Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Genetically Modified Seeds: Conceived as a Weapon

by Larry Romanoff, Lew Rockwell:

Read Part I and Part II.

GM seeds and GM food carry great risks for all nations, so much so that for many reasons it is probably imperative these foods be banned outright. This subject is too large to be discussed here, but one aspect requires brief notice. If we were to ask about the origin of GM seeds, how the idea was conceived and developed, who did the research and who provided the funding, how would we reply? We might reasonably suggest that perhaps the concept originated in the Biology or Agricultural Department of some university, or that a government lab doing research on food supplies might have conceived and pursued the idea. Or, we might suggest a private company in the agricultural field was looking for more productive varieties of grains and stumbled on this process.

Trump’s Budget: More Warfare, Slightly Less Welfare

by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:

Listening to the howls from Democrats and the applause from Republicans, one would think President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget is a radical assault on the welfare state. The truth is the budget contains some minor spending cuts, most of which are not even real cuts. Instead they are reductions in the “projected rate of growth.” This is equivalent of saying you are sticking to your diet because you ate five chocolate chip cookies when you wanted to eat ten.

South Korea says it’s successfully treating coronavirus patient with natural oxygen therapy

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by Ethan Huff, Natural News:

In a breakthrough for eradicating the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), South Korean officials have successfully treated a patient using all-natural oxygen therapy.

Unlike our own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which only advocates for pharmaceuticals and vaccines, Korea’s CDC effectively cured, dare we use that word, a patient by delivering oxygen through a face mask, according to the local news service Newsis.

Black Swan Event Could Break Global Financial System

by Andy Krieger, Casey Research:

Regular readers know that some of our top minds at Casey Research – including our founder, Doug Casey – see dark times ahead for the economy.

But instead of panicking, we’re focused on helping you profit from the catastrophe. That’s why we’re sharing this dispatch from trading legend Andy Krieger.

Now, when a trader makes $300 million in a single day we’re inclined to pay attention. But Andy’s also an expert on the imminent collapse we see coming (which he calls the Black Swan event).

It’s essential to start preparing your portfolio now.

Lebanese People Trying to Protect Savings

by Virginia Fidler, Gold Telegraph:

As economic growth is slowing and global debt has surpassed $250 trillion, central banks around the world have forgotten a simple economic equation: you can’t spend more money than you take in. Most children grasp the concept, but central bankers seem to have forgotten this rule.

Lebanon has been facing  overwhelming national debt for years as it continues to struggle to overhaul its banking system. The country has accumulated $90 billion in debt. That’s 160 percent of its GDP. Merely servicing this debt costs $10 billion.

Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning Nominated for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

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from The Mind Unleashed:

Two whistleblowers—Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden—were nominated alongside WikiLeaks journalist and former editor-in-chief Julian Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2020 by 17 members of a German parliamentary group.

Żaklin Nastić (MdB) writes:

“I am one of a total of 17 members of our parliamentary group who have nominated Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. These brave people should not be criminalized but should be recognized and honored. The war criminals and their henchmen must be held accountable.

Report: The novel Coronavirus, 2019‐nCoV, is highly contagious and more infectious than initially estimated

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by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:

“We further show that quarantine and contact tracing of symptomatic individuals alone may not be effective and early, strong control measures are needed to stop transmission of the virus”

A report titled The Novel Coronavirus, 2019‐nCoV, is Highly Contagious and More Infectious Than Initially Estimated authored by Steven Sanche, Yen-Ting Lin, Chonggang Xu, Ethan Romero‐Severson, Nicolas W. Hengartner, and Ruian Ke concludes that the Rο value of the 2019-nCov Coronavirus strain is likely to be between 4.7 and 6.6. — meaning the virus is much more deadly than scientists initially thought.

COVID-19 Pandemic: The Complacent Are Clueless

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:

The eventual price of substituting magical thinking and survivorship bias for actual evidence will be far higher than the complacent realize.

Here’s a sampling of complacent assertions being made about the COVID-19 virus as if they were certitudes:

It’s no worse than a bad cold.

It’s less deadly than a normal flu.

You can’t catch it unless you’re in sustained close contact with a carrier.