ドイツ内務省が衝撃の報告書 コロナは騒ぎすぎ 危険な病気ではない

報告書のタイトルは「危機管理分析」。全93ページ。内務省に任命された科学パネルが取りまとめた。執筆者は、省外のドイツの大学で医学を専門とする学者複数。

【要旨】
新型コロナの危険性は過大評価されており、通常のウィルスが及ぼす危険性を超えない。

新型コロナ死亡者は、基本的に終末期にある人たちで、私たちの身の回りを浮遊している約150種のウィルスに対する抵抗力をもはや失っており、コロナがなくても今年中に亡くなる予定だった。

2017/18年のこの時期のインフルエンザ死者が世界で150万人だったのに対し、コロナ死者は25万人に過ぎない。

新型コロナの危険性は、明らかに他の多くのウィルスと同程度である。

コロナ期間中の政府は、最大のフェイク・ニュース発信者であったと、将来批判されることだろう。



原文(ドイツ語)
https://www.ichbinanderermeinung.de/Dokument93.pdf



German Official Leaks Report Denouncing Corona as ‘A Global False Alarm’
May 29, 2020
Pozzati Daniele
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/29/german-official-leaks-report-denouncing-corona-as-global-false-alarm/

Germany’s federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control after a report that challenges the established Corona narrative leaked from the interior ministry.

Some of the report key passages are:

The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at no point did the danger posed by the new virus go beyond the normal level.
The people who die from Corona are essentially those who would statistically die this year, because they have reached the end of their lives and their weakened bodies can no longer cope with any random everyday stress (including the approximately 150 viruses currently in circulation).
Worldwide, within a quarter of a year, there has been no more than 250,000 deaths from Covid-19, compared to 1.5 million deaths [25,100 in Germany] during the influenza wave 2017/18.
The danger is obviously no greater than that of many other viruses. There is no evidence that this was more than a false alarm.
A reproach could go along these lines: During the Corona crisis the State has proved itself as one of the biggest producers of Fake News.

So far, so bad. But it gets worse.

The report focuses on the “manifold and heavy consequences of the Corona measures” and warns that these are “grave”.

More people are dying because of state-imposed Corona-measures than they are being killed by the virus.

The reason is a scandal in the making:

A Corona-focused German healthcare system is postponing life-saving surgery and delaying or reducing treatment for non-Corona patients.

Berlin in Denial Mode. The scientists fight back.

Initially, the government tried to dismiss the report as “the work of one employee”, and its contents as “his own opinion” – while the journalists closed ranks, no questions asked, with the politicians.

But the 93-pages report titled “Analysis of the Crisis Management” has been drafted by a scientific panel appointed by the interior ministry and composed by external medical experts from several German universities.

The report was the initiative of a department of the interior ministry called Unit KM4 and in charge with the “Protection of critical infrastructures”.

This is also where the German official turned whistleblower, Stephen Kohn, work(ed), and from where he leaked it to the media.

The authors of the report issued a joint press release already on Mai 11th, berating the government for ignoring expert advise, and asking for the interior minister to officially comment upon the experts joint statement:

“Therapeutic and preventive measures should never bring more harm than the illness itself. Their aim should be to protect the risk groups, without endegearing the availibilty of medical care and the health of the whole population, as it is unfortunately occurring”

“We in the scientific and medical praxis are experiencing the secondary damages of the Corona-measures on our patients on a dialy basis.”

“We therefore ask the Federal Ministry of the Interior, to comment upon our press release, and we hope for a pertinent discussion regarding the [Corona] measures, one that leads to the best possible solution for the whole population”

At the time of writing, the German government had yet to react.

But the facts are – sadly – vindicating the medical experts’ worries.

On Mai 23 the German newspaper Das Bild titled: “Dramatic consequences of the Corona-Measures: 52,000 Cancer Ops delayed.”

Inside, a aeading medical doctor warns that “we will feel the side-effects of the Corona crisis for years”.

Shooting the Whistleblower. Ignoring the Message.

As Der Spiegel reported on Mai 15th: “Stephen Kohn [the whistleblower] has since been suspended from duty. He was advised to obtain a lawyer and his work laptop was confiscated.”

Kohn had originally leaked the report on May 9th to the liberal-conservative magazine Tichys Einblick one of Germany’s most popular alternative media outlets.

News of the report went mainstream in Germany during the second week of Mai – but already in the third week media and politicians alike stopped discussing the issue by refusing to comment upon it.

Emblematic was the approach taken by Günter Krings, the representative for Interior Minister Horst Seehofer – the whistleblower’s boss:

Asked it he would treat the document seriously, Krings replied:

“If you start analyzing papers like that, then pretty soon you’ll be inviting the guys with the tin foil hats to parliamentary hearings.”

Men in tin foil hats – Aluhut in German – is a term used to describe people who believe in conspiracy theories.

Indeed one article by Der Spiegel adressing the Corona protest movement and the consequences of the leaked report contained the word “conspiracy” no fewer than 17 times!

And no discussions of the issues raised by the report itself.

Outside Germany the news has virtually gone unreported.

The Protest Movement – or “Corona-Rebellen”.

Germans begun demonstrating against Lockdowns as early as April.

And thousands of citizens keep showing up at demos every week-end, even as the government is easing the restrictions.

The demos are not merely against restrictions, which have actually been comparatively mild compared to many other Western countries.

The demos question the entire Corona Narrative, and even more its principals, especially the role Bill Gates is playing, as the WHO second biggest donor (the first one since Trump suspended U.S. contribution).

Indeed the biggest such demos took place in Stuttgart on May 9th, where tens of thousands people assempled to say no – to the NWO.

Germans are saying no to any orwellian solution the government might one day impose out of a questionable “emergency status”, from mass surveillance Apps to mandatory vaccinations.

The leaked report has proved their fears to be well founded.

At least as far as the fake nature of the “Corona pandemic” is concerned.

The rest might soon follow.

賞与が3分の1「泣きそう」 医療者、コロナで待遇悪化

こういうのは微妙。戦争に対応していると思えば、「睡眠時間も削って通常の何倍も仕事したが、手取りは僅か」というのはよくある話。

そもそも、たいして死なない=危険度の低い病気を、大げさに「感染症だ、外に出るな、家にこもっておれ」と連呼していたのは医学会でしょ。言い出しっぺが生活に困ったという話に、下々の私たちが同情しないといけないわけ?当人たちが主張を変えれば、この状況は明日にでも変わる。

経済あっての医学・医療ですよ。その逆じゃない。全ての経済を止め、経済の力が落ちているときに自分達の収入が減ることは、当然じゃないですか?



賞与が3分の1「泣きそう」 医療者、コロナで待遇悪化
5/30(土) 18:39配信
朝日新聞デジタル
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/319e921e5e4e3de0cc77d1a214989b93383db2fc

 新型コロナウイルスで、医療や介護の働き手の待遇が悪化している。感染対策のコストがかさみ、患者や利用者が減って、経営が揺らいでいるためだ。

■給料やボーナス、カットが続出

 一時金をカットせざるを得ない病院や施設も相次ぐ。国は医療・介護従事者へ最大20万円を配る予定だが、減収分を補うのは難しい。一部では雇い止めや、休みを指示する一時帰休などもみられ、雇用をどう守るかも課題だ。

 医療機関のコンサルティングを手がけるメディヴァによると、一般の患者が感染を恐れて受診を控える動きがめだつ。同社が全国約100の医療機関に感染拡大の前後で患者数の変化を聞いたところ、外来患者は2割強、入院患者は1~2割減った。首都圏では外来は4割、入院は2割減。とくにオフィス街の診療所では、在宅勤務の定着で会社員らの患者が落ち込む。

 メディヴァの小松大介取締役は、医療機関の経営が苦しくなると、医師や看護師らに影響が及ぶと指摘。「非常勤医師の雇い止めも出ている。夏のボーナス支給見送りを検討している施設も散見される」と話す。

 実際、看護師らの給料や一時金が下がるケースが続出している。日本医療労働組合連合会(医労連)が28日にまとめた調査では、愛知県の病院が医師を除く職員の夏の一時金を、前年実績の2カ月分から半減させることを検討。神奈川県の病院では夏の一時金カットに加え、定期昇給の見送りや来年3月までの役職手当の2割カットなどを検討しているという。

 医労連の森田進書記長は「職員の一時金1カ月分(月例給)はだいたい30万円。コロナ患者を受け入れている医療機関の勤務者には最大20万円が支給されることになったが、賃下げ幅が上回る可能性がある」と話す。

 職員の夏の一時金を、当初想定していた額の3分の1に引き下げる病院もある。埼玉県済生会栗橋病院(同県久喜市、329床)は、新型コロナの入院患者も受け入れている。短時間で結果がわかる検査方法も採り入れ、積極的に治療にあたっている。4月の病院収入は前年同月より15%減で1億2千万円減った。新型コロナの対応に集中するため、良性の腫瘍(しゅよう)の手術など急を要しない治療を延期している。受診控えもあって、4月に入院した患者は前年同月比25%減の450人ほど。1日あたり約600人だった外来患者は520人ほどまで減った。院長は経営環境について「つぶれるんですか、というレベルだ」と打ち明ける。

 看護師や臨床検査技師ら職員の夏のボーナスについて、感染拡大前に想定した額の3分の1にまで減らさざるを得ないという。コロナと向き合う職員らからは「泣いちゃいそうです」という声も上がっている。院長は「命を張って業務にあたってくれているのに申し訳ない。辞める人も出てくるかもしれない」と話す。



コロナ専門病院で働く「裏方」労働者の悲痛な訴え
幸田泉 | ジャーナリスト、作家
5/30(土) 11:30
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/byline/koudaizumi/20200530-00181033/

 新型コロナウイルス禍の4月半ば、大阪市の松井一郎市長は突如、大阪市立十三市民病院(大阪市淀川区)を「コロナ専門病院する」と発表。入院患者や出産予定者は急きょ、別病院に転院しなくてはならず対応に追われた。コロナ専門病院になることは事前に病院関係者に周知されておらず、現場では戸惑いが広がった。専門病院の設置は専門家からも評価する声が出ているが、十三市民病院で働くスタッフの話からは、医療現場の抱える矛盾が浮かび上がる。

■病院を支える裏方に危険手当はない
コロナ専門病院となった大阪市の十三市民病院=大阪市淀川区、筆者撮影

 昨年5月から十三市民病院で働く50代の女性は「重要なことが事前に何の説明もなく、テレビニュースで知らされる」と嘆く。5月22日には松井市長は「ワクチンが開発されるまでは十三市民病院はコロナ専門病院にする」との方針を示したが、これも病院関係者の多くは寝耳に水の話だった。「病院で働く人間のことを全く考慮していない。中でも直接、患者の治療には携わらない裏方の私たちは本当にないがしろにされていると感じる」

 この女性は、手術で使用するハサミやホルダーなどの医療器具を洗浄して滅菌する仕事をしている。まず、患者の体内に置き忘れなどがないかを確認するため、手術前と同様の器具がそろっているかチェックする。手洗いするもの、機械に入れて洗浄するもの、超音波を使って汚れを取るものなど器具によって洗浄方法が違い、食器洗いのような単純な作業ではない。「ある程度の専門的知識と経験がなければできない仕事。病院を支える裏方として誇りを持ってやってきた」と話す。

 十三市民病院ではこうした医療器具の洗浄をはじめ、寝具などの洗濯、院内清掃、事務、警備など医療行為以外の仕事は「すべて業務委託で行われている」と女性は言う。松井市長は4月17日、新型コロナウイルス患者を受け入れている大阪市立総合医療センターや十三市民病院の医師や看護師ら医療従事者に1日当たり4000円の危険手当を支給すると発表した。しかし、病院の裏方業務に当たるスタッフは手当支給の対象ではない。「どうして私たちに手当がつかないのか納得できない。トイレ、エレベーター、食堂、売店はみんな共有している。同じ病院の中で働いているのだから、誰にでも感染の危険はある」とし、さらに「看護師たちには研修が何度も行われているのに、裏方には何の研修もない。自分で考えて感染から身を守れということなのか」と憤る。

 4月後半、院内の警備員が体調が悪くなって保健所に相談し、検査で新型コロナウイルスに感染が判明したという話を聞き、不安は現実味を帯びた。寝具などの洗濯の仕事をしていた人は、「病室に入らなければならないのに、危険手当もないなんてやってられない」と辞めてしまったという。

■雨合羽を集めた松井市長は「ないよりまし」

 松井市長は4月半ば、医療現場でウイルス感染を予防する防護服が不足していることから、「使用していない雨合羽(レインコート)がある人は、大阪府、大阪市に提供を」と呼び掛けた。その結果、30万着もの雨合羽が集まり、マスメディアはこぞって美談として取り上げた。

 コロナウイルス禍を受けて結成された「コロナ生活補償を求める大阪座り込み行動」のメンバーは、「医療従事者を雨合羽で働かせるな」と訴える。雨合羽はウイルスが付着していると脱ぐ時に飛び散る危険があり、決して万全ではない。行政がやるべきことは雨合羽の提供を募るのではなく、一刻も早く感染防止用のアイソレーションガウン(防護服)をメーカーに発注するなどして医療機関に提供するべきだと主張してきた。

 5月11日、「コロナ生活補償を求める大阪座り込み行動」のメンバーが大阪市役所を訪れて医療現場の改善要望をしていたところ、5階の廊下で松井市長の記者会見に遭遇。「雨合羽で働かせないでください!」と訴えるメンバーに、松井市長は「なりよりましです」「仕事の邪魔をしないでください」と言い放ち、会見場からさっさと姿を消した。この対応に抗議したメンバーは怒り心頭だったところ、5月22日に吉村洋文・大阪府知事が記者会見で「大阪府市は雨合羽で治療しているというのはデマだ。医療物資は必要な供給量は確保できている」と述べたのが火に油を注いだ。アイソレーションガウンが入手できず、雨合羽で対応していた医療機関は実際に存在していた。それを「デマ」と言うなら、何のために雨合羽を集めたのか意味不明である。

 「コロナ生活補償を求める大阪座り込み行動」のメンバーは5月25日、大阪市健康局を訪れ、「大阪府市の首長は雨合羽を『ないよりまし』と言ったり、『医療現場では使ってない』と言ったり、ふざけるな」と怒りを吐露した。
大阪・梅田の繁華街で新型コロナウイルス禍の補償を訴える街宣行動=大阪市北区で、筆者撮影

 前述の十三市民病院で医療器具の洗浄をしている女性は「医療現場のことが分からない知事や市長の思い付きで現場は振り回されているし、同じ病院内でも医師、看護師らと私のような裏方とでは取り扱いが差別的だ」と話す。大阪府は4月末、「大阪府新型コロナウイルス助け合い基金」を創設し、5月25日時点で20億円を超える寄付が集まっている。吉村知事は5月12日、「新型コロナウイルスの感染者を受け入れた病院やホテルの従業員に、この基金から応援金としてクオカードを配る」と発表した。

 「新型コロナウイルス禍では、これまで業務委託で働く者はひどい扱いを受けてきたので、私たちは応援金の対象から外されるのではと思ってしまう。危険手当もなく、何の説明も受けられず、感染防止の研修すら受けさせてもらえない。これではクオカードだって『ないよりまし』と言いたい」

 この女性は10代後半から30年以上、ロンドンで生活してきたという。

 「ロンドンで今の大阪と同じことをやったら、絶対にストライキか暴動が起こっている」とコメントした。

トルコがシリア・ハサケ県の穀倉地帯に放火、小麦5トン、大麦7トンを焼失

動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKj4o_6TOGI
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The fires affected almost 7000 hectares of wheat and barley fields in Hasaka
30 May، 2020
https://sana.sy/en/?p=192750

Hasaka, SANA_ Some 6600 hectares of agricultural land cultivated with wheat and barley in Hasaka province have been damaged by fires.

Most of the fires that erupted in the province’s western countryside have resulted from the acts of vandalism committed by the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries in that area with the aim of starving the farmers and putting more pressure on the Syrian government.

2500 hectares of the area affected by the fires were planted with wheat, while 4,100 hectares were planted with barley, Head of Hasaka Agriculture Directorate Rajab Salameh said in a statement to SANA.

These areas, he added, are located in the southern and western countryside of Hasaka.

5000 tons of wheat and 7000 tons of barley were destroyed as a result of these fires, according to Salameh

He urged farmers to implement specific safety instructions in order to prevent such fires from occurring.

ロシアが在シリアの空軍・海軍基地を拡張へ

先日、妙な人事が発表された理由は、これだったのですね。



Russian military, diplomats to negotiate agreement with Syria on more facilities & maritime access
29 May, 2020 17:27
https://www.rt.com/newsline/490172-russia-syria-air-facilities/

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s defense and foreign ministries on Friday to hold talks with Damascus, with a view to Moscow obtaining additional facilities and maritime access in Syria.

A protocol could be signed to the agreement with Syria on deploying Russia’s air task force, which stipulates the transfer of additional facilities and water area to the force, according to the president’s instruction posted on the government’s legal information web portal.

The ministries were instructed to hold negotiations with the Syrian side and, upon reaching an agreement, sign the protocol on Russia’s behalf, allowing minor amendments to be made to the draft with the Russian government’s approval, TASS said.

Russia and Syria had earlier inked an agreement for a term of 49 years on deploying the air task force at the Hmeymim air base in the Latakia province. Russia, a close ally of Syria, also has a naval facility at Tartus, in the Mediterranean.

ミネアポリス黒人暴動 番外編 白人警官の妻は美人コンテスト優勝者 活躍する妻たち

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rai***** | 13時間前

NY在住ですが、Twitterを見ていると現地の人たちから、この暴動の発端はプロテスターたちではなく覆面警察が起こしている、という話が回ってきます。実際に白人の黒尽くめで黒い傘をした男性が、順番にお店の窓を割っていき、それをプロテスターたちが止めに入る動画が回っており、元妻によってどの警察官かも特定されているようです。真偽は不明ですが、警察側もプロテスターへの攻撃を正当化するために、窓を割ったり、建物を燃やしたりしているのかもしれません。アメリカの組織はそういうこと平気でするので怖いです。

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・・・元妻が「店の窓を壊しているこの男は、私の元夫です」と証言したのですね。元妻はどの国でも最強ですね(笑)。



システム破壊者 | 4時間前

主要メディアが全国ネットで取り上げる
あからさまな怪しい事件を鵜呑みにして
感情的になったり暴徒化するべきではない。

人種差別の歴史が刷り込まれているので
偽旗ひとつでこうも激しいものになる。
暴徒化すれば、国民側にも体制側の人間
が入り込み事を荒だてる事は香港を観て
いればわかることだろう。

暴徒化を始めた奴らの中にも焚きつけ
役として反政府側の人間が侵入している
かも知れない。巻き込まれないように。
感情煽られそうな時ほど、まず冷静に。

あの被害者が本当に死んだかどうだか、
皆んなは正確に確認することはできない。
あの警察官と被害者は、以前に同じクラブ
で働く同僚であったとの情報もある。

暴徒化する前に確認すべきことが沢山ある
よ。暴力は何も生まない。

・・・私が読んだ英語記事では、同市内にあって今は閉店したクラブの女性経営者が登場して証言。警官はクラブの屋外警備をしていて、殺された黒人は同じクラブの室内警備員だった。同じ時期に雇っていたが、シフトはそれぞれ別に回しており、両者の間に面識があったかどうかは承知していない。



HSM | 5時間前

フロイド氏死去10分後から暴動が始まったらしいですが、どうしてそんなに大勢の暴徒がその情報を得て集まることができたのか。

略奪者の大半は州外から来た者達だとミネアポリス市警トップが発表してます。
勘のいい方はこれでお分かりだと思います。

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被害者のジョージ・フロイド氏とこの警官は元警備員として長い間同僚だったらしいですね。全身黒づくめの白人男性がオートゾーンという店のガラスを割って入り、放火したのが火災の発端だったと地元の目撃者が証言しています。



黒人を殺した白人警官の妻は、2018年のミセス・ミネソタ・コンテスト優勝者。殺人事件を受け、この妻は離婚を申し立てた(笑)。

Pageant queen wife seeks DIVORCE from Minneapolis cop charged with murder of George Floyd
30 May, 2020 11:39
https://www.rt.com/usa/490231-kellie-chauvin-cop-wife-divorce-george-floyd/

A week that saw Derek Chauvin play a disturbing role in the death of unarmed black man George Floyd has ended with the cop behind bars and now facing divorce proceedings as his wife seeks to have their marriage dissolved.

Lawyers for Kellie Chauvin have announced that the former Mrs. Minnesota has filed for divorce from the ex-police officer who was her husband for around a decade.

「あなたの立場でアタシの経歴を汚さないでよ!」
とでも言い放ったのでしょうか?縁切るの早っ(笑)。
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スウェーデンでコロナ死者が急増したのは、高齢者を意図的に殺したから その2

スウェーデンは酸素ボンベ製造国で供給は足りているにもかかわらず、政府は、病院ではない高齢者施設においてコロナの症状がある高齢者に酸素吸入することを禁じ、全員一律にモルヒネ(弛緩剤)を投与し窒息しさせるよう指示を出していた。政府は、複数の疾患がある60歳以上、および80歳以上の全員がICUに入ることを禁止した。

ある高齢者施設では、肺炎症状のある96歳を病院へ連れて行くことを介護士が拒否した。娘の証言「最後まで働き税金を納め続けた母が、政府から受け取った感謝がこれである。最後の24時間を苦しみのあまり宙を手でもがきながら死んでいくのを見るのは背筋が凍る思いだった」。

トルコ系移民の高齢者も放置され、トルコ政府が自国に引き取って治療を受けさせたほどだった。

病院の内情をメディアに語った看護師は解雇された。

政治家が、政府がコロナ死を減らすため、あらゆる努力をしていると発言しているのは、真っ赤な嘘である。

政府の政策に同調しない学者は「非国民」とのレッテルを張られ、糾弾された。彼らは仕方なく外国メディアに告発した(注:記事原文にリンク複数あり)。

ノルウェーの疫学者の証言「スウェーデンの報道関係者から多くのインタビューを受けたが、スウェーデン政府の政策への賛同を何としてでも引きだそうとする質問ばかりだった。新型コロナは不治の病ではなく、治療可能で、たとえワクチンがなくても先進国においては難治性の病ではない。高齢者にとっても感染は死を意味しない。人口当たりで欧州最大の死者数とスウェーデン式アプローチは間違っており、大いに批判されるべきである」。
その1

・・・コロナ死として発表されている数字は、「コロナで死んだ人の数字」ではなく、「政府に殺され、コロナ死と紙に記入された人の数字」なのです。関連記事



Unforgivably cruel: Swedish directives on how to treat Covid-19 elderly have caused massive death toll
28 May, 2020 15:31
By Jon Tallinger, Swedish medical doctor and human rights activist.
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/490012-swedish-directives-covid-elderly-cruel/

Sweden’s lack of a coherent strategy on treating coronavirus has caused needless suffering among old people, and the media seems unwilling to expose the failures.

In early April, in an interview with Svenska Dagbladet, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven admitted: “Sweden has not succeeded in protecting its elderly.” He asked the country to prepare itself for thousands of deaths due to Covid-19, a prediction that has sadly come true.

May 26: #Sweden has the highest number of confirmed daily #Covid19 deaths per capita in #Europe, 7-day rolling period.And second place in the world, near Brazil.Tegnell #HerdImmunity NOT functioning pic.twitter.com/1BbAQqdmdD
— Prof Ferrada de Noli (@ProfessorsBlogg) May 26, 2020

The prime minister’s statement saddened me. As a doctor, I do my best to protect my patients, regardless of age. But I cannot possibly condone the official directives issued on how to protect the elderly.

The world at large should know about these directives, as they provide insight into what has happened in Sweden with regard to the care of Covid-19 patients.

In trying to understand what has gone on, it is also important that people are aware there are certain primary ethics which doctors swear to uphold while treating patients as people.

There is a proper perspective for medical knowledge, which is why, for example, I refuse to “care-plan” the 2000+ patients that are under my supervision. They trust me to do everything I can to save their lives. This is why I find the Swedish directives to be absolutely abhorrent.

The directives are, essentially, asking me to get rid of anyone who is sick. Is it ethical to instruct doctors to first prescribe morphine, rather than oxygen? Is it ethical to deny elderly patients oxygen in most situations? How would you feel on finding out that your parent in a care home will not be given critical care, or curative care, or oxygen therapy, because they are deemed irrelevant? Why is this the case? As Sweden has five factories producing oxygen, supplying oxygen outside of a hospital setting should not be an issue.
Also on rt.com Shameful treatment of the elderly is further proof Sweden got its Covid-19 strategy all wrong
Letting the elderly die

Horror stories have played out across the country. At Karolinska University hospital in Stockholm, one doctor told the Dagens Nyheter daily that triage has been made so difficult that “we are being forced to let patients die in front of our eyes.”

Another Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, saw official documents instructing that patients aged 60 and above with multiple conditions, and all those aged above 80, should be denied intensive care, even though Sweden apparently has plenty of ICU beds.

And there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of an unacceptable number of deaths occurring without medical attendance. What is the strategy behind this?

Even the basic approach is muddled. Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell claimed herd immunity is not a policy but an achievable status, despite the World Health Organization saying it is highly sceptical about such a strategy. Yet Tegnell was quoted as saying: “We want as few people to get infected as possible, at a slow pace, so the health system can cope.”

In addition, wearing masks, gloves or other protective equipment in public has not been recommended.
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‘Not worthy of a test?’: UK family unable to find closure after beloved grandma dies in care home during Covid-19 pandemic ‘Not worthy of a test?’: UK family unable to find closure after beloved grandma dies in care home during Covid-19 pandemic ‘Not worthy of a test?’: UK family unable to find closure after beloved grandma dies in care home during Covid-19 pandemic
Tragedy of the victims

It’s only when you hear the stories of the victims that the scale of this scandal is really apparent. 96-year-old Eva Alinder died in a care home, because staff refused to take her to the hospital. Her daughter Catharina was told Eva was “too old”.

She was left to choke, gasping for air all night, until she died. The only treatment staff offered was an aspirin and leaving the window open. Her daughter tried to get her tested for Covid-19, but this didn’t happen because there was no time and no staff available. To add insult to injury, Eva will not even be included in Sweden’s Covid-19 death toll because she wasn’t taken to hospital.

Catharina said: “They let my mother suffer for so many hours without oxygen, without being admitted to a hospital. She worked all her life, paid taxes, and this is the thanks she got. She was down to 60 percent breathing capacity. It was horrible for me and my sister to see her suffer in her last 24 hours.”

81-year-old Hanna Altinsu did not have underlying medical conditions, but when he caught Covid-19 and his symptoms worsened, he was denied respiratory care despite available ICU beds outside Stockholm. Turkey even airlifted 47-year-old citizen Emrullah Gulusken back home rather than have him treated in Sweden.

To get an even clearer idea of what’s gone on, I interviewed Latifa Lofvenberg for a witness statement, which I shared on my Youtube channel. Latifa is a nurse who worked in a government-funded care home in Gavleborg, but is no longer employed there due to speaking out about what she witnessed.

She told of old people being left to choke to death for days on end, and of being instructed to administer morphine and a muscle relaxer, midazolam, which helps relieve anxiety while the patients slowly suffocate.

If an elderly patient eventually loses the fight with Covid-19, I believe it is far more humane to let them die of narcosis and carbon dioxide after we have done our best to save them, rather than resorting primarily to morphine and breathing complications, while denying them oxygen.

So when our politicians say they’ve done everything imaginable to decrease fatalities, it is a blatant lie.
Also on rt.com So one Swedish academic quotes another Swedish academic on flaws of Sweden's Covid-19 policy... and that’s RUSSIAN propaganda?
Deafening media silence

What is also clear is that pointing out the failings is unwelcome. Scientists with relevant criticism of integral elements of Sweden’s strategy have been dismissed by the mainstream media. Instead of answering their criticism, the media has even called them nation-saboteurs.

These academics have been forced to turn to international outlets to be heard. For instance, Professor Cecilia Soderberg-Naucler, a virus-immunology researcher at the Karolinska Institute, had to turn to The Guardian. Professor emeritus of Public-Science Epidemiology, Marcello Ferrada de Noli, had his critical opinion pieces about the treatment of the elderly published on RT.com.

Norwegian state epidemiologist, Frode Forland, has confirmed that Swedish outlets do not seem interested in publishing in-depth critical opinions of Sweden’s strategy. He explained his experience with the Swedish media: “I’ve been interviewed by several of them, and they all ask questions about things supporting Sweden’s strategy. It feels like they want to support their own government, but Sweden is going against the entire world on this.”

I suppose it is for this reason Swedish experts in virology felt compelled to speak out about Anders Tegnell’s epidemiological deeds in a secret e-mail thread, rather than going public with their thoughts.

The truth is that Covid-19 is not a terminal illness. It is treatable and not intractable in first-world countries, despite the lack of a vaccine. It does not have to be a death sentence for the elderly. The lives of people are not statistics, sound bites or experiments. What are Sweden’s real mortality rates? And is herd immunity through natural infections the method to pursue?

The highest number of Covid-19 deaths per capita in Europe and the current approach to treating Sweden’s elderly is nothing to be proud of. In fact, it should be loudly condemned.

I am in the profession of saving lives, not politics. But confronted with horrible truths, I cannot save lives unless something changes urgently and completely. By exposing the ongoing policies in the country’s care homes and holding accountable those who are inflicting criminal human rights violations through these absurd directives, we can help everyone in Sweden.

天然ガスに賭けたイスラエルの経済発展がコロナ不況で頓挫したかも

ハアレツ紙寄稿を大胆に意訳。イスラエル沖に海底ガス田が発見され、過去にはイスラエルと組むことなど考えられなかった近隣諸国との間に東地中海ガス・フォーラムを結成し、エジプト経由で大消費地であるEUに天然ガスを輸出し、イスラエルの念願だった確固たる外貨収入源を確立する。少し前までこんなことを思い描いていた。

高品質低価格のロシア産天然ガスをEUから締め出することで作った隙間に、低品質高価格の米国産とイスラエル産のガスをねじ込む予定だった。

ところが、予期せずして始まった新型コロナ騒ぎで世界経済が止まってしまい、突如ガス需要は世界全体で消失し、回復する見通しが立たなくなった。化石燃料批判は高まっており、石炭は市場から退場することがほぼ決まっている。石油の将来も短い。ガスは、石炭、石油よりクリーンなので、もう少し使われるが、やはり将来は暗い。

イスラエル産ガスの仕向先は、現時点では国内消費が大半であるのと、ごく少量を小さな隣国ヨルダンに輸出している。イスラエルは、高価格の国内産ガスを使うことで、国内産業の国際競争力を下げている。ヨルダンでは、もともと政治的にイスラエル産ガスを使うことに根強い反対論がある上、景気が悪いこともあり、低品質高価格イスラエル産の輸入を止め、高品質低価格カタール産に乗り換える動きがある。

深刻なガス不況を受け、キプロスでは海外企業が海底探査から手を引いてしまった。せっかく作ったガス・フォーラムは開店休業状態だ。

イスラエルは、天然ガスに賭けた経済発展を夢見たが、EUにまとまった量を輸出しない限り、得られる外貨はゼロだ。夢の計画は、始動しないまま終わってしまうかもしれない。

・・・本当にご愁傷様でした。



Opinion
Israel's Gas Party Ends Before It Began
Prices for natural gas have crashed, which is a much bigger problem for the Eastern Mediterranean than the coronavirus
David Rosenberg
Published on 26.05.2020
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-israel-s-gas-party-ends-before-it-began-1.8874678

Less than 18 months ago, it looked like the Eastern Mediterranean was on its way to becoming the natural gas equivalent of the Persian Gulf oil empire. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but there was every sign that many of the region’s countries, including Israel, were ready to cooperate in turning the region into a global energy hub.

Egypt had begun production at its giant Zohr field and Israel’s somewhat smaller Leviathan was gearing up to begin pumping, too. Exploration was underway in Cypriot waters, and plans were afoot to ship Israeli and Cypriot gas to Egypt for re-export to Europe. There were even serious efforts underway to build a pipeline from Egypt to Europe.

In a rare case of the region putting aside their political disagreements, six countries – Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority – formed an Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum to organize the emerging hub. Turkey refused to join the party, making ridiculously outsized claims about its exploration rights and harassing Cyprus’ drilling efforts.

Eighteen months later about the only thing that hasn’t changed is Turkey’s bloody-mindedness: Against all economic logic, it’s continuing to drill in waters claimed by Cyprus. But virtually everywhere else in the Eastern Mediterranean the gas business has ground to a halt because global gas prices have collapsed in tandem with the more infamous drop in oil prices.

On the Dutch TTF hub, a European benchmark, natural gas for June delivery last week traded at 3.50 euros per megawatt hour, its lowest since 2005. Many in the industry fret that European gas could soon be selling for less than zero, just as oil did in the United States last month.

The coronavirus is only part of the problem. Months before it began to wreak havoc across the world’s economies and slash energy demand, prices had been falling sharply because of the simple reason that a gas glut has been created.

The Eastern Mediterranean isn’t the only place where newly found reserves have been exploited. New gas was being produced everywhere, most notably in the United States – a side effect of the U.S. shale oil boom. There was too much gas on the supply side and then the coronavirus came and killed the demand side.

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In Europe, tankers carrying liquefied natural gas are lying idle off the coast of Europe. Storage tanks are close to capacity but big producers, like Qatar, are still pumping the stuff because it’s not so easy to shut down production. By July, there may be no room left to store all the excess gas.

The target market vaporizes

This is a serious problem for the Eastern Mediterranean. Even the region’s biggest local markets – Egypt and Israel – can’t absorb all the gas that’s being produced or slated for production. Europe is supposed to be the big market for Eastern Mediterranean gas

Egypt has ceased exporting LNG since March and has idled its single plant. In Cyprus, ExxonMobil and a partnership between ENI and Total have put off conducting any more exploratory drilling. Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group, the partners in Cyprus’ Aphrodite field, may have to delay plans to build a pipeline to Egypt, whence the gas was supposed to be sent on to Europe as LNG.

So far, Israel has been spared the impact of the glut because most of its gas is sold at home and the domestic market is delinked from global market trends by contracts set at high prices. (The problems at Delek Group, one of the two main partners in the Tamar and Leviathan fields, are due to its foreign oil assets, not its local gas ones.) But the Israeli gas market is saturated. Its future lies in exports, and the future looks bleak.

Israel’s big export success to date is the deal signed last year to sell gas to Egypt’s Dolphinus. Egypt has plenty of its own gas, so the Israeli gas is supposed to be re-exported to Europe as LNG processed at Egyptian plants. But prices are now too low to justify doing that and, in any case, no one in Europe wants it. Dolphinus is supposed to take even more Israeli gas starting in July, but it’s hard to imagine why it would want to.

Jordan, a much smaller Israeli export customer, may also decide that Israeli gas is too expensive (and with annexation carries too big a political price) and opt for cheaper LNG from Qatar.

The fact that the European market is all but dead for now is a comparatively little problem for Israel. The big problem is that it may never come back to life. Prices may recover, but the halt in Eastern Mediterranean development means there won’t be much gas to sell Europe for years to come.

In the longer run, Europe and the rest of the world seem destined to move on to alternative energy in place of fossil fuels. Coal is already on the way out and the oil outlook is dim. Gas may hold out a little longer because it is cleaner than the other two, but that’s not the kind of future to inspire energy companies to spend billions on exploration and development. The Eastern Mediterranean gas party may have ended before it began.

ミネアポリス黒人暴動を武力弾圧するトランプは、G7で中国に対して説教するつもりか(笑)

ミネソタ州ミネアポリスの警察第3管区の署建物がデモ隊に襲撃され、警察官が退却。建物まるごと炎上した。
CNN様の証拠映像。
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=505lAvIGCj0



以下のリンク先に動画多数あり。
WATCH Minneapolis police ABANDON 3rd precinct as protesters TORCH it & celebrate
29 May, 2020 04:02
https://www.rt.com/usa/490069-minneapolis-3rd-precinct-abandoned-torched/

A police headquarters in Minneapolis is engulfed in flames after protesters breached the building and set it ablaze amid riots over a recent police killing. Officers fled the scene, having lost all control of the situation.

Less than an hour after the break-in at the 3rd police precinct late on Thursday night, flames had spread to nearly the whole building, with a crowd of demonstrators gathered outside celebrating as police staged a retreat. RT’s Sophia Narwitz reported live from the main protest area.



以下のリンク先に動画多数あり。
Minneapolis ‘WAR ZONE’: Rioters take over POLICE STATION amid clashes, fires & tear gas (VIDEOS)
29 May, 2020 03:15
https://www.rt.com/usa/490068-minnesota-war-zone-protests/



ミネアポリス上空の大気汚染状況(笑)
https://mobile.twitter.com/KansasZoomer/status/1265995592897122308/photo/1
警察第3管区署は、濃い色2地点の中間の右方向。



黒人容疑者死亡でデモ拡大、ミネソタが州兵を動員
5/29(金) 15:36配信
ロイター
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/6fc662f84c62922fd01bf321e78312100d3bc732

 5月28日、米中西部ミネソタ州・ミネアポリス近郊で黒人容疑者が逮捕時に白人警官から首に体重をかけられ死亡した事件で、地元で抗議による暴動が2日続き、同州のティム・ウォルツ知事は、警察を助けるため州兵を動員した。27日撮影(2020年 ロイター/Eric Miller)

[米ミネアポリス 28日 ロイター] - 米中西部ミネソタ州・ミネアポリス近郊で黒人容疑者が逮捕時に白人警官から首に体重をかけられ死亡した事件で、地元で抗議による暴動が2日続き、同州のティム・ウォルツ知事は28日、警察を助けるため州兵を動員した。

・・・えっと私が中東方面で米国の言葉として聞いたのは、「正義と民主主義を求める無実の国民を虐殺し、それに抗議する国民を武力で弾圧するのは残虐な独裁者で、そのような輩は外部から軍隊を派遣してでもとっ捕まえ、国際司法裁判所で裁かなければならない」というものでした(笑)。「国を民族・文化ごとに細分化し、中央集権型支配を改め、それぞれ独立性の高い自治区とする」というのもありました(爆)。関連記事



トランプ大統領が、「ミネソタの凶悪犯たちが・・・秩序が回復しないならば・・・軍を投入する」とツイッターに投稿したところ、ツイッター社が「暴力を賛美している」と評価し、トランプに要注意マークを付けた(笑)。

Twitter at war? Trump's warning to Minnesota ‘thugs’ flagged for ‘glorifying violence’
29 May, 2020 08:11
https://www.rt.com/usa/490085-twitter-violence-trump-rule-violation/

Twitter has claimed Donald Trump violated its rules by vowing a tough response to rioting in Minnesota. The social media platform flagged the tweet, saying it “glorified violence.”

