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Anti-China Hysteria Is Ultimately Not About Covid-19, Racism Or Communism, But Power

In a recent article falsely titled “The U.S.-China propaganda war is on hold, but not for long“, The Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin made a very interesting admission.

“The United States is now in dire need of medical supplies, many of which are coming from China,” Rogin said. “If China’s leaders are willing to stop telling lies about us, we can pause pointing out the most embarrassing truths about them.”

Wait, sorry, “us”? “We”?

Rogin wasn’t quoting any US officials. He was referring, in the first person plural, to the US government, because he apparently sees himself as a part of it. He sees himself and others like him as an extension of the US government’s narrative control campaign, the branch that is responsible for distributing “truths” in America’s propaganda war to counter China’s “lies”. He sees himself as a state propagandist.

Which, of course, he is. The devoutly neoconservative Rogin consistently advances hawkish narratives against nations which have resisted absorption into the blob of the US-centralized empire, and he is showing no hesitation in running point on the new escalations in the narrative control campaign against China. This is because the USA and China have been on a collision course toward aggressive confrontation for a long time now, and the narrative managers need to manufacture consent for that horrific eventuality.

Passage‘s David Mastracci has a very worthwhile new article out titled “Don’t Blame China For Your Government’s COVID-19 Failures“, exposing what Rogin calls “embarrassing truths” about China’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic for the distorted spin jobs that they are and highlighting the fact that the difficulties Americans are currently facing is due to their own governments failures, not China’s.

“Those who aren’t in power, such as rightwing journalists, realize their neoliberal ideology is unequipped to deal with the pandemic, and therefore is under attack,” Mastracci writes. “They won’t abandon their views, so they have to shift blame to an outside country with an ideology that is different in the right way. Attacking China clearly serves this purpose, and offers a chance for anti-communism, which, as Parenti notes, people have been primed to hate for more than a century.”

This is much closer to the truth than anything you’ll read in any mass media publication. This virus is brutally highlighting all the insanity of the neoliberal status quo upon which the US empire is built, and that status quo is indeed premised upon shutting down all leftward political movement which could potentially inconvenience plutocrats and war profiteers. Much of what we’re hearing from leading Republican and Democratic Party pundits these days can be accurately translated as a wailing temper tantrum about their entire worldview crashing to an embarrassing faceplant in front of the whole world.

But even that doesn’t really cover it.

If you ask a leftist what the west’s sudden uptick in anti-China hysteria is about, they might say racism, xenophobia, and/or anti-communism. If you ask a rightist, they might tell you it’s because China lied about the virus, or because of communism, or because of China’s economic relationship with the US, or because it’s a backwards culture of people who eat different animals from us. If you ask someone who occupies the mainstream so-called “center”, they might tell you that it’s because of humanitarian concerns about China’s oppressive government, along with racism or some mixture of the aforementioned claims.

Ultimately though, it’s not about any of those things. While racism, xenophobia, anti-communism, free trade deals, authoritarianism and the virus are all real concerns which play a real role in the propaganda campaign, it’s not ultimately about any of them. Ultimately, like so much else, this is about power.

There can only be one top dog in a unipolar world. After the fall of the Soviet Union the prevailing philosophy slowly coalesced among US policymakers that the world’s only remaining superpower needed to remain that way at any cost in order to preserve the so-called liberal world order. This philosophy rose to dominance when the neoconservatives took over the Executive Branch during the George W Bush administration, and from there their ideas simply became the mainstream orthodoxy. Now the “unipolarity at any cost” ideology of neoconservatism is so pervasive that when you see someone like Tulsi Gabbard basically just advocating for pre-9/11 US foreign policy, you see them demonized as though they supported child cannibalism.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.” Preventing the rise of China (and its loose network of other unabsorbed allies like Russia) has been a lasting agenda of the western world for generations, and the continuation of this agenda has set the world on a trajectory toward aggressive confrontation. The US has been surrounding China with military bases, many of them nuclear-armed, in preparation for a confrontation that it sees as ultimately inevitable, since China has no interest in being absorbed into the US power alliance and the US has no interest in allowing China to surpass it as a superpower.

What this means for us ordinary people is that we have found ourselves smashed between steadily increasing escalations between two nuclear-armed nations and their nuclear-armed allies hurtling toward a confrontation which benefits none of us in the slightest, while propagandists spoon feed us narratives about why this is something we should eventually support.

It doesn’t have to be this way. China doesn’t have to be the “sleeping giant” that we all fear. We don’t have to live in a world where nuclear-armed governments duel for planetary domination without our consent or permission and roll the dice on nuclear armageddon with greater and greater frequency each passing day. We don’t have to live in a world where the emergence of a new disease which kills human beings is seen as a tool to be exploited in a propaganda war instead of a problem to be solved together. We could all just get along and work together to create a better world for each other and for our ecosystem.

People will say this is unrealistic and unreasonable, but unrealistic and unreasonable as opposed to what? A few idiots waving armageddon weapons at each other because the other guys are standing on the wrong segment of dirt? A bunch of sociopaths pushing for the advancement of an omnicidal, ecocidal paradigm in service of an imaginary monetary system? Sounds like they’re the unreasonable and unrealistic ones to me.

Napoleon Bonaparte said China is a sleeping giant, but I know a bigger one. It’s all of us ordinary people who are sick of being crushed, exploited and imperiled by a few psychos who only care about power. All of us around the world, regardless of what dirt we stand on or what color our skin is or what political party they tell us we belong to. When we awaken, baby, that’s when the earth will shake.

