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Boris Johnson’s Quarantine of Innocents vs. Due Process

I wrote here recently that I didn’t want to write about this COVID stuff any more. However, I do have a few more important points that I wanted to make. For instance, I mentioned the importance of due process here and that needs to get more attention.

It appears that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson now wants to order travelers entering England to be placed in quarantine for 14 days. So, did something happen to Johnson’s judgment during the time he was in the hospital with COVID-19?

And this policy of involuntary house arrest applies to travelers (with a few exceptions) regardless of whether they are sick, whether they have symptoms or whether the government has evidence to believe that any one individual has the coronavirus and could be contagious.

According to the Independent,

travellers will be required to provide the address where they will spend the ensuing two weeks. Fines of £1,000 for those who breach self-isolation have been proposed.

Ms Patel will also set out arrangements for arriving travellers with no home to go to. They will be required to remain in accommodation arranged by the government.

So this policy that Boris Johnson the Brexiter has signed on to violates due process rights as well as innocent individuals’ right to privacy.

And we are talking about presumably innocent, non-threatening people here.

According to Wikipedia’s article on Due Process,

In clause 39 of Magna Carta, issued in 1215, John of England promised: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

In the current conflict between fascism and freedom, if the government has a reason to suspect a specific individual of carrying some contagious disease, and has the evidence to prove it, there needs to be a trial in a legitimate court of law, in which the government presents the evidence or witness testimony against the accused, and the accused has a right to refute such evidence and present one’s own evidence or testimony in one’s defense.

But rather than doing things the morally and legally right way, it seems that Johnson wants to imprison travelers entering the country regardless of the government’s having any reason to suspect any specific individuals of carrying contagious diseases.

And let’s face it. Just how serious is COVID-19, really? The most recent studies including Stanford University and University of Miami have shown that the infection fatality rate is .1%, a tenth of one percent. That means that 99.9% of those who have the virus will not die from it.

The fascist lockdown, house arrest of the masses and other totalitarian policies inflicted by governments onto innocent people all over the world have all been based on panic, hysteria and ignorance, not reason and not science. It is shameful. I live in the U.S. and don’t really travel anyway, but I surely wouldn’t go to England or any place that would “welcome” me with a house arrest.

Don’t you know that you just don’t quarantine healthy people?

This whole situation these past few months has been a reminder of how enlightened our rulers are on the importance of due process.

Obesity and COVID-19

Speaking of Boris Johnson the Brexiter who had previously been opposed to the “nanny state” but is now apparently for the “nanny state,” one reason why he’s gone fascist in his travelers house arrest policy might be his own person experience in the hospital for several days fighting the COVID-19, in which only a tiny fraction of patients need to be hospitalized.

Now Johnson has changed his mind and believes the government should control or prohibit people from having sugary drinks, etc. But really he needs to focus on his own problems, and leave the rest of the people alone, in my opinion. He has admitted that the main reason for his having to be hospitalized was probably his obesity, being 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weighing what the British call “17 stone” (that I have not heard of before) that converts to about 238 pounds in the U.S.

Obesity is an underlying condition in nearly half of the COVID patients, according to the CDC. From what I’ve read, obese people have a lot of extra body fat which obstructs the lungs capacity to expand toward one’s normal breathing process. A respiratory disease like COVID-19 will further complicate matters for obese people.

There’s another good reason to lose the wight, eat more healthy foods and cut out the awful fast foods, processed foods and snacks and pastries, and exercise more. Not just Boris Johnson but all overweight people.

COVID Corruption

This COVID stuff is being exploited by very bad people for ends not having anything to do with protecting the health and safety of the people.

As many people are already noticing, the hysterical 24/7 COVID propaganda is very similar to the post-9/11 24/7 propaganda, which contributed much to the advancing police state, and the surveillance state. And now we have hysterical propaganda and the advance of the medical and vaccine police state.

And it’s all a fraud. Try not to be influenced by the hysteria and fear-mongering.

