Opinion | The Flimsy Evidence Behind the CDC’s Push to Vaccinate Children

25-07-21 08:06:00,

A tremendous number of government and private policies affecting kids are based on one number: 335. That is how many children under 18 have died with a Covid diagnosis code in their record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet the CDC, which has 21,000 employees, hasn’t researched each death to find out whether Covid caused it or if it involved a pre-existing medical condition.

Without these data, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices decided in May that the benefits of two-dose vaccination outweigh the risks for all kids 12 to 15. I’ve written hundreds of peer-reviewed medical studies, and I can think of no journal editor who would accept the claim that 335 deaths resulted from a virus without data to indicate if the virus was incidental or causal, and without an analysis of relevant risk factors such as obesity.

My research team at Johns Hopkins worked with the nonprofit FAIR Health to analyze approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020. Our report found a mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition such as leukemia. If that trend holds, it has significant implications for healthy kids and whether they need two vaccine doses. The National Education Association has been debating whether to urge schools to require vaccination before returning to school in person. How can they or anyone debate the issue without the right data?

Meanwhile, we’ve already seen inflated Covid death numbers in the U.S. revised downward. Last month Alameda County, Calif., reduced its Covid death toll by 25% after state public-health officials insisted that deaths be attributed to Covid only if the virus was a direct or contributing factor.

Organizations and politicians who are eager to get every living American vaccinated are following the CDC without understanding the limitations of the methodology. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky claimed that vaccinating a million adolescent kids would prevent 200 hospitalizations and one death over four months. But the agency’s Covid adolescent hospitalization report, like its death count, doesn’t distinguish on the website whether a child is hospitalized for Covid or with Covid. The subsequent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of that analysis revealed that 45.7% “were hospitalized for reasons that might not have been primarily related” to Covid-19.

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: Opinion: – US Cyber Warmongering

23-07-21 08:40:00,

US Cyber Warmongering

By Finian Cunningham

July 20, 2021 “Information Clearing House” – – Sputnik  Western allegations that China is conducting massive cyber attacks are a frame-up. Not only that but the real perpetrators of cybercrimes are the accusers in what is classic self-projection of guilt.

This dangerous game of cyber smoke and mirrors is riling up international tensions in a way that is becoming uncontrollable and ultimately, deplorably, comes with the growing risk of war.

China and Russia are now being openly vilified for allegedly carrying out cyber crimes against Western countries. Both nations vehemently reject what they call “slanderous” claims. Beijing and Moscow reasonably demand evidence be presented. None is forthcoming, only more groundless allegations. This is a reckless spiral. 

The telltale sign of frame-up is the coordinated way the United States and its so-called allies have this week launched their accusations against China. The US and its Five Eyes satellite nations – Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – have all been running a global campaign of demonizing China. 

The latest claims that China is hacking into Western infrastructure are part of a sequence of allegations aimed at undermining and isolating Beijing. Other smears include human rights violations in Hong Kong, genocide against Uighur people, aggression towards Taiwan, military expansionism in the South China Sea, commercial trade abuses, currency manipulation and stealing Western technology. 

This is all about Washington trying to thwart China’s rise as a formidable economic and political power. Unfortunately, the Americans have control over their Five Eyes minions and European lackeys – possibly from blackmail garnered by espionage – in such a way as to give the false impression that there is a “consensus” implicating China of malfeasance. 

Another giveaway of frame-up is the allegations this week coordinated by Washington are, as usual, evidence-free. The most lying institution on the planet – American intelligence agencies – accuse China of hacking into Microsoft systems. There is plenty of lurid talk about “5o tactics” used for hacking and of how the Chinese government is using “criminal contractors” as proxies. But there is no evidence presented. 

The point about claiming criminal proxies is that it makes it impossible for the Chinese government to disprove the allegation.

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: Opinion: – Syria’s Victory Stuns NATO Enemies

01-06-21 10:50:00,

Syria’s Victory Stuns NATO Enemies

By Finian Cunningham

May 30, 2021 “Information Clearing House” – – Sputnik“- Syria’s presidential elections this week were a resounding success against a backdrop of 10 years of brutal, relentless war imposed on the Arab country by the United States and its NATO partners.

After a decade-long torment from terrorist mercenaries deployed covertly by the Western powers, as well as overt aggression from NATO military forces illegally attacking the country and from cruel economic sanctions warfare, the people of Syria remain defiant and independent. 

President Bashar al-Assad was re-elected for a fourth seven-year term after winning 95 percent of votes cast. The achievement is stunning. It completely refutes – indeed makes a mockery of – the Western narrative depicting Assad as a “tyrant”. 

Despite all the grueling hardships, the Syrian people turned out in droves to vote on Thursday. The turnout was over 78 percent with more than 14 million votes cast out of an eligible 18 million electorate. 

