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President-Elect Biden, Meet The Age of Autism

Pink typewriter When SomeoneOur President-elect is Joe Biden. And so we proceed in our endless autism journey with yet another administration taking the helm. If anything, autism has been lost in the Covid shuffle, which might not be a bad thing, considering the ruination we've faced in the past thanks to Uncle Sam and his 50 nieces and nephews we call the "United" (ha ha) States of America.

Let' s begin to introduce President Biden and Vice President Harris (from California, which makes our blood run cold) to THE AGE OF AUTISM as each of us lives it day in and every day out. We'll be writing notes, missives, and stink bombs to the new administration.  

Many readers are relieved to have fresh (or perhaps surgically freshened) faces in the White House. Many readers are horrified that President Trump lost, hoping a second term would mean living up to his "drain the swamp" promises.  Covid has turned every aspect of politics on its ear. Masks have replaced vaccines -- for the moment.  Anti-maskers entered the lexicon. The Covid vaccine program has done more to generate the safety and liability questions that we have had for decades in the average American than decades of writing about autism and vaccine injury. That's a quicksilver lining. American and citizens around the world are waking up to the fact that vaccines may be thrust upon (into) them as social "get out of jail free" cards.

So let's see what 2021 and a new administration brings us, here in the The Age of Autism. I mean, "Come on, man! We're speaking."


New Word for 2020: Covidicide

Deadly consqeuencesThank you to Brett Wilcox for allowing us to run this post from his blog "Running The Country."

Covidicide

Covidicide [ koh-vid-uh-sahyd]: killing, death and destruction caused by or subsequent to COVID related measures, policies, rules, pronouncements, interventions and treatments including but not limited to the following:

  • the planned, purposeful, and coordinated killing of nursing home residents by government officials in several countries via compulsory co-mingling of COVID patients with COVID negative residents.
  • the killing of nursing home residents as a consequence of loneliness, isolation, depression, and sickness due to the long-term forced separation from healthy family and friends.
  • the planned and purposeful killing of elderly and disabled patients via administration of respiratory-inhibiting drugs including morphine.
  • the killing of both COVID and non-COVID patients by refusing to provide care to real and present patients purportedly to free up resources for theoretical, future patients.
  • the killing of COVID patients who are instructed to stay home until their condition has deteriorated rather than seek out and receive early intervention and treatment.
  • the killing of non-COVID patients by withholding standard medical care over extended periods of time including diagnostic tests, treatments, and interventions.
  • the killing of inpatient COVID patients via profit-driven but contraindicated intubation and ventilation.
  • the killing of patients via unwanted Do Not Resuscitate orders.
  • the planned and purposeful injuring and killing of people in the HCQ related UK Recovery and WHO Solidarity trials where late-stage COVID patients were given four times the recommended HCQ dosage normally given to early ambulatory patients with zinc and/or azithromycin.
  • the planned and purposeful injuring and killing of people who were prevented from receiving HCQ as a result of the fraudulent Surgisphere study which was published by the Lancet [and later retracted] and promoted as evidence against the safety and efficacy of HCQ.

Continue reading "New Word for 2020: Covidicide" »


Lorene Amet, PhD Files Complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organization Over Autism Ambush

FOOD-AS-MEDICINE"Improving the health and development of individuals with autism," is the introduction to Ms. Amet's website Autism Treatment Plus.  My goodness, doesn't that sound just dreadfully cruel? Improving the health - pshaw! Improving development - scandalous! Cure for autism has been a four letter word for decades. Even treatment needs to be wrapped in obfuscation and cloudy verbiage to pass muster.  We've seen many experts, like Dr. Amet, who have the audacity to try to help families facing the challenges of a loved one with autism smeared, ridiculed, put out of business and perhaps... worse.    It's as if healthy, clean food, non-toxic living and proper nutritional supplementation are worse than chemotherapy and radiation combined. 

Meanwhile, every day I see adults standing outside in the cold, New England air pulling down COVID masks to smoke their cigarettes during a work break and the lines of cars at McDonald's snaking into the streets like never before, as overweight Americans riddled with heart disease and diabetes get their daily fix.  Our idea of treatment, health, how to protect ourselves is inside out.

Below is a response from Lorene Amet, PhD, to the ambush consultation that lead to what we in the USA would call a smear campaign publish in the Mirror in the UK. High paid doctor falsely claims MMR jab triggers autism - and chicken nuggets can help cure it Dr Lorene Amet was ­recorded making the claims and experts were left horrified by her remarks. The involvement of a supposedly respectable newspaper with the attention seeking Emma Dalmayne is disturbing. We wrote about the article earlier this week:  Throwback to the Chew Leach Baggs Era


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“Self-styled £210-an-hour autism guru says organic chicken nuggets can help cure it”

The article published by the Mirror on 31.10.20 follows an undercover recording of a consultation with the campaign activist Emma Dalmayne, from A.I.M – Autistic Inclusive Meet. The recording was coordinated by Amy Sharpe with whom Emma Dalmayne previously collaborated on other pieces using a similarly imbalanced / poor quality reporting, subterfuge and secretive recording devices.

I believe the stunt consultation was part of an orchestrated campaign aiming at defaming me personally and is evidence of breach of the Editor’s Code of Practice because of its inaccuracy and the misleading reporting of the article.

My complaint to IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation) is currently being assessed. I will update on the outcomes in due course.


Dr. Fauci Says the Covid Vaccine Will NOT Prevent Covid

Note: Dr. FauCovid Preventionci lowered the bar for COVID vaccine expectations dramatically. The world expects the vaccine(s) to PREVENT infection. Dr. Fauci has said it will lessen symptoms.  Here, James Lyons-Weiler explains:

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Fauci just tanked the covid19 vaccine program – And no one noticed

James Lyons-Weiler, PhD – 11/3/2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the US NIAID has dramatically lowered the bar for measuring success of COVID19 vaccines. All of sudden, COVID19 vaccines are only expected to prevent symptoms, not prevent transmission.

According to a report filed Oct 27, 2020 by Daily Mail, “Dr Anthony Fauci cautioned that early COVID-19 vaccines are focused on preventing symptoms of the virus – not blocking it – during Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit on Monday”. (emphasis mine).

Dr Anthony Fauci cautioned that early COVID-19 vaccines are aimed at preventing symptoms during Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit on Monday

‘If the vaccine allows you to prevent initial infection, that would be great,’ he said. ‘[But] the primary endpoint [is] to prevent clinically recognizable disease’ ” 

KNOWING THAT COVID19 vaccines did not prevent transmission in Rhesus macaque monkeys, Fauci is trying to sell the idea that COVID19 vaccines might not need to prevent transmission to be considered worthwhile.

This is more than “managing expectations”. The fact that Fauxi saying this means the vaccine manufacturers – and government agency personnel bent on keeping effective medicines away from people ill with COVID19 (see c19study.com), who are focused entirely on bringing a vaccine solution forward as the only solution to COVID19, all recognize that their program is in big, big trouble.

Here’s are some of the reasons why:  Read more HERE.


Vote in the USA!

Election 2020
Today is election day in the USA, the culmination of a roller-coaster political season. To our American readers, we hope you are voting or have already cast your ballot in your home state, District or territory. In past years, we heard from candidates what they would or would not do for the autism communities (plural on purpose.)  We talked about Progressives versus Conservatives. We discussed which man or woman would really look at the needs of autism families and enact laws and protections to serve them. Who would keep programs like SSI and Medicaid intact? Who would mandate vaccination? Who would acknowledge the epidemic? These were tough topics that often split us. This year? The election has been wall to wall Covid. But here we are.  There's a chance we will not know the outcome tomorrow.


Imagine The Treatment of those who Say NO to CoVax

A148E2BF-F168-477A-AB91-49E77852B1C6This is a real Facebook post from a large town group.  This person drove by a local establishment on a road where the speed limit is 40mph, and saw not only proximity of people, but actual unmasked mouths and, in a moment of Bionic hearing, heard coughing. He then diagnosed possible seasonal allergies. 

Impressive. Sherlock Holmes could not have deduced so much, so fast. 

And then to run to Facebook to report the danger to save everyone?. What a joy to see the New England Town Crier network is alive and well. What happens when people like this discover their neighbor did not take the CoVax? 


Moderna Rakes in A Billion for a Vaccine While Dr. Fauci Says the First CoVaxes Will Only Prevent Symptoms

Covid Prevention
Charles M Schultz


McDonald's burgers, Carl Sagan's stars and now Moderna's attempt at a Covid vaccine. BILLIONS AND BILLIONS.

1) Why does this CNBC article, albeit a written for business perspective, call the Moderna vaccine a "drug?"

2) If the raison d'etre for vaccines is to PREVENT disease, why did Dr. Fauci say Preventing symptoms is a “primary endpoint” in the vaccine development process, Fauci said. Getting rid of the virus altogether is considered a “secondary endpoint.” Source WebMd  Early Vaccines Will Prevent Symptoms, Not Virus

Have you ever seen a flu vaccine campaign that talked about symptoms? No, they talk about prevention, because THAT is what we have been lead to believe vaccines are supposed to do. Prevent the disease.  Tamiflu, a debacle of its own, is to ameliorate symptoms. It's a drug.  And if the Covid vaccine prevent symptoms, won't people go about their business and infect those around them at a much higher rate if they are symptom free? Symptoms = early detection.

What is a vaccine: A vaccine is a substance that helps protect against certain diseases. Vaccines contain a dead or weakened version of a microbe. It helps your immune system recognize and destroy the living microbe during a future infection.
Source: WebMD

Vaccines versus Medicines: Vaccines contain the same germs that cause disease. (For example, measles vaccine contains measles virus, and Hib vaccine contains Hib bacteria.) But they have been either killed or weakened to the point that they don’t make you sick. Some vaccines contain only a part of the disease germ.

A vaccine stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.

This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them. Source: CDC

Moderna says it’s preparing global launch of Covid vaccine as it takes in $1.1 billion in depositsModerna says it’s preparing global launch of Covid vaccine as it takes in $1.1 billion in deposits

Moderna is prepping for the global launch of its potential coronavirus vaccine, already taking in $1.1 billion in deposits from governments awaiting the potentially lifesaving drug, the biotech firm said Thursday in its third-quarter earnings report.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said it was in ongoing talks with the World Health Organization-backed COVAX initiative on a tiered pricing proposal for its potential vaccine, which it’s tentatively calling mRNA-1273. It already has supply agreements in North America, the Middle East and in other regions of the world.

Shares of Moderna were up more than 3% in midmorning trading.

 


UK "Expose" A Throwback to the Chew Leach Baggs Era

Old news"Our investigator Emma, 44, who is autistic herself, said: “I find it alarming that someone who claims to be professional is spreading such fear and misinformation about vaccination.”"

A UK physician took a drubbing in this article that could have been written in 2000:


High paid doctor falsely claims MMR jab triggers autism - and chicken nuggets can help cure it Dr Lorene Amet was ­recorded making the claims and experts were left horrified by her remarks.

By the way the 210£ per hour reported as "high paid" is about $270, hardly a queen's ransom for a medical professional's rate. Here OT and Speech can easily charge that amount.

