Apocalypse Now: Stop the Madness

Apocalypse Now: Stop the Madness

“April is the cruelest month.”–T.S. Eliot, “The Wasteland,” 1922

COVID-19 has now violently emerged, alongside the Climate Emergency, as an existential menace. Our well being, financial livelihoods, local weather stability, democracy—our very survival as a human species—is below assault.

If we’re going to outlive this pandemic, and keep away from the pandemics mendacity in wait, if we’re going to keep away from the best pandemic of all of them looming on the horizon—runaway world warming and catastrophic local weather change—we have to take management of our future and construct a brand new Green Commonwealth that’s regenerative, slightly than degenerative.

To survive and thrive we must shut down the fossil gasoline trade and the military-industrial advanced. We might want to shut down the world’s bio-warfare labs (like those at Wuhan, China and Fort Detrick, Maryland), moist markets, intensive confinement farms, and wildlife trafficking that lie on the root of COVID-19.

To keep away from future pandemics, to cease the unfold of antibiotic resistance and the food- and environment-related persistent illnesses that at the moment are reaching epidemic ranges (most cancers, coronary heart illness, weight problems, diabetes, pulmonary deterioration), and that represent a serious co-factor in COVID-19 deaths, we must get rid of manufacturing facility farms (the right breeding grounds for illness and pandemics) and industrial meals manufacturing, remodel the diets and consuming habits of the inhabitants and drastically cut back air air pollution. This means shifting from chemical- and energy-intensive industrial agriculture, transportation, utilities and manufacturing to re-localized inexperienced and regenerative practices. It means placing an finish to the deforestation, habitat destruction, financial exploitation, globalized commerce wars and geopolitical belligerence that threaten us all.

Yes, we’d like a Grassroots Rising, similar to I describe in my new guide.

A world grassroots rising highly effective sufficient to push apart indentured politicians and company particular pursuits, and to implement a Coronavirus Rescue Program and a Green New Deal. This Rescue Program and Green New Deal should embrace a brand new meals, farming and healthcare system, and a assured revenue for all—offering the inspiration for a brand new inexperienced economic system.

We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We merely have to construct up and broaden upon our current finest practices—our natural, regenerative and re-localized meals, farming, vitality, pure well being and land use techniques—earlier than it’s too late.

As of April 5, the mass media, at the least within the UK, are lastly admitting what a few of us have been saying for greater than a month—COVID-19 possible leaked out of a chemical and organic weapons analysis lab in Wuhan, China positioned close to the Wuhan market.

The official ‘lone bat’ concept

As the Chinese authorities, Big Pharma and the business media have been telling us, COVID-19 got here from a bat virus in China that sadly jumped the species barrier into people. The virus was vectored by “moist markets,” on this case the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, the place reside animals are caged, slaughtered, cooked and eaten.

The mass media, nevertheless, have ignored a variety of early Chinese scientific and media stories (now suppressed) that no animals on the market examined optimistic for COVID-19, that roughly one-third of the preliminary group of reported human circumstances in Wuhan from early December 2019 had no connection to the seafood market, together with the primary reported case. The media even have largely ignored the testimony of quite a few individuals within the Wuhan market who’ve categorically acknowledged that there have been no bats on the market, nor eaten available in the market.

In January a Beijing newspaper reported that “affected person zero,” the primary sufferer of the COVID-19 virus, was in actual fact Huang Yanling, a scientist on the Wuhan Virology Lab.

As a number of nicely revered Chinese scientists, Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao, identified in a pre-publication scientific article in February of this yr (since suppressed by the federal government):

“According to municipal stories and the testimonies of 31 residents and 28 guests, the bat was by no means a meals supply within the metropolis, and no bat was traded available in the market.”

