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{UAH} Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses another election case brought by Republicans - CNNPolitics

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{UAH} STRANGE HOW JOE BIDEN AT HIS AGE HAS DECIDED TO TARNISH HIS ENTIRE LIFE BY AGREEING TO THIS FRAUD PRESIDENCY I know so many old men that have rejected offices for way less than this

 

WATCH - New Video Exposes History of Smartmatic
Vote Fraud - From Venezuela's Origins To The Massive
Biden Communist US Election Vote Fraud And Hoax

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{UAH} How Bad Was Trump’s Handling Of Coronavirus?

https://youtu.be/1CvY4lNNFE0

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{UAH} Federal appeals court rejects a Trump election lawsuit: “Calling an election unfair does not make it so”

Allan, 

Court is right, proof is required. 

Same with calling one "a critical thinker does not make one so!" one has show it. 

Peter Simon 


On Saturday, November 28, 2020, Allan <barigye.rugos@gmail.com> wrote:

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{UAH} Federal appeals court rejects a Trump election lawsuit: “Calling an election unfair does not make it so”

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{UAH} How the voter fraud in 2020 US elections was done- Whistleblowers account

Sidney Powell is on the right track here, but she needs to focus on the tabulation software vendor(s) reps assigned to the locations in question. Here's how it goes down... and I know this because I've been inside and have seen it... it also explains the unusual halts in counting (in the middle of the night) at the sites in question.


The tabulation CPU (and associated software) is housed at the local Clerk's or County SOEs office. The precinct counts are either transmitted over a direct link phone line, or by thumb drives delivered to the main office and plugged into the tabulation CPU. A tabulation software or system tech shows up to "check the system out" to be sure everything is working well. The counting is halted for a period of time while the "tech" opens the CPU and plugs in a thumb drive that is said to contain a software analysis program. Once the "analysis" is complete, the tech simply removes and pockets the thumb drive, and has a donut and coffee and some banal chatter with the local Clerk or SOE... and the counting resumes. The tech simply leaves as if all is normal. The local Clerks and SOEs have been condition to view this as expected SOP. And none of them are tech savvy enough to suspect anything nefarious.


They've been doing this for some years now... stealing a local race here and there... nothing for anyone to get too suspicious about. This is the first time it's been organized and implemented at the Nation level affecting a major election. Make no mistake about it, the perpetrators of this treasonous fraud are sweating bullets right now. If this fraud is successful, our Democratic process is over

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{UAH} A plea for help as China loses jobs to Vietnam - Asia Times

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{UAH} Trump considering kicking off 2024 run during Biden's inauguration: report | TheHill

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{UAH} "Ibrahim Omer, New Zealand's first African MP, delivers moving maiden speech"

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{UAH} Ethiopian troops in 'full control' of Tigray's capital, says country's PM | Ethiopia | The Guardian

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{UAH} Politics is about views, not age- Museveni tells opponents

John, 

Many of them are in denial. I really don't care about age but let there be a fair and free election. He can use national resources to his advantage but he should not inconvenience others and he calls that competition. 

He is very weak and unpopular hence the use of undemocratic methods. If I am confident of my abilities, I will enter the race with my chest out! 

Peter Simon 

On Saturday, November 28, 2020, Allan <barigye.rugos@gmail.com> wrote:
Simon

But M7 is always showing how young his old age is.....whatever that means!
Pushups, running, eating kawunga etc and you want to compete?

On Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 1:32 PM Simon Okurut <sspokurut@gmail.com> wrote:
Allan, 

You young people hate us. Actually, I don't blame you because we the old are often the problem. We don't want to let go our past glory, some of us were olympics players, some were strikers in soccer teams, some were high jumpers and so forth. It's not a problem if we share with you our past successes and couch you how to succeed as we did.

 We too admired our elders especially when they narrated their experiences in the WWII, whether true or false considering that all returned to Africa, did they really fight knowing what we know about the devastating assault they faced? We should sit down to narrate our experiences but not to compete. 

 The problem is that we want to compete with you in the same game with our cracking bones, stiff joints, poor eyesight, love for sleeping at the nearest opportunity given a chair, and so forth. To succeed, we tie you, harass you, intimidate you using some other unsuccessful young men then claim our success. At least if we claim to be great, let us compete with the young people fairly using same rules. It is a shame that we hurt our own children instead of nurturing them. 

