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    Daily Digest 6/6 – Lancet Retracts Hydroxychloroquine study, How Union and Supreme Court Shield Minneapolis Cops

    by Daily Digest

    Saturday, June 6, 2020, 11:37 AM


Economy

U.S. labor market unexpectedly improves; recovery years away (Sparky1)

Economists said the government’s Paycheck Protection Program, part of a historic fiscal package worth nearly $3 trillion, offering businesses loans that can be partially forgiven if used for employee salaries, artificially juiced employment. They noted many sectors added jobs in May, though businesses remained shut.

This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout. It’s Been Great for His Family. (Lisa D.)

When lockdowns crippled the economy in March, the Treasury and the Fed launched an unprecedented effort to buy up corporate debt to avert a freeze in lending at the exact moment businesses needed to borrow to keep running. That effort has succeeded, at least temporarily, with credit continuing to flow to companies over the last several weeks. This policy also allowed those who were heavily invested in corporate loans to recoup huge losses.

U.S. schools lay off hundreds of thousands, setting up lasting harm to kids (Sparky1)

That is more than the nearly 300,000 total during the entire 2008 Great Recession, according to a 2014 paper by three university economists financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. The number of public school teachers hasn’t recovered from that shakeout, reaching near-2008 levels only in 2019.

Video shows police in Buffalo, New York, shoving 75-year-old to ground (Sparky1)

The video taken by a reporter from local public radio station WBFO and posted on its website and Twitter account shows the white-haired man approaching a line of officers in riot gear. One officer pushes him with a baton and a second one with his hand. The sound of a crack is heard and then blood trickles from the man’s head. The man, who is white, is not identified.

“I was deeply disturbed by the video,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement. “After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening.”

2 Buffalo cops charged with assault after video shows officers shoving 75-year-old man to the ground (Sparky1)

Attorney Kelly V. Zarcone issued a statement from Martin Gugino, the man who was pushed to the ground, saying Gugino is “a longtime peaceful protester, human rights advocate, and overall fan of the US Constitution.”

57 Buffalo officers resign from Emergency Response Team after two cops suspended (Sparky1)

“If they resigned, I’m exceptionally disappointed by it because it indicates to me that they did not see anything wrong with the actions last night,” Poloncarz said at a press conference Friday.

The incident is one of several instances where police officers appear to be using excessive force against demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in Minneapolis police custody last week.

Special Report: How union, Supreme Court shield Minneapolis cops (Sparky1)

In Minneapolis, officers have successfully used the qualified immunity doctrine to win civil lawsuits against them in federal courts. It is difficult to identify all excessive force lawsuits in federal court records, but Reuters found 28 such cases from 2006 through 2018 in which Minneapolis police officers raised a qualified immunity defense. Judges sided with the officers in 15 of those, ending the cases without a jury trial.

The union contract and the qualified immunity doctrine play a role in emboldening some officers to commit abuses, legal scholars say, but they don’t always provide a shield in cases that trigger criminal charges or unleash national media scrutiny — as has now happened in Minneapolis.

From Michael Brown to George Floyd: What We’ve Learned About Policing (tmn)

To better plumb the root causes of police violence, The Marshall Project has talked to a range of people who’ve immersed themselves in the issue. David Simon, most famous for creating “The Wire”, pointed to the drug war’s role in changing policing in the city where Freddie Gray was killed in police custody, sparking mass protests. In the wake of the Charleston church shootings that killed nine black parishioners, Bryan Stevenson, the author of “Just Mercy” and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, explored the historic role of the police in enforcing white supremacy in America. We also talked to those with searing personal encounters, such as Erica Garner, whose father, Eric Garner, died in Staten Island after a New York Police Department officer put him in a chokehold. His final words— “I can’t breathe”—were echoed by George Floyd as he died.

Young white men with long guns at George Floyd protests likely affiliated with far-right group Boogaloo (Sparky1)

“They believe that in this current moment, the chaos that surrounds us is signaling the potential for an impending second civil war which, believe it or not, they are hoping for because they believe that will rid the United States of all its problems,” said Devin Burghart, executive director of the national Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

Antifa: Terrorist Group or Trump Scapegoat? (Sparky1)

For protests that turned violent, President Trump blames the far left, and saying he wants to designate Antifa – short for ‘Anti-Fascists’ – as a terrorist organization. But activist and Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray hits back in a piece for the Washington Post. Bray joins Michel Martin to explain why he believes Trump’s bluster is a diversionary tactic.

