“Roadmap on Vaccination” outlines 3 year plan for boosting “vaccine confidence” and advancing “electronic tracking”
https://off-guardian.org – report published by the European Commission in late 2019 reveals that the EU has been looking to increase the scope and power of vaccination programmes since well before the current “pandemic”.
The endpoint of the Roadmap is, among many other things, to introduce a “common vaccination card/passport” for all EU citizens.
This proposal will be appearing before the commission in 2022, with a “feasibility study” set to run from 2019 through 2021 (meaning, as of now, it’s about halfway through).
To underline the point: The “vaccination roadmap” is not an improvised response to the Covid19 pandemic, but rather an ongoing plan with roots going back to 2018, when the EU released a survey of the public’s attitude toward vaccines titled “2018 State of Vaccine Confidence”
On the back of this research, the EU then commissioned a technical report titled “Designing and implementing an immunisation information system”, on – among other things – the plausibility of an EU-wide vaccination monitoring system.
In the 3rd quarter of 2019 these reports were all combined into the latest version of the the “Vaccination Roadmap”, a long-term policy plan to spread vaccine “awareness and understanding” whilst counteracting “vaccine myths” and combatting “vaccine hesitancy”.
You can read the entire report here, but below are some of the more concerning highlights [emphasis throughout is ours]:
- “Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccinationcard/passport for EU citizens“
- “Develop EU guidance for establishing comprehensive electronic immunization information systems for effective monitoring of immunization programmes.”
- “overcome the legal and technical barriers impeding the interoperability of national immunisation information systems”
Breitbart – Security experts from the Council of Europe have warned of the possibility of biological terror in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, saying the outbreak has revealed societal vulnerabilities.
Council of Europe Committee on Counter-Terrorism experts said that terrorist groups could be incentivised to look into creating and deploying biological weapons after seeing the dramatic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
RT – The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the eurozone economy has been significant, according to the European Central Bank (ECB), increasing the underlying financial vulnerabilities of the euro area.
The ECB’s May 2020 Financial Stability Review suggests that the euro governments’ vast fiscal response to the pandemic could raise questions over their ability to repay debts, and could revive the threat of countries leaving the single currency.
“Should measures taken at the national or European level be deemed insufficient to preserve debt sustainability, the market assessment of redenomination risk might rise further,” the ECB said.
“Redenomination risk” refers to the danger of some countries quitting the euro or the single currency collapsing altogether.
CBS – President Trump on Sunday imposed new travel restrictions on Brazil, one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Foreigners will not be allowed to travel to the U.S. if they have been in Brazil any time during the 14-days prior to when they are scheduled to travel to the U.S.
The travel ban does not apply to permanent U.S. residents, their spouses, legal guardians of permanent residents under the age of 21 and other groups.
“Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil.”
Fox – A top virologist in China has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could be ‘just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of worldwide outbreaks of never-before-seen infectious diseases.
Investment Watch Blog – President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China would step up its preparedness for armed combat and improve its ability to carry out military tasks as the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on national security, state television reported.
China’s performance in fighting the new coronavirus has shown the success of military reform, Xi was quoted as saying, adding that the armed forces should explore new ways of training amid the pandemic..
U.S. News, Politics & Government
“I have the right to worship at a church service if I want to do it, I don’t believe they have a right to stop me,” Florida’s former governor said.
Politico – “It doesn’t matter what a governor says or president or local leaders” say when it comes to religion and other matters of personal choice, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said Sunday.
“Do I believe that government should be telling us what to do? Do I believe government can tell us we don’t have a right to worship? I don’t believe they can,” Scott told host Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“All Floridians, all Americans, have a Bill of Rights, and we have a right to worship if they want to. I believe people are going to do it safely.”
His comments citing the First Amendment came on the first Sunday after Trump labeled the country’s places of worship “essential” and demanded that they be allowed to reopen nationwide despite still-rising coronavirus cases and several reports of the illness spreading among congregants.
Asked whether he would feel comfortable attending church on Sunday, the former Florida governor responded: “It doesn’t matter what a governor says or president or local leaders. We have the Bill of Rights. We have a right to worship. We have a right to get together, and respect — and we need to respect people’s religions.”
Scott repeatedly invoked the Bill of Rights on Sunday, including when he discussed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that Americans should wear a mask in public.
Wearing a mask is “a choice you get to make,” Scott said.