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  • Best up-ed yet. It is astounding that in a world pandemic when so many are suffering we are led like sheep to poibt fingers or hoard instead of helping and trying to undestand others.

  • Caitlin, you’ve lost me on this one. How is wrong to criticize the Chinese government for their handling of this virus? I read the Passage article. It “cherry picks” specific responses by the CCP to make the CCP look good. There are dozens more examples of the CCP shutting down information flow on this virus including disappearing journalists, disappearing what is believed to be “patient #1”, silencing doctors, lying about human-to-human transmission, refusing to grant access to experts to find the source of this virus. The entire response of the world was based on the flawed data set that was communicated by the CCP to the WHO and the international community. The CCP bears tremendous responsibility for this loss of life and economic havoc. I know the the USA does bad things….. very very bad things. But to refuse to call out evil is willful blindness and leads to living a lie.

    • You might want to think about the fact that the virus in China is not the same SARS strain as the one in Europe and the United States. You might want to read some actual information:

      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/55017.htm

      • At least in the Land of the Free We can Surrender our Liberty for Security as if our Liberty isn’t our Only Security. Good thing these Emergency Powers magically Grant our Various American Governments Constitutional Authority to Violate our Constitutional Rights.

    • “How is wrong to criticize the Chinese government for their handling of this virus?”
      That criticism is based on lies!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIMadIbCK6A
      Coronavirus timeline!

  • ““They won’t abandon their views, so they have to shift blame to an outside country with an ideology that is different in the right way. ” switch changing and gaslighting – really common tools of narcissists.

  • In a recent article falsely titled “The U.S.-China propaganda war is on hold, but not for long“, The Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin made a very interesting admission.

    “The United States is now in dire need of medical supplies, many of which are coming from China,” Rogin said. “If China’s leaders are willing to stop telling lies about us, we can pause pointing out the most embarrassing truths about them.”

    LOL.

    Don’t use “truth” and “America” in the same sentence, except as polar opposites.

    Whenever America starts running its mouth and pointing its finger accusing other countries of lying, you can bet it is likely that the United States is projecting its own deceptions onto them.

    America, self-styled the Land of the Free, is really the Land of the Free Lie–as evidenced by America’s lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq; Muammar al-Gaddafi’s “Viagra Rape Squads” in Libya; Syrian “gas attacks” in Douma; America-sponsored “moderate” headchoppers also in Syria; Russia hacking America’s elections or Russiagate; or the America-led War on Terro in general.

    Deep down, America knows that its COVID-19 response has been a massive failure–largely because of its corporatized joke of a healthcare system in general and malign neglect in heeding the warnings about this pandemic, which were issued in January.

    So Americans do what they do best, avoid looking in the mirror and point their fingers.

    U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic
    https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-04-05/u-s-wasted-months-before-preparing-for-virus-pandemic

    Corporate Media ignores how Privatization of Hospitals explains Lack of Beds, Ventilators
    https://www.greanvillepost.com/2020/04/02/%e2%80%a2-corporate-media-ignores-how-privatization-of-hospitals-explains-lack-of-beds-ventilators/

  • The truth is so sad that only levity comes close to the truth and that would be that Xi Jinping is the living reincarnation of the Biblical Jesus and Vladimir Putin the Archangel David

  • This piece shows a naivety about the US ruling class. To claim it’s ‘ultimately about power’ is meaningless and explains nothing because that’s always the case. Since October 1917 US foreign (and domestic) policy has been shaped by anti-communism. The Council on Foreign Relations, founded in 1921, remains the US’s premier think foreing policy tank, formed explicitly to bring together government officials, diplomats, journalists, etc, with their ruling class masters from the big bourgeoisie to make sure the latter’s bidding was done and done well. The CFR has supplied personnel in every key US ‘administration’ position since FDR, and its whole reason for existence is anti-communism. US ‘administrations’ come and go, but the anti-communism of the US ruling class remains unabated. The CFR is the hard core of the malign ‘foreign policy blob’, the ideological enforcer of the US ruling class’ anti-communist worldview.

    When it restored capitalism in the USSR and Eastern Europe, the US’s ‘triumphal’ unipolar moment may have arrived, at least militarily, but it simply didn’t have the capital to properly exploit the fabulous riches over the whole continent of the former USSR. Biting off more than it could chew was its ‘failing’ (along with rival imperialists), and this allowed a native and very concentrated Russian capitalist ruling class to establish itself by looting the state-owned economy at fire sale prices. Russia thus survived the expected, ‘normal’ fate of the colonial victims of imperialism and instead has become a regional capitalist power with an economy about the size of Italy and a military arsenal to challenge US hegemony — as a capitalist country with a formidable latter-day Bismarck as its leader.

    China, on the other hand has an economy that will soon outstrip the US on all fronts, not just in industrial output as it does now. And China remains a (deformed) workers state despite the considerable inroads of capitalism, despite prominent members of the CCP being billionaires, and despite most fools on the left believing that China somehow has become capitalist. China’s economic core remains nationalised and subject to planning and thus remains in US crosshairs for counterrevolution since 1949. At least capitalists can recognise a non-capitalist entity, even if so-called leftists cannot. The US has used and will use every opportunity to foment counterrevolution in China, of course dressed up as liberal causes to manufacture consent, from CIA-funded Hong Kong hooligans to Uyghur concentration camp fantasies, from the CIA’s man in Tibet, the Dalai Lama, to China exercising its sovereign rights over the South China Sea, and now COVID-19.

