Originally posted on disturbeddeputy: Group-think, march in lockstep, obey the gubmint, or you will be eliminated. This is the scenario that the Marxists want in the Republic. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jul/15/colombia-cartels-rebel-groups-coronavirus-lockdown-human-rights-watch
8 “Facts” About Coronavirus That Are Actually Lies
By Ty & Charlene Bollinger
July 16, 2020
Have you ever pondered the fact that the current COVID lockdown, masks, and fear may be a result of official “facts” that are not facts at all but are, well, actually lies?
In our opinion, the propaganda campaign surrounding this so-called “pandemic” has achieved its goal. Inundated with voluminous amounts of contradictory information coming from all angles, people in general have succumbed to “analysis paralysis,” confusion and fear.
Many have given up trying to actually understand the situation and apparently have decided that, regardless of how insane or illogical the directives may be, it’s just easier to act like “robotic sheeple” and obey … even if it means giving up freedom and liberty.
We constantly hear about the “new normal” which includes COVID testing, contact tracing, monitoring, surveillance, mask-wearing, social distancing, quarantine and isolation, with the possibility of mandatory vaccinations and microchipping coming soon.
But cognitive dissonance has taken over. For instance, multiple studies have confirmed that sunlight kills COVID in a matter of minutes, as reported in a recent New York Post article. The studies
New York Post Article
In light of this fact, why did Gavin “the Dictator” Newsom recently go full totalitarian and ban activity on the beaches in California? And although multiple studies have shown that COVID fatality rates are rapidly decreasing,(Down 91.9% the California “dictator”) has arbitrarily (and capriciously) proclaimed that indoor activities (including churches, gyms, and bars) in over two dozen counties must be stopped … except for his winery, of course.
This is the stuff of tortured logic, and it’s a primary reason why many “thinking” Americans are suspicious of government’s COVID guidance, and frustrated with private business response to the guidance.
There are several official “facts” which have led to this insane state of fear and irrational and illogical recommendations about COVID, and in this article, we’re going to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lies.
There is no national law in America requiring citizens to wear face masks.
There are no state laws in America requiring citizens to wear face masks.
There are “executive orders” … which are not laws.
There are “government recommendations” … which are not laws.
There are “health and safety guidelines” … which are not laws.
The international lockdown is based upon the idea that there is a new distinct virus SARS-CoV2 which is spreading, infecting and causing the disease known as “COVID-19.” However, the virus itself has never been isolated nor thoroughly proven to be causing the disease.
The fact is that the coronavirus fails Koch’s postulates.
“What are Koch’s postulates?”
Robert Koch (1843-1910) was a German scientist who identified the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera and anthrax. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1905. Before he died, Koch established 4 criteria to identify the causative agent of a disease. These criteria (“Koch’s postulates”) have become a “gold standard” for determining the existence of an infectious agent and for isolating and verifying what is causing a disease.
They are as follows:
The microorganism must be identified in all individuals affected by the disease, but not in healthy individuals.
The microorganism can be isolated from the diseased individual and grown in culture.
When introduced into a healthy individual, the cultured microorganism must cause disease.
The microorganism must then be re-isolated from the experimental host, and found to be identical to the original microorganism.
Firstly, SARS-CoV2 (allegedly causing the disease COVID-19) has not been shown to be present only in sick people and not in healthy ones. There are countless cases of people having this virus with absolutely no symptoms. So it FAILS postulate #1. And since it fails postulate #1, it also FAILS postulate #3.
Secondly, SARS-CoV2 has never been isolated. Proper isolation must be done with equipment such as electron microscopes and cannot be achieved through CT scans (which the Chinese were using) or the PCR test (more on this in Assumption 3 below). So it FAILS postulate #2. And since it fails postulate #2, it also FAILS postulate #4, since re-isolation cannot take place if isolation has never occurred.
