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    Daily Digest 6/22 – Venezuela Closes Brazil Border, Georgians Receive Test Alert For ‘Radiological Hazard’

    by Daily Digest

    Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:33 PM


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Venezuela closes border with Brazil, Colombian crossings may be next (Sparky1)

In a televised speech Thursday, Maduro announced the Brazil border closure and warned against trying to bring humanitarian supplies into Venezuela by force. “I don’t want to make such a decision, but I am considering it — an absolute closure of the border with Colombia,” he said. “We have taken all the measures so that everything can be peaceful,” he added.

South China Sea: Satellite image shows Chinese fighter jets deployed to contested island (Sparky1)

The image was taken Wednesday and represents the first time J-10s have been seen on Woody or any Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, according to ImageSat International, which supplied the image to CNN.

The deployment comes as tensions remain high in the South China Sea and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to meet United States President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Japan next week.

White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan (Sparky1)

With no official participation from the two main protagonists, Israel and the Palestinians, and scant enthusiasm from others, continued uncertainty and strong doubts over the plan’s political vision and the distraction of potential U.S.-Iran conflict, expectations are decidedly low. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner faces high hurdles in building support for the initiative.

Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran, but there will be ‘obliteration’ if it comes (Sparky1)

Asked if planes were in the air, the president responded, “No, but they would have been pretty soon, and things would have happened to a point where you would not turn back, you could not turn back.”

“Nothing was green lighted until the very end because things change,” Trump said during the interview with Todd.

Iranian hackers wage cyber campaign amid tensions with US (Sparky1)

Tensions have escalated since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and began a policy of “maximum pressure.” Iran has since been hit by multiple rounds of sanctions. Tensions spiked this past week after Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. drone — an incident that nearly led to a U.S. military strike against Iran on Thursday evening.

ICE’s planned deportation raids in 10 big cities: what we know (tmn)

In an interview with ABC, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Mark Morgan said the raids are about maintaining the “rule of law.” And though a ramped-up enforcement effort had been in the works, Trump’s decision to publicly telegraph a major law enforcement operation was an unusual one for a president to make. Coming as it did the evening before his 2020 reelection kickoff, his announcement appeared to be motivated by politics more than necessity. And as I detailed on Tuesday, ICE was blindsided by his tweet.

President Trump announces delay of mass immigration raids that were to begin Sunday (Sparky1)

Sharing the news on Twitter, the president said that “at the request of Democrats” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) would delay its plans to seek out people with deportation orders.

Trump said he had approved the delay so that Democrats and Republicans in Congress could work out a new immigration compromise — a deal that has so far eluded the president and his allies.

Russian Trolls Stir up Measles Vaccination Controversy (Sparky1)

Physicians and public health experts agree that the widely available MMR vaccine is almost 100% effective and perfectly safe. Still, a vituperative debate rages in the public square and on social media between proponents of vaccination and opponents of the procedure. This ongoing debate is one reason why Americans cannot agree on a national vaccination policy. Russia’s propaganda apparatus that is stoking the controversy is a less well-known reason.

U.S. Summer Driving Gets Off to Pricier Start as Refinery Burns (Sparky1)

The blaze, which continued to burn late Friday, could shut in about 4.2 million gallons a day of supply, enough to meet about 2.7% of East Coast demand, according to Bloomberg estimates. To fill the gap, prices would have to increase high enough to attract more supply from Europe of other parts of the U.S.

Georgians received an alarming test alert for a ‘radiological hazard’ (Sparky1)

“I know I’m not the only one who had a mini heart attack when the ‘EAS Radiological Hazard Warning’ test went out moments ago,” Billy Heath, a photojournalist for Atlanta news station FOX 5, wrote on Twitter. “I had to do a double take.”

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  • Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:49pm

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    The (soft) Twitter-based science behing the Russian interference - (anti) vaccine Measles vaccine that contributes to the lack of a U$ national vaccine policy

    Full and honest disclosure:  I am not a bot.

