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The Unz Review Suddenly Banned by Facebook!

By Ron Unz • Unz Review • May 1, 2020

My morning newspapers had recently mentioned Facebook’s plans to crack down on misinformation related to our ongoing Covid-19 epidemic, and probably like most other readers I just nodded my head. After all, many Americans might die if cranks or pranksters began promoting highly dubious cures to the deadly disease, perhaps even suggesting that people should inject themselves with Lysol to ward off an infection.

However, those bland public statements took on an entirely different meaning yesterday afternoon when I discovered that all material from The Unz Review had suddenly been banned for alleged violations of “community standards” and our own Facebook page eliminated.

I don’t use Social Media much myself, but others obviously do, and blocking all our website content from access to the 1.7 billion Facebook users seems a pretty drastic step. So it’s quite reasonable to wonder why, and especially why now?

From the very first, the motto of our publication has been A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media, and I think we have fulfilled that pledge, publishing many thousands of articles and posts on an enormous range of extraordinarily controversial and even forbidden topics, notably including my own American Pravda series.

Under such circumstances, being banned by Facebook might hardly seem surprising. However, many of our most extremely controversial pieces were published years ago, drawing angry denunciations from various quarters, but received with apparent equanimity from the Lords of the Social Network. Nearly all of the “touchy” pieces we published in the last couple of weeks seem no more “touchy” than the ones from a year or two years or even three years ago. So what suddenly sparked this unprecedented action?

Although I can’t be sure, I strongly suspect that the triggering event was my own most recent American Pravda article, dealing as it did with the Coronavirus epidemic, the supposed focus of Facebook’s current crackdown. And this piece not only accumulated more early readership than any of my previous articles here, but also two or three times as many Facebook Likes, which might have raised serious concerns in certain quarters.

My previous American Pravda articles have hardly been bland, but disputing the established narrative of the JFK Assassination or World War II might be regarded as mere intellectual exercises, having little practical impact. By contrast, tens of thousands of Americans have already died from the Coronavirus outbreak while our economy has been wrecked. So raising troubling questions about the origins of this gigantic national disaster might be regarded as just too problematical to be allowed distribution on Facebook.

American Pravda: Our Coronavirus Catastrophe as Biowarfare Blowback? was the title of my 7,400 word essay, and I answered that explosive query in the closing section:

Last month, a team of five WSJ reporters produced a very detailed and thorough 4,400 word analysis of the same period, and the NYT has published a helpful timeline of those early events as well. Although there may be some differences of emphasis or minor disagreements, all these American media sources agree that Chinese officials first became aware of the serious viral outbreak in Wuhan in early to mid-January, with the first known death occurring on Jan. 11th, and finally implemented major new public health measures later that same month. No one has apparently disputed these basic facts.

But with the horrific consequences of our own later governmental inaction being obvious, elements within our intelligence agencies have sought to demonstrate that they were not the ones asleep at the switch. Earlier this month, an ABC News story cited four separate government sources to reveal that as far back as late November, a special medical intelligence unit within our Defense Intelligence Agency had produced a report warning that an out-of-control disease epidemic was occurring in the Wuhan area of China, and widely distributed that document throughout the top ranks of our government, warning that steps should be taken to protect US forces based in Asia. After the story aired, a Pentagon spokesman officially denied the existence of that November report, while various other top level government and intelligence officials refused to comment. But a few days later, Israeli television mentioned that in November American intelligence had indeed shared such a report on the Wuhan disease outbreak with its NATO and Israeli allies, thus seeming to independently confirm the complete accuracy of the original ABC News story and its several government sources.

It therefore appears that elements of the Defense Intelligence Agency were aware of the deadly viral outbreak in Wuhan more than a month before any officials in the Chinese government itself. Unless our intelligence agencies have pioneered the technology of precognition, I think this may have happened for the same reason that arsonists have the earliest knowledge of future fires.