Many of us have been in the autism vaccine injury world for as long as two decades, or more. Back in the day... when BLOGGER and Yahoo Groups ruled the world, there was a group of bloggers with names like Chew, Leach and Baggs who were early adopters of neurodiversity, demanded genuflection before the genetics of autism, dismissal of any and ALL forms of treatment except educational, refusal to even consider that one's diet could affects one's functioning and of course, that autism was ANYTHING other than a MAN MADE EPIDEMIC.  Ms. Chew had a son named Charlie, I met them both ten years ago at an event. Mr. Leach was himself in the UK, and he had a daughter on the spectrum.  And all these years later, after they pilloried Age of Autism, Dan, Mark, me and so many of our strongest friends, their blogs are long gone, a relic of another era. That said, I hope their children are healthy and well. And safe. Always.

From the article:

A self-proclaimed autism expert told a mum that studies suggest the MMR jab is linked to the condition.

The same £210-an-hour guru then claimed child ­autism could be alleviated by an exclusion diet which includes organic chicken nuggets...

...But Amet’s ­comments reflect the views of the thousands of “anti-vaxxers” who spread conspiracy theories about the MMR jab and autism online.

One in every 100 children in the UK has some form of autism. There is no known medical cure.

Our probe was triggered when a parent raised ­concerns about the work of Amet’s clinic – Autism Treatment Plus – which claims to have improved the development of 80 per cent of its patients.

As part of our investigation, Emma Dalmayne – who has two autistic ­children – posed as worried mum Petra to discuss fictional Raye, seven.

In a video consultation, Amet pushed the ­supposed link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination – fears which medical studies have debunked.

She then went on to make unproven claims about how the condition can be alleviated by changing a child’s diet. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has discredited this as a way of managing autism in young people.

 


Is Horror Film Come Play a Trick or Treat for Autism?

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Girl: "He's autistic, dude."

There is a new horror film just released called "Come Play." It features an evil creature named "Larry" who entices a boy who has autism with friendship through the child's communication device.   The boy tries to tell his parents there is "something" in their home. They do not believe him. (Horror film making class lesson one, day one "Never believe the kid.") Larry wants to be his friend.... at a steep price.

In the trailer his Mom tells the school official, "Poor guy still doesn't have any friends." I would never have said this sentence to anyone, it sounds far too glib. But I wasn't consulted for the script.  None of my daughters with autism has ever had a true friend - by that I mean a boy or girl with whom they have cultivated a relationship that continues without 100% facilitation by an adult. My daughters are adults, by the way. Still, I'll pass on Larry.

Watch the trailer, let us know if you have any desire to watch the full movie.



A terrifying new vision in horror awaits. #ComePlay is in theaters this Halloween. Newcomer Azhy Robertson stars as Oliver, a lonely young boy who feels different from everyone else. Desperate for a friend, he seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses Oliver’s devices against him to break into our world, Oliver’s parents (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen. The film is produced by The Picture Company for Amblin Partners.

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Adjuvants: The BBC's Fairy Dust Future

image from external-content.duckduckgo.comby John Stone

Two days ago I received at breakfast a magazine article from an outfit called BBC Future entitled Immune Respose: The Strange Ingredients Found in Vaccines by Zaria Gorvett (pictured left).That the BBC should supply such a bland and poorly informed article for the popular market is no surprise, but nevertheless my annoyance did rise at her account of the DPT affair, and I wrote to her:

Dear Ms Gorvett,

Re: Your article “Immune Response” this morning

Despite the opprobrium heaped on John Wilson the government discreetly paid out on 600 DPT cases within three years of the vaccine damage payment act of 1979. In a letter last year to BMJ (which I append)  I also pointed out the paper by Mogensen which found that mortality in DPT vaccinated infants in Guinea-Bissau (1981) was 5 times vaccinated. This is not a small matter.

I also point out that size comparison makes no sense when talking (about)  an active ingredient of a product and I forward the link to the recent article by Prof Exley “An aluminium adjuvant in a vaccine is an acute exposure to aluminium”.

It is not correct to say that there is no evidence when there is evidence and I think you ought to reconsider.

Yours sincerely,

 John Stone, UK Editor, Age of Autism

The Benefits of DPT

(BMJ Rapid Response)

Mara Kardas-Nelson [1] should also note that as result of DPT controversy and the UK Vaccine Damage Payment Act of 1979 there were 600 payments in the period 1978-81 (1978/9: 36, 1979/80: 317, 1980/1: 256) [2,3]. The rhetoric behind the legislation was that injuries were rare but this was not borne out by the record [2,3]. The act enabled the government to retrieve the reputation of the programme amid adverse publicity by acknowledging the principle of harm but no one knew how many awards there had actually been - and initially there were a lot. This would also not take account of any deaths.

According to Mogensen et al, the introduction of DPT to Guinea-Bissau in 1981 was associated with a 5 fold increase in the rate of death [4]:

"Among 3–5-month-old children, having received DTP (±OPV) was associated with a mortality hazard ratio (HR) of 5.00 (95% CI 1.53–16.3) compared with not-yet-DTP-vaccinated children. Differences in background factors did not explain the effect. The negative effect was particularly strong for children who had received DTP-only and no OPV (HR = 10.0 (2.61–38.6)). All-cause infant mortality after 3 months of age increased after the introduction of these vaccines (HR = 2.12 (1.07–4.19))."

[1] Kardas- Nelson, 'Despite high rates of vaccination, pertussis cases are on the rise. Is a new vaccination strategy needed?', BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4460 (Published 09 July 2019)

[2] Gareth Millward, 'A Disability Act? The Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 and the British Government’s Response to the Pertussis Vaccine Scare', Social History of Medicine, Volume 30, Issue 2, May 2017, Pages 429–447, https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkv140

[3] 'Annex A - Vaccine Damage Payments claims received and award statistics', https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/242813/response/599844/attach/3/A...

[4] Mogensen et al, 'The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A Natural Experiment', Ebiomedicine March 2017, https://www.ebiomedicine.com/article/S2352-3964(17)30046-4/abstract

I forgot to mention that the old DPT contained 50 micrograms of life-enhancing ethyl mercury but not receiving  an answer I decided to forward it to her editor Amanda Ruggeri (below), who describes herself on her website as  “Journalist, Photographer, Traveler,  Historian,  Adventurer”, and obviously a very exciting person. She also has not replied. image from external-content.duckduckgo.com

What I did not know at the time that I wrote to Zaria was that before writing her amusing vaccine fairy story she had interviewed Prof Exley at length on the phone. Yesterday, he wrote to her furiously:

Dear Zaria,

This not about whether one 'likes' something or not. It is about your integrity as a journalist.

You contacted me by email to ask my advice. I was happy to help and even gave you my home telephone number since you wished to talk to me personally and not simply correspond by email.

We talked for about forty minutes. I shared with you a great deal of scientific, published, information on our expertise in aluminium adjuvants used in vaccines. I made sure that you had access to all the primary published research that we talked about. I also gave you some background on adjuvants generally. You gave the impression of both being very interested in the information I gave you and also of being grateful for my time and expertise. Afterall we are, arguably, the world's leading group researching the efficacy and safety of aluminium adjuvants used in vaccines.

When we finished our conversation, you promised to send me a link to your article. You did not do this and reading your article, I can understand why.

Not only did you not mention my contribution to your article once but when opportunities arose you chose to write what can only be described as blatant lies.

For example, even though you knew that what you had written was untrue you still wrote;

There is as little as 0.2mg of aluminium in a typical vaccine dose, which is equivalent to less than the weight of a single poppy seed. There is no evidence that any of the adjuvants currently in use lead to side-effects.

Apart from being factually incorrect the comparison with a poppy seed is absurd at best.

What happened to your editor's mantra concerning BBC Future;

We believe in truth, facts, and science. We take the time to think. And we don't accept — we ask why.

I told you everything you needed to know about how much aluminium is used in vaccines. I even shared with you some of our new research in this field about to be published in the BMJ. I pointed out to you that there are serious adverse events caused by aluminium adjuvants and I also informed you as to where you could find this information, no lesser document than the patient information leaflet provided with every vaccine.

Your writing about DPT is completely false and while we did not discuss this you could have checked this information with me at any time. You clearly chose not to check your information.

I told you the story of Glenny and the 'discovery' of aluminium adjuvants.

I also made sure that you understood which aluminium salts were used as aluminium adjuvants. Instead you wrote lies again about this;

To this day, the aluminium in vaccines is always in the form of salts. These include aluminium hydroxide (commonly used as an antacid to relieve indigestion and heartburn), aluminium phosphate (often used in dental cement) and potassium aluminium sulphate, which is sometimes found in baking powder.

You decided instead to write complete scientific nonsense in your descriptions of aluminium salts used in vaccines, why is beyond me when you had access to the correct information. What were you trying to do, make the aluminium salts sound benign by comparing them wrongly to household products?

I told you that the main reason why aluminium adjuvants are effective is because they are toxic at the vaccine injection site. I spoke to you at length about this and I pointed you towards the relevant peer reviewed published scientific literature. Your reference to uric acid at this point did not come from me and has no relevance.

This article is very shoddy journalism. It seems to have been primarily informed by a Chinese scientist working on vaccines in China. As the world's leading researcher on aluminium, I have no knowledge of this scientist only that they have no expertise in aluminium adjuvants. Why you chose to only follow their advice is insulting.

If you and your editors do truly 'believe in truth, facts, and science', then I would expect a right of reply to this inaccurate and scientifically inept article. To not do so would suggest that the written lies therein have an alternative agenda.

Yours sincerely

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Professor Christopher Exley PhD FRSB

So far, at the time of writing, Prof Exley assures me he has heard neither from Zaria Gorvett or her editor Amanda Ruggeri (which is I suppose what you would expect from the modern BBC). Perhaps as their next assignment these two geniuses can set themselves to working out why Autism Spectrum Disorders have reached 7% in Belfast schools (I have had an identical figure just quoted me by personal communication for the first year in-take of a Welsh comprehensive school). All brought to you by the BBC’s responsible journalism.

Post Script

Prof Exley has now received a succession of letters from the BBC which does not make their position any more satisfactory:

Dear Professor Exley,

Thank you very much for speaking with me the other day. I am sorry that you do not like the article. I have cc'd my editors.

Best regards,

Zaria  

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Dear Prof. Exley,

Thank you for raising your concerns with BBC Future. We’re sorry that you feel your time in the interview was wasted; we seek information from a wide range of sources, and there is no guarantee when we do interviews that any given interviewee will be quoted or mentioned in a piece.

We’ve gone through the claims you make below and remain confident in the accuracy of our reporting. Thank you again for your time.

Best,

Amanda Ruggeri

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Dear Professor Exley,

I’m the Editorial Director for the BBC’s international news and features output.    Amanda has passed your complaint onto me.

Let me echo Amanda’s apology for the fact that you feel your time was wasted.    We speak to a lot of people in the course of our research and are grateful to anyone who gives up their time. 

The article was amended on Thursday to clarify two points:

The weight of evidence is that adjuvants do not lead to serious side-effects.

