My faith in scientific modesty and reason is crumbling

I’m not a spiritual person, but I trust in nature. And I’d say I believe in science. I’m a misanthropist, I do not trust in people and most of the time I don’t believe them either. I guess I always viewed scientists as an exception, with a mission to tell the truth, to be modest and reasonable. To be the ones to go: “Calm down everybody, there is no reason to panic!”. I’ve always believed people more who started a sentence with: “We cannot be absolutely sure, but evidence points toward xyz”, than people who made definitive statements.

This year has seen unprecedented censorship in the “free” world by our new promoters of democracy, such as Facebook, Google, and the likes. I will not go into the evils of “social” media platforms and internet 2.0 in general. You can get your fix of that elsewhere. But like anybody with a functioning brain, I am of two minds about them: they have brought us a wealth of information and ways to connect. They have given everyone a platform to speak. Then again, our society is split in half now. And they have given everyone a platform to speak. Some people simply shouldn’t get a platform. And I am saying that, because a huge number of people do not have the capacity to parse information or they lack a certain common-sense-compass. Need an example? Burning down 5G antennas, because the Chinese supposedly spread the virus through them. So no, those people should not get a platform. If we lived in a black and white world, it would be easy to shut the effin’ idiots up. But unfortunately, our world confronts us with more than 50 shades of you-know-what. …


The UK Supreme Court sets a dangerous precedent

I’ve closely followed Simon Dolan’s legal case against the UK government over the two Covid lockdowns in the UK. Not surprisingly, he had to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court — among the media-induced panic, it was probably too much to ask some judges to make any reasonable decisions and take responsibility. Now the sad day has arrived on which the Supreme Court refused to even hear Dolan’s case, setting a dangerous precedent. I will add Dolan’s full response at the end of this article.

The UK case was partly built around using the UK’s 1984 Public Health (Control of Disease) Act to justify the lockdowns. Many countries have similar Acts and in a majority of cases these Acts would allow for a quarantine of small groups of people or areas, but locking up an entire population would still be very much illegal in most cases on a constitutional basis. It is of course difficult to generalise, but that is the gist of of the constitutional and legal situation in most democracies. …


Exemplified by the lawsuit against UK government

I am sharing in full the newsletter I received today from Simon Dolan’s lawsuit against the UK government over the 2020 Covid lockdowns. It exemplifies perfectly what is and has been going on in large parts of the world, with distortion of information, digging up of old information and “evidence” that has already been proven false, massive flaws in testing, etc. Read for yourself:

Update on Join the Legal Challenge to the UK Govt Lockdown

The legal team has made amends to the 2nd Judicial Review meaning that it’s arguments are in relation not only to the first national lockdown but also include the SECOND lockdown currently taking place in England. …


… while Donald Trump might just harass it into submission

I’m not a TV watcher, but have recently lived in an apartment with a television and have therefore on occasion been exposed to presidential campaign ads. Man, am I glad I’m a foreigner and not allowed to vote in the US — I’d be ashamed to participate in this circus.

Of course I want you guys to vote, but I don’t want you to participate in this presidential election farce. Vote for your local politicians and ignore the big hoo-ha around Biden and Trump.

They’re actually lying to you

I’ve only seen Biden ads, I guess due to the choice of TV channel I’ve been watching The Simpson on. I don’t have to watch the Trump ads to know that they’re probably the same, maybe worse. …


Because politics do actually make you stupid

The great American soap opera

As an outsider, I’ve looked at American politics with bemusement for most of my life. I’m from a small European country with pretty much a direct democracy and our top politicians often ride to work on a bicycle or public transport. All very understated and certainly no royalty-like treatment for the head of our state, no armour-plated cars or private jets. And no big drama around election time. I’ve lived in a number of European countries and experienced several forms of democracy and levels of “politicisation” of everyday life; but every two to four years it struck me as odd, that the local news reported almost more intensely on American elections and mid-terms than they did on their own. The politics of the countries I lived in was more or less drama free and more middle of the road, more functional. (Of course that doesn’t apply to all European countries — the further South the more drama? I don’t know if that’s a thing. And the UK also has an affinity for scandal, I think simply because of their love for tabloid press. …


I haven’t shed a tear!

This is not going to be a rant about everything that’s wrong with social media. Since you clicked on this article, I am guessing you’re already experiencing some discomfort with social media and have started a little research. I will, however, recommend the recent Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” to drive home your irritation. The most powerful moment of the doc, for me personally, is the very end: During credits, interviews continue to roll and you hear a number of former high-level employees of Facebook, Google and friends, speak about their children not being allowed on social media or have screen time severely restricted. …


Think again!

Those of you who were in favour of “overreacting to Covid” have not truly thought about it.

There is one argument with regards to measures taken against Covid-19 this year that I hear a lot and I am absolutely tired of: “It’s better that we overreacted”. I want you to think really hard about that. It is never good to overreact and I’ll give just one timely example further on.

In context, I hear this argument when (still) trying to explain to people the unmanageable consequences the earlier lockdowns will have for years to come. I encounter the argument when I try to explain that we needed some measures, but that locking up an entire population wasn’t reasonable (nor probably constitutional). That we knew the at-risk groups and could have spent more effort to protect those, rather than closing schools for example. And finally, that neither government nor media did a good job at explaining the virus, proven by the fact that I see people all by themselves out in nature wearing a mask — spoiler: there’s no way you can catch the virus outside without someone literally sneezing in your face. (You’re contributing the most by sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, and by washing your hands frequently. …


the rest of us have to wear masks.

Instead of educating those of who freely sneeze and cough around, every decent and responsible person on this planet is currently being punished and has their freedom restricted. More than ever, society is adapting to the lowest common denominator.

End of this story.

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Contribution by my friend Mary Curious

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We need to choose our words more carefully

Part of writing about Covid for me is to debunk terminology. The one thing that irks me almost the most is how “asymptomatic transmission” of the Sars-Cov-2 virus has been used to instill the fear of God in all of us. It’s the major driver behind many mask orders as well. An asymptomatic transmission would suggest that someone can be infected with a virus and seem perfectly healthy, i.e. show no symptoms at all. That would truly be a dystopian scenario. Luckily, it hardly transpires as such.

Scientifically, it is nearly impossible to be infected with a virus and have zero symptoms. The gist of it is that someone might have gotten a very minor symptom that didn’t even bother them, such as a scratchy throat for a few hours. By the time they talk to a doctor and get their positive Sars-Cov-2 test result — maybe a few weeks later — they will have simply forgotten about that scratchy throat. Below I will elaborate why “asymptomatic” is nearly impossible and why it’s important we use terminology correctly. …

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