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This is where there’s no TV here on Huliganov TV. It gathers together in one place where I’ve just used words and images without video links.
I have been working a bit on music of late, which is maybe putting it a bit too ambitiously given that I am not very musically educated and don’t even read the notes on the staves fluently, but I just felt like a play, and some extemporaneous music came out, which I expect to record when I can play it more faultlessly.
I wanted to basically fit the words to Glory be to Jesus which has the tune shown nicely here:
which I hasten to add is not mine as you may be able to tell when they skip one of my favorite hymn verses of all time.
What is sung there is called the tune Casnell by William Henry Monk (known for having composed the best-known tunes for “Abide with me”, “All things bright and beautiful” and many others). Whoever wrote that book they are playing from I know not, but as far as I can tell the correct name of that tune isn’t Casnell, at all, as I can’t find any other mentions of such a name. The correct information is that a German Lutheran composer called Friedrich Filitz composed it in 1847 for the tune “Wem in Leidenstagen”, which I cannot find any performances of. It is sometimes called Caswall in English, but still attributed to Filitz.
Edward Caswall in turn was the person who made the English words of Glory be to Jesus having translated it from Italian.
Here are the Italian words:
Viva! Viva! Gesù! che per mio bene
Tutto il sangue verso dalle sue vene.
Il sangue di Gesù fu la mia vita;
Benedetta la Sua bontà infinita.
Questo sangue in eterno sia lodato,
Che dall’ inferno il mondo ha riscattato.
Questo Sangue si fe’ nostra bevanda
E delle anime nostre la lavanda.
Il Sangue di Gesù placa lo sdegno
Del Genitore e ci conduce al Regno.
D’Abele il sangue gridava venedetta.
Quel di Gesù per noi perdono aspetta.
Se di tal Sangue è asperso il nostro cuore,
Fugge il Ministro del divin furore.
Se di Gesù si esalta il divin sangue,
Tripudia il ciel, trema l’abisso e langue.
Diciamo dunque insiem con energia
Al sangue di Gesù gloria si dia. Amen
Ascr. St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787).
I will be adding more to this later on to show the chorus I have added, both tune and words, but the refrain (i am planning for the refrain to develop over the course of the hymn but the culminating refrain, so to speak, will be:
Maker and Redeemer
Bathe us in Thy Blood!
Bring us home to Glory
Thou our Lord and God!
Watch this space for the whole thing and hopefully God willing a musical arrangement also.
There was a discussion in the Australian edition of the Spectator about how this doyen of British broadcasting has slipped ever more into an anti-human stance, even stating that the planet would be better off without us.
The guy has had an immensely charmed life and while he is not the only one to be blessed, what you can say about those who are greatly blessed is that they fall into roughly three camps.
1. The So-Whatters. Those who seem to take it for granted and see no need to be thankful. Frankly I find such people equal and opposite to the handwringers and equally wrong.
2. The Hand Wringers. People who feel guilty about about the fact they had it better than others and feel as though it would be better if everyone was engulfed in equal misery. Communism is where that ends.
3. The Thankful. People who believe in and worship God understand that He gave them the blessings they have. They examine their lives and say, I was blessed here, I was challenged there, God sometimes took away. I regard myself as blessed and bless God’s name. I read that where much is given, much is required, and so I do what I can, but simply giving it all away to all comers cannot be the right answer, as God could have done that in the first place if that’s what He had in mind. My job is to turn ten talents into ten more, and not be surprised if one-talent guy even has to give me his one.
At the outset of his career we might have thought Uncleborough was a 3 but he seems to have found his way into the 2 camp and this does tend to happen with those whose faith in a creator and Redeemer is weak.
If you wanna be a Job, you gotta know that your Redeemer liveth. Job had a lot, lost the lot, accepted the sovereignty of God in giving and taking, and then got back everything he lost and more.
But while he and his mates got into a mode of whining about environmentalism and other guilt-trippy tropes, God came along in a whirlwind and slapped them all verbally about the head.
I don’t want David Uncleborough to die, despite him chucking Spicer off a bannister and trying to get the lovely Carol Marsh to shoot herself as a kid, and then chucking a bunch of walruses off a cliff in his dotage, I want him to be thankful to God, faithful and believing, and then to live forever in paradise which I fully expect to have even more new species in it than the old one had.
