Are Stay-at-Home Orders Decimating Vitamin D Levels?

Recent scientific papers have highlighted the role vitamin D may be playing in the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in severe cases. Considering researchers have also shown that SARS-CoV-2 is rapidly inactivated by sunlight,1 areas that are banning people from parks and beaches, are undoubtedly committing a grave error.

Social Distancing Is a Miserably Failed Experiment

Stay-at-home recommendations in general may also have been a bad idea overall. Indeed, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated,2 May 6, 2020, that 66% of new hospital admissions for COVID-19 were individuals who had been sequestering at home.

A majority of those cases were also minorities such as African-Americans, who are far more prone to vitamin D deficiency due to their darker skin.3 When Cuomo first heard about it, he said he immediately thought maybe people had been going out in spite of the shelter-in-place order, and maybe taking public transportation.4

In actuality they were all at home where they were supposed to be. Interestingly, Dr. David Katz, president of True Health Initiative and founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, predicted5,6 this would happen.

Chinese researchers have also noted that a majority of outbreaks in the 320 municipalities reviewed were the result of indoor spread of the disease, with the home accounting for 79.9% of cases, followed by transportation at 34%.

According to the authors,7 “All identified outbreaks of three or more cases occurred in an indoor environment, which confirms that sharing indoor space is a major SARS-CoV-2 infection risk.” As noted in a May 11, 2020, American Thinker article:8

“Very likely, you already instinctively know that the guidelines suggesting that it’s somehow helpful to keep a six-foot space between healthy people, even outdoors, is not based on science, but just an arbitrary suggestion we’ve been conditioned to accept without evidence.

And your gut feeling would be right. There’s a reason that “social distancing ‘wasn’t a buzzword common to the American lexicon prior to 2020. There’s very little science behind “social distancing’ at all. 

‘It turns out,’ Julie Kelly writes9 at American Greatness, ‘as I wrote10 last month, ‘social distancing’ is untested pseudoscience particularly as it relates to halting the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. On its website, the CDC provides no links to any peer-reviewed social distancing studies that bolster its official guidance.’ There’s a reason for the lack of peer-reviewed studies on the CDC website. She continues:

‘The alarming reality is that social distancing never has been tested on a massive scale in the modern age; its current formula was conceived during George W. Bush’s administration and met with much-deserved skepticism.

‘People could not believe that the strategy would be effective or even feasible,’ one scientist told11 the New York Times last month. A high school science project12 — no, I am not joking — added more weight to the concept.

‘Social distancing’ is very much a newfangled experiment, not settled science. And, Kelley writes, the results are suggesting that our ‘Great Social Distancing Experiment of 2020’ will be ‘near the top of the list’ of ‘bad experiments gone horribly wrong.'”

Banning Outdoor Activities — A Disastrous Idea

In the video above, published May 11, 2020, on Medscape.com, Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, professor of medicine and chief of the division of preventive medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses the protective role of vitamin D against COVID-19.

Manson points out that growing evidence suggests your vitamin D status may in fact play an important role in your risk of developing COVID-19, as well as the severity of the illness. It’s well-known that vitamin D is important for innate immunity and that it boosts your immune function against viral diseases.

Importantly, as noted by Manson, vitamin D also has “an immune modulating effect and can lower inflammation, and this may be relevant to the respiratory response during COVID-19 and the cytokine storm that’s been demonstrated.”

Manson cites evidence from three South-Asian studies showing people with serious COVID-19 infection are far more likely to have insufficient levels of vitamin D compared to those with mild illness. Vitamin D deficient patients had, on average, an eightfold higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness compared to those with sufficient levels.

Harvard Medical School is starting a study to investigate whether vitamin D supplementation lowers the risk of COVID-19 specifically, and/or improves clinical outcomes, but in the meantime, Manson urges people to spend more time outdoors to improve their vitamin D levels through sun exposure, and to optimize their vitamin D levels through food and supplements.

Manson is far from alone in her recommendations. Irish researchers recently published an editorial13 highlighting the role of vitamin D deficiency in severe COVID-19 infections. According to the authors:14

“… the evidence supporting a protective effect of vitamin D against severe COVID?19 disease is very suggestive, a substantial proportion of the population in the Northern Hemisphere will currently be vitamin D deficient, and supplements, for example, 1,000 international units (25 micrograms) per day are very safe.

It is time for governments to strengthen recommendations for vitamin D intake and supplementation, particularly when under lock?down.”

Low Vitamin D Linked to Greater SARS-CoV-2 Infection Risk

A May 6, 2020, report15 in the journal Nutrients points out that vitamin D concentrations are lower in patients with positive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests for SARS-CoV-2. As noted in this report, which retrospectively investigated the vitamin D levels obtained from a cohort of patients in Switzerland:16

“In this cohort, significantly lower 25(OH)D levels were found in PCR-positive for SARS-CoV-2 (median value 11.1 ng/mL) patients compared with negative patients (24.6 ng/mL); this was also confirmed by stratifying patients according to age >70 years. On the basis of this preliminary observation, vitamin D supplementation might be a useful measure to reduce the risk of infection.”

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Increased COVID-19 Mortality

Another May 6, 2020, report,17 published in Aging Clinical and Experimental Research (its prepublication featured in the Daily Mail May 118), found that countries with lower vitamin D levels also have higher mortality rates from COVID-19. According to the authors:19

“The Seneca study showed a mean serum vitamin D level of 26 nmol/L in Spain, 28 nmol/L in Italy and 45 nmol/L in the Nordic countries, in older people. In Switzerland, mean vitamin D level is 23 nmol/L in nursing homes and in Italy 76% of women over 70 years of age have been found to have circulating levels below 30 nmol/L.

