I was asked this question by an American on Sunday at a beach bar.
I replied, "have you ever needed penicillin? If so, thank Britain."
Who invented the internet, trains, computers, radar, navigational instruments, threshing machines, the wireless radio, tarmac, television, cash machines, batteries and jet engines? All from Britain!
Without Britain, many "First World" countries would still need to live in mud huts and eat roaches off a stick.
In response to: The Independent
Sat, 16 July 2022 at 6:49 am
A group of eight prominent conservatives has reviewed all 64 of the court cases by former President Donald Trump and his allies in their effort to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election and found all of them to be without merit.
The group, which was comprised of former Republican senators Gordon Smith and John Danforth, several former federal judges, and other high-ranking Republican officials, released a 72-page report stating that the 2020 election was “administered by trained professionals who reaffirmed their established track record for fairness” and urged their fellow conservatives to move on.
“We urge our fellow conservatives to cease obsessing over the results of the 2020 election, and to focus instead on presenting candidates and ideas that offer a positive vision for overcoming our current difficulties and bringing greater peace, prosperity, and liberty to our nation,” the report’s authors write in the introduction.
The group reviewed cases filed in each of the states where Mr Trump was narrowly defeated and sought to overturn the result in the courts — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
In each case, in which the Trump campaign alleged a wide variety of unfounded irregularities ranging from voter fraud to election official manipulation, the group of eight was not swayed.
Under the conditions, the authors noted, it was an impressive performance of election administration.
“The performance of the system in 2020 was all the more remarkable because of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which precipitated changes on an unprecedented scope and timeline,” the authors wrote. “Some of those changes may have created possibilities for fraud, but there is no evidence that those risks materialized in reality; nor did they result in dampening voter participation—quite the opposite.”
In its investigation, the authors noted that not only was there no case of fraud large enough to change the result of an entire state, there was no instance of fraud large enough to change the result of even a single precinct.
The courts themselves agreed about the baselessness of the Trump campaign’s lawsuits. Of the 64 suits the campaign filed, 34 were dismissed. Of the 30 cases that went before a judge, Mr Trump and his allies won just won — a minor suit in Pennsylvania that did not affect the result of the election there.
In addition to its review of the court cases filed on behalf of the Trump campaign, the authors also reviewed the election audits ordered by Republican elected officials in a number of the states that Mr Trump narrowly lost and found that they too “failed to support the allegations from Trump and his supporters.”
“We conclude that Donald Trump and his supporters had their day in court and failed to produce substantive evidence to make their case,” the report reads.
But I bet my pensions the Trumpettes will still spread the lies.
And while some may lie and say that Project Veritas has never lost a court case this is only because O'Keefe always settles out of court, so he can imply he has never lost a case while admitting he is always guilty of all and any charges made against him.
O'Keefe is a little shit and anyone who follows him sinks just like him.
In an article in the UK's Daily Telegraph, a media watcher writes his own personal view on how propaganda is changing in Russia, the invasion is now about fictitious Nazis being the reason for the war, and that civilian deaths are minimal.
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Some here are lying about infection rates, so with a little research, I found they are lying as the facts show that those vaccinated although on the rare occasion may carry the virus and infect others, but it has been shown conclusively that the majority of vaccinated do not infect others, that breakthroughs are very rare and when they occur the virus load goes within a couple of days or so. Whereas unvaccinated that carry the virus will infect many and for a far longer time.
What a shame some love to lie and spread BS just for attention-seeking, taking no responsibility for their actions.
Can the vaccine change your DNA?
No. None of the vaccines that have been approved can change or edit your DNA.
In response to: The Pfizer BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines use mRNA. In our cells, mRNAs act as instructions to make all the different protein molecules which are essential for our cells and organs to work. In the case of these vaccines, they use mRNA to instruct your body to build the Covid-19’s spike protein. Your body then produces an immune response by creating antibodies to fight the virus protein. This makes your immune system ready to fight the real virus if it enters your body.
DNA is not the same as mRNA. Your DNA is in the middle of the cell (in the nucleus), whereas the mRNA vaccines do their work in the part of the cell outside of the nucleus. The mRNA does not enter the cell’s nucleus, so it cannot alter your DNA.
The Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t use mRNA - instead it uses a weakened version of adenovirus, delivering genetic instructions to your cells. While adenovirus vaccines do use genetic codes to produce a spike protein in the body, this code is not incorporated into your genetic material. The virus isn’t replicated within your body, and it cannot alter or edit your DNA.
After the genetic instructions in mRNA and adenovirus vaccines have been delivered to your cells, they are broken down by your cells and disappear from your body within a few days.
The British Heart Foundation is a credible factual website not know for publishing misinformation or lies
In response to: Vaccines to treat and potentially cure cancer will be at the heart of a “national war” on the disease over the next decade, Sajid Javid will say on Thursday.
The Health Secretary will set out a vision to make Britain a “world leader” in cancer care, amid warnings of some 50,000 missing diagnoses since the start of the pandemic.
Mr Javid will promise a 10-year Cancer Plan for England, which will use new technologies - including mRNA vaccines - to find new ways to boost survival rates.
Scientists who pioneered the jabs to protect people against Covid are examining whether similar methods can be used to train the immune system to recognise and attack cancer cells, preventing regrowth.
Mr Javid will also promise improvements in diagnosing cancer earlier, “so fewer people face the heartache of losing a loved one to this wretched disease”.
Late diagnosis has meant Britain’s cancer survival rates lagged behind many other Western nations, even before the pandemic.
Tens of thousands of people are being recruited to take part in trials of a blood test which could detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear.
In a speech at the Francis Crick Institute in London, the Health Secretary will launch an eight-week “call for evidence” to inform the 10-year plan, to be published later in the year.
“Let this be the day where we declare a national war on cancer,” he is expected to tell scientists, promising a plan which “learns the lessons from the pandemic” and applies the advances to cancer care.
The Health Secretary is expected to promise “a far-reaching look at how we want cancer care to be in 2032”, encompassing prevention, diagnosis, treatment and vaccines.
Officials are working on plans to intensify research on mRNA vaccines for cancer, bringing together learning gained through the pandemic, with expertise in cancer immunotherapy treatment.
Fingers crossed these vaccines will prolong lives and stop the suffering and pain caused by cancer.
Goes to show how good can come from something as devastating as a pandemic controlled with mRNA vaccines.
Cancer vaccines will not be mandatory.
In response to: The UK is set to be among the first countries to emerge from the Covid pandemic, an expert has claimed.
Tuesday saw 379 Covid deaths, the highest number since February last year, but cases were falling as 120,821 were recorded.
Professor David Heymann, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), said the UK is starting to see signs of the disease becoming endemic.
Speaking at a Chatham House online briefing, he said the UK is likely one of the countries with the highest levels of population immunity.
Prof Heymann said the Covid pandemic would not be declared over across the globe “until all countries have completed what they need to do to make this virus more tame and to become endemic”.
He said: “In general, now, the countries that we know best in the northern hemisphere have varying stages of the pandemic.
“And probably, in the UK, it’s the closest to any country of being out of the pandemic if it isn’t already out of the pandemic and having the disease as endemic as the other four coronaviruses.”
The professor said the population immunity was already high in the UK.
He added: “That means immunity against serious illness and death after infection if one is vaccinated, or after re-infection if one has had illness before, and that population immunity seems to be keeping the virus and its variants at bay, not causing serious illness or death in countries where population immunity is high.
“I looked at the ONS (Office for National Statistics) most recent report on population immunity and they estimated about 95 per cent of the population in England and a little less than in other parts of the United Kingdom do have antibody to infection either from vaccination or from natural infection.
“And that antibody, as I said, is keeping the virus at bay. And it’s now functioning more like an endemic coronavirus than one that is a pandemic.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Prof Heymann was quick to draw attention to the fact the majority of those who were seriously ill had not been vaccinated against coronavirus.
“If you look in the intensive care units, you’ll see that unfortunately the majority of those people are not vaccinated,” he said.
In response to: The WHO and Coronavirus experts are increasingly convinced the new Omicron variant is ‘super mild’ and has, so far, not led to a jump in Covid death rates anywhere in Southern Africa.