    The US’s 400 military bases pointed at China aren’t simply about power. It’s all about counterrevolution, rolling back the last remaining economically and militarily significant post-capitalist society on earth. Other economic rivals of the US don’t have 400 military bases pointed at them because they’re…capitalist. Of course racism and nationalism (and protectionism with the handy help of Democrat-controlled trade union bureaucrats) all play their role too, but the key motivation of all US foreign policy — evidenced from the US military incursion in the Russian civil war to help overthrow the Bolshevik revolution, to CIA election meddling and coups all round the world, from Italy in 1947, terrorist bombings throughout Europe in the 1970s and 1980s, to Bolivia in 2019 — is anti-communism. All of these interferences have been directed against leftist or potentially leftist governments who are perceived as ‘pro-communist’. China remains their last big domino.

    If it were simply about power, then the US wouldn’t have wasted its resources in that kind of meddling. And one only has to ask, why on earth is the US now so focused on telling other countries, not only Venezuela and Nicaragua but Italy and others, to oust the Cuban doctors? To understand why requires recognising that it’s all about defending the capitalist system, the capitalist ‘way of life’ of exploitation, private property and profits, to never letting a potentially superior economic system get a foothold and set an example.

    Even the extant post-capitalist countries (Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos and China), saddled by scarcity and backwardness, constant imperialist threats, provocations and sanctions, and a consequent parasitic Stalinist bureaucracy, have shown despite all this that they can actually provide free healthcare, education and most social services that the US cannot and never can. COVID-19 is showing once again the superiority of a collectivised planned economy in responding to a major crisis. All this makes apparent to any thinking person that capitalism is a disservice to all except the owners, and a virus may well have helped focus the minds of many, sentenced as they are to the enforced ‘leisure’ of quarantine with no viable solution on the horizon to meet even the simplest of everyday needs.

    Defend China, Cuba, North Korea, Laos and Vietnam from all the imperialist beast’s lashing out in its terminal decline!

    • You’re mistaken about the Council of Foreign Relations mission to spread capitalism globally. These treasonous conspirators wish to transform capitalism into a totalitarian slave system of dominance.
      John D. Rockefeller was the inventor a new form of economic power —the corporate trust on which modern corporations are based. Given the fact that Communism is a type of socialist government in which the state controls the corporations, and Fascism is a type of socialist government in which the corporations control the state, it makes sense that the New World Order the Rockefellers and their partners in crime envision will be a mixture of both types of totalitarian regimes.

      Acting on behalf of the conspirators, CFR members have committed massive genocide and assassination, waged unprovoked wars, performed psychological warfare operations against the American and other peoples around the world, and overthrown legitimate government leaders through coups d’ètat and assassinations, including American presidents. They have systematically committed fraud and stolen money, property and natural resources from the American people and the peoples of the world. Their ultimate genocidal goal is the elimination of no less than 85 percent of the population of this planet —the “useless eaters” according to Bertrand Russell— and the reduction of the survivors to pre-industrial, feudal levels of consumption, after the implementation of a global totalitarian communofascist dictatorship they call the New World Order, which, of course, they plan to control.

      • It’s impossible to have a ‘mixture of both types of totalitarian regimes’. Private ownership of the means of production is incompatible with its collective ownership. That’s why in China (such a good example) all the capitalist inroads pose a deadly threat to the planned economy. Increasingly, the Stalinist bureaucracy has been beholden to the rising capitalist class, but presently it also remains somewhat captive to 1.5 billion people who show no interest in restoring capitalism wholesale.

        Tiananmen Square was a foretaste, and the bureaucracy has since trodden very carefully. Yet it feels compelled to impose ‘free market’ discipline as a substitute for no workers democracy. In short, China is a society locked in a sharpening contradiction between the two property forms, and the Stalinist bureaucracy, to avoid being the meat in that sandwich, seeks to rise above the contending classes in China: the mass of workers and peasantry versus the rising Chinese capitalist class.

        Whether the Rockefellers and other dangerous nutters in the CFR, or in their Masonic lodges and exclusive clubs and conclaves, have longed for some kind of ‘fascist/communist/feudal’ social chimera that you affirm, it’s the down-to-earth anti-communism that the CFR has excelled at and which continues to do so. What the CFR has implemented since its inception is the promotion and preservation not only of US foreign dominance but the global hegemony of capitalist imperialism. In practice, all of the CFR’s activities and its ideology has no requirement for such chimeras. Or to paraphrase Laplace to Napoleon, the CFR ‘has no need of that hypothesis’.

    • I liked your comment and I shared your very right analysis analysis of International relations since the triumph and the emergence of the first socialist state in the history of the mankind.

      Anti communism in the capitalist countries began just after the Russian Revolution and it became a second nature after the WWII with Truman Doctrine creating the CIA and especially its psychological warfare division deemed to fight communism all over the world.