    Here is the (IMO, flimsy) qualitative research, “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6137759/#bib28) ,  cited in the above article from the Emergency Management News, “Russian Trolls Stir up Measles Vaccination Controversy” and as published in the Nat’l. Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and as appears in the American Journal of Public Health website: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304567, ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6137759/#bib28).

    The study was designed to answer the following research question: “Are bots and trolls more likely to tweet about vaccines?”  

    The study’s data collection and segmentation is based on “…the Botometer28 API—a widely used29 bot-detection tool—to estimate each tweet’s “bot score,” reflecting the likelihood that its author is a bot. Botometer returns a likelihood score between 0% and 100% for each query and cannot make an accurate assessment for all accounts.” [See http://botornot.co/, promoted as, “The BotOrNot is a perfect Twitter bot detector that able to spot fake followers on Twitter with high level of accuracy. “]

    The EDM article author, David E. Hubler, Contributor from In Homeland Security. [Sparky1 comment: Really, from Homeland Security??] cites additional resources/sources in support of his argument, such as Radio Free Europe (which cites the SAME “Weaponized….” research), The Federalist (which cites the SAME  “Weaponized….” research), and “… a study (which cites the SAME “Weaponized…” research) by “academics at George Washington University” that concluded that “Whereas bots that spread malware and unsolicited content disseminated antivaccine messages, Russian trolls promoted discord. Accounts masquerading as legitimate users create false equivalency, eroding public consensus on vaccination.”

    I don’t have the time or energy to delve further into the rabbit hole of deficiencies inherent in this questionable research, including but not limited to subjectivity, selection bias, definitional ambiguity, data and methodological integrity and more.

    The EDM ‘s parent organization, the American Military University’s (AMU) and subscription/membership base is not posted. AMU is promoted on the EDM’s website as “…the nation’s largest provider of online higher education to the U.S. military, and offers more than 190 degree and certificate programs including Homeland Security, Intelligence Studies, Emergency & Disaster Management, Criminal Justice, and more.”  [See: https://edmdigest.com/about/%5D

    For the record, this is the 4th time I’ve tried to post this comment to the PP site. No doubt at least some of the difficulty can be attributed to poster/site functionality error–but still, it makes you wonder.  If I didn’t have a “Botmeter” profile, I may likely do now as a result of this post, and have no way of knowing what my profile/ranking is….

    Good thing that this is only limited to Russian-related “influence”. Oh wait, Iran (queue Russian “proxy”) has been cited for similar cyber-malfeasance:  https://www.apnews.com/f01492c3dbd14856bce41d776248921f.  Those dang Russians, err..Iranians…err… [insert country] getting in the way of the [MIC/Big Pharma] U$ national vaccine policy!!  How unpatriotic! :/

     

     

    https://www.apnews.com/f01492c3dbd14856bce41d776248921f

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  • Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 11:00pm

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    Correction re: US vaccine policy and patriotism

    “Those dang Russians, err..Iranians…err… [insert country] getting in the way of the [MIC/Big Pharma] U$ national vaccine policy!! How unpatriotic! :/  ”

    I misspoke. Ultimately, I think it’s more about money (i.e., petrodollar), power and control, conveniently cloaked in the mantle of patriotism.

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  • Sun, Jun 23, 2019 - 5:19am

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    Farcebook is coming out with their own cryptocurrency

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  • Sun, Jun 23, 2019 - 5:26am

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    FB crypto

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  • Sun, Jun 23, 2019 - 11:09am

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    where FB crypto ends up: WeChat

    China provides us a fun example of what happens when you combine a bunch of important features on one application, including financial transactions:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-48552907

    I was in Hong Kong to cover the enormous candlelight vigil marking 30 years since the People’s Liberation Army was ordered to open fire on its own people to remove the mostly student protesters who’d been gathering in and around Tiananmen Square for months in June 1989.

    Naturally I took photos of the sea of people holding candles and singing, and posted some of these on my WeChat “moments”.

    The post contained no words – just photos.

    Chinese friends started asking on WeChat what the event was? Why were people gathering? Where was it?

