Covid-19: Freedom, Fear and Mass Delusion


David Pratt

September 2021, last updated 22/01/22


Contents

1. Introduction
2. Propaganda
3. Collateral damage
4. Lockdown failure
5. Vaccine coercion (22/01)
6. Virus delusion (22/01)


1. Introduction

In her bestselling book A State of Fear: How the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic (Pinter & Martin, 2021), journalist Laura Dodsworth presents a detailed and critical analysis of how the UK government has handled the pandemic.

The Conservative government imposed a lockdown on 23 March 2020, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered everybody to stay at home. Dodsworth comments:

We have never before quarantined the healthy and impeded so many human rights in one fell swoop. Our rights to liberty, protest, worship, education and maintaining relationships were all impacted. (p. 51)

Ironically, just four days earlier the UK authorities had decided that Covid-19 should not be classified as a ‘high consequence infectious disease’.

Businesses and schools were closed, freedom of movement was restricted, people were instructed not to touch one another, many people were too afraid to seek medical treatment or unable to obtain it for non-Covid conditions, and many elderly people in care homes were forcibly isolated from their loved ones. Punitive fines were imposed on those breaking the rules: £1000 for breaking self-isolation regulations; £4000 for being ‘reckless’ in coming into contact with others; and £10,000 for organizing protests or parties. People were encouraged to snitch on neighbours, friends and family, and the police happily arrested people for sitting on park benches or organizing snowball fights.

Most of the public accepted and even applauded this assault on fundamental freedoms. How such a mass psychosis could have taken hold will no doubt be studied for a very long time to come.


2. Propaganda

In March 2020 the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) advised the UK government to use ‘hard-hitting emotional messaging’ to frighten the British public into obeying the emergency lockdown regulations. Laura Dodsworth writes:

The government, public health bodies and the media used alarmist language throughout the epidemic. Big numbers, steep red lines on graphs, the use of selective information, careful psychological messaging and emotive advertising created a blitzkrieg of daily fear bombs. (p. 6)

The government and media whipped people into a sustained and at times hysterical fear. Then frightened people voted for harder lockdown measures in public opinion polls. Government then obliged the people with more restrictions. The restrictions didn’t allow the fear to subside, then people voted for more restrictions, and so on in a self-perpetuating doom-loop. (pp. 150-1)

In the modern era, government use of manipulation, deception and propaganda to influence public opinion is called ‘public relations’. Behavioural scientists (who have played a key advisory role) refer to such practices as ‘nudging’ people towards the desired behaviour.

Similar tactics were adopted worldwide. Leaked documents from the German interior ministry, for example, show that scientists were hired to produce a worst-case scenario in order to justify far-reaching restrictions. Two specific suggestions were to promote images of people choking to death (a primal human fear) and to make children feel afraid and guilty of infecting and killing their parents and grandparents.

In March 2020 global media broadcast startling footage of army trucks transporting coffins in Bergamo, Italy. The impression was created that Covid deaths had reached unmanageable proportions. In reality, 70% of undertakers had to quarantine at the start of the outbreak, so the army was drafted in for a one-off transport of 60 coffins.

The UK government and media provided daily updates on the number of Covid deaths, while failing to provide essential context – such as the fact that an average of 1600 people die every day. Daily news reports also highlighted the number of new cases, but never recoveries; and the number of hospital admissions, but never hospital discharges. One journalist labelled the BBC the ‘Body Bag Corporation’ due to its endless alarmism.

As a result of time lags in death registration, death figures showed many sharp ups and downs.

There was always a dip on a Monday (after weekend delays) and then a higher figure on a Tuesday. On a day with a big number you could guarantee certain MPs and journalists would grimly tell us that ‘x’ people died today, when in fact they didn’t die ‘today’, they died at some point over the recent days and weeks. (p. 152)

The figures for the number of Covid patients admitted to hospital were misleading, because they included patients who were admitted for something completely different but tested positive for Covid, as well as patients who caught Covid while in hospital. In mid-December 2020 in the southeast and London, only 20% of total hospital admissions were patients actually admitted with Covid, about 25% had caught Covid in hospital, and the remaining 55% had tested positive while being treated for another matter.

When the first lockdown was imposed, the mantra was ‘three weeks to flatten the curve’. The mortality curve actually started to decline even before the restrictions could have had any effect. As deaths fell rapidly, the narrative switched to ‘slowing the spread’ and the need to reduce the ‘reproduction number’ (R) (a number higher than 1 means that the ‘virus’ is still spreading). But with the number hovering around 1, it failed to induce much terror.

Before long, the narrative shifted to ‘cases’ and the absurd pursuit of ‘zero Covid’. Prior to 2020, a ‘case’ was defined as a person with clinical symptoms. But not any more: a case is now anyone who tests positive on an unvalidated, nonspecific test (PCR, antibody or antigen), even if they are completely healthy. The constant reports of case numbers failed to distinguish between people with serious symptoms, those with mild symptoms, and those with no symptoms at all. More ‘cases’ can of course easily be created by testing more people.

In the UK anyone who dies within 28 days of a positive Covid test is labelled a Covid victim. It was decided that there was no need to establish whether Covid was the primary cause of death; deaths from Covid and deaths with Covid are simply lumped together, greatly inflating the death toll. Numerous care home workers and members of the public have spoken out about Covid wrongly being put on death certificates.

