It’s 2022 and you’ve just arrived at the travel destination of your dreams. As you get off the plane, a robot greets you with a red laser beam that remotely takes your temperature. You’re still half asleep after a long transoceanic flight, so your brain barely registers the robot’s complacent beep. You had just passed similar checks when boarding the plane hours ago so you have nothing to worry about and can just stroll to the next health checkpoint.
As you join the respiratory inspection queue, a worker hands you a small breathalyser capsule with a tiny chip inside. Conceptually, the test is similar to those measuring drivers’ alcohol levels, but this one detects the coronavirus particles in people’s breath, spotting the asymptomatic carriers who aren’t sick but can infect others. By now you know the drill, so you diligently cough into the capsule and drop it into the machine resembling a massive microwave. You wait for about 30 seconds and the machine lights up green, chiming softly. You may now proceed to immigration, so you fumble for your passport and walk on.
These technologies may sound like science fiction, yet they are anything but. If you had travelled earlier this year when countries began locking down, you may have already spotted the remote infrared thermometers used in airports. However, while thermometers are helpful, they aren’t ideal. People can have fevers for others reasons or may harbour coronavirus without symptoms. To spot early infections or asymptomatic carriers, one has to check for the coronavirus particles in their breath.
That’s where the breathalyser comes in. You haven’t yet seen it at transit hubs, but it already exists at the photonics lab of Gabby Sarusi, professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. When Covid-19 struck and hospitals worldwide struggled to build fast and accurate biological diagnostic tests, Sarusi looked at the problem differently. As a physicist, he viewed the coronavirus’ spiky sphere not as a biological agent but as a nano-sized particle that can be sensed by specialised electrical equipment. When tossed into the midst of an electromagnetic field, the particles cause certain “interference” to the flow of electromagnetic waves, which can be detected. That’s what happens when the capsule is dropped into the microwave-resembling machine.
“We are taking the chip inside the capsule and we’re measuring it with a spectrometer that’s radiated with the magnetic waves,” Sarusi explained. If coronavirus particles are present, he said, “we can sense the shift.”
His team has already compared the device’s performance against the standard swab tests on 150 patients and found it was 92% accurate. That’s pretty high, Sarusi notes, given that many approved medical tests have lower accuracy than that. However, because the breathalyser results will have high stakes – travellers may be denied boarding or quarantined – the team wants to improve the device further. Once it’s ready, they hope to get an expedited approval from the FDA because it could revive the travel industry. Sarusi expects the machines to start appearing in airports and train stations soon. “Maybe by the end of this year. Or next year,” he said.
Infowars – BBC confirms Bill Gates’ agenda for all travelers to be inoculated and microchipped to travel, work or leave home
It’s 2022 and you’ve just arrived at the travel destination of your dreams.
As you get off the plane, a robot greets you with a red laser beam that remotely takes your temperature.
You’re still half asleep after a long transoceanic flight, so your brain barely registers the robot’s complacent beep.
You had just passed similar checks when boarding the plane hours ago so you have nothing to worry about and can just stroll to the next health checkpoint.
As you join the respiratory inspection queue, a worker hands you a small breathalyser capsule with a tiny chip inside.
Conceptually, the test is similar to those measuring drivers’ alcohol levels, but this one detects the coronavirus particles in people’s breath, spotting the asymptomatic carriers who aren’t sick but can infect others.
By now you know the drill, so you diligently cough into the capsule and drop it into the machine resembling a massive microwave.
You wait for about 30 seconds and the machine lights up green, chiming softly.
You may now proceed to immigration, so you fumble for your passport and walk on.
These technologies may sound like science fiction, yet they are anything but.
You may now proceed to immigration, so you fumble for your passport and walk on.
These technologies may sound like science fiction, yet they are anything but.
Infowars- UN officials have pointed to a study that reveals lockdowns and school closures are doing more harm to children than the coronavirus itself, with many more deaths expected to come from the reaction to the outbreak, rather than the pandemic itself.