“Do I believe people ought to wear masks? Yep, I do believe people ought to wear masks. Do I believe people ought to social distance? Yes, I believe people ought to social distance. Do we need the president, the governors and all the local officials to tell us how to lead our lives every day? No. We’ll figure this out.”
He added: “I trust the American public. I think they‘re gonna make good decisions.”
Input from the president, governors and others in government “doesn’t matter,” Scott said again later. “I have the Bill of Rights, I have the right to worship at a church service if I want to do it. I don’t believe they have a right to stop me.”
Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom “Opens” California Churches With Draconian Guidelines That Still Suppress First Amendment Rights
Noqreport – It seems that California Governor Gavin Newsom has been listening to the NOQ Report Podcast. The day after our call for churches to be opened on May 31st across the country, he declared that he would allow that to happen. But as authoritarians are wont to do, he didn’t do it without placing strict guidelines they must follow in order to stay compliant with his draconian mandates.
Churches may only allow 100 people or fill to no more than 25% capacity, whichever is less. They must follow all social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. They must meet the state’s standards for being disinfected. And churchgoers aren’t allowed to sing or even pray out loud. Seriously.
The silver lining to all of this is that he doesn’t really plan on enforcing the mandates, at least that’s the narrative. Law enforcement officers have not been instructed to bust down doors with six-feet tape measures to make sure everyone is being compliant. Nevertheless, it’s a poor look for a state that has conspicuously not been hit very hard by the coronavirus when compared to states like New York or New Jersey.
Governor Newsom lost the authoritarian narrative when his prediction of 25 million coronavirus cases in the state never came close to coming true. Now, he’s reverted back to his nanny state mentality to try to dictate how people may worship.
Fox – A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina shot and wounded a 54-year-old man wielding a knife in the midst of an outdoor church service on Sunday, investigators said.
The suspect, Christopher Eugene Ross, has been charged with disorderly conduct for interfering with church services, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against law-enforcement officers and resisting and obstructing an officer. Ross remained hospitalized for what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries but will be transported to the Union County Jail when he’s discharged, police said in a statement.
Worshippers called 911 after Ross allegedly was seen yelling obscenities at churchgoers at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. One worshipper who was familiar with him tried to calm him down but Ross threw rocks at them instead, police said.
“I have never seen so much intentional injury.”
Infowars – Doctors at a hospital in California say they have recorded more deaths from suicide than coronavirus, with a year’s worth of suicides and suicide attempts being recorded in a 4 week period.
“Doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek say they have seen more deaths by suicide during this quarantine period than deaths from the COVID-19 virus,” reports ABC 7.
Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, the head of trauma at the hospital, said that he’d never seen suicide at this rate and that the numbers were “unprecedented.” He now says its time to fully end the lockdown.
“I think, originally, this (the shelter-in-place order) was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients.We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering,” said Dr. deBoisblanc.
A veteran nurse who has been at the hospital for 33 years also sounded the alarm bell.
“What I have seen recently, I have never seen before,” said Kacey Hansen. “I have never seen so much intentional injury.”
However, the hospital itself gave a statement saying that it was still in full support of the Shelter-in-Place order.
The suicides emphasize the potential scale of the untold impact the lockdown has had on mental health as people are further atomized and ostracized from friends and family.
“What’s the definition of an arrest?” Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf told the gathering in Grand Rapids. “It’s basically taking away your free will, your right to move about.”
“And an unlawful arrest is when you do it unlawfully, so when you are ordered to your home, are you under arrest? Yeah, by definition you are,” he added.
Speaking to a crowd of about 350 people at the “Michigan Patriots Rally — Sheriffs Speak” in Rosa Parks Circle, Leaf was one of a half dozen speakers and the only sheriff, according to MLive.com.
DailyMail – Bill Clinton was seen sitting with Jeffrey Epstein on the convicted sex offenders’ island of horrors where young girls were allegedly taken and assaulted by the pedophile and his high-profile friends, a new Netflix documentary has claimed.
Steve Scully, a 70-year-old former worker on Epstein’s private Caribbean island of Little Saint James, said he saw the former president sitting with the pedophile in the porch of the island’s villa.
The explosive claims will be aired in the new series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which hears from witnesses and victims of Epstein’s abuse, who killed himself in prison last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
NBC – Images of a jampacked pool party at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend prompted St. Louis County to issue a travel advisory and the Kansas City health director to call for self-quarantine of the revelers.
