How Socialism Rapidly Destroyed Venezuela’s Economy


Armstrong Economics Blog/Economics Re-Posted Jan 16, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Sex Trafficking v Epstein


Armstrong Economics Blog/Opinion Re-Posted Jan 15, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

A few people have questioned my comment on Virginia Giuffre saying she was a victim of sex trafficking. I totally disagree. Just watch the movie Taken which is based on the real sex trafficking trade. There they kidnap girls who are then forced to have sex. That by no means applies to what Epstein was doing. He enticed girls into a high-level standard of living and they were trained how to have sex. They voluntarily joined that lifestyle which is substantially different from the girls who are really victims of the sex trade. I do not think it is appropriate to lump them all together into one group. The sex trade is a serious issue. I have always advised even our staff never to walk alone in the major cities of London, Paris, or Rome. They even have been kidnapping them in New York City. With this defunding of the police, it will only get worse. This is also unfolding in California.

Neil Oliver Outlines the Fractured Trust of The People with Government


Posted originally on the Conservative tree house on January 15, 2022 | sundance | 57 Comments

Neil Oliver does a weekly monologue that is very well articulated and provokes thought; this one is no exception.

In this outline Oliver weaves a series of points around the topic of collapsed trust with government and institutions with examples we all relate to.  However, the last 90-seconds, when he connects them is brilliant, painful and disturbing.  Highly recommended.

That final example is enough to make us weep in anguish, and then anger.

Poll Shows How Communist Democrats Have Become, 45 Percent of Democrats Support Forced Quarantine Camps for Unvaccinated


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 15, 2022 | sundance | 348 Comments

There has been a great deal of discussion and debate about the Democrat party having evolved into a full-blown communist apparatus.  However, a Rasmussen poll released today [DATA HERE] puts the debate to rest with empirical data.

Democrats are FACTUALLY the party of totalitarian communists.   Consider:

♦ Forty-five percent (45%) of Democrats favor the government forcing unvaccinated people into federal quarantine camps if they refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.

♦ Nearly half (48%) of Democrat voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications.

♦ 47% of Democrats favor a government tracking system, ankle monitors or locked collars, for those who won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.

♦ Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democratic voters support forcibly removing children from the custody of unvaccinated parents.

♦ 55% of Democratic voters support fines and financial punishment for the unvaccinated.

♦ Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats favor government requiring unvaccinated citizens to remain confined to their homes. (read poll here)

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Dr. Robert Malone vs Alex Berenson


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 15, 2022 | sundance | 272 Comments

I saw this last night and was actually a little taken back in the exchange.  For some unknown reason (though I have suspicions), instead of Alex Berenson using his time on Fox News to confront the malicious and fraudulent manipulation of medical science, he decided to attack the credibility of Dr. Robert Malone.

There could be nefarious motives for this; however, the Occam’s Razor perspective is simply that Alex Berenson carries a thin-skinned trait of social awkwardness and is unaware how his engagements with people can be off-putting.  You decide.  WATCH:

Dr. Robert Malone expanded on his opinion of Berenson via Substack:

“Unprofessional, rude and an arsehole to boot. But beyond that, I think we can all assume CONTROLLED OPPOSITION.”

Brilliant Agitprop Appears in Washington DC


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 15, 2022 | sundance | 263 Comments

Some brilliant, soviet era inspired agitprop showed up in Washington DC overnight highlighting the agenda of the current Joe Biden administration.

No-one knows who the artist is….

The artwork has a certain familiarity.

More below:

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I love great agitprop.  This type of sand is very difficult for the regime to keep sweeping away….

The artist is unidentified for obvious reasons, but it looks like something Oleg would do.

Canadian Officials Admit They Captured Private Cell Phone Data to Conduct Secret Pandemic Surveillance


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 15, 2022 | sundance | 187 Comments

Comrades, when we permit the government to gather private cell phone data, the government will always gather private cell phone data.  In Canada the health officials have now admitted they captured, without legislative authority, the personal cell phone data and geolocation data of 33 million Canadians.

As a result, and a little late all things considered, privacy issues are being raised about the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) buying the location data of Canadian cellphone users to monitor their activity. The agency said it wanted to analyze the movement of people during the pandemic to ensure their safety and well-being.