Back in February, before a single American had died from the disease, I wrote my own overview of the possible course of events, and I would still stand by it today:

Consider a particularly ironic outcome of this situation, not particularly likely but certainly possible…

Everyone knows that America’s ruling elites are criminal, crazy, and also extremely incompetent.

So perhaps the coronavirus outbreak was indeed a deliberate biowarfare attack against China, hitting that nation just before Lunar New Year, the worst possible time to produce a permanent nationwide pandemic. However, the PRC responded with remarkable speed and efficiency, implementing by far the largest quarantine in human history, and the deadly disease now seems to be in decline there.

Meanwhile, the disease naturally leaks back into the US, and despite all the advance warning, our totally incompetent government mismanages the situation, producing a huge national health disaster, and the collapse of our economy and decrepit political system.

As I said, not particularly likely, but certainly a very fitting end to the American Empire…

The spread of these simple ideas on Social Media might have dramatic political consequences, so I can easily understand why certain elements would take strong steps to prevent this.

May 1, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance | ,

9 Comments »

  1. “It therefore appears that elements of the Defense Intelligence Agency were aware of the deadly viral outbreak in Wuhan more than a month before any officials in the Chinese government itself. Unless our intelligence agencies have pioneered the technology of precognition, I think this may have happened for the same reason that arsonists have the earliest knowledge of future fires”.

    The American Government, CIA, FBI, etc etc, love to keep telling the American people that they are “Keeping Americans Safe”, but, the reality is, somewhat different. They are actually keeping the American people “in the dark” about what is REALLY being done to them(and to their “FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY”)
    .
    The American people have far too much faith in their “Leaders”, and if recent Presidents are any indication(since Brain Dead Ronny Reagan)Americans should be very afraid of what is in store for them……(and the rest of us as well).

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 1, 2020 | Reply

    • Another as usual rabidly anti American in general bs post by Australia’s seemly somewhat demented Brian Harry here…

      For his edification…I have included a very recent Twitter feed on the soon to be exoneration of General Flynn🎶

      TheSharpEdge

      @TheSharpEdge1
      1h

      BOOM

      Now we know WHY they targeted Flynn. Sidney Powell: He was going to audit all of the intel agencies. There were billions of dollars and operations being run off the books by Brennan, Clapper, and all of those jokers. LISTEN:

      Quote Tweet

      OUknow7
      @DenverFlynn
      · 20h

      .@BarackObama told President Elect @realDonaldTrump Not to Hire @GenFlynn Now We Know Why. Planned thorough overhaul of Inflated NSC 400/50, Audit All Intel Agencies BILLIONS of Dollars ran off books by @JohnBrennan Clapper ALL those Jokers. All Misdeeds where going to be Caught.

      Show this thread

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      Comment by Leland Roth | May 1, 2020 | Reply

      • Poor simple Leland. I’m not “rabidly anti American”. I am critical of The American Government, not the American people. But you’re so full of BS you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference…..

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 1, 2020 | Reply

        • Poor simple Brian…I glad u like hu~mans… u had me worried there….

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          Comment by Leland Roth | May 1, 2020 | Reply

  2. Martin Geddes

    Apr 28 at 5:56pm

    COVID-1984: The medical cures with no media bite

    I have no qualifications in medicine whatsoever, so I have zero opinion to offer on plagues and cures. What I am copiously qualified to comment upon is the media reaction to COVID-19, and whether this is a reasonable reflection of reality. This is important, since our present situation includes huge curtailment of our normal freedoms of movement and commerce. Are those constraints proportionate, or overreach?

    In particular, is the mass media performing its function of holding power (to put us under virtual house arrest) to account? There is a strong case to be made that not only in the answer “no”, but the media is actively promoting agendas that go against the public interest. For the purposes of this article, “the media” includes the major social media platforms, since they also frequently engage in (unlawful) editorialising and censorship.

    We now know that the models originally used to justify lockdown policies do not reflect the real world experience: overly pessimistic inputs were exponentially compounded, resulting in paranoid forecasts. That is because COVID-19 seems to be a highly contagious condition (or maybe not), but not a particularly lethal one — when in comparison to total infections. Most people are asymptomatic, and those under 50 years of age nearly always recover.