What is the reality of the situation? Well, we know from recent studies, Stanford and University of Miami, that the COVID-19 coronavirus is much more widespread than previously thought, and the studies have shown that the actual infection fatality rate is just about .1%. That’s a tenth of one percent, which means it’s as serious as the seasonal flu.

Even the infectious bureaucrat Dr. Death, a.k.a. Dr. Fauci, wrote way back on February 28th that the fatality rate will probably turn out to be well less than 1%.

As you have already heard, most people who have the virus don’t even know it and have no symptoms, or if they do have symptoms they are mild symptoms.

The worry over people being “carriers” without knowing it is unfounded, given that there has been no worry that carriers of the flu virus each season can pass it on to others and cause deaths. Seasonal influenza kills tens of thousands of people each season in the U.S.

And now that some states have been reopening, we are seeing that the infection rate really is more widespread, but the death rate continues to fall, as is the case in Georgia.

So all the hysteria and panic over the past two months has been over nothing! There has never been any legitimate reason to order businesses closed in violation of the Constitution, and cancel events, concerts, ball games, make people stay “6 feet away,” wear masks, and all the other fascist mandates and restrictions.

What the governors and mayors have been doing to us has been criminal, as this is turning out to be a deliberate scheme, for corrupt reasons, for power grabs and for grabbing tax-funded “stimulus” money and much higher Medicare reimbursements.

Especially given that the scammers’ modeling has been wrong, modeling on which the national fascist lockdown has been based.

Therefore, there’s no point to doing all the testing, invasive “contact tracing” and tracking of people like in dystopian China.

So to summarize in some way what I have mentioned here previously, first we have the CDC changing its guidelines, in which “laboratory confirmation” of COVID-19 is not necessary, the feds encouraging doctors, hospitals and medical examiners to count non-COVID-19 deaths as “COVID-19” deaths, in order to artificially raise the COVID death count.

That is, if someone died from a heart attack or heart disease or kidney disease, or from a fall, that’s still counted as a “COVID” death, whether or not the person actually happened to test positive for coronavirus or was never even tested!

The states are following those new guidelines to publish significantly incorrect and fraudulent COVID death numbers as well. In Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe, “Officials are now classifying as infected those who were likely stricken by the virus but did not have the diagnosis confirmed through a laboratory test,” as encouraged by the corrupt and dishonest CDC.

The Glob article also mentions that inflating the infection numbers is also toward “allocation of resources,” i.e. the states getting those huge federal stimulus checks.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his fellow bureaucrats are extremely greedy, given that they are looking for federal handouts while Massachusetts already has a $3.5 billion “rainy day fund”!

The controversial Project Veritas interviewed New York funeral home directors who claimed that hospitals or medical examiners are putting “COVID” on death certificates as the cause of death, regardless of whether the person actually had the disease. “They’re writing COVID on all the death certificates…”

So this whole thing is just a corrupt scam. Those governors are real psychopaths, given what they are willing to inflict on millions of innocent people!

Also in New York, Gov. Cuomo has been ordering nursing homes to admit people known to have COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus, which obviously would be a threat to the other nursing home residents. The murderous Cuomo is either very stupid and incompetent or he’s intentionally wanting to contribute to higher COVID death counts, or both.

Besides the corruption and criminality, there is also incompetence, such as doctors who do not understand the dangerous impact that ventilators could have. Investigative researcher Jon Rappoport wrote a recent post on these issues, including:

A close and trusted researcher has told me the following: many older people live with chronically low oxygen levels. This may not be ideal, but they survive.

However, when such people arrive at hospitals, doctors can misinterpret the oxygen levels, believing these are dire emergency situations—and therefore, they put the patients on ventilators. With too much pressure, the result can be lung damage and death.

So, as I mentioned in an earlier post regarding the NIH’s warning about possible ventilator problems, one issue is too much oxygen being forced into the lungs.

And there could also be the problem of oxygen deprivation, as Rappoport notes.

