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Extraterrestrial lockdowns?

Viruses May Exist 'Elsewhere In the Universe,' Warns Scientist (theguardian.com)

Astrobiologist Paul Davies suggests viruses may form a vital part of ecosystems on other planets. The Guardian reports: "Viruses actually form part of the web of life," said Davies. "I would expect that if you've got microbial life on another planet, you're bound to have -- if it's going to be sustainable and sustained -- the full complexity and robustness that will go with being able to exchange genetic information." Viruses, said Davies, can be thought of as mobile, genetic elements. Indeed, a number of studies have suggested genetic material from viruses has been incorporated into the genomes of humans and other animals by a process known as horizontal gene transfer. "A friend of mine thinks most, but certainly a significant fraction, of the human genome is actually of viral origin," said Davies, whose new book, What's Eating the Universe?, was published last week.

According to Davies, while the importance of microbes to life is well known, the role of viruses is less widely appreciated. But he said if there is cellular life on other worlds, viruses or something similar, would probably exist to transfer genetic information between them. What's more, he said, it is unlikely alien life would be homogenous. "I don't think it's a matter that you go to some other planet, and there will just be you one type of microbe and it's perfectly happy. I think it's got to be a whole ecosystem," he added. While the thought of extraterrestrial viruses may seem alarming, Davies suggests there is no need for humans to panic. "The dangerous viruses are those that are very closely adapted to their hosts," he said. "If there is a truly alien virus, then chances are it wouldn't be remotely dangerous."

Davies [...] said it is also important should humans attempt to colonize another planet. "Most people think about, well, we would need to have very large spacecraft, and then sort of recycle things for the very long journey, and then all the technology you'd need to take," he said. "Actually, the toughest part of this problem is what would be the microbiology that you'd have to take -- it's no good just taking a few pigs and potatoes and things like that and hoping when you get to the other end it'll all be wonderful and self sustainable." While Covid has left most of us with a dim view of viruses, Davies said they are not all bad. "In fact, mostly, they're good," he said. [A]s Davies notes, a significant fraction of the human genome may be remnants of ancient viruses. "We hear about the microbiome inside us, and there's a planetary microbiome," said Davies. But, he argues there is also a human and planetaryvirome, with viruses playing a fundamental role in nature. "I think without viruses, there may be no sustained life on planet Earth," he said.
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Superimmunity.

New Studies Find Evidence Of 'Superhuman' Immunity To COVID-19 In Some Individuals (npr.org)

Some scientists have called it "
superhuman immunity" or "bulletproof." But immunologist Shane Crotty prefers "hybrid immunity." "Overall, hybrid immunity to SARS-CoV-2 appears to be impressively potent," Crotty wrote in commentary in Science back in June. From a report: No matter what you call it, this type of immunity offers much-needed good news in what seems like an endless array of bad news regarding COVID-19. Over the past several months, a series of studies has found that some people mount an extraordinarily powerful immune response against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Their bodies produce very high levels of antibodies, but they also make antibodies with great flexibility -- likely capable of fighting off the coronavirus variants circulating in the world but also likely effective against variants that may emerge in the future.

"One could reasonably predict that these people will be quite well protected against most -- and perhaps all of -- the SARS-CoV-2 variants that we are likely to see in the foreseeable future," says Paul Bieniasz, a virologist at Rockefeller University who helped lead several of the studies. In a study published online last month, Bieniasz and his colleagues found antibodies in these individuals that can strongly neutralize the six variants of concern tested, including delta and beta, as well as several other viruses related to SARS-CoV-2, including one in bats, two in pangolins and the one that caused the first coronavirus pandemic, SARS-CoV-1. "This is being a bit more speculative, but I would also suspect that they would have some degree of protection against the SARS-like viruses that have yet to infect humans," Bieniasz says.
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Following the science?

The Administration is telling us that a massive remasking is necessary, even for those who have been vaccinated.  To paraphrase, "Our leaders, in our government, made a decision, based on data."  What data?  Apparently, the CDC mainly seized upon a bygone study in INDIA, for a vaccine that is not used in the USA, which did not pass peer-review.  And, they are telling us that somewhere between 10 and 20 people who have been vaccinated can contract COVID, which is a complete lie.  I believe the stat is more like 1 in 20,000.  AND, they are saying that vaccinated people can carry the same (Delta) viral load as a non-vaccinated person w/COVID, and so can pass the infection just as much.  But there is no data to back this claim.

