Johns Hopkins Study Saying COVID-19 Has ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’ in U.S. Deleted After Publication

BY MATT MARGOLIS

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2020/11/27/johns-hopkins-study-saying-covid-19-has-relatively-no-effect-on-deaths-in-u-s-deleted-after-publication-n1178930;

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Conventional wisdom is that COVID-19 has caused thousands of deaths in the United States and nearly 1.5 million worldwide. This perception has been directly challenged by a study published by Johns Hopkins University on November 22.

Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University, critically analyzed the impact that COVID-19 had on U.S. deaths. According to Briand, the impact of COVID-19 on deaths in the United States can be fully understood by comparing it to the number of total deaths in the country.

According to the study, “in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.”

Wait, what?  Really?

That’s what it says.  And, it should come as no surprise that the study was deleted within days.

Luckily, a back-up copy remains on The Wayback Machine, and we can still read the study.

So, how exactly did the study conclude that COVID-19 has had “relatively no effect on deaths”? Here’s how the study made this determination:

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.

According to Briand, “The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals.”

Briand’s analysis found that the range of deaths amongst the older population has remained within the range of past years.

So, if COVID-19 has actually had no significant impact on U.S. deaths, why does it not appear that way?

To answer that question, Briand shifted her focus to the deaths per causes ranging from 2014 to 2020. There is a sudden increase in deaths in 2020 due to COVID-19. This is no surprise because COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. in early 2020, and thus COVID-19-related deaths increased drastically afterward.

Analysis of deaths per cause in 2018 revealed that the pattern of seasonal increase in the total number of deaths is a result of the rise in deaths by all causes, with the top three being heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia.

“This is true every year,” explained Briand. “Every year in the U.S. when we observe the seasonal ups and downs, we have an increase of deaths due to all causes.”

Here’s where things get interesting.

When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph below, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.

The study found that “This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years.” In fact, “the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19.”

Briand concludes that the COVID-19 death toll in the United States is misleading and that deaths from other diseases are being categorized as COVID-19 deaths.

There have been reports of inflated COVID-19 deaths numbers for months. Patients who never tested positive for the disease had COVID-19 as their cause of death on their death certificates. In May, Jared Polis, the Democrat governor of Colorado, disputed official coronavirus death counts, saying even those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were inflated as the result of including people who tested positive for the coronavirus but died of other causes. In July, a fatal motorcycle accident victim was listed as a COVID-19 death.

On Thursday, Johns Hopkins University explained that they deleted the article on the study because it “was being used to support false and dangerous inaccuracies about the impact of the pandemic.”

They did not, however, challenge the accuracy of the data or its conclusions. In other words, the article was deleted because it didn’t fit the proper narrative.

Matt Margolis is the author of the new book Airborne: How The Liberal Media Weaponized The Coronavirus Against Donald Trumpand the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis



PA Judge Rules Election UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Effectively Gives State to TRUMP!!!

★★★ A NEW CONSERVATIVE AGE IS RISING ★★★

A PA judge has basically handed the state to Trump! That’s what we’re going to talk about in this special livestream; a PA judge has basically handed the state to Trump! This may indeed be the first domino to fall here; if PA falls to Trump, every single contested state will fall in line as well, that includes AZ and NV! This is absolutely HUGE!

Christianity Today features Muslim speaker who complains about ‘Islamophobia’ and Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

"WHEN ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION"?

POLITICAL ISLAM DOESN'T EXIST? REALLY?

ISLAMIC BRAINWASHING & PROPAGANDA

WITH THE GOAL OF DESTROYING CHRISTIANITY, THE CONSTITUTION, AND AMERICAN LAW

CONFUSING FIRST AMENDMENT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WITH THE KORAN, SHARIA LAW & LGBTQ FREEDOM. AND CONCURRENTLY OMITTING JIHADIST TERRORISM & VIOLENCE. "COUNTERING 'HATE SPEECH' WITH 'SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY'", AN ATTEMPT TO NULLIFY FIRST AMENDMENT FREE SPEECH:

Asma T. Uddin-"Countering Hate Speech with Social Responsibility"

UDDIN: "THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH AN 'OVER-BROAD' DEFINITION OF TERRORISM"?

Asma T. Uddin is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of altmuslimah.com, and Co-founder of altFem Magazine and altVentures Media, Inc. She is also a lawyer and scholar specializing in American and international religious liberty. Some of Asma’s speaking engagements on behalf of altM can be found here. Contact: [email protected]. You can also find her on Twitter @asmauddinesq.[/column]

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/11/christianity-today;

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This is unfortunate, but not in the least surprising.

“Islamophobia” is a smear propaganda neologism designed to intimidate people into thinking that it is wrong to oppose jihad violence and Sharia oppression of women and others.