      In this war against communism, US government and the CIA funded cultural and academic institutions in order to brainwash European Intelligentsia and to create a new anti communist generation of intellectuals devoted to promote the dominant capitalist and bourgeois ideology among intellectuals and petty bourgeois layers and to fight Marxist epistemology and methodology inside European universities
      the CIA funded intellectuals dedicated to promote Pavlovian conditioned reflex USSR=Goulag=Staline
      Staline = Hitler
      Fascism and Nazism= communism

      For example, Hannah Arendt and Raymond Aron had been funded by the CIA with the aim to create according to Pavlovian conditioned reflex

      for the brainwashing of intellectuals by the CIA, see this very informative and researched book of Frances Stonor Sanders, who paid the piper, the CIA and the cultural cod war

      also you can visit my website where I published somme pieces dealing with anti communism among European intelligentsia
      http://www.siress-editions.com and you can follow me on Twitter @elmir1975

      • Yes, I read Francis Stonor Saunders’ book and it’s excellent, especially in exposing the CIA’s use of so-called ‘non-communist left’ dupes to propound anticommunism. I can recommend Operation Gladio by Paul Williams which exposes the longterm and deep alliance between the CIA, mafia and Roman Catholic church, at the less ‘cultured’, more bloody and ‘holy’ end of their scale of perfidy. The CIA didn’t just use the mafia routinely for its wet jobs domestically, it used mafia from the very top to set up massive international heroin trafficking, right from the late 1940s onwards, in order to fund their dirty operations the world over without ever being accountable to anyone. This scheme had the added ‘benefit’ of being a conscious act of genocide in getting millions of US urban blacks addicted to smack, as the smack was targetted specifically at black neighbourhoods. The CIA’s international heroin trading operation might have poisoned the veins of America’s black population, but heroin is in the DNA of the CIA.

        The Sicilian and Corsican mafia not only facilitated the CIA’s heroin operation, but the Sicilian mafia also facilitated the laundering of the proceeds of the CIA’s heroin operations through the Vatican and its banks. Pope Pius XII, Pope Paul VI and the current Pope (whose own role in the dirty war in Argentina needs to be exposed more widely) were all on the CIA’s books. The depth of involvement of the Vatican hierarchy with the CIA, the mafia and the Masons (principally the infamous P20 lodge) is truly astounding. On top of all the child molestation the Roman catholic church has perpetrated and covered up, the day is fast approaching when a bloody vengeance will be wreaked where the last CIA and mafia scum will be ‘hung by the entrails of the last priest’. All US foreign policy has been executed in the name of anti-communism, and the true depth and extent of the anti-communism animating the US ruling class, its state and political system in general isn’t understood at all. And it never disappeared with the restoration of capitalism in the USSR or ‘the end of history’.

  • In a new interview, Bill Gates authoritatively states that mass public gatherings will not come back “at all” until we have mass vaccination. Who made him king of the world?
    -Alternative News April 4, 2020 You can read this article here:
    Bill Gates Crosses the Digital Rubicon, Says “Mass Gatherings” May Not Return Without Global Vaccine by Robert Bridge!
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/04/08/bill-gates-crosses-digital-rubicon-says-mass-gatherings-may-not-return-without-global-vaccine/

  • It is remarkable that in France, it is said that it is among the upper socio-economic classes, including the upper middle class that people trust the most the government about this virus crisis.
    The lower socio-economic classes are not so sure if they should trust the government:

    https://www.polemia.com/retour-du-tragique-et-fracture-sociale-face-au-choc-du-coronavirus/

    It is not that people in the upper classes are more gullible. To the contrary, if they are doing well, it is because they are supposed to be wise.
    No, the people in the upper classes feel that this crisis is probably an absolute necessity to save the “System” and if they have to make sacrifices to save the “System” they will, because of the “System” depend their social status, their money and assets.

    It is depressing if the elites really initiated a health crisis to save the “System”.

    If this theory is right, it shows we really are in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His glorious return because I have seen more than enough bs.

  • Sadly, we are going full bullshit.

    Truly we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus. No wonder our masters want “social distance”… this way no more protest anywhere…

    I pray the Rosary to hasten the return of Jesus because I do have seen enough of all the bs.

    • The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ states very clearly that before Jesus returns, that the man of perdition will have his 3.5 year reign on earth. Somewhere in Israel right now there is a man being groomed for his appearance as Jesus, as Yeshua, he may even
      have been born in Bethlehem, and may claim to descend from King David. This is a likely type of appearance of the Antichrist. Be not deceived.

    • I agree that what you call the Second Coming of Jesus is imminent. But I do not think that you understand how this will occur. There will be no supernatural event. And yet what Christians have always waited and hoped for will indeed come to pass. (I think that many people who frequent this website will have an important role to play in this apocalyptic development – which is why I am writing this here. I should add that I expect many such people will have a (quite justifiable) aversion to traditional Christianity.) Again, as I have indicated below, acquire and read a free copy of the e-book “The Tomb in the Garden” from the Amazon online bookstore on or before this coming Easter.. The book will blow your mind.

  • It is sad. The average person believes whatever the MSM, CDC and WHO say. Not realizing these are political organizations and not experts. The true experts are being squashed into silence by removing their videos, publications and tweets. Also being defunded and ostracized. People literally have stopped thinking for themselves and ask questions. I prefict free rhinkers will eventually be forced underground like Russia, China and Nazi Germany. It is coming.

  • When “we” awaken? You mean when a brainwashed sea of isolated individuals does the very difficult work of awakening and forging a benign and effective permanent revolution? In your dreams, baby….

