The Sunday Philosophy Club – Review

To interfere or not to interfere? Thoughts on The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith (author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency & series set in Botswana) with mention of Hy Brasil by Margaret Elphinstone. Listeners familiar with the adventures of Isabel Dalhousie may be quick to point out that it is her housekeeper, Grace, who is described as ‘douce’, but I think my point still holds – though the Ivory Tower version is rather more anxious.

https://gumptionology.podbean.com/e/the-sunday-philosophy-club-review/

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Black lives, White lies

When White English Cressida Dick ordered the execution-without-trial of brasileiro moreno Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes, on the morning of 22nd July 2005, her officers followed him from his flat to Stockwell Tube Station, then shot him seven times in the head in the middle of a train carriage in front of other passengers. She was made head of the (London) Metropolitan Police Force, with impunity; his family still wait for justice.

Apparently his physical aspect – the colour of his skin and of his eyes – caused her to confuse him with a failed bomber on the run. Confounding details were:

  • He lived in the same high rise block of flats as one of the suspects
  • He queued for a bus after finding a tube station was closed

Reports that he vaulted the turnstile and ran away from police shouting at him and that he was wearing a padded jacket on what (in England) was considered a warm day turned out to be false.

Yesterday in Glasgow, yards from where I was born, a man from Sudan (known so far in the press only as “the attacker”, “an asylum-seeker” or “the knifeman”) was executed-without-trial by armed police. Unlike the innocent Brazilian electrician, peacefully travelling to work, hoping to maybe find a seat on the train to sit and read the free newspaper he had picked up, Ibrahim (he needs a name and this is a popular one in Sudan) was not acting peacefully.

The press is full of horror at how he stabbed several people, including an unarmed policeman, first on the scene, before the gun squad arrived. There is just recognition of the bravery of PC David Whyte, and of members of the public including Daniel Redhead, a Grenadian asylum-seeker, and the delivery driver who refused to be named (but somehow a tabloid, in this very sectarian city, reports to be a Rangers supporter). There is also passing mention of the inhuman conditions under which people seeking asylum have been forced to live, for months.

In other words, there’s context.

Independent journalists for Bella Caledonia have been consistently reporting on these conditions for months:

Ana Santamarina Guerrero on 16th June describes a situation where people seeking asylum were forcibly removed from their homes, crowded into boarding houses (nominally “hotels”), their meagre subsistence replaced by even more meagre food rations – and medical care denied.

Jenny Tsilivakou on 6th June reports that the subsistence money cut off by the Home Office amounted to £35, per week, and that there have been multiple complaints about these conditions – including from Adnan Olbeh, from Syria, who took his own life at the age of 30, after repeatedly warning staff of his deteriorating mental health, according to the same reporter on 30th May.

This month has also seen a peaceful protest against these conditions, by people seeking asylum and their supporters, violently opposed by racist White British nationalists and apparently vilified by the press and the police by a false equivalence, as Mike Small, editor of Bella Caledonia reports on 18th June. This violence resulted in 6 men being arrested for “minor public order offences”.

Although knife crime has fallen over the last 10 years in Scotland, it still continues to be the most frequent cause of homicide and the perpetrators are, overwhelmingly, White men. However yesterday’s lethal shooting of a member of the public by a member of the police force, is apparently the first in 50 years. Contrast that with the various ongoing investigations (or family complaints over stalled investigations) of Black members of the public killed by police while in their custody.

Nazir Afsal, former chief prosecutor, condemns “a system that disproportionately suspects, arrests, charges, remands, convicts and imprisons people from black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities”.

Violent knife crime is still common in Glasgow. Both the particular inhuman treatment of people seeking asylum and the general neglect of physical and mental health during this viral panic are also common across the UK – as is lethal systemic racism.

The words of Maz Saleem, commenting on the killing of an innocent man in London in 2005 are also appropriate for the killing of a man, perhaps driven mad by prolonged hunger and mental torture but still guilty of the stabbings in Glasgow yesterday:

“The case for abandoning the shoot-to-kill policy, disarming the police further, and removing powers that allow them to shoot innocent people is stronger than ever.”

If we allow our state authorities to bypass our system of justice and to treat crime as if it were a matter of public health – and to treat both by ignoring underlying conditions and simply responding with lethal prescriptions – then, in this continual state of exceptionalism, we let go of the very values we are supposedly protecting.

Guns don’t make anyone safe. They have one purpose only: to kill. Yesterday the Scottish police, whom we citizens have never voted to allow arms, sent all of us, whatever our ethnicity, a message – We can kill you now, in public, just like in England. And we can get away with it. Especially if you’re Black.

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Thanks to Junior Libby for releasing his image The Gunfighter Skull into the Public Domain.

5 Lockdown Lifehacks

There’s a time-lag technique for simultaneous interpreting I learned when I volunteered at grassroots Social Forums in several European cities some years ago: listening to the echo of the speaker’s words in your head and translating that. It works because the words have embedded in your brain and they already have meaning to you, so all you do is to say that (in the output language). It’s a great technique but it needs a lot of focus and it’s tiring.

Trying to get organised during lockdown feels a lot like that – constantly trying to catch up – but the difference is that, being at home, we can also be constantly distracted. So here are five lockdown lifehacks that I’ve adapted from my experience as a life coach.[1]

Step 1) Accept your feelings of guilt – and let them go!