Heck, even a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine admitted that the coronavirus failed Koch’s postulates. New England Journal of Medicine
The most common test for COVID-19 is the “Polymerase Chain Reaction” (PCR) test, which is able to replicate DNA sequences billions of times. This test has SERIOUS problems.
The PCR test was developed as a manufacturing technique, not as a diagnostic tool, and it is qualitative not quantitative.
“What exactly does that mean?”
This means that the PCR test can only tell you if a virus is present or not, but it cannot tell you in what quantities. Most importantly it cannot make any accurate assessment about whether the virus is actually causing the disease.
Heck, even the CDC itself admits that a positive PCR test does not mean the virus is causing the symptoms you may have!
These are the actual words of the CDC:
“Positive [test] results are indicative of active infection with 2019-nCoV but do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease. … Negative results do not preclude 2019-nCoV infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or other patient management decisions. Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.”
If the scientific “gold standard” COVID-19 test (the PCR) doesn’t even provide proof that the virus causes the disease, why is everyone rushing around like a headless chicken?
The PCR test doesn’t identify or isolate viruses, doesn’t provide RNA sequences of pathogens, offers no baseline for comparison with patient samples, and cannot determine an infected from an uninfected sample. That is staggeringly useless and scientifically meaningless! See Scientifcally meaningless Tests
The reality is that we have no idea how many people actually have COVID-19. The CDC cannot “confirm” something for which there is no accurate test.
When it comes to the COVID-19 “death count,” authorities worldwide are counting the deaths in a way that makes no sense, whatsoever.
If someone dies after testing positive for parasitic infection, they are not listed as a “PARASITE-19” death…
If someone dies after testing positive for fungal infection, they are not listed as a “FUNGAL-19” death…
If someone dies after testing positive for herpes virus, they are not listed as a “HERPES-19” death…
But if someone dies after testing positive for Coronavirus, they ARE listed as a “COVID-19” death…
Does anyone see a problem here?
The sleight of hand is achieved by counting those who died with the Coronavirus as dying from the Coronavirus, even though the CDC admits that a positive PCR test does not necessarily mean it’s the cause of the symptoms or death.
This one trick alone is responsible for vastly skewing the numbers and turning the “official” death count into a meaningless charade bereft of any practical value.
“Then why do the COVID-19 cases continue to increase?”
The answer is simple: because there is more testing.
Since the Coronavirus is really nothing more than an RNA sequence, it’s far more pervasive than we have been told, and there are far more asymptomatic people than we have been told.
The more we test, the more cases we will find. It’s basic mathematics.
It’s interesting, depending upon the country, the Coronavirus is able to “travel” different distances. For instance, in China, Denmark, and France, the “social distance” rule is 1 meter. In South Korea, it’s 1.4 meters. In Australia, Belgium, Germany and Spain, it’s 1.5 meters. In the USA it’s 6 feet (1.8 meters), while in Canada and the UK, it’s 2 meters.
Hmmm. That’s not exactly “scientific” is it?
Over long periods of time, social isolation can increase the risk of a variety of health problems, including heart disease, depression, dementia, and even death. A 2015 meta-analysis determined that chronic social isolation increases the risk of mortality by 29%.
Most people are more likely to wind up “6 feet under” due to almost anything else under the sun other than COVID-19.
According to Daniel Horowitz:
“For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19 and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%. Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26% — almost exactly where Stanford researchers pegged it a month ago.”
Four infectious disease doctors in Canada estimate that the individual rate of death from COVID-19 for people under 65 years of age is six per million people, or 0.0006% (i.e., 1 in 166,666) which is about the same chance you have of dying in a car accident or getting struck by lightning. COVID-19 is not even as bad as the seasonal flu.
No studies have been done to demonstrate that either a cloth mask or the N95 mask has any effect on transmission of COVID-19.
The fact is that masks are designed for surgeons or people who are already sick, not for healthy people, according to the WHO. What WHO says
Plus, the “masks” many people are wearing (bandanas, handkerchiefs, crochet, and yes, even lettuce) are a joke if you think they will stop a virus which is measured in nanometers. They won’t stop a virus.
