How much longer will the government get away with denying the science? Why should the estimated one-third of Americans who have already contracted the virus still be treated like ticking time bombs? How much longer will the government get away with denying the science behind immunity from infection? The isolation of all human beings as a strategy to deal with this virus began with the novel assumption of mass asymptomatic spread, a hypothesis now disproven by studies on transmission. Now, the mandatory masking and isolation are continuing without question based on a shocking lie that the one-third of the country who have already gotten the virus – despite the masks and lockdowns, by the way – are not immune to the virus.
As more and more studies have come out showing that prior infection confers long-lasting immunity – not just the 90 days we are told by the government – the purveyors of panic and tyranny have sought to use the focus on several supposedly new variants to deny the presumed immunity from prior infection. However, a new comprehensive study from Harvard Medical School and Boston University researchers should put this latest myth to rest. The researchers took blood samples from people who had the virus from March 3 to April 1, 2020, long before the new variants were discovered, which allowed them to presume they all had the original Wuhan strain. They found the S-specific memory B cells "conferring robustness against emerging SARS-CoV2 variants" – the U.K. (B117) & South African (B1351) variants.
"Loss of protection against overt or severe disease is not an inevitable consequence of a waning serum antibody titer," wrote the authors. "This atlas of B cell memory therefore maps systematically a crucial component of the long-term immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection."
In other words, the inherent immune system full of B cells (in addition to T cells) provides robust immunity not just long after the antibody titers wane from the original infection, but also against emerging strains of the virus.
There has been much discussion over whether the vaccine confers immunity against the new variants, but the more important fact is that previous infection confers such immunity, as is the case with nearly every virus. Indeed, cases have plummeted in South Africa and England precisely since the new variants have been discovered, which would be difficult without natural immunity from the prior waves working against the new variants. In Denmark, the U.K. variant composes roughly three-quarters of all cases, yet the country is averaging one death per day over the past 7 days. The same holds true for a number of states in America. A retrospective observational study of 14,840 COVID-19 survivors in Austria found just a 0.27% reinfection rate during the second wave. "Protection against SARS-CoV-2 after natural infection is comparable to the highest available estimates on vaccine efficacies," concludes the study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation.
It's also important to remember that, as with other viruses, immunity doesn't necessarily mean you can't test positive again, but that you won't experience serious symptoms even if you do. The goal is not to prevent colds and flus, but to pre-empt serious illness and death. "With follow‐up on mortality available until December 23, only one 72‐year‐old woman died two days after her tentative re‐infection diagnosis," observed the authors of the Austrian study. "She was not hospitalized and according to her medical records her cause of death ('acute vascular occlusion of an extremity with rhabdomyolysis') was not causally attributed to COVID‐19."
As the Los Angeles Times reported already in February, with an estimated 35% of Americans already infected (up to 50% in Los Angeles!), "the biggest factor" driving the plummeting of cases "paradoxically, is something the nation spent the last year trying to prevent." That is herd immunity. As illogical as it was to lock down all Americans last year, regardless of whether they were sick, it's downright insane to continue masking people who already had the virus AND have no current symptoms. We've already learned from reams of medical research that asymptomatic individuals rarely drive outbreaks. Coupled with already having been infected, the likelihood of a recovered COVID patient both getting the virus and transmitting it is so low that it makes further masking of these people unconscionable.
With this thought fresh in your mind, now consider the insane abuse our government continues to foist upon kids by masking them seven hours a day in school. You can have a child who already had the virus and currently has no symptoms, yet he is still forced to wear a mask. What's worse, with mass testing of children, yet extremely low rates of infection in recent weeks, the chance of false positives is extremely high. Last week, Professor Jon Deeks, a biostatistician from the University of Birmingham, told the U.K. Telegraph, "It seems likely that over 70% of positive test results are false positives, potentially many more."
So, children continue to be masked or even removed from school with no symptoms, based on faulty testing, predicated on a false assumption of mass asymptomatic spread – when so many of them already have immunity. In other words, this cycle can go on forever.
