- close inspection of the protocols raises surprising concerns.
- These trials seem designed to prove their vaccines work, even if the measured effects are minimal.
- Prevention of infection is not a criterion for success for any of these vaccines.
- the implicit conclusion that the vaccines are not expected to prevent infection, only modify symptoms of those infected.
- Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca—do not require that their vaccine prevent serious disease only that they prevent moderate symptoms
- These vaccine trials are testing to prevent common cold symptoms.
- One of the more immediate questions a trial needs to answer is whether a vaccine prevents infection. If someone takes this vaccine, are they far less likely to become infected with the virus? These trials all clearly focus on eliminating symptoms of Covid-19, and not infections themselves. Asymptomatic infection is listed as a secondary objective in these trials when they should be of critical importance.
- These protocols do not emphasize the most important ramifications of Covid-19 that people are most interested in preventing: overall infection, hospitalization, and death. It boggles the mind and defies common sense that the National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and the rest would consider the approval of a vaccine that would be distributed to hundreds of millions on such slender threads of success.
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Do Colorado patriots’ lives matter?
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, after gathering with Benghazi Marine hero John “Tig” Tiegen at Civic Center Plaza in Denver to show pride in America, hundreds of citizens departed a peaceful “Patriot Muster” feeling inspired. They filed out of the park bedecked in Old Glory, Thin Blue Line flags and MAGA hats. Some came in wheelchairs and walkers. Students, parents and grandparents all rallied. Military veterans turned out in force.
Tiegen’s men came trained and prepared to defend their supporters. Denver police and Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies kept better order.
Remember: three months ago, the “Back the Blue” rally that I attended with hundreds of others at the very same Civic Center Plaza was shut down by violent antifa and Black Lives Matter vigilantes.
Remember: the Denver police union president, Nick Rogers, blew the whistle on how top brass (led by a police chief who marched arm-in-arm with BLM protestors this summer) issued a retreat order while the mob trampled our constitutional rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.
In July, the thugs wielded metal rods, skateboards and megaphones to threaten and assault law-abiding citizens. Organizer Ron MacLachlan was beaten bloody just feet from me on stage. Republican statehouse candidate Laurel Imer was shoved down the stage steps by Black Lives Matter rioters. Conservative activist Lori Woods was allegedly assaulted by a crazed antifa agitator and repeat arrestee Caryn Sodaro—the only violent mob operative charged with a crime.
This time, Tiegen’s event went more smoothly. Barriers kept rioters from invading the plaza. Casper Stockham, a Black Republican congressional candidate who had also attended the “Back the Blue” fiasco, told me one prominent Black militant agitator called him a “house n—a” and challenged him to a fight. The provocateur wore a “Black Guns Matter” T-shirt to deceive the conservative, pro-Second Amendment crowd. The same cretin later threatened to rape female attendees.
“It was disgusting, but those types of things don’t stop me,” Stockham told me. The “Patriot Muster” almost went off with a single hitch. Almost.
One man who answered the call to “stand up and show up” didn’t make it home. From my close analysis of footage and interviews with witnesses, it appears the tragedy was engineered.
As the last group of “Patriot Muster” attendees walked to their cars, the same agitator who accosted Stockham and others also initiated a verbal altercation with 49-year-old Lee Keltner. A cheerful cowboy hat maker, veteran, and father of two from Brighton, Colorado, his mission was “keeping the West alive, one hat at a time.” While Keltner was trailed by the Black militant agitator, a Trump-hating Occupy Denver radical named Matthew Dolloff and a local NBC affiliate investigative producer for Denver’s 9News named Zack Newman conferred with each other nearby. At some point, Dolloff handed his cellphone to Newman.
