Reader’s Links for August 18, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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80 Replies to “Reader’s Links for August 18, 2021”

    • “Vaccinated” people can get Covid. They can even die from Covid. How old are they or how immunocompromised were they? How much of an immune response did the shot created in that individual? Is this why they are talking booster shots now? We are individuals who respond differently to this shot. My neighbor’s 6 month year old baby got Covid – badly. She and her husband had been vaccinated, but they both got Covid – she got bad cold, but still able to care for her baby, he got mild symptoms. Her mother (between 65 & 70) was bedridden for a bit, and recovered, the father, because he had a serious underlying heart condition, went to hospital for 2 days. All are doing well now. So they and others believe if they hadn’t got this “jab”, things may have been much worse. Or maybe not. Who knows. When we choose to cross the street, we take a chance, life is one big chance anyway. But I pray this country would not censor people’s experiences, make ALL good scientific information available to us, and stop politicizing health issues and using them to control and brainwash the masses.

      • Thank you Olive for your direct experience of people you know who have been infected. I have a close friend who was hospitalized with covid-x for two week having got pneumonia and kidney infection. Self-inflicted by not keeping her distance and berrating me for isolating. A few work-colleagues have died.

        I have yet to know of someone who died from the vaccine.

        I have vaccinated twice with pfizer, and still wear a mask, grease up and distance in public. It never bothered me because if a master says walk one mile, I walk two and remain ahead of the game. I now have my own gym at home. A proper vaccine may eventually come when this has been over-studied to simplicity.

        “The most frightening thing to the government and the Ministry of Health is the burden on hospitals,” (from comment below).

        This is the problem.

        ‘The most frightening thing to the government and the Ministry of Food is the burden on supermarkets.’

        We can see how stupid Socialists are. If you enemy fights like the Taliban, you don’t make yourself a target with one supply line.

        • Thanks for that PC.

          One German vaccinologist who sold his company to Pfizer for a dump-truck full of money then started his own small research firm, did develop a basic vaccine that does work. It uses the older form of recombinant DNA to make the same kind of vaccines he developed for various forms of Hepatitis. The German government is taking him to court over it. He injected all his employees who volunteered for it, and none of them got the virus at all. Something is wrong somewhere.

    • A grim warning from Israel: Vaccination blunts, but does not defeat Delta

      “Now is a critical time,” Israeli Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz said as the 56-year-old got a COVID-19 booster shot on 13 August, the day his country became the first nation to offer a third dose of vaccine to people as young as age 50. “We’re in a race against the pandemic.”

      His message was meant for his fellow Israelis, but it is a warning to the world. Israel has among the world’s highest levels of vaccination for COVID-19, with 78% of those 12 and older fully vaccinated, the vast majority with the Pfizer vaccine. Yet the country is now logging one of the world’s highest infection rates, with nearly 650 new cases daily per million people. More than half are in fully vaccinated people, underscoring the extraordinary transmissibility of the Delta variant and stoking concerns that the benefits of vaccination ebb over time.

      The sheer number of vaccinated Israelis means some breakthrough infections were inevitable, and the unvaccinated are still far more likely to end up in the hospital or die. But Israel’s experience is forcing the booster issue onto the radar for other nations, suggesting as it does that even the best vaccinated countries will face a Delta surge.

      “This is a very clear warning sign for the rest of world,” says Ran Balicer, chief innovation officer at Clalit Health Services (CHS), Israel’s largest health maintenance organization (HMO). “If it can happen here, it can probably happen everywhere.”

      Israel is being closely watched now because it was one of the first countries out of the gate with vaccinations in December 2020 and quickly achieved a degree of population coverage that was the envy of other nations— for a time. The nation of 9.3 million also has a robust public health infrastructure and a population wholly enrolled in HMOs that track them closely, allowing it to produce high-quality, real-world data on how well vaccines are working.

      “I watch [Israeli data] very, very closely because it is some of the absolutely best data coming out anywhere in the world,” says David O’Connor, a viral sequencing expert at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “Israel is the model,” agrees Eric Topol, a physician-scientist at Scripps Research. “It’s pure mRNA [messenger RNA] vaccines. It’s out there early. It’s got a very high level population [uptake]. It’s a working experimental lab for us to learn from.”

      Israel’s HMOs, led by CHS and Maccabi Healthcare Services (MHS), track demographics, comorbidities, and a trove of coronavirus metrics on infections, illnesses, and deaths. “We have rich individual-level data that allows us to provide real-world evidence in near–real time,” Balicer says. (The United Kingdom also compiles a wealth of data. But its vaccination campaign ramped up later than Israel’s, making its current situation less reflective of what the future may portend; and it has used three different vaccines, making its data harder to parse.)