There is no way the Western governments and their servile corporate media can spin this epic demonstration of popular defiance to their nefarious intrigues for regime change in Syria. Hence, the total silence among Western media about the election result. That silence is at once hilarious and damning of Western guilt over the real nature of the war in Syria. 

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It was always a foreign war of criminal aggression. If there was any justice prevailing in this world, Western politicians by the dozens should be tried for war crimes. 

Before the election this week, the United States, Britain, France, and other NATO powers tried to smear the Syrian democratic will, labeling the ballot as neither fair nor free. 

Well, the sheer numbers of people turning out to vote and the subsequent scenes of jubilation across Syria tell another story, one that confounds the Western propaganda and exposes the criminality of the NATO powers and their toxic media. 

The Syrian nation has refused to bow after years of NATO-backed terrorism in their country. They have chosen their president – again. 

The same kind of shameful silence in Western media has been seen numerous times before when the Syrian army liberated towns and villages from Western-backed terrorists.

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Opinion | Six Months to Prevent a Hostile Takeover of Food Systems, and 25 Years to Transform Them

22-04-21 02:31:00,

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

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Imagine a world where algorithms are used to optimize growing conditions on every fertile square metre of land. Where whole ecosystems are re-engineered. Where drones and surveillance systems manage the farm. Where farmers are forced off the land into e-commerce villages.

Imagine a world where food is treated like a strategic asset and food transit routes are militarized. Where powerful governments and their flag-bearer corporations control resources and food supplies across vast economic corridors.

Imagine a world where many foods are grown in petri dishes, vats, and bioreactors. Where people’s eating habits are invisibly nudged using reams of metadata they have unknowingly surrendered via digital wallets. Where AI assistant apps decide on people’s food intake based on genetic information, family history, mood, and data readings from inside their waste bins and digestive systems.

“Travel any further down the path laid by agribusiness, and the momentum will soon be unstoppable.”

This may sound like science fiction. But the “4th industrial revolution” is already sweeping through food systems. For proof, we need look no further than the changing complexion of the agri-food sector, where mergers and market disruptions are occurring at a dizzying pace. E-commerce platforms like Amazon and China’s JD.com are now among the top ten retailers globally. With agribusinessesincreasingly reliant on cloud, AI, and data processing services, big tech firms like Amazon, Alibaba, Microsoft, Google, and Baidu are moving into food production. Meanwhile, Blackrock and 4 other asset management companies own 10–30% of the shares of the top agri-food firms.

With climate change, environmental breakdown, and pandemics wreaking havoc on food systems over the coming years, the “silver bullet” solutions offered by the new agri-food giants may prove irresistible to panicking policymakers. This year’s UN Food Systems Summit—arising from a partnership between the UN and the World Economic Forum—will be a showcase for corporate-led “solutions.”

In other words, the keys of the food system are already being handed over to data platforms, e-commerce giants, and private equity firms. This could mean dismantling the diversified food webs that sustain 70% of the world’s population and provide environmental resilience. It could mean putting the food security of billions of people at the mercy of high-risk AI-controlled farming systems and opaque supply corridors.

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Opinion: -West’s Cynical Concern for Myanmar

19-03-21 04:25:00,

West’s Cynical Concern for Myanmar

By Finian Cunningham

March 15, 2021 “Information
Clearing House
” –  –
Sputnik
News

–  The three Western powers on
the United Nations Security Council have
been highlighting concern for human rights
violations in Myanmar. But their “concern”
seems to have cynical motivation to make
problems for China.

Last week the Security Council issued a
statement condemning violence against
civilians by the military regime in Myanmar.
The Asian country has been thrown into
turmoil since the military seized power by
ousting a civilian government on 1 February.

More than 60 civilians have been killed
from soldiers firing on unarmed protesters
who are calling for the return of the
elected government. At least 1,500 people
have been detained including political
leaders.

Britain, the former colonial ruler of Burma
(now Myanmar), as well as the United States and
France, have been demanding that the Security
Council condemn the military takeover and subsequent
violence against civilians. Last week, the Western
powers

succeeded
in getting China to sign on to a joint
statement of condemnation.

Previously, China was

rebuked
by Western powers for siding with
Myanmar’s military after Beijing was accused of
giving political cover to its power-grab.

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China has invested billions of dollars
in making Myanmar a key node in its Belt and
Road Initiative for global trade. The country
provides transit for two Chinese-built pipelines
which transport natural gas and oil over 800
kilometres from the Indian Ocean into mainland
China. There are also ambitious projects
underway for rail transport and deep-water sea
ports.

Beijing had good relations with the civilian
government in Myanmar which became established in
2011 when the military junta handed over power and
permitted elections. Many of its ambitious projects
were negotiated with the elected politicians. It’s
fair to say that China is not happy about the
military’s sacking of the government. The insecurity
in the country is potentially jeopardizing billions
of dollars-worth of investments and crucial
infrastructure for China’s energy supply and
international trade.

That’s why the Western powers are relishing the
invidious position China is in over Myanmar.

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