Then the nationwide rollout of new social protocols. Schools will remain closed following spring break, probably for the rest of the year. Restaurants and bars are closed. No delivery. No take-out. Theaters are closed until further notice, as are gyms. Shopping centers are closed. Hotel rentals have fallen to zero. Property management agencies are announcing they will no longer accept cash for rent payments. San Francisco instituted a 24-hour curfew. Governor Gavin Newsom issued an unprecedented statewide “stay at home” order for California’s 40 million residents. New York City is completely locked down. At least 25 States have deployed the National Guard. All sporting events are cancelled. International flights are cancelled. All entertainment events are cancelled. All events everywhere are cancelled. As of this writing, more than 70 million Americans remain at home in mandatory isolation; solitary confinement writ large. And mass house arrest suddenly becomes the global norm.
Empty streets are a common sight in major cities this year
Many have compared this outbreak to the Spanish Flu, which killed more than 50,000 humans between January 1918 and December 1920. Whether CoVid-19 will prove comparably lethal remains to be seen, but the existence of the internet stands out as the critical difference between then and now. Such a comprehensive global communications network did not exist at the time, making a rapid, coordinated, worldwide effort to stop the disease impossible.
But the very same communications network that makes modern containment possible has also enabled a new level of global fear-mongering the likes of which we’ve never witnessed before. And as the frenzied global news coverage numbs and subdues a significant proportion of the population, many others seem oddly addicted to the anxiety.
Indeed, millions of people are “comforting” themselves by watching horror movies like Outbreak, Contagion, and I Am Legend to get through this crisis. But succumbing to collective dread like this manifests increasingly irrational human behavior. And as Vigilant Citizen notes, much of this behavior is literally programmed into society by the movies and media we consume:
“As Coronavirus spreads fear and panic across the world, streaming services have been observing a spike of interest in the 2011 movie Contagion. Starring Matt Demon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lawrence Fishburne, the movie follows the outbreak of a deadly virus called MEV-1 and its disastrous impacts on society. Needless to say, in today’s context, Contagion is not a comforting watch. In fact, if the whole Coronavirus situation is already making you anxious, you should probably avoid Contagion. Because it will only make things worse.
“In fact, the slogan of the movie is ‘Nothing spreads like fear’ – and that is basically the goal of the movie.”
Like MEV-1, CoViD-19 may seem scary in and of itself, but our collective response feels far more frightening. While some of us are infected by the virus, just about everyone has succumbed to the virus of fear, which spreads even faster and less descriminately. You might be able to avoid the Coronavirus through isolation, but avoiding the infectious proliferation of fear has proven far more difficult.
Fear is a powerful force of paralysis. We’ve all felt its emotionally incapacitating effects as individuals. But on a global scale, the effects of fear can cripple entire economies and bring formerly sovereign societies to their knees. And the media hubbub surrounding CoViD-19 has focused the entire world’s attention upon a frightening singularity. But for those who are able to keep a clear head through difficult times, the magnitude of the fear broadcasting on every channel around the world 24/7 seems greatly exaggerated, if not grossly irresponsible.
As Ben Swann reports, when the W.H.O. published their official findings, the numbers suggested that CoViD-19 yields a mortality rate of 4%. But according to their own numbers, the death rate for the seasonal flu during the same time period was nearly 10%.
This means that the seasonal flu is more than twice as deadly as CoViD-19, according to the W.H.O. But we’ve never allowed society to grind to a halt over concerns related to the seasonal flu. And while authorities tell us to be weary of misinformation and disinformation, these kinds of statistical inconsistencies make distinguishing fact from fiction a difficult task.
The “official” numbers repeated by the media are crude and poorly calculated because they leave out very important information, including the omission of “mild” cases. But those crude numbers are nevertheless propelling global panic. That panic is the driving force behind the international lockdown, which creates an economic meltdown that allows for an unprecedented power grab by those who stand to benefit from the crisis.
Italy — one of the countries hardest hit — has announced that that 99% of Italians who have died in this crisis were already suffering from unrelated life-threatening illnesses.
“More than 99% of Italy’s Coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.”
“The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18% of the country’s Coronavirus fatalities, finding that just three victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous pathology. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions.”
“More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.”
“The average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.”
On top of that, the “cure” may be worse than the disease, since one of the antiviral drugs being used to treat CoViD-19 might actually be the final nail in the coffin for elderly Italians. According to cardiosmart.org, “Ribavirin may decrease the number of red blood cells in your body. This is called anemia and it can be life-threatening in people who have heart disease or circulation problems.” Exactly how many patients have been killed by the administration of ribavirin remains to be seen.
But there is already proof that patients who avoid such antiviral drugs may have a better chance of surviving the disease. This week, a 95-year old Italian grandmother became the oldest known case to recover from Coronavirus, without the use of antiviral drugs:
“Alma Clara Corsini arrived at the Pavulo Hospital in the northern province of Modena on March 5 after suffering from symptoms of the deadly disease … Gazzetta Di Modena reports that she was able to make a healthy recovery without any need for “antiviral therapy,” while her body showed a “great reaction” despite the infection.”
None of these facts have stopped our panic-obsessed media from declaring that “something is going around and you need to be very afraid!” The headlines have only grown more frightening as the crisis continues to unfold.
During an election year when Bernie’s momentum seemed it could seriously threaten the status quo, an unprecedented outbreak coincidentally surged into global mainstream headlines as the only important story in the 2020 news cycle. The panicked broadcasts not only monopolize news coverage, distracting attention away from other important events such as the democratic primaries, but do so during one of the most contentious political climates in written history.
After over a year of weekly disruptions from the Gilets Jaunes in France, and just as the Hong Kong protests were becoming impossible to ignore; as citizens the world over were waking up, rising up and standing up, the authorities have suddenly announced the end of society as we know it.
The timing of all of this feels particularly convenient for the existing power structure, especially since this is all happening during an election year – an election that many suspect could be suspended under the imposition of martial law.