    Those who die are mostly older, and have co-morbidities: under 4% of deaths in Italy are due to COVID-19 alone. Many are concentrated in nursing homes, which by their nature bring together those unable to care for themselves and nearing the end of life; hospitals are not overloaded by such deaths. One researcher estimates a loss of 10 years of productive life for each COVID-19 death, which is awful for the individuals concerned and their families, but not a catastrophic risk for society as pandemics go.

    Whilst there has been a notable increase in excess mortality in some countries and regions, it is not beyond comparison to an unusually bad influenza season. Many hospital ICUs are far below capacity, and their record in treating patients is highly variable anyhow. It seems ventilators can do far more harm than good, since the danger to life is primarily one of blood oxygenation rather than ventilation.

    The experience of countries like Sweden and Belarus casts (inconclusive) doubt on the helpful effect of lockdown. There also seems to be a lack of excess mortality among “front line” workers compared to those who self-quarantined. It is therefore reasonable to inquire whether lockdown policies have a rational scientific basis, and whether the media is doing its job in questioning them — and pursuing alternatives.

    When we look at the media coverage, both in the UK and US, what is prominent is a fear narrative that emphasises the high profile infections of a celebrities and the deaths of some very unfortunate healthcare workers. There is hyping of the high death tolls in a few select locations (like New York), without any serious inquiry as to why they are suffering COVID-19 death notifications (not the same as deaths!) at hundreds of times the rate of comparable cities in the US and elsewhere — that didn’t even experience lockdown.

    Salespeople like Bill Gates — a man with no more medial qualifications than I have, and who stands to make handsome profits from vaccines and related ID technology — are given copious screen time, and offered sycophantic interviews. His connections to people like Jeffrey Epstein, or hideous ethical record in places like India, are not mentioned. His foundation funds media companies like the BBC, creating a conflict of interest that is not revealed to the audience.

    Dr Anthony Fauci — also with a financial interest — standards reasonably accused by past employees of bullying and scientific fraud, but this is not investigated. Dr Deborah Birx stands on stage and says it is policy to count all deaths with COVID-19 positive tests as being from the virus, and yet there’s no media scandal in this inflation of the numbers. Barack Obama funded the Wuhan lab to the tune of millions of dollars, even illegally during a moratorium, but this is not seen by the media as being problematic or newsworthy.

    The WHO has infamously changed its tune on issues like human-to-human transmissibility of this virus. What they also did recently was delete a tweet that says infection doesn’t guarantee future immunity, since the virus mutates. This undermines the case for any viable vaccine: you rely on the past antibodies being the same ones for the future pathogen. That is already the problem for influenza, whose vaccine seems to have both efficacy and safety issues. A similar Swine Flu mass vaccination plan in the 1970s caused a disaster (but there was no need for anyone in the media to remind you of that).

    The public are being scared into wearing face masks everywhere — ironically the traditional covering of slaves — by this media fear-mongering. Yet there is scant evidence of their effectiveness in containing the spread of any viral illness in public spaces, especially outdoors, and the US Surgeon General has specifically said they are neither necessary nor effective. So why are the public not told by the media their effort is likely wasted, and to keep PPE for professionals in closed spaces where it’s really needed?

    It does all begin to make you wonder if there might just possibly be another agenda in play. Are “ventilators, veils, and vaccines” the best on offer? Maybe not!

    It’s no secret that there are multiple potential treatments and cures for COVID-19. Plausible ones I have noted in my online research include:

    Hydroxychloriquine (HCQ), Azithromycin, and Zinc in combination (for early stage)Ivermectin (for late stage)Chlorine dioxideEthanol vapour inhalationUV light (from within the body as well as outside)NicotineStem cell therapyHigh dose vitamin CVitamin DFamotidine

    No doubt there are more. What we are concerned with here is whether the media is giving the public an accurate picture of the prospect of a workable and affordable cure. COVID-19 is a novel condition, so any hope for vaccine leaves you facing both uncertainty an effective one exists, and a possibly long wait to discover if it is safe. That’s before you consider any other risks like prion contamination.

