Memorial Day 2020 – The Fallen Soldier

The Fallen Soldier
Jocko Willink

I am the fallen soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine.

Remember me.

I am the one that held the line. Sometimes I volunteered. Sometimes I went because I was told to go.

But when the nation called—I answered.

In order to serve, I left behind the family, friends, and freedom that so many take for granted.

Over time, I used different weapons: a sword, a musket, a bayonet, a rifle, a machine gun.

Often, I marched into battle on foot. Other times, I rode to battle on horseback or in wagons; sometimes on trains; later in tanks or Jeeps or Humvees.

In early wars, my ships were made of wood and powered by the wind. Later they were made of steel and powered by diesel fuel or the atom. I even took to the air and mastered the sky in planes, helicopters, and jets. The machines of war evolved and changed with the times.

But remember that it was always me—the warrior—that had to fight our nation’s enemies.

I fought at Lexington and Concord as our nation was born.

I crossed the Delaware on Christmas day in 1776.

In the Civil War, I fought with my brothers—and against my brothers—at Gettysburg and Shiloh and Bull Run. I learned that we must never again divide.

In World War l, I marched on the Marne and held the line at Belleau Wood. The War to end all wars, they called it. I just called it hell.

In World War ll, I fought everywhere: the beaches of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, the hell of Guadalcanal. I stood against tyranny and kept darkness from consuming the world.

In Korea I landed at Inchon and broke out of the Chosin Reservoir. They called it the forgotten war—but I never forgot.

In Vietnam, I fought in the Mekong Delta, at Khe Sanh and Hamburger Hill. Some say my country wavered. But I did not waver. Ever.

In the recent past I have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Baghdad, Fallujah, and Ramadi. In Kunar, Helmand, and Kandahar.

As technology advanced, I used night vision goggles and global positioning systems and drones and lasers and thermal optics.

But it was still me, a human being, that did the work. It was me that patrolled up the mountains or across the desert or through the streets. It was me that suffered in merciless heat and bitter cold. It was me that went out, night after night, to confront our nation’s enemies and confront evil face to face.

It was me.

Remember me. I was a warrior.

But also remember: That I was not only a warrior. Remember also: that I was a son, a brother, a father. I was a daughter, a sister, a mother. I was a person—like you—a real person with hopes and dreams for the future.

I wanted to have children. I wanted to see my son score a touchdown or shoot the winning basket. I wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle. I wanted to kiss my wife again.

When I told her I would be with her until the end—I meant it. When I told my children I would always be there for them—I meant it.

But I gave all that away.

All of it.

On that distant battlefield, amongst the fear and the fire and the bullets. Or in the sky above enemy territory filled with flak. Or on the unforgiving sea where we fought against the enemy and against the depths of the abyss. There, in those awful places: I held the line.

I did not waver and I did not hesitate. I: The Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine. I stood my ground and sacrificed my life—my future, my hopes, my dreams. I sacrificed everything—for you.

This Memorial Day, remember me: the fallen warrior. And remember me not for my sake—but for yours. Remember what I sacrificed so you can truly appreciate the incredible treasures you have: Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness.

Family. Friends. And freedom. Never forget where it all came from. It came from sacrifice: The supreme sacrifice.

Live a life that honors us, the fallen heroes.

Remember us. And make every day … Memorial Day.