In Teso, the we the old people teach young ones how to hunt, mend huts, herd livestock, cultivate gardens, cook etc. Young people defend us and communities, they run our errands, elders participate in high profile decisions and we are respect 

Peter Simon 

On Saturday, November 28, 2020, john kwitonda <kwitonda4@gmail.com> wrote:
he is feeling the heat. age is an issue  definitely. an old man leading a young country.there must be something wrong

On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM 'william Ekwelu' via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community <ugandans-at-heart@googlegroups.com> wrote:

President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the ruling NRM presidential candidate, has once again taken a swipe at his opponents whom he said are not aware that politics is about views and not age.

"When you talk of politics political actors and spend so much time on young and old, just know they don't know what they are doing. We are talking about solving human needs and we ask what your ideas about this are. You have been seeing in the US elections a clash of views. It(politics) is a clash of ideas and plans but not biology. You can be young but confused but you can also be old and clear-headed," Museveni said while addressing a campaign meeting for NRM leaders from the districts of Bukwo, Kween and Kapchorwa at Tuban Technical School grounds in Kapchorwa.

The NRM presidential candidate said most of his opponents don't know what is meant but politics but rather focus on age and other non-issues instead of addressing problems affecting people.

Museveni also noted that it is foolhardy for those who want to be leaders to talk about other things and forget about problems affecting the people.

"NRM must be for unity of Uganda and Ugandans but also for Africa for our prosperity to sell our products and buy from them. We have a surplus of maize, sugar, bananas, milk and industrial products like cement but you hear politicians talking about power and nobody is talking about Africa where we can sell our products."

The NRM vice-chairman in charge of the eastern region Capt Mike Mukula reinforced Museveni's comments saying that the NRM presidential candidate is gold that Uganda can't afford losing.

"In the US, the biggest economy and strongest country military wise, the people left 74-year-old Trump and voted for 78-year-old Joe Biden. President Museveni is the best candidate with experience to lead this country,"Mukula said.

The NRM presidential candidate said Uganda's problems stemmed from leaders who emphasized sectarianism basing on tribe and religions instead of common interests and problems for the people.

"Why do you emphasize tribe, religion yet these people have common problems? Like the problem of Coronavirus we have now, and it kills everybody. Why don't you handle those similar needs and leave the issue of identity as a private matter?"

Museveni said because of sectarianism, Uganda could not form a strong army but noted that with the coming of the NRM to power, Uganda's army is now strong because they focus on ability and not religion and tribe while recruiting fighters.

"Nobody can disturb Uganda because we have a strong army. The strong army came because we didn't follow the line of sectarianism," he said.

The NRM presidential candidate said that after realizing development, the remaining problem is people having money in their pockets.

He noted that leaders at all levels should emphasize the issue of commercial production for people to ensure they don't only work for their stomachs but also to have some money in their pockets.



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{UAH} Poor TRUMPTARDS

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{UAH} Do you have an facts about the allegation?

Dan, 

One of the big problems affecting Uganda is subjective, partial-truth and biased judgment by whoever chooses to narrate what they claim to know. There is no doubt that lives were lost in West Nile after the fall of the Amin regime, regrettable but we have to apportion blame accordingly. 

There's also no doubt that the Acholi and Langi soldiers were bitter over the murders of their colleagues and relatives by the Amin government from 1971to 1979 and would naturally long for the slightest opportunity to revenge, former Amin's soldiers should have known better,unless they forgot what they did or assumed that they were in charge. 

For instance in this article, there are inconsistencies, omissions, deliberate intention to blame one side in this case the UNLA. It's inconceivable  that the army commander and chief of staff can blatantly go to the president to ask for permission to go to revenge by killing certain tribes. 

When a military convey is ambushed by guerrilla forces, when a military barracks is attacked by armed forces, when anti-government forces continue to attack, how is the national army expected to respond? 

A critical analysis is required if we have to attain lasting peace. There are lessons to learn from various conflicts. 

Peter Simon 


On Saturday, November 28, 2020, Herrn Mulindwa Edward <mulindwa@look.ca> wrote:

Dan Bwanika

 

There is a whole lot of information that was written on the murders of West Nile, here is a one read I can post for you this morning, but there is so much documentation that was done. In the piece I am posting for you here is one quote just to prepare you in what you are about to read:-

 

"Some days later, a similar punitive expedition was mounted to take Madi. Some local people have reported that Acholi soldiers were soon to be seen walking through Moyo with the genitals of their victims hanging from their belts, while in East Madi, certain militia men are said to have arranged for their relatives to come along and assist with the looting and removal of cattle. Between 5,000 and 30,000 civilians lost their lives during the retaking of Arua and Madi districts. The registration of voters for the forth coming elections was abandoned."   -> "Check the profile of those who went to West Nile in 1979 ...

