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.