Since the DNC rigged the 2016 nomination against Bernie (a fact documented publicly by both Donna Brazile and Tulsi Gabbard), voters approached the 2020 election with greater skepticism than normal. And the investigations resulting from that skepticism continue to reveal just how corrupt our system has become. But at the moment when more people than ever before were beginning to realize these truths, the authorities say we must now shut down all congregations and gatherings nationwide…except the election.
As the CDC warned against gatherings larger than 50 people, the DNC continued full steam ahead with a primary vote, where thousands of people stood in line, greatly increasing their risk of not only catching the disease, but of spreading it. Amid the chaos, huge segments of voters did take the CDC’s advice and stayed home and urged the DNC to postpone the vote. But the DNC went forward with the primary anyway. It seems the circumstances of crisis will overwhelmingly favor the status quo to the detriment of the everyone else, once again.
Cognitive dissonance and panic are preventing huge swaths of people from thinking clearly in this moment. The virus may be deadly. But our collective response may prove even deadlier if present trends continue.
Most wage earners in America live paycheck-to-paycheck. And they’ve watched the price of their rents and property taxes skyrocket while wages have flat-lined since the 1970’s. Most of them have debt, either from student loans or hospital bills or credit cards. And in recent years, most of them have begun to realize that the rules of this economic game were already inherently invalid, as evidenced by America’s horrific suicide epidemic and homelessness crisis.
And most working Americans will likely face a difficult situation when rent comes due on April 1st. But it’s the rent seekers who are likely to be the real April Fools when bills come due at the first of the month. According to the L.A. Times, 18% of US workers have lost jobs or hours since the virus. And unemployment has reportedly skyrocketed by 600% in the state of Ohio since the shuttering of restaurants and bars.
As we’ve been reporting for years, the economic situation in America was already extremely precarious prior to this outbreak.
As David DeGraw repeatedly reminded us in the years leading up to this moment, of the 213 million working-age people in America, there were only 100 million full-time workers. This left 50% of the working age population to fight over 28 million part-time jobs. And of what few full-time jobs existed, 47% of them generated annual incomes under $35k.
These data reveal the mathematical impossibility for average Americans to keep up with astronomical costs of living, without accruing ever-increasing levels of debt, that they would never be able to repay because the economic opportunities to do so no longer exist.
So what happens when these already desperate circumstances meet CoViD-19? How are wage earners, living paycheck-to-paycheck, supposed to stay home in accord with national quarantine recommendations, yet continue paying rent? Does anyone honestly believe that our elected Sheriffs will don hazmat suits and enforce eviction notices upon thousands of Americans who can no longer afford their rent, just to appease the greedy slugs of the banker class? Are oligarchs so naïve as to believe that kicking the working class out of their homes is a good idea for maintaining their power?
Mac Slavo opines that this virus will bankrupt more people than it kills:
“The real crisis of the Coronavirus is that it’s going to bankrupt more people than it kills, especially in the United States. Household debt has skyrocketed in the years following the Great Recession, putting many at risk for a financial disaster.
“Businesses are shutting doors and closing shop to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. But this in itself is a disaster for many who live paycheck-to-paycheck, which is almost 80% of Americans. Not to mention household debt in the U.S. reached a record of $14 trillion in February during the Coronavirus’ spread around the globe.
“CoViD-19’s economic danger is exponentially greater than its health risks to the public. If the virus does directly affect your life, it is most likely to be through stopping you from going to work, forcing your employer to make you redundant, or bankrupting your business.”
The .01% do not care about you. For Wall Street’s financial priesthood, economics are more important than human beings. If that statement seems hyperbolic, here’s an actual quote from CNBC finance:
“The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that.”
That’s Larry Kudlow announcing to the world what the .01% really think about the rest of us. At the time he said this, Kudlow was referring to the tsunami that hit Japan following a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake. But CNBC has never stopped broadcasting anti-human opinions.
With regard to CoViD-19, CNBC’s Rick Santelli admits that the value of money continues to outweigh the value of human beings:
“Think about how the world would be if your tried to quarantine everybody because of the generic-type flu. Now, I’m not saying this is the generic-type flu. But maybe we’d be just better off if we gave it to everybody, and then in a month it would be over, because the mortality rate of this probably isn’t going to be any different if we did it that way than the long-term picture. But the difference is we’re wreaking havoc on global and domestic economies.”
So what Rick Santelli recommends is a lack of humanitarian response to the pandemic, because it might hurt his stocks. He announced to the world, on network television, in front of tens-of-millions of people, that we should take steps that ensure millions are annihilated in order to save the economy.
This is your brain on capitalism.
Meanwhile, The Federal Reserve has responded by injecting Trillions to prop up banks and multinationals, just like it did in 2008, but without the pesky formality of asking the Congress for it; a clever exception included in the bill from the last round of banker bailouts that ensured bankers would never again be subject to public ridicule for their role in crashing the global economic system and then being bailed out to the detriment of the rest of the people who actually pay for it. And CoViD-19 provides the perfect smokescreen of fear and confusion through which the most eventful weeks in financial history are difficult to perceive.
John Rubino explains why this round of banker bailouts was so predictable:
“Other than the fact that it’s a pandemic popping this bubble, we’re following the script pretty well, in which we have a gigantic financial crisis because of all the debt we’ve taken on, and then the central banks of the world react by flooding the system with cash and bailing out everybody in sight … They know we need a shock-and-awe right now because they know the global financial system and the global manufacturing system are shutting down. So while it’s not clear that there are any financial tools that fix a pandemic, they’ve still got to try. Because the only tools they have are easy money.”
Whether the coming transformations embrace liberty or tyranny, it seems clear that the rules of the economic game are about to drastically change. For the 80% of Americans who are paycheck-to-paycheck, the coming financial situation may signify a uniquely tragic moment in American history. In response, legislators have begun debating the merits of bailing out the American people, with a $1,000 UBI (Universal Basic Income).
