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Good morning, welcome to Daily Thread number 465 covering #Ukraine's heroic defence against #Russia's illegal aggression.

I've been here from (before) the start of war, reporting on (sometimes from) a country I've loved, worked + lectured in many, many times.
Overnight was quiet
Before we get stuck in to today's news, a gentle reminder these threads are basically an unpaid full time job - actually more than that as you get days off with a job! Coffee donations welcome (link in Bio)

To catch up on Friday's news, click here
A few drones buzzed #Ukraine yesterday evening but air raids did not last long and no damage was reported.

The drone/cruise missile numbers on #Russia's daily losses are high as they include Friday morning's attacks.
Artillery, special equipment & fuel tanks way above average Image
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This week, @scotgovhealth published findings from an analysis of surveys issued to NHS Health Boards in Autumn 2022, to understand existing support for #pwME (or lack of, as we would argue) and implementation of the 2021 NICE guideline.

Thread 🧵 [1/4]…
Pleased to see the publication of the report, & the acknowledgement that the survey was a direct result of #MEAction Scotland's meeting with the then Cabinet Secretary for Health, @HumzaYousaf.

We'll be calling on @MathesonMichael & @jenni_minto to take this work forward. [2/4]
Disappointing to see that 4 Health Boards chose not to respond - @NHSHighland, the largest Board geographically, @NHS_Lothian, one of few identified as having a specific support pathway, @NHSaaa & @NHSGrampian. Also, not all of the 10 who did respond answered all questions.
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a military tech firm supplying war robots to #Ukraine, that has ties to the MoD, and whose biggest shareholder is a Tory donor who gave £1m to Boris Johnson, is about to support a US-NATO military exercise in #Scotland you say...? surely this is some kind of mistake...?
well no, no mistake - it's just the global arms industry and its lapdogs in government functioning as they always do - killing people for profit (except in #Ukraine it's not majority Black or Brown people they're killing for a change)
of course, QinetiQ is even closer to government than that- as defence secretary Ben Wallace used to work for them (just like countless defence secretaries before him either worked for, or end up working for, private military companies)
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We must REJOIN the EU.
Please join us on Wednesday at 8pm for our post election special planning session on ZOOM
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🚨🚨Just the 2,540 #ExcessDeaths in the UK🇬🇧 last week
(22% above the 5 Year Average)

Less that 500 of the excess were attributed to ‘COVID’ - what caused the other 2,000 excess deaths?

Answer time, Rishi Sunak !

Source: ONS Image
#England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
2,128 excess deaths
22.5% above average

#Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
177 excess deaths
27.4% above average

#Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
156 excess deaths
14% above average

27 excess deaths
10% above average

Covid involved in just 4.3% of all deaths

What is killing Brits? Image
12,420 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending 21 April 2023 (Week 16).

22.9% above the five-year average (2,312 more deaths).

Just 358 of the 2,312 #ExcessDeaths were attributed to COVID19 (15%)

What caused the other 85% of the excess deaths ? Image
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🚨🚨The ONS confirms there were 54,310 deaths registered in England & Wales in March 2023, 6,014 deaths (12.5%) above the March five-year average

That is now 12 consecutive months of #ExcessDeath

What is driving excess?

We know it’s not COVID

Any idea Rishi Sunak ??
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The leading cause of excess death in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿England in March 2023 was symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions, at 525 excess deaths (43.4% above average);

In 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Wales it was heart failure and complications and ill-defined heart disease, at 27 excess deaths (58.1% above average)

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While ‘symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions’ take the Top Spot in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 with 525 excess deaths

When you combine all of the heart-related excess deaths, you get 941 excess deaths💔

We KNOW the jags cause heart damage FFS !!

Where are the media on this!!

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There were 5,646 deaths in #Scotland during March 2023.

The number of deaths was 526higher than the March five-year average (+10%)

We now have over 2,000 excess deaths in 2023

What is driving the excess? We know it’s NOT ‘Covid’ so what is it Humza Yousaf?

