Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Myocarditis and pericarditis and COVID-19

Reports of cardiac complications, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, associated with COVID-19 infection were published before the public vaccine program began mass vaccinations in December 2000.

Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory conditions that affect the heart and these cardiac complications were linked with COVID-19 infection well before the COVID vaccines were made publicly available. Some examples of published reports from 2020 are listed below.

Friday, November 04, 2022

The AP report is extremely manipulative and it's presented in a way that even when facts that exonerate Russian forces' actions are mentioned, they are mentioned in passing and an explanation of the context is not given. When truth slips through, AP doesn't explain the significance. At 6:53 the AP reports that when Russian soldiers found Ivan Skyba they thought he was a civilian. And then you see how they gave Ivan Skyba medical treatment and then put him with civilians. So do you understand how Russian troops treat those they think are civilians? 

Was Ivan Skyba actually a civilian? No. At 5:37 AP reveals he was participating in the war with other 'volunteers' (but AP doesn't give viewers an explanation about what that means.) As described, Skyba was serving in the role of “spotter.” If you want to learn the rules of war that pertain to spotters that you can read this article, “Throwing down the gauntlet on Bucha” and read about Article 4 of the Third Geneva Convention of 1949 and the conditions that must be met for a participant in the war to be entitled to prisoner of war status.

Thursday, November 03, 2022

There's been an 8-year civil war in Ukraine and the side using neoNazis to attack ethnic Russians in the east of Ukraine is not only in the wrong, but it also has questionable grounds to call themselves the legitimate government of Ukraine. When, after a coup, does a government get the status of legitimate, and on what basis? As far as what was happening during the civil war, last year Zelensky signed decrees which were plans for military assaults on Crimea and the Donbas. This year, in mid-Feb, Ukraine's western supported side launched a major attack with drastically increased shelling of Donbas, they continued this attack even after Russia formally recognized the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic. DPR and LPR requested help from Russia and Russia intervened in accordance with Art. 51 of the UN Charter to protect DPR and LPR from the aggressor which is Ukraine's western supported side.

Kosovo was recognized as having the right to declare itself an independent state so why shouldn’t LPR and DPR have that right? In July 2010, the International Court of Justice declared that the “adoption of the declaration of independence of February 17, 2008 did not violate general international law because international law contains no 'prohibition on declarations of independence” The United States formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state on February 18, 2008 (2 years before the  International Court of Justice’s opinion.)

Russia intervened in accordance with Art. 51 of the UN Charter to protect DPR and LPR from the aggressor, we can only declare Russia’s actions to be a violation of international law if we use a double standard. By the standard the U.S. has set, Russia’s action was legal.  

Article 51 of the UN Charter states: Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.

“The United States has maintained that its action in South Vietnam in not unlawful aggression since it is participating in collective defense against armed attack from the North. … The United States had argued convincingly that even though South Vietnam is not an independent sovereign State or a member of the United Nations, it nevertheless enjoys the right of self-defense, and the United States is entitled to participate in its collective defense.”

“Under the self-defense doctrine, the bombing of North Vietnam for the purpose of repelling or impeding an armed attack which had its roots in that area would be legally justifiable if no more force was used than was necessary. … “The United States had justified its action not merely as a defense measure but one undertaken in fulfillment of an international legal obligation as well as a moral obligation.” - Benjamin B. Ferencz