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    • Sat, Mar 27, 2021 - 05:38pm   (Reply to #31)

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      Chris Martenson is back…. at last

    I had just unsubscribed a few days ago because of Chris Martenson’s prolonged absence.

    Glad to once again hear from you Chris!!

    BON RETOUR PARMI LA TRIBU

    • Tue, Mar 09, 2021 - 08:31am

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      Findings in Brandy Vaughan Death Investigation 🤔

    Here is the report from the coroner’s office posted February 18, 2021

    Coroner’s Office Releases Findings in Brandy Vaughan Death Investigation

    Last paragraph says:

    The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office conducted a thorough investigation which included an autopsy, in depth toxicology screening, interviews and medical record review. At the conclusion of the Coroner’s months long investigation, the Office determined the manner of her death to be Natural, caused by bi-lateral Pulmonary Thromboembolus.

    I wonder: what are the chances that a bi-lateral Pulmonary Thromboembolus occurs ‘Naturally’? (Methinks Brandy may have been ‘Naturally’ murdered in a stealth way.)

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      Merck says vaccines offer less protection than contracting the virus

    Rocco Galati (@roccogalatilaw ) is a Canadian Constitutional Lawyer.
    Executive Director (Founder)– Constitutional Rights Centre Inc. (CRC), founded November, 2004.

    Rocco Galati posted this on his Twitter feed January 26:

    Linking to this article:
    Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It’s More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover

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

     

    • Tue, Feb 02, 2021 - 07:39pm

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      Slovakia: Not a good ‘’Poster Child’’ for Ivermectin Approval by Gov’t

    Sorry for the long post… but I want to let you know that Slovakia is a far from being an ideal ‘Poster Child’ for Ivermectin Approval by Government. I hope this will not affect its chances of being authorized elsewhere in the EU or North America.

    Today, I was happy to see Trial Site News reporting on Slovakia’s approval of Ivermectin for prophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19.

    However, in reading the comments posted under the Trial Site News video, I came across one written by a Slovakian. She shared disturbing information about that country’s coercitive approach to mass-testing…

    Under another comment that said:

    This just in, Slovakia not controlled by the “world powers”

    I read this troubling message:

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    Miroslava Sivakova – 2 days ago

    Let me tell you this – I am a slovakian citizen, and I am very very surprised that those totalitarian politicians we currently have in Slovakia had given their approval.

    In Slovakia we are in this crazy testing circles where whole country is obliged to take ag (antigen) test and get a “certificate” saying that you are negative. Once you test positive, you cannot just go and do a pcr test, no that is according to our government a criminal act and you can be imprisoned for spreading deadly desease.

    So we all know how the ag tests work – nonsyptomatic slovakian people are tested, somehow happen to be positive and cannot even get a second opinion under a threat of imprisoning. without this certificate you cannot go anywhere, you can not go to work or postoffice or gas station or basically cannot do anything, we are trapped like rats.

    This is apparteid happening in front of everybodies eyes and nobody cares. Human rights are being ignored. We also Have been misused for an testing experiment without knowing it…now it was discovered https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.02.20240648v1

    we are being threatened with fines, the situation is just scary. Other lockdown measures such as not talking in public transport ar comming, and I am wondering what is happening with the world.

    And do not think that now that ivermectin has been theoretically approved that it is also being prescribed… I am still hopeing this is not just another game.. we are pushed to get and like the vaccine – the vaccine propaganda is huge and the Theme of the vaccine propaganda is: vaccine makes free – no I am not jokeing, the corellation is clear …

    Arbeit macht frei…

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    I clicked on the link Miroslava provided:
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.02.20240648v1

    The effectiveness of population-wide, rapid antigen test based screening in reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection prevalence in Slovakia
    – Posted December 04, 2020.

    I quickly went over this manuscript posted on the preprint server called medRxiv and looked at the feedback it got

    RESULTS: About 18 comments (as of February 2, 2021) – They are really troubling.

    I am presenting them as they appear, ie in reverse chronological order, most recent first

    And the last one (which was the first one posted) asked this question:

    Could Slovakia’s mass testing programme work in England?

    18 comments
    Miriam • 15 hours ago

    Nobody in Slovakia was informed about this research. And it was not voluntary as they signed. There was and there is still strictly prohibited to go at work and to the nature if we are not tested. The final result of this mass testing is, that numbers of covid positive strongly increase. That is all. I am really afraid about my human rights in future.

