Thursday, July 9, 2020

A Pandemic of Plastic Petrochemical Endocrine Disruptors- The Ends Don't Justify the Means


 The Economist

I can personally attest to the plastic petrochemical pandemic- from gloves to masks.
 They're everywhere. And should be considered a bio hazard, when one considers the official narrative. But they aren't.

THE THAMES has always been a reflector of the times, says Lara Maiklem, a London “mudlark”. Ms Maiklem spends her days on the river’s foreshore foraging for history’s detritus, from Roman pottery to Victorian clay pipes. She can tell the time of year, she says, just by the type of rubbish she has to sift through: champagne bottles during the first week of January; footballs in summer. The year 2020 has left its own mark.

Since the coronavirus reached Britain the mud has sprouted a crop of latex gloves.

In February, half a world away, Gary Stokes docked his boat on Hong Kong’s isolated Soko Island. Soko’s beaches are where Oceans Asia, the conservation organisation he runs, sporadically records levels of plastic pollution. Mr Stokes says he is all too accustomed to finding the jetsam the modern world throws up, such as plastic drinks bottles and supermarket carrier-bags. But what he documented that day made news across Hong Kong: 70 surgical facemasks on a 100-metre stretch of beach. Having cleaned it up, he went back four days later. Like a stubborn weed, the masks had returned.

Whether on the foreshore of the Thames or the deserted beaches of Soko, the planet is awash with pandemic plastic. Data are hard to come by but, for example, consumption of single-use plastic may have grown by 250-300% in America since the coronavirus took hold, says Antonis Mavropoulos of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), which represents recycling bodies in 102 countries. Much of that increase is down to demand for products designed to keep covid-19 at bay, including masks, visors and gloves. According to a forecast from Grand View Research, the global disposable-mask market will grow from an estimated $800m in 2019 to $166bn in 2020.
A boon to big oil.
Staggering though such figures are, personal protection is only part of the story. Lockdowns have also led to a boom in e-commerce. In March, as parts of America and Europe shut up shop, some 2.5bn customers are reckoned to have visited Amazon’s website, a 65% increase on last year. In China, more than 25% of physical goods were bought online during the first quarter of the year, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a think-tank in Washington, DC.

Much of what is bought online comes wrapped in plastic—and the bad kind at that. Goods are often packaged in plastic comprising several layers. That keeps the contents safe in aeroplane holds and on delivery lorries. It also makes it nearly impossible to recycle the plastic. At the same time, the locked-down masses have been consuming home deliveries from restaurants in record numbers. First-quarter sales at Uber Eats, one of America’s biggest restaurant-delivery apps, for example, rose by 54% year on year. Every extra portion of curry, or pot of garlic dip, means more plastic waste.
If the public’s increasing appetite for single-use plastic worries environmentalists, then so too does its diminishing inclination to recycle materials that can be reused. In Athens, for example, there has been a 150% increase in the amount of plastic found in the general-waste stream, says Mr Mavropoulos. Anecdotal evidence from ISWA members suggests this is a worldwide trend. An unwillingness to recycle might be explained by people’s nervousness about venturing out to put waste in recycling bins. Or it might just be that lockdowns have put more pressing matters into their minds, prompting a slip in their diligence.
Covid-19 has led to a glut in plastic waste in other ways. For one, the pandemic caused a crash in the oil price. Because petroleum is a major constituent of most plastics, they became cheaper to produce, says David Xie of the University of Warwick. That in turn gave firms less incentive to use the recycled stuff. But the growth of plastic rubbish is mainly caused by the fact that municipalities around the world have curtailed their recycling schemes. Collections have been cut back and plants have been shut over fears about spreading the contagion. Worries about contaminated rubbish have also made some refuse collectors and sorters nervous about going into work (the virus can survive for about 72 hours on plastic).
All of which means that much of the plastic produced this year is ending up either in landfill sites or being incinerated. Both could store up future problems. Landfills, especially in poor countries, are often little more than open dumps. They are responsible for some of the biggest leakages of plastics into oceans, says Mr Mavropoulos. Because the material is light, it is easily swept by rain or wind into waterways.
Incineration is not much better. Again, particularly in the developing world where facilities can be shoddy, not only can burning plastics create toxins, but it also often fails to obliterate the plastic, leaving considerable levels of nano- and micro-particles. These can both be emitted into the atmosphere, where they can cause cancers, or leach into groundwater and eventually into oceans.
There is no academic consensus on whether plastics in the oceans, once they are broken down by salt and sun into micro-particles, are particularly dangerous to animals. Polymers, on which plastics are based, are chemically inert, although some additives can be toxic. But given the huge natural experiment now under way, researchers may soon have a clearer idea. “We are only just starting to understand the potential impacts of nanoparticles and the way in which they can penetrate into living cells in marine organisms as well,” says Dan Parsons, director of the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull. “Plastic nanomaterials released into the environment could be the asbestos of the seas.”
Indeed, like the virus itself, pandemic-era plastic pollution is hitting the poor hardest, says Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. In low-income countries, 93% of waste goes into open dumps, she says. And where there are incinerators, they tend to be of low quality. Even in rich countries, the poor are more likely to live closer to facilities that deal with rubbish, says Ms Andersen.
There are good reasons why the public has turned to plastics, says Mr Parsons: “People know that it protects them” from the coronavirus. Not only that, points out Ms Andersen, it is hardly fair to blame manufacturers for producing environmentally unfriendly protective equipment—or consumers for buying it—given the global scramble to obtain the materials needed to make the masks and visors that keep health workers and others safe. And a world in which less plastic is produced would not necessarily be a greener one.  (It would surely be a healthier one for all that is alive ) Because the material is light, it often causes lower emissions when it is transported than alternatives do.
Low Doses Matter
Plastic is an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disrupting chemicals