Saagar Enjeti of The Hill explains why such a move is likely to backfire:
“The problem is that a thousand dollars barely scratches the surface. Tens-of-millions of Americans right now are staring down the barrel of rental costs, credit card payments, loans and more. Even direct cash assistance at that level will simply be eaten up by the everyday costs of living that most Americans bear on a daily basis. A one-time cash injection, or even a cash injection monthly, would get eaten up by debt holders in our society. It simply is not going to cut it if we actually want to get our economy working again.
“Or if you want to use this as an opportunity to say that if big business wants our taxpayer dollars, then they have to behave by a certain set of rules. But the political will is not there right now. Sure, we may pass a one-time payment for Americans, but the political resolve will evaporate at the slightest sign of so-called “progress”. We have a template, and even worse, the same people are in charge, with Nancy Pelosi at the helm. And if Joe Biden wins the presidency…he’s literally still defending the Wall Street bailouts that gave them all the short-term capital in the world, while everyday homeowners were completely screwed in the long run. They did the bare minimum and acted like heroes. That’s basically what we’re in for this time around.
“Two subsequent generations of young people are going to enter their adult lives in a catastrophic economic crash. That reveals much more about who has power in this country, and who does not. They’re going to be laden down with debt. They’ll face a struggling economy where jobs with benefits are going to be very, very scarce to come by. They’ll scoff at the idea of owning a house or getting married or starting a family. And they’re going to rage silently inside. And that rage is going to fester as they age. As they start to vote, the rage is just the beginning. And just like that, the debt-laden millennial generation is going to be joined by their younger brothers, sisters and cousins in Generation Z, and they’re going to start embracing revolutionary politics. And it’s going to have a huge impact on the future politics of this country.”
As Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism further explains why the present trajectory of “solutions” actually set us up for failure down the road:
“Even though the Administration claimed they’d get their $1,000 checks out in two weeks, there’s no way that will happen between getting the legislation passed and the operational requirements of printing all the envelopes and checks and getting them out. In 2009, under an Obama stimulus program [checks] took five months to distribute…
“And loans to small businesses? Are you kidding? What small businessman wants to take on more debt when he isn’t sure of his income or even business survival? A few who are in situations where they have genuine reasons to think the Coronavirus impact on them is as blip rather than a body slam might take the plunge, but the rest?”
The absurdity of the situation hasn’t stopped Nancy Pelosi from blocking UBI, or Chuck Schumer from suggesting that the road to recovery involves “low interest loans” for Americans to supply us with the means to survive the crisis. They should be talking about suspending rent and mortgage payments. But neither Pelosi nor Schumer will do that because it wouldn’t benefit their donors on Wall Street. So with his administration now instituting UBI and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, Donald Trump now stands to the left of most democrats, presenting as the unlikely progressive hero of the hour.
Additionally, when democrats could temporarily suspend the 2020 democratic primaries, America’s election instead entered the theater of the absurd.
Scott Jarrett, the Maricopa County, Arizona Election Day Director, walked away from the microphone in the middle of a statement during a press conference aimed at providing critical updates to the democratic primary. Jarrett nervously announced the closure of voting locations due to the lack of cleaning supplies necessary for ensuring adequate voter safety during the pandemic. After confirming the reduction of total voting locations to 151 from 229, he turned to a colleague and said:
“I’m sorry. I can’t do this.”
Scott Jarrett walking away from the podium
Before walking away, Jarrett began explaining that such a reduction of voting locations would “protect” voters from CoViD-19, even though the move would obviously crowd more people into fewer voting locations. The fact that such a move would likely increase everyone’s susceptibility to the virus may have just been too much for Jarrett to swallow, and he walked away in the middle of his sentence.
Thankfully, his colleague then stepped forward to assure us that all is well, nothing to see here, go on about your business:
“I want to remind the public that the ever-changing world that we live in is creating some stress for all of us, but we just want to make the voters assured that we are going full speed on having a great election as we are tasked to do.”
Shouldn’t the vote be temporarily suspended along with everything else? Why not institute a system of accountable paper ballots during this, the greatest collective crisis in written history? Such ballots could be mailed, to the relief of poll workers, most of whom are elderly and retired folks — the very demographic most vulnerable to this pandemic.
The CDC says if you’re elderly, or are likely to come into contact with someone who is, you should stay at home, avoid people, and not participate in the vote at this time. But this hasn’t stopped DNC chair Tom Perez from encouraging state officials from moving forward with the primaries.
And Joe Biden joined Perez in encouraging people to throw caution to the wind, tweeting, “If you are feeling healthy, not showing symptoms, and not at risk of being exposed to CoViD-19: please vote on Tuesday.”
The democratic party is proving they care less about their constituents than ISIS does about their terrorists; ISIS has instructed their members not to travel to Europe, while in America, the democratic party actively encourages people to go out and vote amid a global pandemic.
“To DNC Chair Tom Perez and Members of the Democratic National Committee, the Secretaries of State of Arizona, Florida, and Ohio, and the chair of the Illinois State Board of Elections:
“The next round of Democratic presidential primaries are scheduled for March 17 in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois, amid a deadly pandemic. This is a dangerous state of affairs. All four states have declared states of emergency or have patients in quarantine in response to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. On March 14, Georgia moved their primary from March 24 to May 19. Louisiana rescheduled their primary on April 4 for June 20.
“Hundreds are sick and multiple people have died. It has resulted in numerous cancellations and postponements, including presidential campaign events in Cleveland and Tampa. In the swing state of Ohio, the state’s Health Department Director Amy Acton said there is evidence one percent of Ohioans may be carrying the Coronavirus. That means 117,000 may have have CoViD-19.
“A day before the scheduled March 17 primary, Ohio recognized the risks and postponed in-person voting to June 2.
“State officials in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois, with the support of the Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns, should reschedule the primaries for May, when states such as Indiana, Oregon, and Kentucky have their primaries. Until May, mail-in voting should be implemented throughout under the guidance of health and election authorities.
