Covid-19: doctors, lawyers, politicians and billionaires

I mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe

– William Blake in ‘London

Are waged medical staff in the public hospital system middle class (are their interests separate from the workers and marginalised people whom they treat)? Of course many doctors, physios, psychologists and other professionals run their own businesses and so they are by definition petit bourgeois and their class interests may be different from the bulk of their patients.

Many Australian doctors and other health professionals consider the lockdown measures to be disproportionate, unscientific, excessively authoritarian and the cause of widespread suffering for many Victorians.

Thereby, we Australian Doctors and Health Professionals, in solidarity with thousands of international doctors, call for the cessation of all disproportionate measures that contravene the International Siracusa Principles.”
– Statement of the Australian Covid Medical Network Ltd, Monday 5th October 2020 @ https://covidmedicalnetwork.com/about-covid-medical-network/declaration-statement.aspx

I am sorry, but this statement flies in the face of established medical practice. I am not saying this is good, nor am I saying it is bad.

By and large, the state of Victoria has simply been following the medical model. Measures taken are a standard medical response to pandemics.

Moreover recent statements outside the Victorian parliament by anti-vaxxers suggest Covid 19 measures are somehow the exception and that there is some kind of medical conspiracy afoot.

Lockdown, masks, quarantine, border restrictions are standard medical measures taken during pandemics for over 100 years.

The badly named Spanish Flu claimed more lives than Covid-19 (they didn’t have vaccines then) but similar measures were put in place by Queensland state ministers at odds with the Federal government in Canberra.

The Evening Telegraph 17 Feb 1919 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/185311315#

When I was studying Medicine these preventative measures were part of courses in established preventative medicine. I am not saying I totally agree with them, I am just saying that if the doctors are truly concerned about the measures be taken they need to adopt systemic changes within their profession and to take a critical approach to the medical model itself.

“The Corona Investigative Committee was founded on July 10, 2020 by four lawyers in order to determine, through hearing expert testimony of international scientists and other experts: 1. How dangerous is the virus really? 2. What is the significance of a positive PCR test? 3. What collateral damage has been caused by the corona measures, both with respect to the world population’s health, and with respect to the world’s economy?” – see https://www.aeginagreece.com/aegina-island/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Transcript-testimony-Reiner-Fuellmich-.pdf

I do not think lawyers can sensibly answer these questions, this is a medical problem not a legal one.

“Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust at the end of 2020 called the shots in the proclamation of the worldwide corona pandemic, and made sure that mass PCR tests were used to prove mass infections with Covid-19 all over the world, and then pushed for vaccines to be invented and sold worldwide.” See https://www.aeginagreece.com/aegina-island/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Transcript-testimony-Reiner-Fuellmich-.pdf

Duh.

Neither Bill Gates nor Leon Musk run the world, not yet, anyway.

Quarantined Steamers held offshore from Moreton Bay during Spanish Flu pandemi (1919).

One comrade says: “It’s a political and societal issue as well as a medical one. The Australian Covid Medical Network doctors make that clear in their 7 recommendations (below).  

It’s a political and societal issue as well as a medical one. The Australian Covid Medical Network doctors make that clear in their 7 recommendations.

I agree, but it is matter that most affects aboriginal people, workers, migrants and refugees from war torn countries  and marginalised people … where is there voice in the current debate? In 1919 Torres Strait Islanders were hit hard by the pandemic. Now aboriginal people in the NT are being hit by Covid-19. Where is there voice other than being filtered through concerns expressed on the ABC by well meaning journos.

“In light of these concerns we (the doctors) respectfully call for the following seven actions:

  1. An open, honest and transparent discussion with the general public, with easily accessible information made available about the evidence and underlying assumptions used to inform decisions about the management of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. This should include, in particular, the evidence to justify the grave impacts on children and adolescents as well as clear estimates of the broader health and socio-economic costs and impacts
  2. More collaboration and engagement with a broader range of medical specialists, other healthcare professionals and a diverse group of interdisciplinary leaders who can inform and assist in responding to the growing public health and socio-economic crisis we are witnessing, especially among the young, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable in our community.
  3. An urgent review of the role of State of Emergency and State of Disaster powers in the management of public health issues and crises, with consideration given to how other more democratic approaches could be utilised in the future
  4. An urgent review of the general management of pandemics in Australia, including an examination of the need for better communication, coordination and collaboration between State and Federal Governments. There is also an urgent need to establish clear and well-defined ‘stand-down’ parameters, in case of ‘false alarms’ or when it becomes foreseeable or evidential that the harms of the controlling policies are greater than the direct health impacts, or fatal potential, of the disease under consideration.
  5. Consideration of the Commonwealth Government taking on greater responsibility and a more central role in organising and implementing a coherent and effective nationwide response in the management of future pandemics and national public health crises.
  6. Consideration of an international initiative to create reliable and effective ‘early warning systems’ which would deliver accurate assessments of the dangers and realities of emerging pandemics, and would assist in more considered and proportionate responses to bio-security threats in the future.
  7. Finally, we implore the governments of Australia, state and federal, to be ever mindful of the balance between loss of freedoms and basic rights and the promotion of public health, never losing sight of the potential for collateral harms to exceed the effects of the disease being managed.
1919 during the Spanish flu pandemic

Ian Curr
24 Nov 2021
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14 thoughts on “Covid-19: doctors, lawyers, politicians and billionaires

  1. At Long Island Jewish Medical Center, a loudspeaker announces an emergency in one of the rooms. It is March 2020, and the Covid-19 pandemic has just begun to take hold in the U.S. A team of nurses and doctors in the hospital is preparing a patient for intubation. A doctor leans over the patient, whose name is Patrick George.

    “George,” the doctor shouts, “do you want to be put on a respirator?”

    “Put me on,” George responds weakly.

    “We’ll let your family know, OK?” the doctor says.

    George is struggling to breathe and knows it’s his last hope.

    “Put me on now,” he says.