Even public health authorities admit that a positive PCR test does not prove the presence of ‘infectious virus’. PCR is designed to identify up to three short genetic strands that allegedly form part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus but which have never been extracted from a pure sample of the virus (see section 6), let alone shown to be specific to it. The PCR technique multiplies each strand millions or billions of times. The higher the number of amplification cycles used, the greater the chance of testing positive. The UK has been using 45 cycles, even though scientists have reported that, at 35 cycles or more, there is a 97% false-positive rate.

There are countless examples of people testing positive then negative then back to positive on successive days. When samples from a goat and a papaya fruit were labelled as human samples and sent for testing, they tested positive! In Portugal, a court ruled in November 2020 that PCR test results alone could not be used to enforce quarantines; they must be accompanied by clinical diagnosis. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intends to stop using PCR tests at the end of 2021, because emergency-use authorization cannot be replaced with full approval unless the test has been properly validated.

The UK public was not told that 40.5% of ‘Covid infections’ during the first wave in spring 2020 were caught in hospital, or that between the beginning of the second wave in September 2020 and mid-January 2021, over 25,000 people caught Covid while in hospital. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were also 26,000 non-Covid excess deaths in care homes between March and September 2020, related to social isolation, stress and inadequate care.

Surveys show that the UK quickly became the most terrified country in Europe. The level of public ignorance was also sky-high. A July 2020 survey showed that many people thought that 6-7% of the population had died from coronavirus – around 100 times the actual death rate at the time. Globally, the average infection fatality rate (IFR) is only 0.15% and the median IFR for under 70 year olds is as low as 0.05% (i.e. 1 in 2000 people). The average age of death with Covid is 82.3 years – one year more than the average life expectancy in Britain. By the end of March 2021, just 689 people under the age of 60 with no comorbidities had died from Covid in England and Wales.


UK deaths in July 2021. (dailymail)

The UK government claims: ‘Around one in three people have no symptoms and are spreading [the virus] without knowing.’ Together with the media, it has gone to great lengths to promote the idea of ‘asymptomatic transmission’, even though no mainstream scientific studies have found any substantial evidence for it (bmj).

If the introduction of anti-Covid measures was followed by a decline in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the government was quick to claim credit. It failed to mention that similar declines were seen in countries that didn’t introduce strict lockdowns, and that mortality rates always increase in winter and decline in summer; seasonality is a major factor in respiratory diseases. If measures were followed by a rise in cases and deaths, the government simply claimed that the numbers would have been even worse without the measures and that even harsher measures were clearly required. Or it put the blame on people breaking the rules, or nowadays on the unvaccinated or on new virus ‘variants’ – or ‘scariants’ as they are also called.

The ONS has published age-standardized mortality rates going back to 1943 – i.e. mortality rates that have been adjusted to take account of the increasing proportion of elderly people in the population. The age-standardized figures show that 2020 had a lower mortality rate than every single year from 1943 to 2008 (bmj). The years in between had historically low levels of mortality, but even the resulting large amount of ‘dry tinder’ (i.e. old and frail people) failed to produce an abnormally high mortality rate in 2020.

There was no vigorous, large-scale opposition to lockdown in the mainstream media, and also none in parliament. The ‘opposition’ Labour Party merely criticized the Conservative government because the lockdown was not stringent enough. At the same time, politicians, mainstream and social media, and Big Tech did their best to vilify, silence and suppress alternative opinions, even when voiced by eminent scientists.


3. Collateral damage

The imposition of draconian measures in order to ‘bring the virus under control’ has devastated the global economy, wrecked millions of lives and produced a human catastrophe. Laura Dodsworth spends several pages listing the adverse consequences of the UK’s lockdown policy. These include:

Inevitably, the government blames all this harm on ‘Covid’, not on its own ill-thought-out, over-the-top response. The government has no intention of backtracking and admitting it was wrong. On the contrary, it now agrees with its political ‘opponents’ that the lockdown should have been earlier, harder and longer. The lockdown-cheerleading media are also in no hurry to admit that their biased and hysterical reporting has done a huge disservice to society.

Likewise, most of the public who have uncritically joined the Covid cult and put their trust in the government are not eager to admit that they have been duped. As Mark Twain once said, ‘It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.’ Dodsworth comments: ‘If you don’t accept that you will die one day, that you can never be safe, then you are a sitting duck for authoritarian policies which purport to be for your safety. If too many individuals immolate their liberty for safety, we risk a bonfire of freedoms’ (p. 269).

The government did not perform a cost-benefit analysis before imposing any of the three lockdowns and never had an exit strategy. It has consistently refused to perform an assessment that estimates the number of quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) saved by lockdowns and the number of QALYs lost due to the damage caused by lockdowns. This is because such an analysis would clearly show that the lockdown ‘cure’ has caused far more damage than the disease. Dodsworth writes:

The NHS normally allows up to £30,000 for each QALY that a treatment could save. ... Depending on how many QALYs lockdown saved, the cost is £96,000 to £1.97 million per QALY according to a report by Civitas. And that’s quite generous because it might be that lockdown saved no lives at all. (pp. 152-3)

A government report in early 2021 predicted that the overall death toll would be 222,000, but 105,000 of those deaths would be caused by the economic downturn and the disruption of non-Covid healthcare resulting from lockdown.

Government coronavirus advertising, January 2021.


An equally emotive anti-lockdown perspective. (aqueous-digital)

Worldwide, the political, financial and corporate ‘elites’ (or ‘parasites’, as some call them) have profited enormously from the lockdowns, with giant corporations benefiting from the decimation of small businesses. US billionaire wealth grew by $1.3 trillion between mid-March 2020 and February 2021. The world’s 2000 wealthiest billionaires enjoyed a 27.5% increase in their collective wealth. At the same time, labour income dropped by 10.7% globally, mainly in lower-income countries, and 150 million people are expected to be pushed into extreme poverty.