“We have seen long lines of voters in states like Texas and Michigan. The amount of time standing in line with hundreds or even thousands of other voters substantially increases the likelihood that someone will get sick.
“By postponing primaries, state governments will be able to keep resources focused, and they will not need to worry about the distraction of running primaries while responding to this pandemic. This will also give time for the states to implement alternative voting mechanisms, such as vote-by-mail, at a sufficient scale if the pandemic continues to be an emergency for these states.
“Furthermore, polling place workers, who are generally retired volunteers over 65 years-old, should not need to be exposed to the risk of contracting the Coronavirus while managing precinct locations.
“We should note that we do not believe that a public health crisis or a state of emergency should ever be used as an excuse to cancel elections. The Democratic primary season concludes in early June; the party has full flexibility to schedule state-level races at any point before then.
“In addition to our primary concern about public health, we believe this would be beneficial to the democratic process. As people are understandably avoiding public places and crowds, we expect turnout to be depressed. Rescheduling the primaries would ensure that more people are allowed to exercise their right to vote without fear. It would also be particularly good for down ballot races in the Democratic Party primary. Candidates in city, county, and state races will likely benefit from higher turnout.
“Cancellations and closings help doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have a chance at saving lives. For the health of our fellow citizens and our democracy, please act now to postpone the upcoming March primaries until May.”
Are Americans are finally beginning to realize that we’re only as healthy as our sickest citizens? When it comes to the 30 million Americans getting through life without health coverage of some kind, Medicare-For-All doesn’t seem like such a bad idea anymore, especially when the alternative means spreading the disease beyond our control. The present level of proposed profiteering feels doubly nauseating when we consider that Polio and Smallpox were cured for free out of respect for the public good. The leaders of the day didn’t worry about “making the vaccines affordable” as Nanci Pelosi recently emphasized, because society used to frown upon profiteering from human suffering.
But today, the phenomenon of disaster capitalism has become the economic norm.
Desperate times make for desperate measures, and many people were already in financial dire straits prior to the hysteria. Millions of Americans were already resorting to strange extremes to pay their bills before this crisis hit. Many sought refuge in the so-called gig economy of Uber and Lyft. Some gravitated toward donating plasma to pay their rent. Others dipped into black markets to make ends meet. And still others fell into perpetrating scams on the vulnerable.
But right now, opportunists from coast to coast are attempting to profit from the manufactured shortage of critical supplies. And many of those opportunists aren’t members of the .01%. Because it wasn’t the billionaire-class looking to make a few extra bucks by hoarding and selling toilet paper, soap, immune-support supplements, surgical masks, food, etc.
As greedy and selfish as this behavior may be on an individual level, it’s our blind faith in the almighty “Market” that keeps many of us from ever comprehending the notion that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Case in point, it doesn’t matter how many bottles of soap I have if my neighbors can’t wash their hands. Because if they get sick, the chances increase that I will also get sick.
Of course, in an economic situation where the future accepted value of US dollars seems dubious, the purchase of toilet paper may indeed seem like a wise, last-minute currency transfer for those with the resources to buy it and stash it. Who knows how valuable such commodities will become in the absence of a functioning fiat currency? But the hoarding of toilet paper also indicates that even citizens of modest means are attempting to profit from the crisis.
Robert Anton Wilson termed this kind of behavior the “Mammalian Hoarding Instinct”. This instinct is greatly exacerbated by the fact that the economic mantra of capitalism imposes an “every man for himself” mentality onto society at large. Normalizing a business climate of “dog-eat-dog” has disproportionately rewarded the behavioral patterns of sociopaths for decades. This economic system actually rewards sociopaths who naturally rise to the top of such ruthless competition, because we live in a system that actually rewards failure, incompetence, and criminality.
“When you are indoctrinated into a belief that being American means only looking out for yourself, that your success or failure is only about you & your own individual efforts, that everyone else sinks or swims on their own, then when we most need each other you still act accordingly.”
Resource hoarding may be a predictable aspect of societal panic, but Covidiots attempting to profit from a toilet paper shortage appear especially pathetic when we consider that toilet paper is not a product America imports from overseas. As confirmed by the New York Times last week, “The vast majority of toilet paper consumed by Americans is made in North America.” America’s very own Koch Industries are responsible for manufacturing the overwhelming majority of America’s paper products through Georgia-Pacific.
As reported by Forbes:
“Georgia-Pacific, the paper-products giant owned by Koch Industries, which makes the AngelSoft and Quilted Northern brands, tells Forbes the current toilet paper spike is as much as double its normal demand. The Atlanta-based company says it’s working through its existing excess inventory and increasing production at its existing facilities in order to meet consumer demand.”
But how long are we to expect this global shutdown to last? Are we being eased into full out Martial Law, one incremental step at a time? It starts with frenzied fear-mongering on the nightly news. Then the restrictions start coming down incrementally, starting with travel restrictions and border closures, followed by voluntary quarantines and business closures, ultimately to be followed up by mandatory quarantines that are likely to last months, if not years, if not forever.
But when the Trump Administration invoked unprecedented wartime authority under the auspices of the Defense Production Act, and the Justice Department asked Congress for the ability to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies, effectively suspending habeas corpus in the most brazen power grab since the USA PATRIOT Act, it is the US Constitution being placed under quarantine.
“We’re talking about lockdown powers (at both the federal and state level): the ability to suspend the Constitution, indefinitely detain American citizens, bypass the courts, quarantine whole communities or segments of the population, override the First Amendment by outlawing religious gatherings and assemblies of more than a few people, shut down entire industries and manipulate the economy, muzzle dissidents, “stop and seize any plane, train or automobile to stymie the spread of contagious disease,” reshape financial markets, create a digital currency (and thus further restrict the use of cash), determine who should live or die…Specifically, the DOJ wants to be able to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial. The DOJ also wants to be able to pause court proceedings and suspend the statute of limitations on criminal and civil cases. Both signify a clear violation of every right espoused in the Constitution, including habeas corpus.”