However, the implications of a totalitarian administrative state monitoring citizens under the guise of pandemic authority, does not make everyone feel comfy.   John Brassard, a conservative member of parliament, questions the pandemic surveillance and legal authority.  WATCH: 

They are only secretly monitoring you for your health comrades, promise.

Concerns regarding the efficacy and safety for BNT162b2 mRNA coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine through six months


Posted originally on TrialSite News by CCCA on January 14, 2022

Concerns regarding the efficacy and safety for BNT162b2 mRNA coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine through six months

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Author List 

Byram W. Bridle, PhD, MSc, Associate Professor of Viral Immunology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, bbridle@uoguelph.ca

Ilidio Martins, PhD, Senior Researcher, Kaleidoscope Strategic, ilidio@kstrategic.com

Bonnie A. Mallard, PhD, Professor of Immunogenetics, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, bmallard@uoguelph.caSubscribe to the Trialsitenews “COVID-19” ChannelNo spam – we promise

Niel A. Karrow, PhD, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, nkarrow@uoguelph.ca

David J. Speicher, PhD, MSc, Senior Research Associate, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, research@davidspeicher.com

Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Global Health, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, claudia.chaufan@protonmail.com

Julian G.B. Northey, PhD, MSc, Adjunct Professor, Ontario Tech. University, Oshawa, ON, Canada, julian.northey@utoronto.ca

Steven Pelech, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, spelech@mail.ubc.ca

Christopher A. Shaw, PhD, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, cashawlab@gmail.com

Ondrej Halgas, PhD, MSc, Biomedical Researcher, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, ondrej.halgas@mail.utoronto.ca

Deanna McLeod, HBSc, Principal and Lead, Kaleidoscope Strategic, deanna@kstrategic.com

Citation: Bridle BW, Martins I, Mallard BA, Karrow NA, Speicher DJ, Chaufan C, Northey, JGB, Pelech S, Shaw CA, Halgas O, McLeod D. Concerns regarding the efficacy and safety for BNT162b2 mRNA coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine through six months. http://www.CanadianCovidCareAlliance.org (January 10, 2022) 1-10.

Summary of concerns

Efficacy

• Important limitations of the stated efficacy claims were not discussed

• Only the relative risk reductions were stated; absolute risk reduction metrics were not presented

• Integration of adult and adolescent cohorts with differing follow-up periods were presented without explanation

• Large number of discontinued or missing participants comparable to primary end-point event numbers

• Prior SARS-CoV-2 infections screened only in a subset of trial participants, and determined only by an antibody test with severe sensitivity limitations

• Cut-offs of the RT-PCR positivity tests were not reported; no confirmatory functional virology assays were performed

• Absence of systematic testing and unbiased testing framework for the detection of SARS-CoV-2-infected participants

Safety

• Trial participants were healthier than the average population  

• Monitoring of adverse events were limited in time and scope

• Number of severe adverse events in the vaccine arm were much higher than the numerical reduction in severe COVID-19 cases between vaccine and placebo arms 

• Superficial evaluation of the most clinically relevant end-point – survival; no independent assessment of the causes of death provided

• Cardiovascular adverse vaccine events are now widely recognized, yet no systematic monitoring of cardiovascular health was carried out 

• Substantially higher number of solicited and unsolicited adverse events, most of which presented as COVID-19-like symptoms, in the vaccine arm yet study claims efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19

• Increase in cardiac-related deaths in the vaccine arm compared to placebo arm 

• Inability to assess long term safety within the trial due to unblinding and participant crossover to the vaccine arm

Other concerns

  • Multiple conflicts of interest of a large majority of study authors

  • Multiple trial irregularities reported by Thacker et al. (1) published in the British Medical Journal

Article

We present several concerns regarding the recent article by Thomas et al. (2) on the efficacy and safety of the BNT162b2 mRNA coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on November 4, 2021. An abbreviated version of this letter was submitted to the NEJM on November 15, 2021 and declined for publication on November 29, 2021 due to limited space. The study assessed the BNT162b2 in individuals that were healthy or had stable chronic medical conditions and concluded that, “through 6 month follow up, despite a gradual decline in vaccine efficacy, BNT162b2 had a favorable safety profile and was highly efficacious at preventing COVID-19.” We present numerous concerns regarding the reported safety and efficacy of this injection.

