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How Many People Does The Flu Really Kill? Censors Know

October 8, 2020

Trump said that the flu killed some years more than 100,000 in the USA. The tech monopolies and some “Democratic” politicians decried this statement as “misleading and potentially harmful” and censored the US president.

Welcome to the club, Mr. President! I have been censored thousands (yes, thousands) of times by the plutocratic media (and banned entirely from many sites, and magazines)… Including some I have long been subscribed to. Recently a social media I belonged to, realizing I was in contact with around 300,000 people, yanked that connection. Another outfit implements a fatwa of an Islamic Republic concerning another of my electronic publications. Active measures are taken to limit my electronic existence. For example the Bing search engine doesn’t recognize my existence.

Actually, the monopolies are scientifically wrong about the flu. The flu kills much more than its official numbers. Because the flu kills through secondary pneumonia, and other pulmonary diseases it fosters. The flu kills indirectly by destroying the immune system in the lungs.

For US adults, pneumonia is the most common cause of hospital admissions other than women giving birth. About 1 million adults in the US seek care in a hospital due to pneumonia every year, and 50,000 die from this disease.

Overall, the Center for Disease Control estimates that 12,000 and 61,000 deaths annually since 2010 can be blamed on the flu. The higher number reflects the 2017-2018 flu season. Most years, the US death toll from the flu is closer to 34,000 to 43,000. 

Now flu can also launch Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, when the lungs outright die in vast portions. This is increasingly the leading cause of death. Both my parents died from it.  

The discovery that influenza impacts immune defense is formally recent… Although it was long epidemiologically obvious: during the flu season, a lot of people die from acute respiratory infection, often after they caught the flu, although not necessarily while having it. How that mechanism works was elucidated recently. Basically, the flu virus acts like an HIV for the lungs. The flu virus depresses immune function in the lungs by more than 90%…

Here is a quote from NIH, 2017 (in full and in context in the appendix):

“Virally induced death of immune cells assist in the evasion of host defenses and hinders the clearance of the virus promoting the development of infection. Studies have shown a 90% reduction of alveolar macrophages in mice within a week of influenza infection, and evidence of necrosis in the remaining macrophages” (Robinson et al., 2015). 

This is in the notion of “associated bacterial infections”:

Secondary Bacterial Infections Associated with Influenza Pandemics

Front Microbiol. 2017; 8: 1041. This is an official National Institute of Health document:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5481322/

So Trump was right. But it does not matter: the owners of the world have said that Trump is wrong, so Trump is wrong. And the owners are right. Immense power and money are always right. If you say otherwise, you will get banned from appearing in social media, even in a minute way. Immense, deep, secret and obscure forces have actually found a way to shut me down, and I am presently using methods used in China to publish the present document. This is why I am writing a lot these days. Like the flower dying, and blooming a final time.

Patrice Ayme

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TRUMP CENSORSHIP AND MEDIA BIAS:

Here is the context, straight from Reuters, Reuters is owned by mostly one guy who got it from his father who got it from his own father, who got it from ancestors, etc. A family owned plutocratic hydra originally from Canada…including a Foundation, of course. Similar, a bit even older than the New York Times: we own what you think, because we created it. The sort of typical Trump hating GLOBAL PLUTOCRATIC ENTITY :

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A coronavirus patient himself, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Americans were learning to live with the pandemic, posting comments online that drew a rebuke from Facebook and Twitter for likening the COVID-19 death toll to that of the annual flu.

A day after leaving a nearby hospital for the White House, where he will receive intensive treatments unavailable to most people, the Republican, 74, again understated the effects of the virus on social media.

Notice the US president is downgraded to “Republican” (although he spent much of his life as a Democrat), and a selfish one: intensive treatment unavailable to most people. In truth, a courageous experimenter; Trump was the 275th person to receive Regeneron’s antibody cocktail. Proposed experimental treatment for his aorta aneurysm, Albert Einstein declined… although he was dying from said aneurysm. The treatment is now standard… So Reuters claims Trump “understated”… in other words: lied. And Reuters to quote the tweet Twitter banned: 

“Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter and Facebook ( FB ).

Facebook removed the Trump post for breaking its rules on COVID-19 misinformation, according to CNN.

“This is a lie. The flu doesn’t kill 100,000 a year,” Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, tweeted.

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TECHNICAL APPENDIX:

Here is a quote from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5481322/

Abstract

Lower and upper respiratory infections are the fourth highest cause of global mortality (Lozano et al., 2012). Epidemic and pandemic outbreaks of respiratory infection are a major medical concern, often causing considerable disease and a high death toll, typically over a relatively short period of time. Influenza is a major cause of epidemic and pandemic infection. Bacterial co/secondary infection further increases morbidity and mortality of influenza infection, with Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Staphylococcus aureus reported as the most common causes. With increased antibiotic resistance and vaccine evasion it is important to monitor the epidemiology of pathogens in circulation to inform clinical treatment and development, particularly in the setting of an influenza epidemic/pandemic.