Such authoritarian overreach is already in progress, as evidenced by military and police personnel going door-to-door in Rhode Island to “hunt down” New Yorkers seeking refuge.
We’re told that these measures are only “temporary” because incrementalism is the name of the game. If the authorities told us the truth, the resulting backlash would be impossible to contain.
This might lead one to wonder what kinds of planned outcomes this round of disaster capitalism will finally enable, such as the imposition of a cashless economy, the introduction of mandatory vaccinations and the imposition of compulsory identification programs and travel papers.
For those already aware of Bill Gates’ fanatic obsession with both population reduction and vaccinations, the Georgia Guidestones aren’t the only indicator of what the elite have planned for the rest of us.
Bill Gates recently participated in an exercise this past October called “Event 201” to appraise society’s readiness for global pandemics:
“The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.”
Gates is now proposing a national tracking system for CoViD-19 cases. At the same time, Athena Security has announced the deployment of surveillance cameras they claim can “detect fevers in people, and in-turn send an alert that they may be carrying the coronavirus… the alert goes directly to the client.”
But who exactly is “the client”? And can we really expect this technology won’t be abused by powerful oligarchs with totalitarian intent?
We’re still a ways off from the probable outcomes that are likely to occur from all of this, but the writing on the wall strongly indicates that the powerful will do whatever it takes to retain their rule.
The Georgia Guidestones
It isn’t just “crazy” preppers and wacky conspiracy kooks considering these outcomes. As Comedian Dave Smith recently tweeted:
“I don’t know if people are overreacting to the threat of the #coronavirus or not. But, People are definitely not reacting enough to the threat of a Great Depression if we shut down the economy, and the dangers of living under a legit fascist state if we accept martial law.”
“In my opinion the fears that the ruling class will seize this opportunity to advance preexisting authoritarian agendas are well-founded, and people are right to have suspicions about the official narrative on the origins of the virus.”
Kurt Nimmo elaborates the point further:
“For those able to sidestep the trap of fear-mongering, it is obvious this disease is less of a threat to mortality than the seasonal flu and tuberculosis. CoViD-19’s death rate thus far is minuscule by way of comparison, although the state and its media promise the number will rise precipitously and the only option is to “flatten the curve” by imposing authoritarian mandates, including the imposition of martial law, as is now the case in Italy … Recall Henry Kissinger’s remarks following the LA riots. [He] said under the circumstances of an appropriate crisis, the people will run to the state and beg to be protected.”
“… there is a reason why the establishment refused to inform the citizenry of the instabilities inherent in the pandemic scenario; the more unknowns there are for the public the more panic will set [in], chaos ensues, and it is chaos that can be exploited to push forward numerous agendas. These agendas include global centralization as well as the erasure of constitutional liberties … The establishment and its defenders will claim that we all “have to make sacrifices” today in order to have freedoms tomorrow, but that’s not how the constitution was designed to work. Our rights are MORE important during times of distress and crisis, for it is in these times that we need to know what we are fighting for, and what we are struggling for. Survival is meaningless if we have to accept tyranny to achieve it … Once governments see a chance to usurp freedoms from the people, they DO NOT tend to give those freedoms back later unless the people become a viable opponent that could bring the establishment down.”
Many have already observed the obvious parallel our present predicament resembles to V For Vendetta, namely, the deliberate manufacture of an engineered bio-weapon to be deployed against the masses as a mechanism of fear to secure political domination.
When William Rookwood meets with Inspector Finch, he tells him to “Imagine a virus – the most terrifying virus you can, and then imagine that you and you alone have the cure. But if your ultimate goal is power, how best to use such a weapon?”
“Fueled by the media, fear and panic spread quickly, fracturing and dividing the country until, at last, the true goal comes into view. Before the St Mary’s crisis, no-one would have predicted the results of the election that year. No-one. And then, not long after the election, lo and behold, a miracle. Some believe it was the work of God himself, but it was a pharmaceutical company controlled by certain party members that made them all obscenely rich … But the end result, the true genius of the plan, was the fear. Fear became the ultimate tool of this government, and through it, our politician was ultimately appointed to the newly-created position of high chancellor. The rest, as they say, is history.”
It may be too early to tell whether or not the present circumstances constitute an application of quiet weapons for silent wars. But as Genna Rivieccio notes, “The real telltale sign will be when and how ‘the cure’ is unveiled, and who stands to gain the most from it.”
He who benefits from the crime is the one most likely to have committed it.
Diligent reporting reveals that some government officials became aware of the gravity of this crisis in advance and quietly sold off their assets while telling their constituents that everything was fine. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:
“As Intel chairman, @SenatorBurr got private briefings about Coronavirus weeks ago. Burr knew how bad it would be. He told the truth to his wealthy donors, while assuring the public that we were fine. THEN he sold off $1.6 million in stock before the [market began to] fall. He needs to resign.”
North Carolina Senator Richard Mauze Burr
Richard Burr is obviously not the only one who stands to benefit from this crisis, since he wasn’t the only one to be privately briefed. Michael Snyder identified the staggering number of government officials and corporate CEOs who sold off billions in stock holdings and resigned their posts in the months leading up to this crisis:
“In the stock market, you only make money if you get out in time, and many among the corporate elite seem to have impeccable timing… And it turns out that several members of Congress were also selling stocks just before the market went nuts. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and three of her Senate colleagues reported selling off stocks worth millions of dollars in the days before the coronavirus outbreak crashed the market, according to reports.”
More than 1,400 CEOs sold off stocks and resigned in the past year, including the CEOs of United Airlines, Alphabet, Gap, McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, Disney, IBM, Harley-Davidson, T-Mobile, LinkedIn, Mastercard, Salesforce, Credit Suisse, Hulu, Under Armour, PG&E, Kraft Heinz, HP, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Warner Bros., Best Buy, New York Post, Colgate-Palmolive, MetLife, eBay and Nike, just to name a few.
