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The Second Most Important Story In The World


Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – January 21, 2024


  1. With 2021-2023 now being history let’s look back with hindsight at Pfizer’s Clinical trial for their Covid vaccine.

    “BNT162b2 is a lipid nanoparticle–formulated, nucleoside-modified RNA vaccine encoding a prefusion-stabilized membrane-anchored severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”

    No previous mRNA medical products were approved because they failed early safety testing.
    No previous coronavirus vaccine were approved because they failed early testing.
    The Covid-19 vaccines skipped standard testing, and were approved in a EUA (Emergency Use Authorization).

    The trial consisted of 22,030 people in each group.
    By the end of the trial the Vaccine group had shrunk by 1,696 people while the placebo group had shrunk by 1,236 for a differences of 460 more people in the vaccine group being excluded from the trial data.
    (Figure 1).

    “Safety end points included solicited, prespecified local reactions, systemic events during the first 7 days after receipt”
    “unsolicited adverse events after receipt of the first dose through 1 month after the second dose; and serious adverse events after receipt of the first dose through 1 and 6 months”

    They used a passive adverse event system as opposed to an active adverse event system. A passive system undercounts negative effects.

    “efficacy against laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 with an onset of 7 days or more after the second dose”

    The second dose occurred 21 days after the first dose. Pfizer cherry picked the data by excluding a whole month of it.

    30% of Vaccine partipcants suffered an adverse event compared to 14% of placebo partipcants from dose 1 to 1 month after dose 2.
    The vaccine group suffered a severe adverse event rate of 1.2% compared to 0.7% for the placebo group.
    Severe adverse events in Clinical trials are defined as deaths, hospitalizations, disability, or required medical intervention.

    In the supplementary Appendix they tell us how they determined a “Covid case”
    “The definition of SARS-CoV-2-related cases was the presence of ≥1 of the following symptoms and
    SARS-CoV-2-NAAT positivity”
    Covid cases were not entirely objective, they were first filtered through a subjective process that was done by Pfizer employee’s

    Go to page 17 of the supplementary appendix to see the local adverse events that the Vaccine caused. 15%-50% of people received fever, chills, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, joint pain, and used medications because they got the vaccine.

    The drug corporations own Clinical trial data showed the vaccine group with worse outcomes compared to the placebo group.

    I’ll end with a link that looks at the Clinical trial documents the courts forced Pfizer and the FDA to release. The short version is that there are a dozen statistical anomalies that support former Pfizer employee and current Brook Johnson’s whistlerblower cause that Pfizer committed systemic fraud.

  2. bad to the bone

    It’s the vax plan:
    Spook ‘em
    Corral ‘em
    Neuter ‘em
    Take their money and run . . .
    Suckers everyone. . .

  3. mago

    I am looking all around but I don’t see a Pericles
    Biden and Blinken is all I’ve found and they just don’t appeal to me
    Guess it’s time to turn the sights on our true enemies
    The think tank lobby entities
    Turn that toxic shit around
    And maybe we’ll get some clarity
    Blind men talking in the dark
    Ain’t no hope for you or me
    This scraggly screed is all I’ve got
    And it’s for sure no remedy. . .

    But I had some fun, so why not?
    It’s respite from the storm.

  4. Curt Kastens

    “Society can not withstand a mass disabiling and an environmentall collapse at the same time.”

    If someone were watching from Mars the mass disabiling would hardly be noticable.
    With or without mass disabiling no one will survive the environmental collapse that is comming.

    People not disabled by Covid are going to be disabled by starvation or radiation sickness or some other problem before they die.

    Perhaps an alternative to Covid as the second most important story would be aerisol masking. It has been noted by many people that the renewable energy that the world has added to the energy mix over the past 35 years has not dented the growth of fossil fuels. It has mearly added to the total amount of overall energy used.

    But there might have been a good reason that no one took the idea of phasing out fossil fuels seriously. That is once all of the soot from the burnig of oil and coal leave the atmosphere there is going to be a tempreture spike. I do not know how large this spike would be. Be even without any spike at all humanity does not have a chance in hell of avoiding the melting of the permafrost.