    That such questions were coming from young professionals here shows the extent to which knowledge of Tiananmen 1989 has been made to disappear in China.

    I answered a few of them, rather cryptically, then suddenly I was locked out of WeChat.

    “Your login has been declined due to account exceptions. Try to log in again and proceed as instructed,” came the message on the screen.

    Then, when I tried to log back in, a new message appeared: “This WeChat account has been suspected of spreading malicious rumours and has been temporarily blocked…”

    Eventually, our hero was required to provide his face (slash biometric) in order to reactivate his WeChat.  On which his life in China depends.

    Guaranteed that Facebook will monitor each and every transaction you make, milking the most possible information out of it for their advertising mill.

    The very last company I would give my financial transaction information to would be Facebook.  Willingly, that is.

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  • Sun, Jun 23, 2019 - 2:21pm

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    Vaccine and DHS

    I appreciate Sparky1’s discussion of the association of DHS authors and the vaccine policy debate.  I am not at all surprised at this point to find indicators suggesting that vaccination policy is linked to the movement towards totalitarianism.

    The 3 “gifts” of 9/11 and the GWOT going operational to America were a rapid institution of:

    1.  A long string of wars (“7 countries in 5 years”) in the middle-east,

    2.  The Patriot Act

    3.  The Department of Homeland Security.

    All of these are pretty clearly the bringing of tyranny to the US, dressed up under the guise of “protecting the public.”

    Some of the vaccine-safety literature studies contains glaring flaws in logic.  These kinds of flaws are hard for me to imagine happening accidentally.  When groups of smart people do stupid things and the stupid things all point to a certain goal, one must suspect that a deliberate deception is afoot.  (A most obvious example discussed in the vaccine thread is the Madsen study and this discussion of its significant errors.)

    And of course vaccinations have indeed transformed the public health landscape globally.  So vaccination policy is a good face to put on tyranny when selling it to the public.

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  • Sun, Jun 23, 2019 - 3:18pm

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    A vaccination dictatorship

    is well under way in Australia. In Victoria even MDs are not allowed to express doubts in public about any aspect of vaccination policy and practice. Of course, all that does is drive it underground. People bypass the conventional media sources and become their own media.

    But the public by and large have accepted the line that all vaccines are perfectly safe all the time. We know some young(ish) parents who firmly believed that their newborn MUST have its allocated large number of jabs and permitted it to be done. They could NOT countenance the possibility that anything could go wrong. The grandparents had to undergo a series of vaccinations before being allowed anywhere near the child.

    Not all vaccinations are bad. I’ve had jabs for polio, typhoid, scarlet fever and tetanus and feel that I’m much better off for it. Mind you, this was decades in the past when the adjuvants and preservatives don’t seem to have been an issue.

    However, it’s only a matter of time before the entire population must submit completely to whatever vaccination regimen “they” deem necessary. I object to the domineering nature of its implementation and lack of permitted public discourse about risk factors. We don’t need a great deal of specialist knowledge in an area to recognise that when talk about issues in the area are suppressed, then the issues are highly likely to be contentious and benefitting only a narrow class of interests.

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  • Sun, Jun 23, 2019 - 5:33pm

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    10 of thousands

    When I became re-introduced to the topic of vaccine safety a few months ago, I was surprised to find that there are at least many tens of thousands of people who have a deep certainty that vaccinations caused autism in their children/ grandchildren/ nephews/ siblings.  Many are very intelligent and very educated.  They are there.  Quietly.

    When the Omnibus hearings on autism were held at the vaccine court, 5,000 cases were included and at least 5,000 more were “in the pipeline” to come to the vaccine court for autism as a vaccine damage.   This alone is 10,000 families with this conviction.

    Yet discussion in professional settings is absolutely forbidden.  Medical colleagues will jump down your throat with zeal and righteousness.

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  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - 5:17am

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    Epidemiology and the law

    Is there epidemiological evidence that supports those families’ beliefs?  If so, where are the class action lawsuits that inevitably follow that kind of evidence?  If not, then you have a problem with the data not supporting emotional reactions.

