CDC Study Based on 14 Clinical Trials Shows Face Masks do Not Work!

A new study that reviewed 14 randomized controlled trials, appeared in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal published by the CDC. The abstract reads, “Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.’ This means that, despite use of face masks, there was no proof that it stopped the spread of influenza. -GEG

Alert to citizens, governors, mayors, presidents, prime ministers, and public health officials—

You want science. You always state that. Well, here is your very own science.

The reference is: “Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures.” Published in: “Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol.26, No. 5, May 2020.” (That journal is published by the CDC.)

I quote from the abstract: “Here, we review the evidence base on the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical personal protective measures and environmental hygiene measures in non-healthcare settings and discuss their potential inclusion in pandemic plans. Although mechanistic studies [*] support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza. We similarly found limited evidence on the effectiveness of improved hygiene and environmental cleaning.”

Here are quotes from pages 970-972 of the review: “In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs [randomized controlled trials] that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks…”

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Minneapolis: Body Discovered in Building Burned by Rioters in May

Riots broke out in Minneapolis nearly two months ago, following the death of George Floyd, and a charred body was discovered in the remains of a local pawn shop that was set ablaze by rioters. The man who died suffered thermal injury and police say they have a suspect, Montez Terrill Lee, who was charged with setting fire to the building. Lee was caught on video pouring liquid form a metal container throughout the pawn shop. If the death of the unidentified victim is ruled a homicide, it will be the second fatality resulting from the Minneapolis riots, and the 36th in the city so far this year, compared to 18 murders int he city for the entire year in 2019. -GEG

Restaurant Spurs Uproar and Risks Being Closed Down for Defying Virus Orders

The Apple Bistro in Placerville, a small town in Northern California, is refusing to obey El Dorado County orders to practice COVID-19 protocols, as the restaurant allows customers without masks to dine at the establishment. The sign in front of the Apple Bistro announces that social distancing is not practiced and that “oxygen deprivation” masks and “dirty germ spreader” gloves are not worn. The county claims there have been 50 complaints lodged against the diner since July 16. Many people have left negative reviews and complained on Yelp about the policy, but there also are many who are rallying to support the restaurant. -GEG

A Northern California restaurant has caused an uproar by dismissing county orders to practice COVID-19 safety protocols.

The sign in front of the Apple Bistro in Placerville warns that social distancing is not practiced and that “oxygen deprivation” masks and “dirty germ spreader” gloves are not worn. The policy comes with a clear message: “This may not be for you.”

The El Dorado County restaurant’s decision has stirred debate among longtime customers — both those who defend the business and others who have denounced their allegiance — on the restaurant’s Yelp page, which now includes an “unusual activity alert” label as the page has been flooded by posts with the recent news. Some claimed that they were denied service for wearing a mask, an allegation that the restaurant has denied.

“We don’t discriminate against anybody with masks. We give people a choice,” a female employee who did not identify herself said over the phone before hanging up. The restaurant did not respond to further inquiry via email, and attempts to reconnect by phone were met with a full voicemail inbox.

“No one has ever been asked to leave for wearing a mask, ever,” the restaurant states on Facebook. “We will not have vulgar posts, threats, or lies about us on our page attempting to ‘Cancel’ us. We furthermore will not allow people that are acting this way to continue to post on our page.”

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Cisco Fired Employees Who Questioned BLM During Company’s Racism Discussion

In June, Cisco Systems hosted a video conference for 30,000 employees on race, and some workers who questioned the Black Lives Matter movement in the online forum were subsequently fired. Cisco says it fired a “handful” of workers for “inappropriate conduct”.

Cisco says 237 comments of the 10,400 made during the video conference “objected to what was being presented”, while the majority of comments praised management. On the video call, Cisco’s CEO announced a $5-million donation to “groups combating racism”.

In related news, James Damore, an engineer with Google who was fired in 2017 for writing a controversial memo that criticized the company’s efforts to improve the diversity of its workforce, dismissed his lawsuit against the tech giant when a compensation agreement was made. As usual, details of the agreement were not disclosed. -GEG

n early June, dutifully doing its part to virtue signal along with the rest of the world, Cisco Systems hosted an “all hands on deck” meeting on race, hosted via videoconference. In the comments of the online forum, visible to everyone, some workers questioned the Black Lives Matter movement and were subsequently fired from their jobs, proving once again that you can have an opinion, as long as it’s the right opinion. 

Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins talked with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, who is Black, and Bryan Stevenson, a Black lawyer and author who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, during the company’s June 1 meeting in front of 30,000 employees, according to Bloomberg.

Several people spoke out online against Black Lives Matter during these online forums. For example, one employee wrote: “Black lives don’t matter. All lives matter,” while another wrote that BLM “reinforces racism”. A third employee commented: “People who complain about racism probably have been a racist somewhere else to people from another race or part of systematic oppression in their own community!”

Cisco says it fired a “handful” of workers for “inappropriate conduct” because it won’t tolerate racism. It also, apparently, won’t tolerate its employees opinions.

The “incident” at Cisco (read: people expressing well reasoned opinions) has been a microcosm of similar situations at other silicon valley companies, who are left to try and figure out how to posture to the public they are concerned about racism, while at the same time not laying off their entire staff. Some believe that protests at companies could be next if employees aren’t “trained” to think the right way.

Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said: “Employers should be striving for zero tolerance when it comes to racism and discrimination, period. The protests we’ve seen in the streets have become part of our new normal and will eventually make their way inside workplaces if employers fail to meet the moment.”

Cisco said that ultimately 237 comments of the 10,400 made during the videoconference “objected to what was being presented”, while the majority of comments praised management. On the video call, Cisco’s CEO was announcing a $5 million donation to “groups combating racism”.

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US Government Teaching Race Theory that Deprecates the Caucasian Race

Whistleblower-leaked documents from the US Treasury Department reveal that the government is teaching that all white people contribute to racism and that white employees must accept their “unconscious bias, White privilege, and White fragility.” Howard Ross conducts the training and has billed taxpayers over $5-million for dozens of workshops throughout the federal government. -GEG

Berkeley City Council ‘Re-Imagines’ Public Safety with Unarmed Traffic Officers

California: Berkeley City Council approved a plan to ban police from conducting “routine” traffic stops. Instead, the city will create a program using unarmed employees to conduct traffic stops and issue tickets for violations. Police will be allowed to respond if drivers pull weapons on the employees. Police will no longer handle mental health, crisis management, or homeless matters. Berkeley lawmakers also set the goal to defund the city’s police force by 50%. Lawmakers in New York City and Los Angeles have expressed interest in developing similar legislation. It is expected to take about a year to implement the program. -GEG

Berkeley city lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to ban law enforcement officers from conducting “routine” traffic stops, and to entrust unarmed city transportation department personnel to pull drivers over instead.

The Berkeley City Council also set a “goal” to defund the city’s police force by 50 percent, among other sweeping changes, the East Bay Times reported.

Over 300 people attended the nine-hour virtual city council meeting, which didn’t wrap up until approximately 3 a.m. on July 15.

An overwhelming majority of those who attended the overnight meeting demanded that the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) be immediately defunded, the East Bay Times reported.

“I want you to know that we are listening to what you are saying, that we agree that we need to seize the opportunity to look at transforming public safety in Berkeley,” Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said during the session. “For far too long, public safety has been equated with more police.”

Arreguin, who co-authored the sweeping changes along with Vice Mayor Sophie Hahn, Councilmember Kate Harrison, and Councilmember Ben Bartlett, declared that “now is the time to innovate,” the East Bay Times reported.

“We must be both creative and imagine an alternative approach to public safety, to make clear and demonstrate a commitment as well as timelines to implement this to work,” he said.

In the predawn hours, the council voted to strip traffic enforcement duties from the BPD and to hand those responsibilities to the yet-to-be-established Berkeley Department of Transportation (BerkDOT).

That portion of the proposal was the brainchild of City Councilmember Rigel Robinson, who touted it as part of the city’s response to the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, the East Bay Times reported.

“Driving while black shouldn’t be a crime,” Robinson told The New York Times. “If we’re serious about transforming the country’s relationship with police, we have to start by taking on Americans’ most common interaction with law enforcement — traffic stops.”

According to Robinson, “far too often, routine traffic stops turn deadly,” the East Bay Times reported.

“A serious discussion of the role of modern policing, and the harm it has disproportionately inflicted on Black communities, is incomplete without a focus on traffic enforcement,” he reiterated.

“Berkeley residents have made it clear that the current model of policing is not working for our city,” Robinson opined. “I’m excited to continue the conversation on reimagining public safety, starting with the way we conduct enforcement on our streets.”

The BerkDOT will be staffed with unarmed city employees, the East Bay Times reported.

Those employees will be responsible for conducting traffic stops, citing drivers for traffic violations, and issuing parking citations.

Police will still be allowed to respond if the drivers pull weapons on the city employees.

It’s not clear how the city will grant the authority to detain people to non-police employees.

Police will no longer handle mental health, crisis management or homeless outreach matters under the approved changes, and the council said it has a “goal” of slashing the department’s overall budget by 50 percent, the East Bay Times reported.

Arreguin further proposed spending $200,000 to hire consultants to help revamp the BPD’s policies towards alternative and restorative justice models.

Another $160,000 will be utilized to examine BPD calls and how they responded to them.

The changes come on the heels of the Berkeley City Council slashing the city’s police budget by $9.2 million, the East Bay Times reported.

Arreguin hailed the defunding effort as “a down payment in reimagining public safety in Berkeley.”

“We don’t have all of the answers yet, but somebody has to break ground on this,” Arreguin told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Berkeley is committed that this is a conversation we need to explore.”

The Berkley Police Department (BPD) did not comment on the BerkDOT measure, and noted that the agency “does not comment on City legislation.”

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) spokesperson Sergeant Ray Kelly said that establishing an entirely new department to handle traffic violations seems to fly in the face of budget conservation.

“From a management perspective and budget perspective, it doesn’t make sense unless you’re a major metropolitan city,” Sgt. Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Why create more bureaucracy when traffic can be done very professionally, with a slight learning curve, with city departments?”

But Arreguin argued that “it’s probably cheaper” to use unarmed employees to carry out such tasks.

“The police budget is currently 44 percent of our general funds,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s not sustainable for our city.”

Lawmakers in New York City and Los Angeles have expressed interest in developing similar legislation for their cities, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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