"totalitarian systems...represent a kind of collective psychosis ... reason and common human decency are no longer possible ... There is only a ... projection of the enemy imagined to be 'in our midst'. Thus society turns on itself"
"The oligarchs from the establishment Republican Party [e.g., Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, George and Jeb Bush] have joined forces with the oligarchs in the Democratic Party to defy the autocrats in the new Republican Party who have coalesced in cult-like fashion around Donald Trump"
"The fact that Ivermectin is so much SAFER than over-the-counter Tylenol should make you wonder exactly why these articles made the news. The reason is simple. Pfizer and Merck are getting ready to launch expensive new anti-viral pills"
"Merck, more than anyone, knows Ivermectin to be safe as they developed this drug and used it in over three billion doses IN HUMANS in the Mectizan Program to eradicate River Blindness ... Merck sold us out for precisely 1.2 billion pieces of silver."
#MassPsychosis: "An epidemic of madness that occurs when a large portion of society loses touch with reality and descends into delusions ... the individuals who make up the infected society...become more unreasonable, irresponsible, emotional, erratic, and unreliable"
"A psychotic break is not a descent into a state of greater disorder, as many believe, but a reordering of one's experiential world which blends fact and fiction, or delusions and reality, in a way that helps end the feelings of panic ...at the cost of losing touch with reality."
"totalitarian systems...represent a kind of collective psychosis ... reason and common human decency are no longer possible ... There is only a pervasive atmosphere of terror and a projection of the enemy imagined to be 'in our midst'. Thus society turns on itself"
"The military becomes in late empire unmanageable, unaccountable, and endlessly self-perpetuating, no matter how many fiascos, blunders and defeats it visits upon the carcass of the nation, or how much money it plunders"
"Nearly all the roughly 70 empires during the last four thousand years, including the Greek, Roman, Chinese, Ottoman, Hapsburg, imperial German, imperial Japanese, British, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Soviet empires, collapsed in the same orgy of military folly."
@GVDBossche "our data indicate that Delta variants are especially well recognized by infection enhancing antibodies targeting the NTD, the possibility of ADE should be further investigated as it may represent a potential risk for mass vaccination during the current Delta variant pandemic."
@GVDBossche "The COVID-19 delta variant is driving up infections among children in California and across the country, many of whom are too young to be vaccinated against the disease, just as they prepare to head back to classrooms this month."
@mestumpf@globalhlthtwit@NafeezAhmed A lot to unwind in just a few short tweets, but it's a Saturday morning and I have nothing better I'd like to do, so here's a ludicrously long reply:
@mestumpf@globalhlthtwit@NafeezAhmed ADE is a plausible & potentially disastrous risk, regardless of whether or not it in practice can be treated, e.g., as you suggest. I have not seen evidence supporting the assertion that it can, by the way, so please send if you have it. I'm eager to learn more.
@mestumpf@globalhlthtwit@NafeezAhmed In any case, to dismiss the risk of ADE out of hand, and without evidence, and to consider only the apparent (& illusory) benefits of vaccination while ignoring the real and potentially disastrous risks to humanity, seems to me not just in error but reckless.
"If the mainstream view on Covid vaccines is wrong, it will not be overthrown by science alone. The pro-vaccine camp has a powerful nonscientific ally in the collective id, expressed through various mechanisms of ostracism, shaming, and other social and economic pressure."
"The mechanisms that generate the illusion of unanimity operate within science, medicine, and journalism as well as among the general public ... Those who voice dissent publicly become radioactive. The consequences of their apostasy ...serve to silence other potential dissidents"
"In any society some people are especially zealous in enforcing group norms, values, rituals, and taboos ... when corrupt forces hijack the norms through propaganda and the control of information, these good folks can become instruments of totalitarian control."
@GVDBossche "Conducting a mass vaccination experiment ... without understanding the mechanisms underlying viral escape from vaccine-mediated selection pressure is not only a colossal scientific blunder but ...completely irresponsible from the perspective of individual & public health ethics"
"#TheBanalityOfEvil is the idea that evil does not have the Satan-like, villainous appearance we might typically associate it with. Rather, evil is perpetuated when immoral principles become normalized over time by unthinking people."
"the crimes of Nazi Germany were not the responsibility of a handful of purely evil men. Those men kickstarted it, but society enabled it: a lack of critical thinking, a desensitization, a human susceptibility to totalitarianism — this is what led to the murder of millions."
"We've arranged a society based on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology. This combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is gonna blow up in our faces." —Carl Sagan, May 27th, 1996
"...when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowingly question those in authority ...our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good & what is true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness"
@PierreKory In a sane society "this would be front-page news in every paper around the world ... and yet today you hear nothing ... This is a profoundly practice-changing, pandemic-changing paper, which is unassailable."
"This is an extremely safe drug. So even if you think the evidence is ambiguous, the possibility that [ivermectin] is useful ... & [is simultaneously] being blocked from discussion, from sourcing & from administration is a strange and...inexplicable fact"
@GVDBossche "Initially ... new virus variants will mainly affect the [unvaccinated] ... [but] variants will eventually arise against which vaccines will no longer offer any protection. And from that moment on, vaccinated people will also be able to get sick."
@GVDBossche "Central to Vanden Bossche's theories is the growing group of vaccinated people who can still become infected with the virus unnoticed and also transmit it. These people act like walking virology labs"
"#SouthKorea posted its highest-ever number of new daily COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Saturday, the third consecutive day of record highs in new infection cases."
"#Turkmenistan’s healthcare ministry said on Wednesday it was making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all residents aged 18 and over as the former Soviet region of Central Asia reported a fresh spike in new cases."
New in Science: "ultrapotent anti-severe ... (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies from convalescent donors [who had natural infections]. The antibodies are capable of neutralizing a wide range of SARS-CoV-2 variants even at sub-nanomolar concentrations"
"the overall estimated level of protection from prior SARS-CoV-2 infection for documented infection is 94·8%; hospitalization 94·1%; and severe illness 96·4%. Our results question the need to vaccinate previously-infected individuals"