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20 Dec 20
Whether it’s SAGE, Imperial College or the LRB, scientists, academics and writers collaborating with an authoritarian Govt to justify a biosecurity state that removes our civil liberties to ‘protect’ us from an imaginary threat is neither new nor normal.
In 1945, Allied officers produced a report on the Institute for Ancestral Heritage (Ahnenerbe), an SS think-tank composed of over 100 of Germany's leading professors and scholars.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahnenerbe
Between 1935 and 1945, the research of the Ahnenerbe was used by the Govt of the NSDAP to justify its eugenicist and biopolitical policies, which like today were implemented through laws made under a permanent State of Emergency that lasted 12 years.
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16 Dec 20
COMPULSORY VACCINATION FOR COVID-19 AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
Written evidence submitted to the UK Parliament by Dr. Lisa Forsberg, Dr. Isra Black, Dr. Thomas Douglas and Dr. Jonathan Pugh of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics @ethicsinthenews
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1. ‘Our strategy is to address the justification (including proportionality) of the interference with article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) that compulsory vaccination entails through two parity arguments.’
2. ‘First, if “the lockdown is lawful” in terms of its human rights law compliance, then it is arguable that compulsory vaccination is too (lockdown parity argument).’
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14 Dec 20
On 23 January, the World Health Organisation published the Corman-Drosten paper, ‘Diagnostic detection of 2019-nCoV by real-time RT-PCR’. This recommended 45 cycles of thermal amplification, far higher than the 30 cycles at which infectious virus can be reliably detected. Image
But the Corman-Drosten paper isn’t the only one to recommend such exaggerated cycle thresholds (Ct). On 11 January the WHO published the Institut Pasteur's ‘Protocol: Real-time RT-PCR assays for the detection of SARS-CoV-2’, which recommended 50 amplification cycles. Image
On 15 March, the WHO adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) protocol, ‘CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel’, which indicated that anything up to 40 amplification cycles was a positive result. Image
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10 Dec 20
Pfizer’s CEO has said anyone refusing to take their vaccine will be ‘the weak link that will allow the virus to replicate’, and assured the public that ‘we will develop our vaccine using the highest ethical standards’. So let's take a look at Pfizer Inc.
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In 1992, Pfizer agreed to pay between $165 million and $215 million to settle lawsuits arising from the fracturing of the Bjork-Shiley Convexo-Concave heart valve, which by 2012 has resulted in 663 deaths.
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In 1996, Pfizer conducted an unapproved clinical trial on 200 Nigerian children with its experimental anti-meningitis drug, Trovafloxacin, without parental consent and which led to the death of 11 children from kidney failure and left dozens more disabled. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/afr…
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8 Dec 20
Before you take an unlicensed, experimental drug made by a company that since 1996 has paid over $3.7 billion in out of court settlements, was charged with healthcare fraud by the US Govt and been indemnified against civil cases by the UK Govt, read this.
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In 1996, Pfizer conducted an unapproved clinical trial that led to the death of 11 children from kidney failure and left dozens more disabled. In 2011, Pfizer paid $700,000 to four families who lost a child and set up a $35 million fund for the disabled.
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In 2009, Pfizer set a record for the largest health care fraud settlement and criminal fine of any kind, paying $2.3 billion to avoid criminal and civil liability for fraudulently marketing Bextra, which had been refused approval due to safety concerns.
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7 Dec 20
EXPERT 1. Heidi Larson is from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which has received $190 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over the past decade, $5.8 million this year, of which $1.5 million is for vaccine development.
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Heidi Larson is also Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, which has received funding from vaccine manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and Merck, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, 3ie, Innovative Medicines Initiative and more.
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EXPERT 2. Trudie Lang is from Oxford University, which has received $208 million in grants over the past decade from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including $11.64 million for vaccine development over the past 3 years.
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7 Dec 20
Over the winter of 2017-18 there were 50,100 excess deaths in England and Wales, the most since 1976. Those over 85 were most likely to die, with 92% aged 65 and over. The NHS blamed a lack of funding and an ageing population with more medical problems.
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In 2017 there were 67,558 deaths from respiratory diseases in the first 47 weeks of the year (ending 24 Nov) in England & Wales, and a further 7,872 by the end of the year, making a total of 75,430 deaths from influenza, pneumonia & other pulmonary causes.