The advisory by the St. Louis County Public Health Department cited news reports of large crowds at Lake of the Ozarks, where hundreds of people were recorded squeezed closely together amid the coronavirus epidemic.
“This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Sam Page, the county executive, said in a statement.
The health department expressed concern in its travel advisory that people from the St. Louis area were at Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend. “Any person who has travelled and engaged in this behavior should self-quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result for COVID-19,” the advisory said.
It also says that employers are already being asked to screen workers for health risks and that they should also ask workers about their recent travel. The Lake of the Ozarks region is about 150 miles west of downtown St. Louis.
Fox – John Ratcliffe was sworn in Tuesday morning as the next director of national intelligence, taking the reins from Richard Grenell, who served in an acting capacity at the post for the last three months.
Ratcliffe was confirmed by the Senate last week on a 49-44 vote. His installment comes as the intelligence community once again finds itself in the middle of a political firestorm, this time over whether Trump associates were improperly “unmasked” in intelligence reports during the latter days of the Obama administration.
Ratcliffe’s nomination was earlier voted out of the Senate Intelligence Committee on a party-line vote of 8-7, reflecting lingering partisan tensions over the post.
Western Journal – Debora Pignatelli is a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council with some odd ideas about inequality, justice and the novel coronavirus. On Wednesday, she decided to use the Pledge of Allegiance to express her frustrations.
According to WMUR-TV, the five-term Democrat decided to alter the end of the pledge to say, “… with liberty and justice for some.”
Economy & Business
Mises – The science of economics is different from natural science. In natural science, it is possible to detect regularities in the form of “When A, then B” or “If A rises by x percent, B changes by y percent.” As a result, in natural science it is in principle possible to come up with more or less reliable quantitative predictions. This is impossible in economics, for there are no quantitative regularities, or behavioral constants, in the field of human action comparable to those to be found in natural science. Different people—and even the same people—at different instants of their lives react differently to the same external stimulus.
At the same time, however, there are inexorable economic laws such as the law of supply and demand or the law of diminishing marginal utility. These laws govern human action and can be logically derived from the irrefutably true proposition that “humans act.” It is in this sense that we can know the outcome of various modes of action in qualitative but not in quantitative terms. Take, for instance, the case of the central bank increasing the quantity of money in the economy.
More money in the hands of acting man will, other things being equal, lead to a decline in the marginal utility of the additionally received money unit, meaning that other vendible items will, from the viewpoint of the actor, gain in marginal utility. This, in turn, leads acting man to exchange his money unit, which he considers to be of lower value, against vendible items which he considers to be of higher value. And as more money is exchanged for goods and services, the money prices of said goods and services go up. This economic law will no doubt always and everywhere make itself felt in real life.
However, it might not always be easy to detect it, for in real life the law of diminishing marginal utility of money typically unfolds under “special conditions.” For instance, the rise in the quantity of money may be accompanied by an increase in the demand for money (for whatever reason). If this is the case, the rise in the quantity of money may not be accompanied by a rise in money prices of goods and services—because the rise in the demand for money, the “special condition,” prevents goods prices from going up. They would have increased had it not been for the increase in the demand for money. This has important implications for making inflation forecasts.
“Central Banks Have Created A Fake Market”: BofA Asks Why Anyone Would Expect Stocks To Trade Rationally
ZeroHedge – It’s no longer fun to be a Wall Street macro strategist.
On one hand you have to divine the future for risk assets, looking at corporate and economic fundamentals and data, and recommend “big picture” trades based on your assessment of corporate profits and interest rates which have traditionally been the two key drivers to any macro asset allocation decision. On the other, none of that matters in a time of central planning when central banks have taken over price discovery, making your job meaningless as asset prices are now a direct consequence of nothing but central bank liquidity and explicit asset backstops. As Deutsche Bank’s Stuart Sparks put it best, “These are administered markets and market outcomes will be dictated by the policy goals of the Fed and Treasury, and the tools they select to implement policy”
Not only is it not fun, there is a sense of dejected resignation (perhaps as market experts see their careers become obsolete), one which was especially palpable when reading the latest Flow Show report from BofA’s Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett who writes that these are “fake markets” in which “government and corporate bond prices have been fixed by central banks…why would anyone expect stocks to price rationally?”
To be sure there is no rationality in a world in which over the past 8 weeks there has been a 38 million rise in US unemployment coupled with a $10 trillion forecast loss in global GDP in 2020/21; this however has been offset by $4 trillion of asset purchases by central banks resulting in a $15 trillion surge in global equity market cap.