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    Igi Dano • a day ago

    As a Slovak citizen, I agree with most comments/notes presented here. I could as well add my own experience with “following testing procedure recommended by manufacturer..”, where this testing procedure was conducted outside (of any premise, just an open tent) with temperature well below recommended range.

    But that is not the point of my post here. The point is that Slovakia is currently (1.2.2021) ending the second round of another population-wide screening.
    I am desperately waiting for another study from the authors, confronting the newest results with original ones.
    Without that I would recommend potential readers of this study to use extreme carefulness with interpretations of it..

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    janomila • 8 days ago

    None of the citizens of Slovakia was informed about this research.
    – nobody signed the informed consent.
    – no voluntariness – blackmail under the threat of lost labor.
    Are anyone interested in the Nuremberg Codex???
    No, money are money.
    Who cares about human rights?

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    steel • 10 days ago • edited

    This whole decrease was due to minimum PCR testing after this mass testing plus before the testing itself we had a partial lockdown, so telling about any decrease is not fair and not providing whole picture

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    Zdenko Ontek • 10 days ago

    I have to express myself as a citizen of the Slovak Republic. Several points in the research conditions do not agree with reality. Test subjects did not sign informed consent or instruction. It is also untrue to claim that testing was voluntary. The Government of the Slovak Republic created direct and indirect pressure, for example, through employers, who conditioned the entry of their employees into the workplace by passing testing. I note that the translation is machine, so I apologize for the English. Affected citizen of the Slovak Republic.

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    Dušan • 11 days ago

    “All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest”

    Have a look at Jarčuška’s organisation Euromedpro which is sponsored by GSK and Pfizer.

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    Martin • 11 days ago

    Testing was forced and not voluntary. No ethical guidelines were followed. Slovak citizens were forced to go on testing sites to get tested otherwise they would get fine and can not go to job. Even prime minister Igor Matovic (who made people go to testing by force) said few weeks after testing in national TV, that testing was not voluntary.

    There is a lot of sources online, even on Youtube (in Slovak language).

    In these days, another forced testing is in progress with more severe penalties for people who not attend. For example – who did not attend this testing, from 27th January cant even go out to the nature alone (with no people around). Violation = 1000 eur fine (averege monthly salary in our country).

    This goverment totally ignores rule of law and basic principles of law state.

    And one more thing. No one in Slovakia knew that we are testing subjects. It was forced without any formal (or informal) consent of testing subjects.

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    Calogero • 12 days ago

    Slovak people were forced to participate to the testing under threat of losing their jobs. One months after testing we were and now still are among the countries with higher deaths rate pro capite in the world. People had to wait per hours outside in severe november weather to be tested and after that wait inside for the results risking to be infected. During the weeks after testing the number of daily pcr tests was significantly lowered, that is reason why there were less new covid cases after testing. And despite whole scientific and medical community is contrary to the wide-testing, it is to be repeated next week, same conditions, not tested not allowed to go to the work, risking unexcused absence standing on the words of minister of labour, without any financial compensation. Unbelievable but true. (sorry for my english)

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    Miroslava Stančíková • 13 days ago • edited

    Testing was not voluntary, it was in conflict with the Constitution of the Slovak Republic and the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights

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    Mirek • 13 days ago

    Slovak citizen here.

    I quote “All necessary patient/participant consent has been obtained and the appropriate institutional forms have been archived.” – NOT TRUE. I’ve been to this testing and have given no written consent to be tested. They only wrote my name, address and phone number on a piece of paper.

    “I confirm all relevant ethical guidelines have been followed, and any necessary IRB and/or ethics committee approvals have been obtained.” – NOT TRUE. If not tested, you couldn’t go to work. Not even to take a walk outside, just go buy groceries, or go to the drug store and stuff like that.

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    Zuzana Kollarova • 13 days ago

    This statement is NOT TRUE and the citizens of Slovakia have no idea they are a part of some medical research:
    “All necessary patient/participant consent has been obtained and the appropriate institutional forms have been archived – Yes”

    We have been all forced to this by a number of restrictions and consequences presented by the prime minister and government prior the testing and they let the “choice” to us. If we wouldn´t take part on that testing we couldn´t go to work, to any store, bank, post office etc.. Only basic needs could by fulfilled like grocery shopping, pharmacy etc. Healthy people who refused to take part on this had to stay at home in quarantine like they were infected and could go outside without the risk of getting a fine, if a police would control them randomly on the streets. This lasted 14 days.

    They used army, our president found out just from the papers and not officially. She has been called a traitor by the prime minister just one day before the mass operation should start, when she asked for a really voluntary participation for the citizens.

