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    • Sun, Aug 09, 2020 - 09:18am

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      FDA AER system

    Wow.  That sounds like it is ripe for deliberate Pharma abuse.  “How to hose your competitor in 5 easy steps.”

    I’d be fascinated to see the dates on each of these death-reports – to see, for instance, if they all appeared in 2020, following the announcement that both HCQ and remdesivir were both potential game-changers for COVID treatments.

     

    • Sun, Aug 09, 2020 - 08:09am

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      HCQ: a very safe drug – prior to the pandemic

    HCQ was a safe drug, before it came up as competition to the patented $3000/vial Remdesivir.  It was sold over-the-counter drug in many, many places.  Pregnant women took the drug routinely in Africa for malaria.  It was on the WHO’s list of essential medications.  When given in non-lethal doses (i.e. the 200-400 mg per day range), the side effects have been minor – at least in the all the studies I’ve read.

    Adding to this, HCQ is rated as safer than acetaminophen.    I know this because acetaminophen is on the list of 50 most dangerous drugs (it is #39) as is aspirin (#44), while HCQ is not even on the list.  Are we scared of acetaminophen?  We should be.

    https://www.wsoctv.com/consumer/clark-howard/clark-your-life/the-50-most-dangerous-drugs/569921919/

    Here’s a sense of just how dangerous acetaminophen is: it kills 100 people per year.  In the US alone!  It really does belong on that dangerous drug list.  And its available OTC.

     …acetaminophen-associated overdoses account for about 56,000 emergency room visits and 26,000 hospitalizations yearly. Analysis of national mortality files shows 458 deaths occur each year from acetaminophen-associated overdoses; 100 of these are unintentional. The poison surveillance database showed near-doubling in the number of fatalities associated with acetaminophen from 98 in 1997 to 173 in 2001.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16294364/

    Takeaway: if you want to be scared of a drug, start with acetaminophen.  Or aspirin.  Then worry about HCQ.  HCQ only became dangerous once it threatened a possible Pharma pandemic goldmine.

    What this post shows is just how corrupt FDA (and CDC, and NIAID) have become.  They need a thorough housecleaning, so they stop killing Americans so that Pharma can strike it rich with overpriced, patented medications.

    In fact, I’d be in favor of a big Nuremberg-style Trial when this is all over.  I’m sure we’d get the old, “I was only following orders” excuse.  But the exercise would likely have a salutary effect on the bureaucrats going forward.

    • Sun, Aug 09, 2020 - 12:48am

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      and some good news: Arizona!!

    I’ve been saying for a while that Arizona is our future.  Look at the latest update:

    And here’s the candle version.  This lets you see time blocks more clearly.  Two more of those long black candles, and it will be over.  For Arizona anyway.  Most of the other states look like this too, except AZ is leading by 1-3 weeks.

    Almost there.  Another month.

    • Sun, Aug 09, 2020 - 12:29am

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      corrupt left

    RPS-

    Yeah, as soon as the “Labour” party decided that it was in favor of unlimited immigration from the continent, you just know there is just nobody in country who represents the interests of the working man.

    I saw the charges of anti-semitism on Corbyn.  It looked like a scam to me too.  I also think he was secretly pro-BRExit, which would have ripped Labour in half.

    Everywhere, the “labor-ish” parties have betrayed working people, and instead, have substituted political correctness as the thing they fight for.

    Transgender bathrooms don’t hit the bottom line of the corporations, while restricting the importation of low cost labor does exactly that.

    If “Labour” was really for the working man, they would be all in for BRExit.

    Likewise, if the Democrats were really the pro-worker “Union” party they used to be, they’d be all over Building The Wall, deporting all the illegal immigrants, and in favor of ID requirements to work.

    Funny thing is, I’m really more of a small business capitalist.  But without a powerful group that can represent the interests of the working man, large corps buy up the politicians, and you end up with a collection of monopoly-rackets that perpetually harvest the wealth from the country.

