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We have been misled!

Around June 2020, the C.D.C. and most countries RECATEGORIZED their Flu data and Heart disease data to put under the Corona Virus column. It gave the appearance that the leading cause of death, Heart Disease, was drastically removed from the picture by Covid, and the Flu has virtually gone away. (Normal total deaths per week in the US from all causes has been about 60,000 for many years.)

Here’s the most recent revelation: https://trendingpolitics.com/52-charts-show-mask-mandates-have-no-effect-on-covid-cases-knab/

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The following  is ignored information from November of 2020 and Genevieve Briand’s Applied Economics analysis of the data. It’s been over 5 months since this information went public…to a limited audience. I’ve posted a summary of her conclusions plus an excerpt from the johns hopkins News -Letter below. Scroll down to read the balance of this article.

Here is her data source: The johns hopkins News-Letter.  (Bold type emphasis added by me.)

https://10478.tracking.markethero.io/v1/r?url=https%3A%2F%2Fweb.archive.org%2Fweb%2F20201126163323%2Fhttps%3A%2Fwww.jhunewsletter.com%2Farticle%2F2020%2F11%2Fa-closer-look-at-u-s-deaths-due-to-covid-19&lh=ba494471069cd4d56fe3d176f783781ac924e52621f2ef254b9256c6cebaced3&eh=43c84b30d3d0103eec4ab137ef439db28decb3e16cdae16284a1573ae76aeecb

from Genevieve Briand

 

“Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TKJN61aflI

(This is a long video presentation but you can forward to the 25 minute mark. Her main observations and why she’s skeptical are presented between times 25 and 45 minutes.)

From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19.

She explained that the significance of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths can be fully understood only through comparison to the number of total deaths in the United States.

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same. 

“The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals,” Briand said.

Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths. (True, many people have died from Covid infection but even more have died from other causes while testing positive for Covid.)

These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.

This comes as a shock to many people. How is it that the data lie so far from our perception?

To answer that question, Briand shifted her focus to the deaths per causes ranging from 2014 to 2020. There is a sudden increase in deaths in 2020 due to COVID-19. This is no surprise because COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. in early 2020, and thus COVID-19-related deaths increased drastically afterward.

Analysis of deaths per cause in 2018 revealed that the pattern of seasonal increase in the total number of deaths is a result of the rise in deaths by all causes, with the top three being heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia.

“This is true every year. Every year in the U.S. when we observe the seasonal ups and downs, we have an increase of deaths due to all causes,” Briand pointed out.

When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph above, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.

COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE BRIAND  (see above)

Graph above depicts the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018.

Chart above depicts the total decrease in deaths by various causes, including COVID-19.

This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19. 

The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths. This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease.

“All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

In an interview with The News-Letter, Briand addressed the question of whether COVID-19 deaths can be called misleading since the infection might have exacerbated and even led to deaths by other underlying diseases.

“If [the COVID-19 death toll] was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased COVID-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn’t give us a choice but to point to some misclassification,” Briand replied.

In other words, the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the U.S. is considered problematic only when it increases the total number of deaths or the true death burden by a significant amount in addition to the expected deaths by other causes. Since the crude number of total deaths by all causes before and after COVID-19 has stayed the same, one can hardly say, in Briand’s view, that COVID-19 deaths are concerning.

Briand also mentioned that more research and data are needed to truly decipher the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the United States.

Throughout the talk, Briand constantly emphasized that although COVID-19 is a serious national and global problem, she also stressed that society should never lose focus of the bigger picture — death in general.

The death of a loved one, from COVID-19 or from other causes, is always tragic, Briand explained. Each life is equally important, and we should be reminded that even during a global pandemic we should not forget about the tragic loss of lives from other causes.

According to Briand, the over-exaggeration of the COVID-19 death number may be due to the constant emphasis on COVID-19-related deaths and the habitual overlooking of deaths by other natural causes in society.

(NOTE: My conclusion and observations about Dr. Briand’s presentation and the Johns Hopkins report is this: We’ve been grossly misled.)

Panic over the threat of Covid has been fueled by politicians seeking control. The more fear they induce through the media, the more willing the populace becomes to accepting new restrictions, regulations and taxes. The medical community has been infected with this fear mongering as well. The world’s leading pharmaceutical corporations have profited mightily by the clamor for a vaccine and the public shaming of anyone who didn’t agree to receive it.

Highly respected groups of doctors, researchers, scientists and practitioners have been silenced, ridiculed and ignored by the press when they encouraged calm and reassured us of the safety of such known solutions and treatments as, Hydroxy Choloroquin, Zinc, Vitamin D and other inexpensive remedies. They said this disease is serious but not much more than the seasonal flu which also takes lives annually. That caused them to be immediately silenced.

Despite the “science” showing clearly that the regulations and mandates don’t work, the deception goes on. Again, here’s the data on masking to fight Covid.

https://trendingpolitics.com/52-charts-show-mask-mandates-have-no-effect-on-covid-cases-knab/

A profound societal shift has taken place with vast numbers of people embracing the fear of Covid. In many communities, it is considered right and reasonable to require masks in all places of human contact, and parents and children have been taught for over a year now to fear this disease. Mainstream media has done nothing to reduce the fears. Even the White House has denied the science and reinforced the alarm despite profound evidence to the contrary. As recently as President Biden’s speech on April 28, 2021 to a Joint Session of Congress, masks were worn by all present even though all had received the vaccinations. 