And we added detail about the link between the pertussis vaccine and encephalopathy and corrected the statement that the vaccine had been administered for decades without incident.

Best wishes,

Mary

Mary Wilkinson, Head of Editorial Content,  BBC Global News  Ltd

Of course, no one actually says sorry for their actions, and all three are guilty of deliberately misleading the public by failing to report that they had consulted him and received  information of substance (existing in the form of peer reviewed studies in respected journals)  which stood in contradiction to the claims of the published article. If they were professionally fearful of the consequences of publishing this information then it might have been better not to publish at all. Plainly none of them have the expertise to discard Prof Exley's evidence and there is no explanation of why they chose to do this except expedience.


Grandma! What a BIG Syringe You Have!

WolfAre you prepared to let "people" into your home or your parents'  home to vaccinate?  Start memorizing this sentence; "I (my Mother, Father, Grandparent) am/is neither underserved nor vulnerable.

From STAT News:

There’s no place like home for older and high-risk people to get Covid-19 vaccines

By Thomas Lally and Marc Rothman

October 28, 2020

Staying at home has never been so vital for older Americans and those with compromised health. After nine months of the coronavirus pandemic, sheltering in place is still the most effective protection against Covid-19 for many older adults, and likely will be until an effective vaccine helps stop the pandemic.

The virus has taken an enormous toll on our nation’s older adults. They account for 16% of the U.S. population but 80% of Covid-19 deaths, somewhat higher than their share of deaths from all causes over the same period (75%).

Covid-19 has crystallized for many the challenges that homebound older adults face when it comes to access to care. At least 2 million people ages 65 and older are permanently homebound and millions more cannot easily get to a doctor’s office. While telemedicine has exploded and living room couches have become the new exam table, virtual medicine cannot deliver vaccines — a challenge that we hope will need solving sooner rather than later.

We believe that the home should be a focal point in the effort to eradicate the virus. Bringing vaccines to the home also gives providers another opportunity to visualize the management of their patients’ chronic diseases and intervene accordingly...

...Without serious planning, it could take a year for a Covid-19 vaccine to reach the majority of Americans. Social determinants of health — age, race, income, geography, education, mobility, and access to health care — will complicate the challenge of providing it to everyone effectively. News that the vaccine may require two rounds of injections may make distribution even more complex and limit the rate of adoption.

These challenges must be addressed before a vaccine arrives by putting into place strategies to gain the trust of the public and reach essential adherence rates, which is needed to bring good health to all, including vulnerable and underserved populations. To that end, the home setting should be included in vaccine distribution planning.




A Second Shutdown

FermeFrance and Germany announced additional shutdowns last night. Italy is already protesting their most recent restrictions. Here in the USA, we are waiting for both an election and a decision on whether we will remain somewhat, partially or fully open as we head into the Holiday season. The first shutdown last Spring was supposed to be a "2 weeks to flatten the curve" for hospitals. Most of us rallied like champs and stayed home. Two weeks turned into two months turned into two seasons and now who knows?  The autism community has been hard hit. Our loved ones are often ruled by structure, routine, the calendar. If we go the way of Europe and have a draconian shutdown, I fear what will happen to our friends and family. My friends and my own family.

What do you think?

From The New York Times:

Covid-19 Live Updates: France and Germany Announce New Restrictions as Cases Surge in Europe

Germany will close restaurants and bars starting Monday, while France tightens rules of its own.


Liberta! Italian Restaurateur and Customers Hold Off Police Trying to Enforce Closure

PesaroFrom Pesaro, Italy, east of Florence on the Adriatic sea, a protest against the new closure regulations.  Imagine the money spent by businesses to comply with Covid rules, and not, restaurants are being told to close their doors by 6:00pm, which is practically mid day by Italian dinnertime habits.  Thank you to Alina A for sharing the video and description below. You do not need to share the language to understand the sentiment.

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From Alina A, who shared the video and this summary:  "In the video the restaurant owner politely but firmly tells the police contingent (10 police officers!) that he is respecting all rules and regulations. The officer in command insists that the latest DPCM (decree by the president of ministers ) calls for 6.00pm closure . The restaurateur calmly states that DPCMs are unconstitutional and he won't abide by them. He has a full house of customers and they won't leave until they are finished to consume their meal.

It clearly is a tug of war. Albeit a polite one given that there is a private television broadcasting the event.
Inside we can see that ALL customers are completely in agreement with the restaurant owner and shout:" Li-ber-ta'!
The police officers cannot enter because the number of customers is to the limit of the restaurant capacity and they would break the law if they did enter :)

Liberta' in a dish of spaghetti?



"Pesaro. It is 8.30 pm on Monday 26 October, when the police raid a restaurant where a dinner with 90 guests had been organized in protest against the launch of the last dpcm which, as we know, closes all services by 6 restaurants and bars of Italy. But the owner of the club did not give up and tried to prevent the police from entering the club with all his might by locking the door, as seen in the video of Radio Pesaro. So the police were forced to enter through a back door. All this while the guests continued their last supper (so to speak), toasting and shouting: "Join us". Once the agents entered, the restaurateur first calmly told them that he did not want to interrupt his guests' dinner and then shouted again: "You can arrest me but I will never close!".


Simon & Schuster Presents "Imagine You Are An Aluminum Atom" by Professor Christopher Exley

Imagine-you-are-an-aluminum-atom-9781510762534_lgWe are so pleased to see that publishing giant Simon & Schuster has announced Christopher Exley's book "Imagine You Are An Aluminum Atom!"  Please click here and pre-order a copy from your favorite bookseller.  If you use Amazon, consider marking Age of Autism as your SMILE charity. Thank you.

From S&S:

Join "Mr. Aluminum," a scientist who has made the study of aluminum his life's work, on a journey of discovery, reflection, and the science of aluminum.

Professor Christopher Exley is a firm believer that science is only useful when it is properly communicated. Scientific papers are difficult vehicles for the wider communication of science and thus he has always endeavored to tell the story of his scientific research as widely as possible through myriad blogs, presentations, and interviews. Through a series of easy-reading entries written for non-scientists, Exley will educate readers about his lifelong scientific passion: aluminum. In scientific circles, aluminum—in relation to human health specifically—has gone the way of the dinosaurs (though, unlike dinosaurs, there has not yet been a popular revival!). Yet aluminum is also the greatest untold story of science.

But why do we all need to know a little bit more about aluminum? Do we need a self-help guide for living in what Exley has coined "The Aluminum Age"? What is it about aluminum that makes it different? What about iron, copper, or any of the so-called "heavy metals," like mercury, cadmium, or lead? Why must we pay particular attention to aluminum? Because its bio-geochemistry, its natural history, raises two red flags immediately and simultaneously.

These two danger signals are easily missed by all of us and easily dismissed by those whose interests are conflicted by aluminum’s omnipresence in human life and consequently, are purposely blind to its danger signals. First, aluminum, in all of its myriad forms, is super abundant; it is the third most abundant element (after oxygen and silicon) of the Earth’s crust. Second, aluminum is super reactive; it is both chemically and biologically reactive. However, these two red flags identify a paradox, as the abundant and biologically reactive aluminum has no biological function either in any organism today nor in any extinct biota from the evolutionary past. This means in practical terms that when we encounter aluminum in our everyday lives, our bodies only see aluminum as an impostor, something foreign, and something for which we have not been prepared through biochemical evolution. This in turn means that all of our encounters with aluminium are adventitious, random, and chaotic. And potentially dangerous.

Imagine You Are An Aluminum Atom: Discussions With "Mr. Aluminum" examines the science of aluminum and human health and makes them understandable to all. Within the science you will find personal recollections of events, as well as opinions and reflections upon how the politics of aluminum have influenced and interfered with doing and reporting the science. It is at once both a personal recollection of Exley's life in aluminum research and a guide on the dangers of the constant exposure to aluminum we as humans face during this "Aluminum Age." It will inform, it will provide the means to question the science, and it will, if the reader is prepared to participate, answer those frequently asked questions on aluminum and human health.


Robert Kennedy Jr: A International Message for Freedom and Hope

Oct 24, 2020, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Int'l. Message for Freedom and Hope

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpMWDCX1yMI&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR24lxqtIA_YW9pl-3migGhmGOVf705Lac0zqXN0dgR2qGZFdbyY0-YkxUs

Today, October 24, 2020, there are many rallies around the world. Activists in these countries are joining in a common voice: Argentina; Bolivia; Peru; Uruguay; Italy; Germany; Poland; Belgium; Netherlands; United Kingdom; Ireland; Sweden; Denmark; France; and Austria.

Citizens of all countries are paying an enormous price for the epidemic. They have not only lost their loved ones, but their freedoms, their livelihood, their joy. Children and youth are suffering due to this crisis too. Without their friends and social activities, mental health problems in our young is at an all-time high. People around the world are demanding to be spared from the devastating consequences of the epidemic.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman of Children’s Health Defense, provides an inspirational message for freedom and hope to activists around the world. Join the movement. ChildrensHealthDefense.org.

VIDEO:

Hey, everybody, it’s Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. here and I cannot tell you how happy I am to be able to have this opportunity to thousands of citizens in 15 countries on all the continents in the world who have come together today to protest this coup d’état by Big Data, by Big Telecom, by Big Tech, by the big oil and chemical companies, and by this global public health cartel led by Bill Gates and the WHO that now amounts to two trillion dollars and wants to magnify and amplify its wealth and its power over our lives, over our liberties, that wants to subvert our democracies and wants to destroy our sovereignty and our control over our lives and our children’s health.

And I want to remind you—those of you who are not Americans—of something that every American child learns when we’re growing up in this country about our history.

During the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt—who was one of the greatest presidents in American history—said to the American people, “The only thing that we have to fear is fear itself.”

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Supreme Court Doe v Merck Presents Opportunity to Argue Lawfulness of Mandatory Vaccination

Doe v merck october 2020Below, from attorney Patricia Finn. Suing Merck makes David v Goliath look like child's play. They have legions of lawyers whose job it is to protect shareholders over customers, at any cost. Their pockets are endlessly deep. As the globe races toward mandatory COVID vaccination, wouldn't it be something if our children, those who were injured by their pediatric vaccines, shone a light on the legal process that even those who have shunned our plight for now decades?

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The Supreme Court petition linked HERE seeks to challenge the alleged failure of the US Government and Merck, a major vaccine drug company, to disclose the “unavoidably unsafe” nature of childhood vaccines, which allegedly injured plaintiff's son more than twenty years ago. Now grown, Baby Doe must be placed in a group home for proper care, but under New York’s draconian vaccine laws, he must be vaccinated yet again because he is unable to obtain a medical exemption. He is forced to “play roulette” with more “unavoidably unsafe” vaccines. Please help support this case and pray for our success on Baby Doe's behalf, and all others facing unwanted, mandatory vaccinations.

Dear Clients and Supporters,

On October 2, 2020, the law offices of Patricia Finn Attorney, P.C., filed the most important case we have handled in over two decades of fighting to secure your rights of medical freedom. Doe v Merck is a culmination of years of litigation, and the hard work and sacrifice of all the families we have represented in the fight for vaccine choice and safety. We now have an opportunity, for the first time in over 100 years, to argue the lawfulness of mandatory vaccinations that withhold exemptions for children, soldiers, health care workers, and many others, who are refusing forced vaccinations. And this time, we are taking the fight straight to the United States Supreme Court. We need your help. Please consider volunteering and donating if you can.