The US president tweeted that he would take action if order was not restored to Minneapolis.

“We will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote, noting that the military could get involved.

Hours later, Twitter attached a notice to the post, stating that the tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” The company said it would allow the message to stay up, however, because it “may be in the public’s interest.”

On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at social media platforms in an effort to crack down on alleged political bias and strip them of protection from litigation. The move came after Twitter “fact checked” one of his tweets about how vote-by-mail would lead to widespread fraud. Trump then claimed that the platform was trying to stifle free speech, with even some media outlets arguing that Twitter had overstepped its bounds. The company denounced the executive order as “a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law” protecting platforms from legal liability for content.

(別記事)
Twitter blocks WHITE HOUSE tweet for ‘glorifying violence’ after it reposts Trump warning from official government account
29 May, 2020 14:17
https://www.rt.com/usa/490136-twitter-censors-white-house-trump/



ミネアポリス市警察長が、暴動は地元民ではない人々によって扇動されていると指摘。これを受け、保守派の活動家が、ジョージ・ソロスが黒人の暴徒にカネを配っていると非難。

ソロスが運営しているOpen Society Foundationは、Black Lives Matter運動に拠出している事実はあるものの、批判に対し、財団はあらゆる暴力を容認しておらず、抗議者に資金提供していない、警察の残虐性から目をそらす目的の批判と反論。

‘Don’t throw money at black Americans to riot’: Candace Owens spars with Soros-funded NGO over alleged hand in Minneapolis unrest
29 May, 2020 08:57
https://www.rt.com/usa/490081-candace-owens-soros-minneapolis-riots/

Conservative firebrand Candace Owens has started a feud with Open Society Foundations, after accusing the George Soros-funded NGO of fueling the ongoing riots in Minneapolis.

Owens speculated that the fires and looting in Minneapolis was being carried out by activists linked to the billionaire, after noting that Police Chief Medaria Arradondo claimed the criminal activity was being instigated by people not native to the city.

“My guess: As he did with Antifa, Democrat George Soros has these thugs on payroll. He is funding the chaos via his Open Society Foundation,” the conservative commentator tweeted.

The accusation clearly ruffled the NGO’s feathers, which fired back a retort insisting that they do not condone violence and “do not pay people to protest.” They also claimed that Owens was trying to “distract” from a case of “police brutality.”

Hi Candace, Mr. Soros and the Open Society Foundations oppose all violence and do not pay people to protest. We lament the effort, through baseless allegations, to distract from the crisis of police brutality in Minneapolis and in too many other parts of the country.
— Open Society Foundations (@OpenSociety) May 28, 2020

Unimpressed, Owens accused the group of “throwing money at black Americans to riot” and scolded the organization for spreading hate and dividing America.

“You got what you wanted in Minnesota. Your organization is a disgrace and Soros himself is absolute filth in my book,” read one of her scathing responses.

Please do not throw money at black Americans to riot and then have the nerve to think we are so stupid as to believe the money was given out of genuine caring.You got what you wanted in Minnesota. Your organization is a disgrace and Soros himself is absolute filth in my book.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 28, 2020

Soros’ Open Society Foundations has indeed provided cash to activists linked with the Black Lives Matter movement – although the organization has long maintained that they “don’t fund protests, per se.”

Protests erupted in Minneapolis after a brutal police arrest reportedly led to the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd. Although initial demonstrations were largely peaceful, Minneapolis has seen two nights of rioting. During a press conference on Thursday, the city’s police chief said that “many of the people involved in the criminal conduct last night were not known Minneapolitans to them” and were “not recognized as being from the city.”

A police precinct headquarters was set ablaze on Thursday night, after law enforcement abandoned their position. The Minnesota National Guard has been deployed to the area, purportedly to assist the city’s fire department as they battle fires set by rioters. US President Donald Trump has warned that he could send in the military if order is not restored.

・・・よくわからないけど、2人でやりあってください(笑)。



・・・G7議長の足下がこんな状態なのに、何の恥じらいもなく米国でG7を開き、中国の「いわゆる少数民族弾圧」を批判する宣言を高らかに発表しても、全然説得力がありません。面の皮が厚いと、何でもできていいね(笑)。誰か進言してあげて(爆)。

絵で見てわかる「新しい生活様式」 イギリス版 コロナ

家での過ごし方
(友人を室内に招いてははいけません。
6人までなら庭で飲食していいが、間隔を2メートル開けなさい)
28953638-8367943-image-a-2_1590713184638.jpg
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8367943/You-grandparents-Boris-Johnson-tells-Britons-announces-lockdown-relaxation-rules.html

美容院はこう変わる
(呼ばれるまで外でお待ち下さい。
接触を避けるため飲み物は提供されません。)
28947572-8367281-image-m-33_1590699547749.jpg
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8367281/Salons-getting-set-reopen-theyre-cutting-little-luxuries-writes-JAN-MOIR.html

人口の圧倒的大多数には関係ない病気なのに、いつまでこんな馬鹿げたことを続けるんですか?

トランプ中東和平案に対するイスラエル国内の賛否 西岸併合

トランプのDeal of the Centuryを進めると、イスラエルがこれまで苦労して築き上げてきた近隣アラブ諸国との友好関係が崩れる恐れがある。

米国内ではトランプが特別に親イスラエルなだけで、民主党は西岸併合に対して厳しい。米国の景気が悪いと現職大統領が負ける可能性があるので、トランプだけに頼る外交は危うい。最近では右派の論客Daniel Pipesまでもが構想に批判的である。イスラエルにとり害が大きく、益が少ないのではないか。

イスラエルは過去一貫してパレスチナ国独立のシナリオを排除してきたが、トランプ案はパレスチナ国の独立を前提としている。イスラエルの国土に対する主権が認められるメリットがあるが、同時にパレスチナ国が独立してしまう。これは罠だ。

Trump's Mideast peace plan is a trap
Opinion: The Trump administration starts questioning whether its support for Netanyahu's annexation ambitions do more harm than good; Israeli right slowly realizes that annexation also means a Palestinian state
Yossi Shain |
Published: 05.27.20 , 21:27
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SkWH3ZnjU



西岸併合後はパレスチナ人の蜂起が激化するので、IDFが疲れる。コロナ騒ぎが収まり、パレスチナ人が以前のようにイスラエル本土で仕事できるようになれば、暴動に参加するパレスチナ人の人口を減らすことができるかもしれない。

IDF is bracing for violence after West Bank annexation
Opinion: It is a mistake to believe that the Palestinian population is indifferent to Israel's looming plans for swathes of the territory and the military is preparing for different levels of conflict, from another civil uprising (intifada) or all-out war
Alex Fishman |
Published: 05.27.20 , 23:30
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Bk00Dx0ojU

・・・知らんがな。後半の理屈は、あまりに打算的、表面的で呆れるわ。ユダヤ人が、人権重視、法の前の平等、差別反対という理念を完全排除して考えている醜さが、露骨に言葉に表れている。



トランプ案を受け入れると、西岸面積に対するイスラエルの管轄権の割合は小さくなってしまうが、小さくなった面積内に対する主権は承認されることになるので、面積内でイスラエル法の支配を確立することが肝要だ。

Israel must be smart about West Bank annexation
Opinion: Trump's plan is good for Israel, but is worthless unless the government actually applies rule of law in the territory; while it is impossible to do so across entire area, it must happen in Jordan Valley at very least
Kobi Eliraz |
Published: 05.28.20 , 23:30
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/B1jZMfTjL



イスラエルが併合した西岸領域内にパレスチナ人コミュニティーが1つ2つ残るが、彼らはイスラエル国の国民ではなく、その地域内では軍政が続く。

Netanyahu: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won't be citizens
In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, PM said Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, including residents of the city of Jericho, would remain under limited Palestinian self-rule, with Israel having security control
Associated Press |
Published: 05.28.20 , 18:33
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HkM7PLajU

・・・この理屈、日本でも適用できる地区がありそうな気がするのは私だけ?イスラエルだけ、こういうことしていいのはなぜ?どうして?



在エルサレム米国大使館は、米国民に対し、パレスチナ人居住区に近づかないよう警告

U.S. warns its nationals to avoid West Bank, Gaza amid annexation talks
Embassy in Jerusalem singles out checkpoints, markets and government facilities as possible targets of potential attacks and asks citizens to maintain vigilance; 'Violence can occur with little or no warning,' says official statement
Itamar Eichner |
Published: 05.28.20 , 18:13
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkvJUNTjI

・・・単にイスラエルの西岸併合を認めるだけでなく、同時に巨額の経済支援を注ぎ込むことでパレスチナ経済を浮上させ、皆で幸せになるというのが公式説明なのだが、自分で自分の案が激しい憎悪を生むことがわかっているんですね。悪意ですね。

IATAが飛行機利用者に新型コロナ非感染証明を要求する方向

「immunity passport」という表現で、非感染を証明する世界共通の規格導入が必要としている。


安全かどうかわからないワクチンを打たないと、飛行機にも乗れない。さして死ぬ病気じゃないのに関連記事)。

狭い機内でsocial distancingを実行すると、チケットの値段が5倍くらいに跳ね上がりそう。



原文
https://www.iata.org/contentassets/4cb32e19ff544df590f3b70179551013/roadmap-safely-restarting-aviation.pdf

記事いくつか
https://opcaoturismo.pt/wp/en/iata-apoia-a-criacao-de-passaporte-de-imunidade/
https://qcolombia.com/immunity-passport-could-be-the-new-normal-for-international-travel/

関連記事2

イスラエルに空路で入国できる外国人の条件

コロナ規制が入る直前までイスラエル国内で仕事していた人、フルタイムの学生、イスラエル人の配偶者、結婚・葬式目的で来訪するごく近い近親者など。

それ以外の外国人を7月半ば以前に受け入れる予定はない。
規制は今後の情勢をみながら常に変更するので、各自が領事館に問い合わせること。



In the era of coronavirus, who can enter Israel and how do they do it?
On March 18, the Israeli government closed its borders to all foreigners in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
MAY 28, 2020 15:33
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/in-the-era-of-coronavirus-who-can-enter-israel-and-how-do-they-do-it-629602

On March 18, the Israeli government closed its borders to all foreigners in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In mid-April, the first time the Health Ministry reported on the main ways that Israelis got sick from from SARS-CoV-2, nearly 20% of infections had started from abroad - the majority from North America or Europe.

However, as the number of active coronavirus cases in Israel has decreased, so too have restrictions, including on foreigners wishing to enter the country.

The following people can enter Israel, according to the Interior Ministry:
> Foreigners who live most of the time in Israel and can prove it.

This would include people who rent and own apartments and were in Israel consistently until the outbreak of coronavirus, or who were here during the oubtreak but had to leave for another reason and now wish to return.

> Foreign athletes who are training in Israel or with Israeli athletes.

> Students who were learning in the country full-time and stopped with the outbreak. This includes university, seminary, yeshiva and one-year-program participants.

> Foreign workers and aides who went on vacation before March 18 and then found themselves unable to return (around 400 people).
> First-degree relatives of people getting married or being buried.

A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said that all foreigners wishing to obtain permission to enter Israel must contact their local consulate for approval.

She noted that exceptions can be made in unique circumstances, such as if there is a bride whose mother passed away and would like a woman she considers her mother - although not biologically - to attend.

Another exception might be grandchildren who want to visit a sick and elderly grandparent before he or she passes.

Regarding entering 14-days of quarantine: Currently, any person entering the country is required to self-isolate for two weeks.

However, in the cases of wedding and funerals, when visitors are only expected to fly in and then out for a very short window, this isolation might be waived.

Travelers should consult with their consulate.

The spokesperson stressed that every decision made by the Interior Ministry is done in consultation with the Health Ministry.

“The situation is dynamic,” she said, but noted that tourists will be the last to get permission to enter.

Earlier this week, a senior official with Ben-Gurion Airport said that Israel is unlikely to open the country to foreign travelers in any significant number before at least mid-July.

Updates on the rules and regulations for entering Israel can be found in Hebrew on the Interior Ministry’s Telegram page or website.

警官のひざで首を押さえつけられた黒人男性が死亡 米国ミネソタ州

21世紀に入ってもこんなことを繰り返している米国は、黒人に「民族自決権」を与えるべきですね。仲良くできないのだから、分離するしかないでしょう。中国のウイグル族について上から目線で評論する資格を有しない。民主主義の国、人権重視の国が笑えるわ。



動画(白人警官が黒人の首の上に体重をかけている場面あり)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQJ2XgS2Oek&bpctr=1590570207
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcsIU9ozt6I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3sy5q1z9oQ

24時間以上経過したあとも抗議行動が続く。放火、略奪など。
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s61IG6tKnCo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvGxCHz9N30



Police in riot gear fire rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of protestors demanding the arrest of four white Minneapolis cops involved in the death of black man George Floyd

Chaos erupted at a Minneapolis protest Tuesday night over George Floyd's death on Monday
Police in riot gear threw tear gas and rubber bullets at people who held banners saying 'I can't breathe'
Demonstrators were pictured with milk doused in their faces to limit the effects of the gas
Protesters were demanding the white cops are charged over the black man's death
A video emerged Monday showing white cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck during his arrest
Floyd was heard repeatedly telling cops he was in pain and could not breathe before losing consciousness
Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the man later died in the hospital and four officers have been fired
FBI and state authorities are now investigating the man's death
George Floyd's family said the cops 'murdered' Floyd and are calling for officers to face murder charges

By Rachel Sharp For Dailymail.com and Karen Ruiz For Dailymail.com
Published: 04:31 BST, 27 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8360145/Police-riot-gear-spray-tear-gas-fire-rubber-bullets-protest-George-Floyds-death.html



警官のひざで首を押さえつけられた黒人男性が死亡、警官4人免職処分 米ミネソタ州
5/27(水) 13:44配信
CNN.co.jp
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/7d5c406576f7b43fed660115e640c832bd39b6f9

(CNN) 米ミネソタ州ミネアポリスで、警官に組み伏せられて膝(ひざ)で首を押さえつけられた黒人男性が死亡する事件があり、ミネアポリス警察は26日、事件に関与した警官4人を免職処分にしたと発表した。

首を押さえつけられた男性は、息ができないと訴えていた。

この場面を撮影した映像がソーシャルメディアで出回って警察に対する非難の声が強まり、米連邦捜査局(FBI)も捜査に乗り出した。

警官に膝で首を押さえつけられていた男性は、数分後に動かなくなり、目を閉じて、地面に頭を垂れた。

事件が起きたのは25日夜。警官は当初、この男性について、車の中に座っていて、アルコールや薬物の影響下にあるようだったと説明していた。

警察によると、2人の警官がこの男性を発見して車から出るよう命じたところ、「物理的に抵抗した」ために、手錠をかけたとされる。男性は病院に運ばれたが、間もなく死亡した。

動画には地面に組み伏せられた男性と、警官2人が映っていたが、逮捕に至った経緯や、男性が抵抗したという警察の説明を裏付ける内容は映っていなかった。

男性は「頼む、息ができない」と悲鳴を上げており、複数の通行人が警官に対して首を締め付けるのをやめるよう促していた。

ミネアポリスのフレイ市長は、警官が男性の頭部を押さえつけたやり方は規定違反だったと指摘、「人の首を膝でこんな風に圧迫する理由はない」と言明した。

公民権弁護士のベンジャミン・クランプ氏は、死亡した男性のジョージ・フロイドさんという氏名を公表し、「虐待的かつ過剰で非人道的な力の行使が、非暴力の容疑で警察に事情を聴かれ、拘束された男性の命を奪った」と非難した。

新型コロナがニューヨークで猛威を振るった理由 中国が原因ではない

悪いのは中国ではなく米国自身ですね。



日本への出張から帰国したのが3月16日(月)である。乗ったフライトはJALでガラガラだった。40人の席があるところ乗客は4人であった。これが長続きすると航空会社は危ないと感じたものである。

前の晩家内と連絡したときの話では、丁度ヨーロッパからのフライトが3月15日で乗り入れ禁止になったので、NYのJFK空港での入国審査に6-7時間もかかったというニュースだったらしい。こちらも数時間はかかると覚悟していた。

家内の話では入国に6-7時間はかかるから、着陸2時間前の機内食はとにかくしっかり食べることとの指示であった。筆者は糖尿病なので、血糖値の降下剤を嚥んでいる。食べ物を食べないと逆に低血糖になって危険なのである。

着陸したのが午前11時15分ぐらいで、空港ビルについたのが11時半、さっそく家内に連絡して無事着陸を報告したら、6-7時間かかるから晩ご飯の用意はしておくとの話だった。

入国審査はもともと乗客がほとんどいないので米国国籍所有者用の機械処理で5分ぐらいで、入国管理の係官のところへ行くと、過去2週間中国に行っていないかと聞かれた。"NO"というと税関の書類にポンとスタンプを押してくれて"OK" というから本当にこれでいいのか、"ALL Set ?"と聞くと彼は"ALL Set!" といって身振りで行きなさいと。この間1分。

それでそのあとに、保険の係官がいて、身体検査や体温を測ったり、その他の質問をするのだろうと思っていたら、それらしき人達もまったくいない。

入国審査が終わったらいきなりLuggage Collectionとなり、10分も待つと荷物が出てきた。

荷物を持って税関(誰もいない)を通り抜けると、いつもの運転手が外で待っていて、そのまま車に乗った。12時ぐらいだったと思う。帰りの車は何時も混むVAN WYCKハイウェイがガラガラで(普通1時間15分、空いている日曜日の朝などは45分)35分でマンハッタンの自宅マンションに帰り着いた。

11時15分タッチダウンで12時40分自宅到着というのは圧倒的な最短記録である。

その時に思ったのは、米国のウィルス対策の甘さであった。あんな調子では、ひどいことになるのではないかと直感した。

トランプは1月27日に中国からのフライトを制限したと自慢しているが、2-3月にヨーロッパでウィルスが猛威を振るっていたのに、ヨーロッパからのフライトの制限はなかった

NYタイムズの調べではその2-3月に欧州からのフライトはニューヨーク州のJFK空港、ニュージャージー州のニューアーク空港の両空港に合計で12000便、3百万人が到着したといわれている。

したがってNYがこの欧州初のウィルスの洗礼を受けて圧倒的な米国のウィルス中心地となったわけである。
http://www.trade-trade.jp/blog/wakabayashi/

ロックダウン解除 スイスの笑える自主規制 コロナ

「青少年の健全な育成に関する条例」違反を指摘されても困るので、訳さないでおきます(苦笑)。



Brothels in Switzerland draft roadmap out of lockdown, complete with sex positions that MINIMIZE Covid-19 transmission
26 May, 2020 20:03
https://www.rt.com/news/489837-switzerland-brothels-social-distancing-positions/

Swiss prostitutes determined to return to work after the Covid-19 lockdown have drawn up a reopening plan to maximize social distancing with recommended sex positions, while calling for strict time limits and endless cleaning.

Sex workers’ association ProKoRe released an exhaustive list of hygienic guidelines earlier this month, hoping to secure the Swiss government’s blessing for brothels to reopen when the next round of lockdown measures are rolled back on June 8.

While sex work would seem to be incompatible with social distancing, ProKoRe did its best to find a workaround, advising the use of sexual positions that keep the client and prostitute’s faces as far apart as possible – “a distance of at least one forearm,” the guidelines helpfully recommend - ensuring “droplet transmission is low.” For those with limited imaginations, they include some thoughtful suggestions: “doggy-style” and “cowgirl/rider.”

Customers will have no time to waste on discussing the finer points of positioning themselves, however. Sessions are to be limited to 15 minutes, kept to a strict schedule, with rooms aired out for 15 minutes in between clients, and sheets washed after every visit. Even lingerie is to be washed with disinfectant detergent in between sessions, suggesting employees will be spending a lot of their pay replacing skimpy outfits that have disintegrated after repeated washings.

Lest anyone get any ideas about touching faces – their own, or their partner’s – the guidelines repeatedly rule that out. Not only is kissing off-limits, but “no face-related services are practiced.” The association even recommends “wearing a mouth and nose cover” for “all services,” apparently taking “safe sex guidelines” very, very seriously.

The group also mentions “training and information campaigns” to reduce infection risk, though it’s not clear if they plan to force the johns to sit through these instructional sessions or whether they’re just for the employees. A provision likely to be controversial requires brothels to keep customer contact information for up to four weeks to aid with contact-tracing in case someone does get infected, and contactless payments are also encouraged.

ProKoRe is concerned the continued lockdown restrictions, which have unsurprisingly devastated an industry so dependent on physical contact, are driving prostitution underground, leaving sex workers vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Brothels, legal in Switzerland, were shuttered alongside most other businesses back in March, and while other industries have come back online, the impossibility of avoiding physical contact in sex work has kept these establishments’ doors shut.

The country’s lockdown has also taken a heavy toll on the poor, and growing numbers of people can be seen queuing for free food handouts weekly in cities like Geneva. Switzerland has over 30,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and just over 1,900 deaths as of Tuesday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

西岸併合は、収賄裁判を遅らせるためのネタンヤフの仕掛け イスラエル

トランプ米国大統領がDeal of the Centuryと称する、イスラエルによる西岸併合に、当のユダヤ人入植者は「地図の線引きが自分たちにとり不利で、危険ですらある」と猛反対しているのに、ネタンヤフ首相がごり押ししている理由は、トランプが併合する日として設定した7月1日が、ネタンヤフ公判のちょうど2週間前であるから。裁判でネタンヤフが負ければ、彼自身と彼が所属する政党のみならず、広くイスラエル右派が崩れる。そうさせないため、西岸併合というやっかいな問題を故意に持ち出している。



Annexation is a tool for Netanyahu to delay trial
Analysis: PM has convinced the Israeli public, and especially the settlers, that it isn't him who is on trial, it's the whole right-wing bloc, and only the prime minister can save it by triggering annexation of the West Bank
Elisha Ben Kimon |
Published: 05.26.20 , 15:11
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S10T11PcjI

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the press on Sunday ahead of his trial's opening hearing, leaders of Jewish communities in the West Bank were meeting with MKs in the Knesset, equipped with maps presented in Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century".

Their mission was to convince the lawmakers the U.S. outline of Israeli and Palestinian territories is dangerous to the communities.
Both events, though occurring simultaneously but allegedly disconnected from one another, are woven together by a narrative propagated by Netanyahu in the name of his political interests - it's not me who's on trial, it's the entire right-wing bloc.
Netanyahu wrongly assumed that the unveiling of U.S.'s peace plan, which essentially backs annexation of some parts of the West Bank, would give him a land-slide victory in the March 2 elections.
He gained control of the settlements' leadership, some wished him good luck as he got on the plane to Washington, while even headed to the U.S. with him to see the unveiling of the plan in the White House.
"After the election, we will apply Israeli sovereignty to the West Bank," Netanyahu stated on the campaign trail multiple times. The settlers were convinced the statement was just the first step in the realization of their decades-long dream.

But, the steps toward the annexation have become far more slow-paced, much like Netanyahu's trial, for the settlers' liking. The latest news is that Israel will trigger the annexation clause on July 1, just over two weeks before Netanyahu's court hearing.
During his speech on Sunday, Netanyahu didn't talk about the legal issues or the evidence, instead he chose to talk about politics, diplomacy and history.
He tried to differentiate himself from past right-wing prime ministers, such as Menachem Begin, who allowed Egypt to regain control over the Sinai Peninsula, and Ariel Sharon, who oversaw Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

"I don't retreat from the right," Netanyahu said during his press briefing ahead of the hearing.
Slowly but surely, Netanyahu has convinced the public that annexation will only happen with him in office, all the while keeping the plans on the back burner. If I go, he hints, it will never happen.
Several prominent leaders within The Yesha Council, organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, believe the U.S. peace plan takes away more than it gives.
Yesha Council Chairman David Alhayani has already stated that he is ready to reject the annexation if it will be based on Trump's plan, which he described as a "fraud."

The sentiment is reiterated by Benyamin Regional Council Chairman Israel Gantz, who said that settlers "should not be enticed by false tricks," adding that he is very worried about "secret maps being drawn up [by Netanyahu] with the Americans."
Several other leaders, however, among them Efrat councilman Oded Raviv have pushed for the narrative we are on the brink of historic annexation and that Israel must not waste the opportunity.
Netanyahu knows that annexation would not only be part of his legacy, but the evidence of the witchhunt against him and the whole right-wing bloc.
This is why he is methodically dragging the annexation plans, in hopes the court would clash with the masses and, beneficially him, drag the trial even further.
Netanyahu cares more about his trial than annexation, while the settlers care more about annexation that his trial.

ホテル、飲食業の3分の1は年末までに廃業・倒産する イスラエル コロナ

イスラエルでもコロナ対策のロックダウン政策が緩和されたが、同国業界筋は、引き続き外国人入国者に2週間の隔離検疫が課されており、3密が許されない環境下では、ホテルや飲食店の3分の1は年末までに滅びるとの見通しを述べた。

・・・日本でも同じでしょう。知らんけど(笑)。



Israel's hotel, restaurant owners reluctant to reopen over uncertainty
With further easing of virus rules on Wednesday, many hotels to remain closed as foreign tourism still suspended due to COVID-19, while industry sources estimate third of country's restaurants and cafes will close by end of the year
Published: 05.26.20 , 11:49
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJ4VgrciL

Restaurateurs and hoteliers nationwide havevoiced deep concern over reopening their businesses after the coronavirus restrictions ravaged the economy and suspended foreign tourism.

After two and a half months, hotels, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate again from this Wednesday, when more health orders are set to be lifted by the government.
However, many hotels and restaurants will remain closed due to economic hardship and those that will reopen, will be required to comply with new Health Ministry regulations, which have not yet been finally approved by the government.
The Dan Hotels chain, which has 17 hotels across the country, will only open its Eilat and Caesarea branches, joining Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, which was leased by the government as a facility to treat coronavirus patients with minor symptoms.
More hotels are expected to gradually reopen during the summer.
Dan Hotels CEO Ronen Nissenbaum said that the chain would only reopen hotels that usually host a predominately Israeli clientele, since travel restrictions has brought foreign tourism to a halt.

"Opening hotels based on foreign tourism, like those in Jerusalem, is not profitable because there are no flights. There are no tourists coming and the mandatory two-week isolation from overseas arrivals is still in place, so we won't open until this changes," he said.
Nissenbaum estimates the hotel industry would take two to three years to bounce back to the same work capacity experienced before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Israel Hotel Association President Amir Hayek said the reopening of hotels is a good sign, but the industry is still not out of the woods as only a fraction of the country's hotels is set to reopen this month.
Hayek hopes the return of Israeli tourists would help kickstart the struggling industry but also emphasized that local tourism alone will not be profitable enough to justify reopening many hotels.

"Local tourism isn't extensive enough to allow all hotels to open," said Hayek. "We've reached a point where even when they allow hotels to reopen, hoteliers need to ask themselves whether it's worth it. Everyone is tight on money right now - all hotels
- small and big."
The head of the restauranteur union, Shai Berman, estimated that about 4,500 of the country's 14,000 eateries will close down by the end of the year.
"Our concern is what will happen in two or three weeks when the initial excitement fades. What kind of reality are we returning to? Tourism is declining, and perhaps the Israeli public will have less money to spend. We will really feel it financially a month after reopening."
The outline is set to be approved by the government later Wednesday
According to the outline, businesses will place hand sanitizers and check patrons' temperature at the entrance and will place tables at least 1.5-2 meters apart. Restaurant staff will maintain strict hygiene and waiters will wear masks.

Customers will be required to make reservations ahead of arrival, sign a health declaration and be checked for temperature upon arrival.
Kitchen workers will not be required to wear masks. Dishes must be washed at a temperature higher than 72 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit).
Venues of up to 100 customers are can reach 100% occupancy while larger venues can reach a maximum of 85% occupancy. Customers will have to sit at least a meter apart outdoors.

イスラエルの海水淡水化プラント 中国企業を排除し自国企業が作る

先日ポンペイオ米国務長官がイスラエルを訪問し、イスラエルの重要なインフラ・プロジェクトから中国を排除するよう要求。
ネタンヤフ首相は損害賠償を要求(笑)。
ポンペイオは米中対立でイスラエルが米国の側に立つよう要求。

数日して出てきたのがこの記事。世界最大の海水淡水化プラントSorek 2を、本命とみられていた中国企業Hutchisonではなく、イスラエルのIDE Technologiesが受注することになった。



Israeli company to build Sorek 2, avoiding US-China controversy
Three groups bid to build Sorek 2, a private-public partnership (PPP) which will be the world’s largest desalination plant when completed in 2023.
By EYTAN HALON
MAY 26, 2020 11:42
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israeli-company-to-build-sorek-2-avoiding-us-china-controversy-629308

Israeli company IDE Technologies will construct the world's largest desalination plant in Israel, the government announced on Tuesday, preventing another undesirable showdown with the Trump administration over Chinese participation in major infrastructure projects.
Three groups bid to build Sorek 2, a private-public partnership (PPP) which will be the world’s largest desalination plant when completed in 2023. Among them, Israeli Hutchison Company, an affiliate of the Chinese Hutchison Company based in Hong Kong.
The United States reportedly sent a warning to Israel regarding Hutchison's possible involvement in the construction of the desalination plant, which will be in Kibbutz Palmachim and cost more than NIS 5 billion.
Kadima-headquartered IDE Technologies partnered with Bank Leumi to submit the winning PPP bid, promising desalinated water at the cost of approximately NIS 1.45 per cubic meter (cu.m.) - some 65 agorot cheaper than all desalination solutions today.

米国CDCが新型コロナ致死率が非常に低いと認める 

感染者の35%は無症状。
症状のある感染者の致死率は0.4%。
感染者全体に対する致死率は0.26%。

・・・コロナの馬鹿騒ぎは詐欺でしたってサ。しかも、CDCはこの改定値を公表しているのに、世界の主たる報道機関が全く報じない卑劣さ。腐りきっている。関連記事

世界中の人々をさんざ怖がらせておいて、実はどこにでもある全然恐くない病気でした。倒産、失業したあなたは誰に損害賠償請求したらいいでしょうか?この怒りをどこにぶつける?

こういうのも安倍さんの責任になるのだろうか?一杯仕事しているのに辛い役回りで、本当にお気の毒。




Horowitz: The CDC confirms remarkably low coronavirus death rate. Where is the media?
Daniel Horowitz · May 22, 2020
https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-cdc-confirms-remarkably-low-coronavirus-death-rate-media/
(原文に表、リンクあり)

Most people are more likely to wind up six feet under because of almost anything else under the sun other than COVID-19.

The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public. For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%. Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26% — almost exactly where Stanford researchers pegged it a month ago.

'Nuff Said….. pic.twitter.com/0nZsydNHNb

— Ethical Skeptic ☀ (@EthicalSkeptic) May 22, 2020

Until now, we have been ridiculed for thinking the death rate was that low, as opposed to the 3.4% estimate of the World Health Organization, which helped drive the panic and the lockdowns. Now the CDC is agreeing to the lower rate in plain ink.

Plus, ultimately we might find out that the IFR is even lower because numerous studies and hard counts of confined populations have shown a much higher percentage of asymptomatic cases. Simply adjusting for a 50% asymptomatic rate would drop their fatality rate to 0.2% – exactly the rate of fatality Dr. John Ionnidis of Stanford University projected.

More importantly, as I mentioned before, the overall death rate is meaningless because the numbers are so lopsided. Given that at least half of the deaths were in nursing homes, a back-of-the-envelope estimate would show that the infection fatality rate for non-nursing home residents would only be 0.1% or 1 in 1,000. And that includes people of all ages and all health statuses outside of nursing homes. Since nearly all of the deaths are those with comorbidities.

The CDC estimates the death rate from COVID-19 for those under 50 is 1 in 5,000 for those with symptoms, which would be 1 in 6,725 overall, but again, almost all those who die have specific comorbidities or underlying conditions. Those without them are more likely to die in a car accident. And schoolchildren, whose lives, mental health, and education we are destroying, are more likely to get struck by lightning.

To put this in perspective, one Twitter commentator juxtaposed the age-separated infection fatality rates in Spain to the average yearly probability of dying of anything for the same age groups, based on data from the Social Security Administration. He used Spain because we don’t have a detailed infection fatality rate estimate for each age group from any survey in the U.S. However, we know that Spain fared worse than almost every other country. This data is actually working with a top-line IFR of 1%, roughly four times what the CDC estimates for the U.S., so if anything, the corresponding numbers for the U.S. will be lower.

Being alive means there is a risk that you will die in every year of your life. Normally we don't think about this because the probability is very small.

It turns out that even if you are infected with COVID, your increased risk to die vs normal is not very large at all. pic.twitter.com/lrQnTuHYRS

— Gummi Bear (@gummibear737) May 20, 2020

As you can see, even in Spain, the death rates from COVID-19 for younger people are very low and are well below the annual death rate for any age group in a given year. For children, despite their young age, they are 10-30 times more likely to die from other causes in any given year.

While obviously yearly death rates factor in myriad of causes of death and COVID-19 is just one virus, it still provides much-needed perspective to a public policy response that is completely divorced from the risk for all but the oldest and sickest people in the country.

Also, keep in mind, these numbers represent your chance of dying once you have already contracted the virus, aka the infection fatality rate. Once you couple the chance of contracting the virus in the first place together with the chance of dying from it, many younger people have a higher chance of dying from a lightning strike.

Four infectious disease doctors in Canada estimate that the individual rate of death from COVID-19 for people under 65 years of age is six per million people, or 0.0006 per cent – 1 in 166,666, which is “roughly equivalent to the risk of dying from a motor vehicle accident during the same time period.” These numbers are for Canada, which did have fewer deaths per capita than the U.S.; however, if you take New York City and its surrounding counties out of the equation, the two countries are pretty much the same. Also, remember, so much of the death is associated with the suicidal political decisions of certain states and countries to place COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. An astounding 62 percent of all COVID-19 deaths were in the six states confirmed to have done this, even though they only compose 18 percent of the national population.

We destroyed our entire country and suspended democracy all for a lie, and these people perpetrated the unscientific degree of panic. Will they ever admit the grave consequences of their error?


Author: Daniel Horowitz
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.

マスク・防護服、国内生産回帰を 供給網見直し提言 経産省審議会

工場を中国から外に移転させても、その工場の生産計画は中国市場の動向を睨みながら決めるんですよ。

国内人口はジジババしかいないから、途上国から若くて元気な人を連れてきて働いてもらうのかな?日本人が大嫌いな移民が増えそう(笑)。

コロナ禍のほとぼりが冷めたら、人々は価格の安い中国製に流れる。それとも関税を上げて国内価格を上昇させるのかな?