Minutes later, photographers and videographers filmed the agitator aggressively daring Keltner to deploy a can of bear spray he was holding to protect himself as Dolloff and Newman stood by. Keltner resisted engaging in any physical brawl as the agitator escalated. Mere seconds later, he walked away from the agitator only to walk right into what appears to be a deadly ambush with Dolloff. In an instant, Dolloff appeared to grab for something on Keltner’s chest (his holstered weapon?) while Keltner slapped at his face. Dolloff then whipped out a gun and blew off Keltner’s face as the veteran backed away, spraying his repellant in self-defense.
Newman gawked at the entire melee with two phones in his hand. But photos showed him, bizarrely, not filming the shooting despite being there on assignment for 9News.
Dolloff has been detained under investigation for first-degree murder. Newman was held, and then released. Here’s where it gets weirder and darker. 9News initially identified Dolloff as an armed private security guard contracted through Pinkerton security services. Turns out that he was unlicensed and operating as a security guard illegally in Denver. Pinkerton denied Dolloff was an employee and refuses to name the company, if one exists, that subcontracted Dolloff out. Newman did not respond to my questions about the exact nature of his relationship with Dolloff or how many previous times Dolloff had been his “security guard” at left-wing protests and riots over the past year.
Unanswered questions are piling up:
- What did Newman and Dolloff discuss as they shadowed Keltner and the agitator?
- Did they have beef with Keltner?
- Did Newman or Dolloff know the agitator?
- Was Newman, who works for a station that has demonized conservatives all year long while whitewashing the left-wing trashing of downtown Denver, aware of Dolloff’s extensive social media footprint calling Donald Trump supporters racist fascists and posting “Rise Up” Communist revolutionary propaganda?
What happened to Colorado patriot Lee Keltner should be a national outrage. It was, in my view, a brazen and cold-blooded media-political assassination. Casper Stockham agrees. “Imagine if this shooting had been the other way around,” Stockham said. “There would be nonstop, 24-hour coverage of it.” But because Keltner was part of the “Patriot Muster,” and not part of the “Mob Muster” or “Liberal Media Muster,” you’ll hear nothing but crickets from American Pravda. Their silence is violence.
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My assignment tonight is to address the topic of cultural Marxism.
1 Chronicles 12:23-32 Now these are the numbers of the divisions equipped for war, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord. 24 The sons of Judah who bore shield and spear were 6,800, equipped for war. 25 Of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor for war, 7,100. 26 Of the sons of Levi 4,600. 27 Now Jehoiada was the leader of the house of Aaron, and with him were 3,700, 28 also Zadok, a young man mighty of valor, and of his father’s house twenty-two captains. 29 Of the sons of Benjamin, Saul’s kinsmen, 3,000; for until now the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. 30 Of the sons of Ephraim 20,800, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers’ households. 31 Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000, who were designated by name to come and make David king. 32 Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. NASU
You need men who understand the times so that you know what to do
This Is A Hot Topic
Cultural Marxism and Social Justice come with a lot of misunderstandings and that leads to name calling and needless division.
We need to consider our roots and what we know about one another before jumping to conclusions and character assassination.
The topic is important and worthy of a debate in order to understand, not fight.
Another part of the problem is our ignorant of or misuse of the terms which is one of the reasons that I want to address this tonight
Sincere people misuse the terminology adding to the confusion.
I believe that there are some people within these circles there are some people within these movements who absolutely hold to this ideology…but there are others who don’t hold to the ideology who unfortunately have decided to use the terminology. And that’s a problem.
my goal is to lay out a sketch of cultural Marxism…at least have an idea of where it comes from and what we’re talking about when you use the term
This is a Critical Matter
some of these ideas are antithetical to the gospel
we find ourselves at this crossroad with in evangelicalism
it’s important that we understand each other
it’s important that we have clarity
it’s important that we find ourselves on the same page
racism is a sin
oppression is real it’s sinful
hatred is real and it’s sinful
too many people been killed by police officers
many police officers have been killed by citizens
serious problems in immigration
I was a fatherless young black man growing up in the ghetto in South LA drug infested gang infested South LA
two first cousins of mine gunned down in the street
I come from a family of activists
members of my family were part of the Nation of Islam
members of my family who were part of the whole civil rights movement
my father was always an advocate in the criminal justice system. He worked as a counselor in juvenile detention centers
my mother was a victims advocate
my first three jobs were in group homes
So again, this is where I’m coming from on these issues. And yet I despise cultural Marxism. I am NOT a social justice warrior. I reject ideas like white privilege, intersectionality, and systemic racism theory absolutely, unequivocally. And not just since yesterday.
