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What if...

Dear friends,

COVID has dominated our lives for these last two plus years. Official Johns Hopkins statistics state that over six million have died around the world and many more are dying every day. Caution is clearly warranted to protect our health and that of our loved ones.

Yet what if these elites have learned to take advantage of big shocks to the public – like pandemics and terrorist attacks – to forward their control agendas and make huge profits from predictable market swings and fear-based purchasing?

With best wishes for a transformed world,
Fred Burks for PEERS and
Former White House interpreter and whistleblower

A Brief History of Recent Epidemic Scares

Anthrax – 2001

When letters containing anthrax were mailed to two U.S. senators shortly after the 9/11 attacks, government and media sources immediately fanned widespread fear of massive infections around the U.S.. People around the country. greatly feared the deadly anthrax. Yet in the end, as stated in this 2011 NPR article, "Five people died from inhaling anthrax and 17 others were infected."

This Oct. 26, 2001 New York Times article states "Bayer agreed ... to sell 100 million tablets of its anthrax medicine, Cipro, to the government for 95 cents apiece. But while Bayer nearly halved its previous price, three big pharmaceutical companies have since stepped forward to offer large quantities of their antibiotics free."

So the U.S. government turned down the free drugs and spent the $95 million, yet the vast majority of those Cipro pills were never taken and have now passed their expiration date and so were wasted. So who profited from all the fear?

Avian Flu – 2005-06

2005 BBC News article titled "Bird flu 'could kill 150m people’":
“A flu pandemic could happen at any time and kill between 5 – 150 million people, a UN health official has warned. David Nabarro, who is charged with coordinating responses to bird flu, said a mutation of the virus affecting Asia could trigger new outbreaks. The WHO spokesman on influenza, Dick Thompson, told a news conference in Geneva that the WHO's official estimate of the number of people who could die was between two million and 7.4 million.”

2008 article in Nature on avian flu: "The 88 cases and 59 deaths reported last year are lower than the 2006 peak of 115 cases and 79 deaths."

2006 article in UK's Independent titled "Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug":
"The US Defense Secretary has made more than $5m (£2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease. More than 60 countries have so far ordered large stocks of the antiviral medication. The drug was developed by a Californian biotech company, Gilead Sciences. Mr Rumsfeld was on the board of Gilead from 1988 to 2001, and was its chairman from 1997. He then left to join the Bush administration, but retained a huge shareholding."

The final tally of avian flu fatalities was under 200 for the "pandemic" of 2005 and 2006. So when the UN and WHO officials who were charged with handling these matters fomented fear by claiming many millions could die, they exaggerated by more than 10,000 times the number who actually died. So how much can we trust the UN and WHO in these matters? And who profited from all the fear spread around the word?

Swine Flu (H1N1) – 2009-10

2010 article in the Washington Post titled "Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers":
"European criticism of the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic intensified ... with the release of two reports that accused the agency of exaggerating the threat posed by the virus and failing to disclose possible influence by the pharmaceutical industry on its recommendations for how countries should respond. The WHO's response caused widespread, unnecessary fear and prompted countries around the world to waste millions of dollars. At the same time, the Geneva-based arm of the United Nations relied on advice from experts with ties to drug makers."

2010 article in the UK's Guardian titled "Swine flu was as elusive as WMD":
"Health chiefs should admit they were wrong – yet again – about a global pandemic. Virologist John Oxford said half the population could be infected [in the UK]. Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson [warned that] '65,000 could die', peaking at 350 corpses a day. The media went berserk. The World Health Organization declared a 'six-level alert' so as to 'prepare the world for an imminent attack'. If anyone dared question this drivel, they were dismissed by Donaldson as 'extremists'. In the UK, [only] 360 people have died under its influence, most with prior 'non-flu' conditions. Swine flu is not nice ... but bears no relation to the government hysteria."

2012 article in the Los Angeles Times titled "No magic bullet on the flu":
“Two employees of a communications company [revealed] they had been paid to ghostwrite some of the Tamiflu studies [and] had been given explicit instructions to ensure that a key message was embedded in the articles: Flu is a threat, and Tamiflu is the answer."

2014 Reuters article titled "Stockpiles of Roche Tamiflu drug are waste of money":
"Scientists from the respected research network the Cochrane Review said that the medicines had few if any beneficial effects, but did have adverse side effects. The United States has spent more than $1.3 billion buying a strategic reserve of antivirals including Tamiflu, while the British government has spent almost 424 million pounds ($703 million) on a stockpile of some 40 million Tamiflu doses."