Washinton Post, “outside scientists” to CDC: 'Where's the data?'
The Washington Post points out... that the CDC didn’t publish any supporting data, and that “outside scientists” are asking why: [T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not publish the new research. In the text of the updated masking guidance, the agency merely cited “CDC COVID-19 Response Team, unpublished data, 2021.

Ivermectin: Why Is the FDA Attacking a Safe, Effective Drug? - Wall Street Journal
The FDA’s statement included words and phrases such as “serious harm,” “hospitalized,” “dangerous,” “very dangerous,” “seizures,” “coma and even death” and “highly toxic.”. Any reader would think the FDA was warning against poison pills. In fact, the drug is FDA-approved as a safe and effective antiparasitic. Note: [Can reduce infection by 95% in one day].

Why COVID-19 Cases Are Falling So Fast - The Atlantic
Since January 1, daily cases are down 70 percent in the United Kingdom, 50 percent in Canada, and 30 percent in Portugal. This raises the possibility that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID ...

Britain seems to be reaching herd immunity. Consider all the immunisations here in the USA, and all those who have contracted wSARS-2 showing symptoms, and all those people who have contracted wSARS-2 NOT showing symptoms, and all the people who have acquired immunity by contracting RELATED CORONAVIRUSES in the past, the USA is bound to be reaching this threshold quite soon enough. Even when a person's antibodies fall off, that person should retain T-CELL IMMUNITY for the rest of his or her life.  That doesn't comport to the messaging of our bureaucracy.  You figure why that might be.
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How Safe Are The Vaccines? - Part One

Here's an article from a left-leaning WDC publication, which does seem to have a healthy view on Freedom of Speech, Privacy, etc., issues...

Big Tech cracks down on Robert Malone, mRNA vaccine pioneer who warns about their risks, (June 30, 2021).

... His professional website goes into great detail on his claim to have invented mRNA vaccines, including a 17-page page essay written by Jill Malone. Having married Robert before he started his research as a graduate student, she witnessed "the events involved in how RNA vaccination was invented and developed" and then how credit was stripped from him.

Malone does not appear to have an English-language page on the user-maintained online encyclopedia, but only a German-language page, another user pointed out. (He offered to hire "someone skilled and experienced in posting biographies on Wiki" two weeks ago.)

The discussion section of the German page says it was created in light of reporting on "possible Nobel Prize candidates arising from the RNA vaccines" and claims Malone is "currently raising the mood against the Covid19 mRNA vaccines and for ivermectin on Twitter."

The LinkedIn removal was not Malone's first brush with Big Tech censorship. Earlier this week he got caught in YouTube's removal of an episode of the DarkHorse podcast, hosted by former Evergreen State College evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying.

Malone had warned that the spike protein used in COVID-19 mRNA vaccines was "very dangerous" and that he had alerted the Food and Drug Administration of this danger "months and months ago." He told Fox News following the podcast episode's removal that the CDC had yet to perform "risk-benefit analyses" of COVID-19 vaccines, and that the "benefits probably don't outweigh the risks" for young people.


Full Article HERE
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Fitbits Detect Lasting Changes After Covid-19

Fitbits Detect Lasting Changes After Covid-19 (nytimes.com)

One in five Americans uses a Fitbit, Apple Watch or other wearable fitness tracker. And over the past year, several studies have suggested that the devices -- which can continually collect data on heart rates, body temperature, physical activity and more -- could help detect early signs of Covid-19 symptoms. Now, research suggests that these wearables can also help track patients' recovery from the disease, providing insight into its long-term effects. In a paper published on Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers studying Fitbit data reported that people who tested positive for Covid-19 displayed behavioral and physiological changes, including an elevated heart rate, that could last for weeks or months. These symptoms lasted longer in people with Covid than in those with other respiratory illnesses, the scientists found.

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Moderna Starts Human Trials of An mRNA-Based Flu Shot

Nobody yet knows the long term consequences of these "vaccines"..

Moderna Starts Human Trials of An mRNA-Based Flu Shot (theverge.com)

Yesterday, Moderna announced that the first set of volunteers in a clinical trial have received its mRNA-based seasonal flu vaccine. The Verge reports: Before the COVID-19 pandemic, mRNA vaccines were still largely experimental, even as they were heralded as the future of vaccine development. People who get an mRNA vaccine are injected with tiny snippets of genetic material from the target virus. Their cells use that genetic information to build bits of the virus, which the body's immune system learns to fight against. The high efficacy of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech was a major endorsement for this type of vaccine. Now, pharmaceutical companies plan to use this technology to fight other types of infectious diseases, including flu.