    Humanity is clearly caught in a spiders web. It can not move in any direction to make things better without making things worse in some other direction.

    Planet Earth is a very psychological challengeing environment for some people to die in.

  5. capelin

    “The drug corporations own Clinical trial data showed the vaccine group with worse outcomes compared to the placebo group. ”

    And then; they used an entirely different (dirty with DNA) process to bulk manufacture.

    The emperor’s new vaccine.

  6. Curt Kastens

    I have been thinking latetly about some comments that President Putin has made recently. In short he claimed that he was guilty of naively trusting the west that they would uphold the Minsk agreements and that they were not trying to pull the wool over the Putins eyes.
    Give me a break. There is no way in hell that Putin has been unaware of all the trechory involved in the last 400 years of western history, a history which includes Russian on Russian trechory. As the last time I checked Russia is part of Europe and therefore a western country itself. And it has a imperialist past like all other large western nahtions and some of the small ones as well. And Putin has a clandestine Intell agency at his disposal as well. He knew what the west was up to even before the policies had been adopted.
    I think that what Putin is really refering to is that he fell for the ruse that the western nations played upon him about there being a 5th column of military people in western nations that were prepared to risk their lives in order to destroy the continuing criminal enterprise that infects almost every western institution with that has any power in western society.
    Of course no one talks about this except me. But if you really examine pieces of the picture that are availaable my explination makes more sense that the typically publically portrayed explination. Putin invaded the Ukraine with far less than 200,000 men. They made a mad dash for Kiev and I think Odessa. That way overstretched the available forces if you think that you are going to have to really fight a conventional war. But if you think that you are really not going to have to fight a conventional war because you are going to be linking up wiht people in the west who have been radicalized by the last 25 years of western forever wars less than 200,000 soldiers is enough to get the job done considering that it will be a short operation.
    But when this 5th column did not materialize Putin had to scramble to start preparing his country for old school warfare.
    It is really sad how few westerners have been radicalized by the policies of western nations over the past 25 years enough to support Putin and Xi.

  7. Curt Kastens

    A Moore on the Alliance für Deutschland (AFD) . The other major parties in Germany are discussing the idea of banning the AFD. If it happens it would not be the first time that a political party has been banned in Germany since I have been living here.
    What is ironic about this situation is that it is now clear to see that the CDU, SPD, and the FDP are also extreme right wing patsies.
    Banning the AFD would be like Red Currents and Razzberries telling Cherries that they have no place in the Rote Gruetze.

  8. Curt Kastens

    I would like to highly recommend the site One Modays, Wednesdays, and Fridays it presents a rundown of worldwide economic news. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays it presents a rundown of world wide climate and weather news.
    It is a very good place to get an overview of how really bad things are on the world’s environmental front.

  9. Mark Level

    “I’m telling you to give up on the Democratic Party . . . Actually, the most nihilistic thing you can do is continue to run inside & therefore legitimize this just absolutely rotten to the core organization that doesn’t even deserve to call itself a political party.”— Keaton Weiss (of Due Dissidence) on Jimmy Dore talking about his attempt to educate Marianne Williams’ cultists by asking her a question in New Hampshire today. (The question was basically why is she running when she’s now polling below Dean (Who?) Phillips, instead of working in the mutual aid system she praised earlier.)

    Some folks never learn! A lab rat will stop pressing the lever for a food pellet after 1,000 tries & no food. Dem voters aren’t even as smart as a lab rat!! I despise the ReThuglicans but at least they sincerely believe in promoting the batshit stuff that their openly fascistic followers want. The Dimmies believe in absolutely Nothing except fund-raising, grifting, & selling out their dipshit supporters (& openly spitting on any actual Lefties dumb enough to stay in their Corporate Party.)

  10. Curt Kastens

    Brian Berlitic made a very good remark recently which I will bring up on the next fresh open thread.

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