Paypal at MakeAmericasKidsHealthyAgain@gmail.com for up to $2500;

If you need further information or wish to volunteer for our new campaign “Make America’s Kids Healthy Again,” just send an email to patriciafinnattorney@gmail.com, and we will get back to you on the next step.

I cannot promise an outcome to any of our legal efforts or cases, but so far in just this last year, we have had three impressive wins in important cases bringing us closer and closer to securing your rights to bodily autonomy and personal safety. However, I can and do promise you this: I will do my best to protect your legal rights to refuse vaccinations, as I always have, for over twenty years working on this issue in federal and state courts throughout the United States. I can also promise you that without meaningful financial support we will not be able to continue the fight at the Finn Firm at the level needed to combat pharma interests. Please make a generous donation if you can, and share the good word with others. Thank you for your continued support. God Bless America!

Sincerely,

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Naples Erupts Over Another Looming Lockdown

BastaL Italia s ‘e’ desta. Italy has awakened.

Non sai parlare italiano? Non preoccuparti. Not able to speak Italian? Don't worry.

The tone of this video from Naples will be perfectly clear.  The very word first word you hear, is the only word you need to hear - BASTA! Enough.  We know Americans can protest and even riot - we've seen plenty of it all summer. But will we have the Italian coraggio, if forced to shut down again?

Thank you to Alina A for sending the video and this report:

This video is taken on the streets of Napoli , Italy.
It is a reaction to an official communication from the governor of Campania ( the region of which Naples is the capital) , De Luca. He states that the situation is unsustainable and before it is too late he wants to lock down completely the region for 30/ 40 days. In his public statements De Luca keeps on spreading fear and says that he will request the total lockdown to be extended to the whole of Italy. The demonstration is a peaceful gathering of an enormous number of Neapolitans and people from the region of Campania , coming together saying“ Basta! Enough! We know you are lying. intensive cares units in hospitals are empty! We know it s flu season. ! We are not confused any longer! “Of course the charge of the police in riot gear transforms it all and all takes an uglier turn.


 





36 Deaths Isn't Enough to Stop Flu Vax Program in S. Korea

Note: This is becoming almost a joke. Except people are dying, which is a tragedy. How many people must die before a vaccine program is halted? Meanwhile, how many people must be shunted into social isolation with devastating result while we (not us, that's the royal we...(Wait. it's not really royal, I don't think the Queen of England is holding her breath for a vaccine either) "We" wait for a vaccine like refugees on the Titanic waiting for lifeboats.  Spoiler alert - the lifeboats are made of rotten Swiss cheese.

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Deaths rattle South Korea's seasonal flu vaccination, but authority presses ahead with free scheme

South Korea is preparing to fight two infectious diseases this winter: the novel coronavirus and the flu. But reports of deaths after flu shot vaccination may jeopardize the second effort.

 

As of Friday afternoon local time, 36 people have died in Korea after getting flu shots, including a 17-year-old high schooler, Korea Biomedical Review reported. Some district and municipal governments have put out requests to hospitals to suspend influenza vaccination, but the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) still wants the national program to move ahead, refuting a link between the vaccines and the deaths.

“The number of deaths has increased, but our team sees the low possibility that the deaths resulted from the shots,” KDCA Commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong told lawmakers at a hearing on Thursday, according to Reuters. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo, for his part, promised to “thoroughly examine the entire process in which various government agencies are involved, from production to distribution.”


South Korea Officials Refuse to Suspend Flu Vaccine Program Despite 25 deaths

Flu shot halloweenNote: In case there is anyone left who thinks public health is about the public's health.

South Korea sticks to flu vaccine plan despite safety fears after 25 die

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean officials refused on Thursday to suspend a seasonal influenza inoculation effort, despite growing calls for a halt, including an appeal from a key group of doctors, after the deaths of at least 25 of those vaccinated.... Read more.


Introducing The Gates Foundation Decade of Health

Decade of Health
"If people across the UK continue to work with the rest of the world... "  Does statement imply "global healthcare" over the next ten years?

Pay attention to the sponsor list at the end including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  From the YouTube brief description: If people across the UK continue to work with the rest of the world for our health, and we continue to talk and share this vision of a healthier, stronger future, it will become our reality. Share, discuss and open the conversation. Find out more at www.decadeofhealth.com 

The YouTube account is new, just opened on October 5. View count is low. The video is worthy of the October debut, frightening. More trick than treat.  I ran a WhoIs search on the domain, with little info beyond creating the domain last Spring. Other look ups tell you where they domain was registered. Not this one. If any readers have more insight into the WhoIs info, do share in our comments.  Thank you.




Domain Name: DECADEOFHEALTH.COM
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Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.web.com
Registrar URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
Updated Date: 2020-09-07T23:40:33Z
Creation Date: 2020-03-05T19:42:18Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2028-03-05T19:42:18Z
Registrar: NamePal.com #8027, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 1633
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@web.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8003337680
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Name Server: PDNS1.ULTRADNS.NET
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Name Server: PDNS5.ULTRADNS.INFO
Name Server: PDNS6.ULTRADNS.CO.UK
DNSSEC: unsigned



Heidi Larson Suggests Using The Queen as a Vaccine Pawn

Chess corona
Source: Chess.com

Note: Sometimes these headlines just write themselves. 

Express & Star UK The Queen could be called on to help boost the public’s trust in a coronavirus vaccine, a Government adviser has suggested.

Vaccine misinformation expert Professor Heidi Larson said she feared that people’s concerns about vaccine safety were not being addressed, which could result in them not taking it.

 Our John Stone has written extensively about Professor Heidi Larson:

February 2019 Is Heidi Larson Out of Her Depth?

February 2019 Heidi Larson Calls For Vaccine Criticism To Be Prosecuted As Hate Crime

December 2017 Paradoxes for Heidi Larson: The Vaccine Confidence LadyParadoxes for Heidi Larson: The Vaccine Confidence Lady

November 2016 Dr. Heidi Larson - Who Lobbied the UN Claiming that "Not all Mercury is Toxic" - attacks AoA over Trump meeting

The article below accurately, yet surely inadvertently, refers to as a "vaccine misinformation expert." Based on reports of the Royal Family being firmly in the alternative medicine camp (or palace), March, 2020 Daily Mail UK RICHARD KAY: Royals put their faith in homeopathy, alternative cures... and secrecy about their health)  it seems unlikely that Buckingham Palace would allow the Queen to become a vaccine pawn, or jester.

Express & Star UK The Queen could be called on to help boost the public’s trust in a coronavirus vaccine, a Government adviser has suggested.

Vaccine misinformation expert Professor Heidi Larson said she feared that people’s concerns about vaccine safety were not being addressed, which could result in them not taking it.

It comes as scientists warned that a working Covid-19 vaccine “might not be enough” to end the pandemic unless governments and technology firms tackle coronavirus misinformation.

A study found a ‘clear link’ between coronavirus conspiracy theories and hesitancy around future vaccines (David Cheskin/PA)

In an interview with The Times, Prof Larson, who leads the Vaccine Confidence Project, said the Queen could help build trust in the older generation.

She said: “If there’s one thing I’ve seen, and I’ve been here (in the UK) for over a decade now, it’s the trust that she (the Queen) gets.

“And she’s certainly in that older cohort, so I think that’s actually really, really smart.”

Prof Larson said the “big question” would be whether the Queen, who is aged 94, would get a vaccine.

“I think the palace is going to have to decide for themselves – do you want to risk a new vaccine on the Queen? Or do you want to keep her isolated? They’re going to have to weigh those risks,” she added...


No Is a Complete Sentence: Americans Want To be Able to Say NO To a Covid Vaccine

No-is-a-complete-sentence.-It-does-not-require-justification-or-explanationMore and more Americans do not want a COVID vaccine.

They do not trust a COVID vaccine. They do not trust the "science," or the government ramming a vaccine forward.  It seems the pandemic response has taken our 20+ years of talking about the lack of vaccine safety and finally brought it into sharp focus. Why now? Why Covid and not the autism epidemic? Fear. Covid was immediately introduced to the world as a horrible global thread that could knock on any door and kill you. Fear is always the simplest tool for compliance, diversion and re-education.  And so while we worked our behinds off to tell people about autism and vaccination,  autism was turned into a "difference" to be accepted from the highest echelons of public health, science, government agencies and media.

We owe Covid a perverse thank you that we will never get ourselves. Keep saying NO. Tell your friends and family you will say NO. Speak up. Speak out. NO is a complete sentence.  Remember the old School House Rock series that ran on Saturday mornings?  The slogan was "Knowledge is power!"

From The New York Post:
Scientists worry as more Americans say they’ll refuse COVID-19 vaccine

Tara Granger, 36, has worked as a nurse for two decades in Suffolk County, NY, and she and her two children have been vaccinated every year.

“Drugs are my life,” she says. “It’s what I learned in school.”

But she’s been questioning the promised upcoming vaccine for COVID-19, in large part because of what she’s witnessed firsthand about the financial incentives for vaccines.

“It scares me that I got so many free lunches and free dinners because I pushed the flu vaccine,” Granger says. “What am I going to get when I push a COVID vaccine?”

Granger got sick from the coronavirus earlier this summer and said she did “the opposite of what people said to do. I took my supplements and vitamins, and didn’t go to the hospital to be put on a ventilator and die. I was smart enough to say, ‘My immune system can fight this, I just have to find the right way to do it.’ ”

Her job will require her to recommend the COVID vaccine when it’s available, but Granger said she won’t personally be getting it.

“The vaccine isn’t something we need, even if it is safe,” she says. “People want an easy solution and they think this is it. But it isn’t.”

She’s not the only one with misgivings. A Pew Research poll from late September showed that about half of US adults (51 percent) wouldn’t get a COVID-19 vaccine if it was available today — a big drop from the 72 percent who said they’d get one back in May.


ProPublica Reports That Dr. Fauci Will Review CoVax Trial Data but Not Pfizer's

 

FauciWho Decides When Vaccine Studies Are Done? Internal Documents Show Fauci Plays a Key Role.
Dr. Anthony Fauci will see data from government-funded vaccine trials before the FDA does. One caveat: Pfizer’s study, which is ahead of the others, isn’t included in his purview.

by Isaac Arnsdorf, Caroline Chen and Ryan Gabrielson

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official, will oversee most of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials in the U.S., but not that of the current front-runner made by Pfizer, documents obtained by ProPublica show.

According to a draft charter spelling out how most of the advanced COVID-19 vaccine trials will be monitored, Fauci is the “designated senior representative” of the U.S. government who will be part of the first look at the results. That puts Fauci in the room with the companies — including Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca — in deciding whether the vaccines are ready to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Fauci’s role, which has not been previously reported and was confirmed for ProPublica by the National Institutes of Health, could offer some reassurance in the face of widespread concerns that President Donald Trump wants to rush through an unproven vaccine. As Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, put it at last week’s debate, “If the public health professionals, if Dr. Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it.”