Although there have been apparently no horseshoe bats on the market within the Wuhan market, there have been plenty of bats being experimented on in two supposedly high-security analysis labs close by. One of those was simply 300 yards away (adjoining to Union Hospital, the place a number of early circumstances of COVID-19 contaminated hospital docs), and one other was seven miles away. The conclusion of Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao was that “In addition to origins of pure recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus most likely originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”

The April 5 UK Daily Mail story quotes a U.S. bioweapons knowledgeable, Richard Ebright:

“American biosecurity knowledgeable Professor Richard Ebright, of Rutgers University’s Waksman Institute of Microbiology, New Jersey, stated that whereas the proof suggests Covid-19 was not created in one of many Wuhan laboratories, it may simply have escaped from there whereas it was being analyzed.

“Prof. Ebright stated he has seen proof that scientists on the Centre for Disease Control and the Institute of Virology studied the viruses with solely ‘stage 2’ safety—slightly than the really helpful stage 4—which ‘supplies solely minimal protections towards an infection of lab employees’.

“He added: ‘Virus assortment, tradition, isolation, or animal an infection would pose a considerable threat of an infection of a lab employee, and from the lab employee then the general public.’”

The Daily Mail goes on to report:

“In 2004, a leak from a Chinese laboratory led to an outbreak of extreme acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), killing one individual and infecting 9 others.” 

Despite the Chinese regime’s present propaganda that they’ve conquered COVID-19, and at the moment are prepared to assist the remainder of the world stave off the pandemic, the ruling junta bears a serious a part of the blame for the present world catastrophe.

As Andrew Nikiforuk writes in Tyee journal:

“Faced with the coronavirus menace, Chinese authorities, in accordance with complete stories by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, suppressed whistleblowers, ignored crucial proof and responded so tardily to the outbreak that they moved to compensate for his or her failures with a draconian lockdown . . . one metropolis after one other from Bergamo to Madrid to New York is now reliving the Wuhan expertise with the next proportion of infections and dying charges of their residents and health-care employees than ever reported by China’s totalitarian state.”

The official answer

The powers that be guarantee us that Big Pharma (backed by Bill and Melinda Gates) will quickly come to our rescue with a extremely worthwhile, blockbuster vaccine that may defend us all from COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Big Pharma additionally made comparable guarantees through the earlier SARS1 outbreak (in 2003), a predecessor to COVID-19. But apparently the sooner model of SARS didn’t kill sufficient individuals (8,000 individuals from 29 completely different nations grew to become contaminated, and 774 died) to ensure the market profitability of a SARS1 vaccine.

These similar “authorities” by some means neglect to say that the majority of Big Pharma’s current seasonal flu vaccines (usually laced with mercury as a preservative and aluminum to reinforce the impact) sometimes have a slightly mediocre success charge of 20 – 50 p.c, to not point out uncomfortable side effects.

But this time there are many lifeless our bodies, and loads of cash to be made, since individuals are justifiably scared to dying. That’s why Big Pharma shares are rising, at the same time as most of Wall Street is collapsing. Commander-in Chief-Trump even reportedly provided a billion {dollars} to a German Pharma firm in trade for unique patent rights to the U.S. for the corporate’s forthcoming vaccine. Google and Facebook, closely invested in prescription drugs, will little doubt—as a public service in fact—proceed to trace us all by way of our cellphones and work with the authorities to verify all of us get all our future COVID-19 vaccine photographs.

The Chinese authorities will henceforth ban reside animal markets (“moist markets’), at the same time as they proceed (as will the U.S., France, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Israel and different nations) their “defensive” experiments with chemical and organic warfare (CBW) brokers in labs the place accidents, leaks and thefts have nearly change into routine.

The U.S.’s largest CBW lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland, was briefly closed by the Centers for Disease Control simply final yr for “issues with disposal of harmful supplies,” the specifics of which Fort Detrick refused to offer to the New York Times for “causes of nationwide safety.”

Meanwhile the Washington Post reported (February 27, 2019) final yr, in an article just lately faraway from its web site—“The U.S. Is Funding Dangerous Experiments It Doesn’t Want You to Know About”—that the Trump administration has restarted beforehand suspended “funding for 2 teams of researchers . . . to conduct transmission-enhancing experiments on the chicken flu virus.”