In a presentation seeking extra funding for coronavirus efforts, UNICEF director Henrietta H Fore said Monday, “The repercussions of the pandemic are causing more harm to children than the disease itself.”
UNICEF nutrition program chief Victor Aguayo noted that the most harm is being done “by having schools closed, by having primary health care services disrupted, by having nutritional programs dysfunctional.”
The officials pointed to a study published in The Lancet that notes “physical distancing, school closures, trade restrictions, and country lockdowns” are worsening global child malnutrition.
The study estimates that an extra 6.7 million children will be at risk, and that lockdowns and other coronavirus responses could lead to more than 10,000 additional child deaths every month.
The UNICEF officials noted that would mean 128,000 more deaths among children within the next year.
Under the new law, large social media companies have to comply with court orders over removal of certain content.
Al Jazeera – Turkey’s Parliament has passed a controversial bill which gives the government greater control of social media, sparking concerns about freedom of expression in the country.
Under the new law approved on Wednesday, social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have to ensure they have local representatives in Turkey and to comply with court orders over the removal of certain content.
Companies could face fines, the blocking of advertisements or have bandwidth slashed by up to 90 percent, essentially blocking access, under the new regulations.
The law, which targets social networks with more than a million unique daily visits, also says servers with Turkish users’ data must be stored in Turkey.
It was submitted by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and its nationalist partner. the National Movement Party (MHP), which have a majority in the parliament.
Human rights groups and the opposition are worried over what they call the erosion of freedom of expression in Turkey, where criminal proceedings for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media are common.
U.S. News, Politics & Government
The Hill – Winston Churchill said that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” If only he had known the members of the House Judiciary Committee, he could have cut that time in half.
Tuesday’s committee spectacle might convince many people that democracy is a failed experiment. The committee’s hearing with Attorney General William Barr had been eagerly awaited for weeks as a way to get answers on issues ranging from the controversial clearing of Lafayette Park, to the intervention in the case of Trump associate Roger Stone, to the ongoing violence in various cities. Instead, the public watched as both parties engaged in hours of primal-scream therapy, with Barr largely forced to remain as silent as some life size anatomical doll.
The two videos shown by the rival parties captured the utter absurdity of it all. Republicans showed what could only be described as eight minutes of virtual “riot porn” for the hard right. By the end, one would think much of the nation is a smoking dystopian hellscape. Democrats then played their alternative-reality video, which showed thousands of protesters chanting together in perfect harmony; add a soundtrack, and you would have had a Coke commercial. There was nothing in the middle: The protests are either our final Armageddon or the Garden of Eden.
After testifying recently on the Lafayette Park controversy, I was one of those who had high expectations for some answers to important questions. Instead, Democrats dramatically demanded answers and then stopped Barr from answering by immediately “taking back the time.” It happened over and over; Democrats simply did not want to hear answers that would undermine popular narratives.
Several Democrats insisted the clearing of the area around Lafayette Park was done for the sole purpose of a photo op for President Trump in front of Saint John Church. Barr repeatedly tried to explain that there was no connection between the plan (formed the weekend before) and the photo, but he was stopped by members like Rep. Hank Johnson saying “you clearly will not answer the question” before he could even start to answer. It got more and more bizarre.
Barr’s answers were repeatedly cut off within seconds by Democrats, while Republicans — who have done the same thing to Democratic witnesses in other hearings — raged against their colleagues. The result was utter mayhem. While Barr sarcastically referred to Chairman Jerrold Nadler as “a real class act,” after Nadler refused a request for a five-minute break, the whole hearing was about as classy as a demolition derby.
Just as Democrats did not want to hear the facts regarding Lafayette Park, they were adamant in not allowing Barr to refute other popular narratives in the media, like the changed sentencing recommendation in the Stone case. Barr struggled to give specific facts on that case; each time, Democrats quickly interrupted. Barr then used Republican questions to try to answer. He explained that Trump never spoke to him about Stone’s sentencing and that Barr did not raise the sentencing issue.