‘Our community not guiltless’, says Indian-American group on recent African-American killings (newsbuoy)

The US-based advocacy group, which helps Indian-Americans join politics and run for elected offices, has observed that the recent killings of Floyd, Taylor and others have exposed the horrifying reality of anti-blackness in America.

“Many of us are here because of the tireless work of black and civil rights activists to open up immigration to America, and many more of us have benefited from the ‘myth of the model minority’.

Brands Have Nothing Real to Say About Racism (tmn)

But it has never been clearer than right now that brands aren’t your friend, when social media is awash in videos of riots and humans being assaulted, in the middle of a global pandemic, all while the president of the United States threatens to unleash the country’s military on its own populace. American brands have rushed to show where they stand, but it’s still uncertain what they intend to offer—what they can offer—beyond greater awareness of their existence and a vague sense of virtue.

The virus’s tale (thc0655)

Kilayko didn’t know the voice on the other end of the line. But she knew the woman’s role. This on-call epidemiologist for the state Department of Public Health’s hotline was a gatekeeper. And according to the state of Massachusetts on Tuesday, March 3, the virus had scarcely arrived here. Outbreaks in China and Italy were raging, but there were just over 100 official cases dotting the US, most of them a continent away in Washington and California. There had been two sick people identified in Massachusetts, but both were infected overseas and both were quickly isolated. As far as the state was concerned, the novel coronavirus was still a faraway problem.

The Black Plague (tmn)

It is easy to simply point to the prevalence of these health conditions among African-Americans as the most important explanation for their rising death rates. But it is also important to acknowledge that black vulnerability is especially heightened by the continued ineptitude of the federal government in response to the coronavirus. The mounting carnage in Trump’s America did not have to happen to the extent that it has. covid-19 testing remains maddeningly inconsistent and unavailable, with access breaking down along the predictable lines. In Philadelphia, a scientist at Drexel University found that, in Zip Codes with a “lower proportion of minorities and higher incomes,” a higher number of tests were administered. In Zip Codes with a higher number of unemployed and uninsured residents, there were fewer tests. Taken together, testing in higher-income neighborhoods is six times greater than it is in poorer neighborhoods.

Retraction—Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis (Colin H.)

We always aspire to perform our research in accordance with the highest ethical and professional guidelines. We can never forget the responsibility we have as researchers to scrupulously ensure that we rely on data sources that adhere to our high standards. Based on this development, we can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources. Due to this unfortunate development, the authors request that the paper be retracted.

Lancet retracts Hydroxychloroquine study (newsbuoy)

The WHO Data Safety Committee found no evidence of HCQ-linked mortality in Covid positive patients, asking the world body to resume trials and leaving The Lancet red-faced.

In its retraction notice regarding the article, The Lancet today said it could no longer vouch for the veracity of primary data used in the research. The journal also apologised.

Malaria Drug Promoted by Trump Did Not Prevent Covid Infections, Study Finds (Donna B.)

This type of study, in which patients are picked at random to receive either an experimental treatment or a placebo, is considered the most reliable way to measure the safety and effectiveness of a drug. The participants were health care workers and people who had been exposed at home to ill spouses, partners or parents.

Major Concerns on the Identification of Bat Coronavirus Strain RaTG13 and Quality of Related Nature Paper (astutsa)

In this paper, we raise the puzzling observations surrounding the identification, characterization, unique genome features of this RaTG13 strain, as well as its 100% nucleotide identity in partial RdRp gene with another bat coronavirus strain BtCoV/4991. And the paper presented premature hypothesis of potential bat origin of SARS-CoV-2 while RaTG13 strain was not successfully isolated. We also present the concerns on the methodology, data quality and experiment procedures described in this paper. We call for the authors to provide additional data, to share related samples to be verified and further characterized by other scientists.

Vitamin K found in some cheeses could help fight Covid-19, study suggests (AM)

He said: “We are in a terrible, horrible situation in the world. We do have an intervention which does not have any side effects, even less than a placebo. There is one major exception: people on anti-clotting medication. It is completely safe in other people.

“My advice would be to take those vitamin K supplements. Even if it does not help against severe Covid-19, it is good for your blood vessels, bones and probably also for the lungs.”

Earth has hottest May on record, with 2020 on track to be one of the top 10 warmest years (tmn)

“The last month has been the warmest May on record globally and this is unquestionably an alarming sign,” said Freja Vamborg, a scientist at Copernicus Climate Change Service, an intergovernmental agency that supports European climate policy.

“Even more concerning is the fact that average temperatures of the last 12 months have become one of the hottest 12-month periods ever recorded in our data set,” she said.