I assume Fort Detrick officers and the mass media consider we shouldn’t fear an excessive amount of about tens of millions of infections and tons of of 1000’s of COVID-19 deaths, since we’ll quickly (possibly) have a vaccine? Do our data, Internet and nationwide safety gatekeepers additionally consider we shouldn’t fear an excessive amount of about future outbreaks of probably even deadlier supercharged and/or weaponized zoonotic (animal-to-human) illnesses popping out of deforested areas, degraded wildlife habitat, leaky bio-warfare labs and filthy, disease-ridden manufacturing facility farms?

As meals activist and epidemiologist Rob Wallace writes:

“The H1N1 (2009) influenza outbreak that nervous so many a decade-plus in the past proved much less virulent than it first appeared. But even that pressure penetrated the worldwide inhabitants, and quietly killed sufferers, at magnitudes far past these first follow-up dismissals. [The swine flu pandemic] H1N1 (2009) killed as many as 579,000 individuals its first yr, producing issues in fifteen instances extra circumstances than initially projected from lab checks alone…

“This century we’ve already trainspotted novel strains of African swine fever, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Ebola, E. coli O157:H7, foot-and-mouth illness, hepatitis E,  Listeria, Nipah virus, Q fever, Salmonella, Vibrio, Yersinia, Zika, and quite a lot of novel influenza A variants, together with H1N1 (2009), H1N2v, H3N2v, H5N1, H5N2, H5Nx, H6N1, H7N1, H7N3, H7N7, H7N9, and H9N2.

“And near-nothing actual was finished about any of them. Authorities spent a sigh of aid upon every’s reversal and instantly took the following roll of the epidemiological cube, risking snake eyes of most virulence and transmissibility”

Have we forgotten concerning the current rising illnesses and epidemics which have preceded COVID-19, together with SARS (2003, originating in civet cats) MERS (2012, originating in camels), avian flu and swine flu (2009, originating in birds and pigs), Ebola (2014 originating in bats), African Swine Fever (2019, originating in pigs), and two earlier and persevering with epidemics, Lyme Disease (1975, originating in ticks), and HIV (1981, originating in monkeys)?

Have we forgotten that antibiotic-resistant micro organism trigger greater than 2.Eight million infections and 35,000 deaths within the U.S. every year, largely attributed to feeding antibiotics to billions of animals in manufacturing facility farms?

Have we forgotten the dire warning by world public well being officers that antibiotic-resistance infections may kill 10 million individuals by 2050?

Have we forgotten the warning by local weather scientists that billions of individuals will die from runaway world warming and local weather disaster if we don’t act rapidly and drastically to cut back greenhouse fuel emissions whereas drawing down and sequestering in our timber, soils and crops a number of hundred billion tons of CO2 by way of regenerative meals, farming, and ecosystem restoration?

So why fear? Big Pharma, Bill Gates, Google, Facebook, Wall Street, the World Health Organization, the White House, enlightened CEOs and free market politicians will maintain us, proper?

Please don’t lie awake at evening worrying about virulent viruses escaping from bio-warfare labs i.e. Wuhan-type accidents or “safety lapses” at any of the world’s tons of of chemical organic warfare labs. These leaks, accidents, and thefts occur on a regular basis.

Don’t fear about China or Russia or one other nation, resembling Iran or North Korea, retaliating towards our commerce wars and sanctions and attacking us with their weaponized viruses, as a result of we’ll annihilate them with our personal chemical and organic warfare weapons. In nuclear conflict circles this is called Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

Before we all know it, similar to Trump and Fox News say, we’ll all be again on the buying malls shopping for Chinese items, or else chowing down on low-cost pesticide- and antibiotic-laced meals, and manufacturing facility farm meat and animal merchandise at our favourite (non-organic) eating places and grocery shops.

And by the best way, don’t fear about world warming both. The “free market” and the political institution will inevitably maintain this downside, similar to they’re doing with COVID-19, with only some minor disruptions to enterprise as regular.

It’s time to cease the insanity. It’s time to get rid of the harmful drivers of COVID-19, in addition to the opposite rising pandemics, epidemics and persistent illnesses that proceed to threaten our well being and our livelihoods.