    The testing has been done by anonymous, also not always professional medical staff, without knowing their names and place of work.

    Those blue papers (test result confirmation) do not contain the necessary legal requirements to be called a “certificate” officially by the law.

    And now, we are in the middle of 2nd mass “screening” now, since Jan 18 2021 during the winter, even though the scientist didn´t recommend it at all in current situation.

    And again- no one is collecting our written and signed consent. From Jan 27 2021 there will be again 2 groups of people – the “blue” ones and the rest of us. The country will be then split into two half by the results and the worse half of the country has to undergo this procedure 1-2 times again until the Feb 07 2021 and until our prime minister will be satisfied with the results…

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    Filip Hrivnák • 14 days ago

    That voluntary. In general, we are losing the last signs of the rule of law

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    Monika J. • 14 days ago

    As a Slovak citizen I can tell your that they are NOT telling the whole truth. Your can fact check my every single word.
    They claim that the testing was not obligatory… NOT TRUE
    People where forced to attend this mass testing. Prime minister admitted that they forced us to do this on the Press conference. Our Human rights where oppresed. Without negative test certificate your couldnt go to work, bank, post Office, all shops denied you to enter their premises. All services where denied to your without certificate. Even some doctors refused to treat patients without cerificate. You could only go to grocery store, pharmacy and drugstore without certificate. There were some exceptions, but not important. Some employers called the police on employees who wanted to go to work (they where healthy, had no symptoms) but didnt hlave the certificate. A lot of employees were fired, because they refused to get tested.

    Lets talk about the study. They claim that they have participant conset…. NOT TRUE we havent sign anythig. Nobody informed people what kind of test they are using, who will hlave their samples afterwards, who will procesed their personal information..yes they hlave our personal numer and wrote some information from our ID….we dont know which information they collected.

    Thay claim that tests where done ONLY by profesionals.. NOT TRUE. Tests where done by non medical personnel too – in some cities – those people braged about it on Facebook. There is NO name of person who tested you.

    You can not check if this person is profesionall or not.

    In some cities testing was done outside. People where forced to stand for multiple hours in lane just to get tested, in rain, and low tempersture…
    I could continue on and on and on….

    Now they are going to do the second round od this mass testing. They are again FORCING us to do it Once again. The second round is even worst than the first one. Now they want us to stand in lane to get tested in -10 to -15°C.

    Now the police will be controlling us if we have the certificate or not. If your will not have the certificate you will get a fine. And they will oppresed our human rights again. Segregstion od people to two categories is called apartheid and it is illegeal….this is what they are doing. They are creating second category people. First category Has certificate and Can live relatively normaly. Second category is treated like garbage.

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    Kasper Kepp • a month ago

    I am sceptic about the claim that mass testing October 31-November 1
    decreased infection in Slovakia. I find that it at best slowed the increase in
    infection for two weeks.

    1) While case numbers did go down 50%, they did so immediately or within a
    few days. It is hard to understand why it shouldn’t take at least a week for
    the newly registered positives to translate into a containment effect
    (quarantine) on transmission dynamics measured in the normal PCR regime, which cannot measure new infected immediately.

    https://ourworldindata.org/…®ion=World&casesMetric=true&interval=smoothed&hideControls=true&perCapita=true&smoothing=7&pickerMetric=location&pickerSort=asc

    2) Indeed, the PCR test levels which represent the normal symptomatic +
    trace testing, also decreased by 50% in the very same time period. This
    suggests that the fall in positives coincided with reduced symptomatic contact
    tracing in the normal PCR regime.

    https://ourworldindata.org/…®ion=World

    3) Objective indicators hospitalizations and deaths (which are not sensitive
    to testing dynamics) both independently indicate that infection perhaps
    stagnated for 2 weeks, but did not decrease. In the deaths, there was a three-day
    decline November 19-21 but it was a 25% fall only 3 days and fits a tendency of
    a weekly fluctuation in the death series; in cumulative or smoothed death
    series, there is no indication of any decline in infection.

    https://ourworldindata.org/…

    https://ourworldindata.org/…®ion=World&deathsMetric=true&interval=smoothed&hideControls=true&perCapita=true&smoothing=7&pickerMetric=location&pickerSort=asc

    See also: http://kpje.com/slovakia.pdf

    Best regards,
    Kasper P. Kepp
    Professor MSO, DTU, Denmark
    [email protected]

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    Peter Novák • 2 months ago • edited

    PARTICIPANT CONSENT?

    Authors claim, cite: “All necessary patient/participant consent has been obtained and the appropriate institutional forms have been archived.”

