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    Vinay Prasad MD MPH, an associate professor at the University of California San Francisco is one of many experts in the field during this pandemic who has been criticizing Facebook fact-checkers.

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    Do we live in a time where there is a "ministry of truth" literally controlling the thoughts and perceptions of people not only with regards to the pandemic, but other things as well? How long has this been happening?

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Like 9/11, covid has served as a catalyst for a large shift in human consciousness. It’s served as a trigger for people to change the way we look at our world, perceive our world, and ask important questions like why do we live the way we do? Do government agencies really have the best interests of the people at heart when making decisions and/or recommendations, or are they serving other interests that seek to benefit off of human beings? Many questions, thoughts and ideas that were once deemed a “conspiracy theory” are now starting to be taken seriously, asking these questions is no longer taboo but rather a necessity, and it’s all happening because again, human consciousness is shifting.

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During this pandemic, we’ve seen an unprecedented amount of experts in the field provide information, evidence and opinions that completely contradict what we are and have been receiving from government health agencies as well as mainstream media. The only issue is that these concerns have been heavily censored by social media companies as well as Google. For the average mainstream media news watcher, they are impossible to find unless you’re really passionate about digging for information. When information that “goes against the grain” does seem to get traction, it’s then subjected to a massive ridicule campaign by mainstream media and big tech “fact-checkers.”

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This type of censorship alone has created an “awakening” among the general population, as many people have become quite aware of it, especially a large part of the scientific community.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. Covid-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic had revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency- a time when it is even more important to safeguard science. –  Dr. Kamran Abbasi, recent executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal, editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and a consultant editor for PLOS Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open.

The latest example I came across comes from Vinay Prasad MD MPH, an associate professor at the University of California San Francisco.

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He has been quite outspoken on his twitter lately about big tech censorship, and again, he is one of many in the field doing so. A few of his latest tweets read, “If you can’t see that stamping articles as misleading or false on the world’s largest media platform is different than writing a rebuttal, maybe you shouldn’t be in charge of that stamp.”

Another one states, “Turning science into politics, and censoring people who disagree with you when there is residual uncertainty will leave us weak and vulnerable for the next crisis that requires coordination between science and policy.”

He recently published an article in MEDPAGE TODAY titled titled “Facebook: A Worthy Judge of of Medical Info?” It’s a follow up to one he wrote back in November when he expressed,

Over the last few months, I have seen academic articles and op-eds by professors retracted or labeled “fake news” by social media platforms. Often, no explanation is provided. I am concerned about this heavy-handedness and, at times, outright censorship. – Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH (source)

In his most recent article, he criticizes Facebook “Fact-Checkers,” taking aim at Health Feedback regarding a recent “fact check” of  a Wall Street Journal opinion article by Marty Makary, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins professor and editor-in-chief at MedPage Today,

How does this third-party fact-checking system work? Does it solicit reviews from the top academics in a field or discipline? Why is it targeting an op-ed? As I researched this piece, I discovered that the process is obscure. However, what was clear is who the reviewers are.

They are disproportionately academics on Twitter who have mega-follower counts. They mostly have similar worldviews, and advertise those views on Twitter. In a different case, a reviewer already tweeted criticism of the article before being selected as a “fact-checker.” This isn’t an independent or fair process — it is cherry picking criticism from Twitter celebrities in order to extinguish dissenting opinions.

Of the 19 fact-checkers selected since the start of COVID-19, 15 (79%) have active Twitter accounts. These folks are followed by an average of 42,000 followers (median 10,000). Four of the fact-checkers have served on more than one occasion.

Let’s compare the COVID-19 reviewers against pre-COVID-19 fact-checkers and academics in general. Among the 10 fact-checkers for three reviews on HealthFeedback.org prior to COVID-19, there were no repeating reviewers. Half were on Twitter and their average follower count was 442 (median 130).

To compare these rates against average academics, I visited the Johns Hopkins University Department of Epidemiology faculty listing. I picked 10 academics and searched for their Twitter accounts. Just three of the 10 had Twitter accounts with an average following of 800 (median 120).