Some of my clients describe waking up in the morning already feeling a failure. That list of 120 urgent items on last week’s To Do list still aren’t done! With the odds against most of us at the moment, that feeling is both widespread and understandable. But does it help to simply reassure each other that we can lower our standards?

I don’t think so.

Instead, treat feelings like little children. Acknowledge their ups and downs but don’t forget who’s in charge! You still have the will to choose your actions, however you are feeling. Your emotions will change as you change your situation: don’t put the cart before the horse! Now you’re ready for Step 2!

Step 2) Create space to think – you need it!

Chuck Zones are temporary storage areas that I recommend to all my clients. No matter how fastidious we are at tidying up, we can all get messy. Not all of our clothes go into the laundry basket at the end of the day, and we can’t always be bothered to hang them up or fold them away. The same happens when we come back home and empty our pockets or bag. A Chuck Zone can be a chair, a drawer, a bag or a box – just not on the floor or impairing the function of another item of furniture.

Designate one for clothes, one for papers and one for everything else.

Then you can make your space functional in seconds and, when you have the energy, you can relocate the items to a more permanent place.

Creating space also means ringfencing some time. Even if all you can do is hide in the only room in the house with a lock for 5 minutes, that’s still enough time to do Step 3.

Step 3) Plan tomorrow today – you’re already ahead!

The problem with suddenly adopting a completely different daily routine is that you may not be prepared for it.

Scenario: used to getting up at 10am and having three black coffees and sugary cereal before you sink into an armchair to watch kitten videos on Instagram till lunch, you drag yourself up at 5:30am, remember you forgot to buy the must-have ginseng tea before your hour’s yoga. And slink off back to bed.

The answer? Don’t try drastic changes. Small, incremental steps are more sustainable. Do whatever you need to today to prepare to do what you want tomorrow. Start with food shopping – which takes us to Step 4.

Step 4) Get the good food in first! And DON’T crash diet!

I wrote a slim booklet about FAT and fitness (it’s also an audiobook). But here’s the skinny: food is our fuel for life and body fat is necessary to store energy, warm us and to protect our vital organs. Calorie counting seems to largely benefit the dieting industry and I don’t recommend it. Your body may end up panicking and storing excess fat – and then you’re back to square one and sighing on the scales. Just get the good food in first (especially fruit and vegetables) and you won’t feel the need to fill up the corners with snacks. Now you’re ready for Step 5.

Step 5) Employ the Rule of Three – it works like magic!

You’re in the space you’ve cleared, during the time you’ve claimed, and all ready to plan tomorrow today. How do you do it? What about all those items on that impossible To Do list? Do you really have to just work your way through them, one at a time, one after another?

No. Not if you use the Rule of Three:

1 – urgent task

2 – important task

3 – reward

Tear up that To Do list. Just tear it up! You were never going to do all that stuff anyway and, if you use this 1-2-3, you won’t have to. Why? How does it work?

Worry is like a background computer programme. It can interfere with normal functioning. Doing an urgent task calms your mind and makes you feel responsible. Taking advantage of that lull, when the nagging voice in your head shuts up, by doing an important task, means that you’ve prevented another emergency and you begin to feel more organised.

Rewards can be anything from reading a magazine for five minutes to soaking in an aromatherapy bath for an hour. Rewarding yourself acknowledges the work you’ve done and your dignity as a human being. You’re not a cog in the machine. This is your life you’re living – paid and unpaid work included! It also switches your ‘at work’ beta brainwaves to the ‘at rest’ alpha variety – and that can slide into the more (day)dreamy theta state. Where you get your best ideas.

To Do lists are linear and atomised: one at a time, one after another. There’s no organic connection. Yes, you can get things done but problem-solving benefits from playfulness, creativity and fun.

Example: today I had a broken plastic pail at the back door, a round plastic food tray, a pile of woody hedge trimmings round the back of the hut, a bag of plastic bags in the kitchen cupboard, a wheelbarrow full of dried moss raked off the front lawn and a packet of coriander (cilantro) seeds and another of cress I wanted to plant. Seeing the first five as assets rather than rubbish to be removed, I combined them, also using some twine, to make a hanging basket and a flat mossy tray, and sowed the seeds.

Using these 5 lockdown lifehacks frees up not only your time and your space but the crucial quality we all need to get things done well. The Greeks call it Arête, the Germans call it Kraft, the French call it va va voom, the English call it get-up-and-go: here in Scotland, we call it gumption.

[1]  I’m Ph.D. not M.D. and if you want to know the metaphysical theory of alchemical life quality that I base my coaching on, it’s HERE.

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Young lady in red, ankle-length, puff-sleeved frilled dress reclining on pink-fringed hammock between trees in leaf, languidly reading newspaper.

Thanks to Karen Arnold for releasing her image Woman Reading Vintage Drawing into the Public Domain.

Bodies

Living both north and south of the Tropic of Capricorn in Brazil, I had to get used to walking slowly and smoothly­ – otherwise I’d arrive sticky with sweat (and Brazilians are extremely fastidious about hygiene). In my native Scotland, we walk at a brisk, jerky, pace because speed and friction keep us warm north of the latitude of Moscow. In the days before mobile phones, when I still had my Brazilian tan, I sat for an hour outside Holborn Tube Station waiting for a friend and watching the citizens of London walk by. Generally, the White people scurried along, head-first, frowning, shoulders tense, neck at 45o; mostly, the Black people had shoulders back and walked with head high, evenly and upright. Of course there were exceptions.