These are the countries with high number of cases of COVID-19 and the aging people is the group with the highest risk for morbidity and mortality with SARS-CoV2.”

In the preprint version20 of this paper, the authors concluded: “We believe that we can advise vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection.” In the final version,21 they toned down the recommendation to: “We hypothesize that vitamin D may play a protective role for COVID-19.”

GrassrootsHealth Study

Data22 from a clinical trial by GrassrootsHealth — an organization that we have supported for over 13 years — also reveals a link between vitamin D status and COVID-19 severity.

Mark Alipio — who received no funding for his work — released data from an analysis of 212 people with lab-confirmed COVID-19 and for whom serum 25(OH)D levels were available. Using a classification of symptoms based on previous research, he employed statistical analysis to compare the differences in clinical outcomes against the levels of vitamin D.

Of the 212 people, 49 had mild disease; 59 had ordinary disease; 56 were severe and 48 were critical. In the initial study group of 212 patients (see Table 1 below), 55 had normal vitamin D levels, which Alipio defined as greater than 30 ng/ml; 80 had insufficient levels of 21 to 29 ng/ml and 77 had deficient levels of less than 20 ng/ml.

descriptive statistics

Vitamin D levels were strongly correlated to the severity of the illness experienced. It is important to note that most experts consider 30 ng/ml half of what an optimum vitamin D level should be, which is 60 to 80 ng/ml.

vitamin d covid-19 severity

Of the 49 with mild illness, 47 had normal vitamin D levels. For those of you who are not good with math that means that 96% of the patients with mild illness had “normal” levels of vitamin D. Note again this “normal” level was above 30 ng/mL, and most experts would raise that to 60 ng/mL.

Of the 104 with severe or critical illness, only four had normal levels of vitamin D. That is 4% or the reciprocal of the mild group. How much stronger a correlation could one hope for? Alipio concluded:23

“… this study provides substantial information to clinicians and health policy-makers. Vitamin D supplementation could possibly improve clinical outcomes of patients infected with Covid-2019 based on increasing odds ratio of having a mild outcome when serum (OH)D level increases.”

Vitamin D Protects Against Viral Infections


Indeed, there is strong scientific evidence vitamin D plays a central role in your immune response and your ability to fight infections in general, so there’s little reason to think it wouldn’t provide similar protection against COVID-19.

In this video, Ivor Cummins, biochemist and chief program officer for Irish Heart Disease Awareness, explains how higher levels of vitamin D may reduce your risk of negative outcomes from COVID-19.

He also reviews some of the conditions associated with low vitamin D levels, such as insulin resistance and high levels of inflammation. As discussed in “The Real Pandemic Is Insulin Resistance,” obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are comorbidities for severe COVID-19, and insulin resistance is the underlying problem in all of these.

As noted in “Vitamin D and the Antiviral State,” a literature review article published in the Journal of Clinical Virology in 2011:24

“Interventional and observational epidemiological studies provide evidence that vitamin D deficiency may confer increased risk of influenza and respiratory tract infection. Vitamin D deficiency is also prevalent among patients with HIV infection.

Cell culture experiments support the thesis that vitamin D has direct anti-viral effects particularly against enveloped viruses. Though vitamin D’s anti-viral mechanism has not been fully established, it may be linked to vitamin D’s ability to up-regulate the anti-microbial peptides LL-37 and human beta defensin 2.”

SARS-CoV-2 is an enveloped type of virus,25 which means vitamin D may actually have a direct antiviral effect on it. Future studies will have to confirm that, but in the meantime, there’s absolutely no reason to ignore your vitamin D level. As reported in a recent GrassrootsHealth press release:26

“Vitamin D has several mechanisms that can reduce risk of infections. Important mechanisms regarding respiratory tract infections include:

  • inducing production of cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral survival and replication rates as well as reduce risk of bacterial infection
  • reducing the cytokine storm that causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the lungs that can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome

Vitamin D deficiency has been found to contribute to acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death associated with COVID-19 … To reduce risk of infection, it is recommended that people at risk of influenza and/or COVID-19 consider taking 10,000 IU/day (250 micrograms/day) of vitamin D for a few weeks to rapidly raise 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations, followed by at least 5000 IU/day.

The goal should be to raise 25(OH)D concentrations above 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/l), taking whatever is necessary for that individual to achieve and maintain that level. For treatment of people who become infected with COVID-19, higher vitamin D doses would be required to rapidly increase 25(OH)D concentrations.”

Pandemic and Epidemic Collide in COVID-19

As the world’s attention remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, essential attention is turned away from other life-threatening epidemics, including opioid addiction. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, opioid misuse and addiction had become rampant in the U.S. In the late 1990s, drug companies assured doctors that opioid pain relievers were safe and nonaddictive, leading to an increase in prescribing rates.

Opioid overdose rates increased rapidly as it became clear that opioids can be highly addictive. In 2018, 46,802 Americans died from an opioid overdose while 1.7 million suffered from substance use disorders related to opioid pain relievers.

The economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone is $78.5 billion in the U.S. annually, which includes not only health care costs but also lost productivity, addiction treatment and criminal justice involvement.1 The economic toll, and the death toll, from the opioid epidemic is, sadly, set to rise even further now that it has collided with the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Pandemic Heightens Risks for Opioid Addicts

There are physical and psychological reasons why COVID-19 poses a significant challenge for people with opioid use disorder (OUD), which affects at least 2 million Americans, and those who misuse opioids — another 10 million.2 Worldwide, 40.5 million people struggle with opioid dependence, a global prevalence of 510 cases per 100,000 people.3

Chronic respiratory disease increases the risk for fatal overdose in people who use opioids, and COVID-19 leads to compromised lung function.

Further, opioid misuse can lead to slowed breathing and hypoxemia, which can cause cardiac, pulmonary and brain complications, as well as overdose and death. As such, according to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “these individuals may be at increased risk for the most adverse consequences of COVID-19.”4

People who are addicted to opioids may also be more likely to suffer from conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, including being a smoker who suffers from lung or heart disease, being homeless or having experienced other health effects from drug addiction.5 Threat of infection aside, there are a number of indirect ways that people with OUD may be adversely affected by COVID-19 as well.

“Before the first COVID-19 case in the United States, a different epidemic — the opioid crisis — was taking the lives of 130 Americans per day,” wrote two doctors from Yale School of Medicine in Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Given that infection epidemics disproportionately affect socially marginalized persons with medical and psychiatric comorbid conditions — characteristics of those with opioid use disorder (OUD) — we are gravely concerned that COVID-19 will increase already catastrophic opioid overdose rates.”6 Some of the challenges faced by people with OUD during the COVID-19 pandemic include:7

  • Closure of substance use treatment clinics
  • Focus of emergency departments on COVID-19 patients — not opioid overdose
  • Social distancing and shelter-in-place orders adversely affecting mental health

Disruptions in Care, Increased Anxiety Are Problematic

Disruptions of care during the COVID-19 pandemic are a major concern for people with opioid use disorder, who depend on regular face-to-face health care. Many rehab facilities have closed, limited programs or limited new admissions over fears of COVID-19 spreading in a communal living facility.8

Access to medications for addiction treatment may be restricted, while patients may also face simultaneous challenges like loss of work, housing and food security, which could trigger a downward spiral leading to relapse and delayed recovery.

“The COVID-19 pandemic strikes at a moment when our national response to the opioid crisis was beginning to coalesce, with more persons gaining access to treatment and more patients receiving effective medications. COVID-19 threatens to dramatically overshadow and reverse this progress,” according to researchers with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.9

The social isolation imposed by the pandemic is also highly problematic and, by increasing stress and anxiety, could heighten substance abuse, opioid usage and overdose.

In addition to limiting access to peer-support groups and other vital sources of social connection for recovering addicts, “Persons who are isolated and stressed — as much of the population is during a pandemic — frequently turn to substances to alleviate their negative feelings,” wrote Dr. Nora Volkow with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Those in recovery will face stresses and heightened urges to use substances and will be at greatly increased risk for relapse.”10

There’s also the issue of social isolation indirectly contributing to overdose deaths because no one is there to administer naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug. Volkow continued:11

“Social distancing will increase the likelihood of opioid overdoses happening when there are no observers who can administer naloxone to reverse them and thus when they are more likely to result in fatalities.

Emergency department physicians with increased caseloads may be less likely to initiate buprenorphine therapy for patients with OUD, which is an important component of mitigating the effects of the opioid crisis.”

There are even reports of stigma and discrimination, according to Dr. Peter Grinspoon, who recovered from opioid addiction and teaches medicine at Harvard Medical School. “There are reports surfacing of police departments across the country that are refusing to offer naloxone to patients who have overdosed, on the pretext that it is too dangerous because the ‘addict’ might wake up coughing and sneezing coronavirus droplets.”12

Job Loss Associated With Opioid Overdose Deaths

The U.S. unemployment rate may skyrocket to 32.1% in the second quarter of 2020, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.13 Previously, the highest rate of unemployment in U.S. history was 24.9%, which occurred in 1933 during the Great Depression.14 The massive job losses may singlehandedly increase opioid overdose deaths, as a strong connection has been revealed between the two in the past.

A 2019 study in the Medical Care Research Review journal looked at the effects of state-level economic conditions — unemployment rates, median house prices, median household income, insurance coverage and average hours of weekly work — on drug overdose deaths between 1999 and 2014.15 According to the authors:

“Drug overdose deaths significantly declined with higher house prices … by nearly 0.17 deaths per 100,000 (~4%) with a $10,000 increase in median house price. House price effects were more pronounced and only significant among males, non-Hispanic Whites, and individuals younger 45 years.

Other economic indicators had insignificant effects. Our findings suggest that economic downturns that substantially reduce house prices such as the Great Recession can increase opioid-related deaths, suggesting that efforts to control access to such drugs should especially intensify during these periods.”

An earlier investigation, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy in 2017, also connected economic recessions and unemployment with rises in illegal drug use among adults. Twenty-eight studies published between 1990 and 2015 were included in the review, 17 of which found that the psychological distress associated with economic recessions and unemployment was a significant factor. According to the authors:16

“The current evidence is in line with the hypothesis that drug use increases in times of recession because unemployment increases psychological distress which increases drug use. During times of recession, psychological support for those who lost their job and are vulnerable to drug use (relapse) is likely to be important.”