Wearing a mask is like installing a screen door in a submarine. Those who wear them might as well wear their pants backwards as well. It’s like putting up a chain link fence to keep out mosquitoes.
It is a “psy-op” faux security measure. And due to the COVID-19 fearmongering from the mainstream media liars, the lemmings are all wearing masks, despite the fact that on the box, it says that the mask does NOT protect you from COVID-19.
Just say “NO” to the “new normal” of wearing masks in public, and don’t let people get away with calling you “selfish” for not wearing a mask! Educate them! Read our articles on masks. Let them know the truth. For those who have ears to hear, it will resonate.
If we allow “mask shaming” to occur, then according to Dr. Joseph Mercola;
The same strategy will be used to label you a “selfish threat” to the public health if you don’t agree to be electronically tagged, tested and tracked by health officials when thousands of COVID-19 “contact tracers” fan out across America to test for COVID-19 infections. It is the same strategy that will be used when you are told you must get an antibody test and obtain an “immunity passport” before you are given back your freedom to participate in society — that is until a fast-tracked coronavirus vaccine is licensed and your passport to life and liberty becomes proof you have received a COVID-19 vaccine — perhaps simultaneously delivered and tracked via a microneedle quantum dot tattoo on your skin.”
The decision to wear a mask is a highly personal one and should not be universally mandated; measures that are meant to protect the community as a whole are ineffective if they hurt individuals in that community.
So, it’s a slippery slope. Stand up for freedom, before it’s gone.
Let me explain where this is going.
In 2020 – a face mask is required
In 2021 – a vaccine is required
In 2022 – a microchip is required
Is this beyond the realm of possibility?
In summary, it’s clear that “Operation COVID-19” is not only a “scam-demic,” but also a colossal and unprecedented worldwide “psy-op.”
All the “Executive Orders” and other types of power grabs are based on lies.
We are not looking at 1 virus.
We are not looking at 1 cause.
We are not looking at 1 disease.
We are looking at multiple Coronaviruses, a group of related symptoms and diseases, with multiple causes, inadequate testing, with everything being swept under the COVID-19 “umbrella” to fuel the fake pandemic narrative.
In the words of our friend and investigative journalist, Jon Rappoport:
The stage magic trick is easy to see, once you grasp the tactics: Claim to have discovered a new virus. Say it is spreading and needs to be contained. Invent an umbrella label for the epidemic: COVID-19. Start pulling all sorts of people with all sorts of different conditions under the umbrella and say they’re all “cases.” Use a diagnostic test that will automatically turn out many verdicts of “infected.” And you have the illusion of a pandemic.”
The world did not “lock down” during centuries of epidemics of smallpox, and we didn’t stop working to prevent epidemics of diphtheria or pertussis or measles.
Societies have not closed businesses and schools to prevent TB or even the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola:
Tomorrow, the “new normal” in America may well include the order to “show me your vaccine papers” before you can enter a store or restaurant, go to school, attend a football game, get on a plane, train or subway, obtain a driver’s license, be admitted to a hospital or nursing home, get a room at a hotel or walk on a public beach, if health policy and lawmakers do not use common sense to adopt a more balanced approach to dealing with a virus that, so far, has changed everything.”
The USA is teetering on a precipice. Are we going to continue to act like “sheeple” ruled by fear? Or are we brave men and women standing up for freedom and liberty?
When are the states going to reopen?
I am stuck wondering, when people finally come out of their stupors enough to realize this has been a huge hoax, will they be mad, or just say “Oh well”?
I would be mad as hell, but I have my doubts about the sheeple who continue wearing these stupid freakin masks.
I was told I could not enter into a grocery store this past week because I didn’t have on a mask. Are you fucking kidding me? The masks that the store employees were wearning were not N95. In fact, James and I, are the only people, that we have seen in this state that have N95 masks.