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In comparison, by week 47 of 2020 (20 Nov, the latest for which the Office for National Statistics has figures) there have been 57,687 deaths from respiratory diseases other than those attributed to COVID-19. That's a shortfall of 9,871 deaths so far this year compared to 2017.
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23 Nov 20
This is Professor Andrew Pollard, both Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group about to launch a COVID-19 vaccine with the pharma company AstraZeneca, and Senior Advisor to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guaranteeing the safety of vaccines in the UK.
Professor Pollard's employer, the University of Oxford, which has 6 members in SAGE, has received $11.64 million for vaccine development from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over the past 3 years, and $208 million in grants over the past decade.
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The MHRA, for which Pollard is a Senior Adviser, and which is responsible for the safety of vaccines sold in the UK, is also funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, having received $7.15 million over the past decade, $1.37 million of it this year. gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Qu…
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22 Nov 20
This is Dr. June Raine, the interim CEO of the Medical & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) responsible for overseeing the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the past decade the MHRA has received $7.15m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $1.37m of it this year.
This means the MHRA whose CEO is promoting the mass vaccination of the UK population is being funded by a US billionaire who in January of this year invested $10 billion in vaccine development as part of his call for a ‘Decade of Vaccines’.
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But Dr. June Raine's association with the BMGF goes further back. In March 2015, she attended a lecture on 'Global health changes and overcoming regulatory challenges' delivered by Dr. Dan Hartman, Director of Integrated Development for the BMGF.
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20 Nov 20
As demonstrated by last night's BBC programme, Lockdown 1.0 - Following the Science, the role of the media in normalising the biosecurity state is to criticise the Govt for not doing in the past what it is imposing now. Critique is serving as propaganda.
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Extraordinary to hear members of the SPI-Modelling subgroup still defending the Imperial College report predicting half a million deaths in the UK long after it has been discredited. No mention of Ferguson's history of overestimates serving Big Pharma.
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In an hour of SAGE scientists regretting not locking down earlier, not a single one mentions the tens of thousands of lives subsequently lost to changes to emergency, social and community care, which far outstrip deaths attributed to COVID-19, let alone those who died of it.
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19 Nov 20
After months of delay, during which it was refused by the Lancet, the NEJM and the JAMA, the first and only randomised controlled trial on the effects of wearing a mask to protect us from a virus was finally published yesterday in the AIM. And guess what?
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‘The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use.’
Unlike observational studies of mask wearers reporting their 'possible' benefits in encouraging 'compliance', this is the first Randomised Controlled Trial, in a study of over 6,000 individuals, making it 'the highest quality scientific evidence' to date.
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19 Nov 20
On 3 June SAGE published a briefing paper on the ‘Impact of false-positives and false-negatives in the UK’s COVID-19 RT-PCR testing programme’. This estimated that ‘under laboratory conditions’ RT-PCR tests ‘should never show more than 5% false positives’. qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachment…
1. However, this is under ‘idealised testing’ conditions, and the authors warn that ‘in a clinical or community setting there may be inefficient sampling, lab contamination, sample degradation or other sources of error that will lead to increased numbers of false positives’.
2. Incredibly, given that it is on these tests that the coronavirus crisis has been manufactured, they admit that they have been ‘unable’ to find any data on the operational false positive rates in the UK COVID-19 RT-PCR testing programme, which is, they conclude, ‘unknown’.
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18 Nov 20
The collaboration of the middle classes with the UK biosecurity state is a testimony to the role the world of letters plays in articulating — through that strange rule-book of behaviours called ‘class’ — what its members should and shouldn’t say and do.
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'We must comply immediately with whatever measures competent public health authorities urge us to take, even if they seem disproportionate. It’s time to increase "social distance" in all sorts of ways.' — Rupert Beale, Francis Crick Institute.
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‘Few believe Johnson is an Anglo-Orbán, eager to use the crisis to institute rule through decree.’ — James Butler, co-founder of Novara Media.
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18 Nov 20
Odd that a Ministry whose policy of outsourcing the repair and safety of social housing to private contractors culminated in Grenfell, should illustrate their White Paper with a photo of the campaign to save Macintosh Court from being run into the ground by private contractors.
