and out the virus trapped in the mask. But how does a healthy person inhale a sickness he does not have? How does the virus get inside the protective mask? The people who would build viral loads are the infected using using a N-95 or higher mask without a respirator valve. This is why they are told to stay at home and not go out. If they use a mask with a respirator value, the virus escapes the mask when they exhale and does nothing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Another nonsensical argument is that people wearing masks experience a buildup of CO2 inside the mask and that breathing a higher concentration of CO2 has adverse effects on health. Some are said to have fainted and caused car accidents from CO2 buildup from wearing a mask while driving. But somehow surgeons involved in multi-hour operations wear masks without fainting. Researchers who spend their lives in labs wearing masks to protect themselves from the dangerous substances with which they work are not dropping dead from CO2 poisoning. But if such were to develop, the solution is to use a mask with respirator valve which allows them to breathe out but not breathe in dangerous substances.

The hype that isolation kills more people than the virus is a massive exaggeration. All the alleged “quarantine” amounts to is an effort to keep vulnerable people away from crowds. During the entire period of the so-called Lockdown, my neighbors and I walked through the neighborhood enjoying the sunshine, went to the supermarkets for provisions and to Ace hardware for home maintenance materials and spring plantings. We picked up carry-out meals from restaurants. We experienced nothing comparable to prison or to isolation such as is inflicted on Julian Assange and Manning. If Americans are so mentally and emotionally weak that they cannot stay at home for a few weeks without killing themselves, how do prisoners survive? Where is empathy for prisoners confined for lifetimes?

ORDER IT NOW

Some commentators claim that the virus is a plot to manufacture fear among the population and to herd us into mass vaccinations and a police state. There is no doubt that some are trying to use the virus in this way. However, the main cause of the fear is the uncertainty about the virus. No one knows whether he will become infected or whether his case will be mild or deadly. No one knows if those treating him will use effective means or kill him with a ventilator. No one knows the long-term implications of infection of different severities. On top of all of this we have self-interested agendas affecting the outcomes.

Treatment is the greatest uncertainty. For known health threats there are known treatments. For this virus, what appear to be effective treatments hit upon by doctors seeking effective means of treatment, such as intravenous Vitamin C and HCQ/zinc are disputed for profit reasons. These are low cost treatments that negate the need for expensive new drugs and vaccines. Every report by practicing doctors of a successful treatment is contradicted by a report from Big Pharma-compromised researchers proving its danger or ineffectiveness. The best example, perhaps, is the report from the French medical team led by Didier Raoult (in the archives of my website) that the 4,000 Covid patients he treated with the HCQ combination had a mortality rate of 0.009% and not a single death from heart problems. Raoult’s report was quickly countered by a “study” conducted by doctors uninvolved in Covid treatment that was rushed into publication in The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal. This study reported that Covid patients treated with HCQ had mortality rates ranging from 5.1 to 13.8%.

The Lancet study was used to close down the clinical trial of HCQ by the World Health Organization and used by the French, Belgium, and Italian governments to withdraw permission for HCQ treatment. The flawed Lancet study was accepted because it was an official study published in a peer-reviewed professional journal, and Raoult’s report was a report from practioners in the field. Big Pharma-compromised Dr. Fauci dismissed Raoult’s report as anecdotal.

Little wonder that there is fear when people see public health officials aligned with Big Pharma’s profits against the health of the public. The fear is not a product of contrived fear-mongering. It is the product of the public’s awareness that the deck is stacked against them and that the goal is not their health but profit. It is the same fear that was felt by people dehydrating and starving while trapped in suffocating attics and on hot rooftops in New Orleans flooded by Katrina waiting day after day for rescue that never came.