    I find this proclamation highly dubious.

    I’m not sure how many of the the mass tested people have signed a form of informed consent, and I’d like to see how would the authors prove that. I personally have asked several participants and they insist they did not sign anything. But even in the case some, or even the majority signed something, what weight would that have under circumstances?

    The people subjected to the mass testing (that technically means biological material extraction) with consideration, that those who do not subject, will be quarantined for week or two – that means, forced to stay home under threat of penalty as high as 1650 EUR (average monthly income in Slovakia is 1100 EUR brut), with few exceptions (e.q. nearest grocery store, drugstore and necessary health care), but certainly denied the access to workplace with no lost worktime salary compensation at all, neither from state nor employer.[1] A proposition effectively resembling a home prison in my opinion, and what’s even worse in situation of economical crisis – with published threats from some employers that untested employees may lose their job eventually, thus undermining the public confidence in freedom of choice furthermore.[2]

    It is known that criminal complaints on the accounts of possible coercion, health care law violations, human rights violations etc have been filled to the public prosecutor office. These are yet to be resolved.
    I acknowledge that some of the people have attended the testing voluntarily indeed, probably a minority though, as indicated by low compliance (15%) to the third round of testing where quarantine threat was removed.

    Nevertheless, I doubt anyone could assume the actions under such circumstances constitute a “participant consent” by standards of any possibly existing ethical guidelines.

    Or maybe I just read the citation wrong and the authors did not mean the 3,6 million people undergoing the biologic material extraction to be the subject of the “necessary patient/participant consent”…?

    [1] Public Health Office Edict No. 16 from 30.10.2020. Government Bulletin vol. 30 no. 12. http://www.minv.sk/swift_da…

    [2] Dobrovoľne nasilu? Niektorým ľuďom bez testovania hrozia výpoveďou. Pravda, 26.10.2020. https://ekonomika.pravda.sk…

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    Michal Piják Peter Novák • 2 months ago

    In your comment, you rightly pointed out that the statement of informed consent is highly dubious. In my opinion this declaration is also dubious: “ I confirm all relevant ethical guidelines have been followed, and any necessary IRB and/or ethics committee approvals have been obtained.“ As far as I know, no test subject has signed an informed consent. How is it then possible that the ethics committee approved such an experiment without informed consent?

    It is also worth noting that ethical issues were also present during testing in Liverpool (1): “The queues of people seeking tests in Liverpool suggest the initial acceptability of this pilot is high, at least to some. Its ethical basis, however, looks shaky. The council claims, wrongly, that the test detects infectiousness and is accurate. In fact, if used alone it will lead to many incorrect results with potentially substantial consequences. The context for gaining consent has been tarnished by the enthusiasm of some local officials and politicians. In the case of schools, the programme has been culpably rushed: parents have had to respond unreasonably promptly to a request to opt out if they do not want their child screened.“

    1. Gill M. Liverpool’s pilot of mass asymptomatic testing for SARS-CoV-2—for what purpose and at what cost? BMJ Opinion 2020. https://www.bmj.com/content…

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    Michal Piják • 2 months ago • edited

    DOUBTS ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MASS TESTING OF ASYMPTOMATIC POPULATION FOR CORONAVIRUS (SARS-CoV-2) IN SLOVAKIA

    Indeed, it might seem that the number of positive PCR tests / per day, per million inhabitants two weeks after the nationwide testing of the whole country in Slovakia has started to slowly decrease. However, this declining trend may be skewed by significantly less testing. For example data from Monday 9.11.20 show that if as many tests were performed in Slovakia as on Thursday 29.10.20 (when the highest number of positives in the second wave was reached), we should have about 3x times higher number of positives on Monday 9.11.20. cases, i.e. about 3150, instead of 1050.

    The cause of the lower number of tests is not known and one of the reasons could be the lack of RT PCR tests or staff in other days. After extensive testing with antigen tests, we had a big problem in Slovakia. This is that so far we have evaluated the situation according to the positivity of PCR tests. However, antigen testing made this situation unclear to us because people tested positive for antigens fell out of the statistics. It should also be borne in mind that lower numbers of positive cases could also be explained by the tightening of epidemiological measures and also because most of the persons with positive antigen tests were quarantined and did not undergo PCR testing.

