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Australia recently made changes to their healthcare, likely to become more TISA or GATS compliant. Also, two good sources of info on trade deals and drugs, and drug IP issues, especially involving the ongoing COVID-19 and global AIDS heath crises..

This seems likely to be an example of tiering, as promoted by the US in FTAs. They represent our real policy. Yes, the US is not so quietly trying to make everything healthcare related, particularly drugs and health insurance, but also medical devices, etc. as expensive as possible, not the other way around. This has been consistent behavior of both parties.

Is the massive campaign against disinformation in the MSM, itself disinformative, in fact acting to hide the theft of democracy by secret deals such as the GATS?

The term "coup" would definitely apply if both US "parties" weren't already in cahoots to hide GATS and similar agreements.

Graphic illustrates why the oligarchy wants to capture migration for corporations..

Globally. Thats a hidden gotcha they embedded in the WTO when it was set up. Which could easily turn out to be one of the epic mistakes of all time. This graphic which is repeated in a great many of the dozens of papers hyping TMNP is also fairly misleading, given that the ratio between wages in expensive countries like the US and poor countries like India can be 20 times or more, not the small amount pictured here. Also, they consistently try to confuse temporary movement of natural persons with actual immigration for the purpose of permanent migration (traditional immigration) which most Americans have a favorable opinion of. But the two are totally different. One is freedom, the other is often compared to modern slavery.

New York Times appears to be trying to cover up GATS' effect on healthcare

Despite a desperate need, the GATS forbids government subsidies, except the most minimal ones possible, in emergencies,, as far as I can tell. We've been lied to for decades about this. . The NYT should be more honest about GATS.

New York Times totally covering up the real cause of Education Privatization.

This is a good example, of how the Global Grab is working. GATS is the well known global cause of the privatization of public education everywhere. According to the EUA (linked at the bottom) and thousands of other educational institutions in Europe, the US and Canada.

Question to my readers on Article II MFN exemption expiration dates (re Affordable Care Act expiration)

The survival of the Affordable Care Act is dependent on what it is in the WTO's eyes. Its not at all clear to me.

Resveratrol, a widely available nutritional supplement, inhibits COVID-19 in cell cultures.

This is not surprising as the roots of japanese knotweed, which are a potent source of resveratrol, is one of the traditional medicines most used to treat COVID-19 in China. This blog has been suggesting it as a possible therapy for quite some time. Its profile of activity makes it a natural match for COVID-19. What this means is that its likely safe to use to prevent COVID-19 associated brain injury and coagulopathy.

Are Trade Agreements the real reason why resveratrol and NAC are barely being investigated for COVID-19?

Two widely available nutrients both may have great utility in preventing COVID-19 infection. Why is our government so fixated on high priced commercial drugs - from a dysfunctional drug industry and unwilling to assist the investigation of virtually free potential interventions.

Evolution will not be televised

Our country and planet are being taken over by a corporate controlled cult's coup, so it stands to reason that it would use typical cult tactics of "ghosting" and "shunning" people and organizations who dared to discuss it openly. And that's what's happening to this site and its developer.

Excerpt from Lou Dobbs re: Stealth "War on the Middle Class" with comments by Lori Wallach.

This is to give some important historic context to the important WTO Dispute DS503 story.

Capitalism Is Broken. The Fix Begins With a Free Covid-19 Vaccine.

Skewed public-private relationships, like pharmaceutical companies getting millions from taxpayers then overcharging for drugs, are just one part of the problem.

"The US economy is being hollowed out behind all of our backs!" TAA statistics supposed to track outsourcing and job loss to trade deals is allowed a huge loophole - so it misses many, or more likely most jobs being lost!

The TAA numbers, Trade Adjustment Assistance, the US Government's only figures that track outsourcing of jobs fail to count the vast majority of jobs being outsourced in IT to subcontractors for a host of different reasons. One is as plain as the nose on one's face. This program, which is supposed to keep statistics on the numbers of workers fails to list most of the jobs because many firms simply extend the working period a worker has by having them train their replacements over a slightly longer period, nine months instead of six.

Media coverage of WTO dispute settlement impasse completely leaving out its implications for working if WTO takes over work visas globally.

Pick our poison? Loss by US in a pending WTO dispute could shrink the middle class in size substantially internationally. Given Biden's involvement in the TISA agreement and Trump's quite probably only temporary obstruction of GATS outsourcing US jobs under the GATS Mode Four scheme (while using similar schemes to procure very low wage workers in his own businesses) we really are facing a choice between two very problematic, to say the least, candidates. The reason is likely intentional. to trap us into an outcome that literally almost nobody in the country would ever have voted for. Neoliberalism is a cult, literally, led by the US, UK and other oligarchical countries. One that has contempt for democracy, which it calls things like "mob rule" or "majoritarianism". But democracy - as illustrated by their contempt for it, actually is the key to just and stable government, what they want to replace it with is not. I think that its obvious what is being done. And that a reasonable observer would conclude the two candidates and all this huge mess the country has been put through is actually a well planned out scheme to take over the country's future, and by extension, the world's . A clue to their goals may be a pending WTO dispute (DS503) that will also be binding on the world. It could lower wages globally, a lot. And the holding of our healthcare hostage, in order to manipulate us by means of little known provisions in the GATS trade agreement.

Oh what a tangled web we weave. On healthcare and insurance and the 'Affordable Care Act' and the GATS agreement.

Ten years ago, the Obama Administration's "Affordable Care Act" as proposed and enacted likely breached the US's own Understanding on Commitments in Financial Services which required a "standstill" of financial services regulation, freezing new regulation as of its signing date, February 26, 1998.

The dangers of rushing coronavirus vaccines are substantial.