The purpose of the closedowns was to reduce the infection rate in order to prevent medical facilities from being overwhelmed and to form a baseline estimate of how dangerous the virus would be. Faced with a virus about which little was known, with rapidly rising infections, meager health care capability, and no known treatment, authorities had no choice but to try to reduce the infection rate. It is nonsensical in the extreme to say that measures that prevent exposure don’t work and are pointless. It is obvious that the closedowns and preventative measures reduced the rate of infection and prevented many areas from having health care and funeral services overwhelmed. Anyone who thinks NY City, Wuhan, and northern Italy were not ravaged by the virus is disconnected from reality.

Reopening doesn’t mean that the threat has passed. It could worsen. We don’t know how the virus will mutate or whether reopening will give its spread a second wind. Studies, for what they are worth, report that there are already a number of mutations of the virus. Given the lack of information and understanding and the many agendas operating, caution is the only responsible course.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. ‘The herd immunity argument is made despite reported cases of reinfection and studies of recovered people that find insufficient antibodies to convey immunity. Tests of the Covid vaccines on which hopes are placed have so far found that the antibodies produced by the vaccines do not protect against the virus itself.”

    I was surprised anyone even openly advanced herd immunity. The implications are very stark. Allow the population to get infected and hose ever left will establish a base for immunity for the whole in the future.

    I am unclear how one would manage a gradual infection of an entire population, but the end result remains the same. Suppose it takes five years for that population to develop the immunity required. Suppose as you note, there are mutations and the disease itself responds to the attempts of the body to defend itself. Mutations that would require another round of herd infections . . . .

    I like caution and gradual approaches as well — we are living in interesting times.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  2. Deza says:

    Big pharma and bill gates will be happy about this article. The last one i read from PGR.

    • Agree: Getaclue
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  3. Dr. Roberts neglects to mention the Cambridge Working Group 2014 Call to Action on deadly man made Pandemic Pathogens produced in USA Biosecurity Level Four laboratories post-2014. He is also neglecting to mention that the Trump administration is singlehandedly responsible for the reinstated funding for USA BSL-4 research in 2017.

    SARS-2-nCoV-19 is in fact a deadly man made Pandemic Pathogen that was produced in a USA BSL-4 laboratory before the deadly Pandemic Pathogen was deployed in Wuhan China. The forensic genetic fingerprint is unmistakable & can only be of USA origin given the technological molecular manipulations involved pre-pandemic outbreak in Wuhan.

    If the Trump administration had not vetoed the 2014 CWG Call to Action on Gain of Function Dual Use Pandemic Pathogens we would not now be evidencing SARS-2-nCoV-19 contagion worldwide.
    Moreover, the so-called ‘Herd Immunity Thesis’ is only applicable in the case of a naturally occurring conronavirus, but SARS-2-nCoV-19 is a novel Coronavirus which means that it is a newly derived rDNA retrovirus which is NOT natural, Professor Roberts.

    The United States of America is wholly responsible for this Pandemic Pathogen worldwide contagion via signed legislation to allow the continuation of BSL-4 research which was flatly condemned by our Cambridge Working Group in 2014, BuckO.

    see the Publications part of the website, doc.

    http://www.cambridgeworkinggroup.org/

    And remember who told you that this is a real deal bioweapon, eh.

    RW

    • Thanks: Ultrafart the Brave
  4. gsjackson says:

    “The flip-flopping of public authorities on masks reflects the availability of masks.”

    No, it reflects their desire to produce as depressed, demoralized and fearful an electorate as possible in November. Whatever this virus may have been originally, in the U.S. it is now an ax to wield against Trump, the immediate successor to Russiagate and Ukrainegate. Why this isn’t evident to PCR is mystifying, though I guess personal health concerns can cloud ones vision. God knows what will be tried next if their internal polls show this isn’t working. A more potent bio-weapon, WWIII?

    PCR would be well served to read some of his commenters here, so he wouldn’t have to keep thrashing at strawmen when discussing the health hazards of mask wearing. It’s not about sucking the virus back in. Healthy people don’t even really think about the virus, they think about their immune system and the things that compromise it, like cortisol created by the stress of wearing masks. I’d like to see some health studies done on the poor people who have been required to wear one at work all day for the last couple months.