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Vice President Biden Entertains Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate

Biden NYT photo
Credit: New York Times

Note: Dan Olmsted wrote his Age of Autism newspaper column for UPI almost 20 years ago. In my personal Age of Autism, my daughters were in the kitchen at 3:30am, so I got up a bit earlier than I'd hoped (ha ha)  and started doing my homework for this morning's Presidential Town Hall follow up post.  In my search for Coronavirus vaccine mandate results from last night, UPI popped up as a top hit.  Good morning, Dan.  

Biden urges state, local leaders to mandate COVID-19 vaccine

UPI By Danielle Haynes & Darryl Coote

Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Appearing in an ABC town hall Thursday night, Joe Biden said as president he'd lean on state and local leaders to implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates once one becomes available.

The Democratic presidential nominee opened up the town hall taking President Donald Trump to task for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and offering his own answers.

...When asked whether he would mandate for all Americans to take a COVID-19 vaccine once one's available, Biden said "it depends on the state and the nature of the vaccine when it comes out and how it's being distributed."

Biden acknowledged such a mandate would be difficult to enforce completely, comparing it to measles vaccines required by schools.   Read more here: Biden urges state, local leaders to mandate COVID-19 vaccine.

Vice President Biden's answer is not a clear cut " Yes" or "No." This IS politics, after all and every meal is waffles.  Keep in mind, with or without mandates, the vaccine can be used as a key to participate in many areas of society such as employment, school and even air travel. We have not had a national vaccine policy, although the idea has been trial ballooned as far back as 2015 when U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a South Florida Democrat, said Tuesday she wants a federal law mandating vaccinations for all public school students. Just last Spring, she introduced legislation to remove non-medical exemptions. On Friday, May 3, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson reintroduced the Vaccinate All Children Act to promote the immunization of public school children and prevent public health crises. The legislation would disallow states from offering non-medical exemptions for meeting school vaccine requirements.

Could Coronavirus vaccination be the needle that breaks the camel's back? Americans and global citizens are already questioning and protesting masks, social isolation and the vaccine.  The world has been exposed for the very first time, to the sausage making process previously kept safely hidden behind pharma doors. Transparency, such as it has been, has  been enough to generate hard questions about safety, production and medical freedom. As another possible manmade vaccine epidemic is headline news, it looks yet again that Dan Olmsted's work is as important today, as it was when he wrote it.

 


Dr. Meryl Nass: The testing mess, lack of reliable data on Covid-19, and a hypothesis why

COVID changeNote: Below is an excerpt from the blog of Dr. Meryl Nass:

The testing mess, lack of reliable data on Covid-19, and a hypothesis why

Within the first 10 days of January a sequence for the Chinese SARS-CoV-2 virus had been published by Edward Holmes of Australia. (He coauthored the March Nature Medicine commentary I have publicly criticized here and here.) Holmes works closely with Chinese scientists who passed the sequence to him, possibly without CCP authorization.

People were able to immediately start devising PCR tests based on this published sequence, even without a virus. 

After that, as the virus travelled to many countries, scientists around the world started isolating the virus locally. There have been many thousands of isolations from patients from many countries, and scientists have decoded the genome, i.e., sequenced the virus, which has 30,000-34,000 nucleotides, and shown which mutations are occurring when, in different parts of the world. Alina Chan helped create a website that characterizes these strain differences by location.  

The virus has been cultured in many countries, as early as January-February, including by CDC:

  1. Akst J. Australian Lab Cultures New Coronavirus as Infections Climb. The Scientist. https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/australian-lab-cultures-new-coronavirus-as-infections-climb-67031
  1. CDC has grown the COVID-19 virus in cell culture, which is necessary for further studies, including for additional genetic characterization. The cell-grown virus was sent to NIH’s BEI ResourcesRepositoryfor use by the broad scientific community.

But the virus cannot be cultured in ordinary hospital labs, because SARS is a designated biological warfare ("Select") agent with pandemic potential and must (by US law) be cultured only in high containment laboratories. So culture tests are not now commercially available, but they are being performed under specified conditions.

Testing for the virus is a disaster. There are over 100 available tests (PCR, Antibody, and Rapid Antigen tests) being used within the United States, and more overseas. 

The CDC made the inexplicable decisions to restrict US testing by allowing only the test CDC had developed to be used, a test that was both unnecessarily cumbersome, and faulty, and to test only those who almost certainly were infected.  This slowed down the development of better and more accessible tests by private, university and state public health labs. CDC's ban on other tests was only lifted on February 28.  (Tom Frieden, former CDC Director, has called for an independent panel to investigate what went wrong.)

(The CDC link no longer takes you to this graph.) 

Number of specimens tested for SARS-CoV-2 by CDC labs (N=3,995) and U.S. public health laboratories*

READ MORE HERE.


Toxic Politics Finally Opening Eyes to Toxic Vaccines

What the heckNote: In an election year that is already inside out and upside down, Gallup reports that confidence and acceptance of a COVID vaccine is DOWN among Democrats and UP among Republicans.  Read more here at News.Gallup

...Democrats Rethinking the Coronavirus Vaccine

The decline in Americans' readiness to be vaccinated obscures divergent trends among party groups, with Republicans showing increased willingness to be vaccinated but Democrats and independents showing decreased comfort levels.

After two months of Democrats being more likely than Republicans to say they would be vaccinated, about half of all political party groups now say they would get the vaccine. This marks a new low among Democrats and independents, while Republicans' interest in getting the vaccine has returned to the levels recorded in July, up from their low point in late August.

  • Those in U.S. willing to get an FDA-backed COVID-19 vaccine falls to 50%
  • Willingness down among Democrats and independents, up among Republicans
  • New high of 26% waiting for a vaccine before getting back to normal



Masks and Oxygen Deprivation Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson

Deep breathNote: Excerpted from the Vaccine Impact blog.

The following is a transcript of the highlights (by Henna Maria) from Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson’s recent extremely pressing video message, that was translated on-air from German into English by Claudia Stauber. Video at the end of the transcript.

by Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson and Henna Maria
Global Research

Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson MD, PhD is a Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist with a PhD in Pharmacology, with special interest in neurotoxicology, environmental medicine, neuroregeneration and neuroplasticity. This is what she has to say about masks and their effects on our brains.

“The rebreathing of our exhaled air will without a doubt create oxygen deficiency and a flooding of carbon dioxide. We know that the human brain is very sensitive to oxygen depravation. There are nerve cells for example in the hippocampus, that can’t be longer than 3 minutes without oxygen – they cannot survive. The acute warning symptoms are headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, issues in concentration, slowing down of the reaction time – reactions of the cognitive system.

However, when you have chronic oxygen depravation, all of those symptoms disappear, because you get used to it. But your efficiency will remain impaired and the undersupply of oxygen in your brain continues to progress.

We know that neurodegenerative diseases take years to decades to develop. If today you forget your phone number, the breakdown in your brain would have already started 20 or 30 years ago.

While you’re thinking, that you have gotten used to wearing your mask and rebreathing your own exhaled air, the degenerative processes in your brain are getting amplified as your oxygen deprivation continues.

The second problem is that the nerve cells in your brain are unable to divide themselves normally. So in case our governments will generously allow as to get rid of the masks and go back to breathing oxygen freely again in a few months, the lost nerve cells will no longer be regenerated. What is gone is gone.  READ MORE HERE.


Disabiity Community Letter to NYT Demands A Windshield View Not The Rear View Mirror

Rear view mirrorNote:  Below is a letter sent to the New York Times by disability community voices in response to the "cancel culture" that those with more severe behaviors and challenges (and their families) face.  We have been excluded from mainstream disability conversations forever.  A prime example, and ironic, is that we were not contacted to participate in this letter, and yet, ignoring us has not helped them make any gains with The NYT. 

That being said, the overall message is applicable to the Age of Autism Community.  We are being left in the dust, "objects in mirror are closer than they appear" without services or even a willingness to acknowledge the severity of challenges. Even with some advocates trying to shut down housing options. And Lord knows the medical industry is wholly untrained for patients with autism related issues.  Personally, I'd like to thank John Robison, a friend of mine for many years now, for standing up for the rights of people like my three daughters.

There are times when you have to bail the boat together, and then choose which side to row on after you're afloat.

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The following letter was sent to The New York Times on behalf of 75 organizations and leaders in the disability community in response to the paper’s editorial choices omitting serious issues facing those with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dozens of Disability Leaders Decry Cancel Culture at the New York Times

The following letter was sent to The New York Times on behalf of 75 organizations and leaders in the disability community in response to the paper’s editorial choices omitting serious issues facing those with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dear Editors:

July 26th marked the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To honor this unquestionably historic legislation, The New York Times has published over two dozen articles over the past few weeks celebrating disability. But with the exception of a brief mention in an article on caregiving, those with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities were notably absent from the Times’ coverage.

People with disabilities who win Academy and Tony awards, lobby Congress, and shape a new variant of hip-hop music absolutely deserve to be honored, as the Times did in its supplement dedicated to the ADA. But that isn’t the whole story. The whole story would include those whose profound intellectual and developmental disabilities preclude the autonomous decision-making, independent living, and competitive, minimum-wage employment that are the cornerstones of the Disability Rights movement. And it would also acknowledge that, in their zest to eliminate the specialized supports that don’t comport with this vision, advocates are doing exactly what Justice Anthony Kennedy feared would happen, when he wrote in his concurring opinion to the Olmstead decision referenced by the Times as a landmark in disability history: “It would be unreasonable, it would be a tragic event, then, were the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to be interpreted so that States had some incentive…to drive those in need of medical care and treatment out of appropriate care and into settings with too little assistance and supervision.”   

Our community’s absence from your coverage was not for lack of trying. Several prominent voices submitted responses — either to individual pieces or to the Times’ request for contributions from the public. Not one of these was published. Some excerpts:

From John Elder Robison, autistic self-advocate and Neurodiversity scholar, the College of William and Mary; Neurodiversity Advisor, Landmark College: “In her essay [“Dear Parents: Your Child with Autism is Perfect”], Ms. Ryan writes: Your child might be verbal, nonverbal, aggressive, passive, introverted or extroverted. It doesn’t matter. It troubles me greatly to see those words published in The New York Times. I have represented the autism community before the federal government for 10 years. In that role I have talked to thousands of parents and even more autistic people. My experience has shown me how diverse the autism community is. It has also shown me something else: If your child is nonverbal, passive, or aggressive, it most certainly does matter.”  Read more Dozens of Disability Leaders Decry Cancel Culture at the New York Times


"Triumph" and "Ambush" vaccines to be rolled out in the UK next month?

image from news.images.itv.comby John Stone

A news story in the Sun newspaper suggests that coronavirus vaccines will be rolled out in the UK as early as next month: VACCINE BOOST:NHS ready to roll out covid jab from next month with tens of thousands of people being vaccinated before Christmas”. While this runs against so many apparently informed reports that vaccines may not be available until way into next year it coincides with the consultation last month to suspend licensing regulations to allow roll out this year.The report states:

“The first mass vaccination centres are planned for sites in major cities including Leeds, Hull and London...They will be supported by hundreds of mobile vaccination units dotted nationwide, while roving teams will visit care homes and vulnerable Brits.”