    There is evidence that strategies based on a large number of tests may not produce the expected results. A good example is a comparison of the strategies used by New Zealand and Iceland.1-2 In both of these island countries, the first cases were identified at the end of February 2020, but each country took a different path. New Zealand was one of the few countries that openly announced a COVID-19 elimination strategy right at the beginning of the epidemic. This included a gradually strengthened system for monitoring and isolating contacts with the timely and consistent use of lockdowns and border controls. It should also be recalled that some EU countries, such as Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Slovenia and the Netherlands, have had a progressive decline in the number of positives, despite the fact that they did not have any comprehensive testing of the entire country.

    Unlike New Zealand and many other countries, Iceland’s strategy did not include any lockdown period, no official border closure for non-residents and negligible use of quarantine facilities. The cornerstone of Iceland’s strategy was easy access to testing and mass screening, along with quarantine and contact tracking. According to data from October 21, New Zealand had 6 times fewer deaths, despite 4.5 times fewer tests than Iceland. Similarly, Slovakia, despite more than 8 times lower number of tests, had half less deaths per million inhabitants than Iceland. It should be recalled that, despite the large number of tests in Iceland, this was not a full-scale test and PCR tests were used. Taken together these findings are further evidence that nationwide antigen testing in a country with low prevalence is ineffective.

    References
    1. Jefferies S, French N, Gilkison C. COVID-19 in New Zealand and the impact of the national response: a descriptive epidemiological study. Lancet Public Health. 2020;5:e612-e623

    2. Murdoch, D, Gottfreðsson M. COVID-19 and small island nations: what we can learn from New Zealand and Iceland., The conversation, published, September 23, 2020, https://theconversation.com…

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    Iveta Nagyova • 2 months ago

    Might be interested to read also our article published in The BMJ Opinion „Could Slovakia’s mass testing programme work in England?“ https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2…

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    • Mon, Jan 25, 2021 - 12:24pm

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      Neil McCoy-Ward trying to Defend Against a Cancellation Attack

    Neil McCoy-Ward, an economist in the UK, is undergoing an attack from the Cancel Culture Crowd
    (or should we start spelling it Kancel Kulture Krowd?)

    He posted this video yesterday, but he makes it clear that he is NOT apologizing

    Explaining My Controversial Comments

    00:00 – Context

    00:33 – 1. Political Correctness & Position

    02:34 – 2. Lockdowns & the after effects

    06:11 – 3. Hospitals & Wards

    08:05 – 4. Media Lies/ Censorship

    11:41 – 5. Washington DC Incident

    14:47 – Conclusion

    DISCLAIMER This video is for entertainment purposes ONLY & designed to help your thinking, not direct it.

    Bonne chance Neil!!

     

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      HCQ is effective for COVID-19 when used early: meta analysis

    I also posted this in reply to your post on Ivermectin:
    Here is a directory of the MDs willing to treat Covid-19 with IVM and HCQ

    Another PP subscriber gave me the site today – Dec. 27, 2020

    The site is continually updated – the Dec. 26, 2020 data is what I looked at

    https://www.exstnc.com/

    • Sun, Dec 27, 2020 - 09:13am   (Reply to #2)

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      Directory of doctors willing to prescribe IVM and HCQ

    Here is a directory of the MDs willing to treat Covid-19 with IVM and HCQ

    Another PP subscriber gave me the site today – Dec. 27, 2020

    The site is continually updated – the Dec. 26, 2020 data is what I looked at

    https://www.exstnc.com/

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      Saber rattling against US by China is more than noise

    Hi Hohhot,
    Thanks for all this info and links. Much appreciated.

    • Mon, Jul 27, 2020 - 11:12pm

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      America’s Frontline Doctors White Coat Summit – article in Washington Examiner

    Article published in the Washington Examiner
    Yale epidemiologist says hydroxychloroquine could save up to 100K lives if used for coronavirus
    by Emma Colton, Social Media Manager
    | July 22, 2020

    An epidemiology professor at the Yale School of Public Health said hydroxychloroquine could save 100,000 lives from the coronavirus but added that the controversial anti-malaria drug has instead been used in a “propaganda war.”

    “I think 75,000 to 100,000 lives will be saved,” Dr. Harvey Risch said in an interview Tuesday evening with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham after she asked if thousands of lives could be saved if a hydroxychloroquine stockpile was released.

    “It’s a political drug now, not a medical drug, and that’s caused the complete population’s ignorance. And I think we’re basically fighting a propaganda war against the medical facts, and that color is not just the population of people, how they think about it, but doctors as well,” Risch said earlier in the interview.

    Risch also addressed colleagues who have denounced using the drug as a treatment for coronavirus patients.

    “There are many doctors that I’ve gotten hostile remarks about, saying that all the evidence is bad for it, and, in fact, that is not true at all,” Risch said, claiming the medication can be used as a “prophylactic” for front-line workers.

