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March 2021

WTMWD #60: Epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski on how the lockdowns may have made Covid-19 more dangerous

 

 

 

 

I speak with Professor Knut Wittkowski, former head of the Rockefeller University's Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, about what normally happens with viruses when societies are not locked down, and how locking down may have made things much worse,  especially for those most vulnerable.

We also talk about the nutritional supplement he has developed, and how it might help protect against Covid-19 and other respiratory infections, as well as a host of other problems.

Most of Professor Wittkowski's interviews have been removed from YouTube, but you can still find them on Bitchute.

The website for his company, ASDERA, is here.

And Gene Epstein wrote recently about "ASD-Cov", the food supplement Wittkowski has developed, here.

 

 

 


Sakura

 

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There they are again. Sakura blossoms. Coming out again this year just like they did last year and the year before... and hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before that. 

Taking over a small mountain village, a well-worn pathway... or all of Tokyo.

And that was what was so magical about them. Yes, visiting a place like Kyoto or Nara that is filled with sakura blossoms is a beautiful experience. 

But there's something completely magical about seeing your own city transformed into something else. Witnessing it become bathed in a pink haze, and littered with tiny pinkish-white flecks everywhere. To see all of the different shades of grey you are so used to, the slick dark pavements, the trim, tidy grey suits of the salary men... to see all of that suddenly speckled in pink, to have a sudden shower of tiny blossoms floating down from the sky, getting on everything - the windshield of your taxi, the shoulder of your trim and tidy suit as you're hurrying to get to a meeting. Your hair, your briefcase, your lunch...

The sakura don't care about all of that. It's time for them to blossom, and so they do. With abandon and joy.

I imagine the blossoms don't care much for things like Covid-19 restrictions either, and when I think about Tokyo now, I imagine lots of delicate, tissue-paper-thin petals making a mockery of the face masks they land on. 

There is something very important about an old society, a culture that has withstood millenia, and that carries with it knowledge of how things have been for a very long time.

I sometimes wonder how much of American stupidity is simply the result of our being a very young country and culture. That we are like a brazen teenager stumbling out into the world with too much confidence and too little information.

I suspect that in some of the older cultures, there is a knowledge that is passed down, or contained in parts of the culture itself, a knowledge about how the world was long before the current members of society were in it. And if that is true, then I imagine that that knowledge must give some comfort.

Sakura season is what I'm talking about. Each year, it gives us some very important information:

1. That we, humans, are part of nature. And that nature is bigger than us. That no matter how important that meeting is that you are rushing to, those little pink blossoms are still going to stick to your shoulder;

2. That if we choose to live with nature, and not to fight it - if instead of chopping down all the cherry trees because their blossoms are messy and might get on our suits and our windshields, we choose to fill our cities with them - the results can be more overwhelmingly beautiful than anyone could have ever imagined;

3. Nature endures. Beauty endures. Life endures.

This past year has been an unprecedented assault on life, on humanity, on human beings, by some very very dark forces. But those forces have not stopped the sakura from blooming.

The masks, the lockdowns, even the vaccines and the whole twisted pharmaceutical paradigm that seems so omnipotent... it's all temporary.

Sakura is here to stay.

 

 


Happy Birthday to "What Then Must We Do?"!

 

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A year ago today, I posted my first ever podcast episode. The state I live in had just "locked down" vast swathes of our lives, and my guest was the fantastic Jeff Tucker, of the American Institute for Economic Research. Since then, Jeff has distinguished himself as one of the most outspoken and articulate opponents of the lockdowns and other draconian restrictions, and I am honored to have had him as my first guest, and honored that he continues to grace my show with his presence from time to time.

You can listen to that interview here. Or watch it here:

 

 

I remember that day vividly. I was actually feeling physically ill that morning. Not because I was sick, but I think because the enormity of what had been going on for several weeks already, culminating in the Soviet-style shutting down of businesses and normal activities across my state, had suddenly hit me on a physical level. And it was so encouraging just to talk with one more person who recognized the insanity of it all - as well as the gravity of what was being done and what it would mean for so many people months and even years down the line.

