01/26/2021 03:40 PM Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines [by ConSigCor]

Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It’s More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover

By Steve Watson | INFOWARS.COM Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Vaccine manufacturer Merck has abandoned development of two coronavirus vaccines, saying that after extensive research it was concluded that the shots offered less protection than just contracting the virus itself and developing antibodies.

The company announced that the shots V590 and V591 were ‘well tolerated’ by test patients, however they generated an ‘inferior’ immune system response in comparison with natural infection.

The company stated that instead it will focus on research into therapeutic drugs labeled as MK-7110 and MK-4482.

The drugs aim to protect patients from the damage of an overactive immune response to the virus.

“Interim results from a Phase 3 study showed a greater than 50 percent reduction in the risk of death or respiratory failure in patients hospitalized with moderate to severe COVID-19,” the company’s statement noted of the MK-7110 drug.

Merck is to receive around $356 million from the US government to fast-track production of the potential treatments under Operation Warp Speed.

Chief Marketing Officer Michael Nally recently told Bloomberg that Merck is aiming to produce some 20 million courses of the MK-4482 drug, an oral antiviral which patients will take twice a day for five days.

Meanwhile, in related news, German scientists have claimed that the UK Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is less than 8% effective in over 65s, prompting the vaccine developers to hit back, rubbishing the claims.

The German media published the claims, alleging it had been ‘confirmed’ by ‘multiple’ unnamed senior German government sources.

UK government ministers have suggested that the claim could be related to the ongoing dispute over delivery of the vaccine between the European Union and AstraZeneca.

The EU, which is yet to approve the vaccine, has threatened to block exports of shots to Britain, in a move that has been branded ‘spiteful’ by British government sources.

In an effort to make sure its member states get their ‘fair share’ of vaccines, the EU has also threatened to block the delivery of Pfizer vaccines to the UK, demanding that drug companies provide detailed information on when they plan to export Covid jabs to countries outside the bloc.
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01/19/2021 06:15 PM CFR Fears ‘American Democracy’ ‘Doomed’ By Populism [by ConSigCor]

CFR Fears ‘American Democracy’ May Be ‘Doomed’ By Populism

By Chris Menahan | Information Liberation Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Council on Foreign Relations is afraid that “American democracy” (aka rule by unelected oligarchs) may be “doomed” by the populist forces that Trump’s presidency has unleashed.

The top article on the CFR’s website over the weekend was a piece from Yascha Mounk titled, “After Trump, Is American Democracy Doomed by Populism?”

In the piece, Mounk whined about the U.S. capitol protests, which he called “riots,” and lamented the “appeal of populist authoritarianism.”

Before January 6, nobody had expected that a mob of insurrectionists could so easily enter “the People’s House.” […]

The fact that Trump has been able to convince so many Americans of his lies about the election, and mobilize tens of thousands of them to protest against the certification of the vote, shows that a significant share of the population is now open to this kind of populist appeal. Faced with a choice between their president and the Constitution, they chose Trump.

Mounk lamented how Facebook and Twitter banning Trump could backfire:

It is too early to tell how effective the suspension of Trump’s accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms will be. It has certainly impeded his ability to speak directly to his followers over the coming weeks. But over the course of the next four years, he could adopt new ways of communicating with them.

At the same time, these decisions have also raised a number of risks. It is now imaginable that the internet will slowly break into two pieces—or a whole chaotic array of shards. On Twitter and Facebook, Americans with different political beliefs sorted themselves into their own echo chambers but at least shared the same platform. In the future, parts of the populist right will attempt to build platforms of their own. This could end up accelerating rather than slowing their radicalization.

Most interestingly, Mounk revealed the CFR have no creative solutions to the “problem” of the uppity masses:
Let Big Tech and the corporate media know they are powerless in stopping the spread of truth by visiting our store now!

What tools can the incoming Biden administration use to ease tensions and address Trump supporters’ grievances?

As I describe in my book The People vs. Democracy, the rise of populism is owed to a number of structural reasons, including the stagnation of living standards for ordinary people, rapid cultural and demographic changes, and the rise of social media. The Biden administration should enact policies that, for example, help to stimulate wage growth for working- and middle-class Americans. But with Democrats’ small majority in the House and smallest possible majority in the Senate, the administration’s ability to push through ambitious reforms will, at least for the next two years, be limited.

The whole “economic growth will solve the racial divide” angle is exactly what Trump said during the presidential debates.

It appears Democrats are just hoping a $1,400 check stimulus is going to solve all that ails us. The problem is, thanks to corona and the lockdown economy, wealth is being siphoned to the ruling class while many in the middle and lower classes are being left destitute.