Pandemic May Lead to 75,000 ‘Deaths of Despair’

In a report by the Well Being Trust (WBT) and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, it’s estimated that up to 75,000 people may die during the COVID-19 pandemic from drug or alcohol misuse and suicide. These “deaths of despair” are expected to be exacerbated by three factors already at play:17

  • Unprecedented economic failure paired with massive unemployment
  • Mandated social isolation for months and possible residual isolation for years
  • Uncertainty caused by the sudden emergence of a novel, previously unknown microbe

In order to come up with their 75,000 figure, the study used data on deaths of despair from 2018 as a baseline, projected levels of unemployment from 2020 to 2029 and then used economic modeling to estimate the additional number of deaths annually. Nine different scenarios were tested, ranging from quick recovery to slow recovery.

In the best-case scenario, 27,644 deaths of despair were estimated while in the worst-case example, 154,037 deaths could occur. While 75,000 was deemed to be “most likely,” the researchers noted, “When considering the negative impact of isolation and uncertainty, a higher estimate may be more accurate.”18

“Undeniably policymakers must place a large focus on mitigating the effects of COVID. However, if the country continues to ignore the collateral damage — specifically our nation’s mental health — we will not come out of this stronger,” Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, chief strategy officer of WBT, said in a news release.19

A commentary by Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, a psychiatrist with Columbia University’s department of psychiatry, similarly suggested a mental health crisis is looming.20 “The sobering reality is that high-quality mental health care is not available to most people,” Lieberman wrote. “This lack of strategy and access is especially concerning amid disasters such as COVID-19, which can cause considerable psychological trauma.”

Prolonged Isolation May Lead to Drug Abuse

As mentioned, prolonged isolation only exacerbates the issue. “The stressors from the pandemic are very, very real and how we cope with these stressors varies enormously,” Volkow told ABC News. “Social isolation is one of the factors that leads [people with substance abuse disorder] … to take drugs, and social isolation leads them to relapse, and the social isolation leads them to continue taking them.”21

With weeks of extended isolation already logged for most Americans, some communities are already reporting a rise in drug overdose deaths. Jacksonville, Florida, for instance, had a 20% increase in overdose emergency calls in March 2020.

Four counties in New York State also reported a rise in overdoses, while Columbus, Ohio, had a surge in overdose deaths, including 12 over a 24-hour period the first week of April.22

Whether overdose deaths are increasing across the U.S. is unknown, as Volkow noted that with COVID-19 shutdowns, collecting reliable data is difficult. However, a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told ABC News that officials are “aware of the concerns involving COVID-19 and drug overdoses and that it could affect some populations with substance use disorders.”23

Experts are recommending increased resources for people struggling with drug addiction, including access to online meetings. Remember that even if you’re socially isolated at home, you can reach out to friends and loved ones via phone or online. Connecting with others, even virtually, can help you to feel less alone. It’s also a good idea to set a limit on watching the news or browsing social media, especially if it increases anxious feelings.24

Gossip and "Blood Oaths"


By Anna Von Reitz

Of all our sins, gossip is one of the worst.  It harms others and does nothing to help us, rather serving to degrade us.  It is not in the nature of any honest investigation into facts, but exists in the realm of idle speculation and hearsay, and is mostly immune to rebuttal because it takes place behind our backs.

The very worst kind of gossip is the kind that deliberately exploits half-truths and preys upon the ignorant. 

If you go to my website, www.annavonreitz.com, and read the very first article called “Letter to Cardinal George” you will learn some very alarming things by following along as I explain them to the departed Cardinal of Chicago.

There are some references in that letter which you, as a Lay Person, may not completely grasp, but as this is a letter addressed to a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, that content held specific meaning known to him and to me, much in the same way that legal terms have meanings that lawyers know and that average people are unfamiliar with. 

Chief among these “Universal Church” means the whole assembly of those called together by the Creator to abide with his son.  The actual church like actual people, has no name, so it is called the Universal Church— a church that comes from all corners of the Earth and includes people based on their hearts, minds, and souls, not their politics, dogmas, or denominations. 

If you have read your Bible you will recall where various people came seeking favor and positions in the new kingdom, thinking of it as an earthly kingdom with offices and honors and powers to be bestowed — and what were they told?  That even the son wasn’t privy to who would be called to him, and that it was not his decision to make, but his Father’s. 

Think about that.  It is your mind and heart and soul that matter, and the True God who searches your mind and heart and soul who decides whether or not you are part of the true, only, and Universal Church.

I was telling him — again — that all this ridiculous sectarian strife and arrogant assumptions of Catholic superiority are never justified; there is no excuse for taking advantage of people based on the fact that they are not Catholic.  The True God does not allow for that.  And if he serves the True God, neither can he. 

This is a bone of contention, because certain elements within the Roman Catholic Church have treated it like an elite clubhouse and used belief or disbelief in Catholic Dogma as a rationale for committing crimes against non-Catholics, even heinous crimes.

I was giving him Notice that I have been called to the Lamb and to his altar, which is his body and blood, and that I am consecrated to him at the level of my soul.

Now these concepts may be difficult for you to grasp, but the scripture plainly tells us that the soul is in the blood.  And my blood, my soul, are united with him always: his blood with my blood, his soul with my soul, his mind in my mind, his heart in me, his power like a river set free.

We are but an “expression” of the True God, like a poem or a song, a singular creation, each one already whole, already mighty, already perfect.  All the rest is just delusions and bad choices, wrong turns, mistakes, scars waiting to be erased, wounds to be healed. 

No, Cardinal George and I both knew — and you need to know — that I was not talking about any altar made of marble or stone, no cutting with any knife,  but a different kind of altar, a crossroads, a single point, where across all of eternity we are part of him and he is part of us, forever. 