It still is encouraging. One of my goals in starting my podcast - which I had dreamed up many months before "all of this" started - was to provide a place where those of us who recognize the danger of the state can connect, share ideas, and feel a little less alone. It's still not as interactive as I'd like to make it (maybe I'll start going live in the coming year and inviting some audience participation?) but from the feedback I'm getting, "What Then Must We Do?" is doing a little something toward this end.

So, Happy Birthday to "WTMWD"! And a heartfelt thanks to all of my listeners who make it worth doing, and of course to my wonderful guests. I know it's still rough around the edges, and yes I do plan to record an intro. soon and even add some music. Who knows, maybe I'll even figure out a real backdrop and a way to keep the chickens quiet. But all in all, I think the content itself has been pretty awesome if I do say so myself. So thanks again, get ready for some incredible guests and topics in the coming months, and if you haven't already signed up for updates, please do so here!

 

 


WTMWD #59: The economy: Time to panic yet? With Gene Epstein

 

 

 

 

When eternal optimist Gene Epstein is worried, you know things are bad. So... is he worried? I speak with the former Barrons economics and books editor, now host of the Soho Forum, about where he thinks we are now, and what is to come.

Gene lays out his view for the next few years, backs it up with good data-driven reasons, and talks a little about his own investment strategy. He also explains why I was wrong about hyperinflation in 2008.

Gene's article, "The Great Suppression" can be found here.

And my article, "An Open Letter to my Pro-Obama Friends" is here, and my follow-up three years later, is here.

The Soho Forum is here.

The next debate happens this Wednesday, March 17, and the topic is whether presidents should be given fast-track authority to propose bills for all types of legislation, that Congress must approve or deny by majority vote and without change. You can register at the Soho Forum site.

You can also find Gene on Twitter.

 

 


WTMWD #58: Roger Koops used to work in vaccine development. Here's why he doesn't plan to get the Covid-19 shot

 

 

 

 

I speak with retired chemist Roger Koops, about his experience working in vaccine development. We talk about some misunderstandings about how vaccines work, and some of his concerns about the Covid-19 vaccines.

Roger Koops is a contributing author for AIER, and is also a retired scientist, with a PhD in chemistry and over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has authored or co-authored several papers on pharmaceutical technology and chemistry.

Our previous conversation, about masks and viruses, is here.

His article, "A Primer for the Media on Viruses, Vaccines, and Covid-19" is here.

 


WTMWD #57: "What are we getting wrong?" Jeremy Hammond takes the health-freedom movement to task

 

 

 

 

I speak with independent journalist Jeremy R. Hammond about some of the things he thinks some of those who are critical of the official Covid-19 narratives are getting wrong.

We also talk about censorship, and about how to be good news consumers in these crazy times.

You can see Jeremy's work, and sign up for his newsletter (which I highly recommend), here.

 

 


Do Mask Mandates Violate Federal Law?

 

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It looks like maybe they do. 

On April 18 of 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for non-surgical face masks to be worn by the general public. It was updated on April 24, 2020. You can read that EUA here.

The law that governs the granting of EUAs is the "Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act." You can see the relevant portions of that law here.

This law specifically states that "...individuals to whom the product (in this case, non-surgical face masks) is administered are informed... of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product."



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The law also states that individuals to whom the products are administered be informed "...of the significant known and potential benefits and risks of such use..."

In case you missed it when various governors, city governments, airports, the CDC, TSA, FAA, et al. informed you of these risks while demanding that you wear a mask on your face, here is some information about some of the risks (including the promotion of "pre-metastatic niches") of wearing face masks for a prolonged period of time. 

Here is my earlier post on mask harms (and my response to the FB fact checkers' feeble attempt to debunk some of the claims therein. Nice try "fact checkers.")