And of course there is the financial issue, as noted above. Rappoprt continues:

Insurance money. In a phone interview, physician and Minnesota state senator, Scott Jensen, told me that hospitals, who are suffering very deep financial losses, are incentivized by Medicare to label as many patients as possible “COVID-19,” and to put them on ventilators.

Jensen stated that a patient on Medicare, diagnosed with straight pneumonia, would bring a $4600 payment to the hospital. The same patient, labeled “COVID-19 pneumonia,” would bring $13,000. And if that patient is put on a ventilator: $39,000.

Result? Patients unnecessarily put on ventilators. With the wrong protocol, harm and death could result.

Hospitals are paid more in Medicare funds for each confirmed or “presumed” coronavirus patient, as noted above with the CDC’s changed guidelines!

So, based on the actual truth, facts and empirical data, this virus has been at the same level of seriousness as a cold or the seasonal flu as I mentioned at the top. But COVID has been intentionally exaggerated by those government bureaucrats and the “news journalists” in the media, and not just for government handouts and social control but for other ulterior purposes.

The truth is, the “liberal” bureaucrats’ fascist agenda is rearing its ugly head now.

Besides the corruption, power trips and greed with bureaucrats and their crony cohorts, now we have the developing dystopian “contact tracing” stasi, in which bureaucrats are creating new agencies with people who love being invasive into other people private lives.

The “contact tracing” stasi want to know whom you have been with, your associations, all those aspects of your life that are none of their damn business!

Gov. Charlie Baker wants “contact tracing,” to slow the spread or even stop COVID-19. He wants these draconian policies until a vaccine is ready.

But what about the flu that kills tens of thousands in the U.S. each season? Right.

Therefore, this scheme has no legitimate or practical purpose other than to seize away whatever privacy and security people have in their lives.

Fascist California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants an “army” of contact tracers. Ack. The Clinton Foundation wants to create a national contact tracing force, using AmeriCorps. Ack!

What is this, an Alfred Hitchcock movie?

So, there is something more devious going on. Otherwise, why can’t the “officials” just protect the most vulnerable, the elderly, obese, diabetics and others with underlying serious health conditions, and leave the rest of us the hell alone?!

One thing I have noticed is that this COVID fiasco seems to have been preceded by Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms censoring alternative nutrition and health information.

That is relevant, given the obsession with not letting us have our freedom back “until we have a COVID vaccine” (which can be hazardous!) that some people including Bill Gates want to mandate on ALL people all over the world.

Yes, much of this crap is in devout service to the … pharmaceutical companies! (What a shock, I know.) And their damn vaccines.

Previous to this possibly planned COVID coronavirus situation, Google and Facebook had already been censoring health and nutrition websites and links from Facebook or Twitter pages or feeds.

For instance, Selfhack.com had a lengthy article on Google’s horrific censorship of health websites. It notes that Google’s recent policy updates have Google “penalizing every single site that they decided is not ‘mainstream’ enough, no matter how good their science is.”

You can check it out for yourself: type any health topic in Google, and look at what comes up in the first 10 results. WebMD, Healthline, and some hospitals usually. Then type it in Bing: you’ll see that Bing gives better and more relevant results every time.

Literally every health website has been penalized that is not affiliated with mainstream hospitals or institutions (such as the Mayo or Cleveland clinic), or that is not WebMD or Healthline (the 2 largest sites).

Selfhacked’s November, 2019 article says that mainstream health websites such as Healthline and WebMD mainly use sources from each other’s content and hospitals and government institutions, but not from peer-reviewed scientific articles.

I’ve actually interviewed several people who used to write for Healthline. They would frequently write about extremely serious and complex medical topics, such as cancer. I asked these people if they would be interested in writing a SelfHacked article. They all replied similarly, to the effect of: “oh, I don’t have the necessary background for that. Healthline articles are easy to write — I wouldn’t be qualified to write SelfHacked articles.”

With Google, says Selfhacked, it apparently doesn’t want to give you results of what you’re looking for, but what it wants you to see, based more on ideology.