Rather, he insisted it was raised to him by a new U.S. Attorney who felt the trial prosecutors were wildly off base in their demand for up to nine years of prison. (Many of us in the criminal-defense area raised the same objection.) The Justice Department decided to change the recommendation to be consistent with past cases.
QAnon: William Barr mentions pizza at congressional hearing and sends conspiracy theorists into a frenzy
Mr Barr’s allusion came in an exchange with Republican congressman Tom McClintock, who was questioning attorney general over the investigation into Trump presidential campaign’s ties to Russia.
Asked whether he could prevent the investigation from becoming a precedent for “future election interference by corrupt officials in our justice and intelligence agencies”, Mr Barr answered: “No, I really cannot predict that.
“As you know, these matters are being looked into. Covid did delay that action for a while … Justice is not something you order up on a schedule like ordering a pizza.”
The reference to pizza in a discussion about alleged corruption immediately triggered a response from QAnon followers, who believe the word to be a slang term used by a satanic paedophile cabal at the heart of the “deep state”.
Some QAnon-aligned Twitter users immediately seized on the word and its apparent implications, as well as the direction of Mr Barr’s gaze as he addressed the committe.
“AG Barr just said in the judiciary ‘justice is not something you order up on a schedule like you’re ordering a pizza”, wrote one, “Then he immediately looks at the dems on the left. HE FREAKING KNOWS!”
Another tweeted: “Did you notice at the hearing Barr said, ‘Justice is not something you order like a pizza and have delivered when you want it,’ as he purposefully glared up at the bench with a stone-cold death stare … Priceless! #pizzagate”
“Holy shit I heard that”, another replied.
QAnon is a sprawling web of unfounded conspiracy theories that have attracted thousands of followers, including multiple congressional candidates on the ballot this November.
It centres around a mysterious figure, known only as “Q”, who posts cryptic messages on internet forums that followers believe to describe an upcoming purge of the “deep state”, which will supposedly be led by Donald Trump and his allies.
Eagles’ Jalen Mills shares video of doctors praising hydroxychloroquine: ‘The world should hear this’
The Super Bowl champ shared the video on social media
Fox – Philadelphia Eagles cornerback, and one-time Super Bowl champ, Jalen Mills drew some blowback after one of his tweets appeared to be in support of doctors in Washington praising the benefits of using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.
The video was posted on Twitter multiple times and in one instance was shared by President Trump. It was unclear when the video was shot. Twitter later took the particular video shared by Trump down over a violation of its misinformation policy.
Mills quote-tweeted one user’s tweet, saying: “RT the world should hear this.”
Activist Post – Oakland County, MI — In the land of the free, even if you fully pay off your home loan to the bank, your property is never truly yours. Through property tax, states from coast to coast continue to charge you for land that you own. As the following case illustrates, even if you accidentally forget to pay a tiny portion of these taxes to the state, they can and will steal your home right out from under you. Elderly retirees are no exception to the tyranny of taxation and state-sponsored theft.
Uri Rafaeli is an 83-year-old retired engineer in Michigan learned the hard way just how thieving and corrupt government can be. As TFTP reported, Rafaeli’s home was stolen from him by Oakland County officials who promptly auctioned it off and kept the $24,000 profit they made from the sale. The state claims to be justified in their theft of Rafaeli’s home because he under paid his tax bill by just $8.41. However, constitutional experts, and the Michigan Supreme Court disagree.
Earlier this month, in a unanimous decision, the Michigan Supreme Court found the action to be an “unconstitutional taking without just compensation” under the state constitution.
Sputnik – Federal officers were sent to Portland, Oregon, by US President Donald Trump in mid-July to help quell civil unrest and protect federal property, particularly a courthouse that had suffered attacks by violent protesters.
Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly stated on Tuesday that the erection of a fence around the federal courthouse is a “federal occupation” and announced that the city is fining the US government $500 for every 15 minutes the fence remains in place.