Taking an African dance class in California (I’m White and, yes, I was hopeless) I observed a White American classmate with a very Irish name skip across the floor and asked her when she’d learned Irish dancing, because I recognised the movement. She said “what is that?” and told me her family had emigrated from Ireland centuries ago. I replied, “your legs remember”.

Muscle memory’ was a hot topic in those days and it was something we were well aware of in our massage class, led by our gentle, feminine New-Agey teacher – she’d burp as she worked, feeling it released the blocked somatic energy she was picking up – who summed up her philosophy: “when you bring peace to the body, you bring peace to the world”.

Although I try to do that, nowadays, I’m sorry to say, I tend to poke my neck out and scurry with the rest of my peely-wally compatriots but occasionally I am reminded (by all our stooped White elderly folk) to straighten my spine. And, when it’s hot, I still drag the back of my flip-flops along, like a good Brazilian, rather than snap them to my heels.

What’s the point? Today for Catholics is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the body of Christ, and bodies are on all our minds right now. The Italian cultural theorist and moral philosopher Giorgio Agamben critiques the church for failing in a duty which was recognised as paramount even by the Ancient Greeks:

“The first point, perhaps the most serious, concerns the bodies of dead persons. How could we have accepted, solely in the name of a risk that it was not possible to specify, that persons who are dear to us and human beings in general should not only die alone, but — something that had never happened before in history, from Antigone to today — that their cadavers should be burned without a funeral?”

As the main carer for two family members, one human, one canine, and as a vegan, I am well aware of the importance of bodies, especially right now. She can get cramped from sitting too long, her accustomed exercise, a short bus trip to the local town for mass and a potter round cafes and charity shops, greeting friends, curtailed by the powers-that-be. He’s probably getting more walks than ever but other animals are not so fortunate. All across the United States, pigs are being herded into gas chambers to cut their sad lives even shorter.

Unlike many new converts to animal liberation, I don’t watch footage of cruelty to animals. I know about our inhumanity. Instead I share the work of animal sanctuaries – and I invite you to do the same.

When I read that the bodies of our elderly, frightened and sometimes starving to death, were being discovered, alone and decomposing, in homes in London, I felt we had reached an end point in utter selfishness in metropolitan society.

Agamben, rightly, criticises the church for embracing the Covid Cult rather than the sick:

“The Church above all, which, in making itself the handmaid of science, which has now become the true religion of our time, has radically repudiated its most essential principles. The Church, under a Pope who calls himself Francis, has forgotten that Francis embraced lepers. It has forgotten that one of the works of mercy is that of visiting the sick. It has forgotten that the martyrs teach that we must be prepared to sacrifice our life rather than our faith and that renouncing our neighbour means renouncing faith.” (ibid)

Pope Francis, in his defence, has a long history of embracing those whom society repudiates as repugnant. As well as his ad hoc embraces, his annual washing of the feet of prisoners and the poor was only seized upon by the press when he became pope but for him it is nothing new – and he has publically urged respect and compassion for people caught up in prostitution. Nevertheless, I fear that the Vatican may have been overly conscious of its geographical position in the heart of Italy, so hysterically caught up in the Covid Cult and so tragically beginning to become aware that so many of its elderly were simply killed by well-meaning medics in a lethal combination of multimorbidity and iatrogenesis.

Women who advocate for reproductive justice (which should be against forced abortion and sterilisation; against state, social or economic pressure on pregnant women not to give birth; against pathologising natural somatic processes; against pro-birthers who do not support single mothers; and against any discrimination based on sex, race or ability) use the slogan OUR BODIES OUR SELVES! (Naomi Wolf, bravely, nuances the argument with a reflection on Our Bodies Our Souls.)

For human beings of any unselfish faith or philosophy, our bodies are not just commodities at the disposal of the state or the corporate forces of the market.

As we wake up from this global hypnosis, and open our eyes to the long-held plans of the biotech industrial complex, let’s remember that.

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Unclothed grey sleek faceless mannequins in a shop window

Thanks to Peter Griffin for releasing his image Faceless Mannequins into the Public Domain.

 

DEATH CERTIFICATES AND AUTOPSIES, MORTALITY AND LOCKDOWN

My unofficial translation of two penultimate sections of “Plandemia en España: Crónica del virus del miedo” by #StopConfinamientoEspaña [StopLockdownSpain]. Previous parts HERE.

DEATH CERTIFICATES AND AUTOPSIES

Below we attach a fragment of the communiqué of the General Council of Official Medical Associations – the Collegiate Medical Organization [OMC] of Spain:[1]

Given the declaration of the state of emergency for the management of the health crisis caused by Covid-19, and following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice, in relation to the Death Certifications of deceased by natural causes, and especially in cases with Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19 infection, and according to the definitions proposed by the WHO, the National Vocalía de Public Administrations of the General Council of Official Medical Colleges (CGCOM) states the procedure to follow on Death Certificates:

– The judicial intervention of the Forensic Doctor will be thereupon be limited to cases of violent death or in which there is a clear suspicion of criminality.

– For the issuance of the corresponding death certificates, in the cases of probable infection with COVID-19 in the community environment without analytical confirmation, after consulting, if possible, the medical history of the deceased, especially with attention to the described symptomatology of the infection, proceed to certify the following way:

  • Initial or Fundamental Cause of Death: COVID-19 NOT CONFIRMED or

SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION.

