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  • Tue, Mar 31, 2020 - 12:26am

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    davefairtex

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    HCQ and Big Pharma

    Count me in with the group that thinks Big Pharma is leaning heavily on their mainstream media friends (whose revenues depend on advertising from said Big Pharma) via their tame set of paid-for researchers that actively campaign against anything that isn’t a patented product of their money source.

    “OMG a man in Arizona ate aquarium cleaner and died!”

    “Its not proven!”

    “Its not safe!”

    Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt.  Let’s hope that HCQ + Zithro study in NYC is being done legitimately, and isn’t under the auspices of someone who is working for the government NOW, but has been promised a very well paid post in Big Pharma “after government service” (hello: Robert Rubin – $100 million from Citibank after torpedoing  Glass-Stegall in 1999/2000) in return for “doing this study properly.”

    There are hundreds of billions in potential revenue are at stake for that company.  Any organization that stands to get THAT rich off this pandemic – I trust them to pull out all the stops to destroy any and all competition.  The stakes are just too high.

    This accounts for why “the major networks” haven’t picked up HCQ + Zithromax.  Big Pharma is their primary source for ad revenue.  It simply runs counter to their interest to provide any sort of support for an unpatented, non-big-Pharma cure.

    Example “search completion” from google for the phrase, “supplements are”:

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  • Tue, Mar 31, 2020 - 12:03am

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    davefairtex

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    warm and humid = good for you, bad for covid

    I do think warmer weather and higher humidity will definitely help.  It isn’t the answer by itself, but it should act to slow the spread, at least outdoors.

    Inside buildings, and mass transit systems is probably where the problems will remain.  Cool dry air is bad news during summer or winter.  Where do we spend the majority of our time “in the civilized world?”  Indoors, of course.

    Note that many tropical countries have had a much slower spread of the virus than the colder, drier nations.  That doesn’t mean they are immune (aircon is quite popular in said countries – malls, rich people’s houses, theaters, buses and trains, bars, etc) but it does appear to help them to resist the spread.

    Especially when the people in these tropical countries wear masks semi-religiously, don’t hug in public, and are fanatical about personal cleanliness.

    In addition, apparently, if you get infected during humid conditions, your body fights off the virus better:

    There is a sweet spot in relative humidity for indoor environments, review found. Mice in environments of between 40% and 60% relative humidity show substantially less ability to transmit viruses to non-infected mice than those in environments of low or high relative humidity. Mice kept at 50% relative humidity were also able to clear an inhaled virus and mount robust immune responses, she found.

    https://news.yale.edu/2020/03/30/hopes-pandemic-respite-spring-may-depend-upon-what-happens-indoors

    As a result of all of this, I suspect once all is said and done, the overall hit that (say) Florida takes from the virus (minus the tourist areas) will be substantially less than other places.  But we will only read this in the history books.

    “We found that the warm, humid areas without heavy tourist traffic suffered much less from the pandemic than those in the colder, drier regions …” — History of the COVID Pandemic, 2025.

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 11:56pm

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    dtrammel

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    Smell Something

    I’ve got a bag of incense on my desk. Every few hours I put it to my nose and smell it. Not sure if the “sense of smell” disappears meme is true, but its something that is easy to check on a periodic basis.

    Also filling your home with pleasant smells is a good way to de-stress.

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 11:35pm

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    Adrienne Lellman

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    Figures from China

    Hi Chris,

    Greetings from New Zealand!

    I am thinking we should stop including China in the official figures as they are so obviously state propaganda. A Chinese nationalist friend of mine has confirmed with me that in Wuhan alone the deaths topped 45,000. please refer following article:
    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Wuhan,-endless-queues-for-ashes-of-coronavirus-dead-cast-doubts-on-numbers-49673.html?fbclid=IwAR2urhMmowwrvkDbw21hjsorOs5_oe6amXaQh8fMul6OeOlQryxLA4wOTYw

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 11:25pm

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    annavangonen

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    Insight on situation in Russia + Spain Unrest

    Hello Chris! Thanks for your important work and the daily updates!
    Is there any data about the covid-19 situation in Russia? As a large country they apparently have a small number of detected cases, do you know why and what are possible predictions?
    As the face masks were unavailable almost everywhere, I wanted to order a few from Russian websites as there were still plenty just a few days ago. Now it seems like those masks are all sold out as well. Is Russia preparing for a major outbreak?

    Another comment is related to the Italy’s Sivil Unrest, as Spain only with few weeks of lockdown is already experiencing robbery. Yesterday at night time, in a small city close to Malaga was apparently a rubbery where a man stole nothing else than a bit of meat. Can a conclusion be driven that people there as well are experiencing some sort of lack of money for food supplies. Really sad to see how the lockdown starts to affect the moral aspect of everyday life.

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 11:22pm

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    Ejohnson

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    Update from Germany

    I’m an American living in southern Germany, so I have an insiders perspective from the outside looking in. I know that’s a little convoluted, sorry.

    Im unsurprised by Germany’s response, they are fact oriented and practical. Examples: every highway bridge in Germany gives the exact length and height of the bridge in meters. Why? Facts. Where Americans would use “OK” or “sure” in conversation, germans say “genau” which means exactly or precisely. So, my assessment is that the policy response (mass testing) is informed by underlying cultural characteristics (high value on information, culture of “German engineering”).

    At the street level perspective, people are generally following the rules. There are fines and even criminal penalties in place for breaking lockdown measures, and they are being enforced. A local family was fined 500€ for another family coming over for a BBQ. Some people are slow adjusters. However, it doesn’t feel like a shutdown. Construction projects both residential, commercial, and infrastructure are continuing. I’m in a rural area, farmers are very busy as planting season arrives. Traffic in my town is about normal during the workday. At night it’s dead though.

    In my immediate area, I am tracking active cases in the tens, and one death that I know of. My wife is fluent in German and keeps up with local news sources. I’ll post updates that corroborate or refute the analysis in Chris’s video. So far, I think his assessment is accurate.

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 11:20pm

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    dtrammel

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    Cajun

    I have a bunch of Cajun sausage for jumbo. Its a St Louis thing.

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 10:42pm

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    mntnhousepermi

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    what kind of prepper are you ?

    I made sure to grab a few treats when I last hit a store in February, I have a couple packages of vegetarian italian sausages in the freezer.  And some other treat-ish foods for variety

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 10:40pm

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    antipodes

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    Meanwhile in South Africa...

    … authorities in denial: https://bit.ly/39Bs1WE

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  • Mon, Mar 30, 2020 - 10:39pm

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    dtrammel

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    Remember, If You Get Them To Sit Still

    They are easier to bag for the dinner plate.

    40+ SQUIRREL RECIPES FOR SMALL GAME HUNTERS

    Get them before your neighbors do, lol.

    ADDED: I have three foster cats. This morning as they all do each day, congregate in my office for treats I looked down and said to the biggest one, “Sorry Mattie, I’m eating you first…”

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