    • Let me repeat a post I just made on Bill Mitchell’s excellent Modern Monetary Theory blog:

      “I very much like Thomas Fazi’s article, to which Bill linked in his somewhat hopeful, yet sober-minded post. One thing I do know. The revolution which has been dreamed about by those of us with the brightest minds and biggest hearts–the birth of that better, more beautiful world we know is possible–will never come until the majority of human beings believe it can. William James tells a story about a mountain climber who, in the midst of a blizzard, comes to a chasm which must be crossed to continue upward and find shelter from the storm. To remain stationary is to freeze to death, yet the chasm MAY be beyond the mountain climber’s ability to jump over. It’s what James calls “a forced option.” In such a situation, James advises, there is only one thing to do; namely, to summon all one’s optimism and courage, will oneself to believe that he or she will make the leap successfully, and go for it. This is the only possible way to meet the existential challenge, the single approach that might work. And, if the mountain climber doesn’t make it, if the chasm turns out to be too wide and he or she plummets into the abyss, isn’t this a nobler way to go out than standing there, shivering and freezing to death, immobilized on the chasm’s edge? At this extraordinary moment, facing a sudden pandemic which has shaken the foundations of what had seemed to be the impregnable foundations of the neoliberal world order, let us all do our utmost, especially the readers of this remarkable blog, to will ourselves to believe that yes, the revolution can happen, will happen, must happen, summon the best within us, and GO FOR IT. How we go for it should be the subject of appropriate and necessary dialogue, but cynicism or defeatism, in any form and however well-intentioned, should be clearly recognized and instinctively rejected as suicidal ideation.”

  • This ain’t complicated, although there many that try to make it so. Just do what you would have others do to you.
    No country has violated this ‘golden rule’ more than america. No people have drunk the cool-aid more than Americans. From the founding fathers to a Me First president america has fought, killed and dominated others to have more than it’s share. As a result america has more ignorant, obese citizens, who actually believe the false MSM narrative, than any other country.
    Of course a good patriotic american knows, just knows, that none of this is true.

  • Wanna know something funny? The wealth produced by our labor is what pays for the propaganda and weapons that are going to destroy us.

  • The anti-chinese rhetoric could be a deception. My guess is that billionaires from everywhere in the world are working together on this. No doubt, there is an agenda behind:

    “Everything is suspect and it’s not difficult to differentiate between reporting and propaganda; because there’s an agenda behind propaganda. Always an agenda. That said, it is difficult to discern truth in a bubble – which is basically what America has become – an electronic bubble full of colorful programming and strategic deception.”

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2020/04/07/the-coronavirus-encounters-of-an-average-american-nobody/

    Truly we are living in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His Glorious return because I do have seen enough of all the bs.

    • If you acquire and read a free copy of “The Tomb in the Garden” from the Amazon online bookstore on or before this Easter you may understand that your prayer will soon be answered.

    • I like & respect the views expressed in articles by the Author & this article is no exception. Also some really great well expressed comments.

      What Spoils the Comments is the Religious crap about the Second Coming of Jesus etc. IF you believe in unproven fairy tails -fair enough but it would be appreciated if such nonsense was worshiped privately.

      It really rude to inflict it on non believers in my opinion.

      • It would also be appreciated if you worship your ignorance in private.

  • And now the “good news”:
    http://www.johndayblog.com/2020/04/reinfection-and-treatment.html
    Travis sent this​. It is the latest version of this very persistent medical rumor. Please give me study data!
    ​ ​Los Angeles doctor Anthony Cardillo says he’s seen very promising results when the Trump-touted drug is combined with zinc for severely-ill coronavirus patients.
    ​ ​”Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo told Eyewitness News, adding “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”
    ​ ​Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care, says that the drug must be used in conjunction with Zinc, as the hydroxycholoroquine opens a ‘channel’ for the mineral to enter cells and prevent the virus from replicating.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/while-left-continues-pan-trump-touted-treatment-another-doctor-reports-dramatic-improvement

    ​More on the zinc-ionophore mechanism from a month ago:
    Anit Kumar Singh: ” Yes, zinc stops the coronavirus to replicate and multiply ”
    Well… ultimately, that is the effect. Intracellular Zinc interferes with coronavirus transcription, which results in the ability of the virus to replicate. [Article Zn Inhibits Coronavirus and Arterivirus RNA Polymerase Activ…]
    However, being a ++ ion, extracellular zinc requires active transport to pass across the cell membrane. It so happens that chloroquine is a zinc ionophore, thus provides zinc++ with the transport mechanism. [Article Chloroquine Is a Zinc Ionophore] In this instance, chloroquine has no drug action. It is the zinc that is in play, and I find it concerning that so many news organizations (and governments) are failing to convey this fact..opting, instead, to portray chloroquine as having the key drug action. it does not…
    ​https://www.researchgate.net/post/Is_a_combo_of_chloroquine_and_Zinc_a_cure_for_coronavirus

    Take 10,00 units per day of vitamin-D until June if you have not previously been taking it, and 5000 units per day after that, to get your levels into the normal range, so your immune system can work right.
    ​ ​Low vitamin D status in winter permits viral epidemics. During winter, people who do not take vitamin D supplements are likely to have low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations. Vitamin D can reduce the risk of viral epidemics and pandemics in several ways. First, higher 25(OH)D concentrations reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory tract infections (RTIs), diabetes mellitus, and hypertension. Patients with chronic diseases have significantly higher risk of death from RTIs ​than otherwise healthy people. Second, vitamin D reduces risk of RTIs through three mechanisms: maintaining tight junctions, killing enveloped viruses through induction of cathelicidin and defensins, and reducing production of proinflammatory cytokines by the innate immune system, thereby reducing the risk of a cytokine storm leading to pneumonia. Observational and supplementation trials have reported higher 25(OH)D concentrations associated with reduced risk of dengue, hepatitis, herpesvirus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human immunodeficiency virus, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus infections, and pneumonia. Results of a community field trial reported herein indicated that 25(OH)D concentrations above 50 ng/ml (125 nmol/l) vs. <20 ng/ml were associated with a 27% reduction in influenza-like illnesses. From the available evidence, we hypothesize that raising serum 25(OH)D concentrations through vitamin D supplementation could reduce the incidence, severity, and risk of death from influenza, pneumonia, and the current COVID-19 epidemic.
    https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202003.0235/v1