– In cases of COVID-19 confirmed by laboratory test, the Main Cause must be identified as follows: COVID-19 CONFIRMED. For the rest of the certification, proceed as in the previous section.

Three conclusions can be drawn from here:

1st The Spanish medical community has not carried out autopsies on the deceased with COVID-19 either for reasons of public health research or clarification of doubtful deaths.

2nd At the mere suspicion of the doctor, in the absence of means of confirmation, in the death certificate the fundamental cause of death will be COVID-19.

3rd Anyone who died with a positive diagnostic test, regardless of the cause of death will appear on their confirmed COVID-19 death certificate. Deceased under the second and third criteria make up the official list of deceased by coronavirus. Does the government have accurate information on how many people have died by COVID-19 in Spain? Was there an intention to increase the death toll continue to spread the virus of fear?

MORTALITY AND LOCKDOWN

The StopConfinamientoEspaña [Stop Lockdown Spain] team was studying the MoMo mortality charts (Daily Mortality Monitoring) but, given the continuous playing with figures,[2] the alleged appearance of 12,000 deaths that were not computed and the scarce credibility in official statistical agencies right now,[3] we are not going to make a detailed analysis of mortality community by community. Either way, using the data provided with reservations, the following conclusions may be extracted:

1) Population density has not been a determining factor. Madrid and Catalonia they have one of the highest, Castilla León and Castilla la Mancha, one of the lowest. All 4 have a much higher mortality than expected.

2) The Balearic and Canary Islands, with great air traffic due to tourism, have barely had any deceased. Madrid and Barcelona, ​​communications hub, yes they have had them. Castilla León and La Mancha do not have relevant airports or transit points, however, they have also suffered high mortality.

3) The lockdown rules have been exactly the same for all C.C.A.A. [autonomous communities] of the peninsula, islands and autonomous cities. If confinement saved lives, it should have saved them uniformly across the country.

4) To highlight the cases of Ceuta and Melilla, lockdown with 4 and 2 deceased with COVID-19.

5) There are autonomous communities where there has been no increase in above average mortality.[4]

The deaths have been concentrated, precisely, in the more confined and vulnerable population segment: residents in senior centers. If the virus knows no borders why is it that the elderly population confined to their homes has not dies in their thousands, even going out to shop, to the bank or to the pharmacy? With hospitals collapsed the elderly in the care homes would not have had any opportunity either. This false pandemic has been sold as a biblical plague, but it has not been a plague nor has it biblical proportions.

[1] OMC communiqué: https://www.cgcom.es/sites/default/files/u183/n.p._cerfificaciones_de_defuncion.28032020.pdf

[2] https://www.isciii.es/QueHacemos/Servicios/VigilanciaSaludPublicaRENAVE/EnfermedadesTransmisibles/MoMo/Paginas/Informes-MoMo-2020.aspx

[3] https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020/05/27/actualidad/1590570927_371193.html

[4] Ceuta, Melilla, Galicia, Asturias, Balearic Isles, Canaries, Murcia and Cantabria.

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE RESIDENCES?

[This unoffical hasty translation of mine follows from the previous section of “Plandemic in Spain”: Chronicle of the Fear Virus]

Since the end of February, many residences have isolated the elderly with more or less degrees of freedom of movement.[1] They stopped receiving visits, TLC [emotional care] was minimized due to fear of contagion from staff and uniforms of protection of PPE-equipped physicians and assistants scared residents even more, if possible. An extremely important part in the health of dependent people is emotional care. As the days passed a mental, moral and physical decline began. There were not enough staff, equipment or adequate treatments.

Ignacio Fernández Cid, president of the Business Federation of Dependency, denounced this on ES RADIO: “They did not send us medication, only morphine for sedation”.[2] On many occasions hospital transfer was denied.

The Spanish Palliative Care Society (SECPAL) prepared a document with a series of guidelines on the symptomatic control of seriously ill patients affected by COVID-19 disease requiring palliative sedation and near the end of life.[3] This “guidance” document is not binding, but at the end of the document they state that palliative sedation, with the prior authorization of patients and their family, is ethical and deontologically [means fitting the end] compulsory practice. It is worth analyzing the “guidelines” for seriously ill people who are confined to their homes or residential centers. Another document of the Castilla León Health Board recommends a similar treatment in cases of lockdown in homes or residences.[4]

One of the first symptoms that can appear in COVID-19 is dyspnea (choking or difficulty in breathing), but this could also be caused by anxiety and stress derived from confinement in a room. In these cases morphine is recommended. Haloperidol was injected to prevent nausea or vomiting derived from the side effects of morphine. Midazalom is administered in cases of tachypnea (increased respiratory rate above normal), which can also appear in cases of anxiety, fear or crying, situations that were probably frequently found inside the [care home] rooms. In cases of respiratory discharge it was recommended to use Buscapina, which in turn can cause dyspnea as an adverse reaction.

Different leading European organizations in palliative sedation recommend morphine and midazolam in cases of Acute Respiratory Syndrome, lorezapam in case of anxiety, morphine in cases of cough and pain, metoclopramide in cases of nausea and haloperidol in cases of delirium.[5]

Weeks before the Government decreed the first state of alarm, a large number of nursing homes and other centers for dependents restricted visits and began isolation protocols. These people were refused visits and were confined, with greater or lesser degree of freedom, either in a unit or in a room. They were isolated for weeks on the pretext of avoiding contagion with other residents.[6]

It is impossible to know the degree of care received in each residence in Spain, but it is certain that some of these centers were not prepared to face an indefinite confinement situation. [Such] centers are prepared to function optimally under routine hours, visits, food, hygiene – and medical, physical, psychological and affective care.