    If you have survived the pandemic without going inside a Covid ward, you will likely be stunned by the grim intimacy of this scene and the fact that you are witnessing it, with real-time urgency, in Matthew Heineman’s new documentary, “The First Wave.” The scene offers the kind of life-and-death drama that medical staffs have staggered through every day while the rest of us rarely or never saw it. We were — and are — isolated from the traumatic realities inside U.S. hospitals as more than 750,000 souls perished from the virus.

    This opening scene, not yet 30 seconds long, twists in ways you cannot forget.

    A nurse puts a phone, encased in a plastic bag, in front of George’s face. On the other end, seeing him via FaceTime, is George’s wife.

    “I love you, baby,” she cries out.

    “I love you too,” George responds.

    “OK, be strong.”

    “Bye,” George says.

    “I love you,” she repeats.

    “Bye bye,” George says. “Bye bye bye bye bye bye.”

    This scene is not done with us but I won’t say what happens next. What I can say is that “The First Wave” is necessary to watch. Unless you have already seen and heard the kinds of events it shows, you have an incomplete understanding of the pandemic and of what three-quarters of a million deaths mean — when instead of a statistic in a news story, the casualties are a man on his back, his wife on the phone, and the nurses and doctors doing everything they can to save his life.

    The saving grace of this film, if that’s the right way to put it, is that it journeys around the epidemiological trenches at this New York City hospital and brings back a variety of stories, some of them uplifting, and they thread into an effective narrative. There are patients who seem on the verge of death and struggle back, there are family members urging them along on those plastic-encased phones, and there are medical staffers whose trauma-filled work is getting the attention it deserves in our less troubled lives.

    It sounds strange to say, but there is art in this film too. The way the camera lingers just long enough at the right moments and not too long at others, the way the lifted brow of a nurse speaks louder than words, the way the film breaks out of Long Island Jewish and moves into the streets of New York City, taking us from the gasps of Covid patients to the “I Can’t Breathe” chants of the Black Lives Matter movement — this is masterful work.

    Heineman is no stranger to documentaries. He directed the Academy Award-nominated “Cartel Land,” about the drug trade on the U.S.-Mexico border. He also directed “City of Ghosts,” an award-winning film about citizen journalists in Raqqa, Syria. Those films demonstrated a willingness and ability to work in dangerous areas and gain the confidence of people who otherwise might not let an outsider into their worlds. Those talents are what went into the making of “The First Wave.”

    Heineman used his experience and contacts to gain unparalleled access to Long Island Jewish. Across the U.S., hospitals were shutting their doors to journalists as the pandemic began. Only a handful gained entry, and their visits were short, usually just a few hours or a few days at most. Heineman’s team was at Long Island Jewish for months. Hospital administrators have cited safety and privacy concerns for keeping journalists out, but as Heineman’s experience showed, they could work inside Covid wards without getting in anyone’s way or spreading the virus.

    That’s what makes the footage in his documentary so extraordinary. I worked for months on an investigative article that delved into the way hospitals cracked down on reporters in the U.S., and I spent a lot of that time scouring through the imagery that was published by journalists, including filmmakers, and by medical staffers (some hospitals even threatened doctors and nurses who shared photos or videos). I’ve seen nothing that comes close to Heineman’s graphic portrayal of Covid victims.

    The only visual documentation of the pandemic that’s in the same league comes from far away. The director Hao Wu, working with Chinese journalists in early 2020, got relatively unfettered access to four hospitals in Wuhan, where the virus originated. His powerful documentary, “76 Days,” came out last year and won an Emmy. Until the emergence of Heineman’s film, which opened Friday, Americans who wanted a visceral look inside a Covid ward had to watch a film shot in China.

    It is hard to categorize “The First Wave” because it crosses boundaries: It is a documentary that also feels like a horror film, an exposé of social injustice, and a love letter. In its review of “The First Wave,” the Washington Post has a line that manages to be insightful and off-kilter at the same time. “The film feels like a viscerally effective time capsule from the recent past,” wrote Michael O’Sullivan, “yet one whose arrival in theaters may still be too soon for many.”

    A time capsule is filled with the familiar objects of a civilization. But what’s in “The First Wave” is unfamiliar to most of us; we have not seen it before and perhaps have been unable to imagine it. There is the anguish of patients as they labor to breathe, the medical instruments warning of hearts no longer beating, the body bags zipped up and hauled away, and the moments of silence before nurses rush to the next room to try to save another life. Stumbling onto this time capsule, we are visitors from another world who are seeing for the first time what the Covid pandemic really meant.

    This film has not come too soon. It has come too late.


    https://theintercept.com/2021/11/20/the-first-wave-covid-documentary/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter
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  2. Ray Bergmann says:

    “The First Wave” was produced by people who manufactured false evidence pretending attrocities by the Syrian Arab Army while becoming a media support for Syrian rebel groups that were terrorizing the country, and who were murdering people for propaganda props.

    Concerning “Covid-19: doctors, lawyers, politicians and billionaires” the article at https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4425 entitled ‘Covid-19: politicisation, “corruption,” and suppression of science’ has a lot to say on this topic:

    Politicians and governments are suppressing science. They do so in the public interest, they say, to accelerate availability of diagnostics and treatments. They do so to support innovation, to bring products to market at unprecedented speed. Both of these reasons are partly plausible; the greatest deceptions are founded in a grain of truth. But the underlying behaviour is troubling.

    Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. Covid-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health.1 Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency—a time when it is even more important to safeguard science…

    The UK’s pandemic response relies too heavily on scientists and other government appointees with worrying competing interests, including shareholdings in companies that manufacture covid-19 diagnostic tests, treatments, and vaccines.17 Government appointees are able to ignore or cherry pick science—another form of misuse—and indulge in anti-competitive practices that favour their own products and those of friends and associates.(Government faces legal action over £75m contract for antibody tests. BMJ2020;371:m4427. doi:10.1136/bmj.m4427)

    How might science be safeguarded in these exceptional times? The first step is full disclosure of competing interests from government, politicians, scientific advisers, and appointees, such as the heads of test and trace, diagnostic test procurement, and vaccine delivery. The next step is full transparency about decision making systems, processes, and knowing who is accountable for what.
    Once transparency and accountability are established as norms, individuals employed by government should ideally only work in areas unrelated to their competing interests. Expertise is possible without competing interests. If such a strict rule becomes impractical, minimum good practice is that people with competing interests must not be involved in decisions on products and policies in which they have a financial interest.

    Governments and industry must also stop announcing critical science policy by press release. Such ill judged moves leave science, the media, and stock markets vulnerable to manipulation. Clear, open, and advance publication of the scientific basis for policy, procurements, and wonder drugs is a fundamental requirement.(BMJ2020;371:m4347. doi:10.1136/bmj.m4347 pmid:33168562)
    The stakes are high for politicians, scientific advisers, and government appointees. Their careers and bank balances may hinge on the decisions that they make. But they have a higher responsibility and duty to the public. Science is a public good. It doesn’t need to be followed blindly, but it does need to be fairly considered. Importantly, suppressing science, whether by delaying publication, cherry picking favourable research, or gagging scientists, is a danger to public health, causing deaths by exposing people to unsafe or ineffective interventions and preventing them from benefiting from better ones. When entangled with commercial decisions it is also maladministration of taxpayers’ money.

    Politicisation of science was enthusiastically deployed by some of history’s worst autocrats and dictators, and it is now regrettably commonplace in democracies.( Bollyky TJ, Kickbusch, Preparing democracies for pandemics. BMJ2020;371:m4088.(https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4088?ijkey=f948c34fb24dd3f16d183cb6fc80ce098c22539c&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha)

    The medical-political complex tends towards suppression of science to aggrandise and enrich those in power. And, as the powerful become more successful, richer, and further intoxicated with power, the inconvenient truths of science are suppressed. When good science is suppressed, people die.

    Ray Bergmann

    1. Fact check says:

      Hello Ray,

      For a person who has generally good politics, I am surprised you have gone down this path.

      Fact check: “The Last Men in Aleppo” was a film about the ‘White Helmets’ in Syria and was directed by Firas Fayyad. [If that is the one you are referring to?]

      “The First Wave” was directed by Matthew Heineman.

      Are you wanting to discredit Dr. Natalie Dougé who was shown struggling to help her patients in “The First Wave”?
      See https://youtu.be/XBweZLpNXCg

      Also “The Wrongest Man” is recommended reading … see https://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2021/12/03/the-pandemics-wrongest-man/

      Another source had this to say about the confusion over the Covid-19 pandemic:

      “I guess we have to try to understand what manipulative techniques these guys are using, selective use of data etc. And even though I was slightly critical in a way of some science journalism … it is at least some form of gatekeeper for science conclusions based on consensus amongst scientists whereas on the internet this is lost. You just end up in a positive feedback loop with your own ideas coming back at you and making you more and more moralistic thinking everybody else is stupid!!!”

      Ian

    2. Ray Bergmann says:

      Here’s the blurb from the point of view of the propaganda apparatus:

      Matthew Heineman directed “City of Ghosts,” a film about the ‘Raqqa Is Being
      Slaughtered Silently’ citizen journalist group reporting Syrian war
      news and human rights abuses by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
      and other forces occupying the northern Syrian city of Raqqa which
      ISIL used as its de facto capital. The founders of the group were
      Hamoud Al-Mousa and Abu Ibrahim a-Raqqawi. Hamoud Al-Mousa is a “media
      activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the
      University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa,
      founding member of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”, founding
      member of the documentary project of “Sound and Picture”. Hamoud Al-Mousa wrote: I work in documenting violations committed by Assad’s regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in
      digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a
      certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a
      certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the
      supervision of “Cyber-Arabs” in collaboration with the Institute for
      War and Peace “IWPR”, about the management of electronic websites and
      leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography
      under the supervision of the photojournalist “Peter Hove Olesen.”

      Abu Ibrahim a-Raqqawi says that the ‘Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered
      Silently’ citizen journalist group “tries to fill an information void
      left after Islamic State cut the Internet in Raqqa. It says
      journalists there were either exiled or killed. Wikipedia: “In January
      2016, the International Business Times described RBSS as “the most
      reliable source of information from inside Raqqa.” German historian
      Michael Wolffsohn has compared RBSS to White Rose, the resistance
      organization during the Third Reich.” RBSS members broke the story of
      the failed U.S. special forces raid to save journalist James Foley and
      the other hostages.[“Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Syria”.
      Retrieved 20 January 2016]. Soon after the release of a video showing
      the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot, Muath Al-Kasasbeh, RBSS
      released Google Earth photos they cross-referenced to landmarks
      pinpointing the location of the execution in the southern part of
      Raqqa near the river. They also reported that videos of the execution
      were played for the public on large screens throughout the city of
      Raqqa.[Spencer, Richard (4 February 2015). “Anti-Islamic State group
      says it believes it knows where Jordanian pilot was burned alive”. The
      Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2016]. RBSS detailed that the effects of
      Russian airstrikes in and around Raqqa were targeting mainly civilian
      targets, and having little effect on ISIL.[Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi.
      “Russia lied about targeting ISIS”. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered
      Silently. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 20
      January 2016] The group also relayed reports from the ground of
      illegal white phosphorus munitions used in airstrikes.