4. Lockdown failure

Before 2020, no health authorities and institutions advocated lockdowns as a tool for dealing with epidemics. The traditional response is the ‘herd immunity’ approach: isolate and treat the sick, bury the dead, and let everyone else get on with their lives with minimal restrictions so that they can come into contact with the ‘pathogen’ in question and build ‘natural immunity’. The idea of closing businesses, schools and public venues and imposing house arrest on large swathes of the population would have been considered absurd – just as absurd as trying to prevent road accidents by banning cars (in 2020 there were 115,333 road traffic casualties and 1472 fatalities in the UK).

The UK government, like many others, at first advocated a traditional response to Covid-19. China was the first country to impose lockdown on a mass scale. It was hailed as a success, but the Covid case growth rate had actually peaked before the measures in Wuhan could have had any effect. Italy was the next country to impose a lockdown (after its case growth rate had already plummeted), and this copycat behaviour quickly spread worldwide, amid alarmist and hysterical media coverage.

Chinese propaganda played an important role in this regard. The Chinese state employs a ‘50c army’ to further its interests: between 250,000 and 2 million Chinese citizens are paid 50 cents for each ‘fake’ social media post (numbering around 448 million a year), designed to steer conversations in the desired direction. Fake Twitter accounts, including bots, unleashed pro-China propaganda when Italy locked down, and ‘50c army’ Twitter users later criticized US governors who did not impose statewide lockdowns. In early March 2020, a UK government official talked about plans to ‘cocoon’ the elderly until ‘herd immunity’ had been achieved, but within two days Chinese state-affiliated Twitter accounts were criticizing the approach.

Neil Ferguson is a professor at Imperial College London and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which devised the lockdown strategy. In an interview, he described how the UK lockdown came about: ‘[China] is a communist one-party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with it in Europe, we thought. And then Italy did it. And we realised we could.’ The government was expecting riots to break out, but instead the public bought into the official narrative and complied.

Ferguson’s Imperial College covid simulation model played a major role in fuelling support for authoritarian measures, alongside politicians’ fear of media criticism for not doing enough to ‘save lives’ (even though the measures actually ruin lives). The model predicted over half a million deaths in the UK and 2.2 million deaths in the US within months unless drastic steps were taken. The modelling was later shown to have used outdated code and contain multiple flaws. For instance, it assumed no existing (T-cell) immunity to Covid and failed to take into account the spread of the disease in hospitals, care homes and prisons. As Dodsworth says, ‘When 40% of deaths are care home residents and up to two thirds of infections leading to serious illness are contracted in hospital, it cannot be over-stated what a major omission this was’ (p. 275). The government now fallaciously claims that the lockdown clearly worked since deaths are lower than Ferguson’s exaggerated predictions.

Ferguson has made a long and successful career out of failed predictions. In 2002 he predicted that 50,000 to 100,000 people could die from mad cow disease (BSE), but the UK saw only 178 deaths. In 2005 he said that up to 200 million people could die worldwide from bird flu, but the death toll from 2003 to 2009 was only 282. In 2009 a government estimate based on Ferguson’s advice said that swine flu could lead to 65,000 deaths in the UK, but it only killed 457 people. Ferguson is now known as ‘Professor Lockdown’, and also as ‘Professor Pantsdown’, after it was discovered that he had broken Covid rules to meet with his married lover.

Over 30 international studies provide strong empirical evidence that the lockdown experiment was a failure. If deaths per million are plotted against lockdown severity for countries around the globe, harsh lockdowns fail to correlate with the best results. The performance of countries and states with the least restrictions is frequently equal to or better than that of places with strict lockdowns (covidchartsquiz). Not surprisingly, a higher death rate does correlate with things like prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases, obesity rate, and percentage of the population over the age of 70 (De Larochelambert et al.; Nell et al.).

Lockdown severity vs. Covid-19 mortality rate after the first wave (September 2020). (bradshawadvisory)

The following graphs compare the UK, with its police-enforced lockdown, and Sweden, which adopted the ‘herd immunity’ approach and introduced only mild restrictions; it kept all retail and hospitality establishments and most schools open and did not restrict private gatherings. When Sweden failed to lock down, modellers predicted 100,000 deaths by 1 July 2020. In reality, there were only 5490 deaths. In 2020 Sweden saw a 1.5% increase in age-adjusted mortality, while England and Wales saw a 10.5% increase. The Swedish economy contracted by 2.9%, compared with 11.3% in the UK. As of 11 September 2021, the Covid death rate per million inhabitants is 1441 in Sweden and 1964 in the UK (worldometers). Sweden has a lower Covid death rate than about two-thirds of the countries in Europe.

All-cause mortality in Sweden and England. (euromomo)

 

Covid mortality in the UK, Sweden and Czechia. (ourworldindata.org)

The UK’s first Covid wave ended abruptly just before the summer of 2020, with no vaccines and no masks. A ‘major incident’ was declared at Bournemouth beach on 25 June 2020, when half a million visitors flooded into Dorset, roads were gridlocked and the beaches were packed. The media denounced the beachgoers and predicted a major outbreak of disease – but nothing noticeable happened.