“Typically, we would send a maintenance crew or contractor to remove such an obstruction, but I will not send workers into harm’s way. Yes, I am afraid to direct workers to do their job and enforce our laws against the federal government—I hope that gives everyone reading this pause. As of yesterday, the federal government owes us $192,000 and counting. We intend to collect”, the statement said.
The fence was erected last Wednesday, as a barrier to protect the courthouse from violent protesters, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation issued a cease and desist demand to have it removed, but has not received a response.
Video shared in social media show rioters attacking the fence and federal agents.
Breitbart – Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) contends the surge in shootings in Chicago is the result of states in the Union that have “virtually no gun control.”
She made this argument on CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend, reviving the Obama-era claims which blamed Indiana and other states for the crime in Chicago, Illinois.
The Hill published video of Lightfoot saying, “Our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns on our streets, 60 percent of which come from states outside of Illinois.”
She added, “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons — that is hurting cities like Chicago.”
While claiming the federal government is “uniquely qualified” to enact certain gun controls, Mayor Lightfoot failed to mention every state has background checks, as those are a federal requirement.
To put it another way, a person purchasing a gun at retail must undergo a background check whether the purchase is being made in California, Kentucky, Florida, South Dakota, Indiana, Wisconsin, or any other state.
Lightfoot also omitted elaboration on Illinois’ Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards, and the failure that system would be experiencing if 60 percent of guns used in crime were coming in and passing hand to hand, with no paper trail, from out of state.
The FOID card system is in place so Illinois law enforcement knows who is allowed to own guns and the card is a prerequisite of possessing a firearm in the state.
Breitbart News reported Obama presented the 60 percent argument in his October 27, 2015, speech to the 122nd annual International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Indianapolis Star quoted Obama saying: “There are those who criticize any gun safety reforms by pointing to my hometown as an example. The problem with that argument, as the Chicago Police Department will tell you, is that 60 percent of guns recovered in crimes come from out of state. You’ve just got to hop across the border.”
Economy & Business
Washington Examiner – The U.S. Mint is asking if you can spare a dime.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the health of the country and also the economy, the government is facing a coin shortage. Because of the pandemic, more people in the United States have been using credit cards and cashless payment options, resulting in a dearth of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.
“Simply put, there is an adequate amount of coins in the economy, but the slowed pace of circulation has meant that sufficient quantities of coins are sometimes not readily available where needed. You may be experiencing this in your local communities,” the mint said in a statement last week.
“We ask that the American public start spending their coins, depositing them, or exchanging them for currency at financial institutions or taking them to a coin redemption kiosk,” the mint, which is part of the Treasury Department, added.
Businesses have also taken notice of the shortage and are trying out ways to combat their lack of coins. A Chick-fil-A in Virginia is offering customers free food coupons if they bring in rolled coins to exchange for cash. Several 7-Eleven convenience stores are also offering free Slurpees for $5 in change.
The coronavirus, which first emerged late last year in central China, has since infected some 4.3 million people in the U.S. and has killed nearly 150,000. Worldwide, that number balloons to more than 16.6 million cases and 657,000 deaths.
Inforwars – For years, Peter Schiff has been warning about a dollar crash and the end of the greenback’s role as the world’s reserve currency.
Suddenly, the mainstream is starting to see that possibility as well.
In a recent research note, Goldman Sachs warned that the dollar’s role as the world reserve currency is at risk.
Combined with a record level of debt accumulation by the US government, real concerns around the longevity of the US dollar as a reserve currency have started to emerge.”
Peter said almost exactly the same thing when he recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience.
“The debt’s never going to go down. The debt’s going to keep on rising and rising and rising until the dollar implodes. See, that is the real crisis that we’re heading for. It’s going to be a collapse in the value of the dollar. Because right now, we’re printing money and the government is sending it out and the people are able to buy stuff with it. But that’s going to come to an end because the world is no longer going to accept US dollars as the reserve currency.”
