Volume 76, no. 11 November 2020
Great “resets”—or revolutions—aim to destroy the old order and rebuild from scratch. Books have been burned, monuments torn down, streets and cities renamed. The French revolutionaries even abolished the seven-day week, renamed months, and designated 1792, when the National Convention had proclaimed France a republic, to be year 1.
Stalin’s boldest statement in support of Marxism’s contention that all previous history had been an abomination, and of the Communist Party’s right to crush its enemies, was the 1931 demolition of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior—by some measures Christendom’s biggest church. “It is difficult to over-emphasize the importance of civilization’s symbols,” writes Angelo Codevilla. “Suffice it to note that in 1990, as the Soviet Union was collapsing, Russia’s impoverished people set about rebuilding that cathedral to its precise specifications” (tinyurl.com/yxz6fqd2).
Past revolutionary efforts ultimately failed, perhaps because the disruptions were too rapid and not global. Marxists learned patience, incrementalism, infiltration—and masking.
Today’s “millenarian mobs” imagine that they are fighting for social justice when they are actually pawns of an uberwealthy elite whose objective is to demolish the old order and maintain and expand its own wealth and power (ibid.).
“Follow the Science”
Parts of America resemble the fictional Edgestow in the 1945 novel That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis, where the National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E.) used “science,” or that which it passed off as science, to try to control the social order and “create a new type of man” (tinyurl.com/y6dbgj34).
“One house out of three is empty. About half the shops have their windows boarded up. Many of these have been requisitioned and bear white placards with the N.I.C.E. symbol…. At every street corner saunters the N.I.C.E. police…. And ‘Emergency Regulations’ notices are posted everywhere.”
Now, Anthony Fauci has audaciously declared that combating infectious disease requires the mindboggling task of “rebuilding the infrastructures of human existence,” writes Wesley Smith. Accomplishing these “radical changes” requires “strengthening the [UN]…, particularly the World Health Organization [WHO].” His advocacy for an international rule-by-experts technocracy appeared in the respected journal Cell (tinyurl.com/y6jzftmr).
Who Will Rule?
Well-organized violent socialist insurgencies, such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, are well funded by giant corporations and billionaires. For the funders, “woke” or socialist ideology is a means. The desired end is corporate monopoly. Their main competitor is small business, which is receiving a “one-two punch” from the government lockdowns and riots, explains Michael Rectenwald, author of The Google Archipelago. (tinyurl.com/y5oarhg5). Even with federal loans, half of small businesses may close for good, while Amazon, Facebook, Walmart, and other giants profit handsomely.
The new monopoly would be a coup d’état for the technocracy envisaged by Patrick Wood (youtu.be/B9LdAjWNOTc): a rule by experts engaged in the “science of social engineering.” While the concept dates back to the 1930s, “in the Great Panic of 2020…the technocrats…have finally succeeded in springing the trap on the entire planet” (https://tinyurl.com/yxzv5rvx).
“The Great Reset of Capitalism,” according to World Economic Forum founder and executive chair Klaus Schwab, involves radical change, not just in all industries but in every aspect of society, from education to the social contract (tinyurl.com/y3hcsjg9).
The technology for controlling information flow has surpassed the imagination of C.S. Lewis or George Orwell. Google Search has been called “the greatest mind control brainwashing tool in the history of mankind.” But there’s more.
Schwab foresees that artificial intelligence, neurotechnology, and biotechnology “will challenge our understanding of what it means to be human, from both a biological and a social standpoint” (https://tinyurl.com/y36lmelh). In the new epoch, “the history of mankind will actually begin….The rule of civilization will then be known as the second ‘prehistoric’ period,” writes Kathleen Marquardt (https://tinyurl.com/y3zzt2zg). There will be no return to the “normal.”
The Great Reset campaign is to begin in earnest in January.
The “Global Spring” might sound appealing in the tuneful setting of John Lennon’s song Imagine—no heaven, no hell, no countries, no religion, no possessions (tinyurl.com/y2vtyy26), but it leads to a topsy-turvy world that always sides with the lesser and against the better (https://tinyurl.com/y4xvssyc).
As to ethics, Dennis Prager writes that he was wrong to say the left’s moral compass is broken. “The left doesn’t have one.”
The pressure to reset and the great chasm in society, which began in the late 19th or early 20th century, results from a change in the concept of the truth, writes theologian Francis Schaeffer in The God That Is There. Previously, even people who had profound disagreements understood each other because they shared the presupposition that something cannot be both “A” and “not A.”
Without the concept that absolute truth exists, and that right and wrong (and reality) are not constructed at the whim of rulers, civilization cannot endure.
NIH Déjà Vu
In 1977, research in leukemia patients showed that prophylactic treatment with Bactrim™ (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim) was effective in preventing death from pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). In some transplant centers, patients also received this prophylaxis—without further study.