    • Agree: Getaclue
  5. Anon[198] • Disclaimer says:

    The weak of body will die, as on any day. That the weak of mind will seek self-destruction is also self-evident. And the mask conditions? Anyone with a modicum of biology coursework can understand that viruses will penetrate any cotton mask, and will adhere to the skin and breach mucous membranes. If this panic were real the bodies would be stacked every morning. This should be evident to any bloody fool. But the cowardly will always be led by fear and more than willing to turn to a totalitarian state to ‘protect’ them. Tikum Olam will protect you goys!

  6. “Re-infection” is scare propaganda. Why do people get the flu every year? Because it mutates and it’s in effect a different virus.

  7. JasonT says:

    Reports from doctors in the field in connection with death certificates are important, for example:
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-19-why-you-cant-trust-any-statistics-number-victims/5714415

    Reports on how the rules for filling out death certificates have been changed in at least some jurisdictions are also important, for example:
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/were-conditions-high-death-rates-care-homes-created-purpose/5714251

    Actions and policies of the people in charge are also important, for example:
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/howard-zucker-scarlet-letter/5713887

    These are just three examples I found in a few minutes of searching. It is apparent to me that the COVID-19 death rates have been elevated well beyond that for which this virus outbreak is actually responsible.

    Yes the fear is real, it is just not grounded in reality. But fear has always been the most effective way of making people do and want things that are not in their best interest or the best interest of society.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Realist
  8. Saggy says: • Website

    What this article is missing is the real problem, and that is the US is not acting aggressively enough to control the virus. Testing is inadequate, contact tracing is non-existent, the ‘lockdowns’ were half-hearted. Health-care workers are put in jeopardy. The virus continues, with 20,000+ new cases yesterday. And that’s all OK, let’s talk about the ‘politics’ of the virus, that what’s important.

    • Replies: @Biff
  9. Biff says:
    @Saggy

    What this article is missing is the real problem, and that is the US is not acting aggressively enough to control the virus. Testing is inadequate, contact tracing is non-existent, the ‘lockdowns’ were half-hearted.

    What you don’t understand is what you propose would cost the ruling elite money, which is why the paroles don’t have health care to begin with. Money flows in one direction as an extractive society from poor to rich – very little is returned as a good or a service – such as real health care, or a health care system built on a foundation with healthy people in mind.

  10. swamped says:

    “Unless you are well-grounded in virology, microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, and have experience in treating patients and can come to your own conclusion based on facts and experience, you have no way of knowing what to believe”…but despite having none of that myself either, “I have attempted to make the various issues clear for readers”, but alas, “many do not want the issues clarified” i.e. they won’t shut up & believe me. “They want to use the virus for ideological, political, and financial reasons. They support explanations that further their interests and attack explanations that do not”…unlike those of us who so generously condescend to “clarify” these issues to you rubes & are entirely unaffected by any personal interests ourselves, you see.
    “Let us consider the matter of masks…When masks were unavailable, to avoid criticism for unpreparedness, public authorities, such as the director of the CDC, testified that healthy people shouldn’t wear them and sick people should stay at home. When masks became available, some governors mandated that they be worn in public. This tells us nothing about the effectiveness of masks”…quite – but WHO has told us something about the effectiveness of masks, stating: ‘Currently there is not enough evidence for or against the use of masks (medical or other) for healthy individuals in the wider community.’ More importantly perhaps, CDC’s flipflop does tells us everything about the honesty of “‘public authorities.” If they knew that masks worked – & could prove it (then or now) – but just didn’t have any available, then that’s what they should have said. To deliberately lie to “avoid criticism” is blatantly dishonest & insulting to the American public. And why no one should ever believe them again. And anyone who alibis for them is in the same boat. Whether it’s CNN, MSNBC or IPE, it’s still the same boatload of fake news. It may be alright for timorous old men in their McMansions in affluent exurbs of GA to enjoy their Lockdown vacation – & luckily, their governor had enough sense to be the first state to re-open – but those not so well off have more urgent ideological, political & especially financial questions to contend with. To exploit Julian Assange & no-first-name Manning to try & keep working class & freedom loving Americans in extended isolation for the benefit of the affluent leisure class shows empathy for neither. “The main cause of the fear is the uncertainty”…about how the whole scare campaign is being used by “public authorities” & Senior snowflakes forever urging vague “caution” to make lockdown the ‘new normal’. Enough.