配りまくった給付金の穴埋めをするため、財務省は「待ってました」とばかりに消費税を15、20,25%と上げていくというのに、さすが日本人の皆さんはお金持ちですね(爆)。



マスク・防護服、国内生産回帰を 供給網見直し提言 経産省審議会
5/26(火) 9:44配信
時事通信
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/ce8ef9ead309b84a8caf97d093545a8a6415f8ce

 経済産業省は26日、産業構造審議会(経産相の諮問機関)の通商・貿易分科会を開き、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大を受けて供給不足に陥った医療用マスク・防護服について、国内の安定供給体制が重要だとする提言をまとめた。

 事業環境の激変を視野に、国内生産に回帰すべき物資とそれ以外を整理。産業界に医療用マスクなどの国内生産回帰を促す。コロナ危機を受け、経産省が対外経済政策の基本的な考え方を公表するのは初めて。

 経産省は世界的なコロナ感染拡大の影響を踏まえ、物資ごとにサプライチェーン(供給網)を見直すよう要請。医療用マスク・防護服などを「緊急物資」と指摘し、国内生産や在庫管理の拡充で非常時も確実に供給できる体制を課題に挙げた。

 自動車や電子部品については、国内への生産回帰では費用がかさむため、調達の多様化や友好国との連携を進めるべきだと訴えた。

作りすぎた人工呼吸器、米側の打診受け首相が購入を約束

中国に対していくら制裁しても、米国は中国からカネを取ることはできないから、米国が受けたコロナ被害の弁償を日本が肩代わりした。敗戦国にぴったりの役回りですね。



作りすぎた人工呼吸器、米側の打診受け首相が購入を約束
5/25(月) 19:17配信
朝日新聞デジタル
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/aa24231b71e40c010abe2a8afb346966bb1364a4

 安倍晋三首相が8日にあったトランプ米大統領との電話協議で、米国製人工呼吸器の購入を約束していたことがわかった。トランプ氏は3月、ゼネラル・モーターズ(GM)などに大量生産を指示していたが、米政府から「つくりすぎて困っている」と購入の打診があった。トランプ氏は「いつでも出荷できる」と上機嫌だったという。

 複数の日本政府関係者によると、米政府は今月初め、日本側に人工呼吸器の購入を打診。日本国内でも増産を進めているため、日本側はいったん「不足は起きていない」と答えた。しかし、世界各国で医療機器の確保が課題となっていることから、首相官邸内で再検討し、第2波に備えて購入することにしたという。

 政府関係者は「日本としても予備があるに越したことはない」と強調。「日本製より格安だ」として、まずは1千台程度輸入する方向で調整している。

国供給の消毒液「濃度低い」と苦情…50%台のものも

安倍内閣の支持率が、2割を切りそう(苦笑)。安倍さん個人の発案で始まった仕事じゃないと思うので、お気の毒というか何というか。

厚労省でこの仕事を担当したセクションは、どうせ職員の7割ほどが、テキトーな気持ちで「よそ」からかき集めた混成部隊で、何の基礎知識も有していない素人集団だと思いますよ。上から圧迫的な命令が下りてきたから、仕方なくこなしただけ。日本の役所なんてどこも同じじゃん。

一つだけ断言できることは、「民主党政権ならもっとうまくできた」なんてことはあり得ないということ(爆)。



内閣支持率27%に急落 黒川氏「懲戒免職にすべきだ」52% 毎日新聞世論調査
5/23(土) 16:54配信
毎日新聞
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/5494515f46e84d63a221c7980aff555987b9a862

 毎日新聞と社会調査研究センターは23日、全国世論調査を実施した。安倍内閣の支持率は27%で、今月6日に行った前回調査の40%から急落した。不支持率は64%(前回45%)に跳ね上がった。社会調査研究センターとの共同調査は3回目で、最初の4月8日に44%あった支持率が1カ月半で17ポイント落ち込んだ。調査方法が異なるため単純に比較できないが、毎日新聞が従来行っていた電話世論調査では森友・加計問題で政権批判が高まった2017年7月に26%まで下落したことがある。



国供給の消毒液「濃度低い」と苦情…50%台のものも
5/24(日) 23:54配信
読売新聞オンライン
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/270388a991c08381d0948af9e1bf59bf7eff4d6c

 新型コロナウイルスの感染防止で、国が医療機関に優先供給したアルコール消毒液について、厚生労働省は24日、「濃度が低く、医療用に使えない」などの苦情が数十件寄せられたことを明らかにした。医療機関が製品を選べなかったことが原因で、今月中旬からは濃度の選択を可能にした。

 厚労省は3~4月、品薄となった消毒液を医療機関が購入できるよう業者との間を仲介した。通常、手術などで使われるのは濃度70~80%台だが、50%台の製品が納入されたケースも確認された。

 1リットル当たり2000円の価格差があったが、医療機関側は製品を選べず、返品もできなかった。厚労省などには「濃度が低い」「詐欺ではないか」という苦情が相次ぎ、受け取りを拒否する医療機関もあった。

 厚労省の担当者は「緊急対応なので価格や濃度に差があることを自治体や医師会を通じて知らせたが、十分に伝わっていなかった」と話している。



(ヤフコメ)
歯科医院です。
同じ被害に遭いました。
結局キャンセルさせてもらいましたが、キャンセルする過程でも県から配達員を教えろという脅しの電話が来ました。何度も電話が来て、仕舞いにはお金があるなら払ってください。とのこと。こんな状況で余ってるお金はありません。無理です。そういうと逆ギレされて切られました。ちなみに、県の担当者には厚生労働省から何でキャンセルしていいって言ったんだ!とお怒りの電話が来たそうですよ。マスクの高額転売をダメと言うくせに、国が消毒薬の高額転売してるんですからもうどうしようもないですね

米国がロシア産重質油を大量に調達中

重質油の主な産地であるベネズエラ、イランが米国の制裁対象に指定され輸入できなくなっているため、米国はロシア産を大量に買い付けている。統計で貯蔵タンクがほぼ満杯であることが示されているが、まだ買い続けている。

・・・米国は何十年も同じことしてる。飽きたわ、もう(笑)。嫌いな相手を同時に全部制裁すると自分が困るってやつ(爆)



Can't Live Without You? Why US is Stockpiling Russian Oil Amid Overproduction Crisis on Market
11:24 GMT 23.05.2020
by Tim Korso
https://sputniknews.com/business/202005231079398694-cant-live-without-you-why-us-is-stockpiling-russian-oil-amid-overproduction-crisis-on-market/

フランス政府が全土を掌握し切れていないときに、イスラエルが西岸に主権拡大して何か問題なのか?

(1)トランプのDeal of the Centuryでヨルダン川西岸の一部をイスラエルが併合する動きに対し、執拗に反対の姿勢を示すフランスに対し、イスラエルの往年のシオニズム活動家が皮肉交じりにフランスをこき下ろす投稿。

・・・この屁理屈、別の場面で使えそう。覚えておきましょう(笑)。

(2)パリ北部郊外Argenteuilで、アラブ系移民の交通事故をきっかけに4日連続で続く住民と警官隊との衝突。住民は警察に打ち上げ花火を発射したり、車に火を付けたりしている。記事原文に写真、動画へのリンクあり。

Argenteuilの前にも、少し離れた別の地区で同様の騒ぎが発生していた。警察が中に入ることができないno-go zoneが国内にいくつもできている。

花火攻撃が炸裂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxSeNvH_j-Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zCN-a0bxJE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwDGIpyAkWU
デモ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCESWUTj5jE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbTyFgn1-xk



Can Israel expand its sovereignty while France’s shrinks?
This attempt at French anti-Israel leadership comes at a low point in that country’s history.
By MANFRED GERSTENFELD
MAY 23, 2020 22:58
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/can-israel-expand-its-sovereignty-while-frances-shrinks-629075

France has presented itself as the leader of those countries that want the European Union to punish Israel if it annexes part of the West Bank.

Yet the meeting of EU foreign ministers on May 15 did not even reach agreement on a mild motion.

This attempt at French anti-Israel leadership comes at a low point in that country’s history.

By May 17, France had more than 27,000 deaths from COVID-19, placing it among the worst-hit European nations.

Economic problems are sizable.

Already before the pandemic, France’s ratio of gross domestic product to debt was poor, at close to 100%.

The EU tells its member states to strive for a ratio of around 60%, with a budget deficit not to exceed 3%.

By mid-April, French ministers were forecasting a 9% deficit for 2020 and a GDP/debt ratio of 115%.

This may well be optimistic.

President Emanuel Macron’s popularity is declining.

Toward the end of April he was polling at 38%, although it increased at the onset of the pandemic.

For a long time the EU was steered by a German-French axis.

For decades the Germans were willing to give France a larger role in the EU than it merited due to its political and economic weight.

Because of Germany’s atrocious wartime past, a lower-than-warranted profile suited the Germans.

During Angela Merkel’s lengthy chancellorship, which began in 2005, Germany became more dominant.

This was even more the case because the previous socialist French President François Hollande (2012-2017) was a weak leader.

Now, a further decline in France’s status threatens.

The German daily Die Welt wrote that France was terribly ill-prepared for the pandemic, which it paid for with many deaths.

The newspaper added that France was far behind Germany economically.

Along with a huge loss of confidence the country’s political leadership, Die Welt also claimed that there had been a feeling in France that it occupied an intermediate position between the EU countries of Northern Europe and the economically problematic Southern Europe.

After the corona crisis, it clearly belongs to the southern group.

There are other extreme anti-Israel member countries of the EU.

Why would France want to be the leader of the anti-Israel-annexation camp? At this critical moment of national failure shouldn’t France look inward? Why take a leading role internationally among the inciters? A number of factors seem to come into play.

French foreign policy is the domain of the country’s president.

Yet a former assistant of French president Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2012), told me that it was very difficult for his boss to keep the Foreign Office under control.

THE QUAI D’ORSAY – as that office is often called because of its location – behaves very independently.

It has had a pro-Arab policy since the nineteenth century.

In 2008, David Pryce-Jones published Betrayal: France, the Arabs and the Jews.

His research included documents from the archives of the French Foreign Ministry.

He concluded that France has done more damage in the Middle East than any other country.

While France has lost its empire, it still tries to keep up an image of grandeur far beyond its real political and economic importance.

That also means looking down upon Israel.

A notorious diplomatic incident occurred in 2001 at a private dinner party hosted by Conrad Black, then the owner of TheDaily Telegraph, when thenFrench ambassador to the UK Daniel Bernard, called Israel a “shitty little country.” When Black’s wife, Barbara Amiel, published this, Bernard attempted to wiggle out of it.

The scandal created no problems for him in France, as Bernard was appointed ambassador in Algeria, another important posting.

He died there in 2004.

Gérard Araud was appointed as French ambassador to Israel in 2003.

He had not yet presented his credentials when he said, “[Ariel] Sharon is a thug and Israel is paranoid.” This almost cost him his job.

By using the expression “paranoid” for the Israeli prime minister, he demonstrated the French mix of politics and psychology even more clearly.

Perhaps this indicates one reason why France still wants to lead the anti-Israel-annexation camp.

The psychological factor may play an important role.

France isn’t totally sovereign on its own territory.

There are a large number of “difficult to go” areas in which the French police have a hard time entering and leaving unscathed.

It is a sign of total government impotence and incompetence that this situation has evolved.

Is it too far a psychological jump to think that on the one hand, while France has given up some sovereignty on its own territory, on the other hand, “shitty little Israel” wants to enlarge its sovereignty? That is mentally unbearable.

Why would France put an emphasis on international law if it cannot even fully apply its domestic laws? One cannot lay a country on the couch.

Yet the thought merits stating.

The writer is the emeritus chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

He received the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s International Leadership Award and the Canadian Institute’s for Jewish Research’s International Lion of Judah Award.




Immigration
Migrants Riot For Fourth Consecutive Night in Paris
Banlieue bonfire.
on 21 May, 2020
Paul Joseph Watson
https://summit.news/2020/05/21/migrants-riot-for-fourth-consecutive-night-in-paris/

Migrants angry over the death of a teen motorcyclist rioted for a fourth consecutive night in Paris.

The disorder started after 18-year-old Sabri Choubi was killed after ramming into a pole while not wearing a helmet on the northern outskirts of Paris on Saturday evening.

Despite little evidence of police involvement in the accident, migrants in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil blamed them anyway and have engaged in violent unrest on every night since.

Tonight was the 4th night of consecutive riots in the French #NoGoZone #Argenteuil (Paris).

The police was called there to restore order but they are too afraid to even get out of their police vans.

The #NoGoZones aren't the walk in the park they had with the #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/mb58rmPLI3

— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) May 21, 2020

The migrants, described as “protesters” by some media outlets, once again threw fireworks at police and set street fires as authorities tried to conduct stop and search operations.

🔴Quelques tensions en cours à Argenteuil. Plusieurs tirs de feux d’artifice contre les gaz lacrymogènes.#Argenteuil #Sabri pic.twitter.com/xsBwPWdgwh

— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) May 20, 2020

Disorder also spread to the nearby neighborhood of Bezons. Dozens have been arrested since the violence began.

🔴 EN COURS – Un hélicoptère survole le quartier du Val d'#Argenteuil et la cité des Indes de #Sartrouville depuis une trentaine de minutes. pic.twitter.com/00ZBG1j4kI

— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) May 20, 2020

Police continue to assert that they had nothing to do with Choubi’s death and that a police car was not even in the area when he was killed.

Le départ de feu #Bezons
(video tournée par ma sœur trop forte) pic.twitter.com/9sKqV06ndl

— le copilote (@radtou95) May 20, 2020

A procession in honor of Choubi is set to take place today, with the teen’s father calling for calm.

Migrants in Paris and numerous other areas of France also rioted after the death of another motorcyclist last month.

Unrest in Paris’ notorious high crime banlieues is commonplace and a clear sign that multiculturalism has failed, although the media has repeatedly tried to frame the very existence of no-go zones as a conspiracy theory.

Uber Eatsの配達料 遠いのに150円

遠くの店に出前を頼んだら、いつもは配達料570円以上のところ、250円 150円だった。かわいそうなのでチップを多めにあげた。

悪い場所にあるレストランなので、天気の良い日に750円支払っても配達人が見つからないときがあるくらいなのだが、それが250円 150円ということは、バイトを始めた人が多いということなのかな?と思った。

米国の億万長者 3月半ば~5月半ばで資産を15%増やす

上位5人に限定すると19%増加。テスラのマスクは48%増加。

ロックダウンで生活苦とか言っている下々の人は馬鹿を見ている。



US billionaire wealth skyrockets to over $3 TRILLION during pandemic
22 May, 2020 13:05
https://www.rt.com/business/489466-billionaires-wealth-growth-pandemic/

Over the last two months unemployment in the United States has risen to levels not seen since the Great Depression. However, US billionaires got even richer during the same period of coronavirus pandemic.

A new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies showed their fortunes soared by $434 billion or 15 percent during the nation’s lockdown between mid-March and mid-May. The billionaires’ combined net worth rose from $2.948 trillion to $3.382 trillion.

The top five US billionaires—Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison—saw their wealth grow by a total of $75.5 billion, or 19 percent. Together they captured 21 percent of the total wealth growth of all 600-plus billionaires in the last two months.

Bezos and Zuckerburg -wealth up $60 billion since March 18th. Who’s profiting from pandemic?See weekly updates of IPS Billionaire Bonanza 2020 https://t.co/4fPMaPmoCb
— Inequality.org (@inequalityorg) May 22, 2020

The fortunes of Amazon’s Bezos and Facebook’s Zuckerberg together grew by nearly $60 billion, or 14 percent of the $434 billion total. In March there were 614 billionaires on the Forbes list, and 630 two months later, including newcomer Kanye West at $1.3 billion.

Tesla’s Elon Musk had among the largest percentage gain of billionaires during the two months, seeing his net worth jump by 48 percent in the period to $36 billion.

米国 コロナ死亡者統計に銃殺5人を盛り込み

担当官は、銃殺5人を統計から削除するが、現状でも「報告過剰ではなく報告不足と認識している」(=実際のコロナ死は統計値より多い)と発言。



Washington officials admit to counting GUNSHOT DEATHS in Covid-19 tally, say virus death toll likely underreported despite lapses
22 May, 2020 06:43
https://www.rt.com/usa/489409-washington-gunshot-deaths-coronavirus/

イスラエルの対トルコ関係改善はヒズボラ対策

イドリブ戦で、ヒズボラがトルコ正規軍に歯が立たず大きな犠牲を出した点にイスラエルが着目し、トルコとの情報交換を望んでいる。

イスラエルと国境を接するシリア・クナイトラ県にヒズボラが展開しており、レバノン南部で培った対イスラエル偵察のノウハウを、シリア第1軍団に伝授している。国境地帯の支配を一度は失ったシリア軍は、体制立て直しを進めており、イスラエル側としても対応することが急務となっている。

イスラエルが対レバノン国境で計画しているコンクリート壁の建設は、予算不足のため停滞しており、北部国境が緊張する事態が発生すると、北部住民を一斉避難させる必要が生じる。そうさせないための準備が必要である。
関連記事

・・・イスラエルから「完膚なきまでに叩きのめしてやる必要がある」と罵倒されたトルコでは経済苦境が続いていたが、これでトルコ経済は回復するかもしれませんね。売り込まれたトルコ・リラの買い時かもしれません。知らんけど。自己中の理由付けが、相変わらず極めてイスラエル的で笑える。関係を切るときも自分の都合だけだった。この民族集団が果たして信用できるのかという話。



Israel-Turkey relations could be in for a change - analysis
Evidence for this comes from foreign reports that “Israeli airplanes and drones are challenging Iranian military targets in Syria.”
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
MAY 22, 2020 01:38
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/analysis-israel-turkey-relations-could-be-in-for-a-change-628918



An Israeli-Turkish love affair over Hezbollah?
Turkey was the first Muslim country to recognize Israel’s independence in 1949 and the two countries had been close allies with many shared regional interests.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
MAY 21, 2020 19:33
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/an-israeli-turkish-love-affair-over-hezbollah-628848



Israel learned from Hezbollah's defeat at the hands of Turkey
Dozens of operatives from the elite unit died while fighting against Turkey in Syria's Idlib, the IDF says they watched and learnt from the battle.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
MAY 21, 2020 20:07
https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/israel-learned-from-hezbollahs-defeat-at-the-hands-of-turkey-628836



Hezbollah training Syria's 1st Corps to use in future war against Israel
Hezbollah’s Southern Headquarters trains Syrian troops and collects intelligence on IDF
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
MAY 21, 2020 19:01
https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/hezbollah-training-syrias-1st-corps-to-use-in-future-war-against-israel-628833

Hezbollah is preparing the Syrian Arab Army’s 1st Corps for a future war against Israel, training its commanders and soldiers as well as deploying it for intelligence gathering against the IDF in the Golan Heights.

Following the return of regime forces to the south of the country and the rebuilding of the SAA which was decimated over the course of the ongoing civil war, the influence of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been increasing dramatically.

Should the Lebanese terror group decide to carry out an attack from the Golan Heights, Hezbollah will use the SAA’s 1st Corps which has significant weaponry and logistics available to them.

Using the 1st Corps will not only provide Hezbollah with better mobility and firepower, but it will also provide the manpower.

Israel’s military, which has accused the SAA of helping Hezbollah establish a permanent military presence on the Golan Heights, believes that the Lebanese terror group has been using it’s Southern Headquarters operation led by the group’s southern commander Hajj Hashem to not only gather intelligence on the IDF, but train forces for war with Israel.

Hashem, whose real name is Munir Ali Na’im Shaiti,
has extensive operational experience commanding forces against the IDF and has been involved in several terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

He has been identified by Israel’s military as training the incoming commander of the Syrian army’s 1st Division, Lua’a Ali Ahmad Asa’ad.

Although the commanders of the Southern Headquarters are all Lebanese Hezbollah, the troops are all local Syrians.

According to a report by Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), Shaiti has recruited over 3,500 locals in southwest Syria by financial incentives since mid-2018.

The intelligence gathering is carried out through dozens of SAA observation posts along the Syrian Golan Heights, and while there are SAA soldiers in each post, sometimes accompanied by Hezbollah operatives, all orders are given by Hezbollah.

Hezbollah’s Southern Headquarters runs parallel to the group’s Golan Project which carries out operational activities against Israel.

Headquartered in Damascus as well as Beirut, there are hundreds of operatives operating in southern Syria, namely in the towns of Hadar, Quinetra and Erneh.

Operatives involved in the clandestine project, led by Ali Mussa Daqduq (Abu Hussein Sajed), have weaponry available from the civil war and if needed, can receive additional weaponry from Lebanon or existing arsenals kept by Hezbollah and Iran.

Israel, which has stated that it will not allow Hezbollah to entrench itself on the Golan Heights has, according to foreign reports, carried out several strikes against operatives belonging to the Golan Project.

In March, on Israel’s third election day, the IDF accused Hezbollah and the SAA of being behind an attempted sniper attack against troops in the Golan Heights.

The attack was thwarted by an Israeli strike on the suspect’s car.

While Israel does not believe that Hezbollah plans to provoke a war with Israel in the near future, the IDF is concerned that any major event which threatens the regime in Tehran, such as a miscalculation by Washington against Iran in the Persian Gulf or in Iraq might lead Hezbollah to attack Israel.

Israel’s military is also aware that it’s war-between-wars campaign against Iran in Syria, which has upped its ante in recent weeks, might push Hezbollah to attack Israel.

In addition to Hezbollah activities on the Golan Heights, the group which once used to act against the IDF in the area of the Sheeba Farms, has been active along the entire Lebanese border.

Should a war break out in the north, the IDF expects it will not be contained to one front but along the entire northern border with both Lebanon and Syria.

As such, the IDF has heightened its state of alert in the north, increasing its intelligence gathering, training of troops, and more in order to prepare for any deterioration which might lead to war.

イスラエルがトルコとの国交再開へ シリア対策の必要で歩み寄り

シリア問題、パレスチナ問題、キプロス沖の海底ガス田開発、リビア問題等でことごとく対立し、「トルコのような国は、完膚なきまでに叩きのめしてやる必要がある」とまで言い切って外交関係を切ったイスラエルが、シリア対策の必要性からトルコに歩み寄ることを決めた。



Israel seeking to rebuild full diplomatic ties with Turkey
Israeli official tells MEE that shared interests in Syria and gas supplies in the Eastern Mediterranean should bring the two countries together
A Turkish flag flutters atop the Turkish embassy as an Israeli flag is seen nearby, in Tel Aviv in 2016 (Reuters)
By Ragip Soylu
in Ankara
Published date: 14 May 2020 15:51 UTC | Last update: 1 min 50 sec ago
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-turkey-diplomatic-ties-full-rebuild-mediterranean-gas

Israel's government is looking to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Turkey by jointly appointing ambassadors to each country, an Israeli official source told Middle East Eye, noting that the two have common interests such as Syria and natural gas supplies in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The comments came as Turkish social media users earlier this week hyped an unverified story which said Israel had proposed to sign a Mediterranean delimitation deal with Turkey, similar to one agreed with Libya last year disrupting Greek plans to squeeze Turkey into a tight corner.

Euphoria over a possible ease in the relationship followed a tweet posted by the official Israel account on Twitter that said Israel was proud of its diplomatic relations with Turkey and was hoping to grow the ties even stronger in the future.

We are proud of our diplomatic relations with Turkey. We hope our ties grow even stronger in the future. Sending love to all of our #Turkish followers!
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) May 7, 2020

That led many observers to point out that Israel was missing in a statement signed by its allies this week condemning Turkey for its “illegal activities” of gas drilling and “expansionism” in the Eastern Mediterranean. The statement was signed by the foreign ministers of Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece and the UAE earlier this week.

“We have never discussed anything related to a maritime delimitation deal with Turkey, even in the heydays of bilateral relations in the '90s, the reports are complete nonsense,” the Israeli official told Middle East Eye.

“What we are looking for [now] is full diplomatic relations with Turkey. As long as we don’t have it, there is very little we can achieve together.”

The official said that Turkey has an ambassador in Greece despite the increased diplomatic tensions. “With UAE, Turkey has even more problems but there is a UAE ambassador in Ankara,” the official added.

Asked about the absence of Israel in the statement that condemned Ankara, the official said the country has never been part of that group. “We are only members of the Eastern Med Gas Forum, which is based in Cairo. That statement had two issues, one of them is Libya, whereas the saying goes, we have no dog in the fight,” the source said.

'The same Iranian proxy known as Hezbollah is challenging Turkey’s soldiers in Idlib, and it is challenging our soldiers in southern Syria. This is a common topic of interest, as well as energy'

- Israeli official

Turkey and Israel haven't had ambassadors in their respective capitals since the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018, resulting in mass Palestinian protests.

After scores of Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza-Israel frontier, Turkey asked Israel's ambassador to temporarily leave the country and recalled its own envoy.

The Israeli official said Syria was among the chief reasons that relations should be normalised.

“The same Iranian proxy known as Hezbollah is challenging Turkey’s soldiers in Idlib, and it is challenging our soldiers in southern Syria. This is a common topic of interest, as well as energy,” the official said, adding that Ankara and Israel were close to a deal that would have brought Israeli gas to Turkey before relations broke down.

Israel helped Turkey earlier this month deliver a shipment of medical aid to the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, as Ankara granted export permission for medical equipment purchased by Israeli hospitals against the coronavirus.

However, a detente in the relations has not seemed likely since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose relations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are notoriously poor, succeeded in forming a government after three elections in a year.

Turkey had hoped a government led by Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz could have led to reconciliation. Instead, a coalition government set to be sworn in this week will likely pursue annexation of parts of the West Bank, a move already severely criticised by Turkey last month.

投獄されているサウジ王族 米国でトランプに近いロビイストを雇う

Jailed Saudis Seek Influence in Washington to Counter Crown Prince

Some are hiring lobbyists with links to the Trump administration, looking to build support at a time when the de facto Saudi ruler is beset by economic problems and criticism over human rights violations.
By Kenneth P. Vogel and Ben Hubbard
May 18, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/us/politics/jailed-saudis-crown-prince-mbs.html

スウェーデンのコロナ死者が急増したのは、高齢者を意図的に殺したから

公衆衛生・疫学専門の名誉教授の寄稿。

病床には十分な余裕があるのに、「若者の治療を優先する」という名目で、高齢者に治療を受けさせなかった。

肺炎症状の高齢者に弛緩剤を投与し、意図的に呼吸を止めた。

・・・など医療倫理と人権に反する行為が広く行われた。



Shameful treatment of the elderly is further proof Sweden got its Covid-19 strategy all wrong
19 May, 2020 15:30
By Marcello Ferrada de Noli, Swedish professor emeritus of public health sciences esp. epidemiology, former Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/489103-sweden-covid19-care-home-deaths/

With a coronavirus death rate that is among the world’s worst and shocking stories of neglect emerging from the country’s care homes, Sweden’s political and healthcare leaders have a lot to answer for.

One of the most notable features of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the different ways countries across the world have responded. This has obviously resulted in varying outcomes. Some nations have fared reasonably well. Others less so. And some, such as Sweden, have had a terrible time.

On May 14, it achieved the unenviable record of having the highest number of confirmed daily Covid-19 deaths per capita reported over a seven-day rolling period.

The chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s public health agency Anders Tegnell admitted that such a high death toll is “horrifying” – a dramatic change of tack from earlier in the crisis, when he claimed that the body count was perhaps “not the most important part.”

These results come, remember, from a country that was targeting herd immunity and, according to its ambassador to the US, Karin Ulrika Olofsdotter, believed it could be reached sometime in May in Stockholm.
Sick and dying

Besides the dramatic number of fatalities, what is emerging in Sweden is a dreadful catalog of inappropriate healthcare provided for the elderly, with sick and dying people denied resources which should be widely available.

It is worth noting that 90 percent of the total Covid-19 deaths in the country are of people aged 70 and older, and that half of these occurred in nursing homes. There is, for example, one case under investigation by prosecutors of a care home in Stockholm where over a third of the elderly who lived there reportedly died after coronavirus ran amok.

In a piece titled ‘The treatment of Sweden’s old and vulnerable is a ‘catastrophe’’, the Telegraph reports the story of a local Stockholm politician, Bjorn Branngard, who got a call from the nurse in charge of the care home where his mother was. The nurse asked him if it was ok to move his mother to another section. “Why?” inquired Branngard, “Because it’s only her and one other person who is still alive. Everyone else is dead,” she said. Eventually, his mother died too, just a few days later, said the report.

To their credit, some health workers have been prepared to speak out on the shocking treatment given to the elderly. As I reported in the Indicter, registered Nurse Latifa Lofvenberg witnessed the demise of many patients living in care homes, and told of how they were denied oxygen to aid their respiratory problems, resulting in “horrible” deaths. Her bravery in exposing this led to her being fired from her job after her comments were posted on YouTube.

Confirmation of this macabre practice was given by a respected professor of geriatric medicine, Yngve Gustafson, in an interview on TV Channel 4. He admitted, “What most often is done with the elderly at nursery homes, after deciding not to take them to the hospital, is that they prescribe palliatives usually including both morphine and midazolam. This means that one quickly suffocates the patients, because both drugs deteriorate breathing.”
Hospital complaints

But it’s not only in care homes that discriminatory healthcare behavior against the elderly been observed. It has also taken place in hospitals, according to a growing number of reports filed with the Swedish Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO).

These complaints surround patients denied treatment at intensive care units (ICU) at hospitals in the Stockholm Region, despite places being available (as they still are). IVO has described the reports – which also concern the Karolinska University in Solna – as “serious.”

One complaint filed with IVO was also published in the newspaper Expressen. It read: “We are concerned about the process of selection for respiratory care among patients with severe Covid-19 infection in the Stockholm region. We have repeatedly found that those patients who are deemed to be in need of respiratory care for a long time (e.g. a couple of weeks) are denied intensive care with the argument that a younger patient with better prognosis may need the place in a few days.”

According to Dr Elda Sparrelid, Stockholm Region chief physician, there is no patient data linked to the cases claimed by the filing doctors. “Therefore, it cannot be investigated whether someone received the wrong care or not,” she added.

The situation emerged after the National Board of Health and Welfare issued instructions – described in an earlier article – to handle priorities in case the ICUs reached “disaster” mode, where resources would be depleted and no longer available to all.

But Swedish hospitals have not been in that critical situation, and ICU beds have remained available. ICU head at Karolinska Hospital, Dr Bjorn Persson, admitted on May 5 that only “around 115 of the 140 available intensive care beds are currently occupied.” Nevertheless, while Chief Doctor Persson denied that patients “who had still had a chance of survival were not treated,” medical staff members gave a different account, and IVO chief lawyer Linda Almqvist admitted it initiated an investigation.
Delays in seeing doctors

Another problem has been that scores of elderly Swedes with Covid-19 have had to wait to receive health care at hospitals, or simply told to stay at home for an inappropriate length of time. Some have even died without ever getting the opportunity to see a doctor.

Further evidence of the neglect of the elderly in Sweden is the apparent determination of the local authorities to manipulate, or even cover up, the extent of the scandal. An exposure by a regional newspaper, Ekuriren, laid this bare: In eight out of nine municipalities in Sormland (south of Stockholm), it alleged that authorities “deliberately withheld the information in order to prevent media scrutiny and public transparency” regarding the number of elderly Covid-19 infected in care homes.

In summary, the management of the pandemic by the Swedish public health authorities is not only an affront to scientific epidemiology, but also compromises the medical ethics and human rights of a country that considers itself a “humanitarian superpower.” It's just as well other countries have not followed suit.

発がん性疑惑のジョンソン社ベビーパウダー 北米で販売中止 日本では販売継続

企業側勝訴もあるが、負けて巨額の賠償金を支払わされたりして困っているジョンソン&ジョンソン社が、米国とカナダにおけるベビーパウダーの販売中止を決定した。しかし、その他諸国では販売継続する。



Johnson & Johnson ends baby powder sales in US & Canada after lawsuits posit links to cancer… but will keep selling it elsewhere
20 May, 2020 01:55
https://www.rt.com/news/489146-johnson-johnson-talc-powder-sales/

韓国 「慰安婦ビジネス」がバレる(笑)

ローンを組まず、持ち家も売らずに2棟買った尹美香氏
5/20(水) 14:10配信
朝鮮日報日本語版
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/2b7e4730f4d4f0968db3c39ae218984d691ce51e

 旧日本軍の慰安婦被害者を支援する韓国市民団体「日本軍性奴隷制問題解決のための正義記憶連帯(正義連)」の前理事長で、4月の総選挙で与党「共に民主党」の比例政党「共に市民党」から当選した尹美香(ユン・ミヒャン)氏が住宅担保ローンなどを組んでいない状態で約2年間、「1世帯2住宅者」だったことが19日、確認された。野党では尹氏がこれまで住宅購入に使った資金の出どころを公開すべきだと主張している。

 野党・未来統合党のキム・ソンテ議員が不動産登記簿謄本を分析した結果によると、尹氏は1995年1月に京畿道水原市内のヴィラ(低層集合住宅)を購入した。尹氏はこのヴィラを所有したまま、1999年10月に同市内のAマンションを1棟購入した。そして2002年2月に所有していたヴィラを売却した。つまり、2年3カ月間、1世帯2住宅状態だったことになる。尹氏は2014年4月にAマンションを所有しながら、同市内のBマンションを競売により2億2600万ウォン(現在のレートで約2000万円)で買った。Bマンションを購入する時は全額現金でマンションの残金を支払った。尹氏が現在暮らしているマンションだ。尹氏はBマンションを買ってから9カ月後の2013年1月にAマンションを1億8950万ウォン(約1670万円)で売った。

 ところが、尹氏が所有していた住宅の登記簿謄本には、尹氏がヴィラとマンションの2棟を買った時、住宅担保ローンを全く受けていないことになっている。これは、所有している住宅を売らなくても、新しい住宅を購入するだけの資金を持っていたか、あるいは知人に借りた可能性があるということだ。預金担保融資を受けたかもしれないが、住宅担保ローンよりも融資限度が低く、住宅購入時は普通、住宅担保ローンを組む。

 尹氏は以前、Bマンションを購入する際、「以前住んでいたマンション(Aマンション)を売った」と言っていたが、「積立口座など3口座を解約し、家族に借りたお金で買った」と前言を翻した。説明を変えたことについては「2012年のことなので、よく覚えていなかった」と言った。キム・ソンテ議員は「尹氏はマンション購入資金の出どころを明らかにすべきだ」と語った。同党のキム・ヒョナ議員も同日、フェイスブックに「ローンを受けるのが容易で、流行していた時代に現金払いで2億ウォンを超えるマンションを競売で購入したのは実に異例のことだ」「市民(団体)活動をしながら、金融資産をこれだけ持っていたとは疑念がわく」と投稿した。



正義記憶連帯をめぐる論議に便乗した日本極右新聞「少女像の撤去を」
5/20(水) 13:04配信
中央日報日本語版
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/073a3d7aa9b0cd30a3656e725e77cf927ef267cb

正義記憶連帯をめぐる論議が拡大しているなか、歴史問題で極右的な見解を代弁してきた日本のメディアが平和の少女像の撤去と水曜集会の中止を要求している。

産経新聞は20日「反日集会をやめ像の撤去を」という見出しの論説で「批判に耳を傾け、反日憎悪の象徴である慰安婦像を早急に撤去してほしい」と主張した。

新聞は旧日本軍慰安婦被害者、李容洙(イ・ヨンス)さんが水曜集会に対して「『憎悪を教えている』『集会をなくすべきだ』と話した」としながらこのような主張を展開した。

産経は「(李さんが)集会主催団体の運営を批判したことを契機に団体の不透明な会計処理などの疑惑が噴出している」と伝えた。また「文在寅(ムン・ジェイン)政権は座視せず、調査など適切に対応する責任がある」と主張した。

また「李氏が今回、正義記憶連帯への批判を強めた理由は分からないが、反日集会をやめるべきだとの主張はその通りだ」とし「団体の不適正な運営などを浮き彫りにしたことも意義がある」とした。

産経は韓国で起きた正義記憶連帯をめぐる論議も詳しく報じた。理事長出身の尹美香(ユン・ミヒャン)氏が多数の市民団体から告発され、韓国挺身隊問題対策協議会(挺対協・正義記憶連帯の前身)が被害者への支援のために買収した安城市(アンソンシ)の住宅関連疑惑も扱った。

その間日本の主なメディアは正義記憶連帯をめぐる論議に関して論評を控え、知らされた事実関係を紹介する水準で報じた。だが、韓国で論議と疑惑が解消されていないなか、産経を皮切りに右翼勢力が本格的に声を高める可能性も提起されている。

世界人口の99.5%はコロナに感染しないのに、なぜ誰も話題にしないのか? イスラエル人教授

ヒトゲノム解析学を専門とするイスラエル人が、統計の正しい解釈の仕方を説明。

ネタンヤフ首相は、イスラエル政府の政策が優れていたおかげでコロナを封じ込めたと自画自賛したが、統計を見ると、イスラエルは成績の悪いグループの下のほうに位置している。

統計を正しく解釈すれば、中国でも韓国でも2次感染は発生していない。

ほとんどの人が感染していない事実は、私たちの大半は既に抗体を持っていることを示している。ロックダウンは直ちに止め、経済活動を開放すべきである。



What the state is hiding about the coronavirus outbreak
Opinion: Investigation of factual data from around the world and mathematical projections show the government assertion that it saved us from a terrible plague is nothing more than illusion, while they keep the true facts about the timeline of contagion to themselves
Prof. Doron Lancet , Weizmann Institute of Science |
Published: 05.18.20 , 23:30
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BygXfeeoL

Epidemiology is a precise science, just like mathematics and physics, it has rules, equations, and graphs.

It is interesting to note that the equations describing the spread of a disease are the same as those describing the progress of a chemical reaction.

So, it is not surprising that during the coronavirus crisis we were seeing chemists, physicists and mathematicians advising doctors and politicians on how best to deal with the virus’ spread.

And yet, it is disappointing to see that amid the equations and isolation measures, a severe disconnect existed between the exact science and the decision-makers because of distortions in description and analysis of the facts.

Let's begin with the term "exponential growth": This is a situation in which for example one patient infects another patient per day (a daily increase of 100%).

If this infection rate remains unchanged, on the tenth day we would have 1,024 patients, and by the 20th day, about one million patients.

This would be a doomsday scenario.

In Israel, we were told that this terrible fate was avoided because of the isolation measures imposed by the Ministry of Health.

Well, that is imprecise to say the least.

Analysis of coronavirus growth data identifies a common trend throughout all countries infected by the virus, representing a wide range of population size and social distancing measures.

In Turkey, the virus’ daily growth was 87% initially and dropped to 2% after 44 days.

Israel dropped from 30% daily growth to 1% in 40 days; Sweden dropped from 40% to 3% in 54 days; Belarus dropped from 25% to 4% in 43 days.

The last two notoriously took very minimal steps of social distancing and isolation.

The central model of epidemiology, known as SIR, predicted this outcome: You start with a 100% growth on day one, by day 15 the growth rate drops to 25%, and by day 20 the growth rate stands at 1%.

Meaning that if the virus would have retained its viral nature, we would have had a million times more patients by day 20.

But due to the virus’s natural internal dynamic, by day 20 we had 1,000 times the number of patients we had on day one and not a million.

This is simply the epidemic’s dynamic, and the dwindling number of sick people has nothing to do with isolation measures taken by the state, which, at best, added to the virus’ natural decline.

Investigation of factual data from around the world along with the mathematical projections of the SIR model presents the government assertion that Israel's successful isolation measures have saved it from a terrible plague is nothing more than an illusion, while real data was never presented to the public.

Furthermore, with formulas and comparisons to countries where the epidemic broke out earlier, the final number of patients in Israel could have been predicted a month ago, or maybe even sooner.

Some say that mathematicians should stay out of crisis management, and there are those who claim that mathematical models of epidemiology should not be believed.

Opposition to the use of these models is, unfortunately, also the recurring theme in the report published by the National Security Advisory Committee, with the baseless excuse that "theoretical models should not be relied on as there are no valid models at the required level of confidence".

Another part of the intimidation campaign is the description of an "outbreak" in some countries, this is not fake news, merely an interpretation error of live data.

For example, an AP report published on May 2 claimed that, "In Russia, the number of new patients soared. A record of 9,633 patients, a 20% increase over the number registered the day before.”

In the global media, every tiny change produces a scary headline compounded by a misunderstanding of the numbers and immediately repeated here by health officials.

There is also an element of fear attached to a large number of people in a huge country such as Russia, where every percentage point represents over a thousand patients.