I started writing about cultural Marxism in the mid 2000s…during the election because of what I saw as the incredible threat Barack Obama who was a massive cultural Marxist and in my opinion then and now. A dangerous man on a number of fronts and for a number of reasons.
Why did I think it was an issue at that time. Because of a number of things let me give you just a few that I wrote about then and I was worried about then.
Because of the philosophy of cultural Marxism and because of this man’s long history with cultural Marxism. Not only from his university days but even his church. This man sat under and overt Marxist pastor for decades. Jeremiah Wright was not just a cultural Marxist he was also a classical Marxist.
Not only had he done that but his position on certain issues like for example his homosexual agenda. The most radically pro homosexual politician that I had ever seen or experienced in the mainstream.
His position on abortion and infanticide which was radical
on judicial activism
hate crimes legislation and I believed and said openly on a number of occasions that I believed this man’s presidency would make race relations in America worse not better.
An article that I wrote and actually reprinted two years later because I’m not big on I told you so’s but I told you so and so yes this is I don’t don’t think that I’ve come here this weekend suddenly talking about cultural Marxism because you know now it’s a trump card that can be used in this particular debate nearly a decade and a half now I’ve been addressing this issue so
Cultural Marxism and Classical Marxism
These are two different things and this is one of the things that makes the discussion difficult.
Karl Marx was an economist
Classical Marxism is an economic system
the bourgeois and the proletariat
from each according to his ability to each according to his need
the uprising of the masses to overthrow capitalism
we know that Marx was a communist who wanted to see capitalism overthrown
he saw capitalism as oppressing the masses
he also saw religion as the opiate of the masses that allowed them to be oppressed by capitalism so he was rabidly atheistic
and this is one of the things that makes it difficult to talk to people about cultural Marxism
three main ideas let me give you this just to understand marks a summary of his salient points
Three Epochs of History
- the ancient stage
- the feudal stage
- the capitalist stage
that each one of these societal epochs contained internal contradictions and these internal contradictions would lead to struggle and would eventually lead to the next phase
Ultimately capitalism would fall
Capitalism had to fall. Why? Because the way he viewed history was history was a view of struggle, a series of struggles, a series of conflicts. He was a disciple of Hegel.
So this was sort of his dialectic if you will – thesis antithesis synthesis right. So capitalism had to fall. Workers of the world would unite and there would be a revolution. And there was right but not everywhere and so toward the end of his life and then during life of his followers they tried to explain and understand why it is that capitalism didn’t fall. I mean if capitalism is exploitation of the masses and if history is all about these conflicts and if this conflict is going to come and if the next thing that is going to come is a capitalist society then why haven’t we seen this enter.
People To Know
a couple of guys to explain why the revolution didn’t occur as Marx thought it would. Marx died in 1888 by the way. So now we get into the late 1800s the early 1900s. We get into World War one and there are a couple of players that you need to know if you’re going to understand cultural Marxism.
an Italian Marxist
Cultural Hegemony (power) – refers to domination or rule maintained through ideological or cultural means. It is usually achieved through social institutions which allow those in power to strongly influence the values, norms, ideas, expectations, worldview, and behavior of the rest of society cultural.
Cultural hegemony explains why women who make up more than 50% of the population are considered a minority. Women are not seen as part of the cultural hegemony.
The cultural hegemony is patriarchal. The cultural hegemony for example in our society is white, male, heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied, native-born, Americans.
You know who you are and everybody who’s not that is a minority. And everybody who’s not that is a victim of the cultural hegemony established by those individuals. Which means that everybody who’s not that is at war with that. And everybody who is that is privileged. And the more boxes you tick off the more privileged you are.