The WHO is calling this morning for countries to drop travel restrictions and end the mass hysteria, and instead be cautiously optimistic as more and more reports out of South Africa suggest the new Omicron variant is not more lethal than the previous Delta variant.
In fact, there have been no reports of hospitalisations or deaths as a result of anyone being diagnosed with Omicron.
Most patients merely experience a severe headache, nausea, dizziness and a high pulse rate, according to hospitals and medics across Southern Africa.
However, the news of the new variant, first reported in South Africa, led to mass hysteria around the world: markets thumbed and dozens of countries imposed travel restrictions and additional checks, including the UK, US, EU, Israel, Australia and Japan after the new mutation popped up in the UK, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and Israel among other countries.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, said this reaction was “medically seen, not justified.”
A GP for over three decades, and chair of the South African Medical Association, she was the first African doctor to suggest to local authorities Covid had mutated into a new strain.
Coetzee called the response from many European countries, including the UK, “just a hype.”
South Africa’s health minister Joe Phaahla also said the majority of cases of Omicron seen by doctors in his country have been “mild”.
Asked what he knows about how unwell people are who have it, Dr Phaahla said: “It is still too early at this stage.
He added he has heard from GPs that the “majority of the people they’ve been seeing are mild.”
“Our clinicians have not witnessed severe illness. Part of it may be because the majority of those who are positive are young people,” Dr Paahla added.
Hundreds of infected people across Southern Africa reportedly complain of nausea, headaches, fatigue and a high pulse rate, but none seem to suffer from a loss of taste or smell, which has been the case with most other Covid mutations.
Moreover, more and more medics across Southern Africa are confirming that most Omicron-infected patients merely have a severe headache, nausea or dizziness.
This is the latest info on the Omicron variant.
I believe the UK and other countries made a knee jerk reaction and need to calm down and follow the science, not speculation.
To date there has not been a single death from this version of covid.
In response to:
“The low pressure area outside the Philippine area of responsibility southeast of Palau has developed into a tropical depression,” Pagasa said in an advisory at 11 am Sunday.
December is typically a typhoon season in the southeast Asian country.
“Due to favorable environmental conditions, the tropical cyclone will likely continue to intensify and may reach typhoon category by Tuesday evening or Wednesday early morning,” Pagasa further said.
Weathermen said the tropical depression was spotted 2,095 kilometers east of Mindana as of 8am Sunday.
It currently packs maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
“Current track and intensity forecast shows that there is a moderate to high likelihood that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) will be hoisted for the provinces of Visayas and Mindanao. The highest possible wind signal that may be hoisted for this tropical cyclone is TCWS #4,” Pagasa said.
The weather bureau said the tropical depression is expected to move generally west-northwest over the next three days and may enter PAR on Tuesday.
The tropical cyclone will be named “Odette”, once it goes inside PAR.
Worryingly my home is directly in the path of this typhoon, thankfully my neighbours have rallied around and moved all things inside my home to high positions in case of flooding again.
Very frustrating that I'm still not able to return to check for myself, fingers crossed the sea/rain and wind will not do much damage locally.
South Africa jubilant as Omicron wave subsides rapidly with minimal Covid hospital admissions and Delta killed off: ‘Expect the same in other countries’
In response to: Optimism is growing rapidly in South Africa as the wave of Covid infections caused by the Omicron variant seems to subside as quickly as it came.
Infections are down and multiple Covid experts have confirmed the Omicron wave is subsiding quickly.
Ridhwaan Suliman, a senior researcher at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said the country has “surpassed the peak of the Omicron wave now, driven by the significant decline in the populous province and epicentre: Gauteng,” the province that is home to Johannesburg, the country’s largest city.
Although test positivity remains “still high at 29.8 per cent,” the fact the figure is decreasing confirms “the decline in infections is real and not a testing artifact.”
Other Covid researchers are saying the same. Michelle Groome, of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), told reporters that “we have surpassed the peak of infections.”
Figures from the NCID showed that new cases dropped by 23 per cent over the past seven days, following a 14 per cent decrease a week earlier.
Moreover, the death figure is “substantially lower” than that experienced with the Delta variant, South African vaccinologist Shabir Mahdi told CNN.
Hospitalizations and deaths from this wave have proven to be “significantly lower relative to that experienced in previous waves,” Suliman agreed.
