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Biggest Threat to Democracy Is Disinformation

by Oui Mon Mar 30th, 2020 at 02:24:41 PM EST

Whether to go to war in Syria or Iraq or to manipulate public opinion for putting sanctions in place on "imaginary" adversaries, BIG government possess very powerful tools to weaponize information. Clearly with tech powerhouses like Google, Facebook, Alphabet, Appel and Amazon the global community faces an imbalance to preserve elections and democracy itself. A nice chat on Al Jazeera between whistle-blower Christopher Wylie and Filipino journalist Maria Ressa before an audience is a boost to morale to fight the fight.

In a world moving at a fast pace, the populist, conservative politicians will seize every opportunity of created chaos like today's COVID-10 Pandemic to move forward on their agenda of BIG BROTHER 21st Century style with no scruples.

What has already passed in Asia with China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong will soon come to pass inside the European Union. The signs are there today!!

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Healthiest Generation Under Attack

by Oui Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 09:06:30 AM EST

As the oldest veterans of WWII are dwindling to zero, the baby boomers and half a generation before are part of a healthy group because of food, physical exercise, and economic well being.

Today this group is callously put in harm's way by their own government.

Too many weird and strange policy initiatives have been launched by a handful of countries.

Coronavirus: How to understand the death toll | BBC News |

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The Voice of Conservatism, Corporations and EU Austerity

by Oui Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 10:23:18 AM EST

The Dutch better prepared for post-mortem citizens than taking care of the living, young and old, in a global pandemic.

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Caught Between Herd Immunity And National Lockdown, Holland Hit Hard By Covid-19 | Forbes |

In a national address to the Dutch nation on Monday, March 16th, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his country would aim to develop immunity to the novel coronavirus among its population by allowing large numbers to contract the illness at a controlled pace.

Initially, creating herd immunity for the novel coronavirus was one of two main objectives of Dutch government policy: Controlling spread of the virus while protecting vulnerable groups, including the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. By striking this balance rather than instituting a national lockdown, the thought was the nation could avoid a situation in which post lockdown - when society returns to normal - it would be exposed to the danger of a new outbreak as too few people would have become infected and therefore immune.

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CoV-2 Herd Immunity is Incongruous to Healthcare

by Oui Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 08:54:33 AM EST

Concerns the COVID-19 Pandemic originating in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

Western nations not heeding the early warning warnings and data from China and the WHO.

'This beast is moving very fast.' Will the new coronavirus be contained--or go pandemic? | ScienceMag - Feb. 5, 2020 |

The repatriation of 565 Japanese citizens from Wuhan, China, in late January offered scientists an unexpected opportunity to learn a bit more about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) raging in that city. To avoid domestic spread of the virus, Japanese officials screened every passenger for disease symptoms and tested them for the virus after they landed. Eight tested positive, but four of those had no symptoms at all, says epidemiologist Hiroshi Nishiura of Hokkaido University, Sapporo--which is a bright red flag for epidemiologists who are trying to figure out what the fast-moving epidemic has in store for humanity. If many infections go unnoticed, as the Japanese finding suggests, that vastly complicates efforts to contain the outbreak.

What did politicians in Europe know and why didn't react to the warnings?

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Trump: It's About #Me, Not Others

by Oui Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 09:41:51 AM EST

The Dominic Cummings policy on the CoV-2 pandemic rears its ugly head again ... just as persistent as the virus that traveled the globe via their hosts traveling by air.

The writing has been on the wall for weeks in the UK, US and where I reside in The Netherlands. Lying liers ...

PM Mark Rutte had a broad explanation why it wasn't necessary and it was good policy NOT to do more tests as directly advised by the WHO.

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From Outbreak to a Global Pandemic

by Oui Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 10:01:38 AM EST

No, Mark Rutte can be accused of intentional neglect by following the suggestion of his chosen scientists on "herd immunity". The RIVM is still not following WHO instructions to do the testing!