We must not allow this to blind us to the positive trend of a steady decline in all countries.

The threat of a second wave should be analyzed in the same critical way; infectious diseases such as influenza generate recurring annual waves due to the emergence of a new strain of the virus, in which case infection can indeed start again and be worse than before.

This phenomenon must be distinguished from another wave of the same virus, which is in a state of steady decline.

So far, no second wave of the virus has been observed in any country, including in countries such as China and South Korea, where the epidemic ended a few weeks ago.

This is with the exception of a recent temporary change that was reported in Singapore, as the result of contagion by foreign workers from Malaysia, and which does not constitute a real second wave.

In China, by mid-March, the number of new patients had already reached the low value of 44 per day, and by mid-April a rise of 350 was reported.

The press around the world cited this as a second wave in ominous articles cited by our own Ministry of Health.

But when we look at the data, this addition to the 83,000 patients in China, constitutes a very small increase in infection rates, from 0.04% to 0.43% to be precise, confirming the premise that the possibility of a second wave of contagion is unlikely.

It is concerning that according to the criteria presented a few days ago by officials, that an inconsequential change (such as over 100 new cases a day) may be hailed as a second wave, resulting in mitigation efforts that would impede the reopening of the economy.

Of particular interest is the fact that consultants and the media ignore the fact that in all countries, without exception, an epidemic reaches its final stages when the percentage of people infected from the general population does not exceed half a percentage point.

Out of the entire population in Israel, 0.18% were diagnosed with the coronavirus, in Sweden 0.22%, and in Spain 0.47%.

Nobody asks how is it that 99.5% of the world's population was not infected.

All over the world, including in Israel, there are indications that the number of virus carriers without symptoms is at least 10 times greater than the number of reported patients.

These carriers, who most likely make up 1%-5% of the population, are likely to be immune to the virus in some way and are in no danger of getting sick.

In addition, the SIR model shows that at the end of the epidemic (dependent on parameters) 10-30% of the population that is in danger of being infected, is not tested.

This is the herd immunity we've heard about, which is created by the dilution of potential infectors.

But that leaves the question as to why other people, those who could potentially catch the disease, fail to get infected.

It is hard to ignore the possibility that these people were exposed to the virus in advance, or perhaps had previous exposure to a similar strain of the virus, as suggested by Prof. Ehud Kimron and his partners at Tel Aviv University.

It would have been essential for those who advise the government to examine this question and its possible answers, as these are critical in determining the exit strategies and future plans.

Finally, there is the issue of death that plays a major role, as officials ask, "can we allow thousands of deaths as seen in other countries?"

It must be understood that the number of dead per million residents consists of multiplying two different numbers: The number of patients per million residents on the one hand, and the percentage of dead derived from all patients on the other.

An insight that almost everyone ignores is that the first number is related to the infection rate and therefore may relate to the magnitude of the government's restrictions. The second number does not depend on these restrictions whatsoever.

When a person is already infected, their chances of dying are not dependent on social distancing but on the quality of the health system and the determination of medical staff to do everything possible to save a patient’s life.

On May 4, in his victory speech over the coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Israel is in excellent condition in regards to the mortality rate from the virus, while pointing out that in some European countries, the number of dead was up to 30 times greater than in our own country.

Without a factual basis, Netanyahu argued that this achievement was derived from the government's excellent isolation and emergency policies.

While Israel’s death rate puts us indeed in an excellent place when it comes to the number of infected per person, which depends on social isolation.

Israel is close to the bottom of the list (64 out of 79) and almost as bad as Sweden and Belarus, which have taken almost no measures during the pandemic.

The analysis also shows that in the five countries with the highest mortality rate (Belgium, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and France), the death rate is on average 20 times greater than in Israel, but the predominant reason for that is the quality of medical care.

The prize then must go to Israel’s medical teams and a consolation prize to the Ministry of Health.

Proper counseling would have saved this distortion of reality from the prime minister and public.

When analyzing the state of the coronavirus in Israel, and comparing it to other countries, it is evident that the government has failed miserably.

The public was never adequately informed of conventional epidemiological models to try to predict developments and to wisely regulate emergency measures in order to minimize the damages to the economy.

The information provided to the public throughout was lacking proper analytical foundation, involved self-congratulations, and unfounded warnings.


It is not too late to make the change that will ease Israel's path to an open economy as soon as possible.

Doron Lancet is the Professor of Human Genomics and head of the Crown Human Genome Center at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

イスラエルがイランの重要港湾をサイバー攻撃 先の水道局攻撃への報復

Israel linked to cyberattack on Iranian port - Washington Post
A foreign government security official said the attack was "highly accurate" and the damage to the Iranian port was more serious than described in official Iranian accounts, the Post reported.
By TZVI JOFFRE
MAY 19, 2020 09:08
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/israel-linked-to-cyberattack-on-iranian-port-washington-post-628503

Israel is likely behind a cyberattack which halted traffic and caused "total disarray" at Iran's Shahid Rajaei Port, located near the Strait of Hormuz, last week, according to a report by The Washington Post.

On May 11, Mohammad Rastad, Managing Director of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), announced that a cyberattack managed to damage a number of private systems at the Shahid Rajaei port.

Allah-Morad Afifi-Pour, Director-General of the PMO of Hormozgan province in southern Iran, had initially denied the reports of a cyberattack, but Rastad confirmed that a cyberattack had occurred in a press conference on Sunday, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.

Allah-Morad Afifi-Pour, Director-General of the PMO of Hormozgan province in southern Iran, initially denied the reports of a cyberattack, but Rastad confirmed that a cyberattack had occurred in a press conference on Sunday, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.

Rastad also confirmed that the attack was carried out by a foreign entity, according to Fars News Agency.

While Rastad stressed that operations had not been disrupted by the attack, US and foreign government officials told the Washington Post that traffic in the area came to a halt and was plagued with issues for a number of days.

Intelligence and cybersecurity officials familiar with the incident told the Post that the attack was carried out by "Israeli operatives," possibly in retaliation for an earlier cyberattack on Israel's civilian water system.

A US official with access to classified files also told the Post that Israel was believed to have been behind the attack.

Satellite photographs showing miles-long traffic jams on highways leading the Shahid Rajaee port and dozens of loaded container ships waiting just off the coast were shown to the Post as well.

The cyberattack was "highly accurate," according to a security official with a foreign government that monitored the incident which reportedly occurred on May 9, two days before Iranian officials acknowledged it had occurred.

The Israeli Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters on the Post report.

Former IDF intelligence chief and executive director of the INSS Amos Yadlin tweeted that cyberspace is "joining the ground, sea and air dimensions as a significant dimension of warfare," pointing to incidents in which the US and Iran used cyberattacks as responses to attacks in order to prevent an escalation in the physical world.

"If Israel is the one who responded to the Iranian attack that targeted civilian infrastructure, Israel is making it clear that civilian systems should be left out of battle," added Yadlin.

"This is a significant message about the vulnerability of Iran's financial systems to Israeli cyber abilities."

Earlier this month, Israel’s security cabinet met to discuss an alleged Iranian cyberattack on Israeli water and sewage facilities that took place in April.

The attack did not cause substantial damage except for a few issues in local water systems, according to Israeli officials, but is still seen as a substantial escalation by the Iranians, especially since the attack targeted civilian infrastructure.

"This was a very unordinary cyberattack against civilian water facilities which is against every ethic and every code even in times of war," a senior Israeli official said to Channel 13’s Barak Ravid. "We didn't expect this even from the Iranians. It is just not done."

Iran reported three cyberattacks within one week back in December. At least one of the attacks was allegedly “state-sponsored.”

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi claimed that two of the three attacks in December were repelled by the country’s security shield.

Jahromi claimed that the Islamic Republic’s national cybersecurity wall, known as Digital Fortress or Dezhfa, helped thwart 33 million cyberattacks against the country in 2019, according to Fars.

米国大統領がWHOに資金拠出停止、脱退を警告

中国のせいにしているだけで、米国政府の財政赤字がひどいから、出せるカネがないんでしょ。

WHOは活動規模を縮小させることで対応し、あとは中国によるWHO支配が一層強まるだけですね。



‘No time to waste’: Trump gives WHO 30 days to make ‘major improvements’ before US PERMANENTLY freezes funding
19 May, 2020 03:16
https://www.rt.com/news/489030-who-trump-funding-permanent-freeze/

US President Donald Trump has threatened to halt American funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) for good, giving the agency 30 days to clean up its act while insisting it mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory! pic.twitter.com/pF2kzPUpDv

イラン・トルコ貿易額が70%縮小 米国制裁の影響

石油化学製品は99%ダウン。

Iran-Turkey trade down by 70% in first quarter: Report
Thursday, 14 May 2020 5:40 PM
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/14/625351/Iran-trade-Turkey-decline-first-quarter-report

Trade between Iran and Turkey has declined significantly in the first quarter of 2020, a new report shows, as the two neighbors struggle to maintain exchanges despite the American sanctions imposed on Iran and a pandemic that has seriously affected movement across the borders.

The Tehran Chamber of Commerce, or TCCIMA, said in a survey published on Thursday that Iran-Turkey trade topped a total value of $645 million at the end of March, a decline of 70 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019.

It said Iran’s exports to Turkey totaled $270 million over the period, a slight increase compared to the last quarter of 2019 but significantly down from figures seen over the first three months of the same year.

The report insisted that a main reason for declining Iranian exports to Turkey, a trend visible since the end of the first quarter last year, was restrictions imposed by the United States on Iran’s trade of crude and petrochemicals.

Iran had maintained a trade surplus of over 1$ billion with Turkey at the beginning of 2019 mainly because of its growing exports of products derived from crude.

However, the TCCIMA survey said that Iranian petchem exports to Turkey declined by a staggering figure of 99 percent over the past year causing Iran’s balance of trade with Turkey to slide into the negative territory.

Trade deficit narrowed from $250 million in early 2019 to $117 million in the first quarter this year, said the report.

It said Iran’s total imports from Turkey amounted to $376 million over the first quarter, a decline of 35 percent compared to the similar period last year. The reduction was mainly blamed on fewer shipments of tobacco, plastic products and cardboard from Turkey into Iran.

The report concluded that first quarter trade between Iran and Turkey was significantly down in March when a new coronavirus pandemic caused a closure of border crossings between the two neighbors.

シリア戦初期の「アラウィー派反政府活動家」はイギリス政府の工作員

シリア戦初期に、「アサド支配を嫌うアラウィー派活動家」というキャラで活動していた集団は、イギリスが米国ニュージャージー州プリンストンに設置した拠点から指示を受けて動いていた工作員であった。

(米国陣営の当初の想定に反し、途中からロシアが軍事介入してきて様相が一変したら、)活動中止となり、現地とりまとめ役はヨーロッパに帰国してしまった(爆)。

参加した活動家の発言「我々の活動に実体はなく、効果はなかった」。



Report reveals UK attempt to turn Syria Alawites against Assad
Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:08 AM
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/14/625315/Syria-UK-Alawite-community-Sarkha-Assad-

A new report sheds light on Britain’s role in the formation of a so-called protest campaign online against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the name of the Arab country’s Alawite community, a key source of support for Damascus in its years-long fight against foreign-sponsored terrorists.

The Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal reported on Wednesday that although Sarkha – or “The Cry” – claimed to be a grassroots campaign by the Alawites, it was actually created on behalf of London.

The community — from which Assad’s family hails — has played a key role in the Damascus government’s successful fight to liberate Syria from the foreign-backed militant groups wreaking havoc on the country since 2011.

Citing official documents, the MEE found that Sarkha was devised by an American company, Pechter Polls of Princeton, New Jersey, working under contract to the British government.

The contract, the report said, was initially managed by a unit at the UK’s Ministry of Defense called Military Strategic Effects and later by a British government fund called the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).

It added that British strategic communications officials used the term “AWBP” —the Alawite web-based platform for Sarkha, one of five main propaganda programs that the UK was operating in Syria.

According to a review of the programs in July 2016, Sarkha — whose budget from the CSSF during that financial year stood at $746,000 — was said to be aimed at creating “a safe, secure, social media platform for the Alawite people to discuss and exchange idea about their needs, lives and future roles in a post-revolutionary Syria.”

Launched in 2014, Sarkha raised concerns about what it called high casualty rates among Alawites serving in the Syrian army. It was later re-branded as a campaign called Same Pain.

One activist who was involved in the campaign said, “I do not think we were completely successful. When the campaign ended, the contact person for Alawites left for Europe.”

“This campaign had no actual impact or presence,” said a journalist in the city of Tartus.

Back in February, the MEE disclosed that the British government covertly established a network of citizen journalists across Syria during the early years of the war in an attempt to shape perceptions of the conflict.

Frequently, those recruited were unaware that they were being directed from London, the report said, adding that a number of them were killed during the crisis.

IS(イスラム国)ゲリラ発言 武器は米国からもらいました

Captured Daesh terrorists confess to cooperation with US forces in Syria’s al-Tanf
Friday, 15 May 2020 5:26 AM
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/15/625372/Captured-Daesh-terrorists-confess-to-cooperation-with-US-forces-in-Syria-al-Tanf

A number of captured members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have confessed to close cooperation with US military forces stationed at al-Tanf base in the central Syrian province of Homs to carry out various acts of terror and sabotage.

During confessions broadcast on Syria’s state-run television network on Thursday night, three extremists – identified as Salah Jaber al-Zaher, Ali Salim Yahya and Amer Abd al-Ghafar Nemah but better known by their noms de guerres as Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Salafi, Abu al-Bara’a al-Homsi and Abu Sawan, revealed that they were instructed by American forces to target Syrian government troops in and around the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tiyas Military Airbase – also known as the T-4 Airbase, the Shaer gas field as well as nearby oil wells, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

“Once a close aid to our commander Hassan Alqam al-Jazrawi came to me and said he was in contact with the Americans at al-Tanf base. The man, whose name was Hassan al-Wali, added it was necessary to target Palmyra and T4 Airbase, and that US forces would provide us with rocket launchers and machine guns, besides financial support, cars and whatever we needed.

“He added that Americans would also launch reconnaissance aircraft to monitor the movements of Syrian army soldiers in Palmyra region, and inform us of their activities,” one of the terrorists said.

The militants, who were recently arrested during a security operation in the Syrian Desert, later pointed to the existence of coordination between their commanders and those of the so-called Revolutionary Commando Army.

Elsewhere in their confessions, the Takfiris touched on negotiations between their leaders and senior officials with the US-sponsored and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

One of the terrorists said there were such talks between the two sides once in Raqqah, the former de facto capital of Daesh.

“There was coordination for any operation we carried out. With the knowledge of Americans, we moved from Raqqa to Dayr al-Zawr. We had the protection of three Cougar (infantry mobility) vehicles and two Hummers, which belonged to US forces and accompanies us. Helicopter gunships also flew overhead all the way to Dayr al-Zawr,” he said.

On the sources of financial and logistical support, the terrorists explained that their masters coordinated the matters monthly through the al-Tanf base.

“They used to go to the base every month, and bring some three shipments of food, ammunition and weapons, most of which were US-made… We used to obtain all our supplies from the base. Anytime one of us was injured, we would take him there for treatment. Al-Tanf base was a refuge for us. We would go there every time the Syrian army besieged a region, waiting there for several weeks and receiving food as well as first aid,” the captured Daesh members said.

The US trains anti-Damascus militants at the al-Tanf base, which is situated near Syria's borders with Iraq and Jordan.

Washington has unilaterally declared a 55-kilometer “de-confliction zone” around the facility, and frequently threatened to target Syrian forces within the area.

世界食糧計画 シリアで食糧危機 → 犯人は米軍でした

(1つ目)
WFPがコロナ禍のシリアで930万人に十分な食料が行き渡っていないとする報告書を発表。

(2つ目)
米国の空軍機が、シリア北東部の穀倉地帯にある小麦畑に火炎弾を落として焼き尽くした。



Millions of Syrians food insecure amid coronavirus pandemic: WFP
Thursday, 14 May 2020 6:01 PM
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/14/625347/Syria-UN-WFP-COVID-19-US-Russia

The United Nations food agency says a record 9.3 million people are now food insecure in Syria, which has endured almost a decade of foreign-backed militancy and is under rounds of crippling economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

The World Food Program said on Thursday that spiraling prices and the coronavirus pandemic have compounded the damage of the nine-year war.

"Record high food prices & now COVID-19 have pushed families in Syria beyond their limits," the WFP wrote on Twitter. "WFP estimates that a record 9.3 million people are now food insecure," it added.

A WFP spokeswoman said the figure has leapt from 7.9 million six months ago.

Last month, WFP said food prices had doubled in a year to an all-time high across Syria. It blamed a slowing of dollar inflows due to the financial crisis in neighboring Lebanon, along with the coronavirus lockdown.

Despite recent victories by government forces in battlefields, much of the Syrian economy was shuttered in March to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Syria blasts “inhuman sanctions” imposed by the United States against a number of countries, raising the alarm that the restrictive measures were hampering global efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Damascus has announced over 50 cases of the novel coronavirus, including four deaths across the country. The COVID-19 disease, caused by the new coronavirus, has since late last year affected about 210 countries and territories across the globe.

The Syrian government has taken a number of measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus, including postponing parliamentary elections and suspending the work of certain public institutions and services.

Syria has recently officially asked for Russia’s assistance to combat the spread of the COVID-19 disease in the Arab country.

Damascus has blamed Western sanctions for its struggling economy. In a letter to the United Nations last month, Syria’s Ambassador to the world body Bashar al-Ja’afari reiterated a call for the immediate and unconditional lifting of all US economic sanctions.

Syria asks Russia to help the Arab country with combating the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Since 1979, Syria has been under arrays of unilateral and crippling economic sanctions by the US. The country has also been battling a foreign-backed militancy since 2011.



US aircraft drops incendiary balloons, sets fire to wheat crops in NE Syria
Sunday, 17 May 2020 3:45 PM
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/05/17/625545/US-aircraft-drops-incendiary-balloons,-sets-fire-to-wheat-crops-in-NE-Syria

An American aircraft has reportedly dropped thermal balloons over agricultural lands in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, setting fire to wheat crops in the area.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources who requested anonymity, reported on Sunday that the targeted area was part of agricultural lands in the countryside of al-Shaddadi town.

The report added that the fire gutted 200 dunums (0.2 square kilometers) of wheat fields.

Thermal balloons dropped by US plane set fire to wheat crops in Hasaka countrysidehttps://t.co/nj3sKL3apr pic.twitter.com/BjlcprkJdf
— SANAEnglishOfficial (@SANAEnOfficial) May 17, 2020

The sources highlighted that US planes also flew at low altitude very close to the people's homes in the agricultural fields, causing panic and fear among local residents.

Since late October 2019, the US has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country.

The Pentagon claims the move aims to “protect” the fields and prevent possible attacks by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, though Trump had earlier suggested that Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields.

Syria, which has not authorized American military presence in its territory, has condemned the US, saying it is “plundering” the country’s oil.

Turkish gunfire kills civilian, injures another near Ra’s al-Ayn

Separately, a civilian lost his life and another sustained injuries when Turkish forces and their allied Takfiri militants opened fire on a van near a checkpoint northwest of the key border town of Ra's al-Ayn.

SANA reported that the vehicle was coming from the city of Raqqah, when it was intentionally targeted.

The report identified the victim as a school employee, while the injured man is said to be a retired worker at the national electrical company.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northern Syria last October after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push militants of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

On October 22 last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, signed a memorandum of understanding that asserted YPG militants had to withdraw from the Turkish-controlled "safe zone" in northeastern Syria within 150 hours, after which Ankara and Moscow would run joint patrols around the area.

コロナ期間の家庭学習 富裕層の子の勉強時間は貧困層より75分間長い

イギリスの研究機関の調査報告。社会階層の上位20%を占める富裕層の子の勉強時間は、下位20%より75分長い。

・・・ロックダウン長期化は、馬鹿な子を量産する。



Better off children are doing 75 minutes a DAY more home learning than the poorest – as academies and Church of England heap pressure on unions threatening to block government plans to reopen schools on June 1

Mental health charities also raised concerns about time spent away from school
Ministers have drawn up proposals for a 'phased' return starting on June 1
Pupils will be placed in smaller classes with staggered start times and breaks

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline and Josh White and John Stevens for the Daily Mail
Published: 23:04 BST, 17 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8328915/Church-England-wades-school-row-calls-pupils-return.html

(前略)
IFS: Children from better-off families are spending 30% more time on home learning than are those from poorer families

The report released today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies presents evidence for how children are spending their time in lockdown.

One of the most startling revelations from it is that children in the highest-income fifth of families spend 5.8 hours a day on educational activities, over 75 minutes more than their peers in the poorest fifth of households (4.5 hours).

Over the 34 days (minimum) that schools will be closed, students in the best-off families will have done more than 7 full school days’ worth of extra learning time.

If schools do not go back until September and current rates of home learning continue, the gap would double to 15 full school days.

The authors of the report say that 'this could have very substantial long-term consequences in light of evidence that even one extra hour a week of instructional time can significantly raise achievement.'

(後略)

コロナ死にしておけば病院の収入が増える 米国でコロナ死が多いもう一つの理由

米国でコロナ死が多い理由として、たとえ別の原因で死亡しても、コロナらしき兆候さえあればコロナ死として報告するよう命じられていること、CDCが死亡率など統計の集計で25%ほど水増し報告しているといった背景は、広く知られるようになった。

もう一つの背景として、コロナ死として報告すれば、病院が受け取る診療報酬が20%増えるからくりがあることが指摘された。



The US is Dramatically Overcounting Coronavirus Deaths
John R. Lott, Jr.
Posted: May 16, 2020 12:01 AM
Editor's Note: Timothy Craig Allen, MD, JD, contributed to this column.
https://townhall.com/columnists/johnrlottjr/2020/05/16/the-us-is-dramatically-overcounting-coronavirus-deaths-n2568925
(↑記事原文には多数のリンクが張られている。)

Over 86,500 people have reportedly died in the United States from the Coronavirus, and the fear generated by those deaths is driving the public policy debate. But that number is a dramatic overcount. Our metrics include deaths that have nothing to do with the virus. The problem is even worse as the Centers for Disease Control over counts even some of these cases and the government has created financial incentives for this misreporting. Relying on these flawed numbers is destroying businesses and jobs and costing lives.

“The case definition is very simplistic,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. “It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death.”

Medical examiners in Michigan use the same definition. In Macomb and Oakland Counties, where most of the deaths occurred, medical examiners classify any deaths as Coronavirus deaths when the postmortem test is positive. Even people who died in suicides and automobile accidents meet that definition.

Still, these broad definitions are not due to a few rogue public health officials. The rules direct them to do this. Unlike other countries, “if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” as Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, recently noted.

Classifications go beyond even these broad categories. New York is classifying cases as Coronavirus deaths even when postmortem tests have been negative. Despite negative tests, classifications are based on symptoms, even though the symptoms are often very similar to those of the seasonal flu. The Centers for Disease Control guidance explicitly acknowledges the uncertainty that doctors can face. When Coronavirus cases are “suspected,” they advise doctors that “it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate.”

That isn’t just a theoretical issue. On April 21st, when New York City’s death toll rose above 10,000, the New York Times reported that the city included “3,700 additional people who were presumed to have died of the coronavirus but had never tested positive” – a more than 50 percent increase in the number of cases.

But the problem is worse than this broad definition implies. Birx and others believe that the CDC is over counting cases. The Washington Post reports they are concerned that the CDC’s “antiquated” accounting system is double counting cases and inflating mortality and case counts “by as much as 25 percent.”

There are additional reasons for concern. Some doctors feel pressure from hospitals to list deaths as due to the Coronavirus, even when they don’t believe that is the case, “to make it look a little bit worse than it is.” There are financial incentives that might make a difference for hospitals and doctors. The CARES Act adds a 20 percent premium for COVID-19 Medicare patients.

Incentives matter. When the government increased the disability compensation for air traffic controllers, a lot more controllers suddenly started claiming to be disabled. When unemployment insurance payments increase, more people become unemployed and stay unemployed for longer periods. When the government offers flood insurance that charges everyone the same insurance premium regardless of the risk level in their area, more people build homes in frequently flooded areas.

The Washington Post and others claim that we are undercounting the true number of deaths. They reach that conclusion by showing the total number of deaths from all causes is greater than we would normally expect from March through early May, and that this excess is actually due to deaths not being accurately labeled as due to the Coronavirus. But these are simply not normal times. Lots of people with heart and other problems aren’t going to the hospital for fear of the virus. Surgeries for many serious conditions are being put off. The stress of the situation is increasing suicides and other illnesses.
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Why the Lockdown Lost
Kevin McCullough

Deaths that have absolutely nothing to do with the Coronavirus count as virus deaths. Add to that claims that the CDC is double counting some of these improperly identified cases and the perverse financial incentives created by the government, and you have a real mess when crucial decisions are being made based in large part on this data.

Erroneous data unduly scare people about the risks of the disease. It keeps the country locked down longer than necessary, which destroys peoples’ lives and livelihoods in many other ways. Exaggerated fears of the virus endanger lives by keeping people from obtaining treatment for other medical problems. It also makes it impossible to accurately compare policies across countries.

It is hard to believe that we are basing such crucial decisions on such flawed data.

Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. Allen is a Governor of the College of American Pathologists and Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is also on the Board of Directors and the Academic advisory board for the Crime Prevention Research Center.

イスラエル ドゥルーズ派が形式上の尊重ではなく露骨に予算を要求し出した

イスラエルの伝統的なドゥルーズ派懐柔策は、軍の中での昇進の優遇、殉職者の名前を交差点に命名する、殉職者の家庭を大臣が弔問する、独立記念日の式典にドゥルーズ派指導者を招待するといった、極めて形式的な施策の羅列であったため、イスラエル政府にとってはカネがかからず、経済的効率に優れていた。

ところが先週発生したドゥルーズ派デモは、地域インフラの充実を要求した。露骨に国家予算を要求する実利型に変質した。



Israel's Druze can no longer be bought with a pat on the back
Opinion: The protests last week by community leaders were the first step of a new era in which the government of Israel will have to relate seriously to the sector - with budgets and social help and not mere ego stroking
Shakib Ali |
Published: 05.16.20 , 13:55
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S18nJwK58

The Druze community in Israel goes largely unnoticed until one of its sons dies in defense of the nation.

Only then do the media, the public, IDF officers and government ministers embrace the bereaved families and share in their grief.

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The Druze families in turn will bow their heads, even though the funerals and ceremonies contradict their teachings that the body has no value after a person has died, since the soul has transmigrated and is already reincarnated in a newborn baby.

The community is one of the smallest minorities in Israel - comprising just 1.6% of the general population and 7.6% of Arab society.

Until just two years ago, after the Nation-State Law was passed, with its provision that the country is the state of the Jews, no one talked of the discriminatory action taken by the Israeli government against the Druze.

Tens of thousands marched in the streets in protest, demanding equal rights and treatment entitled to them by the life bond between themselves and the Jews of Israel.

Yet some of those responsible for the current situation are the so-called leaders of the community, or at least those who pretend to lead it.

They remained frozen in place and never took advantage of the democratic tools at their disposal to achieve those equal rights and privileges.

Instead of publicly fighting for what their people deserved, they shamelessly decided not to bite the hand that feeds them.

And in turn, the leaders of the country learned over the years that the so-called Druze leadership simply wants a pat on the back, prestige and to be honored.

For those community leaders, a visit by a minister to their home is as important as the budgets of a school, or a new soccer pitch or better roads.

These personal connections fattened the pockets of Druze businessmen, who made use of them to also promote their relatives and friends.

But they completely disregard the real needs of the community.

From the perspective of Israel's decision-makers, this desire for recognition and lip service has saved the nation millions of shekels.

Troublingly, this is still the nature of the relationship between the community leaders and lawmakers, the latter wrongly believing that this is also what the community wants.

And if some do complain about the lack of equality, the country quickly promotes Druze members of the military, dedicates a roundabout to a fallen soldier or invite them to participate in the annual Independence Day torch-lighting ceremony.

The state could have answered the cries of the Druze by transferring adequate funding for their villages, thereby bridging social gaps 72 years in the making, but instead continue to choose the ego stroking of its so-called leaders.

But last week, the Druze community had finally had enough, and its leaders came out in protest over the lack of financial consideration.

They are frustrated that they cannot provide their residents with basic amenities like schools, roads, parking lots, community centers and public parks, while the government gives them none of the funding they were promised in an attempt to slightly rectify these issues.

Allocation of budgets is usually conditioned on the Druze community's ability to collect at least 80 percent of municipal taxes, without taking into consideration the fact that these are disadvantaged, low socio-economic communities, not to mention the lack of industrial zones that can provide a proper source of income for businesses.

Demonstrations of respect must be replaced by plans for to improve schools, cronyism must be replaced by development budgets and the torch-lighting ceremonies must be replaced by road construction.

Last week's protest was a shot across the bows, hinting at these battles to come.

No more will the Druze community leaders sit on the sidelines.

フランスがコロナ封じ込めできない理由 ドイツと比較して NYT分析

New York Times紙が、ドイツにできたコロナ封じ込めを、なぜフランスほどの大国ができないのかについて分析。

フランスに負けないくらい無様な米国には、他国について評論する資格はない(爆)。



How France Lost the Weapons to Fight a Pandemic

The French once thought of medical gear, like fighter jets, as a national security asset that had to be made at home. But cuts and outsourcing have left them scrambling for masks, tests and even pain pills.

By Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut
May 17, 2020, 4:30 a.m. ET
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/17/world/europe/france-coronavirus.html

PARIS — When President Emmanuel Macron repeatedly declared “war” on the coronavirus in March, he solemnly promised that France would support “front-line” health workers with “the means, the protection.”

The reality was that France was nearly defenseless.

The government’s flip-flopping policies on past pandemics had left a once formidable national stockpile of face masks nearly depleted. Officials had also outsourced the manufacturing capacity to replenish that stockpile to suppliers overseas, despite warnings since the early 2000s about the rising risks of global pandemics.

That has left France — unlike Germany, its rival for European leadership — dependent on foreign factories and painfully unable to ramp up domestic production of face masks, test kits, ventilators and even the thermometers and over-the-counter fever-reducing medicines to soothe the sick.

Today, as it has begun loosening one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, France has become a case study in how some countries are now reconsidering their dependence on global supply chains built during the past two decades on the mantra of low costs and quick delivery. Even now, France has no guarantees that it can secure enough supplies in the coming weeks to protect against a potential second wave of the virus.
ImageWaiting at a medical center testing patient for the coronavirus in Paris in March. France couldn’t carry out large-scale testing because it lacked cotton swabs and reagents, low-value but crucial elements that had been outsourced to Asia.



“In times of crisis, we can no longer switch from one production zone to another to get our essential products,” Louis Gautier, the former director of the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security, a powerful inter-ministerial unit inside the prime minister’s office that coordinates the response to large-scale crises, said in an interview. “The issue of strategic stocks and secure supplies has to be reconsidered. A new model has to be invented.”

France had long identified masks as indispensable in a pandemic yet the government had mostly stopped stockpiling them during the past decade, mainly for budgetary reasons. Domestic production collapsed at the same time the country’s pharmaceutical industry was also moving overseas.

France had decided “that it was no longer necessary to keep massive stocks in the country, considering that production plants were able to be operational very quickly, especially in China,” the health minister, Olivier Véran, said in Parliament in March.

But the scope and speed of the coronavirus defied that logic. Still reeling from its own outbreak, China, the world’s leading maker of masks, was overwhelmed with orders. India, a top exporter of medication, temporarily banned exports for fear of shortages.

As the globalized supply chain broke down, French health officials lost critical time as the national government — as well as cities, towns and even wards — scrambled to buy supplies directly from China and elsewhere. The government organized highly publicized airlifts of masks from China, betraying both its desperation and its dependence.

France has suffered more than 27,000 deaths and one of the world’s highest fatality rates, 60 percent greater than in the United States.

“We will have to rebuild France’s agricultural, health, industrial and technological independence,” Mr. Macron said in a recent address.

To many critics, France’s defenselessness in face of the virus was the logical conclusion of the hollowing out of France’s manufacturing base — a transformation that has deepened inequality and fueled violent protests, like the Yellow Vest movement.

In the early 2000s, Germany had a slight edge over France in manufacturing and exporting PCR test kits — the most widely used today to detect the virus — and oxygen therapy equipment, according to United Nations data. But by 2018, Germany had a $1.4 billion trade surplus for PCR test kits whereas France had a deficit of $89 million.

While Germany was able to quickly mobilize its industry to fight the pandemic, France was paralyzed. It couldn’t carry out large-scale testing because it lacked cotton swabs and reagents, low-value but crucial elements that had been outsourced to Asia.

“France has deindustrialized too much since the 2000s — it’s paying for it today,” said Philippe Aghion, an economist who teaches at Harvard and Collège de France.

In a still unpublished study, Mr. Aghion and economists at the Free University of Brussels found that over all, countries with the capacity to manufacture test kits and related instruments, like Germany and Austria, had so far suffered fewer deaths during the pandemic.

In France, shortages have affected even basic goods. Drugstores ran out of thermometers. Supplies of paracetamol — a common pain reliever sold as Tylenol in the United States — became so dangerously low that the authorities restricted its sale.
Image
Waiting outside a pharmacy in Paris in March. Shortages have affected even basic goods, with drugstores running out of thermometers and supplies of paracetamol becoming so dangerously low that the authorities restricted its sale.Credit...Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

The last European factory producing the medication was in France, near the city of Lyon, but it closed in 2008, according to France’s National Academy of Pharmacy. The association has long warned of France’s growing dependence on foreign drugmakers, noting that 60 to 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients in Europe are imported — compared with 20 percent three decades ago.

“Nothing has been done at the government level to stop this,” said Marie-Christine Belleville, a member of the academy.

Warnings, in fact, had been issued for years.

In the aftermath of the SARS pandemic in Asia in 2003, French officials analyzed the risks in a series of reports and built up a national stockpile of masks and other protective equipment manufactured by domestic suppliers — in keeping with a Gaullist tradition of maintaining a strong domestic defense industry that also exports Rafale fighter jets, submarines, minesweepers and frigates to the world.

In 2006, a government pandemic plan recommended a series of measures, including creating stockpiles of masks. A year earlier, France’s Health Ministry signed a five-year contract to buy 180 million masks a year that Bacou-Dalloz, then the biggest mask manufacturer in France, would produce at a factory in Plaintel, about 280 miles from Paris.

Details from the contract, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, reveal the government’s strategic thinking at the time. Securing a domestic supplier would help France avoid being “exclusively dependent on importations that would be disrupted in the context of a pandemic.”

The contract would ensure the government’s “renewal of its stockpile of masks” as older stocks reached their expiration date. And during a pandemic, the government could requisition the plant’s production.

The government order “monopolized the Plaintel factory’s entire production capacity,” said Jean-Jacques Fuan, a former director of the plant.

By 2008, the government issued a white paper that for the first time cited pandemics as a potential national threat, ranking it fourth behind terrorism, cyberwarfare and a ballistic missile attack.

“In the next 15 years, the arrival of a pandemic is possible,” the paper warned. It could be highly contagious and lethal, it said, and could come and go in waves for weeks or months.

But soon afterward, many politicians began criticizing the policy of stockpiling masks and medication as wasteful. About 383 million euros spent in 2009 on acquiring 44 million vaccinations against the H1N1 flu caused a political scandal after less than 9 percent of French people were vaccinated.

In 2013, the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security issued new pandemic directives emphasizing “overall savings” and reducing the importance of maintaining a stockpile. Surgical masks would be stocked, but not the more sophisticated FFP2 masks that, the report noted, cost 10 times as much.

The directives also transferred the responsibility — and costs — for securing and stockpiling masks to public and private employers. This contributed to the severe shortages that France has suffered in recent months, as government officials became less engaged on the issue.

Mr. Gautier, the former director of the general secretariat, said that the new directives had been intended to improve the distribution of masks by requiring employers, like hospitals, to stock them and to make them legally responsible for the protection of their employees.

But he acknowledged that “it would have been logical to transfer the credits and not only the costs to the employers. We should have also put in place measures of control to ensure that the reforms had been applied correctly.”

But the new policy also undermined France’s capacity to produce masks. Employers, now charged with procuring masks, naturally sought cheaper suppliers abroad.

And to save costs, the government placed large orders that only Chinese factories were able to satisfy, said Francis Delattre, a former senator whose 2015 report warned of the depletion of masks.

“Small French factories were losing orders,” Mr. Delattre said. “It was very dangerous to entrust only one or two Chinese conglomerates with the health protection of the country.”

And without its single government customer, the factory in Plaintel, which had once been running 24 hours a day, saw its business shrivel and eventually closed in 2018, Mr. Fuan said.

As expired masks were disposed of, France’s national stockpile shrank from 1.7 billion in 2009 to 150 million in March.

And as the “invisible enemy” began rampaging throughout France, the country that made some of the world’s most sophisticated military hardware in the world was unable to produce enough face masks.

“This crisis must lead us to consider health care as a strategic sector that should draw on a lot of what we do in defense,” said Arnaud Danjean, a European lawmaker.

“We weren’t armed for this,” he added.

