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Case vs Infection – The COVID Con

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Every state in the union is enforcing some sort of lockdown or restriction of its people due to “extremely high case counts” for COVID-19.

I have explained many times in social media posts and discussions with people I know how the case count alone is a meaningless metric and basing government policy decisions on this statistic alone is an example of profound ignorance at best and malicious intent at worst.

Jon Rappaport, an investigative journalist who has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and reported on major television news networks over the past 30 years, has decided to take a deep dive into the COVID-19 data, the way its been reported by the media, and the confusion surrounding the pandemic since it was first announced.

Here are some of his findings as posted on his personal website, where he clearly cites credible sources including official sources such as the CDC, WHO, and NIH.

The lockdowns are based on high levels of COVID cases.

“We have so many new cases, we have to lock down.”

This claim is based on the diagnostic PCR test.

The more tests you do, the more positive results come up. A positive result is taken to mean: the person is infected with the virus.

But overwhelmingly, these so-called “infected” people have no symptoms. They are healthy. Nevertheless, each one is called a “COVID case.” This is absurd.

A case should mean the person has clinical symptoms; he is sick.

These people aren’t sick, and there is no indication they will get sick.

So…expand testing, test millions of people, obtain results claiming “infection,” call all these healthy people “cases,” and order lock downs.

IS THE PCR TEST DECEPTIVE?

You need one piece of background here.

The PCR test is run in “cycles.” Each cycle is a quantum leap in amplifying or magnifying the original tiny, tiny piece of material taken from the patient’s swab sample. It’s like blowing up a small photo to an amazing size.

The question is: how many cycles should the PCR test be run at? This is vital issue, because the number of cycles changes the result.

July 16, 2020, podcast, “This Week in Virology” [1]: Tony Fauci makes a point of saying the PCR COVID test is useless and misleading when the test is run at “35 cycles or higher.” A positive result, indicating infection, cannot be accepted or believed.

Here, in techno-speak, is an excerpt from Fauci’s key quote (starting at about the 4-minute mark [1]): “…If you get [perform the test at] a cycle threshold of 35 or more…the chances of it being replication-competent [aka accurate] are miniscule…you almost never can culture virus [detect a true positive result] from a 37 threshold cycle…even 36…”

Too many cycles, and the test will turn up all sorts of irrelevant material that will be wrongly interpreted as relevant.

That’s called a false positive.

What Fauci failed to say on the video is: the FDA, which authorizes the test for public use, recommends the test should be run up to 40 cycles. Not 35.

Therefore, all labs in the US that follow the FDA guideline are knowingly or unknowingly participating in fraud. Fraud on a monstrous level, because…

Millions of Americans are being told they are infected with the virus on the basis of a false positive result, and…

The total number of COVID cases in America—which is based on the test—is a gross falsity.

The lockdowns and other restraining measures are based on these fraudulent case numbers.

Let me back up and run that by you again. Fauci says the test is useless when it’s run at 35 cycles or higher. The FDA says run the test up to 40 cycles, in order to determine whether the virus is there. 

See the problem?

On December 3, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and the Florida state Department of Health announced that they are requiring labs to report number of PCR test cycles in all COVID tests. Rappaport continues:

COVID testing labs never tell doctors or patients how the PCR test is run.

This means the number of cycles is a secret.

A cycle is a step up in amplification of the tissue sample taken from the patient.

As even Tony Fauci has asserted, tests run at 35 cycles or above are useless. They’re also misleading. The results tend to be positive, meaning the patient is “infected with the virus.” But this is false.

However, as I’ve also reported, the CDC and the FDA recommend that the test should be run at up to 40 cycles.[2] [3] This is a direct hustle. It ensures false positives and higher COVID case numbers—used as justification for lockdowns.

Now, the state of Florida is doing something unheard of. It’s demanding that labs report the “cycle threshold” for every test they run.

Here is the relevant wording in a release from the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, and the state Department of Health, dated December 3, 2020 [4]:

“Cycle threshold (CT) values and their reference ranges, as applicable, must be reported by laboratories to FDOH via electronic laboratory reporting or by fax immediately.”

“If your laboratory is not currently reporting CT values and their reference ranges, the lab should begin reporting this information to FDOH within seven days of the date of this memorandum.”