It is not possible for this universe to have been a better place without humans, for, as shown in John’s gospel and other parts of the Bible, without the fact that this was to be the home and stage for the history of salvation, where God the Father would give to God the Son all those souls He had appointed for Him, God the Son, our blessed Jesus Christ would never have made this world and this universe in the first place. Yesterday’s blogpost on this Channel should have made it clear to you why that can be stated unequivocally.
They don’t evolve from one kind to another in observable time. There is some speciation since the flood, but it’s only in short generation animals. They cannot change from kind to kind, the variety within the Kind just gets bigger. Usually taxonomic families of vertebrates which have huge numbers of species in, or species with huge numbers of subspecies and races are short generation animals and those with few are long-generation animals. If you look at that and see where the lines all converge we can conclude that the Flood could have been about 7,000 years ago.
None of that though is particularly relevant to the question of whether humans are animals. This depends on how you define animals. That there is an analogy in Creation between humans and a series of specieisdered notional forebears is not necessarily relevant to that question either. It is all down to the philosophical stance one takes, especially with regard to the finest spiritual revelations that we have, namely the Bible.
I do not have a problem when atheists start wittering on about how great apes and we have all got a deficiency in the gene to make our own vitamin C, this and other things have no bearing on the fact that God could have made us last Thursday, but for the fact He tells us it was a few thousand years earlier than that. Before that you have 14 billion years of universe production, a spurious and impossible in fact start to life and living cells, and then a chain of evolution, culminating in a standing naked ape which gets language and thought in a conundrum not less impossible to understand than the first living cell coming from soup, all of which of course happened only in the eternal foreknowledge of God the Son, who wrote this in His own mind as a plan, so as to make a home and set the stage for those whom the Father was set to give to Him. (John 17 has all of this information if you look carefully, especially John 17 v 24). Once the Logos sets this plan or Logos in motion, bringing even light and the other laws of physics as we know them into being by speaking that which is in His Plan, then we see it does not take 14 billion years, it takes six days. Six like the six wine barrels at the wedding in Cana, Galilee, which were also filled with vintage wine from water and not wine that appeared to have been made a few minutes earlier. It is a mature creation, it looks partly like it could have evolved, but we are told the real truth, which explains the things that are in it which by no means could have evolved.
Atheists are a bit like some folk who have autism, they have if you like a kind of spiritual autism becuase they look at this world and try to understand it without reference to the Creator. In fact, they really don’t want to know Him.
This is of course very sad, because knowing Him is really all there is, all there is that lasts.
You know what I am talking about.
Original YT playout date: 28 September 2009
We drive to Sadyba, I keep up the usual running commentary and my wife joins in on the songs.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Original YT playout date: 24 September 2009
This starts in a way that looks like an Englishman delivering to an Australian a lesson in Polish. What it actually is is teaching using the gold-list system. Language teachers who wish to empower students should show them the gold-list system. On the other hand language teachers who wish to create dependent, captive students requiring ever more lessons from them and doomed never to progress on their own, these language teachers should take care to avoid their students even hearing about the gold-list system.
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A friend of mine who reads this modest blog enquired of me whether I intended to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The answer I gave is as follows: I had this disease twice and if I could beat it twice I’ll beat it a third and a fourth time. Eventually it should start becoming like catching any of the other coronaviruses, of which we’ve all had several in our time. While we were kids we took them in our strides. Of course they also mutate, which is why we still get colds, and for someone whose gone a few rounds with it already, it’s going to be like a cold on subsequent iterations.
Not that you can’t die of it, but you can die of a cold and we accepted that as a tolerable risk, pretty much we’ve all gone through life expecting that some people can die of that if they are old and in the past it would have been called dying of old age. We didn’t use to expect to be immortal. We are, but not as far as this flesh is concerned. That’s why it’s called “the mortal coil”. It is like something that is going to die, it is born to die, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet called it a ‘coil’ in his famous 2B/N2B discourse, referencing no doubt the helix of the DNA molecule, to be discovered some 300 years down the track.
The Pfizer vaccine is of course made for profit, unlike the Astra Zeneca one which is being pumped out at cost, they say. I find it a bit hard to believe that Astra Zeneca are really not making any kind of profit on their vaccine, but stranger things have happened in the name of getting a lot of public goodwill for your brand. In any event, Astra Zeneca’s technology is more a tried and tested one, and not an mRNA vaccine like Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna.