According to NBC (from November 2019):
“Chief executives are leaving in record numbers this year, with more than 1,332 stepping aside in the period from January through the end of October, according to new data released on Wednesday. While it’s not unusual to see CEOs fleeing in the middle of a recession, it is noteworthy to see such a rash of executive exits amid robust corporate earnings and record stock market highs.
“Last month, 172 chief executives left their jobs, according to executive placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. It’s the highest monthly number on record, and the year-to-date total outpaces even the wave of executive exits during the financial crisis.”
Clearly the .01% have access to a very different information stream than the rest of us. Historically this is not exceptional, since insiders have always quietly exited the market prior to cataclysmic societal shifts. And the mass exodus seems to always signal that these events are anything but accidental or random.
But such shifts are not limited to profiteering. This crisis also seems to further America’s ongoing hostilities around the world.
It’s “Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq” all over again in 2020 as the US Naval Armada stands poised to strike against the oil-rich country of Venezuela. The US Department of Justice incited Venezuela’s legitimately elected president, Nicolás Maduro, on charges of narco-terrorism, designating him kingpin of the Cartel of the Suns. Besides the fact that no one had ever heard of this cartel prior to the banging of war drums, Venezuela’s proven oil reserves are recognized as the largest in the world, totaling 300 billion barrels as of 2014. But the fear of the virus provides the perfect cover for starting a war.
The fact that Iranians seem disproportionately vulnerable to CoViD-19, seems highly suspicious. America’s continuous, ongoing animosity toward Iran has not only resulted in the recent drone-killing of Iran’s most powerful and popular military leader, but also crippling economic sanctions against Iran. Given that America and Israel attacked Iran with the STUXNET computer virus, the fact that Iranians account for nine out of every 10 CoViD-19 cases in the Middle East suggests the possibility that this virus may be a kind of biological STUXNET. If nothing else, they’re capitalizing on the crisis in the most cruel way imaginable.
It’s a well-documented fact that the US military has employed biowarfare research since the 1950’s at facilities like Plum Island off the coast of Massachusetts, where Lyme Disease appears to have originated.
“… researchers at Plum Island were experimenting with hundreds of thousands of hard and soft ticks on Plum Island where classified top secret biowarfare research was being carried out by the U.S. military for decades and the first outbreak of Lyme happened right directly across the sound less than nine miles from Plum Island where thousands upon thousands of birds fly … the U.S. government denied that there were any biowarfare experiments on Plum Island for decades … up until documents proving otherwise were published by Newsday in 1993.”
Professor Francis Boyle, Author of the US Biowarfare Act, uncovered four separate studies which he said confirm ‘smoking gun’ evidence the Wuhan Coronavirus known as CoViD-19 was in fact weaponized [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].
And Chinese scientists also found that CoViD-19 did not originate in Wuhan seafood markets as many outlets have claimed:
“The study published on ChinaXiv, a Chinese open repository for scientific researchers, reveals the new coronavirus was introduced to the seafood market from another location, and then spread rapidly from market to market.”
Then this sobering video appeared on twitter, revealing a highly suspicious geographical coincidence:
“China is a very large country… and in this mammoth-sized country, right here sits Wuhan where the outbreak was. Well isn’t it interesting that the actual Wuhan virus research institute is right here, and right here, only 20 miles [away] is the fish market … Boy, the chances are just incredible.”
As Truth Theory reported last month, there are a few journalists, politicians and scientists who believe that the Coronavirus could have originated in a bio lab in Wuhan. A paper published and later deleted by Chinese scientists Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao, said that the virus “probably” originated from one of two labs in Wuhan.
“We noted two laboratories conducting research on bat Coronavirus in Wuhan, one of which was only 280 meters from the seafood market. We briefly examined the histories of the laboratories and proposed that the Coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory,” the paper said.
Beyond the controversial speculation about where this virus came from, we can observe numerous instances of predictive programming in pop culture that have set the stage for society’s acceptance of sweeping government overreach justified by a worldwide pandemic, above and beyond films like Contagion and V For Vendetta.
Astute readers may observe an even stranger parallel to a Dean Koontz novel published in 1981 called The Eyes of Darkness, wherein an engineered virus called the Wuhan-400 escapes from a facility in Wuhan, China:
“A Chinese scientist named Li Chen defected to the United States, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade. They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan, and it was the four-hundredth viable strain of man-made microorganisms created at that research center.”
“Wuhan-400 is the perfect weapon. It afflicts only human beings. No other living creature can carry it. And like Syphilis, Wuhan-400 can’t survive outside a living human body for longer than a minute, which means it can’t permanently contaminate objects or entire places the way anthrax and other virulent microorganisms can. And when the host expires, the Wuhan-400 within him perishes a short while later, as soon as the temperature of the corpse drops below eighty-six degrees Fahrenheit. Do you see the advantage of all this?”
It’s no secret that global population reduction is explicitly desired by the ownership class, so much so that over the last few years we’ve witnessed a dramatic increase in predictive programming to these ends. The most obvious example of which seems to be the recent Marvel adaptation of a supervillain named Thanos who is obsessed with creating a utopian society “free from suffering” by eliminating half the total population.
Thanos accomplishes this with the combined powers of stolen Infinity Gems which he uses to annihilate half of all living creatures in the universe. Thanos’ simpleminded (and profoundly hypocritical) reasoning leads him to believe that the cause for all suffering in the universe stems from too many people clamoring for limited resources. Never mind the fact that artificial resource scarcity is the driving force behind capitalism. Never mind the fact that the hoarding of said resources by wealthy elites to the deprivation of everyone else causes tremendous suffering. And never mind the fact that if Thanos was really sincere in his belief that overpopulation is the prime cause for suffering, he could lead by example and destroy himself as well (which he doesn’t).