We can assume there is only one reason for this order. The Florida governor and the Department of Health are aware that tests run at 35 cycles or higher are useless and misleading, and they want to stop this crime.

Imagine what happens if the trend of “new COVID cases” in Florida soon takes a sudden dip and keeps on falling—because labs are finally telling the truth. Because their deceptive test results are being rejected. The con will be exposed.

And imagine other states following Florida’s example.

People can’t make good choices for themselves, their families, or their communities if they are uninformed or misinformed. The politicization of COVID, the use of it to restrict the freedoms of American citizens, and the division it has and is creating is, in my opinion, being done with malicious intent by powers within America and beyond our borders who wish for global dominance and rule and see the United States as the one obstacle in their path.

Standing for truth isn’t always easy or popular, in fact it’s more often neither, but we are beyond the time for complacence. It’s time to choose where you’ll stand, but do so on verifiable trusted sources of information.

Hint: It isn’t in the established media of old.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Vy6fgaBPE

[2] https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/12/03/lockdowns-are-based-on-fraud-open-letter-to-people-who-want-freedom/ 

[3] https://www.fda.gov/media/134922/download

[4] https://www.flhealthsource.gov/files/Laboratory-Reporting-CT-Values-12032020.pdf

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Written by DCL

December 10, 2020 at 11:14 am

Posted in Health, News

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A Life of Liberty Or A Life of Lockdown?

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Lockdown ProtestersDeath is part of life.

SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 or Coronavirus or whatever name you give it, is NEVER going away.

So what do we do? Dig holes and bury ourselves forever?

The last known case of Smallpox was in Samalia in 1977. It is the ONLY disease to be considered eradicated by science, but there are some who say it could come back. Think about that. In the history of mankind we have managed to eliminate only one infectious disease. We have vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, the flu, and many others. All of these diseases still exist. All of these diseases still infect millions of people every year and all of these diseases still take precious lives away from families.

Yet, in our 244 years as a nation, we have never, in our public health history, done what we are doing now. We have never shut down all economic activity for any length of time. We have never forced people, on a national scale, to stay in their homes with legal consequences if they leave. We have never arrested our citizens for exercising their God given and constitutionally mandated rights to make a legal living. Never at any time in our history have we completely ignored the Constitution of the United States, because of a disease, with such a broad and sweeping decree.

Yet every day, with continued testing, this virus is proving to be much much less than the angel of death some politicians and news media continue to tell us it is.

Initially the concern was for hospitals and the belief that the infection would spread so rapidly and be so deadly that our health care system would be overrun and unable to cope with the massive numbers. Of course, that never happened nationwide and only a handful of major cities saw overcrowded hospitals. A majority of people who test positive — more than 80 percent in some states — are never hospitalized. A fact our national media still refuses to acknowledge or report. For some bizarre reason, the news media continues to cling to the doomsday prophets and their computer-generated pandemic models.

Testing continues to prove the panic peddlers wrong. One of the first large-scale antibody tests was conducted in Heinsberg, Germany, where 14% of the population had antibodies to the virus. By comparing the estimated number of uncounted infections with recorded deaths, the study suggested that coronavirus’ death rate is as low as 0.37% compared to a 3.4% case fatality rate estimated by the WHO and 0.1% for seasonal influenza. Researchers from Columbia University recently estimated that only 1 in 12 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are documented, which they said would translate to an infection fatality rate of about 0.6%, as reported by The Washington Post.

Every day that you get out of bed and walk out of your house you are at risk of dying. That’s life.

The fact is you are at a higher risk of dying from getting in your car to go wait in line at Costco than you are of dying from catching this virus in that Costco line. We’ve got to stop being paralyzed by fear and and we’ve got to get the country back to work and people back to productive lives. We cannot continue to remain stagnant as a nation or we won’t be a nation for much longer.

It’s probably too late to save us from all of the damage this unnecessarily broad shutdown has caused to our nation’s economy. 1 of every 4 workers in America has filed for unemployment benefits. The grand total of unemployed Americans from this pandemic is a whopping 38.6 million as of May 21, 2020. Georgia’s early move to start easing stay-at-home restrictions nearly a month ago has done little to stem the state’s flood of unemployment claims — illustrating how hard it is to bring jobs back while consumers are still afraid to go outside. Not to mention the idiotic decision to pay people more to NOT work than they can make at their regular jobs. It has become abundantly clear our elected officials had no clue what they were creating with their reactionary policies, based solely on “predictive models” from the beginning. This leaves me to wonder if we will ever learn the folly of relying solely on predictive data for real time decision making. Has the Global Warming debate taught us nothing on this front?