      Hamoud Almousa acted as a media activist and organizer of nonviolent
      protests during the early period of the uprising against the Assad
      regime, Almousa was arrested by Syrian authorities four times in
      2011-2012. Al Mousa also was arrested by Ahrar Al Sham in 2013.On
      December 15, 2013, Hamoud Almousa was described as being 20 years old
      and currently living in exile in Turkey, but he is living in the USA
      now. Threats from the Islamic State in Turkey caused him to flee to
      Germany then to the USA.Almousa was working with seven RBSS members
      outside Raqqa to publish information gathered by twelve members living
      in or near Raqqa. In January 2016, the International Business Times
      stated that 17 RBSS members were “working inside Raqqa.” RBSS won the
      2015 International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect
      Journalists. Almousa accepted the award in New York on 25 November
      2015 on behalf of the organization. Almousa also accepted the 2015
      Foreign Policy Global Thinkers Award on behalf of RBSS. While in
      high-school, Hamoud became active in the Syrian revolution and started
      filming the protests in the streets of Raqqa. He later embedded with
      the Free Syrian Army as they fought to liberate Raqqa from Assad’s
      forces. When ISIS took over his hometown in 2014, he became a vocal
      critic of the terrorist organization and helped found RBSS.

      Hamoud Almousa is journalist featured in the film City of Ghosts, 2017
      Arabic-language American documentary film about the Syrian media
      activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently as they face the
      realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile after their
      homeland is taken over by ISIS in 2014. The film was directed by
      Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman.
      Heineman won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
      Award from the Director’s Guild of America for the film, becoming one
      of only three people to win the prestigious honor twice. City of
      Ghosts also won the Courage Under Fire Award from the International
      Documentary Association “in recognition of conspicuous bravery in the
      pursuit of truth” and was listed on over 20 critic and year-end lists
      for Best Documentary of 2017. City of Ghosts is currently nominated
      for a Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
      and was previously nominated for a BAFTA Award, PGA Award, and IDA
      Award for Best Documentary Feature.

      1. Thanks Ray … I read the blurb on the film. It still does not answer the questions raised by one of my sources and by the article “The Pandemic’s Wrongest Man” @ https://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2021/12/03/the-pandemics-wrongest-man/.

        “I guess we have to try to understand what manipulative techniques these guys are using, selective use of data etc. And even though I was slightly critical in a way of some science journalism … it is at least some form of gatekeeper for science conclusions based on consensus amongst scientists whereas on the internet this is lost. You just end up in a positive feedback loop with your own ideas coming back at you and making you more and more moralistic thinking everybody else is stupid!!!”

  3. Ray Bergmann says:

    Pepe Escobar presents a view that supports those of the Australian Doctors and Health Professionals, in solidarity with thousands of international doctors, who call for the cessation of all disproportionate measures that contravene the International Siracusa Principles in the Escobar 25 November 2021 appraisal of Robert F Kennedy Jr’s The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health.

    Escobar says that the book paints a complex canvas of planned militarization and, especially, monetization of medicine, a toxic process managed by Big Pharma, Big Tech and the military/intel complex – and dutifully promoted by mainstream media. RFK Jr. argues that for five decades, Fauci has been essentially a Big Pharma agent, nurturing “a complex web of financial entanglements among pharmaceutical companies and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and its employees that has transformed NIAID into a seamless subsidiary of the pharmaceutical industry. Fauci unabashedly promotes his sweetheart relationship with Pharma as a ‘public-private partnership.’”

    RFK Jr accuses Fauci of having pursued nefarious strategies since the onset of Covid-19 – from falsifying science to suppressing and sabotaging competitive products that bring lower profit margins. Kennedy’s verdict is stark: “Tony Fauci does not do public health; he is a businessman, who has used his office to enrich his pharmaceutical partners and expand the reach of influence that has made him the most powerful – and despotic – doctor in human history.”

    Pride of place goes to the Fauci-privileged modeling that overestimated Covid deaths by 525%, cooked up by fabricator Neil Ferguson of the Imperial College in London, duly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This is the model, later debunked, that justified lockdown hysteria all across the planet.

    Kennedy attributes to Canadian vaccine researcher Dr Jessica Rose the charge that Fauci was at the frontline of erasing the notion of natural immunity even as throughout 2020 the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that people with healthy immune systems bear minimal risk of dying from Covid.

    Dr Pierre Kory, president of Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, was among those who denounced Fauci’s modus operandi of privileging the development of tech vaccines while allowing no space for repurposed medications effective against Covid: “It is absolutely shocking that he recommended no outpatient care, not even Vitamin D.”

    Clinical cardiologist Peter McCullough and his team of frontline doctors tested prophylactic protocols using, for instance, ivermectin – “we had terrific data from medical teams in Bangladesh” – and added other medications such as azithromycin, zinc, Vitamin D and IV Vitamin C. And all this while across Asia there was widespread use of saline nasal lavages.

    By July 1, 2020, McCullough and his team submitted their first, ground-breaking protocol to the American Journal of Medicine. It became the most-downloaded paper in the world helping doctors to treat Covid-19.
    McCullough complained last year that Fauci has never, to date, published anything on how to treat a Covid patient.” He additionally alleged: “Anyone who tries to publish a new treatment protocol will find themselves airtight blocked by the journals that are all under Fauci’s control.”

    It got much worse. McCullough: “The whole medical establishment was trying to shut down early treatment and silence all the doctors who talked about success. A whole generation of doctors just stopped practicing medicine.” (A contrarian view would argue that McCullough got carried away: A million US doctors – the approximate number practicing at any given time – could not all have been in on it.)

    The book argues that the reasons there was a lack of original research on how to fight Covid were the dependence of much-vaunted American academics on the billions of dollars granted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the fact they were terrified of contradicting Fauci.

    Frontline Covid specialists Kory and McCullough are quoted as charging that Fauci’s suppression of early treatment and off-patent medication was responsible for up to 80% of deaths attributed to Covid in the US.

    The book offers a detailed outline of an alleged offensive by Big Pharma to kill hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) – with research mercenaries funded by the Gates-Fauci axis allegedly misinterpreting and misreporting negative results by employing faulty protocols.

    Kennedy says that Bill Gates by 2020 virtually controlled the whole WHO apparatus, as the largest funder after the US government (before Trump pulled the US out of the WHO) and used the agency to fully discredit HCQ.
    The book also addresses Lancetgate – when the world’s top two scientific journals, The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine published fraudulent studies from a nonexistent database owned by a previously unknown company.