It is time to expose the myth and relax our fears. Be reasonable, do what you do when the flu, Ebola, AIDS, SARS, MERS, Meningitis and other diseases are present. Practice good hygiene, avoid contact with others when you or they are ill, respect people’s phobias, but get on with life!

And remember, we still need hugs just as often as we ever did. Plus, shaking hands does more to bond a relationship than an “air high five” could ever do. Social distance ought to be a foot or two apart from strangers, as a courtesy, not six feet or more because you fear getting a disease from them. Take the stickers off your retail floors. Give people the option of no mask. Gather in crowds, hold parties, dance, sing, and enjoy life. Touch each other without fear. We have done this for centuries without creating a pandemic, and we didn’t cause one this time either! This was a pandemic created by the media around a new variant of the flu that didn’t need the response we gave it. Open your businesses, your homes, your minds to normal human behavior. Be reasonable but don’t cower in fear. P.S. I am not a doctor and do not have medical qualifications for this advice, so do what works for you, but don’t believe all that you’ve been told, including this report. Do your real research, don’t just trust the headlines and evening news.

We have been misled!

For yet another example of how our government and CDC has done this before go to Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes when he was doing a report on the Swine Flu. Millions were vaccinated (some disabled by the vaccine) and yet only one person died from it while four others recovered and the nation was panicked over a virus that had shown no impact large enough to sound an alarm. https://www.brighteon.com/f4581da9-79f0-46bf-a95e-da69b1da6723 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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THIS is What We Must Do to Break the Mask Insanity

Lululemon in Athens, GA lost a $500 sale today.

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I recently saw this on a friend of mine’s Facebook page as his post. THIS is What We Must Do to Break the Mask Insanity!

The problem is that many conservatives will simply comply in order to be “nice” or “go along” and to “not cause a scene.” Hooey! Do what this guy did:

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“Lululemon in Athens, GA lost a $500 sale today. This past year I lost 2 inches in pant size. No big diet or magic potion. We have been at home a lot and I replaced at least one meal per day with a Complete protein smoothie or oatmeal.…and drank lots of water. The alterations lady said buy new pants…these won’t alter well. So I went to replace 4 pair of pants.

“I walk in the store & they stop me and say, do you have a mask? I said no and she handed me one saying you must wear it. I said Georgia is 100% open and mask mandates have all been lifted. She said not here. I walked out and said I don’t have to shop here either. This craziness has to stop!”

The only way we stop this is to quit giving them our money. Will you? Or will you continue to feed the beast? You don’t get to complain if you continue to comply.

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Joe Rogan Under Heavy Fire for Giving Young People This Advice

Joe Rogan told listeners of his wildly popular podcast there’s no need to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they’re young and fit

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The UK Daily Mail is breaking this story:

From the Mail:

Outrage as $100m Spotify podcast star Joe Rogan tells his millions of listeners NOT to get vaccinated if they’re ‘young and healthy’

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Joe Rogan told listeners of his wildly popular podcast there’s no need to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they’re young and fit

‘If you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, like, I don’t think you need to worry about this’

The Centers for Disease and Control say the vaccine is safe and effective for everyone over 16

An estimated 43% of the US population has had at least one jab, and scientists estimate more than 70% will require a vaccine to reach herd immunity

Rogan, 53, signed an exclusive deal with Spotify in 2020 to host his shows worth $100m

Speaking on a newly-released episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan, 53, said he recommended ‘vulnerable’ people get the shot, adding his parents had received their vaccines.

Here is the video:

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About Joe Rogan:

A standup comedian for over 20 years, Rogan’s sixth hour long comedy special Joe Rogan: Strange Times premiered on Netflix in October 2018. Rogan’s previous comedy specials include Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016) for Netflix, Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High (2014) for Comedy Central, Joe Rogan: Live from the Tabernacle (2012) released via his website, Talking Monkeys in Space (2009) on CD & DVD, and Joe Rogan Live (2007) on DVD. Additionally, Rogan released the CDs Shiny Happy Jihad (2007) and I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (2000).

Rogan is host of The Joe Rogan Experience, a long form conversation with guests that is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.

Since 2002, Rogan has provided color commentary for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) on Pay Per View, Spike Television, and FOX. Rogan’s passion for MMA began with martial arts practice at the age of 13. Within two years, the Boston native earned a black belt and soon became the Massachusetts full contact Tae Kwon Do champion four consecutive years. By the age of 19, Rogan won the US Open Tae Kwon Do Championship and as lightweight champion went on to beat both the middle and heavyweight title-holders to obtain the Grand Championship.

Film credits include Here Comes The Boom (2012) and Zookeeper (2011). Rogan hosted Joe Rogan Questions Everything (2013) for the SyFy channel. Rogan hosted the competition reality series Fear Factor on NBC in 2011/12 and previously for six seasons on the network from 2001-2006. Prior to Fear Factor, Rogan played Joe Garrelli, the resident electrician on the hit NBC comedy series NewsRadio.

Rogan regularly performs stand-up locally and internationally.

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