Pfizer made a clinical trial based on the view that if they give it to as many as 45,000 people then it justifies the fact that it is being done in months not years. After all, you don’t usually need anything like that many, but you do need to have it go on for some time. In the case of new technologies that muck around with the instructions inside cells, like this mRNA technology, you’d normally expect that people to wait and see what happens to be longer and not shorter, as I’ll explain if you, dear reader, have the patience to read on.
There has never been an mRNA-based vaccine, this is a whole new ball game. The theory looks like good science to those in more of the know than I can lay claim to, but we all know that the proof of various puddings is in the eating thereof.
I find it stretches my credulity to accept that having 10 times the usual number of people taking part in clinical trials means that you can come to sound conclusions about negative effects especially when it is something that involves new and little understood matters. And especially when it is being done by Pfizer, whose business model is personified by Viagra, their flagship “medicine”, which creates a dependency by preventing the erectile tissue from functioning without it any more (so that what could have been a lack of potency occasioned by stress or obesity becomes a permanent feature and can only be dealt with by gradually increasing amounts of the drug). Can I trust them to be anything less crafty when it comes to this? Their MO is well known and well established!
Moderna is the other mRNA-based one. And that’s a company linked to Bill Gates. I have read comments from him on population control going back a long time. I remember reading his thoughts on the matter well before the current crisis. He is also known as one who makes a lot of money out of making systems that let viruses in and then selling the Antivirus for it, in computer systems, so there’s also no secret about his MO either.
Quite frankly I can get where these population control people are coming from and if I were not a Christian I probably would be all in favour of it myself, especially if you can find a way to select out less productive people, and also do it painlessly, by rendering people infertile. It sure beats famine, incurable plagues that wipe everyone out, or world wars. We are coming to a point in food and energy sustainability where some depopulating event is practically inevitable. Malthus has been mocked and “disproven” for a long long time, but only because of agriculture being able to keep pace with world population growth by dint of taking over more land (which was how it grew in the nineteenth century, but now by the end of the twentieth cannot take much more land without reaching a tipping point for world biodiversity) or by technology in the twentieth, be that the tractor or the gene gun. Borlaug’s dwarf wheat alone has probably already kept populations from famine, but this has been at cost of an even more mysterious and complex gluten (remember gluten isn’t just one protein but a mix of similar proteins with all manner of characteristics, and it’s supported by a hexuploid set of chromosomes with an immense amount of protein coding info included in it. We never bothered to run proper FDA tests on that dwarf wheat as it was the product of hybridization, but the increase of gluten related disease tells its own story, as this wheat dominates over other Triticums and Triticum aestivum itself over other cereals on a practically world-wide scale.
In short we are now at the point of saturation in several areas of life. We are running out of space, including the space to grow crops. We have reached the limits of miniaturization for computers so they’re unlikely to get much faster, now they can keep getting bigger but they’ll start to get slower again. And we are closer to peak oil, unless the biological origin of oil theory is wrong, as I think it probably is, but that may or may not help us. Other than peak oil, we have peak phosphorus and peak potassium to worry about in the next 100-300 years. Each new billion of human mouths to feed pushes the envelope and you get a new billion humans every few years, and especially you get them in places which are unable to sustain them. Little wonder then that those “in the know” regard it as a mercy to curtail the climb of human population by stealth, and that this expediency overrides all sorts of normal ethical considerations. I understand it very well. But I am also “in the know”, in another way. I know my Bible. I know my God. I know what “pru u rvu” means. I don’t see a specific time or numerical target after which “go forth and multiply” can be abandoned. I do see a time after which the Earth will be put away by the plan and foreknowledge of God, “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting”, but that day is down to Him and not to some overwealthed elite self-styled benefactor of mankind. It belongs to Jesus. He is the Door. Gates is not the Door. So I understand the depopulation plan, but I am never going to go along with it. I will oppose it. This piece of deathless prose is, indeed, part of the opposition to it, a simple explanation about it, placed in the public thoroughfare. My those who are supposed to, come hither, read and understand.