 

Have a pleasant Sabbath.

EM         -> { Trump for 2020 }

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"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
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"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

From: ugandans-at-heart@googlegroups.com <ugandans-at-heart@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of dan
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2020 4:10 AM
To: Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community <ugandans-at-heart@googlegroups.com>
Subject: {UAH} Do you have an facts about the allegation?

 

 

There is a man who told me in West Nile in mid 1980

people were rounded up  and murder by shooting.

 

He also alleged that these bodies were transported at night

on long trucks, piled on each other and buried somewhere

in West Nile.

 

Does anyone have an facts this event?

 

Dan

 

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{UAH} Judge: Republicans Will Likely Win Pennsylvania Election Lawsuit

Judge: Republicans Will Likely Win Pennsylvania Election Lawsuit

The judge who ordered Pennsylvania to not certify the results of the 2020 election wrote in an opinion on Friday that the Republicans who filed the related lawsuit will likely win the case.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough made the assessment as part of an opinion explaining her rationale for blocking Pennsylvania's election certification.

A group of Republican lawmakers and candidates sued the Keystone State earlier this week, arguing that the state legislature's mail-in voting law—Act 77—violated the commonwealth's constitution.

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"Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment," McCullough wrote.

When ruling on an emergency injunction, judges have to consider whether the party which requested the injunction is likely to win the case or "succeed on the merits." McCullough opined that the "petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene" the plain language of the provision of the Pennsylvania Constitution which deals with absentee voting.

election-workersElection workers count ballots in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 03, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania said that it had certified the results of the election for president and vice president on Nov. 24 while the court was reviewing briefings from both parties. In response, the plaintiffs filed a request for an emergency injunction, arguing that that state need not have acted so fast.

"It appears that respondents' actions may have been accelerated in response to the application for emergency relief … in an effort to preclude any remedial action by this court faster than this court was able to evaluate the application for emergency relief and the answers to it," the plaintiffs wrote.

The emergency request underlined that while Pennsylvania completed vote-counting and submitted the signed certification to the U.S. archivist, a number of steps still remain for the formal certification process to be completed.

"While Respondents may have proactively attempted to avoid potential injunctive relief granted by this Court, Respondents duties with regard to finalization of the full election results are far from complete," the filing states.

Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania released a memo on Nov. 27, advising that they will soon introduce a resolution to dispute the results of the 2020 election.

The resolution states that the executive and judicial branches of the Keystone State's government usurped the legislature's constitutional power to set the rules of the election.

The resolution "declares that the selection of presidential electors and other statewide electoral contest results in this commonwealth is in dispute" and "urges the secretary of the commonwealth and the governor to withdraw or vacate the certification of presidential electors and to delay certification of results in other statewide electoral contests voted on at the 2020 general election.


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{UAH} Kamuli Hospital closed as 24 health workers contract Covid-19

By Sam Caleb Opio

KAMULI-  Kamuli General Hospital has been closed after 24 health workers at the medical centre tested positive for Covid-19.

Kamuli District health officer, Mr Fred Duku said on Friday that the decision was reached after latest results indicated that 24 health workers were among the 27 Covid-19 positive cases that were recorded out of the 119 samples that were tested.

He said that all wards and the operating theatre will be closed for 14 days to enable response teams to fumigate and disinfect them.

"We have decided to downsize the service scope of the hospital whereby we shall only attend to emergencies in the Out-Patients Department, maternity wing and may be HIV positive clients," said.

He said that other services would be offered at peripheral health centres.

 "We have high positivity rate of between 30 to 50 percent and this implies that we are paying a price for not complying with the Standard Operation Procedures that were introduced by the Ministry of Health to combat the pandemic," he said.

Results from Covid-19 tests done that were done on November, 25 confirmed 225 new cases. Uganda has 19,115 cumulative cases and 191 deaths.
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{UAH} Suspected Jinja serial rapist, defiler arrested after Police manhunt - Daily Monitor

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{UAH} Bobi Wine protests were pre-planned but we crashed them- Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni who is also the NRM presidential candidate has once again commented on the protests that broke out in various town centres across the country after the arrest of National Unity Platform's Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine.

The protests that happened over a week ago saw over 40 people dead and many others injured as security tried to calm the situation.

Speaking to NRM leaders from Sironko and Bulambuli districts at Masaba Secondary School grounds in Sironko, Museveni said the protests had been pre-planned.