中国からの攻勢の前にEUは結束を保つべき コロナ

瀕死のイタリアがドイツ、フランスに医療支援を求めたのに、けんもほろろに断った自分達の醜い歴史的事実を、早くも忘却している愚かなヨーロッパ人なのであった。

ドイツ、フランスが僅かな支援すら断ったから、仕方なく中国とロシアが支援したんですよ。

中国がコロナ発生を隠匿するか・しないかに一切関係なく、防疫できなければいけないのです。

中国の武漢感染症研究所には、フランス政府が資金拠出して設立され、米国やオーストラリアも資金と人材を提供していた。武漢研究所でコロナ研究をするよう持ちかけたのは米欧だった(爆)。

それだけではない。武漢でコロナが拡大しつつあった時に、米国は政府派遣していた科学者を武漢研究所から政治命令で撤収させていたことまで判明している。「武漢の状況がわからない」という発言自体が大嘘。米国は全て承知のうえで、その分野で一番適任の専門家をわざと撤収させた。

警察が、問題箇所に人員を配置していないという言い訳が許されるのかというくらい馬鹿げた話。同情するに値しない。

都合の悪い歴史は忘れ、他人のせいにすることだけは世界一得意な人たち。このような行為を繰り返しながら、世界を植民地支配してきたのでしょうね。



EU Foreign Affairs Chief Urges Bloc to Stay United, Claiming China May Cash in on Internal Division
06:13 GMT 17.05.2020
https://sputniknews.com/europe/202005171079329607-eu-foreign-affairs-chief-urges-bloc-to-stay-united-claiming-china-may-cash-in-on-internal-division/

Josep Borrell has touted China as a "partner" state, going on to stress the necessity of maintaing "collective discipline" so as to stand up to "superpowers".

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has urged member states not to allow China to take advantage of a diplomatic standoff between them in order to impose their "state-centric" stance.

In an article published in several European editions on Friday the Spanish politician lauded China as a "partner country", cautioning the 27 EU member states though that they must must "act jointly against superpowers" while "maintaining the necessary collective discipline".

Borrell expressed concern over Beijing repeatedly "telling the world" about the aid they've sent to other countries amid the raging coronavirus pandemic, while the EU has avoided the politicisation of their own pandemic efforts without "making a fuss" about the "extensive support it provided while hospitals in China were overloaded".

"The change in the EU's relations with China has accelerated in different phases since the outbreak of COVID-19", Borrell wrote in his opinion piece.

"The key point is that we should support each other and show international solidarity -- and the European Union has always shown how committed it is here -- but that we should avoid political capital from such help to beat", Borrell stressed.

The European Union, in the footsteps of the US, has claimed that China is shying away the limelight and deflecting blame from their role in the COVID-19 crisis, with Washington, for instance, accusing the world's second biggest economy of playing down from the very start the scale of the epidemic and its origins.

A recent European Union report alleged Beijing was intentionally spreading disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, which was first reported to have happened in China. However, as per a Reuters report, Chinese officials were "very angry" about the EU tending to appease Washington by echoing Trump's criticisms of the Chinese authorities.

Dwelling on cooperation issues in his op-ed, Borrell insisted trust and reciprocity are crucial for moving forward in order to ensure EU-China relations do not crack during and after the healthcare crisis.

The op-ed came out the same day that Chinese President Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in which the Chinese head of state affirmed they "support the United Nations and World Health Organisation in fighting the pandemic".

Xi assured the EU member state head that Beijing stands "ready to work with all countries" to rein in the spread of the novel virus, which has recently been reported to have re-emerged in China's Wuhan, with the authorities confirming a new cluster of infections there after the country eased lockdown measures in early April.

イギリス大使館内に「ベネズエラ再建室」を極秘設置 政府転覆活動

イギリスの新進気鋭ジャーナリストが、情報開示法に基づき外務省文書を入手したところ、在ベネズエラのイギリス大使館内に「ベネズエラ再建室」が極秘に設置され、イギリスの現職外相、元駐在大使らがメンバーとして名を連ね、人望のない自称ベネズエラ大統領Juan Guaidoをはじめベネズエラの反政府活動家らと「イギリスの利権保持について」頻繁に会合を重ねていることが暴露された。

1本目は記事原文、2本目は記者の発言。



Revealed: Secretive British unit planning for ‘reconstruction’ of Venezuela
John McEvoy
13th May 2020
https://www.thecanary.co/exclusive/2020/05/13/revealed-secretive-british-unit-planning-for-reconstruction-of-venezuela/
(リンク先に外務省文書のコピーあり)

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have exposed a secretive Foreign Office unit aimed at the ‘reconstruction’ of Venezuela. The files also reveal private discussions between Venezuelan opposition figures and UK officials, detailing proposals for the promotion of British business after a planned coup.
UK support for coup attempt in Venezuela

Over the past 16 months, the UK government has consistently supported Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaidó’s attempts to topple the elected government of president Nicolás Maduro.

In late January 2019, for example, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) urged the Bank of England to grant Guaidó access to £1.2bn of Venezuelan gold reserves.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has also pledged some £40m of ‘humanitarian assistance’ to Venezuela, but it has refused to reveal where this assistance is going.
‘Venezuela Reconstruction Unit’

In January 2020, Guaidó travelled to London to meet with UK government officials and shore up international support for his flailing efforts to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act offer details of his visit, and reveal the existence of a specialist unit within the FCO dedicated to the ‘reconstruction’ of Venezuela.

On his visit, Guaidó met with foreign secretary Dominic Raab, minister for the Americas Christopher Pincher, and director for the Americas Hugo Shorter.

Notably, the list also includes “Head [of the] Venezuela Reconstruction Unit, FCO”, John Saville. The existence of this unit has never been publicly acknowledged by either the FCO or Saville, who was formerly UK ambassador to Venezuela (2014-2017). Saville’s biography on the UK government’s website, for instance, bears no mention of the unit.

When asked what the purpose of the Venezuela Reconstruction Unit is and why its existence had not been revealed, an FCO spokesperson told The Canary:

The UK is committed to working with international partners to bring an end to the appalling crisis in Venezuela.

The FCO’s Venezuela Reconstruction Unit was set up in Autumn 2019 to coordinate a UK approach to international efforts to respond to the dire economic and humanitarian situation in Venezuela.

This response is virtually indistinguishable from UK government public messaging on Venezuela. Three weeks before Guaidó’s arrival, Saville shared an FCO statement declaring:

The United Kingdom underlines its support for interim constitutional President Guaidó and his efforts to lead Venezuela towards a peaceful and democratic resolution of the appalling crisis the country is facing [emphasis added].

Saville was a central figure in organising Guaidó’s visit and, by January 2020, plans were already underway for a violent incursion into Venezuela by US and Venezuelan mercenaries – a plan which, according to the US mercenary in charge, was signed off by Guaidó himself. Indeed, the full contract leaked to the Washington Post names Guaidó as “Commander in Chief” of the entire operation. Guaidó has denied involvement.

This was not the first scandal of its type. In February 2019, Guaidó was assisted over the Venezuelan border by a Colombian narco-paramilitary cartel before attending an ‘aid’ concert organised by Richard Branson. Funds raised by this concert were then reportedly embezzled by the Venezuelan opposition, and food packages were left to rot.

The UK government’s commitment to bringing “an end to the appalling crisis in Venezuela” through a secretive FCO unit thus seems, to put it lightly, insincere.

The existence of the unit also raises a more fundamental question: What business does the UK government have in the “reconstruction” of a sovereign nation? The people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria may have something to say about this.
‘Gang busters’

Private discussions surrounding Guaidó’s visit to London also reveal the importance that the FCO and Venezuelan opposition figures placed in sympathetic media attention.

On 17 January, an official notes that an unnamed media company in London “wants [Guaidó] to come into the office for a roundtable with their editors and they could do a special feature on the resurrection”.

Another unnamed official boasts on 21 January 2020 that: “This [visit] has gang busters”, meaning a massive impact: “Now CNN International wants to be squeezed in between BBC and FT.”

Private discussions with Guaidó’s UK representative

Another Freedom of Information request can reveal private discussions between Guaidó’s UK representative, Vanessa Neumann, and UK government officials.

“I would like to request a meeting with Secretary Raab, as soon as feasible,” Neumann wrote to FCO officials in July 2019:

I understand he was the FCO’s legal liaison to the ICC [International Criminal Court] for years, and his family background is almost identical to mine and Madeleine Albright’s

In July 2019, Neumann also described meeting former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright as “a dream come true for me: meeting my teenage idol… Now I hope to glean some of her wisdom to help me fight for Venezuela’s freedom.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has described Neumann’s “teenage idol” as “one of the most deranged and bloodthirsty warmongers to occupy a high government position in decades”. In 1996, for instance, Albright told PBS News that the deaths of “half a million [Iraqi] children” resulting from US economic sanctions were “worth it”.

The parallels with Venezuela are particularly concerning. Neumann consistently encourages “strong targeted sanctions” against Venezuela which, according to the Centre for Economic and Policy Research, “killed 40,000 people… between 2017 and 2018”. More recently, former UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas estimated that this number likely exceeds 100,000.

In May 2019, Neumann wrote to FCO officials that she had “reached out to Rory Stewart at DFID for a meeting that will… sustain British business in Venezuela’s reconstruction [emphasis added]”. This suggests the very nature of British ‘reconstruction’ of Venezuela: garnering favourable conditions for British business. And one can only guess at what these “British business” interests might be within a country that reportedly sits on the world’s largest proven oil reserves.

Indeed, in September 2019, Neumann was reportedly secretly recorded “surrendering Venezuela’s claim to the disputed Essequibo region in exchange for political support from the UK government”.

Also in May 2019, meanwhile, Neumann privately encouraged the FCO to publicly “pronounce itself in support of our democratic forces, your partners… before my interview on BBC World Service to discuss the matter in one hour”.

Later the same day, Neumann was reassured by an FCO official that “the Foreign Secretary [Jeremy Hunt] has just tweeted” in support of Edgar Zambrano, who was charged with treason, conspiracy, civil rebellion, usurpation of responsibilities, criminal association, and public instigation to disobey the law after joining an armed coup attempt.

The private discussions between Neumann and FCO officials also entail “Venezuela debt restructuring” and a ‘new Venezuela military attaché’, though these conversations have been redacted almost entirely.

“We are consistent in our view that Maduro is illegitimate”, the FCO’s Latin America department head Nigel Baker assured Neumann in May 2019, “and in our support for Juan Guaido”.

“Excellent. Thank you, Nigel,” responded Neumann. “We appreciate your support, which is critical for us now and in our reconstruction.” Elsewhere, Neumann praises Britain’s “historic role in concepts of liberty and justice (I used to teach political philosophy, and particularly loved the British thinkers)”.
Asymmetrica

Neumann is also the CEO of Asymmetrica Limited, a “strategic communications” firm whose website dons quotes from Henry Kissinger.

Alongside Neumann, the names Alec Bierbauer and Michael Marks were listed in 2015 as co-directors of Asymmetrica. Both are closely connected to the US military and intelligence services. Bierbauer was a central figure in the development of Washington’s drone warfare programme. Marks, meanwhile, “has worked around the world within the US intelligence and special operations community, a career that stretches from the jungles of Nicaragua to the mountains of Afghanistan”.

In 2018, Bierbauer and Marks published a book entitled Predator Rising: How a Team of Renegades Broke Rules, Shattered Barriers, and Launched a Drone Warfare Revolution. The book offers “the inside story of how a CIA agent and an Air Force officer joined forces to develop America’s most powerful tool in the War on Terror”.

In this light, Asymmetrica’s name appears to be a reference to the Asymmetrical Wafare strategies developed after 11 September 2001, and now being exported to Venezuela.

As Guaidó’s UK representative, Neumann’s proximity to people connected to the CIA and US armed forces is likely to raise eyebrows. Indeed, in 2017, Neumann told then-CIA director Mike Pompeo that “regime change [in Venezuela] looks to be – we hope – imminent or spiralling down”.

Curiously, Asymmetrica recently partnered with a California-based loan firm, offering loans to US-based businesses worth up to $5m. This seems to be quite a departure from typical ‘ambassadorial’ duties, particularly given these loans are offered exclusively to US companies. Neumann’s latest venture also raises questions regarding the collection of funds for the Venezuelan opposition, which has long been an issue clouded by murky waters.

Asymmetrica did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did Neumann.
UK contribution to coup efforts

The existence of a secretive Venezuela Reconstruction Unit within the FCO, combined with the FCO’s private discussions with Guaidó’s UK representative, seems to demonstrate the extent to which the UK government is committed to the overthrow of the Venezuelan government.

These documents also suggest that ‘regime change’ in Venezuela is following the typical procedure: the countries that contribute most during the destabilisation phase can expect to share the financial spoils in the ‘reconstruction’ phase.



Secret Unit in UK Foreign Office Working With Venezuelan Coup Plotters Exposed by Indy Journalist
Opinion
07:00 GMT 15.05.2020
by Mohamed Elmaazi
https://sputniknews.com/analysis/202005151079303943-secret-unit-in-uk-foreign-office-working-with-venezuelan-coup-plotters-exposed-by-indy-journalist/

ターゲットは呼吸器系ではなく全身の血管か「飽食の時代に対するウイルスからの警鐘」 フェイク・ニュース

コロナウィルスを原因とする病気で血管炎を起こすことは、かな~り昔から知られている既知の知見です。
https://www.google.com/search?q=site:nlm.nih.gov+(influenza+OR+%22coronavirus%22)+AND+Vasculitis&ei=sWe-XtOLDYzr-Qanh4bQCQ&start=0&sa=N&ved=2ahUKEwiTqN_NzbXpAhWMdd4KHaeDAZo4FBDy0wN6BAgLEC4&biw=1247&bih=600

それを、あたかも新型コロナで初めて発見された恐い症状であるかのように報道するのは、フェイク・ニュースです。そもそも重篤化する患者は、感染者のうちごく僅か。

「嘘」と「過度の誇張」と「連呼」。対イラク戦争の時の大量破壊兵器疑惑と同じ世論操作の手法。

誰の発言かと思ったら、ファウチじゃん(爆)。

血管炎にはビタミンC。余計なこと考えずにビタミンCを沢山飲みなさい。



ターゲットは呼吸器系ではなく全身の血管か「飽食の時代に対するウイルスからの警鐘」
5/14(木) 17:00配信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200514-00142176-fnnprimev-int

全貌が分からぬ恐ろしい病気

「このウイルスが引き起こす病気について私は全てを理解しているとは言えないというこ とを率直に認めたい。」
“I am very careful and hopefully humble in knowing that I don't know everything about this disease”

現地12日、ワシントンの上院で証言したアメリカ国立アレルギー・感染症研究所のファウチ所長の言葉である。出現してからまだそれ程間がないということもあるのだろうが、10 万人に迫らんとする死者と100 万人を遥かに超える患者を出してもなお全貌が分からないとは恐ろしい病気である。

ファウチ所長はまた「ワクチンが悪い結果を引き起こす恐れだってある。ワクチンが効くか効かないか、効くとしていつまで持続するのか良くわからない。」
“Where certain vaccines can actually enhance the negative effect of the infection. The big unknown is efficacy, will it be present or absence and how durable will it be?”

「何度も言ったことだが、このウイルスがいつの間にか消え去ることは無い。それほど感染力が強いからで、仮に一旦制御できたとしても、地球上の何処からかいつかまた戻ってくる。」
“When you talk about will this virus just disappear? And as I've said publicly many times, that is just not going to happen because it's such a highly transmissible virus, and even if we get better control over the months it is likely that there will be virus somewhere in this -- on this planet that will eventually get back to us.“

と改めて警告を発した。
アメリカでもそして日本でも現在の流行は一旦収まる方向に向かい始めているように見える。しかし、言うまでもないことだが、油断は禁物と肝に銘じなければならない。

主にヒトの呼吸器系を攻撃すると見られていたこの新型コロナウイルスが、時にサイトカイン・ストームと呼ばれる免疫機能の暴走を引き起こし、心疾患や脳障害等でヒトを死に至らしめる恐れがあるなど「わからぬことが多過ぎる」と 5日掲載の拙稿に書いた。 この稿は、その続編とも言うべきものである。

ウイルスのターゲットは全身の血管?

確かに、この新型ウイルスが最初に感染するのは主にヒトの鼻や口・喉の粘膜からで、それがまず呼吸器系を侵し始めるのは間違いないようである。しかし、最近では、このウイル スのメイン・ターゲットは実は呼吸器系ではなく、呼吸器系も含む全身の血管ではないかと いう見方が強まっているらしい。 ウイルス学が専門の増田道明教授(獨協医科大学)に再びご登場いただいた。

増田教授;
「新型コロナウイルスで亡くなった患者さんの病理解剖は、感染を恐れて行われないことが多い。重症化のメカニズムが良く分からないのはその為でもある。しかし、最近になってようやく、病理解剖に関する論文が報告されるようになってきた。その内容から示唆されるのは、血液中に移行したこのウイルスが血管の内壁の細胞(内皮細胞)に感染し、すると内皮細胞が傷ついて炎症が起こる可能性だ。その結果、そこで血が固まったり(血栓症)、その血の塊が流れて行って他の臓器の血管が詰まってしまったり(塞栓症)すると思われる。例えば、エコノミークラス症候群は、じっと座っていると脚の血流が滞って血栓ができ、それが流れて行って肺の塞栓症が起こる病気で急に呼吸困難が起こる。新型コロナの場合も、肺炎による呼吸困難だけでなく、肺塞栓症のせいで突然呼吸困難が起こる可能性があるようだ。脳の血管が詰まれば脳梗塞、心臓なら心筋梗塞、腎臓なら腎不全というように、 この病気・COVID-19 で見られるいろいろな症状や合併症はウイルス感染によって血栓症 や塞栓症が起こることで説明できるかもしれない。」

となると、従来から重症化のメカニズムと言われていたサイトカイン・ストームとの関係 はどうなるのだろう。

増田教授;
「サイトカインが過剰産生されると、それによって血管内皮細胞が傷つけられ、 血栓ができやすくなることは従来から知られている。従って、ウイルスだけでなく、サイト カイン・ストームも血管炎や血栓・塞栓症を引き起こしている可能性がある。逆に、血管が傷つくことがサイトカイン・ストームの引き金になっている可能性もあり、卵と鶏のような関係かもしれない。その結果、いろいろな臓器で血栓症や塞栓症が起こって血液が行き渡らなくなり多臓器不全に陥るため、最悪の場合、死に至るということが考えられる。」

高齢者は動脈硬化があったり、肥満の人は血中の脂質が多かったりで、血栓ができやすいという。糖尿病患者なども既に血管にダメージを受けている人が多いらしい。こうしたリスク・基礎疾患のある人が比較的重症化しやすいのはやはりこのウイルスが血管を標的にするからだと考えると説明がつくのかもしれない。一方で子供や若者に感染しても無症状や軽症が多いのは血管が綺麗で血栓ができにくいからとも考えられるという。


「飽食の時代に対するウイルスからの警鐘」

年齢と共に、体のあちこちにガタがくるのは避けられないのだが、血栓ができやすい体質だったり、血栓ができてしまったりしたら、もう打つ手は無いのだろうか。

増田教授;
「体のどこかで血栓ができると D ダイマーという物質の数値が上ってくるのが 血液検査でわかる。そういうケースでは、血液が固まるのを抑える薬や、できてしまった血栓を溶かす薬などを使って、血管を詰まりにくくすることは可能である。実際、新型コロナ ウイルス感染症の重症患者にもこういった薬が使われ、奏効している例はあるようだ。」

「だから、理想を言えば、普段から食生活に配慮したり、運動を心がけたりして、高脂血症や肥満を防ぐことが望まれる。それがこの病気の重症化予防に繋がる可能性もある。70 年代に比べると現在の世界の肥満率は3倍になっていると聞く。もしかすると、この病気・ COVID-19 は飽食の時代に対するウイルスからの警鐘と言えるかもしれない。」

死亡率と肥満率の関係

ちなみにアメリカの成人の肥満率は 30%以上、ヨーロッパも20%を超えていると言われる。対して日本は4%台。欧米に比べ日本の死者が圧倒的に少ないのは、この肥満率も関係すると見る向きは少なくない。

もしも肥満防止がこの病気の重症化の予防になるなら、病院に行かなくとも比較的簡単 にトライできるのは有難いと考えるべきなのだろう。 また、感染して入院したり、ホテルや自宅で隔離・療養になった場合などには、エコノミ ークラス症候群の予防で言われるように適切な水分補給も役に立つのかもしれない。

更に、開発が進むワクチンが効くか効かぬか不明とのファウチ所長の懸念について、増田教授は「エイズウイルス(HIV)やC型肝炎ウイルスは感染して抗体ができてもウイルスを 排除できない。そしてどちらもワクチンの実用化に成功していない。ファウチ所長は HIV の研究に長年携わっており、ワクチン開発の難しさを知っているのだろう。」という。

そして「『ワクチンが悪い結果を引き起こす恐れ』というのは、デング熱ワクチンのことを言っているのかもしれない。一度実用化されたのだが、接種後にデングウイルスに感染すると重症化してデング出血熱になってしまう人が出てしまった。ワクチンでわざわざ作っ た抗体が却って悪さをする抗体依存性感染増強という現象が疑われた。新型コロナウイル スのワクチンについても、効果だけでなく副作用や安全性を十分検証しながら開発してい くことが肝要だ。」という。

第二波への備え

副作用について言えば、ワクチンだけではなく治療薬に関しても分からないことが多く、 楽観を戒めるべきというが、文字数の関係でこの稿では詳細は割愛する。

最近になって世界では既存薬の転用や新しい簡易検査キットが承認され始めている。こうした現代の科学技術がこの病気の重症化の予防に威力を発揮すれば、いずれやって来ると言われる第二波による直接被害を最小限に食い止めることが期待できる。そうなれば 経済被害の一層の深刻化も避けられる。 その時までに、このウイルスとそれが引き起こす病気の全貌が明らかになり、政府と関係業界が具体的で効果的な対応策を一致協力してまとめ実行に移していることを願いたい。

そうでなければ、ファウチ所長が警告するように「より多くの感染とより多くの死という有害な結果をもたらす。」恐れが出てくるからである。
“If you do not do an adequate response, we will have the deleterious consequence of more infections and more deaths.” 

サウジ作家 サウジ人はパレスチナ問題に対する関心を失った

サウジの世論はパレスチナに対する関心を失った。パレスチナは負けた。パレスチナと関係しても、サウジに何の利益もない。イスラエルと外交関係を樹立したトルコは経済発展した。イスラエルは先進(科学技術を持った)国で、付き合えばサウジに利益がある。同様にアラブ連盟にも関心がない。

・・・30年前くらいから行動で露骨に示していたので、知ってた速報。




Saudi writer claims public is 'indifferent' to Palestinian cause - report
"Israel is an advanced country and we can benefit from it. [When] Turkey established relations with Israel, it experienced great progress," he said.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
MAY 15, 2020 07:21
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/saudi-writer-claims-public-is-indifferent-to-palestinian-cause-report-628111

Saudi writer Abdulhamed al-Ghobain gave an interview with BBC Arabic TV on May 10 in which he states that the Saudi public is no longer interested in the Palestinian cause or Arab interests, according to MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute).

The Saudi writer claims that within public opinion the Palestinians have effectively "lost" and failed to contribute, adding that their actions in general are "governed by their feeling: to which apparently the Saudi government and its people do not agree with.

“I am talking about public opinion. There is a deluge [of opinions] against the Palestinian cause. It is no longer just public support for normalization and building ties with Israel," Ghobain said.

"[Our] public has turned against the Palestinians in general. Unfortunately, the Palestinians have lost. The Palestinians have not contributed anything. We can say that they are emotional people whose behavior is governed by their feelings.”

Ghobain continued by elaborating that it is within Saudi Arabia's "strategic interest" and "economic interests" to keep channel open with Israel and continue the dialogue towards normalization and "maintain real relations with Israel."

"Israel is an advanced country and we can benefit from it. [When] Turkey established relations with Israel, it experienced great progress," he said.

However, Ghobain explained that the Saudi public opinion is not only lacks interest in the Palestinian cause, but with the Arab League "in general," adding this stance is beneficial in "keeping with their interests" to formulate ties with Israel.

“If you came to Saudi Arabia and conducted a survey – even among middle school and high school students – they will tell you that not only are they indifferent to the Palestinian cause, but the people in Saudi Arabia no longer care about Arabs as a whole.

“These opinions have been voiced very loudly in Saudi Arabia for the past two years. At first, it was said quietly, but now this voice is very loud. People say out in the open that they do not care about the Palestinian cause and about the Arabs in general, and that we must steer our relations in keeping with our interests," Ghobain said.

米英で高齢者死亡が多い理由は、老人ホームにコロナ患者を詰め込む行政命令

米国では、病院から退院したばかりのコロナ患者を老人施設に強制的に受け入れさせていた。カリフォルニア州ではコロナ死の40%が、ペンシルベニア州では60%が老人施設で発生していた。

イギリスでも全く同じ話があった。

コロナは悪意を持って人為的に作られた危機。全部インチキ。

(↓原文記事にはリンクが張ってある。)


How States Turned Nursing Homes Into ‘Slaughter Houses’ By Forcing Them to Admit Discharged COVID-19 Patients
Why did states order nursing homes to take in COVID-19 infected residents? F.A. Hayek's "fatal conceit" might hold the answer.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Jon Miltimore
https://fee.org/articles/how-states-turned-nursing-homes-into-slaughter-houses-by-forcing-them-to-admit-discharged-covid-19-patients/

At an April 23 press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded indignant when a reporter asked if anyone had objected to New York’s policy of forcing nursing homes to admit recently discharged COVID-19 patients.

“They don’t have the right to object,” Cuomo answered before the reporter finished his question. “That is the rule, and that is the regulation, and they have to comply with it.”

New York isn’t the only state to adopt a policy ordering long-term care facilities to admit COVID-19-infected patients discharged from hospitals. New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California—three states also hit particularly hard by the novel coronavirus—passed similar policies to free up hospital beds to make room for sicker patients.

The practice is coming under increased scrutiny by health experts and family members of deceased patients who say the orders needlessly put the most susceptible populations at risk.

“The whole thing has just been handled awfully ... by everybody in regard to nursing homes,” said Kathleen Cole, a nurse who recently lost her 89-year-old mother who lived at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, New York. “It’s like a slaughterhouse at these places.”

Cole, who shared her story with the Bucks County Courier Times, told the paper her mother, Dolores McGoldrick, became infected with COVID-19 on April 2 after Ferncliff re-admitted a resident who had been discharged in late March. Two weeks later her mother, a former school teacher, was dead.

McGoldrick is one of nearly five thousand COVID-19 victims who died in New York nursing homes, according to new figures from The New York Times. New York’s high nursing home death toll is not an outlier. California recently released data showing that some 40 percent of California’s COVID-19 fatalities have come from eldercare homes. In Pennsylvania, nursing homes account for 65 percent of COVID-19 deaths. Both states, like New York, had orders in place that required nursing homes to admit recently released COVID-19 patients.

These results are not surprising to some. Health experts and trade associations had warned early on that forcing nursing homes to take on newly discharged COVID-19 patients was a recipe for disaster, noting that such facilities didn’t have the ability to properly quarantine the infected.

“This approach will introduce the highly contagious virus into more nursing homes. There will be more hospitalizations for nursing home residents who need ventilator care and ultimately, a higher number of deaths. Issuing such an order is a mistake and there is a better solution,” American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson announced in March after New York’s order went into effect.

David Grabowski, a professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School, sounded incredulous when asked about the policy.

“Nursing homes are working so hard to keep the virus out, and now we’re going to be introducing new COVID-positive patients?” Grabowski told NBC.

Richard Mollot, executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition in New York, echoed that sentiment.

“To have a mandate that nursing homes accept COVID-19 patients has put many people in grave danger,” Mollot told the Bucks County Courier Times.

The question, of course, is why states began ordering nursing homes to take in COVID-19 infected residents. The one thing we know of COVID-19, and have known from the beginning, is that the virus is particularly deadly for the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

State leaders will have to answer that question themselves. But one answer might be that central planning is inherently irrational.

The Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek observed that the problem with trying to centrally plan economies and other complex social orders is that central planners cannot possibly access, comprehend, and weigh the vast amount of information relevant to their sweeping decisions.

The only way to cope with this “knowledge problem” is by bringing to bear the special knowledge that each individual has about the matters he or she is intimately familiar with. And that can only happen through decentralized processes, like the market price system.

This lesson has been lost on many, but particularly so on politicians and bureaucrats who imagine they possess the knowledge to design a more perfect social order. As Hayek famously explained in The Fatal Conceit:

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. To the naive mind that can conceive of order only as the product of deliberate arrangement, it may seem absurd that in complex conditions order, and adaptation to the unknown, can be achieved more effectively by decentralizing decisions and that a division of authority will actually extend the possibility of overall order. Yet that decentralization actually leads to more information being taken into account.

This is why individuals are more competent decision-makers about their own affairs than governments. For this reason, a society that removes decision-making from individuals and places it in the hands of central planners invites disorder and endangerment, the economist Thomas Sowell has observed.

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong," wrote Sowell.

Media were quick to describe the nursing home tragedy as a “market failure,” pointing out that 70 percent of nursing homes in the US are for-profit. This is hardly a market failure, however. Long-term care facilities saw the danger and warned public officials what would happen.

What were they told?

“That is the rule, and that is the regulation,” Cuomo told them, “and they have to comply with it.”

Gov. Cuomo and other officials responsible for these policies are guilty of Hayek’s fatal conceit. In their hubris, they presumed to know enough to centrally plan a complex society’s response to a complex pandemic, and to know more than individuals with local knowledge, industry expertise, and skin in the game, like the elder care experts and businesspeople who tried to warn policymakers about the disastrous effects the policy would have.

This presumption may stem from another kind of conceit: the dictatorial arrogance on display when Cuomo indignantly insisted that unquestioning compliance was the only appropriate response to his mandate.

Tragically, that conceit was quite literally fatal for many of the most vulnerable members of society.

Jonathan Miltimore is the Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writing/reporting has appeared in TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, and Fox News.

トランプ氏、中国のコロナ対応に「心底失望」 関係断つ可能性も示唆

国内で流通している医薬品の原材料の80%を中国に依存している国が、断交できるんですか?やれるものならやってみろ。ばーか(笑)



トランプ氏、中国のコロナ対応に「心底失望」 関係断つ可能性も示唆
5/14(木) 20:10配信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200514-00000126-reut-cn

5月14日、トランプ米大統領は、FOXビジネス・ネットワークとのインタビューで、中国には非常に失望したと発言した。ホワイトハウスで13日撮影(2020年 ロイター/Kevin Lamarque)

[ワシントン 14日 ロイター] - トランプ米大統領は14日、新型コロナウイルスを巡る中国の対応に非常に失望したと述べるとともに、現時点で習近平国家主席との対話は望んでいないとし、中国と関係を断つ可能性も示唆した。

【写真記事】行き場失ったクルーズ船、マニラ湾に群れなし停泊

トランプ大統領はFOXビジネス・ネットワークとのインタビューで「中国には非常に失望した。中国は(新型コロナの流行を)なすがままに任せるべきではなかった」と言明。「せっかく素晴らしい通商合意を結んだのに、今はそう感じられない。協定署名のインクが乾かないうちに新型コロナの感染が広がったからだ」とし、新型コロナのパンデミック(世界的大流行)が米中通商合意に暗い影を落としているという認識を示した。

米中は今年1月に「第1段階」の通商協定で署名したが、その直後に新型コロナの感染が拡大した。

習近平国家主席との関係は良好だが「今は彼と話したくない」とし、通商協定の再交渉には関心がないと強調した。

さらに、中国に対し「われわれには多くの措置を講じることが可能だ。関係を完全に断ち切ることもできる」と発言。中国から年間輸入額に言及し、「関係を断絶すれば、5000億ドルを節約できる」とも言明した。

また、トランプ大統領は新型コロナについて、発生源よりも中国の対応を重視するとし「ウイルスの発生源が研究所だろうがコウモリだろうが、中国であることに間違いはない。中国はそれを阻止すべきだったし、できたはずだ」とした。

ムニューシン米財務長官はフォックス・ビジネス・ネットワークとのインタビューで「大統領は非常に懸念しており、全ての選択肢を検討している。ウイルスが米国の経済や雇用、国民の健康にもたらす影響をわれわれは心配している。大統領は米国の雇用と労働者を守るため全てのことを行う」と強調した。

さらに「非常に難しく複雑な問題で、より多くの情報が必要であることを大統領は明確にしている」とし、何が起こっているかを中国側はわれわれに理解させなかったが、米国民には全ての事実を知って理解する権利があると指摘した。

一方、シンクタンクの戦略国際問題研究所(CSIS)のスコット・ケネディー氏は、トランプ大統領の発言を「危険な虚勢」と指摘。「対話を避けることは、世界的な協調が必要とされる危機の解消において効果的な戦略ではない。ましてや中国との経済関係の断絶は米経済に大きな打撃を及ぼす」と警鐘を鳴らした。

ロシア北極圏産の原油は超超高品質の軽質油

Taymyr PeninsulaのVostok原油は、硫黄分含有率が概ね0.14%と高品質なので、かなりのプレミアムが付くとRosneftスポークスマンが発表。

Rosneft Expects to Sell Oil From Arctic Project Vostok Oil With Significant Premium
20:09 GMT 12.05.2020
https://sputniknews.com/russia/202005121079285667-rosneft-expects-to-sell-oil-from-arctic-project-vostok-oil-with-significant-premium/

9/11国防総省墜落機の犯人を支援したサウジ外交官が特定された

FBIが間違えて公開してしまった、ということにされているが、昨今の米国サウジ関係悪化を背景に、「わざと」リークされたものではないかと思う。


FBI 'Mistakenly' Releases 9/11 Bombshell In Court: Key Saudi Diplomat Who "Tasked" Hijackers Named
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 05/13/2020 - 17:45
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/fbi-mistakenly-releases-911-bombshell-court-key-saudi-diplomat-link-hijackers-named

コロナ 濃厚接触するユダヤ教正統派の様子をご覧下さい 警察介入も意に介さず

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Hasidic Jews ignore social distancing rules during coronavirus lockdown as hundreds gather to mark festival despite previous Covid-19 rates being six times higher among Jewish people

Crowd of around 300 were spotted marking Lag B'Omer in Stamford Hill
Comes despite PM saying one person can only meet on other outside household
Last month, police broke up a wedding of 40 Hasidic Jews in Golders Green

By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline and Jake Wallis Simons, Associate Global Editor
Published: 22:27 BST, 12 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8313205/Hasidic-Jews-ignore-social-distancing-rules-coronavirus-lockdown.html

記事にほかの写真あり。

ロックダウン政策推進派の顔ぶれ ビル・ゲイツ 製薬会社

イギリスでロックダウン政策を推進した人物に関する考察
その1
Who controls the British Government response to Covid–19?
by Vanessa Beeley
Wednesday, 22nd April 2020
https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/who-controls-british-government-response-covid19-part-one


先に、誰にも査読されていない独自の報告書をもとにロックダウン政策を政府に進言した著名な学者が、自身がコロナ感染治癒後すぐ自宅に愛人を連れ込み濃厚接触していたことが明らかになり批判された。

実はこの人物は、過去20年の間に動物感染症を理由に、誇張された危険を連呼し、殺す必要のない家畜を大量に殺処分してきた人物である。その結果、小規模な家族経営の酪農家が大量に姿を消し、大規模経営をするEUの企業に取って代わられ、イギリスの農村風景が一変した。

The Imperial CollegeのNeil Fergusson教授にまつわる数々の疑惑に関する告発記事。



その2
COVID–19: The Big Pharma players behind UK Government lockdown
Part 2 of 'Who controls the British Government response to Covid–19?'
by Vanessa Beeley
Wednesday, 6th May 2020
https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/covid%E2%80%9319-big-pharma-players-behind-uk-government-lockdown


学会が支持する統一的見解としての裏付けがないまま、一部の集団が誇張された危険を連呼することで全国民に不自由を敷いているロックダウン政策の背後にうごめく人物と組織に関する告発記事。

ITビジネスの商機拡大を目論む勢力(ビル・ゲイツ)、ワクチン接種の義務化による増収を目指す勢力(大手製薬会社、WHO)、感染症に対する一般人の恐怖心を利用して、国民の個別管理を一気に強めたい勢力(米英政府、ここではイギリス)。

生活に困窮した貧困層が、ビジネス再開許可を得たいがために、安全性検査が不十分な新開発ワクチンを打つことで「行動の自由」「移動の自由」を認める電子許可証を入手する社会が、もうそこまで来ている。



政府のコロナ対策に批判的な学者リストと彼らの発言
12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic
Mar 24, 2020

10 MORE Experts Criticising the Coronavirus Panic
Mar 28, 2020

8 MORE Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic
Apr 17, 2020



スイス・プロパガンダ研究所が取りまとめた新型コロナ情報

Facts about Covid-19
Updated: May 6, 2020; Share on: Twitter / Facebook
Languages: CZ, DE, EN, ES, FI, FR, GR, HBS, HE, HU, IT, JP, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RU, SE, SI, SK, TR
https://swprs.org/a-swiss-doctor-on-covid-19/#latest

Fully referenced facts about Covid-19, provided by experts in the field, to help our readers make a realistic risk assessment. (Regular updates below)

“The only means to fight the plague is honesty.” Albert Camus, The Plague (1947)
Overview

According to data from the best-studied countries and regions, the lethality of Covid19 is on average about 0.2%, which is in the range of a severe influenza (flu) and about twenty times lower than originally assumed by the WHO.

Even in the global “hotspots”, the risk of death for the general population of school and working age is typically in the range of a daily car ride to work. The risk was initially overestimated because many people with only mild or no symptoms were not taken into account.

Up to 80% of all test-positive persons remain symptom-free. Even among 70-79 year olds, about 60% remain symptom-free. Over 95% of all persons show mild symptoms at most.

Up to one third of all persons already have a certain background immunity to Covid19 due to contact with previous coronaviruses (i.e. common cold viruses).

The median or average age of the deceased in most countries (including Italy) is over 80 years and only about 1% of the deceased had no serious preconditions. The age and risk profile of deaths thus essentially corresponds to normal mortality.

In most Western countries, 50 to 70% of all extra deaths occurred in nursing homes, which do not benefit from a general lockdown. Moreover, in many cases it is not clear whether these people really died from Covid19 or from extreme stress, fear and loneliness.

Up to 50% of all additional deaths may have been caused not by Covid19, but by the effects of the lockdown, panic and fear. For example, the treatment of heart attacks and strokes decreased by up to 60% because many patients no longer dared to go to hospital.