Making it very interest to read in the linked article the claim "a world in which less plastic is produced would not necessarily be a greener one" Of course endocrine disrupting chemicals never, ever get any attention. Though I do have the chemical manipulation of humanity series here and should get back to it. Because it's an environmental disgrace.

 But just as covid-19 has scarred families and harmed livelihoods across the world, its effect on the planet will linger, too, in the world’s landfills and oceans.
And in all the living beings on the planet- As it damages us immensely- Making us unhealthy. Unable to reproduce. Screwing up the hormones and reproductive systems of every living being. It's an ideal tool for the eugenicists.

Recall? The Low Dose Makes the Poison- EDC's & the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity

Editor’s note (June 23rd 2020): This article has been amended to note the ambiguous effect on the climate of producing more plastic.

Bill Nye- The "Shill Guy" Demonstrates Why Masks are Effective?

Can't call him the 'science guy' because he's not. He's a guy playing at being a scientist for a dumbed down audience that accepts unsupported claims, unquestioningly.
In his bio he is noted as a "science educator" Greta Thunberg could be promoted as a "science educator" as well.

Why do people in the scientific community want you to wear a face mask when you're out in public?" Nye said

Weird, I've not noticed the 'scientific' community pushing this concept?  Nope. All I see are politicians, including WHO, alongside questionable NGO's, all shills just like Bill Nye.

Link to his TikTok video


And relink to his profanity laden, viral video, about AGW. 
Skip the first 35 seconds. Take note of the over the top theatrics. Perhaps Greta can do a remake?


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Russian court convicts "expert" for ‘treason’ for giving German firm info about mercenary groups

Following up on..

 I've long held suspicions about any and all  claims made regarding Wagner Mercenaries.  Considering the connectivity.. and the alleged association with the composer Wagner and the Nazi's - Almost an association of Nazis and Putin. Through memes.  Mind Viruses. The narrative has always struck me as being very likely disinfo. Can't say for sure, of course, but it's questionable.