In the note, Goldman Sachs analysts reiterated their view that gold will be the currency of last resort.
Goldman also raised its price forecast for gold to $2,300 within the next 12 months.
Goldman is worried about all of the money-printing and the potential for inflation. The note emphasized that gold is the best hedge in the current environment because inflation will be driven by currency debasement.
Energy & Environment
Al Jazeera – Heavy rains trigger flooding in parts of war-torn country, affecting internally displaced people and damaging buildings.
Axios – Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who served under President Trump, told MSNBC on Wednesday that hydroxychloroquine “definitively” does not work as a coronavirus treatment.
Why it matters: Trump took the drug in May as a preventative measure against the virus and has prompted controversy by continuing to tout its efficacy despite the FDA ending its emergency use authorization.
- Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., garnered more controversy this week after retweeting a viral video falsely claiming that hydroxychloroquine is a “cure” for the virus. That caused Twitter to temporarily bar Trump Jr. from tweeting or retweeting.
What he’s saying: “We all hoped it was going to work. … All of the studies that were rigorously done have pointed in the same direction, which is that the drug doesn’t work,” Gottlieb said.
- “I think at this point, we can definitively say hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work. I’m not sure what more we need to do.”
- “I think it’s incumbent of the public health officials around the president to make sure he’s fully informed of that information. … There is a lot of data right now available that I think could inform a very convincing briefing.”
RT – The US Senate Republicans’ economic stimulus bill has been much criticized by Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – but appears to include key parts lifted word-for-word from his own legislation.
The Covid-19 stimulus plan includes wording from the New York governor’s corporate immunity state law. Specifically, a provision that would shield health care industry executives from lawsuits related to coronavirus, should their business decisions result in injuries or deaths of health care workers and patients. The echoed phrasing was first reported by journalist David Sirota.
Despite seemingly agreeing with Republicans on corporate immunity, Cuomo harshly criticized the bill for not providing enough financial aid to states. “I think it’s devastating news for the entire country,” the Democratic governor said about the proposed plan, during a press conference.
Mercola – Salmon is often used as an example of a health-conscious food choice, but its health value depends greatly on its source. While wild salmon is nutritious, there are many problems with farm-raised salmon, which makes up the bulk of salmon sold in U.S. supermarkets and served in restaurants.
A key part of that lies with their diet, which in the wild is made up of marine life, including zooplankton and other fish. In an attempt to simulate their wild diet, during the 1990s virtually all farmed salmon were fed diets rich in fishmeal and fish oil.1 This wasn’t sustainable, however, and in an effort to create feed for farmed fish that didn’t involve overfishing, vegetable ingredients were added as a replacement.
While fishmeal and fish oil once made up about 90% of farmed Norwegian salmon feed, by 2013 this dropped to about 30%.2 Other research suggests that by 2016, only 10% of the fat in farmed salmon feed was marine-based.3 High levels of vegetable oils, including rapeseed, or canola, are now used instead, which has had dramatic consequences for the salmon and, likely, for those who use them as a food source.
Farmed Salmon Feed Alters Cell Metabolism
Researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Nofima) conducted a study to find out how dietary changes affect the way salmon utilize fat, particularly during fasting.4 In the wild, salmon regularly experience periods of fasting when they’re unable to catch food. Farmed salmon may also fast, but only due to illnesses, spawning and prior to slaughter.5
“During these periods, it is vital for salmon to regulate fat metabolism in the body well, which is why it is interesting to study how these processes change with altered diets,” study author Bente Ruyter of Nofima explained. “This is something that is not easy to study in fish that are alive, but we can conduct a more detailed study of the energy metabolism in cultured cells.”6
Using primary fat cells isolated from 20 live fish, the researchers added fatty acids found in fish feed to determine their effects. The fatty acids included:
- Eicosapentaenoic (EPA), an omega-3 marine fat that used to be more plentiful in the feed than it is now
- Oleic acid (OA), which is found in vegetable oil and is added in higher quantities to fish feed than it was before
- Palm acid, a saturated fatty acid found in fish oil and plant oil, which has also decreased in farmed fish feed
Significant differences were seen in the cultured cells depending on fatty acid, including changes in the amount of mitochondria — the cells’ powerhouses — and alterations in the release of fatty acids during fasting.