And Dr. Joseph Mercola, who has had perhaps the most popular and most visited health-related website, also got his search results smashed by Google’s June, 2019 update, as he wrote in this November, 2019 article. Mercola refers to Healthline and WebMD as “Google-trusted” health websites, “both of which promote health-harming drugs and junk food with their articles.”

Mercola refers to the crony wheeling and dealing going on with Healthline and WebMD and the makers of junk food and pharmaceutical companies.

Another popular health website that also got whacked by Google, GreenMedInfo.com, also wrote about Google’s censorship of non-“mainstream” health websites. Its founder, Sayer Ji, seemed to touch on something that’s relevant to the current situation in his June, 2019 article writing,

Mercola.com has been a source of whistle-blowing information about Big Pharma and Big Tech collusion for decades, so it is no surprise why Google would take this action against his platform, and similar ones. In fact, signs of the coming purge came back in 2016, when GlaxoSmithKline signed a $715 million contract to partner with Google, and with increasing partnerships with pharmaceutical companies in 2019 like Sanofi.  Google’s parent company Alphabet is heavily invested in a vaccine company,Vaccitech, founded by scientists at Oxford University. Google, it appears, has become a pay-to-play operation, and contains a specific sociopolitical and economic agenda that is built directly into its search algorithms.

Besides Google’s shenanigans, Facebook announced in early 2019 in response to Rep. Adam Schiff that it may remove “anti-vaccine conspiracy theory” content from its platform. And then it announced that it would make alternative vaccine information harder to find, calling it “misinformation.”

But, as Sharyl Attkisson has documented, and Dr. Mercola as well,  there are many studies now which show the harm of vaccines.

It seems to me that the censorship of nutrition and alternative, non-mainstream (i.e. more honest, factual and science-based) health information has preceded this ongoing COVID-19 “crisis” for some reason.

So, I don’t know whether the bureaucrats in charge are imposing business closures and job losses, cancelling events and ball games, imposing house arrest of the masses, might be to do with an attempt to influence the 2020 Presidential election, an attempt to impose socialism, or crony relations with Big Pharma, or just a lust for power. Perhaps all of the above?

Whatever the case, the bureaucrats are sick, sick deranged psychopaths, that’s for sure. Not only are they not protecting us, they are destroying our civil liberties, our livelihoods, our health, our privacy, and our society.

Craziness Over Coronavirus in the U.S. Should I Move to Sweden?

While there was a growing coronavirus epidemic by mid-February, at that time I don’t think that normal people could have predicted the utter craziness that’s going on now. But since that time, governments in the states and in Washington began to impose more and more draconian rules and diktats on the people.

Also in mid-February the stock market began to decline and crash, big time. So, this is a bad time now. And these terrible events were totally avoidable. Governors ordered stores and businesses to close. I mean, really? That’s nuts. And ordering people to stay in their homes? Government-mandated home imprisonment.

And for what? It’s because of coronavirus? Like it’s Ebola. No, it’s a flu, with a 1% death rate, or less than that! Most of the people who get it will have “mild” symptoms, like the flu. But mainly the elderly and those with serious illnesses are the ones who need to be protected.

So I was in the bank, and the teller is saying, “Put your check(s) on the counter and go stand back on the tape on the floor!” And she then stands back like she’s hysterically rushing over to hide, like I might give her the Plague, or the Black Death or something. She was literally hysterical. And so now the bank’s hours are reduced, and we have to make an appointment just to cash or deposit a check! And there’s no good reason for all this.

We’re allowed to go to the grocery store. At two stores there is a line outside, we must stand “6 feet apart,” and still there’s no toilet paper! People, there is no reason to hoard the toilet paper! Oh wait, at one store last week they were putting packages of toilet paper on shelves, but only the 24-packs. The guy said they had nothing smaller at that time. So, I didn’t have enough room to carry an entire 24-pack in addition to the things I needed to get, so I had to pass that up. Oh, well.

By the way, blogger Robert Wenzel mentioned that one idea is to find a restaurant that might be “open,” and ask if they have toilet paper in storage (because they don’t have customers actually going into the restaurant at this time who would be using the restrooms), and offer to pay a good price for a few rolls of toilet paper. I can’t remember if Wenzel mentioned that on his Economic Policy Journal blog or his Target Liberty blog.