 Russian court convicts expert for ‘treason’ for giving German firm info about mercenary groups

A Russian court on Thursday jailed a Russian think-tank expert specialising in military affairs to seven years for treason. He was convicted for selling secrets about mercenary groups to a German consulting firm.
Vladimir Neyelov was arrested in 2018. He had admitted to selling information about how the Federal Security Service trains its staff, the court said, adding however, that he did not consider the data classified.
The trial was held behind closed doors. The court did not name the German company.
Prior to his arrest, Neyelov had written about private military contractors and worked for two think tanks. He was often quoted in the media speaking about the Vagner security group, which has sent mercenaries to Ukraine, Syria, Libya, and other countries.
The United States has recently accused Russia for using private military contractors in Libya to conceal its role in the war. Moscow, however, said that any Russian mercenaries there do not represent the Russian state’s interests.
In recent years, Moscow has charged with treason several Russian experts, scientists and academics.
I've repeatedly stated that the idea of "Russian mercenaries" fighting alongside Haftar was quite possibly disinfo.. That didn't stop MoA and others (Canthama and ilk)  spreading it around without question.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Russian Space Official Charged With Treason: Passing Secrets To Unspecified NATO Member

Times of Israel

Former journalist Ivan Safronov, an adviser to head of state company Roscosmos, suspected of relaying sensitive data to a spy agency of an unspecified NATO member.
Ivan Safronov in Kommersant Publishing House in Moscow, Russia, January 10, 2016.

MOSCOW — An adviser to the director of Russia’s state space corporation has been detained on treason charges, the nation’s top security agency said Tuesday.

Ivan Safronov, an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, was detained in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency.

The FSB said that Safronov is accused of relaying sensitive data to a spy agency of an unspecified NATO member. It said in a statement that the information he provided referred to “military-technical cooperation, defense and security of the Russian Federation.”

Safromov could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Roscosmos said in a statement that the charges didn’t relate to Safronov’s work for the corporation, which he joined in May. Prior to that, Safronov worked as a correspondent for the top business daily Kommersant for nearly a decade until 2019, and after that worked for a year for another business daily, Vedomosti.

He covered military issues, arms trade and government affairs.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Safronov’s detention isn’t related to his activities as a journalist.
Last year, the FSB reportedly opened an inquiry following Safronov’s article that claimed that Russia had signed a contract with Egypt for the delivery of sophisticated Su-35 fighter jets. Kommersant later removed the report from its website, and no charges were filed.
Hey. I recall when that 'news' was circulating that Egypt was going to purchase Su-35's- 
I had serious doubts about those reports! 

Nov. 2019 US Warns Egypt over 2 Billion Dollar Purchase of Russian Fighter Jets 

Safronov’s father also worked for Kommersant after retiring from the armed forces and covered military issues. In 2007, he died after falling from a window of his apartment building in Moscow. Investigators concluded that he killed himself, but some Russian media questioned the official version, pointing at his intention to publish a sensitive report about secret arms deliveries to Iran and Syria.
It's been a busy couple of days

 

 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Cuomo in New York, Sent 6,300 Covid Patients to Nursing Home- Massacre in New York's Nursing Homes

 Updated July 07/20:

Cuomo gave immunity to nursing home executives after big campaign donations

Cuomo the Virtuous- lol

 Cuomo signed legislation last month quietly shielding hospital and nursing home executives from the threat of lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The provision, inserted into an annual budget bill by Cuomo’s aides, created one of the nation’s most explicit immunity protections for healthcare industry officials, according to legal experts.
Critics say Cuomo removed a key deterrent against nursing home and hospital corporations cutting corners in ways that jeopardize lives. As those critics now try to repeal the provision during this final week of Albany’s legislative session, they assert that data prove such immunity is correlating to higher nursing home death rates during the pandemic – both in New York and in other states enacting similar immunity policies.
The killing of the seniors in these homes was not an accident. It is unfathomable that anyone could credibly make that claim. As Cuomo dodges responsibility. Don't let this monster off the hook! Reminiscent of Doug Ford's government in Ontario, Canada. And the leadership in Quebec, as well. Covered in the 4 part series below!