    Only a few weeks later both journals – deeply embarrassed and with their hard-earned credibility challenged – withdrew the studies. There was never any explanation as to why they got involved in what could be interpreted as one of the most serious frauds in the history of scientific publishing.
    But it all served a purpose. For Big Pharma, says Kennedy, killing HCQ and, later, Ivermectin (IVM) were top priorities. Ivermectin happens to be a low-profit competitor to a Merck product, molnupiravir, which is essentially a copycat but capable of retailing at a profitable $700 per course.

    Fauci was quite excited by a promising study of Gilead’s remdesivir – which not only is not effective against Covid but is a de facto deadly poison, at $3,000 for each treatment.

    The book suggests that Fauci might have wanted to kill HCQ and IVM because under federal US rules, the FDA’s recognition of both HCQ and IVM would automatically kill remdesivir. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation happens to have a large equity stake in Gilead.

    A key point for Kennedy is that vaccines were Big Pharma’s Holy Grail.
    He details how what could be construed as a Fauci-Gates alliance put “billions of taxpayer and tax-deducted dollars into developing” an mRNA “platform for vaccines that, in theory, would allow them to quickly produce new ‘boosters’ to combat each ‘escape variant.’”

    Vaccines, he writes, “are one of the rare commercial products that multiply profits by failing.… The good news for Pharma was that all of humanity would be permanently dependent on biannual or even triannual booster shots.”
    Any similarities with our current “booster” reality are not mere coincidence.

    The final summary of Pfizer’s clinical trial data will raise countless eyebrows. The whole process lasted a mere six months. This is the document that Pfizer submitted to the FDA to win approval for its vaccine. It beggars belief that Pfizer won the FDA’s emergency approval despite showing that the vaccine might prevent one Covid death in every 22,000 vaccine recipients.

    Pepe Escobar has a lot to say on ‘The Gates matrix’ as well (but I’ll put it in a separate posting)

    1. Ray Bergmann says:

      A section of Pepe Escobar’s 25 November 2021 appraisal of Robert F Kennedy Jr’s book ‘The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health’ is entitled ‘The Gates matrix’.

      Escobar explains that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation describes itself as “a nonprofit fighting poverty, disease and inequity around the world” which invests in multinational pharma, food, agriculture, energy, telecom and global tech companies. Escobar says “It exercises considerable de facto control over international health and agricultural agencies as well as mainstream media – as the Columbia Journalism Review showed in August 2020… The foundation holds corporate stocks and bonds in Pfizer, Merck, GSK, Novartis and Sanofi, among other giants, and substantial positions in Gilead, AstraZeneca and Moderna.”

      Escobar notes that Robert F Kennedy Jr’s book delves in minute detail into how Gates controls the WHO (the largest direct donor: $604.2 million in 2018-2019, the latest available numbers). Already in 2011 Gates ordered: “All 183 member states, you must make vaccines a central focus of your health systems.” The next year, the World Health Assembly, which sets the WHO agenda, adopted a Global Vaccine Plan designed by – who else? – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

      The Foundation also controls the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), the top advisory group to the WHO on vaccines, as well as the crucial GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), which is the second-largest donor to the WHO.

      GAVI is a Gates “public-private partnership” that essentially corrals bulk sales of vaccines from Big Pharma to poor nations. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, only three month ago, proclaimed that “GAVI is the new NATO”. GAVI’s global HQ is in Geneva. Switzerland has given Gates full diplomatic immunity.

      Few in East and West know that it was Gates who in 2017 handpicked the WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – who brought no medical degree and a quite dodgy background.

      Dr Vandana Shiva, India’s leading human rights activist (routinely accused of being merely anti-vax), sums up: “Gates has hijacked the WHO and transformed it into an instrument of personal power that he wields for the cynical purpose of increasing pharmaceutical profits. He has single-handedly destroyed the infrastructure of public health globally. He has privatized our health systems and our food systems to serve his own purposes.”

      Pepe Escobar then presents the book’s Chapter 12, ‘Germ Games’, which may be arguably its most explosive, as it focuses on the US bioweapons and biosecurity apparatus, but I’ll post that separately.

      1. Ray Bergmann says:

        Pepe Escobar has analysed Chapter 12 of Robert F Kennedy Jr’s book ‘The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health’ is entitled ‘The Gates matrix’. Chapter 12 is entitled ‘Germ Games’, which may be arguably its most explosive, as it focuses on the US bioweapons and biosecurity apparatus, with a special mention to Robert Kadlec, who might claim leadership of the – contagious – logic according to which infectious disease poses a national security threat to the US, thus requiring a militarized response.

        The book argues that Kadlec, closely linked to spy agencies, Big Pharma, the Pentagon and assorted military contractors, is also linked to Fauci investments in “gain of function” experiments capable of engineering pandemic superbugs.

        Fauci strongly denies he’s promoted such experiments. Already in 1998 Kadlec had written an internal strategy paper for the Pentagon – though not for Fauci – promoting the role of pandemic pathogens as stealth weapons leaving no fingerprints.

        Since 2005 DARPA, which invented the internet by building the ARPANET in 1969, has funded biological weapons research. DARPA – call it the Pentagon’s angel investor – also developed the GPS, stealth bombers, weather satellites, pilotless drones, and that prodigy of combat, the M16 rifle.

        It’s important to remember that in 2017 DARPA funneled $6.5 million through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance to fund “gain of function” work at the Wuhan lab, on top of gain of function experiments at Fort Detrick. EcoHealth Alliance was the organization through which Kadlec, Fauci and DARPA financed these gain of function experiments.

