Vaccines currently are the primary mitigation strategy to combat COVID-19 around the world. For instance, the narrative related to the ongoing surge of new cases in the United States (US) is argued to be driven by areas with low vaccination rates [1]. A similar narrative also has been observed in countries, such as Germany and the United Kingdom [2]. At the same time, Israel that was hailed for its swift and high rates of vaccination has also seen a substantial resurgence in COVID-19 cases [3]. We investigate the relationship between the percentage of population  fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases across 68 countries and across 2947 counties in the US.

Source: Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Cambridge, MA, USA, S. V. Subramanian
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Told you so. *sigh*

The principles of capitalism are easily explained. It takes many poor people so that there can be few rich people. But if there were no more poor, there would inevitably no longer be rich. Then everyone could not afford everything, but everyone could afford the same thing. The rich are only rich as long as there is someone who has significantly less than themselves. There are several ways to do this, which have proven themselves in the past: Politics, religion and, in case of doubt, war.

In order to maintain the illusion of free speech and participation in the shaping of society, elections are held on a regular basis. The end is foreseeable from the start and the gap between rich and poor is growing ever greater. The big question that arises from this is: When will the poor notice that they are played?

The outrage about the several hours of failure of Facebook was much greater than the outrage about almost two years of deprivation of basic rights, and that’s basically all you need to know about this society.

The Portuguese capital Lisbon has been in a state of emergency since Friday. Nobody is allowed to enter the city without a valid reason, the residents are only allowed to leave it with special permission. The official goal of this measure is to prevent the spread of the delta variant of the Sars-Cov-2 virus.

Let us remember what happened in China 18 months ago: At the beginning of 2020, entire cities began to be cordoned off under the same pretext and the freedom of movement of their residents was drastically restricted. The measures did not help, because within a few weeks the virus could be detected on all five continents.

So what we are seeing in Lisbon is the repetition of a measure that we already know will not achieve the goal set by those responsible.

So why is such a thing ordered?

To answer this question, one should first remember that a pandemic situation would never have been declared if the World Health Organization had not changed its definition of a pandemic in April 2009. Until then, one of the basic requirements for a pandemic was an “enormous number of deaths”.

In addition, in the course of the first cases of illness, the term “died of and with an illness” was introduced – a formulation that has never been used before and is just as scientifically untenable as the ban on performing autopsies on the deceased. Both of these measures have helped to drive up official death statistics.

However, the actual number of victims and the average age of those who died from the virus reveal something completely different: at no point did we have to deal with a global health emergency.

On the other hand, the measures ordered have had devastating consequences, and not only in the health sector: Parliaments have been sidelined, fundamental rights have been restricted in unprecedented ways and dictatorial structures have been set up worldwide, as we know them only from the darkest times of fascism.

Why?

In order to understand the motives behind the measures, one has to direct one’s gaze to a process that has assumed monumental proportions in recent years and has now completely dominated our lives: the concentration of ever more wealth and thus more and more power in the hands of the digital-financial complex, i.e. the alliance of the largest IT groups and the most important financial institutions in the world.

In contrast to the generally accepted view that our lives are largely determined by politics, it is this digital-financial complex that makes the trend-setting economic and political decisions in our time – single-handedly and worldwide.

Despite its power, this complex is currently facing a historical problem: the existing monetary system on which its rule is based threatens to collapse after being artificially kept alive by the central banks for over a decade and must therefore be replaced by a new one.

There is already a plan for this: the introduction of semi-private digital central bank currencies. These, however, will deliver people up to complete surveillance and total control by the state and the digital-financial complex. Its introduction would therefore, under normal circumstances, meet with tremendous social opposition.

For this reason, the leading forces in the digital-financial complex have obviously opted for the strategy of the Great Reset: They are using the end phase of the existing financial system to plunder it according to all the rules of the art and thus deliberately bring it to its complete collapse.

As soon as this collapse, which will be accompanied by severe social upheaval, comes up with the new money – not as a coercive measure, but as a humanitarian action, by using it as a saving straw for the millions of people threatened by unemployment and homelessness present in the form of the universal basic income.

The whole thing is a risky maneuver, because its successful completion requires that the majority of people do not oppose this path into digital imprisonment. Because of this, the digital financial complex is being forced to do everything possible to keep people at bay, to break their resistance and to ensure the highest levels of control, surveillance and intimidation until reaching its goal.

It is precisely for this purpose that arbitrary measures such as the cordoning off of the Portuguese capital are likely to serve, which incidentally is not due to a fatal epidemic, but because of an illness whose symptoms consist of headaches, runny nose and sore throat.

Source: Ernst Wolff on KenFM

US President Joe Biden has put Vice-President Kamala Harris in charge of controlling migration at the southern border following a big influx of new arrivals.

Mr Biden said he was giving her a “tough job” but that she was “the most qualified person to do it”. The numbers of people arriving have grown since Mr Biden took office. They include hundreds of unaccompanied minors who are being held in immigration detention facilities. Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, was widely criticized over his government’s treatment of young migrants at the US-Mexico border.

Since January, the Biden administration has reversed a policy of turning away unaccompanied children, instead choosing to process them and place them with sponsoring families in the US. But Mr Biden’s critics say his policies have led to a surge in illegal migration.

Source: BBC

The Federal Ministry of the Interior is calling for personal data to be retained without a cause, with verified data from all citizens who communicate on the Internet via messenger or e-mail.

Source: Netzpolitik

Can someone please explain Mr Seehofer how the Internet works and why his idea is stupid and dangerous? Such incompetence and cognitive dissonance is no longer funny, and he should resign immediately.

You are accused of having received funds from Azerbaijan via British mailbox companies with Baltic accounts between 2008 and 2016. In return, you are said to have tried to prevent criticism of human rights violations in Azerbaijan.

Quelle: SZ

A politician is incompetent and corrupt? Who would have thought that!

Germany has evolved from the rule of law to the police state to the state of the secret service. The police are now allowed to lock up “dangerous people” for an unlimited period of time without doing anything or even being accused of anything.

The state is allowed to bug your apartment, has unrestrained access to your cell phone data, is investigating and using your DNA against you.

And when they’re done with it, they’ll also ask for back doors in your communication devices.

The only thing that’s a bit annoying at the moment is that you have to notify the victim afterwards. But no worry. Even that is being abolished.

Moscow residents say they have found that the only way to get the council to clear snow is to write the name of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on it.

Source: BBC

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