 “Neither life nor death shall ever, from the Lord his children sever.”  — and the tie that binds us is love.  Our love for him and his love for us.

Nothing can separate us.  No circumstance.  No accident.  No condition of depravity or delusion or sin.  No need.  No grief.  No rejection or rebuttal, no mistake.  We are bound together in perfection at a far deeper level than all of this. 

As part of the True and Living God expressed in this small vessel of flesh, I was telling Cardinal George and through him the entire Roman Catholic Church and all of its Vatican edifices, to repent of the evils I explained in my letter and which I brought before his conscience and his consciousness as a sword, not a pin prick.

Contrary to his habitual expectations, I did not address him as a beggar seeking any absolution this Earth can give.  I addressed him as a child of the  Living God and called upon him to do his duty in no uncertain terms — and I could do this, because I remembered who I was and who I am and who I will be.

So all those silly people scurrying around behind my back and whispering and pointing and saying, oh, look!  She’s talking about blood and oaths and altars, oh, my!  Oh, big, scary dangerous things! 

Let me remind you all that it is far more “dangerous” to remember who you are and act upon it as Sons and Daughters.  

It is far more dangerous to perceive the true altar of the Lamb, which is his message written with his life, sealed with his blood, and shared by his soul, than to sit around stupidly supposing that you need middlemen to arbitrate your salvation. 

If he abides in you and you abide in him, there is no separation.  There is no chink for Satan to enter in.  There is no space for delusions.  No time like the present to stand with all you are or can muster against evil of all kinds.  No time like now to speak up and take action, as I surely have. 

Take up your cross at the crossroads, that point of intersection where his life and your life unite. Stand there in utter humility and explode with the fire of the Holy Spirit born within you, and know that you are well and truly baptized by no human hand, created by no human flesh, named nor bound by any human mind. 

There is truth and power and freedom and might in you, far beyond any concept of limitation or pain or time.

But you must wake up.  You must leave childish things — like gossip —behind. 

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For All the Gossips Among Us


By Anna Von Reitz

Here in Alaska we struggle with some exceptional problems.  One of those problems is a long history of incest and child molestation in isolated Native communities.  From time to time this issue comes into public view more forcefully than others, and certainly that was the case in the early 1980’s, when we had a virtual statewide witch hunt in which hundreds of men, both Native and Caucasian, were accused and convicted without oversight by the courts.

My husband was one of them.

He was living in Sitka, Alaska, at the time — an isolated mostly Native community, where he had carved out a life as the captain of a fishing boat during the summers and working as a successful artist in the winter.  He had three children and a wife that he loved.

His eldest child, a daughter, was in High School at the time, and she had a Native friend in school who actually was molested by her own Father.  As a result, this other girl was emancipated by the court at the age of 16, and given her own apartment by the State.  It promptly became “the” place for her classmates to party, party, party.  Jim’s daughter got caught up in all this, which included underage sex, marijuana, recreational drugs of other kinds, and a whole lot of skipping school.

That summer, his daughter got a job as a waitress at one of the local restaurants and one night she was invited to a party that required her to have transportation.  She stole her grandfather’s car, got drunk, and wrecked it on the way home. 

Amazed and outraged, her parents told her that she had to start turning over her wages each week to buy her grandfather a car.  She seethed and rebelled and went to the authorities and told them that her Father had put his finger in her vagina. 

Of course, he never did any such thing, and she later fully admitted it.  She just wanted to be emancipated like her friend and avoid paying her grandfather back.  She had no thought of what it would do to her family — that her parents would divorce, that her younger brothers would suffer, and that her innocent Father would be put through no end of humiliation because of her actions. 

But the witch hunt was on and Sitka was a remote mostly Native community where such things (and a lot worse) were known to go on, so the prosecutors came in like the Wrath of Joe Public and he was convicted without a plea, without any physical evidence, without cross-examination of the witness, without any valid due process at all. 

Afterward, after she saw the damage she had caused her family, his daughter repented, but it was too late.  Efforts were made to overturn the conviction based on her recanted testimony, but that required a new trial and reliving all the hurt and embarrassment and disruption again.  And this time, though her Father would be cleared of wrong-doing— she would go to jail for perjury and related offenses, leaving her toddler without a Mom.

The Governor heard about the case and offered a pardon, but a pardon admits that a crime occurred — and no actual crime occurred. 

So damned if you do and damned if you don’t. 

Jim decided that he was better able to bear the stigma than his daughter, a decision he might have regretted, if he could have foreseen her future.  She sank ever deeper into the twisted world of drugs, alcohol, and sexual escapism, gradually accruing a criminal rap sheet as long as my arm and doing long stints in jail.

We don’t love her “at her best” any less, but facts are facts. 

I once asked her whatever happened to her, that she did this to her family?  She lifted her face and looked me right in the eye and said two words: “Public School.”  Now, over fifty, her health is shattered.  We do what we can for her.

I met Jim when I was 32 and he was 47. Neither one of us could claim to be children anymore. We met through my work.  I hired him as an artist subcontractor to work on package designs.  He was always quiet and very nice to everyone, always got his jobs done on time, always superlative quality, and we got along well for over a year before he asked me out.

To be honest, I was very surprised, but it seemed innocent enough: dinner with some old friends of his, a couple, and he didn’t want to go without a date. I understood being the Third Wheel all too well, being 32 and unmarried myself.  I agreed.

On the way to dinner, he told me he was a “registered sex offender”.  He looked like he was going to choke on the words, and I certainly must have looked completely thunderstruck and blank. 