Due to the huge fear generated worldwide, literally billions of dollars were spent by more than 60 countries around the world stockpiling Tamiflu to prevent both the avian and swine flus. As the meds had a shelf life of seven years, almost all of those millions of doses eventually went down the drain, while the billions of dollars spent flowed straight into the coffers of big Pharma and into the pockets of the politicians who supported them. Fomenting fear clearly can be very profitable for some.

Zika Virus – 2015-16

2016 New York Times article titled "Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency, W.H.O. Says":
"The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency on Monday, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak. The main worry is over the virus’s possible link to microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and, in the vast majority of cases, damaged brains."

2016 article in BMJ (British Medical Journal) titled "Zika Virus – Fear is the Key":
"Remember the WHO’s pandemic alert on swine flu some years ago? When the WHO was proactive to announce a pandemic then without any scientific justifications I was the one who wrote that that was a business stunt! People did not believe and the British Medical Journal rejected my paper. After one long year what I had predicted came true.  The link between microcephaly and the zika virus is only a hypothesis without much backing in science. This unproven allegation is neither a proper logical nor legal basis for the WHO Global Health Emergency Declaration. There are many signs that there is close cooperation between the WHO and pharmaceutical companies."

2016 Associated Press article titled "Brazil: 270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed":
"Researchers have been looking at 4,180 suspected cases of microcephaly reported since October. On Wednesday, officials said they had done a more intense analysis of more than 700 of those cases, confirming 270 cases and ruling out 462 others.  Six of the 270 confirmed microcephaly cases were found to have the virus."

Fear mongering around the zika virus causing microcephaly in babies led to governments spending more than $1 billion allegedly to combat the virus. Yet the link to microcephaly was never clearly established and the WHO removed the global emergency status in November of 2016. Where did all that money go?

Coronavirus – 2020-22

The coronavirus has affected and killed far more people than the examples above, yet could it be that the power elite are using the same tactics to rake in profits and achieve greater control?

When COVID news began to flood the media systems, many perspectives emerged to make sense of this new reality. Yet not long after it all started, a narrowing of perspectives transpired. Reasonable concerns and debate about lockdown policies, who financially benefits from COVID policies, and eventually the safety and efficacy of vaccination were soon censored and characterized as “misinformation." This greatly limited dialogue and even science itself. Any incident involving rampant censorship and huge troves of money warrants a deeper look and critical questions.

March 13, 2020 Intercept article titled "Big Pharma Prepares to Profit From the Coronavirus":
"During the current crisis, pharmaceutical makers may have even more leeway than usual because of language industry lobbyists inserted into an $8.3 billion coronavirus spending package ... to maximize their profits from the pandemic. The final aid package not only omitted language that would have limited drug makers’ intellectual property rights, it specifically prohibited the federal government from taking any action if it has concerns that the treatments or vaccines developed with public funds are priced too high."

March 18, 2020 Newsweek article titled "Inside the Military's Top Secret Plans if Coronavirus Cripples Government.":
"Above-Top Secret contingency plans already exist for what the military is supposed to do if all the Constitutional successors are incapacitated. Standby orders were issued more than three weeks ago to ready these plans, not just to protect Washington but also to prepare for the possibility of some form of martial law. The various plans ... are so secret that under these extraordinary plans, 'devolution' could circumvent the normal Constitutional provisions for government succession."

Dec. 16, 2020 Washington Post article titled "America’s biggest companies are flourishing during the pandemic and putting thousands of people out of work."
"A Post analysis found 45 of the 50 biggest U.S. companies turned a profit since March. The majority of firms cut staff and gave the bulk of profits to shareholders."

Nov. 25, 2020 New York Times article: "$1 trillion. That is the amount of new wealth American billionaires have amassed since March, at the start of the devastating lockdowns that state and local governments imposed to curb the pandemic. Billionaires amassed their new billions just as millions of other Americans plunged into dire financial straits."

So in the first year of COVID, billionaires amassed over $1 trillion in the U.S. alone. Yet for the majority of citizens, average income dropped, and unemployment and bankruptcies soared worldwide. Homicide rates, depression, suicide, domestic violence, and poverty all rose sharply. 2020 Nobel Peace Prize winner David Beasley stated that 135 million people had been pushed to "the brink of starvation" since the start of the pandemic. Yet all of this is not from the coronavirus, but from the policies instituted by the elite around the coronavirus.