Efficacy

First, Thomas et al. (2) reported BNT162b2 efficacy as a relative risk reduction of contracting symptomatic reverse-transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-confirmed COVID-19 of 91.3% (77 vs 850 cases) and severe symptomatic PCR-confirmed COVID-19 of 96.7% (1 vs 30 severe cases). Thomas et al. (2) should have reported efficacy as an absolute risk reduction as per the communicating risks and benefits guidelines issued by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (3), which would have highlighted the modest absolute risk reductions provided by the vaccine in both symptomatic (3.7%) and severe symptomatic (0.7%) PCR-confirmed COVID-19. 

Second, this analysis is the only published account of the BNT162b2 phase I – III trial efficacy outcomes among adults ≥16 years of age through six-month follow-up after immunization. In a trial amendment, a cohort of adolescents aged 12 to 15 years was added to the phase III study for which there was a shorter follow-up period. In this analysis, Thomas et al. (2) combined the two cohorts in providing efficacy outcomes after a six month follow up and departed from the initial analysis without providing a reasonable explanation for doing so. Given that vaccine efficacy wanes over time, by combining the older and younger cohorts, Thomas et al. (2) obfuscated the efficacy of the older group at six months. The authors should have provided efficacy outcomes for both groups and explicitly state the two reporting time periods in their conclusion.  

Third, when discussing their findings, Thomas et al. (2) did not mention that a larger proportion of participants in the placebo group discontinued the trial compared to the vaccine group; 40% more after the first dose (271 vs 380 participants) and 63% more after the second dose (167 vs 273 participants). Discontinuations consisted mostly of “voluntary withdrawals”, “no longer meeting the eligibility criteria” and “lost to follow-up.” Additionally, there were a high number of participants missing from the CONSORT diagram between 2nd dose and the open-label period with more participants missing in the vaccine arm (1,258 vs 583 missing). These imbalances, which were in the order of the number of primary end-point events (77 and 850, for vaccine and placebo, respectively) call into question the reliability of these findings.  Thomas et al. (2) should have disclosed the details related to the nature of these losses and discussed the impact they may have had on overall findings. 

Fourth, Thomas et al. (2) used inappropriate tests when assessing current or prior infections due to severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). The authors screened 10,453 serum samples for COVID-19 infections up to 6 weeks prior to enrollment using the Roche Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test, which tests for only the nucleocapsid protein of SARS-CoV-2 and has high sensitivity 14 days after infection when antibodies tend to peak (4). However, as antibody levels wane over time despite persisting immunity, it is unlikely that this test alone could identify prior immunity to SARS-CoV-2 or distinguish between prior immunity to other coronaviruses, which express similar proteins. Additionally, testing for the SARS-CoV-2 was done with the Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR rather than the gold-standard functional virology assay, looking for cytopathic effect in permissive cells. FDA specifications for PCR testing at that time the trial was conducted tended toward cycle thresholds beyond 20-30 cycles (5), which are now widely recognized as being unreliable in detecting an active COVID-19 infection (6-8). Given these limitations, Thomas et al. (2) should have used better screening for natural immunity, used a functional virology assay, and discussed the implications of these testing limitations in their findings.

Fifth, we noted an absence of systematic testing and an objective testing framework for the detection of SARS-CoV-2-infected participants. In this study, it was left to the discretion of the investigator to send a patient presenting with COVID-19-like symptoms for laboratory confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection, a task which would be particularly difficult given that reactogenicity events consisted principally of COVID-19-like symptoms (Thomas et al. (2), Figure S1). This lack of systematic testing introduced a concerning level of variability and subjectivity associated with the identification of both symptomatic cases and disease severity (9,10). Thomas et al. (2) should have discussed the implications of this lack of objective and systematic virological assessment on their study findings as well as presented data related to asymptomatic testing that was conducted at “selected sites.” Overall, the emphasis on relative risk reductions, the combining efficacy outcomes from the adult and adolescent cohorts, the large number of people who were excluded from the analysis, and the use of inappropriate tests and lack of objective testing framework call into question the authors’ conclusions regarding vaccine efficacy. 