Because some Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and SARS-CoV-1 vaccines have shown evidence of disease enhancement in some animal models, this phenomenon is a major concern for vaccine development.

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Potential therapeutic effects of Resveratrol against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

"This report aims to highlight Resveratrol as possible therapeutic candidate in SARS-CoV-2 infection. The antiviral efficacy of Resveratrol was demonstrated for several viruses, including coronavirus. Resveratrol was shown to mitigate the major pathways involved in the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2, including regulation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), stimulation of immune system and downregulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines release. It was also reported to promote SIRT1 and p53 signaling pathways and increase cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and natural killer (NK) immune cells. In addition, Resveratrol was demonstrated to be a stimulator of fetal hemoglobin and a potent antioxidant, by trapping reactive oxygen species (ROS). According to these reports, Resveratrol could be proposed as potential therapeutics in the treatment of SARS-CoV-2. " Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; Resveratrol; antiviral activity; immune response; ACE2; oxidative stress; HbF. -- Acta Virol . 2020 Sep 28. doi: 10.4149/av_2020_309. Online ahead of print.

Endogenous Deficiency of Glutathione as the Most Likely Cause of Serious Manifestations and Death in COVID-19 Patients

Higher rates of serious illness and death from coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection among older people and those who have comorbidities suggest that age- and disease-related biological processes make such individuals more sensitive to environmental stress factors including infectious agents like coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Specifically, impaired redox homeostasis and associated oxidative stress appear to be important biological processes that may account for increased individual susceptibility to diverse environmental insults. The aim of this Viewpoint is to justify (1) the crucial roles of glutathione in determining individual responsiveness to COVID-19 infection and disease pathogenesis and (2) the feasibility of using glutathione as a means for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 illness. The hypothesis that glutathione deficiency is the most plausible explanation for serious manifestation and death in COVID-19 patients was proposed on the basis of an exhaustive literature analysis and observations. The hypothesis unravels the mysteries of epidemiological data on the risk factors determining serious manifestations of COVID-19 infection and the high risk of death and opens real opportunities for effective treatment and prevention of the disease. The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the globe, affecting more and more people; thus, the identification of effective drugs for disease prevention and treatment is necessary. The overwhelming majority of people infected by SARS-CoV-2 have asymptomatic, mild, or moderate disease, and only 14% and 5% of patients developed severe or critical disease, respectively.1 Higher rates of serious illness and death from COVID-19 infection among older people and those who have comorbidities suggest that age- and disease-related biological processes make such individuals more sensitive to environmental stress factors including infectious agents like coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Specifically, impaired redox homeostasis and associated oxidative stress appear to be important biological processes that may account for increased individual susceptibility to diverse environmental insults. Oxidative stress is a nonspecific pathological condition reflecting an imbalance between the increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and an inability of biological systems to detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage.2 Notably, ROS are closely related with aging because they mediate a stress response to age-dependent damage.3 Mounting evidence supports the concept that oxidative stress and associated inflammation resulting from an increased production of ROS and/or decreased antioxidant defense contribute to the pathogenesis of various chronic diseases,4 including diabetes and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, known to increase the risk of severe illness and death in COVID-19 patients.5 It is also known that virus-induced modulation of the host antioxidant response represents a crucial determinant for the progression of several viral diseases.6 In this regard, the antioxidant defense system protecting against oxidative stress is of great interest in the context of understanding the mechanisms underlying nonspecific sensitivity or resistance to infectious agents. Glutathione (a tripeptide consisting of cysteine, glycine, and glutamate) is the most abundant molecular weight antioxidant that plays a crucial role in antioxidant defense against oxidative damage of cells from ROS and is also involved in the regulation of various metabolic pathways essential for whole body homeostasis.7 The maintenance of the highest (millimolar) concentrations of reduced glutathione (GSH) in most cell types highlights its vital and multifunctional roles in the control of various biological processes such as detoxification of foreign and endogenous compounds, protein folding, regeneration of vitamins C and E, maintenance of mitochondrial function, antiviral defense, regulation of cellular proliferation, apoptosis, and immune response.7 Despite a number of publications reporting beneficial effects of glutathione on human health, the key role of this powerful antioxidant in human physiology and pathology and in clinical applications still remains underestimated. The aim of this Viewpoint is to justify (1) the crucial roles of glutathione in determining individual responsiveness to COVID-19 infection and disease pathogenesis and (2) the feasibility of using glutathione as a means for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 illness.

The Role of Glutathione in Protecting against the Severe Inflammatory Response Triggered by COVID-19

The novel COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world’s population differently: mostly in the presence of conditions such as aging, diabetes and hypertension the virus triggers a lethal cytokine storm and patients die from acute respiratory distress syndrome, whereas in many cases the disease has a mild or even asymptomatic progression. A common denominator in all conditions associated with COVID-19 appears to be the impaired redox homeostasis responsible for reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation; therefore, levels of glutathione (GSH), the key anti-oxidant guardian in all tissues, could be critical in extinguishing the exacerbated inflammation that triggers organ failure in COVID-19. The present review provides a biochemical investigation of the mechanisms leading to deadly inflammation in severe COVID-19, counterbalanced by GSH. The pathways competing for GSH are described to illustrate the events concurring to cause a depletion of endogenous GSH stocks. Drawing on evidence from literature that demonstrates the reduced levels of GSH in the main conditions clinically associated with severe disease, we highlight the relevance of restoring GSH levels in the attempt to protect the most vulnerable subjects from severe symptoms of COVID-19. Finally, we discuss the current data about the feasibility of increasing GSH levels, which could be used to prevent and subdue the disease. Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), glutathione, inflammation, ROS, N-acetylcysteine, NAC, glycine.