These people wearing these masks that have no value and that block nothing, not even pollen, and forcing their children to wear these stupid freaking masks, have got to go! Someone needs to slap them and bring them into reality, before their children really get ill from wearing the masks.
It kills me, these same people have no idea what is going on on earth, and want to condemn us for not wearing a stupid, useless mask? If the leader walked off the cliff, these people would follow, even after realizing it is going to kill them.
They are obedient little slaves.
The Left’s “Boycott” Of Goya Has Backfired Spectacularly As Conservative Customers Clean Out Store Shelves
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by Tyler Durden
Mon, 07/13/2020 – 08:46
In what is turning into a spectacular backfire, Goya products are being cleaned out of grocery store shelves in what is being dubbed the “Chick-Fil-A” effect by The Daily Wire.
Namely, leftists have called for a boycott over the brand after its CEO publicly praised President Donald Trump. Instead, conservatives took matters into their own hands and are reportedly buying more Goya products than they normally would to show support for the company, its CEO and the President. It’s being called a “Buy-Cott”.
Mark R. Levin
Go out today and buy your Goya foods
Goya Foods CEO “not apologizing” for praising President Trump
Family company’s top exec, Robert Unanue, calls an anti-Trump Goya boycott an attempt at “suppression of speech.”
11:17 AM · Jul 11, 2020
15.8K people are Tweeting about this
It began when radio host Mike Opelka began encouraging people on Twitter to buy $10 worth of Goya products to turn around and donate to their local food bank.
And most of the ones who do will cave by #NocheBuena
10:54 AM · Jul 11, 2020
2.1K people are Tweeting about this
The Goya Foods Boycott
#BoycottGoya takes off after CEO’s Trump praise
Calls for Goya Foods Boycott Surface After CEO Praises Trump
He Tweeted: “My brother came up with a terrific idea and I am encouraging all to join me in purchasing $10 worth of Goya Foods products and donating them to your local food bank. Let’s push a BUY-cott, not a boycott. Let’s show the #Goyaway people what compassion can do.”
Other conservative voices joined in:
And this weekend a GoFundMe effort was launched to feed the hungry using only Goya products. It has raised over $43,000 so far.
Casey Harper, who started the GoFundMe, said: “I’m not surprised we have raised so much because people are tired of having to walk on eggshells in political discourse. Also, Americans are fundamentally generous people, so a chance to feed the hungry and stand up to cancel culture was an easy win.”
Recall, three days ago, we reported that the Goya CEO “refused to apologize” for his comments praising President Donald Trump. As a result, many liberals announced they were boycotting his company.
By last Thursday evening, “Goya,” #BoycottGoya and #Goyaway were trending topics on Twitter.
.@GoyaFoods has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations.
Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain. Americans should think twice before buying their products. #Goyaway https://t.co/lZDQlK6TcU
Goya’s CEO joined other Hispanic leaders at the White House on Thursday to take part in the Administration’s “Hispanic Prosperity Initiative” to promote economic and educational efforts.
“It’s suppression of speech,” he told “Fox & Friends” hosts Friday.
“In 2012, 8 years ago, I was called by Michelle Obama to Tampa and they were mentioning to launch a ‘MyPlate’ thing, it’s putting the nutritional pyramid into a plate of portion control. They wanted to approach the African American community, Hispanic community to eat more nutritionally. So, they called on us as the most recognized Hispanic brand in the United States and I went.”
He continued, “I went to the White House later and I introduced Hispanic Heritage Month, President Obama. And, so, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed, when I was called to be part of this commission to aid in economic and in educational prosperity, and you make a positive comment, all of a sudden that’s not acceptable.”
Recognizing the existence of a double standard between the public’s view of working alongside the different administrations, he added, “So, you know, I’m not apologizing for saying, and especially if you’re called by the President of the United States, you’re gonna say ‘no, I’m sorry, I’m busy. no, thank you.’ I didn’t say that to the Obama’s and I didn’t say that to President Trump.”