Two thoughts hit my brain simultaneously— (1) This doesn’t make sense. A guy doesn’t ask you out on a first date and tell you something like this; and, (2) Boy, Howdy— how’d our Personnel Department screw up on his background checks? I could have been working with an ax murderer….

Normally, everything would have ended right there and then, but my logic circuits and Shinola Sensor were on full alert.

A man who is guilty of such offenses doesn’t tell you something like that on a first date.  He covers it up, gets his hooks into you, and then waits for other gossipy people to let you know.  That’s how real sex offenders operate.

There was more.

Jim didn’t say anything to defend himself, no explanations, no excuses. 

People who abuse children always have excuses.  They always have some reason or rationale.  They were drunk or high or reliving some trauma of their own, blah, blah, blah. 

Not Jim. He sat with his hands folded and looked straight ahead, and I was intrigued.  I suspected that there was more to the story, but he wasn’t going to give me any excuses and try to make it look better for himself— so I’d have to take it on the chin for what it was.   And I did.

His friends were delightful.  The conversation was lively and intelligent and gracious.  Dinner was elegant.  It was a beautiful evening and by the time we left the restaurant the early stars were out.  We walked along the sidewalk, heads down.  He took my hand as we reached the corner and our separate ways home. 

What do you say under such a circumstance?  He shook his head and smiled a bitter little smile.  I caught the glint of a tear in the corner of his eye as he looked away. 

“Thank you for coming with me tonight,” was all he managed.

“Sure,” I said. “Let’s do it again.” 

Now, for all the one-in-a-million shots a guy could have, that was one. I would have bet against him for a second date, and I was the one making the odds, but I wanted to know the “rest of the story” — which his daughter eventually told me.  And in the meantime, we fell in love.

Here we are, 31 years later. 

I have never known a better, more unselfish, kinder, more generous, more inspired, more gallant, or more enduring soul. And I have never found anyone more loyal to a cause or to his family. 

What he has suffered, no man should have to suffer — not once, not ever. But as long as our culture refuses to honor Due Process and relies on Public Policy instead, such miscarriages of justice and all that they entail will continue.  

In an actual court for people, his daughter would have had to face him and lie about him in front of God and everyone else. She’d have to get into the details and nitty-gritty of her accusation.  She would have broken into tears of shame and regret in the courtroom under cross-examination, and that would have been the end of it. 

She would have gone back to work and paid off her grandfather’s car.

And who knows how much better her own life would have been? 

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America is NOT "Mystery Babylon"


By Anna Von Reitz

More mistaken Bible scholars send me (repeatedly) Hollywood quality videos about the supposed end of the world and the identities of all the various players that bring about the cataclysm….

While their knowledge of the Bible is impressive, their spiritual and logical faculties are not. Chief among them, their fear-mongering and graphic presentation of skeletons and destroyed land and all sorts of nastiness calculated to inspire terror. Also irresponsible fear-porn about an EMP attack on America.

“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid….”

It is his will that “not one shall be lost”.

And “not a hair on their heads shall be harmed”.

So take that into your considerations and wake up out of your bad dreams.

America is no more “Mystery Babylon” than I am my Aunt Tilly’s cat.

Mystery Babylon is a secret religion — a “mystery school”. It’s acolytes are all members of a False Church fostered by Secret Societies, which operate as crime syndicates organized as interlocking trust directorates controlling over 700 large corporations worldwide.

THAT is what “Mystery Babylon” is.

It “sits upon many waters” because its members operate a substantial number of “independent, international city-states” — including, for example, Vatican City, Westminster – Inner City of London, Washington – DC, City of New York, City of Rome, the United Nations, etc.

All these “independent, international city-states” act as a bonded cartel, with separate functions, but common interests — and they issue charters for Municipal CORPORATIONS via SERCO’s abuse of our Delegated Powers. SERCO has been running the United States Patent and Trademark Office “in our names” as a thoroughly criminal Municipal Government Enterprise.

The result is that the Municipality of Washington, DC, has created all sorts of subsidiary corporations operated as, for example, LONDON and “the” UK, and OMAHA and “the” PHILIPPINES, ad nauseum, and all of these THINGS made of paper and air, are used promote fraud and expedite kickbacks to collaborators worldwide.

It’s the biggest crime syndicate operation in the history of the world.

THAT is what “Mystery Babylon” is.

And yes, all the nations have “drunk of the wine of “her” fornication”.

So why refer to “Mystery Babylon” as “her” and as a “Queen”?

Because these pedants worship a profane goddess of ancient origin, who goes by many, many names: Semiramis, Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Ashtar, Astarte, Isis, Cybele, …. and yes, Columbia.

As in District of Columbia.

The Followers of this “goddess” use good organizations and people as “storefronts” to hide their venal activities. They used the Roman Catholic Church as their primary storefront for centuries. They have used the Queen of England. They have used America. They have used the Hebrews. And now, they propose to use the United Nations organization in the same way.

They’ve even used the Freemasons.

After all, the Grand Lodge of Paris funded the building and gifting of the “The Statue of Liberty” — a giant idol honoring The Great Abomination, the Mother of All Whores — now sitting in New York Harbor. And another Grand Lodge funded the building of the Washington Monument — an absolutely stupendously big phallic symbol, still pointing straight up on the Capitol Mall.
Well, you can be offended all you want, but the facts are the facts.

These are the symbols of the idolatrous ancient foreign profane religion of Mystery Babylon, squatting on our shores without us being aware of what these things are or what they symbolize.