Minister President Mark Rutte of The Netherlands will be remembered in history, quite like Dutch PM Colijn during the military build-up in Germany and the outbreak of World War II ...

From my diary on March 14th ...

Outbreak -- Herd Immunity Is Damning!

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Crisis In Leadership

by Oui Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 09:35:30 AM EST

I must admit, during my lifetime I've seen far more failures in leadership than succes.

In a democracy, the public is easily manipulated by PR and a non-critical media. Therefore, the popularity curve of leaders are far behind as a crisis develops. As new data is confronting the man in the street, the popularity polls catches up.

Interesting comparison I found was president Johnson's Vietnam War and George Bush in the Iraq War.

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Young People and Scars of CoV-2

by Oui Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 09:28:38 AM EST

Inflammation of the lungs ...

Pneumonia is inflammation caused by infection that affects the air sacs in the lungs

Many young people will have minor symptoms, yet they will have a much longer road to full recovery. Information from research from China, South Korea, Italy and Belgium.

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CureVac In Germany: Trump's Failed Takeover Bid

by Oui Tue Mar 17th, 2020 at 09:44:25 AM EST

In a moment of global crisis, the worst of human kind outs itself ... or society can come together to fight a common enemy. The ultra-narcist in the leader of America came to the forefront: Buy the German vaccine and we'll market as ::

FOR AMERICA ONLY!

"We've got the BEST doctors, scientists, hospitals ... we're doing a great job. Very early I closed to borders to China ... saved thousands of lives!"

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Outbreak — Herd Immunity Is Damning!

by Oui Sat Mar 14th, 2020 at 09:52:39 AM EST

[Update-3] Playing God to decide who lives and dies. A££hole advisors who convinced the Trumps, Johnsons and Ruttes of this world the best bet is to controle the spreading of CoV-2 ... there should be sufficicient number of people to catch the virus to build up “herd immunity.” Living in a laboratory of Dr. Frankenstein. In de presentation to the nation, that is exactly how PM Mark Rutte explained his choice [https://nltimes.nl/2020/03/16/coronavirus-full-text-prime-minister-ruttes-national-address-english]. He was given three options, he believes society is makable ... Conservative capitalists in the seat of the Creator.

”Herd Immunity”: A Rough Guide [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21427399]

It’s a strategy used in vaccination programs ... NOT a choice for intentional spreading a deadly disease ... has the world gone crazy?

UNACCEPTABLE!!

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COVID-10 Pandemic in Italy - 2020 | Wikipedia |

New tactic suggested by science and followed by politicians in Europe and US ... herd immunity. In other words, human sacrifice of today's elderly so future generations have a better chance of survival. Before Western civilization ends, the ancient practice of human sacrifice: in pure capitalism a cost/benefit analysis.

The Capacocha, Human Sacrifices in the Inca Empire

Human sacrifices have been practiced for thousands of years by many cultures in the world, including the Chinese, Carthaginians, Celts, and ancient Hawaiian cultures. It is also known of human sacrifices in indigenous peoples and cultures of pre-Columbian America, such as the Olmecs, Teotihuacans, Mayans, Toltecs, Aztecs, Muiscas, Mochicas, and Incas.

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Trump's Corona Crash - Ends Globalisation

by Oui Thu Mar 12th, 2020 at 12:20:41 PM EST

How coronavirus and an oil war have pushed the stock market from boom to bust | ABC News |

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Afghan Peace: Unconditional Surrender

by Oui Sun Mar 8th, 2020 at 10:05:14 AM EST

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Kahane: JDL Thugs As His Legacy

by Oui Thu Mar 5th, 2020 at 09:39:54 AM EST

York Federation of Students passes motion to oppose Israeli officials | CJN - Nov. 29, 2019 |

Following on the heels of a violent protest against IDF reservists speaking at York University in Toronto, the York Federation of Students (YFS) passed a motion stating that it will actively work to oppose "representatives of the Israeli state" who appear on campus.