Keywords: influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus, pandemic

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Virally induced death of immune cells assist in the evasion of host defenses and hinders the clearance of the virus promoting the development of infection. Studies have shown a 90% reduction of alveolar macrophages in mice within a week of influenza infection, and evidence of necrosis in the remaining macrophages (Robinson et al., 2015). Necrosis and pyroptosis are pro-inflammatory due to their role in the release of cytokines. These cell death pathways allow for the rapid release of intracellular contents, including any viral components, from the infected host cell promoting host inflammatory responses and the formation of a cytokine storm which causes host tissue damage (Cundell et al., 1995; Rock and Kono, 2008; Lamkanfi and Dixit, 2010; Cauley and Vella, 2015). Furthermore infection with some influenza subtypes, for instance H1N1 and H5N1, typically result in lymphopenia, a state of abnormally low levels of lymphocytes, which has been associated with higher viral load. de Jong et al. (2006) found influenza infection caused lower levels of cytotoxic T cell lymphocytes, which would therefore negatively affect acquired immunity (de Jong et al., 2006; Cunha et al., 2009).

Influenza infection has been shown to increase the adherence of S. aureus (as well as H. influenzae and S. pneumoniae) to host pharyngeal cells (Fainstein et al., 1980). In addition to this, mouse models have highlighted increased morbidity and mortality in mice that are pre-infected with influenza before they are exposed to S. aureus vs. those just exposed to S. aureus.

Two Women Revolutionize Science, Life, And Hope

October 8, 2020

This Year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry Honors an Immense Revolution in All Fields of Humanity, Including Aging, And Thus Of Course, Wisdom All Over…

For the longest time, women were treated as mental retards generally incapable of creative thinking. There is actually no reason to believe women are less capable, they were just oppressed. The oppression of women did not just discard half of humanity: by making women stupid, it guaranteed stupid children in the next generation. Sexist countries are stupid countries. Wisdom is not just deep, it can be brutal…

Several women shine as creators of the greatest ideas in the history of civilization: Aspasia, Pericles’ second wife, defined the Open Society and gave him all his good ideas. Queen Bathilde of the Franks outlawed slavery.., 13 centuries ago (just when Islam enshrined sexism!).

Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet was arguably a more important physicist than roughly any man, including Newton. Not only did she discover infra red radiation, but she discovered energy (Newton had confused momentum, the impetus of Buridan, with energy; energy is the integral relative to speed of momentum… Émilie du Châtelet had translated Newton in French; she was also a top philosopher.

Then of course there is DNA. Two guys got the Nobel for it, one of them a racist (Watson). A woman, Rosalyn Franklin, had done all the hard work they used, taking the X rays… And died from it (X ray induced leukemia)….

Notice I didn’t even mention Marie Curie, who is the only person who got scientific Nobels in two different scientific fields… Although stellar, there are bigger stars. Her daughter Irene also a Nobel in chemistry, for the discovery of man-made elements, and went on to discover nuclear fission in 1937 (the 1944 Nobel for that was weirdly given in 1945, to Otto Hahn, a dishonest German Nazi who was just the correspondent Irene had succeeded to instruct… Sweden can be strange… See the Assange story for further strangeness of the same type…)

With Crispr, two XX scientists turned a curiosity into an invention that will transform the human race into a much better race (hahaha). The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of a method for genome editing.”

At the time, they were working at the University of California, Berkeley (Doudna is still there, Charpentier is research director at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin). Oct. 7, 2020

Emmanuelle Charpentier, left, and Jennifer Doudna may have made the most important biological advance since the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Emmanuelle Charpentier, left, and Jennifer Doudna may have made the most important biological advance since the discovery of the structure of DNA.Credit…Miguel Riopa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day in Hawai’i to find that her dad had left a paperback titled “The Double Helix” on her bed. She thought it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama, filled with colorful characters, about ambition and competition in the pursuit of nature’s wonders. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would.

She would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, later told her was the most important biological advance since he and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA (Watson and Crick were helped by a lot of other people). She worked with a brilliant Parisian biologist named Emmanuelle Charpentier to turn a curiosity of nature into an invention that will transform the human species (and probably its pets): an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. They were helped by another woman who was a professor at UC Berkeley in another domain. Known as Crispr, the new method ushered in a new universe of medical miracles, moral questions, and an alluring future (who wants to decay and die of old age? Not me).

For this accomplishment, on Wednesday they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. It is a recognition, not just of those two, but also that the development of Crispr will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. And that biology is chemistry (I think it’s more: Quantum Physics).

The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, the computer and the internet. All of these use electrons flowing as if in ducts. It’s all classical physics in a sense, not fundamentally different from computing with water flowing in canals.

Now we are entering a Quantum-Life-science era. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study the code of life, and those who study Quantum coding. Both will be connected, because life, including DNA, is not just classical, but also Quantum. It will be a revolution that will someday allow us to cure diseases, fend off the pandemics of viruses and other microbes all excited by a warming planet, and (if we decide it’s wise) to design humans with the genetic features or modifications we deem superior (wisdom, philosophy will have to grow in proportion).

Generic engineering will also allow us to become multi-centenarians, as some whales are, and gather the wisdom brought by advanced years, not to say centuries.

When one will be able to live twenty centuries, one will not risk, as the Greek heroes did, after only twenty years alive, that the only way to reach immortality was to die in the glory of going out, destroying another country…

As Joe Biden did.

Except there was no glory in what he did, killing millions on the cheap, and not living up to his responsibilities.

Patrice Ayme


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