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‘Ischaemic heart disease was the leading cause of death in March 2023

In March 2023 there were 668 deaths from ischaemic heart disease’

The COVID19 vaccines are knowto cause heart inflammation, blood clots & other heart damaging side effects

Heart disease deaths in excess

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The number of excess deaths occurring at home have been consistently higher since early 2020

In March 2023, there were 1,782 deaths at home or in an institutional setting which was 17% above average

This is death by denied medical care

Humza Yousaf was Health Minister for this Image
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🚨🚨 Only 247 deaths of under 40s in England, where #COVID19 was the only cause listed on death certificate …

Of the 140,145 ‘COVID’ deaths reported, 133,951 (95.6%) had an underlying comorbidity …

Only 6,194 deaths with no known existing comorbidity

Source: NHS England

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The pre-existing comorbidities are no joke either;

💥 dementia
💥 diabetes
💥 chronic kidney failure
💥 chronic pulmonary disease
💥 ischaemic heart disease

We are not talking about ingrowing toenails here, Jeremy Vine!

Those deaths were NOT from COVID

Source: NHS England

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The average ‘Covid’ death in England during 2021, had 2 or more pre-existing comorbidities (40,000 of the deaths registered as Covid)

These people did not die ‘from’ COVID19

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🚨 20% Excess Deaths in the UK last week …

🚨 2,156 Excess Deaths (only 497 attributed to COVID19)

🚨 An entire year of consecutive weeks of Excess Death

What is causing all of the extra deaths in the UK?

Is it the vaccine?

Time to ask the question …💥💥💥
🇬🇧UK #ExcessDeaths week 13

#England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
10,856 deaths
1,922excess deaths
+21.5% excess
408 ‘Covid’

#Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
1,263 deaths
165 excess deaths
+15% excess
50 ‘Covid’

#Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
708 deaths
83 excess
24 ‘Covid’

306 deaths
-21 excess
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Total #ExcessDeaths for 2023
To 31/3/2023 (Q1)

#England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
11,151 excess deaths
+7.5% total excess

#Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
1,909 excess deaths
+11.5% excess

#Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
785 excess deaths
+8% excess

198 excess deaths
+4.3% excess

‘COVID’ only attributed to 1/3 excess Image
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The largest underlying cause of recent non-COVID-19 excess deaths in Scotland has been “Other causes”

The “Other causes” category also includes deaths which
have an unascertained cause whilst being investigated by the Procurator Fiscal

From Humza Yousaf, Health Secretary
Friend of mine wrote to his MP raising concerns with the high levels of #ExcessDeath in #Scotland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

MP then wrote to the then Health Secretary whom provided the response attached

We know where the excess deaths are, but they still won’t face what it is that’s causing the excess
1,520 excess deaths do far in 2023 (week 1-11)




#Other (ill defined condition)

‘Covid’ attributed to around 350 of those deaths

Source: #NRS
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- The Man Who Fought in WWII with a Sword and a Bow 🧵 -

Born into an old Oxfordshire family, Jack Churchill graduated from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1926 #Svagaiature #WWII #History #Scotland #Trivia (1/16) Image
In 1930 he left the Army and worked as an editor of a Nairobi newspaper, a model, and a movie extra, he even participated to the 1939 bow World Championship representing Britain (2/16) Image
In 1940 Jack felt the call of duty and re-joined the Army becoming the second in command of an infantry platoon. Everything fine, if it wasn’t for the fact that Mad Jack always marched into battle with bow, arrows and his trusty basket-hilted claymore by his side (3/16)
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Excess death in #England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

🟧 50,000 excess deaths in England over the past 52 weeks

🟣4.2 Million doses of ‘Spring Booster’ given to over 75s

🟢 15.2 Million doses of ‘Autumn Booster’ given to over 50s

Followed by spikes in #ExcessDeaths

Does correlation = causation ?

Since the roll out of the first #COVID19 booster in September 2021, there has been 50,000 deaths attributed to ‘Covid’

6,000 #Unvaccinated
44,000 #Vaccinated
30,000 #Boosted

53 Million boosters - and STILL we had 44,000 Covid deaths in the vaccinated!

I see correlation

In January 2023, England suffered 6,632 excess deaths (+12% above average)




#Other (Ill defined conditions)


Note the increase in cardiac deaths & ‘Other’

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A hospital visit in Germany.