There is no “Islamophobia network.” There is, however, a concerted effort by several Leftist and Islamic organizations to group together several distinct and disparate organizations that oppose jihad terror, add up the funding they have received over a period of many years, and present it as a well-funded “hate” machine, when actually when the total is divided among the various organizations and the years represented, it amounts to little going to any of them, and the amounts are dwarfed by the lavish funding enjoyed by the Leftist and Islamic groups producing these skewed and intentionally misleading “studies.”

There is no “Muslim ban,” but a ban on travel from several Muslim and non-Muslim countries that would not or could not provide adequate information about those wishing to enter the country. To repeal this will mean that people about whom nothing is known will be able to enter the country freely, often from jihadi hotspots and other areas where criminal activity is rife. What could possibly go wrong?

It has for years been a constant claim of Leftists and Islamic supremacists that opposing jihad violence and Sharia oppression constitutes “hate,” and this has been so frequently repeated that, like Goebbels’ Big Lie, it has become widely accepted solely by dint of that repetition. It is a shame to see Christianity Today accepting this uncritically, but because this acceptance is so ubiquitous, it is, once again, not surprising.

Would the Evangelical Theological Society ever invite an actual opponent of jihad violence to speak at their conference? Not on your life. And for Asma Uddin and her ilk, that means Mission Accomplished.

“Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference,” by Jayson Casper, Christianity Today, November 20, 2020:

It is not often that a Muslim appears at an evangelical theological gathering.

Al Mohler invited three.

The trimmed-down 72nd annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), held virtually this week, usually welcomes up to 2,000 top scholars to present on the most salient issues facing evangelical scholarship….

“We don’t resist the idea we must love Muslims,” said John Hartley, a research fellow at Yale, “but we hesitate and keep silent, because the politics is so messy.

“This leaves the field open for those who spread hate.”

Asma Uddin, a religious liberty lawyer (previously interviewed by CT) and a fellow with the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute, described the well-funded Islamophobia network that tars Muslims and the political left in a joint conspiracy to take over the world.

The effort seems to be working.

Uddin cited Pew Research Center statistics that found white evangelicals to be twice as likely as Americans overall (76% vs. 38%) to support President Donald Trump’s 2017 “Muslim ban.”

And according to the 2019 American Muslim Poll, only 20 percent of white evangelicals had a positive opinion of Muslims, with 44 percent feeling unfavorable.

Only 14 percent of Muslims had an unfavorable view of white evangelicals, with one-third feeling favorable—but the damage has been done….

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Asma Uddin on Protecting Religious Freedom in the U.S.

Asma Uddin, Editor in Chief at AltMuslimah.com, speaks on a Heritage Foundation panel discussion featuring Jewish, Muslim, and Christian perspectives on protecting religious freedom. This Heritage Foundation event was focused on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the recording of this event aired on C-Span on January 16, 2019. Watch it in its entirety at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?457003-... Asma T. Uddin is a lawyer and scholar specializing in U.S. and international religious freedom. She also writes and speaks on American Muslims and gender. Asma T. Uddin is a religious liberty lawyer and scholar working for the protection of religious expression for people of all faiths in the U.S. and abroad. Her areas of expertise include law and religion (church/state relations), international human rights law on religious freedom, and Islam and religious freedom. Uddin is an active lecturer to diverse religious groups in the U.S. and overseas on the importance of religious liberty, and she is widely published on the topic by law reviews, university presses, and national and international newspapers. Uddin has worked on religious liberty cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and federal trial courts. She has defended religious claimants as diverse as Evangelicals, Sikhs, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews, Catholics, and members of the Nation of Islam. Her legal, academic, and policy work focuses on freedom of expression such as religious garb, land use, access to religious materials in prison, rights of parochial schools, religious arbitration, etc. Uddin worked with the U.S. Department of State on advocacy against the UN Defamation of Religions Resolution. She received a State Department grant to develop the Legal Training Institute in the Middle East and North Africa and Southeast Asian countries. Media Experience In addition to her legal work, Uddin writes and speaks on Muslims and gender. As the founding editor-in-chief of altmuslimah.com, she has managed the web-magazine, and organized vigorous debates and conferences on the multifaceted issues of gender, politics, and religion. Uddin has advised numerous media projects on American Muslims, including most recently as Executive Producer for the Emmy and Peabody nominated docu-series, The Secret Life of Muslims. Recent Roles After graduating from The University of Chicago Law School, Uddin served as Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and as Director of Strategy for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. She is an expert advisor on religious liberty to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Senior Scholar at the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center, a Visiting Scholar at Brigham Young University Law school, and a non-residential fellow at UCLA and Georgetown University. She is also a term-member with the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct law professor at George Mason University Law School.

Asma Uddin Speaks at Department of Justice Religious Liberty Summit

 

New Jersey EX NATIONAL GUARD woman charged with transferring money to jihad terrorist in Syria with whom she had ‘relationship’

Maria Bell, 53, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, was accused in a criminal complaint of knowingly concealing her involvement in providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely al-Nusra….