Masking was introduced in the UK in the summer of 2020, but did not prevent the second wave in the autumn. The second national lockdown in November 2020 had no visible impact on hospitalizations or deaths. The third national lockdown was introduced in January 2021, but ‘infections’ were decreasing well before that, even in regions not subject to the severest ‘tier 4’ restrictions. The third wave ended before the summer of 2021, but since it coincided with the start of mass vaccination, vaccines largely took the credit.

On 16 March 2020 Czechia locked down early and hard with border controls and the first national mask mandate in Europe. This was hailed as a stunning success because hardly any Covid deaths occurred (the same was true in many East European countries, including those with more relaxed measures). However, in the autumn there was a massive surge in Covid deaths in Czechia. A second lockdown was imposed, but this was followed by a big December surge and yet another lockdown. Despite introducing even tougher restrictions in late January 2021, Czechia experienced yet another sharp rise in deaths. As of 11 September 2021, Czechia has a Covid death rate of 2834 per million, the seventh-highest in the world.

At the start of the pandemic, the UK government said masks would not be introduced because they didn’t work and could even help spread disease. The chief medical officer stated that ‘wearing a mask if you don’t have an infection reduces the risk almost not at all’. However, in England masks were legally mandated on public transport in June 2020 and in shops the following month. This was preceded by a coordinated campaign to convince people they were effective. The main reason for their introduction was that the government thought people were so frightened that they would otherwise not dare go out shopping and boost the economy. Yet not a single randomized controlled trial has ever shown facemasks to be effective against respiratory diseases (Rancourt; Kirsch). A study in Denmark in 2020 found no statistically significant difference in Covid infection between mask wearers and non-mask wearers.

The mainstream media and social media have frequently condemned those breaking the restrictions or questioning lockdowns as ‘covidiots’, ‘Covid deniers’, ‘selfish morons’ and ‘granny killers’. One study claimed that non-mask wearers were more likely to be psychopaths. As Dodsworth says, ‘History reverberates with examples of deliberate attempts to dehumanise and divide people and it has never ended well’ (p. 56). Let the future decide who the real ‘morons’ are.


5. Vaccine coercion

Early on in the pandemic, the UK government began floating the idea that vaccination could provide a route back to normality. By July 2020 it had signed a coronavirus vaccine deal with GlaxoSmithKline for 60 million doses of an untested treatment still under development. Two months later it came to light that the government’s chief scientific adviser had £600,000 worth of shares in the company.

In November 2020 the British Medical Journal accused politicians and governments of suppressing science for political and financial gain.

Covid-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency ... The UK’s pandemic response relies too heavily on scientists and other government appointees with worrying competing interests, including shareholdings in companies that manufacture covid-19 diagnostic tests, treatments, and vaccines.

Matt Hancock, the UK health minister, revealed that he had placed large orders for Covid vaccines as a result of watching the sensationalist Hollywood film Contagion, about a fictional virus that kills 30% of people who catch it. There are about 134 movies about deadly viruses, which have no doubt helped mould the public’s fear of so-called viral epidemics.

In January 2021, the UK vaccine minister pledged that there were no plans to introduce vaccine passports. Yet eight companies were already receiving government funding to develop such passports. Instead of imposing state-mandated vaccination, the government opted for a subtler form of coercion: private businesses would be free to discriminate against the unvaccinated by denying them services. The aim was to bully and blackmail people into getting the jab. However, in early September, widespread opposition forced the government to abandon its plans to introduce vaccine passports for attending nightclubs or mass events, at least for the time being. In Spain the highest court stopped their use, calling them ‘ineffective and unconstitutional’, in Denmark the government was pressured to scrap them, and some Republican-run US states have outlawed their use. However, on 15 December 2021 the UK parliament passed a bill to introduce vaccine passports for some events and venues; 98 Conservative MPs voted against the bill, but almost all Labour MPs supported it. Parliament also passed a bill forcing NHS workers to get vaccinated or lose their jobs.

The European Union has been seeking for many years to counter ‘vaccine hesitancy’ and introduce a ‘common vaccination card/passport’. As Laura Dodsworth points out, the term ‘vaccine hesitancy’ implies that those concerned ‘may have some sort of mental condition, rather than be making an individual choice based on risk analysis and rational preferences’ (p. 247). In Austria, Covid vaccination will be mandatory from 1 February 2022, and the German government is expected to follow suit. Greece plans to impose a fine of €100 per month on people over the age of 60 who do not get vaccinated by 15 January 2022. Other European countries are considering similar measures.

‘If you are vaccinated, you are protected,’ Dodsworth naively declares (p. 249). This myth has by now been thoroughly dispelled. A September 2021 study looked at data from 68 countries and found that, if anything, the higher the percentage of fully vaccinated people, the higher the number of Covid cases per 1 million people. For instance, Iceland and Portugal, with over 75% of their population fully vaccinated, have more Covid cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa, which have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated. A November 2021 analysis of 145 countries found that higher vaccination rates were associated with higher Covid case rates and death rates.

Even the World Health Organization has stated that mass vaccination and booster campaigns will not eradicate Covid. On 9 September 2021 the demonization and scapegoating of the unvaccinated reached new levels when President Biden announced vaccine mandates for all federal contractors, healthcare workers and businesses with more than 100 employees, who face heavy fines if they don’t comply. This dictatorial overreach violates the Nuremberg Code on medical experiments and is bound to galvanize resistance. Of course, if vaccines really work, the vaccinated don’t need to worry about other people being unvaccinated. And if they don’t work, there’s no reason to take them.