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  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - 6:09am

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    The Semmelweis Effect Offers an Answer

    During a time when a certain way of seeing things remains firmly established, but a new and more effective way has been introduced, there is a very strong imperative, both in the individual, and in the collective psyches, to reject that new viewpoint.

    This mechanism provides stability to a world view and has been named the Semmelweis effect).  (Source)   Its price is the limiting of adaptability.

    Semmelweis was a physician in Vienna in 1847 when he believed that it was a lack of cleanliness of physician’s hands that was causing women to die after child birth (childbed fever).  He did a small observational study where he had the physicians would wash their hands in dilute lime and bleach mixture before examining the women.

    Hand washing reduced death from 10% to 2% in his small study. However, his findings were not widely accepted nor tested on larger groups.

    The Semmelweis discovery occurred before the microscope was widespread and before the germ-theory of disease was accepted.   The physicians of his era had no plausible mechanism by which hand washing could reasonably be expected to reduce childbed death.

    The medical community rejected his theory and expelled him from the staff of the Vienna General Hospital.  He was forced to leave the city in disgrace.

    ——————

    At a mechanistic level, Federal law (National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986) shields vaccine makers from lawsuits caused by vaccine harms.  This has been upheld at the Supreme court level.   You cannot sue a pharmaceutical company which makes a vaccine which harms a child.

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  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - 8:30am

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    1 of 10000

    Let’s see. I’m an engineer in civil (not PE) with BS AOE; my grandfather was the first NY health commissioner to vaccinate all the kids in his district.

    I withheld the DTP from my oldest son, until they could bring in the less-effective but less-damaging DTaP, because *I suspected it of causing brain swelling, autism and death in certain people.* I was among the first.

    I also withheld the 2nd or 3rd polio, because he started showing signs of insulin problems. That isn’t autism.

    I withheld the MMR as a moral issue, not profiting from the murder of infants. Same goes for the Tamiflu spray vaccination, but we’ve gotten other non-abortion-product flu vaccs.

    I’d say I’m one.

    But… don’t forget how you linked to the APA… who are now discussing it.

    Oh, in a different vein, the official position on earthquakes is “not predictable”, right down to imprisoning those who successfully predicted actual severe earthquakes as a fraud who is a danger to themselves and others (Jack Coles).

    But recently, now, they are saying in the news “maybe it is predictable after all.”

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  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - 9:22am

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    vaccines

    The Semmelweis effect, as you described it, appears to be consistent with scientific method.  I doubt that he “believed” it before he actually tried cleanliness, but he obviously had some suspicion and it might work, and it did.  The fact that the rest of the medical establishment at the time didn’t agree does not detract from the effectiveness of cleanliness, as has been demonstrated convincingly for a couple centuries, and now we have good evidence of why it works.

    The Court decision you linked is interesting in that it cites the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 as intentionally rejecting ‘design’ of a vaccine as a cause of action.  It does not prohibit suits based on manufacturer’s defect or inadequate instructions or warnings.

    The decision also notes that the Act reflects a “sensible” choice to leave complex epidemiological judgments about vaccine design to the FDA and National Vaccine Program rather than juries.  I am inherently distrustful of leaving regulation of industry up to the industry, but at least you have a federal agency and program that do oversight.  And, there is at least a mechanism for those injured by vaccines for relief from a manufacturers compensation fund that “has awarded more than $1.8 billion for vaccine injury claims in nearly 2,500 cases since 1989.”  I imagine those are specific claims due to some level of negligence by the manufacturer, not generalized liability based on defective formula (design) of a vaccine.

    Of course to some extent we are all guinea pigs in drug research, but the industry has responded in the past when drugs or vaccines are found to be faulty by changing the formulae due to problems that have been discovered, as in the specific case before the Court.

    It is my understanding that studies have not generally found links between vaccines and the various conditions blamed on them by members of the public.  If you are aware of such studies I’d be interested in looking at them.