The FDA's own guidance on products authorized under EUAs can be found here, and states that the FDA must “ensure that recipients are informed to the extent practicable given the applicable circumstances… that they have the option to accept or refuse the EUA product…”

 

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...and if you want to see the footnote that "46" refers to, it is here:

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It looks to me like every single government agency, state governor, city government, and any other entity that is enforcing the mandatory wearing of face masks is guilty, not only of obvious human-rights violations including the right to informed consent, but also of violating federal law on the emergency-use authorization of medical devices.

 

 

 


Tom Finally Got Me

 

I've been avoiding joining Tom Woods' online group of supporting listeners for years now. Not because I have anything against Tom Woods, I don't - he is one of the best, and most prolific, advocates for liberty, and one of the few sane voices (sadly, even among libertarians) in these crazy times. But I didn't want one more reason to spend time on social media. I've been doing a good job of cutting back on that and didn't want to fall off the wagon.

But today I saw this, from his daily newsletter:

Someone introduced himself to my private group, the Tom Woods Show Elite, this week with the following:

"Last year my daughter Abigail was born a few days before the lockdowns started in Massachusetts. She was diagnosed with an incredibly rare genetic disorder called CHARGE syndrome (a little less than 1 in 100,000), which has a 40% survival rate. Once the lockdowns kicked in it was literally illegal for me and my wife to see or be by our preemie daughter, who was convulsing in painful uncontrollable spasms for months, and on the brink of death.

"Eventually the lockdowns "relaxed" so one of us could visit our daughter once daily for a generous two hours. I cannot put into words how traumatic it is to have a daily conversation with your wife about who gets to spend the potentially last day ever with your baby girl. Thankfully she survived after multiple surgeries, but is blind (compared to death that is a blessing). However, developmental services for special needs children in Massachusetts have been deemed a "nonessential service."

"We have been lucky to have secured some in-person OT visits with our daughter, but it has been criminally illegal in our state to have critical in-person visits with developmental specialists to help our daughter overcome challenges associated with her disabilities. She is months behind and will face permanent developmental delays because of the lockdowns set forth by our lovely Republican governor.

"I joined this legendary group to share my personal COVID tragedy, which is unfortunately one of millions, to a sympathetic group of like-minded individuals. I'm finishing up my public health PhD at [institution removed by TW], and am a political science professor at a state school up in Massachusetts, so I'm sure you can imagine how I'm surrounded by COVID doomers 24/7. Tom Woods literally gave me the strength to look death straight in the eye last year and overcome it, so I will be forever grateful."

 

Many of you know that our daughter also has a rare genetic condition - although not as rare as this one. Our daughter has Dup15Q, and when she was born, she spent several weeks in the NICU and a few more in a less intensive ward. It was several days before my husband talked me into going home to get some sleep, and I still feel guilty for any of that time that I didn't spend holding her. I can't even imagine what these parents had to go through - only, I sort of can.

One of the main reasons I've stayed on FaceBook has been my special-needs parent groups. As awful as FaceBorg is, it is a great platform for groups (as long as those groups aren't about the things FB's masters don't want you to talk about.) But I have a really hard time visiting those groups now. I have a very hard time looking at the pictures my friends and others are posting of their developmentally disabled children wearing masks. Or bragging about how they just gave their - already neurologically compromised - child the Covid-19 vaccine. 

These are people I love. And I love their kids. And I feel that there is nothing I can say that will make a dent in this. That I just have to watch as so many families "trust the experts" and go along with the madness. And I just can't watch it. 

So I'm heading over to Tom's group - on MeWe of course. Maybe you'll want to join me there.

Oh, and some of you also know that even before the pandemic nonsense, I had been working on a plan for developing independent, mutual-aid-style homes and communities for those with special needs. If anything, the pandemic has rendered this even more urgent, and requires thinking about it on a much much bigger scale. I've put together a (draft) video presentation that lays the groundwork for my solution - and it's not only limited to special-needs care. There are practical ways for us to build free societies now, and we need to start doing that.

You can check that out here (remember, it's just a first draft.)