China Ends Lockdowns, Says “Covid is Mild”. Is It?

Note: this post is intended to provoke strong responses. You can fully disagree and express your thoughts in the comments!

Chinese citizens were pushed beyond what they could tolerate by the totalitarian Zero Covid policies of China, which made people digital slaves of WEF-style AI-powered digital tracking and subjected to undescribable restrictions. People finally rose up, destroyed testing booths, fought with the hazmat-clad Covid goons, and forced the government of China to surrender and give up Zero Covid.

New York Times explains that the expert consensus in China is changing at the speed of science, and Chinese health experts are now saying that “Covid is mild” after years of scaremongering. It took Chinese “Covid Science authorities” only a week to do a complete 180-degree turn!

New York Times forgets that it promoted similar lockdowns, and explains:

For nearly three years, the Chinese government deployed its considerable propaganda apparatus to fan fears about Covid to justify large-scale quarantines, frequent mass testing and the tracking of more than a billion people. As the authorities now shift their approach to the pandemic, they face the task of downplaying those fears.

Yet allaying Covid worries bordering on terror among millions of people, particularly older residents, is proving a challenge for the Communist Party and state media. Further complicating matters is that China’s leaders have a long history of not wanting to look as though they are reversing policies because of public anger.

Missing from the state media’s new reporting about Covid has been any mention of the recent days’ protests. The coverage has shifted to research by Chinese scientists that the Omicron variant may not be as dangerous as earlier versions of the virus.

Southern Daily, a state-controlled newspaper in Guangzhou, published on Saturday a report emphasizing a municipal estimate that 90 percent of Omicron infections were asymptomatic. Citing interviews with seven leading Guangzhou doctors, the newspaper also reassured readers that symptomatic cases were seldom serious, except among elderly, unvaccinated residents.

Great, right? I am certainly happy for the citizens of China. While I expect the authoritarian governing style of China to continue, I am glad that people will not have their doors welded shut or personal movement prohibited.

Does the China story sound familiar? All governments, abandoning forced vaccinations and lockdowns, sang the same exact song about how Covid is now mild — to cover up their political loss and avoid responsibility.

Governments everywhere stopped counting Covid cases properly to avoid embarrassment. Many countries have changed their method of counting Covid deaths and hospitalizations to begin underreporting deaths, as well. Suddenly, they decided to distinguish between “died from covid” and “died with Covid.”

Such undercounting would blunt criticism and prevent citizens from asking, “why are your vaccines not working” and “what benefit did we get from the lockdowns.”

Consider the United States: we stopped accounting for cases when we switched from centralized PCR testing to rapid tests used at home. It is not such a bad idea to use home tests, but it conveniently leads to not reporting cases. My estimate of the degree of undercounting of cases is 6:1, based on San Francisco wastewater.

The US began to undercount Covid hospitalizations in early 2022 purposely.

It looked like exceptionally good news Wednesday when the state reported just seven COVID-19 hospitalizations, far fewer than the 20 to 25 reported over the prior week. It was good news – just not the whole picture.

In an announcement Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services said it had redefined COVID-19 hospitalization to include only patients being treated with remdesivir or dexamethasone, drugs used for hospitalized patients with moderate to severe illness. Those hospitalized with milder symptoms or primarily for another cause are no longer included – even if they continue to take up a hospital bed because they are too ill to be discharged.

So, if someone is sick with Covid and hospitalized, say due to a Covid induced blood clot, but is luckily not on Remdesivir, that patient is no longer counted as a Covid hospitalization! Note that this patient would not be in a hospital if not for his Covid infection.

So, how can we even know how bad Covid is in the United States if cases are not counted, not even estimated, and hospitalizations and deaths are purposely underreported?

We cannot know this — but we have some clues.

Covid positivity is at its highest ever:

Look at hospitalizations in almost-totally-vaccinated New York City, for example. They are the highest since February, despite undercounting explained above:

Take a look at the utilization number at a large hospital near me:

If you are not paying attention, you might think that “covid is over.” Only 25 beds out of 342 are covid patients. Not a big deal, right? Remembering that only Remdesivir patients are counted, look to the right — and note the number of ER visits with a positive Covid test. That number is NOT fudged like the hospital bed number based on Remdesivir. Any ER visit with a positive Covid test is counted. You can see that 800-900 people out of 2,000 or so ER visits are COVID-positive!

The last time this many Covid-positive people visited our local ER was last January, at the peak of Omicron. (My wife had Covid around then). The only previous time my hospital ER had this many — over 800 Covid positive visits — was Nov 2020, when I had my Covid.

Is Covid mild now, or is it just not counted properly?

Covid skeptics were quite right to reject the hysterics and scaremongering of our authorities and the media around 2020 and 2021 when motorcycle crash victims were counted as Covid deaths.

Without rehashing endless arguments of those times, deaths and hospitalizations were indeed overcounted, and hospitals were incentivized to overstate the number of Covid patients.

We were promised that “lockdowns will lead to vaccination,” which would stop Covid and save us.

It did not work out: lockdowns that never worked were thankfully canceled, vaccines failed, and Covid kept infecting vulnerable people. Vaccines are making it worse due to preventing proper immunity. At this point, it became the interest of governments to minimize Covid to avoid citizens seeing the extent of the failure of their health policy.

Does rejecting official scaremongering require us to deny that Covid is a serious, harmful disease? No.

It is very regrettable that some Covid skeptics also minimize Covid instead of being realistic about it.

I will not name names, as some of them are my virtual friends and have amazing substacks that I love reading. They are also right on almost everything else! I believe that we all owe the public a duty to be realistic and to look beyond self-serving numbers supplied by our governments.

When we look beyond such self-serving numbers, we see high rates of Covid positivity, sick people repeatedly infected and getting sicker each time, and little sign of improvement.

A “mild” illness that reinfects sufferers three times a year is not so harmless.