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11 Comments

  • Sat, Jun 06, 2020 - 4:19pm

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    ezlxq1949

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    Policing is mission impossible

    It tries to impose on people from without what people ought to impose upon themselves from within. Can't be an easy career choice.

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  • Sat, Jun 06, 2020 - 8:21pm

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    Daddy-O McDadstein

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    On Lancet's Retraction

    Two words are all that are needed to encapsulate the depravity of the pharmaceutical/regulatory complex in the US: "Opioids" and "Xanax".

    Both are from the Devil's own laboratory. Both have destroyed lives while adding billions to the profits of pharmaceutical corporations. A lot of lives, and a lot of dollars in exchange for them. It is totally about the money. Not a bit about the well-being of US citizens.

    The US is a drug-abusing nation, and South American and Mexican cartels are only part of the problem. Our own agencies and corporations are absolutely in on the drug-abuse-for-profit thing.

    So this virus "escapes" from a lab in Wuhan--being charitable here--and infects the global populace. In the US and in Europe there is a full court press against HCQ while American and UK agencies and (formerly) respected and even revered publications throw their (now much diminished) credibility into the mix to cast HCQ in a preposterously negative light and a newly-patented drug, Remdesivir, in an undeservedly positive one.

    It is about the money for corporations, and it is about government regulators playing along with that for whatever benefits accrue to them. I can only imagine, but those benefits must be handsome--as they come at the cost of hundreds of thousands of human lives and the heartbreak of millions.

    There are natural alternatives for lots of illnesses and complaints, and many of them work better than the pharmaceuticals--I'm only speaking from experience here, not having the benefit of The Lancet and Anthony Fauci to tell me they work. But I have had to discover the remedies after suffering sometimes for years, sometimes for decades with pain, illness, and mental/emotional issues that were quickly dispatched once I found out what my body needed. Guess what? Neither my body nor my mind were suffering from a lack of some pharmaceutical preparation made from petrochemicals.

    I hope for the destruction of the agencies that place profits over Homo sapiens' physical and mental health. I hope for the destruction of the agencies that profit off the incarceration of people who have succumbed to addiction to drugs that are produced legally for the financial benefit of the pharmacarnivores.

    Let the veneer of goodness and uprightness be stripped away and let the rottenness, the greed, the avarice, and the stone-cold-heartlessness be seen for what it is: a cancer on our culture.

    Anxiety? Try Gama aminobutyric acid (GABA. It works for me every time)

    Inflamation? Try turmeric curcumin with piperine. As effective as ibuprofen (and it isn't bad for your kidneys! Funny!)

    Joint issues or arthritis? Try velvet elk antler powder in capsules. Like magic. (Have to let it build up for a while in the case of arthritis, but it killed the pain of my degenerative disc in a week and a half. Gone. All flexibility restored. No pain.)

    Infection? Try colloidal or ionic silver.

    Depression? Try L-tryptophan (but not if you are on an SSRI. Get that out of your system first) and L-tyrosine.

    And keep taking the supplements Chris advocates. They're all good.

    But don't believe that the FDA, CDC, NIAID, or any other government agency is looking out for you as anything other than a unit to put prescription, patented drugs into for the enrichment of a corporation that is interested first and foremost in profits and perpetuation of diseases that will require their drugs.

     

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  • Sat, Jun 06, 2020 - 9:29pm

    Island girl

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    GABA

    Glad the GABA woks for you. I has looked into it, but it is my understanding that orally administered GABA does not cross the blood-brain barrier. However, L-theanine is absorbed, and may work as an antagonist to glutamate to reduce anxiety and benefit sleep . Never heard of velvet elk antler powder so I looked it up, quite intriguing, and there are sources in North Ameria. Thanks for mentioning it.

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  • Sun, Jun 07, 2020 - 4:20am

    Daddy-O McDadstein

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    @Island girl

    Hey. Yeah, I was dealing with some very stressy stuff, so I asked the well informed owner of Vita Mart to suggest something. She said GABA might do the trick, but that it doesn't work for everyone. It sure worked for me. Anxiety attacks became a thing of the past. Don't know why it doesn't work for all, except that there are four basic brain chemistries--just as there a are four basic personality types, I guess--and what works for one may not work for all.

    Testimonial on velvet elk antler: about 20 years ago I was being awakened every morning around 4 a.m. to searing headache and neck pain due to a disc in my neck that had nearly disappeared. I hate taking NSAIDs and other pain killers, so I used them very sparingly. When on vacation in Colorado I happened to visit a little store that had the antler products. I spoke with one of the owners who told me of her own experience with it in combating arthritis. She showed me the bulges in her knuckles from bone spurs. After taking velvet antler for a month, all her pain went away and all the flexibility returned. So I tried it for my degenerative disc. A week and a half was all it took. I still have no neck pain, though I stopped taking it for over a decade. Started taking it again a week ago for another bone issue.