      Now, the effects of waning immunity may be beginning to show in Israelis vaccinated in early winter; a preprint published last month by physician Tal Patalon and colleagues at KSM, the research arm of MHS, found that protection from COVID-19 infection during June and July dropped in proportion to the length of time since an individual was vaccinated. People vaccinated in January had a 2.26 times greater risk for a breakthrough infection than those vaccinated in April. (Potential confounders include the fact that the very oldest Israelis, with the weakest immune systems, were vaccinated first.)

      At the same time, cases in the country, which were scarcely registering at the start of summer, have been doubling every week to 10 days since then, with the Delta variant responsible for most of them. They have now soared to their highest level since mid-February, with hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions beginning to follow. How much of the current surge is due to waning immunity versus the power of the Delta variant to spread like wildfire is uncertain.

      What is clear is that “breakthrough” cases are not the rare events the term implies. As of 15 August, 514 Israelis were hospitalized with severe or critical COVID-19, a 31% increase from just 4 days earlier. Of the 514, 59% were fully vaccinated. Of the vaccinated, 87% were 60 or older.

      “There are so many breakthrough infections that they dominate and most of the hospitalized patients are actually vaccinated,” says Uri Shalit, a bioinformatician at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) who has consulted on COVID-19 for the government. “One of the big stories from Israel [is]: ‘Vaccines work, but not well enough.’”

      “The most frightening thing to the government and the Ministry of Health is the burden on hospitals,” says Dror Mevorach, who cares for COVID-19 patients at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and advises the government. At his hospital, he is lining up anesthesiologists and surgeons to spell his medical staff in case they become overwhelmed by a wave like January’s, when COVID-19 patients filled 200 beds. “The staff is exhausted,” he says, and he has restarted a weekly support group for them “to avoid some kind of PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] effect.”

      To try to tame the surge, Israel has turned to booster shots, starting on 30 July with people 60 and older and, last Friday, expanding to people 50 and older. As of Monday, nearly 1 million Israelis had received a third dose, according to the Ministry of Health. Global health leaders including Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, have pleaded with developed countries not to administer boosters given that most of the world’s population hasn’t received even a single dose. The wealthy nations pondering or already administering booster vaccines so far mostly reserve them for special populations such as the immune compromised and health care workers.

      Still, studies suggest boosters might have broader value. Researchers have shown that boosting induces a prompt surge in antibodies, which are needed in the nose and throat as a crucial first line of defense against infection. The Israeli government’s decision to start boosting those 50 and older was driven by preliminary Ministry of Health data indicating people over age 60 who have received a third dose were half as likely as their twice-vaccinated peers to be hospitalized in recent days, Mevorach says. CHS also reported that out of a sample of more than 4500 patients who received boosters, 88% said any side effects from the third shot were no worse, and sometimes milder, than from the second.

      Yet boosters are unlikely to tame a Delta surge on their own, says Dvir Aran, a biomedical data scientist at Technion. In Israel, the current surge is so steep that “even if you get two-thirds of those 60-plus [boosted], it’s just gonna give us another week, maybe 2 weeks until our hospitals are flooded.” He says it’s also critical to vaccinate those who still haven’t received their first or second doses, and to return to the masking and social distancing Israel thought it had left behind—but has begun to reinstate.

      Aran’s message for the United States and other wealthier nations considering boosters is stark: “Do not think that the boosters are the solution.”

    • reuters – Time for vaccine booster plan is now, U.S. surgeon general says

      The U.S. government plans to make COVID-19 vaccine booster shots widely available starting on Sept. 20 as infections rise from the coronavirus Delta variant, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy said.

    • Walensky Warns Vaccine Effectiveness Decreases Against Delta As Booster Shots Imminent

      CDC Director Dr. Walensky speaks at a White House Covid-19 response team briefing about vaccines effectiveness against Delta and over time.

    • Deutsche Pravda – How can we live with the constant mutation of the virus?

      The British Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies fears a potential future variant could be far more deadly than existing ones – they could even evade current vaccines one day.

      It appears the total eradication of the virus will be unlikely.

      But how can we live with its constant mutation?

    • reuters – No need for COVID booster jabs for now, WHO says

      At a press conference, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan was asked about the need for COVID-19 boosters to increase protection against the disease.

      ‘We believe clearly that the data today does not indicate that boosters are needed,’ she said.