Gramsci developed the concept of cultural hegemony in an effort to explain why the worker led revolution that Marx predicted in the previous century had not come to pass.
Central to Marx theory of capitalism was the belief that the destruction of this economic system was built into the system itself. Since capitalism is premised on the exploitation of the working class by the ruling class why didn’t it happen?
Well because we’re not dealing with economics. We’re dealing with culture. Marx missed this part or so Gramsci would argue. He missed this part so the revolution that comes doesn’t need to be an armed revolution or a revolution of force. It needs to be a hegemonic revolution.
In other words we need to change the cultural hegemony. We need to overturn the cultural hegemony. And how do you overturn the cultural hegemony?
For Gramsci control the robes of society. What are the robes of society? The people who wear robes – judges, professors, pastors, politicians.
Leverage those positions in order to educate and mobilize the masses against the hegemonic power. Use the educational system the political system the judicial system in order to overturn the cultural hegemony. Does that sound at all familiar? This is how you gain power by the way.
In the meantime how do you gain political power? You gain political power by promising various groups of people that you will advocate for them. That’s how you do it. That’s why you can have so many white male heterosexual cisgender able-bodied native-born American politicians who present themselves as representatives of the people who are not any of those things. That’s how Cultural Marxism works.
The Frankfurt Schools
A collection of scholars in Frankfurt Germany. These individuals who were known for developing critical theory and popularizing the dialectic method of learning by interrogating societies contradictions.
And it’s most closely associated with the work of a number of German philosophers during the early 20th century. They saw a couple of things that for them explained why the revolution didn’t happen. And for them part of it was the fact that people were receiving so much information through mass media. Remember this is the earlier 20th century. Radio you know just coming around. TV not so much. So people weren’t necessarily associating and interacting with each other like they had been in the past but were receiving information through things like newspapers and radios and so on and so forth.
So one of the main goals of the Frankfurt Schools was to leverage these tools in order to bring about the change in the hegemonic powers.
Reduce everything to discussions of race class gender sex.
And notice I used both of those because sex and gender are two different things. Sex to do with your biology. Gender your social construct. Your gender doesn’t necessarily have to match your sex. And if your gender doesn’t match your sex then you are transgender as opposed to cisgender for those of you who are wondering what that was assistant or cisgender just means that you’re not special
The Frankfurt Schools was concerned with mass media. And the mass media culture saw people becoming passive recipients of political and ideological information instead of being activists and they believed that this explained why the Revolution didn’t take place. They theorized that this experience made people intellectually inactive and politically passive as they allow mass produced ideologies and values to watch over them and to infiltrate their consciousness.
Because of what happen in World War I they left Germany and in 1933 they went to Switzerland. But they only stayed there for a couple of years and in 1935 they came to New York and became affiliated with Columbia University.
there’s a man by the name of Balint Vazsonyi. He came to the United States fleeing the Nazis in Eastern Europe, fleeing the Nazis in Hungary and he wrote a book called America’s 30 Years War. And essentially his thesis was this. He ran away from what was happening in Europe by force only to come to the United States and watch it happen gradually over the course of a generation.
critical theory. Have you heard the idea of critical race theory it’s a grandchild of Frankfurt Schools political correctness multiculturalism
So as a result of these ideologies we have all been taught over time through our media through our educational systems to view ourselves not as part of a whole but as part of subgroups. Who in some way shape fashion or form are being oppressed by the hegemonic power that rules and governs our culture.
So even when we talk about elections we don’t talk about this person is ahead in the polls by this much. That person is. No this person is ahead with red-headed left-handed white people from the south while this person is getting the vote of second-generation migrant workers with eczema. Why do we talk like that? Why do we think about politics that way? Why do we think about each other that way?
Why do ideas like intersectionality from Kimberlee Crenshaw in 1989 gained such popularity that people use it like we know what it is?