This should come as no surprise: the average scientist is not on Twitter, including many of the best and brightest. Yet, for pandemic fact-checking, HealthFeedback.org seems to choose from Twitter celebrities who average 40,000 followers.

The independent fact-checkers used by this website appear to be far more active than the average epidemiology faculty member on Twitter. Several have stated their thoughts on COVID-19 policy and support for continued restrictions, while Makary is suggesting we should begin planning to loosen restrictions.

No matter how anyone feels about who is right — is this a fair process? They are reviewing an opinion article using scientists who are disproportionately on a website that allows them to advertise their opinion in advance. I promise you, I can search Twitter and find three people who will review Makary positively and three who will review him negatively, just by pursuing one’s past tweets.

Put together, the fact-checking is suspect. It appears to be a website with its own policy ideas about COVID-19, which is selecting academics who are popular on Twitter, and have declared a point of view — and gives them the chance to extinguish ideas that oppose their own.

It feels like a high school clique. These are the popular kids. They are using their position to label views they disagree with as “misleading.”

Scientists fact-checking fact checkers has been happening since the. beginning of this pandemic. For example,  A study recently published in Global Advances In Health & Medicine titled “Ascorbate as Prophylaxis and Therapy for COVID-19—Update From Shanghai and U.S. Medical Institutions outlines just how effective vitamin C has been for viral infections. Information regarding intravenous vitamin C and how it was tremendously effective in Wuhan for treating moderate to severe covid patients went viral, including the news that hospitals were recommending and requiring their staff to take it. Fact checkers claimed this was false.

One of the authors of the paper quite early on in this pandemic also had a message for fact-checkers via his YouTube Channel:

I was made aware that FB Fact Check claims “Shanghai did not officially recommend high-dose IVC for the treatment of Covid-19” (left on the above photo). Let me make it clear that not only Shanghai, but also Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, another major city in China, publicly endorsed high-dose IVC for the treatment of Covid-19. Those who does Fact Check, please be more careful.

Fact checkers trying to control the perception of information coming out that threatens government/corporate agendas, profit or power seems to be a common theme .

Final Thoughts: “Fact-Checking” is something Collective Evolution has experienced for quite some time, and from our perspective it’s nothing short of perception manipulation and control. It’s not about a healthy debate, it’s simply labelling something as false, regardless of the fact that it may not be false at all, in order to shift the perception of those who may come across the article.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of “false” information out there as well no doubt, which gives these fact checkers more credibility and makes their job quite easy.

What’s not mentioned in Prasad’s article is, not only do they label something as “false” when it’s not false, the content in question is then hidden from Google searches, and the Facebook pages who post the content, for example, see their reach, distribution and revenue cut. What we have here is, as I’ve said many times before, a digital authoritarian Orwellian “Fact-Checker” patrolling the internet telling people what is and what isn’t. Should people not have the right to examine information openly and transparently and determine for themselves what is and what isn’t?

This is why we created CETV.

The number of scientists, doctors and journalists who are speaking up about this, and who are experiencing it is truly unprecedented. Any information, again, that opposes government recommendations is censored. Some of the latest examples would be the fact that various publications are showing that lockdown measures have no impact on the spread of covid and are going to be responsible for more deaths than covid itself. Another would be the fact that not all deaths attributed to covid have been a result of covid, or the fact many scientists are raising concerns with PCR testing and false positives.

The point is, we should be able to have conversations, and information should be shared openly and freely without being subjected to such heavy censorship, and thus silencing any type of debate. It’s great to see that issues with this type of censorship are going “mainstream.” Again, it’s one of many examples showing how covid has been, and will continue to be a catalyst for a shift in human consciousness, where people are able to see aspects about our current human experience that were once not visible to them.

In my opinion, global ‘chaos’ is happening in response to an emerging consciousness within us that no longer resonates with the society we have created. The ‘chaos’ inspires us to let go of many of the current systems we have in place that were created from a way of thinking and being we simply don’t connect with any longer. More than ever, people are feeling the urge to imagine and create new systems and structures in our society that better match this emerging level of consciousness.