    They do not kill the elk to harvest the antlers. They anesthetize the bulls when they are still in velvet, cut off the antlers, freeze-dry them, and turn them into a fine powder. The company I buy from is called Grande Natural Meats (they sell meat products) in Del Norte, CO. They have a very effective antler product for dogs with arthritis too.

    I'd have sent this in a personal message, but wanted whomever else might read it to get the same info.

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  • Sun, Jun 07, 2020 - 6:42am

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    Hottest day on record

    For the record, I'm not anti global warming.  It's very possible that the global warming is real.

    That being said, the statement that Earth had the hottest day on record has to be qualified.  Sadly, this statement is not necessarily equivalent to the statement "Earth had the hottest day ever."

    Unfortunately, both NASA and NOAA have changed their historic temperature databases.  The temperatures in their databases are now systematically colder than the temperatures that were actually measured.

    NASA made the change first, in the early to mid 2000s.  When I read this, I didn't take it for granted, I dug out the old NASA temperature databases and compared them.  NASA did lower their historic temperatures.

    Several years later NOAA followed NASA's lead and lowered the historic temperatures in their database.

    To my knowledge, neither NASA or NOAA has ever explained why the did this.

    This presents two problems.  First, it makes statements like "the hottest day on record" essentially meaningless.  Second, for scientists doing global warming modeling and making projections, it makes the slope of their projected temperature growth too steep.

    Wouldn't it be great if our science was uncorrupted by games of this sort?

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  • Sun, Jun 07, 2020 - 7:49am

    stevedaly

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    One perspective on global warming

    I'm an idiot with respect to ecoscience. So please give me the corrections that are needed on this point of view:

    Human  life and healthy trees common to our environment thrive up to about an altitude of 12,000 to 12,500 ft. or maybe 2 1/2 miles.  From some point of elevation on our earth's surface you can look out horizontally at 2 1/2 miles and visually it is not that far.   It is easy to look up at the sky and think our atmosphere continues to 35,000 ft. where jetliners travel (6 miles up) or even 20 miles perhaps.  But the air there has very low density and little capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide.  On the surface it seems we live in a very fragile environment.  So where is all the carbon dioxide we are now emitting being collected?  The earth has been collecting and storing the sun's energy for eons in the form of carbon deposits, carbon that we are now dumping back into the atmosphere in just a few years.  And yet the CO2 concentration in our breathable air is still in the parts per million (ppm) range.  (And no matter what our "brilliant" government scientists have been saying for decades, there is not enough temperature rise to effect the every day lives of Americans.  Even the global warming effect of water vapor as in the form of cloud cover is too massive and variable to study according to NOAA.  CO2 in the ppm range is really insignificant compared to ordinary clouds.)

    So is all the CO2 we are dumping into the atmosphere going somewhere else?  Should we be looking at thriving plant life?  The weight of worldwide plant life probably exceeds the weight of our atmospheric gas and plant life is thriving now.  What about the oceans, lakes, and rivers?  The world's weight of water exceeds the weight of our atmosphere by orders of magnitude, maybe many orders of magnitude, and without a doubt we are storing most of our excess CO2 there as a reservoir.  Will we see serious changes in our oceans before we see "global  warming" and rising sea levels?  Will algae blooms become very significant problems?  What possible environmental chain reactions and disasters are being set off in our seas?  These may be happening and invisible to us in our everyday lives.

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  • Sun, Jun 07, 2020 - 10:38am

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    This guy says he won’t comply with future lockdown orders

    Will you?

    https://twitter.com/brandondarby/status/1269379750465806338?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1269379750465806338&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftheferalirishman.blogspot.com%2F

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  • Sun, Jun 07, 2020 - 11:19am

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    cognitive dissonance

    Yeah, I think the "lockdown" ship has totally sailed at this point.

    A normal person might conclude, lockdowns are either "the right thing to do", or they aren't, from a public health standpoint.

    But that's not the criteria being used.  Truth is, lockdowns are entirely conditional, and they depend entirely on whatever else is going on in society that seems more important to those in power.

    End of the day, that's probably worth another 3 point drop in "trust in institutions/Television News" over at Gallup, currently at an all-time low:

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/1597/confidence-institutions.aspx

    Fourth Turning In Action.  Nothing happens without consequence.