Intersectionality in a nutshell basically is the idea that to the degree that you don’t have those things you are oppressed.
And so if you are male heterosexual cisgendered right native-born American able-bodied by the way also attractive. There’s pretty privileged too. By the way if you are all those things but you’re not white alright then your oppression is limited to this area. But what if you’re not white but you’re also not male.
Now that place where you’re not whiteness and you’re not maleness intersect is where you feel the weight of the oppression. But what if you’re not white and not male and not heterosexual. Well now the oppression is even worse on you because you have these three intersections of oppression. What if you’re not white not male not heterosexual and not cisgendered. Woo so now you are a black trans male lesbian – four. Anyway now there are four intersections of oppression right. Well if you’re not white and you’re not male and you’re not heterosexual and you’re not cisgendered and you’re not able bodied or you’re not a native-born American you’re an immigrant or you’re not a.
You see intersectionality says that the level of oppression and the kind of oppression that you experience combines itself in these areas and layers itself in these areas these intersections if you will.
But what is that, if not a grown up expression of cultural Marxism?
By the way when people use the term racism today the term racism you got to be careful. And you got to understand what people are talking about because when people say racism they could mean you are being accused of being an individual who has racist prejudicial ideas toward other individuals.
Or they could just be saying that you are a person who is part of the cultural hegemony. Which by the way is inherently racist against people who are not…
Which means that now you have racism without a racist. By the way how do you handle that – racism in the heart of an individual. Let’s go to the book. Amen. Let’s go to the book. Let’s call that what it is.
But racism that exists because of cultural hegemony, how do you fix that. Now instead of a preacher you’ve become a politician because the only way to fix that one is to change the hegemony.
You see why these ideas matter. And so the very ways in which we think about ourselves, the very ways in which we think about issues, the very ways, and this is why sometimes you can feel like you’re having a different conversation than another person.
A prime example is the Mike Brown case. I mean I got absolutely hammered hammered over the Mike Brown case. Tom Ascol got hammered over appreciating what I said about the Mike Brown case. And you can feel like you’re having two different conversations because on the one hand you come to this.
And you say okay a guy six foot four three hundred and some odd pounds reaches into a police car and grabs the gun of a police officer. Anybody who knows anything about anything says if I have a gun and you reach to grab my gun one of us is in trouble. If you get it it’s me. If you don’t it’s you. Hands up don’t shoot never happened. It was a complete fabrication. So a guy who had just strong-armed robbed somebody in a store stop by policeman aggressive action against the policeman gets shot and killed.
And you may have had some of these conversations or you’re sitting there and you’re going okay okay. Listen you tell me the story of the police officers who acted inappropriately and we can go together to be against that person. But you tell me this story and I say there was no injustice here. That wasn’t racism. Unless the problem is not one police officer and his actions on that one night but a cultural hegemony that has established structural racism that disproportionately targets black males. Therefore every time something like that happens to one of them it is another piece of evidence.
Which is why you have people who say things like the facts of that case really don’t matter or worse you start talking about the facts of that case and people say oh now you’re blaming the victim. What’s the end result of that? The end result of that is you don’t engage. You don’t discuss. You don’t interact. Because here’s what you learn. Whatever your answer is if it doesn’t line up with what the cultural Marxist says it ought to be or with the person who is borrowing the ideology of the cultural Marxist says it ought to be or the person who is unwittingly falling prey for the cultural Marxism that all of us have been saturated in wants it to be then you’re wrong. And you’re a racist. Or in my case a sellout who’s trying to curry favor with white people. Why is this important I’ll leave you with this
Why It’s Important
It’s important because this is an agenda not just an idea. It’s a disruptive transformative agenda. That’s number one. And it’s an agenda that needs to be recognized and an agenda that needs to be confronted.
here’s the second problem. And to me this is the sinister part of the problem. The sinister part of the problem is that the end result of this agenda is real pain real sin real brokenness that doesn’t get addressed.