    We need everyone’s interests to be represented for things to work out properly.

    • Sat, Aug 08, 2020 - 10:56pm

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      things change

    silver chartist-

    Heh well its called change.  JHK was also a democrat, as I understand it.  We probably both went through similar transformations.

    The design/structure of the US political system means that there can only be two parties, and if you are going to have any influence, you need to pick one of them.  In 2008, I was perfectly happy voting for Obama.  Better than the alternative, I thought.  Hope & Change.  Well, then no bankster went to jail, and the wars just kept on coming, and sickcare just got worse and worse.  8 years later, no hope, and no change.  Was he different than Bush II?  Smarter, certainly.  But much the same outcome.  It was a helpful process for me.

    Back in 2008, I didn’t quite understand just how firmly a grip that the Donor Class had on the political structure.  I wasn’t really paying attention.  And now I think – things are even worse than that.  CAF talks about “control files” – it feels more something along those lines is happening, most likely via NSA surveillance.  Was it always like this?  I don’t know.  I haven’t lived through “always”.  I just have a sense that things are like this now.  The last 12 years was really useful in showing me this.

    I can observe the politics of division in real time.  Fire up “race” riots, so we don’t have space to talk about sickcare at 20%; we only can talk about “defunding the police” vs “law and order.”  Awfully convenient.  A fake, engineered crisis to distract.  And the harvesting continues apace.  But this is just a part of the picture.

    “The left” used to be anti war.  And pro civil liberties.  I like both of those things.  Obama was neither of those things.  “The modern left” cozies up to Brennan and Clapper.  Doesn’t want to pull a single soldier out of any of our foreign wars.   Freedom of speech?  Google, facebook, and twitter are all about censorship now – but only of the voices they don’t like.  [I have friends at many of those companies!]  And the left is all about “canceling” people they don’t like.  Remember when ACLU used to defend the rights of the nazis to march?   Such a quaint concept today.  Can you imagine?  They’d all get cancelled.

    Again, the last 12 years have been really instructive.  🙂

    And even knowing all this, I still get annoyed when the actors are so utterly transparent, hypocritical, and destructive.  I’d really like to remove money from politics, end the revolving door, destroy all those control files, break up the monopolies, and see what might come out the other end.  I have hope it might be something good.  Or at least more reasonable.

    • Fri, Aug 07, 2020 - 11:30am

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      pullback!

    Notice that the pullback is lined up with the plunge in the EUR/USD.  Not saying this is causal or anything.  Still trying to sort out the whys.  Maybe “it was just time”.

    There is also the very curious – and massive – plunge in copper.  Copper & silver are correlated.  And crude isn’t doing well either.

    Something larger might be afoot.  Not sure what.

    oh – phusg – I thought about an SI contract to hedge my PSLV position.  I just wanted to wait for an actual signal to put it on.  And literally anything could happen over the weekend.  We could have a correction today, and they could get a lot closer (I’m sure everyone is doing polling 24/7 on how this all looks) over the weekend, and by Monday they could be all lined up to print another $2 trillion.

    BTW I don’t believe any of this will ever get paid back.  It will lie on the balance sheet of the Fed forever.  Just like the BOJ is doing.  And the ECB.  It will have been monetized.

    Not saying that’s better…

    • Fri, Aug 07, 2020 - 10:26am

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      graphs all look the same

    JM-

    First of all, the data on influenza was fascinating.  I didn’t catch the merge between “influenza and pneumonia” – I suspect I wasn’t meant to catch it.  It seems as though influenza mostly doesn’t kill people.  Can we say that if we lump all ILIs together, as a group they cause pneumonia, and are responsible for the pneumonia deaths?  [Clearly the flu vaccine is utterly useless if it is just one small subset of the ILIs that, taken together, cause those pneumonia deaths].