Attempts have been made to obscure the ineffectiveness of the vaccines. For example, in April 2021 the CDC recommended reducing the number of cycles used in PCR tests from around 40 to no more than 28, but only when testing vaccinated people, thereby reducing the chance of them testing positive. It then went a step further and decided that Covid cases among the vaccinated would only be counted if the patients ended up in hospital or in a coffin.

In July 2021 the CDC falsely claimed that we now have a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’, with 95% to 99% of Covid-related hospitalizations and deaths being attributed to the unvaccinated. However, to fabricate these numbers, it included hospitalization and mortality data from January to June 2021, when the vast majority of the US population was unvaccinated, and excluded more recent data. Bear in mind that people are not classed as ‘fully vaccinated’ until two weeks after the second dose, which is given up to six weeks after the first dose. So any Covid-type symptoms or deaths during that eight-week period are attributed to the ‘unvaccinated’. In December 2021 it was announced that double-vaccinated people who have not had a booster shot will also be classed as ‘unvaccinated’.

As of August 2021, 66.9% of Israelis had received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine and 62.2% had received two doses. The Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem reported that 95% of severely ill Covid-19 patients are fully vaccinated. An Israeli study also found that fully vaccinated people were 6 to 13 times more likely to be ‘infected’ with the delta variant than someone with ‘natural immunity’. Israel is currently planning to administer a fourth Covid shot.

A CDC report on a Covid outbreak in Massachusetts (USA) in July 2021 found that 74% of cases and 80% of hospitalized patients were fully vaccinated. Given that vaccination coverage in Massachusetts is 69%, this means that vaccinated people had an increased risk of illness. Yet the same report claims that ‘vaccination is the most important strategy to prevent severe illness and death’.

According to a UK government report, from 1 February to 2 August 2021 there were 742 deaths from the ‘delta variant’: 402 were fully vaccinated, 79 had received one shot, and 253 were unvaccinated. Since there were 47,008 cases among the fully vaccinated and 151,054 cases among the unvaccinated, this means that vaccinated people are five times more likely to die from the delta variant (0.86% versus 0.17%). According to official UK statistics, between weeks 40 and 43 2021, vaccinated people accounted for 67.5% of Covid hospitalizations and 82.5% of Covid deaths. In December 2021, double- and triple-vaccinated people accounted for 80% of Covid deaths.

Of course, higher mortality is to be expected among the vaccinated if a higher proportion of them are elderly. But even after adjusting for age, the current death rate in the UK is higher among the vaccinated than the unvaccinated, and the vaccines are killing more people than they save (Norman Fenton; Matthew Crawford).

Gibraltar has vaccinated nearly its entire population of 34,000 people (plus many tourists). After the start of vaccination in December 2020, cases rose from 1040 to 7092 and deaths attributed to Covid rose from 5 to 98 – a mortality rate of 2878 per million, the highest in Western Europe. Having dutifully followed ‘The Science’, Gibraltar then cancelled Christmas. (ianmSC)

Crawford calculates that after the start of mass vaccination, Covid cases increased by 56.6% in Europe, 67.6% in North America, 59.9% in South America, 26.1% in Africa, 169.6% in Asia, and 690% in Australia, while Covid deaths increased by 30.2% in Europe, 37.3% in North America, 55.7% in South America, 27.1% in Africa, 122.8% in Asia, and 155.3% in Australia.

(ianmSC)

Most vaccine deaths are being counted as deaths from Covid. Crawford estimates that there were over 17,000 vaccine-induced deaths during the first month of Covid vaccinations throughout Europe, out of just over 17 million vaccine doses delivered. He estimates the current figure to be 318 deaths per million doses. Steve Kirsch estimates that, in the United States, serious adverse events are underreported in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) by a factor of 41, and that as of early January 2022 between 150,000 and 300,000 people have been killed by Covid vaccines in the United States. An earlier analysis by Kostoff et al. found that, for people aged 65 and over in the US, the number of deaths caused by the vaccines is at least five times higher than the number of deaths that can truly be attributed to Covid.

Two countries with relatively little Covid where deaths spiked after vaccine roll-out. (Kirsch)

The gene-based Covid ‘vaccines’ are designed to reprogramme our cells. The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, for example, consist of a tiny strand of mRNA packaged in a lipid nanoparticle. The nanoparticle contains polyethylene glycol, which can trigger anaphylactic shock. The mRNA forces our cells to produce a highly toxic protein, known as the ‘spike protein’, which is claimed to be part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, though nobody has ever extracted a spike protein from a purified virus particle.

In August and September 2021, Japan withdrew several batches of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines after black particles and white floating matter were seen in some vials. There are also reports of some Covid vaccines being contaminated with graphene oxide and microscopic, metal-containing objects.

As usual, all studies of short-term vaccine safety and efficacy have been funded and overseen by the manufacturers that profit from them. A regional director at Ventavia Research Group, a company hired by Pfizer to conduct its phase III vaccine clinical trial, revealed to the British Medical Journal in 2021 that staff were guilty of various malpractices. For example, they falsified data, mislabelled laboratory specimens, unblinded patients (i.e. revealed whether they belonged to the vaccine or control group), and were slow to follow up on reports of adverse events. After the whistleblower submitted a complaint to the FDA, she was fired, but the FDA failed to carry out an inspection. Another employee described Ventavia’s trial data as ‘a crazy mess’. Pfizer has since hired Ventavia to work on four other vaccine trials. Since 2000, Pfizer has paid $4.7 billion in penalties for health-related and other offences. In 2021 alone it made a profit of over $33.5 billion.