According to the motion, which was passed at its annual general meeting on Nov. 28, YFS will oppose "representatives of the Israeli state or any other imperialist power (that are) invited (to campus) to gather support for war and occupation in Palestine and elsewhere (by organizing) mass mobilizations of students, workers, marginalized communities in opposition."

The YFS passed the motion just over a week after pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protesters clashed outside of an event on Nov. 20 that brought IDF reservists to York to answer questions about Israel.

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Joe Biden Delivers A Decisive Blow to Bernie Sanders

by Oui Wed Mar 4th, 2020 at 08:54:12 AM EST

The big losers are Mike Bloomberg (minus $500m) and a valiant Elizabeth Warren.

Well, at least Mike has proven the Democratic primaries can't be bought by a single billionaire ... it's teamwork that matters Mike!

The BIG winner is Joe Biden, the come-back kid who won over Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar to ride the wave of his SC victory. Biden got key delegates from all the states at stake on Super Tuesday. Experience, trust in the eyes of the voter and the DNC establishment made the difference yesterday.

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Covid-19 Pandemic: Europe and America Next

by Oui Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 at 11:39:16 AM EST

See my earlier diary which followed the developments of the outbreak in China and the initial Lombardy cluster in Italy.

Coronavirus: Chinese Xi Ping and Donald Trump

Trump likens himself to dictators Xi Ping, Putin and Kim Jong Un ... however he hasn't met their standards just yet.

From a CNN interview last night, an important statement was made: the rigorous and autocratic measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, gave the rest of the world a six-week window the prepare for the worst scenario. From this week on, the primary expansion of victims and deaths will be outside China: clusters in South Korea, Iran, Northern Italy, North Rhine Westphalia in Germany and the early signs in Washington State, New York City and Chicago in the US.

Map tracks coronavirus outbreak in near real time | JHU |

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Coronavirus: Chinese Xi Ping and Donald Trump

by Oui Fri Feb 28th, 2020 at 05:41:45 AM EST

Trump blames Monday and Tuesday's stock market slide on Dem debate that happened Tuesday night | Vox News |

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UK Set to End EU Negotiations by June, Gove Says

by Oui Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 12:31:18 PM EST

Boris Johnson claims he is prepared to leave the EU with no deal at end if year, document reveals

The EU-27 leaning over backwards to accommodate the extension last fall played into the hands of BoJo and Cummings strategy to accomplish a no deal. Prepare for the worst-case scenario EU, stop dreaming.

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Sanders Heading To SC and Super Tuesday

by Oui Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 12:51:20 PM EST

Frontrunner bashing in Charleston SC debate. How did the candidates perform on this pivotal night ... Steyer was added to the six candidates, little time to debate the issues, so it became a shouting match. Thank goodness ALL candidates believe they are the voice of Democrats to beat Trump in 2020. Diversity, solidarity and giving the viewer a certain feeling of unity in the Democratic group of candidates was absent. Some commentators compared this night to a cage fight of desperate actors trying to survive the onslaught.

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From a Fringe to a US Presidency - White Supremacy

by Oui Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 at 01:02:22 PM EST

As I have written, a direct link with the British Empire, Colonization and the scourge of Brexit: rightwing Conservatives today.

An excellent long-read in The New Yorker ... astonishing to say the least! Lawlessness in an immigration country build on the lives of too many "savages" of the indigenous tribes, Native Americans, and the import of slaves from the Dark African continent.


General Wayne signs a peace treaty with the Indians at Fort Greenville, Ohio in 1795

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Huge Win for Sanders In Nevada

by Oui Wed Feb 19th, 2020 at 08:06:31 AM EST

[Update-1] Title change from "Amen!"

Nevada Caucus Results | NBC News |

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Bernie Sanders for President!

Never ever heard any presidential candidate making such a pronounced statement on Middle East policy.

Bernie is an angry young man! Bravo!

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