        DARPA also developed the GPS, stealth bombers, weather satellites, pilotless drones, and that prodigy of combat, the M16 rifle. In 2017 DARPA funneled $6.5 million through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance to fund “gain of function” work at the Wuhan lab, on top of gain of function experiments at Fort Detrick. EcoHealth Alliance was the organization through which Kadlec, Fauci and DARPA financed these gain of function experiments,

        Few people know that DARPA also financed the key tech for the Moderna vaccine, starting way back in 2013.

        RFK Jr dutifully connects the Germ Games progress, starting with Dark Winter in 2001, which emphasized the Pentagon’s drive towards bioweapon vaccines (the code name was coined by Kadlec); the anthrax attack three weeks after 9/11; Atlantic Storm in 2003 and 2005, focused on the response to a terrorist attack unleashing smallpox; Global Mercury 2003; and Lockstep in 2010, which developed a scenario funded by the Rockefeller Foundation where we find this pearl:

        During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified. In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems – from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty – leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power.

        RFK Jr paints a picture in which, by mid-2017, the Rockefeller Foundation and US intel agencies had all but crowned Bill Gates as the top financier for the intel/military pandemic simulation business.

        Enter the MARS (Mountain Associated Respiratory Virus) simulation during the G20 in Germany in 2017. MARS was about a novel respiratory virus that spread out of busy markets in a mountainous border of an unnamed nation that looked very much like China.

        It gets curiouser and curiouser when one learns that MARS’s two moderators were very close to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and one of them, David Heymann, sat with the Moderna CEO on the Merieux Foundation USA Board. BioMerieux happens to be the French company that built the Wuhan lab.

        Next Pepe Escobar deals with the book’s presentation of how ‘Big Pharma kisses Western intel’ and I’ll present that section in a separate posting.

    2. Ray Bergmann says:

      Pepe Escobar deals with a section of Robert F Kennedy Jr’s book ‘The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health’, describing how ‘Big Pharma kisses Western intel’

      This follows on from what Escobar had written about Kennedy’s presentation of the Gates Foundation.

      The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation happen to be major funders of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. SPARS 2017 at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. gamed a coronavirus pandemic running from 2025 to 2028. As RFK Jr. notes, “the exercise turned out to be an eerily precise predictor of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

      By 2018 bioweapons expert Peter Daszak was enthroned as the key connector through whom Fauci, Kadlec, DARPA and USAID – which used to be a CIA cover and now reports to the National Security Council – moved grants to fund gain-of-function research, including at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Biosafety Lab.

      Crimson Contagion was the name of the joint exercise conducted from January to August 2019, in which numerous national, state and local, private and public organizations in the US participated, in order to test the capacity of the federal government and twelve states to respond to a severe pandemic of influenza originating in China. Crimson Contagion was overseen by Kadlec after eight months of planning, and Fauci was on board the self-described “functional exercise,” representing the NIH, alongside the CDC’s Robert Redfield and several members of the National Security Council. The war game was held in secret, nationwide. The After-Action Crimson Contagion Report only came out via a FOIA request.

      The star of the Gates pandemic show was undoubtedly Event 201 in October 2019, held only 3 weeks before US intel may – or may not – have suspected that Covid-19 was circulating in Wuhan. Event 201 was about a global coronavirus pandemic. RFK Jr. persuasively argues that Event 201 was as close as possible to a “real-time” simulation.

      The Germ Games chapter in Kennedy’s book leads the reader to acknowledge what mainstream media have simply refused to report: how the pervasive involvement of US (and UK) intel has a secretive – yet dominating – presence in the whole response to Covid-19.

      A very good example is the Wellcome Trust – the UK version of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – which is a spin-off of Big Pharma’s GlaxoSmith Kline. This epitomizes the marriage between Big Pharma and Western intel.

      The Wellcome Trust chair, from 2015 to 2020, used to be a former director general of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller. She was also chair of the Imperial College since 2001. The “English Dr. Fauci,” Neil Ferguson, of the infamous, deadly wrong models that led to all lockdowns, was an epidemiologist working for the Wellcome Trust.

      These are only a few of the insights and connections woven through RFK Jr’s book. As a matter of public service, the whole lot should be available for popular scrutiny worldwide. These matters concern the whole planet, especially the Global South.

      Nobel laureate Luc Montaigner has noted how, “tragically for humanity, there are many, many untruths emanating from Fauci and his minions.” Even more tragic is what emanates from his masters.

      Pepe Escobar’s article is on Robert F Kennedy Jr’s book is called ‘Fauci as Darth Vader of the Covid Wars’ and it has been published from Asia Times by permission of author Pepe Escobar or his representative

      1. Ray Bergmann says:

        Catherine Austin Fitts, founder of the Solari Report. (To get a taste of what you’ll find in the Solaris Report, you can download this previous 2020 issue.) You many think you previously saw this but most likely it was Part 1.
        Fitts has spent decades exposing corruption and fraud, both within the banking industry and government, and corruption and fraud are driving forces in the COVID pandemic as well.

        “When I was in Wall Street, I (Fitts) saw how the financial control systems worked, but since so much is rigged through the central bank and through government, it gave me a chance to really see how government worked on the covert side, and how that related to Wall Street and Washington… So, as the government have levered up with debt and lost their informational and financial sovereignty — part of this is what’s happened with digital technology — the central bankers have gotten more and more powerful.
        Since fiscal [year] 1998, we’ve had what I call the financial coup d’etat. So, in the United States, up to $100 trillion have been moved out. Dr. Skidmore and I (Fitts) did a study, and as of 2015, the number was $21 trillion …
        At that exact time, we had $20 trillion of debt. So, there was more money disappearing than there was debt. [So, they were taking that] money out. That’s the financial coup. Now that the money is out, you can collapse the government.”

