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What planet am I on? No one has been 'scapegoated'. Some in America are becoming a parody of a parody of themselves.

'Bar Lives Matter' Protesters Descend on Texas Capitol to Oppose Closures

On Tuesday, Texas bar owners protested the Texas capitol building in Austin, declaring "Bar Lives Matter" in response to Republican Governor Greg Abbott's June 26 order to close all drinking establishments. Abbott's order sought to stop his state's dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.

Appropriating language from Black Lives Matter protests against anti-Black police violence, Tuesday's protest speakers told bar owners to reopen their establishments in defiance of Abbott's order, according to KXAN.

On the protest's Facebook event page, organizers wrote that bars had been scapegoated for the state's rise in newly confirmed coronavirus cases.

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https://www.newsweek.com/bar-lives-matter-protesters-descend-texas-capitol-oppose-closures-1514538?fbclid=IwAR38fiEe9s7_zFf86F9gRePntxixmB1KeRL-FNGg9_cfhfisSxeHkF8lxoo

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^ LOL at the person in tne Guy Fawkes mask!

IT'S OKAY TO WEAR MASKS AT A PROTEST, BUT NOT IN A BAR!






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^ Right? I guess it's kinda hard to hit up on chicks or understand slurry speech with a mask on. Not to mention being able to drink with one hand and grope with another.

Meanwhile. . .looks like someone's anti-mask wearing has come back to bite him in the buttock. ( Making it all about himself, of course. )

President Donald Trump says he's embracing the use of masks and facial coverings as coronavirus cases continue to spike around the country.

I'm all for masksI think masks are good" Trump told Fox Business in an interview that aired Wednesday. "I've had a mask on, and I sort of liked the way I looked."

Trump, who has stopped short of calling for a national mask mandate, said that when wearing one he "looked like the Lone Ranger," although the popular Western character wore a mask around his eyes, not as a mouth and nose covering, which is recommended to prevent coronavirus transmission.

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-says-he-supports-masks-looked-like-lone-ranger-wearing-one-1514843

Hi-Yo Silver, away!

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There's a saying about hell and a handbasket. . .

Teens Are Hosting Coronavirus Infection Parties: "Whoever Gets COVID First Gets the Pot"

In case teens are hanging out with their friends without wearing masks or social distancing wasnt harmful enough, apparently now students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, are throwing coronavirus parties according to Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry. McKinstry spoke with ABC News about this recent reckless behavior, and noted that to make matters worse, the kids even turned it into a game: If youre the first student to get infected, you win a cash prize.

McKinstry says that the organizers of these parties are purposely inviting students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense, McKinstry told ABC News. Theyre intentionally doing it.

https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/2282675/alabama-students-coronavirus-parties-cash-prize/

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^ It makes all the sense in the world if they were raised by stupid parents.  There is such a reality disconnect in this country. It's the most plausible explanation. Kids do a lot of foolish, dangerous things but this takes the cake.

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oh.. after this will be over people will need a lot of time to recover and return to normal life.. I mean now we always have to wear face masks,to carry with us anywhere we go antibacterial gels and so on. We have to avoid people gatherings and even people who are just strangers to us. It is very different from how we behaved one year ago... Nowadays masks are everything.. I even ordered myself a whole pack of KN95 masks, just in case.. That's the site where i ordered them, if anyone needs https://www.18650batterystore.com/KN95-p/kn95-mask-10pack.htm

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I think you would be surprised , Tim...

Normal is embedded in people's consciousness

It will happen almost overnight , by my feeling...

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What a true national idiot Trump ,
his political allies , and his followers ,
are showing themselves to be...