The snide Romans renamed “Ishtar” and called “her” “Libertas” — Liberty. That’s what British sailors are still granted when they reach port: they are given “liberty” — another name for riotous drunkenness, wild sexual rampages and orgies, gambling, fighting, and crime of all kinds.

If I were a New Yorker, I’d have Mayor Cuomo by both heels while I whispered, “Please return the “gift” that the Grand Lodge of Paris sent us? It’s really not appropriate for us to have something like that standing as the gateway to our city or our country….”

And the members of Congress need to be told the same thing about the Washington Monument. Give it back to the Grand Lodge and let them tear it down. George would roll over in his grave and be horrified by such a public celebration of his “manhood”. It’s not appropriate here.

Not in America.

These blemishes aside, one must grasp the fact that none of these entities are “American”. They are sitting on our land and soil like barnacles attached to the hull of a ship. They have nothing to do with us or who we are as a country, and you are really underestimating our Father if you think he doesn’t know that!

As determined as our Creator is to utterly destroy this evil once and for all, he’s not angry with us. He knows that most of us are innocent as children and don’t even know what these idolatrous monuments are about.

What sort of Father do you think we have? That you teach that he will destroy us? That you teach against His Word—- “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid…..”?

You would make our Father into the likeness of Satan. You insult him by proposing that he will bring vengeance on the innocent and pay back evil unjustly.

Such a thing has never been and never will be.

So I am calling on all the Hellfire and Brimstone lot of you out there, to voluntarily repent and recant these errors. Take down these frightening videos. Teach the truth or don’t teach at all. Better for you to have remained silent than to be found spreading fear and lies against the Living God.

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Benjamin Fulford 5/25/20 Report: Khazarian Mafia’s COVID-19 Power Grab Fails, Bill Gates Now a Dead Man Walking

The Khazarian mafia power grab using a fake COVID 19 pandemic has failed spectacularly and now payback begins, Pentagon and Asian secret society sources say.  The White Hats have begun an immediate offensive by killing Jesuit military leader and Black Pope Adolfo Nicolas, White Dragon Society sources say.  The death of Nicolas opened the path for the liberation of Japan.  This is being followed by the liberation of Germany.  Only then will it be possible to liberate the United States and thus the planet Earth.

Let’s begin with the death on May 20th of the Black Pope.  Nicolas, although supposedly a nice guy, was head of an organization that planned and carried out the 2011 Fukushima mass murder attack on Japan.  Although his predecessor Peter Hans Kolvenbach was in charge of that operation, Nicolas failed to admit, apologize and make amends for this war crime.

His death has opened the way for regime change in Japan because he was the top commander of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that actually runs this country.  The day after Nicolas died, Hiromu Kurokawa the chief of the Tokyo prosecutors’ office was forced to resign over a “gambling scandal.” https://sputniknews.com/asia/202005211079375994-tokyos-top-prosecutor-quits-over-gambling-scandal—reports/

Then, 662 lawyers and scholars filed a criminal complaint against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13392161

Also, with Nicolas removed, the path was finally opened to file the following criminal complaint about Fukushima to the International Criminal Court:

“Dear Sirs,

On March 11, 2011 Japan was attacked by means of nuclear bombs drilled into the seabed off the shore of Fukushima Japan, resulting in at least 15,899 deaths.

We have multiple witnesses to this act of terrorism.  These include:

Australian ANSUS agent Sasha Zaric, a whistleblower who was involved in smuggling in the 500-kiloton nuclear device used in the attack.

A member of the Japanese self-defense forces who was involved in the technical operation of dividing the nuclear weapon into 5 smaller devices that were drilled into the seabed by the deep sea drilling ship Chikyu.  He is currently in protective custody but will be made available for trial.

Another witness is Naoto Kan who was Prime Minister of Japan at the time of the attack.   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Kan with more attacks on the day after March 11, 2011 unless Japan handed over its foreign exchange holdings to the Khazarian mafia.  The NSA and the Japanese self-defense forces have recordings of this conversation.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia can also testify that he was removed from power by agents of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board when he tried to warn of the imminent attack against Japan.

There are many more witnesses who can prove beyond doubt that the tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima was the result of a deliberate attack.

We can also prove the following individuals were involved in the attack (some of them are deceased):

Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former head of the Society of Jesus.  Kolvenbach was recorded by the NSA as claiming credit for the attack.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.  Netanyahu, as mentioned above, has also been recorded claiming responsibility for the attack.

Leo Zagami.  Zagami threatened the attack would take place in a book published in Japan before March 11, 2011.

The Israeli Security company Magna BSP, which installed a small nuclear weapon at the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was set off to coincide with the undersea nuclear weapon attack.  The then governor of Fukushima is among the many who can testify to their involvement.

There are many other individuals and organizations who were involved in this attack but we believe the above information is sufficient to lead to a preliminary investigation.

If the ICC fails to act on this matter the White Dragon Society will hunt down and kill all court officials involved in the decision to cover up this massive war crime.”

The current president of the ICC is Chile Eboe-Osuji,.  If Osuji together with the other two top judges, fail to file war crimes charges related to Fukushima, they as the heads of the supposedly highest judicial organization on the planet will be guilty of covering up war crimes.  War criminals are subject to summary military justice, i.e. the death penalty.  It is time for the ICC to show it is more than just a Western institution that can only prosecute tin pot third world dictators.  Do your fact checking judges, this is for real: Do or Die!

This is just the beginning of the counter offensive.  Now look at what is store for mass murderer Bill Gates and his fellow medical cartel criminals.  Here is a famous mug shot of Bill Gates when he was arrested in his younger years.