Just how big a lie is mass asymptomatic spread? Last month, the Federalist's Georgi Boorman trenchantly observed how the CDC mistakenly admitted that its entire premise of masking and isolating asymptomatic people is based on a lie. While finally acknowledging in its Jan. 29 report the fact of insignificant levels of spread in schools, the CDC let the following genie out of the bottle:
"Children might be more likely to be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 than are adults. … This apparent lack of transmission [in schools] is consistent with recent research (5), which found an asymptomatic attack rate of only 0.7% within households and a lower rate of transmission from children than from adults. However, this study was unable to rule out asymptomatic transmission within the school setting because surveillance testing was not conducted" (emphasis added).
So, when it comes to explaining why children rarely spread the virus, the CDC settled on the principle that children usually get infected asymptomatically, which means very little transmission! That would apply to adults who don't have symptoms, too, but the CDC will never concede that point. In fact, the low rate of transmission in that study includes both asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic cases. Nevertheless, despite the CDC admitting that kids, especially young kids, are not vectors of spread, it updated its guidance to continue recommending that children as young as two, aka babies, wear masks at child care facilities except for when they are eating and sleeping!
Which raises the question: With so many people already having had the virus and feeling healthy, what is the legal justification for using the police power of quarantine against those people? There is none, and there never has been a legitimate constitutional authority, yet they've done it anyway. In other words, if we don't end this tyranny now, it will never end, because quarantine and masking are no longer a means but an end.
March 13 (UPI) -- A survivor of the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak likely started new outbreak in Guinea, a new report shows.
The survivor, harboring the virus from the earlier outbreak, likely transmitted the Ebola virus through semen to a sex partner, according to researchers. Previously, the longest a survivor was known to harbor the virus was 500 days.
Research was based on genetic sequencing of virus samples from the current outbreak, a report published Friday at virological.org showed.
"It's a stunner," Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University infectious disease expert who was not involved in the research, told the The New York Times. "This is an extraordinary phenomenon."
Ebola virus disease is rare and often deadly, with fever, abdominal pain, and unexplained hemorrhaging, bleeding or bruising being among the symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and since then has emerged periodically, infecting people in several African countries.
Scientists believe the virus is animal-borne with bats or non-human primates being the most likely source, which also made the latest discovery surprising.
A genetic analysis of four viruses from people infected in the current Guinea outbreak were close to viruses that infected people in 2014, according to the research published Friday. The lack of mutations suggested that the new outbreak did not emerge from a bat or non-human primate, but was instead carried by a survivor of the 2014-16 West Africa Ebola outbreak.
"With this news, I was really, really shocked," Angela Rasmussen, a virologist with Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. told ScienceNews.
Health authorities in Guinea declared the new Ebola outbreak there last month after three people died.
The 2014-16 outbreak sickened 28,652 people, including 11,325 people who died worldwide from the disease, with more than 11,000 of the cases in Guinea, and neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the CDC.
The DRC confirmed a new case of Ebola the same month authorities declared the separate outbreak in Guinea, and some eight months after the the DRC's last outbreak of the disease was declared over.
A 2018 outbreak in the DRC killed 2,280 people over nearly two years, ending in June 2020.
As of March 6, 29 cases and 13 deaths have been reported in Guinea and the DRC from the new outbreak, according to Africa CDC.
WASHINGTON — For someone who has supposedly been “canceled,” Dr. Seuss is having a pretty good run. Last Tuesday, the company that oversees the estate of the beloved children’s author announced that it would no longer publish six of his books because they contained racist images. Outrage followed — much of it from conservatives — and within hours, the Amazon bestseller list was dominated by Seuss, with more than half of its top 100 bestsellers belonging to the author of “The Cat in the Hat” (the top-selling book on Amazon) and “Green Eggs and Ham” (No. 2).
Even as a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill headed toward President Biden’s desk, Republicans continued to obsess over Dr. Seuss. They are a party that has been dispossessed of power in Washington, watching as their Democratic counterparts pass legislation that is both consequential and popular. Giving people money does tend to poll well, and Republicans have been desperate to find an issue that will throw Biden off course.
They may have found that issue on Mulberry Street. Talking about children’s books in the middle of a pandemic may seem like an unserious countermove, but the right has long believed in Andrew Breitbart’s dictum that “politics is downstream from culture.”
