How the Federal Reserve Boosts Asset Values During the Pandemic

This 28 minute video is a must watch for those who have wondered how it could be that with millions of people out of work and hundreds of thousands of small businesses being destroyed due to pandemic lock downs that the U.S. stock market could be at all time highs. My friend John Titus offers an excellent description of how the Federal Reserve created $2.7 trillion in new quantitative easing (electronic money printing) to purchase federal government debt while at the same time directing private banks to increase money supply by $2.7 trillion, which in turn is used to purchase equities. It is all so reassuring to see the stock market flying high (with the primary beneficiaries being the most wealthy), but how long can it last…is this activity in any way sustainable?

The Growing Risk of Eviction and Foreclosure in U.S. States

One of the consequences of COVID-19 lock down policies is a growing risk of homelessness in the United States and elsewhere. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 17 million adults are behind on their rent or mortgage.

The Great Barrington Declaration

More than 50,000 medical and public health scientists and practitioners have signed this declaration: “As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.”,

A Clear Assessment of COVID-19 by Professor Sucharit Bhakdi

In this interview, highly respected Dr. Bhakdi offers an excellent discussion of the COVID-19 lock downs, immune response, societal well-being, and the mRNA vaccine. Dr. Bhakdi (now retired) is one of Germany’s most widely cited scientists.

COVID-19 Vaccine Risk Assessment

This 18 minute video by independent journalist Spiro Skouras offers a well-documented assessment of the risks associated with the first-ever mRNA vaccine that has never been administered to humans on a broad scale. This video will help you weigh the costs (risk of potentially severe health complications from the vaccine) against the benefits (a reduction in the symptoms of COVID-19). Keep in mind, at this point no one knows whether vaccine will prevent transmittal of the disease.

it is interesting to note that this forthcoming peer reviewed study in Elsevier’s International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (impact factor ~4.5) is the first outpatient study of early antiviral (Hydroxychloroquine with zinc and azithromycin) treatment of COVID-19.  While the control and treatment groups are somewhat small, results indicate that hospitalization rates and fatalities fall substantially with the treatment. 

Treatment group hospitalizations: 4 of 144

Control group hospitalizations: 58 of 377

Treatment group fatalities:  1 of 144

Control group fatalities:  13 of 377

The differences were statistically significant.  This type of treatment has been used to safely treat Malaria for 60 years, and the cost is low. Other studies are also showing that there are effective low cost treatments for COVID-19. We have effective treatments…why don’t we use them? I prefer the tested treatment to a largely untested experimental vaccine.

Will an Invisible Tattoo Be Required for Travel?

This article published by the BBC, offers a hint at the future of travel…that includes travellers being required to “present customs officers with an entrance visa and a vaccination record. That could be a paper card – or a tiny tattoo on their arm, invisible to the naked eye but readable by an infrared scanner.” Is this acceptable to you? If such a scenario is not acceptable, then we must be prepared to refuse it, even if such action comes at a high personal cost. By refusing, you will reduce revenues/profits so that such overreach will cost them a great deal too.

COVID-19 Risk Calculator

The South Dakota Department of Health has developed a COVID Age Calculator that is based on actual data on COVID-related hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and fatalities. If you are concerned about your personal risk, you can go to this website, input some of your basic health information (age, gender, weight, underlying health conditions, etc.) and the tool will calculate your risk. For healthy people, the risk of surviving is 99.5% or higher.

COVID-19 Testing Yields 90% False Positives

On August 29, 2020 the New York Times published an article indicating that about 90% of those who tested positive for COVID-19 have such insignificant amounts of the virus present, that they are not contagious and that the virus poses no significant health risk.  About 90% of those who tested positive for COVID-19 have such a small amount of the virus present in their bodies that these individuals do not need to isolate, and they are not candidates for contact tracing.  The NYT states that “Most of these people are not likely to be contagious.”  “In three sets of testing data…compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90% of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found.”  Why are we basing policy on a testing procedure the yields 90% false positives?

No Lock Down Sweden COVID-19 Fatality Comparisons Using Excess Mortality Data

Excess mortality in Sweden with no lockdown, no masks, and limited social distancing in comparison to other countries (spoiler—as of November 1, 2020 Sweden is among the lowest with negative excess mortality). You can select multiple countries including the United States for comparison.