I discussed such a possibility in March and April:

Regrettably, Covid keeps going, and “progress” mostly comes from not counting illnesses properly.

I, as well as many of my unvaccinated readers, had one instance of Covid, it was mild, so it might seem to us that everyone else has the same experience. Unfortunately, this is NOT the case for everyone. If you doubt this, read the poignant and detailed comments of my subscribers discussing their long Covid experiences just yesterday in this thread:

Many dozens of bad Covid experiences are listed in the comment thread!

Laboratory development of Covid, its likely intentional release, as well as reckless vaccinations of young people with untested, non-working vaccines constituted enormous wrongdoing.

Minimizing Covid means minimizing those wrongful acts. It amounts to saying, “who cares about the origin of Covid, nobody died anyway.” That is NOT true, and such a minimizing approach does not lead to just outcomes.

Seeing COVID as a pathogenic illness also does not mean we support lockdowns. They do not work — and we need to find something that does.

Thank you for listening. Let us know if you agree or not. It is okay to disagree, so tell us what you think!


The Astroturfing and Shillery Military-Industrial-Surveilliance Complex

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Anybody who has ever involved themselves with online research where there is commentary is well aware of shills, trolls and astroturfing. The challenge is that this can and does overwhelm the gems to be found. As a result, it forces one to find sanctuaries of like-minded people in somewhat safe settings, like Winter Watch. Obviously, we don’t permit tactics like gaslighting or the tired old “I know a guy who knows a guy”-type of shillery.

Online astroturfing and shilling can be divided into several categories. Most of it is bot-driven, but there is also low-quality human engagement. On rare occasion, you may encounter a more skilled individual.

But mostly they are bots. For instance, Raw Story reported on a federal contract (PDF) from the 6th Contracting Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, near Tampa, Florida, that solicited providers of “persona management software.” The persona business shows up frequently in usual-suspect operations. The contract description requires software for 50 users with 10 personas each, for a total of 500.

When you encounter these personas online, they seem zombie like and rather addled. Sometimes when attacked or gaslighted by one, I will check other comments they make on other topics and find it’s a stream of bot consciousness about nothing of substance.

When they engage, it’s usually snarky, low-investment opining with liberal cut-and-paste use of the word “crazy” and the word “conspiracy.” Poor bot-like language syntax and failure to use the plural form of the word “theorist” is another tell.

In the following example, a junior-high educated human would break up the first sentence into three. And how is it that “someone” who can’t grammatically construct a sentence be qualified to opine on my title composition? This type of generic bot-driven commentary combined with down-vote brigades and bans is almost exclusively what Winter Watch is subjected to when sharing articles on Reddit, which is infested with it.


This is why people never will believe conspiracy theorist just look at your title it makes sense to me but to normal people? Can you really blame them for thinking conspiracies are for crazies

clovize —  aka human versus bot

You are gaslighting. So we live in an inverted world, where those who question the QAnon Kool-Aid psyops are the crazies? What’s to say? And how is it that “someone” who runs three sentences together as one and can’t get the plural right on the word “theorist” qualifies as an expert on article title composition?

Reddit’s “Conspiracy” forum (r/conspiracy) was one of the ultimate battleground for this. Astroturfing, trolls and shillery are quite organized. And banning and silencing is also quite organized. The Twitter files are now revealing how this was done. But before being permanently banned, I was the subject of some attention.

More than Merely Dubious: How I Was Permanently Banned at Reddit

One of the tactics of real shills is that they quickly reveal they have no investment in the subject matter. Usually when attacking Winter Watch material, you will discover they didn’t even read the article — and will admit as much, saying “it’s not worth my time.” That’s cut-and-paste banter from the shill/troll handbook.

And they just make shit up as illustrated in this recent exchange in comments on my Winter is Here posts.

A couple of months ago you were predicting famines for the winter. You are a joke.

Make shit up much? Here is the article in question:

Key word famine and it is not mentioned once in the post. Shortage is not famine, look the word up in the dictionary low brow.

In fact time to revisit the post, and here is a key phrase: “The causa proxima will be a winter storm or series of dark clouded storms in December-February that will perfectly correspond to the energy and food shortage. The base loads of gas and electricity will be well exceeded resulting in blackouts in the midst of sub-zero F temperatures.”

As we are barely into December this has manifested itself so far into industry shutdowns and very high costs in essentials like food and energy. No sane observer would argue that shortages aren’t in play. The post was spot on and as more severe winter is just beginning to roll in this is still unfolding. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.

An article in The Guardian reveals what is likely transpiring:

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare in the information age.

The 77th Brigade, to be based in Hermitage, near Newbury, in Berkshire, will be about 1,500-strong and formed of units drawn from across the army.

The brigade will be responsible for what is described as non-lethal warfare. Both the Israeli and US army already engage heavily in psychological operations. Against a background of 24-hour news, smartphones and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the force will attempt to control the narrative.

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Then there’s MADCOM, used by companies, politicians, nations, academics, lobbyist groups and organizations:

Machine-driven communications tools are a reality now and artificial intelligence enabled tools will soon dominate the online information space. This paradigm shift isn’t limited to artificial personal assistants like Siri and recreational chatbots like Xiaoice. It refers to machine-driven communication overwhelming Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Match, Reddit, chat rooms, news site comment sections, and the rest of the social web.

All of it will be dominated by machines talking. This machine communication will be nearly indistinguishable from human communication. The machines will be trying to persuade, sell, deceive, intimidate, manipulate, and cajole you into whatever response they’re programmed to elicit. They will be unbelievably effective.

Then we learned that millions more in taxpayer dollars have been spent on DARPA psyop projects. This one utilizes celebrities for propaganda purpose.

The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control emotions by manipulating news feeds.

Research funded directly or indirectly by the US Department of Defense’s military research department, known as Darpa, has involved users of some of the internet’s largest destinations, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Kickstarter, for studies of social connections and how messages spread.