The ideal population control drug applied to humans by stealth would be a drug which did a useful job, and enabled the people who took it to not have any side effects on fertiity initially, but only after a prolonged period, or in the F1 generation, which is geneticists’ speak for “first filial’ or, effectvely, you get kids but oddly no grandkids. Many plants and animals when hybridised remain fertile as they are but become infertile in the F1 generation. Look up ligers if you think I’m lion’ about that. If this dream drug that you get practically a whole planet to take has no major negative effect and seems to do a job, but has that F1 effect, that would be ideal, wouldn’t it? Only twenty years down the line would it start to come out that very few people could have children and people would start to be putting two and two together and blaming the long gone Coronavirus pandemic and it;s jabs way back then. A 38 year-old Greta Thunberg will be blaming it all on mercury pollution and microplastics, and they for sure will also be playing a role but only a secondary one. Mainstream media will be telling people in 2040, if the Lord hasn’t returned by then and kicked them into touch, that anyone who blames the old jab is a conspiracy theorist nutjob, and when finally enough dissident voices prove it was indeed the jab, well, the mainstream will then start blaming Bill Gates but he will have been already dead and buried and they can vilify him then all they like. Or maybe the main thrust of public opinion would be by that time to accept the expediency of doing Project Kwaheri or whatever name they want to give it (Swahili is pretty cool for project names though) rather than the alternatives which are clearly inevitable and rather worse.
If we were, in theory, to jab everyone from early childhood until the close of life over the next ten years and then stop when it looks like the virus is done, and the kids born from now on cannot have kids themselves, and that means anyone born to someone born themselves between 1910 and 2030. And that means everyone. Except for anyone where both partners were in on the secret. Those people can remain as meek as they like, they inherit the earth. Clearly they will have to bring up their kids in strict segregation as folk could kill them out of a desire for revenge, but the best way to achieve a situation where that didn’t happen is to have only about 80% of people vaccinated and leave it up to people’s free will. Then you get some who are fertile still and maybe you end up with an Attwoodian, Handmaid’s Tale style future coming about in the 2060’s and 2070’s.
This would suit a lot of very powerful people who have in the past made zero secret of their eugeneticist sympathies. And therefore there is no reason why this shouldn’t be executed, if these rich elites can find the right technology to do it. My guess is, they have.
It is of course quite possible that they have engineered the whole thing so that we get back to that Georgia Guidestones figure of 500 million once all of this is done. But they would like to control who those people are rather than have people self-select for survival by refusing the jab. They don’t get to do this. They shouldn’t be trying to do this. It is playing God.
I won’t even mention what could possibly go wrong, but imagine there’s one religion, it isn’t hard to do, where women have eight children, and we have only two. Imagine all the people, enacting Shariah law? Hoo hoo! You may say I’m a dreamer, I daresay it’s not just me who worries about that, and the more of us who do the more can engage these depopulationist elites into understanding that with this imbalance with regard to reproductive policy between the enemy religion and everyone else isn’t a way to long-term utopia, unless you consider the Meccans inheriting the Earth to be what Jesus had in mind in the Sermon on the Mount. For sure the world would live as one. One big mess.
And hence, while I am already of an age where I won’t have any more children myself, and don’t need to fear infertility, I don’t want to succumb to their strategy. They’ve already effectively done this to me anyway but other strategies, like the mercury in vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella – the Thimerosal was there even if you avoid the triple vac and I gave mine single vacs from Russia and it still didn’t help. Dr Wakefield was really on to something but he probably got the mechanism wrong, and there’s his downfall. He’s still a good lad in my book, we all make mistakes. And I’m not against vaccines, I’m against bad science. If Thimerosal was great science, why is it not used today? Having 2 out of 100 kids coming out autistic at the peak of this abuse was all about scaring many parents in the west out of having kids altogether. And for sure there are falling birth rates all over the western world, including traditionally Catholic countries, during this period at rates surely not just down to the heuristic of urbanisation. I have three autistic children because of these people. In a sense it is a gift because Heaven is guaranteed to these ones, but who would choose this life for their kids and themselves? If you are going to use the argument that innocent kids go to heaven, you could use it to justify the abortion holocaust if you are not careful. We don’t do evil that good may come.
Basically, I cannot recommend to others that they ‘stand sure’ like an Anderson clansman and resist, if I don’t delve into my own Anderson genes and ‘stand sure’ myself.