FORMER SOLDIER CHARGED WITH GIVING SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS

BY Steve Balestrieri

SEE: https://sofrep.com/news/former-soldier-charged-with-giving-support-to-terrorists/;

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A former U.S. Army and National Guard soldier was allegedly communicating with and providing material and monetary support to a terrorist group operating in Syria, government prosecutors say.

Maria Bell, 53, of Hopatcong, NJ was arrested at her home by FBI agents. She was due to make her initial court appearance via video conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Bell is accused of providing material support to the al-Nusra Front, which is also known as al-Qaeda in Syria or al-Qaeda in the Levant. The al-Nusra Front is a Salafist jihadist organization fighting against Syrian government forces in the Syrian civil war. Its aim was to force President Bashar Assad from power and establish an Islamic state in the country.

Al-Nusra Front was formed in November 2012 and a month later the United States Department of State designated it a foreign terrorist organization. In April 2013, it became the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.

The group also goes by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and now claims to be independent and not part of al-Qaeda. 

On Wednesday, Bell, a hospital analyst and political activist, was planning on flying to Egypt and then on to Istanbul, according to an FBI affidavit filed on Tuesday. That’s when authorities decided to arrest her. She had previously been stopped by the FBI from traveling to Turkey.

Prosecutors said Bell began using encrypted applications to communicate with and provide advice to the group starting in February 2017.

In communicating with al-Nusra Front members, Bell cited her professional experience in specialized weapons training while on active duty in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, prosecutors said. She also offered to provide guidance concerning operational security issues, weapons purchases, and general military knowledge. However, her official record shows just eight months of Army service back in the 1980s, according to a report by NBC News. 

“Have no doubt, we believe she was a threat to New Jersey and certainly our country,” New Jersey Homeland Security Director Jared Maples said.

“No matter what anyone looks like, no matter what religion they practice, that’s not what factors into this. The behaviors factor into this and I think this case is one of the clearest examples of that,” Maples added. “You don’t get to pick who you dislike, that they dislike. They all hate us. They hate our way of life. They certainly are espousing ideologies to attack Americans and certainly something that we are on point and worried about.”

Authorities said Bell communicated thousands of times with a terrorist, identified as User 1, about operational planning. She provided details on how to concealing payments via Western Union, by using an intermediary to hide the funds’ source. She also told User 1 she is connected “to many revolutionaries.” User 1, who clearly identified himself as an HTS fighter, was not named.

In one email exchange, Bell and User 1 discussed User 1’s pledge to HTS and the ongoing Syrian conflict. Bell stated: “If Assad wins, mujahideen will be persecuted again,” and “if Assad wins, I cannot get a visa into Syria. I cannot come to you.”

In the same communication, the defendant later asked User 1 if he was ready to fight:

“Are you ready to fight in the front line with other fighters? You are no longer a young child like you used to be. It will be frightening. But I am with you.”

In another exchange User 1 stated: “If you want to hit the Syrian airports, we will return to revenge within New York.” Bell replied that “If there were ever an attack in New York, all Muslims and helpers like me will be arrested…”

Bell provided advice to User 1 regarding the purchase of a firearm and ammunition. They discussed the cost and type of weapons that would be good for User 1, in addition to various types of ammunition.

Bell also wired money, often at the direction of User 1, to individuals in Turkey and Syria who are supporters of HTS, knowing that the funds would support acts of terrorism by HTS. The defendant concealed the nature, location, and ownership of payments, sending at least 18 payments totaling $3,150 to several accounts used by User-1’s associates. In one communication, she expressed concern that her transfers could be tracked by U.S. law enforcement:

“But I will not have my account watched more closely than it is already.”

“Each time I withdraw money, it is noted because Western Union is trying to track fraud and terrorists for the government.”

The charge of concealment of terrorist financing to a designated foreign terrorist organization carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito stated that special agents of the FBI and task force officers of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., and special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark, were the driving force in the investigation leading to the charges against Bell.

Atlantic Health System, Bell’s employer, has suspended her. Bell was also the chair of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s northern New Jersey branch. The party, in a statement, said its board removed her from her position and canceled her membership.

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SEE ALSO: https://creepingsharia.tumblr.com/post/635948701729292288/new-jersey-sussex-county-woman-former-army

New Jersey: Sussex County Woman - Former Army National Guard - Arrested for Sending Money, Weapons Advice to Syrian Jihad Group

EXCERPTS: "A Sussex County, New Jersey, woman, Maria Bell, a/k/a “Maria Sue Bell,” 53, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, was arrested at her home today and charged with one count of knowingly concealing the provision of material support and resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey announced."

"According to documents filed in Court, beginning at least as early as March of 2017, Bell used mobile applications to communicate with and provide advice to fighters based in Syria who were members of various factions fighting the Assad regime.   The complaint is centered on her communications with, and provision of money to, one specific fighter based in Syria, a self-identified member of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alias for the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization the al-Nusra Front (ANF).  Notably, Bell sent currency to this fighter via Western Union using an intermediary to conceal the source of the funds, and also provided him advice on weapons and ammunition."

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