In 1987, when tens of thousands of people with AIDS were dying of PCP, activists asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, effectively the AIDS czar at the National Institutes of Health, to make guidelines to physicians suggesting that they consider using Bactrim preventively. Dr. Fauci refused, demanding data.
Because the federal government strongly discouraged the use of a cheap generic, expensive aerosolized pentamidine, which proved both dangerous and less effective, was pursued instead (tinyurl.com/y2ct4sp4).
Dr. Samuel Broder, then head of the National Cancer Institute, felt it justifiable to discourage the use of PCP prophylaxis on the grounds that the introduction of Zidovudine (AZT) would make this practice redundant! This objection was raised without any evidence that AZT could prevent PCP (ibid.).
In 1987, the FDA rushed to approve AZT, originally intended as an anticancer drug but shelved because of toxicity and ineffectiveness. At the time the most expensive drug in history and extremely profitable for Burroughs Wellcome, it did not stop deaths in AIDS. But Dr. Fauci nonetheless pushed to expand its prescription beyond the critically ill (tinyurl.com/y5rlmpb2).
NIH refused to fund research on Bactrim. By the time results of a study funded by AIDS activists were available in 1989, 17,000 more patients had died of PCP (interview of Dr. Harvey Risch by Mark Levin, https://tinyurl.com/y4v2s4cn).
Pre- and post-exposure (PrEP and PEP) with a cocktail of antivirals is now standard of care for HIV/AIDS.
In 2020, Fauci denies any benefit from using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in COVID-19 out-patients, citing lack of randomized, controlled trials. He calls remdesivir the standard of care. NIH guidelines as of Oct 22 (tinyurl.com/y7clu26f) call for no specific antiviral or immunomodulatory therapy until patient is hospitalized and requires supplementary oxygen. At that point, remdesivir is added. Dexamethasone is added only if patient cannot take remdesivir or high-flow oxygen or ventilation is needed. (By the time oxygen is needed, mortality is 13% [https://tinyurl.com/y4sqoks6]). Antithrombotics are recommended only as adjunctive therapy, and there is said to be insufficient data to recommend for or against routine measurement of coagulation parameters to guide management! The Guidelines Panel recommends against the use of any agents for PrEP or PEP outside a clinical trial. The war against prophylaxis and early treatment with HCQ could cause 100,000 needless deaths, states Dr. Risch (https://tinyurl.com/yyxnr5ea).
Remdesivir was abandoned after lackluster testing in Ebola. A WHO-sponsored study of its use in COVID-19 showed little to no benefit (tinyurl.com/y3tr7o59), though an NIAID-funded study, in which the manufacturer Gilead Sciences participated, showed a shortened recovery time (tinyurl.com/y7up8k42).
“History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.”
James Anthony Froude (1818-1894)
ACTION OF THE MONTH
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Vaccine Trial Protocols
“Covid-19 Vaccine Protocols Reveal That Trials Are Designed To Succeed,” writes William Haseltine, former professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health (https://tinyurl.com/y4zoeg7l).
Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson, which make the leading candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine likely to be released soon, have published their vaccine trial protocols, an unusually transparent action.
While the trials involve from 30,000 to 60,000 participants, each study intends to complete interim and primary analyses that include at most 164 participants. Companies probably intend to apply for an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on limited preliminary results. “It appears that all the pharmaceutical companies assume that the vaccine will never prevent infection. Their criteria for approval is the difference in symptoms between an infected control group and an infected vaccine group.”
Clearly, “the vaccines currently under trial will not be the silver bullet needed to end the pandemic.”
If the vaccines do not win FDA approval or an EUA, billions of dollars will have been wasted. Pfizer has set up the biggest vaccine distribution program in history, to deliver more than a billion doses—that must be kept at -70°C (tinyurl.com/y38x64wj). On an investment of about $2 billion, the company could earn a windfall of $15 billion (https://tinyurl.com/y4459b9u). Warp-speed approval is possible, as shown by approval of remdesivir despite unimpressive trials. Oddly, although Gilead Science stock rose from about 60 to 65 on the new, it was at 110 in 2015. Are patent disputes expected?
Flashback: WHO Warned against Culture of Fear
In 2011, an article in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization stated: “The repeated pandemic health scares caused by an avian H5N1 and a new A(H1N1) human influenza virus are part of the culture of fear. Worst-case thinking replaced balanced risk assessment. Worst-case thinking is motivated by the belief that the danger we face is so overwhelmingly catastrophic that we must act immediately” (tinyurl.com/y4enburr).
With COVID-19, this warning has been disregarded in most of the world. Over the next decade, the lockdowns will cause loss of 14 million life-years, according to predictions by PANDA (Pandemics, Data and Analytics, www.pandata19.org). Members authored the Great Barrington Declaration (gbdeclaration.org). An extensive compilation of worldwide data on the site includes death rates over time juxtaposed with lockdown stringency.