Even in so-called “Covid19 deaths” it is often not clear whether they died from or with coronavirus (i.e. from underlying diseases) or if they were counted as “presumed cases” and not tested at all. However, official figures usually do not reflect this distinction.

Many media reports of young and healthy people dying from Covid19 turned out to be false: many of these young people either did not die from Covid19, they had already been seriously ill (e.g. from undiagnosed leukaemia), or they were in fact 109 instead of 9 years old.

The normal overall mortality per day is about 8000 people in the US, about 2600 in Germany and about 1800 in Italy. Influenza mortality per season is up to 80,000 in the US and up to 25,000 in Germany and Italy. In several countries Covid19 deaths remained below strong flu seasons.

Regional increases in mortality may be influenced by additional risk factors such as high levels of air pollution and microbial contamination, as well as a collapse in the care for the elderly and sick due to infections, mass panic and lockdown. Special regulations for dealing with the deceased sometimes led to additional bottlenecks in funeral or cremation services.

In countries such as Italy and Spain, and to some extent the UK and the US, hospital overloads due to strong flu waves are not unusual. In addition, up to 15% of doctors and health workers were put into quarantine, even if they developed no symptoms.

The often shown exponential curves of “corona cases” are misleading, as the number of tests also increased exponentially. In most countries, the ratio of positive tests to tests overall (i.e. the positive rate) remained constant at 5% to 25% or increased only slightly. In many countries, the peak of the spread was already reached well before the lockdown.

Countries without curfews and contact bans, such as Japan, South Korea or Sweden, have not experienced a more negative course of events than other countries. Sweden was even praised by the WHO and now benefits from higher immunity compared to lockdown countries.

The fear of a shortage of ventilators was unjustified. According to lung specialists, the invasive ventilation (intubation) of Covid19 patients, which is partly done out of fear of spreading the virus, is in fact often counterproductive and damaging to the lungs.

Contrary to original assumptions, various studies have shown that there is no evidence of the virus spreading through aerosols (i.e. particles floating in the air) or through smear infections (e.g. on door handles, smartphones or at the hairdresser).

There is also no scientific evidence for the effectiveness of face masks in healthy or asymptomatic individuals. On the contrary, experts warn that such masks interfere with normal breathing and may become “germ carriers”. Leading doctors called them a “media hype” and “ridiculous”.

Many clinics in Europe and the US remained strongly underutilized or almost empty during the Covid19 peak and in some cases had to send staff home. Numerous operations and therapies were cancelled, including some organ transplants and cancer screenings.
Several media were caught trying to dramatize the situation in hospitals, sometimes even with manipulative images and videos. In general, the unprofessional reporting of many media maximized fear and panic in the population.

The virus test kits used internationally are prone to errors and can produce false positive and false negative results. Moreover, the official virus test was not clinically validated due to time pressure and may sometimes react to other coronaviruses.

Numerous internationally renowned experts in the fields of virology, immunology and epidemiology consider the measures taken to be counterproductive and recommend rapid natural immunisation of the general population and protection of risk groups. The risks for children are virtually zero and closing schools was never medically warranted.

Several medical experts described vaccines against coronaviruses as unnecessary or even dangerous. Indeed, the vaccine against the so-called swine flu of 2009, for example, led to sometimes severe neurological damage and lawsuits in the millions.

The number of people suffering from unemployment, psychological problems and domestic violence as a result of the measures has skyrocketed worldwide. Several experts believe that the measures may claim more lives than the virus itself. According to the UN millions of people around the world may fall into absolute poverty and famine.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that the “corona crisis” will be used for the massive and permanent expansion of global surveillance. The renowned virologist Pablo Goldschmidt spoke of a “global media terror” and “totalitarian measures“. Leading British virologist professor John Oxford spoke of a “media epidemic”.

More than 500 scientists have warned against an “unprecedented surveillance of society” through problematic apps for “contact tracing”. In some countries, such “contact tracing” is already carried out directly by the secret service. In several parts of the world, the population is already being monitored by drones and facing serious police overreach.

(以上はサマリーのみ。以下にアップデートされた長文が続く)

ロシアでもコロナ感染拡大

政府高官4人、軍将校400人近くが感染。将校400人については、戦勝記念日に赤の広場で行う予定であったパレードのリハーサルで濃厚接触していたことが、市民によって動画撮影されているとか。

プーチン大統領は、しばらく前から隔離状態で、テレワークで指示を出している。

感染者数は最近急増したが、死者数はそれほどでもないみたいですね。




Putin's Longtime Spokesman Hospitalized With COVID-19
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 09:19
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/putins-longtime-spokesman-hospitalized-coronavirus

Dmitry Peskov, the longtime spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin and one of the most recognizable members of the Russian government - at least to reporters and others who closely follow Russian political news - has been hospitalized with advanced coronavirus symptoms, Russian newswire RIA Novosti reported.



Nearly 400 Russian Cadets Catch Coronavirus After Red Square Rehearsals
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/12/2020 - 13:50
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/nearly-400-russian-cadets-catch-coronavirus-after-red-square-rehersals

On April 16, one day before Vladimir Putin nixed a parade from a celebration marking the 75th anniversary of WWII (which was held on Saturday with a limited display), some 15,000 Russian cadets were rehearsing for their yet-to-be canceled demonstration in Red Square.

Nearly one month later, Russian website Proekt reported on Monday that at least 376 of the cadets contracted coronavirus. The report comes as Russia has the second-fastest rate of infections in the world after the US - with 11,000 new infections registered on Monday.

Via the Moscow Times:

The virus broke out among officers and cadets in at least five elite Russian military academies and one regiment — out of the more than 40 involved — following the parade rehearsals, Proekt cited participants and their relatives as saying.

“That YouTube video filmed by bus drivers was true, my son told me,” an unnamed mother of a naval infantry brigade soldier was quoted as saying, referring to unconfirmed footage of rehearsals outside Moscow which showed crowds of troops gathered in an apparent violation of social distancing guidelines.

The mother of a Defense Ministry Military University cadet said she believes that the officers played a bigger role in spreading Covid-19 than the rehearsals themselves. “Regular cadets have been [quarantined] since mid-March, but officers, cooks and teachers” could go in and out, she was quoted as saying.

食肉工場を検査する保健所職員197人がコロナ感染で職場離脱、120人が自主隔離 米国

一度は閉鎖した食肉工場を、大統領の命令で強制的に再開させてみたものの、労働環境に何らかの配慮をしたわけではない。その食肉工場を検査のため訪れた保健所職員が大量にコロナに感染し、職場を離脱する異常事態に発展している。

・・・もう米国に学ぶものはありません。



As coronavirus spreads in meat plants, nearly 200 USDA inspectors test positive
Lillianna Byington
May 11, 2020
https://www.fooddive.com/news/as-coronavirus-spreads-in-meat-plants-nearly-200-usda-inspectors-test-posi/577616/

Dive Brief

A U.S. Agriculture Department spokesperson told Food Dive that 197 field employees in the Food Safety and Inspection Service ​are absent from work after testing positive for coronavirus and 120 FSIS employees are under self-quarantine due to contact with or exposure to COVID-1​9 as of May 5.
The American
Federation of Government Employees, a union representing 6,500 federal food inspectors, said three inspectors have died in Illinois, Mississippi and New York, Meat and Poultry reported.

"FSIS has taken the unprecedented step of protecting its employees by allowing those inspectors in high-risk health categories to self-certify with their supervisor and excusing them from inspection duties until the risk from COVID-19 decreases or is mitigated," the spokesperson told Food Dive. "Additionally, FSIS now has enough masks and face coverings on hand to keep our inspection personnel supplied for the next few months. Despite these numbers our dedicated personnel are still meeting all of their inspection responsibilities so that consumers can continue to enjoy a safe supply of meat and poultry products."

Dive Insight:

As coronavirus has spread rapidly among meat plants across the country, it's not just the workers that are getting infected. Many people have strongly criticized the industry's response for waiting too long to implement safety precautions and close processing plants as thousands have tested positive for coronavirus and at least 20 workers have died. But the inspectors checking these facilities and their products are not immune to the virus either.

FSIS inspectors are classified as essential workers, so they have continued to travel to monitor these facilities. But as the plants become coronavirus hot spots, reports have shown the inspectors haven't been able to protect themselves adequately.

A FSIS inspector interviewed in Government Executive said moving inspectors exposed to an outbreak at one plant to another location isn't safe because they could then be coronavirus carriers and further the spread.

Last month, Politico reported many of the inspectors were expected to find their own protective gear since USDA wasn't able to secure face masks for all of its workers. In April, USDA said it would give a $50 reimbursement for inspectors to find their own, according to Politico. But now the department says it has enough masks.

Since more than 300 inspectors have either tested positive or self quarantined, that can make it challenging to inspect every plant. Recent closures, however, could make that easier. More than 20 meatpacking plants, including facilities run by Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Smithfield Foods and Cargill​, have closed temporarily or indefinitely following pressure from local authorities and their own workforce. But as plants start to reopen, the smaller FSIS workforce could weigh on meat processors.

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring meat plants as "critical infrastructure" using the Defense Production Act to keep these facilities open and help prevent shortages. But as plants reopen, inspectors will need to travel to them and there is still risk of the virus continuing to spread.

The new executive order puts USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in charge of coordinating with companies to reopen or continue operations during the pandemic. Perdue previously said he anticipated plants would reopen in "days not weeks." Already, a major beef and pork plant for Tyson reopened with limited production last week after nearly 900 of its workers tested positive. A Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where hundreds contracted the virus, also reopened with limited staff last week.

Several labor groups have criticized the USDA, asking if it can't protect its own employees from the virus, how can it protect workers? ​"The health and safety of federal inspectors and plant workers is in the hands of an industry that the administration is now pressuring to stay open, no matter the costs," Paula Schelling, acting president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 45, which represents 6,500 federal food inspectors, said in a release.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration created guidelines calling for distancing and other safety measures, there are no requirements forcing companies to reconfigure facilities. And if inspectors continue to catch the virus traveling from plant to plant, they could risk spreading it themselves, or if even more get sick, then there may not be enough inspectors to properly check each facility. It's just the latest hurdle to challenge the meat industry hit hard during the recent pandemic.

「全てのイスラエル人と米国ユダヤ人はスパイ。米国から蹴り出すべき」とFBIスパイが発言(笑)

ジョージ・パパドポウロスにFBIが貼り付けていたスパイの録音がリークされた。

「全てのイスラエル人と米国ユダヤ人はスパイ。米国から蹴り出すべき」。

「私は1マイル先にいるユダヤ人を嗅ぎつけることができる」。

「(パパドポウロスが付き合っていた)イスラエル大使館勤務のアシスタント女性はロシア出身のユダヤ人。ロシア出身ユダヤ人は全て偽ユダヤ人だ」。

・・・これ、私の発言ではありませんから(爆)。




FBI SPY: Israeli Mossad Spies Need To Be Fu**ing Kicked Out Of USA
May 9, 2020
https://greatgameindia.com/fbi-spy-israeli-mossad-spies-need-to-be-fucking-kicked-out-of-usa/

According to a secret transcript that was just declassified, one of the spies the FBI deployed against George Papadopoulos said that Israelis and U.S. Jews are “all f—ing spies,” referred to them as “f—ing c—suckers,” and said they should all be executed. The declassified transcript published on Tuesday revealed a “confidential human source” (CHS) from the FBI quoted as saying that Israeli Mossad spies need to be fucking kicked out of USA.

The 206-page transcript captured conversation between Papadopoulos and an unidentified CHS, seemingly across one continuous episode on November 26, 2016. George Demetrios Papadopoulos is a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

On October 5, 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about the timing and the possible significance of his contacts in 2016 relating to U.S.–Russia relations and the Donald Trump presidential campaign. He served twelve days in federal prison, then was placed on a 12-month supervised release.

During his supervised release from prison he participated in the filming of a still-unreleased docuseries. In March 2019, Papadopoulos released his book, Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump.

Papadopoulos is code-named “Crossfire Typhoon” (CT) throughout the transcript and referred to as such by an unidentified FBI agent at the beginning of the transcribed recording.

Foreign-policy advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump’s election campaign George Papadopoulos and his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, arrive at U.S. District Court for his sentencing in Washington on Sept. 7, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The CHS is quoted as saying, “No fucking Russians here that aren’t fucking…same with the Israelis they’re all fucking spies. Those fucking cocksuckers. They should execute them all.”

“I can smell an Israeli from a mile away, dude,” said the CHS in another moment. “I can tell you who is fucking Israeli.”

The CHS joked about being extradited to Israel. “Yeah I’m-I’m saying you probably fucking…you’re probably working out a deal with them [Mossad] motherfuckers on me [to] be fucking extradited to Israel.”

When Papadopoulos said he dated an Israeli girl, the CHS disparaged Russian Jews as “fake Jews.”

PAPADOPOULOS: I-I was actually dating a girl, the numb-, the assistant to the number three Israeli Embassy.

CHS: You were dating?

PAPADOPOULOS: Yeah.

CHS: Assistant.

PAPADOPOULOS: She was the assistant.

CHS: What the fuck you were dating her for?

PAPADOPOULOS: She was probably was Mossad and that, that’s why she took a [UI].



PAPADOPOULOS: Russian Jews.

CHS: Russian Jew, those fake Jews.

PAPADOPOULOS: No, but who was born and raised in Israel.

CHS: Yeah, she’s a fake Jew.

The FBI claimed to have begun surveillance of the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016. Papadopoulos told the Daily Caller that the CHS is named Jeffrey Wiseman.

At a meeting in 1996 between the late Pakistani Foreign Minister Sahabzada Yaqub Khan and Henry Kissinger with James Goldsmith, the Pakistani foreign minister was then categorically told by Kissinger to “Look after our Boy #ImranKhan”. Read more 👉 https://t.co/5ZrcKUVTVl pic.twitter.com/cRGlJroUs4

— GreatGameIndia (@GreatGameIndia) October 18, 2019

Last year, one of the most high-profile Israeli spy network in the US was brought down by American intelligence. This secret high-society elite group was recently exposed on the global stage with the arrest of the sex-trafficking kingpin Jeffrey Epstein.

Welcome to the #HellfireClub – an 18th century British secret high-society elite club using perverted sexual desires as a cover to corrupt and infiltrate higher echelons of power in Govt (including India). The source of political sex-scandals.https://t.co/9uHKnSLNZo

— GreatGameIndia (@GreatGameIndia) July 13, 2019

Although, Epstein is portrayed as just another billionaire pedophile, he was actually a high-class Israeli spy. He used perverted sexual desires as a cover to corrupt and infiltrate higher echelons of power in government and businesses (including in India). This is the source of political sex-scandals and video-tapes which surface now and then when someone refuses to obey orders.

米軍参謀複数がコロナ感染または自主隔離、ホワイトハウスのシークレット・サービスは11人感染

大物ではペンス副大統領の側近に感染者が見つかったが、ペンスは自主隔離していないらしい。非常識の米国に学ぶものなし。

米国がきちんと機能しているのかどうか、だんだん心配になってきました。よく知らんけど(笑)。

White House On 'High Alert' As 11 Secret Service Agents Currently Positive For COVID-19
by Tyler Durden
Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:49
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/white-house-high-alert-11-secret-service-agents-currently-positive-covid-19

Joint Chiefs Members Sidelined By COVID-19 As Alarm Grows Over White House Exposure
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 05/11/2020 - 09:50
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/joint-chiefs-staff-members-sidelined-covid-19-alarm-grows-over-white-house-exposure

ドイツでロックダウン反対のデモ続く ドイツ

ロックダウン反対のデモが数週間前から発生し、警察との間で衝突が続いている。

Anti-lockdown Protesters Clash With German Police As Virus Spread Accelerates
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 05/11/2020 - 04:15
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/anti-lockdown-protesters-clash-german-police-amid-virus-spread-accelerating


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUUDJzjywzA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jamK8AhMclc

日本では今のところ、こういうのはない。

ウクライナの地方警察がユダヤ人個人情報の提出を要求 ラビは拒否

ウクライナ西部イワノ・フランキフスク県(?)にあるコロミヤ市の警察署長が、「組織犯罪と民族別ギャングによる越境活動を取り締まるため、全てのユダヤ人およびユダヤ人学生の住所、氏名、携帯番号を提出するよう」要請する書簡をラビに送り、ラビがお断り申し上げると返答したことを、ウクライナ・ユダヤ委員会の世話人(世俗)がツイッターに写真付きで発表した。

コロミヤのユダヤ人人口は約6万人。

・・・ウクライナの過激な民族主義者に軍事支援したのは米国なので(←注目)、基本線として従うのが筋じゃないですか?(笑)米国がロシアから「解放」したウクライナでは、この種の事件が多発しているじゃないですか。遠くの国の小さな事件の一つひとつに、私たちがいちいち同情し共感なければいけないんですか?そんなことはないでしょう。

自力で周囲と良好な関係を保ち、自力で日々発生する事件を解決して下さい。

ラビの書簡は、「ユダヤ人の共同体は、ユダヤ人ギャングを死守します」と宣言しているというふうにも読めるし、遠くに住む第三者としては安直に賛同するわけには参りません(爆)。



警察署長から届いた要請書の写真
https://mobile.twitter.com/edolinsky/status/1259395991272411136/photo/1



‘Open anti-Semitism’: Leaked letter shows Ukrainian police demanded Jews’ names & addresses ‘to fight organized crime’
11 May, 2020 09:53
https://www.rt.com/news/488339-ukraine-police-list-jews/

Outrage is brewing in Ukraine after the leak of an inquiry letter in which the national police demanded the Jewish community in a small city disclose the names and addresses of its members, supposedly to fight organized crime.

The letter was apparently sent in mid-February by a senior police official to Yakov Zalishchiker, the Jewish leader in the city of Kolomyya in the western Ivano-Frankivsk region. The official said he needed to know the names, phone numbers, and addresses of Orthodox Jews and university students “of Jewish ethnicity” who belong to the community.

The data was said to be necessary to fight “transnational and ethnic criminal organizations,” which is the task of the department whose head sent the inquiry. Photo of the letter and Zalishchiker’s written refusal to comply were published on Sunday by Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee.

Ukraine’s National Police department demanded from the Jewish community of Kolomiya to provide police the list of all Jews with addresses and mobile phones and Jewish students in universities with addresses and phones. It is explained as fight against transnational criminal gangs pic.twitter.com/re7foVcgHi
— Eduard Dolinsky (@edolinsky) May 10, 2020

“It’s a total disgrace and open anti-Semitism,” Dolinsky told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “It’s especially dangerous when it comes from a law enforcement agency that we have to fight the very thing it is perpetrating.” The man regularly posts news about honors bestowed on Ukrainian nationalists who slaughtered Jews, Poles, and other ethnic groups, often on behalf of the occupying Nazi forces.

The police demand drags up haunting memories of the Holocaust, several Ukrainian public figures said, expressing outrage after learning about it. “First the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk gives a state funeral to a veteran of the SS-Volunteer Division ‘Galicia’ with people dressed in Nazi uniforms standing around. Now the local police want a list of local Jews,” MP Maks Buzhansky said on Facebook. “What did you expect from them?”

Buzhansky was referring to a January event in the provincial capital. A veteran of the Waffen-SS unit, which was manned by Ukrainian nationalist volunteers and commanded by officers from the dreaded Nazi secret police, was laid to rest. The funeral was attended by top city officials and featured the unit’s flags and uniforms.

Why the honorary funeral of Nazi SS veteran in Ivano-Frankivsk is the satanic ritual? There were 40 thousand Jews out of 50 in this town by 1941. They all were brutally murdered by Nazis and local collaborators. Therefore, it’s double murder, desecration of their sacred memory. pic.twitter.com/kQJJQRczuE
— Eduard Dolinsky (@edolinsky) January 29, 2020

“Why don’t you call yourself ‘auxiliary police’ and add the Wehrmacht logo on the form,” prominent Ukrainian lawyer Andrey Portnov sarcastically suggested. “Those idiots are doomed.”

Kolomyya is home to 60,000 people, but the Jewish community headed by Zalishchiker lists only 81 members. It has been locked in a legal battle with the city authorities over the status of three Jewish cemeteries, one of which dates back to the early 17th century. In 2018, the authorities designated them as city parks. Zalishchiker said the move was meant to legitimize a cross memorial at one of the graveyards, which several nationalist groups erected one year prior.

ラーミー・マフルーフ失脚 シリア

イスラエルがシリア国内にあるイラン拠点を執拗に空爆したあと、イスラエル情報部(の一部)からイランがシリアから兵を撤退させているとする分析が出されたが、米国は兵の移動が観察されるだけで、イランの戦略に何ら変化はないと分析した。

バッシャール・アサド大統領が就任してから二人三脚で歩んできたラーミー・マフルーフRami Makhloufが、シリアの腐敗撲滅キャンペーンの餌食となり、失脚した。政府が彼の側近を逮捕した。

ラーミーは、大統領に善処をお願いする動画をFacebookにアップした。背景は、何の装飾もないがらんとした石の部屋で、明らかに困った表情を示している。

この動画を巡り、米国陣営の諸国からいくつかの憶測(長くてごちゃごちゃした以下の記事)が流されているが、ロシア、イラン、シリアのトライアングルが崩れてくれればいいなぁという願望が最初にありきの分析(というか駄文)になっていて、たぶん彼らが期待する結果にはならないだろう。2011年にそうだったように。

少し別件で、PFLPがイランの傘下に入ったという記事あり。本質的にクリスチャンの組織がシーア派に保護を求めるのは時代の流れ。



Iran-backed militias shuffled around Syria after airstrikes - report
The move comes after a series of airstrikes targeted Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Damascus and the Homs Governorate.
By TZVI JOFFRE
MAY 11, 2020 10:50
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-backed-militias-shuffled-around-syria-after-airstrikes-627605

Iran praises Palestinian PFLP for commemorating Soleimani on Quds Day
Recent praise and PFLP work with Tehran in Lebanon may point to increased Iranian support for the group.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
MAY 10, 2020 11:13
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/iran-praises-palestinian-pflp-for-commemorating-soleimani-on-quds-day-627524

Iran leaving Syria? Not so fast, says US Syria envoy
Reports from Israel last week indicated that some believe Iran is reducing its role.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
MAY 8, 2020 23:23
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-leaving-syria-not-so-fast-says-us-syria-envoy-627410

Misinformation and leaks: The love-hate Russia-Iran relationship in Syria
We will never fully know what Iran and Russia actually think of Assad or each other’s historic role in Syria.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
MAY 7, 2020 20:11
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/misinformation-and-leaks-the-love-hate-russia-iran-relationship-in-syria-627293

The Rami Makhlouf saga poses a dangerous challenge for Assad
May 6, 2020
Danny Makki
https://www.mei.edu/publications/rami-makhlouf-saga-poses-dangerous-challenge-assad

Putin turns against Assad and Iran
Author
Baria Alamuddin
May 10, 2020 20:35
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1672751


A hard lesson for Rami Makhlouf: In Syria, no one can challenge the state
Kamal Alam
Published date: 8 May 2020 10:41 UTC
https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/hard-lesson-makhlouf-syria-no-one-can-challenge-state

This is what the sudden fall of Syrian businessman Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Bashar al-Assad, means
After each internal conflict in Syria, there has been a shift of power – and this is a serious change in the dynamics of the ruling class in Damascus, writes Robert Fisk
Thursday 7 May 2020 15:20
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/voices/syria-putin-assad-russia-rami-makhlouf-isis-syrian-war-a9503081.html

Syria: Major schism over control emerges within Assad family

Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf has publicly hit out at Assad's seizure of his businesses, exposing a rift in the elite's control over the country. Is Russian pressure forcing a change in the ruling family's order?
https://www.dw.com/en/syria-major-schism-over-control-emerges-within-assad-family/a-53341744
Date 05.05.2020
Author Tom Allinson
https://www.dw.com/en/syria-major-schism-over-control-emerges-within-assad-family/a-53341744

Why did Assad family sideline Syrian billionaire?
by Merve Şebnem Oruç
Columns
May 09, 2020 12:05 am GMT+3
by Merve Şebnem Oruç
https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/columns/why-did-assad-family-sideline-syrian-billionaire

Putin turns against Assad and Iran
Author
Baria Alamuddin
May 10, 2020 20:35
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1672751

サウジ 生活費支給を停止、消費税5→15%に引き上げ 6月1日から コロナ

コロナ→経済活動停止→原油売れない→油価下落と負のスパイラルに陥っているサウジ。財務省は11日、6月1日から生活費支給を停止し、また消費税を5%から15%に引き上げると突然発表した。

ARAMCO上場で集まるはずだったカネも集まらず、踏んだり蹴ったりのサウジアラビア。さあ新中東地図が現実のものとなるかどうか注目です。



Saudi Arabia suspending cost of living allowance, raising VAT to mitigate economic impact of COVID-19 crisis
Arab News
May 11, 2020 04:45


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is suspending the cost of living allowance and increasing the value-added tax (VAT) as part of measures to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.

“Cost of living allowance will be suspended as of June first, and the value added tax will be increased to 15% from 5% as of July first,” SPA said, citing statement of the Ministry of Finance.

Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said the twin measures are part of efforts to shore up state finances, which have been battered by low oil prices and the coronavirus crisis.

Al-Jadaan warned last week that Saudi Arabia would have to take "strict and painful measures" to deal with the twin impact of coronavirus pandemic and falling world oil prices.

“We must reduce budget expenditures sharply,” Al-Jadaan said, adding that some government projects may be slowed down to reduce expenditure.

“Current actions taken to date to cut spending are not enough, and Saudi public finances will need more control and the journey ahead is long," he said.

The pandemic has wrecked the global economy, leaving millions out of work, with the US alone reporting more than 20 million people becoming unemployed in April.

Worldwide, the COVID-19 has infected more than 4.18 million people as of early Monday, with the death toll surging to 283,000 since the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China last December.

In Saudi Arabia, the number of infections rose to 39,048 as of Sunday, of which 27,345 were active cases and 11,457 have recovered.

The Health Ministry reported 7 new deaths on Sunday, all expatriates, raising the death toll to 246.

湾岸アラブ3ヶ国がイスラエルとの協力推進に前向き コロナ

バハレーン、UAEと、名前を伏せたもう1ヶ国。過去にイスラエルとの接触で名前が挙がらなかった国だというから、クウェートではないか。

少し前にコロナ対策啓蒙イラストで、イスラエルが湾岸アラブ風の服装を描いた背景が、今日明らかになった。




Three Gulf states seek partnership with Israel to fight coronavirus
Talk of cooperation with Gulf states on fighting coronavirus comes after years of closer ties with Israel
By LAHAV HARKOV
MAY 10, 2020 15:21
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/three-gulf-states-seek-partnership-with-israel-on-fighting-coronavirus-627536


Three Gulf states have reached out to Israel in recent weeks to receive information and assistance in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. The three make up half of the countries that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Bahrain and another Gulf state reached out to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, expressing interest in the hospital's response to the pandemic, and the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United Nations said publicly that her government would be willing to work with Israel on a vaccine.

“I have heard leaders in the Gulf say over and over, ‘with our resources and wealth and Israeli innovation, we can create a vaccine and a cure’…They have seen this pandemic as an opportunity for cooperation between themselves and Israel,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, who has extensive ties in the Persian Gulf as president of the interfaith dialogue organization Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

“There’s an opportunity to join forces here. So many issues transcend politics in the Middle East.”

Schneier and Yoel Hareven, director of Sheba's International Division, said that Bahrain and another Gulf state, which they declined to name, have taken an interest in telemedicine or remote medicine innovations in Israel and the ways the Jewish state has responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We offered them any help they need, even if it’s connecting doctors or nurses, or sending teams to them, sharing logistical knowledge,” Hareven said. “Whatever help we can give our neighbors – we will do it happily.”

Hareven said the unnamed country is “central and different” in the Gulf and is “not one we’re used to hearing about,” adding that Israel is not known to have ties with it, which is why they are keeping a low profile.

“There are a lot of things happening above and below the surface,” Hareven said, noting that the governments in that region are very centralized, which means the contact with Sheba took place with the leaders’ approval.

“They believe very strongly in the connection with Israeli medicine and Israel generally.”

Hareven, recounted that the hospital took part in the US-backed conference in Bahrain last year meant to promote investment in the Palestinian economy with an eye towards peace.

At the time, Schneier connected Sheba’s director, Prof. Yitzhak Kreis and others with leading figure in the Gulf.

“Since then, we have been in touch with some of the people we met there. They plan to come visit us,” in Israel, Hareven said.

“We’re trying to see how to promote medicine in the Gulf states and how medicine can be a bridge between what is happening here and there.”

Hareven called medical matters “the only non-political issue we can agree on.”

UAE AMBASSADOR to the UN Lana Nusseibeh said on Tuesday during a webinar hosted by the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Insider that she is unaware of any current cooperation between her country and Israel, but added: “Our perspective on science and tackling this pandemic is that it shouldn't know borders or boundaries... I’m sure there's a lot of scope for cooperation; I don't think we'd be opposed to it.”

Nusseibeh referred to Israeli scientific research on treatment for COVID-19, calling it “very exciting” and saying there is “potentially room for cooperation here.”

The ambassador said, responding to questions from Channel 13 reporter Barak Ravid: “I think public health space should be an unpoliticized space where we all try to pool our collective knowledge of this virus to improve the lives of many people around the world.”

Talk of cooperation with Gulf states on fighting coronavirus comes after years of closer ties between Israel and those countries, in light of their opposition to Iran and encouragement from the Trump administration.

Last week, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said he’s “very optimistic” about stronger ties between Israel and Gulf states in the coming years, and that they will likely come collectively, from a group of countries, rather than one making the first step.

“Allies with America could also be allies with each other; that’s the natural progression of the relationships,” Friedman said.

The public peak of these growing relations was a workshop titled "Peace to Prosperity" in Bahrain last year, meant to encourage investments in the Palestinian economy, but there have been reports - confirmed by Schneier - that Gulf leaders would be willing to meet with Israel's leadership.

自転車で外国旅行する韓国人が「差別を受けた」と勘違いの批判 コロナ

世界中で旅客機の相互乗り入れを停止しているこの時期に、個人の趣味で自転車世界旅行を楽しんでいる韓国人が、外国で受けた拒否反応について「差別」と表現して批判している。この記事を配信している通信社もニュース・ポータルも非常識。

自分が周囲にどれほどの迷惑をかけているかの自覚が皆無である点は、戦後日本中で治安騒動を起こしておきながら差別、差別と騒ぐ同じ民族集団と共通する。



自転車で世界旅行中の韓国人男性、ギニアで足止め 差別に遭遇も続行へ意欲
5/10(日) 15:04配信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200510-00000017-jij_afp-int&p=2

【AFP=時事】新型コロナウイルスの流行が発生した際、過去2年にわたって世界中を自転車で旅をしていた韓国人のレイモンド・リー(Raymond Lee)さん(33)は、西アフリカの貧困国ギニアで突然立ち往生する羽目になった。

 リーさんは自転車で欧州をめぐり、サハラ(Sahara)砂漠を越えて南下していた際、ギニア政府が新型ウイルス感染拡大抑えるために国境を封鎖した。

 元客室乗務員というもじゃもじゃの長髪頭のリーさんは穏やかな笑顔を浮かべ、「ギニアにいる間に状況が本当に深刻化になった」と語った。

 同国で足止めを食っているリーさんは、沿岸部に位置する同国の首都コナクリで、複数のホテルから繰り返し宿泊を拒否されたという。

 新型ウイルスのパンデミック(世界的な大流行)への偏見による反応だと評するリーさんは電話インタビューで、「私がアジア人だから入れてくれなかった」と話し、7、8軒のホテルから断られたと説明。

「あれはかなりひどかった」「自分の人生で、これまで個人的に人種差別を経験したことがなかった、これが初めてだった」

 豊富な天然資源に恵まれているにもかかわらず、貧困にあえぐギニアでは、脆弱(ぜいじゃく)な保健システムゆえにパンデミックに際して懸念が広がっている。

 人口約1300万人を抱える同国は、アフリカで新型ウイルスの最も被害が大きい国の一つ。

 リーさんは街の路上で、泊まる場所はないかと尋ね回ってみたが、金をだまし取られただけだった。ひと月50ユーロ(約5800円)で居候させてもらう約束をある男と交わしたが、男は金を受け取ると姿をくらましたという。

 泊まる場所もなく、貯金を切り崩して暮らすリーさんは、高級ホテルで部屋を見つけたが、長期間滞在する余裕はなかった。
■人種差別にも動じず

 リーさんがフェイスブック(Facebook)で助けを求めると、あるゲストハウスを紹介され、彼を泊めてくれることになった。リーさんはここに数か月滞在することになるだろうと考えている。



 「ショックではなかった」と話すリーさんは動じることなく、コナクリには良い人が大勢いると話し、世界一周旅行ではもっと深刻な問題が降り掛かかっていたかもしれないと語った。

 また、彼のような自転車で世界をめぐる旅人たちに言及し、「私たちはたくさんの想定外の物事を想定している」と説明。

 今回の窮地は、旅の途上で現実に起こり得る、交通事故や深刻な病気などに比べればましな方だとも話した。

 2018年3月にニュージーランドで旅を始めたリーさんは、ユーチューブ(YouTube)上で日々をつづった動画の投稿を開始。働いて貯金するためにオーストラリアへ渡った後は、欧州へと向かった。

 いつでもどこでも好きな場所で立ち止まることができる「自転車の旅は全世界を旅行するのに最適な方法だ」とリーさんは語る。

 イタリアやスペインで悪戦苦闘しながら山々を越えた後、モロッコへと進み、広大なサハラ砂漠に足を踏み入れた。

 だが過酷な環境にもかかわらず、自転車の旅はスムーズだったという。

「砂漠の真ん中では、何日間、何週間、何か月にもわたって、果てしない地平線以外に何もない」

 現在、リーさんはコナクリのゲストハウスでのんびりと過ごしており、読書をしたり、テレビ番組などを観ているという。

 だが制限が解除されれば、コートジボワールに向かって旅を続ける予定だ。そこからは1年以上をかけ、南アフリカを目指すかもしれないという。

 リーさんは「自分がやれると思う限り、できるだけ多くの国を回りたい」「2年間旅をしてきたが、十分だとは思っていない」と話した。

帰国する難民の大人に200万円、子供に650万円支給 デンマーク

イスラム系の難民増加に頭を悩ませていたデンマークが、国内に留まる難民数を減らすため、とうとう大金のばらまきを始めた。



Danish Immigration Minister Says 'Can Keep Influx at Bay' as More Refugees Leaving Than Arriving
05:00 GMT 06.05.2020(updated 07:32 GMT 06.05.2020) Get short URL
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https://sputniknews.com/europe/202005061079209570-danish-minister-hails-lovely-numbers-as-more-refugees-leaving-the-country-than-arriving/

Syria, Somalia, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina top the list of the countries to which asylum seekers are repatriating.

For the first time in a decade, the number of people with refugee backgrounds leaving Denmark is higher than the number of new arrivals, the country's Integration Ministry reported.

Last year, 1,520 asylum seekers arrived in Denmark. At the same time, 2,250 immigrants with refugee backgrounds emigrated or repatriated back to their home countries, leaving the country with a negative net value of 730. By contrast, in 2015, net immigration to Denmark totalled 16,000.

Integration Minister Mattias Tesfaye, hailed this development and called these numbers “lovely”. According to Tesfaye, the government's policy is that the refugees' stay in Denmark is only temporary. Whenever possible, it is natural for them to return to their home countries.

“I am pleased, first of all, because it shows that we can keep the influx at bay by pursuing a sensible policy in Denmark. But also because there are refugees who would like to receive a bag of money and travel home and rebuild their own country,” Tesfaye told Danish Radio. “I am happy that we can give people protection when there is a need for it. But I am also happy every time a refugee can return home.”

Syria, Somalia, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina top the list of the countries to which asylum seekers are repatriating. By contrast, more were arriving from Eritrea, Iran and Afghanistan than leaving Denmark.

Part of the credit goes to the new repatriation act, which came into force in Denmark last year. The purpose of the law is to make it possible for immigrants to leave the country voluntarily. Apart from covering travel expenses, the Danish state pays DKK 140,000 ($20,300) per adult and DKK 42,000 ($6,100) per child for each asylum immigrant returning to their home country. To make it more attractive to return, Denmark also offers help with schooling and medicine.

“Many Syrians have travelled home voluntarily, and many of them with a bag of money in hand from the Danish state. Hopefully, it can help them establish themselves in their home country and help rebuild it after the civil war,” Tesfaye said.

The minister pledged to further strengthen the repatriation sphere.

“This is one of the reasons why I decided to create a special immigration authority only tasked with helping foreigners without legal residence in Denmark go home,” Tesfaye said.

In recent years, Denmark has been gradually tightening its immigration policy, a process started by the right-of-the-centre “blue” bloc and continued under the current Social Democrat government.

Tesfaye himself is of immigrant background as his father came to Denmark from Ethiopia; he has been a cabinet minister since last June. Before joining the Social Democrats in 2015, he used to represent the now-defunct Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Socialist People's Party.

ドイツで外出禁止を解除したら、コロナ感染が急増 再びロックダウン

German towns BRING BACK lockdown measures after seeing rise in coronavirus infections within days of lifting them

Local authorities postponed lifting lockdown measure after a spike in virus cases
States will reimpose lockdown if new cases his 50 per 100,000 over seven days
Three different regions in Germany have seen new cases surpass that threshold
Towns have postponed reopening restaurants, tourist spots and fitness studios
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Jordan King For Mailonline
Published: 17:46 BST, 8 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8301469/German-towns-bring-lockdown-coronavirus-spike.html

Local authorities in Germany are bringing back lockdown measures after coronavirus infections spiked just days after Angela Merkel started to ease them.

Germany has 16 federal states, with the power to relax restrictions, who have all agreed to reimpose lockdown if new cases hit 50 per 100,000 people over seven days.

The regional government in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populated state, recorded a spike in coronavirus cases after 150 of 1,200 employees tested positive at a slaughterhouse in Coesfeld.