Winning the war over Dr. Seuss and other icons of American culture, some conservatives believe, could be their path back to congressional majorities and eventually the White House. The National Republican Congressional Committee is sending copies of “The Cat in the Hat” to every person who donates $25 or more to its election coffers. “We need you to help save Dr. Seuss from the radical left,” declares the fundraising pitch, which includes a questionable attempt at poetry.
“Look, it’s definitely not mainstream America. It’s not where the voters are at,” NRCC Chair Tom Emmer, R-Minn., told Yahoo News. “They're making a huge mistake.” As far as Emmer and many other conservatives are concerned, effacing American icons like Dr. Seuss is part of that agenda.
That the decision to stop printing six of his books was made by a private corporation unrelated to the Democratic Party seems to make no difference. “Americans are much smarter than that,” Emmer said.
Some on the left think the Democratic Party should tend more carefully to cultural issues, even as it shores up the economy. “You do not want to be the political party canceling Lincoln,” a veteran Democratic strategist told Yahoo News, referring to a school board in San Francisco that recently made (then dropped) an attempt to remove Abraham Lincoln’s name from a public school because of his treatment of Native Americans.
These developments have been fodder to some Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who has embraced the Seuss controversy, even as she seeks to broaden gun rights, curb protections for transgender people and impeach Biden. Asked for comment, Greene replied in her own attempt at Seussian rhyme:
If I published books, I wouldn’t succumb to leftists’ dirty looks.
I would never cancel the author of Cat in the Hat.
Nope, I would never do that.
If I ran the House, I would fire Pelosi. It would make the place a lot more cozy.
I would impeach Joe Biden, and send him back into hidin’.
Woke progressives want cancel culture, they’re just a bunch of nasty vultures.
Each jab by someone like Greene is meant to box Democrats into a corner. So the reconsideration of television police drama is supposedly evidence that political progressives and cultural elites want to “cancel” the very idea of law enforcement, as Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., put it.
To engage with the argument is to lose it, but to let such accusations proliferate unchecked could allow Republicans to spin a damaging narrative. Either way, Democrats could find themselves heading down a “not-so-good street,” as Dr. Seuss once put it.
Biden does not want to defund the police, as he has made clear. That won’t stop Republicans from seizing on any evidence, no matter how slight, that “middle-class Joe” is really a culture warrior in disguise.
As far as the Seuss controversy goes, it didn’t exactly help that the announcement about the six titles in question came on National Read Across America Day, which coincides with the March 2 birthday of Theodore Geisel, as Dr. Seuss was known in the real world (he died in 1991). Biden’s proclamation for the quasi-holiday contained no mention of Seuss, unlike similar proclamations by Obama and Trump. That was enough evidence for conservatives that it was all his doing.
“Who knew Joe Biden was such a great book seller,” tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appending his message with an image of an all-Seuss list of Amazon’s top 10 best-selling books.
Without any real debate — without congressional hearings, new legislation, or anything more than a series of executive orders — President Biden has effectively put in place a complete open-border policy on the southwest border. All he had to do was signal, with the stroke of a pen, that if you can get into the US, you can probably stay.
Predictably, illegal immigration surged. But so did legal admissions of asylum-seekers who had been barred from entering the country under stricter Trump-era policies and pandemic border security measures.
The message up and down the border was clear: Biden will let you in.
The result, whether Biden will admit it or not, is a full-blown crisis. So many unaccompanied migrant children are entering the country right now that federal agencies responsible for housing them are nearing capacity, even as they scramble to find more facilities, including US military bases and temporary tent shelters.
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services said it had more than 7,700 children in its custody — more than it has ever had at one time. The number of migrant children crossing the border is on pace to exceed the all-time record by a whopping 45 percent, according to federal officials, who are scrambling to find up to 20,000 beds to house unaccompanied minors.
Meanwhile, migrant camps in Mexican border towns are quickly emptying out thanks to Biden’s executive order ending the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program. One shelter in the Mexican city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, housed more than 3,000 migrants. It’s now deserted after several large groups of migrants were escorted over the border by officials with the United Nations. Migrants crossing the Rio Bravo river to request asylum in El Paso, Texas on March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez State and local authorities have been overwhelmed by the influx of migrants in south Texas, the busiest stretch of the border for illegal immigration. In Brownsville, more than 100 migrants released from federal custody tested positive for COVID-19 recently. The town’s mayor said they are seeing about a 6 percent positive test rate, and asking migrants who test positive to quarantine in local hotels — although they cannot force them to do so.