Time for a coup stick...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emw9u-NQHSo

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PART ONE

By Malcolm Kendrick, doctor and author who works as a GP in the National Health Service in England. His blog can be read here and his book, 'Doctoring Data – How to Sort Out Medical Advice from Medical Nonsense,' is available here.
Evidence that a cheap, over-the-counter anti-malarial drug costing £7 combats Covid-19 gets trashed. Why? Because the pharmaceutical giants want to sell you a treatment costing nearly £2,000. It’s criminal.
A few years ago, I wrote a book called ‘Doctoring Data’. This was an attempt to help people understand the background to the tidal wave of medical information that crashes over us each and every day. Information that is often completely contradictory, viz ‘Coffee is good for you... no, wait it's bad for you... no, wait, it’s good for you again,’ repeated ad nauseam.
I also pointed out some of the tricks, games and manipulations that are used to make medications seem far more effective than they truly are, or vice versa. This, I have to say, can be a very dispiriting world to enter. When I give talks on this subject, I often start with a few quotes.
For example, here is Dr Marcia Angell, who edited the New England Journal of Medicine for over 20 years, writing in 2009:
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as editor.”
Have things got better? No, I believe they’ve got worse – if that were, indeed, possible. I was recently sent the following email about a closed-door, no-recording-allowed discussion, held in May of this year under no-disclosure Chatham House rules:
“A secretly recorded meeting between the editors-in-chief of The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine reveal both men bemoaning the ‘criminal’ influence big pharma has on scientific research. According to Philippe Douste-Blazy, France’s former health minister and 2017 candidate for WHO director, the leaked 2020 Chatham House closed-door discussion was between the [editor-in-chiefs], whose publications both retracted papers favorable to big pharma over fraudulent data.
The email continued with a quote from that recording: ‘Now we are not going to be able to … publish any more clinical research data because the pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful today, and are able to use such methodologies, as to have us accept papers which are apparently methodologically perfect, but which, in reality, manage to conclude what they want them to conclude,’ said The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, Richard Horton.”
A YouTube video where this issue is discussed can be found here. It’s in French, but there are English subtitles.
The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet are the two most influential, most highly resourced medical journals in the world. If they no longer have the ability to detect what is essentially fraudulent research, then… Then what? Then what, indeed?
In fact, things have generally taken a sharp turn for the worse since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. New studies, new data, new information is arriving at breakneck speed, often with little or no effective review. What can you believe? Who can you believe? Almost nothing would be the safest course of action.
One issue has played out over the past few months, stripping away any remaining vestiges of my trust in medical research. It concerns the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine. You may well be aware that Donald Trump endorsed it – which presents a whole series of problems for many people.
However, before the pandemic hit, I was recommending to my local NHS trust that we should look to stock up on hydroxychloroquine. There had been a great deal of research over the years strongly suggesting it could inhibit the entry of viruses into cells, and that it also interfered with viral replication once inside the cell.
This mechanism of action explains why it can help stop the malaria parasite from gaining entry into red blood cells. The science is complex, but many researchers felt there was good reason for thinking hydroxychloroquine may have some real, if not earth-shattering, benefits in Covid-19.
This idea was further reinforced by the knowledge that it has some effects on reducing the so-called ‘cytokine storm’ that is considered deadly with Covid-19. It’s prescribed in rheumatoid arthritis to reduce the immune attack on joints.
The other reason for recommending hydroxychloroquine is that it’s extremely safe. It is, for example, the most widely prescribed drug in India. Billions upon billions of doses have been prescribed. It is available over the counter in most countries. So, I felt pretty comfortable in recommending that it could be tried. At worst, no harm would be done.
Then hydroxychloroquine became the center of a worldwide storm. On one side, wearing the white hats, were the researchers who’d used it early on, where it seemed to show some significant benefits. For example, Professor Didier Raoult, of the Institut Hospitalo-universitaire Méditerranée Infection, in France:
“A renowned research professor in France has reported successful results from a new treatment for Covid-19, with early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days.
France ordered to pay up after epilepsy drug manufactured by coronavirus vaccine firm Sanofi caused birth defects
Then came this research from a Moroccan scientist at the University of Lille:
“Jaouad Zemmouri … believes that 78 percent of Europe’s Covid-19 deaths could have been prevented if Europe had used hydroxychloroquine... Morocco, with a population of 36 million [roughly one tenth that of the US], has only 10,079 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and only 214 deaths.
“Professor Zemmouri believes that Morocco’s use of hydroxychloroquine has resulted in an 82.5 percent recovery rate from Covid-19 and only a 2.1 percent fatality rate, in those admitted to hospital.”
Just prior to this, on May 22, a study was published in The Lancet, stating that hydroxychloroquine actually increased deaths. It then turned out that the data used could not be verified and was most likely made up. The authors had major conflicts of interest with pharmaceutical companies making anti-viral drugs. In early June, the entire article was retracted by Horton.
Then a UK study came out suggesting that hydroxychloroquine did not work at all. Discussing the results, Professor Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor who is co-leading the Randomised Evaluation of Covid-19 Therapy (RECOVERY) trial, stated:
“This is not a treatment for Covid-19. It doesn’t work. This result should change medical practice worldwide. We can now stop using a drug that is useless.”
The study has since been heavily criticized by other researchers, who state that the dose of hydroxychloroquine used was potentially toxic. It was also given far too late to have any positive effect. Many of the patients were already on ventilators.
This week, I was sent a pre-proof copy of an article about a study that will be published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. Its author has found that hydroxychloroquine “significantly” decreased the death rate of patients involved in the analysis. The study analyzed 2,541 patients hospitalized in six hospitals between March 10 and May 2 2020, and found 13 percent of those treated with hydroxychloroquine died and 26 percent of those who did not receive the drug died.