The Salem Witch Trials and Covid-19

The Salem Witch Trials and Covid-19
    In 1787, the Framers established a structure for our government that was intended to equip government to aid each citizen in securing those “unalienable Rights” “endowed by our Creator” – “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. Magnifying the power of the individual in political alliances, the Constitution intended responses of governments to be bound by justice for all, protecting the individual from the injustices of political power and encountered in human interaction. Whether from the power of the public majority, government itself, each other, or any force; the rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” were to be limited only by immutable Law. Truth was to set us free!
    After loosing their original charter from the English Crown in1684, the rule and order of law were abandoned to failed human invention in colonial Massachusetts from February 1692 to May 1693. At that time, they were under the charter of 1691 negotiated largely by the Mathers, particularly Cotton Mather. Until the unconstitutional chaos attending the SARS-CoV-2, Covid-19 pandemic, this was the glaring example reminding us of the consequences resulting from mass hysteria engulfing truth and justice for all. More, and repeated throughout history, it is the expression of what occurs when humanity moves beyond reason. Attempting to seek control of everything and anything that impacts or even has the potential to alter or effect our unending quests to seek pleasure and avoid pain, we constantly delude ourselves eternally in search of the proverbial fountain of youth and all the other failing human initiatives moving beyond reason. Arrogantly and unconfirmed by immutable Law, we constantly dream of control over indelible immutable natural laws. Even though over three hundred years have since elapsed, the Salem witch trials mirrored those never ending, never to be fulfilled desires of humanity now witnessed as the rule and order of law based on truth and justice for all framed in 1787 and spelled out in the Bill of Rights are ignored. Only incontrovertible truth confirmed by true science and uncorrupted history are intended to guide humanity’s endeavors and responses.
    Dying from suicide, lives destroyed by the loss of peoples’ ability to support their families, businesses lost, and all the other manifestations caused by failing to protect and defend the original intention of the Constitution, applicable and relevant to all societies, cultures, and governments everywhere, from enemies, foreign and domestic in 2020; people around the globe now suffer from the failure of governments to administer justice bound by the truth indelibly displayed by true science and unperverted uncorrupted history akin to that endured by those around Salem in the 1690s. The more than two hundred people accused in the Salem witch trials, the thirty found guilty, nineteen of whom were executed by hanging (fourteen women and five men), the one man, Giles Corey, pressed to death for refusing to plead guilty, and the, at least, five people who died in jail are small in number compared to those who suffered and continue to suffer from the injustices of failed governments around the world during this pandemic.
    Moving from the Revolution through the unspeakable tragedy and horror of the Civil War; the appeasements of evil and injustices tolerated resulting in the two World Wars; continuing through the destruction of the family caused by the welfare state; the tolerance of untruths and injustices in the political correctness agendas; the trashing of the order of law when the truth requisite for justice to obtain is destroyed by perjury; leaping to legislatures ignoring the fundamental tenet of our judicial system holding to innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt; criminals not being held accountable; to now petty political tyrants violating their oath of office and the Bill of Rights; and even the injustices of affirmative action are inexcusable. Just because a majority wants or accepts something, regardless of how they arrive there, does not make it right. Truth and justice, like freedom, are bound by immutable Law. Wake up America! We are under attack by enemies we elect to represent us.
    All that is to say that whether it is unwarranted quarantining; unjust taxation; unconscionable national debt, or requiring unproven unscientific behaviors; etc. to combat an invisible enemy; any response, whether tolerated by the majority, instituted by corrupt political power, driven by real fear or clear and present danger, cannot obstruct or take those “unalienable Rights” spelled out in the Bill of Rights. One tiny invisible virus, itself not alive, proclaims the sovereignty of the Creator of immutable Law and the grantor of those “unalienable Rights”.
    How does all this tie and link the Salem witch trials to Covid-19 other than the common thread of injustice? Any response of any living thing, smallest to largest, plant or animal, etc. is bound by the same immutable Law that grants us freedom. When any response to any environmental circumstance, physical or abstract, violates or is inconsistent with the truths of science or history, those responses fail and never ultimately succeed. Ultimately death obtains and reality changes, always according to Law. What follows is an exploration of scientific fact relative to SARS-CoV-2, Covid-19.
    Viruses are ubiquitous, and constantly mutating. Hijacking living cells’ reproductive machinery, they reassemble genetic code to alter the response of the innate and adaptive immune system. No vaccine is going to ever establish complete immunity to viral shift and drift. In fact, vaccines actually hamper the development of the completeness of natural immunity. However, the indescribably complex immune system instituted according to immutable Law can render the invasion of any pathogen symptomless and harmless. What the world is currently is experiencing in this pandemic, it will again experience in differing form and degree. In addition to death and dying from some varied causes, there will always be hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, solar flares, floods, droughts, and yes, even global warming and cooling. In whatever untoward circumstance, disaster, tragedy, etc. we find ourselves in, it is each person’s right to respond as they see fit. Are governments not going to allow its citizens to drive their own vehicles, reinstitute prohibition, or restrict eating resulting in obesity in situations they determine appropriate? Dealing with natural disasters demands responses, individually, corporately, governmentally, etc. directed by science and validated by history. Economic destruction is not constitutionally acceptable! The “pursuit of Happiness”, and the right to “Life” and death are “unalienable Rights” “endowed by our Creator”.
    Like the experiences of the colonists in the Province of Massachusetts in 1692-93, this current pandemic; with irresponsible responses driven and escalated by the propaganda of the liberal media intent on destroying America instilling a fear of and inability to control the unknown; resulted in the unconstitutional and unnecessary responses of governments sacrificing lives and economies. As with the Hong Kong flu killing over 100,000 Americans, scientists around the world instituted rational scientific searches to find solutions to the body’s abnormal immune response activated by a genome 30% different than the one in SARS-CoV. It is not the ever changing viruses that have killed in influenza A and corona virus pandemics, it is the inappropriate uncontrolled inflammatory responses generated by the cytokine storm resulting in respiratory failure, coagulation abnormalities, organ compromises, etc. that have taken lives. Governments and political minions, likewise, need not contribute to the devastation of a pandemic with their own failures violating the Constitution and causing unneeded suffering and hardship on their own apart from the inescapable forces of nature. Instead, government should focus on promoting “the public welfare” by disabling and dismantling the unconstitutional administrative state preventing access to healing drugs and therapies, and throttle the tyranny of politicians preventing anyone from working, going to church, exercising, and on and on, if they choose to do so. This is not to say that governments cannot institute restrictions based solely on proven science and historical fact in order “provide for the common defense”.
    In perspective, President Washington probably died from highly contagious strep throat, but nowhere in response to any disease, epidemic, plague, natural disaster, etc., did the Framers intend that, in any circumstance whatever, the Constitution and Bill of Rights be violated. Simply put, it each person’s freedom to respond to life according to each one’s own motivation. Whether moving beyond reason by virtue of addiction, habit, prejudice, holding political power, or misinformation, no person or political body has any authority to interfere with or deny any other person’s “unalienable Rights”, regardless if they hold the reins of political power, and even if another is moving beyond reason. Instituting addictive behaviors, choosing to ignore the laws of gravity,etc. describe humanity’s repetitive historical freedom. In all recorded time, there is no instance where anyone is given license or authority to take the freedom of their neighbor. Freedom is lost on the battlefield of right against wrong, truth versus untruth, and evil against injustice.
    Holding to the Framers’ and Founders’ worldview, or rather they holding to his, Martin Luther, in the 1520s, wrote concerning the Black Death plague that was ravaging the world, consuming nearly one-third of Europe’s entire population:
    “Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God” . (Luther’s Works, v. 43, p. 132)

How the Obama Administration Shattered the Rule of Law

How the Obama Administration Shattered the Rule of Law

How the Obama Administration Shattered the Rule of Law

     This week, former President Barack Obama reemerged from hibernation to lecture Americans about the threat to rule of law posed by the Trump administration. After Attorney General Bill Barr announced that the Department of Justice would be dropping its case against President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who had pled guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, Obama told his former aides, “our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.” He explained, “There is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. … And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”

