Usher’s News & Commentary for Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021

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• In a November 9, 2021, interview with Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe, Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla claimed “a small part of professionals” intentionally circulate “misinformation ... so that they will mislead those that have concerns.” Such medical professionals are not just bad people, Bourla said, “they’re criminals, because they have literally cost millions of lives”

• The criminals’ playbook includes the dictum to always blame the other side for what they themselves are guilty of

• Pfizer has a long history of criminal activity. The company has been sued in multiple venues over unethical drug testing, illegal marketing practices, bribery in multiple countries, environmental violations — including illegal dumping of PCBs and other toxic waste — labor and worker safety violations and more. It’s also been criticized for price gouging that threatens the lives of patients with chronic diseases such as epilepsy

• Between 2002 and 2010, Pfizer was fined $3 billion in criminal convictions, civil penalties and jury awards, including a $2.3 billion fine in 2009, the then-largest health care fraud fine in American history. In 2011, Pfizer paid $14.5 million to settle charges of illegal marketing, and in 2014 they settled charges relating to unlawful marketing of the kidney transplant drug Rapamune to the tune of $35 million. None of it deterred future bad behavior

• According to a whistleblower who worked on Pfizer’s Phase 3 COVID jab trial in the fall of 2020, data were falsified, patients were unblinded and follow-up on reported side effects lagged way behind

Pfizer’s Unconscionable Crimes, Past and Present

Manuel Zelaya was a great president for Honduras, who was overthrown in an Obama-CIA orchestrated coup by fascists. I hope his wife does as well for the People but does not suffer at the hands of the greedy US plutocracy.

Calling the victory of Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro "an opportunity for a new chapter in U.S.-Honduras relations," Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal on Friday congratulated the first woman and socialist to be elected leader of the Central American nation long plagued by American subversion of democracy.

Castro, a political activist and the wife of former Honduran President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, won last week's presidential election by more than 15 points over right-wing Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura.

US Progressive Caucus Hails Honduran Election as Chance for 'New Chapter' in Relations

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

This is a serious non-disclosure by Fusion and Simpson (or their attorneys). The consequences could include sanctions (such as reimbursing Alfa Bank for having to file various motions to compel). Or the court could determine this to be an abuse of the discovery process and outright force Fusion GPS/Simpson to produce all e-mails they are currently withholding relating to Alfa Bank and Perkins Coie.

Special Counsel Durham found the e-mails Fusion GPS tried to hide

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It's very convenient for China to target the US and to claim that democracy is at fault for the COVID-19 response in the US. Democracy isn't at fault. The lack of it is. Why doesn't China target other nations that are more democratic than is the US and that have much better records concern COVID-19?

Anyway, the plutocracy of the US ruins the reputation of democracy even in the US. We see lots of misguided young people falsely imagining that it doesn't much matter whether or not the US is democratic.

China criticizes the US for attempting to force the US brand of democracy on other democracies, but China mis-defines democracy and turns around and attempts to deny Taiwan the democracy of Taiwan's choice. It's called hypocrisy.

Let China compare itself to Finland in terms of the happiness of its people before claiming China's authoritarianism is superior to or equal to multi-party democracy in earnest.

China’s communists bash US democracy before Biden summit