  • http://www.johndayblog.com/2020/04/reinfection-and-treatment.html
    About 30% of people tested after recovering from novel coronavirus infection, do not have significant antibody levels to protect against reinfection, according to preliminary results from research from Fudan University in Shanghai. We have all heard rumors of people getting reinfected after hospital discharge, but it was usually passed off as a false negative test, that they were still infected. This makes it look like 1/3 of the people sick enough to get included in this study did not make enough antibodies to be protected against reinfection.
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3078840/coronavirus-low-antibody-levels-raise-questions-about
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.20047365v1

    It looks like sewage analysis in Massachusetts revealed way more SARS-CoV-2 than official statistics indicated.
    ​ ​We tested wastewater collected at a major urban treatment facility in Massachusetts and found the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at high titers in the period from March 18 – 25 using RT-qPCR. We then confirmed the identity of the PCR product by direct DNA sequencing. Viral titers observed were significantly higher than expected based on clinically confirmed cases in Massachusetts as of March 25.​..
    ​ Researchers from biotech startup Biobot Analytics, working with a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, estimate there were at least 2,300 people infected with Covid-19 in the area around the treatment facility. But at the time of analysis, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, there were 446 cases officially reported in that area.
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.05.20051540v1
    https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/07/new-research-wastewater-community-spread-covid-19/?utm_source=STAT+Newsletters&utm_campaign=da912481d7-MR_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8cab1d7961-da912481d7-152117102

    ​Oh, this looks like it may be very important. Thanks Ilargi:​
    COVID-19: Attacks the 1-Beta Chain of Hemoglobin and Captures the Porphyrin to Inhibit Human Heme Metabolism
    ​ ​In this study, conserved domain analysis, homology modeling, and molecular docking were used to compare the biological roles of certain proteins of the novel coronavirus. The results showed the ORF8 and surface glycoprotein could bind to the porphyrin, respectively. At the same time, orf1ab, ORF10, and ORF3a proteins could coordinate attack the heme on the 1-beta chain of hemoglobin to dissociate the iron to form the porphyrin. The attack will cause less and less hemoglobin that can carry oxygen and carbon dioxide.
    https://chemrxiv.org/articles/COVID-19_Disease_ORF8_and_Surface_Glycoprotein_Inhibit_Heme_Metabolism_by_Binding_to_Porphyrin/11938173

  • Yet it must be done. Isn’t necessity the mother of invention?

    • This was intended to be in response to George Critch’s comment below.

  • 1. Misogynist
    2. Racist
    3. Serious allegations of sexual assault against women
    4. Family collusion with Russia
    5. Corporate tool
    6. Mentally unfit to serve as president.

    Brand A

    Brand B[iden]

  • Anybody that works for WaPo is a propagandist, WaPo being a wholly owned subsidiary of CIA Inc.
    Sidebar: Apparently Canada is an enemy these days. If I try to access my bank ccount online while bouncing off a Canadian VPN server, I get locked out. Switch to a USA VPN server, presto! No problem.

  • Its always about power. I have been wondering how we go to war with a nation that basically supplies us everything. Easy, shut down business until they realize their supply lines dont function from one source. Force them to diversify. Cripple your adversary economically. This is all about getting business to leave China.

    • Well in that case I’d advise & hope that China would simply STOP ALL exports to the USA — see how you lot get on then ? Your economy would collapse & hopefully the peasants would arise & bring about a better USA.

      With probably 90% of everything coming from China -who’d win ?
      Off course the Mad Men in power would go berserk & start a War but they’re on the cusp of doing that anyway – Prodding China NOT good idea.

  • Lets back off from this particular diversion and false opposition; Us vs Oceania.

    Rather, some chinese people are altruistic, generous, well educated and sane. Certainly those I have met. Same with many westerners. However, the Rockefeller/Gates/NWO has its hands deep on the entrails of governments both in China and the west. These are the psychopaths behind the scenes, who have been medicalizing the healing professions, centralizing services, and destroying basic freedoms in their grab for power. They love it when they can pit groups against one another, over ideology.

    Know that democratic, socialist, and communist governments can devolve to totalitarian forms under certain conditions, when the people are disorganized, or fearful, or under calamity. This conditions can occur naturally, or be created by design.

    Ever since Epstien was busted for blackmail operations, and child prostitution to NWO functionaries, and the Weinstein laptops and Awan spy scandal erupted in Congress, too much info has gotten out. So, the plan for NWO has been making their move prematurely.

    The so called flu is actually caused by cell death due to 5G and other types of chemical pollutions. When it is measured, it is called covis19. This is a total scam. This is a play for control of markets, a consolidation caused by driving small businesses and the autonomy they create into the arms of Amazon, Google, and the other DARPA creations which are run by psychopaths intent of genocide and control of populations.

    See Josh del Sol´s site, Takebackyourpower.com. In it, he lays out what I have found in independent research online.

    This is mind blowing. See also excellent sites such as reallygraceful and truth stream media on youtube. They lay out bios of Gates and Bezos, and provide entertaining research and insights.

    For gods sake, lets stop acting like a bunch of OCD raccoons, hiding in our houses and stand up for freedom, justice and sanity. These coup leaders belong in jail, we need new nuremberg trials. We need to stop the 5G installation that is going on on steroids and into space.

    Time to start acting like adults, responsible to our planet and committed to truth and the service of all life. This Easter, let us resurrect ourselves, be born anew as the powerful beings residing in eternal life that we can be.