Safety

First, Thomas et al. (2) concluded their article by stating that BNT162b2 showed a “favorable safety profile,” and in their abstract stated that “BNT162b2 continued to be safe and have an acceptable adverse-event profile.” However, Thomas et al. (2) Figure S1 summarized solicited adverse events reported within 7 days of the first dose in the reactogenicity subset, which represented a mere 22% of the randomized population. A considerably higher rate of local and systemic adverse events was reported among vaccine recipients with a marked increase in adverse events with the second dose. The preponderance of systemic effects in both arms were COVID-19-like symptoms and occurred at higher rates than in the vaccine compared to the placebo group, despite the vaccine group having a higher number of identified symptomatic COVID-19 cases (77 vs 850, vaccine vs placebo, respectively). The very need for this trial is predicated on the importance and clinical relevance of eradicating COVID-19 symptoms. How is it then that such consistent increases in COVID-19-like symptoms among vaccine recipients are described as “favorable”? 

Second, Thomas et al. (2) provided a descriptive analysis of vaccine safety. To better compare the benefits and the risks of this vaccine, we calculated absolute and relative risk reductions/increases (ARR/ARI and RRR/RRI, respectively) associated with the vaccine for efficacy events seven days after the second dose (i.e., corresponding to full vaccination for those in the vaccine group) and for safety events during the respective data collection period (starting with the first-dose). These calculations were based on the eligible population for each relevant safety and efficacy events without adjusting for surveillance time as that data was not published for safety events. A simple chi-square calculator was used to assess the significance of the difference in event numbers between groups (Table 1) (11). 

Table 1. Differences in the number of efficacy and safety events in eligible populations¥ reported in the 6-month update of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 vaccine
EventBNT162b2(n)Placebo(n)Absolute Difference (p-value)?Absolute Risk Change* (%)Relative Risk Change* (%)
Cases Adults and Adolescents 7 days after 2nd dose$77850-773 (p<0.00001)-3.7-90.9
Any Unsolicited Treatment-Related Adverse Event Adults#5,2411,311+3,930 (p<0.00001)+17.9+299.7
Any Severe Event Adults/390289+101 (p=0.0001)+0.5+34.9
Severe Cases in Adults 7 days after 2nd dose&123-22 (p<0.00001)-0.1-95.7
Unsolicited Severe Adverse Events~ AdultsPrevents daily routine activity or requires intervention or worse262150+112 (p<0.00001)+0.5+74.6
Serious Adverse Event Adults§Requires hospitalization or results in permanent injury or death127116+11(p=0.5)+0.05+9.5
Deaths during placebo-controlled period [additional deaths during open-label period in vaccine recipients or placebo-only]%15 [+5]14 [NR]+1 [+5](p=0.9)+0.005 +7.1
Deaths due to cardiovascular events^95+4

¥ For the purpose of this table and in accordance with the terminology used in the study report, adult and adolescent populations are defined as ≥16 years old and 12-15 years old, respectively. 

? Significance figures (p-values) estimated using chi-square calculator available at https://www.socscistatistics.com/tests/chisquare. P-values are without the Yates correction. This procedure was applied following the framework used by Classen (11) in his analysis of “All Cause Severe Morbidity” based on data from the initial reports of the vaccine Phase III trials

* Authors estimated vaccine efficacy using total surveillance time as denominator, however, as this value was unavailable for all the events analyzed, our calculations used the common statistical definition, i.e., number of events relative to total number of eligible patients for each event analysis reported29 similar to previous analyses of this nature (11-30);

$ ≥7 Days after dose 2 among participants without evidence of previous infection

# Adverse events reported outside of the reactogenicity subgroup and assessed by the investigator as related to investigational product

/ In calculations combining efficacy and safety events, the number of patients randomized that received any dose of vaccine or placebo was used as the study population in the statistical calculations, following the framework used by Classen (11) in his analysis of “All Cause Severe Morbidity”. Differences in the total (event-incident) population (randomized vs efficacy vs safety) used as denominator are relatively small and are expected to have minimal impact on the relative differences between groups. Without access to individual patient data, these calculations were performed under the assumption that efficacy and safety events were non-overlapping

& ≥7 Days after dose 2; confirmed severe COVID-19 defined as PCR-positivity and “presence of at least one of the following: • Clinical signs at rest indicative of severe systemic illness (RR ≥30 breaths per minute, HR ≥125 beats per minute, SpO2 ≤93% on room air at sea level, or PaO2/FiO2 <300 mm Hg); • Respiratory failure (defined as needing high-flow oxygen, noninvasive ventilation, mechanical ventilation, or ECMO); • Evidence of shock (SBP <90 mm Hg, DBP <60 mm Hg, or requiring vasopressors); • Significant acute renal, hepatic, or neurologic dysfunction;• Admission to an ICU; • Death” 

~ Severe (grade ≥3) adverse events were generally defined as those that interfere significantly with participant’s usual function, those that affect daily living or require medical care; grade 4 events were generally defined as those that required emergency room visit or hospitalization

§ Serious adverse events were defined as any untoward medical occurrence that, at any dose: a. Results in death; b. Is life-threatening; c. Requires inpatient hospitalization or prolongation of existing hospitalization; d. Results in persistent disability/incapacity.