In reality, of course, Flynn was never charged with perjury. He was charged with lying to the FBI in the course of an investigation, a separate and far lesser offense, particularly given the fact that his alleged lie was immaterial to any underlying crime. In fact, as America found out over the past two weeks, Flynn wasn’t supposed to be the subject of any investigation at all: The FBI had decided to close an investigation into Flynn in January 2017, even after supposedly nefarious calls between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok — the same man who pledged to lover and former FBI attorney Lisa Page that Donald Trump would never be president and suggested an “insurance policy” against that possibility — then intervened to keep the investigation open. The next day, during an Oval Office meeting, President Obama himself asked then-FBI Director James Comey about the Flynn-Kislyak communications. Next, Comey upped the ante: He avoided following normal FBI-White House protocols in order to interview Flynn, and Comey’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, avoided informing Flynn of his rights. Nonetheless, the FBI agents who conducted the interview suggested that they did not think Flynn was lying during that interview. As it turns out, notes between top FBI officials at the time said, “What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Flynn would later plead guilty to one count of lying to the FBI — at least in part because the FBI was threatening his son with prosecution.

This should be a massive scandal. It should be a massive scandal because, at the very least, it demonstrates the nation’s chief law enforcement agencies, prompted by political actors at the very top of the government, racing to bend the rules in order to pursue a case they were convinced they would make: the case that the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russian government. From the purposefully botched Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to the absurdly conjured prosecution of Flynn, the most powerful institutions in American life violated the protocols meant to restrict abuse, firmly secure in their own feelings of moral rectitude.

That’s the best-case scenario.

The worst-case scenario is far darker: that by early January, with no evidence of Russian collusion, leaders of the nation’s political and law enforcement agencies decided that guilt was irrelevant, and that the Trump administration had to be strangled in the crib. This seems like a major stretch, but in a highly partisan era, such a narrative will have legs.

Meanwhile, blithe in the knowledge that they were on the side of the angels, members of the Obama-era government continue to chide Attorney General Bill Barr for ending a charade of a case. Their incredible inability to see how their conduct looks beyond the echo chamber of sycophantic media sources only undermines their credibility further. As it turns out, President Obama isn’t wrong — at least not entirely. Our basic understanding of the rule of law is at risk, not because Bill Barr stepped in to prevent an unjust prosecution but because our institutions under the Obama administration were politicized in ways that should shock the American conscience.

      Ben Shapiro, 36, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “The Right Side of History.” He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.

Referenced Facts About SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19)

Facts about Covid-19

Fully referenced facts about Covid-19, provided by experts in the field.
Green: Real increase of infected people; red: increase due to more tests.

Overview

 

  1. According to data from the best-studied countries and regions, the lethality of Covid19 is on average about 0.2%, which is in the range of a severe influenza (flu) and about twenty times lower than originally assumed by the WHO.
  2. Even in the global “hotspots”, the risk of death for the general population of school and working age is typically in the range of a daily car ride to work. The risk was initially overestimated because many people with only mild or no symptoms were not taken into account.
  3. Up to 80% of all test-positive persons remain symptom-free. Even among 70-79 year olds, about 60% remain symptom-free. Over 95% of all persons show mild symptoms at most.
  4. Up to one third of all persons already have a certain background immunity to Covid19 due to contact with previous coronaviruses (i.e. common cold viruses).
  5. The median or average age of the deceased in most countries (including Italy) is over 80 years and only about 1% of the deceased had no serious preconditions. The age and risk profile of deaths thus essentially corresponds to normal mortality.
  6. In most Western countries, 50 to 70% of all extra deaths occurred in nursing homes, which do not benefit from a general lockdown. Moreover, in many cases it is not clear whether these people really died from Covid19 or from extreme stress, fear and loneliness.
  7. Up to 50% of all additional deaths may have been caused not by Covid19, but by the effects of the lockdown, panic and fear. For example, the treatment of heart attacks and strokes decreased by up to 60% because many patients no longer dared to go to hospital.
  8. Even in so-called “Covid19 deaths” it is often not clear whether they died from or with coronavirus (i.e. from underlying diseases) or if they were counted as “presumed cases” and not tested at all. However, official figures usually do not reflect this distinction.
  9. Many media reports of young and healthy people dying from Covid19 turned out to be false: many of these young people either did not die from Covid19, they had already been seriously ill (e.g. from undiagnosed leukemia), or they were in fact 109 instead of 9 years old.
  10. The normal overall mortality per day is about 8000 people in the US, about 2600 in Germany and about 1800 in Italy. Influenza mortality per season is up to 80,000 in the US and up to 25,000 in Germany and Italy. In several countries Covid19 deaths remained below strong flu seasons.
  11. Regional increases in mortality may be influenced by additional risk factors such as high levels of air pollution and microbial contamination, as well as a collapse in the care for the elderly and sick due to infections, mass panic and lockdown. Special regulations for dealing with the deceased sometimes led to additional bottlenecks in funeral or cremation services.
  12. In countries such as Italy and Spain, and to some extent the UK and the US, hospital overloads due to strong flu waves are not unusual. In addition, up to 15% of doctors and health workers were put into quarantine, even if they developed no symptoms.
  13. The often shown exponential curves of “corona cases” are misleading, as the number of tests also increased exponentially. In most countries, the ratio of positive tests to tests overall (i.e. the positive rate) remained constant at 5% to 25% or increased only slightly. In many countries, the peak of the spread was already reached well before the lockdown.
  14. Countries without curfews and contact bans, such as Japan, South Korea or Sweden, have not experienced a more negative course of events than other countries. Sweden was even praised by the WHO and now benefits from higher immunity compared to lockdown countries.
  15. The fear of a shortage of ventilators was unjustified. According to lung specialists, the invasive ventilation (intubation) of Covid19 patients, which is partly done out of fear of spreading the virus, is in fact often counterproductive and damaging to the lungs.
  16. Contrary to original assumptions, various studies have shown that there is no evidence of the virus spreading through aerosols (i.e. particles floating in the air) or through smear infections (e.g. on door handles, smartphones or at the hairdresser).
  17. There is also no scientific evidence for the effectiveness of face masks in healthy or asymptomatic individuals. On the contrary, experts warn that such masks interfere with normal breathing and may become “germ carriers”. Leading doctors called them a “media hype” and “ridiculous”.
  18. Many clinics in Europe and the US remained strongly underutilized or almost empty during the Covid19 peak and in some cases had to send staff home. Numerous operations and therapies were cancelled, including some organ transplants and cancer screenings.
  19. Several media were caught trying to dramatize the situation in hospitals, sometimes even with manipulative images and videos. In general, the unprofessional reporting of many media maximized fear and panic in the population.
  20. The virus test kits used internationally are prone to errors and can produce false positive and false negative results. Moreover, the official virus test was not clinically validated due to time pressure and may sometimes react to other coronaviruses.
  21. Numerous internationally renowned experts in the fields of virology, immunology and epidemiology consider the measures taken to be counterproductive and recommend rapid natural immunisation of the general population and protection of risk groups. The risks for children are virtually zero and closing schools was never medically warranted.
  22. Several medical experts described vaccines against coronaviruses as unnecessary or even dangerous. Indeed, the vaccine against the so-called swine flu of 2009, for example, led to sometimes severe neurological damage and lawsuits in the millions.
  23. The number of people suffering from unemployment, psychological problems and domestic violence as a result of the measures has skyrocketed worldwide. Several experts believe that the measures may claim more lives than the virus itself. According to the UN millions of people around the world may fall into absolute poverty and famine.
  24. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that the “corona crisis” will be used for the massive and permanent expansion of global surveillance. The renowned virologist Pablo Goldschmidt spoke of a “global media terror” and “totalitarian measures“. Leading British virologist professor John Oxford spoke of a “media epidemic”.
  25. More than 500 scientists have warned against an “unprecedented surveillance of society” through problematic apps for “contact tracing”. In some countries, such “contact tracing” is already carried out directly by the secret service. In several parts of the world, the population is already being monitored by drones and facing serious police overreach.