"The other day when I was in Karamoja, I heard that some of the groups who have actually been talking about it for many months and how they are going to disturb the country and the elections started. First of all by provoking and refusing to listen to regulations on this dangerous disease and exposing people to danger,"Museveni said.

The tough-talking President who seemed incensed by the protesters for the first time mentioned Bobi Wine's name in the same sentence with the riots.

"When the police tried to stop Bobi Wine, the planned riots started people were ringing me in Karamoja that I should stop my meeting but I said no it will be handled."

The President said he was not bothered by the riots because he knew the country has a robust security apparatus that could handle the situation.

"I told them no, it will be handled and you will see. They were attacking people with yellow uniforms but I said very soon they will lose that appetite. I was sure we had the structure and capacity to stop any trouble in the country. We built that(capacity) because we didn't take the other route of looking at people's tribes and religion( while recruiting)."

Flanked by her daughter Natasha Karugire who accompanied him during the Thursday meeting, Museveni without mentioning anyone's name blasted "some people" who bring the issue of youths whenever leading the country is mentioned.

"Some people think we talk of young biologically. Here(politics) we are not talking a laboratory of tadpoles and cockroaches and looking at young species. We are in the laboratory of management. We are in the centre for the skills of management of society. Whether you are young or old, you should have those skills. They have nothing to do with age but more with exposure and willingness to learn," the President said.

He insisted that the post-independence government which had young people failed and was the experiment that Uganda went through with young people, a thing he said cannot be repeated.

"If you want an experiment, you had it in 1962 because all those leaders were young. There was no old leader except Nadiope. They were all young but failed and part of the problem was this thinking of sectarianism."

Campaign meeting

At the campaign meeting, the leaders from the area asked the President to create two new districts of Elgon and Budadiri from Bulambuli and Sironko.

The Energy Minister, Mary Goretti Kitutu who spoke on behalf of other leaders asked the NRM presidential flag bearer to help in the relocation of people from the slopes of the mountains which are prone to landslides.

President Museveni told the NRM leaders that due to wise decisions, the amount of money collected as taxes has increased over the years and that there is nothing government cannot do currently.

"You should now tell people that because of these actions (wise decisions), we have achieved a lot. We now have enough money and what we need now is distributing resources well. That is why you should elect MPs who will help in well distribution," he said.

Museveni however noted that the remaining problem is people who work for only their stomachs and forget to have something in the pockets.

"We cant only depend on rich foreigners but our own people must also wake up to become part of the rich group. Working for the stomach is a big problem. I have been challenging leaders especially MPs to go parish by parish, do census and find how many people are working for their stomachs and begin to plan for them. The first solution is waking the people to start working for pockets," he said.

He noted government will inject more money into programs like Emyooga, Operations Wealth Creation and youth fund which are aimed at ensuring people can create wealth for themselves.

The President's campaign meeting in Sironko was also attended by the newly enthroned leader of Bamasaba Cultural Institution, Inzu Ya Masaaba Umukukha III , Dr Mike Mudoma.



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{UAH} FDC’s Amuriat calls upon Buganda kingdom to intervene over security interference of his campaigns

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer,Patrick Amuriat Oboi, has called for support of Buganda Kingdom to help amplify the injustice he has faced at the hands of security operatives during the campaigns.

Amuriat and a delegation from the FDC made the call during a courtesy visit to the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga at Bulange Mengo.

Amuriat briefed the kingdom about the progress of his campaigns explaining how security has interfered with most of his programmes as he hunts for votes from different parts of the country.

"I am aware that neither you or his highness the Kabaka are involved in politics but I think that you have the noble duty to ensure that not only the people of Buganda but all Ugandans live in peace,"he said.

Amuriat assured the kingdom of total support to Mengo's objectives and handed over a copy of the FDC manifesto to the Katikkiro.

Responding to Amuriat, Mayiga tasked all government agencies to respect all candidates and ensure that they hunt for votes peacefully ahead of the general polls.

"What we need is the rule of law and strict observance of human rights. All candidates should be free to express their political views,"he said.

Mayiga thanked the FDC delegation for prioritising the federal system of government in the FDC manifesto.

He implored the party once it ascends to power to uphold the five tenets of the kingdom that include; protecting the institution of the kingdom, federalism, securing the kingdom properties and boundaries, foster for social – economic development of the people of Buganda and fostering unity.