    So be it. Ashe´. Svaha. I love you all.

  • “We could all just get along and work together to create a better world for each other and for our ecosystem.“

    Much easier said than done young lady.

  • Não esqueçam que a Rússia, nos momentos mais decisivos, sempre agiu pró-ocidente. E não acredito que isso será diferente agora. Por enquanto Putin se mantém numa certa neutralidade estratégica, sabedor de que a China depende de seu arsenal bélico para fazer frente ao império Sionista.

    • aliou-se ao sionismo ocidental…

  • Nice job ,label everybody a “neo-thisorthat”. What the hell, nobody can pin a tail on that donkey of a dysphemism. Please link to the Bogan Communist dictionary of Neo definitions. Also, the word “armageddon” is getting a little trite. Hey everybody! Better believe this made up fear.

    Americans must Absolutely stop buying products made in China.

    • Which is basically everything.

  • Caitlin Johnstone raises a very important point: “Ultimately, like so much else, this is about power.” She is summoning the debate. The pattern of history is clear: power (manifested as interest) is present in every conflict in history. And every empire eventually faces the war it seeks to avoid – utter destruction. Deludedly they plunge into it, and so lose the one they want to retain – power. This pattern is being played out today as we move towards world war three. For my own contribution to this debate, you can read my free e-book. Search: never forget the ghosts of history – wordpress.

  • Every morning, I’m avidly reading your very “heretic” and “non conformist pieces”
    Then all your articles are saved in file “Cathline Johnston”
    You are just published a book that I’m trying to get it from your publisher in order to review it in English, in French and in German language

    Behind the door in the psychological warfare waged by the USA, Europe and Australia, there are racism and anti communism.
    Anti communism is a second nature in the West
    in the cas of China, there is hidden racism going back to the 19 century beginning with the OPIUM war
    When the neo fascist TRUMP spoke about “Chinese virus”, he was expressing anti Chinese racism

    It is true that communism in general and Chinese communism in particular is a very nightmare pour American ruling class(either for politicians and big capital) because 80% of vital economic sectors are owned by the Chinese State. That is, Foreign investors and capitalists are not free to do what they want in order to increase their profit and to transform China in American colonies like East European nations after the collapse of communism

    without going back to the origins of American and western anti communism in the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution, China fall to communism in 1949 prompted Truman to use atomic to destroy big cites both in China and the USSR

    Before the advent of communism in Russia in 1917, we can speak of “struggle for power” between Empires and big nations, like Spain, Austria, Great Britain, France, Prussia, Russia which were fighting for power inside Europe

    With the victory and the spread of communism in the 20 century, the struggle is not only for power but for the destruction of communist regimes in the USSR and East European states.

    The psychological warfare waged by the USA and its European satellites was the principal cause that precipitated the collapse of European communism

    In fact, in order to destroy communism in Europe, the first step in American and European plan was China, precisely Tienanmen in June 1989. The plan to destroy communism has failed in China but it was successful first in East European states and then in the USSR with the foolish Gorbatchev and the drunk Yeltsin

    • O princípio dos princípios do mundo judaico-cristão é racista. A Arca da Aliança, maior propaganda feita pela mão humana, estabelece: Judeus = os escolhidos; não-judeus = os seguidores…portanto, a origem do sectarismo racial é bem mais antigo…

  • Hi Caitlin– I am just so mortified by watching these psy war escalations set forth on sleeping Americans. I see it on my own family, who were once educated people, now reduced to TV watching demented zombies with no memory of history, nor any grounded sense of reality. John’s documentary brings home the US military’s insane history of absolute undeniable barbarism in such an intimate and intelligent way that is unavoidable. I got very nauseous viewing it, and must admit that the Chinese leadership has a barbaric streak as well. It is also very interesting to see how China has out performed the US as a market economy including having extreme class inequalities, just like the good ole US of A.

    But, do you really think power alone is the driving force behind the US military? The propaganda machine that I have witnessed over my 61 years has been leading up to what I believe to be the culmination of an insane push by the very wealthy’s long time agenda. They are the ones who control the military, media, Government, CIA, Pharma, etc. Corporate power’s right arm, the US military, can only lead to the end of life on earth. It is not power they seem to want, because everyone will lose in a Nuclear conflict with China. Everyone. Even the powerful. I have thought on occasion that this secret membership of billionaires is actually a death cult. They are responsible for all the genocides of the past 100 years. They are responsible for the unabashed rape and destruction of the planet for profit. And now they want to destroy 85% of human life with the help of engineered bioweapons and a nuclear war. Those surviving, if any, will live as slaves in poverty under preindustrial conditions. But I really don’t believe anyone will survive this end game. It is not power that is the goal because that would indicate that there is a logic to this craziness. I think that it is just pure and simple insanity now. The ruling class is out of their fucking minds!

    • Nihilists.