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 06/18/2020 – 23:00
Authored by Stephen Miller via The American Institute for Economic Research,
Are we on the verge of a second wave of coronavirus infections? Is there a spike in infections in states that reopened first?
The only way to answer that question is to watch as the data roll in. Arguably the best data to look at to see if a second wave is beginning are the hospitalization numbers. The media frequently reports the biggest and most dramatic numbers, often devoid of context. The number of cases has been reported regularly since the early days of the pandemic, and yet we know that the number of cases can be misleading.
As more people are tested and re-tested for the virus, more results will come back positive, with the current number of confirmed cases exceeding 2 million in the U.S. But if we know anything, it is that increases in the number of confirmed cases do not accurately convey how quickly and widely the virus is spreading. Antibody tests and even the examination of sewage in some cities suggest that the number of infections is likely much higher than the number of confirmed cases.
But on the other side, some of the confirmed cases are double-counted in some states partly because both antibody and active virus tests are being counted separately but then combined in the total number of cases. While the antibody tests have been criticized for their false positive rate, another criticism has been that the antibody studies can underreport infection rates because they are not sensitive enough to detect a past mild infection.
Overall, because the bulk of testing is focused on people who are the sickest and who face the greatest exposure, it seems reasonable to conclude that the true number of U.S. infections is substantially higher than the reported figure. But an attempt to estimate the true number of infections would be little better than a guess.
And this presents a problem with the daily updates. To say that a particular state or city is seeing a “spike” in cases is to say that recently they have had an uptick in positive test results. That could be due to more testing and more ways of testing, or it could be a hint of growth in the infection rate.
Better Data are Available
Rather than focus on test results, i.e. “cases,” it would make more sense to focus on how the virus affects society and our institutions, particularly the strain the virus puts on health care facilities and health care providers. An obvious measure, tracked since the beginning of the pandemic, is the number of deaths. As I and others at AIER have noted, the number of deaths is hard to interpret without important context.
The coronavirus is obviously deadly, but how deadly it is seems to depend greatly on how it enters a population and the characteristics of that population. The virus has been far deadlier in New York than it has been in California, and has been most deadly in U.S. long-term care facilities. Among children, the coronavirus is considerably less deadly than seasonal influenza.
Nonetheless, deaths tell us something important about the virus’s impact on society. They profoundly affect entire social networks and are rightly emphasized in pandemic reporting.
When it comes to seeing how things are going now, whether the pandemic is growing worse or fading, deaths are a lagging indicator. They do not begin to spike until infections have already been accelerating rapidly for many days, and they do not decline until well after the virus’s spread has slowed.
The chart below shows that overall, deaths are clearly declining, although there is a weekly cycle where Sundays seem to result in relatively low death counts and Tuesdays and Wednesdays usually have the highest reported numbers. Overall, the past two weeks have had lower death totals than have been seen in the two months prior. But if a second wave were coming soon, we would not see the deaths from it yet.
In addition to deaths, more attention has shifted to measuring coronavirus-related hospitalizations. Frustratingly, these data tend not to go back as far as numbers on confirmed cases or deaths, but in most states there are hospitalization figures going back over two months. The hospital data are measured two ways, the first being a cumulative measure, similar to the way confirmed cases and deaths are measured.
The number can only go up as more hospitalizations are added to the total. From that number, the daily number of hospitalizations can be plotted; however that number is very noisy because the numbers are submitted at the state level in a variety of ways and do not seem to reflect the true numbers per day.
In other words, the hospitalization numbers seem to come in in clumps. They can be reported as weekly totals or weekly averages, as well. But a weakness of the cumulative data is that they do not tell us much about the burden on hospitals and health care workers. The total number of coronavirus hospitalizations increased dramatically, from zero to nearly 60,000 in a month nationally, and stayed high for weeks afterward. The chart below shows that the decrease in hospitalization has been fairly steady, and overall there is far less strain on the health care system than there was in mid-April.