Coronavirus Chaos Retrospective: Asking the Right Questions

Coronavirus Chaos Retrospective: Asking the Right Questions

Christopher G. Adamo | May 1, 2020

     Look around you America! Get a thorough “taste” of what has been happening to your country for the past month and a half. You need to grasp the ugly reality of all the suffering and hardship Americans have had to endure, from shortages in basic commodities to the loss of freedom, to economic disaster, to the rise of tinhorn despot wannabes at every level of government, issuing edicts encroaching on every facet of life, and instantly unleashing law enforcement on any individual who doesn’t sufficiently comply. This is but a glimpse of what radical, leftist socialists have desired for our country, going back to their rise to prominence in the 1960s. Yet it reflects only the initial phase of their nightmarish transformation of America. Their long term goal would be much worse.

     America’s unparalleled economic engine of only a few months ago is in tatters. And a battle rages between the citizenry and those who wield power over them. The issue in question is when, if ever, governing officials will begin to respect individual liberties once again.

     From the moment that news of the “pandemic” began to get the attention of Americans, the pattern of unwarranted alarmism, overwhelmingly coming from the usual suspects on the left, revealed their agenda-driven efforts to make the situation into as big of a “crisis” as they possibly could. Then, once the nation had been successfully driven to the point of panic and hysteria, those same leftist forces endeavored to exert their power in hopes of cowing Americans into forsaking their Constitutional rights and ceding control of their lives to the leftist power structure.

     The surreal events of the past few weeks have inflicted enormous damage on America. But very little of this damage is the direct or even indirect result of Covid-19. With each passing day, it becomes ever more clear that the ideological malignancy of the leftist counterculture, which has railed against the fabric of America in recent decades, now plays the biggest role in determining how individuals respond to the effects of the virus. The contrast between right and left, in every facet of America’s reaction to the disease is too stark and too predictable for it to be anything but political.

     Early predictions of a ten percent death rate, with up to twenty million Americans dying from the virus, were irresponsibly proclaimed with an air of grim certitude by supposed “experts,” and eagerly parroted by leftist politicians and their media minions. Rash, overreaching decisions to shackle the American people, shutter their businesses, and destroy their livelihoods were ostensibly justified on the grounds that doing so would save lives.

     In an effort to create a mantle of “legitimacy” for those decisions, “news” reports depicting shortages in basic commodities were relentlessly aired, eventually making those shortages a widespread reality. And of course the prevalence of masked citizens, with no genuine biological benefit resulting from the masks, served its real purpose of continually reminding everyone that something dangerous and unusual has been going on in their midst.

     Yet to date, none of the dire forecasts have transpired. Even the subsequent hasty attempts by those “experts” to backtrack and continually shrink their hysterical early predictions have failed. The number of projected fatalities remains excessive. Currently, the tally of deaths is in keeping with a typical flu season, except that deaths attributed to seasonal influenza and other normal maladies are way down. This clearly indicates that the Coronavirus numbers are being inflated, in order to reinforce the facade of America being in the grips of a “pandemic.”

     So, as with every issue, two starkly contrasted camps regarding the virus have now emerged. Not surprisingly, they are thoroughly aligned with the two camps on the global warming issue, abortion, traditional values, and capitalism, just to name a few. In short, this is just another matter of left versus right.

