First Tests Of New “Immunity Passports” Will Take Place Wednesday


21-10-20 09:13:00,

Back in April, when the coronavirus was still new and scary, with cities from New York, to London to Paris in its grip, the professional commentariat was abuzz with speculation about what our not-too-distant post-COVID-19 future might look like. At one point, the mayor of the French city of Nice and Bill Gates were among the most prominent voices discussing health passports, and the WHO was apparently treating the topic with extreme caution.

Since then, discussion has faded somewhat, due in part to the relentless messaging from President Trump and others about the coming vaccines. But as the leading western vaccine projects prepare to apply for emergency use from the FDA as soon as November or December, the World Economic Forum, the same supranational organization that organizes the annual forum in Davos, is taking the lead in testing a global standard to communicate that an individual hasn’t been infected with COVID-19.

The project to develop an international standard to communicate whether travelers have been infected with COVID-19  called the CommonPass system is being led by Paul Meyer, the CEO of the Commons Project, a Swiss non-profit financed by the Rockefeller Foundation.  Meyer insists countries are looking for better ways to “thoughtfully reopen” their borders as European countries start cutting down intra-EU travel once again.

Right now, travelers’ COVID-19 test results are frequently printed out, with the results often obtained from unknown or uncertified labs.

With CommonPass, travelers would take a test at a certified lab, then the results would be uploaded to their phone. Then they would  complete any other health-related questionnaires required by the country to which they’re traveling. Before boarding, airlines can use CP to check whether travelers have met the entry requirements. This can be done by simply scanning a QR code generated by the app.

Even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, these ‘health passports’ could be used to offer evidence that a traveler has been vaccinated – not just for COVID-19, but for any other diseases.

And even once vaccines are widely available, the world will need a system for patients to prove that they have received the vaccine. Some countries might only allow travelers to enter if they have received a specific vaccine.

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GMWatch: First open source detection test for a gene-edited GM crop – Gentechvrij


07-09-20 08:04:00,

GMWatch: Eerste door iedereen te gebruiken test om een gene- edited gewas, (nieuwste vorm van gentech) in dit geval een gentech koolzaadplant die bestand is gemaakt tegen een bestrijdingsmiddel op te sporen. O.a. John Fagan heeft hier aan meegewerkt. Lees de peer reviewed paper. (=wetenschappelijke verhandeling die is nagekeken door andere wetenschappers). Dit is heel goed nieuws omdat het VK deze nieuwe gewassen na de Brexit niet geëtiketteerd en ongetest op de markt wil brengen.

Details Published (source): 07 September 2020 Twitter

“We have developed this test because authorities have failed to do so” – German association Food without Genetic Engineering (VLOG)

A group of non-governmental organisations, non-GMO food associations and a food retailer have announced that the first-ever public detection method for a gene-edited crop has been successfully developed and published.[1] The gene-edited crop in question is a herbicide-tolerant rapeseed produced by US company Cibus (SU Canola).

The new research refutes claims by the biotech industry and some regulators that new genetically modified (GM) crops engineered with gene editing are indistinguishable from similar, non-GM crops and therefore cannot be regulated.[2] Some such claims are published here.
The new method detects a herbicide-tolerant rapeseed variety that was developed using gene editing, a new form of genetic engineering. It allows European Union (EU) countries to carry out checks to prevent this unauthorised GM crop from entering EU food and feed supply chains illegally. Until now, EU countries were unable to test their imports for the presence of this GM rapeseed, which is grown in parts of the US and Canada.


Watch a video on this development here.

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Jean Castex’s first three errors, by Thierry Meyssan


28-07-20 08:23:00,

Without a doubt, Jean Castex is a brilliant senior civil servant. But that does not make him the right man to become Prime Minister of France. He has not thought about how to restore the social pact in the face of financial globalisation and is satisfied with measures to buy social peace in the short term. As soon as he was appointed, he showed that he did not want to reform the political class, that he was content to fight the pandemic by doing as others did, and that he supported the Maastrichian project conceived during the Cold War.

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Jean Castex is a long-toothed Gascon who reminds us of the character of Eugène de Rastignac created by Honoré de Balzac. Putting his social ascension before any ideology, he resigned from his opposition political party on the morning of 3 July in order to be appointed Prime Minister to Emmanuel Macron in the afternoon. He is a member of the Siècle, the club of the business establishment.

The French administration works very well on its own. In this sense, it is one of the best in the world. The role of ministers is not to take the place of the directors of central administration who keep the machine running. On the contrary, it is to adapt the administration to the changes in the world; to steer it in the direction imagined by the President of the Republic and approved by the citizens at the time of his election.

The President of the Republic cannot have an opinion on everything. But he must think about Foreign Affairs and Defence, Police and Justice, Money and Taxes. These are the so-called regalian functions. At the moment, they must rethink this whole system in order to re-establish the social contract in the face of a profound change in the structures of society.

Inequalities in wealth have increased considerably. In recent years, the middle classes have melted like snow in the sun and a new social class has emerged, which has appeared in full view of everyone at the Yellow Vests demonstrations. The richest man in the country has a fortune equal to what a minimum wage earner cannot earn grossly in a million and a half years. This astronomical gap returns the country to a medieval organization and makes it impossible for democracy to function.