This corroborates an earlier BBC report:

“Mass vaccination sites and mobile facilities are being commissioned as part of as a "fairly massive exercise"...According to the document, the two vaccines are called Ambush and Triumph...Ambush needs to be stored at -70C (-94F) and kept in hospitals due to regulations set down by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority.”

”Triumph” is thought to be the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine which requires two vaccinations within 28 days and the one requiring extreme refrigeration is likely the Moderna vaccine which has novel RNA engineering which has been closely backed by Bill Gates. Neither of the products is likely to prevent the disease at a useful level as even articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post highlight.

According to the Daily Mail:

Under the proposed ranking by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the vaccines will be rolled out in the following order:

  • older adults' resident in a care home and care home workers
  • all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
  • all those 75 years of age and over
  • all those 70 years of age and over
  • all those 65 years of age and over
  • high-risk adults under 65 years of age with underlying health woes
  • moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age with underlying health woes
  • all those 60 years of age and over
  • all those 55 years of age and over
  • all those 50 years of age and over
  • rest of the population (priority to be determined)

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is chaired by Andrew Pollard who is also lead developer of the Oxford vaccine. Both vaccines are already known to have unpleasant side-effects. The Oxford Astra Zeneca Vaccine is still under  investigation by the FDA.

 

 


Reiner Fuellmich Crimes Against Humanity Transcript

Below is an unofficial transcript of Reiner Fuellmich's Crimes Against Humanity speech. Please excuse any errors regarding the German. Thank you to JF in the UK for sharing this with our John Stone. 

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Hello. I am Reiner Fuellmich and I have been admitted to the bar in Germany and in California for 26 years.

I have been practicing law primarily as a trial lawyer against fraudulent corporations such as Deutsche bank, formerly one of the world's largest and most respected banks, today one of the most toxic criminal organisations in the world; VW, one of the world's largest and most respected car manufacturers, today notorious for its giant diesel fraud; and Cunard and Niagara the world's largest shipping company. We're suing them in a multi-million-dollar bribery case.

I'm also one of four members of the German Corona Investigative Committee. Since July 10, 2020, this committee has been listening to a large number of international scientists and experts' testimony - to find answers to questions about the corona crisis which more and more people worldwide are asking.

All the above mentioned cases of corruption and fraud committed by the German corporations pale in comparison in view of the extent of the damage that the corona crisis has caused and continues to cause.

This corona crisis, according to all we know today, must be renamed a corona scandal; and those responsible for it must be criminally prosecuted and sued for civil damages.

On a political level, everything must be done to make sure that no one will ever again be in a position of such power as to be able to defraud humanity, or to attempt to manipulate us with their corrupt agendas. And, for this reason, I will now explain to you how and where an international network of lawyers will argue this biggest tort case ever - the corona fraud scandal - which has meanwhile unfolded into probably the greatest crime against humanity ever committed.

Crimes against humanity were first defined in connection with the Nuremberg trials after World War II, that is when they dealt with the main war criminals of the Third Reich. Crimes against humanity are today regulated in section 7 of the International Criminal Code.

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I saw this meme on social media yesterday.   It made me think of "Molly Brown", socialite, philanthropist and Titanic survivor whMolly Browno is said to have tried to convince her lifeboat crew to go back to the debris to look for survivors. They refused. There was a play and movie made about her called "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" that fictionalized her life.  If we were aboard the Titanic, we would have every job on the ship from Captain to cook to bottle washer. To musician. To maid. To entertainment. To navigator. To star reader. To alarm blower. To water baler. To protector. Even to martyr in the frigid waters to protect others. But we're treated as cold as icebergs....






Annus Horribilis

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It's October, and that means Halloween and horror movies.  Rather appropriate for this annus horribilis known as 2020, that's for certain. The common thread of horror movies is when the stalked teens say, "I think he's gone." And then they leave the lake house or barn or glass walled contemporary California home and - THWACK! They're dead. Can't imagine why I had these thoughts after reading that the CoVax will not be available for children right away.

Why the sudden transparency on vaccine production? I think that COVID has made vaccine safety a legit topic among Sunlight disinfectantmillions of Americans who hadn't given a thought to how a vaccine is produced, tested, approved and then monitored for safety. You know, people like most of US before vaccine injury.  Sunlight isn't just for Vitamin D.  Kim

Children will not likely see a coronavirus vaccine until late 2021: Experts

From ABCNews

While drug companies and governments around the world are in an all-out sprint to develop a coronavirus vaccine for adults, the race to identify one that is safe and effective for children lags far behind, meaning America's youngest may not be vaccinated until late next year, health experts told ABC News.

Despite recent evidence that children may play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19, experts say the delay is appropriate, because a vaccine should be tested in adults first to ensure it's safe and effective before being tested in children.

“We wouldn't start injecting five-year-olds before we knew what this vaccine did in adults,” said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.

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Tragedy in Texas as Medicine Still Has No Idea How to Administer Care to Those with Autism

Doctor turn away“We’re asking about why is Betty… she seems to be breathing really hard and rapid. They said ‘well it’s probably because she has a fever of 102.9,'” Wattenbarger explained.

Her father said no x-rays were taken and no other medical tests were done. He explained Betty was given some Motrin for her fever, and they were sent home.

The misdiagnosis ended up costing her, her life’: A Texas family’s warning for all parents

A 7 year old child name Betty died in 2019 in Texas, after an urgent care sent her home with Motrin.  She died from sepsis and pneumonia and she had the flu. We extend our condolences to her family, who surely misses Betty every single day.

Were Betty a typical child, would the doctors have sent the family to an ER immediately rather than home? The child was unable to describe her symptoms because of her autism.  The article is written as a flu season admonition to get a flu shot. But we see something different in Betty's death, not the lack of a flu vaccine, but a lack of doctor training and proper care for those with special needs.

This article comes as no surprise to most Age of Autism readers who have a loved one on the spectrum. Doctors have few tools to diagnose symptoms for those who can not communicate traditionally or reliably.  Many doctors also do not have the patience to sleuth or tease out what's really going on when our children are sick.  And they are quick to dismiss patients with behaviors.   Here are examples from my household.

1) None of my daughters ever had an in office pediatric vision or hearing test because they weren't compliant, or could not speak.  No pediatrician seemed to notice or bother.  None looked at their charts and said, "Gee, I see we haven't been able to check her vision or hearing, do you have any concerns, Mom?"

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Crimes Against Humanity In Corona Scandal: Attorney Dr. Reiner Fuellmich

Below is a video from Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, attorney licensed in Germany and the state of California. He practices as a trial lawyer against fraudulent corporations. He is one of four members of the German Corona Investigative Committee.  In this video, he explains how the anti-Corona measures were implemented, and have destroyed companies and lives worldwide. Thank you to our Anne Dachel for the transcribed excerpts below the video.

"...an international network of lawyers will argue this biggest tort case ever, the corona fraud scandal, which has meanwhile unfolded into probably the greatest crime against humanity ever committed. ...

"...Do the so-called anti-corona measures such as the lockdown, mandatory facemasks, social distancing and quarantine regulations serve to protect the world population from corona, or do these measures serve only to make people panic so that they believe, without asking any questions, that their lives are in danger, so that in the end, the pharmaceutical and tech industries can generate huge profits from the sale of PCR tests, antigens and antibody tests and vaccines as well as the harvesting of our genetic fingerprints.

"...Is it true that the German government was massively lobbied, more so than any other country, by the chief protagonists of the so-called corona pandemic, ...because Germany is known as a particulary disciplined country and was therefore to become a role model for the rest of the world for its strict and of course successful adherence to the corona measures. ...

32:50 "...Oxford professor, Carl Heneghan, director for Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, writes that 'the COVID virus would never disappear if this test practice were to be continued, but would always falsely detected in much of what is tested.'

"Lockdowns...do not work. Sweden with its laissez-faire approach and Great Britain with its strict lockdown, for example, have completely comparable disease and mortality statistics. The same was found by U.S. scientists concerning the different U.S. states.

"It makes no difference to the incidence of disease whether a state implements a lockdown or not.

"With regard to the now infamous Imperial College of London's professor Neil Ferguson and his completely false computers models warning of millions of deaths, [Heneghan] says, 'No serious scientist gives any validity to Ferguson's model.' ..."


The Pope's Traditional View of Autism as a Disability Gift

Gift bad wrappingNote: Many of us here at Age of Autism are Roman Catholic. Anne's post below does not surprise me in the least. An elderly man who never married, never had children expresses sentiments that make our children out to be special gifts bestowed upon us to provide beauty to the world. Holland? Meet Shmolland. Of course our children are beautiful and precious to to us. That's rather the default position of parenthood. Yet, to the world in action? It seems our children do not really matter at all.  Families struggling before COVID are spiraling into some of the darkest times ever as schools and programs have disappeared. The Holy Father means well - surely. His message spreads kindness and some awareness. But it's just words. We need more.

By Anne Dachel

On July 8, 2013 I wrote the piece, The Pretty and the Ugly Sides of Autism, which graphically showed us how severely children could be affected by this disorder.  I included half a dozen videos that would challenge anyone who believes that autism is just another way of seeing the world. This was the reality of autism that is never presented in April when we have a month to celebrate autism by lighting up the world in blue.

For decades the medical community has taken credit for all the autism everywhere among our children, saying it’s the result of “better diagnosing” and “an expanded definition.”  The media has dutifully called for autism funding and services, and they’ve never batted an eye over the gigantic increases in the rate year after year.

Autism happens. It’s unfortunate if it’s your child. You just need to accept it. This is what we’ve all been taught.

On September 21st this was also the message from the Pope. Speaking to an audience of families with autistic children, Pope Francis focused on the pretty side of autism, calling autistic children God’s flowers.  

The minute and a half long video  showed the Pope addressing affected children and their parents. One barefoot girl wandered around in front of the Pope and another child sat staring at the ceiling. It looked like there were lots more adults in the room listening attentively and only a handful of kids on the spectrum sitting by parents. The event was to recognize an autism center in Austria.

I’m sure the media was happy to cover the Papal audience, eager to have the leader of the Catholic Church join them in making autism a normal and acceptable part of childhood.

An AP story said that the Pope thinks autistic kids are beautiful, unique flowers to God, and they quoted him saying, ‘God created the world with a great variety of flowers of all different colors. Each flower has its unique beauty. And each one of us is beautiful in the eyes of God, who loves us.’

People Magazine  described autistic children as part of “marginalized communities within the Catholic Church.”

The Washington Post and other outlets gave the event the same glowing coverage.

 Of course the real elephant in that dignified, formal chamber was the fact that autism is the real, unsustainable global pandemic that no official will recognize.

Pope Francis hosted autistic children who were at least able to make it through his brief remarks. He advised his audience to just learn to live with autism; it’s how God made these children.

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It’s Social Isolation

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Trust us. We know from social isolation. We have PhDs in social isolation. Black belts in social isolation. Decades of social isolation. When COVID ends for the world, our loved ones with autism will still endure social isolation.  This is why we continue our mission.