    “All the evidence is actually good for it when it is used in outpatient uses. Nevertheless, the only people who actually see that are a whole pile of doctors who are on the front lines treating those patients across the country, and they are the ones who are at risk of being forced not to do it,” Risch said.

    Read full article here:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/yale-epidemiologist-says-hydroxychloroquine-could-save-up-to-100k-lives-if-used-for-coronavirus

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      How to navigate the Peak Prosperity site?

    Hi Terry C.,
    after viewing the video by Epic Gardening posted by David Trammel in his blog page, I looked at Epic Gardening’s other videos, website, blog page etc. He is in the San Diego area. Here is an updated article posted by Epic Gardening on his blog page:

    20 Best Crops For A Survival Garden
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    When times are uncertain, many turn to a survival garden. And to be honest, why wouldn’t you? Survival gardening provides healthy, readily-available food at rock-bottom prices. It’s good exercise, good for morale, and it’s fun. And if you have time to burn, it’s a great way to take your mind off of the stresses worldwide.

    Even if you live in an apartment, you can have an urban food garden. If you have a large yard, we’ll talk briefly about survival garden design on a larger scale, too. But frankly, my goal here is to talk about growing your own food for survival purposes, and what things are the most effective to grow for both caloric and nutrient density.

    So let’s start out with how this works, and then go on to the best foods to grow in your survival garden!

    Helpful Items For Your Survival Garden:

    20 Piece Garden Tool Set
    Espoma Plant-Tone Fertilizer
    Espoma Garden Food Fertilizer
    Garden Safe Fungicide3 Concentrate
    How Survival Gardening Works
    Your survival garden can be as productive as it is beautiful. Source: elspethbriscoe
    Most people like to grow plants that look good as well as some that taste good. But when you’re doing a survival garden, your goal is literally to survive. Every plant in your garden should have a use that reflects that goal.

    Of course, it’s a given that you’ll need veggies for survival. They’re diverse and provide a lot of nutrition. But your kids will rebel (and so will you) if you are facing the zombie apocalypse with nothing more than squash and potatoes. Plus, you’ll need vitamin C.

    So add in some fruit for your pandemic pantry, too. Don’t forget herbs for flavor and possible medicinal uses (although stick with those which are culinary-safe, so you keep your kids safe).

    Small space gardeners shouldn’t panic. Both hanging and free-standing containers can hold a surprising amount of material. Grow bags are perfect for those precious potatoes, for instance! Kevin wrote an entire book that’s designed just for your needs, and it’s packed with fantastic information that will easily translate to an urban survival garden layout. You can use nice planters, or try one of the many other methods in his book.

    If you have a yard, you’re in luck. Raised beds are great options, but you can plant directly in the ground, too. Plan locations for climbing plants that need to be trellised first, then determine where larger plants will need to be. Fill the remainder of your survival garden space with shorter plants. If you have leafy greens, those will love the shade provided by taller plants.

    Planning Your Survival Garden Crops
    If you grow too much, share some of your bounty with neighbors. Source: Stephen D. Melkisethian
    Let me stress something right here: Grow food that you will eat.

    Survival gardens only work if you use what you’re growing. If you don’t like something, then don’t grow it. It may qualify as a superfood, but if you can’t bring yourself to eat it, there’s no point in wasting time on it.

    How many people do you have to feed? It’s easier when survival gardening for one, but when you have a whole lot of people, you need to take their preferences into consideration as well. My husband has a love-hate relationship with eggplant, so I grow much less of that and more of things like tomatoes that he’ll enjoy.

    Once you have an idea of what you would enjoy eating, it’s time to do a little more analysis on that stuff. When you’re trying to determine your survival, you need to think in terms of two things: calories and nutrition, and storage.

    Calories and Nutrition
    Most nutritionists recommend a certain amount of calories per day for basic survival. If you get less than you need, you may find yourself shaky, sleepy, or just unmotivated.

    For crops, starchy and sugary foods are usually the most calorie-dense and will make up the bulk of your diet, but they may lack some nutritional aspects you need. Balance that out by growing an assortment of green vegetables, fruits, and legumes to provide protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

    Storability
    Imagine, if you will, that you’ve got an abundance of sweet, delicious strawberries.

    Now imagine what they’ll look like in two weeks if you don’t have them stored properly. Eew.

    This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t grow them, only that you should plan for the majority of your crops to be things that store well. Thankfully, there’s lots of ways to store your crops.