While some elements of the multi-million dollar project might raise a wry smile – research has included analysis of the tweets of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, in an attempt to understand influence on Twitter – others have resulted in the buildup of massive datasets of tweets and additional types social media posts.

NodeXL – Twitter DARPA network graph. SOURCE: Marc Smith/Flickr

This has gotten so pervasive and is such big business in the military-industrial-surveillance state that the City of Boston police department blew $1.4 million on it.

Several civil rights groups and advocacy organizations are asking Boston officials to cease plans to spend $1.4 million on software that will allow police to monitor people’s social media activity.

The Times of Israel reports that Israel spends considerable resources building online armies of “activists” (aka shills). Also, see “Foreign Intel Agents Launch New Covert Propaganda War Against Americans on US Soil.”

The plan aims to harness 550 bilingual students drawn from the student pool at the country’s seven universities, who will target their efforts abroad.

The Obama administration selected the infamous Cass Sunstein for its NSA panel. Sunstein proposed “government agents” or “their allies” — whatever the later means (Zionist contractors?) — to infiltrate conspiracy theorist groups.

The Obama administration is reportedly proposing Cass Sunstein as a member of a panel to review the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency (NSA), among other former White House and intelligence staffers. Sunstein was the head of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs until last year, when he returned to teaching at Harvard Law School.

As one of our intrepid commenters pointed out yesterday, while at Harvard in 2008, Sunstein co-authored a working paper that suggests government agents or their allies “cognitively infiltrate” conspiracy theorist groups by joining “chat rooms, online social networks or even real-space groups” and influencing the conversation.

Sunstein’s paper defined a conspiracy theory as “an effort to explain some event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role.”

Then were learn about the Israeli fake persona PSY Group:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has asked about flows of money into the Cyprus bank account of a company that specialized in social-media manipulation and whose founder reportedly met with Donald Trump Jr. in August 2016, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry is drawing attention to PSY Group, an Israeli firm that pitched its services to super-PACs and other entities during the 2016 election. Those services included infiltrating target audiences with elaborately crafted social-media personas and spreading misleading information through websites meant to mimic news portals, according to interviews and PSY Group documents seen by Bloomberg News.

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What appears to be an internal Wiki page detailing the cyber-weaponry used by the British spy agency GCHQ was published today by Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept. The page, taken from the documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, lists dozens of tools used by GCHQ to target individuals and their computing devices, spread disinformation posing as others, and “shape” opinion and information available online.

The page had been maintained by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) Covert Internet Technical Development team, but it fell out of use by the time Snowden copied it. Greenwald and NBC previously reported on JTRIG’s “dirty tricks” tactics for psychological operations and information warfare, and the new documents provide a hint at how those tactics were executed. GCHQ’s capabilities included tools for manipulating social media, spoofing communications from individuals and groups, and warping the perception of content online through manipulation of polls and web pages’ traffic and search rankings.

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Dozens of other examples are listed here.

‘Lies My Government Told Me, and the Better Future Coming’

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  • Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA and DNA vaccine core platform technology (the original platform, not the current mRNA COVID shots), has published a new book, “Lies My Government Told Me: And the Better Future Coming,” in which he analyzes the tyranny we currently face, and how to get out from under it

  • The first part of the book reviews the reality of censorship of medical and scientific truth during the COVID pandemic, and the emergence of global totalitarianism

  • The second part tries to answer the question, “Who or what is behind it all?” Malone believes it’s a combination of bad actors with nefarious intent, and opportunism

  • The last part of the book is focused on how to create a better future. A major part of the answer lies in creating decentralized, local intentional communities, and to create the potential for networking between them on a national and international level, while remaining independent and self-governed

  • A good way to avoid groupthink that results in policy fiascos is to establish completely separate problem-solving groups that do not interact with each other. Only after each group has independently come up with their own ideas do they come together to share, analyze and find common ground

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In this video, I interview Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA and DNA vaccine core platform technology1 (the original platform, not to be confused with the current mRNA COVID shots), and author of “Lies My Government Told Me: And the Better Future Coming.”

In my view, Malone has been one of the most prominent leaders in helping us understand the scientific truth of what’s actually happening with COVID and the COVID shots. Malone and his wife Jill actually published one of the first books on COVID prevention and treatment. They self-published it as an ebook on Amazon in early February 2020. Amazon deleted it the following month.

After repeated inquiries as to why the book was removed, Amazon finally cited “violation of community standards.” “It was the first time we’d ever heard that phrase,” Malone says. Since then, of course, it’s become the key excuse used by tech platforms of all kinds to justify the censorship of plain truth. The removal of that book was just a small foretaste of what was to come.

Over the past three years, ever since he appeared on the DarkHorse podcast with Steve Kirsch in June 2021,2 he’s been publicly defamed, canceled, deplatformed and had his scientific accomplishments scrubbed from Wikipedia.

As explained by Malone, he was deplatformed from Twitter after posting an entirely fact-based professionally-produced video from the Canadian COVID Care Alliance that documented how Pfizer had committed fraud in its COVID jab trials. Everything in that video was true, and still is.

“The production quality was excellent and I just retweeted it,” Malone says. “LinkedIn at the same time also whacked me. The other day I was noodling around and for some reason clicked on a link to somebody’s LinkedIn … and it brought me to this page that said something to the effect that I should reactivate my account.

I thought, well, what do I have to lose? So, I filed for that and did their necessary little paperwork and they came back and said, due to my continuing violations after having been kicked off of LinkedIn, I’m permanently banned.

And I’m scratching my head going, ‘What were the continuing violations when I was kicked off of your platform?’ It’s kind of circular, but I mean, none of this has to make sense. It’s whatever they say it is. That’s the big lesson. Reality is whatever they say it is.”

Malone, like so many others, myself included, has paid a high price for choosing to speak the truth rather than stay silent. He’s sacrificed a great deal since that fateful DarkHorse podcast, which got more than a million views in a short amount of time before it was taken down by YouTube. He’s lost business ventures, decades-long professional relationships, and much more.