Once you’re compelled to go to the hospital, it doesn’t actually matter whether or not a virus or a micro organism was synthetically weaponized in a lab, or transmitted by a bat, civet, chicken or a pangolin as a result of its jungle habitat was clear-cut for a palm oil or GMO soybean plantation, or whether or not it was “naturally” weaponized by passing by way of 1000’s of genetically an identical chickens or pigs in an industrial manufacturing facility farm. Either method, you’re simply as sick.

It’s time to acknowledge that if individuals are wholesome, with wholesome lungs, a powerful immune system, optimum ranges of vitamin D of their our bodies, and are bodily lively, it’s unlikely they may die from COVID-19.

It’s time to confess that low-grade industrial meals, air air pollution, environmental and occupational hazards, and lack of entry to wholesome meals and medical care give rise to the “pre-existing medical situations” that allow COVID-19 and different persistent illnesses to kill individuals earlier than their time.

The motive African-Americans, and low-income individuals usually, are extra weak to COVID-19 and are dying in larger numbers than prosperous whites, is due to institutional racism and classism. When individuals are compelled to reside in polluted environments, with restricted entry to wholesome meals, dietary dietary supplements and enlightened medical care (together with complementary drugs) they’re weak.

Economic justice, jobs and revenue for all, and a health-promoting meals and medical system are a few of the strongest and efficient antidotes to illness.

As Rebecca Solnit reminds us:

“. . . one of many issues most harmful . . . is the lapse into believing that all the pieces was positive earlier than catastrophe struck, and that each one we have to do is return to issues as they have been. Ordinary life earlier than the pandemic was already a disaster of desperation and exclusion for too many human beings, an environmental and local weather disaster, an obscenity of inequality.”

Antibiotic resistance, most cancers, weight problems, diabetes, coronary heart illness, despair, anxiousness, opioid habit, psychological and behavioral issues, poverty, exploitation, environmental degradation, loss  of meals diet—these are all half of a bigger, “sluggish movement pandemic” that has degenerated the well being of the physique politic to the purpose the place most of us might not even reside lengthy sufficient to be threatened by the best pandemic of all of them: catastrophic local weather change and the collapse of our surroundings and life-support techniques.

We can flip issues round. We can take management of our well being, our diets and our political future.

One up to date visionary, Charles Eisenstein, summarizes the crossroads that we face:

“For a very long time, we, as a collective, have stood helpless within the face of an ever-sickening society. Whether it’s declining well being, decaying infrastructure, despair, suicide, habit, ecological degradation, or focus of wealth, the signs of civilizational malaise within the developed world are plain to see, however now we have been caught within the techniques and patterns that trigger them. Now, COVID has gifted us a reset.

“1,000,000 forking paths lie earlier than us. Universal primary revenue may imply an finish to financial insecurity and the flowering of creativity as tens of millions are free of the work that COVID has proven us is much less crucial than we thought. Or it may imply, with the decimation of small companies, dependency on the state for a stipend that comes with strict situations. The disaster may usher in totalitarianism or solidarity; medical martial legislation or a holistic renaissance; larger worry of the microbial world or larger resiliency in participation in it; everlasting norms of social distancing or a renewed need to come back collectively . . .

“The virus we face right here is worry, whether or not it’s worry of COVID-19, or worry of the totalitarian response to it, and this virus too has its terrain. Fear, together with habit, despair, and a number of bodily ills, thrives in a terrain of separation and trauma: inherited trauma, childhood trauma, violence, conflict, abuse, neglect, disgrace, punishment, poverty, and the muted, normalized trauma that impacts almost everybody who lives in a monetized economic system, undergoes trendy education, or lives with out neighborhood or connection to put . . . Already we are able to really feel the ability of who we would change into.”

The hour is late. But there may be nonetheless time to show issues round.

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International, and the creator of “Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Food, Farming, Climate and a Green New Deal.” To sustain with OCA’s information and alerts, join right here.

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