Covid Vaccine Adverse Reactions Euphemised to "Discomfort"

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Imagine if you will...  your toddler wakes in the middle of the night shaking so badly that she cracks a tooth. Would you call that discomfort or call 911 for help?  Welcome to.... the CoVax Zone, where vaccine adverse reactions are pushed through like sawing off one's arm to escape a tight crevasse.  Vaccine safety is in the eye of the beholder.

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CNBC: Coronavirus vaccine trial participants report day-long exhaustion, fever and headaches — but say it’s worth it

Luke Hutchison woke up in the middle of the night with chills and a fever after taking the Covid-19 booster shot in Moderna’s vaccine trial. Another coronavirus vaccine trial participant, testing Pfizer’s candidate, similarly woke up with chills, shaking so hard he cracked a tooth after taking the second dose.

High fever, body aches, bad headaches and exhaustion are just some of the symptoms five participants in two of the leading coronavirus vaccine trials say they felt after receiving the shots.

In interviews, all five participants — three in Moderna’s study and two in Pfizer’s late-stage trials — said they think the discomfort is worth it to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Four of them asked not to be identified, but CNBC reviewed documentation that verified their participation in the trials...  Read more here.Read more here.


Elon Musk Says No CoVax for His Family

7F7024C2-58B6-4657-93D7-CA4326208E01Knucklehead definition, a stupid, bumbling, inept person. Knuckleheads, however, are what fans of The Three Stooges and the merchandise store are called. NJ Governor Phil Murphy called those who violated the lock down orders knuckleheads. It's a funny word, coined by funny men almost 100 years ago (they created comedy from 1922 - 1970!)  And the word adds a bit of levity in an otherwise very heavy world.

Tesla, Space-X founder Elon Musk says no to a CoVax. And calls Bill Gates, "a knucklehead," which is a lot nicer than the exchanges at the election debate. Quaint even. Musk is the 4th richest man in American and quite a bit younger than 65 year old Bill Gates at 49 years old. Whom do you trust to help plan YOUR future? Business Insider took a look at the "feud” between the two tech giants:
Elon Musk called Bill Gates a 'knucklehead' for criticizing his coronavirus response. Here's where their simmering feud began and how it's escalated amid the pandemic.

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From The NY Post

Elon Musk says he won’t take coronavirus vaccine, calls Bill Gates a ‘knucklehead’

SpaceX founder Elon Musk stirred the pot yet again after claiming that neither he nor his family would take a COVID-19 vaccine even if it was readily available.

The 49-year-old billionaire dropped the bombshell during a Monday appearance on the New York Times opinion podcast “Sway.”

“I’m not at risk, neither are my kids,” Musk told host Kara Swisher about the rationale behind his decision.

During the bizarre exchange, the Tesla CEO decried the nationwide lockdown as a “no-win situation” that has “diminished my faith in humanity.” Musk previously called widespread quarantines “unethical” and “de facto house arrest,” RT reports...  Elon Musk says he won’t take coronavirus vaccine, calls Bill Gates a ‘knucklehead’


Covid Vaccine Means More Animal Cruelty: 250,000 Sharks Could Be Slaughtered

SharksAt what point will animal activists catch on to the cruelty to animals in the production of vaccines, included the coveted Covid vaccine?  Monkeys. Blue Crabs. And Sharks, hunted and their their livers harvested. Meanwhile, shark fins for shark fin soup are protected. No spoons, just harpoons.

By Aisha Zahid, Sky news reporter

Monday 28 September 2020 01:21, UK

Coronavirus: Half a million sharks 'could be killed for vaccine', experts warn

Sharks produce squalene, a natural oil made in their livers, which is an ingredient in several COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

...Shark Allies, a California-based group, suggests that if the world's population received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine containing the liver oil, around 250,000 sharks would need to be slaughtered, depending on the amount of squalene used.


Feda Almaliti Wrote About the Grueling Challenges of Covid Restrictions on Autism Families

Autism RealityBelow is an article written just a few months ago by Feda Almaliti. Feda died in a house fire over the weekend, with her 15 year old son Muhammed. I read on Facebook that she went back into the house to get her son, but he would not go down the stairs to exit.  The article she wrote talked about the impossible challenges of parenting a child, a teen or for some of an an adult (or 2 or 3) with autism. Talking about the hardship doesn't mean we don't love, respect and cherish our children. Our family members with autism. The only way to effect change, to increase funding, to create new programs, is to talk about the needs of the community. God rest Feda and Muhammed's souls.

Life with an autistic child can be difficult. During a pandemic it can be grueling

By Feda Almaliti, May 2020

Life with an autistic child can be difficult. During a pandemic it can be grueling

he coronavirus pandemic has disrupted daily life for most people around the world. It has completely upended it for people with autism and their families.

My son Muhammed — we call him Mu — is 15 years old and severely autistic. He has few words beyond “wanee” (for “I want to eat”), hums and paces incessantly, has the academic skill of a toddler, and is prone to breaking things (we eat off paper plates and have gone through more iPads than I can count).

Like everyone else, Mu has good days and bad ones. But even on his good days, daily life can be a challenge.

The emergence and spread of Covid-19 have further complicated life for Mu. We’ve been cooped up at home since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a shelter in place order for all Californians six weeks ago.

That means Mu went from going to school every day to being stuck at home. While many of his classmates continue their schooling via Zoom calls, there’s no way to meet Mu’s educational needs that way: Kids with autism often need highly trained special education teachers and one-on-one attention.

Autistic children thrive on routines and strongly dislike uncertainty and restrictions. The changes wrought by the coronavirus pandemic are clearly affecting Mu’s behavior, and I can see him grow increasingly aggressive and stubborn.

His applied behavioral analysis, a form of therapy that works on skill-building and managing behaviors, has also been scuttled. Here’s an example of how this therapy helps: Although toothbrushing seems like a simple, intuitive process to most, there are actually more than 40 individual steps to get from start to finish. Many children with severe autism, including Mu, must learn and master each step before they acquire the skill.

Before the pandemic, we received in-home weekly help from a trained professional to monitor Mu’s progress. This has been halted indefinitely, and trying to do it via telehealth is a grossly inadequate substitute for Mu. I am certain that my son, and thousands of other autistic children across the country, will regress because of the changes wrought by Covid-19.

All of this is made even more complicated by the fact that Mu does not understand the reason for these changes...  Read more at StatNews.


British Conservative MP Calls For Experts To Be Sacked

image from images.ctfassets.netBy John Stone

Following the TV broadcast of two civil servants, Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty, a Conservative member of Parliament, Desmond Swayne, has called from the chamber of the House of Commons for them to be sacked for spreading fear. He particularly refers to the use of a graph showing the infection rate doubling exponentially every seven days. Swayne is appalled by the authoritarian route the Johnson government has taken. View the 1 min 42 second video.

It was also disturbing to watch them broadcasting from the Prime Minister’s residence as I noted in a letter to British Medical Journal Rapid Responses:

“Not least was it dismaying to see two civil servants - Patrick Vallance and Christopher Whitty - on Monday address the public from Downing Street as if they were the government. We have got used to No 10 briefings, and even the absence of the Prime Minister at such briefings when he became ill in the spring, but this time we had Civil Servants unmediated by elected government politicians. The sheer oddity of it rings alarm bells - we seem to be entering some parallel and perhaps menacing universe. Where is the country we once knew?”

Now the government politicians and their advisors take it in turns to hide behind one another. 

John Stone is UK Editor of Age of Autism


In Memoriam National Council on Severe Autism's Feda Almaliti and Son Muhammed

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Below is a story that brings our mission into sharp focus. Autism advocate, friend, mother - Feda Almaliti and her 15 year old son Muhammed died in a house fire. Our biggest worry is for the well being and safety of our beloved children during our time together and after our death.  Feda went back into the burning house to save her son. She carried him for nine months. Carried him through autism for 15 years. But she could not carry him out of the house - and so she perished with her son in her arms.  She had just turned 43 years old.  Please take a moment to think of her bravery and selfless love for her son. Just look at that 1000 watt smile.

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From the National Council on Severe Autism:

Yesterday was a day that rocked the autism community. Feda Almaliti, one of the founders of the National Council on Severe Autism and who was recognized nationally for her outspoken and often brash and hilarious advocacy for individuals and families impacted by autism, perished in an accidental house fire with her beloved son Muhammed. Feda was able to run out of the house along with her sister and niece but then went back in to bring out Mu. She could not carry him but kept fighting till she lost her breath due to heavy smoke. When the fire officials found the bodies, Feda was holding Muhammed.

Our hearts are broken.

Feda had just turned 43 five days before the fire, and she was at a turning point, filled with a buoyant energy about her future. She talked of many plans — dating, going back to school, helping to chair new autism programs and conferences, and even writing (well, dictating, as she admitted) a book called, of course, #AutisticAF.

Thousands of people had seen Feda tell her family’s story on various stages, millions had heard her despair in an NPR interview, a rapidly growing audience was tuning into her new podcast, The Scoop, and many thousands in the Bay Area had benefited from the events she helped organize, including autism family pool parties (inspired by her own frustration of having nowhere to take Mu to swim), huge Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area conferences on adult autism, webinars, and parent support gatherings among them. With The Scoop and other efforts she was buzzing with excitement about opportunities to discuss with honesty and compassion the hardest issues facing autism families. She was irrepressible, lord help anyone who got in her way.  Read more here.

From local SF Bay area news:

A house fire early Saturday morning in the Sundale neighborhood of Fremont has claimed the lives of a nationally-respected autism support advocate and her teenage son.

Family members have confirmed the deaths of 43-year-old Feda Almaliti and her 15-year-old son, Muhammed, in a one-alarm fire in their home in the 39000 block of Serra Place in Fremont. Firefighters arrived at 1:45 a.m. to find the residence, in the 39000 block of Serra Place, fully engulfed in flames.

Four people were home at the time, according to Fremont fire officials. The other occupants were uninjured.

Almaliti was vice president of the National Council on Severe Autism. She was also a commissioner on the city of Fremont’s Human Relations Commission.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

https://sfbayca.com/2020/09/27/national-autism-support-advocate-15-year-old-son-die-in-fremont-house-fire/


British Readers Write to your MP Today not to Renew UK’s Coronavirus Act

image from upload.wikimedia.orgBy John Stone

British readers should write to their MP’s today to express their doubts about the Coronavirus Act first passed in March which has expedited the Conservative government in the exercise of arbitrary measures against citizens, while Parliament turned a blind eye.

Now a Conservative rebellion by in the region of 40 members threatens the act when it comes up for renewal on Wednesday - this could lead to the act not bei British penng renewed or being modified if opposition MPs decide to vote against the act in its present form. Opposition parties should not sit by week after week, month after month allowing the government to make a mess of things, while rubbing their hands. It may have suited them till now but it simply does not look very responsible: if they do renew the act without conditions it will certainly look opportunist and highly unprincipled. Two excellent articles have appeared in the Mail on Sunday this weekend by Peter Hitchens and retired Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption

If the act is renewed unmodified there will, for instance, be no mechanism to rein the government in over Boris Johnson’s lunatic scheme to test 10 million citizens for the SARS-CoV-2 virus a day, using technology which has not yet been invented at the estimated cost of £100billion (about 130billion USD). A suppressed government report predicts there will have been 75,000 non-COVID deaths over the next 5 years as a result of the government strategy including 16,000 who have already died in the hospital chaos of the spring, and 26,000 expected to die in the first years through not seeking medical treatment. These matters need closest political scrutiny.