Nov 7. Board of Directors meeting (virtual)
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2021. 78th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
From the Archives
Dictators Agree on Need for Socialized Medicine
“A reader recently criticized the Chicago Catholic for giving a half page of space to Sen. Edward Kennedy’s program for national health insurance, which the reader said ‘is more accurately titled socialized medicine.’
“Said the reader, Arthur L. Conrad of Bensenville, IL, ‘Every country that has tried government medicine has failed. In his book Compulsory Medical Care and the Welfare State, the late Dr. Melchior Palyi documents the cases. Socialized medicine has been used for political purposes by the dictators of history, starting with Bismarck.
“Palyi puts it well: ‘All modern dictators—communist, fascist, or disguised—have at least one thing in common…especially in coercing people into governmentalized medicine.’”
AAPS Newsletter, September 1979
“The Constitution does not provide for its own suspension, under some Rule of Necessity, only for temporary suspension of the right of habeas corpus,” wrote the Constitution Society in 1995 (https://tinyurl.com/y49kmmtu). Yet, Senate Report 93-549, written in 1973, said: “Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency.”
Hundreds of statutes delegate extraordinary powers to the executive. Laws in conflict with the Constitution might be called antilaw, “sometimes referred to by the euphemism ‘public policy.’” The “dysfunctional situation is exacerbated by pervasive corruption that infects almost every level and agency of government and institution of society.” Returning to the Rule of Law will be a difficult transition that could lead to collapse and chaos.
Mask Up, or Lose Your License?
A message that went out to all Colorado occupational license holders from the Department of Regulatory Agencies concerning Labor Day Guidance stated: “Please know that if you violate current public health orders, depending on the nature of the violation, regulatory action may be taken against your license.”
DORA stated that the slight uptick in cases in mid-July was “no doubt due in part to Independence Day celebrations that were not in compliance with public health orders and best practices” such as masks and social distancing. A physician asks whether his medical license can be threatened if he is at his child’s lacrosse games outdoors not wearing a mask like 80–90% of all parents.
FSMB Statement on Masks
On Oct 6, the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Medical Boards released the following statement in response to reports from a number of state medical boards of complaints they are receiving about physicians and physician assistants failing to wear face coverings during patient care:
“Wearing a face covering is a harm-reduction strategy to help limit the spread of COVID-19, especially since physical distancing is not possible in health care settings. When seeing patients during in-person clinical encounters, physicians and physician assistants have a professional responsibility to wear a facial covering for their own protection, as well as that of their patients and society as a whole” (https://tinyurl.com/y44x67ul).
Tip of the Month: State medical boards, rather than the FTC or FDA, are the most likely to retaliate against a physician for promoting hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). The FTC typically merely warns physicians and gives them an opportunity to revise website wording. The FTC rarely sues over promotion of medication. The FDA has no authority to complain about off-label prescribing of any approved drug, which HCQ is. Medical boards in some states, not all, have been harassing physicians with demands for records, but no disciplinary actions have yet been attempted.
DOJ, 11 States Sue Google for Antitrust
In what it calls the most important antitrust case in a generation, the U.S. Dept. of Justice and 11 states have filed suit against Google (https://tinyurl.com/y4tbr4ja).
“Google and its fellow Big Tech monopolists exercise unprecedented power over the lives of ordinary Americans, controlling everything from the news we read to the security of our most personal information,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “And Google in particular has gathered and maintained that power through illegal means.”
British Columbia Court Rules against Private Care
After a 4-year trial, Justice John Steeves of the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that orthopaedic surgeon Brian Day and other plaintiffs failed to show that patients’ rights are being infringed by the Medicare Protection Act. Patients have no constitutional right to pay privately for care when wait times exceed benchmarks in the public system.
British Columbia’s health minister Adrian Dix says the decision “highlights the significant role of the public health-care system as a cornerstone of Canada’s identity.”
Private clinics are not illegal, but billing for medically necessary services violates the Canada Health Act. Doctors can opt out but may not bill in both the public and private sectors.
In April 2018, Dix announced that doctors who bill patients extra for covered services could face initial fines of $10,000 as part of amendments that had not been enforced for 15 years. Dr. Day sought and won an injunction to stop enforcement until the validity of the fines could be determined at trial. These will now be decided after a review of the 880-page ruling.
Dr. Ann Collins, head of the Canadian Medical Association, which Dr. Day led in 2006, agreed with Steeves’s ruling that patients should have timely and equitable access to care not based on how much money they have (tinyurl.com/yymsnsx2).