Suliman stressed that this wave as a “steeper but significantly shorter wave,” as it took “about half the number of days to reach the peak compared with previous waves in South Africa.”
It also seems the much more deadly Delta mutation has largely been replaced by Omicron, which – according to multiple studies – seems to be the mildest variant so far.
The Covid expert who has been leading the country’s pandemic response, Salim Abdool Karim – South Afrcia’s most important infectious-diseases scientist – said the peak of the Omicron wave has passed and he is convinced “every other country, or almost every other, will follow the same trajectory.”
“If previous variants caused waves shaped like Kilimanjaro, omicron’s is more like we were scaling the North Face of Everest,” Abdool Karim told The Washington Post, referring to the near-vertical increase in infections that South Africa recorded in the first weeks of December.
Also, the widely-respected and well-known chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, Dr. Angelique Coetzee, told CNN’s New Day program oSouth Africa was “over the curve” and said numbers are “much lower.”
There are currently no restrictions in South Africa. Apart from a midnight-5am curfew, restaurants, shops, cinemas, bars and gyms are all open, both indoors as well as outdoors.
South Africa’s summer is currently in full swing, which means many people are taking time off, are travelling or are going out. The government said it has no intention to impose any new restrictions or additional rules.
This is in sharp contrast with a range of European nations, most notably the Netherlands, which have introduced fresh lockdowns or additional Covid restrictions as they face rapidly rising Covid infections due to the new Omicron variant.
England is heading for a decisive day as Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a crucial meeting later today to assess whether new or additional Coronavirus restrictions are needed to slow the rapid rise in infections as a result of the Omicron variant.
In response to: Site author “Michael Baxter” portrays himself as a reporter with access to privileged information. He cites unnamed sources who he claims are in day-to-day contact with Trump, and others who he claims are at Guantanamo Bay. He promises to check back with them regularly. He attributes direct quotes to named people. He issues corrections when he makes spelling errors or gets someone’s title wrong. A disclaimer added to its “About Us” page in April says the website contains “humor, parody and satire,” yet Baxter has defended the accuracy of his writings dozens of times in the comments sections on various articles.
“We don’t publish fake news,” he wrote in one such comment.
“The headlines can read like pretty straight news reporting, if you’re at all kind of susceptible to believing that this is really happening,” said John Gregory, a senior analyst at NewsGuard, a service that reviews and rates websites according to various journalistic criteria. “It doesn’t have some of the telltale signs of hoaxes or misinformation that we might see on other sites.”
In the alternative universe of Real Raw News, former Vice President Mike Pence has been on the run for months in an escape that saw him seek asylum in Qatar and take a bullet to the chest. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, hasn’t gotten his COVID-19 vaccine. The military has arrested dozens of public figures — including Hunter Biden, former Attorney General William Barr, and billionaire Bill Gates — and several of them have been hanged, sent to the guillotine, shot by a firing squad or otherwise executed.
Of course, none of that is true. But these headlines haven’t stopped the site from building a following. Though the website has been publishing for less than 10 months, mentions of Real Raw News, realrawnews.com and related hashtags have more than doubled across social media, broadcast and traditional media, and online sites within the last two months, according to an analysis from Zignal Labs Inc., a media intelligence firm. Several stories from that time frame got thousands of shares on Twitter and Facebook.
“We have this assumption that most people can spot that this is a fake news site, and therefore it’s not impactful,” said Rachel Moran, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public. “But I just don’t think that’s the case anymore.”
After debunking more than a dozen claims in 2021 that originated on Real Raw News, PolitiFact decided to investigate the website and who was behind it.
We found that the “Michael Baxter” behind Real Raw News previously ran at least three other websites and associated YouTube channels that, while now mostly purged from the internet, also promoted far-fetched conspiracy theories — about everything from the mythical planet “Nibiru” to alien visitations.
Public records and other publicly available information show the author’s real name is Michael Tuffin, 53, who lived in Texas as recently as July and has also lived in New York.
So Seaworthy you are at liberty to delete comments pointing out your blogs are c&p from Real Raw News, but you can't stop me posting the truth about the source of your comments, which is that it is a total fabrication and far from the truth.