“For decades, Jill and I have run a consulting business, and we’ve done so successfully, in part by staying quiet and behind the scenes. That’s what our clients typically like. In order to really speak truth about what was happening here, we had to come out from under cover and go public.

As you know, you’re a poster child for this, as soon as you start speaking the truth about these forbidden topics like vaccine safety, we were immediately attacked, which caused us to make the decision to go to alternative media, and now to publish and finally put this book out.

It has been a rough road, but we’ve made so many new friends from all over the world that I think that’s really compensation in and of itself. Right now, we’re sustaining ourselves through Substack, and it’s an interesting situation. We’ve never required that anybody pay to subscribe, and so it’s really kind of amazing.

We’ve tried to do the right thing and have not focused on commercialization. Some of my colleagues have found themselves forced to do various things to try to keep afloat, and we’ve just tried to do the right thing and speak truth to power.

These benefits, such as the subscribers on Substack, have just come and supported us, and we’ve have had donations from other individuals, donations that came through the Malone Institute … that have allowed us to keep going.

So, I really try not to complain or whine. One of my core messages is, yep, none of this is fair. None of this is right. None of this is ethical, and you have to get over it. You have to just recognize that this is the nature of the situation we’re in, and it’s not really personal.

It’s about a system that has come to the point where the government and corporate media just treat all of us as grist for the mill in order to reinforce whatever the narrative is that they want to push. So, it helps to not take it personally, although it can be a little painful from time to time.”

As explained by Malone, the basic structure of “The Lies My Government Told Me” is like that of a physician’s approach to a new patient.

“When the patient first comes to you, you want to understand their main problem, their chief complaint, and take a history and do a physical. Then you go through a process of determining a diagnosis. What’s really wrong with them? What’s causing them to have that complaint? Then you come up with a treatment plan.

That was the basic idea of the structure of the book. The first third of it is personal anecdotes from people — myself, Meryl Nass, Paul Marik, Pierre Kory and many others who have experienced directly the censorship, the deplatforming, loss of license, all these things, so that people can have a sense of what it’s really been like at the forefront; what people have been experiencing …

The second part is an excursion, trying to get to sense-making, which really started with Bret Weinstein’s Dark Horse podcast, when he posed the question to me and to Steve Kirsch, ‘What’s really behind this? Is there a grand conspiracy, a single conspiracy, or is this an emergent phenomenon?’

I think in the end, having spent months and months running down all these little warrens, these rabbit holes of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the central banks, Tony Fauci, the DOD and all of that stuff, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is really multifactorial, and that it is a situation where, I’m sure, there were some nefarious bad actors behind this.

But in addition, there was a lot of opportunism and people taking advantage of a system in a situation in ways that they had kind of planned before, that when something like this came up they would take advantage of it.

Folks like Ed Dowd … [have made it] quite clear that there were major financial liquidity problems going into this, and that that opportunity was exploited to inject massive amounts of capital and restructure the economy in ways that we’re still just beginning to appreciate as we’re encountering inflation and the stagflation cycle we’re in. So, the middle part is about making sense [of the situation].”

The last part of the book is focused on the subhead of the book’s title, which is about creating a better, more humane, future. As noted by Malone, after everything we’ve been through during these past three years, it can be difficult to envision a future that doesn’t involve a totalitarian One World Government, replete with forced eugenics protocols, as envisioned by WEF founder Karl Schwab and his transhumanist philosophy guru Yuval Noah Harari.

But there is a way. The answer is basically the converse of the problem. Since the problem, the driver toward totalitarianism, is centralization and top-down governance, the answer lies in the creation of self-sustainable decentralized systems and self-governance.

“How do you envision a better future when you come to grips with the dark mutterings of Harari and Schwab, talking about transhumanism and the Fourth Industrial revolution, the fusion of man and machine, the excess surplus labor, the need for guaranteed basic income, the logic behind ‘You will own nothing and be happy.’

Which actually has a business model behind it — when you come to terms with the willingness of our government to suspend the Bill of Rights and fundamental ways, and the willingness of our government to disregard the norms of bioethics that have been established for generations? …

How do you imagine a better future when you’re confronted by what is clearly a thrust towards totalitarian control? … How do you envision a future where there’s such a massive force driving towards a centralized-command economy totalitarianism, based on the concepts of Marxist utilitarianism?

The answer is best captured in one of the final chapters from a group in Italy … IppocrateOrg. They, like the World Council for Health under Tess Lori have been very committed to a vision of decentralization and intentional communities. They give some great examples of what they’ve done, which I think are a fantastic opportunity for the world to learn through their experience.

The physicians in Italy were censored at least as bad as the docs here in the states. Hundreds have lost their license, ability to practice, for the sin of providing early treatment and saving lives.

They’ve come together and formed this organization, and they’re now starting their own medical school, Ippocrate, and they’ve done very novel things, like assembled local community groups in cities and towns throughout Italy that are engaging in training. This includes setting up training programs for physicians to despecialize.

So, doctors that had been hospitalists, that had been focused in very narrow specialties, are learning and have set up mentorship with primary care physicians to learn the tools of the trade to allow them to go back to old-school medicine, to treating patients, which is where so much of the joy comes from.

All of the things that they’ve been subjected to, just like many of the docs here in the United States, have led them to conclude that corporate medicine is just not the place they want to be …

I hope that what we can do is find our souls and move towards a future where we respect the importance of human dignity and commit ourselves to acting in integrity, with transparency. These are the things that we’ve lost.

I think what the book really brings to the fore is that all throughout the system of governance … we’ve lost integrity. People are willing to lie and misrepresent and hide behind their conflicts of interest and not disclose them. Somehow, we have to get back to a space where that’s not acceptable.”

Like Malone, I believe we can win by creating new decentralized systems to replace, on our own terms, the systems that are now falling apart. A surefire way to lose our freedoms and everything else is to do nothing and simply wait for the eugenics-centered cabal to replace them for us. Because they will.