You do not have to be a doctor to know that when elderly people, in many cases with serious pathologies and very dependent, are told that there is a deadly virus, when they are denied visits, when their mobility is reduced, when they are not allowed to get enough sun or fresh air and, worst of all, when there is no specific end date, they begin to develop depression. To physical fatigue and neglect caused by a situation that overwhelmed caregivers, we must add psychological disorders typical of a sudden confinement that is embodied in anxiety, depression of the immune system, feelings of abandonment and repetitive thoughts about death.

There are testimonies from residences where the staff, whether due to fear of contagion, stress, anxiety or sick leave, could not attend work.[7] These vacancies were not filled at such a critical time. It is also hindering the access to information that relatives of deceased are claiming. The relatives of many victims had little or no contact during the development of these events. Certain residences, either because they were in a situation of profitability threshold or simple greed, already counted before the situation COVID-19 with scarce and poorly trained staff.

We do not have data from all over Spain to specify whether this situation has become more focused in private or public residences, or those with more or less purchasing power. On the other hand, thousands of residences really have done their job well. The whole sector cannot be pilloried for this scandal, but it is urgent to clarify responsibilities. The residences of the elderly are not hospitals, nor ICUs, nor jails, nor confinement centers of transients; they are the homes of the elderly. The elderly often die in hospital or at least that happened until March 2020.

At a certain point desperate warnings began to come asking for the urgent hospitalization of many of these elderly. This distress call was, in many cases, neglected. We do not know how many cases of hospitalization requested were from people with symptoms similar to COVID-19 and how many were asking for admissions for heart and cerebrovascular disease, pneumonia, influenza or seasonal flu, advanced Alzheimer’s, diabetes, or diseases caused by lockdown itself.

Given the collapse of health that some hospitals were experiencing in those weeks of March and early April 2020, the protocol was to choose between who lived and who died. There was no space in the hospitals. It was a “protocol of war”.

Cases could converge in the same residence of patients with respiratory pathologies  and other diseases (tumors, heart problems, Alzheimer’s, diabetes…). These people had to be isolated the moment there was a single positive identified through a rapid test. Then an outbreak was declared epidemiological throughout the residence confining the elderly in their rooms.

Sending sedatives and using them in residences is one of the most important and sinister chapters in the history of the Spanish plandemia. Much information is missing, secrecy is maximum. We will never know if the sedative doses were administered correctly in the cases that it was necessary, if it was supplied at [staff?] discretion due to [staff being] overwhelmed with work or if there was uncontrolled sedation. What did happen were many cases of abandonment. The news about the thousands of affected families denouncing the deaths of their loved ones in residences were not long in arriving.[8] A platform was created called Confused Care Homes [“marea” in Marea de Residencias means seasickness/ wave] to coordinate all complaints about these unclear deaths.[9] Whose responsibility is this slaughter of the elderly?

The attempt to coordinate[10] between provinces and other autonomous communities either did not work correctly or was insufficient, or it was late or maybe all three are correct. The army’s work in this “war situation” consisted in developing Operation Balmis,[11] which fumigated using toxic products that could cause suffocation.[12] The product used was BDS 2000. This component contained stabilized peracetic acid as the active ingredient. Exposure to peracetic acid can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and respiratory system, and a major or long-term exposure can cause permanent damage to the lungs.[13] There is research linking this acid to death with 1% permanence of this product.[14]

This product is used by the Spanish army as shown by the Kaercher brand map.[15] The spraying work[16] was carried out thoroughly.[17] Cooperation with private healthcare, scarce.[18] There were 10% of ICU admissions as of April 1.

[tables on p.10 not translated]

As of June 3, 2020, 71% of those who died of coronavirus in Spain died in residences and other dependent centers.[19]

* In the data of C. León there could be a typo.

[tables on p.11 not translated *refers to table of Castilla & León]

[The next section pp.12-14 is the Science of the Virus which has information accessible in English from https://uncoverdc.com/2020/04/07/was-the-covid-19-test-meantto-detect-a-virus/ and http://theinfectiousmyth.com/]

[There are three more sections: Certification of Death and Autopsy; Mortality and Lockdown; Legal Aspects; Conclusions – all of which support the view already expressed and which I may be able to translate at a later date (and if someone else does please let me know!)]