        “So, we’ve now reached the point where the central banks are moving in and basically taking control of fiscal policy as well,” she says. “And this is why there’s such a big debate about election fraud.
        Essentially the computer systems are controls for the elections, and essentially, the citizens or taxpayers have lost any say. If you look at polls over the last 10 years, the citizens want the country to go to the right, and Congress votes to go to the left. That’s because increasingly these people are controlled and dependent on what the central bankers want.
        There’s a great interview that Chuck Schumer, the senator from New York did at the beginning of the Trump administration, where he basically said that if Trump thinks he’s going to contradict or defy the CIA, he’s dreaming; they have 50 ways from Sunday to get you. And traditionally, if you look at the U.S. intelligence agencies, they basically worked for the central bankers.

        So, what’s happening is we’re watching a reengineering of this fiscal line. You’re basically looking at the central bankers moving to put into place a system that will allow them to extract tax without representation. That’s the trick, financially. How do you force the citizens to pay taxes with no representation?

        Of course, they’re using the pandemic to roll in the system that will make it possible for them to achieve that. Naomi Wolf has done a very good job of describing this, and she said, ‘Vaccine passports are the end of human liberty in the west.’

        She’s right, because ultimately, what it’s going to evolve into is a financial transaction system where, if you don’t behave, the central banks can take money right out of your account. They can stop you from transacting.”
        An example Fitts gives is, say the central bankers (read totalitarian rulers of the whole world) don’t want you to be able to travel. They want you to stay put where you are. They can easily accomplish this, in this planned system, by programming your electric car such that it cannot operate past that five-mile boundary line.

        The central bankers are nothing if not clever when it comes to prototyping. They don’t do anything without first running many tests to see what will work best. But they don’t just hire top experts. No, instead, they persuade the top developers that they can make a ton of money by developing these prototypes. They make it fun and innovative, allowing skilled people to come up with the ideas.

        Once a successful prototype has been identified, they then build their own version of that. In the case of cryptocurrencies, their version is a central bank digital currency under centralized control. Another part of the complete system is the smart grid, which was prototyped, developed and rolled out in recent years. The smart grid is, of course, a requirement for the surveillance apparatus that is at the heart of it all.

        While all of these things, cryptocurrencies, the smart grid, artificial intelligence technologies and the like, are marketed as a way to make us all freer, the intended result is a global prison system where no one is free. The good news here is that they must get the general population to build their own prisons. 

        The answer then, is that once you see how it’s done, you can just stop. Stop building the prison walls. Stop building and contributing to the surveillance grid.

        This could mean quitting your job if you work for a company that is involved in developing and building technologies intended for this control grid. But even if you don’t actually perform work that helps build it, you are still participating in the control grid structure by using surveillance tools like Facebook and Google.

        By allowing smart meters to be installed in your home, by buying and using AI-based technologies and “smart” technologies, by allowing GPS tracking on your phone and so on. If you don’t want to contribute to building this global prison, you have to actually take action and change how and who you do business with.

        Remember this is an all-digital system. One aspect of this is currency, but the other is a one-way mirror where you have 24/7 surveillance and data. So not only can I watch you 24/7 and collect data from your body, from your mind, from your activities, but then I can stop you from moving around spatially, or I can turn off your ability to transact.”

        As noted by Fitts, the system being built is both a control system and a transaction system. The transaction system, however, is not based on what we consider a real currency. It’s actually the end of currencies, because in this system, you can never take the currency out of the bank and put it in your pocket. You can only conduct transactions that are validated and approved through and by the central bank.

        Remember, the 24/7 surveillance system “can literally get the human race to be connected to the cloud, to the AI, the software and the robots,” Fitts says. “We’re talking about connecting the human race to a cloud where they teach the AI, the software and the robots, how to do their jobs.” In short, we are actively engineering a future where we, humans, have been largely eliminated from the workplace.

        Those who remain will be integrated with robotics. “In other words, whether I have a human do that job, or whether I have a robot do that job, I can manage them in the same system if I can have them all hooked up to the cloud and communicating with each other.”

        Basically, what we’re looking at is transhumanism, and we’re quite literally dehumanizing ourselves. This system will also do away with markets, because what we think of as markets will be micromanaged and optimized through artificial intelligence and software.

        The vaccine passport is clearly the tool of choice for the authoritarian globalists’ plan to deprive you and your family of your freedom and personal liberties. This financial coup is 20 years in the making. They voted on the “direct reset” plan (aka The Great Reset), they wrote the plan, and have been implementing that plan, year by year, step by step.

        We’re now in the end game, Fitts says, where they need to consolidate everything. Now, with their vote for The Great Reset, the central bankers made the decision to put 500 million people out of work over the next year alone.

        “That’s the equivalent of dropping several nuclear bombs around the world. That’s financial warfare, and they made it intentionally,” Fitts says. “They made it knowingly. It was a plan. And what is very important to understand, when you think about this pandemic, is people are not dying from magic viruses.

        People are dying from tyranny, they’re dying from a great poisoning. That’s part of that tyranny, but our problem, and the thing we need to be afraid of, is tyranny. Because the tyranny needs, and is about to get much, much worse.

        It’s the passports and that system of central bank digital control that will give them the ability to do that. The world economic forum calls it The Great Reset, which is kind of the marketing … The World Economic Forum guys make it interesting and fashionable [to say] ‘In 2030, you own nothing, and you’re happy.’

        Part of what you’re dealing with is that human beings crave coherence. And so, if you can put them in a state of incoherence, they will literally do anything they can to get back to coherence. It’s a torture mechanism. If you study torture, it’s a typical torture tactic …

        That’s why you see all these people saying, ‘If you just accept the passports, you’ll be free. Or if you get the vaccination, you’ll be free. They have spent a fortune since World War II on figuring out how to use digital technology, telecommunications and media to implement mind control much more economically and much more broadly. And one of the things I think they’re very enthusiastic about how well it has worked.”
        This strategy has severely impeded small businesses from getting the labor they need to keep going, and according to Fitts, this is all part of the plan to bankrupt all small businesses.

        Of course, the next step will be to require the COVID jab for anyone who wants to collect unemployment or other financial assistance, as the vaccine passport is combined and integrated with the new all-digital central bank transaction system. Step by step, everyone is being herded into the new control system. But remember, we can stop it, because we’re doing it to ourselves.