There’s no reason to believe these trends will change with another round of stimulus checks.

I don’t think it’s going to work considering Joe Biden is actively planning to push a mass amnesty of at least 11 million illegal aliens as one of his first orders of business, which will only further drive down lower-class wages and accelerate all the same trends.

Mounk finished his piece by saying Biden needs to denounce Trump’s “anti-democratic extremism” but also try to appeal to Trump voters:

Just as important, then, is that Biden continues on the path that won him the Democratic primaries and allowed him to beat Trump. He needs to be clear and forthright in his condemnations of Trump’s antidemocratic extremism. But he also needs to demonstrate that he seeks to be the president of all Americans—inviting those who voted for Trump to abandon their allegiance to a dangerous demagogue without portraying them as irredeemable deplorables.

Biden told Black civil rights leaders during a conference call in December that he wants to appeal to Trump voters but not by “giving them anything.”

He suggested that he was planning to use his bully pulpit to endlessly harangue Trump supporters as racists and compared them to KKK members.

In advance of Biden’s inauguration, DC is being transformed into a fortified police state with checkpoints throughout the city and National Guard everywhere — but our ruling class don’t even trust the troops to be armed.

The AP reported on Monday that the FBI has been called in to take the unprecedented measure of screening all 25,000 troops coming into the city to make sure their ideology matches with our ruling class.

If our rulers need to buy our support with stimulus checks, pass PATRIOT Act 2.0 to suppress dissent as “domestic terrorism,” put up giant walls and erect checkpoints throughout the Capitol to block a prospective “American Spring” and don’t even trust their own troops enough to be armed, what does that say about the strength of those occupying “the People’s House”?
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01/19/2021 05:45 PM A War on "Domestic Terror?" [by airforce]
The calls for war are ramping up.

Today is President Donald Trump's last day in office! A White House official said Trump plans to pardon or commute sentences for up to 100 people today. Whether it might include big-name whistleblowers (like Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner, and Julian Assange) or just more of the president's crook friends and allies is anybody's guess. In any event, Trump leaves office with a 34 percent approval rating and a record-low average approval rating of 41 percent.

With Americans still reeling from the January 6 Capitol riot, the Biden administration will begin its term amid a rapidly escalating "tough on domestic terror" mood.

That's never a good influence no matter which ruling party is in office, and perhaps especially bad in times of intense partisan conflict. There are a few things both Democrats and Republicans can almost always come together on, and limiting civil liberties in the name of national security is chief among them. But worse, Biden has never backed away from hysterical policy reactions to perceived crime and terror threats.

"Biden's career was built on the politics of panics," Reason's Jacob Sullum writes. "After 9/11, Biden did not just vote for the PATRIOT Act, which expanded the federal government's surveillance authority in the name of fighting terrorism. He bragged that it was essentially the same as legislation he had been pushing since 1994."

Now, "the Biden administration plans to make domestic terrorism a key focus of the National Security Council, transition officials tell @carolelee," tweeted Geoff Bennett, NBC's White House correspondent, on Monday. "Officials have been looking at ways to shift government resources previously used for counterterrorism, to combating domestic terrorism."

Former lackeys of the war on terror are already salivating.

"Former intelligence official on PBS NewsHour tonight saying that the US should think about a '9/11 Commission' for domestic extremism and consider applying some of the lessons from the fight against Al Qaeda here at home," noted Evan Hill of The New York Times last night.

("The more explicit they make it that they're using the first War on Terror model for their new one domestically, the better," responded Glenn Greenwald. "Please keep up this candor.")

"Domestic terror" panic is infecting all sorts of policy arenas, too.

Since the Capitol riot, people have been calling for crackdowns on social media tech companies, under the rationale that some folks involved organized or posted about their plans online and/or received misinformation on digital platforms that led them to riot. (And, once again, people pretending that people will stop communicating disfavored ideas if they lose a few venues to do so are finding themselves sorely wrong, as folks move from Facebook, Twitter, and Parler to encrypted messaging apps and other forms of communication.)

Now, that's spilling over into attacks on traditional media, too.

"Biden needs to reinvigorate the FCC to slow the lies and sedition from Fox and other right-wing broadcasters," wrote Washington Post columnist Max Boot on Twitter yesterday, continuing the melodrama by warning that, if not, "the terrorism we saw on Jan. 6 may be only the beginning, rather than the end, of the plot against America."

But as Boot and others unfold the plot to reinvigorate the failed war on terror, it seems we may have a lot more to fear from status quo authoritarians than the MAGA nationalist crowd right now. The latter worships a disgraced man who is leaving the White House tomorrow. The former will find friends in the executive branch, Congress, and all the levers of legacy media.