[Lo siento mucho mi escarsa abilida con este lingua tan expressive utilisado por un escritor con tanto talent. Espero por lo menos que sea util para combater este guerra global y naccional de misinformaccion contra la gente. Alan]

[Image from #StopConfinamientoEspaña on Twitter and HERE]

[1] https://okdiario.com/img/2020/05/22/whatsapp-image-2020-05-22-at-21.54.30. jpeg [I’ve separated “jpeg” from the URL otherwise it pastes over the whole post, delete space to view]

https://www.elespanol.com/espana/20200509/pedimos-medicinas-ancianos-morfina-sedacion-denuncian-residencias/488452348_0.html

[2] https://esradio.libertaddigital.com/fonoteca/2020-05-06/entrevista-a-ignacio-fernandez-cid-149506.html

[3] http://www.secpal.com//Documentos/Blog/2020_03_23%20FIN%20DE%20VIDA%20Y%20COVID%2019%20_1.%20Documento%20para%20profesionales_1.pdf

[4] https://www.saludcastillayleon.es/es/covid-19/informacion-profesionales/atencion-primaria/actuacion-atencionprimaria.ficheros/1573585-030420_PROTOCOLO%20integral%20de%20actuaci%C3%B3n%20en%20PACIENTES%20en%20situaci%C

3%B3n%20de%20%C3%9ALTIMOS%20D%C3%8DAS%20y%20FALLECIMIENTO%20por%20COVID19.pdf

[5] https://smw.ch/article/doi/smw.2020.20235

[6] https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-internacional-52036018

[7] Own source. Testimonies obtained directly from relatives of victims by the StopConfinamietoEspaña team: secrecy in patient treatment, doctors on leave in the midst of the crisis, a cold and distant attitude on the part of the centers, suspicion that residents were held on until the end of the month to collect the month of March, residences denied contacts between victims of relatives to avoid them associating, deletion of data from the apps for follow-up after death, inaccuracy in times of transfer to hospital and death.

[8] https://www.elsaltodiario.com/coronavirus/familiares-denuncian-43-ancianos-fallecido-residencia-mayores-vitalialeganes-covid

https://cadenaser.com/ser/2020/03/26/sociedad/1585204942_349816.html

[9] https://marearesidencias.org/

[10] 30 of March https://www.redaccionmedica.com/secciones/sanidad-hoy/coronavirus-sanidad-valora-trasladarpacientes-uci-autonomias-1470

[11] 6,824 fumigation workers on 13 de abril https://www.larazon.es/espana/20200413/uqw4rvwrpzfm7hhsl7bge3pp7q.html

[12] https://www.karcher-futuretech.com/es/combatir-el-coronavirus.html

[13] https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81cido_perac%C3%A9tico

[14] http://joh.sanei.or.jp/pdf/E49/E49_2_11.pdf

[15] https://s1.kaercher-media.com/media/file/100501/folleto-descontaminacion-movil-qbrn.pdf

[16] The WHO, despite not having evidence that the virus remained on objects, recommended the disinfection “for the peace of mind of the people” https://www.elmundo.es/ciencia-y-salud/salud/2020/05/18/5ec231c7fdddff90958b466a.html

[17] https://www.larazon.es/espana/20200413/uqw4rvwrpzfm7hhsl7bge3pp7q.html

[18] https://www.niusdiario.es/sociedad/sanidad/sanidad-privada-atiende-20-pacientes-covid-19-hospitales-privadoscapacidad-atender-coronavirus-95-camas-libres_18_2922945163.html

[19] https://www.rtve.es/noticias/20200606/radiografia-del-coronavirus-residencias-ancianos-espana/2011609.shtml

 

 

THE PEAK OF “PLANDEMIA”

[This unoffical hasty translation of mine follows from the beginning section of “Plandemic in Spain”: Chronicle of the Fear Virus – next section follows]

As of April 2, the peak of deaths in Spain was the result[1] of a mixture of:

  1. Decease by Covid-19, the name of the disease they have been trying to cataloged as new but which has no unique distinctive symptoms and whose connection to the virus SARS-CoV-2 has not been demonstrated. There is no consensus on the form of transmission. It does not follows the postulates of Koch,[2] the basis of modern microbiology, which describes the etiology (study of the origin or cause of diseases) to discover the agent participating in infectious diseases. There are cases of people without symptoms and no contact with another infected person[3] still pending resolution.
  2. Other diseases that continued to kill the same as in previous years, the circulatory system, tumors and respiratory system being the three main causes of deaths.[4]
  3. Forced isolation in hospitals in an environment of collective psychosis, producing panic, loneliness, depression, fear of death in patients, hopelessness etc.
  4. Seriously ill people with other pathologies who did not go to the hospital for fear of contagion.
  5. Consequences derived from lockdown itself: increase of suicides, addiction, lack of care for the isolated elderly, physical deterioration due to lack of activity and walks in the open air, domestic violence, etc.
  6. Abandonment in old people’s residences due to denial of hospital care and negligence in care protocols: forced isolation and palliative sedation, predictably producing thousands of deaths.
  7. Dubious triage criteria and negligence in treatments: intubation, medications and sedation.[5]

Invasive mechanical ventilation or intubation is a medical treatment that provides oxygen to patients who cannot, or have serious trouble, breathing for themselves. It is a very invasive procedure that requires not only the sedation of patients through induced coma, but also their complete paralysis. The patients, while intubated, are unconscious or semi-conscious and some have described the experience as a living nightmare, probably because the body fights against intubation. The patients also suffer from serious physical deterioration as they may be bedridden for weeks!

After the SARS crisis in 2003, it was publicly admitted that the most common reason for intubation of a patient was the fear of SARS itself from the medical staff.[6] While patients are intubated, they have a “closed circuit”, it being impossible to expel any particle to the outside that could cause a contagion. This fear proved to be unfounded: a study conducted in Hong Kong showed a rate of four to five times higher mortality than in hospitals where this treatment was not performed.

It seems that this could also have happened during the COVID-19 crisis.

The mortality rate in patients intubated for a long period of time is high. A study in China showed that about 30 intubated patients died (97%) and a study carried out in New York shows the same percentage (97%) in patients over 65 years and 76% in children under this age.