The case is likely headed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which decided in favor of Quebec family physician Jacque Chaoulli in 2005. Dr. Chaoulli writes: “The right of free citizens to spend their own money as they see fit on their own medical care is a moral precept that is fundamental to a free society” (tinyurl.com/y3aysnng). The Day case raises the same issues (tinyurl.com/yxgrxea5). However the composition of the court has changed, and Chaoulli was severely criticized; this precedent could be reversed (tinyurl.com/y24c75jn).
Dr. Fauci’s Credentials. According to published information, Anthony Fauci graduated from medical school in 1966 and completed an internal medicine residency. He joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 1968 as a clinical associate in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, a year before he could have completed a 3-year residency. He ascended the bureaucratic ladder very fast and never practiced clinical medicine. Yet he is supposed to be the foremost U.S. ID specialist.
Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY
The COVID Expert. Joe Biden said, “If I’m elected, I’ll immediately reach out to Dr. Fauci and ask him to continue his incredible service to our country.” Dr. Fauci is an internist with no special training in infectious diseases or allergy/immunology, but he became an “expert” by hitching his wagon to a government research agency. In “White Coat Supremacy and Cancel Culture,” Lloyd Billingsley (https://tinyurl.com/yyln6grz) describes Dr. Fauci’s record of attacking dissenters. While cancelling scientists skeptical of the HIV/AIDS hypothesis, Fauci actively promoted ACT UP founder Larry Kramer, who claimed that AIDS had nothing to do with toxic drugs and unsafe sex and everything to do with lack of spending by the federal government.
Angelo Codevilla called Fauci, the foremost pillar of COVID panic (https://tinyurl.com/yyr6f9vf), a “deep state fraud.”
John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Brownwood, TX
Collateral Damage. Whether it was a planned lockdown or one of opportunity to destroy a booming economy for the sake of political destruction of an opponent remains to be seen when the volcanic ash settles on what is left of the economy. If the lockdown continues, the middle class will be wiped out financially. In some states, for every person who has died with COVID-19, 3,000 or more people have lost their jobs permanently. People are living a virtual existence, fearful and resentful of their neighbors, encouraged by their governments to turn in potential offenders in the Orwellian lockdown. It would make the Stasi proud. Nobody must pay them to become a Snitches-R-Us tyrannical society.
Who would have thought that the only Americans courageous enough to protest the infringement on our Constitutional rights would be cosmetologists and barbers?
Ileana Johnson Paugh, E.D., https://tinyurl.com/y3bd6gov
Business Owner Speaks Out. Our local hero, Alfie Oakes, owner of Seed to Table, wrote in a Facebook post that most of his 2,300 employees have never worn a mask. “Over the past four months the few members in our company that had the slightest symptoms went to a local doctor that I will not name to protect the use of [HCQ] and vitamins. Every single employee that we sent over was better within two days.” Mr. Oakes worries that our whole way of life is at stake, in “the grand reset,” or the “4th revolution”—a surveillance state of control (tinyurl.com/y2crzo9c).
Charles McDowell, Jr, M.D., Johns Creek, GA
Relative Mortality. According to the CDC, the survival rate for COVID-19 is 99.997% at age 0-19, 99.98% at age 20-49, 99.5% at age 50-60, and 94.6% at age 70 and over. For methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA), the 30-day mortality was nearly 18%, survival about 82% (https://tinyurl.com/y54pomow).
Paul Martin Kempen, M.D., Ph.D., Weirton, WV
Resetting Education. Political and educational leaders in Chicago have joined forces to call for the abolishment of the State’s history curriculum until a more inclusive alternative can be implemented. State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford presented the plan, saying the leaders want to halt history lessons until sweeping changes can be decided upon (https://tinyurl.com/y5lel7nd).
Joseph Scherzer, M.D., Paradise Valley, AZ
Resetting Rules. Facebook used to block things that contradicted WHO. But then WHO did a backflip and called for lockdowns to stop because “the only thing lockdowns achieved was poverty” (tinyurl.com/y2pbhzn8), and people spread news about it. Now Facebook blocks WHO.
Willie Soon, Ph.D., Salem, MA
“Pre-existings.” Politicians use our medical system as a chess piece in their game of thrones. Health insurance companies make up the biggest lobbying group in this country, so they are all in bed together. The old system would charge you more if you had major medical problems. But it was still cheaper than the cost of health insurance today. We have more “coverage,” but narrow networks. More than 90% of National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers are out of network for some or all health exchange carriers in their state. The Affordable Care Act is on track to cost taxpayers $1.8 trillion over the next decade, much of that going to pay insurance companies for healthy enrollees who need massive subsidies to afford the coverage that the ACA made much more expensive. The only winners from ACA are health insurers. They raise their rates every year, and more and more people who are forced to pay for others who don’t have to are dropping out, creating an endless cycle of cost increases.
Douglas Farrago, M.D., https://tinyurl.com/y2gabe3g