Modern Health Care 
New York hospitals released more than 6,300 recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes during the height of the pandemic under a controversial, now-scrapped policy, state officials said Monday, but they argued it was not to blame for one of the nation's highest nursing home death tolls.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, which has taken intense criticism over the policy, instead contended the virus' rampant spread through the state's nursing homes was propelled by more than 20,000 infected home staffers, many of whom kept going to work unaware they had the virus.
"Facts matter. And those are the facts," state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a news conference.
New York's report came more than a month after The Associated Press did its own count finding that hospitals around the state released more than 4,500 recovering coronavirus patients to nursing homes under a March 25 Health Department directive that required nursing homes to take recovering coronavirus patients.
The directive was intended to help free up hospital beds for the sickest patients as cases surged. But several relatives, patient advocates and nursing administrators who spoke to the AP at the time blamed the policy for helping to spread the virus among the state's most fragile residents. To date, more than 6,400 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus in New York's nursing home and long-term care-facilities.
New York is specifically covered in the post below!

Cuomo, a Democrat, reversed the directive under pressure on May 10, but he has argued for weeks that infected home workers, not released COVID-19 patients, were to blame for a coronavirus spread through nursing homes that he compared to "fire through dry grass."
"It is that the staff got infected. They came to work and they brought in the infection," Cuomo said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on June 23. "Now, how do you fix that in the future? I don't know that you really can."
New York's health commissioner echoed those remarks in his news conference Monday, saying: "There's no reason to place blame. If you were to place blame, I would blame coronavirus."
While New York's report doesn't rule out whether the March 25 directive played any role in the thousands of nursing home deaths, it notes that the virus was already present in many homes before they accepted COVID-19 patients from hospitals. Over 80% of the 310 nursing homes that admitted such patients already had a confirmed or suspected case among residents or staffers, the report says.
The average patient had been hospitalized for nine days, the report says — the same period that it likely takes for the virus to no longer be contagious, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state report also says nursing home resident deaths peaked on April 8 — around the same time as COVID-19 deaths statewide, but nearly a week before the peak of COVID-19 patients from hospitals — a sequence of events the report casts as "suggesting the policy was not the cause."
Nonetheless, the state's data show over 1,000 COVID-19 patients entered nursing homes between March 25 and April 8.
Meanwhile, more than 20,000 home staffers were infected with COVID-19 in New York between March and late April when the policy was in effect.
New York officials have said that the March 25 directive was never intended to force nursing homes to take patients they weren't equipped to care for, and that they should have spoken up if that was the case. Officials also have noted that some other states, including neighboring New Jersey, had similar policies.
Michael Dowling, CEO of hospital chain Northwell Health — which sent more than 1,700 COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, according to the AP's count — said those who claim that nursing home admission policies from hospitals caused the fatalities are "not supported by the facts.
Stephen Hanse, who runs a big association of New York nursing homes, acknowledged Monday that no one decision or issue can be blamed for the virus' toll in nursing homes.
But "bringing in even one instance of COVID to a nursing home is in no one's best interest," said Hanse, president of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living.

Ghislaine Maxwell Moved to Metropolitan Detention Center in New York

 Link: Alleged Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York City jail
Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been moved to a jail in New York City, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she faces charges of facilitating a sex-trafficking ring.
Maxwell, 58, was arrested on Thursday in New Hampshire and had been held over the weekend at the Merrimack County Jail, a medium-security facility 32 km from the luxurious home where investigators said she had been lying low.
The defendant is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the prison bureau said on Monday.
Conditions there sparked public outcry last year after an electrical fire cut power and heat to roughly 1,600 prisoners during one of the coldest weeks of 2019.

CDC: Covid/Influenza/ Pneumonia Data Week Ending June 27/20

Testing up. Cases Down. Hospitalizations down.
One would never know that based on the hysterical media coverage?

CDC

Activity lower then March and April.
Outpatients and emergency department visits below baseline
Based on death certificates deaths due to pneumonia, influenza and Covid are down. Representing the tenth consecutive week of case declining percentages of deaths. Tenth consecutive week.
Certainly not the way the media has been presenting is it?
Do pay attention to the fact that the stats cover 3 illnesses. Not just Covid.