The ample confusion plaguing market participants is laid bare as Hartnett lists the six most frequently asked questions Hartnett said investors have been asking since the lows including “who is going bust?”, “when will we retest the lows?”, and last but not least, “why is the stock market so divorced from reality?” Addressing the last question, Hartnett responds with the following list:
- Fake markets: government and corporate bond prices have been fixed by central banks…why would anyone expect stocks to price rationally?
- Context: 2215 out of 3042 global stocks remain in bear markets (20% below their alltime highs); $15tn stock rally must be placed in the context of $30tn collapse in Feb-Mar.
- History: bear market rallies in 1929, 1938, 1974 saw avg 61% rebound from lows (after avg 49% drop)…would take SPX to 3180 this rally.
- Positioning: BofA May Global Fund Manager Survey…just 1/10 expect a V-shaped recovery vs. 8/10 expecting U or W-shaped recovery & 7/10 saying it’s a bear market; BofA Bull & Bear Indicator pinned at 0.0 (Chart 1), i.e. investors still very bearish.
- Policy: past 8 weeks central banks have been buying $2.4bn per hour of financial assets (this will fade to $608mn in coming weeks).
- Polarization: rally concentrated in “growth” and “yield” and “quality”…market cap of FAAMG stocks > Emerging Markets, MAGA stocks > Eurozone, US healthcare > global banks outside of the US (Table 1).
Energy & Environment
Fox – As the world attempts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, India, Pakistan and a number of countries in East Africa are also battling invasions of desert locusts.
The Times of India reports that vast swarms of desert locusts have attacked crops in several Indian states, posing a major threat to food supplies. The swarms cover more than 50,000 hectares of western India, according to the BBC. Neighboring Pakistan declared a national emergency as a result of the locust swarms earlier this year, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reports.
“Spring breeding continues in southern Iran and southwest Pakistan where control operations are in progress against hopper groups and bands as well as an increasing number of adult groups,” explains the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on its website. “As vegetation dries out, more groups and swarms will form and move from these areas to the summer breeding areas along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border as several waves from now until at least early July.”
Fox – Homeowners in one Texas neighborhood spent their Memorial Day cleaning up after severe storms over the holiday weekend spawned a tornado on the northwest side of San Antonio.
Science & Technology
ZeroHedge – A scientific study which found COVID-19 may have been a “cell-culture” uniquely adapted for transmission to humans (more so than any other animal – including bats), is gaining steam.
The paper, currently under peer review, comes from Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, who has spent over two decades developing vaccines against influenza, Ebola, and animal Sars. He says his findings allow for the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a laboratory, according to Sky News.
“The two possibilities which I think are both still open is that it was a chance transmission of a virus from an as yet unidentified animal to human. The other possibility is that it was an accidental release of the virus from a laboratory,” said Petrovsky, adding “Certainly we can’t exclude the possibility that this came from a laboratory experiment rather than from an animal. They are both open possibilities.”
Professor Petrovsky, who is the Chairman and Research Director of Vaxine Pty Ltd, said COVID-19 has genetic elements similar to bat coronaviruses as well as other coronaviruses.
The way coronavirus enters human cells is by binding to a protein on the surface of lung-cells called ACE2. The study showed the virus bound more tightly to human-ACE2 than to any of the other animals they tested.
“It was like it was designed to infect humans,” he said.
“One of the possibilities is that an animal host was infected by two coronaviruses at the same time and COVID-19 is the progeny of that interaction between the two viruses. –Sky News
“The same process can happen in a petri-dish,” added Petrovsky. “If you have cells in culture and you have human cells in that culture which the viruses are infecting, then if there are two viruses in that dish, they can swap genetic information and you can accidentally or deliberately create a whole third new virus out of that system.”
“In other words COVID-19 could have been created from that recombination event in an animal host or it could have occurred in a cell-culture experiment.”
Fox – A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to blast off Wednesday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, carrying a Dragon capsule with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. It will be the first time astronauts launch from Florida in nine years and a first for a private company.
The manager of NASA’s commercial crew program, Kathy Lueders, said everything was progressing well — at least on the ground.
“Now the only thing we need to do is figure out how to control the weather,” she said Monday evening as rain continued to drench the area. “We’re continuing to be vigilant and careful and make sure we do this right.”