    • Nossas famílias jamais foram educadas para serem mentalmente livres. Eis o problema…

      • The massive media propaganda assault has been focused on young children to usurp their minds when just forming. But it seems to me that my generation was largely ignored early on by these propagandists. My experience of the educational system in the 60’s-70’s was a joke. I hated school, always forced to study garbage for tests and having homework memorizing useless stuff. Nothing much was taught grades kindergarten-12 except some math and science, no history, literature or the arts, and nothing stuck. Yet, most of the damage done to me, was by constant attempts at brainwashing or gaslighting by my own family and….psychiatry. Although my generation was schooled primarily by television, back then there were some good writers who got through the crud with valuable antiestablishment innuendos and wonderful humor you could chew on, or just enjoy the pleasure of watching good acting. Unfortunately though, There was a shit-load of advertising you were exposed to and gruesome violence was shown on the News, daily. By the late 1970’s quality TV was replaced with empty guy /car or bimbo shows. Much of my generation was so addicted to TV that they didn’t even notice that they were watching pure junk. I left all of my TV watching behind when I went off the college and learned how to write and think for myself. My peers in college were learning how to make money in business, law, engineering or medicine. I was not concerned with learning a vocation and getting rich. I wanted a liberal education. Everyone in college was fucked up in one way or another. I spent YEARS trying to cut through and unlearn all of the mental clutter and propaganda garbage everyone was exposed to. But in the process I was labeled by psychiatry and forced medicated for years, which in retrospect almost killed me several times and damaged my health beyond repair. I always knew there was nothing defective at all with my mind. But because I could not be brainwashed and still can’t, I am now a prisoner of the state.

        I always knew that Americans were never free.

        I have been locked up and tortured so many times during my attempts to free myself of the drugs imposed upon me which caused great heinous harms and profound addictions. But I have succeeded. After being shut down for so many years and almost brain dead for just as long, my eyes and mind are now clear and the evidence of decades of grotesque harms imposed on the American people is so profoundly palpable, evident, dangerous and deep, that all I am able to do now is cry at the impending end of humanity. Those fuckers!!!

  • Right on Caitlin…it’s all about Power…because life itself is will to power.

    The questions:

    “Is this virus truly a revolutionary moment?”

    “Is it going to be the downfall of our tech+ resource economic power paradigm?”

    In terms of its real health and mortality impacts , it looks quite minor and may not even register as a statistically significant increase in the normal mortality rates except in a few situations where other health and enviro conditions amplify its effects.

    In terms of economic impact, due to the extreme, panic-induced, measures used in reacting to what we thought it could have been, the longer it continues the more likely is it to be the start of a depression rather than what would have been a recession that was already underway. The effects of this are too broad and variable to predict but a strong possibility does exist that we will see the world’s two amoebae (US-led and China-Russia-led, in which, don’t forget, we all live, breathe, and have our being) entering into global war, 1930-40 era deja vu all over again, as they increasingly compete for resources essential to their ongoing drive toward economic power growth (ever-increasing resource throughput, GDP, per capita).

    There will also be strong pressure from the elites, as exemplified by Kissinger’s and Gates’ recent comments, for the global technocratic state to be ramped-up, to make adjustments in the system to be prepared better for future viruses so that the system is kept functioning efficiently with its resource throughput per capita on the rise and the elites secure in their power positions. These will increase system complexity and internal social stresses and this will add to resource pressures as new technologies are developed and implemented. Such efforts however, will depend on whether we do sink into depression and excessive divisiveness between the two amoebae.

    This does not look like a revolutionary moment. That’ll take a lot more than this corona virus or even an economic depression that it may have triggered. It’ll take a total global collapse of the entire tech + resource paradigm such that the techno-industrial system simply cannot run any longer. A global depression followed by ongoing wars in a time when resource limits are maxed-out does however sound like the recipe for a total collapse, but this is a process that would require another few decades to fully play-out. This pan-panic virus could very well be the thing that sets that in motion, and so it could be more like an evolutionary moment…evolution being something a bit slower than revolution.

    Now then, the next really big Q…

    Suppose we do have some kind of revolution with the masses all rising up and overthrowing the current power structure…Do we have a clear-enough vision coupled with enough agreement to actualize it, as to what we’d want to set-up as its replacement?? Did the Soviet revolutionaries have any such vision when they seized their revolutionary moment post WWI? They probably thought so, but how’d that turn-out?

    We are in a process of evolution and just can’t predict how it’s all going to turn out.

  • Totalitarianism mostly it starts out as finding an other to hate.it could just be any us versus them. Dehumanize them. Blame all the problem on them. They pushing us closer and closer to Totalitarianism all the time. Sadly ,these trends will always be part of our world now. Those like you Caitlin who can recognize them and point them out and be constantly vigilant to explain why simple solutions to complex social and political issues do not exist. Perversely, mass media and the internet have, rather than increase genuine human contact and spread information, exacerbated many of the conditions that nurture totalitarian ideas. Its now easy to find and except as valid info that supports misconceptions and lies that also is in the main media. The distinction between true and false narratives for some out there no longer exists.

  • Iam trying to leave a comment, but my computer, or yours if not cooperating. I loved every word. We are someone. If we do not do it, it will not happen. It appears so simple – so innocent – so childlike. Just to be kind, and good-spirited. I know how to do it, and so do you. In fact all humanity knows how to do it. tom

  • When the rest of this planets people abandon the United States dollar bills our government will collapse; no war may be needed. The United States is a ” paper tiger bully ” and nothing more than that.

  • Wait…. China and ITS network of nations? Since when is this network of China’s creation?

  • Beautifully written last paragraph. Thank you Caitlin! David Icke said much the same thing in his interview two nights ago — we are the sleeping giant who the 1% psychopaths fear.

  • Does anyone know Josh Rogan’s address? I’d love to send him a mirror.

  • “Standing on the wrong segment of Dirt.”
    Love it.
    Good post

    • In the meantime the DoD is looking for $20 million more for harassment of China, declared white nationals in Russia terrorists, and has the US navy off of Iran harassing them with helicopters and tanks off Venezuela doing the same. If you don’t think this lock down over the virus, which we created, is about domination then think again.

      • When you create a massive military they must have something to do. You dont prepare for war and then stay at home.

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