    • CBC – The efforts to convince some of Canada’s most COVID-19 vaccine hesitant to get a shot

      Aylmer, Ont., is one of the least vaccinated parts of Canada, but the community is using information and targeted campaigns to convince the vaccine hesitant to get COVID-19 shots.

    • global news – Trudeau doubles down on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for domestic travel

      […]Trudeau was asked on the campaign trail specifically whether people without a medical reason for not getting vaccinated will still be allowed to board a plane or train with accommodations.

      He said no.

      “Canadians know that the way to get through this pandemic is for everyone to get vaccinated. So unless people have a medical exception, they will not be able to board a plane or a train in Canada if they are unvaccinated,” he confirmed.

      “That is about protecting our young people. It’s about protecting Canadians. We are absolutely unequivocal on that because this is how we get through this pandemic.”


    • It is that puzzle of describing a terrible airline crash – with church and hospial nearby -and innocently asking “where would you bury the surviors? Most people do not listen to the question.

      Unvaccinated people do not infect Canadians.

      Infected people do.

      So how do you protect healthy people?

      Isolate like Howard Hughes

      Hedge your bets on an mRNA vaccine coming up trumps
      “When it became clear in early 2020 that the Sars-CoV-2 virus posed a pandemic threat, researchers who’d been exploring an innovative way to make vaccines saw an opportunity. Experimental messenger RNA vaccines had been recognized for years for their potential speed and flexibility in a fast-moving epidemic, and were some of the first Covid inoculations to move into human trials. The effort paid off when, late last year, vaccines from Moderna Inc. and the Pfizer Inc./BioNTech SE partnership were the first to prove effective. Because the technology is so new, however, these vaccines are particularly vulnerable to disinformation campaigns aimed at dissuading people from taking the shots.”

      Do nothing, carry on as usual.

      Flight, Fight or Freeze.

      (When Fainting, it allows governments to decide).

      Always on watch.

    • I would say Marcus that the unvax will be the living proof of what the gov has done to its people. So the unvax represent the truth in that nazi propaganda phrase.

  1. Another day, another humanitarian crisis. Europe must brace for this exodus to be ushered by Soros NGO’s up the Balkans like toothpaste through the tube. Where is Merkel’s invitation now to bring in what can only be described as an extremely dangerous male demographic. We have seen the impact of violent tribal Afghan migrant behavior in Europe since 2015, with some of the worst crimes against Europeans being committed by this imported 8th-century mindset:

    video – 9 mins 1 sec
    In the days before Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, The Telegraph was on the ground planning a documentary telling the story of how life would change for those left behind. Most people told us it would be weeks, not months, before the Taliban managed to take the whole country. In turned out to be days. We filmed a series of interviews before the brutal regime swept into Kabul and reclaimed power. In the interview above, an Afghan military commander shares his experiences of fighting the Taliban and calls on the West not to legitimise them. “All I want from the Western people is to put pressure on your government not to make terrorists legitimate. Terrorists are terrorists, no matter where they are,” he told us.
    video – 1 min 44 secs
    There is a prospect of the Taliban forming a “reasonable, inclusive government” and it’s too straightforward to paint them as “bad guys”.

  3. Sixty five thousand comments on a Facebook page about vaccine injuries has been removed.

    CDC VARES report show 545,338 vaccine adverse reactions

    12,336 deaths and 70,105 serious injuries all for he greater good?

  4. The Taliban on Twitter

    Twitter regularly bans Americans for being on the “wrong” side of various political and religious issues.

    Meanwhile, Taliban officials (such as Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Yousaf Ahmadi) post their tweets with impunity.

    The Apostate Prophet and Congressman Dan Crenshaw have called out the double standards.

    Why is the Twitter Trust and Safety Team prone to such hypocrisy? David Wood discusses the issue.

  5. Belgium: Commissioner urges EU countries to take in Afghans under “immediate threat”

    […]Europe, she said, “should not wait until people stand at our external border. We need to help them before that. It’s also important that we help those under immediate threat to be resettled to EU member states.”

  6. Merkel and Estonian PM call for “safe shelter” for refugees in countries neighbouring Afghanistan

    Merkel said that she and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas shared the same idea of providing refugees in the region around Afghanistan a safe shelter, and to work together on that topic, during a joint press conference in Berlin on Tuesday, as they two leaders discussed the fallout from the Taliban’s take over of the country.

    SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): “As a consequence it has been tried to not only to fight the serious terroristic threat, but also to build a sustainable political system, which offers more liberties and more possibilities to Afghanistan.”

    SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): “I do not want to anticipate the discussions with president Putin, but we naturally spoke about the fact, that we agree there is a hybrid aggressiveness, that uses people.”

    SOT, Kaja Kallas, Estonian Prime Minister (Estonian): “Since Estonia is not represented directly in Afghanistan, and we do not have people there to provide help, we can make use of the relationships we have with the neighbouring countries Afghanistan, especially with former countries of the USSR.” *SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION AT SOURCE*

    SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): “At this point I can say that we have not achieved our goals. And we have to discuss, what lessons we have learned from this.”

    SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): “Secondly, we have the same idea, that as Kaja Kallas just said before, to provide refugees in the region a safe shelter, and to work together on that topic.”

    SOT, Kaja Kallas, Estonian Prime Minister (Estonian): “Thank you. For us it is important to, bring forward a collaboration with the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan, that can assist them fast, and where there are more cultural similarities, and what these people need.” *SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION AT SOURCE*

    SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): “Those forces that have assisted the NGO’s, i.e. the World Food Program, those we want to reach too.”

    SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): “For certain cases we have to watch out, whether they are already in third countries or in unsafe third countries. We certainly mentioned that we will deliver in a unbureaucratic way visas and allow the departures.”

  7. zero hedge – Top Google Engineer Abandons Company, Reveals Big Tech Rewrote Algos To Target Trump

    A Big Tech whistleblower said Google altered its algorithm in order to ensure that negative stories from the establishment media about former Present Donald Trump were what people saw when using the highest-trafficked website on the internet.

    Zach Vorhies, who previously worked for Google, said in an interview with The Epoch Times that the tech titan specifically tailored its news algorithm to harm the former president.

    Vorhies has written a book about his experience working at Google. He said he wanted to “take conspiracy theory and turn it into conspiracy fact” by sharing the practices he saw as a longtime former employee, working on both Google and YouTube projects.



    “People kind of suspect this is happening. That certain keywords trigger things within the algorithm … That is actually happening,” he told the Times, noting that newly written stories about Trump were digitally married with older ones to ensure they remained at the top of search results.

    “They actually have that. They show like a graph, a tree, and they say actually this forms a super-story that spans eight days,” he said.

    “So, with the Trump/[former FBI Director James] Comey thing, they’re able to keep the stories boosted all the way at the top because the algorithm was able to fold a news story into the stories that were preceding it in the last five days,” Vorhies added.

    “They allowed the mainstream media to structure their stories so that they could remain at the top of their search index, of their news index,” he continued.

    Vorhies’ new book is called “Google Leaks: A Whistleblower’s Exposé of Big Tech Censorship.” The book dropped earlier this month.

    “The madness of Big Tech and their attempt to mold our reality into a version compatible with their globalist view of the world has never been portrayed better than in this chilling account by Google whistleblower,” the book’s listing on Amazon states.

    “As a senior engineer at Google for many years, Zach was aware of their bias, but watched in horror as the 2016 election of Donald Trump seemed to drive them into dangerous territory. The American ideal of an honest, hard-fought battle of ideas — when the contest is over, shaking hands and working together to solve problems — was replaced by a different, darker ethic alien to this country’s history,” the description adds.

    Vorhies said he left Google in 2019 with 950 pages of internal documents and gave them to the Justice Department.

    It is unclear what, if anything, the DOJ did with those documents.

    Vorhies also made the documents public with the help of Project Veritas in 2019. The former employee previously told Project Veritas and founder James O’Keefe how he was able to get ahold of the documents from his former employer in 2019.

    “These documents were available to every single employee within the company that was full time. And so as a full-time employee at the company, I just searched for some keywords, and these documents started to pop up,” he said.

    “And so once I started finding one document and started finding keywords for other documents and I would enter that in and continue this cycle until I had a treasure trove and archive of documents that clearly spelled out the system, what they’re attempting to do in very clear language,” he concluded.

    Vorhies spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year, alongside O’Keefe and Project Veritas.

    “Google, Facebook and the Big Tech oligarchs represent the Trojan horse for totalitarianism,” he said.

  8. Not that this by itself rises to the level of lockdown or mandatory jabs or Afghanistan debacle, but it is part of the agenda of totalitarian take over.
    A bad ban bill is making its way through Winnipeg Canada
    It will prohibit ownership of nearly all bird species, most herps and an assortment of other animals.
    Number limits, breeding bans and LIMITED “grandfathering” of some currently owned pets is also in there.
    It will prohibit sales/transfers of prohibited animals within the locations covered.
    If there are people from Canada here, or who have friends there, please let them know.
    Share the link WIDELY.

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