Let me explain as someone who grew up in drug infested gang infested South LA, the son of a single teenage mother. I look at the Mike Brown situation and I want to say to all of the young black boys like him, who were young black boys like me. We can’t live like that. To all of the fathers who were not there to the tune of nearly 75% among black children, what I want to say is we have a problem that needs to be addressed. We can’t live like this. We have to deal with this. There is brokenness here that has to be addressed. There’s brokenness that has to be fixed.
But the way things stand now to say that is to blame the victim. Do you know what that means? That means that whatever pathologies there are that need to be addressed don’t get addressed. Because it’s the systems fault.
And again like I said at the beginning, I am not arguing that that there’s no racism. I’m not arguing that there’s no brokenness, that there’s no injustice. And we don’t want too many people in prison in this country. We got way too many people in prison in this country. There’s something broken about that. We imprison more of our population than like 82 countries in the world. There’s something broken about that. Especially when a large number of those people are in there because of addiction to drugs.
so here’s what worries me. What worries me is that we’ve created an environment where we’ve divided everyone up into constituencies. Which is incredibly ironic because what that creates is stereotypes. And we look at everyone’s problems in relation to the system. And what the system is doing has done needs to do. And what that has the potential to do is to move us away from addressing individuals and their sin and their pain and their brokenness. Does this make sense?
We don’t have to be either/or. It doesn’t have to be that you know either that we address individuals in their sin and their brokenness a bit or we look at problems with systems. It doesn’t have to be. Why do I have to choose between advocating for laws to change in the area of abortion which disproportionately affects people who look like me. Or proclaiming the Gospel with a view toward changing the hearts of young women so that they won’t kill their babies. Don’t make me choose between those two. I won’t. I want to both coach. And why do I have to choose between acknowledging the fact that there are huge problems and pathologies both among individuals and cultures and systems.
Again let me hasten to say I’m not arguing that everybody who talks about justice issues is somehow excluding both. But here’s what I am saying when we choose to talk about this in certain terms and when we choose to accept certain ideologies and agree with certain premises the end result is that if you don’t find yourself on the right side of this you’re disqualified. And that can’t be.
So what do you do with this? In all honesty I’m in a unique position I got magic melanin. So even though there’s people who will say certain things about me when I address certain of these issues I can say things that a lot of people can’t.
I’ve said to people, I think Jesus was a Pharisee. Number one: I don’t think it’s likely that He would have gone through 33 years of living and not identified with any of those groups. Number two: theologically, all the rest of them were way far away from where He was. Number three: He hammered those dudes in a way that generally you only get away with. Now again I’m not going to go to the mat over you know Jesus was part of the Pharisee group whatever.
But there is something real about that but there’s also something wrong about that because as we heard earlier in Christ there is now neither Jew nor Greek neither slave nor free no male nor female. We’re all one in Christ. We end up in a very unique situation. And this goes back to something that I said earlier. And it’s controversial and I want you to hear or understand this the wrong way.
A lot of people I know you tell them black people to shut up. No. No. I would never tell black people to shut up. But for me there’s something that I have to consider. If I’m your brother and there is something between us that causes you to be afraid apprehensive unwilling to speak truth into my life, then I got to go the extra mile to free you up to do that. And you have to go the extra mile to trust our relationship in Christ and do that. Well that’s hard y’all. It’s hard both ways isn’t it?
It’s hard if Tom and I are friends and brothers in Christ and there are things that Tom can see in my life and I know that I can come back at him and play the race card and maybe even prevent him from speaking to some of the things that he sees in my life. It’s hard for me to say I’m not going to do that to him my brother. And it’s hard for him knowing that I have the ability and opportunity to do that to speak certain things into my life for fear that I might.
One of the things that this cultural Marxism has exposed recently it’s a false unity. Because we got people who for years have been talking about how unified we are in Christ. Who now are suddenly dismissing one another because of where they fall on a particular social issue.
And again I’ll say more about that as the weekend goes on but for now just know that that’s why these things matter. That’s why these things are important.