But this whole thing is making people needlessly hysterical, like the above bank teller, and others, like neighborhood Nazis who are reporting on their neighbors for escaping from their homes, having gatherings of more than 10 people, or for coughing. Seriously? (Are you a Nazi neighbor? I hope not.)

And, speaking of Nazis, I think that governors who order businesses closed even if their owners had done nothing wrong, and in the absence of due process, are bad enough. But when such governors send their police after travelers coming in from other states and ordering them into quarantine i.e. home or hotel imprisonment, or police going door to door to harass visitors or following cars with NY license plates to terrorize innocent people, those really are Nazi governors, and I hope that each and every one of them loses his/her/its next election. They are horrible, terrible people.

And no, such policies will not “save lives,” or prevent people from getting coronavirus. In Sweden (of all places!) they have a much more relaxed attitude about all this, they aren’t imprisoning people in their homes or closing down businesses. Out of a population of 10 million, Sweden has 105 deaths allegedly from coronavirus as of two days ago. So they aren’t experiencing anything like the people in Italy or New York City, but they do have their FREEDOM!

So all this totalitarian crap is going to continue for the next month? Two months? Crash the economy? For a flu?

78% of Health Websites Violate Visitors’ Privacy

Dr. Joseph Mercola provides another article detailing how Google and some health related websites violate people’s privacy by placing tracking cookies (a.k.a. spyware) on a visitor’s browser to track and record searches and purchasing choices. Dr. Mercola specifically cites WebMD and Healthline. Now, I have used both those websites just for information, because over the years I have spent a lot of time researching medical and nutrition information, mainly for personal reasons. But I will say that Dr. Mercola’s website has been useful in many cases, for information-seeking and for general articles of interest.

Congresscritters Want to Brand the People Like Cattle with a Medical “Patient ID”

There is an article by Dr. Jane Orient, MD, on the website of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons discussing the proposed national patient ID. As I have mentioned before, the AAPS is the decent version of the corrupt American Medical Association, a.k.a. AMA, the Establishment medicine group.

Dr. Orient says that the “Unique Patient Identifier” (UPI), as it would be called, would not work in the government’s attempt to deal with the nationwide opioid crisis. The claim is that addicts get their opioids from “doctor shopping,” yet, as Dr. Orient points out, 97% of the abused drugs are coming from a single doctor or from an illicit source.

Another desired purpose of the Patient ID is supposedly to prevent misidentifying a patient’s medical history and thus preventing medical errors. Are you kidding me? I personally experienced a lot of medical errors by ignorant doctors with their bad advice and bad prescription drugs!

And regarding how to prevent medical errors, Dr. Orient notes that “you need alert nurses and doctors—and the UPI is not going to fix the hazards of the electronic health record. The EHR, touted as the solution that will bring efficient, quality care, has created its own type of errors.”

And, “There may be critical gaps as patients withhold information they don’t want in a federal database. The new problem that brings the patient to the hospital won’t be in the old record—but may be the result of an old misdiagnosis that should be corrected instead of copied.”

Speaking of misdiagnoses, one study published in 2014 concluded that about 5% of medical diagnoses were in error, roughly 20 million people in the U.S.

However, prior to that, in 2013 a study at Johns Hopkins concluded that “diagnostic errors — not surgical mistakes or medication overdoses — accounted for the largest fraction” of malpractice claims. 28.6% of the claims were because of misdiagnosis. More recent studies showed that among malpractice claims 38% were due to misdiagnoses.

So I’ll bet the frequency of medical misdiagnosis is quit a bit higher than just 5%!

If the U.S. government forces any kind of “Medicare for All”  or  “single payer” (same thing) on us, then doctors will become essentially government employees or bureaucrats, so if that ever happens in America then expect that percentage of misdiagnoses to go up, up, up. (Because most government bureaucrats have no idea what they are doing!)