イギリス ロックダウン解除後はテレワークで人口流出 ロンドンの不動産価格10%下落を予想

テレワークの浸透により、従来の「都心の駅近」に住む必要性がなくなり、特に子育て世代を中心に郊外への移住を希望する人が増えている。ある不動産業者は、ロンドン市内の不動産価格が10%ほど下落するとみている。

この記事ではteleworkという表現は一回も使っておらず、愚直にworking from homeと繰り返していた。



Escape to the country: Housebuyers plan rural retreat after lockdown as estate agents see surge of enquiries in 'out of city' locations - from Dorset to Shetland - due to millions working from home

Estate agents have reported a rise in the the number of enquiries they have received in the last few weeks
There has been a rise in buyers asking about prospective homes in Winchester, Newbury and Canford Cliffs
Rightmove said they had seen an increase in searches for properties in Inverness and the Shetlands
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline
Published: 11:04 BST, 8 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8299979/Housebuyers-plan-rural-retreat-lockdown-estate-agents-surge-enquiries.html

トランプは指導者失格を露呈 ビビは自ら事態収拾に乗り出し成功 新型コロナで

世界中の一人ひとりの警官、病院長、スーパーの店長、小さな市の市長さえもが示した、人の上に立つ人間としての責任感を、トランプは何一つ有していないことが露呈した。トランプは米国大統領職に相応しくない。他に2点書いてあるが割愛。

・・・これがエルサレム・ポストが掲載した寄稿。関連記事



The coronavirus revealed Trump's lack of fitness for his job
Middle Israel: Some early political conclusions to draw from the pandemic.
By AMOTZ ASA-EL
MAY 8, 2020 12:46
https://www.jpost.com/international/the-coronavirus-revealed-trumps-lack-of-fitness-for-his-job-opinion-627305

Having raged repeatedly throughout his life, plagues challenged William Shakespeare first as a child, then as an actor, and finally as the playwright who saw epidemics shutter London theaters for an aggregate 78 months during his most prolific decade, as Andrew Dickson noted in The Guardian this week.

Besides Mercutio’s “a plague on both your houses” and a quarantined messenger’s fateful failure to deliver Juliet’s message to Romeo that her suicide was fake, experts suggest Shakespeare wrote entire plays, most notably King Lear, while quarantined and under plague’s depressing weight.
Fortunately, our own pandemic’s impact will be nothing like what Shakespeare endured – a continuum of plagues that haunted successive generations before culminating, 40 years after his death, in the Great Plague of London.

Coronavirus, by contrast, will be eradicated hardly two years since erupting. Then again, its disruptions’ universality, intensity and shock will impact the future far more than previous epidemics, most of which were accepted as divinely delivered and therefore impossible to prevent.

Many pens will be broken in upcoming months in an effort to predict corona’s imprint. Now, however, as the plague’s first phase winds down, this column’s four conclusions are not about the future but about the present.

THE FIRST conclusion is that Donald Trump’s unfitness for his job was exposed in all its gravity.

After greeting the crisis with the fallacy that “it’s one person coming in from China and we have it under control”; and after claiming baselessly “we’re very close to a vaccine”; and after announcing he closed the border with Europe, which he had not, the leader of the free world publicly urged scientists to consider injecting corona patients with bleach or to expose them to ultraviolet light.

And after having thus compelled manufacturers to rush and warn that their disinfectants must not enter human bodies, an ever abrasive Trump told a journalist he had spoken “sarcastically, to reporters like you, just to see what would happen.”

If we thought that this man’s profanities, racism, sexism and habitual bullying were not enough, this served as a reminder that on top of all these he is so frivolous that he simply does not get what is at stake: not the science, not the psychology, and certainly not the poise, reflection, measure, and extreme caution a leader must mix at a time like this.

Instead, Trump has proved he lacks even the basic sense of responsibility that thousands of other leaders around the world, from police officers and hospital directors to supermarket managers and small-town mayors, have displayed in the wake of the plague.

THE SECOND conclusion is that Trump’s perfect inversion in handling the plague was Benjamin Netanyahu.

Initial suspicions that he was overreacting have proven unfounded. Yes, the jury will be out for a long time concerning his political motivation, and yes, Israel brought some advantages, like thick borders, a young population, and experience with emergencies. Even so, the bottom line is that Netanyahu made Israel react more quickly and efficiently than most other countries, and thus avoid Italy’s path and fate.

True, the crisis also underscored well-known problems in Netanyahu’s leadership, like his weakness for media appearances and self-congratulation, and his mental inability to share the limelight with anyone, in this case his own defense minister, at the expense of proper management’s basic demands.

Still, Netanyahu set out to personally manage the crisis, and the bottom line is that Israel emerged from the plague’s first phase with a minimal number of fatalities and one of the world’s lowest rates of infection.

Yes, this column has attacked Netanyahu repeatedly over the past quarter century, and in recent months has been doing so with particular zeal, for well-known reasons. This does not contradict its happiness to give credit where credit is due.

THE THIRD conclusion is about borders.
Two supreme courts, Washington’s and Jerusalem’s, have just held sessions in live broadcast, the latter about the new coalition agreement’s legality, the former about an esoteric appeal by Booking.com concerning its URL’s copyright.

Having come at the height of the pandemic, if even not in its wake (Israel’s move is part of an old plan to broadcast 10 annual sessions), the public’s virtual arrival in democracy’s holy of holies highlighted the growing softness of borders – whether institutional ones, like those partitioning between citizen and judge, or political borders, like those that the virus has so effortlessly crossed.

Like it or not, we live in a world as transparent as water, and the only way to defy this evolution is to create an island as sealed, oppressed and impoverished as North Korea.

And that leads to the pandemic’s fourth and most important early lesson, which is that China must change.
CHINA HAS been accused of having consciously manufactured and deliberately unleashed the virus that has spread worldwide.

No evidence has been produced for this wild charge, which besides being unproven is also illogical.

China, unlike other civilizations, never was in the business of conquering the world. Moreover, in its current incarnation China needs the outer world as a commercially thirsty trade partner, not as an economically stricken intensive care patient.

Then again, by refusing to share information about corona’s outbreak, and by failing to quickly block foreign travel to and from its epicenter, China did mishandle the epidemic.

This was not about malice. It was about authoritarianism’s deepest fear and overarching quest: the fear of public panic, and the quest to control information. Beijing thinks that by blocking, manipulating and dictating information’s flow, it is guarding its system’s twin towers – the regime and the economy.

Now it was served a warning that, like the rest of mankind, it lives in an age of transparency, and that defying its demands will bring a plague on both its houses.

www.MiddleIsrael.net
The writer’s best-selling Mitz’ad Ha’ivelet Hayehudi (The Jewish March of Folly, Yediot Sfarim, 2019), is a revisionist history of the Jewish people’s leadership from antiquity to modernity.

コロナ対策の給付金 性善説で配る 安部首相

ネットでは一部しか閲覧できないが、印刷版を読むと「性善説で配る」と首相が説明している。

性善説ってね、君。露骨な選挙対策。10年後に国民を襲う増税が大変ですよ。



首相単独インタビュー 緊急事態解除14日にも 中小支援8日に250億円超
2020.5.7 20:52
https://www.sankei.com/politics/news/200507/plt2005070026-n1.html

イギリス情報機関はIT化推進で私服を肥やしたが、新型コロナには全く無力だった

情報機関を退官した歴代トップが、民間のITセキュリティー系に天下りし、私腹を肥やした実態を暴いた記事だが、話をそこで終わらせず、現在進行中のコロナ対策で全く役に立たなかった点を皮肉交じりに突いている。

この種の展開を見ると、行動の切り替えが早かったイスラエルのモサドは優秀なのかなぁと思う。関連記事

コロナ対策で失敗した多くの国々においては、情報機関は「医療、生物兵器も守備範囲だ」との理由付けをして、来年度から大幅な予算増額を要求するでしょうね。またまた増税ですね。



Revealed: How Britain’s profiteering spymasters ignored the country’s biggest threats like coronavirus—and endangered the public
7 May 2020
By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-05-07-revealed-how-britains-profiteering-spymasters-ignored-the-countrys-biggest-threats-like-coronavirus-and-endangered-the-public/
https://www.rt.com/uk/488058-uk-spies-cyber-security-lobbying/

イーロン・マスクの子供の名前の読み方

X Æ A-12は「エックス・アッシュ・エー12」と読むのだそう。A-12は、CIA所有の偵察機Archangel-12(アーチ・エィンジェル12)を指す。

早ければ来年にも発表されるチップを頭蓋骨に取り付けることで、(脳障害に起因する)様々な不具合(疾患)のほとんど全てを修正することができるようになる。会話する必要がなくなり、会話せずとも従来よりずっと正確に伝えることが可能になる。その時、人間の言語は時代遅れになる。一部の人は、なお感情的理由で従来型の言語を発したくなるかもしれないが、それは雑音だ。

Elon Musk says human language will be OBSOLETE in 10 years, after struggling to pronounce his baby’s name on Joe Rogan
8 May, 2020 00:45
https://www.rt.com/usa/488089-elon-musk-baby-name-language/

コロナ感染爆発で大混乱したイギリス医療・介護現場の実態 医師の手記

はちゃめちゃ。こういうことならば、なぜイギリスが世界最悪の醜態をさらすことになったのか、理解できるというもの。長文。

‘A slow and botched response’: My eight weeks on the Covid-19 frontline have taught me how the NHS made this crisis worse
8 May, 2020 07:18
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/488075-nhs-made-covid-19-crisis-worse/

シリア反政府ゲリラ1万1千人をトルコがリビアに移送

シリア戦を終え、政治的解決のプロセスに入ったので、不要になった危ない連中(いわゆる「穏健派」民兵)をリビアに連れて行き、誰も見ていない砂漠の中で始末する計画でしょう。

この10年間、本当にお疲れさんでした。




Turkey recruited 11,000 mercenaries to fight in Libya: report
2020-05-05
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/turkey-recruited-11000-mercenaries-to-fight-in-libya-report/

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 p.m.) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), based in Britain, reported that the number of mercenaries recruited by Turkey to fight in Libya had risen to about 11,000, including 261 killed in combat.

The observatory said that new batches of hundreds of Syrian fighters have arrived in Libya via Turkey, where they are expected to fight alongside the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces against the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

According to the SOHR statistics, the number of conscripts who have reached Libyan territory so far are about 7,850, among them a non-Syrian group, while the number of conscripts who arrived in the Turkish camps to receive training amounted to about 3,000 recruits.

The United Nations earlier condemned the flow of arms and foreign fighters into Libya, but did not directly comment on reports and accusations that Turkey was sending fighters linked to ISIS and Al Qaeda to operate as mercenaries in Libya.

Libya is witnessing two political entities fighting for legitimacy in the country, namely the Government of National Accord in Tripoli, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, and an interim government based in the eastern city of Tobruk, which has the support of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have sought since last April, to control Libyan capital.

イラン軍・民兵がシリアから撤退との報道

Is Iran really leaving Syria?
Is it really because of Israeli airstrikes or is it more complicated?
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
MAY 7, 2020 17:10
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/is-iran-really-leaving-syria-627265

Earlier this week senior defense officials in Israel announced that after years of Israel’s war-between-war campaign to drive Iran out of Syria, the Islamic Republic was finally withdrawing from the war-torn country.

The news came just hours after an airstrike blamed on Israel targeted a research facility in Aleppo in Syria’s north.

But the announcement also came as Iran is still regrouping from the targeted killing of Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in January and as it continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a disastrous economic crisis hitting the country, Israel’s war-between-war campaign, known in Hebrew as MABAM, has been going for close to 10 years but has increased its pace over the past three years with thousands of strikes targeting Iranian and militia infrastructure in Syria.

Almost on a weekly occurrence foreign publications are reporting airstrikes- from the Golan Heights on Israel’s northern border to deep inside Syrian territory like Al Bukamal on the Iraqi border to Aleppo in the country’s north on Monday night.

The increase of tempo of strikes as well as the distance of the location of the strikes, deep inside Syria, a senior defense official said, are what is pushing Iran to withdraw its forces and close bases across the country.

Independently, Iranian-backed Shiite militias have also begun to withdraw from Syria as the civil war continues to wind down.

Iranian troops are leaving the country, both in caskets and by air, but the reasons behind that withdrawal may be a bit more complicated than just an increase in airstrikes.

At the height of the civil war, Iran, one of the main backers of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, sent thousands of troops and ferried countless weapons into the war-torn country.

Not only was it propping up the regime which was at risk of collapse, under the watchful eye of Soleimani, Iran’s aspirations of regional hegemony almost came to pass.

The death of Solemani, viewed by even Israeli defense officials as an incredible frontline commander and mastermind, was a major strike to Iran’s plans.

And while he was replaced by Ismail Ghaani, it’s hard to replace an individual as charismatic and cunning as Soleimani. Not only did he bump elbows in the halls of high ranking political officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he also got down in the dirt with the soldiers on the frontlines.

Ghaani is not the same and knows that he can’t fill his predecessor’s shoes. And while he is an active commander, the men of the Quds force on the ground in Syria understand that he’s no Soleimani.

Inside Iran, the situation is going from bad to worse and the public are fed up with billions of dollars being spent on Hezbollah, Assad, and even the Houthis in Yemen. They want food on their table, they want to work.

With dozens of strikes targeting airbases used by Iran to ferry in fighters and weapons, there are reports that Iran has began to use Russia’s Hmeimin airbase close to the port city of Latakia, but how long will that last? Russia, which along with Iran, has been instrumental in keeping Assad in power has also begun to run out of patience with Tehran.

The senior defense official who told reporters that Iran was withdrawing from Syria also stressed that Israel would "step up pressure on Iran until it leaves Syria." Israel knows that if it leaves Iran alone, it risks allowing a monster to grow on its northern front.

But even if Iran and the militias leave, they have been laying down local infrastructure so that Iranian blood doesn’t need to be lost. The locals who align with them can fight against Israel and will pay the price.

Hezbollah has also been investing significant amounts of manpower and time into Syria and has been reported to be embedding itself into the Syrian Arab Army in order to guarantee its survival in the country.

So while the Iranians may be leaving, the reason behind their withdrawal may be more complicated than just Israeli airstrikes.

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(2020/05/04追記)
イスラエルが発しているこの種の報道について、レバノンのヒズボラは「またイスラエルがアホなこと言いおって」と一蹴。

Hezbollah Chief Accuses IDF of Boasting About ‘Fictitious Victories’ Against Iran in Syria
17:48 GMT 13.05.2020
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202005131079294741-hezbollah-chief-accuses-idf-of-boasting-about-fictitious-victories-against-iran-in-syria/

米国がサウジからパトリオット防空システムを撤収

US To Remove Patriot Missile Protection From Saudi Arabia Amid Oilpocalypse
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 05/07/2020 - 12:29
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-remove-patriot-missile-protection-saudi-arabia-amid-oilpocalypse


トランプがパトリオット撤収に言及しながらMBSを恫喝した結果、サウジが折れたという報道が流れたばかりなのに、わずか数日後に方針転換するのは違和感がある。

イランの脅威が消失したので米軍を駐留させる必要がなくなったという下りがあるし、次の記事も関係している。

コロナぐらいの大騒ぎを事前に起こしていないと、米国の大きな方針転換に世間が注目してしまう。

インドの韓国系化学工場でガス漏れ事故 加害者と被害者の関係は1000年経っても変わらない

加害者の韓国人が被害者のインド人に対し、一体どのような反省、謝罪、賠償をするのか、とくと観察させていただきましょう。

最低でも、被害者の氏名と加害者の心の奥底からの反省を大きな岩に刻むくらいのことはするのか・しないのか注目です。



インド化学工場でガス漏れ、11人死亡 韓国系の施設
5/7(木) 16:22配信
朝日新聞デジタル
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200507-00000021-asahi-int

 インド東部ビシャカパトナムにある韓国LG系の「LGポリマーズ・インディア」の化学工場で7日、ガス漏れが起きた。インド政府によると、漏れたのはスチレンを含んだ有毒ガスとみられる。少なくとも子どもを含む周辺住民ら11人が死亡、約1千人が体調不良を訴えているという。

 インド政府によると、ガス漏れは同日午前2時半ごろ発生。影響は一時、半径約3キロの範囲に及んだという。地元メディアは、路上で倒れ込んだり呼吸困難を訴えたりする人々の姿を報じた。インドでは3月下旬からロックダウン(全土封鎖)が続き、工場は稼働を停止していたが、封鎖の一部緩和により稼働再開の準備をしていた。

 LGポリマーズ・インディアのホームページによると、同社はLG化学が現地企業を買収して1997年に設立した。工場では、プラスチック製品の材料となるポリスチレンなどを生産していたという。

米軍は既往症に新型コロナがある人を採用せず

コロナ歴のある人を徹底的に排除するというのは、コロナの抗体を持っている人だけに行動の自由を与えるという動きとはまた異なる思想。

COVID-19 made military recruiting harder. Now past cases may disqualify recruits
By Tara Copp
May 06, 2020 06:21 PM
https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article242551041.html

イギリス中銀予想 2020年経済成長率マイナス14%、失業率9%、過去300年で最悪の年に

Bank of England warns coronavirus crisis will see GDP slump nearly 30 PER CENT in the first half of this year and push the economy to worst recession for 300 YEARS

Bank of England has issued grim estimates for the coronavirus hit on economy
GDP expected to drop by 14 per cent this year, the biggest fall for 300 years
Unemployment likely to hit 9 per cent before falling back again more slowly
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 07:33 BST, 7 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8295751/Bank-England-warns-UK-GDP-slump-14-CENT-year.html

UK GDP will slump by 14 per cent this year as coronavirus inflicts the worst recession for three centuries, the Bank of England warned today.

In a grim assessment, the Bank said the economy could shrink by nearly 30 per cent in the first half of this year before recovering some ground.

But the impact of the deadly disease will continue to be felt long afterwards. Unemployment could hit 9 per cent before falling back again.

The overall 14 per cent fall in output estimated for 2020 would be the biggest recession for more than 300 years.

The Bank says it believes there was a 3 per cent contraction in the first quarter, and sees GDP plummeting by an incredible 25 per cent in the current three month period, before finally clawing back some ground.

Announcing that interest rates have been kept on hold at a record low of 0.1 per cent, Governor Andrew Bailey said it was acting to ease the effects as much as possible and tried to strike a more optimistic tone by saying there would be limited economic 'scarring'.

But in another bleak sign this morning, former Chancellor Alistair Darling warned that the Bank might be too optimistic about the prospects for a quick recovery.

イギリス ジム営業再開は10月 ロックダウン解除は来週から始まるが

UK gyms set to stay closed until autumn at the earliest despite Boris Johnson beginning the easing of lockdown next week

The UK Government is set to begin concessions on the COVID-19 lockdown
Boris Johnson will reveal his five-step plan on easing the lockdown next week
Reports say that gyms are unlikely to reopen for another six months
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Sam Blitz For Mailonline
Published: 01:54 BST, 7 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8295083/UK-gyms-set-stay-closed-autumn-despite-Boris-Johnson-beginning-easing-lockdown-week.html

トルコから買い空軍機に運ばせた医療用防護服40万着が不良品 イギリス

400,000 Turkish PPE gowns flown in by RAF's on-off-on flight are USELESS and impounded in a warehouse tests

The shipment was announced on April 18 by Housing Minister Robert Jenrick
However, it was delayed for several days, before eventually arriving in the UK
Now, the 400,000 gowns are sitting in a warehouse after they failed safety tests
UK health and safety inspectors looked at the gowns and labelled them 'useless'
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
Published: 02:15 BST, 7 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8294955/400-000-emergency-PPE-gowns-flown-UK-Turkey-USELESS-sitting-warehouse.html

イスラエル 建国前から生物兵器研究所を極秘で立ち上げ、アラブ人追い出しの目的で使った!

もう言いたい放題。



What is the secretive institute that found an antibody to the coronavirus?
Tucked away in an orange grove in Ness Ziona, the history of the Institute for Biological Research goes back before the founding of the State of Israel.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
MAY 6, 2020 20:08
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/what-is-the-secretive-institute-that-found-an-antibody-to-the-coronavirus-627133

Late on Monday night after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis the country would slowly reopen after close to two months, the Defense Ministry announced the Israel Institute for Biological Research had completed a groundbreaking scientific development, identifying an antibody that neutralizes the coronavirus.

The Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has been playing a key role in the fight against the deadly virus since early February after being asked by Netanyahu. Last month, it announced it had begun testing a COVID-19 vaccine prototype on rodents.

But what is the IIBR? Like Israel’s nuclear facility in Dimona, the IIBR operates under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office and works closely with the Defense Ministry.

Most of the work carried out by the secretive institute is a heavily guarded secret reinforced by military censorship. But its history began before the founding of the State of Israel.

In 1948, a Science Corps, known by its Hebrew acronym HEMED, was established within the IDF. A unit devoted to biological warfare was established under the name HEMED BEIT. It was housed in a single building in a remote orange grove outside Ness Ziona, dozens of kilometers south of Tel Aviv.

Everything regarding the unit was kept a closely guarded secret from the start. And while it was controversial to many senior officials at the time, scientists as well as Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion were adamant that Israel know how to defend itself against nonconventional attacks.

According to reports, HEMED BEIT was accused of being involved in several operations that targeted the Arab population prior to the establishment of the state in an attempt to drive them from their villages.

Avner Cohen, in a 2001 article entitled “Israel and Chemical/Biological Weapons: History, Deterrence, and Arms Control,” wrote that the scientists involved in HEMED BEIT “firmly believed” that “if microbiology could help in providing the means to establish the Jewish State, so be it.”

In 1993, one of the scientists involved in HEMED BEIT, Ephraim Katzir, was interviewed by Israel’s Hadashot news and was quoted by Cohen in his report as saying: “We planned various activities to get a sense of what Chemical Biological Weapons (CBW) is and how we could build potential in this area. We needed to know how to defend against such weapons. We knew that in surrounding countries others were developing biological weapons. We believed that scientists should contribute to the strengthening of the State of Israel.”

Ernst David Bergmann is best known as the father of Israel’s nuclear program. He founded the Israel Atomic Energy Commission in 1952. But his contribution to Israel’s chemical/biological capabilities was crucial.

During the War of Independence, Bergmann used the Weizmann Institute of Science (known then as the Seiff Institute) as a research base for HEMED. Bergmann, who in 1951 was appointed by Ben-Gurion as chief of research at the Defense Ministry and scientific adviser to the prime minister, then set up government-sponsored research centers that focused on nuclear and chemical-biological science.

The IIBR, a continuation of HEMED BEIT, was formally established in 1952 in the same Ness Ziona orange grove by a group of scientists from the IDF Science Corps and from academic organizations. Like its predecessor, from the start it was regarded as a highly classified research center.

“Given the climate of the times, it is doubtful that Bergmann and his IIBR colleagues made a distinction between defensive and offensive research development,” Cohen wrote. “In those days, national CBW programs were not illegal or even at odds with international norms.”

But unlike HEMED BEIT, Bergmann wanted the IIBR to have a civilian identity. Therefore, it did not focus solely on military CBW programs, but rather a broad range of scientific research projects that would help the young state.

Over the years, the IIBR has been involved in a series of groundbreaking scientific research, including a project to develop a vaccine against polio, developing kits for detecting explosive materials, a drug to treat Sjogren’s syndrome and more.

Still located in Ness Ziona, the IIBR is surrounded by a large wall with a gate that blocks its entrance. But it is no longer housed in a small building, but rather in a spacious building that once belonged to an Arab effendi and a large modern research complex that contains dozens of laboratories.

Prof. Shmuel C. Shapira, an anesthesiologist by training, has headed it since 2013. The IIBR employs some 350 people, including about 160 scientists with doctorates in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, pharmacology, mathematics, physics and environmental science. There are another 160 technicians and administrative staff.

It continues to be viewed by the defense establishment as one of the country’s most secretive defense installations. The public rarely knows what goes on behind the highly guarded walls of the institute.

Though it has expanded its research, according to foreign publications, the institute is still involved in developing biological and chemical weapons.

It has also had its fair share of controversies.

In 1983, the deputy director of the IIBR, Marcus Klingberg, was arrested along with his wife for passing the institute’s secrets to the Soviets. Klingberg, who was regarded as one of the world’s most-respected epidemiologists and an expert on top-secret biological and chemical research, was one of the founding members of the IIBR after he served in HEMED BEIT.

During his 30 years at the institute, he was questioned twice by security officials (in 1965 and 1976) but was only arrested close to a decade later. His arrest was kept secret until 1993.He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, including 10 years in solitary confinement, before he was released in 2003. He died in 2015 in Paris.

While the majority of the case remains classified, according to foreign reports, it is believed that he gave the Soviets some of Israel’s most sensitive military secrets in the field of CBW.

In 1992, an El Al transport plane carrying some 189 liters of dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), a dual-use chemical used in the production of Sarin nerve gas, crashed in Amsterdam, killing more than 40 people. The DMMP was designated for the IIBR, according to The New York Times.

“Since 1995, the institute has operated as a government-affiliated unit that researches all areas of defense against chemical and biological weapons, including the operation of national laboratories for detection and identification of such threats,” the institute says on its website.

During the “Omer-2” project, some 760 soldiers served as guinea pigs over the course of eight years in the 1990s as the country worked to develop a vaccine against anthrax. The project, headed by Dr. Avigdor Shafferman (who later became the director general of the IIBR), was carried out in cooperation with the Defense Ministry and the IDF Medical Corps.

Troops were injected with up to seven doses of the vaccine but were not informed of the risks of being infected with the deadly disease.

In 2007, dozens of soldiers were interviewed by Israel’s Uvda television show. They suffered from medical conditions such as skin tumors, intestinal and digestive issues, severe lung infections, serious migraines, bronchitis, epilepsy and feelings of constant tiredness and weakness.

According to a 2011 report in Haaretz, the soldiers from the military’s elite Unit 8200, paratroopers and others “participated in these experiments, in complete contravention of the Helsinki Accords, which established rules for medical experiments on human subjects.”

While the exposure of the project sparked a massive public uproar and saw army regulations for conducting trials on human subjects tightened, Shafferman and others involved were not prosecuted, Haaretz reported.

The institute also was reported to be behind the poison injected into senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal in Amman, Jordan, in 1997. Israel admitted to the failed assassination attempt and provided the serum that saved his life in return for the Mossad agents who had been captured. The antidote, which was originally meant for Israeli operatives should they come into contact with the poison, was allegedly developed at the IIBR.

But despite the controversies, the IIBR continues to carry out dozens of civilian research projects and works on pharmaceuticals, vaccines, treatments and antibodies to protect Israeli civilians from CBWs.

According to open sources, in addition to its defense-related research, scientists at the center are also involved in developing means for diagnosing contagious diseases, solutions for environmental problems and medications.
The IIBR was also involved in trying to develop a vaccine for the SARS disease when the outbreak occurred in 2003, but it never panned out.

Close to two decades later, the scientists at the IIBR, surrounded by orange groves in Ness Ziona, may be the ones to bring the coronavirus to its knees.

イランで通貨を1万分の1にデノミ 1万リヤル=1トマンと名称も変更

Iran to Drop Four Zeros From National Currency Rial, Rename It as the Toman
Middle East
15:32 GMT 04.05.2020
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202005041079193025-iran-to-drop-four-zeros-from-national-currency-rial-rename-it-as-the-toman/
https://en.irna.ir/news/83774988/Iran-changes-national-currency-from-rial-to-toman


法案が議会通過。通貨呼称はRiyalからTomanへ。

中銀が準備を進めて2年以内にトマン導入。2年間くらいはリヤルとトマンを混在させる。

エール大学専門家 トランプ政権の初期のコロナ無策は戦争犯罪に相当する 裁かれるべき

米国の人口に占める割合は13%だが、コロナ感染者の52%、死者の58%が黒人。有色人種の被害の大きさは異常と指摘。

別の専門家は、1月に政府に緊急対策を進言したが、政府の反応は最初無関心で、すぐに敵意に変質した。自分は降格されたと証言。

US Epidemiologist Slams Trump Admin’s COVID-19 Response as Possible War Crime
US
19:00 GMT 06.05.2020
https://sputniknews.com/us/202005061079220609-us-epidemiologist-slams-trump-admins-covid-19-response-as-possible-war-crime/


何でもクォータ制の米国。人種、民族の対立が始まりますかどうか。

OPCWのシリア報告書がインチキである証拠が再浮上 またですか?(苦笑)

OPCW head FALSELY described Syria whistleblower inspectors to discredit them, new documents show
6 May, 2020 22:57
https://www.rt.com/news/487977-opcw-whistleblower-douma-inspectors/


シリア戦といいコロナといい、ほころびばかり目立つ米国の無様な姿。昔の米国はキラキラ輝いて見えたけど、遠い昔の思い出ですなぁ。

そろそろイスラエルを査察対象に加えた方がよろしいのでは

イスラエル政府作成のパレスチナ人用コロナ啓蒙ポスターの衣装がサウジ

イスラエル政府にとっては、パレスチナ人がコロナで死に、パレスチナ社会が混乱してくれれば本望なのであって、このポスターは最初からサウジ人用に作成したものでしょう。近年はサウジとイスラエルは親密にしているし、なにせメッカの人口の7割が感染しているそうですから。

あのずる賢い民族集団が、パレスチナとサウジの違いを知らないはずなく、全て故意にやり、わざわざ新聞記事にして世界中に印刷配布する。ユダヤ人のこういう性格が、本当に嫌らしくて醜い。
Israel-Covid-Palestinians.png
Opinion: Israel Finally Releases a Coronavirus Ad in Arabic. Too Bad It Depicts Palestinians as Saudis
Maisam Jaljuli May 05, 2020 6:45 PM
https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-s-health-ministry-can-t-tell-palestinians-from-saudis-1.8822552

年末年始に変な風邪にかかった人が多過ぎ 

ニュース本文より、ヤフコメの書き込みが「私も年末年始に変な風邪に罹った。今にして思えば新型コロナだったかも」という書き込みが相次いでいた。

実は私もそうだった(笑)。

12月下旬に体温が突然ぱーっと上がったのを感じたので、すぐビタミンCを服用。数時間おきに500mgずつ飲み、1日で最低4000mgは飲んだ。熱はすぐ下がり、その他の症状もほとんど現れなかったので、普通の生活を続けた。しかし、なぜか咳だけは止まらなかった。

(注:サプリとしてのビタミンC摂取上限は2000mg/dayとされているが、病気の時は体が負けているので、それ以上飲んでいい。)

1週間後に再び突然体温が上がったので、ビタミンCの大量投与開始。熱はすぐ下がり、その他の症状もほとんど現れなかったが、なぜか咳だけは止まらなかった。普通の生活をつづけた。

それから2週間経って、ようやく咳が収まった。



フランスで昨年末に新型コロナ患者 医師らが検出
5/5(火) 13:20配信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200505-35153330-cnn-int

(CNN) 仏パリの病院が昨年末に採取していた入院患者の検体から、新型コロナウイルスが新たに検出された。同国で最初の感染例が報告される数週間も前から、新型ウイルスが存在していたことになる。

パリ北郊のセーヌサンドニ県にある病院の集中治療専門医らが3日、抗菌薬の専門誌IJAAに発表した。

同病院のチームは昨年12月2日から今年1月16日までの間にインフルエンザのような症状で入院し、最終的にインフルとは診断されなかった患者らについて、凍結保存されていた検体を調べた。

その結果、アルジェリア生まれの男性(42)から採取していた検体で新型ウイルス陽性の反応が出た。

男性は長年フランスに住み、魚売りの仕事をしてきた。外国旅行は昨年8月にアルジェリアを訪れたのが最後で、中国に行ったこともなかった。男性の子どものうち1人も体調を崩していたという。

チームは、この患者に中国とのつながりや渡航歴がないことから、12月末の時点でフランス国内に感染が広がっていたことがうかがえると指摘する。

同国の公式発表としては1月24日、中国・武漢市への渡航歴がある2人の感染が報告されたのが初めてだった。

欧州で最大の被害が出たイタリアでも、1月31日にローマで中国人観光客2人の感染が確認されたのが初の症例とされる。国内での感染例は2月末になって北部コドーニョで報告された。

新型ウイルス感染が最初に確認されるより前から感染者や死者が出ていたかどうかについては、米国でも同様の研究が始まっている。



【以下はヤフコメ】

**** | 1日前

武漢では10月くらいには広まっていたのでは?
私は昨年末、かなりの中国人観光客がいる函館へ行って、変な風邪をひいた。
普段の風邪とは違いなかなか治らず、年末年始9日間ずっと寝ていた。
旦那さんは普段風邪をひいても1日で良くなるが、めちゃくちゃ咳してて、私と同様に年末年始ずっと具合が悪かった。
あれは今考えると新型コロナでは?と思う。


ujs***** | 1日前

2019年10月中国に行った妹も11月に帰国した後、重度の肺炎になり色々病院に掛け持ちしたけど原因わからず、完治に1カ月も、かかりました。妹の配偶者にも移りました。
今、思うとコロナの症状と似てると言ってます、、、


吉良吉影 | 1日前

日本にももっと早い段階で入って来てたと思う。
去年の年末に周りに風邪をひいた人が多かったが、もしかしたら、今考えてみればそれがコロナウイルスだったのかもしれない。


jtn***** | 1日前

うちの家族も、一月末に、ひと月も治らない風邪をひきましたよ。
熱でて、解熱剤飲むんだけど全然下がらない。普段はすぐ下がるのに。その上鼻水はそんなんでもないのに、咳が酷く、えらい大量の痰がでたり。うつ伏せで寝ないと息が出来なくて寝れないし。
絶対コロナだったと私は思っている。抗体検査してほしい。


hay***** | 1日前

以前、同じような内容の京都大学の上久保教授の論文を紹介した記事があったが、その記事のコメントでもこの記事のコメントでも謎の肺炎的症状の体験談が多いことに驚いた。
実際健康に自信のある私も11月末から1か月以上にわたって凄まじい咳で苦しんでいたので、流行は昨秋には始まっていたと思わざるを得ない。いつか医療機関で手軽に抗体検査できるようになったらぜひ検査してみたい。


ath***** | 1日前

私も実は、去年の12月半ばに、都内の民泊の建物をリフォーム工事していて、おかしな風邪を引いている、インフルエンザの検査を受けても陰性、しかし熱は在り、酷い咳と痰に二週間以上苦しんだ、その風邪は、旦那に迄移り、身体の強い旦那が5日以上寝込んだ、国内のコロナ騒ぎが始まった1月末には、我が家は、完全にその異様な風邪症状から回復していたが、今、思えば、インフルエンザでも無いんだけど異常な咳や、痰の風邪は、…ひょっとして…コロナだったのでは?…と考えてしまう、4ヶ月以上も前に、既に罹患していたのかな?と…


KNOLL | 1日前

私も12月24日に風邪をひきました。クリスマスだったのでよく覚えてます。それより少し前から会社でずっと咳してる人が少し居て、「その人達の風邪がうつったんだなー」くらいに思ってました。すぐ風邪薬を飲んで治ったのに咳だけがずっと止まらなくてこんな風邪は初めてだなぁ...。違和感を感じてました。それから会社で同じフロアの人々がみんな咳をしていました。今思えば「コロナの第一流行」が広まっていたのかも知れません。20代30代のみの職場なので皆んな咳しか症状が出なかったのかもしれません。


aaa***** | 1日前

実は私も11月下旬から年末にかけて体調が悪く、もしかしてコロナだったのでは、と思っています。
熱は微熱止まりで、インフルエンザは陰性。しかし、今まで経験した事がないほどの強い倦怠感があり、また、ひどい咳が1ヶ月以上続きました。その頃職場でも、同様の咳をしているスタッフが数名いました。
渡航歴はありませんが、11月上旬の連休に滅多に行かない東京に行きました。美術館、カフェ、電車すべて混んでいましたし、外国人の方もたくさんいました。
あんな倦怠感は初めてで、トイレに行くのも辛く、重い病気だったらどうしよう、と思ったくらいです。微熱であれ程の倦怠感、そしてひどい咳。もしかして、と思っています。


doc*** | 1日前

日本でも昨年末12月ごろより、関西地方では高熱患者がそろって、インフルエンザ陰性の原因不明の発熱患者が増えていました。
明らかに昨年からもう入り込んでいました。
10代から50代まで、発熱と頭痛の患者や、胸膜炎を起こす人や、せき込みの激しい人、咽頭炎の人に、無症状で夜間のみ発熱の患者など様々ですが、本当におかしいです。
そして1月には入院患者が突然の呼吸不全で亡くなりました。その後数名パタパタと。


pea***** | 1日前

神戸市民ですけど
子供のクラスが学級閉鎖になりましたが
インフルエンザ様の高熱でインフルエンザ陰性が
多くいた
保護者にもインフルエンザ様陰性の高熱が多かった
高熱でたけどインフルエンザじゃなかった、変だねって会話が
かなりあったと子供から聞いている


bav***** | 1日前

日本でも昨年末から1月にかけてインフルエンザ陰性の高熱のひとがチラホラ。
武漢ウィルス第1波は実はこの頃だったのかも知れない。既に抗体の出来ている人はかなり居そう。


sn0***** | 1日前

日本国内でも年末~1月、2月にかけて初期の新型コロナが蔓延していた可能性は高いと思います。
しかし、その段階ではまだ毒性の弱いウイルスで重症化する方が少なく、表面化しなかったのかなと。
ただその時に感染したからといって、今流行している変異した型のウイルスに対して抗体が有効かどうかもわからず、2度目の感染でより重症化するのではないかという指摘もある現状では、まだ何とも言えない気がします。
また、免疫の持続性等もわからないため、初期に感染したと思われる方も、今後再び感染する可能性は大いにあると思います。
自身が既にコロナの抗体を持っている(=感染しない)という誤解から、さらに感染拡大を生む行動が増えなければいいのですが、、
やはり経済活動とのバランスが本当に難しいと痛感させられます。


tje***** | 1日前

年末に喉の痛みと鼻水、空咳がありました。
正月には38度をこえましたが、すぐに平熱へ下がりました。
しばらく空咳が続き、咳こむと会話もままならない時があり、マスクが手放せませんでした。
就寝中もマスクをして寝ましたが、咳が出ると止まらなくなって睡眠不足になりました。

2週間以上も変な咳が続くので、中旬頃に病院でレントゲンを撮りましたが肺炎の症状はなく、
咳止めと漢方を処方されて、月末には快方へ向かいました。
ちなみに自分はインフルエンザの予防接種は受けていますが、基礎疾患はありません。
風邪をひいたのも何年ぶり…10年くらいぶり?