Taken as a piece of entertainment, the film seems a harmless philosophical meditation. But when the likes of Forbes start publishing articles entitled, “Is Thanos Right About Overpopulation In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’?”, we might pause and consider what the elites have planned for the rest of us.
But the foreshadowing of current events hasn’t been limited strictly to only fiction and metaphor. Sylvia Browne outright predicted this present predicament over a decade ago, foretelling of a pneumonia-like disease that would proliferate around the globe in the year 2020. As Joe D’Amodio reports:
“People are starting to talk and wonder about the bold prediction made by psychic Sylvia Browne in her 2008 book called End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World, when she wrote about a sickness like the current Coronavirus.
“In that book, Browne wrote: ‘In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments.’”
But whether or not CoViD-19 will resist all known treatments remains to be seen. As doctors and scientists scramble for treatments to the disease, we’re hearing now that chloroquine phosphate, an antimalarial drug, has a certain curative effect on CoViD-19. As reported by Melvin Sanicas this week:
“Chloroquine was selected from tens of thousands of existing drugs after multiple rounds of screening, Sun said. According to her, the drug has been under clinical trials in over 10 hospitals in Beijing, as well as in south China’s Guangdong Province and central China’s Hunan Province, and has shown fairly good efficacy.
“In the trials, the groups of patients who had taken the drug have shown better indicators than their parallel groups, in abatement of fever, improvement of CT images of lungs, the percentage of patients who became negative in viral nucleic acid tests and the time they need to do so, she said.
“Patients taking the drug also take a shorter time to recover, she added. Sun gave an example of a 54-year-old patient in Beijing, who was admitted to the hospital four days after showing symptoms. After taking the drug for a week, he saw all indicators improve and the nucleic acid turn negative.”
Predictably, the manufacturer of Chloroquine, Rising Pharmaceuticals, attempted to exploit this disaster by jacking up the price of Chloroquine by 98% as soon as it seemed profitable to exploit this corner of disaster capitalism. But since CoViD-19 stands as effectively the only news story on earth right now, the collective reaction from the internet caused Rising to immediately rescind the price increase.
Intravenous Vitamin C has also shown promising results in reducing severity of symptoms in those affected:
“The administering of 1,500 milligrams of intravenous Vitamin C is over 16 times the recommended dietary allowance of the antioxidant, but has resulted in patients treated with the vitamin faring “significantly” better than those patients who aren’t receiving the treatment”
Of course, none of these recent developments have stopped officials from pursuing the “rapid development” of a CoVid-19 vaccine. As political pressure for a “cure” intensifies, experienced scientists and researchers warn that vaccines can not only take years to develop, but that rushing the process can actually make the disease worse. As Reuters reported this week:
“Studies have suggested that Coronavirus vaccines carry the risk of what is known as vaccine enhancement, where instead of protecting against infection, the vaccine can actually make the disease worse when a vaccinated person is infected with the virus. The mechanism that causes that risk is not fully understood and is one of the stumbling blocks that has prevented the successful development of a Coronavirus vaccine.
“Normally, researchers would take months to test for the possibility of vaccine enhancement in animals. Given the urgency to stem the spread of the new Coronavirus, some drug makers are moving straight into small-scale human tests, without waiting for the completion of such animal tests.
“‘I understand the importance of accelerating timelines for vaccines in general, but from everything I know, this is not the vaccine to be doing it with,’ Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told Reuters.
“Hotez worked on development of a vaccine for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the Coronavirus behind a major 2003 outbreak, and found that some vaccinated animals developed more severe disease compared with unvaccinated animals when they were exposed to the virus.”
There are still other factors to consider regarding the development of a vaccine. Yves Smith explains:
“The Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team report … not only does it remind us that a vaccine is at best a year to eighteen months away, but it also points out that new vaccines often don’t have great efficacy. And the Wall Street Journal reported that Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, lauded for their early and effective responses to the Coronavirus, are now seeing a second wave of cases … “As many experts pointed out, the number of deaths resulting from an economic depression would be worse than from the Coronavirus itself. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told senators that refusing to take forceful enough action could lead to 20% unemployment.”
JP Sears sarcastically reveals another sobering reality about the rapid development of the proposed Coronavirus vaccine:
“We’re hoping and praying that a drug company coincidentally comes out with a vaccine that’s somehow magically created with long-term studies to show it’s safety and efficacy against the Coronavirus within the next few months. Such a vaccine would be rapidly sold to hundreds-of-millions of people around the world, and it would also make the months of panic and sensationalism by the news outlets look like they were in, on the most deceptive yet elaborate marketing scheme the world has ever known, even though that’s definitely not going to be the case.
“Given that the news is honest 100% of the time and doesn’t have a vested interest in spreading fear like a virus to boost its ratings and ad revenue, is it safe to say that the news is being honest this time as well? Yes it is.”
Meanwhile, the global media reaction feels like nothing short of blatant psychological warfare.
If quelling panic were really the goal, why are media organizations resorting to the implicit sensationalism and catastrophism that now encourages the masses to exhibit a myriad of irrational behaviors?
“There are statistical vampires at work, using the elderly and sick and dying to feed numbers to health agencies around the planet. Those agencies tap their press contacts, and horror reports emerge, and the unsuspecting public, in economic lockdowns, sit in front of the tube and watch these reports, and inhale the cooked-up fear.”
All day long, as the fear of the Boogeybug is hypnotically blasted into our retinas, the bombardment of survival signals begins corrupting our reason and robbing us of our common sense.
And as JP Sears says, those who fail to properly bow before the altar of fear may be purged from society:
“Henceforth, all who do not enthusiastically participate in the wide-spread panic about the Coronavirus, will be known as virus sympathizers, and it’s logical to deduce that all virus sympathizers want you to die from the virus.”
“Are there steps you can take to protect yourself from the Coronavirus? Yes. We’re recommending everyone practice agoraphobia, which means, you don’t leave your home because you’re afraid something bad will happen. But also the Coronavirus is probably already in your home, so be scared when you’re there as well.”