Were lockdown policies effective?

May 29, 2020 The Telegraph article (One of the UK's leading newspapers) titled "The lack of evidence lockdowns actually worked is a world scandal":
"World-class studies that suggest lockdown did not alter the pandemic's course are mysteriously vanishing into internet obscurity on first contact with the official narrative."

February 28, 2021 ABC News article titled "Sweden has avoided a COVID-19 lockdown so far: Has its strategy worked?":
"Sweden recorded 7.9% excess deaths last year compared to the years 2016-19. That means that the country had the 23rd lowest annual excess deaths out of 30 European countries - lower than the U.K. (15.1%), France (10.4%) and Spain (18.9%). Sweden also has a lower number of coronavirus deaths per million than those countries, all of which have gone under strict lockdowns during the pandemic."

February 2, 2022 New York Post article titled "Controversial study says COVID lockdowns had 'little to no effect' on mortality rate, critics disagree":
"The meta-analysis concluded that lockdowns across the US and Europe had only "reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2% on average."

Many affordable treatments and therapies for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 were not included in public health messaging, and were resisted and discredited by health officials and mainstream media platforms.

January 10, 2021 The Guardian article (one of the UK's leading newspapers) titled "Does vitamin D combat Covid?":
"Preliminary research by Queen Elizabeth Hospital foundation trust and the University of East Anglia found a correlation between European countries with low vitamin D levels and coronavirus infection rates. A Spanish study ... came close to incontrovertibly proving low vitamin D levels have a pivotal role in causing increased death rates."

November 25, 2021 Cureus study (Published on a National Institute of Health website) titled "Therapies to Prevent Progression of COVID-19, Including Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin, Zinc, and Vitamin D3 With or Without Intravenous Vitamin C: An International, Multicenter, Randomized Trial":
"Additional IVC therapy contributed significantly to a quicker recovery (15 days versus 45 days until discharge). Low vitamin D levels were significantly correlated with a higher probability of admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and longer hospital stay. Our study suggests that the treatment protocol of HCQ, AZM, and zinc with or without vitamin C is safe and effective in the treatment of COVID-19."

December 2, 2021 Wall Street Journal article titled "Youtube Cancels the U.S. Senate":
"Two videos from a US Senate Committee were removed from Youtube on the use of Ivermectin for prevention and early treatment of COVID. Fortunately, some doctors ... are using their expertise to develop protocols utilizing a variety of cheap, available and safe FDA-approved drugs to treat patients early and avoid hospitalization." For more information on Ivermectin, explore revealing studies and clinical trials from Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance that show its efficacy in preventing and treating COVID.

Vaccine safety and data integrity concerns

We were told that the pandemic wouldn't go away until a COVID-19 vaccine was distributed at least 70% of the population. Yet when the vaccine became available, many concerns were raised about its safety and efficacy. And even in countries with over 80% vaccinated, the virus continues to spread and take lives.

March 3, 2021 Associated Press article titled "AstraZeneca accused of cherry-picking vaccine study data":
"Just hours after AstraZeneca ... announced its vaccine worked well in the U.S. study, an independent panel that oversees the study scolded the company for cherry-picking data. The panel wrote to AstraZeneca and U.S. health leaders that it was concerned the company chose to use data that was outdated and potentially misleading instead of the most recent and complete findings."

May 4, 2021 New York Times article titled "Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine":
"The vaccine brought in $3.5 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year, nearly a quarter of its total revenue, Pfizer reported. The vaccine was, far and away, Pfizer's biggest source of revenue."

July 19, 2021 Wall Street Journal article titled "The Flimsy Evidence Behind the CDC’s Push to Vaccinate Children":
"Our report found a mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition. Meanwhile ... Alameda County, Calif., reduced its Covid death toll by 25% after state public-health officials insisted that deaths be attributed to Covid only if the virus was a direct or contributing factor."

October 1, 2021 ResearchGate study titled "COVID vaccination and age-stratified all-cause mortality risk":
"Results [suggest] 146K to 187K vaccine-associated US deaths between February and August, 2021. [Vaccine Adverse Events Report System] deaths are underreported by a factor of 20 ... and the risks of COVID vaccines and boosters outweigh the benefits in children, young adults, and older adults with low occupational risk or previous coronavirus exposure."