Very nice chap sharing a room with my family. Married to a Polish lady. Widely travelled. We chat about the world.

He says, unprompted, Scots are the warmest, most welcoming people he's ever met. He's never felt such genuine friendliness elsewhere.
2/ Remembering individual moments of kindness on his journey all the way to the Hebrides. A visit of a crowded pub where a local, unprompted, offered his chair. The true spirit of B&Bs with no effort spared to make every guest feel comfortable, welcome, at home.
3/ Watching a football game (the Euros co-hosted by Poland that year) & wondering whether they could dare support England in a Scottish pub, only to be met with much good humour, generosity, tolerance when they cheered.
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“When do we deploy the new variant….? “

Daily cases of #OMICRON plotted against daily #Booster vaccines administered

If you don’t believe in ‘Correlation = Causation’

Then get ready to meet

‘Occam’s Razor’

Fcuk #MattHancock and fcuk the #lockdownfiles but this is huge⬇️ Image
England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

1st sSeptember 2021 - 31st March 2022

32,000,000 doses of #COVID19 Booster vaccine administered

12,000,000 cases of COVID19 #OMICRON reported

Was omicron a sales pitch for the booster ?

Did the booster sees the positives ?

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At the time of the #OMICRON wave is was clear that the vaccinated - and recently boosted - were driving infection rates

By the end of March 2022, 85% of ‘Cases’ were in the vaccinated, +70% #Boosted

The U.K. HSA would then stop publishing the data by vaccination status …. ImageImageImage
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If you thought that old ship's captains were all rough, tough, grizzly bearded men who ruled by fear, then you need to hear the story of Betsy Miller - The Queen of Saltcoats.

#WomensHistoryMonth #Scotland #Ayrshire
Betsy was the eldest of 10 children, born and bred in Saltcoats on the Ayrshire coast at the end of the 18th century.

Her father was a successful merchant and captain, but while seafaring was in her blood, it was her brother who was destined to take over the family business.
Betsy had a quiet job in the office, getting out on the waves whenever she had the chance.

In 1833, tragedy struck when her brother passed away, leaving the family and crew leaderless and with debts to pay.

Fortunately Betsy stepped up to the mark and took the helm.
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→ Why BIG decisions need BIG support – share 2-minute video


Big decisions need big support. That’s surely something we’ve learnt following the fiasco of #Brexit that most of the electorate never supported.
Let’s look at it this way.

Say you’re the boss of a company with 100 employees. You let the staff vote on whether the firm should move to a new location.

▪ 37 staff voted yes,
▪ 35 staff voted no,
▪ 28 didn’t vote (many staff weren’t sure)
𝗪𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝟯𝟳 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝟭𝟬𝟬? 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗯𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿.
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We are here @scotparl ready to see which MSPs stand up for #pwME in #Scotland in @SueJWebber's debate today 💪

Brilliant to be joined by #pwME, their families, and colleagues from @actionforme and @LCKScotland

Watch live on Scottish Parliament TV: ME Action Scotland volunteer Karima outside the Scottish Par
@ScotParl @SueJWebber @actionforme @LCKScotland Meant to say, starts at 12.45pm! Can you tell we're excited 😅 Will do our best to live tweet on this thread as we go.
We’re off! @SueJWebber opens the debate, sharing @therealmecfs’s powerful words. Jo’s here with us in the chamber today ❤️ Also sharing a story of a #pwME post-Covid. You are all with us in spirit 💪
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Today it's Day 336 of #Russia's full invasion and war on #Ukraine.

It's also a special day for many people.
Burns' Night in #Scotland
St Dwynwen's Day for lovers in #Wales
While it's also the 45th birthday of @ZelenskyyUa - mnogo lita Mr President!

Here's the daily thread
@ZelenskyyUa It should also be a very special day for #Ukraine's military leaders with confirmation coming from #Germany and the #USA that the country's top fighting tanks are finally going to be given to the country.