Incidentally, a great way to weaken your immune system is to remain in a fear/stress state. Anyone who has ever been a university student knows that the week after finals, everyone gets stick. That stressful week of tests and deadlines wears down the immune system. Sickness inevitably follows, not because of the strength of any particular virus, but due to individual susceptibility.
Indeed the chronic stressors associated with poverty are noted as significantly lowering immune response, not because of access to health care, but because of the myriad stressors associated with poverty. That is to say, if you want to stay healthy, never-ever make the mistake of being poor. Dr. Robert Sapolsky notes: “One of the really disturbing findings out there in public health is never ever make the mistake of being poor, or being born poor. Your health pays for it in endless sorts of ways: something known as the ‘health socioeconomic gradient’. As you move down from the highest strata in society, in terms of socioeconomic status every step down, health gets worse for umpteen different diseases. Life expectancy gets worse. Infant mortality rate – everything you could look at. So a huge issue has been why is it that this gradient exists? A totally simple obvious answer which is ‘if you’re chronically sick, your not going to be very productive, so health causes, drive socioeconomic difference.’ Not that in the slightest, on the very simple level that you could look at the socioeconomic status of a 10-year-old and that’s going to predict something about their health decades later. So, that’s the direction of causality. Next one – ‘Oh, it’s perfectly obvious! Poor people can’t afford to go to the doctor; it’s healthcare access.’ It’s got nothing to do with that because you see these same gradients in countries with universal health care and socialized medicine. Okay, next simple explanation: ‘Oh, on average, the poorer you are the more likely you are to smoke, to drink and all sorts of lifestyle risk factors.’ Yeah, those contribute. But careful studies have shown that it explains maybe about a third of the variability. So what’s left? What’s left is having a ton to do with the stress of poverty. So the poorer you are, starting off being the person who is one dollar of income behind Bill Gates, the poorer you are in this country on the average, the worse your health is. This tells us something really important: the health connection with poverty? It’s not about being poor, it’s about feeling poor.”
The captains of industry figured out decades ago that they could maximize profits by outsourcing American jobs overseas. They figured out that they didn’t have to pay their workers, but could instead loan them the money they need to survive, with interest that must be paid back. They figured out how to make products break down as quickly as possible, thus necessitating the consumption of greater quantities of the same goods. And they figured out that with enough technological development, human workers are obsolete.
In a technologically advanced society, incrementally fewer workers are required to produce ever-greater quantities of goods and services for the general population. This phenomenon has been termed “Technological Unemployment,” and is not, theoretically, a bad thing. Technology has freed a large segment of our population from menial, meaningless, repetitive tasks (such as assembly lines) which slowly and methodically drain the life force and spiritual essence from human beings. Technology has the capacity to free us from this monotony.
The problem is that our society is still driven by a monetary system, and without these meaningless jobs there is no way for the average human to obtain the necessities of life (food, water, housing &c.) which become commodities for sale. If the population’s only ability to obtain money to afford the necessities of life is by working a “job,” and there is less and less need for such a work force within the overall system, then eventually the system must choose one of two endgame outcomes: change the rules of the game, or execute large numbers of “useless eaters,” so that the game may continue within its orthodox paradigm and managed by its present ownership.
An important question to ask yourself is what do these scary red bubbles actually signify? Each bubble represents the total number of cases per country, but this virus is more than four-months into its spread now. So how many of these cases are still active? The way these statistics are being presented feels deliberately misleading.
There are silver linings to this catastrophe.
Yesterday Montana’s Chief Justice Mike McGrath issued an incredible directive asking judges to review their jail rosters and release, without bond, as many people as possible from Montana’s correctional facilities, “especially those being held for non-violent offenses.”
On the ecological front, the contamination of our natural environment has also slowed. Since China isn’t burning as much coal, the Beijing skyline is visible for the first time in many years, as air pollution in China has dropped dramatically.
This also means that many factories are no longer churning out endless assembly lines of plastic garbage, 99% of which inevitably ends up in our landfills within six months of manufacture. Since big business saw it profitable to move manufacturing overseas, literally everything is made in China. For the past several decades, Apple and Nike and all the other major players have profited handsomely from the enslavement of children who must expose themselves to toxic agents for pennies-an-hour. And because these corporations were trying to save money, they skimped on quality as much as they could. Most products today are deliberately designed with planned obsolescence in mind, deliberately undermining every aspect of manufacturing to produce a product that breaks down and falls apart as quickly as possible, without the consumer losing faith in the brand as to prevent the purchase of another obsolete replacement.
With the wheels of this ecocidal machine grinding to a halt, humanity has finally given nature a chance to recover. This trend was further evidenced by the resurgence of wildlife in Italy, where dolphins, swans and fish have reappeared as the murky waters and smoggy skies have cleared.
This seems like good news for human health, because we too require clean water and clean air for strong immune systems.
Additionally, this crisis has emphasized self care as a priority, and shown us that there are many practical measures we can all take to steel our immune response — measures that, for whatever reason, the CDC will never suggest:
As with any crisis, your best chance of survival is to first remain calm. Remember that immunity is more dependent upon susceptibility than exposure.
Fear greatly contributes to susceptibility. Let love guide you, not fear. Because our health is greatly affected by the prison of the fear state. We’re not built to withstand fear as a perpetual way of life, since such chronic stress elevates our cortisol levels which prematurely ages our bodies and makes us more prone to disease. The toll of CoViD-19 of the human body can only be worsened by the health impacts of chronic anxiety, despair and panic.
Breathe deeply and relax. And let love guide you, not fear. Because fear isn’t just the mind killer; it’s also the immune killer.
Gabrielle Lafayette is the executive producer for the Outer Limits Radio Show. This cache of thought is presented free of charge as a service and gift to you. May our eternal vigilance help liberate all beings from the smoke-and-mirrors deceptions of the Samsaric Panopticon.