私だけでなく、周囲にも似たような「空咳が長引く変わった風邪」が流行っていました。
もしあれがコロナだとしたら、去年には日本にも上陸していたのかもしれませんね。

コロナは自然発生、遺伝子操作ではない CIAなどファイブ・アイズがトランプ説を全面否定(笑)

トランプ赤っ恥。地球上の数十億人に外出禁止令を出しているときに、UFOとか金正恩死亡とか言ってる時点で、コロナ恐怖が嘘っぱちであることは、誰の目にも明らか。
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Five Eyes spies have NO EVIDENCE that coronavirus emerged from Wuhan lab, report suggests in U-turn from previous leaks
5 May, 2020 07:12
https://www.rt.com/news/487782-five-eyes-china-intel-us-blame/

There is no evidence to substantiate the Trump administration’s claims that Covid-19 came from a Chinese laboratory, according to intelligence sources, raising questions about a leaked dossier blaming Beijing for the pandemic.

Sources that spoke to the Guardian said that a 15-page dossier which accused China of carrying out a cover-up to hide its role in the global health crisis was not based on intelligence taken from the infamous ‘Five Eyes’ network, which includes spy agencies from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Beijing could have been more forthcoming about what was happening in Wuhan – the original epicenter of the pandemic – but pressing the issue could risk a dangerous escalation between the West and China, Five Eyes agencies believe, according to the Guardian report.

Over the weekend, the Australian Sunday Telegraph claimed it saw a dossier, allegedly compiled by “concerned Western governments,” which claimed that the Five Eyes intelligence agencies are probing Beijing’s involvement in the Covid-19 outbreak.
Also on rt.com CIA & MI6 put together 'scientific' dossier ‘targeting China's Covid-19 cover-up’ - as West readies to demand Beijing COMPENSATION

The leak coincided with incendiary remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who claimed there was a “significant amount of evidence” that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Although it’s still not clear how Covid-19 emerged, Washington has promoted the theory that China is to be blamed for the health crisis.

The UK has taken a different approach to determining the cause of the crisis. Downing Street has resisted assigning blame for Covid-19, though it has stressed that questions need to be answered about the origin and spread of the virus in order to better prepare for future global pandemics.

Beijing has strongly denied any involvement in the spread of the illness, and has challenged Pompeo to produce the evidence purportedly showing its links to the pandemic. The secretary of state is engaged in the spread of a dangerous “political virus,” China has said.

政府にロックダウンを決断させた著名学者がコロナ感染、愛人と2度密会→辞任 イギリス

「新型コロナをこのまま放置したら、イギリス全土で50万人が死ぬ」と過度に誇張された数字を提出し、厳格な外出禁止、都市閉鎖ロックダウンをボリス・ジョンソン首相に決断させた著名な学者が、その後コロナに感染し、治癒したあとと言い訳しているものの、既婚女性である愛人を少なくとも2度自宅に招き濃厚接触していたスキャンダルが暴露された。教授は辞表を提出した。

イギリスの昨日のコロナ死者数は32,375人である。

自分が発表した(外出禁止、接触禁止という)理論を守ることができない科学者に、国民が従わなければならない理屈はないと、強い憤りが国民の間からわき上がっている。

・・・日本でも、「えせ科学に基づく自粛」をそろそろ止めませんか?



Government scientist Neil Ferguson, 51 - whose death toll projections sparked lockdown - QUITS after admitting he allowed married mistress, 38, to break stay-at-home rules to visit him for trysts

Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, previously warned UK could see 500,000 deaths if it didn't implement lockdown
His advice, through a report he helped produce at Imperial College, is thought to have led to the lockdown
Prof Ferguson has been a vocal supporter of lockdown, continually telling the public to follow the restrictions
However, he has now admitted he allowed his married lover to travel across London to visit him at least twice
Antonia Staats, 38, lives with her husband, in his 30s, and two children in a £1.9 million house in south London
Do you know more about this story? Email martin.robinson@mailonline.co.uk or tips@dailymail.com
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Danyal Hussain and Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 19:35 BST, 5 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8289921/Scientist-advice-led-lockdown-QUITS-breaking-restrictions-meet-married-lover.html



The man behind the world’s Covid-19 lockdown has screwed his mistress, screwed us all, & now – thankfully – screwed his career
Damian Wilson
is a UK journalist, ex-Fleet Street editor, financial industry consultant and political communications special advisor in the UK and EU.
5 May, 2020 21:18
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487861-neil-ferguson-screwed-coronavirus-uk/

米国 月曜夕方からWendy'sの店舗18%で牛肉がメニューから消えた コロナ

A Fifth Of Wendy's Restaurants Said To Be Out Of Beef As Shortage Spreads
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/05/2020 - 11:49
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/wheres-beef-rolling-meat-shortages-strike-fast-food-chains

肉サプライ・チェーンの崩壊が、末端まで影響してきた。Wendy'sは生牛肉を仕入れているので、冷凍肉を使っている競合他社より市場の影響を受けやすい。
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年内家賃、国が一部助成 「最大3分の2」案も 自民検討

名誉挽回を目論む岸田さんが、「選挙で勝てる案を出せ」と檄を飛ばしたんでしょうね。

個人的には、高齢でそろそろ引退を考えていた世代と、稼ぐ力のない企業・店舗を一気に整理し、若い世代に活躍してもらう余地を作る良い機会だと思っていたのだが。



年内家賃、国が一部助成 「最大3分の2」案も 自民検討
5/5(火) 7:11配信
時事通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200505-00000020-jij-pol

 新型コロナウイルス感染拡大の影響で家賃の支払いが困難になった事業者に対する自民党の支援策の骨格が4日、判明した。

 一定程度減収した中小・小規模事業者と個人事業主を対象に、年内いっぱいをめどに家賃の一部を国が助成する。複数の同党関係者が明らかにした。

 金融機関からの無利子・無担保融資のうち、事業者が家賃に充てた分について、国が事後に助成する。先に成立した2020年度補正予算に盛り込まれた上限200万円の「持続化給付金」と同様、前年同月比で収入半減が条件。これに加え、数カ月にわたり平均3割程度減収した事業者も対象とする方向で調整している。

 助成割合については、「3分の2」や「2分の1」とする案が浮上。上限は全国最高水準である東京都の事業者の平均家賃を参考に決める。

 自民党は4日、家賃支援策に関するプロジェクトチームを党本部で開催。この後、岸田文雄政調会長は記者団に「連休明けの7日には党としての考え方をまとめたい。その上で、公明党と調整を行っていく」と説明した。

 一方、国民民主党の玉木雄一郎代表は国会内で記者団に、「直接支援することも含めて、とにかくスピード感を持って対応したいので、与党には速やかな合意と協力をお願いしたい」と求めた。 

サウジ メッカ住民の70%がコロナのキャリア

Saudi Officials Say Whopping 70% Of Mecca's Population Likely Infected With COVID-19
Sun, 05/03/2020 - 10:15
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/saudi-officials-say-whopping-70-meccas-population-likely-infected-covid-19

According to three senior Saudi medical sources, nearly 70 percent of Mecca's more than two million residents are estimated to be carriers of the virus, according to recent random testing conducted in the holy city.

Saudi Arabia has so far recorded 21,402 cases and 157 deaths from Covid-19. These are the highest numbers in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

学校再開に反対67%、レストラン再開に反対78%,、イベント解禁反対に84% イギリス世論調査 コロナ

イギリス政府はロックダウンの段階的解除について検討し始めているが、最近行われた世論調査は、人々が恐怖におびえるあまり、「個」に分解された社会構成員が相互不審に陥っており、経済的・文化的損害を被る覚悟でいる姿を明らかにした。

学校再開に賛成17%、反対67%
レストラン再開に賛成11%、反対78%
パブ再開に賛成9%、反対81%
集客イベントに賛成7%、反対84%



UK elites’ Covid-19 PROJECT FEAR has worked, as NEARLY ALL Britons DEMAND lockdown continues despite falling cases

Norman Lewis
is a writer, speaker and consultant on innovation and technology, was most recently a Director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he set up and led their crowdsourced innovation service. Follow him on Twitter @Norm_Lewis
3 May, 2020 18:33
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487672-covid19-britons-demand-lockdown/

Having provoked extensive existential angst and worry through a Covid-19 Project Fear, governments are now faced with societies that are petrified of normal life and are pushing back against any easing of the lockdown.

A new poll by Opinium in the UK reveals that the vast majority of Britons remain strongly opposed to lifting the coronavirus lockdown; just one in five want schools, pubs and restaurants to be reopened.

This poll found that only 17 percent of people think the conditions have been met to consider reopening schools, as opposed to the 67 percent who say they have not been met and schools should stay closed.

Opposition to reopening restaurants and pubs – and allowing mass gatherings in sports and other stadiums to resume – is even higher. Just 11 percent of people think the time is right to consider reopening restaurants, while 78 percent are against. Only nine percent believe it would be correct to consider reopening pubs, while 81 percent are against; seven percent say it would be right to allow mass gatherings at sports events or concerts to resume, with 84 percent against.

These figures are striking. They are naturally fuelling a debate inside the government over how to strike a balance between keeping the public safe and minimising the financial catastrophe of a shutdown economy.

But they are not surprising. From the outset, most governments have adopted the Project Fear approach to dealing with the threat posed by Covid-19. We were all at risk, we were told. The virus didn’t respect borders, age, class, ethnicity or race, they said, as if the virus had a conscious plan to smite all of humanity indiscriminately. Lockdowns were necessary to flatten the curve and protect the health service.

But we now know that a lot of this was just fearmongering and exaggeration. It is clear that there are important differences in the level of threat Covid-19 represents; that it is possible to develop a strategy that can protect the vulnerable and the health service while not shutting down the economy upon which we all depend for everything in life. Flattening the curve did not require riding roughshod over basic freedoms and the critical reproduction of economic life. It required a balanced, sober strategy, with targeted support and resources for where they were really needed.

But Project-Covid-19-Fear happened because most governments thought that it was only by literally scaring people to death that compliance, rather than resistance, to a lockdown could be achieved. As Marcus Aurelius puts it at the start of the film ‘Gladiator’, they “unleashed hell.” They unleashed fear, convincing people that going outside was dangerous, that other people were a grave threat to health and even lives, and that detention in their homes was the only realistic option available.

How can anyone now be shocked when the fear-driven, excessively policed public now feels a deep trepidation and a sense of increased vulnerability, nervous that returning to work would be like putting your head above a First World War trench at the Somme? A desire to cocoon yourself in the security of locked doors with access to technology that can allow communications with work, family and friends – but steer clear of pestilence – was not irrational. It was inevitable.

But it is an existential crisis with a very destructive dynamic which will be with us for some time to come. In fact, what governments are going to learn to their cost is that unleashing existential angst is easy, but turning it off is not.

There is an irony at play in this crisis: in the UK, since the vote for Brexit, the Remainer elite have poured scorn on the British public for having dared to defy them and voting to leave the EU. Now that polls suggest a majority are in favour of maintaining the lockdown, to which Remainers have fervently subscribed, they are embracing ‘public opinion’ like never before.

This is tragically short-sighted, because what everyone seems to be missing is that there is no ‘public’ anymore – just a collection of fearful, atomised individuals, isolated from society and living in trepidation of the future. This fractured caricature of society represents a barrier to the kind of social solidarity, organisation, and vision that will be needed to get over the impact of this crisis and the future repercussions of disastrous decisions like shutting down the economy.

In fact, this fear of a return to some kind of normalcy, where we balance risk and uncertainty with life itself, now threatens to be the critical criterion governments are not considering when thinking about what conditions would allow an easing of the lockdown. Ensuring health workers have enough PPE as a criterion is a walk in the park compared to what this existential barrier could represent for the future.

コロナ初期対応を間違えたトランプ イスラエル紙の寄稿欄が批判 すぐ削除

コロナ感染拡大の初期において、トランプは選挙対策を重視するあまり、理屈をこねる感染症専門家を遠ざけ、選挙戦用に自分をヨイショする人材だけを記者会見場に侍らせた。トランプがコロナの影響を軽視する発言を繰り返しているうちに、国内のコロナ感染は手が負えなくなるほどに深刻化した。それでトランプ批判が高まると、「消毒液を注射すれば直る」と戯言を口走り、それが批判されたら、コロナのことは一切語らなくなってしまった。・・・

そもそもトランプは「徳」が評価されて選ばれた大統領ではないが、エルサレム・ポスト紙がトランプ批判の寄稿を掲載するのかぁと思ってメモしておいたが、私が席を外した僅か数時間の間に、原文が削除されてしまっていた。
Donald Trump's erroneous handling of the coronavirus outbreak
Opinion
May 2, 2020
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/donald-trumps-erroneous-handling-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-626675

失敗した米国のベネズエラ政府転覆計画の背後にいた人たち

元米陸軍特殊部隊と、イギリスのヴァージン・エアーのリチャード・ブランソンが資金提供した。グリーンベレーの元隊員らは、その後麻薬取引で逮捕。

何やってんだか。



Ex-Green Beret Was Behind Failed Attempt At 'Armed Invasion' Of Venezuela Funded By US Billionaires
by Tyler Durden
Sat, 05/02/2020 - 19:15
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/ex-green-beret-was-behind-failed-coup-attempt-against-maduro-funded-us-billionaires

As we've recently observed, Washington's push to oust Maduro is by no means over, even if seemingly less intensified as well and central to media coverage. Currently for example, there's some level of build-up of US naval ships in the Caribbean ordered by the administration off Venezuela's coast for what the White House had described early last month as "counter-narcotics operations".

And now the Associated Press has unearthed the stunning details of a prior failed coup attempt that seem straight out of a Hollywood script, given it involved a plot centered on about 300 “heavily armed volunteers” who unsuccessfully tried to topple Nicolas Maduro in a “private coup” allegedly funded by US billionaires.

The American overseer of the whole operation was a former Green Beret who ran secret training camps in neighboring Colombia, with the aim to infiltrate the group into Venezuela in order to fuel momentum for a broader 'armed popular uprising' à la covert CIA-style Syria regime change ops.

The details are as follows according to the AP:

The plan was simple, but perilous. Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America. Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country and ignite a popular rebellion that would end in President Nicolás Maduro’s arrest.

What could go wrong? As it turns out, pretty much everything.

The ringleader of the plot is now jailed in the U.S. on narcotics charges. Authorities in the U.S. and Colombia are asking questions about the role of his muscular American adviser, a former Green Beret. And dozens of desperate combatants who flocked to secret training camps in Colombia said they have been left to fend for themselves amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And like other more recent disastrous failed plots to oust the socialist strongman in Caracas, such as last year's short-lived rebellion a small group of Juan Guaido loyal officers, AP reports the "The failed attempt to start an uprising collapsed under the collective weight of skimpy planning, feuding among opposition politicians and a poorly trained force that stood little chance of beating the Venezuelan military."
After leaving the Army in 2016, Goudreau worked as a private security contractor in Puerto Rico and set up Silvercorp USA in 2018. Image via SilvercorpsUSA/Daily Mail.

It's unclear the extent to which it had the official backing or coordination with US intelligence, or the degree to which it was an entirely private, 'rogue' undertaking, though Venezuelan state media has slammed the newly emerged plot as another failed CIA coup attempt.

Though at times while pitching and discussing his plan, ex-Green Beret Goudrea — who in 2018 established his private security firm Silvercorp USA — had contact with individuals linked to President Trump (such as a veteran personal bodyguard of Trump's) as well as a who's who of shady defected Venezuelan military officers, the AP report claims that any Washington officials or people of influence who caught a whiff of his bizarre plan rejected it and distanced themselves from it.

lt all began, according to the AP, after April 2019 with what's colorfully described as a “Star Wars summit of anti-Maduro goofballs”. The report details:

Planning for the incursion began after an April 30, 2019, barracks revolt by a cadre of soldiers who swore loyalty to Maduro’s would-be replacement, Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the U.S. and some 60 other nations as Venezuela’s rightful leader. Contrary to U.S. expectations at the time, key Maduro aides never joined with the opposition and the government quickly quashed the uprising.

A few weeks later, some soldiers and politicians involved in the failed rebellion retreated to the JW Marriott in Bogota, Colombia. The hotel was a center of intrigue among Venezuelan exiles. For this occasion, conference rooms were reserved for what one participant described as the “Star Wars summit of anti-Maduro goofballs” — military deserters accused of drug trafficking, shady financiers and former Maduro officials seeking redemption.

Among those angling in the open lobby was Jordan Goudreau, an American citizen and three-time Bronze Star recipient for bravery in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a medic in U.S. Army special forces, according to five people who met with the former soldier.

Those he interacted with in the U.S. and Colombia described him in interviews alternately as a freedom-loving patriot, a mercenary and a gifted warrior scarred by battle and in way over his head.

The 43-year old Goudreau soon landed a spot helping to organize security for the February 2019 controversial 'Live Aid freedom-type' opposition supporting concert put on by British billionaire Richard Branson, held on the Venezuelan-Colombian border.
British billionaire Richard Branson on the Venezuelan-Colombian border at his concern in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido, via Getty Images/Daily Mail.

Goudreau had later written of the event: “Controlling chaos on the Venezuela border where a dictator looks on with apprehension,” according to an Instagram post showing him working the concert, which attempted to gem up popular support for ousting Maduro.

The invasion plans involving 300 trained and armed rebel soldiers hinged on Goudreau working closely with a ringleader of the Venezuelan military deserters, Cliver Alcalá, previously a retired major general in Venezuela’s army, as AP continues:

Goudreau told Alcalá his company could prepare the men for battle, according to the three sources. The two sides discussed weapons and equipment for the volunteer army, with Goudreau estimating a budget of around $1.5 million for a rapid strike operation.

Goudreau told participants at the meeting that he had high-level contacts in the Trump administration who could assist the effort, although he offered few details, the three people said. Over time, many of the people involved in the plan to overthrow Maduro would come to doubt his word.

From the outset, the audacious plan split an opposition coalition already sharply divided by egos and strategy. There were concerns that Alcalá, with a murky past and ties to the regime through a brother who was Maduro’s ambassador to Iran, couldn’t be trusted. Others worried about going behind the backs of their Colombian allies and the U.S. government.

However, training camps along the border appeared spartan and ill-prepared, with recruits sleeping in barren conditions with lack of enough food and weaponry.
Goudreau marketing himself as a slick head of a multi-national contractor firm, via SilvercorpUSA/Daily Mail.

But documented evidence shows plans for major weapons shipments, some of which reportedly did arrive and were later recovered inside Venezuela's borders by Maduro's military:

The volunteers also shared with Mattos a three-page document listing supplies needed for a three-week operation, which he provided to AP. Items included 320 M4 assault rifles, an anti-tank rocket launcher, Zodiac boats, $1 million in cash and state-of-the-art night vision goggles. The document’s metadata indicates it was created by Goudreau on June 16.

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of cowboys in this business who try to peddle their military credentials into a big pay day,” said Mattos.

The CIA among other US agencies would deny ever having anything to do with Goudreau and the ultimately failed plan.

However, the report emphasizes it had the support of particular American billionaire businessmen. AP describes:

When the Colombians checked with their CIA counterparts in Bogota, they were told that the former Green Beret was never an agent. Alcalá was then told by his hosts to stop talking about an invasion or face expulsion, the former Colombian official said.

It’s unclear where Alcalá and Goudreau got their backing, and whatever money was collected for the initiative appears to have been meager. One person who allegedly promised support was Roen Kraft, an eccentric descendant of the cheese-making family who — along with former Trump bodyguard Schiller — was among those meeting with opposition envoys in Miami and Washington.

At some point, Kraft started raising money among his own circle of fellow trust-fund friends for what he described as a “private coup” to be carried out by Silvercorp, according to two businessmen whom he asked for money.

Getty images

The ragtag poorly planned 'invasion' was thwarted by the Venezuelan military essentially at the border from the start:

The plot quickly crumbled in early March when one of the volunteer combatants was arrested after sneaking across the border into Venezuela from Colombia.

Shortly after, Colombian police stopped a truck transporting a cache of brand new weapons and tactical equipment worth around $150,000, including spotting scopes, night vision goggles, two-way radios and 26 American-made assault rifles with the serial numbers rubbed off. Fifteen brown-colored helmets were manufactured by High-End Defense Solutions, a Miami-based military equipment vendor owned by a Venezuelan immigrant family.

Currently, the main organizers, including Alcalá and Goudreau himself, are in prison. The ex-Green Beret is now in US federal custody reportedly on narcotic charges, but the details remain unclear.




コロンビアから武装ゲリラがベネズエラに侵入未遂

Venezuela Reports Attempted Naval Invasion by Mercenaries From Colombia – Photos, Videos
14:41 GMT 03.05.2020
https://sputniknews.com/latam/202005031079182866-venezuela-reports-attempted-naval-invasion-by-mercenaries-from-colombia--photos-videos/

Venezuela and Colombia have had strained relations for years, with Caracas accusing Bogota of financing and otherwise supporting political forces seeking to overthrow the Maduro government.

The Venezuelan armed forces and police have thwarted an attempted naval invasion by mercenaries attempting to enter the country by sea from neighbouring Colombia, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol has announced.

“We would like to inform and denounce to the national and international community that early this morning, May 3, 2020, a group of terrorist mercenaries coming from Colombia attempted a sea invasion, with the objective to commit terrorist attacks in our country, assassinate leaders of the revolutionary government and to increase the spiral of violence, generate chaos and confusion among the population, and with this, to attempt a new coup d’état,” Reverol said, speaking on Venezuelan television Sunday morning.

4月29日、米国のコロナ死者数58,365人は、ベトナム戦争での戦死者58,220人を超えた

Why Vietnam won and US lost their Covid-19 wars
America's Covid-19 death toll surpasses number of Vietnam War fatalities while its ex-battlefield foe reports no virus deaths to date
by Richard S Ehrlich April 29, 2020
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/why-vietnam-won-and-us-lost-their-covid-19-wars/

More Americans have died from Covid-19 than were killed during the Vietnam War, a grim milestone coinciding with Hanoi officially reporting zero deaths from the coronavirus.

“Fighting the epidemic is like fighting against the enemy,” the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has declared.

As of Wednesday (April 29), at least 58,365 Americans have died from the virus, according to a Johns Hopkins University-run tracker of cases and deaths worldwide.

At least 58,220 Americans were killed in the 16-year Vietnam War, starting with two American advisors in 1959 and ending in 1975 when US forces retreated in defeat from communist forces.
ATF

The former battlefield adversaries’ current Covid-19 tolls would be proportionately equal if America’s 58,365 deaths among its 329 million population were matched by 17,166 fatalities among Vietnam’s 97 million citizens.

But Vietnam recorded zero coronavirus deaths as of Tuesday (April 28), the government’s National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control said.

The country has confirmed a minuscule 270 coronavirus cases nationwide, despite sharing a border with China, the initial viral epicenter of the pandemic.

Vietnam’s actual toll could be higher because of the relatively low number of 88,000 coronavirus tests conducted, but it still likely has one of the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates in the world.
A woman wearing face mask carries a bag of free rice at the St. Joseph’s cathedral in the old quarters of Hanoi on April 27, 2020. Photo: AFP/ Nhac Nguyen

“Our team up in Hanoi is working very, very closely with their Ministry of Health counterparts,” said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s representative in Thailand, John MacArthur.

“The communications I’ve had with my Vietnam team is that at this point in time, [they] don’t have any indication that those numbers are false,” MacArthur said, according to US National Public Radio.

Despite America’s position and resources as a superpower, compared with Vietnam’s status as a developing nation, Washington did not move as fast as Hanoi in responding to Covid-19’s potential threat in the beginning, losing valuable time which no doubt contributed to the high US death toll.

The US also did not coordinate the information in their health and safety messages to the public, or blanket the country with broadcasts, print media, street posters and other ubiquitous warnings and reminders which Hanoi did on a scale reflecting its mass mobilization efforts during the war.

Hanoi’s impressive twin successes – both against America during the war and now in containing the spread of Covid-19 – have been achieved by commanding citizens to act, manipulating media and controlling public and private enterprises.

The Communist Party’s tight hold on then-North Vietnam, and on today’s united Vietnam, have enabled Hanoi to respond with comparatively limited resources.

On April 23, some offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, tourist sites, sports venues and other places in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere, reopened for the first time since scattered lockdowns began on April 1.

The government relaxed the nationwide lockdown because no new infections were reported since April 16, a success which continued on Tuesday (April 28).

High-risk places such as beauty parlors, festivals, zoos and other businesses where people easily mingle, remain shut. The provinces of Bac Ninh and Ha Giang and some neighborhoods in the capital Hanoi also remained under partial lockdown.

“We need to learn to adapt to live with the pandemic,” Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced.

“We must not let it destroy our economy or our country. We need to put our people’s lives first and continue to take drastic measures to control the disease.”

The government’s new “live together safely” strategy allows people to work, but they must maintain social distancing, frequently wash their hands, and submit to health checks when traveling between provinces.

International flights remain curbed but some air travel and public transport within Vietnam is beginning again. Schools are scheduled to restart soon.

“Passengers are requested to refrain from talking and eating, and wear face masks on public vehicles,” the Vietnam Government Portal’s news reported.

The US however responded with a patchwork of lockdowns with varying restrictions, with some states and major cities relatively unaffected by mandatory controls while other states and large cities implemented strict stay-at-home orders.

Those uneven responses also began on different days, allowing the coronavirus to spread from locations that eventually did lockdown and infect places which remained open.

Vietnam’s strategy and staff also benefitted from lessons learned from dealing with previous China-borne and cross-border diseases such as SARS, bird flu, and swine flu.

Vietnam’s timeline reveals its winning strategy. On January 16, the Heath Ministry alerted government officials on how to stem an expected virus outbreak.

The ministry told hundreds of Vietnam’s hospitals and clinics on January 21 to start preparing for cases.

Hanoi confirmed its first cases on January 23, when doctors treated two Chinese citizens who had traveled around the country after flying in from Wuhan on January 13.

A National Steering Committee on Epidemic Prevention was established on January 30 when the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the virus was a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

Early in February, Hanoi began warning the public and created an informational website in the Internet-savvy country.

Selective lockdowns cleared Hanoi’s crowded streets and some other cities and villages, while allowing people to shop for food and essentials.

Police issued fines for not wearing a mask in public, threatened imprisonment if a maskless person infected anyone, and banned gatherings of 20 or more people.
A Vietnamese policeman wearing a protective face mask in Hanoi on February 11, 2020. Photo: AFP/Nhac Nguyen

Hanoi began quarantining villages in February whenever they reported Covid-19 cases. Teams went door-to-door in neighborhoods suspected of having infections.

WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Director Takeshi Kasai said last week, “They’re really doing their part,” by quarantining about 80,000 people. “I think that’s the reason why they were able to continue to keep the number [of infections] small.”

Tens of thousands of people, including visitors and citizens arriving from abroad, were quarantined in guarded dormitory camps dotted throughout Vietnam. Soldiers left breakfast, lunch and dinner outside each room.

Vietnam quickly stopped flights and overland travel in the first week of March to and from China, which shares a border with northern Vietnam.

By March, officials were also monitoring incoming international passengers, and banned all foreign entries after March 22, except for Vietnamese citizens returning home and other individuals, who all had to undergo a two-week quarantine.

When Hanoi’s prestigious Bach Mai Hospital and, in Ho Chi Minh City, the Buddha Bar, were identified as clusters of infection, a widespread lockdown was declared on April 1.

Hanoi’s success contrasted with Washington’s fumbling comes on the 45th anniversary of America’s defeat in Vietnam, displaying again the impressive, unexpected strength of the small Southeast Asian nation which still suffers deep war scars but no Covid-19 deaths.

Richard S Ehrlich is a Bangkok-based American correspondent reporting from Asia since 1978.

CIAが資金提供した精神医学研究が軍による拷問に貢献した事実を暴いたドキュメンタリーをBBCが放映

CIA-Funded Experiments and Psychological Torture Techniques Exposed By Director of New BBC Doc
07:00 GMT 01.05.2020
by Mohamed Elmaazi
https://sputniknews.com/interviews/202005011079145357-director-of-bbc-documentary-reveals-how-cia-funded-human-experiments-led-to-psychological-torture/

UN torture expert Nils Melzer drafted a report on psychological torture after previewing a new film on its modern origins. The documentary shows how a well-respected Scottish psychiatrist was covertly funded by the CIA to experiment on his patients in Canada.

Stephen Bennett's documentary Eminent Monsters: A Manual for Modern Torture examines the history of CIA-funded human experiments as part of a "brainwashing" programme codenamed MK Ultra. The results of these experiments would later inform psychological torture techniques used by the British in Northern Ireland and US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bennett is an award-winning freelance documentary filmmaker whose films and TV programmes include The Walking Wounded, Choose Life and Darren McGarvey’s Scotland which has been nominated for the Orwell Prize. Eminent Monsters will be broadcast on 5 May at 10PM on BBC Scotland and on BBC iPlayer. People who live outside of the UK and Canada can view it now via Vimeo on Demand.

(以下省略)

ロックダウンでコロナ封印できない 2年間集団感染を覚悟せよ ミネソタ大学専門家

ミネソタ大学の感染症研究所は、ロックダウンしたところで、感染しても無症状のことが多い新型コロナの封印を確認することは困難である。2年ほど集団感染を受け入れたほうがいいとする報告書を公表した。

・・・平たく言うと、今政府がやっていることは間違いだということですね。



New Coronavirus Study Claims Outbreak Will Last Longer Than 2 Years As 2/3rds Of Humanity Infected
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 23:00
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/new-coronavirus-study-claims-outbreak-will-last-longer-2-years-23rds-humanity-infected
(報告書原文)
https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part1.pdf

It's been a while since we saw a study projecting an extremely dire endgame for the coronavirus outbreak.

Yet, as the battle over whether to reopen immediately or wait a few more weeks becomes almost universally-partisan, a non-peer-reviewed study out of the midwest projected that the virus could kick around for another 2 years, and that the outbreak won't subside until more than 60% of the global population is immune, Bloomberg reports.

According to the research from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last as long as two years and won’t be controlled until about two-thirds of the world’s population is immune.

The report was written by CIDRAP director Michael Osterholm and medical director Kristen Moore, Tulane University public health historian John Barry, and Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, whose name has appeared on other important coronavirus research and commentary.

Furthermore, because so many of those infected by the virus are asymptomatic or mostly asymptomatic, lockdowns and other aggressive measures might not be enough to stamp it out completely. This 'invisibility' is what makes SARS-CoV-2 such a challenging virus to contain.

This might help explain why Sweden's approach has been so popular, while offering perhaps the best argument yet for why states might as well reopen. According to the researchers, the virus will likely keep on coming in waves perhaps until the end of 2022, or even longer, as drug companies scramble to develop a vaccine, or a cure.

コロナに汚染されていない米空母トルーマンは無期限出動中

明らかになっているだけで空母4隻がコロナ汚染で出動できない状態にある米国海軍。いまだ汚染されていないトルーマンは貴重な存在で、母港に戻る予定を延期させ、無期限に出動させている状態。関連記事



"The Last Ship": US Navy Keeping COVID-19 "Clean" Carrier Out At Sea Indefinitely
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 20:20
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/last-ship-us-navy-keeping-covid-19-clean-ships-out-sea-indefinitely

The US Navy is keeping warships with crew deemed "clean" — that is, completely free of coronavirus cases — deployed for an additional length of time with no port calls and no deployment end date amid a worsening crisis aboard other ships, as Reuters reports:

On any given day, the U.S. aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman can be found off the Atlantic coast of the United States, probably somewhere between Virginia and Florida. Its crew would love to come home to their families. But they can’t. They’re just too valuable right now.

That’s because the Truman is a “clean” ship, free from the coronavirus thanks to a longer-than-expected deployment at sea that started in November. The deployment has kept its battle-ready 4,500 crew out of reach of a pandemic that is wreaking havoc elsewhere in the Navy.

コロナ 間違ったモデルに基づく間違った対策に、政府はまだ固執している

新型コロナ対策として、複数の専門家が様々なモデルをもとにそれぞれ異なる政策を政府に提言してきた。それらのうち、死者を極端に多く見積もったモデルを政府が採用したことが世界的なロックダウンにつながったが、今日までに、死者がそこまで多く発生した事実はどこにもなく、いわゆる専門家が提示したモデルが大きな間違いの第一歩であったことが判明した。少な目に見積もった専門家の試算も、現実から大きく外れていた。間違ったモデルに基づく間違った対策に、政府はまだ固執している



A Protest from France
04/30/2020
Jörg Guido Hülsmann
https://mises.org/wire/protest-france

After WWI, the distinguished British economist Edwin Cannan was asked, somewhat reproachfully, what he did during the terrible war years. He replied: “I protested.” The present article is a similar protest against the current lockdown policies put into place in most countries of the Western world to confront the current coronavirus pandemic.

Here in France, where I live and work, President Macron announced on Thursday, March 12, that all schools and universities would be shut down on the following Monday. On that Monday, then, he appeared on TV again and announced that the entire population would be confined starting the very next day. The only exceptions would be “necessary” activities, especially medical services, energy production, security, and food production and distribution. This policy response was apparently coordinated with other European governments. Italy, Germany, and Spain have applied essentially the same measures.

(以下省略)

民族別コロナ病院死亡率 イギリスの場合

インパキ系と中国人は独立の項目が立ててあり、
日本人は「Other Asians」に分類される。Covid-BAME-death-rate.jpg
(注)入院患者の死亡率の統計であり、コロナ死亡者全員に関する統計ではない。

Death rate among black and Asian Brits is more than 2.5 TIMES higher than that of the white population, according to stark analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies

Covid death rate in Black African Britons three times white British population
Deaths in Pakistanis 2.7 times higher, for Black Caribbeans it is 1.8 times greater
IFS report is the first to strip out age, geography and gender as risk factors

By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 00:05 BST, 1 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8276097/Clear-disparity-ethnic-groups-Covid-19-deaths-IFS-study.html

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トランプ「コロナは中国から来た」 ← 全てのウィルスはよそ者です

How to think post-Planet Lockdown
The times call for acting as poets instead of politicians
by Pepe Escobar April 28, 2020
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/how-to-think-post-planet-lockdown/

Between unaccountability of elites and total fragmentation of civil society, Covid-19 as a circuit breaker is showing how the king – systemic design – is naked.

We are being sucked into a danse macabre of multiple complex systems “colliding into one another,” producing all kinds of mostly negative feedback loops.

What we already know for sure, as Shoshana Zuboff detailed in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is that “industrial capitalism followed its own logic of shock and awe” to conquer nature. But now surveillance capitalism “has human nature in its sights.”

(中略)

I have a cold. The virus is a rhizome.

Remember when Trump said this was a “foreign virus”?

All viruses are foreign – by definition.

But Trump, of course, never read Naked Lunch Grandmaster William Burroughs.

Burroughs: “The word is a virus.”

ドイツ コロナ抗体保持者だけに行動の自由を認める案を検討中

新型コロナが、あの「ペスト」より危険度の高い感染症であるという学問的裏付けがないので、この議論を進める理由がないと思う。
‘Immunity’ with benefits? Germans worried as govt mulls IDs ‘making life easier’ for Covid-19 survivors
30 Apr, 2020 13:52
https://www.rt.com/news/487356-germany-coronavirus-immunity-passports/

イスラエル最大の銀行が米国で76億ドルの脱税指南、罰金874百万支払い

あれだけ米国のお世話になっているイスラエルが、米国で脱税指南しているんだから、ユダヤ人がどんな民族集団かわかるというもの。



Israel’s largest bank agrees to $874mn fine for conspiring to help US citizens hide $7.6 BILLION in assets overseas
1 May, 2020 05:04
https://www.rt.com/business/487484-israeli-bank-874-million-fine/

The top bank in Israel will hand over just shy of $900 million to the US Treasury after it was implicated in a tax evasion scheme, helping Americans to hide billions of dollars in wealth in thousands of foreign accounts.

Bank Hapoalim BM, as well as its Swiss subsidiary, agreed to pay the damages after submitting a guilty plea over allegations that it concealed some $7.6 billion in over 5,500 secret Swiss and Israeli bank accounts, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday. The $874 million sum is the second-largest recovered by the Treasury in an offshore tax evasion case since 2008, the DOJ added.

“Today, Bank Hapoalim is being held accountable for its conduct – it has admitted to its crimes and will surrender all fees it earned, repay the United States for lost tax revenue, and pay a substantial fine,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman.

At least four senior bank executives, including two former board members, were “directly involved” in the tax avoidance scheme, according to US officials. They were implicated in the conspiracy in a years-long joint investigation by the DOJ, the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal division and US attorneys.
Also on rt.com Tax evasion helps US corporations steal $180bn from the rest of the world every year

“Today’s resolutions and payment of $874 million make clear that tax evasion cannot be taken lightly,” deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said, adding that “a fair tax system requires even-handed compliance, and honest conduct by all participants in the system.”

In a separate case brought by the US government, Hapoalim was accused of murky dealings with FIFA and laundering over $20 million in kickbacks and bribes to the international football organization’s officials. The bank will pay $30 million for its role in that plot, which was merely one facet of its broader money-hiding operation.

Primarily a retail bank, Hapoalim has some 250 branches in Israel and manages more than 2.5 million accounts in total, the DOJ said, while the Swiss subsidiary is based in Zurich and at various times during the US investigation kept branches in Geneva, Luxembourg and Singapore.