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For First Time Since The Great Depression, Americans Must Wait In Line For The Most Basic Essential Items


12-07-20 07:22:00,

The scene can be somewhat dystopian and third world when you look at it: as a result of the pandemic and the new way that our economy is forced to do business, Americans all over the country are waiting in line – even for the most basic of essentials. 

For example, Bloomberg points out that food banks in Vermont have to deal with “miles long” lines of cars and at Covid testing sites in Florida, people have to show up with full tanks of gas because of how long they have to wait. 

People applying for unemployment have similar horror stories – as we have detailed – trying to pile onto an overwhelmed website to collect benefits and left with no one to call when the system doesn’t function properly. The physical waits in unemployment lines are similarly distressing.

Kara Eaton, a 27-year-old industrial welder from Eufaula, Oklahoma, said: “We have to hope that the person next to us in line will hold our place while we use the bathroom — Subway usually doesn’t mind if we use theirs.”

Rachelle Basaraba of Oregon said: “Having to be patient and wait your turn — I don’t know if that’s necessarily the American way.” She says that a “herd mentality” and respect for rules bring order to waiting in line in Denmark, where her company is based. She called this a “a positive thing,” though was unsure about how it would catch on the U.S.

This time in America is the first since the Great Depression to make Americans wait in line for limited resources. 

J. Jeffrey Inman, a marketing professor and associate dean at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, said: “The U.S. is getting a dose of the scarcity economy, and we don’t like it. The U.S. has gotten spoiled where we’ve always had a plentiful, efficient supply chain. Now we’re seeing what can happen once it gets disrupted.”

But capitalism is trying to swoop in and solve the problem. For example, a company called Lavi Industries, that usually makes post-and-rope systems for Homeland Security, is now involved in making plastic sneeze guards and portable stations for lines to make the waiting for bearable.

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Deutschland first – Urlaubs-Nationalismus in Corona-Zeiten


09-07-20 04:25:00,

Wer kurzentschlossen seinen Sommerurlaub an der Ostsee oder in Bayern buchen will, braucht viel Glück und sollte sich auf happige Preisaufschläge einstellen. Im türkischen Antalya sind Hotels und Strände menschenleer. Das Auswärtige Amt warnt immer noch vor Reisen in die Türkei. Angeblich wegen Corona. Die Reisewarnung für das viel stärker betroffene Großbritannien wurde jedoch aufgehoben und auch in den bayerischen Urlaubsregionen sind die Infektionszahlen höher als in den türkischen Urlaubsregionen. Für Länder wie die Türkei ist der Einbruch des Tourismus eine einzige Katastrophe. Und nicht nur die Türkei muss sich wegen der fortbleibenden Touristen auf eine schwere wirtschaftliche Krise einstellen. Die Folgen werden tiefgreifend sein – auch für Deutschland. Von Jens Berger.

Es sei den Hoteliers und Gastronomen in Grömitz, Kühlungsborn, Oberstdorf oder Thale natürlich gegönnt, dass die Sommersaison nun doch ordentlich anläuft und sie nun sicherlich einen Teil der massiven Ausfälle aus den Lockdown-Zeiten kompensieren können. Dies darf jedoch nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass das Jahr 2020 für den globalen Tourismus frei nach der Queen ein „annus horribilis“ ist, in dem die deutsche Tourismusbranche im Vergleich sogar noch mit einem blauen Auge davonkommt. Der große Verlierer ist weltweit der Auslandstourismus. Der Grund dafür ist offensichtlich: Den Einen ist durch die Angst vor Corona die Lust an Auslandsreisen vergangen, den Anderen wird eine Auslandsreise durch Reisewarnungen und -verbote de facto unmöglich gemacht.

Gereist wird dennoch, wenn auch nicht so viel wie in den vergangenen Jahren. Statt nach Thailand, in die Türkei oder nach Kroatien geht es halt ins Allgäu oder an die Ostsee. Das ist politisch durchaus gewollt, hat doch Markus Söder bereits im April für den Sommer einen „Run“ auf die einheimische Gastronomie- und Hotelbranche prophezeit und daraus im Zusammenspiel mit den Reisewarnungen des Außenministers Heiko Maas eine selbsterfüllende Prophezeiung gemacht. Letzterer pochte bis vor wenigen Wochen noch standhaft darauf, dass es für Deutsche ohnehin in diesem Sommer keine Chance auf einen Auslandsurlaub geben würde. Die Buchungen in deutschen Urlaubsregionen nahmen Fahrt auf, klassische Urlaubsländer wie die Türkei oder Kroatien guckten jedoch in die Röhre. Während Länder wie Deutschland oder Frankreich den Einbruch des Auslandstourismus zumindest zum Teil durch den inländischen Tourismus ausgleichen können, spielt der Inlandstourismus in diesen Ländern keine nennenswerte Rolle.

Was aber heißt das für diese Länder? In Ländern wie Kroatien oder der Türkei hängen ganze Regionen von den eigentlich sicheren Einnahmen aus dem Tourismus ab.

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