"History is a joke played by the victors on the vanquished in front of an audience that dares not laugh." -- Michael Rivero

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Last night (24 May 2024), in a high-level pre-World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting (17 May-1 June 2024), in Geneva, WHO management and key member country delegates decided to drop the Pandemic Treaty – for now. It would not stand a chance to pass a WHA vote in the coming week. Instead, they decided to discuss at the WHA what to do next.

See this by Le Monde and AFP.

Pfizer, Inc., the largest pharmaceutical corporation in the world marketing drugs and vaccines, has agreed to pay between $200 to $250 million to settle more than 10,000 lawsuits filed in the United States related to cancer risks associated with its over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac (also known as ranitidine).

The acid reflux drug was discontinued in U.S. in 2020 after a cancer-causing substance known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was found in samples.

President Joe Biden’s administration has begun stockpiling mRNA vaccines in preparation for a bird flu pandemic to be unleashed ahead of the November presidential election.

Scientists have just announced that they have developed an experimental vaccine that will soon be rolled out as part of a mass vaccination campaign.

These new vaccines were not designed for birds and other animals, where the current strain of bird flu is spreading, however.

It's yet another reminder of why blindly 'trusting the science' may not always be the best go-to move in the future.

217 year old Wiley science publisher has reportedly "peer reviewed" more than 11,000 papers that were determined to be fake without ever noticing. The papers were referred to as "naked gobbledygook sandwiches",  Australian blogger Jo Nova wrote on her blog last week

Tracking severe weather in the Tri-State MikeRivero

We are tracking potentially severe weather conditions in the Tri-State for your Sunday before Memorial Day.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Union, Gallatin, Saline, Daviess, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean and Muhlenberg counties.

A tornado watch has also been issued for multiple counties including Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, White, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean and Muhlenberg counties.

The entire Tri-State has been classified as a level 3 enhanced threat for potentially severe weather for Sunday.

Massive explosion rocks SpaceX Texas facility, Starship engine in flames MikeRivero

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently announced that Starship’s fourth integrated flight test, IFT-4, could be just days away. 

With that important milestone just around the corner, SpaceX has seemingly faced a fiery setback. Footage from NASASpaceflight shows a massive explosion during a Raptor engine test.

SpaceX has yet to provide an update on the explosion, which took place at its Boca Chica Starbase facilities in southern Texas. The footage shows SpaceX’s engine test pad going up in flame. 

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf issued an ominous warning on Capitol Hill surrounding Bird Flu:

“'This virus, like all viruses, is mutating,' he told the policymakers. 'We need to continue to prepare for the possibility that it might jump to humans.

[The] real worry is that it will jump to the human lungs where, when that has happened in other parts of the world... the mortality rate has been 25 percent.

We gotta have testing, gotta have anti-virals and we need to have a vaccine ready to go.”