They’re decades ahead of us in terms of planning and they already have new top-down centralized systems ready to go. Programmable central bank digital currencies, digital identity and an international vaccine passport are just a few examples that will be implemented very soon.

The playing field is by no means even. But we can still overcome their plans, for the simple reason that “average people” outnumber the globalist cabal by millions to one. They need our cooperation, or their new enslavement system won’t work. We saw this with vaccine mandates.

No one, at least not in the U.S., was ever held down and injected at gun point. They used every conceivable and inconceivable method of coercion, yes, but they couldn’t use physical force.

One reason for that is because there’s too many of us. They need us to enter their system by choice, even if it’s a coerced choice. So, our greatest weapon is simply refusal, to say no, even if it costs us in the short-term, and to instead enter into and support emerging parallel alternative systems.

One example of this is the emergence of alternative free-speech social media platforms and online payment systems to replace Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, GoFundMe or EventBrite.

No one actually “has to” use any of those platforms anymore, because there are alternatives that won’t mine and sell your personal data, censor your viewpoints, fine you for wrongthink or dictate who you can and cannot send money to. So, make the switch sooner rather than later. Support the alternatives that are cropping up rather than feeding a beast intent on swallowing you whole.

Granted, some of our immediate challenges will indeed be challenging and will require our participation. Coming right up is the planned implementation of an international vaccine passport. The World Health Organization is also seeking to attain the sole authority to dictate the global response to declared pandemics. Can a decentralized model be successful in the face of the global cabal continuing their efforts to eliminate our freedoms? Malone responds:

“I’m being hit with multiple requests for press commentary about this new position that the G20 has taken in favor of personal ID health certificates to restrict global travel. I fear that things have progressed to such a point that we may not be able to overcome the momentum that confronts us.

The modification of the international health regulations is proposed to be backed by the World Trade Organization as the enforcement arm for the World Health Organization, so that they’ll be able to impose sanctions on noncompliant countries.

Had we had a major red wave [in the midterm] elections, I would’ve been more optimistic. But I fear that this will get pushed through under this administration this summer … I’m of the opinion that to a significant extent, they will have their way with us. So, what do you do in the face of that? What do you do in the face of this profound evil? …

I’ve just come back from a three-day meeting in Mexico City with a group of very intelligent folks that are very active in business and investment, and many of them are establishing their own local intentional communities. My sense is that there is a reasonable chance that we will see these local consortium collections of intentional communities pop up all over the world.

The opportunity is to create some way for them to come together and form their own network, their own matrix. My concern is that right now we’re so dependent on an internet that is subject to arbitrary and capricious modification from the ICANN [the Internet governance] committee or others. There are some fundamental problems we have to solve, but I think there are ways that we can approach this.

The solution cannot be imposed or created by any one person or even a small group of people, because then we’ll end up falling into exactly the same trap. I think that it has to emerge organically, from many different groups from all over the world, interacting with each other.

But I think what we can do is envision a process to enable it. I think that process starts by defining what the need is. What it is that we as a community of independent thinkers and networks need?

I think we can envision a process where key people come together, representing their communities, and define what it is that we want to see in a decentralized world, and what the problems are in getting there. Once we define what those are, then we can start working on coming up with solutions to that problem set.”

Malone suggests we learn the lessons presented in Irving Janis’ book “Victims of Groupthink,” in which he points out that the most effective way to avoid the kinds of policy fiascos the U.S. government finds itself in on a regular basis is to create completely separate problem-solving groups that do not interact with each other.

Each group is given a common set of problems (which is why our problems need to be defined), and each group then comes up with their own solutions. Only then are the groups brought together to share their ideas.

“That way you have independent solutions coming from a diverse array of different people from different cultures and nation states,” he says. “Then, [we] come together and see if we can find common ground among those. I think that’s a process that could work. But I’m very wary of anybody who thinks they have the answer right now.

I think I might be able to help facilitate [such] a process, so, what I’m trying to focus on is, how could we get there? Not saying, ‘Oh, I know the answer, we need to do this or do that.’

There are a lot of classic traps that the medical freedom movement is starting to find itself in, and one of those is the trap of cults of personality. It’s easy to get caught up in the fame and adulation, but I think we really have to fight that and come together in a way that does not set up any one person to be the leader, but rather enables all of us to be leaders.”

To learn more, be sure to pick up a copy of “Lies My Government Told Me: And the Better Future Coming.” Malone also has a great Substack, where he publishes one to two articles a day, and an incredibly active GETTR account. You can also find him on Gab and TRUTH Social.

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Top Lifestyle Changes to Build a Better Heart

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  • Clinical research shows you can reverse not only Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure but also heart disease through lifestyle changes that can be boiled down to “Eat well, move more, stress less and love more”

  • These four lifestyle components form the basis of Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, which is approved for reimbursement under Medicare’s intensive cardiac rehabilitation program and many insurance companies

  • Diet, exercise, stress reduction and heart-based connections actually alter gene expression involved in the development of heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer

  • Ornish’s program, currently available in 14 states, is divided into 18 four-hour sessions, which include supervised exercise, meditation and stress management, a support group and more

  • A team of health care providers — a doctor, nurse or nurse practitioner, meditation/yoga teacher, exercise physiologist, dietitian and psychologist — can become a certified provider of the Ornish program

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Dr. Dean Ornish, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in how to use food and simple lifestyle strategies to improve health. This is also the topic of his book, “Undo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases.”

Ornish is well-known for arguing that high-protein and high-fat diets contribute to America’s ever-growing waistline and incidence of chronic disease. We obviously share different positions on this issue.

Since critiques of Ornish’s diet can be found in various places on the internet,1 I decided to focus on what, in my view, is his major contribution to health, which is facilitating an aggressive lifestyle modification program to lower the risk of disease and have it paid for by insurance companies.