Whether this is something to do with the Mark of the Beast in Revelation 13, I don’t know. I certainly cannot exclude it when the powers of this world are starting to behave around this thing as if it were that mark without which you can neither buy nor sell. And even if it’s only a precursor to ‘soften us all up’, then sorry, but I have no desire to be softened up.
I trust God. I see what God says in Psalm 91. You can either read your Bibles as I’m not going to quote it I’d rather you open it for yourselves, or you can grab a Bible in your language in the recently revised Gideons Bible App. I know there are Christians who don’t think this is the Mark. All I can say to such brethren is ‘don’t drive your car too close to a cliff edge at night’. I am grateful to God who in His Providence enabled me and my family to be ‘early adopters’ of this particular pathogen, we had already in January 2020 and then we got reinfected in September 2020. We expect a few more run-ins with it, but it’s going to be more and more like having a bad cold. God gave us a marvellous gift in the immune system. Christians need to trust Him.
Original YT playout date: 16 August 2009
A small break with Sophie in the UK.
The story about Daniel Zammit is here:
To be fair, I think that while what the Telegraph did on the MPs expenses is one of teh most splendid pieces of journalism in history, some people whose expenses were probably legitimate have come a cropper over this. If Mr Zammit wouldn’t have hired a morning suit other than for his function, or he bought the TV only because of his function, then who’s to say the expenses were not OK? After all, in business people wouldn’t think twice about claiming for things they needed for work and most bosses will waive that sort of expenditure through. If we could hold the government to the same standards as business, that would be enough, but now we have MPs being blamed for making claims any business would get away with, while the EU Parliament still keeps its books in the kind of mess that would have any UK business closed down.
Please let’s put some common sense back into the discussion about claims.
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Monday, November 30, 2020
DCF, Lesson, discounted cash flow,
Original YT playout date: 22 April 2009
A quick lesson on how to do DCF (Discounted Cash Flow calculations) with all the steps, rather than simply use a function in Excel without being sure what goes into it.
The emphasis is on understanding, and it is worth having a good grasp as this is basic to a lot of business, and helps to understand all manner of projects and investments.
“When someone dies, their consciousness turns off and everything doesn’t exist then. So why, in this case, do religious people still believe in God?” (Question asked of me in social media today and my answer)
This is an expression of what you want to be the case and not what you can demonstrate to be the case.
When you think about consciousness, can you explain how it actually happens from the biological processes you can observe and measure? You can see all these nerves and synapses in a brain and you could even make electronic copies of these in a supercomputer. Will it be conscious? Will it have a sense of self? Will it ponder eternal truths, wonder about its origins, worry about its destiny?
So unless you can actually demonstrate which life processes enable your consciousness to happen, then you have no idea whether this living organism has caused your consciousness or is merely its vehicle.
And if it is merely its vehicle, then on death it would make sense that another residency for the conscious should exist, another experience of yourself in what could be a quite different vehicle.
Christians look for a resurrected form of their personal body. This is said to be like that of the resurrected Jesus, Who was able to eat fish and touch people, his voice made audible vibrations in the air and his form reflected light so that he could be seen in colour, but He was also capable of rising into the air, disappearing, walking through locked doors, making Himself unrecognisable at will. This is a clear indication that as far as the physical properties of this eternal and indestructible body are concerned, it is more than a mere upgrade on our physical bodies as we have them now.
It makes no sense for such a destiny not to exist, since every other hunger known to man exists because the fulfillment of that perceived need exists. Sex drive exists because sexual partners exist, hunger exists because food exists, thirst exists because drink exists, and the yearning to know God and experience everlasting life and to know all things exists also because the fulfillment of this exists and were that not so, then evolution would never have made such an inefficient and absurd organism which wastes its energy on seeking the unfindable.
What do you say to that?
That can be done here.
Here is my analysis of the medals table as run by Worldometer. The source data is theirs with some additional analysis by me, and in particular the countries are arranged by persons recorded to have died of Covid19, and I have added in the column deaths per case, and made a colour-scaling on the top 100 countries, by deaths, both of cases per thousand inhabitants (“C/Th”) and deaths per case as a percentage (“D/C”).