    • Agree: idrankwhat
  11. I won’t pile on about how PCR has lost the plot. He and RU will eventually realize they’ve been bamboozled about this virus, albeit in different ways. Most importantly, it is not as lethal as they want you to believe: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-way-covid-deaths-are-being-counted-is-a-national-scandal

    But I do agree with PCR that there has been an egregious cover-up of the efficacy of hydroxychloriqine/azithromycin/zinc treatment when administered early in the course of infection.

    See this rebuttal of the Lancet paper that was used by WHO to shut down clinical studies of this treatment: https://www.medicineuncensored.com/a-study-out-of-thin-air

  12. Anonymous[406] • Disclaimer says:
    @Deza

    Thanks for sharing your feelings with us, Deza. This is why I visit UNZ.

    You could have tried explaining why you won’t read PCR’s articles from now on but this will have to do. At least I don’t have to worry about the state of Deza’s feelings anymore.

  13. meamjojo says:

    “The argument that masks make the healthy ill is nonsensical. One of the arguments is that a healthy person (presumably an uninfected one) increases his viral load by breathing in and out the virus trapped in the mask. But how does a healthy person inhale a sickness he does not have?”

    Fine. Then WHY does the healthy person have to wear a mask if they aren’t sick? If the argument is that they may be asymptomatic carriers, then indeed, they would be rebreathing in the virus, no?

    But asymptomatic transmission has yet to be actually PROVEN in controlled lab studies. Don’t believe me. But how about the WHO?

    “There are few reports of laboratory-confirmed cases who are truly asymptomatic, and to date, there has been no documented asymptomatic transmission.”
    https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200402-sitrep-73-covid-19.pdf.

    You can’t eat your cake and yet have it also Paul. You appear to like to use the word nonsensical and that is exactly what you always long-winded articles appear to be.

  14. meamjojo says:

    Another nonsensical argument is that people wearing masks experience a buildup of CO2 inside the mask and that breathing a higher concentration of CO2 has adverse effects on health.

    More nonsense writing! Stick to economics Paul, you are in over your head when it comes to science.

    The human body is a system of finely tuned parts working together as a whole. One of the ways that the brain determines how much oxygen you need is by the amount of CO2 remaining in your lungs after each breath. By wearing a mask, you screw up this measurement. There are plenty of links about people wearing masks and getting headaches, including MD’s.

  15. meamjojo says:

    Let us consider the matter of masks.

    Indeed. How about this reference?

    Masks Don’t Work: A review of science relevant to COVID-19 social policy
    Technical Report (PDF Available) · April 2020
    DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.14320.40967/1
    D. G. Rancourt
    36.72 – Ontario Civil Liberties Association

    Abstract
    Masks and respirators do not work. There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles. Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5 µm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective-dose is smaller than one aerosol particle. The present paper about masks illustrates the degree to which governments, the mainstream media, and institutional propagandists can decide to operate in a science vacuum, or select only incomplete science that serves their interests. Such recklessness is also certainly the case with the current global lockdown of over 1 billion people, an unprecedented experiment in medical and political history.

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340570735_Masks_Don't_Work_A_review_of_science_relevant_to_COVID-19_social_policy

  16. onebornfree says: • Website

    The issue [freedom of choice] here is so blindingly obvious, but I’m not surprised that Roberts fails to see it, given his revealed pro-government, anti-freedom proclivities over the years on sites such as LewRockwell.com , where he was consistently published [ I could never understand why, given these very clear, anti-freedom proclivities of his] .