The findings also suggested that oleic acid may promote overweight and obesity in Atlantic salmon more so than EPA and palm acid, with the researchers noting, “The supplementation of OA to mature Atlantic salmon adipocytes lead to a higher production of intracellular lipid droplets.”
Mercola – A second antimalarial treatment is being seriously considered and evaluated for its efficacy against COVID-19. The treatment is from the plant Artemisia annua, which most people know as sweet wormwood or sweet Annie. Research over the past few decades has revealed multiple health benefits from this plant with an uncommon name.
Another plant in the same family, Artemisia absinthium, has a different history. It has been used in the development of absinthe, an alcoholic beverage which is up to 80% alcohol prepared by macerating the leaves and distilling them.1
However, it is the Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood, that is a current focus of research. Sweet wormwood is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for more than 2,000 years. Research by Chinese scientists in the 1970s initiated what the World Health Organization calls “one of the most important advances in malaria control in modern times.”2
Wormwood and sweet wormwood belong to the Asteraceae family, which includes coneflowers, dandelions, ragweed and goldenrod.3 The plant is adaptable, hardy and in some cases considered invasive. Gardeners often plant it for the sweet-smelling foliage and its yellow flowers.4
Artemisia Annua May Hold One Key to COVID-19
Researchers isolated a class of compounds in sweet wormwood that demonstrated activity against cancer, schistosomiasis and malaria.5 More recently, it was discovered that the plant is bioactive against certain viruses such as cytomegalovirus, hepatitis B and C, and members of the herpes family, including herpes virus type 1 and Epstein-Barr.6
Following the SARS outbreak in 2003, researchers began evaluating the effectiveness of Chinese medicinal herbs against the virus.7 Four extracts showed promise, including Artemisia annua.
Building on this and other research, scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany collaborated with those at Freie Universität Berlin to carry out laboratory studies evaluating the bioactive compounds in the plant against SARS-CoV-2. Peter H. Seeberger, who was one of two scientists who oversaw the research, commented:8
“Having worked with compounds derived from A. annua plants, I was familiar with the interesting activities of the plants against many different diseases, including a range of viruses. Therefore, we felt that exploring the activity of this plant against COVID-19 was worth the undertaking.”
Breitbart – A police officer in South Bend, Indiana, is encouraging a young man’s entrepreneurial spirit in a big way.
As 12-year-old Jaelynn Wilson watched his mom heading out to work not long ago, he made up his mind to “step up” his game and start selling lemonade, cookies, and punch every few weeks, he explained during an interview Tuesday on Fox & Friends.
When Officer Ron Glon of the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) heard about the small business, he paid Wilson and his four-year-old brother a visit and gave them an offer they could not refuse.
“Me and Jaeylnn are going to be waiting on people, collecting money, serving drinks, and I’m going to match 100 percent of what we take in,” the officer explained, according to WTHR.
Wilson said the officer’s kindness rendered him speechless.
“It almost came to my heart, and I thought of him like a family member because it really meant a lot for a police officer to help somebody who they don’t even know,” he commented.
It was important for young kids to be reassured that most police officers were good people, according to Glon.
“His mother is concerned about him not knowing whether or not to trust police officers or not. My job is to tell him that he has nothing to worry about. Don’t be fearful. Don’t be afraid of us,” he said.
On Twitter Monday, the SBPD wrote that Glon’s act of kindness was turning into a special friendship between the two.
Breitbart – Hackers tied to the Chinese government infiltrated the Vatican’s computer networks in recent months according to a report Tuesday from the U.S.-based cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.