November 2, 2021 The BMJ (Formerly British Medical Journal) article titled "Researcher blows the whistle on data integrity issues in Pfizer's vaccine trial":
"A regional director who was employed at the research organization Ventavia Research Group has told The BMJ that the company falsified data, unblinded patients, employed inadequately trained vaccinators, and was slow to follow up on adverse events reported in Pfizer's pivotal phase III trial. Staff who conducted quality control checks were overwhelmed by the volume of problems they were finding. The regional director, Brook Jackson, emailed a complaint to the US Food & Drug Administration. Ventavia fired her later the same day."

November 18, 2021 Reuters article titled "Wait what? FDA wants 55 years to process FOIA request over vaccine data":
"55 years. That's how long the Food & Drug Administration in court papers this week proposes it should be given to review and release the trove of vaccine-related documents responsive to the request. If a federal judge in Texas agrees, plaintiffs Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency can expect to see the full record in 2076."

February 1, 2022 NBC Boston article titled "27,530 New Breakthrough COVID Cases in Mass."
"Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported around 27,500 new breakthrough COVID cases over the last week, a sign of slowing case rates, and 290 more deaths in people with breakthrough cases." [The 290 deaths among the vaccinated in Massachusetts during that one week was greater than the average weekly number of deaths for the whole pandemic. Weren't these vaccines supposed to be 90% effective or more?]

June 6, 2022 Newsweek article titled "Why America Doesn't Trust the CDC."
"CDC data from New York and California demonstrated that natural immunity was 2.8 times more effective in preventing hospitalization and 3.3 to 4.7 times more effective in preventing COVID infection compared to vaccination during the Delta wave. These findings are consistent with dozens of other clinical studies. Yet natural immunity has consistently and inexplicably been dismissed by the medical establishment."

Every day more people learn of the growing number of vaccine injuries or censorship of low-cost, repurposed medicines. Ever increasing numbers are concerned about the lack of transparency, misleading narratives, mandates and polarized “group think” about vaccination. Where is the courageous investigative journalism that would support open and public debate? And who benefits from keeping us uninformed of the nuances and complexities of COVID vaccines and policies? For example, would a few key Pfizer and Moderna investors become $10 billion richer after the announcement of the Omicron booster if the public really knew of vaccine concerns?

Official Johns Hopkins statistics state that over six million have died around the world and many more are dying every day. Caution is clearly warranted to protect our health and that of our loved ones, yet what if...

What If...

What if the power elite in their quest for ever more power, money and control are working in a variety of ways to spread fear and exaggerate the real level of danger of this coronavirus?

What if they are secretly using each succeeding crisis to see how much we are willing to voluntarily give up our freedoms?

What if the power elite is preparing us to accept martial law where Congress abdicates its power and the U.S. president becomes the supreme leader and other countries are doing the same?

What if as a counterbalance to the power elite, there are millions of people worldwide committed to revealing the deeper levels of deception and to empowering us all to open our eyes and do the right thing?

What if you are one of those?

What if there are hundreds of thousands of little-known groups and organizations around the world deeply committed to building exciting ways for us all to achieve our full potential and to face any crisis with clarity, and templates have already been built to move us in that direction?

And what if power elite's greatest fear is that each of us realize just how much power we each have as individuals and the tremendous power we have when we come together to shine light into the shadows and work together for a better world?

Resilience Guide for Coronavirus Times
1) Check-in so you don't check-out – be mindful of when you feel afraid and overwhelmed and how that might affect your ability to balance your thinking with different perspectives.
2) Question what you read – don't fall for the old maxim "if it bleeds, it leads!" 
3) Follow the money. Who is profiting both financially and politically from this pandemic?
4) Find the people in your life who can question WITH you what part of the narrative is being left out.
5) Practice self-care – any activity, hobby or way of eating that helps you remember your best self. We need to feel well in order to think well.
6) Physical distancing does not mean social distancing. Crisis brings out the humanity in us so that we are closer and more connected than ever. We are all in this together.
7) Recognize that crisis can be a powerful opportunity for learning and growth. And we always have a choice between fear and love. Let us acknowledge any fear that arises, yet then choose love.

Note: For lots more, see our Coronavirus Information Center. See also this excellent essay on how the virus is being used to promote the surveillance state. Another long, penetrating essay explores the long-term implications for humanity and the choices we have right now. And for how fear is used to control us and how we can transform that, don't miss this excellent essay.

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