The northeastern U.S. was hit hardest, but most states are either seeing declining or flat trends in hospitalizations, with a few notable exceptions such as North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona. But in those states the number of hospitalizations is still relatively low, a fraction of the totals that New York and New Jersey were seeing in April. Claims that Alabama, Georgia, and Florida are emerging “hotspots” are not supported by the hospitalization numbers despite media reports to the contrary.
There are some parts of the country still in the midst of the first wave of coronavirus infections, states that had very low numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in April, but are now beginning to see the virus spread more quickly. But those states are unlikely to see the kind of spread Northeastern states did, and there is hope the virus can be far less deadly going forward if policies can be implemented to better-protect the elderly and vulnerable, especially those living in long-term care facilities.
Why did mega-corporations accept the lockdowns?
Jon Rappoport – JULY 8, 2020 18 Comments
Three Men Who Own Corporate America
Airlines, hotel chains—you name it, they all folded when the lockdowns were imposed. They closed up shop, they took a knee, they opted for bailouts. Why?
The CEOs of these corporations are supposed to be hard chargers and ruthless operators. Why didn’t they rebel?
I could cite several reasons. Here I want to focus on a little-known and staggering story.
It starts with an analogy. Imagine an employee of a company who is motivated to speak out against the lockdowns and go public. Then he thinks about the owner of the company. That owner happens to sit on the board of a large hospital.
Uh oh. That owner is SOLIDLY WIRED into official medical reality. He isn’t going to appreciate a naysayer who says the lockdowns are a ridiculous and destructive overreach. Better to stay quiet. Better to fit in and go along.
Okay? Well, it so happens that three of the most powerful corporate bosses in America DO have deep connections to major hospitals, and these three men run corporations that OWN CORPORATE AMERICA.
The three men are Larry Fink, Joseph Hooley, and Mortimer Buckley.
Buckley is the CEO of the Vanguard Group. Hooley is the CEO of State Street. Fink is the CEO of BlackRock.
These three companies are investment funds. Financial services companies.
Buckley is a board member of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. From 2011 to 2017, he was chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. Hooley serves on the president’s council of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Fink is the co-chair of the NYU Langone Medical Center board of trustees.
Let’s look at their companies: State Street, BlackRock, and Vanguard—known as The Big Three. The reference is an article at theconversation.com, “These three firms own corporate America,” 5/19/17, by Jan Fichtner, Eelke Heemskerk, and Javier Garcia-Bernardo.
“Together, BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street have nearly US$11 trillion in assets under management.”
“We found that the Big Three, taken together, have become the largest shareholder in 40% of all publicly listed firms in the United States.”
“In 2015, these 1,600 American firms [the 40%] had combined revenues of about US$9.1 trillion, a market capitalization of more than US$17 trillion, and employed more than 23.5 million people.”
“In the S&P 500 – the benchmark index of America’s largest corporations – the situation is even more extreme. Together, the Big Three are the largest single shareholder in almost 90% of S&P 500 firms, including Apple, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, General Electric and Coca-Cola.”
“What is undeniable is that the Big Three do exert the voting rights attached to these shares. Therefore, they have to be perceived as de facto owners by corporate executives.”
“Whether or not they sought to, the Big Three have accumulated extraordinary shareholder power, and they continue to do so…In many respects, the index fund boom is turning BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street into something resembling low-cost public utilities with a quasi-monopolistic position.”