     The crowd that wants the country to remain in an unconstitutional “lockdown” not-coincidentally wants to end capitalism, eradicate the Second Amendment, eliminate any reference to the nation’s Judeo-Christian founding, and let psychotic men into public restrooms with little girls. This group is also venomously opposed to the drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), to the point that Democrat governors have engaged in the iron-fisted suppression of its use. They have, on their hands, the blood of those who could have been saved, but were prevented from receiving the life-saving medication.

     Despite ongoing efforts of agenda-driven leftists to keep America in a state of fear and confusion, the fog is quickly lifting. And as it does, leftists are redoubling their efforts to restoke fears and convince as many people as possible that the Wuhan specter still awaits them, the moment they violate any government lockdown edict. Yet none of the earlier apocalyptic proclamations came true, and leftist credibility is fading fast.

     When this debacle finally recedes into to the fringes, Americans will have a huge task facing them, which is even bigger than the actual rebuilding of the nation’s shattered economy. Some serious introspection needs to take place, assessing which individuals in high office responded to the onslaught of the virus with an eye towards saving lives and livelihoods, and which ones sought to exploit the crisis for personal political gain, by exaggerating it to its present, outlandish terms.

    Unless these difficult questions are asked, and the guilty are held fully accountable for their willful contributions to the needless chaos and suffering, America can only expect more of the same going forward. The pattern will be repeated every time the left needs to establish some new, atrocious precept of its agenda against the will of the people. If the fear-mongers escape reckoning, they will be the overlords of America’s future.

Coronavirus Reality Check – R.R. Reno

Data are coming in, and their import is clear. The coronavirus pandemic is not and never was a threat to society. COVID-19 poses a danger to the elderly and the medically compromised. Otherwise, for most who present symptoms, it can be nasty and persistent, but is not life-threatening. A majority of those infected do not notice that they have the disease. Coronavirus presents us with a medical challenge, not a crisis. The crisis has been of our own making.

On March 16, Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London predicted a coronavirus death toll of more than two million in the United States alone. He arrived at this number by assuming that infection would be nearly universal and the fatality rate would be high—a terrifying prospect. The next day, Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis sifted through the data and predicted less widespread infection and a fatality rate of between 0.05 and 1.0 percent—not that different from the common flu. The coronavirus is not the common flu. It has different characteristics, afflicting the old more than the young, men more than women. Nevertheless, all data trends since mid-March show that Ferguson was fantastically wrong and Ioannidis was largely right about its mortal threat.

But Ferguson’s narrative has triumphed, helped by our incontinent and irresponsible media. A young doctor in Wuhan died—COVID-19 must be dangerous and deadly for everybody. Hospitals in Italy are overwhelmed—we are witnessing a pandemic of epic proportions. China succeeded with draconian methods of mass quarantine—these must be our only hope of protection against the coming disaster.

By the end of March, most of the United States had been locked down. Tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs. More than $6 trillion has been spent to save society from complete collapse. Relentless warnings have whipped the populace into frenzies of fear. All of this to contain a disease that, as far as we can tell at this point, is not significantly more fatal than the flu. Moreover, given how rapidly the coronavirus spreads, it seems likely that the radical and untested method of lockdown does little to control it.

In other words, the science increasingly shows that the measures we have taken in the last few weeks have been both harmful—with freedoms lost, money spent, livelihoods destroyed—and pointless.

This statement will provoke outrage. Most will insist that it is not true. But a study from the Oise region of France found an infection rate of 25 percent—which, if it is true for France as a whole, suggests that the virus fatality rate in that country (which is considered hard-hit) is 0.13 percent. Studies of Santa Clara and Los Angeles County likewise show rates of infection far higher than experts imagined possible, indicating fatality rates of 0.1-0.2 percent, again in line with Ioannidis’s analysis. A study of women at a New York hospital who gave birth during the pandemic, and a study of a homeless shelter in Boston, likewise point to a disease far more widespread than testing has identified—and therefore with a far lower fatality rate than previously thought.

Researchers reported that more than 30 percent of the densely populated town of Chelsea in the Boston area likely already had the virus. There the death toll has been significant, leading to higher fatality rates, though still within the range identified by Ioannidis. The same holds for studies done in Delaware and Miami, as well as Geneva, Switzerland.

In epidemiology, nothing is certain. The facts may change in the future. But as of now, this much is certain: Current data point to a disease that is far less deadly than was feared when our country hurled itself over the cliff of mass lockdown. The WHO was at that time issuing warnings that presumed a death rate 20-30 times higher than what now appears realistic.

We need fact-based policies. COVID-19 spreads rapidly, and any fast-spreading disease can strain medical resources as incidences rise. Long recovery times increase patient loads in hospitals. Careful planning and resource allocation are therefore essential. They were accomplished successfully in New York, much to the credit of medical professionals here. The American people need to be told of that success, which, given the density of New York, shows that we can and will succeed everywhere in our country.

We need to be told the truth about COVID-19’s effect. It is not a uniquely perilous disease; for people under 35, it may be less dangerous than the flu. We have every reason to take prudent measures to protect vulnerable people from the disease, but we cannot reasonably expect to contain the coronavirus. The high proportion of asymptomatic carriers defeats strategies of testing and tracing contacts. In all likelihood, it also defeats such radical measures as lockdowns, as the example of Sweden seems to suggest.

These truths point toward clear and urgent action. We need to allocate resources for protecting vulnerable populations. We need rigorous testing of nursing home workers (a five-country study in Europe reported that 50 percent of coronavirus fatalities occurred in elder-care facilities) and others who care for vulnerable populations. We need to allocate funding for at-risk poor people to move to hotels or other places where they can self-isolate.

We can do this without closing every restaurant and bar. We can do this without locking churches, without requiring everybody to stay at home, without throwing tens of millions of Americans out of work. The lockdowns can and must end.