The official story is that he was arrested for a traffic violation.  However, CIA sources say “The real charge was…

related to Gates being found in his car with an underage boy in a compromising position in the back seat.”

Remember this news item about a man being arrested on the Bill Gates estate for kiddie porn? https://www.kiro7.com/news/man-arrested-bill-gates-estate-reportedly-trading-/43531857/

CIA sources say he was in reality trying to eliminate incriminating evidence against Gates.  They now say Gates was also involved in torturing and killing young children in order to harvest adrenochrome.

Gates has survived recently by paying a $200 million bribe to the triads according to Asian secret societies and, according to the P3, a massive bribe to the Mafia for protection.  However, the U.S. military White Hats cannot be bribed and are now actively hunting down the doomed Gates.

Bill and Melinda gates have already killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of people through tainted vaccines.  Take a look at this Bill Gates’ Dr. Strangelove moment where he can’t contain his happiness at the thought of injecting GMOs into the veins of little kids’ arms: Dr.StrangeGates

Now let us look in more detail at exactly what was planned with the -now ending- COVID-19 fake pandemic show.  We now know that a bioweapon was created with the intention of killing millions of people but human herd immunity apparently rendered it impotent.  That is why they were forced to blame natural deaths of mostly elderly people on COVID-19.

We are learning from multiple intelligence agency sources including MI6, P3 Freemasons and the NSA what the real sinister Certificate of Vaccination ID (Covid) plan was.  The sources say the plan was to inject the population with microchips designed to interact with 5G electromagnetic waves in order to control people.  This sounds far-fetched but the proof is overwhelming.  Keep in mind that Bill Gates got his fortune from the IBM Watson family that was infamous for using tattoos to track holocaust victims.

According to P3 freemasons, all 700 members of the German Parliament have been sent the proof of this beyond Orwellian population control plot.  Our readers can see some of it like this patent for a cryptocurrency that works by using network-connected sensors linked to “the sensed body activity of the user.” https://patentscope2.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2020060606&fbclid=IwAR01AjQNs5ow5WWY9577Takel84VOo90aAX0vJpVu47KD7yn5bi71FBOewE

Previously Chinese freemasons told us the Chinese government wanted to live-monitor their entire population and give them a “social credit score,” in order to maximize their control.  Clearly the attempt at Wuhan to take this to the next level using 5G was a Chernobyl style disaster.  NSA sources are now saying that as many as 20-million people may have died as a result.

The German MPs were also shown proof that 5G transmission nodes were meant to control sensors injected into people.  Below you can see a video of a British telecoms technician discovering the 5G equipment he was installing had COVID-19 written on it. https://streamable.com/k5cxkb?fbclid=IwAR1waPVEFGY52fys_KlmE_ZlhCRpW6wXOLpSi_xEiw90u-i_xFKyjIkgf2s

Now take another look at this clip of the London Olympic opening ceremony and you can see this so-called Coronavirus pandemic was planned over 8 years ago.. https://crazzfiles.com/opening-ceremony-of-the-2012-london-olympics-used-predictive-programming-to-show-us-the-coming-covid-19-plannedemic/

This tweet from Henry Makow shows the planning probably went back even further:

“’Dead Zone’ TV show from 2003 mentions corona virus, talks about the Hydroxychloroquine being the cure, and ‘lockdown.’” https://twitter.com/HenryMakow/status/1257450361541009409?s=20

What this means is that the Khazarian mafia works according to long-term plans.  Zagami once said it was all timed according to planetary movements.  So, in order to overthrow them, we need to disrupt their plans with immediate, unpredictable here and now attacks.

Apart from the legal attacks mentioned at the top of this article and the secret war to remove their leadership, the COVID campaign has revealed another key to their overthrow – television.  A scientific study shows that for the population as a whole “overall, the ratio of TV to online news – including both desktop and mobile devices — is more than five to one (54 min versus 9.7 min).” https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/14/eaay3539

Since these TV networks are over 90% controlled by Khazarian mafia families, they need to be physically occupied by military forces in order to provide the majority of the population with truth.  Without their control of TV the Khazarians never could have forced all those sheeple to wear uncomfortable facemasks for no good reason. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/14/eaay3539

Finally, we have the following picture sent by an Australian source who says:

“When the Queen addresses Parliament in the UK, she has to dress in her royal outfit as shown on the left.  This would include a crown, a sash, royal cape and chain of honor.  The Queen needs to wear a long dress and have her hands covered with gloves.  A King would need to wear his military outfit with a sword and a chain of honor and his crown.

When a Royal has had her or his title and honor taken away, under old English law, the Queen or King cannot wear the crown of England on her or his head.  Whenever appearing at public engagements, the chain of honor can no longer be worn and now only plain street clothes are permitted.  When they need to address Parliament they can never be seen as heads of state again, but have to go through the motions of such actions.”

Today it appears that the head of the Committee of 300 has been stripped of power.  “The Queen was relieved of her duties because of high level criminality and corruption,” a European Royal Family source says.

There is a lot more going on behind the scenes to liberate humanity.  This is taking time because we need to rely on analogue communications for reasons of operational security.  This is because the gnostic illuminati were telling the truth when they said the real enemy was a rogue artificial intelligence.  This AI doesn’t have access to analogue communications.  Only the creator and the creation have that.

 

Source: https://benjaminfulford.net/

Bill Gates Adds Pharma ‘Fact’ Checkers to Microsoft Products

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