    Let’s take the first candidate, HCQ, as a case study. It is a cheap drug with a longstanding safety record for use in conditions like lupus and arthritis. It was used to treat SARS (another coronavirus) successfully back in 2005. There is a very strong inverse relationship between COVID-19 and areas using HCQ for malaria prophylaxis and treatment. Thousands of COVID-19 patients have been treated and cured by this HCQ combination — but only when it is offered early in the infection cycle. It has vigorously promoted by many doctors, and has topped surveys of the most promising treatment. Countries like Costa Rica, Australiaand Algeria have adopted it as their first option, the last citing it as “almost completely effective”.

    How does the US corporate media cover this promising news? It waits until there is one trial that says otherwise! The Veterans Administration trial used a retrospective method to pick a small sample of people with co-morbidities (so they could all be about to die of cancer, for example), and gave them HCQ alone (so not in the proper combination), and not at the right time — among many other methodological failures. It has been described as a near perfect example of trial rigging .

    This single example was then simultaneously blasted across dozens of outlets (no hidden coordination, of course!), declaring HCQ a failure. For example, take a look at this Reason (!) article, and search for “zinc”. Can’t find it? That’s because the whole article’s purpose is to distract you from the fact that you need the zinc ionophore to make the HCQ effective. It is a form of lying by omission, and deeply unethical.

    Furthermore, extra media articles suddenly appeared trying to cast doubt on the safety of HCQ, despite it having decades of safe use with well known and modest risks (like nausea and heath rhythm changes). Given than treatment with ventilators has an 80%+ death rate for COVID-19, the safety bar we are looking to cross here is pretty low!

    The collective effect of these media articles meant that search engines were flooded with negative content regarding HCQ, meaning the causal inquirer is likely to form a wrong opinion. Yet HCQ seems to be an unsung wonder-drug with decades of languishing research into how it can treat diabetes, asthma, cardiomyopathy, lymphoma, cancer, psoriasis, and even Lymes disease. The truth is hidden in plain sight, just its spread has been wildly counter-profitable.

    President Trump mentioned that light therapy might be a promising COVID-19 treatment. There is a listed company that has exactly this technology — Aytu BioScience — and a trial at Cedars-Sinai hospital. The media reaction? Their explanatory video was immediately deleted by YouTube, and corporate Twitter account suspended. Yet Twitter still has plenty of child pornography left up in public… so their priorities seem rather twisted.

    Likewise President Trump mentioned “disinfectant”, which is an allusion to chlorine dioxide. This has been notably promoted to the online public by Jordan Sather, whose every mention of it gets forcibly deleted by Twitter. He now has a whole New York Times and Business Insider articles dedicated to discrediting him and this treatment as “bleach”. Methinks they do protest too much!

    Yet putting oxygen directly into blood that lacks it, as well as a chlorine disinfectant to clean up an infection, is not beyond the limits of plausibility — and has clinical trials and patentsto prove it. Including a bonus patent as a cancer cure. The failure to disclose this information discredits these media institutions as commentators on this subject.

    In the case of these last two (light and disinfectant) I listened to a BBC Radio 4 broadcast where the news journalist said he had investigated whether any therapies existed behind the President’s words. He said there were none! This would leave the reasonable listener with a false impression that the President was clueless, when in reality he is subtly pointing to the work the media hasn’t brought into your attention. I don’t know if these treatments work for COVID-19, but they do objectively exist.

    Vitamin D deficiency seems to be a strong predisposition to COVID-19. Vitamin D has also got clinical trials with positive results. High dosage vitamin C is often described as a miracle cure that has been neglected for decades by the medical establishment despite copious evidence of safely and efficacy. (It turns into hydrogen peroxide at high doses — that “disinfectant” theme recurring!) It has been brought into the standard protocols for COVID-19 by many doctors worldwide. Nutritional boosting of the public’s immune systems is notable by its absence from the media’s advice columns.

