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Christian Vignette #8 ? contrasting attitudes towards Christology Tue Nov 30, 2021 00:43 | The Saker
The study of Who and What Christ was/is is called “Christology“. This is one of the most complex and controversial topics in Christian theology and it is most definitely not
To see Putin and die Mon Nov 29, 2021 19:49 | The Saker
by Rostislav Ischenko for Ukraina.ru source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/... Note: this machine translated text Joseph Biden, the 46th president of the United States, has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for a meeting
Oh the beauty of Ukie nationalism! Mon Nov 29, 2021 19:21 | The Saker
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The upcoming Summit for Democracy as a time machine Mon Nov 29, 2021 18:47 | The Saker
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The NATOstan Clown Show Mon Nov 29, 2021 18:26 | amarynth
The charade has come to a point that ? diplomatically ? is quite unprecedented: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lost his Taoist patience. By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and widely
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Do Online Opinion Polls Overestimate Public Support For Covid Restrictions? Mon Nov 29, 2021 07:00 | Toby Young
We're publishing an original essay on the Daily Sceptic by Mike Hearn about the problem of 'pro-social bias' in online opinion polls, meaning the support for the Covid restrictions in opinion polls is probably overstated.
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News Round-Up Sun Nov 28, 2021 23:34 | Luke Perry
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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Mandatory Masks Return to Secondary Schools Sun Nov 28, 2021 21:03 | Toby Young
In a late addition to the raft of Covid restrictions announced yesterday, the Government has sneaked out the most controversial one late on a Sunday: mask mandates are returning to schools.
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NHS Chief Stephen Powis Claims the ?Overwhelming Majority? of Covid ICU Patients are Unvaccinated. B... Sun Nov 28, 2021 18:32 | Will Jones
NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis has claimed that the "overwhelming majority" of Covid ICU patients are unvaccinated. But is he 'doing a Pritchard' and using out-of-date data from July?
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Omicron Variant Spreads to Denmark And The Netherlands ? And Could Lead to Restrictions Tightening i... Sun Nov 28, 2021 18:26 | Luke Perry
With much of Europe already under lockdown restrictions, Denmark and the Netherlands have recorded their first cases of the Omicron variant, which may lead to additional measures being imposed on the Continent.
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as free as a bird.
Once upon a time, the global system allowed pharmaceutical companies to withhold patents on drugs, vaccines and treatments needed by the poorest of this earth to protect intellectual property rights, assets, and the R&D budgets of scientists in the newly prosperous technologically focussed economies of the north.
"its up to the Africans" - Will they save us?
This was called progress. It was felt that allowing poorer countries and states to produce drugs, treatments and vaccines for their own people would undermine the system which offered young people incentive to work in labs instead of trying to be DJs.
There were an awful lot of DJs in those days.
& skateboards were plentiful too.
Many poorer countries in the south asked and pleaded for the right to make pills, ointments and tablets to give sick people and children with AIDS, Malaria, TB, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) measles, tuberculosis, polio, hepatitis and yellow fever.
But they were told there other ways to deal with the problem, they didn't need to and under no circumstances would be allowed to break patent law.
The good people of Ireland led by Bono, and those of England led by Geldof an those of the americas led by Bill Gates would raise enough cash and more importantly "awareness" on these issues.
The majority of drug patents were held by the USA along with the patents on genes, and of course the largest databases ever created.
& no-one thought this was ridiculous or a mistake in anyway, becuase if they had they would have said so at Gleneagles.
Because they were that sort.
Then along came the sick birds.
They overflew our continent causing a bit of "popular panic" and went largely un-noticed to Africa. Despite teh finest efforts of a new multi-million dollar industry did try and tag them all.
& they never came back.
They had done this global migratoty thing every year until the winter of 2005. But for some unknown reason they never came back.
Experts were called upon.
They concurred that the birds were especially designed to do "global migration", which is why they had little wings and a very dinky sense of direction and wind currents.
They also agreed that when they got to Africa, they would most probably hav done what they had always done. They'd breed. Breeding is animals way of mutating and evolving. It works for them, and they're very good at it. But it can get unhygienic.
The experts also agreed that many of the birds would get eaten. Because thats the sort of place Africa is, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
The peoples of Europe waited for the long months of Spring. How many of the lsot little birds and of course the new "baby birds" would come back?
But not a single one came.
How was this going to effect the price of a cup of tea?
Well its like this. You find bird flu on your farm because the Telly tells you to pay attention to sick birds. And immediately afterwards the forces of NATO and the UN will cull every flapping bird for a radius of 3 kilometres, or if you're getting technical the sick bird will already have been quarantined and be in that freezer bag quicker than you can say pandemic.
But Africa doesn't work that way.
It might come as a surprise to many, but in Africa, people don't cull their birds so easily.
Until of course the winter of 2005 / 2006 when Africa united and bludgeoned every single bird in sight, and China closed its borders.
An estimated 27 million children in the developing world still aren't immunized each year for Malaria, TB, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) measles, tuberculosis, polio, or offered treatments for hepatitis, AIDS and yellow fever.
in 2002, this resulted in 2.1 million deaths. WHO estimates that $8-$12 billion will be needed from both donor and developing country governments from 2005-15 to immunize children in the poorest countries with vaccines available today; more will be needed to introduce new vaccines now in the development pipeline.
Roche owns the patent on many thousands of drugs. One of which is "Tamiflu" or "oseltamivir", it sold out in Germany and Croatia less than a week ago, and is not on the local market shelves in Africa.
In Taiwan the state say:-
"We have tried our best to negotiate with Roche. It means we have shown our goodwill to Roche and we appreciate their patent. But to protect our people is the utmost important thing," Su Ih-jen, head of the clinical division at the National Health Research Institute, told Reuters.
"The research institute showed media a generic version of Tamiflu produced by its laboratories, which it said was 99 percent similar to Roche's drug."
"The World Health Organisation's director of epidemic and pandemic alert, Mike Ryan, told the Financial Times on Saturday it would cost billions of dollars to prepare the world fully for a potential pandemic with large-scale production of vaccines and other measures."
"The Bottom Line"
We will need lots of money for the birds when if they ever come back. Thank God the Africans culled them for us.