Meanwhile, Mexican drug cartels are taking advantage of the situation, charging migrants thousands of dollars per person in order to cross. Cartel-associated smugglers are so busy, they’re issuing wristbands to migrants to keep track of them, and collecting personal information from migrants to ensure payments of debt to the cartels after they’re released into the US.
For Biden and the Democrats, the only real crisis at the border seems to be that some people have to wait more than three days before being released after crossing the border illegally. It doesn’t matter how many times Biden and top administration officials deny there’s a crisis or claim the US border isn’t open. Effectively, we have open borders. The migrants know it, the smugglers know it, and anyone who cares to look at what’s happening on the Rio Grande knows it.
Everyone seems to know it but Biden.
John Daniel Davidson is the political editor of The Federalist.
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Emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop, some of which were obtained by LifeSiteNews, detail exceptionally close contact between the Joe Biden’s son and his Chinese associates. March 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Growing evidence from a laptop that reportedly belonged to Hunter Biden indicates that he may have aided Chinese espionage through his business dealings and other activity linked to his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Emails found on the laptop hard drive, some of which were obtained by LifeSiteNews, detail exceptionally close contact between the younger Biden and his Chinese associates. They also point to significant security breaches implicating top U.S. officials that Hunter Biden appears to have facilitated. The contents of the infamous, abandoned laptop, first discovered in 2019 at a repair shop near the Bidens’ Delaware home, have been corroborated by Tony Bobulinski, a former Biden family business partner. At least one key email was validated by cybersecurity experts, according to the Daily Caller. Federal authorities also have signaled that the laptop is authentic.
Among the emails on the hard drive is one sent by Hunter Biden to Chinese colleagues in February 2015, during his father’s vice presidency, to discuss a “proposed BHR employee to be housed here in Washington D.C.”
BHR refers to Bohai Harvest Reserve Partners, an investment fund that Hunter Biden co-founded with Chinese state-backed companies in 2013. He had had little success in finance before forming BHR, which has had remarkable support from China’s central bank.
“I think we all feel it is critical to have someone at this level engaged on a full time basis to assist in coordinating the U.S. Teams input and communications to and from Beijing,” the message reads. “This would include monitoring all deals and advising where the U.S. Team could add value, and keeping the Beijing Team informed as to our fund raising and other efforts.” The Chinese employee would have access to Hunter Biden and his American partners’ expense reports, and responsibility for “any other necessary ‘reporting’ requirements” or “important” duties, the email continues. It adds that the new employee’s office would be connected to offices of the firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, a BHR partner led by Biden and Christopher Heinz, the stepson of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
“We would like to have this individual hired and in office beginning March 1st. Once they are acclimated here (10 days or so) he or she will travel to China to spend 30 days or so with the Beijing BHR team,” the email notes.
Hunter Biden’s Chinese associates warmly embraced his suggestions. “We totally agree with your thoughts,” BHR’s Jason Zhu replied.
“We think this arrangement will be very helpful for our deal sourcing and fund raising in US. The budget is ok for us, but the person we wants [sic] to hire should be proficiency [sic] in both English and Chinese, so it will be efficient for our communication,” he continued.
“They force him to hire a chosen American of Chinese extraction clearly trusted by Beijing. She gets an office next to his office with a separate outdoor entrance,” Jack Maxey, former co-host of Steve Bannon’s War Room, and one of the first people to go through the laptop files, said in a recent interview with Eric Metaxas.
“She is defined as the new communications director for Beijing, and what do they do with her after they get her? Immediately she’s sent to Beijing for a several-week training course on communications,” he added. “And what does she need to do? Learn how to use Zoom? Learn how to use email? No, she’s learning how to covertly communicate espionage for the benefit of the Chinese.”
Close access to Biden and Heinz naturally would have been a major boon for China’s extensive, wide-ranging espionage efforts. According to emails obtained by LifeSite, Hunter Biden and his Rosemont Seneca colleagues were in regular communication with top Obama administration officials, foreign diplomats, corporate and civic leaders, and, of course, the sitting vice president and his family.