The scalings serve to assist us visually in the making of a number of observations, and namely:
1. There is little correlation between cases per thousand and deaths per case. I would have expected a slight negative correlation, which would corroborate the thesis that a higher number of cases per thousand is noted by countries with higher testing while the same would give a lower deaths per case rate, and this is not really seen, however the cases per thousand figure range is skewed by the outlier San Marino.
2. Which segues into the second point, that the range of cases per thousand is very broad indeed, even when counting only the top 100 countries on the medals table for number of deaths so far. San Marino is a clear outlier, Andorra also, but below 5/1000 they start to come thick and fast, but still there are those in the top 100 even which are coming in at fewer than 0.25/1000. A high population country like Tanzania is able to record 0.1, just under the top 100 by deaths, and within the top 100, India and China seem to pull the scale average down strongly with 0.07 and 0.06 cases per thousand respectively. For the Indians reading that’s 70 cases per lakh, by the way. This is a sizeable range of incidence of cases and seems to have little correlation to geography or economy. Certainly economy is almost working against this statistic, as some of the highest sufferers are also high GDP/capita countries. The total of that column is meaningless as it is a sum of those percentages, it should of course show the world average which is 0.61, kept so low by India and China’s 0.06 and 0.07 C/Th readings, given that they together make up 36.4% of the world’s population but only 2.4% of the global deaths so far.
3. The other observation I would like to make is the range of deaths per case reported, even among countries of big populations and big incidences. Belgium at 16.37% is the highest, but is not even an outlier as you have France, UK and Italy following not far behind. From the bottom of the graph we see a world average of 6.62% and most countries have kept below that figure, with Poland at 5% and Germany at 4.6%. The figures which may surprise us though come from Russia at 0.93% and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Belarus and some others also claiming results below 1% fatalities on Covid cases.
Either these people have different biologies – I know the phrase in Russian “Что русскому здоровье, то немцу смерть” (ie “what’s healthy for the Russian means death for the German”) but I don’t take it quite that literally – or else they are classifying their diseases quite differently.
Now if this were a real Olympic medal table, like the one they were supposed to be making in Japan right now, to prepare for a real international sporting event, and each nation made up its own rules for the way the games and sports should be done, it would be chaos, there would be accusations of cheating and the result would not be something that anyone could make any fair conclusions from.
This is the problem here – we may be able to get our act together internationally on how to play silly games and run around a field, but on an important matter of this consequence, where we have swept the Olympics aside over it, as well as our livelihoods and educations of our children and their futures, we cannot get any consensus.
Russia is saying “if someone has something that would probably have killed them in the foreseeable future anyway, and this death has only been hastened by Covid, then we still say that that other illness is the reason for the death”, while most western countries are saying “if a person dies having Corona virus, then they die OF Corona virus, and many have co-morbidities”. Many in the West may well agree with Russia’s take, or may say that the truth is in the middle, which is probably where Germany is defining it. Either that or they have really good treatments they are not telling us about, the rotters.
Before blaming these countries, though, consider closer to home, the misreporting of care home deaths first in France, then in the UK which needed correction. And then the refusal by the UK or the Netherlands to published “recovered” statistics and therefore not allow the active cases curve on a world basis to assume the reassuring parabola it has taken on in many countries. There seems to be no consensus on what a “recovered” case looks like, but if we don’t have that information then we cannot make important decisions, on an international basis, including when to allow travel between countries.
Countries with similar incidences, similar approaches to containment and are at a similar point in the curve may be able to open borders between each other on an exclusive basis, gradually gathering other countries in, but at present there is little basis for doing so as the way these things are even talked about and measured is inconsistent. This is a number one lesson to learn in the very near future, so that the second half of this crisis is managed a bit better than the first half.
If it isn’t, then it won’t be the second half, but the greater part of it. And with very good management it could be that we are well pasrt half-way.
Now the thing is, it calls for international co-operation. The EU had no international health policy simply referring all that back to the WHO. The WHO lost credibility with a number of countries. Now with or without the WHO there will be calls for more international level health government, and this is a very easy way for world government to push one stage nearer. A world government which belongs only to Christ but which will be first assumed by the Usurper, as we know from very ancient texts.
The speed at which this could now go, and the technology that can be applied with its implications in terms of freedoms and invigilation by the State, is something all too recognisable to anyone versed in scripture.