The flu shots available each year in the United States are usually between 40 and 60 percent effective. The most common shots are made by growing the influenza virus in cells or chicken eggs, and then killing the virus so it's no longer dangerous. It takes a long time to grow the virus, so companies have to start making the shots around six months ahead of time, based on predictions around which strain of the flu will be circulating that year. Pharmaceutical companies hope that mRNA-based flu vaccines can be more effective than the traditional shots. Because they'd be faster to make, production wouldn't have to start so far in advance, and they could theoretically be more closely matched with the type of flu spreading each season.
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Coronavirus epidemic hit East Asia 20,000 years ago


A higher power magnification image shows the structure and density of SARS-CoV-2 virions (red) produced by human airway epithelia. (Photo: Ehre Lab, UNC School of Medicine) / IANS

A Coronavirus Epidemic Took Place 20,000 Years Ago
- Molly Campbell
How often do you find yourself lost in a daydream? Joyfully recalling a time when friends were greeted with a hug, you complained about being thrust against other sweaty bodies on the subway during your morning commute to work and hand sanitizer was found only in the loos at a festival. Ah – pre-pandemic life. Or, or as some have come to call it, life BC – "before covid". In truth however, our generation does not know a "BC".

SARS-CoV-2 is not the first coronavirus we have encountered. Chances are that, at some point in your life, you have been infected by a "sibling" of the virus that belongs to the same Coronaviridae family. These viruses often cause respiratory infections and are associated with the common cold. However, as demonstrated by the SARS-CoV outbreak of 2003 that claimed 774 lives, the MERS-CoV outbreak of 2012 and the current COVID-19 pandemic, coronaviruses are capable of evolving over time to become increasingly transmissible and dangerous to humans.

Now, a new body of work suggests that the ancestors of modern humans in East Asia had to contend with a coronavirus epidemic that occurred 20,000 years ago. The research is a collaborative effort involving a number of institutions, including Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Arizona, Stanford University and the University of California San Francisco.


Full article HERE

There are several versions of this report out there. Only in the NYT was this information used to urge us all to get vaccinated - (in the first paragraph). I just thought I'd let everyone know that I have no intention of getting vaccinated. Why?

1 - I have an immune system disorder, (CFS / M.E.).
2 - I am already relatively isolated by this illness.
3 - It is not being reported, but it appears that earlier infection by other coronoviruses can confer some immunity against this virus, thus boosting herd immunity beyond target levels.
4 - Adverse reactions to the vaccines are under-reported, which I hope to post about later.
5 - It's my body. These are not vaccines - they work in an unprecedented and unstudied way. No one has studied long term consequences.
6 - There are alternate therapies which actually work, including preventive measures individuals can take on their own.

Note that the WHO actually did say that children should not be vaccinated. The next day, this statement was changed to recommend that children be vaccinated. There has been a whole lot of disinformation, fear-mongering and hyped up-propaganda going on, hiding some very nefarious activities. These activities need to be investigated and prosecuted.
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Jon Stewart gets real again.

Ignoring the obvious is not the same thing as critical thinking.  Denial is not science.  Just because you don't want something to exist does not make it go away.  Even if it is merely a hypothesis.  It's like expecting everyone to adhere to math when you also insist that odd numbers don't exist.  Not science.  Not a basis for policy, politics, public health, or a democratic society.  What was that founding pamphlet called?  Common Sense?  The opposite of towing the party line.  Here is a revelation which should have reached public consciousness, oh, like in early 2020.  But, at least it's going viral now.  Finally...

Jon Stewart Floats the Covid-19 Wuhan Lab Theory With Stephen Colbert
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A penny for your thoughts...

I want frustration here.  Comment or post.  Are you splayed into frays because of what has been going on, regarding COVID?  Please pipe up, now.

I am going to be posting some not so officially sanctioned posts soon enough.  Because I guess I have gone south and soured about all this.  A few weeks has turned into eternity.  And this is not good for our country.
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4 lessons the pandemic taught us about work, life and balance

TED TALK: Lessons the pandemic taught us about work, life & balance | Patty McCord

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work for good. Can it also change it for the better? Consultant Patty McCord reviews four key insights employers and employees alike gleaned from their shift to working from home -- and shares how companies can use what they learned in lockdown to creatively and innovatively rethink how we do business.

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