Mayiga also handed over a certificate worth Shs 2million and the Kabaka birthday run kits worth Shs 4 million to Amuriat and thanked him for the good gesture of supporting the kingdom.



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{UAH} Politics is about views, not age- Museveni tells opponents

President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the ruling NRM presidential candidate, has once again taken a swipe at his opponents whom he said are not aware that politics is about views and not age.

"When you talk of politics political actors and spend so much time on young and old, just know they don't know what they are doing. We are talking about solving human needs and we ask what your ideas about this are. You have been seeing in the US elections a clash of views. It(politics) is a clash of ideas and plans but not biology. You can be young but confused but you can also be old and clear-headed," Museveni said while addressing a campaign meeting for NRM leaders from the districts of Bukwo, Kween and Kapchorwa at Tuban Technical School grounds in Kapchorwa.

The NRM presidential candidate said most of his opponents don't know what is meant but politics but rather focus on age and other non-issues instead of addressing problems affecting people.

Museveni also noted that it is foolhardy for those who want to be leaders to talk about other things and forget about problems affecting the people.

"NRM must be for unity of Uganda and Ugandans but also for Africa for our prosperity to sell our products and buy from them. We have a surplus of maize, sugar, bananas, milk and industrial products like cement but you hear politicians talking about power and nobody is talking about Africa where we can sell our products."

The NRM vice-chairman in charge of the eastern region Capt Mike Mukula reinforced Museveni's comments saying that the NRM presidential candidate is gold that Uganda can't afford losing.

"In the US, the biggest economy and strongest country military wise, the people left 74-year-old Trump and voted for 78-year-old Joe Biden. President Museveni is the best candidate with experience to lead this country,"Mukula said.

The NRM presidential candidate said Uganda's problems stemmed from leaders who emphasized sectarianism basing on tribe and religions instead of common interests and problems for the people.

"Why do you emphasize tribe, religion yet these people have common problems? Like the problem of Coronavirus we have now, and it kills everybody. Why don't you handle those similar needs and leave the issue of identity as a private matter?"

Museveni said because of sectarianism, Uganda could not form a strong army but noted that with the coming of the NRM to power, Uganda's army is now strong because they focus on ability and not religion and tribe while recruiting fighters.

"Nobody can disturb Uganda because we have a strong army. The strong army came because we didn't follow the line of sectarianism," he said.

The NRM presidential candidate said that after realizing development, the remaining problem is people having money in their pockets.

He noted that leaders at all levels should emphasize the issue of commercial production for people to ensure they don't only work for their stomachs but also to have some money in their pockets.



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{UAH} Joe Biden gains votes in Wisconsin county after Trump-ordered recount | US elections 2020 | The Guardian

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{UAH} Do you have an facts about the allegation?

Dan Bwanika

 

There is a whole lot of information that was written on the murders of West Nile, here is a one read I can post for you this morning, but there is so much documentation that was done. In the piece I am posting for you here is one quote just to prepare you in what you are about to read:-

 

"Some days later, a similar punitive expedition was mounted to take Madi. Some local people have reported that Acholi soldiers were soon to be seen walking through Moyo with the genitals of their victims hanging from their belts, while in East Madi, certain militia men are said to have arranged for their relatives to come along and assist with the looting and removal of cattle. Between 5,000 and 30,000 civilians lost their lives during the retaking of Arua and Madi districts. The registration of voters for the forth coming elections was abandoned."   -> "Check the profile of those who went to West Nile in 1979 ...

 

Have a pleasant Sabbath.

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From: ugandans-at-heart@googlegroups.com <ugandans-at-heart@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of dan
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2020 4:10 AM
To: Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community <ugandans-at-heart@googlegroups.com>
Subject: {UAH} Do you have an facts about the allegation?

 

 

There is a man who told me in West Nile in mid 1980

people were rounded up  and murder by shooting.

 

He also alleged that these bodies were transported at night

on long trucks, piled on each other and buried somewhere

in West Nile.

 

Does anyone have an facts this event?

 

Dan

 

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{UAH} THE PIECE I HAVE JUST POSTED

A closer look at U.S. deaths due to COVID-19

By YANNI GU | November 27, 2020

Editor’s Note: After The News-Letter published this article on Nov. 22, it was brought to our attention that our coverage of Genevieve Briand’s presentation “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data” has been used to support dangerous inaccuracies that minimize the impact of the pandemic.

We decided on Nov. 26 to retract this article to stop the spread of misinformation, as we noted on social media. However, it is our responsibility as journalists to provide a historical record. We have chosen to take down the article from our website, but it is available here as a PDF.