The association between intubation and a series of effects known as Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) and Ventilator-Associated Lung Injury (VALI) has been known for years. It is difficult to distinguish between these effects from those caused by pre-existing respiratory pathologies in patients with COVID-19.

Regarding the medications administered, there is no consensus on the treatment. They have tried [everything and anything] from antivirals to malaria treatments and even rheumatological treatments. “There are no proven therapies for the treatment of COVID-19. All indications have the potential for associated damage.”[7]

The specific triage criteria for admission to ICUs are not known.

There was unbalanced distribution of means and personnel. While IFEMA [massive field hospital in Madrid events venue] was announced to great fanfare (opened on March 22 and closed on May 1 with 17 deaths registered)[8] in other places, such as old people’s residences, there was a lack of personnel. Especially striking were the choreographed dancing and bingo games at IFEMA.

In short, there was improvisation and lack of coordination in the application of sanitary protocols.

[Image from #StopConfinamientoEspaña on Twitter and HERE]

[1] https://www.rtve.es/noticias/20200602/curva-contagios-muertes-coronavirus-espana-dia-dia/2010514.shtml

[2] https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2001017

[3] See section Transmission and related bibliography https://theinfectiousmyth.com/book/CoronavirusPanic.pdf

[4] https://www.ine.es/prensa/edcm_2018.pdf

[5] Section ventilation, medication and sedation https://theinfectiousmyth.com/book/CoronavirusPanic.pdf

[6] Statistics and studies on ventilation during the SARS crisis https://davidcrowe.ca/SciHealthEnv/papers/5164-Ventilation-SARS.pdf

[7] See section DRUGS FOR COVID-19 from epígrafe 8

[8] https://www.infolibre.es/noticias/politica/2020/05/01/cierra_hospital_ifema_milagro_que_atendio_000_pacientes_alivio_red_sanitaria_106406_1012.html

Plandemic in Spain “Chronicle of the Fear Virus” Translation Part 1

My unofficial translation of first 4 pages of the 24 of “Plandemia en España: Crónica del virus del miedo” by #StopConfinamientoEspaña [StopLockdownSpain]. Next section.

Original posted on twitter by @InfectiousMyth – link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S7xW72ahs7Guqo7JzzPFuI0P6wjg_j5r/view

June 2020. Version 1.02 [Full updated document in English https://drive.google.com/file/d/16Uf7J4iut33p_h2MUF9qv6eeyK6fFvVw/view%5D [1]

INTRODUCTION

Given the scandalous concealment of data, lies and negligence by the Spanish
Government during this false pandemic, we are preparing to present an investigation
that presents a panoramic, critical and alternative vision to the official account of the
media. Certain facts are supported by general press reports that offer a snapshot, but
we also attach scientific evidence with abundant bibliography, official documents and
testimonies for those who wish to go deeper. We have joined dots and filled gaps. We
are not a commission of experts, but we are citizens seeking answers beyond the media and official bodies purchased by power.

On March 14, 2020[2] the Government officially declared a state of emergency and lockdown for the entire population, in order to prevent the spread of the SARSCoV-2 virus and alleviate a situation of “unexpected” sanitary collapse. The crisis began with the customary lack of beds, doctors and means.[3] When in February the first outbreak of coronavirus began in Italy,[4] it was not considered necessary to stock up on medicines, recruit more personnel, invest in training, reform units, prepare more beds or buy more personal protective equipment. This must have been foreseen not only in February or January 2020, but much earlier.[5]

Curiously, in October 2019 a congress was held in New York City named “Event 201”,[6] where a simulation took place to reflect on the public policies and the cooperation necessary to respond to a possible severe pandemic with the lowest social and economic impacts. The event was organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Safety and the Global Economic Forum.[7] Coincidence?

Event 201 simulates an outbreak of a new zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs and from pigs to people. Contagion becomes more efficient once it is transmitted from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic. The pathogen and the
disease it causes are largely based on SARS, being easily transmissible between people with mild symptoms.

The disease begins on pig farms in Brazil, quietly and slowly at first, but then it begins to spread more rapidly in healthcare settings. When it begins to spread efficiently from person to person in the low-income and densely populated neighborhoods of some of the megacities of South America, the epidemic explodes. It is first exported by air transport to Portugal, the United States and China, and then many other countries. Although at first some countries may control it, it continues to spread and reintroduce itself, and eventually no country can maintain control.

There is no chance that a vaccine will be available in the first year. There is a dummy antiviral medication that can help sufferers but not limit significantly the spread of the disease.

As the entire human population is susceptible, during the first months of the pandemic, the cumulative number of cases increases exponentially, doubling weekly. And as cases and deaths accumulate, the economic and social consequences become increasingly grave.

The scenario ends at the point of 18 months, with 65 million deaths. The pandemic begins to ebb due to the decrease of the infected. The pandemic will continue until the point where an effective vaccine appears or until 80-90% of the world population has been exposed. From that moment, it is likely to be an endemic childhood disease.