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  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - 1:19pm

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    Doug said-

    It is my understanding that studies have not generally found links between vaccines and the various conditions blamed on them by members of the public. If you are aware of such studies I’d be interested in looking at them.

    https://www.peakprosperity.com/forum-topic/vaccines/

    See also “mitochondrial dysfunction”, “vaccine induced fever and immune stimulation”, and also “regressive encephalopathy.”

    Short answer: some number of children have an underlying condition (“mitochondrial dysfunction”) that gets triggered by vaccination, causing fever, and the resulting brain damage which causes autism.

    See also: affidavit from a former government expert witness on the subject of some cases of autism having been caused by vaccination, the autism trial in the vaccine court in 2007, and the testimony that was never presented at that trial.

    https://sharylattkisson.com/2019/01/dr-andrew-zimmermans-full-affidavit-on-alleged-link-between-vaccines-and-autism-that-u-s-govt-covered-up/

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  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - 3:08pm

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    Doug

    You said “it is my understanding that studies have not not generally found links between vaccines and the various conditions blamed on them by members of the public. If you are aware of such studies I’d be interested in looking at them.”

    At the moment I am not, because once my kids’ vacc issues were settled, it was less immediately important to me.

    But a big part of the problem is that what you say is not correct, in general. It is more correct to say that studies have not been done and published in peer reviewed medical journals.

    But the flaw in that, is that the peer reviewed journals have rejected valid studies for proposing positions that expose the journals themselves to attack.

    As such, my respect for such journals as a mark of validity is highly reduced; it moves the science back toward “documented anecdotal evidence” being sufficient for cause-of-concern.

    And there is PLENTY of anecdotal evidence, both documented and undocumented — to make me say that vaccines and autism are a valid cause of concern.

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  • Tue, Jun 25, 2019 - 2:33am

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    Sorry, too busy to respond

    I’ve been working and haven’t been able to summarize the findings that I am aware of.  I have included most of what I know in the vaccine thread, though it is long.

    1.  There is no “proof” that vaccines cause autism in the form of a randomized, prospective study comparing completely vaccinated versus completely unvaccinated children.  The one real study we would want to see has never been done.

    2.  There are several softer studies where parents of students are interviewed about their recollection of vaccine status and health status that did show the unvaccinated to be healthier in general and have less learning disabilities, ADHD and autism.

    3.  Several indirect studies suggested links.

    4.  Studies that are quoted for the public from the literature as ” 1) proving that 2) vaccines 3) don’t cause autism” actually only look at ONE vaccine (MMR) or preservative (thimerisol) and don’t “prove” but simply “fail to demonstrate a correlation.”   Their conclusions are grossly over stated when conveyed to the public.

    5.  And some studies that are purported to “Prove vaccines don’t cause autism” actually do have sub groups where the MMR IS ASSOCIATED with increased autism.  (Closely look at the Madsen study results page, for the 3-5 year old age group.)

    6.  The MMR is used as a strawman for “all vaccines” when much vaccine damage is likely from other vaccines and components.  (Top suspect is Aluminum Hydroxide nanocrystals and the activation of the inflamasome pathway–the same pathway activated in gout.)

    6.5  Aluminum Hydroxide injection (the adjuvant given alone) has caused neurologic damage in mice (See Shaw).

    7.  Researchers report that vaccine critical studies cannot get funded or published in the USA at this time.

    8.  The immunologic response produced by a vaccine differs from that produced by having the disease itself.  Especially CD4+, CD8+  and Memory cell counts.

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  • Tue, Jun 25, 2019 - 11:07am

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    Years ago I allowed our puppy to get a kennel cough vaccine, a spray up the nose. At age 9 she got nasal cancer and died. Internet research suggests a link between the aluminum nano particles and cancer. Sad, because the kennel cough vaccine is essentially as effective as a vaccine for the human common cold. There are too many strains for it to have any relevance. It seems that it is merely used as a legal crutch by dog kennels to provide evidence that they take steps towards maintaining a disease free environment, so that if anyone Sue’s them when their dog gets sick they can point to their kennel cough vaccination requirement.

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