Usher’s News & Analysis for Nov. 22, 2020

Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala’s Congress and burned part of the building Saturday amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending.
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... Guatemalans were angered because lawmakers approved $65,000 to pay for meals for themselves ....

Protesters burn part of Guatemala’s Congress building


Rising death rates typically follow rising hospitalizations. In just the past week, more than 10,000 US deaths have been reported -- nearly double the weekly death toll of just a month ago.
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Health experts, however, stress a negative test result will not guarantee a person isn't carrying the virus to a Thanksgiving gathering, because a test won't necessarily pick up on fresh infections. ...
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The CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment looked at case trends the month before the mandate and for the month after the mandate and found that in the 24 counties that required people to wear masks in public, there was a net decrease of 6% in cases. Meanwhile, in counties without the mandate, the disease continued to surge, with a net increase in cases of about 100%.

Nevertheless, there are those who continue falsely claiming masks don't help.

US coronavirus cases top 12 million. An expert says spread is now 'faster' and 'broader' than ever


How Pompeo bullied Sudan into Israel normalization


In addition to being very persistent in the environment, DDT is known to accumulate in fatty tissues and travels long distances in the upper atmosphere.5 It’s because of its persistence in the environment that even residues (or barrels of them) dumped decades ago remain a significant environmental and human health concern.

Toxic DDT Dumping Ground Found in Ocean


Informed consent requires being just that, informed.

The study,1 “Informed Consent Disclosure to Vaccine Trial Subjects of Risk of COVID-19 Vaccine Worsening Clinical Disease,” published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, October 28, 2020, points out that “COVID-19 vaccines designed to elicit neutralizing antibodies may sensitize vaccine recipients to more severe disease than if they were not vaccinated.”
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Instead of preventing viral infection, binding antibodies trigger an abnormal immune response known as “paradoxical immune enhancement.” Another way to look at this is your immune system is actually backfiring and not functioning to protect you but actually making you worse.

How COVID-19 Vaccine Can Destroy Your Immune System