"If you then discovered that the majority of the committee members had financial interests in the drug being developed, how would you feel?" 1/n
@zoeharcombe @RosemaryFreiTO @simondolan @Francis_Hoar @BreesAnna @toadmeister @NeilClark66 @allisonpearson
zoeharcombe.com/2020/11/sage-c…
#KBF
"The advice was stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, protect the vulnerable, most people will have a mild illness, wearing face masks is “usually quite a bad idea“, & “big gatherings don’t have a big effect so we don’t want to disrupt people’s lives.” 2/n
"1) Organisations invested in vaccines make money from vaccines. If people acquire natural immunity, they have reduced or no need for a vaccine and thus the potential gain for the vaccine company is reduced." 3/n
"2) Locking people in their homes and other lockdown measures will reduce the number of people who acquire natural immunity." 4/n
"The notable exception was that @neil_ferguson resigned from the SAGE committee when it became known (on 5th May) that he had broken lockdown rules" 5/n
"@neil_ferguson is a member of NERVTAG (The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group), as are many members of SAGE (which means that the main committee is largely using a subset of that committee to advise itself). 6/n
"12 out of 20 work for/have received funding from organisations involved in the Covid-19 vaccine. Those 12 don’t include Vallance with personal pharmaceutical conflicts or Whitty with historical funding from the Gates foundation." 7/n
Who is on SAGE?
"...4 more are modellers/statisticians, 2 are experts in how to manipulate human behaviour... 3 hold senior roles in the 2 universities leading the vaccine race ... no immunologists ...two virologists" 8/n
“A substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened… The perceived level of personal threat needs to be increased among those who are complacent, using hard‐hitting emotional messaging based on accurate information about risk.” 9/n
This is not public health. This is manipulation.
"The paper has sections on coercion, compulsion and how to harness “social disapproval” to coerce people into doing what government wants them to do." 10/n
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
"SAGE knows that people need to be frightened into compliance for their strategy to work ... I wonder if that fear might turn to anger if people realise that the committee may not be the independent body that it has been assumed to be." 11/n
An investigation into conflict of interest is needed.
A separation between corporation interests, research and government officials must be ensured through system change. Otherwise, history will keep on repeating itself. 12/12

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What is Health?
Is the current situation conducive to health?
Do you feel healthy now?

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” - @WHO
1/n
Health is not an endpoint in itself, rather a state of existence that facilitates a full and meaningful life.
By being healthy, one can self-actualise and play one's role in society. Life is not about being alive, it's about living and enjoying a good quality of life. 2/n
Physical health involves
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3) access to quality healthcare
4) avoiding hazardous environments
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“We would encourage our critics to see each of the individual members of @PanData19 as real people, exercising a basic democratic right, and we believe that if they do those things, they will start to see some of the problems with the current approach to dealing with this virus.”
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The best analysis of the C19 pandemic mass hysteria.
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"mass hysteria can lead to policy mistakes that have tragic public health consequences."
"the welfare state of the 21st century combined with a sensationalist mass media is likely to increase the havoc created by mass hysteria" 2/n
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"All mortality models turned out to be wrong."
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pandata.org/panda-first-pr…
Lockdowns harm and should be unlawful regardless of the disease.
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"PANDA predicted that the second wave would not kick off until winter. We were clearly wrong."
When we make mistakes @PanData19, we own them and correct them. Governments make mistakes and persist on the same course. 3/n
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11 Feb
To reopen society...
Step 1: end mass testing
The best diagnosis for people who test themselves when they are not sick is HYPOCHONDRIA. 1/4
Step 2: End Homosapienphobia
Fear not your fellow humans. They are innocent until proven guilty.
If you don’t feel sick, you are not sick unless you are delusional.
3/4
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Rules are made to be broken and structures are made to be bent. When rules and structures are no longer serving the best interests of people they must be placed under evolutionary pressure until they mutate into a better variant of themselves. 1/n
Rotten institutions and corrupt governments are causing horrendous harm.
So rise up and put pressure on that evolution to speed up a novel variant of governance that respects human dignity, personal freedoms, human agency and free will. 2/n
It is not by bowing to the interests of the few at the top that we reach the greater good of society. It is by meeting the interests of individuals like you and me that we reach the greater good of society. 3/n
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