Returning to the reality experienced in Spain, the COVID-19 situation has demonstrated the deteriorated state of the Spanish health system, which collapses every year. But this year, 2020, the collapse of health was already critical in January and February due to a spike in seasonal influenza. The hospitals were already saturated before the COVID-19 crisis hit.[8]

From the end of December, the media began to report a strange disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan. In this first phase, it was not given much importance, it was just a flu with a few isolated cases. “We can control it if it gets here”, said the experts.[9] But this was part of the plan. If it was just a flu and not important, why repeat it in each news program, radio program, or news report? What was the point of repeating an irrelevant news item in a gruesome way? In a very subtle way, they were already installing paranoia throughout the population. They linked the crisis of climate change with the crisis of COVID-19. The treadmill of fear kept spinning.

As the weeks went by, we listened to news of canceled events, we saw images of Asians wearing a mask, more mysterious deaths and the first isolated cases in Spain. The face of Tedros Adhanom, Secretary General of the WHO, was occupying more and more prime time minutes in the news. The intoxication was beginning to take effect: “It seems that there is a virus that causes a disease very serious respiratory in China, but at the moment there is nothing to worry about.”

Day after day we became familiar with the terms COVID, SARS, coronavirus and lockdown. At the end of February, the information was already pouring through the Internet. We learned that in Italy things were not going well. In Spain there were already the infected, the deceased and some hospitals already warned of what was coming. As of February 26 it was already recommended not to go to the Emergency Room [Theatre in UK].[10] At this point, Fernando Simón played down the matter, but at the same time, from all the official media, they did not stop bombarding us with information about the COVID-19 disease. The second phase of “Operation Fear” was launched.

Fear began to settle in people. Nursing homes and hospitals already were on alert. Infected politicians and rumors of the closure of soccer fields. Without knowing how, the main problem in our country became “the coronavirus”. Other diseases had disappeared. As if by magic, catcalling on the street and the Catalan independence movements were no longer so important, but before the end, the Apocalypse occurred: the feminist demonstration of 8-M.

During this period, a large number of people began to notice the first symptoms of the suspected SARS-CoV-2 virus: fever, cough and malaise. What else could it be? We had been hearing about the coronavirus for three months! This is when two types of patients converged: the frightened who went to hospital and those who for fear stayed at home, either with mild symptoms or other symptoms stemming from other pathologies. The psychosomatic effects of this media terrorist attack can never be calculated.

Then came the lockdown. It was no longer a flu, it was a pandemic at the levels of the Black Death of the Middle Ages. Never before has the world suffered an attack of this caliber. Images of collapsed hospitals, cars full of toilet paper, stockpiling of food, protective screens and masks. Fear of human contact became palpable, the evident limitation of rights, the closing of borders and business led to the total paralysis of the economy and the stock market fell to historic lows. To make matters worse, all this was camouflaged with the most absurd infantilism in the form of applause: every day at eight o’clock we had to listen to the song of “Resistiré” from the balconies, at the same time that rainbow drawings pasted on windows appeared, the result of an aberrant campaign of fear for all children in Spain. Primary and secondary schools, and universities were closed and, still, there is no regular attendance at classes. Not even in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 was the world so scared.

Thousands of people, who should have been cared for in hospitals and health centres, stayed at home getting sicker, trapped by fear and the insistent warnings from the authorities not to go to the hospital. The motto “stay home” was beginning to take effect. The outpatients clinics were closed, supposedly to avoid infections. Consultations were passed by phone or video call, but helplines did not work properly. If ambulance clinics were [such] a key part of the system health, they would have prepared for the Covid-19 situation in advance, could have properly diagnosed and screened the sick, thus freeing up work at many hospitals. But this was not done.

Why was group immunity not chosen for a disease with a very low real rate of mortality which only puts at risk a very specific segment of the population?[11]

It was necessary to choose a prevention campaign aimed at the elderly with serious respiratory pathologies, in addition to paying special attention to the precarious situation of many old peoples’ residences [care homes]. In this state of induced collective psychosis, it was not possible to care properly for all patients.

[Image from #StopConfinamientoEspaña on Twitter and HERE]

[1] If this document is updated, changes from the previous version will be noted at the end. [This WordPress post was updated on 3rd July 2020, to be more in accordance with the online #StopConfinamientoEspaña version translated with another colleague who prefers to be anonymous.]

[2] https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuarentena_de_Espa%C3%B1a_de_2020

[3] https://www.elcorreo.com/sociedad/salud/gobierno-admite-falta-20200324184557-nt.html?ref=https:%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

[4] https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemia_de_enfermedad_por_coronavirus_de_2020_en_Italia

[5] https://www.elmundo.es/ciencia-y-salud/salud/2020/03/02/5e5cd4ebfc6c83632e8b4644.html

[6] https://diario16.com/el-simulacro-evento-201-y-las-recomendaciones-que-daban-los-expertos-en-octubre-de-2019-ante-una-pandemia-global/

[7] https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/scenario.html

[8] https://www.eldiario.es/sociedad/Sindicato-Enfermeria-hospitales-comunidades-prevision_0_988301938.html

https://www.publico.es/sociedad/gripe-madrid-hospitales-madrid-colapsan-pico-alto-gripe-colapso-estres-falta-recursoshospitales-madrilenos-epidemia-gripe.html

[9] https://www.newtral.es/la-gripe-mas-letal-que-el-coronavirus-ncov-hasta-la-fecha/20200201/

[10] https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20200225/473786502382/como-actuan-hospitales-caso-coronavirus.html

[11] “On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity – many had two or three,” Mortality rate between 0.02-0.40%. https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/why-have-so-many-coronaviruspatients-died-in-italy/ar-BB11qA65