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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 6:05pm

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    davefairtex

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    ... sat at their desks and meditated

    agitating prop-

    Albrecht got was a rare look into the strange and secretive world of the newspaper, which was founded by practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline that originated in China. The Times’ staff members Albrecht met in the Berlin office were all devotees of Falun Gong. Every day at 6 p.m., a bell rang, and everyone in the newsroom stopped what they were doing, sat at their desks, and meditated.

    Well now.  That’s scary indeed.  Meditation.  A sign of the apocalypse.

    I’m not Falun Gong, and I don’t have any inclination to join, but surely someone can come up with something more sinister than a daily meditation.  [Full disclosure; I meditate.]

    As for organ harvesting, that’s pretty well documented stuff.  Go down that rabbit hole if you care to look.  The CCP has a massive organ transplant “tourist” business, and no discernable voluntary organ donation program.  As a transplant tourist, you can schedule your heart transplant in advance.  This is only available in China, and there is only one possible explanation for how that can work out.

    “How to turn political prisoners into a profit center.”

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 6:00pm

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    People really need to pay attention. Worth listening to.

    Words of wisdom from the Professor Boyle. (Biological Warfare Expert)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JfKwiolUX8&feature=emb_share&fbclid=IwAR2hu48nDnD43SyzuUspHjbskzhIzwtDj9qbEgtkevox9R-jIqC–s-8qPE

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 5:54pm

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    Corona can devastate asset prices but debt endures.

    And finally, with both production and consumption numbers poised to start coming in lower over the next few quarters as commodities prices plummet and the only thing still rising being debt then perhaps we can finally put to rest the notion that we will see a near term future of rising inflation. Asset prices for example do not usually keep inflating as corporate revenues and profits crater and neither do employment numbers tend to keep rising. As we should all know by now, asset prices rise and fall but debt remains. Which brings us to an interesting problem and one the world has certainly seen before as entire nations can face default along with their companies and overdrawn banks. A couple quarters of low or negative growth are going to prove just how deflationary debt repayment really is as consumers and business retrench and try to pay down past obligations. And I probably don’t need to add that the hit taken to the economy at the margin from withdrawn investment and consumption lost to debt payments is going to accelerate the decline. But I will say it anyway in case you don’t know how the mechanics of massive indebtedness function in an overleveraged economy that stops growing abruptly. And since I did say it then we should also wonder aloud if this Wuhan virus is not merely the pretext for an economic war where the West gets squashed because it’s not really productive anymore.

    Wow. Nobody saw that coming.

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 5:45pm

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    Copper’s Hu-mom

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    That actuary has spoken.

    Her name is Gail Tverberg. And that is what she said.  There are  a few posts here about her comments.

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 5:26pm

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    Bill Gates Africa mortality estimates are optimistic

    This past Friday Bill Gates warned that Africa may see ten million fatalities due to the corona virus. That is likely a very optimistic estimate. The UN Aids data for 2018 shows as many as 26 million Africans are currently infected with HIV. It does not need to be stated but that group is particularly high risk due to having compromised immune systems which may not be able to withstand a virus which nobody has immunity against. But HIV is just the tip of the iceberg. In 2017, WHO estimated Africans suffered more than 200 million cases of malaria. Compound those numbers with water borne illnesses, poor sanitation and other mosquito infections and you will agree Africans present with significant preexisting medical conditions that will likely increase the populations mortality rate above most other regions in the world.

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 4:48pm

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    Nairobi

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    So many Americans infected aboard a cruise ship.

    The rapid spread of coronavirus among Americans on board that cruise ship should finally put an end to the silly meme that Westerners are more immune to this virus than Chinese.

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 4:43pm

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    Give Jonas Salk A Little Credit

    This is a reply to the person who said we have never controlled a pandemic before.  I haven’t heard Chris make any references to ROs of Polio.  Even at the higher end of the estimate, I believe this Covid-19 is very similar to Polio.  There have been virus outbreaks since 1919 that were controlled & have been almost completely eradicated.  Thanks for providing all your services Chris & Adam but a little balance might help some of these newer members gain a little more perspective.

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    The term "deadwood" gives her away.

    Gail Tverberg was not clever enough to disguise her personal agenda and belief system. She is no doubt part of that group who thinks anyone not “producing” is a waste of skin.

    Such thinking brought us leaders like Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao. She might consider that she herself would be seen as worthless by such regimes who are typically threatened by writers ( a useless occupation…just ask President for life, Xi who has devoted so much time to shutting up his own people).

    I am going to guess she despises her own parents or stands in line for a fat inheritance if the virus takes them out.

    Seriously, how many people think of their own Mother and Father as deadwood after they retire?

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 4:09pm

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    "Japan health minister urges public to avoid crowds" ?

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    Japan’s health minister on Sunday urged the public to avoid crowds and “non-essential gatherings”, including notoriously packed commuter trains, to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading in the country.

    Katsunobu Kato warned the nation was “entering a new phase” in the outbreak of the virus, which has infected nearly 60 people in Japan so far.

    “We want to ask the public to avoid non-urgent, non-essential gatherings. We want elderly and those with pre-existing conditions to avoid crowded places,” Kato said after a meeting of a panel of experts.

    https://www.news18.com/news/world/japan-health-minister-urges-public-to-avoid-non-essential-gatherings-stay-away-from-crowds-trains-2503299.html

     

    –although I wonder about the validity of this article. This would be momentous, but it was not mentioned here:

    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/coronavirus-japan-grapples-with-spread-on-land-and-at-sea

     

    I thought this recent interview from Japan, which includes the idea of “entering a new phase,” might have been the source. But it does not mention the other key elements.

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20200214191220967/

     

     

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  • Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 3:23pm

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    Dead wood?

    Seriously, do you believe that?  I read the article. She thinks the median age of the dying is 72 which is not really consistent with the data I have seen here.  Secondly, perhaps she should consider that China will have a problem if they carelessly allow this thing to go widespread to places like North Korea which possibly might retaliate.

    Slowing the progression of the illness allows us to develop treatments.  There are many older, weak and ill people of value in the world (Warren Buffett is no spring chicken).  She has the underlying assumption that people are interchangeable widgets and that anyone can be replaced at any time.   Anyone who has gone through a downsizing/reorganization may understand that theory doesn’t always work.  Yes people can suffer and die from consequences of a catastrophic economic depression.  Still, China wouldn’t be doing this unless the alternative was worse for them.   On this I trust their judgment.

    Frankly I am mortified by her cavalier approach to a possible loss of life in the hundreds of millions and my guess is she believes she will be a survivor.  Thank you for highlighting the article. Frightening but good to know how others may see this.

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