% Deaths during the open-label period were reported only in vaccine recipients, 3 participants in the BNT162b2 group and 2 in the original placebo group who received BNT162b2 after unblinding

^Those with reported cause of death due to: aortic rupture, arteriosclerosis, cardiac arrest, cardiac failure congestive, cardiorespiratory arrest, hypertensive heart disease, or myocardial infarction

Our findings showed that the increase in unsolicited adverse events in vaccine recipients, which included at least one adverse event up to 1 month post the second dose, was greater (RRI of 299.7% and ARI of 17.9%; p<0.00001) than the reduction in identified symptomatic COVID-19 cases observed in fully-vaccinated individuals for the duration of the trial (RRR of 90.9% and ARR of 3.7%; p<0.00001). 

A similar pattern was observed for severe and serious adverse events. The study concluded that “vaccine efficacy against severe disease was 96.7%.” However, our analysis showed that the vaccine was associated with a significant increase in severe adverse events defined as an adverse event that interferes significantly with daily activity or requires medical care (RRI of 74.6% and ARI of 0.5%; p<0.00001) and a numerical increase in serious adverse events, defined as any untoward medical occurrence that was life-threatening, required hospitalization or resulted in persistent disability up to 6 months (RRI of 9.5% and ARI of 0.05%; p=0.5) compared to placebo. These increases were greater than the reduction in severe COVID-19 cases observed in fully-vaccinated individuals for the duration of the trial (RRR of 95.7% and ARR of 0.1%; p=0.00002). When severe COVID-19 events were pooled with severe or serious adverse events to determine the likelihood of experiencing any severe event (11), there was an overall increase in severe events among vaccine recipients compared with placebo (RRI of 34.9% and ARI of 0.5%, p=0.0001). Given these findings, Thomas et al. (2) should have revised their conclusion to state, “the vaccine was associated with a concerning and clinically meaningful increase in severe events relative to placebo.” 

Third, Thomas et al. (2) conducted minimal monitoring of adverse events (12). Firstly, the solicited reactogenicity data was collected for only a small portion of trial participants (9,839/44,047 or 22.3%), for a limited 7 days after each dose, and for only a short pre-specified list of systemic and injection site reactions with no monitoring of sub-clinical effects. Secondly, unsolicited adverse events were collected for a mere 1 month and serious adverse events for only 6 months following the second dose. This means that severe vaccine related cardiac, neurological or immunological injuries that took more than a month to diagnose and were not considered serious, would not be reflected in the findings. Thirdly, unblinding and subsequent crossover of those on the placebo arm to the vaccine arm, will certainly attenuate any safety signals coming from this trial as well as preclude insights into long-term safety which were to be monitored for 2 years. Thomas et al. (2) should have commented on the implications their abbreviated monitoring schedule may have on safety underreporting as well as the implications of unblinding on short- and long-term safety outcomes.  Given the increase in severe events (RRI of 34.9% and ARI of 0.5%) and cardiovascular deaths associated with the vaccine (n= 9 vs 5, vaccine vs placebo, respectively), The authors should have more closely monitored safety and provided a detailed discussion of the severe and serious adverse events along with a discussion of their potential long-term implications.