The economic damage and the unintended consequences of this lockdown are even more poignant when considering this survey data gathered by the Census Bureau.

Nearly half of Americans say that either their incomes have declined or they live with another adult who has lost pay through a job loss or reduced hours, the Census Bureau said in survey data released Wednesday.

More than one-fifth of Americans said they had little or no confidence in their ability to pay the next month’s rent or mortgage on time, the survey found.

We see the commercials of companies sharing their sympathies with those hit hardest by the lockdown and suggesting they’re willing to help. But how sympathetic and how helpful will they really be when it’s all said and done and we are back to whatever “normal” will be when everything reopens? Economic reality says they can’t just forgive every debt, although, the Democrats will surely fly in on their magic carpets to shout for “debt forgiveness for everyone!” Of course we never considered Democrats to be economically literate in the first place, but it will make for good political theater.

The bottom line: We Overreacted. We took this lockdown way too far and in the process we created new factions and tribes engaged in meme wars on social media and in some cases real wars of words with shouting matches in stores, real violence in the streets, and sadly, people actually killing each other. The talking heads on TV and their ever willing partners in politics tell us everyday how terrible and deadly and dangerous the virus is seemingly ignoring the real data to continue peddling their panic driven narrative.

All this has done is create more division.

We have the Virtue Signaling Masked Avengers vs the Defiant Un-masked Horde. The Stay at Home Shamers vs the Stick it Up Your @#$% Openers. The Predictive Modeling Doomsday Prophets vs the 99.9% Survival Rate Evangelists. We’ve seen a church burned to the ground by “pro-quarantine fascists” who were determined to teach those church-going, lockdown-defying Christians a lesson, scrawling on the pavement the words “Bet you stay home now you hypokrites.” They can’t spell but they can light a match. This is where we are in 2020.

Yet in the midst of all of this noise and anger is great kindness and compassion being expressed by the vast majority of Americans toward their neighbors and those in their communities. It is times like this when we realize how vulnerable we really are and how important it is to have those neighborly friendships and bonds, how important our family ties become, and how precious and fragile liberty and freedom can be. Yes, there is a lot of negative energy swirling in the winds of COVID-19, but I believe the positive will once again, as it did in 2001 and 9/11, overcome and subdue the anger and pain. That’s what I hope we’ll see in the “new normal.”

There is one thing we all need to take a good hard look at and that’s how and who we choose as our leaders. We, the voters, must share some blame in all of this. The people we have put and continue to put into office at all levels have failed us. The vast majority of them have proven themselves to be anything BUT public servants. We have put people in office who have, time and time again, shown us with their actions while contradicting their own words where their loyalties really lie and it isn’t with us. Self-service is the norm in DC and in too many state and local governments in this country. That has to change.

First we MUST make sure our elections have integrity, checks and balances, and transparency. Ballots should be cast in person. If we can stand in line at Costco and the liquor store we can stand in line at the polls. If we need to extend the time to vote due to large turnout then do it. We’re a large nation with millions of people. If it takes several days to give everyone the chance to enter a polling station then that’s what we do. We can not allow our elections to be changed and manipulated by the whims of those who rule us or they will rule us forever.

Perhaps, just perhaps, this experience will lead to a political Renaissance where true public servants come to the fore who are there to serve for a limited time and then let someone else have a turn. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Perhaps our younger generations will see the flaws that got us here and realize only free and unfettered elections without restriction or party interference will bring the change that’s needed. One can only hope.

And one final question; when will our leaders learn the lesson of one size does not fit all? Maybe after the Renaissance…

Open the country and let people begin to work on salvaging their lives and moving forward through the risks and dangers life always has and always will present. Let the chips fall where they may.

Life is hard and there is a reason for that, but that is a topic for another post.

If that sounds harsh and callous so be it.

Written by DCL

May 24, 2020 at 11:21 am

Posted in Health, News