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  • Sun, Jun 07, 2020 - 7:37pm

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    Re Lockdowns

    Well , a lockdown by authorities in the country is called false imprisonment.   Lockdowns or restricted movement is really at best a suggestion.. ( and it would be safe and wise to follow ) but you cannot force anyone to do it.   I am not sure you could even execute a curfew by legal cause in this country. They could attempt to implement penalties for violators,  but if a good attorney, it would not stand.  The problem is all the legal crap you have to do for something that is not against the law.  Hence, the government and corrupt and abuse of the law.  Again, if a curfew is enacted, it would be wise to comply.

    Ultimately, it is self-governing.  When people see the problem as big enough or severe enough, they will shelter in place , shutter etc.   Its like anti-vaxxers..   They will  vaccinate, WHEN the consequences of not vaxxing are greater than those of  vaxxing.. Both have consequences.   But trust me if there is an out-break of polio going around your town, even though paralysis only occurs in 1% of infections.. , they would consider it..

    People will do what is necessary for their best interests.  It just takes longer to prove the interest of each.  and determine that..  Your government still not have the right to determine what is in your best interest.. FREE country still.  But they are working on taking that away..   This lockdown-order , if actually enforced, will be cause instantaneous revolution.  So , if they don't , good.   If they do , better.

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 5:47am

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    David Kendrick

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    The Hottest May on record

    The earths hottest may on record, well this is entirely true if your record goes back to last year, and has not factored in albedo changes due to the all but abandonment of air travel - or use the weather station at the bottom of the taxiway of runway 1 of Heathrow.

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 7:31am

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    CO2 is Good, Not Bad & Meaningless in Regards to Global Warming.

    Virtually, almost everything the typical person understands about Earth's Climate and Global Warming, is entirely false.

    What people have been led to believe about the dangers of Man-Made CO2, is the direct result of deliberate misinformation, fed to them for most of their lives, created by those, who wish to control those lives.

    The Earth's climatic history has always been dynamic and ever changing.  Earth simply does not possess a NORMAL, or STABLE, or CONSTANT climate, and never has for its entire existence.  What is "normal" is relative only to the specific period one chooses to examine...and then, the "normal" is only an average of that period's climatic variability.

    We all understand about Ice Ages and Inter-Glacial periods, right?  We understand the Earth gets cold for a long time, then gets a bit warmer for a shorter time...and then, gets colder again, right?  But the swing from cold epochs to warm ones is NOT DRIVEN by the CO2 content of Earth's atmosphere.  You see, CO2 does not drive ANY climate change whatsoever...not even in this current day...where CO2 is supposed to present a dire threat to every living thing, save for geothermal bacteria.

    The fact of the matter is, the entire Human Race could vanish in an instant, thereby stopping every Man-Made source of CO2, and removing the sum of all of our species' contribution of CO2 to Earth's atmosphere, and Earth's climate would not change at all!

    But how can this be so?

    To illustrate, examine the image below.  This image is comprised of One-Million blue pixels and represents the entire Earth's atmosphere.  You may notice a tiny black square in the image's blue field. This tiny square represents the total volume of CO2 in our current atmosphere, including every molecule of Man-Man CO2, and every natural source of CO2.

    If you blow this image up, concentrating on the tiny black square, you will see it contains a small portion of both yellow and red pixels.  Together, the red and yellow pixels represent ALL Man-Made CO2 present in our current atmosphere.  The YELLOW pixels, by themselves, represents the CO2 created by just the United States.  The RED pixels represent EVERY other country's Man-Man CO2 contribution.

    Instead of using WEIGHT to measure CO2 gas, we use: Parts Per Million Of Volume.

    If you remove all the Red & Yellow pixels from this image, and replace them with Blue pixels instead, the Black pixels would represent the natural CO2 only.  So, going from the combined total of 415 PPM of CO2, we would be left with only 397 PPM of naturally occurring CO2.

    What would the World be like if ONLY we could drop the CO2 levels to 397 PPM?  Without killing our entire species, how can we hope to achieve this radically low CO2 volume...and alter Earth's climate to establish a new Garden of Eden for our children?

    Fact is, removing all of Humanity's CO2 contribution would not alter the Climate at all.  We have already lived through and experienced what the world is like with a total CO2 atmospheric content of 397 PPM.

    The world would be the same as it is RIGHT NOW!

    If ridding the world of Humanity will not result in any climate change, how can only removing 10%, or 20%, or even 50%, of Man-Made CO2 do so?

    Does this mean we should not care about our CO2 production?

    Yes.  Yes.  It does.

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