    It all boils down to a simple matter of personal, individual choice.

    Roberts believes that he benefits by wearing a mask in public. So – there’s nothing to stop him – his beliefs about the safety and effectiveness of so doing are his responsibility, and his alone, no different than is the choice of whether to wear one is _their_ choice and _their_ responsibility alone. If doing so is actually detrimental to his health, then he will find out at some point and presumably stop wearing one.

    But that doesn’t appear to be enough for Roberts; because _he_ believes that masks are effective, and because he’s “right” he is consistently implying that everyone else should be forced [by government mandate] to do as he does, regardless of their own beliefs about a masks effectiveness and health benefits.

    Its no different regarding the issue of personal confinement. If Roberts wants to lock himself down at home, again, that his choice and his responsibility to so do.

    If so doing turns out to be actually detrimental to his health, again, that’s his responsibility, not mine or anyone elses.

    But no, Roberts is not to be satisfied by merely locking himself down; again, because _he_ wishes that choice for himself he implies [because he’s “right”] that everyone else “needs” to make the exact same choice [presumably because to not so do is a threat to his and others health, as he sees it].

    All that Roberts does here is dig himself deeper into the hole he’s already started to dig here.

    He is very plainly , and like practically all writers/commenters here, anti-freedom, anti-constitutionally limited government, anti- bill of rights; personal proclivities that he has repeatedly demonstrated on in the past, both here and elsewhere.

    “Government To The Rescue!”

    As always, his motto is [essentially no different from 99% of writers/commenters here] :

    “government to the rescue!”

    And yet, government solutions never work [accept to enrich and further empower the government and itssycophants].

    “Why Government Doesn’t Work”
    https://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Why_Government_Doesn%27t_Work

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic” H.L.Mencken

    No regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: Da's Reich
  17. GeeBee says:

    ‘the 4,000 Covid patients he treated with the HCQ combination had a mortality rate of 0.009%’

    Er, the maths you quote make no sense. If he treated 4,000 patients, and the minimum possible deaths (i.e. one person) occurred, that would be still be a mortality rate of 0.025% – around threee times greater than the 0.009 you cite.

  18. BigTony says:

    If this was a real plague we wouldn’t be arguing after 3 months if it’s a real plague.

    Less than 1% of the deaths Italy are to persons under 50. Get back to normal, sooner not later.

    Just because you have an apocalyptic fantasy doesn’t mean I should have one.

    • Agree: meamjojo, idrankwhat
  19. @EliteCommInc.

    Herd immunity is what we had before vaccines. It was claimed that in the 19th century, millions died from measles and millions more suffered from side effects, such as deafness or brain damage. It is claimed that in the 1920s, the fatality rate from measles caused pneumonia was 30%. In the 1950s, in the 6 years I attended elementary school, there were always kids sick with measles. My guess would be that more than half the school was infected over the course of those 6 years. No one died, that I, or any of my friends heard of. There were no kids that went deaf, and none that developed brain damage. In the late 50s it was claimed that more children died from measles than polio. I know 6 people that had polio, and three had permanent physical damage to limbs, while one developed post polio syndrome – difficulty breathing – 50 years later.
    Viruses are a fact of life, and always will be, because they mutate. This year`s flu may be last year`s flu that mutated. You may, or may not be susceptible. What is disturbing about this flu, and others in recent past, is that the mutations are, according to some, unnatural in the speed of mutation. Stopping the franken-labs would go a long way to stopping what has happened.

    • Agree: Ultrafart the Brave
  20. RVS says:

    More than two weeks ago the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled the governor’s shelter at home order. The governor and his media allies screamed that deaths would soar. They were wrong. Wisconsin is fine. The governor is either corrupt or stupid.

    https://www.maciverinstitute.com/2020/05/the-two-weeks-that-didnt-kill-wisconsin/

  21. onebornfree says: • Website

    “The governor is either corrupt or stupid.”

    Both.

    Regards, onebornfree

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