But I doubt that truth will guide decision-making. There is too much fear. Fear of the virus is compounded by the (reasonable) fear of experts, policy-makers, and politicians that if they change course they will be exposed as poorly informed, reckless, and cowardly. Our entire ruling class, which united behind catastrophism and the untested methods of mass shutdown, is implicated in the unfolding fiasco.

Journalists continue to sustain the pandemic narrative. Ioannidis is still ignored, though the evidence I outlined above has been building for weeks. Scientists who should know better are either gullible or too cowardly to speak.

We’ve been stampeded into a regime of social control that is unprecedented in our history. Our economy has been shattered. Ordinary people have been terrorized by death-infused propaganda designed to motivate obedience to the limits on free movement. We have been reduced to life as medical subjects in our condition of self-quarantine. As unemployment numbers skyrocket and Congress spends trillions, the political stakes rise.

The experts, professionals, bureaucrats, and public officials who did this to us have tremendous incentives to close ranks and say, “It is not wise to tell people that the danger was never grave and now has passed.” Sustaining the coronavirus narrative will require many lies. It will be up to us to insist on the truth.

R. R. Reno is editor of First Things, America’s most influential journal of religion and public life . 

Revised Covid-19 Treatment and the Worsening Failure of Government

Any Drug Capable of Preventing a Virus From Entering A Cell Will Prevent And Stop An Epidemic When Used According To Validated Recommendations!

Revised Covid-19 Treatment and the Worsening Failure of Government

    We have revised the drug treatment plan that we currently recommend for the treatment of the current outbreak of the corona virus (Covid-19). This plan is based on the most current research submitted by true experts worldwide. Political authority and / or connections do not grant scientific credentials.
    This drug regimen is intended to address the clinical considerations necessary to halt a politically defined pandemic with an epidemiology showing many more infected than with previous SARS, MERS, H1N1 swine flu, etc. epidemics, but with a lower fatality rate. To accomplish that, the viral pool coming from every infected person infecting over two others needs to be diminished. Succinctly, the virus needs to be prevented from entering other cells to replicate.
    The good news is that a very safe drug that has been around for over 50 years is able to to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from attaching to the ACE2 receptor and another drug is able to prevent active entry into a host cell. Already in phase 4 trial in Germany, the two cost a fraction of what remdesivir and other antivirals that affect viral replication once it has entered the cell cost. More, the fact that normal cells are not destroyed allowing normal immune responses to develop, makes the combination ideal for dealing with viral infections such as we are now facing. Either hydroxychloroquine or camostat prevent Covid-19 from entering the cell.
    We find it inexcusable that government agencies rejected the use of hydroxychloroquine as a first line treatment for those with symptoms after having been tested for Covid-19. Could it be that these swamp dwellers are only about attacking the President rather than protecting the public health? Unwilling to join in the attack on America, this Committee must point out that any objections citing lack of controls, safety, etc. are groundless. As to controls, we have meta analysis data from many clinicians dealing with the current crisis that unequivocally states that to not use hydroxychloroquine is malpractice! Coupling that fact with the undeniable safety history of hydroxychloroquine elevates non use of it to a level of moral bankruptcy! And all to demean and diminish a President only seeking to honor his promises to the American people!
    This Committee will address the multipronged attack on the Constitution by politicians sworn by oath to “protect and defend” it in a later article. Suffice it to say that some call it treason!

    Our updated recommendation for those having symptoms of possible Covid-19 infection, but unconfirmed, is as follows:
  • 1.) hydroxychloroquine sulfate (HQ) – 200mg three times a day [tid] for 6 (minimum) to 10 days or until PCR (polymerase chain reaction) negative
  • 2.) zinc sulfate – 220mg once a day [qd] for five days
  • 3.) camostat mesilate (CM) – 400 mg three times a day [tid] for 6 (minimum) to 10 days or until PCR negative
  • 4.) azithromycin (AZ) – 500mg initial loading dose + 250mg on the first day, then 250mg twice a day [bid] for five days, if testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), and the progression / worsening of the symptoms of the disease as accessed by a physician warrants its use.
  • 5.) PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) six days after instituting HQ treatment. If the test is positive, at four day intervals until negative.
Note: Hydroxychloroquine, camostat mesilate, and azithromycin, are prescription drugs to be taken under the supervision of a physician. Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin may be prescribed off-label in America. Camostat mesilate is approved in Japan for other indications, and is not available in the U.S. through FDA approved channels.
   The above consensus opinion was arrived at considering the following, with camostat added for our global audience:
  •    Chloroquine is and has been used for decades in the treatment of malaria. Its safety and efficacy are well documented. Hydroxychloroquine is more efficacious and safer than chloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine act in preventing viral attachment to the ACE-2 receptor on cells. Both have safety concerns that are related to dose and duration of use. At 10 or less days of use and at the suggested dosing, most experts do not feel safety is a deterring concern. Prolongation of the Q-T interval > 500ms usually responds to decreasing or ceasing use. Its efficacy is maximized in a 24 – 48 hour window at the onset of symptoms. After that time, it has little effect on the progression of symptoms, and no effect on treating symptoms. It is ideal for epidemiological control, particularly considering its cost, safety, and efficacy, and should be in universal use to halt this pandemic. As with any drug, treatment should be appropriately monitored for any adverse effects.
  •    Viral entry into the cell requires S protein priming by cellular serine protease TMPRSS2 which is inhibited by camostat mesilate. Released in 1985 to treat chronic pancreatitis, it has a high safety profile.
  •    Azithromycin, in addition to its intracellular mechanisms which may interfere with viral replication, has anti-inflammatory effects which may mediate cell / viral integration and interaction. It may prolong the Q-T interval
  •    Zinc is postulated to have effects on the cell membrane the opposite of those seen with saponification mechanisms used to introduce genetic code in recombinant technologies. It may also affect the lipid viral envelope / membrane formation by interfering with RNA intracellular replication.  It is 100% safe.
       The multiple issues of government failure not only costing lives, but failing to gather critical information to find answers to the clinical presentation of the cytokine storm; clotting resulting in strokes or worse; leukopenia; compromise of the normal immune response; etc.; all require real time testing, data acquisition, scientific statistical analysis uncompromised by political interference and bias; and epidemiological studies. None of this information vital to protect the public health is going to be available, because government has missed this window of opportunity to mandate the testing required and collect the necessary data.
       Of those hospitalized with Covid-19, how many were treated with the hydroxychloroquine (HQ) regimen and / or the HQ /azithromycin (AZ) regimen, or any other regimen, for that matter? What was the timeline of that treatment, since it is known that that earlier the treatment with HQ (24 – 48 hours max), the more effective HQ treatment is.
       If treated with other drugs trying to address the cytokine storm, abnormal clotting, leukopenia; compromise of the normal immune response; etc.; what were those modalities, what was the timeline of treatment, and what were the outcomes? How do comorbidities affect the disease, both as to the virus and the cell? What could interferon and immune globulin blood panels that are not being drawn show?
       Why has government not mandated a universal comprehensive healthcare database to answer, not just the epidemiological, treatment, risk, etc. questions associated with this pandemic, but to alter the course of money driven healthcare? What does one hydroxychloroquine tablet or one camostat mesilate tablet really cost? What should big healthcare and big pharma be allowed to charge for those drugs or any drug?