Fourth, given the inclusion of adolescents and “healthy participants who had stable chronic medical conditions” in the study population, we noted very little discussion of death, the most clinically relevant end-point of this trial. Thomas et al. (2) Table S3 showed a slightly higher number of deaths in the vaccine group (n=15 vs n=14 in the placebo group during the blinded period). However, the manuscript text (Thomas et al. (2), page 7) stated that five additional deaths occurred in vaccine recipients after unblinding (two of which were initially allocated to the placebo group) for a total of 20 deaths in vaccine recipients. Thomas et al. (2) Table S4 also showed that although only 3 study deaths were attributed to COVID-19 or COVID-19 pneumonia (n=1 vs n=2, vaccine vs placebo, respectively) a total of 14 deaths were cardiovascular in nature (aortic rupture, arteriosclerosis, cardiac arrest, cardiac failure congestive, cardiorespiratory arrest, hypertensive heart disease) with the almost twice as many occurring in the vaccine arm (n=9 vs n=5, vaccine vs placebo, respectively). There is currently an abundance of real-world evidence to support an association between cardiovascular adverse events and the vaccines (13-17). Thomas et al. (2) reported that “none of these deaths were considered to be related to BNT162b2 by the investigators” without describing the objective framework of testing that allowed them to arrive at that conclusion or whether their findings were independently evaluated. Given the seriousness of these adverse events in an otherwise healthy population, Thomas et al. (2) should have provided a detailed description of how they arrived at their conclusion, these evaluations should have undergone independent assessment, and all ongoing study protocols investigating BNT162b2 should be immediately amended to include systematic short- and long-term clinical and sub-clinical monitoring of cardiovascular health. Overall, the increased rates of COVID-like symptoms, unsolicited adverse events as well as severe and serious adverse events in the vaccine compared to the placebo arm, as well as the net increase in deaths in vaccine recipients compared with those who were unvaccinated present serious concerns regarding the safety of these biological agents.

Conflicts of Interest

The disconnect between author conclusions, our analysis of the data, and the NEJM rejection of our letter to the editor led us to examine author disclosures for potential conflicts of interest (COI) (Table 2). Our analysis revealed multiple direct conflicts of interest. The article was supported by BioNTech and Pfizer, the corresponding author, Judith Absolon, and the senior author, Kathrin Jansen were employees of Pfizer and owned company stock, and the first author Stephen Thomas was a consultant to Pfizer. Of the 32 authors, 21 (66%) were employees of Pfizer or BioNtech and 26 (81%) had Pfizer/BioNtech-related conflict of interests. We also noted that one of NEJM’s senior editors is also a co-principal investigator of the related Moderna-Vaccine COVE-trial (18,19). 

Table 2. Conflicts of interest related to Pfizer/BioNTech
TitleAuthor
Corresponding author Judith Absalon: Pfizer employment and stock holder
First author Stephen Thomas: Pfizer consultancy
Last author Kathrin Jansen: Pfizer employment and stock holder
Other 29 authors (66% employees, 81% had some COI)Pfizer/ BioNTech employment and stockholder, n=15; Pfizer/ BioNTech employment (without stock) n=4; Pfizer grant/contract n=3; Pfizer clinical trial n=1; Other company consultancy n=1; No COI n=5

Conclusion

Our critique of the Thomas et al. (2) publication revealed multiple concerns regarding author claims of BNT162b2 safety and efficacy as well as a high number of direct conflicts of interest in the publication authors. These, coupled with multiple reports indicating that vaccine efficacy wanes within months of administration (20-23), reduced effectiveness of BNT162b2 with respect to emerging variants (24-26), record rates of serious adverse events (122,833) and deaths (17,128) reported in the US passive Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, VAERS by October 16, 2021, and problems with data integrity in the conduct of this trial reported recently by Thacker (1) in the British Medical Journal, raise further concerns regarding both the efficacy and safety of this agent. We did not find sufficient evidence to support use of these agents in the healthy adults studied or in specific unstudied demographics that are being mandated to comply with vaccination including the naturally immune, the frail elderly, those with multiple co-morbidities, the immunocompromised, and pregnant women. It also calls into question use in adolescents and children given that companion trials conducted in those populations suffered from similar design flaws, including underpowered in participant numbers and that recommendations for use were based on minimal safety follow up (27,28). 

Conflicts of Interest

Byram W. Bridle received funding from the Ontario Government (COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund, Ministry of Colleges and Universities) and Government of Canada (Pandemic Response Challenge Program, National Research Council of Canada) to conduct pre-clinical research with COVID-19 vaccines

Ilidio Martins, none to disclose

Claudia Chaufan, none to disclose

Julian Northey, none to disclose

Niel A. Karrow, none to disclose

Steven Pelech is the majority shareholder and president and Chief Scientific Officer of Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, which has been developing serological tests for detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 proteins and testing of drugs to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication

Bonnie Mallard, none to disclose

Christopher A. Shaw has been an expert witness in Vaccine Court twice

David Speicher, none to disclose

Ondrej Halgas, none to disclose

Deanna McLeod, none to disclose

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The Fraud of Under 18


Armstrong Economics Blog/Opinion Re-Posted Jan 15, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: Marty, this seems to be maybe a loaded question. You have said that Epstein was probably a honey-trap because he was getting high-profile people involved. Now the Queen stripped Andrew of all royal titles. You have not commented on this or the trial of Maxwell. Just curious for you have good insight.

