Monthly Archives: December 2022

Scales falling – an observational study

I’ve mentioned a few times here how interesting it has been to see, mainly via social media, many leading practitioners of science gradually morphing into conspiracy theorists over the course of the COVID affair. Prospectively it was fascinating to see the gradual unraveling of belief in what we were being told in so many individual cases, culminating not only in disillusionment about the state of science and medicine, but the embracing of suspicions about the dark forces behind it. Retrospectively, it is of huge, but under-recognised, significance that an unprecedented number of the most rigorously evidence-orientated professionals have come to wear tin-foil hats.

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Essential workers

It’s taken me a while to figure out what it is that consistently annoys me about such a worthwhile provision as the BBC local TV news. In fact, it took my reaction to King Charles’s first Christmas broadcast to achieve the realisation that I’m not simply a jaded cynic. I am a jaded cynic, but not simply one.

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The COVID Club (membership restricted)

Listening to a revealing little interview with Jeffery Sachs it occurs to me that we’re now in a position to review and explain, in a broad way, the madness that was (and still is) the COVID spamdemic. At least we can now surmise how the connections work between quite a restricted band of players, albeit it including some of the most powerful entities in the world. Whilst too much remains unknown to call it a conspiracy, we have sufficient evidence to say confidently that it contained at least one conspiracy. As for the rest, perhaps it depends how you define “conspiracy”: if unelected intelligence agencies break the law and go … Continue reading

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When is religion not like religion?

There are some news articles and YouTube videos around concerning the discovery of the fabled star catalogue of Hipparchus (c190-c120BC) as a palimpsest in a mediaeval manuscript from the ancient monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai, whence also came one of the oldest near-complete manuscripts of the Greek Bible, Codex Sinaiticus.

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Passive absorption of propaganda

As is well known, a society’s worldview (and hence ours as individuals in it) is formed unconsciously. We absorb it, as blotting paper absorbs ink (or as a Kleenex absorbs snot, sometimes), rather than weighing the pros and cons of propositions and forming a judgement. That is why it is so hard, yet so important, to examine one’s most basic assumptions – that is, if you want to live by truth rather than societal convention.

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The causes of our excess deaths

…More on mRNA snake oil As a follow up to yesterday’s post, there’s an excellent presentation here by statistical mathematician Martin Neill, which actually follows up one by Norman Fenton.

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Fool me again, PLEASE

This graphic ought to sound the immediate death knell for mRNA vaccines, as the Hindenberg disaster killed commercial airships:

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Our microcephalic science

Everybody remembers about Zika, a far-away 2016 phenomenon but with worldwide implications. We all remember the photos of babies with abnormally small heads (microcephaly), and the risk of the epidemic spreading around the world. They were producing a vaccine against it, if you remember, as the only hope. But our memory is vague, because somehow the whole thing has disappeared down the memory hole – except for an abiding recollection in a corner of our brain along the lines of “Zika – gross microcephaly – pandemic – vaccinations.”

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First, do no medicine

Occasional Hump author Eddie Robinson has drawn my attention to a medical matter of concern, and suggests I’m in a better position to comment, as a physician, than he is. He has sometimes lived in Canada, as do a number of our readers, several of my cousins and a good number of friends. I’ve always viewed the country as a kind of rugged British outpost peopled by lumberjacks and policemen with Baden-Powell hats, apart from Quebec which consists of French speakers in blackface, with interesting accents and a cluster of great musicians. Yes, I know that stereotyping is incompatible with the fact that one of my friends is a Professor … Continue reading

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Innocent as doves… but wise as serpents

I don’t know if the story about the black charity boss and the lady of the bedchamber at Buckingham Palace has gone round the world to you (if you’re outside the UK). You’ll easily find it if not, and I can’t be bothered to describe it in detail.

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