Coronavirus Authoritarianism Is Getting Out of Hand

Coronavirus Authoritarianism Is Getting Out of Hand

April 13, 2020 3:28 PM
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer reacts after declaring victory in Detroit, Mich., November 6, 2018. (Jeff Kowalsky/Reuters)
We should be preserving our laws and our freedom in times of crisis.
It’s reasonable to assume that the vast majority of Americans process news and data, and calculate that self-quarantining, wearing masks, and social distancing make sense for themselves, their families, and the country. Free people act out of self-preservation, but they shouldn’t be coerced to act through the authoritarian whims of the state. Yet this is exactly what’s happening.

There has been lots of pounding of keyboards over the power grabs of authoritarians in Central and Eastern Europe. Rightly so. Yet right here, politicians act as if a health crisis gives them license to lord over the most private activities of America people in ways that are wholly inconsistent with the spirit and letter of the Constitution.

I’m not even talking about national political and media elites who, after fueling years of hysteria over the coming Republican dictatorship, now demand Donald Trump dominate state actions. I’m talking about local governments.

Under what imperious conception of governance does Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer believe it is within her power to unilaterally ban garden stores from selling fruit or vegetable plants and seeds? What business is it of Vermont or Howard County, Ind., to dictate that Walmart, Costco, or Target stop selling “non-essential” items, such as electronics or clothing? Vermont has 628 cases of coronavirus as of this writing. Is that the magic number authorizing the governor to ban people from buying seeds for their gardens?

Maybe a family needs new pajamas for their young kids because they’re stuck a new town. Or maybe mom needs a remote hard drive to help her work remotely. Or maybe dad just likes apples. Whatever the case, it’s absolutely none of your mayor’s business.

It makes sense for places like Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland to ban large, avoidable gatherings. But it is an astonishing abuse of power to issue stay-at-home orders, enforced by criminal law, empowering police to harass and fine individuals for nothing more than taking a walk.

The criminalization of movement ends with ten Philly cops dragging a passenger off a bus for not wearing a face mask. It ends with local Brighton, Colo., cops handcuffing a father in front of his family for playing T-ball with his daughter in an empty park. It ends with three Massachusetts men being arrested, and facing the possibility of 90 days in jail, for crossing state lines and golfing — a sport built for social distancing — in Rhode Island.

There is no reason to close “public” parks, where Americans can maintain social distance while getting some air or space for their mental and physical well-being — or maybe see a grandchild from afar. In California, surfers, who stay far away from each other, are banned from going in the water. Elsewhere, hikers are banned from roaming the millions of acres in national parks. Millions of lower-income and urban-dwelling Americans don’t have the luxury of backyards, and there is absolutely no reason to inhibit their movement, either.

Two days before Easter, Louisville, Ky., mayor Greg Fischer attempted to unilaterally ban drive-in church services for the most holy day in Christianity. It’s one thing if people are purposely and openly undermining public health. The constitutional right to assemble peacefully and protest or practice your religion, however, is not inoperable in presence of a viral pandemic.

Would-be petty tyrants, such as Dallas judge Clay Jenkins, who implores residences to rat out neighbors who sell cigarettes for “putting profits over public health,” forgets that we are not ruled by him, and that he is merely our temporary servant.

But it’s important and necessary, say the experts. Great. Convince us. Most polls show that 80-something percent of Americans will stay home for the rest of this month even if lockdowns are lifted.

The question of how many lives would be lost if we didn’t shut down economy is a vital one, but it is not the only one. There is an array of factors that goes into these decisions. One of them should be preserving our laws and our freedom in times of crisis.

“Reality check,” writes Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian in Axios, “Citywide quarantines, travel restrictions and obsessive public health checks aren’t authoritarian. They’re the kind of total mobilization that happens during major national crises such as war, regardless of the system of government.”