John Stone is UK Editor, Age of Autism


Just In Time for Vaccine Mistrust - A Report That Masks No Longer Work

COVID changeI think we should go back to February when the virus was born (hee hee ho ho ha ha) and rename it "Sneaky Pete the Pharma Treat."   Maybe pharma cried out "Houston, we have a problem," and Houston researchers responded with a repair?  Neither soap nor mask nor water nor shield will stop COVID from its appointed rounds. Only a vaccine can save us!

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Mutated coronavirus 'may now be more contagious and able to get around masks'

Researchers in Houston, US, who have been studying coronavirus since March have warned that a new more dominant strain D614G could be adapting to get around barriers.

The coronavirus may have mutated and could be more contagious and able to get around barriers such as masks and hand-washing, a study has claimed.

Experts have warned that a new dominant strain of Covid-19 could be adapting to circumvent barriers such as masks and hand-washing.

Since March experts based in Houston, US, have been sequencing the genomes of coronavirus and have logged 5,085 sequences, the Washington Post reports.


Families of Severely Disabled Schoolchildren in UK Set Adrift

Autism RealityBBC's look at autism....pretty scary 

By Anne Dachel

Sept 6, 2020, BBC: Special educational needs families and the fight for education

Sofia is one of more than one million young people in the UK with special educational needs and disabilities, or SEND.She’s among one fifth of young people with SEND who have the most complex needs.

During lockdown, while schools closed to the majority of children, the government said that the most vulnerable, including those with complex special educational needs could still attend.Families speaking to Panorama say they've found accessing support difficult and that it was an example of the long-term struggles they have faced getting educational support for their children during lockdown.

Of course the BBC completely misses the BIG PICTURE HERE: They are showing us the ugly side of autism, namely out-of-control children with severe behavior issues. 

This is autism.

We see several autistic children who have meltdowns and the parents who have to deal with this daily.  A girl is described as "nonverbal," --another word in the modern lexicon that we're all getting used to like "on the spectrum," and "high functioning."

The BBC's message is that these kids have not been served during the lockdown over COVID. If government had only done their job and provided something for these children, all problems would disappear. 

Wait a minute. What are these same kids like in school?  Why is it that back in 2015 the big news out of Britain was the announcement that the government would be opening 27 new special needs schools in England.

These schools would serve 2,000 students. Of the 27 schools, 22 would be specifically for children with autism.

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It’s a Shame

ShameOver the many years that we have been ringing the autism alarm at Age of Autism, the most painful realization has been how little anyone in the public eye, government, media, medical field and often worse, friends and family seems to care. “Tsk tsk. A shame. So what’s for supper?”  When your loved one is hurt, or killed, it's more than a shame. It's not acceptable loss. It's a trauma.

I couldn’t help but connect  our experience as parents of vaccine injured children to the media reports that President Trump does not seem to care.

The US president says: 'Well, I think it’s a shame' when asked by a White House reporter about the 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the US – a fifth of the global total and the highest of any country worldwide. He claims the US could have had 2.5 million deaths 'if we didn't do it properly'. Source The Guardian

The reports are all similar, that the President is showing a callous disregard toward some 200,000 Americans dead. Callous disregard - sounds familiar doesn't it? The reports cry out that 200,000 is too high. It could have been prevented. Perhaps. And if your loved one has died, 1 is too high.

No matter your thoughts on the COVID  lockdown or the number of deaths reported (too high or too low) aren't you intrigued and enraged at how the world has changed so fast for a viral pandemic while ignoring the autism epidemic that has ravaged far more than 200,000?  This doesn't mean we write off the deaths, when we know all too well that when tragedy hits home, the statistics cease to matter. 

We’ve been living the Covid existence some of us for in the autism world for 20 or more years.  Social distance? We call it "No friends, and family won't tolerate us at Thanksgiving." Virtual learning? We call it 20 years of PBS kids, Nick Jr and YouTube.  Can't leave the house without hand sanitizer and a mask? We pack diaper wipes and toddler toys that haven't been made for 15 years.

I’d like some outrage for autism.  I suppose it's why Age of Autism still exists. We can't stop telling the world about the epidemic. To do so would be a shame.




National Medical Association Members Question CoVax But What About MMR

Black medical doctorWe can't help but wonder if the members of the National Medical Association, a group formed in 1895 by and for Doctors of Color,  are aware of William Thompson's information regarding the CDC and their willful altering of data to mask  the autism rate among African American toddlers based on age at which MMR was administered?  Perhaps this is a good time to reach out to them.

In June, we posted an article about Melinda Gates' announcement that African Americans should be among the first to receive the Covid vaccine, and traced her Southern, white experience in a high school that retained "slave day" as a jovial fundraiser 100 years after slavery was abolished.   Read The One In Which Melinda Gates Bestows COVID Vaccines

"The slave trade became legal for one last time ... as the Senior class members sold themselves along with thirteen brave and courageous teachers," the caption read in the yearbook, titled Acres. Two white students who darkened their skin appear in photos on the page." NBC Dallas on Melinda Gates High School Yearbook from 1979. She was a Freshman that year.

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Not trusting the FDA, Black doctors’ group creates panel to vet Covid-19 vaccines

From StatNews

As trust in federal health agencies has withered over the last few months, a group of Black physicians has been working on an antidote: creating their own expert task force to independently vet regulators’ decisions about Covid-19 drugs and vaccines as well as government recommendations for curbing the pandemic.

Organized by the National Medical Association — founded in 1895 as an answer to racist professional societies excluding Black doctors — the committee is meant to safeguard against any unscientific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

“It’s necessary to provide a trusted messenger of vetted information to the African American community,” said Leon McDougle, a family physician and president of the NMA. “There is a concern that some of the recent decisions by the Food and Drug Administration have been unduly influenced by politicians.”

Just one of the examples he gave was the agency’s go-ahead to use hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 even though there was no reliable evidence that it worked, and some indication that it could cause heart damage. The FDA later back-tracked and revoked the authorization.

McDougle frames the new task force as a way to address the suspicion that has sprouted up around Covid-19 vaccines. Some worry that, in being developed at “warp speed,” the shots might not be safe or properly tested before they’re approved, and the anxiety is only heightened for those who’ve been alienated by the medical system. That’s part of the reason that certain patients of color are especially wary of taking part in the clinical trials — and those concerns may well persist even if adequate studies are done and a vaccine hits the market.

“I think this will help to increase uptake in the African American community, if members of our task force give it the green light,” McDougle said. But he emphasized that their stamp of approval would come only if data show that the vaccine is, in fact, effective and safe.  Read more: Not trusting the FDA, Black doctors’ group creates panel to vet Covid-19 vaccines


I CDC Your True Colors

True colorsThe organization trusted to tell every parent how and when to vaccinate their precious babies and children is "suddenly" making mistakes.  Why? Because of COVID-exhaustion and rational thought taking over? Because this is President Trump's CDC and therefore suspect in every area as the nation's politics turns poisonous?  Because  Americans have a much sharper understanding of the level of control CDC has over their lives? We've known this for decades, as CDC has created, exacerbated and ignored the autism epidemic.

Media outlets are reporting on a CDC error, CDC stumbles again, mistakenly posting 'draft' guidance on airborne Covid spread.

By Erika Edwards - CNBC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has walked back information posted on its website just three days ago, which stated Covid-19 can spread through aerosolized droplets.

The CDC now says Friday's guidance was posted "in error," and that new information will be issued shortly. The move is yet another misstep for the nation's leading public health agency, which recently reversed its guidance for the second time on testing asymptomatic people for the coronavirus....

 


COVID Vaccine Placebo Isn't Always a Textbook Placebo

Candy syringepla·ce·bo
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noun: placebo; plural noun: placebos

a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect.
"his Aunt Beatrice had been kept alive on sympathy and placebos for thirty years"
a substance that has no therapeutic effect, used as a control in testing new drugs.
a measure designed merely to calm or please someone.

Interesting article below.  Imagine testing one vaccine against another - as a placebo? We've been fed two decades' worth of placebos from the pharma, medical and public health industries - "a measure designed merely to calm or please someone." Ironic that the vaccine industry's mask is slipping during this, the time of Covid and masks.

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Coronavirus vaccine: why it's important to know what’s in the placebo

Jeremy Howick, University of Oxford

Some researchers conducting clinical trials on a COVID-19 vaccine have not revealed to the public what the placebo contains, but they should. This is because the placebo ingredients influence how effective or harmful the active treatment, with which the placebo is compared, appears. Our new guideline published in PLOS Medicine remedies this problem by providing a template for reporting what’s in placebo controls.

In some COVID-19 vaccine trials, participants in the control group (the group receiving a placebo) are injected with a saline solution. In other trials, they receive an actual treatment. For example, in the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, the control group receives a meningitis and septicaemia vaccine as a placebo.

The benefit of using an actual vaccine as the placebo control is that it will cause a similar reaction at the site of the injection as the COVID-19 vaccine, such as muscle pain and soreness. This prevents patients from knowing whether they are getting the placebo or the real treatment. The scientific term for hiding knowledge of who got what treatment is “blinding”.

If patients know they are getting the real thing, they may expect to get better, and their expectations can make them get better a bit faster. And if they know they are getting the placebo, they could drop out of the trial because they know they aren’t getting the actual treatment. Adding an actual vaccine to the placebo control helps the trial remain blinded and so prevents bias arising from differing expectations.
Active placebos

The main problem with including something active in the placebo, such as another vaccine, is that it can confuse researchers when they measure side-effects.  Read more here.


UK Bolted Down for the Next Six Months

image from images.ctfassets.netBritain is facing six months of lockdown following a morning broadcast from No 10 Downing Street by Chief Government Scientist Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty. The lockdown will be imposed on the much disputed theory that there are still only low levels of immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the community, which can only be rectified by vaccination campaigns now deferred to next year.

In recent weeks the government have been ramping up fear of the virus by mass testing (~250 thousand tests a day) leading to what are most likely largely false positive results, while hospitalisation and death statistics remained static. Though it is true that hospitalisations and deaths have begun to increase (perhaps seasonally) there is little basis that COVID-19 deaths will reach near the same levels as in the spring (as Whitty is claiming), even supposing that data is reliable. More likely many will die because normal medical services are vastly reduced (they never recovered after the spring lockdown), and because many thousands people will be made jobless, homeless and destitute this winter, while the nation is plunged into ever greater everlasting debt with the complicity of all the main political parties.

Futhermore, even with contemptible acquiescence of most elected members of Parliament the government is acting illegally in imposing these measures on society as has been stated by retired senior judges Lord Sumption and Baroness Hale. The case against the government is now likely to reach the Court of Appeal towards the end of next month.

John Stone is UK Editor of Age of Autism