'We are nameless, faceless and are reduced to a "serial number" as if we were a hardware and no longer humans. I am Asadullah Haroon, an Afghan citizen from Nangarhar. My wife waits every year for the news that her husband comes home. My infant baby, Mariam, is now a teenager.'
British police officers like their alcoholic beverages and enjoy their cigarettes like many folks. Some more than others to be sure. It would hardly be shocking if police officers more than others spread COVID-19 due to their insistence to intimidate and harass the public.
The COVID-19 crisis glaringly confirms the years of relentless Tory austerity, privatization and increasing budget cuts have succumbed NHS capabilities to little more than a third-world country's healthcare system.
Samuel McDonald expresses my fears precisely in that it is fact our civil liberties and human rights took a big beating in the aftermath of 9/11. In the past 19 years our rights continue to be systematically eroded.
Every time there’s an alleged world crisis, leaderships exude executive or so-called emergency powers with the blessings of left-wing protagonists and even human rights defenders.
It definitely is terrifying to witness day after day in the media and on social media how easily some of us apparently lose their reasoning and courage, defending and demanding our rights, when faced with crisis and only too willingly capitulate our self-determination and our hard-fought rights to governments serving up patronizing lipservice to justify enforcing their draconian executive powers in the name of protecting lives, but of whom they know only too well any so-called crisis will be exploited to infringe and impede our rights as human beings and citizens, while filling their coffers with our money.
This brilliant article brings home the sobering facts of humanity’s destructive behaviour and actions impacting our natural world and all her inhabitants. Defining the fact that governments deliberately ignore the evidence that unless humans face and fix the root problems, ie stop our destruction of ecosystems and natural habitats and dumping our rubbish in our oceans and toxifying our air, humanity will destroy itself.
Surrendering our rights and allowing governments to take our hard-earned taxes to support private companies, oil conglomerates and banks while forcing us into “lockdown” of totalitarianism with so-called sweeping emergency powers will not stop our increasing worldwide health crises, which roots are patently clear and wholly caused by capitalist greed.
We can’t let the coronavirus lead to a 9/11-style erosion of civil liberties | | THE GUARDIAN | 23 March 2020
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Brilliant! A worldwide must-read analysis!
The question of whether this allegedly new strain of coronavirus, ie COVID-19, is a freak of nature or was deliberately cultivated to disseminate worldwide may never be answered.
However, either way, governments only too happily have systematically exploited this alleged “pandemic” to enforce draconian measures to control our lives through ruthlessly stoking public fear to diminish our civil liberties and human rights in the name of “protecting public health”.
These facts must be put to the forefront of public debate within the whole of international community. Because it’s becoming increasingly apparent that worldwide leaderships will continue to deliberately propagandize misinformation feeding public panic. Resulting in continued and increasing totalitarian actions via so-called “executive” or “emergency” powers by governments to diminish, even disregard, suppress and control our democratic civil rights.
ISS Report: 99% of Covid19 Deaths had Pre-existing Serious Illness | Kit Knightly | OFF-GUARDIAN | 19 March 2020
Report on Covid19 morbidity in Italy is shocking reading…but not in the way you’d imagine
Anything up to 99.2% of all of Italy’s recent Covid19-associated deaths could have been caused by pre-existing chronic conditions, according to a report released by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Institute of Health, ISS)
The report was translated and sent to us by Swiss Propaganda Research. Their team have been doing some great work collating and translating sources of information on the coronavirus pandemic. Their daily updated thread, here, is a valuable resource to anyone trying to keep up-to-date.
There are some very important facts here, all ignored by the mainstream.
There’s the epidemiological study done by a Japanese research group that found the case-fatality ratio to potentially be as low as 0.04% (markedly…
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Down-to-earth logic and reasoning from a professional perspective we desperately need at this time of relentless panic.
Another intelligent perspective we’d be wise to take on board from Jeremy R. Hammond, Independent Journalist, Author, and Writing Coach, echoes this article:
His greatest fear in this unprecedented COVID-19 panic of more unknown than known is
“I am frankly far more afraid of authoritarian governmental reactions to the virus and the setting of dangerous precedents than I am of the virus itself.”
His views from his latest newsletter:
“…when people are living in fear, they are willing to accept extreme authoritarian measures that set dangerous precedents in terms of threatening our precious liberties.
This is particularly frightening to me in a climate of fear where our right to informed consent is already under assault and mandatory vaccination is being pushed on everyone. If we do not defend our rights, mandatory use of an experimental coronavirus vaccine is not beyond the realm of possibility, and if that were to happen, the harm to the population could be severe and irreversible.”
“Policies could have been enacted to help flatten the curve without causing severe harm to the economy, starting with simply educating the public and trusting that people will act in their own best interests rather than treating us all as too stupid to think for ourselves and make our own decisions.
By trying to block transmission through draconian measures, governments are not just harming the economy but also just keeping populations vulnerable to continued outbreaks by preventing the development of population immunity that would protect those at greatest risk.”
At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments to people quarantined or just social distancing, we lack reliable evidence on how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or who continue to become infected. Better information is needed to guide decisions and actions of monumental significance and to monitor their impact.
Draconian countermeasures have been adopted in many countries. If the pandemic dissipates — either on its own or because of these measures — short-term extreme social distancing and lockdowns may be bearable. How long, though, should measures like these be continued if the…
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Fear and panic never serve to bring out the best in us. For all of humanity's evolving and technology, at heart we're as primitive as ever. Selfishly focused on number one's needs and survival, intent on resentment, blame and violence against innocents for our woes. Supermarket shelves are empty. From the US to the UK. … Continue reading Have gun, will shoot for toilet paper: Coronavirus panic confirms humanity’s primal ugliness