Category Archives: Politics and sociology

Fig-leaves or concealed weapons?

It’s good to hear about the roll-back of the UK’s useless Plan B restrictions, including the infamous vaccine passports, albeit it is apparently largely an attempt to save Boris Johnson’s political career. But as I’ve already discussed here, it’s part of the general unraveling of the lockdown narrative that’s happening around the world. The worrying indicator is that the unraveling is happening in lockstep everywhere, leading many to wonder “what’s behind it.”

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Greatest or smallest pandemic in a century?

The official UK figure for COVID deaths over the last two years is around 150,000. But with a definition, initially, of “death after a positive PCR test” and latterly of “death within 28 days of a positive COVID test” that figure is highly suspect.

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The assured results of modern public health

Zoe (for those not in the UK) is a voluntary app that has been tracking a decent sample of the population for COVID symptoms, test results and so on, throughout the pandemic. It has usually given a more accurate picture of the current state of play than the ONS data, plagued as that is by poor definitions and worse. Here is an interesting graph from their data:

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It’s all unraveling… but what, exactly?

UK mainstream news is showing all the signs of the beginning of the end of the COVID madness, amidst signs of the unraveling of Boris Johnson’s government through scandal over its cavalier approach to its own undemocratic restrictions. Various scientists and doctors are coming out against the continuation of “Lockdown” policies for the first time, or are gaining a mainstream hearing if they’ve been banging that drum for a long time. One particularly scathing piece, by leading Israeli immunologist Ehud Qimron, is well worth reading, and rather cathartic to boot.

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Mere authoritarianism and its role in COVID

Chris Whitty offers an olive branch to vaccine refusers by saying they’ve mainly been taken in by online misinformation. One such conspiracy theory is that the restrictions imposed by those like Whitty are nothing to do with preventing COVID, and everything to do with coercing people into having vaccines whose actual value is suspect, and whose serious dangers are well-documented. Why would anyone ever think that way?

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Haven’t they done well!

The lockstep official agreement on COVID policies across the world, cutting across one hundred years of epidemiological wisdom, is one of the oddest features of the pandemic. Even on its own it is a good reason to suspect something rotten in the State of Denmark. The other odd thing is how many formerly dispassionate scientists, doctors and others have gradually come to embrace a belief in such rottenness. Conspiracy theorists have hitherto been an eccentric minority: that they now include so many credentialled critical thinkers and relevant experts is a sociological shift that ought to give everyone pause for thought.

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Cautious Omicrism

Well, so far it looks as though the concerns about the “Omicron wave” I reflected from Sarah Knapton beforte Christmas are not coming to fruition, for a number of reasons.

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To test, and not to count the cost

The message from our Betters was to save granny, stop the spread, and gain Christmas reassurance by testing before you visited her for Christmas. So naturally enough yesterday evening’s Mail headline was about all the people who’d tested positive at family gatherings, how it would cause a post-Christmas surge, and of course how that would necessitate all kinds of further restrictions.

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Not the Language of God

And whilst in accusatory mode… As a former follower of the theistic evolution outfit BioLogos for a decade, and indeed having written an article for it long ago, I have previously expressed some misgivings about the apparent role of founder Francis Collins in the gain-of-function studies at Wuhan, and their subsequent cover up by major US players like Peter Daszak and Anthony Fauci. Since then the “mainstream” view has shifted towards a lab leak being more likely than not, making Collins’s involvement even more of an issue.

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Fact-free moral compass is immoral

The Book of Proverbs (18:17) says, “In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.” Imagine how absurd it would be (though in history all too common) for an accuser to say, “That man murdered my baby!” and for the jury to go away to decide if murdering babies is wrong, and if so that the man must be hanged.” But nowadays church leaders seem really good at doing just that.

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