In accordance with our standards for transparency, we are sharing with our readers how we came to this decision. The News-Letter is an editorially and financially independent, student-run publication. Our articles and content are not endorsed by the University or the School of Medicine, and our decision to retract this article was made independently.

Briand’s study should not be used exclusively in understanding the impact of COVID-19, but should be taken in context with the countless other data published by Hopkins, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

As assistant director for the Master’s in Applied Economics program at Hopkins, Briand is neither a medical professional nor a disease researcher. At her talk, she herself stated that more research and data are needed to understand the effects of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Briand was quoted in the article as saying, “All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers.” This claim is incorrect and does not take into account the spike in raw death count from all causes compared to previous years. According to the CDC, there have been almost 300,000 excess deaths due to COVID-19. Additionally, Briand presented data of total U.S. deaths in comparison to COVID-19-related deaths as a proportion percentage, which trivializes the repercussions of the pandemic. This evidence does not disprove the severity of COVID-19; an increase in excess deaths is not represented in these proportionalities because they are offered as percentages, not raw numbers.

Briand also claimed in her analysis that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may be incorrectly categorized as COVID-19-related deaths. However, COVID-19 disproportionately affects those with preexisting conditions, so those with those underlying conditions are statistically more likely to be severely affected and die from the virus.

Because of these inaccuracies and our failure to provide additional information about the effects of COVID-19, The News-Letter decided to retract this article. It is our duty as a publication to combat the spread of misinformation and to enhance our fact-checking process. We apologize to our readers. 

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{UAH} Do you have an facts about the allegation?


There is a man who told me in West Nile in mid 1980
people were rounded up  and murder by shooting.

He also alleged that these bodies were transported at night
on long trucks, piled on each other and buried somewhere
in West Nile.

Does anyone have an facts this event?

Dan

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{UAH} A CLOSE LOOK AT U S DEATHS DUE TO COVID-19

A closer look at U.S. deaths due to COVID-19

By YANNI GU | November 22, 2020

COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE BRIAND

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.

According to new data, the U.S. currently ranks first in total COVID-19 cases, new cases per day and deaths. Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.”

From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19.

She explained that the significance of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths can be fully understood only through comparison to the number of total deaths in the United States. 

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. 

“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 said.

Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths. 

These data analyses suggest that 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.

This comes as a shock to many people. How is it that the data lie so far from our perception? 

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. Every year in the U.S. when we observe the seasonal ups and downs, we have an increase of deaths due to all causes,” Briand pointed out.

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. 

COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE BRIAND 

Graph depicts the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018.

This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19. 

COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE BRIAND  

Graph depicts the total decrease in deaths by various causes, including COVID-19.  

The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths. This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease.

“All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

In an interview with The News-Letter, Briand addressed the question of whether COVID-19 deaths can be called misleading since the infection might have exacerbated and even led to deaths by other underlying diseases.

“If [the COVID-19 death toll] was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased COVID-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn’t give us a choice but to point to some misclassification,” Briand replied.

In other words, the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the U.S. is considered problematic only when it increases the total number of deaths or the true death burden by a significant amount in addition to the expected deaths by other causes. Since the crude number of total deaths by all causes before and after COVID-19 has stayed the same, one can hardly say, in Briand’s view, that COVID-19 deaths are concerning.

Briand also mentioned that more research and data are needed to truly decipher the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the United States.

Throughout the talk, Briand constantly emphasized that although COVID-19 is a serious national and global problem, she also stressed that society should never lose focus of the bigger picture — death in general. 

The death of a loved one, from COVID-19 or from other causes, is always tragic, Briand explained. Each life is equally important and we should be reminded that even during a global pandemic we should not forget about the tragic loss of lives from other causes.

According to Briand, the over-exaggeration of the COVID-19 death number may be due to the constant emphasis on COVID-19-related deaths and the habitual overlooking of deaths by other natural causes in society. 

During an interview with The News-Letter after the event, Poorna Dharmasena, a master’s candidate in Applied Economics, expressed his opinion about Briand’s concluding remarks.

“At the end of the day, it’s still a deadly virus. And over-exaggeration or not, to a certain degree, is irrelevant,” Dharmasena said.

When asked whether the public should be informed about this exaggeration in death numbers, Dharmasena stated that people have a right to know the truth. However, COVID-19 should still continuously be treated as a deadly disease to safeguard the vulnerable population.

EM         -> { Trump for 2020 }

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"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

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