HB

ANSWER: Look, Virginia Giuffre was 17 when she alleged having sex with Andrew. She was paid for sex by Epstein and just because she was a few months shy of 18 she gets to demand money and retribution for her own greed. She is trying to extract money from the Royal Family, so this is just more of the same. If she killed someone, they would overrule the 18 nonsense and charge her as an adult. She was not a pre-puberty naive little girl.

At 17, had she had sex with Andrew in Britain, that would have been legal. The age for consent there is 16, not 18. This is why Epstein, I believe, was luring high-profile people in to manipulate them for various agendas. I believe Gates was friends with Epstein, not to fool around with girls, but to use them strategically. I believe that is why his wife divorced him when she found out he was using girls for honey traps.

When a normal person thinks of child molestation, you think of pre-pubescent children. Andrew did not rape her. Giuffre was living off of Epstein and was groomed for a purpose. To me, she was an adult. Most girls would not agree to sex for money at 17. Most would be shy and timid. They know what sex means. The fact that Giuffre agreed showed she put money above her self-worth.

Once again, Giuffre is crying victim when I think Andrew is the victim of Epstein’s plot to entangle him in something that could be used for blackmail to get favors in Britain. Andrew has said that Giuffre raped him three times when she was seventeen years old. That actually makes perfect sense for that is what Epstein was training her to do.

This pretense assumes she did not understand what she was doing when she was a few months shy of turning 18. Yet, at 18, she suddenly realized what she was doing was wrong? There are plenty of cases where a court determines that someone might be under 18, but they will be tried as an adult. Enijah Wilson was 17 and tried for murder as an adult. They should have known that murder was a crime even before 18. Claiming they were ignorant and naive of what they have done while 17 is an insult to common sense.

Sorry. Giuffre got involved for the money, and she is still after money now.

The Voting Rights Bill amounts to Treason


Armstrong Economics Blog/Tyranny Re-Posted Jan 14, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Schumer and Pelosi are guaranteeing that there will be a revolution in the United States. This voting rights bill is outright treasonous. The ‘For the People Act that the House of Representatives passed on March 3 is the end of the United States. There was only one dissenting Democrat and that shows how people are not voting for the nation, but they are just following orders.

This bill will undermine all federal elections from here on out. It would allow people to vote in U.S. federal elections without going to a polling place or presenting identification to prove who they are. Literally, everyone overseas will be able to vote by mail and you do not have to prove who you are or that you are American.

Section 1903 of the 886-page bill is entitled:

Permitting use of sworn written statement to meet identification requirements for voting.”

In “findings” published at the beginning of the massive bill, the House declares “that States and localities have eroded access to the right to vote through…excessively onerous voter identification requirements.

You cannot get on a plane without ID and employers must make sure you are legally allowed to work and must prove every worker’s eligibility Form I-9 according to the Immigration Reform Act, verifying the identity of an employee. Failure to provide proof is subject to fines.

So an ID is required for absolutely everything. Why this somehow suppresses people from voting is unexplained. If they are not working, then they had to show ID to get welfare or unemployment. If they are working, they have to have a SS# to pay taxes. The only people who would possibly be suppressed are the homeless who collect nothing and do not work. Most of those are illegal aliens, to begin with. Texas audit has found about 10,000 illegal aliens voting already.

But the Democrats need to rig the next election because Biden’s polls have collapsed. By the end of the year, raising business taxes will only be passed on in prices accelerating inflation. Price controls never work for they do not freeze costs. Such schemes have always led to shortages and that drives prices even higher.

The Democrats are going to flood the polls with fake votes for the 2022 election to overcome this collapse in Biden’s polls which may even fall below the inflation rate by November. This strategy is what is so dangerous about this bill which is in conflict with every other practice and law on the books.

Pelosi and Schumer are destroying America and will leave the only course to resolution will be violence. This is not a future I want to see, but this is fulfilling what our computer has been projecting for these last 13 years into the final collapse of government as we have known them post-2032.