The (uncredited) photo by @sammellishphoto was taken at the event ASH organised in 2016 to celebrate saving the sheltered housing from demolition by @lambeth_council and redevelopment as private residential property, showing the estate's architect @macintosh_kate with residents.
The event was part of Open Garden Estates, which ASH ran between 2015-17, and was hosted by 16 estates across London, drawing attention to residents' campaigns to save their homes from demolition, redevelopment and privatisation, mostly by Labour councils.
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16 Nov 20
The Medical & Healthcare Products Agency guaranteeing the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine has received $7.15m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over the past decade ($1.37m this year). The Regulatory Agency of the DHSC is funded by a US billionaire.
gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Qu…
This means the UK’s regulatory and executive agency of the DHSC overseeing the safety of medicines distributed in this country is being funded by a US billionaire who in January this year invested $10 billion as part of his call for a ‘Decade of Vaccines’. gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/P…
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (5 members in SAGE, 9 in the SPI-Modelling subgroup), which is in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, has received $158.37m from BMGF in the past decade, of which $1.5m this year is for vaccine development.
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15 Nov 20
ONS estimates the percentage of the population in England testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 as of 3 November is 1.2%. That means for 100% of those positives to be false a PCR test needs a False Positive Rate of 1.2%. PCR tests have a FPR between 0.8% and 4%.
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1. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests were not designed either to diagnose a disease or to test whether someone is infected or infectious. They were designed for forensic RNA trace analysis under laboratory conditions.
2. PCR tests have False Positive Rate of between 0.8 and 4 per cent even under ideal testing circumstances and on patients with a high viral load, let alone in the makeshift tents in which the Government is rolling out its Pillar 2 swab-testing programme of the wider community.
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15 Nov 20
Professor Van Tam, who Chairs the SAGE SPI-M subgroup, is a former employee of the Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche, on whose behalf he lobbied the World Health Organisation for human vaccines that made both Roche and GlaxoSmithKline billions.
1. Van Tam is a consistent supporter of pharmacological measures to address influenza. As head of the Pandemic Influenza Office at the UK Health Protection Agency in 2004-2007 he bears responsibility for decisions which were heavily criticised by the Public Accounts Committee.
2. You can read about the revolving door between public and private positions in the pharmaceutical industry in this article in the British Medical Journal. Van Tam's promotion of a vaccine for COVID-19 is what he's paid to do by the lobbyists he works for.blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2017/12/06…
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14 Nov 20
@DHSCgovuk Professor Van Tam, who Chairs the SAGE SPI-M subgroup, is a former employee of the Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche, on whose behalf he lobbied the World Health Organisation for human vaccines that made both Roche and GlaxoSmithKline billions.
@DHSCgovuk He is a regular attendee at conferences organised by the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI), a well known industry-funded lobbying group. His predecessor in the Chief Medical Officer post, John Watson, was a founding member of ESWI.eswi.org
@DHSCgovuk Van Tam is a consistent supporter of pharmacological measures to address influenza. As head of the Pandemic Influenza Office at the UK Health Protection Agency in 2004-2007, he bears responsibility for decisions which have been heavily criticised by the Public Accounts Committee.
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4 Nov 20
The Motion to approve the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 authorising the national lockdown is expected to be proposed at 12.50pm today, with a conditional 3 hours and 65 members allotted to the debate.
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You can follow the 'debate' in the House of Commons on Parliament Live TV.
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Starmer has just said Labour will support the Government, as it has every coronavirus-justified statute, so these unlawful Regulations will be enforced by the police with fixed penalty notices sufficient to ruin most individuals and prosecutions. The rest is conversation.
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4 Nov 20
Highlights from the 67th Statutory Instrument made under the Public Health Act. If you think these Regulations won't be extended in 28 days, or that they aren't the foundations for a totalitarian biosecurity state, you haven't been listening to history. legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200…
1. Restrictions on leaving home
2. Restriction on indoor and outdoor gatherings
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3 Nov 20
Exactly half of SAGE's 86 members are scientific advisors from Govt depts and executive agencies, representatives from the Scottish Govt, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive, or directors of quangos dependent on Govt funding for their existence.
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1. There is a similar proportion of Government officials to academics in the SAGE subgroups, which include the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), which includes at least 3 members of the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insight Team or ‘Nudge Unit’ . . .
2. . . . and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), which includes 7 employees of Public Health England, the executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care.
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