Like other manufacturers, Pfizer was allowed to terminate its vaccine trial after six months because it was considered ‘unethical’ to deny the vaccine to people in the control group. This made it impossible to detect long-term vaccine injuries. Pfizer’s final report on its trial indicates that 17 people died in the control group (from all causes) compared with 21 in the vaccine group, due to excess heart attack fatalities in vaccinated individuals. Maddie de Garay, a 12-year-old trial participant, suffered severe neurological injuries, including seizures and permanent paralysis, but in its report to the FDA, Pfizer only says that she suffered ‘abdominal pain’.

In terms of adverse reactions, Covid vaccines are by far the worst on record. The latest data are available at UKColumn for the UK, at OpenVAERS for the US, and at EUDRA for the EU. Tens of thousands of deaths have been reported and hundreds of thousands of serious adverse events, including allergic shocks, neurological, cardiac and cardiovascular disorders, and miscarriages.

Post-vaccination deaths reported to VAERS, 1990 to 14 January 2022. (OpenVAERS)
About half are US reports and the rest are foreign reports.

Since mass vaccination in Europe began, excess mortality among 15- to 64-year-olds has been higher than in 2020 and 2019, and this appears to be partly caused by the Covid vaccine. All-cause deaths among teenagers in the UK have increased by 47% since they started getting the Covid vaccine. In the Netherlands, the number of excess deaths is five times higher than the number of registered Covid deaths. There has been a spike in cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) in children since the vaccine roll-out. The risk of getting myocarditis from the vaccine is 17 times greater than getting it from Covid.

Excess deaths among 15- to 44-year-olds in Europe. (euromomo)

The vast majority of vaccine side effects go unreported. According to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, ‘It is estimated that only 10% of serious reactions and between 2 and 4% of non-serious reactions are reported.’ In 2007, the US Department of Health and Human Services commissioned the Agency for Health Care Research Quality (AHRQ) to study VAERS, the passive, voluntary reporting system run by the CDC and FDA. In its 2010 report, the AHRQ concluded that VAERS detects ‘fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events’, thereby endangering public health, and that one in every 39 doses of vaccine administered is linked to adverse events that match those listed in vaccine package inserts. The AHRQ developed an alternative, automated system, which could capture most vaccine injuries. The CDC’s response was to shut the project down.

The CDC is not interested in investigating whether reported vaccine deaths are actually caused by vaccination. In fact, it discourage autopsies of people who die following vaccination. This enables it to dismiss reported deaths as ‘coincidences’. Peter Schirmacher, a leading pathologist, examined 40 people who died within two weeks of Covid vaccination and found that at least 30% to 40% of the deaths were caused by the vaccine. In September 2021, two other German doctors performed autopsies on 10 people who died following vaccination, and found that five deaths were very probably related to the jab and two more were probably related. Sucharit Bhakdi and Arne Burkhardt examined the bodies of 15 people who died after vaccination; the coroner had already stated that none of the deaths were linked to vaccination, but careful reexamination showed that the vaccine was implicated in 14 of the deaths (93%). The most attacked organ was the heart, but other organs were attacked as well. Coroners, like medical professionals, are under immense pressure to keep quiet about the damage caused by the vaccines.

The US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out $4.6 billion in compensation to victims of vaccine damage over the past 32 years. Since vaccine manufacturers have been granted immunity from liability, this money is paid by the taxpayer. So taxpayer money is used to fund the development of vaccines, then buy them, then compensate those injured or killed by them.

In 1976, public health authorities were forced to halt their roll-out of a swine flu vaccine, after wide publicity was given to around 4000 serious adverse events, including Guillain-Barré syndrome (a neurological disorder causing paralysis), and 32 deaths; the US government paid out over $83 million in compensation. In 2009 the same happened with the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine, after just 53 vaccine deaths in the US. The injuries and deaths caused by Covid vaccines dwarf these earlier debacles, but public health authorities, which are financially entangled with Big Pharma, still refuse to take action, and are now busying granting the vaccines full approval and forcing them on children. Based on conservative assumptions, Steve Kirsch calculates that, as of early December 2021, Covid vaccines have killed twice as many American children as have died of or with Covid, and Tony Roberts calculates that, for 5- to 11-year-olds, the Pfizer vaccine will kill 117 children for every child saved.


6. Virus delusion

It has been drummed into the public’s psyche that Covid-19 is a new disease (despite having no new symptoms) caused by a new coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. Very few people would even dream of questioning this claim. But how exactly do virologists demonstrate that a new virus exists and causes specific symptoms?

The first step should be to isolate and purify the virus – i.e. separate virus particles from all other cellular components. This would involve taking a sample from many patients, filtering it, and spinning it at high speed in a density-gradient ultracentrifuge, so that all the virus particles end up in the same band of the test tube. They can then be extracted with a pipette, photographed with an electron microscope, chemically analyzed, and their genome can be sequenced end to end. This procedure is used to isolate bacteriophages, usually said to be ‘viruses’ that ‘infect’ bacteria (though they really appear be assisting the bacteria).

However, this procedure has never been used to isolate SARS-CoV-2 or any other alleged disease-causing virus. Instead, virologists take a sample from a sick person and then add this fluid – which contains all kinds of contaminants (including the presumed virus) – to a culture of human or monkey cells that have been starved of nutrients and poisoned with antibiotics and other chemicals. If some of the cells then become unhealthy or die, the invisible virus is assumed to be responsible – and is said to have been ‘isolated’. This is a bit like hearing a croaking sound coming from a pond, and then declaring the pond to be an isolated toad!