    As long as you still have power, freezing is an option. Can some vegetable types with a pressure canner for later consumption. Consider lacto-fermenting vegetables as another storage option, and dehydrating is another good choice!

    And as for those strawberries, make strawberry jam. You’ll really enjoy that sweet treat later!

     

    We’ve included Kevin’s top nine favorite crops here for you to view, with lots of detailed information on why each one is an absolute necessity in a survival situation. But we’ve got more ideas beyond those. So read on to see our overview of what we recommend the most for people who’re trying to live off their garden!

    Top 20 Best Foods To Grow For Survival
    So you’re still at a loss. What vegetable crops or fruits should you grow? Let’s break the options down to our top 20.

    1. Beans
    Beans, such as these adzuki beans, are a great staple crop. Source: Gary Thomson
    Just from reading that one word, you’re envisioning green beans, aren’t you? But there’s a ton of variety all packed into this one category. Simply put, beans are an essential staple crop.

    What you get with beans is a lot of nutritionally-dense material in a small package. They can be grown in both bush or pole forms, so you can grow them in multiple ways. The seeds are protein-dense, and the edible-pod varieties are great.

    Grow a selection of bush beans and pole beans. Also, pick a mix of storage and fresh beans. Make sure to save some of those valuable bean seeds with each harvest to plant another crop!

    2. Corn
    This is harder to grow in an apartment but is a yard staple. I personally prefer to grow dent corn or flour corn when survival gardening. Once your corn is ready for harvest, you can dry it, nixtamalize it to increase its nutrient density, and grind it into corn flour. Kept dry, corn flour will store well in an airtight container.

    Corn has the added benefit of being a perfect living trellis for your bean plants. Plant your corn first. Once you have a few inches of cornstalk growing, plant beans around the corn. Be sure the soil’s rich enough to support both vegetable types! As your pole beans grow, they’ll clamber up your corn stalks.

    3. Squash
    Both winter and summer squash are great in your end-of-the-world garden. You’ll want both. Summer squash are fast to grow and provide quick food right away. In contrast, winter squash take longer to develop, but store for much longer if kept whole and undamaged.

    Start your seeds for both at the same time if you can. If not, opt for the winter varieties first, as they do take longer to develop. If you want, these grow well around your corn and beans, making what’s referred to as a “Three Sisters” vegetable garden. Squash act as a natural sprawling ground cover.

    4. Cabbage
    Cabbage is great fermented or fresh. Source: Sue Sierralupe
    While not particularly dense in calories, cabbage is jam-packed with nutrients your body needs. A rich source of vitamins B6 and C, it’s also full of fiber. Whether cooked or used raw in salads and slaws, it’s a great choice.

    But it’s a great survival crop for another reason: sauerkraut or kimchi, or any other type of fermented usage you wish to put it to. Once fermented, you now have a long-storing vegetable option that you can use in soups, sandwiches, casseroles, or on top of sausage.

    5. Potatoes
    Potatoes have helped people across the world survive times of famine. This starchy root crop is also incredibly easy to grow, which is a major plus!

    Potato gardening is easy in an urban setting, too. Plant your potatoes in five-gallon buckets or grow bags. When the tops yellow and die down, you’ll find a container that’s jam-packed with delicious roots that are ready to harvest. And along with being a good carbohydrate source, they’re also jammed with potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

    You might get tired of them after a while, but there’s no arguing that your Norland Reds or Yukon Golds will sustain you through tough times!

    6. Kale
    I grow kale year-round. It’s very cold-tolerant and often tastes sweeter once touched by a kiss of frost. It may become more bitter during the height of the summer, although consistent watering will reduce the bitter taste. But it has earned its name as a superfood.

    I prefer lacinato kale, sometimes called dinosaur kale. It’s easy to work into soups and stews, tasty and tender once cooked, and makes a great green side dish to go with other meals. But don’t pass by the Red Russian kales or other varieties with crinkled leaves. Those taste just as good and can be really beautiful in the garden.

    7. Sweet Potatoes
    Don’t mix these up with regular potatoes, because sweet potatoes are a very different crop. While these are also calorie-dense, they tend to have more nutrients than the average potato does. In addition, they have a marvelous flavor that allows them to be easily transformed into both savory or sweet applications.

    Another place where they differ from regular potatoes is that their greens are edible. You can get both leafy greens and tuberous roots in one garden bed. They do take longer to mature than other crops do, but they’re worth the effort in the long term.