        The problem is, ending tyranny almost always requires some kind of sacrifice. End tyranny is rarely a comfortable or profitable venture. That said, there are countless ways to fight back.

        We have a choice. Everybody has a choice. So, stop building the prison, stop helping these guys and start creating friction. We don’t have to go along. And we’re the ones who are building the prison. So, you have to bring transparency to what’s going on, and then you have to take action.
        We’re not all going to make it out of this process alive. It’s war. That’s what happens in a war, but human liberty is worth fighting for. We’re living in a world where there are two visions, and the top 1% have a vision of us as a natural resource, [while] we have a vision of us as individuals with sovereign rights that come to us by divine authority.”

        As noted by Fitts, these are two extraordinarily different visions. One option is a society where all people have the ability to exercise our potential. In the other, only a few get to exercise their potential, while the rest have no opportunity at all. We’re in the end game. It’s all or nothing at this point. There’s no middle ground.

        https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/12/10/financial-control-system.aspx?ui=32661d08d9d6facf925f78e3fdef2b9f17472fa4be4308e052b2feae7124e5ef&sd=20201125&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20211210_HL2&mid=DM1053558&rid=1345954887

  4. Hello Ray,

    I am starting to understand where you are coming from now that you are quoting Catherine Austin Fitts. You are not talking about the efficacy of Covid vaccines, you are talking about freedom. Or at least one version of freedom. While the concept of individual freedom is not uniquely American it does find its greatest support in the United States. But that version of freedom includes the freedom to exploit others for profit, something I am pretty sure you do not support.

    Catherine Austin Fitts supported Trump’s Presidential campaign whom I am equally sure you believe to be a fool.

    That notion of individual freedom has given rise to a society that is not civil … it is at war with itself, producing terrible gun violence, extreme racism and an almost non-existent public health or public housing system.

    Catherine Austin Fitts presided over that public housing system during the HW Bush Presidency in the 1980s. Australia has its own homeless crisis but it does not compare with that of the United States.

    Is that the kind of Freedom that people want?

    In the news recently, workers’ reluctance to take a vaccine has put their jobs in jeopardy. Workers should be able to claim exemption because of allergies, blood type etc.

    Also number of unions are opposed to mandated vaccination (ie MUA, CFMEU …).

    Democratic Rights and Cold War
    It is democratic rights that I am prepared to fight for not individual freedom to be consumers as the US system dictates. The US has embarked on an arms struggle with China and Russia as it did in the Cold War. I am skeptical of their chances this time around. The arms race bankrupted the Soviet Union but the economies of China and Russia are not in deficit, Russia is in surplus because it is selling oil and gas to Europe and China is a manufacturing powerhouse providing goods to the world.

    You see, not only am I skeptical of the US notion of freedom but I am pretty sure they are engaging in an arms race that will drive their economy to ruin.

    The sooner Australia adopts a foreign policy independent of the United States the better. We should not be giving $100 billions to the US military industrial complex.

    in solidarity,
    Ian

    1. Ray Bergmann says:

      We just saw the the South Korean Prime Minister expressing a clear difference from the Australian Prime Minister on the subject of diplomacy with China and we might only hope that it might have some influence on the aggressive posturing of AU, UK, & US with China and Russia! It appears indeed that the AU and UK politicians don’t hesitate in following the US into policies that will drive all of their economies to ruin,.

      Yes, workers should be able to claim exemptions but any doctor who provides an exemption loses their accreditation from the regulatory body. Under the present regime a person with priorly-proven allergies must subject themselves to the vaccine and doctors will be on standby to attempt to recuscitate them. This is the advice my doctor received from the medical regulators and the Health Department! Those unions may unions oppose mandated vaccination but they have not found a way to prevent workers refusing vaccination from being stood down.

      Businesses in the N.T. have now stood up to the NT government and lodged a Supreme Court case to oppose vaccinations mandated by the chief medical officer on a racial basis. Explanation: Aboriginal people have been regarded by the N.T. government chief medical officer to be vulnerable people subject to special treatment such as lockdowns and detention regardless of their vaccination status, and so the legal fight of N.T. small- and middle- sized businesses will begin with the right of aboriginal workers (and then hopefully by extension to the right of all workers) to have choice of receiving or rejecting medical treatments with provisionally approved genetic therapeutics.. See the announcement at https://fb.watch/9TZi6pJc9D/

      1. The CFMEU has successfully contested mandatory vaccinations at the Mount Arthur Mine in the Hunter Valley. The full bench of the fair work commission handed down a decision that overturned BHP’s Covid 19 vaccine mandate at the Mt Arthur open cut coal mine CFMMEU % Matthew Howard v Mt Arthur coal Pty Ltd [2021] FWCFB 6059. 3 Dec 2021.

        The MUA is contesting the standing down of 32 DP World wharfies for the same reason.

        Your doctor would be perfectly justified in providing you with a medical exemption for a covid vaccine if she thought that there would be an adverse reaction. I know of examples where this has happened for Astrazeneca vaccine.

      2. Ray Bergmann says:

        I’m glad to hear that the FWC decision in CFMMEU v Mt Arthur Coal [2021] FWCF B6059 is that the BHP Site Access Requirement was not a lawful and reasonable direction in the circumstances because the direction to its employees to get vaccinated was unreasonable where BHP failed to properly consult with  employees, in accordance with work, health and safety obligations. I hope the workers concerned can keep their jobs even after BHP consults with them appropriately.
        Australian Government Services Australia rejects validation of medical exemptions from vaccination for the following medical reasons: “any family history of adverse events following immunisation, history of convulsions, treatment with antibiotics, treatment with locally acting steroids, inhaled or low dose topical, replacement corticosteroids, previous infection with the same pathogen, asthma, eczema, atopy, etc. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/immunisation-medical-exemptions?context=22436#a3

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