    It seems as though the “influenza & pneumonia” deaths are kind of like the COVID deaths; “dying while testing positive for COVID” vs “dying from COVID.”

    But at the core, we do know – roughly – what mortality for COVID is, by looking at that all cause mortality chart.  COVID deaths can’t be in excess of that.  And we can use this data point to extrapolate worldwide, at least in regions with a modicum of healthcare.

    The all cause mortality data puts an upper bound on how many people in the US died from “COVID-ish” deaths.  It doesn’t look as serious as cancer – it doesn’t look as serious as heart disease.  It looks more serious than “pneumonia”.

    As a matter of policy, should we destroy the economy to push infections off into the future?  Sweden didn’t do that.  They suffered roughly half the economic damage of the rest of Europe.   And now there don’t seem to be very many deaths there. Even if their numbers aren’t accurate,  we can judge trends, if not absolute numbers.  Deaths are trending lower.  Dramatically lower.  They are not all hiding in their rooms to bring this about.  We should ask our Swedish readers for an on-the-ground report.

    Why?  At this point, I believe individual testimony more than Pharma-sponsored Mainstream Media.  The lies from our Newspapers of Record are endless – whether they be politically motivated, or financially motivated.

    We know the rough trends.  Everywhere in the West, I’m pretty confident that we know what’s going on.  Roughly speaking.  Herd immunity is approaching.  Already here, in some places, approaching in others.

    The graphs all look the same.

    The data just isn’t that far off.  We would know.  Enough people know HCWs in hospitals – if there were bodies piling up, we’d find out rapidly, if for no other reason than to hose Donald Trump.

    • Thu, Aug 06, 2020 - 09:29pm

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      pullback scenario

    Here’s some more evidence for that one:

    Gold’s daily/weekly/monthly RSI-7: 93/90/94

    Not something you see every day.

    I’ll do the math on how often that happens…

    EDIT:  I took all 3 RSI values and added them together.  Today was 274.8, which was #10 in the whole GC timeseries.  So, probably not “the” top, but perhaps, “a” top.

    2020-08-05 272.840512
    1980-01-14 274.059845
    2020-08-06 274.877073
    1979-12-31 277.602255
    1980-01-15 279.020779
    1980-01-02 281.368220
    1980-01-16 283.053413
    1980-01-03 283.533284
    1980-01-04 285.001624
    1980-01-17 285.663841
    1980-01-07 286.232955
    1980-01-18 287.276540

    And today:

    • Thu, Aug 06, 2020 - 09:16am

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      a bunch of things

    According to a lecture by one of those “front line doctors”, there were about 5 different things that HCQ did that helped stop the virus.  It wasn’t just zinc.  I didn’t know this prior to this lecture.

     

     

    • Thu, Aug 06, 2020 - 03:46am

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      HCQ doesn’t block infection of a lung-cancer-cell line

    Ok, let’s read it carefully.  Article says:

    Moreover, we report that chloroquine does not block SARS-CoV-2 infection of the TMPRSS2-positive lung cell line Calu-3. These results indicate that chloroquine targets a pathway for viral activation that is not operative in lung cells and is unlikely to protect against SARS-CoV-2 spread in and between patients.

    So what is cell line Calu-3?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calu-3

    Calu-3 is a human lung cancer cell line commonly used in cancer research and drug development. Calu-3 cells are epithelial and can act as respiratory models in preclinical applications.[1]

    So, HCQ apparently allows SC2 to infect cancerous lung cells.

    Does HCQ protect normal lung cells?  That seems like a more important question.

    I have read that cancer cells operate under different rules – they make sure to transport zinc out of the cancer cell, among other odd things.  So perhaps HCQ acts differently with them than with normal cells.

    Why did they select this particular cell line?  It would seem to be an odd choice.  It reminds me of when they gave toxic doses of HCQ to half-dead patients in the Oxford RECOVERY trial and then proclaimed higher mortality.

    File this one under “nice try, Pharma.”

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