But what happens if the tissue culture is starved and poisoned but no human sample (and therefore no alleged virus) is added? Virologists never perform this simple control experiment. But other scientists have done so, and found that the cells still get sick and die even without the supposed virus (Tom Cowan). What’s more, it is well known nowadays that when cells break down, they produce all kinds of particles indistinguishable from ‘viruses’ – known, among other things, as extracellular vesicles and exosomes, which are believed to eliminate unwanted materials and transport proteins and genetic material to other cells. Virologists admit that there is no method for reliably separating such vesicles from ‘viruses’. And while they’re unable to properly isolate viruses, then can and do isolate exosomes (SOVI).

Like an exosome, a virus is nothing more than a tiny strand of DNA or RNA inside a protein capsule. Virus particles are inert, have no metabolism, and cannot move or reproduce by themselves. Yet we’re supposed to believe that they can hijack and kill our cells, which are intelligent, highly sophisticated organisms a million times larger.

No alleged disease-causing virus, including SAR-SoV-2, has ever been observed with an electron microscope in human body fluids (e.g. sputum). Virologists say that this is because there are not enough virus particles to be found in a single patient – or even in 10,000 patients. Yet a virus would have to replicate millions of times in order to make a person sick. Alleged viruses have only been photographed in tissue cultures in which cells start to disintegrate – releasing all kinds of virus-like particles, including exosomes (Cowan & Kaufman). Cellular structures indistinguishable from the alleged Covid virus have been found in patients negative for Covid-19 and in kidney biopsies from the pre-Covid era (Cassol et al.).

As of mid-January 2022, over 164 health/science institutions in over 25 countries have been asked to provide records of SARS-CoV-2 isolation and purification but none has managed to do so. It is possible to buy a vial of SARS-CoV-2 ‘isolate’ for a couple of thousand dollars, but all it is known to contain is the supernatant (liquid) from an ‘infected’ cell culture, consisting of diluted human mucus/phlegm, monkey kidney cells and dozens of chemicals (Massey). To prove that a so-called virus is pathogenic, scientists administer fluid believed to contain it to animals in cruel and unnatural ways, and any ill effects are then attributed to the virus, even if they show little resemblance to the symptoms it supposedly causes in humans (see Reclaiming our health).

SARS-CoV-2 is said to have been genetically sequenced millions of times, but always using a pseudoscientific procedure first adopted by Chinese scientists. They took lung fluid from a single patient who had tested positive for ‘the virus’ (before the virus had even been sequenced!). They extracted all the RNA strands (both human and microbial), then threw out those longer than 150 bases (to speed up sequencing), after which the remaining 56.5 million fragments were sequenced. Two computer programs then pieced the strands together into longer strands by matching overlapping regions. A total of 1.7 million possible genomes were generated, ranging in length from 200 to over 30,000 bases. The final genome adopted for SARS-CoV-2 was 29,903 bases long, and 89% similar to a bat coronavirus genome (originally created in the same arbitrary way) (Kaufman). The authors later made further changes to the genome, to make it even more similar to the bat virus genome. In 2020, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation rewarded the two institutions to which most of the authors belonged with grants totalling $900,000 (Bailey & Bevan-Smith).

It is impossible to prove that any of the genes in this concocted genome are completely new. Tests for SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequences in human sewage have shown that such sequences already existed in December 2019 in Italy, in November 2019 in Brazil (six months before its epidemic began), and in mid-January 2020 and even March 2019 in Spain (ukcolumn). This line of evidence has been downplayed because it upsets the official narrative.

Since the genetic code consists of only four letters, and the numerous RNA fragments in our bodies can be pieced together in countless different ways, other labs using the same method of ‘in silico’ (computer-based) genetic alignment never come up with precisely the same genome as the Chinese sequence (which serves as a template); the differences are usually less than 1%. Virologists assume that the alleged virus must be mutating, and this is being used to stoke fears about new virus variants.

The so-called delta variant, for example, supposedly originated in India and then spread across the globe. Its spread was initially blamed on the unvaccinated (though others claim that vaccination promotes virus mutation), but later it was also said to infect and be transmitted by the vaccinated. The omicron variant allegedly originated in southern Africa, and in December 2021 it became the latest excuse for ramping up hysteria and tightening restrictions and vaccine mandates. Fittingly, the letters of ‘omicron’ can be rearranged to make the word ‘moronic’, while ‘delta omicron’ is an anagram of ‘media control’. The hyped delta and omicron variants are no worse than a cold for most people who ‘get’ them.

Because omicron is said to have many mutations in the spike protein (S gene), the current PCR kits will not detect it. For some PCR tests, failure to find the S gene would, in the past, have led to a negative test result, even if one or two of other selected genetic sequences were found, but now the WHO has said that non-detection of the S gene can be used to declare a person positive for omicron! As Dr Mark Bailey says: ‘The safest way to protect yourself from Omicron is to ignore it altogether, along with the medical tyranny that promotes such illusions. Like everything COVID-19, Omicron’s capacity to cause disease is limited by its ability to infect the minds of the susceptible with a fear-based narrative.’