So, what the national “Unique Patient Identifier” would really amount to, and the real reason why government bureaucrats want this, is for tracking and surveillance of the people. Government bureaucrats like to have a lot of power and control, and that is why they don’t believe in privacy or medical freedom. And in medical care they don’t support the confidentiality between doctors and patients.

Government Criminalization of Encryption

The FBI and DOJ want to ban using encryption to protect your messages from being spied on by intruders, including government snoops, according to Daisy Luther. Daisy mentions the programs, iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, Telegram.

So far, the Commerce and State Departments want to protect our messages and conversations from those agencies and from ICE and DHS, and I assume, DEA because drug trafficking investigations are a concern.

But drug traffickers wouldn’t exist if it were not for the failed war on drugs. The answer to that problem is to repeal the drug laws, all the bureaucracy that goes with them and end the enforcement agencies, and end America’s nanny state once and for all. I think that many of the people on the inside of the bureaucracy know this, but for some reason they want the madness to continue.

And another concern of FBI and DOJ is terrorism investigations. Hmmm. Perhaps stop invading and bombing those other countries where the terrorists are from? As Chalmers Johnson has stated, incidents of terrorism have been “blowback” against invasive and violent U.S. foreign policy.

I think that bureaucrats have a totally different way of thinking than normal people like you and me. They need to justify their offices and expanded powers, and their huge budgets. (I am sure that many of them have never worked in the private sector, or so it seems. Congress just gives them everything they want — in contrast, voluntary consumers in the private sector, not so much.)

And perhaps the bureaucrats just like to spy on the people for the sake of spying on the people and prying into their private lives? They need access. They must have access. So they demand an end to encryption. I think it’s a power trip. But can you imagine private investigators going into other people’s mail and phone messages? (They can’t do that because they are not part of the forced government monopoly.)

Just Say “No” to a Medical Patient ID

Just a few days ago I wrote my post on whether or not to trust the government with our medical care (NO!). And now I see that the very dangerous people in Congress have voted to give themselves the authority to impose a “medical ID” or “Patient ID” onto each and every American. That’s in an amendment to bill H.R. 2740, according to former Congressman Ron Paul, who writes that when he was in Congress he sponsored the prohibition of this “unique patient identifier” in 1998. That is what they are repealing with this new amendment.

The bill now goes to the Senate. This new power of Congress will give the government and all its unconstitutional and police-state agencies total access to everyone’s personal, private medical information. The already shaky doctor-patient confidentiality relationship will be eliminated with this new power.

As Dr. Ron Paul wrote, “This system would also facilitate the collection of health information without a warrant by surveillance state operatives” and “allowing employers to examine a potential employee’s medical history.”

And Dr. Paul writes further: “Unscrupulous government officials could use medical information to harass those whose political activities challenge the status quo. Anyone who doubts this should ask themselves what a future J. Edgar Hoover or Lois Lerner would do with access to the medical information of those involved in political movements he wishes to silence.”

Now, we know from history time and again that government bureaucrats cannot be trusted with private, personal information of the people. Just imagine how people will now have to censor themselves at the doctor’s office as far as what personal information to share, some of which may be important and relevant in the diagnosis and treatment of a medical issue. It will be much worse if there is some kind of “Medicare for All” or single payer, or otherwise government-run health care. The government doctor will not be someone to trust, just like any other government agent.

Life Insurance Companies to Track Private Health Data

According to Nicholas West of Natural Blaze health news, life insurance companies now want to add fitness tracking data to all policies. That includes John Hancock, that will track your “fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones.”

I know that a lot of people will go along with this, because they don’t understand where exactly this could lead, especially with government involvement in health care. The article mentions the Affordable Care Act, which encourages employers to offer wellness incentives. And the article concludes with a reference to China’s “social credit score.”

Frankly, there’s too much intrusiveness by both government and the corporate sector in a country that supposedly prides itself on “greatness,” what was at first the greatness of freedom, particularly the right to be secure in one’s person, houses, papers and effects. How will things be 25 years from now, in America?