"Already, a bill has been introduced to empower federal law enforcement to better monitor and stop domestic extremist violence," notes The Daily Beast:

"It is not enough to just condemn hate, we need to equip law enforcement with the tools needed to identify threats and prevent violent acts of domestic terrorism," said its sponsor, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL). "The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act improves coordination between our federal agencies and makes sure they are focused on the most serious domestic threats," he said.

We've seen this episode before, and it doesn't end well.

Onward and upward,
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01/19/2021 04:29 PM California Issues Alarm Over “Unusually High Number” Of Allergic [by ConSigCor]
California Issues Alarm Over “Unusually High Number” Of Allergic Reactions To Moderna Vaccine

By Steve Watson | INFOWARS.COM Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The California Department of Public Health has issued an order to pause vaccinations using a batch of Moderna COVID shots, citing and unusually high amount of adverse reactions in the state.

State epidemiologist Dr. Erica S. Pan sounded the alarm over Moderna Lot 041L20A, from which 330,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed to 287 providers state-wide:

The reactions were almost all witnessed at one clinic, according to reports.

Reports suggest that at least six health care workers experienced allergic reactions, including numbness in the tongue and throat, and neck pain.

Dr Pan noted that “less data exists on adverse reactions related to the Moderna vaccine,” but still claimed it is rare for allergic reactions to occur.

“Out of an extreme abundance of caution and also recognizing the extremely limited supply of vaccine, we are recommending that providers use other available vaccine inventory and pause the administration of vaccines from Moderna Lot 041L20A,” Pan wrote in a statement.

However, the pause is not mandatory, and has not been adopted by all clinics with the batch of vaccines.

The batch in question is now under review by Moderna, the CDC, and the FDA.

The development comes on the heels of several concerning reports of adverse reactions to the vaccines.

An Indiana woman has reported severe problems after taking the Moderna vaccine, including uncontrollable tongue and body spasms:

In Israel, at least 13 people experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. This occurred just a month after it was reported that Bells Palsy was witnessed in four patients during the tests of the Pfizer vaccine.

Another 75-year-old Israeli man reportedly died from a heart attack just two hours after receiving the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.

In Miami, a doctor died under two weeks after taking the Pfizer vaccine following a stroke, while others have also reported cases of paralysis.

In Norway, at least twenty three people have died after taking the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, yet the government regulator has said they don’t see anything alarming in the cases.

In Belgium, an investigation has been launched following the death of an elderly person who took the Pfizer vaccine five days before.

Another elderly person passed away in a similar case in Switzerland.

There have been many other reports about adverse reactions to the vaccine globally.

Last month, CNN reported that there would be deaths among elderly people who have taken the vaccine, and that it is to be expected, but shouldn’t be connected to the shot itself.
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01/19/2021 03:07 PM Banning People on Social Media Makes it Harder to Fight Terrori [by ConSigCor]

FBI Profiler Says Banning People on Social Media Makes it Harder to Fight Terrorism

By Paul Joseph Watson | INFOWARS.COM Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A former FBI profiler told NBC News that banning people on social media makes it harder to fight terrorism because it stops authorities from being able to keep track of their activity.

The remark was made in the context of a report about one of the individuals who stormed the Capitol building earlier this month – 70-year-old Lonnie Coffman.

Coffman drove a pickup truck to the protest filled with Molotov cocktails and other weapons including improvised grenades and an assault rifle, but flew completely under the radar because he had no social media presence.

The individual had no criminal record, no known extremist ties and not a single person in the town of Falkville where Coffman lived knew who he was.

“Coffman’s statements to police following his arrest and some writings found inside his truck indicate he was struggling financially and fixated on right-wing views,” states the report.

According to Clint Van Zandt, a former FBI criminal profiler, Coffman’s example proves that “the purging of people with radical views from popular social platforms, which has escalated in recent weeks, deprives investigators of a crucial tool in tracking people who might move along the continuum of ideation to action.”

“We know there are going to be guys out there that are not happy over the next four years with the Biden administration,” Van Zandt said.

“The authorities really have got their work cut out for them to identify Ted Kaczynski-type individuals who are sitting out there planning to make a difference in the world,” he added.

Despite the obvious outcome that mass social media censorship doesn’t extinguish extremism, it merely drives it underground and makes it harder to track, the media once again united after the Capitol building attack to call for mass censorship.

After three years of intense social media banning, deplatforming and blacklisting, political extremism on both sides only appears to have worsened.
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