This position, often repeated, is utter nonsense. For one thing, we aren’t at “war.” There are no coronavirus spies and no coronavirus sabotage. Affixing “war” to societal problems — the war on drugs being the most obvious example— is typically a justification for expanding state power. Also, authoritarianism isn’t defined as “strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom except when there is a pandemic.” Your declarative sentences and forceful feelings do not transform the meaning of either authoritarianism or freedom. Though if we dump our principles every time there’s a crisis, they might as well.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer for National Review and the author of First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun @davidharsanyi

Covid-19 Treatment and the Failure of Government

Covid-19 Treatment and the Failure of Government
    The following is the three drug regimen that our world recognized experts currently recommend for the treatment of the current outbreak of the corona virus (Covid-19).
1.) hydroxychloroquine sulfate – 200mg three times a day for 6 (minimum) to 10 days
2.) azithromycin – 500mg initial loading dose, then 250mg twice a day for five days
3.) zinc sulfate – 220mg once a day for five days
Note: The first two, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, are prescription drugs to be taken under the supervision of a physician. They may be prescribed off-label.
    We highly recommend the treatment of all submitting to Covid-19 testing with hydroxychloroquine sulfate – 200mg or the hydroxychloroquine phosphate equivalent, three times a day for six days and zinc sulfate – 220mg once a day for five days. This is an epidemiological recommendation to cut down the viral pool in demographic areas. This assumes that all tested have been screened for testing and exhibit flu symptoms. Those testing positive will have azithromycin – 250mg twice a day for five days added to the treatment regimen.
   The above consensus opinion was arrived at considering the following:
  • Chloroquine is and has been used for decades in the treatment of malaria. Its safety and efficacy are well documented. Hydroxychloroquine is more efficacious and safer. Hydroxychloroquine acts in preventing viral attachment to the ACE-2 receptor on cells.
  • Azithromycin, in addition to its intracellular mechanisms which may interfere with viral replication, has anti-inflammatory effects which may mediate cell / viral integration and interaction.
  • Zinc is postulated to have effects on the cell membrane the opposite of those seen with saponification mechanisms used to introduce genetic code in recombinant technologies. It may also affect the lipid viral envelope / membrane.  It is 100% safe.
    Additionally, this treatment regimen is based on the latest seminal research by Dr. Didier Raoult, M.D., Ph.D. and his group treating the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Marseilles, France, made available to this Committee on 20 March, 2020 pre-publication. Also, work shared by one of this Committee’s corona work group from past experience is extremely relevant. Metanalysis of constantly increasing reports of clinical successes shared with our work group continue to validate our conclusions. Whether 699 coronavirus patients treated with 100% success in New York, Dr. Raoult’s 80 patients, or the constantly mounting numbers shared with this Committee, the safety and efficacy of the treatment demands that the public has these FDA approved drugs prescribed to them. As indicated in prior articles published by this Committee, it is thanks to Congress not taking away the ability of physicians to prescribe and use FDA approved drugs, devices, etc. off-label, that this regimen is available. It just needs to be made aware of by a liberal media not focusing on false science and corrupted history, as they have in the past.
    Government failure witnessed in the FDA, CDC, NIAID, Congress, EoP, etc., across the board, needs to be held accountable. Members of this Committee have wasted, literally, documented hours trying to share state-of-medicine scientific research with them. Phone calls to those designated by the Constitution to represent us are answered by persons instructed to isolate their employers from any not contributing to their political campaigns or media not advancing their political agendas. Emails sent to the Executive Office of the President, senators, representatives, etc. go ignored, responded to by an automated “read” message, computer generated. The tyranny of the oligarchy, intended by the Constitution to make this a “government of the people by the people for the people”, experienced in this pandemic, with unnecessary death and suffering endured because of the failure of government, is so telling!
    Questions to be answered only by real-time statistics, tests, and epidemiological studies and follow-ups advancing medical science to prepare for and treat future medical problems are not going to be available, because government has missed this window of opportunity. Of those hospitalized with Covid-19, how many were treated with the hydroxychloroquine (HC) / azithromycin (AZ) regimen, and what was the timeline of that treatment, since it is known that that earlier the treatment the more effective? Twenty-four to 48 hours is a critical window. If treated appropriately are people still dying, and if so, why? How do comorbidities affect the disease, both as to the virus and the cell? Why are not interferon and immune globulin blood panels being routinely drawn from all patients? Why has government failed to mandate that tests to address the unanswered questions be accomplished? Why has government not mandated a universal comprehensive healthcare database to answer not just the epidemiological, treatment, risk, etc. questions associated with this pandemic, but to alter the course of money driven healthcare?

Treatment of corona virus (Covid-19)

Treatment of corona virus (Covid-19)
    The following is the three drug regimen that our world recognized experts currently recommend for the treatment of the current outbreak of the corona virus (Covid-19).
1.) hydroxychloroquine sulfate – 200mg three times a day for 6 (minimum) to 10 days
2.) azithromycin – 500mg initial loading dose, then 250mg twice a day for five days
3.) zinc sulfate – 220mg once a day for five days
Note: The first two, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, are prescription drugs to be taken under the supervision of a physician. They may be prescribed off-label.
    We highly recommend the treatment of all submitting to Covid-19 testing with hydroxychloroquine sulfate – 200mg or the hydroxychloroquine phosphate equivalent, three times a day for six days and zinc sulfate – 220mg once a day for five days. This is an epidemiologic recommendation to cut down the viral pool in demographic areas. This assumes that all tested have been screened for testing and exhibit flu symptoms. Those testing positive will have azithromycin – 250mg twice a day for six days added to the treatment regimen.
   The above consensus opinion was arrived at considering the following:
    • Chloroquine is and has been used for decades in the treatment of malaria. Its safety and efficacy are well documented. Hydroxychloroquine is more efficacious and safer. Hydroxychloroquine acts in preventing viral attachment to the ACE receptor on cells.
    • Azithromycin, in addition to its intracellular mechanisms which may interfere with viral replication, has anti-inflammatory effects which may mediate cell / viral integration and interaction.
    • Zinc is postulated to have effects on the cell membrane the opposite of those seen with saponification mechanisms used to introduce genetic code in recombinant technologies. It is 100% safe.