It’s important because there’s an ideology here. There’s a there’s a goal here. There’s an endgame here.
And we see it in the world of politics. If you’ve been on a university campus at all recently you see this. It has to be addressed. And secondly because there are issues real brokenness real sin real problems that if we’re not careful we render ourselves unable or unwilling to address because of these ideologies that we’ve imbibed. Which means that finally we have to love the gospel enough and we have to love one another enough.
Hey here’s the great irony. The great irony is that in a way I’m borrowing language from the other side now because the other side is always saying check your privilege right. And I’m kind of saying that but here’s the difference. I’m saying it to everybody. I’m not saying that if you’re white male heterosexual cisgender able-bodied native-born American check your privilege. I’m saying if you are a member of the body of Christ and in discussion in this debate you have learned how to shut down the other side regardless of who that other side is check that.
It is going to require boldness both in terms of trusting our brothers and sisters in Christ and in terms of willingness to speak to issues that in this day and age we’ll get you out right just castigated. But the truth is worth it.
- In 1968 the Hong Kong Flu hit the US (.5% IFR,) taking 100,000 people when the US had a markedly lower population. Not single alarm was raised, not a single store closed nor even a network news story. The following summer the largest gathering in US history took place, Woodstock.
- Mass hysteria is never accidental, but benefits someone.
- half or even “almost all” of tests for COVID are false positives. Dr. Yeadon also argues that the threshold for herd immunity may be much lower than previously thought, and may have been reached in many countries already.
- given the “shape” of all important indicators in a worldwide pandemic, such as hospitalizations, ICU utilization, and deaths, “the pandemic is fundamentally over.”
- “Were it not for the test data that you get from the TV all the time, you would rightly conclude that the pandemic was over, as nothing much has happened. Of course people go to the hospital, moving into the autumn flu season…but there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen.”
- The survival rate of COVID-19 has been upgraded since May to 99.8% of infections. This comes close to ordinary flu, the survival rate of which is 99.9%.
- “It is now established that at least 30% of our population already had immunological recognition of this new virus, before it even arrived…COVID-19 is new, but coronaviruses are not.”
- “…epidemiological studies show that, with the extent of prior immunity that we can now reasonably assume to be the case, only 15-25% of the population being infected is sufficient to bring the spread of the virus to a halt…”
- The authors explain that what the PCR test actually measures is “simply the presence of partial RNA sequences present in the intact virus,” which could be a piece of dead virus which cannot make the subject sick, and cannot be transmitted, and cannot make anyone else sick.
- Dr. Yeadon builds the case that any “second wave” of COVID, and any government case for lockdowns, given the well-known principles of epidemiology, will be entirely manufactured.
- “going off current testing practices and results, Covid-19 might never be shown to disappear.”
- Of course, the most famous incidence of PCR test unreliability was when the President of Tanzania revealed to the world that he had covertly sent samples from a goat, a sheep, and a pawpaw fruit to a COVID testing lab. They all came back positive for COVID.
- In August, the government of Sweden discovered 3700 false COVID positives from test kits made by China’s BGI Genomics. The kits were approved in March by the FDA for use in the US.
- Another argument made by Yeadon et al in their September paper is that there has been no difference in outcomes related to lockdowns.
- “The shape of the deaths vs. time curve implies a natural process and not one resulting mainly from human interventions…Famously, Sweden has adopted an almost laissez faire approach, with qualified advice given, but no generalised lockdowns. Yet its profile and that of the UK’s is very similar.”
- “It’s important that you know most scientists don’t accept that it [Ferguson’s model] was even faintly right…but the government is still wedded to the model.”
- Yeardon joins other scientists in castigating governments for following Ferguson’s model, the assumptions of which all worldwide lockdowns are based on.
- Sweden now has a lower death rate per-capita than the US, which it achieved without the terrific economic damage still ongoing in the US. Sweden never closed restaurants, bars, sports, most schools, or movie theaters. The government never ordered people to wear masks.