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Dr Byram Bridle Speaks For 100 Colleagues Afraid To Share Science About COVID Vaccine Concerns

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    Dr Byram Bridle and two other physicians spoke at a news conference on Parliament Hill about their experience being censored or harassed as a result of sharing their medical opinions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Do we as citizens truly want our scientists and physicians to be silenced and censored?

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Why are scientists and experts in this field scared to share concerning science regarding COVID vaccines? Just ask Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist from the University of Guelph who recently released a detailed, in-depth report regarding safety concerns about the COVID vaccines. The report was released to act as a guide for parents when it comes to deciding whether or not their child should be vaccinated against COVID-19. Bridle published the paper on behalf of one hundred other scientists and doctors who part of the Canadian COVID Care Alliance, but who are afraid to ‘come out’ publicly and share their concerns.

Bridle has stated about the Alliance,

In fact the reason that we (Canadian COVID Care Alliance) exist is sad. We exist because we’re like minded in the sense that we all want to be able to speak openly and freely about the scientist and medicine underpinning COVID-19, and we don’t feel safe to do it  anywhere else other than within our own private group, where we feel safe.

Below is our detailed report on the news conference held on Parliament Hill on June 17th, 2021. It was organized by Canadian MP Derek Sloan who has received hundreds of concerned communications from Canadian citizens about the censorship of scientists. Bridle and two other physicians spoke at the conference.

A recent article published in the British Medical Journal by journalist Laurie Clarke has highlighted the fact that Facebook has already removed at least 16 million pieces of content from its platform and added warnings to approximately 167 million others. YouTube has removed nearly 1 million videos related to, according to them, “dangerous or misleading covid-19 medical information.”

The more important questions to ask are: who is deciding what’s misleading? Who decides what’s false?

Some of the most renowned scientists and expert in this field have been subjected to this “fact-checking,” and they’ve been outspoken about how much of this fact-checking is flat out censorship. You decide.

To note: HealthFeedback.org, a fact checker, has attempted to refute some of Bridle’s claims. You can read more about them here.

 

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Study Finds Many Uninfected Adults Still Have Strong Pre-Existing Antibody Protection Against COVID

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    A study published in March 2021 suggests that the majority of healthy adults in British Columbia, Canada, have immunity from COVID-19 despite the fact that some of them have never been infected with it.

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    Why has the power of naturally acquired immunity not been recognized and focused on more deeply? Why is the only focus on vaccination?

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A study published in March 2021 suggested that  the majority of healthy Adults in British Columbia have evidence of pre-existing or naturally acquired immunity to COVID-19.  They found this to be the case even in individuals who haven’t been infected, and could be explained by the fact that coronaviruses that already circle the globe, prior to COVID-19, may provide protection from the novel virus.  They explain,

There are 4 circulating coronaviruses predating COVID-19 that cause up to 30% of seasonal upper respiratory tract infections (8). The spike proteins of β-coronaviruses HKU1 and OC43 exhibit approximately 40% sequence similarity, whereas the α-coronaviruses NL63 and 229E exhibit approximately 30% structural similarity with SARS-CoV-2 (9). The common occurrence of circulating coronaviruses year after year and their structural similarity with SARS-CoV-2 raises the possibility that the former may stimulate cross-reactive responses toward SARS-CoV-2 and that this heterotopic immunity may impact clinical susceptibility to COVID-19 and/or modulate responses to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (10, 11)….In conclusion, this study reveals common preexisting, broadly reactive SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in uninfected adults. These findings warrant larger studies to understand how these antibodies affect the severity of COVID-19, as well as the quality and longevity of responses to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

We are living in a world where anything “natural” seems to be shunned by a large portion of the medical community, and defined as “pseudoscientific”, when in fact, research suggests the opposite.

Natural immunity is quite robust. Dr. Suneel Dhang, an internal medical physician in the United States explains,

I’m not aware of any vaccine out there which will ever give you more immunity than if you’re naturally recovered from the illness itself…If you’ve naturally recovered from it, my understanding as a doctor level scientist is that those antibodies will always be better than a vaccine, and if you know any differently, please let me know.