Like the original alleged virus, no variant has ever been isolated, not even using virologists’ own pseudoscientific tissue-culture technique. Nor have any studies ever been conducted with actual variants or with patients infected with an alleged variant; there is not even a clinical test for any variant. Instead, scientists create an artificial virus – known as a ‘pseudovirus’ – in the lab, containing the ‘mutant’ genes attributed to the variant in question. Then they examine how this synthetic virus binds to so-called ‘neutralizing antibodies’ (made by cloning white blood cells); if it binds poorly it is considered to be more dangerous and contagious (Kaufman). When the BLAST genetic sequence database was searched for one of the alleged mutated sequences of the delta variant, the software reported that it was of human origin, not virus origin.

The use of computer simulations and other indirect techniques rather than actual, purified viruses is highly dubious and suspicious. It’s easy to see how the variant saga could be prolonged indefinitely to justify further repressive measures, endless booster jabs, and perpetual testing and masking. It is abundantly clear by now that Covid measures have more to do with power, profit and control than with public health.

The original SARS-CoV-2 virus was initially claimed to be a bat coronavirus that mutated and became able to infect humans. An increasingly popular theory is that a bat coronavirus was modified by virologists at a military/civilian lab in Wuhan, and either escaped due to an accident or was deliberately released. Like SARS-CoV-2, no bat coronavirus has ever been properly isolated; they are theoretical, computer-fabricated constructs. The genetic sequences attributed to them are real, but no one knows what the true origin of these sequences is. Despite all the speculation, there is no credible evidence that any virus or bacterium has ever been turned into a viable bioweapon. Before speculating about its origins, those who believe in SARS-CoV-2 should start by simply proving in a scientifically rigorous manner that it really exists – and then claim the €1.5 million reward.

Even from the standpoint of germ theory, the lockdown response to the pandemic is an act of insanity, based on irrational groupthink and the convergence of vested interests. But if there is not even any virus, then the pandemic and all the devastation caused by the response are entirely man-made – the product of ignorance, stupidity, fear, panic and selfishness. The ‘virus pandemic’ is both a tragedy and a farce. There is no direct, real-life evidence that ‘viruses’ are transmitted from one person to another, or that social distancing and wearing facemasks stop such transmission; the only ‘evidence’ for such things comes from computer models that are programmed to give the desired result.

There can be no valid test for a virus, if there is no purified virus available to validate the test. And there can be no effective vaccine against a nonexistent virus. By poisoning the body, vaccines artificially stimulate the ‘immune system’ to produce antibodies, and this may temporarily suppress or delay certain disease symptoms, while possibly leading to chronic health problems in the longer term; in some cases vaccines cause serious adverse reactions more or less immediately, including brain damage and death. ‘Natural immunity’ to an imaginary virus is just as much a myth as ‘vaccine immunity’; the best way to stay healthy is by living a healthy life and avoiding toxins as much as possible. When some scientists argue that ‘natural immunity’ is superior to ‘vaccine immunity’, all they are really saying is that vaccination tends to weaken a person’s long-term health.

Although viral contagion does not exist, fear of contagion – which is instilled into us from birth – is certainly capable of undermining our health and can help cause people in similar conditions to develop similar symptoms; the impact of our fears, anxieties and expectations on our physical wellbeing cannot be underestimated. At the same time, there are numerous documented cases of people ‘catching’ Covid without any known contact with other sick people. A wide range of physical, behavioural and psychological factors can contribute to respiratory diseases.

The vast majority of ‘Covid victims’ are elderly people already suffering from one or more other serious diseases, and their condition is often worsened by lockdown-related fear, stress, despair and isolation, and by highly toxic drug treatments and invasive ventilation. Many front-line doctors argue that the medical cartel’s efforts to suppress effective early treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, and to push the use of deadly poisonous drugs like remdesivir caused at least 500,000 unnecessary deaths in the United States (Kennedy, pp. 124-5).

As explained in Reclaiming our health, the entire germ theory of disease is false: disease is not caused by invading microbes and viruses. Many people with alleged disease-causing bacteria and ‘viruses’ (or rather genetic sequences attributed to viruses) in their bodies are entirely healthy, and people can also suffer from a disease without the alleged pathogen responsible being detected in them. Disease-causing ‘viruses’ are a fiction. As for bacteria, they are scavengers that feed off dead and dying tissue; they do not attack healthy cells and are therefore never the root cause of disease. While cleaning up our cellular debris they can, however, generate toxic waste that contributes to symptoms.

We don’t catch disease; we mainly create it from within. It is above all our diet and lifestyle, our thoughts and emotions, the conditions we live in, and the presence of environmental or electromagnetic toxicity, that can throw our bodies out of balance. This may result in symptoms that mainstream medicine labels ‘disease’, but which are really a sign that our body is trying to cleanse and heal itself. When our tissues become diseased, microbes often arrive on the scene to clear up the waste, some of which consists of particles that have been mistakenly labelled ‘viruses’. In general, the greater the number of our cells that become unhealthy and fall apart, the more waste they produce, leading to a higher ‘viral load’ and a higher level of bacterial activity.

Like other lifeforms, humans are continuously communicating and influencing one another on many different levels: physical, ethereal/astral, mental and spiritual. These exchanges involve physical substances, electromagnetic energies, and subtler energies, including thoughts and emotions. Their impact on our wellbeing largely depends on our receptivity; it takes a strong mind and body and a firm will to resist all negative influences.

The best recipe for good health is not toxic drugs and vaccines, but clean water, nutritious food, fresh air, sunlight, exercise, friendship and kindness, and a calm, positive and purposeful attitude to life. The ability to cope with stress and adversity is a key talent. In this regard, the emergence of an authoritarian biosecurity state in which individual liberty is curtailed by medical coercion is likely to present testing challenges for some time to come.



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