- Dr. Yeadon speaks bitterly of the lives lost as a result of lockdown policies, and of the “savable” countless lives which will be further lost, from important surgeries and other healthcare deferred, should lockdowns be reimposed
One opinion was put forth by US Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) when he said on the Tom Woods Show on August 16th:
“The secret the government is keeping from you is that they plan to keep us shut down until there is some kind of vaccine, and then whether it’s compulsory at the federal level, or the state level, or maybe they persuade your employers though another PPP program that you won’t qualify for unless you make your employees get the vaccine, I think that’s their plan. Somebody convince me that’s not their plan, because there is no logical ending to this other than that.”
- In 1957, a pandemic hit, the H2N2 Asian Flu with a .7% Infection Fatality Rate, which killed as many people per capita in the US as the COVID has claimed now. There was never a single mention of it in the news at the time, never mind the extraordinary upheaval that we see now.
Audio tells one story. Video shows another. Research the numbers and decide which is telling us the real story.
Daniel’s prayer for his nation is my prayer for my nation. Lord, may Your will for my nation be done.
Elements of True Prayer, Part 1 Dan 9:1-3
“Prayer is born out of a comprehension of the standards and the plans and the principles and the precepts of God as revealed in His Word.”
An excellent introduction to how to pray from a study of Dan 9:1-3. Daniel “observed in the books” and this lead to an awesome prayer.
I. Prayer is Generated by God’s Word
II. Prayer is Grounded in God’s Will
III. Prayer is Characterized by Fervency
These are very trying times. We tend to forget all the battles that are on all the fronts that we are fighting these days. Grace church is constantly under attack. I am constantly under attack from unbelievable sources that you would be surprised to even know about. This is just part and parcel of life. We struggle in the spiritual areas with the families in our church. We struggle financially trying to meet needs. We have many battles and I really believe that it’s easy for people to sit in this church with all that we have around us and figure it’s all going so well, who needs my prayers.John MacArthur, May 18, 1980
And we say, Jesus is going to come anyway, and it’s all going to be well in the end. And we get very spiritual, but it’s really fatalism. And we never get on our knees with the fervency, and we never really identify with the will and the Word of God and the way that this beloved Daniel did. And consequently we miss that intimate communion.
You know, when you pray, you don’t always have to come to God for an answer. Sometimes, you can just come to God to carry the weight of the plan of God in your own heart. So that you can be identified with his great and eternal purposes. And I suggest to you beloved that the Lord isn’t telling us this all the time just so we can sit and walk out of here and forget it. The Lord is telling us this because he wants us to react to it.
I don’t believe we have ever seen in this church what God could do, if we became totally committed to prayer. If your theology messes up your prayer life, then you have got a bad theology, bad one. If you are studying the Word of God, then the natural response is that you commune with the God of the Word.
You know, I find in my own life that as I prepare a message, the whole experience of preparation is a combination of prayer and the ministry of the Word. I could never separate the two. For example, I come to a verse and I read it and I say Lord, what a truth and I usually get up and walk around because I have to move. Because, I get excited about it. Or I’ll come to a verse that I don’t understand and I say, Lord, I need your help on this, illuminate my mind, draw me to a scripture that will explain this. And the whole process of the Word is prayer.
- “The First Step Act,” which sought to reduce the number of people in overcrowded federal prisons and improve conditions for those behind bars.
- When he endorsed the bill, President Trump said, “We’re all better off when former inmates can receive and re-enter society as law-abiding, productive citizens.” At last month’s Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump called the First Step Act “the most significant criminal justice reform of our generation.” That’s not an overstatement.
- A major feature of the bill is that it reduces mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, especially “low-level, nonviolent offenders.”
- In its first year, the First Step Act has literally changed thousands of lives. According to a recent report from the United States Sentencing Commission, the sentences of more than 7,000 federal prisoners, deemed able to safely return to their communities, were reduced.
- the First Step Act is a modest, but very real, “first step” towards comprehensive criminal justice reform