If the CEO of a corporation whose main shareholder is The Big Three thinks about rebelling against the official medical consensus…
And he knows that The Big Three bosses are heavily wired into the US medical complex…
That CEO has one more reason, among others, to forget about being an old-time hard charger. He has one more reason to swallow his anger when he’s told to lock down and shut down. He has one more reason to knuckle under and play the game. He has one more reason to surrender to a story about a virus and Fauci and Bill Gates. He has one more reason to stand down and stand aside and watch economic devastation sweep over the land. https://theconversation.com/these-three-firms-own-corporate-america-77072
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Bayer will pay up to $10.9B to resolve Roundup litigation
By Debra Cassens Weiss
June 24, 2020, 2:57 pm CDT
Roundup weed killer
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Bayer AG has agreed to pay up to $10.9 billion to settle current and potentially future litigation contending that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer.
The settlement covers about 75% of 125,000 filed and still unfiled claims in state and federal courts, according to the New York Times, Reuters and a June 24 press release.
The company will pay up to $9.6 billion to resolve current litigation and another $1.25 billion to address potential future litigation. The settlement did not include any admission of liability.
Part of the future litigation fund will be used to create an expert science panel to determine whether the Roundup ingredient glyphosate may cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and, if so, at what level it becomes dangerous. The findings will bind Bayer as well as the plaintiffs lawyers, according to the New York Times.
About 25,000 claims are not included in the settlement, but the plaintiffs may eventually join, according to lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who spoke with the New York Times. Feinberg was a court-appointed mediator for the settlement talks.
Feinberg told the New York Times that court closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have helped lead to the settlement.
“The pandemic worked to the advantage of settlement because the threat of a scheduled trial was unavailable,” Feinberg said.
The three Roundup cases that have gone to trial—resulting in verdicts for the plaintiffs—will continue through the appellate process and are not covered by the settlement. The highest verdict was $2 billion; it was reduced to $86.7 million
Roundup is made by Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer in 2018.
Bayer also announced that it resolved most litigation over polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCB, exposure in water for $820 million and litigation over damage to crops caused by drift of the herbicide dicamba for up to $400 million, according to the press release.
ABAJournal.com: “Federal judge sanctions lead lawyer in Roundup trial for opening statement ‘misconduct’”
ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer who successfully sued Roundup is accused of trying to extort $200M from unnamed company”
ABAJournal.com: “Judge refuses to block maker of Roundup weed killer from geofencing around courthouse”
ABAJournal.com: “Roundup weed killer was substantial factor in man’s cancer, jurors find in second trial”
Does anyone believe that Bayer would pay that much, if Roundup was safe?
Here is a note from one of our members who is in great need of our help. His name is Ron Hatton. If you can help, it will be greatly appreciated.
Hello, to you, my friends and associates.
I was almost murdered on Wednesday June the 3rd after agreeing to take a man to visit his ailing mother in Stockton, CA. When I was dropping him off (he was beginning to scare me), he beat me severely, and since I couldn’t just let him steal my van, drug me 1/4 mile down the road with my body stuck under the van (with a flat tire) before managing to throw my body into a guardrail at about 30 mph.
There is almost none of my body that isn’t damaged. I need assistance in many ways. I have lost a goodly portion of the skin (down to the muscle) on my left side, with less damage on the other areas, and not a portion of my body untouched (save for my right ring finger and my winky. Thank god for that!) and is more painful than anything I can remember, and can’t even imagine until now.
I don’t like asking for help, as you all know. Also, as I have dedicated my life to helping others for more than a decade, and now need help in the worst of ways, I thought I would ask you all to help spread the word to your friends in the hope of meeting the tremendous financial burden this has put on my life.
I would love it if you took a moment to check out my GoFundMe campaign:
Your support would mean a lot to me. Thank you so much! I mean it.
We need an anti-psycopathic vaccine. The condition is spreading fast in the world of mandatory vaccine hucksters. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/06/joseph-mercola/newborns-to-be-separated-from-parents-for-covid-19-testing/ By Joseph Mercola Mercola.com The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the biggest funder of vaccines in the entire world and, according to Gates, its COVID-19 vaccination effort “dwarfs anything we’ve ever worked on before.”1 Indeed, Gates push […]