A “treasure trove” of intel Hunter Biden also appears to have had phone numbers of dozens of U.S. congressional leaders and Cabinet secretaries, thanks to some of his father’s White House aides.
An email from Joe Biden’s assistant Kathy Chung to Hunter Biden in May 2015 inexplicably contains phone numbers of former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and several high-ranking congressmen.
In another message to Biden and Chung, deputy counsel of the vice president, Alexander Mackler, sent phone numbers of 17 Obama administration Cabinet members, including Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “Any foreign power would love to have this information,” General Michael Flynn has said about the emails, calling the contents “a ‘treasure trove’ of intelligence.”
An older email published by Jack Maxey and other sources seems to show that Hunter Biden actually hired Chung to work for his father in the first place.
“Thanks for calling and thinking of me. After the initial shock of taking in what you said … how could I pass up an opportunity to for the Vice President of the United State [sic],” a message sent by Chung to Hunter Biden’s Rosemont Seneca email account reads. “But what would be my top 3-5 responsibilities be [sic] in the office?” she asked.
Chung remains with the Biden team, having joined the White House in January after working as a senior aide during the Biden-Harris transition, according to POLITICO. Mackler, an occasional business advisor to the Bidens, also held a post with the Biden Justice Department transition team.
A front for Beijing Links to Chinese espionage detailed in the laptop files would hardly be Hunter Biden’s only known connections to Beijing-backed spy activity. Within months of his proposal for a D.C.-based BHR employee, the firm closed a deal with a government-controlled Chinese entity involved in the theft of U.S. military secrets.
Partnering with Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), BHR bought Michigan-based Henniges Automative, a leader in antivibration technology for military vehicles, in September 2014. The unprecedented transaction was valued at around $600 million.
AVIC, a state-owned company that makes stealth fighter jets for China’s air force, had been repeatedly blacklisted by the U.S. government and has been implicated in a successful multi-year scheme to steal strategic American assets.
The Obama administration nevertheless authorized the BHR/AVIC deal, which required special clearance from the executive branch, allowing AVIC to take a controlling stake in Henniges.
“This Bohai Harvest company that [Hunter Biden and his associates] were involved in … in my opinion, was completely a front operation to purchase strategic assets inside the United States,” Jack Maxey said on the Eric Metaxas Radio Show. “Why would [the Chinese government] be interested in giving $1.5 billion to two jokers, three jokers who have no business in the sphere unless there was some other motive?”
BHR Managing Partner Xin Wang practically admitted as much, referring to BHR as a “conduit” that helps “facilitate the transaction.”
“Just by virtue of being [a state-owned entity] there is the perception — rightly or wrongly — that there will be some cross-cultural issues,” he said. “Having us and our global resources there as a financial investor, and serving as a conduit, can facilitate the transaction.”
Hunter Biden’s cut of the Henniges deal, as well as BHR’s other questionable investments, appear to have paid well, despite public statements claiming the contrary. “BHR was valued at RMB 60m in November 2016. In today’s dollars that equates to $8.94m,” Biden’s broker dealer Eric Schwerin wrote in a 2018 email found on the laptop. Shares owned by one of Biden’s shell companies “would therefore be valued at $894,000,” Schwerin added.
“This is not even taking in consideration future distributions from exits of Henniges” and deals with state-backed companies, Schwerin said, describing the investments as “likely to be profitable for BHR.”
Hunter Biden’s ties to Chinese espionage don’t even end with BHR. In 2017, Biden agreed to represent now-disgraced energy executive Patrick Ho as his personal lawyer, according to a contract worth $1 million. Biden described Ho, the former Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong, as the “spy chief of China” in expletive-laden audio released by the National Pulse. Prior to Ho’s arrest for his role in a multi-million dollar African bribery plot, the Biden family had worked closely with his company, CEFC China Energy. A key email tying Joe Biden to his son and brother’s Chinese business dealings involves top CEFC executives, with whom the Bidens devised a joint venture called SinoHawk Holdings. Tony Bobulinski, former CEO of SinoHawk, has confirmed the authenticity of that correspondence.