    8. Lentils
    Lentils are packed with protein and vitamins. Source: John Spooner
    The nondescript lentil is seriously underrated, and it genuinely shouldn’t be. Lentils are protein powerhouses, holding almost 18 grams of protein per serving. This legume is legitimately one of the world’s healthiest food sources, and you absolutely should add these to your survival gardening stash.

    Believed to be one of the oldest crops in cultivation, lentils are an all-time favorite for soups and stews. They’re glorious in curries, and I also like to add cooked lentils to salads. They absorb other flavors well, blending in and becoming a perfect pairing with nearly everything you want to use them in. They’re the perfect storage protein.

    9. Onions
    Have you tried cooking your favorite meals without a dash of onion powder? Onions add flavor to virtually everything that’s above them on this list, along with a nice little burst of added nutrition. But at the same time, they don’t add tons of extra calorie content. You can use the young onion greens as green onions, and you can wait for the full onions to form for those as well. Just be sure not to harvest all the greens while the bulb is developing.

    Don’t forget, there’s all kinds of allium plants that are related out there. Include some leeks, a related plant, for bonus flavor potential!

    10. Tomatoes
    A popular fruit, tomatoes are in everything from soups and stews to the ketchup that goes on your burger bun. They deserve a place in your survival garden, too. Heavy producers, these plants are easy to grow and ripen on the vine, and best of all they taste great both fresh or preserved. You can sun-dry them or freeze them, can them or eat them fresh.

    11. Spinach
    Nutritional density like what’s found in spinach is incredibly hard to find in many survival gardens. Like kale, these leafy greens are packed with vitamin and mineral power and should be incorporated amongst your vegetables. Store spinach by freezing or dehydrating it and crushing it into a powder.

    12. Peas
    Give peas a chance to shine in your garden! Source: aronalison
    Both shelling peas and edible-podded peas are a great choice for survival gardening. Dried, the inside seed of your peas stores well and is easy to incorporate into all manner of meals. They can be frozen if you’re growing snow peas or sugar snap peas to add crisp sweetness into your stir-fries and salads. Peas are also high in protein, although not as much as beans or lentils!

    13. Beets
    Sweet and easy, beets are not just a vitamin-packed option but a potential source for sugars. Depending on which variety you’ve got in your garden, you’ll find both savory and sweet uses for them, too. The greens are also edible, providing you a secondary food source that other root vegetables lack.

    14. Carrots
    They’re in most vegetable blends for a reason. Carrots are a fantastic addition to your gardening efforts. A whole rainbow of colors await you, along with a sweet and crunchy flavor that works great in meals and snacks. These are packed with antioxidants and good minerals and nutrients for eye health, and some claim they’re the best choice for health in general!

    15. Berries
    Many berries are antioxidant-rich and sweet. Source: julochka
    Don’t forget dessert! Whether you choose to cultivate raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, or even lingonberries, there is a berry out there which will be to your liking. These fruit crops are essential for providing us the sweet fruitiness that we all crave while also giving us a great source of additional nutrition. Store these by making canned jams or jellies, freezing, or dehydrating them.

    16. Garlic
    Hardneck or softneck? Garlic is an essential flavoring, a common homemade pest repellant for gardening, and a kitchen staple. It will store well once dried, and you’ll find a myriad of uses for it in your survival stockpile. I consider it one of the most essential crops for growing every year, and you will too!

    17. Peppers
    Need some heat in your life, or are you just seeking a gardening staple for stuffing or seasoning blends? Peppers provide a wide range of vegetables that can serve both needs. Make dried chili powder or freeze bell peppers for addition to soups or stews. A little spice is always nice!

    18. Cucumbers
    You can’t have pickles without cucumbers, and for that matter it can be hard to make a salad without them, too! Gardening buffs will all agree, cucumbers provide a prolific amount of fruit for little effort. A survival garden staple, they’re great for fresh-eating purposes too. And whether you want your pickles sweet or sour, you’ll be happy!

    19. Melons
    Summer just isn’t summer without melons. Honeydews, cantaloupes, watermelons and more all thrive in the garden from the late spring through the early fall. Tons of produce comes off these vines, and oh is it worth it.

    Just remember, most melons have texture issues if frozen and are only usable as a puree afterward. To preserve these, dehydrate slices of melon. Watermelon rinds make a good pickle, too!

    20. Herbs
    Finally, it wouldn’t be a good garden if you didn’t have a selection of herbs and spices to brighten up your food with. The song says “parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme”, but don’t forget to include mint (including catmint and cat grass for your feline friends), chives, oregano, basil, and any others I haven’t listed. They all add extra flavor to your food and will brighten up your gardening efforts along with your culinary ones!

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