Reuters – China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised – and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks. The legislation is part of China’s first civil code, a sweeping package of laws that is being deliberated during the annual meeting of parliament, which began on Friday after a delay of more than two months due to the coronavirus. According to a recent draft, an individual has a right to privacy and to have their personal information protected.
Mercola – If you rely on NewsGuard’s ratings, you may decide to entirely skip by articles with a low “red” rating in favor of the “more trustworthy” green-rated articles — and therein lies the problem
NewsGuard is in itself fraught with conflicts of interest, as it’s largely funded by Publicis, a global communications giant that’s partnered with Big Pharma, such that it may be viewed more as a censorship tool than an internet watchdog
NewsGuard has expanded its partnership with Microsoft, co-founded by Bill Gates, which will provide all users of Microsoft Edge browser free access to its questionable ratings
Also under the agreement is Microsoft’s continued sponsorship of NewsGuard’s news literacy program, which put NewsGuard in more than 700 public libraries from Los Angeles to London, serving more than 7 million patrons
Publicis announced that it would acquire marketing services company Epsilon in a $4.4 billion deal
NewsGuard is just another big business aimed at keeping the chemical, drug and food industries, as well as mainstream media, intact by discrediting and eliminating unwanted competition, including yours truly and many others who empower you with information that helps you take control of your health
AP – The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Donald Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.
In a press briefing, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.
Forbes – Novavax, a biotech company focused on developing vaccines against infectious diseases, announced Monday that it is beginning a phase 1 clinical trial of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate in Australia. Results of the trial are expected in July 2020.
“Administering our vaccine in the first participants of this clinical trial is a significant achievement, bringing us one step closer toward addressing the fundamental need for a vaccine in the fight against the global Covid‑19 pandemic,” Stanley C. Erck, the company’s CEO and president, said in a statement.
Maryland-based Novavax is one of several biotech companies racing to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Two other companies, Moderna and BioNTech (in a partnership with Pfizer) have already begun clinical trials of vaccines.
AFP – Green, spiky and with a strong, sweet smell, the bulky jackfruit has morphed from a backyard nuisance in India’s south coast into the meat-substitute darling of vegans and vegetarians in the West.
Part of South Asia’s diet for centuries, jackfruit was so abundant that tonnes of it went to waste every year.
But now India, the world’s biggest producer of jackfruit, is capitalising on its growing popularity as a “superfood” meat alternative — touted by chefs from San Francisco to London and Delhi for its pork-like texture when unripe.
Newsmax – You can beat inflammation and many chronic conditions by drinking the juice of an ancient, Biblical plant. The aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy. The gel from the plant soothes burns, while drinking its juice helps the digestive system in several ways.
“Aloe vera has lots of uses,” said Kim Chang of the Baylor Aesthetics Studio at the Baylor College of Medicine. “It contains antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne, and dry skin.”
Chang told the Baylor College of Medicine News that either the gel or the juice sparingly applied to the skin may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
According to Healthline, drinking the juice, which is made by crushing or grinding the entire leaf of the aloe vera plant, has the following health benefits:
- Alkalinity. When your body is too acidic, it’s ripe for disease. To keep your body’s PH balanced, eat alkaline foods such as leafy greens, root vegetables, and legumes, and drink alkaline beverages like aloe vera juice.
- Hydration. The aloe plant is water-dense, says Healthline, so it is perfect to prevent and even treat dehydration. When you stay hydrated, your body can detox by flushing out impurities.
- Constipation. Drinking aloe vera juice is an excellent, natural way to increase the water content of your intestines, which helps you pass stool normally. Aloe is also effective in keeping your gut healthy by promoting the growth of “good” bacteria.
- Better skin. Topically, aloe vera gel can help treat acne and other dermatological conditions, says Dr. Chang, but drinking the juice is also beneficial. According to Healthline, it can help treat psoriasis and dermatitis.
- Digestion. Aloe vera contains enzymes that help break down fats and sugars to help you digest these foods more effectively. There is also evidence that aloe can help decrease stomach and intestinal irritation.
- Heartburn relief. Instead of taking potentially dangerous over-the-counter heartburn medicine, reach for a glass of aloe vera juice, which can help control the secretion of acid in your stomach, according to Healthline. New research suggests that drugs commonly prescribed for heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers may raise the risk of many fatal conditions, including heart disease and stomach cancer, according to Medical News Today.