A number of studies have now been published demonstrating that infection from COVID will provide a person with long lasting antibodies. Several studies have demonstrated that individuals with prior infection not only have these antibodies, but that they also developed robust levels of B cells and T cells (necessary for fighting off the virus) and these cells may persist in the body for a very long time. How long? It could be decades, or even a lifetime.

Individuals with infection from SARS, for example, still have a robust level of antibodies nearly two decades later. Research has also found that even a mild COVID infection can provide very strong protection that could last a lifetime.

Last fall there were reports that antibodies wane quickly after infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, and mainstream media interpreted that to mean that immunity was not long-lived. But that’s a misrepresentation of the data. It’s normal for antibody levels to go down after acute infection, but they don’t go down to zero; they plateau. Here, we found antibody-producing cells in people 11 months after first symptoms. These cells will live and produce antibodies for the rest of people’s lives. That’s strong evidence for long-lasting immunity. –  Ali Ellebedy, PhD, associate professor of pathology & immunology, of medicine and micro-biology. (source)

This science and research completely opposes what we were hearing early on in the pandemic, that prior infection, and infection from other coronaviruses may only provide protection for a few months or even a couple of years. It turns out that it’s probably a lot longer.

When infected with SARS-CoV-2, most people clear this virus from their body by mounting a robust, long-lasting immune response that targets multiple components of the virus1. These people will be protected from re-infection with the same variant of SARS-CoV-2 and, due to the breadth of a natural immune response, will also likely have some degree of protection against emerging new variants of SARS-CoV-2. Indeed, most people who have naturally acquired immunity should not be at risk of developing severe disease. – Dr. Byram Bridle, Viral Immunologist, University of Guelph. (source)

How does this compare to vaccine induced immunity? We don’t know as there is not enough data to say yet.

Dr. Ozlem Tureci, co-founder and CMO of BioNTech, the company that developed a COVID vaccine with Pfizer told CNBC that people will likely need a third shot of its two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. She also believes people will need one every year. Judging by this belief, vaccine induced immunity will continually wane and those who choose to go the vaccine route may have to continue with inoculations.

The scientific consensus of the number of people infected around the world is well over what testing has claimed. Currently, we’re nearly at 200,000,000 cases, but that number is most likely well over a billion globally. This is why the survival rate for healthy people under the age of 60 is nearly one hundred percent.

These infection numbers are important because it represents a globe closing in on herd immunity. My question is, what effect does the vaccine have on those who have already had an infection? What does this do to natural protection one gets from infection?

Another important question to ask is, why has the topic of naturally acquired immunity been given absolutely zero attention within the mainstream? Why are they pushing the idea that we can’t go back to completely normal until every single person has had a vaccine if that doesn’t match what the science is saying?

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Pfizer & Moderna Fail To Respond To British Medical Journal About COVID Vaccine Safety Concerns

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    Associate Editor of the British Medical Journal Dr. Peter Doshi explains that both Pfizer and Moderna did not respond to questions about why bio-distribution studies were not conducted prior to the rollout of their COVID vaccines.

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    Are these vaccines actually safe and effective? Why are so many people within the mainstream completely unaware of certain safety concerns and issues being raised with COVID vaccines?

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An article published in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Peter Doshi titled “Covid-19 Vaccines: In The Rush for Regulatory Approval, Do We Need More Data?” raises concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and one of them is the bio-distribution of the vaccine.  This refers to the examination and study of where the vaccine and its ingredients go once injected into the body. Having sped up the approval process of these vaccines, it has been claimed that no compromises in the process of examining their safety were made. But the fact that no study for tracking the distribution of the vaccine within the human body was conducted for any of the authorized vaccines, we cannot say this is true.

Dr. Doshi points out that such bio-distribution studies are a standard practice of drug safety testing but “are usually not required for vaccines.” This in itself is concerning. Research regarding the bio-distribution of aluminum containing vaccines, for example, have raised concerns about injected aluminum crossing the blood brain barrier and being distributed throughout the body where it can be detected years after injection. This is important, because vaccines are a different method of delivery than say, ingested aluminum, which the body does a great job of getting rid of through digestion.