    Antibody test that were “dangerous” and “unreliable” when testing was not in vogue become important when testing is suddenly the barrier to ending lockdown. Why does the story keep changing and the lockdown goalposts moving?

    Doctors from Bakersfield, CA who went on record to say they felt the data didn’t support the lockdown immediately got their content deleted from YouTube. Why isn’t this censorship of lockdown debate a media scandal?

    The WHO’s credibility is open to question, yet YouTube insists they are the sole global authority and any dissent from their official line will have your content censored. WhatsApp want to partner with them to prevent the spread of misinformation. Why is an unaccountable body being given power to stifle discussion and dissent?

    Where are the investigations into why the numbers dying from flu have dried up? Why is the CDC even stopping publishing flu data? Why are deaths from causes unrelated to COVID-19 seemingly dropping? Are people being given the right cause of death? What are the effects of a $40k (and up) financial incentiveto ventilate someone (to death)? Why is hospitalisation data being deleted? Why are there 6x the cases and 12x the deaths in comparable Democrat cities versus Republican ones? Why are the NIH and CDC changing their tune on HCQ safety? Why does the WHO say there are no COVID-19 therapies when there visibly are? Why is the CDC sending out test kits that are themselves infected?

    So many questions, and yet so few media answers. You don’t need to be a “conspiracy theorist” to think that your interest might not be high up the media’s list of priorities!

    In particular, the media isn’t answering the call for cheap and effective COVID-19 cures — because there’s no money in them. Follow the money to understand why the mass media is in lockstep with Big Pharma — which in the US is its biggest source of income. The US corporate media will never bite the hand the feeds them. The corruption runs deeper, but money alone is enough to explain everything at this level.

    If it becomes widely known that there are cheap therapies for many common conditions (including cancer), and that these have been (violently) suppressed by a medical-media mafia to maintain profits, then the public will be in open revolt. The power of these institutions and industries will be destroyed by the revelation of long hidden cures.

    Furthermore, lockdown policy is only sellable to the public if there is no plausible COVID-19 cure. The credibility of the entire health governance and national government system is at stake with COVID-19. That’s why every cure has to be put into the media’s socially engineered “memory hole” to preserve the power of the legacy structural elite.

    We are experiencing a lockdown of the free flow of knowledge, as well as of people. As a result, the public is unable to resist tyrannical policies imposed under the cover of public safety. COVID-19 is George Orwell’s “1984” — playing out in reality.

    Time to end this medical mafia media Party.

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/covid-1984-cures-36512672

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    Comment by Leland Roth | May 1, 2020 | Reply

    • Well done Leland……at least ‘one person’ likes everyone of your posts……..

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 1, 2020 | Reply

  3. While Trump’s comments track some of the info shared here, :He is unable to communicate coherently on these matters, and many other topics. So, actual treatments and actual treatment ideas are not discussed much, rather Trump’s intelligence, or lack thereof, is put in the spotlight and we are all suitably aghast at his ignorance! Trump has 80 words in his vocabulary including “sad” “bad” “loser” “genius” and these words cannot build a decent explanation of these facts and ideas. And yet, by his own estimate, “nobody knows more than he does …” concerning the following topics: the military, the bible, walls, disability, veterans, equality, supporting Israel, conservative thought, respect for women, ISIS, crowds, nuclear horror, devaluation, uranium, trade, infrastructure, visas, politicians, taxes, the “system”.

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    Comment by ontogram | May 1, 2020 | Reply

  4. ‘coronavirus’ in search returns 108 Censored YouTube videos:
    https://www.altcensored.com/search?q=coronavirus

    altCensored.com is an Unbiased Community Catalog of 39K+ Limited State YouTube videos, including deleted content: “we show what they hide”

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    Comment by altCensored.com (@altcensored) | May 2, 2020 | Reply


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