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When things get this messed up, I tend to look for the potential conflicts of interest. By which I mean, who stands to make money from slamming the use of hydroxychloroquine, which is a generic drug thats been around since 1934 and costs about 7 for a bottle of 60 tablets?
In this case, first, its those companies who make the hugely expensive antiviral drugs such as Gilead Sciences remdesivir, which, in the US, costs $2,340 for a typical five-day course. Second, its the companies that are striving to get a vaccine to market. There are billions and billions of dollars at stake here.
In this world, cheap drugs such as hydroxychloroquine dont stand much chance. Neither do cheap vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin D. Do they have benefits for Covid-19 sufferers? Im sure they do. Will such benefits be dismissed in studies that have been carefully manipulated to ensure they dont work? Of course. Remember these words: "Pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful today, and are able to use such methodologies, as to have us accept papers which are apparently methodologically perfect, but which, in reality, manage to conclude what they want them to conclude.
Unless and until governments and medical bodies act decisively to permanently sever the financial ties between researchers and Big Pharma, these distortions and manipulations in the pursuit of Big Profit will continue.
And We will continue to just bitch whine and moan
bending our backs
to pay the bills
for the pills
Sad World


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Blackwolf said:What a true national idiot Trump ,
his political allies , and his followers ,
are showing themselves to be...

Time for a coup stick...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emw9u-NQHSo


I saw a meme today with Trumps face chiseled in. It literally turned my stomach.

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Whereas , here is a monument , to one who truly deserved it :

https://youtu.be/zLFB1Ic1PMk

https://youtu.be/9n9liYBuDpM

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PERFECT.

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Heres When Well Know Whether CARES Act ProvisionsIncluding A Stimulus CheckWill Be Renewed

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2020/07/03/heres-when-well-know-whether-cares-act-provisions-including-a-stimulus-check-will-be-renewed/

As Congress is headed for an 11-day crunch to agree on a new rescue package and have it signed by President Trump before a key provision of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act expireswith millions of Americans unemployed and new cases of the coronavirus soaring to alarming levelsheres whats at stake in the next round of legislation.

Stimulus checks: President Trump said this week he supports sending another round of direct payments to Americans, as do many Democrats; Republicanswary of additional government spendingare divided on the issue.

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Trump signs Paycheck Protection Program extension

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/04/politics/trump-ppp-extension/index.html

House lawmakers unanimously passed the extension less than a day after the program expired, and PPP will now remain open to applications through August 8.

The President's approval of the measure completes a whirlwind few days for a program that was all but certain to shutter until bipartisan negotiations were sparked in the Senate on Tuesday.


Congress created the program in March to help small businesses keep employees on their payrolls through nationwide closures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 4.8 million small business owners have tapped more than $520 billion in potentially forgivable loans through the program.

The program was so critical at its inception that a first round of funding dried up in fewer than two weeks in April and had to be replenished.

But interest in the program waned in recent weeks, as shifting rules and the inability of borrowers to come back for a second loan limited the number of small businesses able to go through the application process.

At the time of the program's closure on Tuesday, more than $130 billion in allocated funds remained unused.

Negotiations are underway among lawmakers of how to get the smaller, hardest-hit businesses to tap into a second round of aid.

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