It is virtually impossible for most to have the foundational cause of their disease process reverse in the typical 10- to 15-minutes’ doctor visit. So, he took 16 years to get his lifestyle program approved by Medicare and many insurance companies, which allows access to the tools necessary to change the causes of most disease.

Once a person has the foundation in place, it will be easy for them to research the high- versus low-fat debate and try it for themselves and let their body tell them which position is correct. But the important point is that most of their destructive health habits will be changed at that point.

For the past four decades, Ornish has directed clinical research showing you can reverse not only Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure but also coronary heart disease — even severe cases — through lifestyle changes that can be boiled down to “Eat well, move more, stress less and love more.”

One of Ornish’s studies also demonstrated that these same lifestyle changes can slow, stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer, and probably breast cancer as well.

“We found that these same lifestyle changes actually change your genes, turning on the good genes and turning off the bad genes, specifically the genes that promote heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer,” he says.

“We did a study with Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., who received the Nobel Prize for her pioneering work with telomeres. We found that these lifestyle changes could actually increase the enzyme telomerase in just three months that repairs and lengthens telomeres. Over a five-year period, we found that these lifestyle changes could actually lengthen telomeres.

When The Lancet sent out a press release announcing this study, they called it ‘reversing aging at a cellular level.’ We have just begun the first randomized trial to see if this program can reverse the progression of men and women who have early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

The more diseases we study and the more mechanisms we look at, the more reasons we have to explain why these changes are so powerful and how quickly people can often get better in ways we can measure.”

Since the early ‘90s, Ornish, through the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, a nonprofit organization, has been training hospitals, clinics and physician groups around the U.S. Despite the program’s early success, many sites ended up closing down due to lack of insurance reimbursement. As noted by Ornish, “If it’s not reimbursable, it’s not sustainable.”

To address this problem, they started reaching out to insurance companies. A few, including Mutual of Omaha and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield agreed to cover the program but, by and large, it was difficult to get the insurance industry onboard.

“I thought, ‘Well, if Medicare would pay for it, then that would really change the whole paradigm. Because doctors do what we get paid to do, and we get trained to do what we get paid to do.’ If you change reimbursement, you change not only medical practice but also medical education.”

It took 16 years, but Medicare approved and started covering the program in 2010 — officially referred to as “Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease” under its intensive cardiac rehabilitation (ICR) program2 — which allows for 72 hours of training on how to address the foundational causes of heart disease. According to Ornish, it was one of the most difficult things he’s ever done.

“At one point, halfway through this whole process, they said, ‘Well, we’ll do a demonstration project, but you have to get a letter from the head of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, that your program is safe for older Americans.’

I said, ‘Safe compared to having your chest cut open?’ They said, ‘No. Just [that it’s] safe for older people to walk, meditate, eat vegetables, quit smoking and love more.’ I said, ‘You must be kidding.’ They said, ‘No. We’re not.’ So, the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute actually did a literature review, and concluded, ‘Guess what? These are not high-risk behaviors’ …

Anyway, after 16 years, we finally did receive Medicare approval … Now that Medicare is paying for it, most of the major insurance companies are covering it as well … I didn’t want this to be concierge medicine. I wanted this to be available to everybody. Now, it is.”

The program, currently offered in 14 states,3 is divided into 18 four-hour sessions, which include supervised exercise, meditation and stress management, a support group (which Ornish says is part of why they’re getting unprecedented levels of adherence to the program) and more.

Data show 85 to 90% of patients going through the program are still adhering to it after one year, and have better clinical outcomes, which results in significant cost savings. According to Ornish, in the first year of the program, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s costs were 50% lower than that of a matched control group, and Mutual of Omaha cut their cost by nearly $30,000 per patient in the first year.

What really motivates people to make sustainable changes is not fear of dying; it’s the joy of living, Ornish says, and his program acknowledges and in fact leverages this knowledge.

“When they change their lifestyle, most people feel so much better so quickly in ways that really matter to them. For example, people with heart disease often have angina or chest pain … [W]ithin, usually, a few days or a few weeks, they’re essentially pain-free. They … say things like, ‘Well, I like eating junk food, but not that much. Because what I gain is so much more than what I give up.’

That’s really the key. It’s that we’re always making choices … These are choices worth making. You feel so much better so quickly that it really reframes the reason for making these changes — from fear of dying or fear of a bad thing happening, to joy, pleasure, love and feeling good. The bigger changes in lifestyle are a big part of that.

The support groups we have are not really the classical support group of exchanging recipes and shopping tips and types of running shoes, but rather creating a safe environment where people can connect in a deep and authentic love for each other.

You know, 50 years ago, people had an extended family they saw regularly. They had a job that felt secure. They had a church or synagogue they went to regularly, a club they belonged to, a neighborhood with two or three generations of people. Today most people don’t have any of those.”

Over 20 years ago, Ornish wrote the book “Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health,” which reviewed evidence from what are now tens of thousands of studies showing that people who are lonely, depressed and isolated are three to 10 times more likely to get sick and die prematurely than those who have a sense of love and connection in community. “I don’t know anything in medicine that has that big an impact,” Ornish says.

Through his studies, Ornish has also learned that most harmful behaviors and habits are adaptive ways to deal with emotional pain. “I’ve had patients say things like, ‘I’ve got 20 friends in this pack of cigarettes. They’re always there for me, and nobody else is. You want to take away my 20 friends. What are you going to give me?'” Ornish says. So, while information is important, it’s not usually enough to motivate people to make permanent changes.

As noted by Ornish, “Love is one of those four-letter words that you’re not really supposed to talk about as a scientist or as a doctor.” Instead, terms like psychosocial support or bonding are used, but regardless of the terms, Ornish’s program is a love-based one.