The news leaked out y'day. Here's Tuesday's thread
It's also been a very pleasant start to the day for me, to see two more donations to my "coffee fund" this morning.

Eric and Renée (who has been super generous), I give you my sincerest thank yous.

And thanks to everyone who writes messages of support or kind words.
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🚨🚨 #Scotland has just reported our HIGHEST EVER weekly death figure !!!

2020 deaths recorded in Week 2 of 2023 !!

The highest weekly death rate on record!

What is going on? What is killing hundreds of extra Scots EVERY week!!

It’s answer time Nicola Sturgeon !!

Source: National Records of Scotland - a 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Government organisation

2020 deaths in ONE WEEK!

Average weekly deaths in Scotland is 1,100!!!… Image
Weekly deaths by Age in #Scotland

We are seeing increased death counts across all ages 15+

What is causing this enormous excess?

Source: #NRS 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Image
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Such an epic protest outside the Scottish Parliament today. Standing for truth in unity and making a difference. We the people of Scotland have had enough of all the nonsense the Scottish government is doing - it's ruining our nation..'s ruining our generation and it will ruin the future generations. People need to awake to the truth and not to be deceived by these people. What they are doing is evil and it's abuse.

They need to stop indoctrinating the Children, stop the lies about gender and identity..
..stop pushing agendas that come against what marriage and true family values are and stop allowing just a certain group to be heard and seen and no one else can say anything or do anything.
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Καλή χρονιά με υγεία!

Happy new year ppl!

#σημερα εκτός από Πρωτοχρονιά στα κράτη που ακολουθούν το #gregoriancalendar και την #japan είναι η δεύτερη μέρα του #hogmanay στη #scotland, τελευταία μέρα του #kwanzaa για τους Αφροαμερικανούς, ημέρα Σύνταγματος στην #italy,

ημέρα ίδρυσης της Σλοβακικής Δημοκρατίας στη #slovakia, ημέρα αποκατάστασης της ανεξαρτησίας στην #CzechRepublic, ημέρα απελευθέρωσης των σκλάβων στις #usa και μερικά κράτη της #carribean, ημέρα της σημαίας στη #lithuania, ημέρα ίδρυσης στην #taiwan,

#παγκοσμιαΗμεραΟικογενοιας, ημέρα ανεξαρτησίας σε #brunei, #cameroon, #Haiti και #sudan, #kamakuraEbisu στην Ιαπωνία και ημέρα θριάμβου της επανάστασης στην #cuba.

#σανσημερα το 45 BCE η υιοθέτηση του Ιουλιανού ημερολογίου στη #rome, προκαλεί την πρώτη Πρωτοχρονιά.

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Another reason why I should leave San Francisco is the fact that I have fought every day for this city and rarely ever is there any support or team work. Whenever I walk through San Francisco I only ever see @bettersoma , @mattdorsey and Mr. J J in the trenches on the frontlines.
People complain every day but don’t ever do anything about it. It makes everything seem pointless. @michelletandler talks about fentanyl. When is she going to talk about our fentanyl emergency petition that has almost 1000 signatures? It takes two seconds to share petition.
I love @GMcDee2 @JacquiBerlinn because they aren’t picking and choosing what is “cool” to support. They support everything that is dedicated to combating fentanyl. They not only do their own fighting but they also support other people fights instead of picking what is “cool.”
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These big, beautiful lumps are the Paps of Jura, on (unsurprisingly) the Isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides.

Jura's conical hills are closely associated with the Cailleach, Scotland's Winter Goddess and right now much of the country is stuck in her icy grip.

#YS2022 #Scotland
The Cailleach is an ancient, giant, blue hag with one big eye and dark, red teeth.

She rides out each year from her home atop Ben Nevis with eight companions to spread winter around Scotland with a frosty hammer.

Jura is said to be one of the first stops on her annual journey.
She journeys to the north end of the island and washes her great plaid in the Corryvreckan Whirlpool.

It's one of the largest natural whirlpools in the world and the roar can be heard up to 20 miles away.

George Orwell once got too close and was almost dragged to his death!
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