Bio-distribution studies weren’t performed for COVID vaccines because data from past studies performed with related, and “mostly unapproved compounds that use the same platform technology” were used to bypass them.

Dr. Doshi points out that,

“Pfizer and Moderna did not respond to The BMJ’s questions regarding why no biodistribution studies were conducted on their novel mRNA products, and none of the companies, nor the FDA, would say whether new biodistribution studies will be required prior to licensure.”

In his article, Dr. Doshi also references a report that Pfizer provided to the Japanese government. In the report there is a table containing lipid nanoparticle bio-distribution data.

This table shows where their surrogate “vaccine” (i.e. represented in the laboratory test by little bubbles of surrogate fat containing an analytical detection marker) ended up in the body of immunized rats, used in the laboratory as surrogates for humans…I would like to highlight some observations. First…a lot of the surrogate vaccine dose remained at the injection site, as one would expect. Remarkably, however, most of the vaccine dose had gone elsewhere….50-75% of the vaccine dose failed to remain at the site of injection. The big question is, where did it go? Looking at the other tissues shows some of the paces it went and accumulated…The surrogate vaccine was circulating in the blood. There is also evidence that a substantial amount of the vaccine went to places like the spleen, liver, ovaries, adrenal glands, and bone marrow. The vaccine went to other places as well, such as testes, lungs, intestines, kidneys, thyroid glands, pituitary gland, uterus, etc. The surrogate vaccine tested in a laboratory setting was widely distributed throughout the laboratory animal’s bodies. – Dr. Byram W. Bridle, Viral Immunologist, University of Guelph.

The above quote comes from a detailed report Bridle recently released for COVID-19: “A Vaccine Guide For Parents.” One of his main concerns is that the spike protein that our cells manufacture after injection enter into the bloodstream, and that the spike protein itself isn’t harmless. He goes into a detailed explanation in the report cited above.

According to him,

This information is incredibly important because recent data have come to light that the spike protein is “biologically active.” This means that the spike protein is not just an antigen that is recognized the immune system as being foreign. It means that the spike protein, itself, can interact with receptors throughout the body, called ACE2 receptors, potentially causing undesirable effects such as damage to the heart and cardiovascular system, blood clots, bleeding, and neurological effects.

Again, the report is quite detailed and you can access it here if you’re interested. Bridle is not the only one raising these concerns. He, like many other professionals out there, have been subjected to “fact checking” via Facebook third party fact checkers. Here’s a response from PolitiFact regarding Bridle’s claims and the science he points to.

PolitiFact claims that there is no evidence that the spike protein is ‘a toxin.’ They cite opinions from the CDC and other researchers claiming that no evidence has yet emerged stating the spike protein is dangerous. But they are not actually addressing the cited science Bridle is pointing to, they are merely saying everything he is saying is wrong.

This type of baseless ‘fact checking’ has been a problem during the entire pandemic. A recent article published in the British Medical Journal by journalist Laurie Clarke has highlighted the fact that Facebook has already removed at least 16 million pieces of content from its platform and added warnings to approximately 167 million others. YouTube has removed nearly 1 million videos related to, according to them, “dangerous or misleading covid-19 medical information.”

The article explains why fact-checking scientists has been nothing short of censorship of both evidence and educated opinion. This has happened numerous times throughout the pandemic with multiple renowned scientists. I recently wrote about a couple of examples here, and here, if you’d like to dig deeper.

It’s telling when science, evidence and opinions of experts are censored and subjected to ridicule throughout a global event like this. One has to ask: what is the motivation? Does a clear headed society seek to censor?

Any narrative that questions what we are receiving from government, health authorities, and mainstream media have been completely unacknowledged.  Effectively dividing the public on important issues.

Once again, this begs the question, why? You would think it a time like this discussion and evidence would be shared openly and transparently, instead, we’ve seen the exact opposite.

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