“Forty years ago, when I was a freshman in college at Rice University in Houston, I got suicidally depressed,” he says. “That was my doorway into learning about this. Creating an environment that feels nurturing and loving, like the support group, is the part of our work that some people make the most fun of …

That’s why in this book, “love more” is the fourth component of, ‘Eat well, move more, stress less, love more,’ because love is really what enables people to make these other changes. It has healing benefits in its own right. Even the word ‘healing’ comes from the root ‘to make whole.’ Yoga comes from the Sanskrit meaning ‘to yoke, unite,’ ‘union.’ These are really old ideas that have been rediscovered …

More money is spent on antidepressants as well as cholesterol-lowering drugs, than pretty much anything else. We need to address this. Because what I learned when I was so depressed when I was in college is that if you tell someone who’s lonely and depressed that they’re going to live longer if they just change their diet, or move more, or eat well or stress less … it doesn’t work for them.

They say, ‘I’m just trying to survive. I’m just trying to get through the day. I don’t know if I want to live longer’ … I think just the act of knowing that we’re mortal, and understanding what really brings happiness … choosing not to do something that you otherwise could do imbues those choices with meaning. And if they’re meaningful, then they’re sustainable.”

Ornish also discusses the benefits of meditation, which is part of the program. Among those benefits is finding your center so that you can empower yourself without adding stress. “My whole approach is really about addressing the underlying cause of why people get sick,” he says, and a major part of the problem is that we’re doing something to disturb our innate peace and well-being.

The answer then is simply to stop doing that which causes the disturbance. Meditation can give you the direct experience of this part of you that is undisturbed and not stressed, and provide the mental clarity to actually notice what it is that you’re doing that’s causing you to feel uneasy or “dis-eased.”

“I would encourage anyone watching this, when you meditate, at the end of a meditation, when you’re feeling more peaceful, just ask yourself a simple question: ‘What am I not paying attention to that would be helpful? … Then just listen. You’ll be amazed at what comes up,” Ornish says.

“If you want to learn how to meditate, we can do it right now. It takes all of 30 seconds. Close your eyes, assuming you’re not in a car or some place that you need to be looking, and take a deep breath. Bring your awareness to one of these mantra sounds. Let’s use the word ‘one,’ because it’s secular and it wouldn’t offend anyone.

[Just intone] ‘One’ … When you run out of air, do it again. Over and over again. What invariably will happen is your mind will start to wander. You’ll start to think about 1,000 things you should be doing or forgot to do or whatever. That’s normal. Everybody’s mind wanders. If you become aware that you’re thinking about something else, just bring it back to the sound. Then your mind really begins to quiet down in a very deep way …

What I find is that the consistency is more important than the duration … Just a few minutes at the beginning of the day or the end of the day can really make a huge difference. If you can do more, even better.”

In his book, Ornish also suggests making breakfast and lunch the main meals of your day, and then eating a much smaller dinner or nothing at all, so that you’re intermittently fasting for at least 12 to 14 hours every day. This is similar to the kind of meal timing schedule as my peak fasting regimen.

In the past, I advocated a six- to eight-hour eating window, and I typically maintained a daily five- to six-hour eating window. The primary reason, from my review of the literature, is the shortened eating window is a more effective activator of autophagy and removal of cellular debris that will contribute to deadly chronic inflammation.

Now that I’ve learned that even longer eating restrictions and fasts are perfectly appropriate for 95% of the population as they are insulin resistant and metabolically inflexible, shift to one day a week of 12 hours, three days of 10 hours and three days of eight hours. Also, If you are metabolically healthy, I would encourage you to avoid very short eating windows under eight hours. In his interview, Ornish explains why intermittent fasting can help your healthy heart program:

“First of all, you sleep better because your body’s not trying to work, process and digest your food while you’re trying to rest and sleep. Also, there’s a lot of evidence that [intermittent fasting] gives your body a chance to detoxify and clean itself out.

It’s one of the reasons why when you eat a healthier diet, not just what you eat but how you eat and when you eat, will make a difference as well. The challenge with that is … that most of us in our culture tend to connect with our family or loved ones over dinner.

When you’re pushing back that window to three hours before bed time, that could be a challenge. But, it’s just an opportunity for exploring some novel approaches, I guess.”

In his book, Ornish presents what is essentially a unifying theory of chronic disease. He explains:

“We tend to think of heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s as being fundamentally different diseases. I’m putting forth a radically new unifying theory, which is that they’re really not different diseases.

They’re different manifestations of the same underlying biological mechanisms that are disordered, such as chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, changes in the microbiome, immune function, gene expression, telomeres, chronic stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, autophagy and angiogenesis.

Each one of these, in turn, is directly influenced by what we eat, how we respond to stress, how much exercise we get and how much love and support we have. Because these underlying mechanisms are so dynamic, most people feel so much better …”

Indeed, Ornish’s work reveals these diseases do not require different sets of diets and lifestyle programs. It’s the same for all. According to Ornish, this is also one of the reasons why so many of these diseases are comorbidities. People who have heart disease often also have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or other chronic inflammation, for example.

This makes sense if they’re all different manifestations of the same underlying cause. What this means too is that by implementing these healthy lifestyle strategies, you’re not just preventing or reversing one particular disease, you protect yourself against all of them simultaneously.

For example, Ornish completed a randomized trial with Dr. Peter Carroll, chair of urology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a leading urologist, the late Dr. Bill Fair, then-chair of urology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, showing that the same lifestyle changes that reverse heart disease also can often stop and even reverse the progression of early stage prostate cancer.

And contrary to conventional therapies, there are no serious side effects of these lifestyle strategies. As mentioned earlier, Ornish is now also studying the impact of these lifestyle modifications on Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re interested in Dr. Ornish’s program, you can get all the information you need from his book, “Undo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases.”

If you would like further guidance, you can find a listing of all the sites that have been trained and certified to teach the program on, along with support groups you can attend free of charge.

As mentioned, there are facilities offering the program in 14 states. also lists about 100 video testimonials, including one by Dr. Robert Treuherz, an internist whose heart disease was so severe he was on the waiting list for a heart transplant. While waiting for a donor to appear, he went through Ornish’s program at UCLA.

“After nine weeks, he improved so much he didn’t need a heart transplant anymore,” Ornish says. “What’s the more radical intervention here? A heart transplant, which costs $1.5 million and a lifetime of immunosuppressive drugs, or ‘Eat Well, Move More, Stress Less, Love More?’ We have over a dozen cases like that.”

If you’re a health care provider — be it a doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, meditation/yoga teacher, exercise physiologist, registered dietitian or psychologist — his site also provides information on how to become a certified provider of the Ornish program.

“Medicare and many insurance companies will pay the same reimbursement, whether it’s offered in a physician’s office or in a hospital or in a large academic institution,” he says.

“We’re creating a new paradigm of health care rather than sick care … Medicare currently only pays for reversing heart disease. Some of the other insurance companies cover it not only for heart disease but also for Type 2 diabetes, or even two or more risk factors like obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and so on. Most people with heart disease will be covered if they can go to one of our programs.”

The training, given in the Bay Area, is a combination of didactic and experiential learning where you go through the program from start to finish, just as if you were a patient. In addition to that, you attend lectures by Ornish and others to learn the scientific basis for all of the modalities, and how to incorporate the knowledge into your day-to-day life.

Further ongoing training is provided both on-site and through video technologies. To maintain the quality of the program, providers are required to go through reaccreditation on an annual basis.

“Most people who do it say, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is why I went into health care.’ If we’re just a collection of algorithms, we’re going to get replaced by artificial intelligence and probably an iPhone app before long … For me, at least, it’s part of our conspiracy of love. When you go through this program, you can really experience the difference it can make.

We so often think that advances in medicine have to be something really high-tech or expensive … I think our unique contribution has been to use these very high-tech, expensive state-of-the-art scientific measures to prove how powerful this very simple and low-tech and low-cost program can be …

Even in three and a half days, people often find that they have life-transforming experiences, which make them that much more passionate and committed and effective in training their patients who they ultimately will be working with.”

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The Baby Will story

Will Savage-Reeves is a 4-month old boy in New Zealand who is in need of heart surgery to repair pulmonary valve stenosis. His parents Samantha (Sam) and Cole want him to have the surgery but they insist that the hospital use blood from dedicated donors that have not received the COVID-19 jabs. This blood is available but the doctors refuse to allow the parents to make this request, arguing that vaccinated blood is perfectly safe. There is also an effort by the hospital to have the guardianship of the child revoked and transferred to government authorities so that doctors can operate using vaccinated blood.

This is an important case and there are good arguments on both sides.

Presumably, the hospital’s argument is that:

  1. The quality of the match is critically important. Using a large donor pool allows the best match.

  2. The standard procedure is to use blood from the blood bank for surgeries. If there were a safety signal from using vaccinated blood for transfusions, it would have surfaced by now.

  3. If they agree to use unvaccinated blood, it could be interpreted as an admission that vaccinated blood is not safe and could lead to everyone requesting unvaccinated blood which would then create severe blood shortages for a dubious benefit.

I just got off the phone with Peter McCullough to get his take. He said he’d take the vaccinated blood because of the critical nature of the matching process. With donor blood, the match quality would not be as good because there is a smaller pool to draw from and it’s not just blood type that is matched. Nobody has quantified the risk of using vaccinated blood. He said if the risk were high, it would have been noticed by now (I’m not sure I agree with that; there is a lot of willful blindness for anything associated with the vaccine).

A key piece of the puzzle: I have not heard that the doctors have made the “match quality” argument so this could be a non-issue in this case. That’s important. It makes the parents’ argument more compelling since there is no downside to using unvaccinated blood.

In support of the parents’ concerns, the embalmers have reported the unusual blood clots only occur in vaccinated people and people who have had a transfusion, so the risk is not zero.

Also, there is at least one similar case of a baby receiving vaccinated blood who died from blood clots shortly after surgery (Baby Alex). The hospital erased all records of this patient! Whoa.

Based on the evidence I’ve heard so far, my take is this:

There is a risk tradeoff here: neither option is the clear better choice for the patient.

In such cases, the patient should have the right to make this risk/benefit tradeoff after being fully informed by the doctors of the risks and benefits.

This is an urgent and important issue because a life is at stake.

I’m in Queenstown, New Zealand right now. I just finished a 30 minute segment on the 12 hour Truth-A-Thon telethon sponsored by Counter Spin Media which they put together to draw attention to the baby Will case.

James Roguski has created a dedicated website, with more information and what you can do. It redirects to this substack article.

Note that just typing that URL (without the http://) into your browser will not work since it will default to https: and it will just hang since the website was not set up to support SSL URLs (an oversight I’ve told James about so he knows now).

The article contains email addresses of people you can send emails to and where you can make a donation to help the parents and support the lawsuit.

I have a call into Dr. Ryan Cole to get his take. I will update this article when I hear back from him.

I’ve also suggested to the people running the telethon to invite the hospital doctors on the program. It’s important for the public to hear both sides of the story. If the doctors decline, that is their choice. The best way to resolve differences is for both sides to engage in a discussion; something that seems impossible when it comes to the safety of the vaccine.

The doctors are apparently resisting agreeing to the parents’ demands because they are concerned that it would be a tacit admission that vaccinated blood is not safe. This could lead to everyone requesting unvaccinated blood and it would make the vaccine itself look unsafe. In short, granting the request could open the floodgates. This could be a very bad thing if transfusions are safe.

On the other hand, if the doctors continue to refuse to grant the parents’ very reasonable request, an innocent child’s life could be lost.

The parents cannot transfer to another hospital because they haven’t found a hospital willing to take the political heat of doing the surgery.

This is not a game. There is a real life at stake here.

If you agree with me that the parents should have the right to choose, please take an action in this case, either write an email or send a donation or both.